Northern Trek

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Price: From ZAR 39795 per person

    Days 1-2: Searching for the Big 5 in Kruger

    Departing from Johannesburg travel through the picturesque and breathtaking Panorama Route for the southern part of the Kruger National Park. For two nights camp just outside of Kruger’s Numbi Gate.

    The next day enter the world-renowned Kruger National Park to do a full day of game viewing. Drive around this stunning park searching for the Big 5 and other various wildlife. The park is home to more than 146 mammals, 500 birds, and nearly 150 types of reptiles and amphibians. In the evening head out on an optional night game drive to view a few of the nocturnal animals. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 1: L D
    • Meals Day 2: B L D
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    Day 3: Standing Atop of Blyde River Canyon

    Driving north leave the Lowveld and arrive to the quaint town of Polokwane. Stop along the way at the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. After setting up camp, have a nice relaxing dip in the swimming pool. Later, why not journey out into Polokwane to enjoy some of the town’s night life. 

                   
    • Highlights: Panorama Route, Polokwane
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 4: Heating Up in Musina

    Continuing north you have a long travel day to reach the town of Musina on the Zimbabwe-South African border. It’s been recorded that Musina is one of the hottest towns in South Africa. 

                   
    • Highlights: Musina
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 5: Checking Out the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

    This morning enter Zimbabwe and make your way to Masvingo. Once a great medieval city, visitors can witness the evidence at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Take some time to wander the ruins before setting up camp. 

                   
    • Highlights: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 6-7: Walking With Lions in Antelope Park

    Still heading north, enter the Midlands region of Zimbabwe and stop at the Antelope Park for two nights. There is a vast number of game viewing opportunities at the park, and over the next few days you can partake in them. Walk with lions, swim with elephants, or go on a horse back riding safari searching for the numerous antelope that give the park its name. 

                   
    • Highlights: Antelope Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 8-9: Getting a History Lesson in Bulawayo

    Travel to Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, for two nights. Once under British rule, Bulawayo still retains much of its former ruler’s character as many buildings are protected as heritage sites. Spend the afternoon exploring the city, and visiting the Natural History Museum and National Arts Gallery. 

    Explore the Matobo National Park on your second day in the Bulawayo area. Driving around you should spot some wildlife such as leopards, the majestic black eagle, and white and black rhinos. Ancient rock drawings, from the San inhabitants, can be found through the park. If time permits, stop by Cecil John Rhodes’s grave which sits among one of the sacred hills in the area. 

                   
    • Highlights: Bulawayo, Matobo National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 10-12: Bungee Jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge

    Leaving Bulawayo, make your way to Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls for three days of thrilling activities. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the campsite or exploring Victoria Falls. 

    Over the next days get your adrenalin-rush by white water rafting on the Zambezi, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, or walking with lions at a rehabilitation centre. Take a scenic flight over the Falls, and when back on the ground, explore the Victoria Falls National Park and observe the mighty Falls from below. 

                   
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 10: B L
    • Meals Day 11-12: None
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    Day 13: Explore the Chobe National Park

    Cross into Botswana and travel to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Embark on a river cruise to search the Chobe River for wildlife after a delicious lunch at your camp site. 

    Return to the camp to prepare for an overnight excursion into the famous Chobe National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring this renowned park for its large herds of elephants and other wildlife. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 14: Viewing the Mighty Victoria Falls

    Taking the Victoria Falls bridge to cross the Zambezi River, enter Zambia and come to the town of Livingstone. You’ll stay here for the day giving the chance to partake in the activities you couldn’t do on the Zimbabwe side. 

    Once settled at the camp site, make your way to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and view the Falls from the Zambian side. In the evening, cruise up the Zambezi on an optional sunset cruise.

                   
    • Highlights: Livingstone
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 15: Travelling North to Lusaka

    Say ‘good bye’ to the mighty Victoria Falls as you travel north through the southern Zambian countryside to your camp site just outside of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.   

                   
    • Highlights: Lusaka
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 16: Resting in Chipata

    Today is a bit of a long travel day as you drive from Lusaka to the small town of Chipata. Situated close to the Zambia-Malawi border, spend the rest of the day just relaxing at this picturesque little camp site. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 17-20: Beach Time in the Warm Heart of Africa

    Cross into Malawi, also known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa,’ and stop at the capital, Lilongwe, for supplies before continuing onto the shores of Lake Malawi. This fresh water lake makes up the entire eastern border of the country and will be your common theme for the next five days as you drive along its shore stopping at various camp sites along the way. 

    Your days can be spent learning the local game of bao, visiting the local markets for treasures to take home, relaxing on the beach, or exploring the clear blue waters of the lake. Lake Malawi has an abundance of marine life and some stunning shore line to explore either diving, or on a kayak. You can also spend some time exploring on horses. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 21: Passing through Iringa

    Enter Tanzania, today, and travel through the beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations as you make your way towards Iringa. Spend the night at a simplistic ‘farmhouse’ campsite which is well-known for its steamy hot showers. 

                   
    • Highlights: Iringa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 22: Relaxing on the Indian Ocean

    This morning travel from the cooler climes of the southern Tanzania highlands to the warm, humid weather of the Indian coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace,’ Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and the economic hub of the country. Your camp site is situated just outside the city on the ocean. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 23-25: Sailing On a Dhow in Zanzibar

    Board the local ferry in Dar es Salaam for the exotic paradise of Zanzibar for an optional 3-night excursion. Your itinerary for the next three days is yours to design and is not included in your tour. With your tour leader on hand, you can book and organise your own accommodation and activities. Spend as much time in Stone Town, Nungwi, or Kendwa as you’d like. 

    Stone Town is Zanzibar’s largest town and still maintains much of its Arabic heritage with its Medina-like shops and former palaces turned restaurants and hotels. From here, organise several day tours to view the tortoises on Prison Island, the monkeys in Jozani Forest, or experience a tour of a spice plantation. 

    p>Head to the northern part of the island to do some scuba diving or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Indian Ocean, or to just relax and soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 23: B
    • Meals Day 24-25: None
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    Day 26: Taking the Ferry Back to Dar es Salaam

    Returning to Stone Town, take the afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam to rejoin with your overland truck, and spend another night at your beach side camp site. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: D
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    Day 27: Traveling through the Usumbara Mountains

    Leaving Dar es Salaam today is a long travel day as you make your way north through the Usumbara Mountains to the town of Arusha, via Moshi – the base for Mount Kilimanjaro. On a clear day, you should be able to see the snowy summit of this impressive mountain. After setting up camp, spend the rest of the evening relaxing at camp’s pool. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 28-29: Descending into the Ngorongoro Crater

    Begin your optional 2-night excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater with a drive past the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu and then over the Rift Valley Escarpment to the high lying village of Karatu. Located among the wheat farms of the region, the campsite offers some beautiful views as you sit and relax before the safari adventure.

    The next morning wake up early to maximise your time at the Ngorongoro Crater after a short drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area to the Crater. Established as a World Heritage Site, the Crater has some of the best game viewing opportunities in East Africa, particularly of the elusive black rhino, lions, and hippos.

    After a drive around the crater floor, ascend and make your way through the conservation area to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. Enter the park and begin your game drive in search of Africa’s Big 5 before setting up your bush camp in the central part of the park. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 30: Returning to Arusha

    Following a final morning game drive, say ‘goodbye’ to the Serengeti National Park and travel back across the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the Rift Valley to Arusha and your overland truck. 

    Some of your fellow travelers may have decided not to partake in the safari, tonight you will be reunited with them. Relax over a nice meal at the campsite and exchange stories of your adventures with them. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 31: Crossing into Kenya

    Set off early this morning and travel to the Kenya border and cross into Kenya. Continue travelling north to the capital, Nairobi where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant East African city. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 32: Exploring Nairobi

    Today will be yours to explore this energetic city with a visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre, or one of the many markets in the centre of town. Head out with your fellow travel companions for dinner (own expense) to one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B
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    Day 33: Driving through Maasai Country

    Depart the hustle and bustle of Nairobi as you drive north over the Rift Valley Escarpment, stopping at a viewpoint for some photos of this stunning area. Descend into the valley and enter the land of the Maasai passing through the town of Narok before reaching your camp site on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 34: Witnessing the Annual Migration

    Today enter the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day of game viewing in this stunning natural wilderness. Though most known for the Annual Migration (July to October), the Masai Mara is home to the Big 5 and other variety of big cats. In the evening return to the camp, and relax by a roaring fire as you reminisce about the day’s adventure. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 35: Sipping Some Tea in Kericho

    Your journey continues into the scenic tea plantations of Kericho as you make your way to the harbour town of Kisumu. Situated on the banks of Lake Victoria, Kisumu is Kenya’s 3rdlargest city. If time permits, head down to the lake shore and explore the area. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Victoria
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 36: Crossing into Uganda

    Crossing the border of Uganda, travel along the coast of Lake Victoria, to the capital city of Kampala for an overnight stay. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy this exciting city.

    Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-covered Ruwenzori Mountains in the West and the semi-desert parts of the north.

                   
    • Highlights: Kampala
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 37-40: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas

    Wake up early and depart for the south-western part of the country and the beautiful, tranquil Lake Bunyoni – the deepest Crater Lake in Africa, and your base for the next four days.

    From here is where you’ll optionally set off on your lifetime dream of trekking with the mountain gorillas. Most trekking permits will be purchased for gorillas in Uganda, but depending on availability you may have to trek in Rwanda or the DRC. Only one permit will be available to you, but a few days have been set aside for the trek to accommodate the size of your group. 

    On the days you are not trekking visit a local village or church, hike in the surrounding hills viewing the many varieties of birds, or simply relax by or in the lake. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mountain gorilla trekking (optional excursion), Lake Bunyoni
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 41: Enjoying the Night Life in Kampala

    After your time trekking with the gorillas and relaxing at Lake Bunyoni, return to Kampala for the night. As you cross the Equator again, stop and take a photo of you standing in both the northern and southern hemisphere. Once in Kampala, head out and explore the city and its exciting night life. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kampala
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 42: Rafting On the Nile River

    This morning you have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or driving straight to Jinja to partake in some adventure activities such as rafting the Nile River or quad biking. The afternoon can be spent just relaxing on the banks of the world-famous Nile River as it begins its flow to the Mediterranean.

                   
    • Highlights: Jinja
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 43: Departing the Pearl of Africa

    Following your days in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa – return to Kenya and begin the final leg of your journey. Tonight you overnight in Nakuru, Kenya’s 4th largest town and the launching point for excursions into Lake Nakuru National Park. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 44: Searching For Flamingos in Lake Nakuru National Park

    Entering Lake Nakuru National Park, begin a day of game viewing in this stunning national park. Lake Nakuru is famous for the thousands of pink flamingos that flock to its soda lake. Sometimes, there are so many that the lake turns pink. The park, however, is also home to several large game, including rhinos, lions, hippos, and buffalo. Following your game drive, make your way east to the well-known Lake Naivasha and its abundance of birdlife including the majestic African Fish Eagle. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 45: Taking a Boat Ride to Crescent Island

    Lake Naivasha is one of the highest in the Rift Valley at 1880m. Spend the day enjoying a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or explore Hell’s Gate National Park on a mountain bike. The evening is spent at the campsite overlooking the lake. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Naivasha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 46: Ending Your Journey in Nairobi

    After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi where your tour will end upon arrival at the Hotel Boulevard in the early afternoon. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Meals: B
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 15 March 2017 - 20 December 2017 ZAR 39795 USD 1430
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • August 30 August 2017 14 October 2017 September 27 September 2017 11 November 2017 October 25 October 2017 09 December 2017 November 22 November 2017 06 January 2018 December 20 December 2017 03 February 2018