Cruising Down Under
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Destination for this trip:
Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Port Douglas, Australia; Sydney, Australia
Length of trip:
Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 8000 to $ 9000
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Detailed Description of this trip:
A leisurely cruise for 12 nights aboard Sapphire Princess is complemented by our inclusive shore excursions and multiple-night land stays in Auckland, Sydney and Port Douglas. Princess is one of the only cruise lines sailing to both of these incredible countries on the same voyage!
This Trip is Recommended for:
Day 1 - Auckland
Tour begins: The Langham Hotel, Auckland. A transfer is included from Auckland Airport to The Langham Hotel, Auckland. Meals LD
After a city tour, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World.
Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.
Day 2 - Auckland
Vineyards and Wineries.
Take a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island, and learn the secrets of the picturesque island’s successful red wines. Meals BL
Day 3 - Auckland
Auckland / Embark Cruise.
Attend a Maori cultural performance at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; embark Sapphire Princess. Meals BD
Day 4 - At Sea
Tauranga / Rotorua / Dairy Farm.
A walk through Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley awaits on a private shore excursion to Rotorua. Enjoy lunch at Longlands Farm, a working dairy farm; learn about sheep farming on a visit to the Agrodome. Meals BLD
Day 5 - At Sea
Spend the Day at Sea.
Sapphire Princess offers on-board activities from the ScholarShip@Sea™ enrichment series to the Lotus Spa®. Meals BLD
Day 6 - At Sea
A Christchurch city tour precedes a Tauck-exclusive charter flight to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. Meals BLD
Day 7 - At Sea
Dunedin / Queenstown .
Sapphire Princess arrives in Dunedin; take a private charter flight to Queenstown for in-depth sightseeing. Meals BLD
Day 8 - At Sea
Fiordland National Park.
Cruise the beautiful waters of Fiordland National Park today, enjoying views of stunning Milford Sound. Meals BLD
Day 9 - 10 - At Sea
Across the Tasman Sea.
The next two days are spent cruising from the New Zealand to Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Evenings present a host of exciting entertainment possibilities! Meals BLD
Day 11 - At Sea
Explore Hobart, Tasmania.
Sapphire Princess arrives in Hobart, where you’ll travel to the Port Arthur Historic Site to discover the history of Australia’s early convict settlers. Lunch is served at the Junior Officer’s home, featuring servers in period dress.
Day 12 - At Sea
Day at Sea.
Today is a sailing day, giving you plenty of opportunity to try more of the ship’s many on-board activities. Meals BLD
Day 13 - Melbourne
City Sights of Melbourne.
Dock in Melbourne, where a sightseeing tour features stunning Victorian architecture. See the Melbourne Museum, Parliament House, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Meals BLD
Day 14 - At Sea
Australian Coastal Cruise.
Today marks your final day at sea aboard Sapphire Princess, and one last opportunity to indulge yourself! Meals BLD
Day 15 - Port Douglas
Fly to Cairns / Port Douglas.
Disembark Sapphire Princess in Sydney and fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Travel to Port Douglas on the Coral Sea for three nights in five-star luxury at an award-winning beachfront resort. Meals BLD
Day 16 - Port Douglas
Great Barrier Reef Cruise.
River or Barge Cruise
Cruise by catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef; you’ll be accompanied by a marine biologist who provides insights into the fragile ecosystems of the coral reef, which you can observe first hand from a glass-bottom boat. Meals BLD
Day 17 - Port Douglas
Tjapukai / Resort Leisure.
Learn about Aboriginal life, including the significance of song and dance within the Aboriginal culture, during a performance by the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Troupe. The rest of the day is free. Meals B
Day 18 - Sydney
Fly to Sydney / Time at Leisure
Fly to Sydney, where the remainder of the day is at leisure in this vibrant, multi-cultural city.
There is much to see and do within easy walking distance of your hotel. Meals BD
Day 19 - Sydney
Sydney Opera House / City Sights.
A sightseeing tour of Sydney includes the Sydney Opera House, an architectural and artistic masterpiece; go behind the scenes for a look inside its distinctive “sails”! See Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. Meals B
Day 20 - Sydney
Taronga Zoo / Harbour Cruise.
Visit the award-winning Taronga Zoo, and join us this evening for a farewell reception aboard a Sydney Harbour cruise, followed by dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Meals BD
Day 21 - Sydney
Tour ends: Sydney, Australia. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Sydney to Sydney Airport. Allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours for flight check-in. Meals B
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