12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM
day 1 Cairns to Port Douglas thala beach resort
Arrive at the Cairns Airport to be met by a tour guide and take a private transfer to your Port Douglas accommodations at the Thala Beach Nature Reserve inside the rainforest. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to take a nature/wildlife walk, a guided tour or dine in the treetop restaurant. Overnight in a treehouse bungalow.
(Includes overnight at Thala Beach Nature Reserve bungalow.)
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM
day 2 Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
Breakfast at the hotel. Board your private transfer for a scenic drive to a full day at the oldest rainforest in the world. From the Kukli Lookout in Cape Tribulation view the majestic mountain peaks and the pristine white beaches. Witness the rare sight of two UNESCO sites together – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef and the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef. Take the Daintree River Cruise to learn about the wildlife here, the bird habitat, tree snakes, unique plants and estuarine crocodiles you may see along the way. After an included lunch visit the Mossman Gorge Centre, the cultural hub of the Kuku Yalanji and learn about these indigenous people who have lived here for 50,000 years. Return to Thala Beach Nature Reserve to overnight.
(Includes breakfast at the hotel, lunch and overnight at Thala Beach Resort)
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM
day 3 Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Swim
Breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a full day at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s most famous UNESCO site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Transfer to the Port Douglas marina and board a boat to the less-frequented outer reef rich with coral, fish, mollusks, visiting sharks, dolphins and turtles. Don your snorkel equipment and jump into the water for an active Barrier Reef experience with plenty of time to swim and snorkel amid the panorama of colorful fish and intricate coral gardens and the reef’s most iconic species such as sharks, stingrays, turtles, groupers and parrotfish. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch aboard the air-conditioned vessel and spend a few more hours at the mooring. Return to Port Douglas in the late afternoon and transfer to Cairns. Check in to the Riley Crystalbrook Hotel, the newest property in Cairns to overnight. Dinner and the evening are at your leisure.
(Includes breakfast at the hotel, lunch, and overnight at Riley Crystalbrook Hotel)
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM
Breakfast at the hotel prior to check out and transfer to the Cairns Airport for your included flight to Sydney. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your waiting ship taking a Sydney sightseeing trip along the way.
(Includes breakfast at the hotel, then all meals on your cruise)
Best known for its distinctive harbor-front Opera House, which is a UNESCO site, Sydney is viewed as not only one of the most expensive cities in the world, but also one of the most livable. The metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor and covers about 44 miles. Sydney’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Other sites to see include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
1:00 PM TO 11:00 PM
day 6 Phillip Island, Australia
The biggest attraction of tiny port Phillip Island is the daily Penguin Parade at sunset when the little penguins come ashore. There is also a large colony of Australian fur seals and there are koalas and birds in the mangroves along Cape Woolamai. The Phillip Island Circuit is also well-known for its motorcycle and car racing track.
7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
day 7 Melbourne, Australia
The capital and most populated city of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of Port Philip. The abundance of parks and gardens here has resulted in Melbourne being referred to as Australia’s “Garden City.” The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world's first feature film, was shot in Melbourne in 1906 and On the Beach was filmed here in 1959. The city’s delightful mix of architecture includes the UNESCO-listed Royal Exhibition building, the Venetian-gothic style Old Stock Exchange, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Flinders Street Station.
1:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Freycinet National Park
day 9 Freycinet National Park, Australia
Freycinet National Park is full of natural assets, pink granite peaks, secluded bays, including iconic Wineglass Bay, white-sand beaches and an abundance of birdlife including black swans. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are all excellent activities in the pristine waters here.
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
day 10 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Be prepared for an island setting of stunning landscapes, old-growth forests, picturesque harbor and the rugged Mount Wellington in Hobart’s background. Hobart offers excellent local produce, interesting Tasmanian wines and eclectic art in the galleries. The capital of Tasmania is not only an Antarctic gateway, but also the gateway to the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness.
9:00 AM TO 8:00 PM
Scenic Cruising Fiordland National Park
day 13 Scenic Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Be out on deck to experience the beauty of Fiordland National Park, the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand. It is a major part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO site. Two rare bird species live here – the Takahe, thought to be extinct was found in the mountains here, and the Kakapo, the world’s only flightless parrot has refuge here as well.
day 14 Bluff, New Zealand
Bluff is the oldest European settlement in New Zealand and the gateway to Stewart Island, the home of Bluff oysters, said to be the best in the world. Get a picture of the Bluff international sign at Stirling Point. Tour the Bluff Maritime Museum. Hike Bluff Hill and visit Stewart Island.
7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
Dunedin (Port Chalmers)
day 15 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
A description of Dunedin would include its Scottish and Maori heritages, its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, its dramatic landscape that encourages hiking and cycling and a large student population. The nearby Otago Peninsula is home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguins. Dunedin has one of the world’s steepest streets – Baldwin Street and is a UNESCO designated City of Literature.
8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 16 Lyttlelton, (Christchurch), New Zealand
Established as a landing point for colonial settlers on their way to Christchurch, Lyttelton has been known as the “Gateway to Canterbury.” It is only 7 miles (11.8 km) from Christchurch. Take a double-decker bus in Christchurch to the Botanic Gardens, the International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum or North Hagley Park. There are plenty of eclectic shops, cafes and bars on your way.
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
day 17 Wellington, New Zealand
The inviting compact capital of New Zealand has a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, an interesting working harbor and colorful wood houses in the surrounding hills. Strong winds frequently through the strait here have given it the nickname “Windy Wellington.” Work in a visit to Te Papa, an interactive and innovative national museum that showcases Maori culture, art heritage and the fascinating history of New Zealand.
day 19 Auckland, New Zealand
The first thing to notice when you see Auckland is the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere offering amazing panoramic views. The area was settled by the Maori around 1350 and was settled by Europeans in the early 1800s. The land here is rich and fertile and the economy is good. Take a ferry to Waiheke Island, known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves or stroll along Ponsonby Street known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas.
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.