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Join Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 for a luxurious journey from Southampton to Cape Town to discover a veritable array of natural beauty, cascading waterfalls and majestic scenery which await your curiosity.

Step aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2 in Southampton to begin an extraordinary holiday which promises visits to glorious destinations full of breath taking landscapes, impressive wildlife and fascinating deep-rooted cultures. Your luxury Cunard cruise is paired with a series of immerse tours allowing an authentic insight into your wonderful destinations and their native wildlife species, offering a bespoke holiday experience.

With calls in Lisbon, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Namibia and Port Elizabeth your cruise calls at diverse destinations, all with indelible charm. You will disembark in Cape Town, South Africa, but your holiday is by no means over. You will now begin a series of magical overnight stays in captivating South African destinations. 

As you travel the South African sub-continent, enjoy a series of exciting tours, which will provide you with life-long memories. A true highlight of your trip will be your iconic journey from Pretoria to Livingstone on board the ‘Pride of Africa’, the Rovos Rail, renowned a holiday in itself. This unforgettable rail journey takes you from the sophistication of Cape Town to the wide burnished deserts of Namibia, the stunning Victoria Falls and the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Experience the ‘greatest curtain of falling water’ on the planet during a walking tour of Victoria Falls, enjoy a tranquil cruise on the calm waters of the Zambezi River and experience thrilling game drives in Pilanesberg National Park. You will also savour a refined train journey on board the Royal Livingstone Express steam train, as it travels across the stunning Victoria Falls Bridge, crossing the Zambezi River just below Victoria Falls. 

Your Route

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The Queen Mary 2 Experience

Quite simply, the Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, so, a fabulous cruise holiday on this wonderful ship is an experience of a lifetime. Cunard have incorporated the very latest in modern facilities, entertainment and enrichment opportunities into a ship radiating the opulence, charm and glamour of cruising’s Golden Era. Your fine dining options include several-course gourmet delights with classy touches like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. Be entertained by lavish musical shows, dance in the largest ballroom at sea with a superb resident orchestra, and with four marvellous pool areas for relaxation, this wonderful ship has everything you could possibly want for the most marvellous time at sea.

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Dining and Drinks

From classic British and French in the Britannia and Grills restaurants to the best steak onboard at The Verandah, plus daily traditional afternoon tea and a range of international cuisines at Kings Court Buffet, there’s something to suit every taste.
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Rest and Relaxation

Enjoy a show at the planetarium, take part in fencing, relax in the Mareel Spa or sign up for the outstanding Insight programme; while little ones are entertained in the age-appropriate kids’ clubs.
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Entertainment

There’s never a dull moment with West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, a full live music programme, karaoke and quiz nights, plus ballroom dancing in the Queens Room and live DJs at the ship’s G32 nightclub.

Your 34 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 3

11 - 13 January 2024

You’ll embark the regal Queen Mary 2 in Southampton ahead of your epic adventure to Cape Town

You will embark the iconic Queen Mary 2 in Southampton and set sail for Lisbon’s colourful shores. For over a century and a half, Cunard have epitomised the sophisticated grandeur of ocean travel. The Queen Mary 2 is one of the most famous in the world and will transport you to a more refined age, while surrounding you with all the luxury and modern amenities you could wish for on your cruise holiday.

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Day 4

14 January 2024

Admire Lisbon from all angles as the colourful city glistens in the winter sun 

Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, boasts the perfect amalgamation of man-made and natural beauty. With a skyline of watercolour palette primrose yellow buildings, topped with terracotta roofs, the pint-sized city is set across seven hills and punctuated by magnificent domed cathedrals. Stroll along Alfama’s steep cobbled streets, in the winter sunshine, as fado music transports you to the 1800s. Take a tram to Miradouro da Graça, for Lisbon’s finest panoramic views. Nothing encapsulates the romantic, fairy-tale feel of Lisbon better than the Belém tower, an UNESCO World Heritage monument which looks out towards the sparkling Tagus estuary. 

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Day 5

15 January 2024

Enjoy gastronomical delight at sea, with a wide range of sophisticated restaurants to choose from

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is home to a variety of restaurants, making dining on board a true pleasure, choose between elegant fine dining, gastro pubs or indulgent buffets. Regardless of where you desire to dine, you are sure to enjoy delicious foods curated by passionate chefs. Your fine dining options include several-course gourmet delights with classy touches like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. If al fresco dining takes your fancy, head to Lido, to enjoy great food and company - a memorable way to experience the thrill of being at sea or enjoy specialty seafood and tender prime cuts at the Verandah.

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Day 6

16 January 2024

Bask in glorious sunshine in idyllic Tenerife

Although it is well known for sailing, there is more to this island than meets the eye. The beautiful sand swept beaches are a wonder to lie on and soak in the sun. More still, Lanzarote’s César Manrique also designed Lago Martiánez, an attraction that integrates both volcanic rock and humanity in this renowned piece of work with artificial islands, gardens, bars and restaurants with saltwater swimming pools.

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Days 7 - 14

17 - 24 January 2024

With eight glorious days at sea, you’ll be spoilt for choice with entertainment options

Queen Mary 2 offers a myriad of experiences to keep you entertained at sea. Be entertained by lavish musical shows, dance in the largest ballroom at sea with a superb resident orchestra, and with four pool areas for relaxation, this wonderful ship has everything you could possibly want for the most marvellous time at sea. Learn a new skill on board, enjoy an art class or join a guided gin tasting. For a more simplistic pleasure, enjoy a magnificent sunrise or sunset from either the comforts of your own room, or from the top deck for truly stunning panoramic views.

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Day 15

25 January 2024

Look out for wonderful wildlife in Walvis Bay, Namibia

Walvis Bay is a relaxed harbour town on Namibia’s harsh Atlantic Coast. It’s protected from the elements by Pelican Point, a long sand spit that also shields a lagoon which is haven for wildlife. Spot a range of seabirds, including pelicans and flamingos and look out for the dolphins, whales and seals that linger around the Pelican Point Lighthouse.

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Days 16 - 18

26 - 28 January 2024

Take a relaxing dip on board with a range of swimming pools and aqua therapy experiences on offer

Cool off in one of Queen Mary 2’s inviting swimming pools at The Pavilion or the Lido or unwind in one of the four whirlpools on offer. Alternatively, indulge yourself in the Aqua Therapy Centre which provides a unique environment for you to explore. Enjoy the thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool or the relaxation area whilst at sea to feel completely rejuvenated.

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Day 19

29 January 2024

Explore Port Elizabeth’s stunning buildings and vibrant markets, or relax on its stunning sandy beaches

White sand beaches curling around azure blue waters are what define this destination. You could spend the day lazing away with your feet in the cool surf or head into town to explore Port Elizabeth’s extensive selection of wonderful markets. To take a walk back in time, visit Pier Street Mosque, which is brilliant and eye-catching, dressed in vivid green and remains one of Port Elizabeth’s most impressive buildings, or visit the Opera house which holds the title of the oldest theatre in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Day 20

30 January 2024

Discover a sanctuary of relaxation on board at the Mareel Spa

Indulge yourself in revitalizing treatments on board Queen Mary 2. The Mareel spa, offers a relaxation sanctuary, which takes inspiration from the oceans on which the vessel sails in order to provide a transformative experience for the mind, body and soul.  Enjoy a relaxing day here, before enjoying the pleasure of congenial company in the evening in one of the many lounges and bars on board.

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Day 21

31 January 2024

Relish a night in port to explore captivating Cape Town

You’ll spend a night in port at cosmopolitan Cape Town, South Africa’s favourite city. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, with the splendour of Table Mountain looking over its shoulder, it’s a city set in impressive surroundings, which are matched by its myriad tourist attractions. You’ll find it all here: quirky independent shops, places of historical interest – such as Robben Island – and beaches galore.

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Days 22 - 24

1 - 3 February 2024

You’ll disembark the regal Queen Mary 2 in Cape Town to enjoy your first wonderful hotel stay

Your wonderful Cunard cruise comes to an end in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Following an overnight in port, you will disembark to begin an incredible series of hotel stays and riveting tours through nature. Here you’ll spend three-nights in a four-star hotel to explore the treasures of Cape Town. Hopping on a cable car to Table Mountain’s summit, you’ll have unforgettable panoramic views of your surroundings. Or in Hout Bay, you could meet the resident Cape fur seals or pick up souvenirs made by artisanal craftspeople at Mariner’s Wharf.

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bell  Overnight: Southern Sun The Cullinan or similar

Days 25 - 27

4 - 6 February 2024

Fly to Pilanesberg for a three-night stay in Pilanesberg National Park to witness magnificent game animals in their natural habitat

Following an unforgettable stint in Cape Town, you will fly to Pilanesberg for a three night stay at a four-star hotel. Here you will embark on thrilling game drives in search of stunning wildlife species, with tours running both in the morning and in the afternoon, you’ll have ample opportunity to spot breath taking animals.

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Day 28

7 February 2024

Your next stop is Pretoria, where you’ll enjoy a hotel stay

Often called the Jacaranda City due to the abundance of the indigo flower that grows everywhere, Pretoria is also one of the best places in South Africa to see grand architecture, spacious town squares and monuments surrounded by immaculately landscaped gardens. The Pretoria Art Museum is home to a vast collection of local artworks and is worth a visit, although you’ll notice that many neighbourhoods in this cultured city are home to works of public art, which has flourished since the country hosted the 2010 football World Cup.

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Days 29 - 31

8 - 10 February 2024

Rail journey through the African wildlands on board the iconic Rovos Rail

Today you’ll embark the height of luxury – the Rovos Rail. During your three-night escapade, fall in love with the bygone era while being surrounding by rich mahogany and impeccable service. Watch as Pretoria fades into the distance and Africa’s majestic landscape blooms outside your window. With 114km of stunning scenery, enjoy reading your book or chatting to your other travellers. You’ll disembark at Hwange National Park for a game drive – look out for the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos.

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Days 32 - 34

11 - 13 February 2024

Experience the natural wonders of Livingstone with a series of phenomenal tours

Whilst spending a three-nights in Livingstone, you’ll join a walking tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls, enjoy a breath-taking sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on board the Lady Livingstone and experience the elegant Royal Livingstone Express train as it travels along the Mulobezi railway line through the heart of the Zambezi River Valley. Each of these experiences are hand-picked to highlight the natural wonders of Livingstone and its wildlife, and are assured to leave you spellbound.

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Day 35

14 February 2024

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home

Today marks the end of your three-night Livingstone hotel stay, you’ll now transfer to the airport for your flight home with a wealth of phenomenal memories.

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Hotel Stays

Southern Sun The Cullinan
★★★★

With a hotel stay at Southern Sun The Cullinan, you can enjoy a perfectly located hotel with amazing amenities. After a sumptuous meal in the Peach Tree, you can then relax with a chilled cocktail in hand at the Stella Cafe & Bar. During the day, the Mangwanani Boutique Spa provides muscle-melting massages in which to re-energise and enjoy your incredible holiday further.
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Bakubung Bush Lodge
★★★★

Ideally located in the Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung Bush Lodge is set in the 57,000-hectare reserve where you can see the big five from your room, or on a game drive through the reserve. From prides of roaming lions to giraffes, Bakubung will bring you closer to the splendour and beauty of the African bush. Facilities include a stunning swimming pool, a Residents Lodge, a serene spa, Marula Grill Restaurant and a poolside Bar. There’s also a Wildlife Centre, gym, volleyball and tennis courts for those looking to stay active.
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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
★★★★★

The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings - the official seat of South Africa’s government - and its gardens, which you can enjoy from the terrace. From sumptuous buffets to re-energising body wraps, let the Sheraton take care of you from delicious dining to great relaxation. In close proximity to nearby attractions including the Pretoria Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History and a Cheetah rescue and breeding centre, there’s plenty to enjoy before heading back for a dip in the pool.

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The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers five-star accommodation close to Victoria Falls, an impressive natural wonder of the world. Named after the first European explorer to see Victoria Falls, the hotel is in easy reach of all the activities associated with this glorious naturescape, from microlight tours to elephant-back safaris. The hotel boasts river-facing rooms, ensuring each guest enjoys the same views. Visit the spa to indulge in a wide selection of exquisite treatments, savour delicious dishes in The Kalai Restaurant, a traditionally styled eatery with buffet and a la carte options, and enjoy an array of South African and international wine in the bar.
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Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Heralded as one of the must-see attractions in Africa and indeed, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls is a true treasure of the Zambezi River. Spanning more than a kilometre long and at a height of more than one-hundred metres, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below – the relentless roar and the feeling of the spray on your face will stay with you forever.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, spotting hippos poking their heads above the water and the cry of fish eagles soaring above your head while you sit back, enjoying drinks and snacks as you drift along the river, taking in the spectacular scenery and viewing the incredible local wildlife. Listen out for the cry of a fish eagle, the snort of an elephant or the rush of water as a hippopotamus breaks the surface. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart of Africa.

Royal Livingstone Express

You’ll be met by the traditional sunset steam train with a red-carpet entrance, as you take your places inside the lounge cars of the locomotive. Swish through the shimmering Zambian bushveld as the untamed wilderness and local villages stream leisurely past your window, on your way to a breathtaking view of the thundering falls, as you dine on a five-course meal in a setting of polished woods, sparkling crystal and 1920s glamour.

Luxury Rail Journey

 

Welcome aboard Rovos Rail

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world - class travel experiences. South Africa’s Rovos Rail travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, affording views of savannah grasslands and mountain vistas. Gourmet food complemented by fine South African wines, the bespoke train safaris through the heart of Africa combining magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel.

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Dining

All meals are served in one sitting in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the Dining Cars. Enjoy fine china, crisp linen and silver.
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Suites

The wood-panelled sleeper coaches, offer every modern convenience and comfort with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard.
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Public Cars

With its open-air balcony, big picture windows, bar, sofas and booths, it has great mingling areas or quiet corners to while away the days.

Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 3 night all-inclusive luxury Rovos Rail journey from Pretoria to Livingstone with off train excursions

Cruise

  • 21 night full-board cruise on board Queen Mary 2
  • FREE Outside to Balcony upgrade
  • Overnight in port in Cape Town

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lady Livingstone river safari
  • Royal Livingstone Express train journey including a five-course dinner and drinks
  • Pilanesberg National Park game drives

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Cape Town at the Southern Sun The Cullinan or similar with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge or similar with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night five-star stay at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel or similar with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa with breakfast

Inbound flight (London arrival - regional flights available) and transfers

Prices From

Departing

11 January 2024

Inside

£7,999pp

Outside

£8,999pp

Balcony

£8,999pp

Duration: 34 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Southampton, Lisbon, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Walvis Bay (Namibia), Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park, Pretoria, Livingstone

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0800 840 5800