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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime, with exciting game safaris and Victoria Falls explorations in southern Africa, paired with an epic cruise on board the MSC Sinfonia, taking in the spectacular destinations of Mauritius, Seychelles, Réunion Island, Greece and many more, as you sail to enchanting Venice.

South Africa’s vibrant Johannesburg is the first stop on this awe-inspiring tour and cruise holiday. From here, you’ll experience a lodge stay within breathtaking Pilanesberg National Park and thrilling game drives to track down Africa’s ‘Big Five.’ You’ll then fly to Livingstone, Zambia for another memorable three nights stay, embracing a guided walk around the spectacular Victoria Falls, a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and elegant fine-dining on board a restored locomotive.

Following a flight back to South Africa and a night in Cape Town, you’ll embark the MSC Sinfonia for an incredible 30-night cruise. After a port of call in Durban, you’ll leave South Africa, sailing on to the Indian Ocean and paradise islands of Réunion, Mauritius and Seychelles. You’ll encounter evocative Middle Eastern destinations in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, before cruising to Europe via the Suez Canal, with further stops in the ancient Greek cities of Heraklion and Athens, then Split, nestled along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Your final destination, impossibly romantic Venice, makes a fitting finale to this unforgettable adventure.

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The MSC Sinfonia Experience

Welcome on board the MSC Sinfonia, which pays homage to the symphonies of the great composers in a thoroughly contemporary reinterpretation of the classic cruise experience. Decks are even named after such classic maestros as Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and more. The ship’s stylish designer interiors combine clean lines and every modern comfort imaginable with the warmth of traditional natural wood, brass and marble, bringing each stunning venue on this sophisticated ship its own unique feel.

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Dining

Each of the onboard restaurants promises an excellent dining experience in elegant surroundings, utilising premium ingredients to create delicious, freshly prepared dishes from Italian, Mediterranean and international culinary traditions

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Activites

Whether it’s trying out the high-tech golf simulator, relaxing at the lavish pool complex, working up a sweat at the fully-equipped gym or being pampered at the MSC Aurea Spa, you’ll find there is something for everyone on board.

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Entertainment

From the lavish San Remo Casino and pulsating Pasha Club Disco to the chic lines of the Teatro San Carlo and all-new 319 square-metre space for dancing to your favourite tunes, you’ll relish the wealth of exciting entertainment venues.

Your 39 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

2 March 2023

Welcome to South Africa and vibrant Johannesburg city

Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa for the start of your epic adventure. One of the youngest of the world’s major cities, Johannesburg was founded in 1886 following the discovery of gold and is today, South Africa’s largest city. This ‘City of Gold’ emanates an electric energy, buzzing with new marketplaces, breweries and restaurants, jazz clubs and artistic enclaves. Sample the huge diversity of cuisines cultivated by the city’s mix of cultures at the Yeoville Food Market and learn about Johannesburg’s history at one of many fascinating museums.

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Days 2 - 4

3 - 5 March 2023

Track down the ‘Big Five’ during a safari stay at Pilanesberg National Park

You’ll transfer from Johannesburg for a secluded lodge nestled within the Pilanesberg National Park, a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity and home to abundant wildlife and bird species. During your three-night stay, you’ll join daily bush walks and game drives in Pilanesberg National Park, a thrilling way to experience the incredible African wilderness and game. Here, you’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’– the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino – and may even spot them roaming near your lodge room!

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Days 5 - 7

6 - 8 March 2023

Enjoy an incredible Victoria Falls walk, sunset cruise and locomotive train ride

You’ll fly on to Zambia and historic Livingstone, located near Victoria Falls, one of the world's biggest waterfalls. During your three-night stay, you’ll take a guided walking tour around the majestic falls, encountering spectacular views of the tumbling cascades crashing over the cliffs, plunging into whirlpools below. Later, you’ll embark the Lady Livingstone River Safari for a boat cruise along the Zambezi River, admiring the wildlife and stunning sunset. You can also enjoy an exciting ride through the Zambezi River Valley while dining on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored locomotive train.

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Day 8

9 March 2023

Embrace the captivating sights and charms of stunning Cape Town

Today, you’ll fly to Cape Town, a vibrant port city on South Africa’s southwestern coast boasting a dramatic setting: resting on a peninsula in the picturesque Cape of Good Hope and cradled by the imposing Table Mountain. Known as ‘The Mother City of South Africa,’ Cape Town not only presents scenic sights, but a fascinating melting pot of cultures and cosmopolitan delights. You’ll find plenty of things to do, but no stay is complete without a cable car ride up to Table Mountain’s flat top, from where you can admire panoramic city views spread out below.

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Day 9

10 March 2023

Depart Cape Town and embark the MSC Sinfonia for your fantastic voyage

Today you’ll depart Cape Town and embark the MSC Sinfonia, commencing an unforgettable 30-night cruise. MSC Sinfonia may be considered a small cruise ship by today’s leviathan standards, but you’ll soon discover she still manages to encompass plenty of comfort, quality and choice on board. Whether you like to be active or prefer to let the world pass by as you unwind, you’ll find this attractive ship accommodates all preferences.

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Day 10 - 11

11 - 12 March 2023

Settle into your epic cruise discovering the wealth of diversions on board

As you sail to your first port of call, settle in on board and get acquainted with all that your sophisticated cruise ship offers. Get ready to dive into one of the inviting pools, let your hair down at the themed parties, indulge your taste buds in one in one of the amazing restaurants, or play a round of mini-golf. For the days and nights ahead on this multi-country journey, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep you amused, entertained and relaxed.

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Day 12

13 March 2023

Soak up the alluring beaches and fascinating Zulu culture in sunny Durban

Durban is now a must-see stop in South Africa with good reason. You can enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and a stroll along the esplanade at Durban’s Golden Mile stretch of beach. Soak up the city buzz along lively Florida Road, where you can browse the galleries and boutique shops and enjoy the café culture. Durban makes a good place to learn about the fascinating Afro-Indian culture – more Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside India itself – and South African native Zulu culture.

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Day 13 - 15

14 - 16 March 2023

Enjoy three days at sea indulging in some of the delicious dining options

While cruising to your next destination, why not take the time to indulge to your heart’s content at the ship’s mouth-watering array of restaurants. Dine on delicious European cuisine at the elegant Il Galeone, or perhaps at the attractive and more intimate setting of Il Covo. For a slightly more relaxed affair, head to La Terrazza, which overlooks the pool deck.

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Day 16

17 March 2023

Discover the stunning natural beauty of hidden treasure, Réunion Island

Located in the sparkling Indian Ocean, remote Réunion Island nestles between Madagascar and Mauritius and is truly a beautiful island to explore. This hidden treasure is known for its incredible landscapes, from rain forested interiors punctuated with cascading waterfalls and vanilla plantations, to pristine white sand beaches and vivid coral reefs. You can hike to the Piton des Neiges, dine on a fusion of Creole, Indian and Chinese cuisine and swim in the clear turquoise lagoons.

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Day 17 - 18

18 - 19 March 2023

Experience the natural wonders and blissful island life of Mauritius

Today you’ll sail into Port Louis, the capital city and gateway to idyllic Mauritius. Sugar white sands, enchanting lagoons and verdant mountains make every photograph snapped in Mauritius look postcard perfect. This idyllic tropical island, ringed by pristine coral reefs and crystal-clear water, is justifiably popular for its stunning natural attractions, boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins and freshly caught seafood. Here you can hike, stroll the botanical gardens, snorkel amongst multi-coloured fish, or simply laze beside the Indian Ocean.

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Day 19 - 20

20 - 21 March 2023

Raise a glass to your fabulous holiday at the ship’s alluring bars and lounges

Come the evening, be sure to check out the stylish and distinctive bars and lounges on board the MSC Sinfonia. Whatever your desire and tastes, refreshment is never far away. You’ll find there’s a wide selection to choose from, be it international wines and beers, luscious fruit smoothies, gourmet coffee treats or classic and mixologist cocktails.

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Day 21 - 22

22 - 23 March 2023

From dazzling beaches to unique flora and fauna, discover paradise in the Seychelles

An archipelago of more than a hundred islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles present a true tropical paradise. It’s also a haven for a unique array of flora and fauna, while almost half of its land mass is set aside for protected national parks and reserves. Home to pristine white sand beaches lapped by transparent waters teeming with multi-coloured coral and marine life, this stunning archipelago is one of the planet’s finest spots for diving and snorkelling.

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Day 23 - 27

24 - 28 March 2023

With five days at sea, discover an exciting range of onboard entertainment

It’s in the evening that the MSC Sinfonia’s entertainment options move up a gear. The ship’s centrepiece is the main Teatro San Carlo, which presents big-stage extravaganzas featuring talented musicians, dancers, magicians and acrobats, hand-picked from across the globe. You’ll find live bands and singers in the atmospheric bars and lounges, plus a couple of elegant nightclub-style venues, including Pascha Club Disco, to dance the night away.

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Day 28

29 March 2023

Discover the ancient quarter and modern Corniche of evocative Jeddah

Your port of call today is Jeddah, the perfect place to explore the rich and vibrant culture and old traditions of Saudi Arabia. Dating back to the 7th century, Jeddah’s Old Town, Al Balad, is now a World Heritage Site, where you can admire the historic palaces and traditional souk. You may even be welcomed with local hospitality and a treat of fresh dates and Arabic coffee. You can also visit the famed floating Al Rahma Mosque, built directly over the water and the New Jeddah Corniche, revealing sensational sea views from its waterfront boardwalk.

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Day 29

30 March 2023

Take time to unwind and rejuvenate with a blissful day at the spa

Cruising to your next destination is the perfect time to truly unwind and relax. For a day of pampering and rejuvenation, head to the marvellous MSC Aurea Spa, where you can treat yourself to a soothing sauna or traditional Balinese massage. You could even indulge in one of the high-tech modern beauty treatments, ready for those glamorous nights on board.

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Day 30

31 March 2023

Enjoy the Red Sea’s healing properties and water sports in Safaga

A small port town located along the Red Sea coast in Egypt, Safaga draws visitors from across the world for its picturesque black sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters and pristine reefs, providing wondrous snorkelling and scuba diving. Safaga is also popular for its windsurfing and kitesurfing activities and as a spa destination; the Red Sea’s exceptionally salty mineral waters are renowned for their therapeutic healing properties. Further afield, the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor and Karnak are also within easy reach.

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Day 31

1 April 2023

Dive into the relaxing beach life and warm waters of Sharm el-Sheikh

You’ll next arrive in Sharm el-Sheikh, the popular Egyptian resort town that rests between the Sinai Peninsula desert and Red Sea. With its sheltered sandy beaches, coral reefs immersed in warm, clear water and some of the best dive spots on the planet – including Ras Muhammad National Park – Sharm El Sheikh offers the perfect holiday escape. Its close proximity to the desert also lends an air of mystery and romance. Soak up the lively atmosphere with a stroll along the palm tree-lined promenade in Naama Bay.

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Day 32 - 33

2 - 3 April 2023

Retrace Egyptian history in Sokna and a cruise through the Suez Canal

You’ll first stop at Sokna, an unexpected treasure south of Suez. Secreted amid the arid Red Sea hills, you can visit Egypt’s two oldest monasteries, which trace their origins back to the infancy of Christian monasticism and still observe ancient rituals. You’ll then cruise through the Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway which connects the Red and Mediterranean seas. Constructed in the 1860s, today, this extraordinary feat of engineering is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Along the way, have your camera ready for the exotic Egyptian sights of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez.

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Day 34

4 April 2023

Get fit and in shape while admiring the passing panoramic ocean views

Time spent cruising on the ocean waves affords a great opportunity to maintain and build your fitness, an easy task on board the MSC Sinfonia, with its broad choice of sports facilities and state-of-the art sports centre. Whether you prefer to train alone or love a workout in good company you’ll find just what you need. You can even admire the passing ocean views while burning off the calories and keeping in shape.

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Day 35

5 April 2023

Explore ancient Minoan palaces and Venetian legacies in bustling Heraklion

A lively port city and capital of the gorgeous Greek island of Crete, modern Heraklion reveals fascinating millennia of history. The Venetian port is flanked by a 16th-century Koules fortress and the city reveals Turkish fountains and Venetian architecture. Explore two of Crete’s most important monuments from the ancient Minoan civilisation: the Palace of Knossos, a vast archaeological site containing well-preserved frescoes, baths and throne room and the hill-top Palace of Phaistos. Alternatively, relax at one of the beautiful beaches surrounding the port.

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Day 36

6 April 2023

Explore the ancient wonders of Athens, including the iconic Acropolis

Today, you’ll sail into the port city of Piraeus and transfer to astounding Athens, the Greek capital. As one of the world’s oldest cities and cradle of Western civilisation. Athens is home to a staggering array of ancient monuments. Although sprawled over a vast area, the city’s major landmarks from the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras are easily accessed from the thriving modern city centre. A must-see is the magnificent Acropolis, an unmistakable icon perched on a hill and visible from all quarters of the city, the most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex that exists today.

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Day 37

7 April 2023

Spend a further day at sea doing as much or as little as you like

Whether you want to be active at sports or indulge in a lazy day and quiet time, you’ll find there’s something for everyone on board, day or night. Why not perfect your golf swing with the Virtual Golf Simulator, then head straight to the mini-golf, or have a smashing time at the squash and tennis courts. If this sounds all too energetic, relax and unwind by the inviting pool with an ice-cold drink, or enjoy a lingering soak in the hot tub.

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Day 38

8 April 2023

Discover the historic and modern charms of Croatia’s captivating Split

With its beautiful mountainous setting along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, unique historical heritage, ancient alleyways and bustling waterfront promenade, it’s little wonder vibrant Split is one of the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities. Perhaps why the Roman Emperor Diocletian chose to build his palace here in the 4th century AD. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the world’s finest and best-preserved Roman monuments and a designated World Heritage Site.

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Day 39

9 April 2023

Your cruise concludes in Venice, an impossibly enchanting Italian city

Today, you’ll disembark the MSC Sinfonia in Venice, where you’ll enjoy a final night’s stay. Built on over 100 small islands across a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and littered with iconic architectural legacies, enchanting Venice is justifiably ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Take a gondola ride through the labyrinth of canal streets while admiring the remarkable Renaissance and Gothic palaces lining the route. Head to the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll discover the world-famous St. Mark’s Basilica and its ornately decorated Byzantine mosaics.

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Day 40

10 April 2023

Bid farewell to Venice and Italy for your flight back home

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With your epic tour and cruise adventure concluded in Venice, today you’ll transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

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Your Hotel Stays

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel
★★★★★

There’s a touch of Las Vegas extravagance at this Johannesburg hotel, with its statue of a Roman chariot galloping through a fountain at the building’s entrance. Rejuvenate at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar. There’s also an Italian-themed mini shopping mall next door, plus all guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge
★★★★

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

Bakubung Bush Lodge
★★★★

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

The Portswood Hotel
★★★★

The Portswood Hotel offers the perfect opportunity from which to experience a piece of Cape Town’s rich history. Located at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hotel’s lobby and restaurant are built around a 300-year-old well and the cells which held prisoners on their way to Robben Island. Unwind in the lavish surroundings of your comfortable room, sophisticated with its décor of neutrals, royal blue and dark woods. After a long day of exploring, settle into your hotel at the Quarter Kitchen restaurant that serves classic Cape Malay cuisine that spices up your senses, before you settle in the cocktail bar and drink to your African discovery.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Known in the local language as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders,’ the spectacular Victoria Falls are often described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, throwing mist so high into the air it can be seen from several kilometres away. During your guided walk around the falls, named in honour of a British queen, you’ll gain fascinating insight into how these tumbling cascades were formed and all about the local customs and traditions that surround them.

Pilanesberg National Park Safari

A thrilling safari experience awaits at Bakubung Bush Lodge, secluded deep within Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve area of breathtaking beauty and serenity. During your three-night lodge stay, you can join daily guided bush walks and game drives, an exciting way to experience the African wilderness and the abundant wildlife and bird species here. You’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – and other southern African large mammals.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

What better way to celebrate the end of a memorable day exploring incredible Victoria Falls, than a two-hour signature sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari. In the height of luxury and comfort, drift up to Siloka Island, spotting wildlife along the riverbanks. While marvelling at the stunning sunset in good company and indulged by an attentive hospitality team, indulge in a selection of delicious nibbles and a pink-hued gin and tonic.

Royal Livingstone Express Train

Take a classic journey back in time as you climb on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a lovingly restored locomotive train that originally operated in the 1930s. As you roll through the heart of the Zambezi River Valley on this most magnificent five carriage steam train, you can admire the breathtaking scenery in the height of comfort and luxury and enjoy exquisite fine-dining, with a sumptuous dinner served on board.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D’Oreale Grande with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Pilanesburg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge with all meals included
  • 3 night four-star stay in Livingstone at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star stay at The Portswood Hotel Cape Town with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star stay in Venice at the Hotel Papadopoli Venezia or similar with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park
  • Zambezi River tour on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari
  • Ride through the Zambezi River Valley on board the Royal Livingstone Express

 

Cruise

  • 30 night full-board cruise on board the unforgettable MSC Sinfonia

All flights, taxes & transfers

Prices

39 Nights |  Departing 2 March 2023

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$9,999pp

Outside

$11,499pp

Balcony

SOLD OUT

Departing

Perth

Inside

$10,399pp

Outside

$11,899pp

Balcony

SOLD OUT

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$10,099pp

Outside

$11,599pp

Balcony

SOLD OUT

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$10,299pp

Outside

$11,799pp

Balcony

SOLD OUT

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$10,599pp

Outside

$12,099pp

Balcony

SOLD OUT