EUROPEAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCES YOU CAN HAVE RIGHT HERE IN RSA!
August 01, 2017
Are you dreaming of a romantic getaway to Europe with your partner? Do you want to toast your love under the Eiffel Tower or paddle down a waterway in Venice with your hand trailing in the water? Of course, you do! We all have that dream of a holiday to foreign shores with our loved one in tow. But then we wake up, smell the mortgage and commute to work.
Luckily, there are quite a few European travel experiences you can enjoy right here on South African soil while you save up for that trip. Here are three of our favourites:
TAKE A GONDOLA RIDE IN DURBAN
Move over Venice! Zulumoon Gondolas
offers all sorts of wonderful romantic gondola packages along the Durban Point Waterfront Canal. This includes relaxing day rides, magical night rides, Venetian masked rides, picnic rides and even 'message in a bottle' rides that allow you to surprise your partner with a floating love letter! If you really feel like pushing out the boat, there's also the option of going for a deluxe package that includes a picnic, message in a bottle, rose petals, Venetian masks, a slide show and live music.
GO FULL-ON PARISIAN AT FRENCH TOAST, HARTBEESPOORT AQUARIUM
If it’s a French affair you’re after, look no further than French Toast at Hartbeespoort Aquarium
. Here you can indulge in French delicacies, have your picture taken at a 12.5m scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, and seal your love forever at a replica of the famous lock bridge. The French Toast Coffee Cafe was originally constructed as the bar in the film French Toast, which was set in Montmartre, Paris, and is known as Café Alexandre in the movie. In short, it looks, sounds, tastes and smells extremely close to the real thing!
GO ON THE BIG WHEEL IN CAPE TOWN
The London Eye is one of the biggest visitor attractions in England. Recreate the experience back home by enjoying a trip on the Cape Wheel
in the Mother City. The giant observation wheel offers a gorgeous 360˚ panoramic view of Cape Town from the V&A Waterfront. From here you'll be able to see Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town CBD, the Paarl Mountains, and Cape Town Stadium from the comfort of a full-enclosed, air-conditioned cabin that takes you 40m into the air. Two of the cabins are accessible for wheelchairs.
These are just three of the world-class travel experiences you can enjoy right here in sunny South Africa. For more romantic evening ideas for married couples, awesome date ideas and fun couples’ activities, keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months.
CELESTIAL GIFT EXPERIENCES
Established in 2005, Celestial Gifts
is an owner-managed online platform with a variety of Blue Chip partners that provides some of the most fun and innovative activity vouchers and gift experiences throughout South Africa. As SA's number 1 experience gift specialists, Celestial Gifts
offers a remarkable variety of activity vouchers for everything from pirate ship cruises, chartered night flights, perfume workshops, baking masterclasses and fishing safaris, to 4x4 outings, helicopter flights, sidecar adventures, private speedboat excursions and more.
Essentially, it's a one-stop shop for great anniversary gifts, birthday surprises and fun date night prompts. There's also a variety of experiences that are tailor-made for bachelor and bachelorette parties, and you can make your selection according to criteria like location, occasion, interest and even special holidays like Valentine's Day and Christmas. With Celestial Gifts, gift-giving becomes an absolute pleasure!
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