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Embrace thrilling game safaris, Victoria Falls explorations and a 2-night Durban stay in southern Africa, paired with an epic MSC Orchestra cruise to Genoa and unforgettable ports of call in the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Mediterranean.

Start your incredible 34-night adventure with a one-night hotel stay in South Africa’s vibrant Johannesburg, then savour a lodge stay for three nights within breathtaking Pilanesberg National Park and daily game drives to track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino – in the incredible African wilderness.

Next, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, for another memorable three-night stay, enjoying a guided walk around the spectacular Victoria Falls – one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and elegant fine-dining on board a 1930s restored locomotive.   

Following a flight back to South Africa, you’ll enjoy an exciting two-night hotel stay in Durban, with ample time to soak-up the city’s alluring beach life and fascinating indigenous culture. From here, you’ll then embark the MSC Orchestra for your unforgettable 25-night cruise. Leaving South Africa behind, you’ll sail bound for the Indian Ocean and tropical paradise islands of Réunion, Mauritius and Seychelles, whose stunning natural beauty will truly astound you. After a week cruising at sea, you’ll then get a taste of the evocative Middle East with a port of call at exotic Aqaba, in Jordan and sailing through Egypt’s historic Suez Canal, before arriving in sun-drenched Southern Europe. Relish further stops in the ancient port cities of Heraklion on the beautiful Greek island of Crete and in Italy, Naples and then Civitavecchia, for the Italian capital, Rome and finally Genoa, where you’ll disembark the MSC Orchestra – thus concluding your once-in-lifetime holiday.

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The MSC Orchestra Experience

Combining spacious, elegant interiors with the brilliant variety for which the MSC fleet’s Musica Class is renowned and with every element combined to perfection, the stunning MSC Orchestra promises you a dream cruise. Life on board indulges you with everything you would wish for on a cruise holiday.

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Dining

Let MSC Orchestra take you on an exciting culinary journey during your cruise with innovative menus in the main restaurants – from extensive buffets and global flavours to Dessert Corner – and an excellent selection of speciality restaurants to tempt your tastebuds.

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Activities

There’s plenty to keep you amused on board, including a state-of-the-art Sports Centre with superior gym, five stunning indoor and outdoor pools, a jogging track that lets you keep a constant pace undisturbed out in the fresh sea breeze and a multitude of games and sports from minigolf and tennis to volleyball.

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Entertainment

The designer venues on this ecological ship make every moment a special occasion, whether dancing to the live music in the leopard-style Savannah Bar, tempting lady luck in the Palm Beach Casino or catching a spectacular show in the equally spectacular Covent Garden Theatre.

Your 34 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

11 April 2023

Welcome to South Africa and vibrant Johannesburg city

Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa for the start of your epic adventure. One of the youngest of the world’s major cities, Johannesburg was founded in 1886 following the discovery of gold and is today, South Africa’s largest city. This ‘City of Gold’ emanates an electric energy, buzzing with new marketplaces, breweries and restaurants, jazz clubs and artistic enclaves. Sample the huge diversity of cuisines cultivated by the city’s mix of cultures at the Yeoville Food Market and learn about Johannesburg’s history at one of many fascinating museums.

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Days 2 - 4

12 - 14 April 2023

Track down the ‘Big Five’ during a safari stay at Pilanesberg National Park

You’ll transfer from Johannesburg for a secluded lodge nestled within the Pilanesberg National Park, a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity and home to abundant wildlife and bird species. During your three-night stay, you’ll join daily bush walks and game drives in Pilanesberg National Park, conducted by experienced rangers and game trackers. They are always eager to share their knowledge of the environment and will also happily assist you with any wildlife photography. This is a thrilling way to experience the incredible African wilderness and game: here, you’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’– the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino. Joining the Big Five are an abundance of game including rare species such as wild dog or cheetah, plus more than 300 bird species.

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Days 5 - 7

15 - 17 April 2023

Enjoy an incredible Victoria Falls walk, sunset cruise and locomotive train ride

You’ll fly on to Zambia and historic Livingstone, located near Victoria Falls, one of the world's biggest waterfalls. During your three-night stay, you’ll take a guided walking tour around the majestic falls, encountering spectacular views of the tumbling cascades crashing over the cliffs, plunging into whirlpools below. Later, you’ll embark the Lady Livingstone River Safari for a boat cruise along the Zambezi River, admiring the wildlife and stunning sunset. You can also enjoy an exciting ride through the Zambezi River Valley while dining on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored locomotive train.

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Days 8 - 9

18 - 19 April 2023

Soak-up the alluring beaches and fascinating native culture while enjoying a two-night hotel stay in sunny Durban

Today, depart Zambia and return to South Africa with a flight to the captivating city of Durban, where you’ll transfer to your hotel for an exciting two-night stay. You’ll soon discover why Durban now ranks as a must-see destination in South Africa. Enjoy the warm waters of the sparkling Indian Ocean and a stroll along the esplanade at Durban’s Golden Mile stretch of beach. Soak-up the city buzz along lively Florida Road, where you can browse the galleries and boutique shops and enjoy the café culture. Durban also makes a great place to learn more about the fascinating Afro-Indian culture – more Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside India itself – and South African native Zulu culture. Visit a traditional Zulu homestead in the Valley of One Thousand Hills to catch a mesmerising dance performance.

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Day 10

20 April 2023

Depart Durban and embark the MSC Orchestra cruise ship for your fantastic voyage ahead

Today you’ll depart Durban and embark the MSC Orchestra, commencing an unforgettable 24-night cruise. MSC Orchestra may be considered a small cruise ship by today’s leviathan standards, but you’ll soon discover she still manages to encompass plenty of comfort, quality and choice on board. Whether you like to be active or prefer to let the world pass by as you unwind, you’ll find this attractive ship accommodates all preferences.

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Days 11 - 13

21 - 23 April 2023

 

Enjoy three days at sea indulging in some of the delicious and varied dining options on board

Let MSC Orchestra take you on an exciting culinary voyage of discovery that will surely delight your tastebuds. In the ship’s main restaurants, Mediterranean food takes centre stage, tempting with French, Italian and Spanish flavours, while the Dessert Corner and extensive buffet are other notables. You can also explore gourmet highlights of the world’s finest cuisines in the relaxed and authentic atmosphere of the ship’s speciality bars and restaurants. Perhaps treat yourself to a special night out in Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, which specialises in Cantonese and Sichuan dishes including authentic Dim Sum, or La Piazzetta, where you’ll discover the finest pizza outside Naples.

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Day 14

24 April 2023

Discover the stunning natural beauty of hidden treasure, Réunion Island

Located in the sparkling Indian Ocean, remote Réunion Island nestles between Madagascar and Mauritius and is truly a beautiful island to explore. This hidden treasure is known for its incredible landscapes, from rain forested interiors punctuated with cascading waterfalls and vanilla plantations, to pristine white sand beaches and vivid coral reefs. You can hike to the Piton des Neiges, dine on a fusion of Creole, Indian and Chinese cuisine and swim in the clear turquoise lagoons.

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Day 15

25 April 2023

Experience the natural wonders and blissful island life of Mauritius

Today you’ll sail into Port Louis, the capital city and gateway to idyllic Mauritius. Sugar white sands, enchanting lagoons and verdant mountains make every photograph snapped in Mauritius look postcard perfect. This idyllic tropical island, ringed by pristine coral reefs and crystal-clear water, is justifiably popular for its stunning natural attractions, boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins and freshly caught seafood. Here you can hike, stroll the botanical gardens, snorkel amongst multi-coloured fish, or simply laze beside the Indian Ocean.

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Day 16 - 17

26 - 27 April 2023

Raise a glass to your fabulous holiday at the ship’s alluring bars and lounges

Come the evening, be sure to check out the stylish and distinctive bars and lounges on board the MSC Orchestra; whatever your desire and tastes, refreshment is never far away. Let your enjoyment of every marvellous moment linger as you savour the extensive international selection of fine wines, thirst-quenching beers, classic and innovative cocktails. If you’re looking for something a bit sophisticated, head to the classy Martini Bar, with its extensive menu of martinis, where you can rediscover your favourite “Tini” in style!

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Day 18-19

28 - 29 April 2023

With an overnight port of call in Seychelles, you’ll have time to discover this paradise

An archipelago of more than a hundred islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles present a true tropical paradise. It’s also a haven for a unique array of flora and fauna, while almost half of its land mass is set aside for protected national parks and reserves. Home to pristine white sand beaches lapped by transparent waters teeming with multi-coloured coral and marine life, this stunning archipelago is one of the planet’s finest spots for diving and snorkelling.

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Day 20 - 26

30 April - 6 May 2023

With seven days at sea, discover an exciting range of onboard entertainment

During your days at sea, MSC Orchestra will make every moment of your cruise a special occasion, but it’s perhaps when the sun sets that things on board move up a gear! As darkness falls, head to one of the ship’s many bars for games, quizzes and live music. At Shakers Lounge, sip on a pre-dinner cocktail as the pianist plays some favourite tunes or dance the night away to hits performed by the house band. Or savour thrilling entertainment that includes cabaret-style productions, concerts and magic shows in the three-tiered venue, Covent Garden Theatre.

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Day 27

7 May 2023

Explore Jordan’s ancient coastal city, Aqaba, and discover its wondrous treasures

Your next exciting stop is Aqaba, a port city located on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan's only coastal city boasts a myriad of beaches and is a popular destination for windsurfing and other water sports. It’s also renowned for its scuba diving boasting exquisite coral reef; notable dive sites include the Yamanieh reef in the Aqaba Marine Park, south of the city. Inhabited since 4000 B.C., Aqaba is also home to the stunning Islamic-era Aqaba Fort and serves as the gateway to the pink sandstone city of Petra, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World,’ and the sweeping desert-scape of Wadi Rum.

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Days 28 - 29

8 - 9 May 2023

Retrace a piece of history as you cruise through the legendary Suez Canal

For the next two days, you’ll cruise through the Suez Canal in Egypt, an artificial sea-level waterway running for 193-kilometres through Egypt. The Suez Canal connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea through the Isthmus of Suez and separates the African continent from Asia. Constructed back in the 1860s, the canal’s historic inauguration had a dramatic effect on world trade and politics and today ranks as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. On board, you’ll notice the low-lying delta of the Nile River to the west and the higher, rugged and arid Sinai Peninsula to the east.

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Day 30

10 May 2023

Enjoy a day of blissful pampering at the heavenly spa

Relaxing, feeling healthy and looking your best is all part of the MSC Cruises experience. And on this day cruising the ocean waves, you’ll have a chance to relax and rejuvenate at the stunning spa. This blissful haven boasts an exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and rich mosaics and within, coms equipped with specific and massage treatment suites. As well as magical massages, including traditional Balinese Massage, pamper yourself at the Thermal Area, where you can enjoy a soothing sauna, a relaxing steam and an invigorating whirlpool bath.

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Day 31

11 May 2023

Explore ancient Minoan palaces and Venetian legacies in bustling Heraklion

A lively port city and capital of the gorgeous Greek island of Crete, modern Heraklion reveals fascinating millennia of history. The Venetian port is flanked by a 16th-century Koules fortress and the city reveals Turkish fountains and Venetian architecture. Explore two of Crete’s most important monuments from the ancient Minoan civilisation: the Palace of Knossos, a vast archaeological site containing well-preserved frescoes, baths and throne room and the hill-top Palace of Phaistos. Alternatively, relax at one of the beautiful beaches surrounding the port.

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Day 32

12 May 2023

On your final day of cruising, get set to be glamorous at the chic beauty and hair salon

You might want to look your very best for another great night out on board, or perhaps when you arrive at the glamorous Italian cities of Naples and Rome! At the chic beauty salon, make the most of highly specialised and professional staff who are expert in aesthetic treatments, delivering excellent beauty results. At the hair salon, refresh your look with a new hairstyle and indulge in different hair care packages – leaving the salon beautifully styled and groomed. There’s a dedicated Barber Shop for gentlemen who also want to keep looking their very best!

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Day 33

13 May 2023

Explore historic Naples, vibrant gateway to the Isle of Capri and Pompeii ruins

Under the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, the ancient port city of Naples is famed for its cache of medieval and Baroque architecture and centuries-old culture and customs. A legacy of 3,000 years of history has left Naples with a wealth of historical buildings and monuments. The oldest part of Naples, its intoxicating city centre, is a World Heritage Site, while a vast array of historically significant sites nearby includes the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried in ash with the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Naples is also the gateway to the alluring Isle of Capri, Amalfi Coast and cliff-top town of Sorrento.

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Day 34

14 May 2023

Explore the ancient port of Civitavecchia and the outskirts of historic Italian capital, Rome

Visit the ancient capital of the Western World and centre of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome is known as the world’s biggest open-air museum. With its unparalleled history and astounding monuments and archaeological sites, such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica, this ‘Eternal City’ provides an inexhaustible feast of sightseeing. However, Italy’s dazzling capital city is also a bustling metropolis and brims with a mesmerising ambiance, where you’ll perhaps get to live the La Dolce Vita.

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Day 35

15 May 2023

Bid farewell to Genoa and Italy for your onward flight back home

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Today your epic 34-night cruise and tour adventure draws to a conclusion. You’ll bid ‘arrivederci’ to Genoa and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight home, filled with incredible memories that you’ll surely cherish for a lifetime.

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Your Hotel Stays

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel
★★★★★

There’s a touch of Las Vegas extravagance at this Johannesburg hotel, with its statue of a Roman chariot galloping through a fountain at the building’s entrance. Rejuvenate at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar. There’s also an Italian-themed mini shopping mall next door, plus all guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities.

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
★★★★

The stunning bushveld amidst the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is populated with a diversity of African wildlife including the Big Five and many rare and endangered species. With a stay at the charming Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, you’ll be fully immersed in this remote wilderness and its incredible wildlife. This four-star lodge offers a wide range of comfortable accommodations with coffee and tea-making facilities and more. There’s ample opportunity to relax with two swimming pools and a spa, while the restaurant, overlooking a waterhole and scenic landscape of granite rock formations, tempts with traditional South African delicacies. The highlight of your stay however is beyond the lodge. Thrill to the inclusive daily game drives that promise regular encounters with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black and white rhino, plus many other fascinating wildlife and guided bush walks that give insights into the subtleties of the bushveld.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers four-star accommodation close to Victoria Falls, an impressive natural wonder of the world. Named after the first European explorer to see Victoria Falls, the hotel is in easy reach of all the activities associated with this glorious naturescape, from microlight tours to elephant-back safaris. The hotel boasts river-facing rooms, ensuring each guest enjoys the same views. Visit the spa to indulge in a wide selection of exquisite treatments, savour delicious dishes in The Kalai Restaurant, a traditionally styled eatery with buffet and a la carte options, and enjoy an array of South African and international wine in the bar.

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
★★★★

This landmark hotel boasts a sought-after beachfront location, just metres from Durban’s gorgeous North Beach. Thus sweeping Indian Ocean views along the 7-kilometre-long promenade have set the scene for a memorable Durban stay for nearly five decades. As well as the best views in the city, this contemporary classic hotel offers Durban’s largest choice of hotel accommodations – 734 guestrooms and suites – in a variety of configurations. Each one has been thoughtfully-appointed and comfortably furnished, so that you can fully relax and appreciate the sun-soaked ocean views. Five distinctive venues include some of Durban’s best beachfront restaurants and offer a diverse menu covering award-winning steaks, classic cocktails to craft beer, café culture and an exceptional buffet. Relish the three heated outdoor pools, the blissful spa and exceptional personalised service.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Known in the local language as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders,’ the spectacular Victoria Falls are often described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, throwing mist so high into the air it can be seen from several kilometres away. During your guided walk around the falls, named in honour of a British queen, you’ll gain fascinating insight into how these tumbling cascades were formed and all about the local customs and traditions that surround them.

Pilanesberg National Park Safari

A thrilling safari experience awaits at Bakubung Bush Lodge, secluded deep within Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve area of breathtaking beauty and serenity. During your three-night lodge stay, you can join daily guided bush walks and game drives, an exciting way to experience the African wilderness and the abundant wildlife and bird species here. You’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – and other southern African large mammals.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

What better way to celebrate the end of a memorable day exploring incredible Victoria Falls, than a two-hour signature sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari. In the height of luxury and comfort, drift up to Siloka Island, spotting wildlife along the riverbanks. While marvelling at the stunning sunset in good company and indulged by an attentive hospitality team, indulge in a selection of delicious nibbles and a pink-hued gin and tonic.

Royal Livingstone Express Train

Take a classic journey back in time as you climb on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a lovingly restored locomotive train that originally operated in the 1930s. As you roll through the heart of the Zambezi River Valley on this most magnificent five carriage steam train, you can admire the breathtaking scenery in the height of comfort and luxury and enjoy exquisite fine-dining, with a sumptuous dinner served on board.

Your Holiday Summary

Cruises

  • 25 night full-board cruise on board the unforgettable MSC Orchestra

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D'Oreale Grande Hotel with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Livingstone at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star stay in Durban at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park
  • Zambezi River tour on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari
  • Ride through the Zambezi River Valley on board the Royal Livingstone Express

All flights, taxes and transfers

Prices

34 Nights |  Departing 11 April 2023

Departing

Auckland

Interior

$9,999pp

Ocean View

$10,999pp

Balcony

$12,999pp

Departing

Wellington

Interior

$10,199pp

Ocean View

$11,199pp

Balcony

$13,199pp

Departing

Christchurch

Interior

$10,099pp

Ocean View

$11,099pp

Balcony

$13,099pp