From Ushuaia to Anjouan to Tresco to Kangerlussuaq, our Grand Expedition 2023 takes guests on a voyage of colours and contrasts from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Circle, across six continents, 26 countries and 96 destinations. They’ll experience all the richness the world has to offer, from the vast glaciers of Antarctica to the infinite deserts and stunning beaches of the Indian Ocean, all the way to the northern villages of Greenland. They’ll be immersed in the unique culture and wildlife of the magical Comoro Islands - a first for our Expeditions - and reach faraway destinations across the Arabian Peninsula, British Isles and Greenland, accessible only by Zodiac.
We curated a number of special experiences especially for our Grand Expedition guests.
Please note experiences are subject to change. Details will be confirmed prior to sail date. All experiences are included for full Grand Voyage guests, with the exception of both overland programmes which are optional.
Cape Town, March 28
Colourful Bo-Kaap & Tasty Cape Malay Cuisine with Zainie Misbach
Embark on a journey that will leave you historically enriched! Start off in District Six (an area in Cape Town which got its name from having been the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867) and learn how more than 60 000 people were forcibly removed from this area, to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and see how their own houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. Following a visit to the District Six Museum (led by an ex-resident storyteller) & a District Six site walk (led by former residents of the area), proceed to the colourful Bo-Kaap - situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
The Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves. These people were known as Cape Malays, and were brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa to work in the Cape. Your visit to the Bo-Kaap starts in Wale Street, and visits various important cultural landmarks such as the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere as well as a shrine of a prince and others. The tour ends at a family home or similar where you'll be spoilt to a traditional 3 course Cape Malay Meal, including an optional ‘samoosa’ making demo (view only) and/or listening to the sounds of a local choir – hosted by well-known Zainie Misbach.
Muscat, April 20:
Oman Geology Discovery
The geological history of Oman is more than 800 million years old and tells almost all the chapters of tectonic events and climatic conditions throughout the earth's history.
In this excursion, led by a local Geologist, you will visit two main geological areas, just outside Mina Sultan Qaboos: in the Riyam walk learn about the ophiolite, one of the most unique outcrops in the world. At Wadi Al Mayh, discover a number of impressive sedimentary rock features. A visit to the Natural History Museum is included.
Lisbon, May 26:
UNESCO Sintra - Quinta da Regaleira and High Tea
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the resort town of Sintra. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit Quinta da Regaleira, a spectacular, early-20th-century royal residence. Admire the Gothic façade, and discover the enchanting gardens, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism. End with a relaxing High-Tea at Lawrence's restaurant, located inside the distinguished Lawrence's Hotel. Opened in 1764, it is reputedly the oldest hotel still in operation, and counts Lord Byron, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher among its guests.
Dublin, June 15:
Wicklow with Lunch at a Private House
Embrace the scenic natural splendour of the Wicklow Mountains and their surrounds during a scenic outing with an intimate home-cooked lunch at a private home.
Passing by the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes, travel into the green Wicklow Mountains, with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Enjoy a homemade lunch in a beautiful, private home before visiting the Powerscourt Gardens. Explore the superbly landscaped formal Italian and Japanese gardens set against the background of the Wicklow Hills, a truly breath-taking vista.
Qaqortoq (Julianehåb), June 30:
Greenland Singing, Stories & Tastes
Experience the traditions of Greenland visiting one of Qaqartog famous singers. Listen to the songs enjoyed by locals, listen to folklore and enjoy the tastes of Greenland in a food tasting.