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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.

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    • Adult from: $39.00 USD
    • Child from: $39.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Nosy Komba - Isle of Lemurs

    Nosy Be, Madagascar

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Enjoy meeting the locals and being entertained by whimsical lemurs on this delightful tour to nearby Nosy Komba. ...
    Enjoy meeting the locals and being entertained by whimsical lemurs on this delightful tour to nearby Nosy Komba. more...

    Enjoy meeting the locals and being entertained by whimsical lemurs on this delightful tour to nearby Nosy Komba.


    Board your local boat from the ship's gangway and cruise across the east coast of Nosy Be to Nosy Komba, passing the verdant Lokobe evergreen forest along the way. Reaching the fishing village of Ampangoriana, you will tender ashore (please note it is a "wet" landing) and then have a bit of time to mingle with the locals and browse for souvenirs. Approximately 500 yards from the village is the Black Lemur Sanctuary, home to Madagascar's most famous residents, the black lemurs. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to observe these lively creatures as they leap from tree to tree. The black lemurs are the males and the brown lemurs the females. Although these animals live in the wild, they are tame enough to be fed with bananas and their capricious behavior will no doubt be fun to watch.


    Leaving the sanctuary, you will walk to a nearby snack bar where you will be treated to a light snack while relaxing in the shade of a Tamarind tree and taking in the wonderful views of the Lokobe Reserve and surrounding islands. During your break, the local Sakalava embroiders will give you a demonstration on tablecloth making and the village children will perform a brief folk show for you. Free time will be provided for you to stroll on the beach, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a dip in the ocean.


    At the conclusion of your visit, you will re-board your boat and cruise back to Nosy Be and your awaiting ship.


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    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 3/4 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. ...
    Relive the history of King Shaka, King of the Zulus, during this enriching visit to the tribal village of Shakaland. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
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    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Coral Cruise

    Port Victoria, Seychelles

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Discover the magic of the Seychelles during this captivating visit to its mesmerizing underwater realm. ...
    Discover the magic of the Seychelles during this captivating visit to its mesmerizing underwater realm. more...

    Discover the magic of the Seychelles during this captivating visit to its mesmerizing underwater realm.


    After embarking on your catamaran, depart the pier for a delightful cruise over coral reefs to lush Moyenne Island. Upon arrival, you’ll receive safety instructions and snorkeling equipment, then begin exploring the island’s fascinating aquatic ecosystem, glimpsing tropical species that include scorpion, parrot and butterfly fish, as well as red gorgonian coral fans.


    After your snorkeling adventure, transfer from your catamaran to a semi-submarine viewer featuring a window through which you can behold the abundant marine life and, with the assistance of a helpful guide, thrill to hand-feeding the fish who call these warm waters home. You’ll surely cherish your immersion into the undersea world of the idyllic Seychelles.


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    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    A Day in Jerusalem & Bethlehem

    Tel-Aviv (Haifa), Israel

    Duration 11 1/2 hrs

    Explore two of the world's most historical cities as you step back in time with visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. ...
    Explore two of the world's most historical cities as you step back in time with visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. more...

    Explore two of the world's most historical cities as you step back in time with visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.


    Your tour begins with a beautiful scenic drive from Haifa into the Judean Hills. As you ascend into these hauntingly stark hills, your coach will be traveling along the same route used for centuries to reach Jerusalem. The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the center of the world. As you navigate your way through this amazing city, you will pass some of Israel's most notable landmarks, such as the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and the State Supreme High Court. After an interesting overview of the city, you'll proceed toward the Mount of Olives where time will be allowed to take photos from this highly favorable vantage point that provides an unparalleled and breathtaking panorama of the walled Old City. Near the base of the Mount, you will find the picturesque Gardens of Gethsemane, site of an ancient olive oil press yard that is surrounded by 1,000-year-old trees. Here you can also see the impressive Church of All Nations.


    Following an unforgettable morning, you will be treated to a relaxing lunch at a local hotel before it's time to continue your exploration of this fascinating destination with a walking tour of the historical Old City. Entering via the Jaffa Gate, your walk will take you past some of the most sacred sites in religious history. As you make your way along a route that flanks the colorful bazaar, you'll observe the Christian Quarter, which rests beside a part of the famous Via Dolorosa, believed by many to be the route Jesus followed as he carried his cross to Calvary. Amongst the sites you will view is the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. With its stunning blue and gold ceramic tiles, this amazing shrine is considered the third holiest site in Islam. You will also view the famous Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world because it is believed to have been closest to where the Holy Ark once stood. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on the hill known as Golgotha, the Church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.


    Rejoining your coach, you'll leave the city behind and make your way through the Judean Hills to the edge of the desert, where the legendary town of Bethlehem is found. Your time here includes a visit to Manger Square and the renowned Church of the Nativity. This extraordinary church is built over a grotto that is believed to be the location of Jesus' birth. Due to time constraints and very long lines to enter the actual grotto, doing so is usually not a possibility. After what will no doubt be a highly memorable visit, you'll re-board your coach and enjoy a leisurely drive back to the ship.


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    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 11 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Masada & The Dead Sea

    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel

    Duration 11 1/2 hrs

    You will experience the world's most incredible scenery and historical finds as you journey first to the Dead Sea and then on to Masada, a mountain fort that is now a national Jewish shrine, and world famous for its recognition by UNESCO for its unique structure and history. ...
    You will experience the world's most incredible scenery and historical finds as you journey first to the Dead Sea and then on to Masada, a mountain fort that is now a national Jewish shrine, and world famous for its recognition by UNESCO for its unique structure and history. more...

    You will experience the world's most incredible scenery and historical finds as you journey first to the Dead Sea and then on to Masada, a mountain fort that is now a national Jewish shrine, and world famous for its recognition by UNESCO for its unique structure and history.


    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first travel through the dramatic landscape of the Negev desert and descend 3,600 feet toward the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. Your first stop will be at the breathtaking location of Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. Upon arrival, you will ascend by cable car to the summit of this mountaintop fortress which was built by Herod the Great. Plenty of time will be allowed to explore the magnificent ancient ruins, which include Herod's three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls and the water cisterns that are still to this day considered an engineering feat.


    After a morning of extraordinary vistas, you will be treated to a relaxing lunch overlooking the pale, still waters of the Dead Sea. Following your meal, you will be given the opportunity to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. With more salt and minerals than any other body of water in the world, the Dead Sea is considered to be a natural health and beauty spa.


    Your afternoon continues with a picturesque drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran and the Qumran Visitor's Center. From this vantage point, the Qumran Caves are clearly visible. It was here in 1947 that a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world.


    Departing Qumran, you'll ascend into the Judean Hills, sighting Jericho to the north as you make your way back to Ashdod. Undoubtedly, the impact of the remarkable sites you have seen will remain with you for many years to come.


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    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 11 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Vallee De Mai Nature Walk

    Praslin, Seychelles

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Embrace the exquisite beauty of the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve during a scenic and memorable nature walk inside this World Heritage Site. ...
    Embrace the exquisite beauty of the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve during a scenic and memorable nature walk inside this World Heritage Site. more...

    Embrace the exquisite beauty of the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve during a scenic and memorable nature walk inside this World Heritage Site.


    Depart the pier for the drive to the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Upon arrival, you will commence your guided walking tour. Along the way, you will see tropical vegetation and many species of rare, endemic palms that include the unique double coconut, or coco de mer, which bears the largest nut in the plant kingdom. This idyllic paradise is also home to the rare black parrot, which feeds on the reserve's abundant fruit.


    Following your nature walk, a refreshing beverage will be served before re-boarding your bus for the return drive to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
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    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Israel: Grand Overland - Single Occupancy

    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel

    Duration 2 Days / 1 Night

    This amazing 2-day adventure fully showcases the mesmerizing sights and extraordinary heritage of Israel. The memories of your time spent immersing yourself in the cultural environment and sounds of this captivating land will no doubt remain with you long after you have left its borders. Explore the heart of the Holy Land by visiting many of the most hallowed religious areas, including the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the Dead Sea and Nazareth. ...
    This amazing 2-day adventure fully showcases the mesmerizing sights and extraordinary heritage of Israel. The memories of your time spent immersing yourself in the cultural environment and sounds of this captivating land will no doubt remain with you long after you have left its borders. Explore the heart of the Holy Land by visiting many of the most hallowed religious areas, including the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the Dead Sea and Nazareth. more...

    This amazing 2-day adventure fully showcases the mesmerizing sights and extraordinary heritage of Israel. The memories of your time spent immersing yourself in the cultural environment and sounds of this captivating land will no doubt remain with you long after you have left its borders. Explore the heart of the Holy Land by visiting many of the most hallowed religious areas, including the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the Dead Sea and Nazareth.


    This overnight program is conducted in a minibus holding no more than 10 guests and a driver and guide in each vehicle.


    DAY 1
    Departing the port of Ashdod, you will have a scenic drive to Jerusalem crossing Israel’s low land and up the Judean Mountains. The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the center of the world. Note: Eat a hearty breakfast on board before departing.


    Your visit to Jerusalem will start with a stop at Mount Scopus. From this vantage point high above the city, you will have the opportunity to see the breathtaking view of the entire city spread out in front of you.


    Next you will visit the Garden of Gethsemane. According to the gospels, it was here in these olive groves that Jesus and his disciples prayed together on the night before he was arrested. You will also have time to visit the Church of the Agony, also Known as the Church of All Nations, which displays a mosaic depicting the betrayal of Jesus by Judas.


    After a short drive you’ll start your voyage back in history. With your guide you will now start your walk through the Old City via the Dung Gate. You will visit the Western Wall which early European visitors nicknamed the "Wailing Wall" as it where Jews gathered to mourn the destruction of their temple by the Romans in 70AD. Revered as the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple, the massive Western Wall is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. The Wall is the most sacred Jewish shrine in world.


    Coming out of the Jewish Quarter and crossing the Muslim Quarter you will follow part of the route of the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Cross). This ancient cobbled road runs between the supposed location of Jesus' trail by Pontius Pilate and the site of his crucifixion. This route will lead you to the Hill of Golgotha and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ's crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.


    The 12th century church is shared by several Christian denominations. Steep steps lead to the second level where a shrine is situated in Calvary or Golgotha. Explore this huge church and experience the unique atmosphere of this place created by pilgrims from all over the world. Note: expect crowds and possible delays here.


    Re-join your minibus at the Jaffa Gate and you will be driven to your lunch venue.


    After lunch, you’ll head south through the Judean Hills to the city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, located on the desert rim. Here you will visit the Church of the Nativity with a local guide. Built by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 339AD, this church is a UNESCO world heritage site and is built above a cave where the birth of Jesus is believed to have taken place. It is an important place of pilgrimage in the Christian faith. After your visit you will be given some time to browse through the various craft shops that can be found in this area.


    Back on your minibus you will drive back to Jerusalem for a panoramic drive through the city. You will pass by some important landmarks including the Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), the State Supreme High Court and the illuminated Old City walls- definitely an unforgettable site.


    Check in to your hotel where the remainder of the evening is at your leisure and dinner is on your own.


    DAY 2
    After a enjoying an Israeli buffet breakfast at your hotel, check out and proceed across the Judean Desert to one of the wonders off the world, the Dead Sea.


    At more than 400m (1280 feet) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. The mineral laden water is undrinkable and supports no life. You will visit a leading resort on its shore and experience a classic moment for travelers to the Holy Land: a “Floating Experience”. The saltwater keeps even non-swimmers afloat.


    Situated on the northern part of the Dead Sea, not far from Jericho, this beach offers the ultimate opportunity, to experience floating in the salty water along with using the famous mineral mud that you can find naturally on the sea floor.
    After leaving the Dead Sea, drive along the Jordan Valley to your lunch venue located in a restaurant by the Sea of Galilee.


    After lunch, visit Yardenit, the baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River. Here a short visit will be made to the Baptism site and the many souvenir stalls.


    Next, enjoy a scenic drive from the Sea of Galilee up to the Lower Galilee Hills. Pass the Village of Canna, where Jesus is believed to have performed his first miracle, changing water into wine at the wedding. Finally, you will reach Nazareth - the childhood home of Jesus Christ.


    Visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph, before re-joining your minibus for the drive to the port of Haifa where you will re-embark the ship.


    Please note: Light-weight clothing, caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. When visiting the religious sites conservative attire is required. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Order of sites visited may vary. Swimming in the Dead Sea is optional. Please bring or wear your swimsuit under your clothing if you wish to swim. Also bring a towel or you can rent one for $4 USD per person (price subject to change). Changing facilities are provided.


    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 after you have boarded the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.


    DAY 1
    6:30am Disembark in Ashdod and meet your guide and driver
    7:00am Drive to Jerusalem. The drive is approximately 1.5 hours.
    NOTE: A restroom stop is not scheduled until you reach Jerusalem.
    8:30am Stop at Mount Scopus for a panoramic view over the Old City
    9:00am Drive to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit to the Church or the Agony
    10:00am Walking tour of the Old City
    1:00pm Drive to the lunch venue
    1:30pm Buffet lunch
    2:30pm Drive to Bethlehem
    3:00pm Visit Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity and shopping opportunity
    5:00pm Return to Jerusalem
    5:30pm Panoramic drive of Jerusalem
    6:15pm Check in at your hotel
    Remainder of the evening at leisure, dinner on own
    Overnight at the Prima Kings or similar hotel


    DAY 2
    7:00am Buffet breakfast at your hotel
    8:00am Drive to the Dead Sea
    9:00am Optional swim in the Dead Sea – Kalia Beach
    11:00am Drive to lunch venue
    1:00pm Buffet lunch
    2:00pm Drive to Nazareth
    3:00pm Visit Nazareth including the Church of Annunciations and St. Joseph Church
    5:00pm Drive to Haifa
    6:00pm Approximate time of arrival at the port of Haifa to re-board the ship


    Expected Weather:

    • The hot season lasts from the end of May to the beginning of October with an average daily high temperature above 79°F.
    • The cool season lasts from the beginning of December to the beginning of March with an average daily high temperature at or below 59°F.
    • On average, the warmest months are July and August with an average maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F).
    • The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 11°C (51°F).
    • The months of January, February, March and December have a high chance of precipitation.


    What to Bring:
    comfortable, non-slip walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, light loose clothing, a towel and swimsuit, umbrella or light jacket in case of rain


    Currency:
    The current official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Credit cards are widely accepted.


    Electricity:
    The Israeli power supply is single-phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.


    Documents and Visa Requirements:
    All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please check Visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in your country of residence for your nationality.


    *We will only substitute a hotel in unforeseen situations. If a hotel is substituted, it will be similar and with equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of any changes before departure, then the hotel listed in this program will be used.


    Program Includes for guests:

    • One-night stay in Jerusalem at the Prima Kings Hotel – Classic Room (maximum 2 guests per room)
    • One breakfast included tea, coffee or juice and two lunches including mineral water and 1 glass of wine per person
    • Light grab and go snack on the minibus – Day 1
    • All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per 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.


      Program Excludes for guests:

      • Any meals and drinks not specified above
      • Gratuities to driver and guide
      • Hotel incidentals including room service, laundry, telephone calls and mini bar
      • 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.


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    • Adult from: $899.00 USD
    • Child from: $899.00 USD
    DURATION 2 Days / 1 Night
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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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. ...
    This wonderful full-day excursion gives a true insight into the different spectrums of Mauritian scenery to be found. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Garden Route Explorer (LIZ-DUR) - Single Occupancy

    Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), South Africa

    Duration 4 Day / 3 Nights

    Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town on your 3-night Garden Route Overland. The Garden Route covers diverse vegetation and wildlife, and abundance of lagoons, lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches along its winding roads. ...
    Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town on your 3-night Garden Route Overland. The Garden Route covers diverse vegetation and wildlife, and abundance of lagoons, lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches along its winding roads. more...

    Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town on your 3-night Garden Route Overland.
    The Garden Route covers diverse vegetation and wildlife, and abundance of lagoons, lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches along its winding roads.


    On your trip you will visit the well-known Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve, Cango Caves an Ostrich Farm and get a glimpse into the winelands.


    Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.


    DAY 1
    Disembark your ship in Port Elizabeth and depart for the lagoon side town of Knysna. En-route to Knysna, stop over and visit Tsitsikamma National Park for spectacular scenery and photographic opportunities.


    Continue your scenic drive to Knysna stopping for lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge for a brief photo stop.


    Your final stop will be Knysna which lies on a lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as the “Knysna Heads”. The origins of the town name are probably from the Hottentot words 'Xthuys Xna', which mean 'place where the wood is'. An entire industry sprang up around the beautiful yellowwood trees in the surrounding Tsitsikamma Forest, until South Africa's national tree became an endangered species.


    Arrive at your hotel - Protea Hotel Knysna Quays – and check-in. Located on the banks of the famous Knysna Lagoon and facing the sea through the Knysna Heads, this exciting hotel development is also an integral part of the vibrant Knysna Quays Waterfront. Knysna Quays Waterfront is adjacent to the Knysna Quays Hotel offering endless dining and shopping opportunities.


    Spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy your room or explore your surroundings.


    In the evening, gather at the main reception area and embark on a short walk to the Knysna Quays Waterfront where a lovely dinner awaits at the Drydock Restaurant’s al Fresco terrace, situated on the water’s edge.


    DAY 2
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed with check-out formalities.


    Continue to Knysna Featherbed and board a ferry for your trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve located on the Western Head.


    On arrival at the reserve, board a 4x4 vehicle and trailer for a drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. Your tour includes a specialist guide giving information on history, fauna and flora. There is an optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves. Thereafter enjoy lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.


    After an exciting visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, travel to Oudtshoorn with scenic stops along the way.


    Oudtshoorn, is known as the "Feather Capital of the world" because of its large ostrich industry in the area.


    This town, with its wide-open spaces and broad streets is the capital of the Klein Karoo. It spreads along both banks of the Grobbelaars River, which is a tributary of the Oliphant's River. Its fertile valleys are encompassed by the Swartberg Mountains to the north; and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south. Warm, dry summers and sunny winter days make it the ideal breeding ground for the most majestic of flightless birds - synonymous with Oudtshoorn - the ostrich.


    Continue your journey with a visit to the Cango Caves - the only show cave in Africa. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Here you will embark on a 1-hour standard tour of the Cango Caves.


    After your visit at the caves, proceed to the Queens Hotel for check-in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure with some time to freshen up prior to dinner. Situated next to the world-famous ostrich museum, the colonial style Queens Hotel is in close proximity to a multitude of restaurants, curio and coffee shops. All rooms are air-conditioned – and the hotel also has a swimming pool, which offers respite from the dry heat of the Little Karoo.


    Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel’s restaurant before retiring for the evening.

    NOTE:
    The temperature inside the caves is warm and humid, so light clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended.


    DAY 3
    After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed with check-out formalities.


    After breakfast, check-out and travel to Safari Ostrich Farm and experience a guided tour of the farm, which traces this unique bird's development. The tour starts in the breeding camp, with a nest of ostrich eggs, where the first stage of the ostrich life cycle is explained. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them - a great photo opportunity. During the breeding season visitors get to see ostrich eggs hatching in the incubator rooms.


    After your visit at the Ostrich Farm, continue your journey to Cape Town. Travel along the N2 Road and then over the Tradouw Pass to Swellendam where you will enjoy a lovely lunch.


    Continue along the N2 Road over the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass passing through the suburb of Somerset West. Travel to Spier Wine Estate with spectacular views of the winelands.


    Spier, near Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. Spier wines are among the most awarded in the country. The Spier Hotel features village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River. The rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way.


    After check-in, you will be shown to your rooms with some time at own leisure to explore the wine farm, you can even go for a wine tasting or relax at the hotel’s gardens or pool.


    Enjoy a delicious dinner where you will have the opportunity to savor some of South Africa’s finest wines produced in the winelands.


    DAY 4
    After breakfast and check out, meet your guide and transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for a flight to Durban.


    On arrival in Durban, you are met by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on a transfer to the pier where you will re-embark the ship.


    Land Program Step by Step:
    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations that are beyond our control. 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. Direct flights are never guaranteed. 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
    10:00am Depart Port Elizabeth Harbor and transfer to Tsitsikamma National Park
    12:15pm Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park
    1:00pm Continue to your lunch venue en-route
    1:25pm Enjoy lunch
    2:45pm Continue to Bloukrans Bridge for a brief photo stop
    3:10pm Board your coach and continue to Knysna
    4:10pm Arrive Knysna and continue onto your overnight hotel – check in
    7:00pm Enjoy a lovely dinner at a restaurant located within close proximity to your hotel
    9:00pm After dinner enjoy a walk back to your hotel. Remainder of evening at leisure
    Overnight Knysna Quays Hotel or similar


    DAY 2
    7:00am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out formalities
    9:30am Continue to Knysna Featherbed and check-in for your trip to the Knysna Lagoon
    9:45am Board the Ferry
    10:00am Depart on your Ferry Cruise including a buffet lunch
    12:30pm After your cruise continue to Oudtshoorn with scenic stops along the way
    3:00pm Arrive at the Cango Caves and embark on a guided tour
    4:00pm Continue to the Queens Hotel where you will overnight
    4:30pm Arrive at the hotel and check in
    5:00pm Remainder of the afternoon at own leisure and freshen up prior to dinner
    7:00pm Dinner at the Hotel – The Colony Restaurant or similar venue Overnight Queens Hotel or similar


    DAY 3
    7:00am Breakfast served at the hotel followed by check-out formalities
    8:00am Transfer to the Safari Ostrich Farm
    8:30am Arrive at the Safari Ostrich Farm and start your tour of the farm
    9:30am Continue to Cape Town with a stop at Swellendam to enjoy lunch
    12:00pm Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Swellendam
    1:30pm Board your coach and travel to Spier Wine Estate with comfort stops en-route.
    4:00pm Arrive at Spier Wine Estate and check-in
    4:15pm Spend the remainder of the afternoon at own leisure and freshen up prior to dinner
    7:00pm Dinner is served at the Hotel
    Overnight Spier Wine Estate or similar


    DAY 4
    06:30am Early morning wake-up call and enjoy breakfast followed by check-out formalities
    7:15am Depart lodge and transfer to Cape Town Airport
    8:00am Check-in for your flight to Durban
    9:35am Flight to Durban (flight details TBA and subject to change)
    11:35am Arrive in Durban and meet your guide
    12:00pm Transfer to the Durban harbor where you will re-join the ship
    1:00pm Approximate arrival time at Durban harbor


    Expected Weather:
    Approximately 28°C / 82°F


    What to Bring:
    Light, loose comfortable clothing, sunhat, sunblock, camera, something warm as the evenings can become 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 but we recommend that if you bring electric appliances, you 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.


    Luggage information
    Guests are permitted to bring free of charge one checked bag weighing no more than 20kg (44 lbs) and one small carry-on bag weighing no more than 7kg (15 lbs)


    Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

    1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.
    2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)
    3. These documents need to be sent to the Shore Excursion Team via Reservations at NCL at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).
    4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which NCL nor our local ground operator be responsible for.


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


    VERY IMPORTANT – The name on your cruise booking, passport and any visas if required, must all be exactly the same for flight ticket purchase for this program otherwise guests may be denied travel by flight. Please ensure that all documents are identical in spelling to the names provided for your cruise reservation including first, middle and last name. Manifests generated by the cruise line must match your travel documents.


    Hotel addresses:
    Knysna Quays Hotel
    Address: Waterfront Dr, Knysna Central, Knysna, 6571
    Phone: 044 382 5005


    Queens Hotel – Oudtshoorn
    Address: Eden, Baron Van Reede St, St, Oudtshoorn, 6625
    Phone: 044 272 2101


    Spier Wine Estate
    Address: R310 Baden Powell Dr, Stellenbosch, 7603
    Phone: 021 809 1100


    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 INCLUDES:

    • 1 night at Protea Hotel Knysna Quays (Standard Non-Lagoon Facing Room) including breakfast
    • 1 night at Queens Hotel (Standard Room) on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
    • 1 night at Spier Wine Estate (Signature Garden Terrace Room) on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
    • Day 1 – Tsitsikamma National Park entrance fees & lunch, including 1 beverage & gratuity
    • Day 1 – Dinner at a local Knysna Waterfront Restaurant including 2 beverages & gratuity
    • Day 2 – Featherbed Eco-Experience including buffet lunch & soft drinks
    • Day2 - Cango Caves Heritage tour (Standard Tour)
    • Day 3 - Ostrich Farm Tour (Classic tour) & lunch in Swellendam including 2 beverages
    • Transport in luxury, air-conditioned vehicles with English-speaking driver
    • Economy class flight to Durban – direct flights not guaranteed
    • Services of a qualified English-speaking tour guide
    • Airport and hotel porterage
    • Bottled water on board the touring vehicles

    • PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

      • Items of personal nature
      • And food or drinks not listed above
      • Gratuities to drivers and guides
      • In room expenses such as phone calls, room service, mini bar
      • Overweight or excess luggage fees on flights
      • Visas if required
      • 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.


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    • Adult from: $1,899.00 USD
    • Child from: $1,899.00 USD
    DURATION 4 Day / 3 Nights
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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*Prices vary by ship and sail date. See Terms & Conditions

NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.