SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Panoramic Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), South Africa

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Take in the landmarks of Port Elizabeth from the comfort of your coach, leaving you with a wonderful impression of South Africa’s beloved Friendly City.


    At the entrance to the harbor, note the soaring Campanile, which was erected in 1923 and holds a carillon of 23 bells in honor of the area’s first British settlers. Continuing along the scenic shore, you’ll pass the lovely suburb of Summerstrand, drive through the campus of the Nelson Mandela University and perhaps stop at Shark Rock Pier to take in panoramic views of the city.


    Pausing for photos whenever possible, see the beautiful Victorian Gothic Main Library, the Feather Market, constructed during the ostrich feather boom, and Dias Cross, a tribute to Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, who erected a cross nearby after discovering Algoa Bay in 1488. At the Donkin Reserve park, you’ll observe a stone pyramid dedicated to Elizabeth Donkin, after whom the city was named in the 1820s. Admire well-preserved Fort Frederick and two sporting venues, Saint George’s Park Cricket Ground, which is South Africa’s oldest bowling green, and the more modern Nelson Mandela Stadium, all testament to Port Elizabeth’s dynamic role in South Africa’s history.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature, with walking at the guest’s discretion during stops. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Thanda Safari Lodge (RIC-DUR) - Double Occupancy

    Richards Bay, South Africa

    Duration 2 Days / 1 Night

    Enjoy a scenic drive from Richards Bay to the Thanda Private Game Reserve, home to the Big 5. The integration of South Africa's best climate and rich bush land has made Thanda Private Game Reserve the top award-winning safari destination in South Africa. This program allows for early morning and evening game drives which increases your chances of seeing wildlife as this is when they are most active.


    DAY 1
    Disembark in Richards Bay and meet your English-speaking representative who will accompany you on the road transfer to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The travel time approximately 2.5 hours.


    Thanda is a spectacular private game reserve set in 14,000 hectares of Big 5 indigenous bush and Thanda Safari Lodge is the reserve’s flagship property. Each of the 9 suites has their own majestic master bedroom, double sided fireplace, large bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers. The common areas include an inviting lounge, an expansive deck overlooking a watering hole, a cigar bar, a wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa.


    On arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by game rangers who will transfer you to your lodge in 4-wheel drive open vehicles.


    Gather for high tea before departing on an afternoon game drive. Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush following your game drive with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species.


    Return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner is served.


    DAY 2
    The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.


    Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast.


    After breakfast, gather your belongings and complete check-out formalities before transferring to the Durban Harbor. Travelling time is approximately 4 hours. A packed lunch will be provided for the journey.


    Land Program Step by Step:
    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details, including timings and any flights indicated below, are approximate and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Shore Excursion Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.


    DAY 1
    11:30am Disembark in Richards Bay and transfer by road to Thanda Private Game Reserve
    2:00pm Upon arrival at the lodge, check-in
    Afternoon high tea will be served, guests will be shown to their rooms
    4:00pm Afternoon game drive
    7:00pm Return to the lodge
    7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge
    Overnight at the Thanda Safari Lodge


    DAY 2
    5:00am Early wake-up call
    Gather in the living area for tea, coffee and biscuits
    6:00am Early morning game drive
    9:00am Breakfast at the lodge
    9:30am Gather belongings and complete check-out formalities
    10:00am Depart Thanda Safari Lodge for Durban (packed lunch provided)
    2:30pm Approximate arrival time at Durban’s harbor


    Expected Weather:
    South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is June and midsummer is December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year. Expect it to be hot during the day and much cooler in the evenings. On average - 25°C / 77°F


    What to Bring:
    Sunhat, sunblock, camera, chargers, binoculars, something warm as the mornings and evenings may be cool


    Local Currency:
    ZAR (credit cards accepted)


    Electricity
    South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.
    If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.
    Outlets in South Africa require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.
    Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.
    Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.


    Documents and Visa Requirements:
    Guests must bring their passport with them
    Please consultant the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations for your nationality


    Please Note:

    • The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the reserve
    • During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker or jacket
    • Please note that the game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy”. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back & neck problems
    • Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed
    • Children under 5 years of age are not permitted
    • This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge staff

    • Program Includes for guests

      • 1 night at Thanda Safari Lodge (Villa) including accommodation, game drives, all meals and local beverages during meals and afternoon game drive.
      • Limited drinks package, soft drinks available all day, house wines and local spirits and beers on evening game drives, pre-dinner and at dinner
      • Transport in a luxury air-conditioned coach with A/C and PA system
      • 1 x lunch box on Day 2
      • Qualified English-speaking tour guide to accompany on transfers to/from the lodge
      • Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person
      • 1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers


      We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the lodge listed in the program.


      Program Excludes for guests:

      • Any other meals not listed above
      • All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits and liquor
      • Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff
      • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curio shop purchases and laundry
      • Any other discounts or promos offered by NCL including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts


      Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.


      All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Not combinable with any other discounts or promos including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts.


      Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid-cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.


    Need to Know:

    Note: One room is included in the per person single or double cost of this program and will be assigned for any bookings up to 2 guests regardless of cabin size on the ship. If additional bedding or rooms are required for this program, please contact Norwegian Cruise Line in advance of travel to request and price accordingly. Requests must be received at least 65 days before departure and confirmations will be based on availability at the time of request.
    • Adult from: $999.00 USD
    • Child from: $999.00 USD
    DURATION 2 Days / 1 Night
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green-Ecological Village Clil & West Galilee

    Tel-Aviv (Haifa), Israel

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    Visit an independent, eco-friendly village in west Galilee where the residents live “off the grid” much like the inhabitants did thousands of years ago. Life in Clil is mostly agricultural and entirely in harmony with nature. The landscape is blanketed with organic gardens and ancient olive groves that are harvested using traditional methods. Alternative medicine is commonly practiced, and the businesses are green and sustainable. Artist Batya Margalit will offer her perspective of living in the community and how she invented a gas-fueled oven because there wasn’t electricity. Similarly, the founder of Tzuf honey will show you around the organic honey company that he founded in Clil. The story of Clil is inspirational, as is the nurturing lifestyle. A light lunch follows at a boutique dairy farm in nearby Kibbutz Shomrat. There, you will sample a variety of cheeses and yogurts made from goat’s milk using time-honored techniques.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Explore the village of Clil, whose residents live completely “off the grid.”
    • Meet an artist that works with glass and hear her perspective of the Clil lifestyle.
    • See how organic Tzuf honey is produced in Clil while touring the company’s apiary.
    • Dine on organic cheeses and yogurts at a family-owned dairy farm near Clil.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking and/or standing over mostly uneven and natural ground and approximately 40 steps to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing, hat, sunscreen, and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (Double Occupancy)

    Safaga, Egypt

    Duration 2 days/1 Night

    Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings.


    Note: Due to the amount of walking over uneven terrain and steps at the tombs, this program is not recommended for guests with walking difficulty or those who utilize a wheelchair, walker or scooter.


    Day 1
    Upon disembarking the ship in Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival a stop will be made for lunch after which you will visit the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.


    The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them.


    The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C.


    At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.


    Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris.


    After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.


    Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in.


    In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It’s an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.


    Please note:
    Dinner will be served at the hotel from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

    Day 2
    Following a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, hidden in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings’ formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. During your time here, you will receive a ticket valid for entry to up to three tombs of your choice. Cameras may now be used inside the tombs for a fee and can be paid directly to the guide.


    NOTE:
    there are a series of steps (up to approximately 20 steps per chamber) to go down into the various tombs and the ground surrounding the tombs is uneven and dusty. It is also extremely hot here.


    Continuing, enjoy a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, whose unique design features a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here you will proceed for a visit to Medinet Habu. Built by Ramses III, this temple is among the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III.


    After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon. This structure was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.


    Enjoy a buffet lunch back at your hotel before you depart for the 3.5-hour drive back to Safaga to re-embark the ship.


    Land Program Step by Step:
    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details and the timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.


    Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Shore Excursion Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.


    Day 1
    • AM The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt • 8:30am Disembark and proceed to the port terminal for security screening • 9:00am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled
    • 12:30pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee
    • 1:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple
    • 1:45pm Visit Karnak Temple
    • 3:30pm Proceed to Luxor Temple
    • 3:45pm Visit Luxor Temple
    • 4:45pm Proceed to your hotel for check in
    • 5:00pm Check in; Optional shopping with your guide
    • 7:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple
    • 8:00pm Sound and light show
    • 9:00pm Drive back to the hotel
    • 9:30pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee, one glass of local wine or one bottle of local beer
    • Buffet dinner will be served from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for those who opt out of the show
    • Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar hotel in Luxor


    Day 2
    • 7:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel
    • 8:00am Cross the Nile to the west bank
    • 8:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings
    • The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice
    • 10:15am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple
    • 10:30am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple
    • 10:40am Proceed to Habu Temple
    • 10:45am Visit Habu Temple
    • 11:30am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon
    • 11:35am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon
    • 11:40am Back to your hotel
    • 12:15pm Lunch and check out
    • 1:30pm Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.
    • 5:00pm Arrive back in Safaga and rejoin the ship


    Expected weather:
    Temperatures in Luxor average about 30°C / 86°F


    What to bring:
    Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen


    Currency:
    Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted


    Electricity:
    220- 240 V. Adaptors are not available therefore we suggest you bring your own travel adaptor should you require it.


    Luggage:
    A carry-on size piece of luggage is suggested for this one night stay


    Hotel Name:
    Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel Gazirat Al Awameyah, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt Phone: +20 95 2382575


    *We only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is substituted, it will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in the program.


    Documentation:
    • Passports must be brought with you on the program
    • Visas are not required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens
    • Please check your local Egyptian Embassy for further information


    Included:
    • 1 night at the Sonesta St. George Luxor or similar (Run of House Room)
    • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
    • Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals
    • Entrance fees
    • English-speaking guide throughout the program


    One room is included in the per person single or double cost of this program and will be assigned for any bookings up to 2 guests regardless of cabin size on the ship. If additional bedding or rooms are required for this program, please contact Norwegian Cruise Line in advance of travel to request and price accordingly. Requests must be received at least 65 days before departure and confirmations will be based on availability at the time of request.


    Not Included:
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
    • Any meals or beverages not listed above
    • Any other discounts or promos offered by NCL including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts


    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.


    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Not combinable with any other discounts or promos including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts.


    Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid-cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.


    Need to Know:

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.


    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations.


    Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.


    • Adult from: $599.00 USD
    • Child from: $599.00 USD
    DURATION 2 days/1 Night
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Passport
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    Explore The Colorful South

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    This wonderful full-day excursion gives a true insight into the different spectrums of Mauritian scenery to be found.


    Leaving the pier, you will travel from the center of Curepipe along a tarred road that leads gently up to and round the rim of Trou-aux-cerfs, an extinct volcanic crater, whose floor is now heavily wooded. Making a photo-stop here, you will be treated to a magnificent view over the entire island and its towering mountain ranges.


    Your drive continues from here to Grand-Bassin (Ganga Talao), a sacred lake and pilgrimage place for the Hindu where you will have a guided visit. In this idyllic location there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Hindu deities and many Hindu pilgrims make the walk in bare feet from their homes to the lake. Hindu legend is that the lake is filled with the waters of the holy Ganges of India, making this a very significant place for all Hindus.


    From here, you will next make your way through the forest reserve of Plaine-Champagne, with a stop at a viewpoint that looks out over the spectacular Black River Gorges. Further down the winding road, you will reach a local restaurant with a breathtaking view over the coastline for lunch.


    Traveling along through thick Chinese Guava groves, your route next takes you to discover the magnificent Chamarel waterfall which emerges from the moors on the way down to view the unique seven-colored earths of Chamarel. These unusual mounds of undulating land that stretch in contrasting rainbow colored layers of earth are believed to be the result of weathering and volcanic origin.


    Your journey back takes you down a winding road that unveils the West coast - the Morne Mountain where you will have a final photo stop, and Benitiers Island. Before reaching the pier in Port Luis, your route will pass the fishing villages and the famous salt pans of Black River.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Go Local - Crafts & Gastronomy - Basket Weaving, Honey, Cheese

    Limassol, Cyprus

    Duration 6 hrs

    Gain an appreciation for some of Cyprus’ crafts and foods by visiting a traditional baker, beekeeper and basket weaver. Your first stop will be the village of Larnaca, where you will stop at the Byzantine church Agios Lazaros and at a bakery for a snack of koupes, a traditional street food stuffed with minced meat and spices. Cyprus is known for its extraordinary honey, which you will hear about from a beekeeper in the rustic village Valva. You will also taste the honey, which may reflect a bouquet of flora such as thyme, eucalyptus and orange blossom. Once you arrive in the village of Choirokotia, artisan Petros Nicolaou will demonstrate the art of basket-weaving, a trade he learned from his grandparents. It takes about three hours to make a single basket from water reeds, and it is a fascinating process. While observing Nicolaou’s artistry, you will sample local delicacies that include halloumi cheese made in a basket.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Stop in a historical village to snack on a traditional street food known as koupes.
    • Sample honey that reflects the flavors of the local flora in another village.
    • Watch a basket weaver demonstrate his prodigious talents as you snack on local cheese.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about two hours of walking and standing over even and uneven ground and dozens of steps. It is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Swakopmund Sightseeing

    Walvis Bay, Namibia

    Duration 5 hrs

    Explore Swakopmund’s colonial past during this orientation tour that includes a visit to the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Journey along the scenic coast to the mouth of the Swakop River and find Swakopmund, an enchanting seaside resort that resembles a Bavarian village. You’ll see the town’s colonial past reflected in the early 19th-century art nouveau architecture found on many appealing buildings that have been declared national monuments. Discover the neo-Baroque German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the elegant historic Railway Station, which is now the Swakopmund Hotel’s reception area. After passing the town’s historic jetty, you’ll walk to the Karakulia Weavers where Karakul sheep wool is spun, dyed and woven into rugs and wall hangings. Explore the Kristall Gallery, which displays crystals weighing up to 14 tons, and appreciate free time at the Brauhaus Gallery, a town center shopping arcade. En route back to Walvis Bay, you’ll pause for photos at Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the area, then make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon and tidal flood plains, declared a Wetland of International Importance, and marvel at its rich marine life and myriad bird species.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Uncover early 19th-century art nouveau architecture in Swakopmund, a seaside resort town that evokes a Bavarian village.
    • See the lovely neo-Baroque German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the ornate former Railway Station.
    • View the town’s beloved jetty and the Karakulia Weavers, where sheep wool is made into rugs and wall hangings.
    • Study crystals up to 14 tons at the Kristall Gallery and browse the shops in the Brauhaus Gallery.
    • Observe the Walvis Bay Lagoon and tidal flood plains, recognized internationally for its environmental importance.
    • Capture dramatic photos at the commanding Dune 7, the area’s tallest sand dune.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Wear casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
    • Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.


    Need to Know:

    NOTES: This tour includes approximately 1.5-hours of walking/standing, plus additional optional walking during photo stops and free time. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Guests wishing to purchase gemstones at the Kristall Galerie, are required to produce a photocopy of their passport. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Durban City Tour

    Durban, South Africa

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore Durban's unique blend of diverse Asian, African and European cultural influences during a tour of this coastal city.


    Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the palm tree-lined Victoria Embankment. Pass by highlights such as the Vasco Da Gama Clock, the Dick King Statue, the imposing Durban Club and the Yacht Club, before stopping briefly at Currie Hill for panoramic views and photo opportunities of the city below.


    Visit the Durban Botanical Gardens. Upon arrival, you will take a leisurely stroll through the lush gardens, which house a wide variety of local flora and are renowned for their orchid house and rare collection of cycads, a plant dating back to prehistoric times.


    Your scenic drive also takes you past the Old Market Square, which is reminiscent of the City Hall in Belfast and serves as Durban's municipal offices. Drive by the Juma Mosque, which is reputedly the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and famous for its massive golden dome and turrets, stopping for pictures at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.


    Pay a visit to the Victoria Street Market, commonly known as the Indian Market. Browse amongst a splendid array of delicately-fashioned ebony and ivory ornaments, herb and spice stalls, and wooden carvings. Bargains are endless, and time permitting, you’ll have a brief time to shop independently.

    Need to Know:

    NOTES: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking, plus optional walking during photo stops. Tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    • Adult from: $39.00 USD
    • Child from: $39.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Shakaland

    Richards Bay, South Africa

    Duration 7 hrs

    Relive the history of King Shaka, King of the Zulus, during this enriching visit to the tribal village of Shakaland.


    Journey through Empangeni en route to Shakaland, the location where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your Zulu guide and share welcome refreshments before being invited to relive the momentous and turbulent days of King Shaka, a revered early 19th-century Zulu ruler. During your walking tour through the Zulu village, see a variety of displays, including women doing beadwork, weaving mats, sculpting pottery, baking bread and brewing beer. You’ll also watch the men make a spear and shield as well as build a beehive-style grass hut.


    Enter the chief’s hut to observe Zulu dancers performing rapturous rhythmic drum dances and witness a ritual done by the traditional healer, or sangoma, followed by a short audio-visual presentation and some time at your leisure to browse the village’s enticing curio shops. Delight in a traditional Zulu buffet lunch at the Kwabonamanzi restaurant overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake, a satisfying finale to your fascinating outing.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes walking over reasonably level gravel surfaces. There can be muddy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. This is a “living” museum. As such, it is customary for unmarried Zulu women to be uncovered from the waist up. Guests are expected to tip the Zulu dancers for taking their photographs or filming them. Only local currency is accepted at the curio shop. The order of sites viewed or visited may vary. Travel time from the pier to Shakaland is approximately 1 ½ hours each way by coach.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Highlights Of Mossel Bay

    Mossel Bay, South Africa

    Duration 2 hrs

    Discover highlights of beguiling Mossel Bay and explore a museum complex dedicated to the first European to land in South Africa. Enjoy an enlightening drive around Mossel Bay, a beach-blessed city in the shadow of the Outeniqua Mountains that was named by a Dutch explorer in 1601, when he found a huge collection of mussel shells in a nearby cave. As you travel along the town’s charming streets, you’ll learn that South Africa’s first post office was established here centuries ago after sailors began leaving letters in the cleft of a milkwood tree so that other sailors could deliver them on their journeys.


    See that revered, 500-year-old tree, now a National Monument, standing near the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, which is named for a Portuguese navigator who was the first European to set foot in South Africa in his search for a spice route to the Far East. During your time at the complex, perhaps you’ll visit the absorbing Shell Museum or the Maritime Museum, where a replica of Dias’ ship is on exhibit, along with early maps and navigation instruments. Experience the compelling sites and seafaring history of enchanting Mossel Bay on this captivating excursion.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately one hour of easy walking. There are a few steps to negotiate and ramps are available. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Arrangements may be made with the guide to not participate in the walk at the museum. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat,comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Walking Tour of Luderitz

    Luderitz, Namibia

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Stroll through colonial Luderitz and admire the spectacular architecture built during the town’s heyday at the beginning of the 20th century, when diamonds were discovered nearby.


    After walking from the pier, you will soon be immersed in the German ambiance of bayside Luderitz. Although Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed here in 1488, the area remained unsettled until German tobacco merchant Adolf Luderitz purchased much of the surrounding land nearly 400 years later. The sleepy port soon became an important supply post for Germany’s colonization of southwest Africa, and Luderitz grew accordingly, especially after diamonds were discovered in the nearby Namib Desert.


    As you approach Luderitz’s prominent Diamond Hill, you will see Goerke Haus, one of the most extravagant mansions built during the boom at the start of the 20th century. Renovated and full of period furnishings, the estate was built for diamond entrepreneur Hans Goerke in an Art Nouveau style with German and African themes.


    Felsenkirche is another outstanding Diamond Hill landmark. The Evangelical Lutheran church was built in 1912 with private donations from German citizens and is renowned for the stained-glass panel above its altar, which Emperor Wilhelm II donated.


    Finally, there is Luderitz Museum, where you will learn more about Germany’s colonization efforts, the diamond industry and Namibia’s flora and fauna. Interesting artifacts include whalebones, photos of the indigenous people and colonial mining equipment. After visiting, you may follow the guide back to the pier or return later on your own.

    Need to Know:

    NOTES: This tour includes 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking that includes some steps and uphill walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.


    • Adult from: $39.00 USD
    • Child from: $39.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    La Digue Highlights

    La Digue, Seychelles

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Experience the Old World beauty and charm of the Seychelles during an orientation tour of picturesque La Digue. Enjoy a scenic drive to L’Union Estate, where you’ll gain insight into La Digue’s history at the estate’s old Creole house and coconut factory, and delight in daily life characterized by a decidedly relaxed pace punctuated by bicycles. Continue to La Digue’s beaches, considered to be among the world’s finest, including nearby Anse Source D’Argent, which has been called a bather’s and photographer’s dream. You’ll thrill to the soft white sands and dramatic granite boulders that have long enchanted visitors to the island. Keep a sharp lookout for the resident avian wonders, as you might catch sight of a Seychelles paradise flycatcher, a rare bird endemic to these islands that sports glossy black plumage with elongated tail feathers.

    Need to Know:

    Part of the drive is over packed sand roads which can be bumpy. Tour is not available for wheel chair guests and not recommended for those with walking or mobility concerns. Guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed.

    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Saturday, July 02, 2022 at 02:02pm