From the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, to the laidback rhythm of New Orleans and the glamour of Miami; this holiday lets you experience the diversity of the USA.
Your holiday begins with three nights in San Francisco to discover the city. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and famous for its bridges, San Francisco is a hilly city often blanketed in dense fog that makes for fantastic photographs. Board an iconic cable car for a trip around the city and spot the colourful Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies, or take a guided boat trip to the notorious island prison in the bay, Alcatraz.
On the banks of the mighty Mississippi you’ll find New Orleans: the birthplace of Jazz. Here hypnotic beats are played on street corners, in live music venues and shabby bars on any night of the week, as crucial to the city soundtrack as the ringing of the streetcar’s bells. Discover this American city with a distinct Caribbean flavour during your three night stay. As part of your package we’ve included a jazz dinner cruise along the Mississippi on board the historic Steamboat Natchez for you to enjoy. Dine on a traditional Creole buffet including seafood gumbo, jambalaya, Cajun braised beef brisket and bread pudding with white chocolate sauce, all whilst being serenaded by the relaxing strains of jazz.
Your final American experience takes you to Miami for three nights to explore the city. Bayfront Park is a beautiful park dotted with palm trees and sculptures that looks over the picturesque turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay – it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by. You could also seek out the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a lush oasis in the urban jungle blooming with palms and hibiscus flowers, or for a little slice of history, head to the Ancient Spanish Monastery.
duration 9 nights
departing July 2018 to January 2019
San Francisco is home to great food, friendly locals and some of the steepest streets in the world. For another view of the city, hop over to the Bay Area and head for the hills, with nature trails and swimming lakes in Tilden Regional Park.
Relax and enjoy San Francisco Bay in comfort as you leisurely sail from Fisherman’s Wharf, taking in views of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and photogenic skyline. See Golden Gate Park, San Francisco National Maritime Park, Angel Island and enjoy close-up views of Alcatraz Island, the former prison home to some of America’s most infamous criminals. You’ll also sail under the famous Golden Gate Bridge which stands 746 feet high and spans 4,200-feet across the Bay.
You don’t need to visit at Mardi Gras to get caught up in all that’s great about New Orleans. Take a stroll in Jackson Square and indulge in the famous New Orleans gumbo while listening to jazz, synonymous with this area. Visit the French Quarter, Garden District, one of the Cajun bayous or take a Mississippi steamboat ride.
After boarding the historic vessel to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope, this relaxing two-hour dinner cruise will take you from the heart of the French Quarter back to when cotton was king and life was slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Experience the sights and sounds of river life that enchanted characters of history and literature as Heitger's Steamboat Stompers Jazz Trip entertains you along the way and you dine on cuisine including Blackened Fish Lafitte, Rotini Pasta Primavera, Creole Creamed Spinach and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Miami is where modern attractions meet Art Deco architecture and people-watching is a national pastime. During your stay you could visit Coconut Grove, a historic neighbourhood with a Caribbean atmosphere, or explore the Vizcaya Museum, home to a vast collection of European and American art.
Watch out for alligators, native flora and fauna, as well as other exotic wildlife in their natural habitat during this Everglades Airboat Adventure, followed by an alligator wildlife show and jungle walking trail filled with crocodilian exhibits. In this unique ecosystem, you’ll encounter breathtaking panoramic views, lush vegetation and tranquillity.
As part of your package you’ll also experience a Miami city tour during which you'll catch a glimpse of Miami attractions such as Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Little Havana as you hear about the art & music scene, diverse population, famous residents and cosmopolitan mystique that is Miami.
July School Holidays 2018 R42,999pp
July 2018 R39,999pp
August 2018 R32,999pp
September 2018 R39,999pp
October 2018 R38,999pp
November 2018 R39,999pp
December 2018 R39,999pp
Christmas 2018 R41,999pp
January School Holidays 2019 R38,999pp
January 2019 R44,999pp
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