Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Discovery Cruise

  • 28 Days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and watch the sunset in the outback on this Southern Hemisphere adventure that explores the highlights of Australia and New Zealand.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

  • Day 21

  • Day 22

  • Day 23

  • Day 24

  • Day 25

  • Day 27

  • Day 28

of 28 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 19th September 2017

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

Overview

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and watch the sunset in the outback on this Southern Hemisphere adventure that explores the highlights of Australia and New Zealand.

At a glance

  • Melbourne Explore the key cultural attractions of Australia's largest city on a guided tour.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Enjoy champagne and canapes as you admire the changing colour of this prestigious rock at sunset.
  • Great Barrier Reef Swim, snorkel or ride a glass-bottomed boat to the reef from Green Island
  • Sydney Cruise along Sydney Harbour and enjoy uninterrupted views of the city skyline.
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin
  • Akaroa
  • Wellington
  • Napier
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In flight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive Melbourne

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Melbourne

The capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia, Melbourne's charm lies in the magnificently preserved Victorian architecture of its many public buildings and gracious homes. This morning, your city tour will take in the main highlights such as Flinders St Station, St Patrick's Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cooks Cottage, Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore more of this charming city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Melbourne

Enjoy another full day to relax and explore.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reed and choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Cairns - Sydney

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Sydney

Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city boasting one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognisable Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous architectural wonder - the Sydney Opera House. This morning your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. Throughout the tour learn about the first interaction between European settlers and Aborigines. End the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Sydney

A full day to explore this fascinating city, or perhaps join an optional tour to see the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Sydney to embark

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Days 15 - 16

At sea

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Days 25 - 26

At sea

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 27

Sydney - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 28

Flight lands in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Melbourne: Holiday Inn Flinders
  • Alice Springs: Chifley
  • Uluru: Outback Pioneer
  • Cairns: Park Regis City Quays
  • Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Day 6: The School of Air and the Royal flying doctor service is subject to opening times.

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. 

The cruise itinerary is subject to change.

Your ship

Sun Princess

Whether you’re cutting into a juicy steak cooked to order in the dining room, or enjoying the luxury of a special breakfast just for booking a suite, you’ll be taken care of on board as you sail to fascinating destinations all over the world with Sun Princess.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Resort
  • Class: Sun class
  • Size: Large
  • Number of crew: 924
  • Number of cabins: 1011
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 19
  • Capacity: 2010 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: AUS
  • Number of decks: 15
  • Gross tonnage: 77449
  • Length (m): 260.9
  • Width (m): 39.9
  • Speed in knots: 21
  • Launch year: 1995
  • Refit year: 2013
Available cabins on this cruise
Suite with Balcony

Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large balcony with room for four with two comfortable loungers, a table and two chairs. They also feature special suite-only benefits, such as a separate seating area with a sofa or sofa bed, walk-in closet, full bathroom with deluxe amenities including Complimentary mini-bar set-up, CD/DVD player with access to a complimentary DVD library, personal safe, Comfortable luxury pillow-top mattress, A luxurious queen-size bed, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Upgraded bathroom amenities and hair dryer, Two flat-panel satellite TVs, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, Refrigerator, Writing desk and phone, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service and enhanced nightly turn-down service.

Details

  • Staterooms 516 - 695 square feet
  • Balcony 97 - 290 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-4

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Available as Mini-Suite & Premium Mini Suite, The luxurious Mini-Suites offer guests a welcome glass of champagne, Separate seating area with a sofa or sofa bed, Balcony with patio furniture, Twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, Two flat-panel televisions, Private bathroom with combination tub and shower with Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings and a daily housekeeping service. 

Details

  • Staterooms 365 - 536 square feet
  • Balcony 85 - 160 square feet
  • Sleep 2-4

Balcony

The Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities such as a Balcony with patio furniture and outstanding views, twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with shower with Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings and Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down and chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Staterooms 179 square feet
  • Balcony - 28 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-4

Oceanview

The Oceanview and Premium Oceanview staterooms feature a picture window for memorable views. They are richly appointed with fine amenities such as Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with shower, Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down and chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • 147 - 155 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Interior

The Interior stateroom is richly appointed with fine amenities such as twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with shower with Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down and chocolates on your pillow. Some also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.

Details

  • 135 - 148 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-4

Life onboard

The Sun Princess, along with sister ships Sea and Dawn- carries fewer guests than vessels of comparable size for a feeling of spacious luxury.

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