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Set on a peninsula between two of the world’s largest oceans, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town is one of the world’s most stunning harbour cities. On this four-day urban adventure you’ll explore the natural beauty, history and culture of this vibrant SouthAfrican metropolis. Soar to the top of Table Mountain on a cable car, wander through heritage parks at the Company’s Gardens, and pay tribute to legendary human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Explore the colourful district of Bo-Kaap, see where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on infamous Robben Island, and take your tastebuds on a tour through the Cape Winelands.

Day 1

Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon and transfer to the Portswood Hotel. Located in the historic district near Cape Town Harbour, the hotel overlooks Table Mountain and Signal Point, with some rooms boasting ocean views. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool before dinner or relax in the garden with a welcome drink.

Day 2

Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Get ready for a spectacular introduction to Cape Town, this morning we visit the city’s most iconic landmark–Table Mountain. We’ll ride the historic cable car to the top, soaring 1,085metres above the city. At the summit, enjoy panoramic views of Lion’s Head and Robben Island and explore the floral riches of thisWorld Heritage-listed site.

Zip back down the mountain to explore a green oasis of an altogether different kind at the Company’s Garden. The sprawling site is a botanic garden and public park, dating back more than three centuries, and was established as a refreshment station for ships rounding the tip of Africa on the trade route between Europe and the East. See the Arch for Arch, a monument commemorating the life and work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and learn about the disturbing legacy of slavery at the Slave Lodge, built in 1679to house more than 9,000 slaves, convicts and mentally ill.

Recharge with an artisan brew at Truth Café, a steampunk-inspired coffeeshop set around a giant vintage coffee roaster.

Day 3

Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Don’t forget your camera, the first stop on our all-day tour is Bo-Kaap, a colourful city-fringe neighbourhood at the foot of Signal Hill. Explore the steep cobblestone streets and vibrantly coloured houses that make this district – formerly called the Malay Quarter – so picturesque. Next, we’ll explore District Six, a once working-class suburb notorious for its mass forced removals during Apartheid. Hear stories of suffering and displacement at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre and learn about the community’s resilience and plight for restitution. Continue on to Langa, a designated black township established on the Cape Flats in 1927, and meet the Xhosa people. Visit the Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre to peruse local arts and crafts and learn about the organisation’s role in battling youth unemployment.

In the afternoon, we visit Robben Island and the infamous maximum-security prison where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in custody. Explore the island and cell blocks with a guide and learn about the hardships of its inmates.

Day 4

Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Today you can sample some of South Africa’s finest drops on an all-day tour of the famous Cape Winelands. Sit back and relax as we leave the city behind, winding through mountain ranges and past historic vineyards and homesteads to three districts in the heart of wine country. The first stop is Stellenbosch, the second-oldest town in South Africa. Walk down canal-lined avenues and marvel at historic buildings before enjoying a wine tasting. Next, we’ll visit Franschoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, for another wine tasting and to sample award-winning local cuisine. Our last stop is Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts, nestled at the foot of a cluster of granite domes. See orchards, vineyards and vegetable gardens and enjoy one last wine tasting before we make our way back to the city.

Day 5

Cape Town - Australia

Depart Cape Town for Australia, flying home via Johannesburg.

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)