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Lisbon to Cape Town

SCENIC EXPLORATIONS | 39 Nights | Departs Oct 31, 2015

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East London, South Africa

Ports:

Oct, 31

-Lisbon, Portugal

Nov, 1

-Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

Nov, 2

-Funchal - Madeira Island, Portugal

Nov, 3

-Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain

Nov, 4

-Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Nov, 5

-Las Palmas, Spain

Nov, 6

-Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

Nov, 7

-Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

Nov, 8

-Porto Grande, Cape Verde

Nov, 9

-Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

Nov, 10

-Dakar, Senegal

Nov, 11

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 12

-Cruise the Gulf of Guinea

Nov, 13

-Takoradi, Ghana

Nov, 14

-Lome, Togo

Nov, 15

-Cotonou, Benin

Nov, 16

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 17

-Sao Tome, ST

Nov, 18

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 19

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 20

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 21

-Walvis Bay, Namibia

Nov, 22

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 23

-Cape Town, South Africa

Nov, 24

-Cape Town, South Africa

Nov, 25

-Mossel Bay, South Africa

Nov, 26

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Nov, 27

-Richards Bay, South Africa

Nov, 28

-Maputo, Mozambique

Nov, 29

-Durban, South Africa

Nov, 30

-Durban, South Africa

Dec, 1

-East London, South Africa

Dec, 2

-Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Dec, 3

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Dec, 4

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Dec, 5

-Walvis Bay, Namibia

Dec, 6

-Walvis Bay, Namibia

Dec, 7

-Cruise the Coast of Africa

Dec, 8

-Cape Town, South Africa

Dec, 9

-Cape Town, South Africa

East London, South Africa-port

Located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, East London is home to the country’s only river port. Founded in 1836, East London lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. Its sub-tropical climate and beautiful natural environment make East London a popular tourist destination, with nearby safari reserves for those looking to catch a glimpse of the Big Five game animals.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Khaya La Bantu Cultural Experience
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mpongo Game Reserve
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Natural History Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • World Class Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Khaya La Bantu Cultural Experience

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: eas-002

    Immerse yourself in the culture and traditional way of life of the native Xhosa tribe by visiting Khaya la Bantu village.

    Commencing from the pier, you will be treated to the scenic beauty of Orient and Eastern beaches as you travel along the national highway. As the landscape becomes more rolling and agricultural, you will see several traditional villages of Xhosa, one of the primary ethnic groups in South Africa. Their language, one of nearly a dozen spoken in the area, is quite unusual because it involves aggressive tongue clicking.

    Arriving at the Xhosa village of Khaya la Bantu, you will discover the rich heritage of these native South Africans, beginning with a welcome dance accompanied by rhythmic drumming and singing. Watching the Xhosa, dressed in colorful costumes and beads, is a joyous experience. Your in-village guides will be Mama Tofu and her daughter Zinzi, who will introduce you to the other villagers and happily answers questions about traditional Xhosa daily life.

    Many of the buildings in Khaya la Bantu are made of mud, interwoven branches and thatching for the roofs. While touring the village, you might sample a potent beer concoction at the Chief's burial site, visit several ritual huts, listen to healers known as sangomas and watch a vigorous display of stick fighting. You will also have the opportunity to learn how the Xhosa create their intricate beadwork, which is for sale in the crafts store.

    Following an unforgettable visit of approximately 2-hours, you will bid farewell to these charming villagers and board your coach for the transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking/standing. There are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing; a light jacket or sweater; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Mini-skirts, bare shoulders, revealing clothing and flashy jewelry are not considered appropriate for this tour. The restroom facilities at Khaya La Bantu are very basic. Permission must be obtained prior to taking pictures of those other than your host or guides and it is requested that guests do not give children sweets or money. If you should wish to make a donation or give a gift, please consult with your guide first. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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