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Departing December 18, 2015. Explore the day-by-day itinerary, activities, sightseeing, lectures and ideas for reading.


  • S M A L L - S H I P C R U I S I N G A T I T S B E S T






    DECEMBER 18, 2015


    DEC 18 Depart UK

    DEC 19 Arrive CAPE TOWN South AfricaEmbark Aegean Odyssey overnight

    DEC 20 CAPE TOWN (Table Mountain & Robben Island)South Africa overnight

    DEC 21 CAPE TOWN (Stellenbosch)South Africa overnight

    DEC 22 CAPE TOWN South Africa 7.00pm

    DEC 23 At Sea

    DEC 24 PORT ELIZABETH South Africa 8.00am(Addo Elephant Park) 2.00pm

    DEC 25 Christmas Day celebrations at sea

    DEC 26 RICHARDS BAY South Africa 5.00am(Hluhluwe Game Reserve) overnight

    DEC 27 RICHARDS BAY South Africa(St Lucia Nature Reserve) 9.00pm

    DEC 28/29 At Sea

    DEC 30 MOSSEL BAY South Africa 8.00am(Garden Route) 6.00pm

    DEC 31/ New Years celebrations at seaJAN 1 16

    JAN 2 LUDERITZ Namibia 8.00am overnight

    JAN 3 LUDERITZ Namibia 6.00pm

    JAN 4 At Sea

    JAN 5 CAPE TOWN South Africa 8.00amDisembark and transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight home


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    19-days departing december 18, 2015

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  • This is a pretty and singular town; it lies at the foot of an enormous wall (Table Mountain) which reaches into the clouds.

    These words of Charles Darwin will resonate with you after spending a few days in Cape Town at the beginning of this splendid festive voyage.

    Cruise features include: 4 days on board in Cape Town

    Travel to the top of Table Mountain - Visit Robben Island and Stellenbosch Enjoy 3 Safaris - Addo Elephant Park/Hluhluwe Game Reserve/

    St Lucia Nature Reserve Christmas and New Years celebrations at sea Visit South Africas famous Garden Route

    Visit to Namibias Skeleton CoastSPECIAL EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

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    Cape Town

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    christmas & new year voyage


    Celebrate Christmas day in style on board Aegean Odyssey with:

    Festive concertTrivia quiz

    Themed cocktailsTraditional Christmas dinner

    Live musicSurprise special guest

  • Day 1 London to Cape TownOvernight flight to South Africa.

    Day 2 Cape Town South AfricaArrive Cape Town Airport and transfer toAegean Odyssey.

    Day 3 Cape TownYour included morning sightseeing tour includes an unforgettable trip up TableMountain by cable car. Table Mountain getsits name from the flat topped central massifof the mountain, which viewed from thecity, is surrounded by Devils Peak on theleft, Lions Head on the right, and SignalHill in the foreground. On your way backto the ship, youll enjoy an orientation tourof the city, including the colourful and historic houses of the Bo-Kaap (MalayQuarter), the Convention Centre, AdderleyStreet with statues of Jan van Riebeeck andBartholomeu Diaz, the Castle of GoodHope, City Hall in Darling Street, theDutch Reformed Church and St GeorgesCathedral.

    After lunch on board Aegean Odyssey,theres an included boat ride to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Since 1960, it has become synonymous

    celebrate the festive season on a voyage to the naturalwonders ofSouth Africa december 18, 2015


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    Cape Town

  • Day 5 Cape TownFree day to further explore the city or headout of town to the Cape of Good Hope.

    Day 6 At sea

    Day 7 Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth is South Africas fifth largestcity and is located on the Indian Oceancoast half-way between Cape Town andDurban. Also known as the friendly cityand the windy city, it tends to live up toboth names. Today, we visit the Addo Elephant Park, which consists of over51,000 hectacres of bush country and ishome to over 450 elephants. Although itbelongs to the same species as the AfricanElephant, the reddish Addo Elephant issmaller with more rounded ears, while thefemales generally have no tusks. On a gamedrive through the park by coach, you willhopefully be able to encounter this rare animal, as well as a variety of other game,which was recently introduced to the reserve. This includes lion, hyena, cheetah, zebra, eland, kudu, red hartebeest and wild dogs. After a busy dayon safari, unwind in the evening and get inthe mood for Christmas with traditionalcarols, mulled wine and mince pies.

    with the political struggle against apartheidin South Africa and past political prisonershave included Nelson Mandela and poetDennis Brutus. The last political prisonerswere released in 1991 and on the 1st ofJanuary 1997, the Robben Island Museumopened its doors to the public. During yourvisit you will see the old leper colony, thequarry where political prisoners laboured,and Nelson Mandelas cell.

    Day 4 Cape TownThe Cape Winelands region is the source ofmany legendary Cape wines, the produceof row-upon-row of grapevines, many ofwhich were first planted hundreds of yearsago. You head first to the town of Paarl inthe Berg River Valley. Paarl is a romantic

    town built on both sides of a 10 km-longmain street, shaded by oak trees andjacarandas. From Paarl, continue to a wineestate where you will enjoy a cellar tourand have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines. The tour continues to Franschhoek, a small town, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, which commemorates the arrival of theHuguenots in South Africa. Then enjoy asecond wine tasting, followed by a picniclunch at a local wine estate, before continuing to Stellenbosch. Stellenboschhas become known as the Town of Oakssome of the oaks have been proclaimed national monuments and it is also famous for the typical Cape Dutch-style architecture.

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    Stellenbosch vineyards Visit Robben Island

  • Day 8 Christmas celebrations at seaWhile the Aegean Odyssey sails to RichardsBay, celebrate Christmas day in style. Highlights include festive concert, triviaquiz, themed cocktails, traditional dinnerwith all the trimmings, live music and asurprise special guest in the evening.

    Day 9 Richards BayThe town of Richards Bay lies at the seaedge of an ancient floodplain, almosthalfway between Durban and Kosi Bay and it acts as a gateway to Zululand andMaputaland. Here, we enjoy an includeddrive to Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Proclaimed a game reserve in 1895, Hluhluwe has since become well known for its small population of the rare whiterhino.

    In addition to rhino, the reserve has a spectacular variety of bird and animal life,including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo,blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah,mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog.The reserve preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand but also some of the indefinable charm and traditions of the natural surroundings. Enjoy your buffet lunch at Hilltop Restaurant,surrounded by beautiful scenery. Afterlunch, depart on another exciting gamedrive before returning to the ship.

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    Hluhluwe Game Reserve

  • Day 10 Richards BayToday youll discover the wildlife from thewater as you visit the iSimangaliso WetlandPark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, andenjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake St Lucia.Your boat affords the best views of the nesting sites of crocodiles and hippos thatmake their home in the estuary. This is also home to 526 different kinds of birdspecies, favourites of which are the AfricanFish Eagle and the Mangrove Kingfisher.Enjoy time ashore in Richards Bay before a late evening departure.

    Days 11/12 At sea

    Day 13Mossel Bay (Garden Route)This morning an included excursion takes you into the majestic OuteniquaMountains via scenic passes that lead fromsemi-desert terrain to fertile valleys. Takingthe beautiful Garden Route east, youll passancient forests, golden beaches and craggypeaks to reach Oudsthoorn. In an oasis-likesetting, much of the towns architecture reflects the opulence of the Ostrich FeatherBoom from 1860 to 1914 when it suppliedostrich feathers to Europe.

    This afternoon, theres an optional visit toBotlierskop Private Game Reserve, a well-stocked, free roaming private game reserve,which provides visitors with the opportunity to view African wildlife in

    its natural habitat. There are currently 26 animal species and more than 1,800 animals in total in the 3,000-hectacre reserve. Visitors have an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters withwhite rhino, Cape buffalo, blue wildebeest,giraffe, Cape mountain zebra, eland, giraffe, impala and lions.

    Days 14/15 New Year Celebrations at seaAs the ship makes it way to Namibia, relaxon board and enjoy a lecture or two. OnNews Year Eve there will be cocktails onthe deck and a party in the Ambassadorlounge with live music from the OdysseyTrio and Blue Velvet until the countdown atmidnight. See in the New Year with friendsold and new.

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    Mossel BayZulu traditions, Richards Bay

  • Days 16/17 Luderitz NamibiaAdolf Luederitz, a merchant from Bremen,bought the bay in 1883 for around 10,000Marks and 260 rifles. Once a trading post,it later flourished with the prosperity of the diamond rush in the 20th century. Your guided walking tour is the best way to see this German colonial town, takingyou past the sights including Goerke Haus on the slopes of Diamantberg, and Felsenkirche, the German LutheranChurch.

    Also included during your 2-day stay is av