South Africa

A Private Four-Day Luxury Tour of Johannesburg's Incredible Culture and History

Embark on an unforgettable four-day luxury private tour through South Africa’s biggest city, the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg. Rapidly changing and ever-evolving, Johannesburg is the country’s vibrant heart, a city steeped in history where traditions and modernity come together. Discover Maboneng, the city’s trendiest neighbourhood, explore the township of Soweto and dine in award-winning restaurants. Unwind each night at the exclusive AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, the only hotel in Johannesburg that is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection of boutique hotels. Your tour also includes daily breakfast and unique dining experiences including an exclusive lunch at the acclaimed Marble Restaurant, private airport transfers and transportation throughout, expert local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

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TWIN SHARE
Earn 1,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for one person based on twin share (you must purchase TWO packages)
  • Three nights of ultra-luxurious accommodation at the exclusive AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, the only hotel in Johannesburg part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux brand
  • Daily breakfast and exquisite dining experiences including lunch at the awarded Marble restaurant, and dinner under the direction of Relais & Châteaux Chef Scott Dressels at the restaurant at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
  • Exclusive private touring through Johannesburg’s emerging street art district and historical centre including the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela Square
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4 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 3,799 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for one person - Solo Traveller
  • Three nights of ultra-luxurious accommodation at the exclusive AtholPlace Hotel & Villa - the only hotel in Johannesburg part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux brand
  • Daily breakfast and exquisite dining experiences including lunch at the awarded Marble restaurant, and dinner under the direction of Relais & Châteaux Chef Scott Dressels at the Dining Room at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
  • Exclusive private touring through Johannesburg’s emerging street art district and historical centre including the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela Square

The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is one of the world’s fastest changing cities. Looking towards the future while still honouring its history, Jo’burg (as the locals call it) is undergoing an incredible rebirth – and this exclusive private tour will give you the chance to delve under the surface and immerse yourself in it. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this mesmerising city that effortlessly blends art exhibitions, Michelin-starred restaurants, hipster neighbourhoods and superb museums offering a deep insight into the country’s fascinating past.

What We love...

With itineraries personally designed, tried and tested by our in-house travel experts, you can expect the very best from every tour created by Luxury Escapes.

“Johannesburg is a city on the rise, an incredible melting pot of culture and history, a thriving metropolis that will inspire even the most discerning traveller," says John Saporito, Product Manager for Tours at Luxury Escapes. “With a maximum of two people, this is the ultimate private tour in one of the most inspiring cities in the world, an unmissable opportunity to discover South Africa’s history and culture with unique experiences and the insights of an experienced local guide.”

What You’ll Love...

The Accommodation – A boutique gem of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection

Tucked away in leafy Athol, one of the city’s most attractive and chic neighbourhoods, AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is a small boutique hotel thoughtfully designed by interior design mastermind Sumari Krige. Once a private residence, the property has been transformed into a ten-bedroom urban retreat oozing charm and intimate seclusion.

At Johannesburg's only Relais & Châteaux property guests are surrounded by refined beauty, from the comfortably furnished library with its romantic fireplace to the temperature-regulated swimming pool in the palm-shaded back garden. Food is an exquisite affair to be enjoyed at The Restaurant, the hotel's highly awarded restaurant where the talented kitchen team create a fine dining experience through decandent dishes including cider glazed pork belly, pea mousse risotto and more.

With just nine individually designed suites, all complete with balconies, extra-large double beds, air conditioning and ultra-modern bathrooms, AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is an oasis of comfort and tranquility in the midst of the city.

The Experiences – A journey through history, culture and high cuisine

Your first stop on this exciting private tour is the eclectic Maboneng. The epicentre of Johannesburg’s rebirth, this chic urban precinct embodies the cultural renaissance of the city. Literally meaning ‘place of light’ in Sesotho, Maboneng is where arts and culture shine, where restaurants, art exhibitions, boutique shops and markets stand side by side in what is considered one of the world’s most successful redevelopment projects.

A foodie’s dream destination, Johannesburg is blessed with a thriving dining scene. On your tour you will get to taste authentic South African fare made on a traditional braai when you lunch at Marble restaurant, one of the city's finest. Here, celebrated chef David Higgs orchestates a theatrical discovery of South Africa's love of cooking over an open fire – dine on locally sourced produce prepared over flames or coals while watching skilled chefs in the open-plan kitchen navigate the flames to produce those sensational smoky flavours. You will also sample French-inspired delicacies, crafted with local produce, at The Restaurant at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, where you will be treated to a decadent dinner under the direction of talented Chef Scott Dressels.

Learn more about the city’s complex past with a visit to its main historical sites including the Apartheid Museum, which paints an honest picture of South Africa’s segregation era through a variety of moving media and a permanent exhibition.

Discover the township of Soweto, often referred to as 'South Africa’s Heart' and the birthplace of anti-apartheid revolutionary and Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela. Your knowledgable local guide will accompany you to all the township's most iconic sites, including Nelson Mandela's house, giving you unmatched insight into the culture and vibrant personality of this unique township.

Your Package Includes:

  • Three nights of ultra-luxurious accommodation at the exclusive AtholPlace Hotel & Villa – the only hotel in Johannesburg to carry the prestigious Relais & Châteaux name
  • Daily breakfast and exquisite dining experiences including lunch at the awarded Marble restaurant, and dinner under the direction of Relais & Châteaux Chef Scott Dressels at the restaurant at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
  • Exclusive private touring through Johannesburg’s emerging street art district and historical centre including the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela Square
  • Half-day private tour of Soweto including including Nelson Mandela’s house and the Hector Pieterson Memorial
  • VIP airport meet and assist and immigration fast track service at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on arrival
  • Private expert local guide
  • Private return airport transfers and private airconditioned transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

DEPARTURE DATES:

30 October 2019

1 November 2019

8 November 2019

6 December 2019

13 December 2019

22 January 2020

26 February 2020

4 March 2020

25 March 2020

22 April 2020

20 May 2020

10 June 2020

22 July 2020

23 September 2020

25 November 2020

16 December 2020

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Johannesburg on your chosen tour start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply. Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

This is a private tour so every departure date is guaranteed.

*Tour includes accommodation at the following hotel: *AtholPlace Hotel & Villa (Deluxe Suite)

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats. Please note that we do a lot of walking around historical sites and use public transport at times to travel between sites and to/from our hotel so please be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes.

Packages do not include international flights to and from Africa, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Multiple packages cannot be purchased or combined.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard and can be paid at each camp with either cash or card).

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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