This is your chance to pamper yourself on a luxury cruise onboard Cunard’s gracious Queen Victoria from Singapore to Cape Town where you will board the magnificent Blue Train rail journey then watch spellbound the big five in an enthralling safari stay in Africa.

Lioness and her cub

This memorable 30-night holiday will take you across the Indian Ocean from Singapore, calling at Colombo, Port Louis, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town before you board the beguiling, luxury Blue Train as it sweeps through dramatic scenery to Pretoria where you will head to the beautiful Bakubung Bush Lodge in the famous Pilanesberg National Park to watch the big five – a fitting finale to your adventure.

Queen Victoria

Imagine Holidays has crafted a wonderful 30-night adventure holiday with prices starting from $9,999 pp departing on 25 March 2024.

To book, click here or call Imagine Holidays at (02) 7254 2124.

Your holiday kicks off in Singapore where you will spend one night exploring the Lion City known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle with striking skyscrapers sitting next to Buddhist and Hindu temples and world-renowned hawker food offering a spectrum of flavours from spicy chill crab to chicken rice – both national dishes of the city state.

The next day you will embark Cunard’s elegant Queen Victoria for your gentle sailing to Cape Town. The liner has been designed with plush public areas to gourmet cuisine and luxurious cabins – all exuding classy comfort.

Indulge in the ship’s sumptuous afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, catch a show at the grand Royal Court Theatre and dance the night away in the magnificently grand Queens Ballroom. Dining onboard Queen Victoria offers a choice of Cunard favourites like the Britannia Restaurant, Lotus for Asian cuisine or Smokehouse for an American-inspired menu. You can also sip a G&T or chilled bubbles at the Champagne Bar – one of many elegant bars and lounges. You can also nibble on a croissant in Café Carinthia.

Your first port of call is when Queen Victoria docks at Sri Lanka, Colombo where old meets new. Stroll past colonial buildings and lush gardens in the Fort district and experience its dizzying array of stylish new restaurants, galleries and museums.

Aerial view of Mauritius

Queen Victoria will then cruise to Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius which has something for everyone – from shopaholics, birdwatchers, water enthusiasts to history buffs. You can spend time relaxing by its beautiful beaches or visit the Blue Penny Museum which houses two of the world’s rarest stamps – the red one-penny and blue-penny stamps of 1847.

When the ship sails into charming Port Elizabeth in Africa, you may be lucky enough to spot sightings of a whale or two. Known as the friendly city, Port Elizabeth is a thriving coastal town with fine sandy beaches, a European-style town squares and excellent museums including the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.

You will disembark Queen Victoria and spend two nights in popular Cape Town which faces the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the majestic Table Mountains. You will be spoilt for choices with its many attractions including Robben Island, Cape Peninsula and plethora of gorgeous beaches. Wine aficionados can head for its excellent vineyards in Franschhoek, the wine and gourmet capital of South Africa.

Tree canopy walkway

Following your sojourn in Cape Town, you will embark on the iconic Blue Train for a memorable journey to Pretoria, about 1000 miles away passing through savannah grasslands in the African sub-continent. Savour the luxury, all-inclusive journey which embodies style class and elegance from indulgent cabins, opulent marble bathrooms to Cordon Bleu-style dining served on fine bone china and delicate crystal.

When you arrive in Pretoria, it is often called the Jacaranda City because of its abundant indigo flower trees grown everywhere. Pretoria is one of the best places to see grand architecture, spacious town squares and monuments surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens and lawns.

You will then venture to the secluded, luxury lodge nestled in the Pilanesberg National Park to spot and track down abundant wildlife including the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – accompanied by experienced rangers and game trackers. Make sure your cameras and mobile phones are on hand to take shots of those magical moments.

Your holiday summary

All Inclusive rail journey

  • 2 night all inclusive luxury Blue Train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria with an off-train excursion

Full-board cruise

  • 17 night full board cruise onboard Queen Victoria
  • Overnight in port in Cape Town

Fully escorted tours

  • Cape Peninsula tour
  • Winelands tour in Franschhoek
  • Pilanesberg National Park game drives

Hotel stays

  • 1 night four-star hotel stay Jen Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-la with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cullinan with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay at the Protea Hotel Franschhoek or similar with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Pretoria at the Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner

All flights, taxes and transfers

To book, click here or call Imagine Holidays at (02) 7254 2124