Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on February 5, 2020


  • 26 days

  • Australia

  • Steady pace

tour : 3351

Overview

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This affordable vacation in Australia explores fascinating highlights from Melbourne to Sydney and from the wonders of the Outback to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Begin with city sightseeing and a free day in Melbourne. Your Tour Director has suggestions for you—perhaps a day trip on Great Ocean Road or a trip to Philip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade. Fly to Alice Springs in the Australian Outback and visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service providing education and medical care to remote regions. Visit the Old Telegraph Station—vital to early settlers in this remote region. Venture on to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) through the heart of the Outback. Keep an eye out for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and Brumbies (feral horses).

Fly from the Outback to Cairns and take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef to explore by snorkel or glass-bottom boat. Spend a relaxing day in Cairns before flying to Sydney. Take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, including the famous Sydney Opera House. Take a scenic cruise on Sydney Harbour to end the day. This amazing budget-minded tour of Australia is made even better with a 14-night cruise to New Zealand. From Sydney, your ports of call include Port Arthur and Hobart in Tasmania and New Zealand’s Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. You’ll also visit Oban (Half-Moon Bay), Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Lyttleton (Christchurch), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga (Rotorua), and a cruise on the Bay of Plenty. End in Auckland to finish this amazing Australian and New Zealand vacation!

Highlights

MELBOURNE
Welcome briefing; sightseeing tour, including Fitzroy Gardens
ALICE SPRINGS School of the Air; Royal Flying Doctor Service; and the Old Telegraph Station
ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock
CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; Sydney Harbour cruise
CRUISE 14-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Maasdam

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners

ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Day
1

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this vibrant city.

MELBOURNE

Day
2

This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then, enjoy a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, FITZROY GARDENS, the Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

MELBOURNE.

Day
3

A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGS

Day
4

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the SCHOOL OF THE AIR and ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications.

ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK).

Day
5

Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a CHAMPAGNE TOAST while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles—Uluru at sunset.

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–CAIRNS

Day
6

Enjoy a tour at the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Day
7

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 Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Lunch

CAIRNS

Day
8

Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amid 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.

CAIRNS–SYDNEY

Day
9

Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

SYDNEY

Day
10

Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder—the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. End the day with a HARBOR CRUISE along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

SYDNEY.

Day
11

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city.

SYDNEY (EMBARKATION)

Day
12

This morning is at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to Sydney’s port to embark on your ship, the MS Maasdam, for a 14-night CRUISE.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

AT SEA

Day
13

Enjoy a relaxing day as you cruise the coast of Australia and cross the Bass Strait sailing towards Tasmania.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PORT ARTHUR

Day
14

The small town of Port Arthur offers a fascinating introduction into the history and culture of Tasmania. The Port Arthur convict settlement spreads out over 100 acres and operated from the 1830s until 1877 and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your time here, you may choose to take an optional guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, enjoy a coastal wilderness cruise, or learn about the unique Tasmanian devil at the Unzoo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

HOBART

Day
15

Today is spent in Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. There are endless things to do and the city is compact enough to explore by foot. You may want to visit the unique Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), shop for souvenirs, sample tasty Tasmanian wine, or perhaps join an excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to such unique animals such as devils, quolls, wombats, and echidnas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AT SEA.

Days
16 - 17

Depart Australia and start your voyage across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. On board your ship, you may wish to take part in fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, and cultural performances.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MILFORD SOUND & CRUISING FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND

Day
18

Today set sail through incredible Milford Sound home to scenic beauty, soaring snow-topped peaks, and pristine wilderness. You’ll also cruise through Fiordland National Park, explored by Captain Cook back in 1770.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

OBAN (HALFMOON BAY)

Day
19

New Zealand’s Stewart Island is the focus of today’s visit. There are fewer than 400 human residents here but thousands of birds live in the protected nature reserves. This is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot the elusive kiwi. Although nocturnal, they can sometimes come out to search for food during the day. Even if you miss a kiwi sighting, you are sure to enjoy the fresh seafood, relaxed pace, and natural beauty of Stewart Island.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PORT CHALMERS (DUNEDIN)

Day
20

Dunedin, known as the “Edinburgh of the South,” was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848. During your time here, you may wish to learn more about the city’s Scottish influence, take an optional ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, take a hike on Mount Cargill, or visit Penguin Place, an award-winning penguin conservation project.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AKAROA (CHRISTCHURCH)

Day
21

Akaroa is New Zealand’s only town to have originally been established by the French and is the oldest European settlement on the South Island. Take time to stroll the picturesque town, marvel at the colonial architecture, and enjoy the French-inspired and Kiwi-made cheeses and wine while soaking up the stunning scenery.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

WELLINGTON

Day
22

Today you can explore New Zealand’s capital city on your own. Enjoy views from atop Mount Victoria, stroll through the city’s Botanic Gardens, or sample some fresh seafood and local wine. You may also wish to join in an optional city sightseeing tour, partake in a tasting tour featuring regional cheeses, fruits, chocolates, and coffees, or explore Wellington’s waterfront by bicycle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

NAPIER

Day
23

Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the World and is surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Hawke’s Bay wine region. Your choice of optional activities includes a city sightseeing tour where you can learn about Napier’s unique history and architecture, a scenic float trip on the Mohaka River, a visit and tasting to a local winery, or a tour by a local Maori guide who will show you his/her rich and colorful heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

TAURANGA (ROTORUA)

Day
24

Arrive in Tauranga, a great spot for enjoying water activities, exploring beaches, and discovering the local Maori Culture. You may choose to visit fascinating Rotorua, home to geo-thermal activity of bubbling mud pools, steaming cliffs, and geysers. Other options include an excursion to the famous Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, discovering the Hobbiton movie set used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or learning about the New Zealand sheep industry at Agrodome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: BAY OF PLENTY

Day
25

Enjoy sweeping white-sand beaches and amazing scenery as we head towards the “City of Sails,” Auckland. Keep your eyes out for the regional sea life including dolphins, seals, and whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AUCKLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
26

This morning, disembark your ship. Please schedule flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America and are current at the time of printing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.

Your Tour Director will not accompany you on the 14-night cruise.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

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