Dubai is located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula and in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. To its southeast sits the Sultanate of Oman. Dubai is the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is located to its south.
Day 1: Arrival in Dubai and Dhow Cruise with dinner
On arrival in the glistening Emirati city, you will be received by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Post check-in relax & free for your leisure activity.
Evening with the much-acclaimed Dhow Cruise over Dubai Creek. Skim through the water inlet in a perfectly regal setting and enjoy an international buffet dinner onboard as the Arabian panorama unfolds in front of you.
With this delicious affair comes the end of day 1 in Dubai. You will be transferred to your pre booked hotel.
Day 2: Dubai Desert Safari Tour
As the sun rises, feast on buffet breakfast.
Later, prepare to leave for desert safari with some enthralling desert activities such as dune bashing and off roading. A delicious dinner coupled with an entertaining cultural performance awaits you. Post dinner, head out for your pre book hotel. Overnight stay at Dubai.
Dubai indulges in exciting activities during Dubai Desert Safari like camel riding, sand boarding, jeep racing and quad biking (charges extra).
Day 3 : Aqua venture & Lost Chambers
Yet another day of your itinerary for Dubai commences with delectable breakfast in the hotel.
This day takes you to various rides and adventures in Aquaventure Waterpark. Gaze at the marine wonders as you stroll through Lost Chambers. Return to your prebook hotel.
Day 4 : Dubai City Tour & visit Burj Khalifa
Relish mouth-watering delicacies in your buffet breakfast and embark on the Dubai city tour This half-day city tour will take you to the some of the top tourist attractions of Dubai, like Jumeirah Mosque which is famed for its impeccable architecture, Burj Al Arab, the iconic seven-star hotel.
Get your pictures clicked with the Atlantis in the backdrop. Unwind at the Jumeirah Beach & go shopping in the city’s popular shopping malls.
In the evening, visit Dubai’s impressive skyline, from Burj Khalifa’s (World’s tallest building) observation deck. Return back to your hotel.
Day 5: Dubai Departure for your onwards journey
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel. You’ll get assisted transfers to the Dubai International Airport to catch your flight back home.
Egypt is a country in northeast Africa, parts of the country hang on to the Middle East. Its capital city is Cairo. Egypt is famous for its ancient monuments, such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Day 01: Arrival in Cairo with light & Sound Show at the Pyramids
After arrival, Meet and assist by our local representatives and proceed for immigration & customs’ formalities you will probably be buzzing to explore the city – but you’ll need a hearty meal first. Transfer to your pre book hotel at Cairo .Evening enjoy Sound and light show at the Giza -Pyramids After dinner at local restaurant you will back to your pre -booked hotel. Overnight at the Cairo.
Day 02: Alexandria
Early breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast it’s time to head 2.5 hours (300KM) north to the port city of Alexandria. It is well worth it for the intriguing Roman history and stunning sea views. Once you arrive, you can grab a quick coffee and head to Pompey’s Pillar, one of the largest monoliths of ancient times. The column was dedicated to Serapsis, a deity who was believed to be the protector of Alexandria. A short distance from the pillar is the Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa. Used as burial grounds for the dead for over 200 years, the site is considered one of the Ancient Wonders of the Medieval World. After a long morning of transferring and exploring, head down to the harbor area near the citadel. Sit down for a scrumptious fresh seafood feast at any local restaurant beside Mediterranean Sea. Drive back to Cairo and visit papyrus demonstration. The word "paper" comes from papyrus, which is "the paper plant, or paper made from it." When the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans wanted to jot something down, they used papyrus. Papyrus plants used to grow all over the Nile Delta in Egypt, which is why it was so popular with the King Tut set. Dinner and Overnight stay at Cairo.
Day 03: Cairo
Breakfast at the hotel. Your full day in Cairo is the perfect opportunity to explore the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Full day excursion visiting the Pyramids & Sphinx. After that visit Perfume demonstration and Egyptian Museum with entrance of the Mummies Room. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or the Cairo Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms You can have your Lunch at local restaurant. Evening visit of Khan El Khalili bazaars. Khan el-Khalili is a famous bazaar and souq in the historic center of Cairo, Egypt. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era and named for one of its several historic caravanserais, the bazaar district has since become one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. Dinner & return back to hotel. Overnight stay at Cairo.
Day 04: Cairo – Aswan (For wonderful experience of Nile Cruise)
Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Cairo domestic airport and departure to Aswan Arrival at Aswan airport, meet and assist by our local representative and drive to the city to visit the High Dam. The Egypt Nile Cruise travels between Luxor and Aswan covering a distance of 230 km. ... This is followed by a cruise to Aswan after visiting the Edfu temple and Kom Ombo en route. The embarking on the Egypt Nile Cruise is the best way to get to know the Egyptian history. Embarkation on board of the Nile Cruise. Lunch on board. Rest of the enjoy the stay at Nile cruise.Dinner and overnight on Beautiful Nile cruise
Day 05: Aswan/ KomOmbo/ Edfu
04:00AM early morning departure to visit Abu Simbel excursion by bus through world largest desert – Shahara. Abu Simbel is an ancient temple complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in southern Egypt and located at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples which comprise the site were created during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE) either between 1264 - 1244 BCE or 1244-1224 BCE. After Completing the Abu Simbel tour , you return back on Nile cruise and sailing to KomOmbo. Visit the Temple of KomOmbo (Sobek &Haroeris)- The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo in Aswan Governorate, Upper Egypt. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. Lunch on board and sailing to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on Nile Cruise.
Day 06: Edfu/Luxor
Breakfast on board.Visit the Temple of Edfu (Horus Temple)- The Temple of Edfu is an Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt. The city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek: Ἀπόλλωνος πόλις and in Latin as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus, who was identified as Apollo under the interpretatio graeca. Lunch on board during sailing to Luxor crossing Esna Lock. Arrival at Luxor, In the afternoon, visit Karnak and Luxor Temples. The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, Egypt. The Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary". Night return back to cruise. Dinner and overnight on Nile Cruise.
Day 07: Luxor
Breakfast on board and departure to visit the West bank: Valley of the Kings (3 tombs), Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon. Stop for Alabaster during the visit of the West bank. Lunch and disembarkation from the Nile Cruise and transfer to Sonesta St Georges Hotel In the evening, you will enjoy the shopping at Luxor souks.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Luxor/Cairo/Bombay
Its time to say by to Egypt After Breakfast transfer to Luxor international airport for final departure to destination.
Singapore is a wealthy city state in south-east Asia. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia's economic "tigers". It is also renowned for its conservatism and strict local laws and the country prides itself on its stability and security.
Day 1 — Discover Singapore’s Local Culture
After arrival, Meet and assist by our local representatives and proceed for immigration & customs’ formalities you will probably be buzzing to explore the city – but you’ll need a hearty meal first. Transfer to your pre book hotel at Singapore. For your first day, begin with exploring tourist hot spots like Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam to learn about the diverse cultural heritage of Singapore. Here you can visit old temples, grand mosques, and traditional shops. On Serangoon Road, variety is the key. The main strip of Little India is lined with traditional Indian tailors, jewellery stores, and fashion outlets that will gladden the hearts of shoppers. Similarly, Chinatown is a hub for all things Chinese. This colourful market is your one-stop-shop for traditional Chinese items, imported toys, and rare antiques. On the other end, Kampong Glam is home to mosques, carpet shops, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It has recently seen a surge in boutique cocktail bars and funky restaurants. It’s hard not to have a great time shopping in these picturesque streets known for Singapore’s best offbeat boutiques and vintage styles. Afterward, you can take the metro to the busy Bugis Street for a culinary adventure.. Select from a variety of meals, snacks, desserts or drinks at super cheap prices for an authentic taste of Singapore’s famous street food.
Day 2 — Explore The Island Of Fun At Sentosa.
This island resort off the southern coast of Singapore is well connected to the city by road, cable car, and monorail. Have a blast at Sentosa with the sheer range of water sports – water slides, snorkelling, even swimming with rays and going face to face with sharks! You can also get up close to dolphins. The Maritime Museum here is a treat for history buffs. You can start your day with a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium with over 1000 species of marine animals including Hammerhead Sharks, Nurse Sharks, and the Giant Moray Eel. Later, head over to the nearby Universal Studios. It’s a thrill-a-minute experience here, ranging from a 4-D theatrical experience to death-defying roller coasters. The day promises to be a fun outing for children and adults. However, if you wish to save time, opt for the express pass – it is a tad expensive but will allow you to skip the long lines.
Day 3 — Visit The National Museum, Singapore Botanic Gardens, and Singapore Flyer
On day two of your Singapore itinerary, we check off some major attractions the city has to offer. Begin the day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens — a World Heritage Site, and the only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list. Take your time exploring the picturesque gardens, including the Botanic Centre and Tanglin Gate. You can then head to the National Museum of Singapore on Stamford Road, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this remarkable city and learn about its colonial past. Wind down the day with a scenic ride on the Singapore Flyer, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the city from 165 metres above ground. We recommend saving this for the evening, when the city lights up, giving you unrivalled views from the top.
Day 4 — Enjoy The Iconic Marina Bay
For your second last day in Singapore, make your way to the famed Marina Bay to see the city’s most spectacular location. The multi-billion-dollar Marina Bay Sands complex hosts many attractions like the Science Museum, the Casino, as well as various dining and nightlife spots. Take a stroll through the Helix Bridge into The Shoppes from Marina Square mall and indulge in shopping from a wide range of luxury brands. As the sun sets, the beautiful city of Singapore comes alive with its own bright lights. Make sure to catch the spectacular light show that illuminates several iconic landmarks. With such a gorgeous view.
Day 5 — Witness Singapore’s Exotic Wildlife
Singapore’s zoo is famous all around the world, thanks to its 11 zones that house more than 2000 animals, including over 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Its unique design makes you feel you’re walking in the wilderness. But don’t worry – there are hidden barriers, moats, and glass separating you from the animals. The true highlight of the zoo is a trip to the Night Safari. It gives you a chance to observe the animal kingdom under the light of stars! The animals are housed in specially designed environments that mimic their natural habitats. Once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you will find yourself face to face with endangered animals like the Asian Elephant, Malayan Tapir, and Malayan Tiger. The River Safari, like the name suggests, is a river-themed zoo and aquarium located between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. It has been designed to represent the topography of famous rivers around the world — like the Ganges, Nile, and the Amazon. It is home to some rare creatures like the Mekong freshwater stingrays, West Indian Manatees, and Chinese alligators. With so much history, culture, and entertainment, Singapore never has a boring moment. There’s something here for everyone. Plan your trip to the Lion City with Ithaka and embark on a journey of a lifetime!
— Its time to say good bye to Singapore.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country in Southeast Asia and one of the wealthiest and most developed countries, outranked in GNP only by Singapore and oil-rich Brunei. The Federation of Malaya became an independent country on 31 August 1957.
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Start the day off exploring colonial buildings and areas showcasing Kuala Lumpur’s ethnic mix. In the morning, head to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia. Founded in 1873, the temple was dedicated to Mariamman, also known as Parvati, the South Indian mother goddess. Then travel to the Islamic Arts Museum, home to one of best collections of Islamic decorative arts in the world. From there, make your way to the Thean Hou Temple (65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), a famous Chinese temple, dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly queen. In the late afternoon check out Chinatown at Petaling Street where you can go shopping. You may also check out several Chinese and Indian Temples in this area. For dinner, head to Jalan Alor for some fantastic Malay-Chinese cuisine. There are mostly Chinese restaurants in this unassuming street, where you can sit down on plastic stools along the pavement. If you still have the energy for cocktails, head to the Sky Bar on the top floor of Traders Hotel (Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia).
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur
On your second day, rise early to get to the Batu Caves, just north of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Set on a massive limestone hill, Batu Caves is an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. You will be greeted by a 43 meter-tall golden statue of Lord Murugan, before you climb the 272 steps up into the shrine. Inside, there is a Hindu Shrine lined with different deities. Though it is easy to get around by yourself, availing a tour of the Batu Caves is recommended to learn its history and significance. In the afternoon, make your way to Merdeka Square (Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka). From here, head to Bintang Walk for some shopping. If your accommodation is nowhere near Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), then you can go for dinner in this area. There are plenty of things you can do here, from shopping to dining. You can also get an amazing view of the city from Petronas Tower.
Day 3 and 4: Melaka
Melaka (Malacca in English) is the oldest trading port in Malaysia which served as a link between China and India as well as for other countries in the Far East. This charming city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July of 2008. Conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, by the Dutch in 1641 and later by the British, foreign influences in the city’s historical structures can be found all over Melaka. St. Paul’s Church, Porta de Santiago (A’Famosa), the century old Queen Victoria fountain and the Stadthuys (Dutch Square) are some of the famous attractions in Melaka. There are plenty of interesting attractions in Melaka so a 2-day stay is recommended for first time visitors. Melaka has a wide range of accommodation options, with something for every level of comfort and budget, from beachfront bungalows to luxury boutique hotels. Travelers can also stay in guesthouses and experience local life first hand.
Day 5: Kuala Lumpur
For your final day in Malaysia, head back to Kuala Lumpur and get a one last whirl through the city to take in other attractions that you might have missed. For a wide range and reasonably priced locally made handicrafts, you can explore the Central Market (Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia). This charming old art-deco market building has souvenirs and gifts of different colors, variety and quality. There are also a number of eating places inside for a much needed pit-stop between shops
End of the memorable tour of Malaysia.
Sri Lanka is an island nation in South Asia, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and the Gulf of Mannar. ... The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil, and the currency is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). The island was named Sri Lanka in 1972 after it attained republic status.
Day 1: Colombo
Home to the country’s largest international airport, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s primary gateway. If you’re keen to do a bit of sightseeing before moving onto the country’s stunning hill country region, visit the National Museum of Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park, and the Old City Hall for an introduction to the city’s top sights.
Top things to do in Colombo:
• Walk along the promenade at Galle Face Green
• Admire the city’s impressive colonial-style buildings, including the Old City Hall and Dutch Period Museum
• Escape the hustle and bustle at Viharamahadevi Park
• Indulge in fresh seafood at the legendary Ministry of Crab
Day 2 & 3: Kandy
Kandy, a picturesque city situated in Sri Lanka’s heartland, is a must-visit destination for its spectacular natural beauty and historic and religious significance. The main attraction here is the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka’s holiest shrines, and one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. The temple itself is housed in the Royal Palace complex, which encompasses a series of smaller shrines, museums, and temples.
After you’ve had your fill of temples, take a leisurely stroll around Kandy Lake or hop on a bus and head to the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, home to a collection of cannonball trees, orchids, a spice garden, and a range of wildlife — including monkeys, water monitors, and several species of birds.
Top things to do in Kandy:
• Take a day trip to the ancient city of Sigiriya and Dambulla’s famed rock cave temple
• Watch a Kandyan dance performance at the Kandy Lake Club
• Go hiking through Udawattakele Forest Reserve
• Visit the Botanic Gardens
• Stroll around Kandy Lake
Days 4 & 5: Ella
The train journey from Kandy to Ella is a highlight in its own right; not only is it hailed as one of the most scenic train rides in the world, but it’s also one of the absolute best things to do in Sri Lanka. Winding through lush jungle-clad hills, verdant tea plantations, and colourful towns, the landscapes you’ll pass along the way are beyond stunning (just be sure to snag a seat on the right side of the train for the best views).
When you make it to Ella — a misty mountain town nestled amongst the country’s idyllic Central Highlands — even more spellbinding scenery awaits. Despite its small size, there’s no shortage of incredible things to see and do in this laid-back hill country oasis: hike to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock, swim in cascading waterfalls, walk through tea plantations, or simply admire the unbelievable views from one of Ella’s mountainside guest houses.
Top things to do in Ella:
• Climb up Little Adam’s peak
• Take a cooking class at Ella Spice Garden
• Hike to the top of Ella Rock
• Walk along the rails on Ella’s famous Nine Arch Bridge
• Visit Ravana Falls (located just outside Ella)
• Join a tea plantation tour
Tip: The best way to break up the 4.5-hour drive between Ella and Galle is to stop at Udawalawe National Park on the way. This is, quite possibly, the best place in Sri Lanka to see elephants in their natural habitat, along with sloth bears, sambar deer, water buffalo, crocodiles, and more.
Days 6 & 7: Galle
You’ll know you’ve arrived in Galle when you start feeling as though you’ve temporarily transported from Asia to Europe; this seaside city has a distinctly European flair, thanks to its narrow, cobbled streets and Dutch colonial buildings.
Depicting a blend of European architectural styles and South Asian traditions, the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort is one attraction you can’t miss here. Set aside an afternoon to walk along the fort’s outer walls and explore its historic centre. The Galle Lighthouse, Galle National Museum, and the Old Dutch Hospital — which is one of the oldest buildings in Galle Fort — are only a few of the top highlights you’ll find within this fortified city.
Beyond the fort’s walls, stretches of azure coastline and palm-fringed beaches are only a short rickshaw or bus ride away. Unawatuna Beach, with its golden sand and gentle surf, is a dreamy tropical paradise where you can go snorkelling, surfing, or simply while away the hours from your sun lounger.
The journey back to Colombo takes approximately two to three hours, so you can hire a taxi or hop on a train or bus to get back to the capital at the end of your holiday.
Top things to do in Galle:
• Immerse yourself in history and get lost amongst Galle Fort’s winding alleyways and cobbled streets
• Buy souvenirs and local handicrafts from the shops on Pedlar Street within Galle Fort
• Catch some rays or take a surf lesson at nearby Unawatuna Beach
• Stock up on Sri Lankan spices from markets located just outside Galle Fort
DAY 7: COLOMBO
On the last day of your tour, get transferred to the airport of Colombo for boarding the flight for your onward destination.
Russia, country that stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northern Asia. Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.; commonly known as the Soviet Union), Russia became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.
Day 1: FLIGHT TO SAINT PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works. On arrival at SAINT PETERSBURG …Our local guide will meet you at the airport after clear immigration process, you will directly transfer to your pre-book hotel at Saint Peterburg. Rest of the day you can enjoy this city at your own way. DiOvernight at hotel in Saint Petersburg.
Day 2: SAINT PETERSBURG LOCAL SIGHT SEEING
As the sun rises, feast on buffet breakfast. Then you will proceed for a guided tour of Peter & Paul fortress. The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg. Between the first half of 1700s and early 1920s it served as a prison for political criminals. It has functioned as a museum since 1924. Then we will visit Saviour on spilled blood cathedral. The Church was first built in 1883 to honour the memory of Alexander II, who was responsible for the emancipation of serfs in 1861 that put an end to Russian slavery & another significant aspect of the Church, which is usually the main reason that sparks the desire for a visit, is its breath-taking architecture. The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood differs from other buildings and religious structures in Saint Peter. Overnight at Saint Peterburg.
Day 3: SAINT PETERSBURG
Another beautiful day start with delicious breakfast. Then you will have a guided city tour of historic capital Leningrad now known as Saint Petersburg. Orientation tour to Nevsky Prospekt on Nevsky avenue as main street of the city. Watch many places of attraction like Stroganov Palace, 18th Century shopping mall during the tour. Proceed for world’s one of the best museums, Hermitage formerly known as Winter Palace, a place of amazing art and tradition. It was famous for the residence of the then Russian emperors also with Hermitage Theatre and Auxiliary house. Rest of the day you can enjoy shopping at Saint Peterburg. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: SAINT PETERSBURG – MOSCOW
Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia's symbolic center. It's home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes. ― Google After breakfast today you will proceed Moscow another city of Russia. You will get transferred to Moscow by high-speed train Sapsan. Enjoy the nice scenic journey of countryside. Reach THE CITY OF MONUMENTS – MOSCOW in the afternoon. Rest of the day discover the city at your own. Overnight stay in Moscow.
Day 5: MOSCOW
After breakfast, proceed for the Moscow underground metro tour. Ride the Moscow Metro with a guide. The first metro system built in Russia, the Moscow metro glorified the technological progress of the Soviet Union and is today one of the world's busiest subway systems. It is most famous for its extravagant and unique interior design & the most spectacular art, exalted as the 'Palace of the People’. Learn the history of Russia and the former USSR through its underground art! Then you will visit the world-famous Russian circus. Return back to Hotel. Overnight at Moscow.
Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM MOSCOW
After breakfast check out form the hotel & proceed for a Guided city tour of the historical city. You will cover the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral, enter the fortified complex of Kremlin, Red Square and also the LENIN’S MAUSOLEUM. Then you will be transferred to the airport for homebound flight.
South Africa is a vast country, filled with world-famous game reserves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning beaches and multicultural cities. To explore it fully would take a lifetime. However, those of us that don't have endless vacation time or unlimited resources may have to be content with a much shorter visit. If you only have a few days, don't despair—you can still see several of South Africa's highlights before heading home. In this article, we prove that short trips can still be rewarding by creating the perfect 10 day itinerary.
Arrive in Cape Town, arguably the most beautiful city in the world. As your plane circles above the airport, make sure to look out of the window for iconic Mother City landmarks, including Cape Town Stadium and of course, Table Mountain. Spend an hour or two settling into your accommodation. If it's your first time in the city, book tickets for an afternoon cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, where breathtaking views of the city await.
After a leisurely breakfast, grab your camera and hop into your hire car for a tour of Cape Town's scenic suburbs. Drive south to Boulders Beach, home to a colony of endangered African penguins. Here, a boardwalk winds through the nesting site, allowing you to see these comical little birds up close. Next on the itinerary is Hout Bay, a picturesque fishing town accessed by Chapman's Peak Drive—a winding route famous for its stunning cliff views. When you get there, treat yourself to a fresh seafood lunch. Afterward, it's time to head back to the city center for an afternoon trip to Robben Island. Sightseeing boats leave from the V&A Waterfront, and include a tour of the island on which Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. Here, ex-prisoners explain the story behind the world's most notorious prison, and the role it played in South Africa's fight for freedom. When you get back to the Waterfront spend an hour or two strolling the vibrant boardwalk before choosing one of its many restaurants for dinner
Check out early and drive west into the world-famous Western Cape winelands. There are three main areas—Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, all of them beaming with private wine estates. You can pick one (like the iconic Spier Wine Farm), and spend the day touring the vineyards, tasting different vintages and dining on fine seasonal cuisine. If you can't decide which estate to visit, consider booking a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This hop-on, hop-off tour takes you on an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing scenery of the Franschhoek Valley, stopping along the way for tastings at different estates.
Your fourth day in South Africa brings you back to the coast—to the idyllic town of Hermanus, known as one of the best whale-watching spots in the southern hemisphere. From July to November, southern right whales can be seen in the town's deep bay, often within a 100 meters of shore. The best place to spot them from is Gearing's Point, a rocky promontory with elevated ocean panoramas. Alternatively, book a whale-watching tour with a local company like Southern Right Charters. Even if you're not traveling during whale season, Hermanus is a worthwhile stop, with a wealth of gourmet restaurants—Burgundy is special not only for its excellent menu but for its seaside views as well.
Drive east from Hermanus to Mossel Bay, and from there, join up with the Garden Route—a 186 mile/ 300 kilometer stretch of coastline that includes some of the best spots in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces. The beauty of the route is that it allows you to stop wherever you want. Pause in the town of Wilderness for a stroll along the town's beautiful, windswept beach; or sample one of Knysna's famous oyster restaurants. George is home to one of the best golf courses in South Africa, while The Crags is an ideal stop for families thanks to interactive wildlife sanctuaries like Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. The area around The Crags is full of B&Bs, allowing you to get a good night's sleep after a busy day.
Spend a relaxing morning enjoying the South African hospitality at your B&B before continuing northwards towards Port Elizabeth. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure along the way. Stop at Bloukrans Bridge to throw yourself off the world's highest bridge bungee jump; or park your car and join a ziplining canopy tour in beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Jeffreys Bay is also well worth a visit if you have time—especially if you happen to have an interest in surfing. Home to some of the best waves in Africa, this charismatic town has played host to top pros like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, and South Africa's own Jordy Smith. Spend the night just north of Port Elizabeth at idyllic Dungbeetle River Lodge.
Day 07, 08 & 09:
No South African adventure would be complete without a safari. Save the best for last by spending your final three days in nearby Addo Elephant Park. It's not as famous or as vast as Kruger National Park, but it is far less crowded. It has the same incredible variety of wildlife—including all of the Big Five. Best of all, Addo is an affordable option for everyone, since it's possible to explore in your own vehicle for a fraction of the cost of a guided game drive. If you want the expertise of a local tracker, you can still book game drives through your accommodation, or at the main reception. Addo is especially famous for its huge elephant herds—on a hot day, you're likely to see hundreds of them at waterholes like Rooidam and Gwarrie Pan. In addition to lion and leopard, the park also has its fair share of smaller predators—many of them quite rare. Keep an eye out for caracals, aardwolves and bat-eared foxes.
Sadly, your time in the best country on Earth is coming to a close. Head into Port Elizabeth for one last brunch, before returning your hire car and catching a flight back to Cape Town for your return trip home. Don't be too sad, though—there's still so much of South Africa left to explore that you'll have plenty of reasons to return.