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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Discovery Cruise

Discover the Southern Hemisphere's most iconic destinations on our combined Australia tour and New Zealand cruise. You will experience a unique blend of culture, nature and adventure as you journey through the Pacific Ocean aboard the luxury Sun Princess. Experience the beauty of Sydney Harbour, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, explore ancient rock paintings, people-watch at waterfront cafes and cruise into the heart of the natural wonder that is Fiordland National Park on this incredible 28-day adventure.

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  • Sydney Sydney
  • Sydney Sydney
  • Melbourne Melbourne
  • Koala, Australia Koala, Australia
  • Kangaroo, Australia Kangaroo, Australia
  • Ayers Rock Ayers Rock
  • Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef
  • Mildford Sound Mildford Sound
  • Wellington Wellington
  • Wellington Wellington
  • Dunedin Dunedin
  • Dunedin Dunedin

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : In flight.

DAY 3 : Arrive Melbourne.

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

DAY 4 : Melbourne.

Lively and cosmopolitan Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of Victoria. Your morning city tour will explore key cultural highlights, including Flinders Street railway station, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.

DAY 5 : Melbourne.

Enjoy another full day to relax and explore.

DAY 6 : Melbourne - Alice Springs.

A morning flight will take you to Alice Springs. Enjoy an afternoon tour of this unique outback town with a visit to the Old Telegraph Station, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (subject to opening times).

DAY 7 : Alice Springs - Uluru.

After breakfast, leave Alice Springs for Australia's mythical rock formation, Uluru. Make a stop at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a group of spectacular rock domes located Southwest of Alice Springs. Later, travel to Sunset Strip where you will enjoy champagne and canapés as you admire Uluru at sunset.

DAY 8 : Uluru - Cairns.

This morning, enjoy a tour around the base of Uluru where you can get a closer look at the caves, water holes and ancient rock paintings that make this sacred area so spectacular. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's tropical rainforests.

DAY 9 : Cairns - Great Barrier Reef.

The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Enjoy a catamaran cruise to Green Island, a 6,000 year-old coral cay, where there are opportunities for you to stroll through rainforest, laze on white coral sands, swim and snorkel. You may wish to take a ride on a glass bottom boat to see some of the world's most colourful coral and marine life. Includes Lunch

DAY 10 : Cairns.

Set among lush rainforests, soaring peaks and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy. Today is yours to relax or explore.

DAY 11 : Cairns - Sydney.

Fly to Sydney where you will spend the next three nights.

DAY 12 : Sydney.

Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, home to the instantly recognisable Sydney Harbour Bridge and world-famous Sydney Opera House. This morning your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of the city. Learn about the first interaction between European settlers and Aborigines before ending the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour, where you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

DAY 13 : Sydney.

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Perhaps join an optional tour to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

DAY 14 : Sydney to embark.

Today, transfer to the cruise port to embark your cruise ship for your 13-night New Zealand cruise. Includes Dinner

DAY 15 to 16 : At sea.

Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 : Fiordland National Park.

At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies the stunning natural attraction, Milford Sound. Cruise to this spectacular fiord, bound by dense rainforest and steep cliffs that soar dramatically out from the water’s surface. If you’re lucky to experience this area in the rain, you will see the number of waterfalls multiply. Look out for wildlife as you survey the area. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 : Port Chambers (for Dunedin).

Disembark the cruise ship at Port Chalmers and transfer to Dunedin. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South' because of its strong Scottish connections, Dunedin has preserved many of its grand Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings. Spend the day exploring the area. Perhaps pay a visit to the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or New Zealand’s oldest university. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 : Akaroa.

Today you have the opportunity to explore Akaroa. Situated on the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse range of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins. Visitors are lured by the area's secluded beaches and quaint boutiques. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 : Wellington.

Arrive in New Zealand's small but bustling capital city, Wellington. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, Wellington has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Take a walk and people-watch on lively Courtenay Place, or perhaps you can pay a visit to the Museum of New Zealand to learn more about the country’s Māori heritage. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 : Napier.

Today you have the opportunity to explore Napier, one of New Zealand’s most attractive cities. After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, this coastal area was completely rebuilt in art-deco style. Get your bearings on a walk along Marine Parade, the attractive waterfront promenade lined with parks, gardens and memorials. The nearby i-SITE Visitor Centre is within easy reach if you want to explore other activities available in the area. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22 : Tauranga.

Continue your journey to the coastal city of Tauranga, situated on New Zealand’s North Island. With its golden beaches and well-kept parks, Tauranga is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. Sit and people-watch at a waterfront cafe, take a dip in the sea or take the opportunity to try your hand at a new water sport. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23 : Auckland.

Situated between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland’s waterside location has earned it the nickname ‘The City of Sails'. Discover the city at your own pace today. You may want to explore the shops and restaurants along the harbour or visit one of the city’s beautifully-kept parks. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24 : Bay of Islands.

Consisting of more than 140 subtropical islands, the stunning Bay of Islands enclave is located next to New Zealand's North Island. Visitors flock here for its untouched beaches, fishing trips and excellent water sports. Enjoy a full day to discover its natural wonders for yourself. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25 to 26 : At sea.

Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 27 : Sydney - UK.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 28 : Flight lands in the UK.

NOTE: The cruise itinerary may vary by departure and is subject to change.

Hotels on Tour

  • Cairns:Park Regis City Quays
  • SydneyTravelodge Wynyard
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Melbourne:Holiday Inn Flinders
  • Alice Springs:Chifley
  • Uluru:Outback Pioneer

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

2017 Departures

The 5th March 2017 departure will be operated by Emerald Princess.

The 19th September 2017 departure will be operated by Golden Princess.

The 13th November 2017 and 26th November 2017 departures will be operated by Sun Princess.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation standard room on tour and interior stateroom on cruise
  • 39 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 13 dinners
  • Services of a tour director on tour
  • Transfers
  • All port and airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Tour and Cruise highlights

  • Melbourne city tour
  • Old Telegraph Station - Alice Springs
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Kata Tijuta (The Olgas)
  • Green Island - Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Bay of Islands
  • Auckland
  • Tauranga
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • Akaroa
  • Dunedin
  • Fjordlands National Park

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : In flight.

DAY 3 : Arrive Melbourne.

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

DAY 4 : Melbourne.

Lively and cosmopolitan Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of Victoria. Your morning city tour will explore key cultural highlights, including Flinders Street railway station, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.

DAY 5 : Melbourne.

Enjoy another full day to relax and explore.

DAY 6 : Melbourne - Alice Springs.

A morning flight will take you to Alice Springs. Enjoy an afternoon tour of this unique outback town with a visit to the Old Telegraph Station, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (subject to opening times).

DAY 7 : Alice Springs - Uluru.

After breakfast, leave Alice Springs for Australia's mythical rock formation, Uluru. Make a stop at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a group of spectacular rock domes located Southwest of Alice Springs. Later, travel to Sunset Strip where you will enjoy champagne and canapés as you admire Uluru at sunset.

DAY 8 : Uluru - Cairns.

This morning, enjoy a tour around the base of Uluru where you can get a closer look at the caves, water holes and ancient rock paintings that make this sacred area so spectacular. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's tropical rainforests.

DAY 9 : Cairns - Great Barrier Reef.

The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Enjoy a catamaran cruise to Green Island, a 6,000 year-old coral cay, where there are opportunities for you to stroll through rainforest, laze on white coral sands, swim and snorkel. You may wish to take a ride on a glass bottom boat to see some of the world's most colourful coral and marine life. Includes Lunch

DAY 10 : Cairns.

Set among lush rainforests, soaring peaks and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy. Today is yours to relax or explore.

DAY 11 : Cairns - Sydney.

Fly to Sydney where you will spend the next three nights.

DAY 12 : Sydney.

Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, home to the instantly recognisable Sydney Harbour Bridge and world-famous Sydney Opera House. This morning your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of the city. Learn about the first interaction between European settlers and Aborigines before ending the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour, where you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

DAY 13 : Sydney.

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Perhaps join an optional tour to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

DAY 14 : Sydney to embark.

Today, transfer to the cruise port to embark your cruise ship for your 13-night New Zealand cruise. Includes Dinner

DAY 15 to 16 : At sea.

Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 : Fiordland National Park.

At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies the stunning natural attraction, Milford Sound. Cruise to this spectacular fiord, bound by dense rainforest and steep cliffs that soar dramatically out from the water’s surface. If you’re lucky to experience this area in the rain, you will see the number of waterfalls multiply. Look out for wildlife as you survey the area. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 : Port Chambers (for Dunedin).

Disembark the cruise ship at Port Chalmers and transfer to Dunedin. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South' because of its strong Scottish connections, Dunedin has preserved many of its grand Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings. Spend the day exploring the area. Perhaps pay a visit to the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or New Zealand’s oldest university. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 : Akaroa.

Today you have the opportunity to explore Akaroa. Situated on the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse range of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins. Visitors are lured by the area's secluded beaches and quaint boutiques. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 : Wellington.

Arrive in New Zealand's small but bustling capital city, Wellington. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, Wellington has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Take a walk and people-watch on lively Courtenay Place, or perhaps you can pay a visit to the Museum of New Zealand to learn more about the country’s Māori heritage. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 : Napier.

Today you have the opportunity to explore Napier, one of New Zealand’s most attractive cities. After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, this coastal area was completely rebuilt in art-deco style. Get your bearings on a walk along Marine Parade, the attractive waterfront promenade lined with parks, gardens and memorials. The nearby i-SITE Visitor Centre is within easy reach if you want to explore other activities available in the area. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22 : Tauranga.

Continue your journey to the coastal city of Tauranga, situated on New Zealand’s North Island. With its golden beaches and well-kept parks, Tauranga is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. Sit and people-watch at a waterfront cafe, take a dip in the sea or take the opportunity to try your hand at a new water sport. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23 : Auckland.

Situated between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland’s waterside location has earned it the nickname ‘The City of Sails'. Discover the city at your own pace today. You may want to explore the shops and restaurants along the harbour or visit one of the city’s beautifully-kept parks. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24 : Bay of Islands.

Consisting of more than 140 subtropical islands, the stunning Bay of Islands enclave is located next to New Zealand's North Island. Visitors flock here for its untouched beaches, fishing trips and excellent water sports. Enjoy a full day to discover its natural wonders for yourself. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25 to 26 : At sea.

Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 27 : Sydney - UK.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 28 : Flight lands in the UK.

NOTE: The cruise itinerary may vary by departure and is subject to change.

Hotels on Tour

  • Cairns:Park Regis City Quays
  • SydneyTravelodge Wynyard
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Melbourne:Holiday Inn Flinders
  • Alice Springs:Chifley
  • Uluru:Outback Pioneer

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation standard room on tour and interior stateroom on cruise
  • 39 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 13 dinners
  • Services of a tour director on tour
  • Transfers
  • All port and airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Tour and Cruise highlights

  • Melbourne city tour
  • Old Telegraph Station - Alice Springs
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Kata Tijuta (The Olgas)
  • Green Island - Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Port Chalmers for Dunedin
  • Akaroa
  • Wellington
  • Napier
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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