Cruising South Africa with MSC Cruises - Our Logo
Emergency Cell

+27 (0)72 874 0859

small usa flag  Our American Cruises MENU  small usa flag

small sa flag  Our South African Cruises MENU  small sa flag

Office Phone

+27 (0)31 463 1681

Garden Route and Cruise Escorted Tour - Table Mountain Cape Town

Garden Route and Cruise – Escorted Tour – 8 days 7 nights.

THE GARDEN ROUTE | PORT ELIZABETH | DURBAN | PORTUGUESE ISLAND MOZAMBIQUE

“It’s time to set sail on an extraordinary adventure that will stay in your heart forever.” – Charles Robbie

The Garden Route is a journey of exploration, of discovery and the chance to see why this part of the world is renowned for its beguiling diversity. This stretch of coastline connects Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth and has sandy beaches, lovely lakes and lagoons, lush, evergreen forests, and protea-studded slopes.

You will start in Cape Town and go to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the true meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. You will then spend time in Oudtshoorn, where ostriches are the main source of tourism as well as the Cango Caves. Knysna is the next stop, which features a gorgeous lagoon and mythical forests. Your adventure comes to an end in the friendly city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and for those proceeding to the cruise in Durban, Bon Voyage!

“No amount of money can equal the rewards of a life well-cruised.” – Charles Robbie III

GARDEN ROUTE and CRUISE

Escorted Tours – the best of both – 8 days 7 nights!
Priced from ZAR31000 per person sharing.

Cruising  South Africa (Pty) Ltd  is a trusted online travel agent.
Established in 1992 and proudly the official ground transport contractor to Starlight Cruises now MSC Cruises these past 30 years.

Priced from R31000 per person sharing. Includes accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels, meals as per itinerary, entrance fees, flight to Durban, porterage, luxury transport and an English Guide.
Guaranteed departures every week with a minimum of 2 persons.

GARDEN ROUTE AND CRUISE ESCORTED TOUR - MSC CRUISES IN CAPE TOWN

“Cruising South Africa with MSC Cruises: Creating Memories, Inspiring Dreams for more than 30 years!” – Charles Robbie III – General Manager of CSA


Garden Route and Cruise  –
Escorted Tour

 Garden Route and Cruise Escorted Tour - visit KnysnaGarden Route and Cruise Tour - MSC Splendida to Portuguese Island

THE ITINERARY
Garden Route and Cruise with MSC Splendida – Best of both!

8 days and 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels

GARDEN rOUTE MAPGarden Route and Cruise map to Portuguese Island

 DEPARTURE DATES:

January 2024:  15th, 29th
February 2024:  5th, 19th
March 2024: 4th

Download the tour detailsClick to book and pay for this tour

DAY 1 – MONDAY                               CAPE TOWN – OUDTSHOORN

This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Stop en route at a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the area. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam and the Tradouw Pass to Barrydale and the famous Route 62. Sample top-quality port-style wines in Calitzdorp, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich feather capital’ and centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry.
Distance travelled today: 550 km
Overnight in Oudtshoorn – **La Plume Guesthouse 4* or similar**.[D,B]
Dinner at an ostrich farm, dining on local specialities such as Ostrich Steak. 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY                                OUDTSHOORN

After a leisurely breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley. Return to Oudtshoorn for a fun-filled interactive guided tour at a working Ostrich Farm.
Distance travelled today: 90 kms

Overnight in Oudtshoorn –  **La Plume Guest House 4* or similar** [B]

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY                          OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort, to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Journey into the magical Knysna Forests (weather & road conditions dependent), the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants. Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction and the discovery of gold. Visit the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial. The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, the best-known author of four books on the Knysna Forest. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route of traditional cuisine and local treats.
Distance travelled today: 170 kms

Overnight in Knysna – **Rex Hotel 4* or similar** [Lunch & Breakfast]

DAY 4 – THURSDAY                            KNYSNA –GQEBERHA (PORT ELIZABETH)

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred (unescorted, driver only) to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). You’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), affectionately known as the “friendly city”. The tour ends on arrival in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 274 kms

Guests may disembark, on request, at Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport.

For guests joining the cruise in Durban, there are 2 changes to our itinerary depending on the flights to Durban.

OPTION 1: Overnight in Port Elizabeth with transfers to the airport on Friday morning on Bed and Breakfast basis. ** Protea Hotel or similar**
OPTION 2: You will be dropped off at the airport for a flight to Durban. On arrival transfer to the **Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge** on a Bed and Breakfast basis with a 11h00 transfer to the Cruise Terminal for boarding the MSC Splendida.

DAY 5 – FRIDAY                            DURBAN – PORTUGUESE ISLAND WITH MSC

 After breakfast, you may explore the area around your hotel but please note that your transfer to the new MSC Cruise Terminal will be at 11h00 which must not be missed! Late afternoon at 18h00 approx. depart for the uninhabited Portuguese Island which is South Africa’s most popular cruise destination.

Overnight at sea – **MSC SPLENDIDA – Balcony Cabin on Fantastica Experience** [Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast]

DAY 6 – SATURDAY                            AT SEA

Enjoy everything that this magnificent vessel has to offer! Make sure to book your free tender boat shuttle as per the directions onboard!

Overnight at sea – **MSC SPLENDIDA – Balcony Cabin on Fantastica Experience** [Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast]

DAY 7 – SUNDAY                                PORTUGUESE ISLAND MOZAMBIQUE

After breakfast, take the tender boat shuttle that you booked yesterday and transfer to the island. (This service is weather and sea conditions pending and should you for safety reasons not be allowed to disembark, the ship will offer other entertainment.)
Spend the day enjoying the sun and surf, or perhaps take an optional tour from the tours desk onboard. Lunch (typical South African cuisine) is served at the MSC Restaurant and you may use your cruise card to purchase drinks from the bar.
At 15h00 the last tender boat shuttle will take you back to the ship which will depart at 16h00! Please do not miss these timings otherwise you will need to be a modern-day Robinson Crusoe!

Overnight at sea – **MSC SPLENDIDA – Balcony Cabin on Fantastica Experience** [Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast]

DAY 8 – MONDAY                            DURBAN

The ship is expected to dock around 10h00. DO NOT book a flight out of Durban before 13h00!
We will meet you at the terminal for your shuttle bus transfer to the airport where the tour ends. There are optional add-ons available.


GARDEN ROUTE AND CRUISE ESCORTED TOUR
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

VISA REQUIREMENTS:
This tour travels through South Africa and Mozambique. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through South Africa and Mozambique.

LAND SERVICE INCLUDES

  • 5 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner including gratuity
  • 3 Nights’ accommodation including porterage
  • Transportation including toll fees in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Bottled water in eco-friendly packaging

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Dassiesfontein, a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the Overberg region
  • Visit to Cape Agulhas (the southernmost tip of Africa)
  • Visit to Cape St Blaize Cave in Mossel Bay, site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations, and known as the Cradle of Human Culture
  • Guided tour of the Cango Caves, a wine tasting in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, a guided tour of an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • An immersive journey into the mythical Knysna Forests, discovering the legends build around woodcutters, elephants, steam trains, and gold miners
  • Enjoy carefully chosen experiences that positively impact our travelers and the communities we visit

 

SEA CRUISE SERVICES
* Round trip shuttle services (‘seat on a bus’ basis and optional upgrade to private)
* Porterage and a speedy check-in
* Accommodation in a balcony cabin (Fantastica Experience by default – an upgrade is possible to your own account)
* 3 main meals daily and midnight snacks (Full board)
* All entertainment on board (except casino, bingo, and theme cruises)
* SPA, Hairdresser, and other items of a personal nature NOT included.
* Drinks are NOT included and a 15% service fee will be added to your onboard hotel bill. Discounted drinks vouchers are available for purchase prior to cruising.
* Tender boat transfers – (subject to sea and weather conditions).

E&OE

GARDEN ROUTE AND CRUISE ESCORTED TOUR
Accommodation included:

3* Diaz Hotel & Resort or similar x 1 night
4* La Plume Guest House or similar x 1 night
4* Rex Hotel or similar x 1 night
4* MSC Splendida Balcony Cabin x 4 nights

GARDEN ROUTE AND CRUISE ESCORTED TOUR
Transportation:
Transportation is in air-conditioned touring vehicles appropriate to the requirements of the tour
  • 2 guests will travel in a sedan vehicle
  • 3-10 guests will travel in a 13-seater vehicle

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky, and all I ask is for a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” – John Macefield

READY TO MAKE A BOOKING?

Talk to us today and secure your cruise holiday on the MSC Splendida in South Africa or one of our selected partners in the Bahamas...Can't find what you are looking for? Our consultant Karen Smith in the USA can not only book it, but she also arranges the visas...
Contact Us

33 The Crescent, Hillary
DURBAN 4094.

+27 (0)31 463 1681
+27 (0)72 874 0859 - Cell
charles@cruisingsa.co.za
Airport private transfer services -  Book your MSC Cruise now
Our Newsletter - Please sign up!

Cruising SA Logo

© 1992-2030 All Rights Reserved By Cruising South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

This website is designed and maintained by CABARO TECHNOLOGIES

This is our Landing Page for Cruising South Africa

USA FLAG

MSC & OTHER CRUISE
LINES DESTINATIONS
IN AMERICA:

COMING REAL SOON!

Cruising SA LogoCRUISE LINES WE PROMOTE

MSC CRUISES SOUTH AFRICA
LE BOAT - EUROPE
SILVERSEA CRUISES
SEA CLOUD WINDJAMMER CRUISES

By clicking on 'subscribe' as per the POPI Act you agree to us emailing/contacting you.

Our Shuttle Bus and Transfer Services
Please click on one of these links!

book an airport shuttle Airport Private Transfer Service

Special Offers

We all look for special offers don't we?
Keep checking back for new ones!

Each of the cruise lines that we support often come out with
amazing offers well worth looking at.

This is our Landing Page for Cruising South Africa - USA DIVISION

COMBO DEALS

A combination of Fully Escorted Land Safaris and Tours with an Ocean Cruise.
Our "best of both" experiences!

Escorted Tour: Kruger and Cruise

Escorted Tour: Kruger and Cruise - The Big 5MSC Splendida
ESCORTED TOUR:
KRUGER & CRUISE

A 13 DAY 12 NIGHT TOUR IN 3, 4 & 5 STAR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION.
Starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. Visit the famous Kruger National Park, the magnificent Panorama Route, Swaziland, Hluhluwe and St Lucia, Durban and then by sea on the MSC Splendida to Pomene Bay in Mozambique.
 

Garden Route and Cruise Escorted Tour - The King ProteaMSC Splendida
ESCORTED TOUR:
GARDEN ROUTE & CRUISE

An 8 DAY 7 NIGHT TOUR IN 3 & 4 STAR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION.
Starts in Cape Town and ends in Durban. Visit the Southern most tip of Africa, Route 62, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, and Knysna. Fly to Durban (included) and join the MSC Splendida for a cruise to South Africa's favorite cruise destination.

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

 

Escorted Tour: Kruger and Cruise

DESTINATION: BAHAMAS - TOP BANNER

 

Garden Route and Cruise Escorted Tour - The King ProteaMSC Splendida

Use this link to proceed to our USA VISA ASSISTANCE page

Loading...

Our Captain is busy preparing your page for you - Please be patient! Did you know? We have just celebrated our 30th anniversary in the cruise ship industry. Did you know? Cruising South Africa and Waver Coaches have teamed up offering you almost 50 years of combined tour operator experience!

error: Content is protected !!