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Greater Cape Town: Wine Country and the Atlantic Beaches
Nine-Day, Seven-Night Cape Town Waterfront and Vineyard Package from Aquila Private Game Reserve with Roundtrip Airfare, Most Meals, and Tours (Link to Company Website)
What You Get
Nine-day, seven-night South African vineyard and safari tour with airfare. Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required).
- Option 1: $3,468, 8/28–9/10 departures (a $6,699 value)
- Option 2: $2,799, 9/11–10/31 departures (a $6,499 value)
- Option 3: $2,999, 11/1–11/26 departures (a $6,613 value)
- Option 4: $3,513, 11/27–12/10 departures (a $6,813 value)
- Option 5: $4,041, 12/11–12/31 departures (a $7,113 value)
Book by: for 8/28-9/10 departures book by 8/27/12 or two weeks prior to departure (whichever comes first), for 9/11-10/31 departures book by 10/12/12 or two weeks prior to departure (whichever comes first), and for all over departure dates book by 10/12/12.
Included in all options:
- Round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
- Most meals
- Ground transportation
- Two 4×4 jeep safari tours
- Two horseback-riding safaris
- Wine tour and tasting
South Africa embodies diversity in every sense of the word: though English is now South Africa’s most widely spoken language, the government recognizes 11 official languages, and there are scores of additional dialects linked to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. Over the course of a short drive, you might pass through wildly disparate landscapes reminiscent of Basque wine country, the Australian outback, and the Rocky Mountains. Great white sharks stalk prey near the shores and giraffes graze on its savannas.
The region surrounding Cape Town captures this diversity in particular, and it’s the setting for this seven-night adventure. View the full itinerary here.
Day 1: Arrival
You’ll depart from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), stop briefly in Johannesburg, and continue onto Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
Days 2–4: Waterfront Village – Cape Town
The Waterfront Village is situated amid the scenic V&A Waterfront Marina in the heart of Cape Town, right at the base of Table Mountain. You can take a dip in the hotel’s swimming pools, or venture out to explore the nearby waterways, which are lined with restaurants and shops. You’ll stay in a one-bedroom apartment and, each morning, dine on an included breakfast at the nearby One and Only Hotel.
Days 5–6: Aquila Private Game Reserve
Aquila Private Game Reserve, located about two hours from Cape Town, encompasses 7 square miles of southern Karoo Highlands. It’s covered with dramatic peaks, valleys, and a menagerie of big game. On a stop here, you will get to see lions, elephants, giraffes, and many more species during game drives; you’ll also travel by horseback and four-by-four safaris.
The standard luxury chalets here feature thatched roofs, wood interiors, and natural-stone accents. Chalets stand close to the main house, which has two large swimming pools, a cigar bar and lounge, and a buffet-style dining area, where you’ll enjoy three included meals per day.
Days 7–8: Spier Hotel – Stellenbosch
Spier Hotel sits in the heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s famed wine region just outside Cape Town. Spier Winery produces an array of award-winning wines, including pinotage, South Africa’s signature varietal. The hotel and winery value sustainability; they have recycled-wood furniture in the tasting room and a magnificent chandelier made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles.
Contemporary South African art can hangs from the walls in both the standard rooms and the farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant, where you’ll partake in the included daily lunch.
Day 9: Departure
In the morning, you’ll be transported back to CPT. After a brief pit stop in Johannesburg, it’s onward to IAD.
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Enjoy and happy travels!
10-Day Mediterranean Cruise with Stops at Venice, Athens, and Greek Islands
Key Tours International (Getaways with Expedia) ● Italy, Greece and Croatia (Link to Company Website)
What You Get
10-day cruise of Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean. Includes all onboard meals, one-night accommodations in Venice.
Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required) or pay an additional $700 to travel solo. Read about different purchase options here.
- Option 1: $999 per person for a package without airfare, valid for travel 9/22, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 (a $1,999 value)
- Option 2: $1,999 per person for a package with roundtrip international airfare from New York City (JFK), valid for travel 11/3 or 11/10 (a $3,199 value)
- Option 3: $2,099 per person for a package with roundtrip international airfare from New York City (JFK), valid for travel 9/22, 10/13, 10/20, or 10/27 (a $3,199 value)
- Book by: 8/31/12
- Five restaurants
- Two swimming pools, a kiddie pool, and seven whirlpools
- Casino and theater
- Tennis courts
- Internet café
- Ten indoor bars and two outdoor pool bars
- Kids game and activity rooms
Venice’s Piazza San Marco has been a gathering place for native Venetians since the ninth century, when it was the site of the first church of St. Mark. Today, tourists still gather in the square to marvel at its ancient palaces, marble salon, and ornate cathedrals. At such a busy city center, you’d expect to hear blaring horns and revving engines, but Piazza San Marco’s lamp-lit streets are filled with the sounds of cooing pigeons, live music, and laughter. This landmark is just one of the stops on Key Tours International’s 10-day Mediterranean cruise, which spotlights other timeless attractions such as the ancient city of Athens and the volcanic Santorini Island.
Some packages include roundtrip airfare from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) in Venice. Click here to view the full itinerary.
Days 1–3: After arriving in Venice, you’ll board the elegant MSC Musica, where unlimited food and drinks will be available at the many bars and restaurants onboard. The decadent cruise ship also has two swimming pools, a casino, and large-screen outdoor cinemas, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied during the voyage along Italy’s coast in the Adriatic Sea. The first stop is Bari, a port city that mixes contemporary villas and restaurants with historical sights such as a medieval castle and The Church of St. Nicholas.
Days 4–5: The ship continues southward to Katakolon, Greece, a small town bordering the Ionian Sea and Olympia. Head to the seaside town’s artsy main drag to browse local crafts or sample fresh seafood.
The next stop is Santorini, an island some believe was once the lost city of Atlantis. Centuries ago, Santorini’s surface broke apart after a massive volcanic eruption. Now, sugar-cube houses sit on the rim of the ancient volcano, and visitors can scuba dive to see the caldera, which is now a giant, central lagoon that smolders underwater. Nearby, Mykonos contrasts Santorini’s natural wonders with manmade flashiness. Sure, the island has storybook windmills and hillsides, but most come for the beachside clubs and pulsing discotheques that are almost always hopping after dark.
Day 6: Spend a day exploring the historic Greek city of Athens, which is home to some of the world’s most iconic architecture. It’s easy to spot the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon, where Doric columns and a marble facade loom over the capital city. Other highlights here include the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, which features coins from ancient kingdoms, sculptures of mythic figures, and the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism which is thought to be an early computer.
Days 7–8: After Athens, you’ll dock at Corfu Island, which presents a much more verdant landscape than its rocky neighbors. The beaches here stretch up from the Ionian Sea to hilly groves studded with millions of olive trees. Inland, the village is vibrant with pastel buildings and corridors where merchants have hung colorful garments and handmade jewelry. At Dubrovnik, you’ll get a feel for Croatian culture. Dubbed “the Pearl of the Adriatic” by Lord Byron, Dubrovnik dazzles with red-roof buildings and ornate cathedrals that exemplify Baroque and Gothic architecture.
Days 9–10: The final leg of the voyage is spent in Venice with overnight accommodations at the opulent Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal. An included walking tour of the city showcases famous landmarks, such as the Piazza San Marco as well as Marco Polo’s house and walk-in humidor. The highlight of this stroll is Doge’s Palace, a breathtaking symbol of Gothic architecture. Inside, the walls and ceilings are covered with evocative frescoes by classical artists including Titian and Tintoretto. The next day, you’ll head back to the airport for your flight back to the States.