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Savour a serene Indian Ocean voyage on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 followed by a six-night Cape Town hotel stay, an extraordinary rail journey on board the Blue Train and a South African safari.

Begin your remarkable getaway in Perth, as you set sail on board Queen Mary 2 to reach Cape Town, via the tropical islands of Mauritius or Reunion Island and with a call in picturesque Durban.

This unforgettable voyage will offer plenty of time to explore and experience the regal Queen Mary 2, a ship that’s the epitome of Cunard’s refined approach to sailing. Dance the night away in the Queens Room at a themed ball, enjoy afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, or watch a polished production in the Royal Court Theatre. Arriving in Cape Town, settle in for a six-night stay. Visit Robben Island via a ferry from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Explore some of the city’s sun-soaked beaches and take in the eye-popping views from the top of Table Mountain.

Next, you’ll embark the lavish Blue Train for an opulent rail journey to Pretoria, passing through some of the most diverse scenery on the African sub-continent. This luxury, all-inclusive journey embodies style, class and elegance; from your indulgent suite, to the Cordon Bleu-style dining.

Following a one-night stay in Pretoria, you’ll transfer to the stunning Bakubung Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to complete your wonderful South African adventure, with a series of game drives.

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The Queen Mary 2 Experience

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

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Entertainment

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

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Dining

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

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Activities

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

Your 29 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

21 March 2023

Embark the iconic Queen Mary 2 for your Indian Ocean voyage in Perth

Embark the regal Queen Mary 2, one of the finest cruise liners sailing the five oceans and a ship that offers a little of the finer things in life to all passengers who sail with her. Enjoy Cunard’s spectacular heritage, sense of occasion and huge array of activities, including ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls and afternoon tea in the Carinthia Lounge.

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Days 2 - 8

22 - 28 March 2023

Savour every detail of this marvellous ship on a series of sumptuous back-to-back sea days

You’ll have plenty of options to choose from on your ocean-going days on board Queen Mary 2. One of the highlights of the voyage is undoubtedly the traditional English Afternoon Tea, featuring finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and fine teas – all served by Cunard’s impeccably dressed white-gloved waiters. Unwind by the pool as you sail across the Indian Ocean and treat yourself to relaxing treatments at the serene spa.

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Day 9

29 March 2023

Discover the rich culture and beautiful beaches during a visit to Port Louis, Mauritius

The beaches on Mauritius are heavenly, with bright blue seas and smooth white sand. The island is full of history and cultural diversity. There is the opportunity to try Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, all full of different spices and flavours. The markets are a great place to find unique crafts, jewellery and souvenirs.

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Day 10

30 March 2023

Dive into the wealth of natural attractions in Le Port, Reunion Island

Réunion blends French, Indian, African and Chinese influences, which have created diverse food, music and culture. It has a varied landscape and impressive scenery, with spectacular waterfalls, immense volcanoes, and deep canyons. Explore the island’s exceptional natural beauty by diving off the cliffs, surfing the waves, flying over the volcanoes and trekking up its majestic mountains.

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Days 11 - 13

31 March - 2 April 2023

Drink in two blissful sea days as you sail towards South Africa

Queen Mary 2 offers an array of elegant bars and lounges to suit every mood – during the day, sip coffee and nibble on croissants in Café Carinthia; enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Midships Bar; toast friends in the Champagne Bar; and dance the night away at G32.

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Day 14

3 April 2023

Explore Durban’s melting pot of cultures and vast golden, Indian Ocean beaches

Durban is situated in the KwaZulu Province of South Africa and is the second largest city in South Africa. Admire the blend of cultures of Zulu, Indian, and European as you admire the city’s backdrop of jagged mountain ranges. Lose yourself in the plant collections of the Durban Botanic Gardens, shop for a trinket or two in the vibrant Victoria Street Market or pay a visit to a traditional Zulu homestead in the Valley of 1,000 Hills where you’ll witness an exciting dance show.

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Day 15

4 April 2023

Spend the day relaxing on deck and the night, immersed in Queen Mary 2's delightful entertainment

Relax on by one of Queen Mary 2's two pools, the Pavilion Pool and the aft Lido Pool, each with its own bar and two Jacuzzis. Enjoy a range of on-deck leisure activities, including paddle tennis, bowls or croquet. There’s also a netted golf area if you’re wanting to perfect your swing. Once the sun has set, head to the Queens Room for a night of dancing or the Royal Court Theatre, for spectacular stage performance.

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Day 16

5 April 2023

Wander Port Elizabeth, known as “The Friendly City” to discover the port's storied history

After a day of relaxation on-board, you’ll arrive in Port Elizabeth, where you’ll receive a warm and inviting welcome. Discover its romantic history and how the beauty of the city gained its name atop the Donkin Reserve, stroll along the stretch of Hobie beach, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, or explore the animal sanctuary of Addo Elephant National Park – home to the densest population of elephants in the world. You’ll also find the majestic “Big Five” here, along with antelope, Cheetah and Hyena.

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Day 17

6 April 2023

Relish some of the finest cuisine at sea at Queen Mary 2's delectable restaurants during a final sea day

Dining on board Queen Mary 2 is heralded as some of the very best at sea. Alongside Cunard favourites like the Britannia Restaurant, for a small supplement, you can enjoy themed dining experiences like Steakhouse at The Verandah for mouth-watering prime cuts and seafood or the King’s Court Buffet which offers a fusion of fresh seasonal flavours in an intimate setting.

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Day 18

7 April 2023

It’s time to say farewell to Queen Mary 2 and transfer to your Cape Town hotel for a six-night stay

Disembarking Queen Mary 2, savour the fascinating city of Cape Town where you could head down to the Watershed, a buttercup-yellow building with near-endless souvenir ideas, or perhaps scale the lofty Table Mountain via cable car. Or escape the city and spend some time with the African penguins of Boulders Beach. This glorious sandy cove overlooking sapphire waters is home to a large colony of penguins that have no issue with you sharing their spot.

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Days 19 - 23

8 - 12 April 2023

During your Cape Town stay explore the city’s rich history and vibrant culture

Delve into the delights of this stunning city during your hotel stay. The city is frequently voted one of the best cities on Earth thanks to its stunning natural scenery and new developments. Experience fine cuisine, fabulous beaches, vibrant culture and beyond the urban city capital, charming towns and rustic estates of Winelands destinations such as Stellenbosch.

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Day 24

13 April 2023

Revel in the magic of the spectacular Blue Train as you’re whisked through the South African hinterland

Following your stay, you’ll transfer from your hotel to the station, where you’ll embark the iconic Blue Train for a journey to remember to Pretoria. The route from Cape Town to Pretoria is a journey of nearly 1,000 miles passing through some of the most diverse scenery on the African sub-continent. Savour this luxury, all-inclusive journey that embodies style, class and elegance; from your indulgent suite with its opulent marble bathroom and sumptuous bedding; to the Cordon Bleu style dining using the finest, local ingredients, all served on delicate crystal or fine China.

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Day 25

14 April 2023

Glide on the enchanting Blue Train and enjoy an off-train experience in Kimberley

Fully rested, you’ll arrive at Kimberley Station where you’ll disembark for an excursion to the Open Mine Museum that’s situated next to the world-renowned Big Hole. It tells the intriguing story of South Africa’s diamond rush. Following the tour, you’ll be greeted back at Kimberley Station with a glass of sherry; engraved with the Blue Train logo, a memento for you to keep.

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Day 26

15 April 2023

Arrive in Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa, and transfer to your hotel for a one-night stay

Your rail journey ends in Pretoria where you’ll disembark and transfer to the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel for your overnight hotel stay. The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings and its gardens, which you can enjoy from the terrace. Pay a visit to the bronze sculpture of Nelson Mandela; discover captivating works in the Pretoria Art Museum or head to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and enjoy spotting some rhino as you tuck into afternoon tea in the tea rooms.

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Day 27

16 April 2023

Prepare for an incredible safari experience at the Bakubung Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg

Situated in the heart of the bush, in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, Bakubung Bush Lodge offers the perfect location for an unforgettable safari stay. Rooms are sumptuously decorated, boasting amazing views across the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Your stay at here will provide a fantastic opportunity to embark on exciting and unforgettable game drives and wildlife viewing.

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Days 28 - 29

17 - 18 April 2023

Enjoy unforgettable safaris on exciting game drives as you go in search of the Big Five

With daily morning and evening game drives available at the lodge, you’ll have the opportunity of searching for the Big Five in an open safari vehicle. Accompanied by a qualified guide, you’ll head into the wilderness seeking a pulsating encounter with a reclusive leopard or a pride of lions lazing in the sun. Return in the evening and enjoy an outdoor boma – an African-style dining experience – under the starlit African sky.

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Day 30

19 April 2023

Your incredible South African adventure complete, it’s time to transfer to the airport to fly home

Bringing your holiday to a close, it’s time for your onward flight home to Perth.

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Hotel Stays

Southern Sun The Cullinan
★★★★

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

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
★★★★★

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

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Bakubung Bush Lodge
★★★★

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

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Touring Experience

Pilanesberg National Park Game Drives

Your stay at the Bakubung Bush Lodge will provide a fantastic opportunity to embark on an exciting and unforgettable game drive. Available twice daily and in the company of experienced game rangers who provide valuable information about some of Africa’s beautiful fauna and flora; you’ll enjoy close encounters with Africa’s untamed wildlife, namely, the majestic “Big Five”, comprising of elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino.

Luxury Rail Journey

Welcome aboard the Blue Train

Surrounded by an aura of mystique, South Africa’s Blue Train travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, affording views of savannah grasslands and mountain vistas. Among the more famous passengers to have boarded its exquisite carriages over the years are Nelson Mandela and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. From five-course gourmet lunches to post-dinner cognac and cigars, you’ll think you’ve stepped right into the pages of a 1930s novel. Enhance your experience by taking the opportunity to upgrade your cabin to Luxury.

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Observation Car

Feel the touch of the warm African air as you drink in panoramic views and savour a Montecristo Havana cigar from the elegant observation car.

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Dining

Tables are laid with crisp white linen tablecloths topped with Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware.

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Cabins

Each suite is arranged as a spacious sitting area by day, at night transforming into a restful sanctuary with goose-down bedding.

Your Holiday Summary

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 2 night all-inclusive luxury Blue Train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria with an off train excursion

Cruise

  • 17 night full-board cruise on board Queen Mary 2

Guided Tour

  • Pilanesberg National Park game drives

Hotel Stays

  • 6 night four-star hotel stay in Cape Town at the Southern Sun The Cullinan with breakfast
  • 1 night five-star stay at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star full-board stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge

All flights, taxes and transfers

Prices

29 Nights |  Departing 21 March 2023

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$11,499

Outside

Sold Out

Balcony

$16,499pp

Departing

Perth

Inside

$10,999pp

Outside

Sold Out

Balcony

$15,999pp

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$11,499pp

Outside

Sold Out

Balcony

$16,499pp

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$11,499pp

Outside

Sold Out

Balcony

$16,499pp

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$11,599pp

Outside

Sold Out

Balcony

$16,599pp