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1853

Highlights of South Africa
September 19-28, 2018                             $3895

Trip # 1853
Deposit:  $600
Final Payment:  5/16/18
Single Sup. +$800
Trip Director:  Franke Pass
Optional Extensiion to Victoria Falls &
       Botswana:  $1795 (single sup. +$395
Optional Insurance:  +$300*

*for Trip Cost up to $4000   *Must be paid with Deposit

Package Includes:
*Round Trip Air from Dulles
*Hotel Transfers, Porterage, Taxes
*Daily Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
*8 Nights 1st Class Hotel Accommodation
*Deluxe Touring Coach for Tours and Transfers
*Sightseeing as per Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart the U.S: Depart from the U.S. for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa.

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN  On arrival at CPT airport the group will be met by your Jet Vacations Tour Manager and your local guide. Transfer to Table Mountain for a cable car ride to the top of the cable way. Spend some leisure time at the top. Return to the bottom and transfer to your hotel for check inn. Afternoon free at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN  After morning breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer on a city tour of Cape Town which includes a walk through the company gardens, Green market Square, Parliament Buildings and Mandela walk. Return to the V&A Waterfront for lunch on your own. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the V&A Waterfront. The coach and guide will return to the hotel around 16:00. Feel free to stay longer and enjoy the night life at the V&A. Return to the hotel on own account. (B)

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN  Breakfast at the hotel. Today is at leisure to enjoy the town. Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs. (B) Optional tours of Cape Point or Hermanus available to book.

DAY 5: CAPE TOWN – Cape Wine Lands  After breakfast meet your guide and depart on a full day tour of the Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Farms. Enjoy a walk with the ducks at Vergenoegd Wine Estate followed by wine tasting. Transfer to Franschhoek for lunch at Rickety Bridge followed by wine tasting. Return to Cape Town via a stop at the Drakenstein Correctional Services - the last prison Mandela was held captive before his release. Dinner at the Gold African Restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAYS 6 - 7: THE WATERBERG  After breakfast depart for the Waterberg region where you will be staying in a Lodge for the next 2 nights. The Waterberg District, located in the majestic Waterberg Mountains, is a tourism gem with several great nature reserves and a wealth of wildlife roaming its bushveld savannah. Its major attractions include hot springs, South Africa's first-ever savannah biosphere reserve, the bird-rich Nyslvley Wetland and the archaeological site of Makapans Valley. An open vehicle safari at Mabula Game Reserve is an exhilarating experience for nature and wildlife lovers. Open 4x4 vehicles ensure close encounters with the Big Five and numerous wildlife species. For 2 days, a guided tour of the Mabula Game Reserve by a qualified and knowledgeable game ranger, with the objective of enhancing the knowledge and awareness of the visitor by interpreting animal and plant life, geology, astronomy, ecosystems, history of the area, relationships and much more. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: JOHANNESBURG  Transfer to Pretoria and enjoy a short city tour and a visit to the Union Buildings and Freedom Park. Johannesburg is one of Africa's biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organized tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa's best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. (B)

DAY 9: JOHANNESBURG  Breakfast at leisure. Depart on a full day Tour of Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum, Soweto Tour with Mandela House and Hector Peterson Memorial. Stop at Mandela Square for a photo opportunity.  The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg's most popular tourist attraction. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience. The exhibits have been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.  A Soweto Day Tours takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela's former home and the Hector Pieterson museum (he was one of the school children who was shot in the 1976 Soweto Uprising). You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (our traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, the smell of pavement-cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience township life, the humanity, hospitality and warmth of the people, the "Ubuntu" as it is known in South Africa.  Afternoon free time at Sandton City followed by a farewell dinner at the Butcher Shop on Mandela Square (B, D)

DAY 10: DEPARTURE  After breakfast morning transfer to the airport for the passengers extending to VFA and Chobe. The rest will remain at leisure. Mid day transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. (B)

4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA GAME DRIVE EXTENTION

Day 10 & 11 DEPARTURE TO VICTORIA FALLS  Mid-morning flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Guided tour of Victoria Falls and sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Overnight in Victoria Falls - 2 nights (B, D).

Day 12 BOTSWANA SAFARI  Road transfer to Chobe National Park in Botswana, 100km west of Victoria Falls. Home to 450 species of birds and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Accommodation in and about Chobe National Park (Mowana Lodge or similar). Game activities include a land drive in 4x4 open vehicles and boat cruises on the Chobe River (B, L, D).

Day 13 DEPARTURE  Transfer back flight to Johannesburg and return flight back to the US. (B)

This itinerary is approximate.  The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

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