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  • Cruising is the perfect way to explore the spectacular landscapes and unique towns of New Zealand.

    The Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand is known for Maori culture, lush valleys and landscapes made famous by the Lord of the Rings films, and dramatic glacial mountain peaks. Cruise to New Zealand and head to the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park, home to the mighty fjords of Milford Sound. Get your fix of urban culture in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Marvel at spectacular architecture of Napier and Dunedin, and enjoy much more in cruise comfort. On-land activities are paired with fantastic onboard entertainment to make your cruise an unforgettable experience.

    Embark on a relaxing 13-day cruise of NZ
    Embark on a relaxing 13-day cruise of NZ
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    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    HIGHLIGHTS
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    AUD $3,699
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    Auckland, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, Wellington, and more await on this epic 13-day New Zealand cruise. You'll be spoilt for choice with a range of optional on-land excursions for you to take, but the highlight is definitely the day-long cruise through the World Heritage Listed Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. You won't want to forget your camera.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,699pp twin-share [+ $1,511 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Cruise through spectacular fjords

    Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, and you'll see why as you cruise through it's most famous fjords; Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World, enjoy the fresh air, the stunning scenery and the sound of the cascading waterfalls as you traverse the National Park.

    Embark on a Taieri River Gorge Railway journey in Dunedin

    Your visit to Dunedin is not complete without a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway – one of New Zealand's great train trips. Feel the rattle and rumble of your vintage railcar as you wind through the mountains, see the very spot where a lucky miner found gold on Christmas Day of 1863, stop at Pukerangi, and more. (Optional on-land excursion)

    Learn about Maori culture in Tauranga

    Embark on an adventure that immerses you in the ancient traditions and customs of the Maori people. Travel to a sacred Marae, where a Maori warrior will challenge your group's appointed "chief." Then, with a welcoming "Hongi"(touching of noses), the Maori will invite you to join them and learn about their history and traditions. You'll be in awe as you admire the song, dance, and intricate carvings of New Zealand's ancient people. (Optional on-land excursion)

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    Indulge in a Waipara Wine Tasting experience in Christchurch

    Delight in an excursion through the Waipara Valley wine region with tours of three internationally renowned South Island wineries when you dock in Christchurch for the day. Taste several different styles of wines and enjoy an antipasto lunch before returning to the cruise ship. (Optional on-land excursion)

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    Explore New Zealand's capital city

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet, and you'll see why with a whole day to explore the city and it's surrounds. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene.

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    Get to know Wellington with a Lord of the Rings city tour

    This half-day tour takes you to the best locations in Wellington City, including the spectacular Weta Workshop. Explore key sites in the film-making process with your specialist Lord of the Rings guide. (Optional on-land excursion)

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    Marvel at the art deco architecture of Napier

    Street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. With a full-day to explore, walk the streets and take in the scenery while relaxing and enjoying a coffee.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $3,699pp twin-share [+ $1,511 GCash credits]
    • Return flights from Australia (Sydney/other)
    • 14 days of cruising and sight-seeing
    • 25 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 1 night accommodation post-cruise

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $4,189pp twin-share [+ $1,711 GCash credits]
    • Return flights from Australia (Sydney/other)
    • 14 days of cruising and sight-seeing
    • 25 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 1 night accommodation post-cruise

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,699pp twin-share [+ $1,511 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Flight back to Sydney

    Enjoy return flights into bustling Sydney, the port of call for your cruise.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    12 Night New Zealand Cruise (Standard cabin)

    Cruise New Zealand and explore it's city highlights and spectacular scenery over 13 days. Relax with a spacious inside stateroom. Onboard the Celebrity Eclipse, take your taste buds on an adventure with diverse dining choices, enjoy endless entertainment options, take a yoga class in the Fitness Center, and much more.

    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Sydney

    Comfortable rooms to enjoy

    Enjoy hassle-free overnight accommodation in Sydney to regenerate after disembarking your cruise. By staying overnight, it also gives you a chance to explore another fantastic city on this trip.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.6+.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Embark on a spectacular 13 day cruise of New Zealand onboard the luxurious Celebrity Eclipse. Stopping in all major cities, you'll get a full-day to explore and enjoy the highlights, from visiting Wellington's Weta Workshop, travelling onboard Taieri Gorge Railway, exploring Napier's Art Deco streets, and more. At the end of the trip, dock back in Sydney and stay overnight, experiencing Sydney's bustling night life and regenerating before returning home.

    "Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." - Anthony Bourdain

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,699pp twin-share [+ $1,511 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    MELBOURNE - SYDNEY - AT SEA (CRUISE DAY #1)

    The capital of New South Wales, Sydney and its surrounds are a mecca for international visitors and offers much to see for the interstate traveller as well.

    About today:

    Embark on a relaxing 13-day cruise of NZ

    Arrive into Sydney and prepare for your exciting cruise ahead

    Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much - from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Fly into Sydney and spend the rest of the day exploring; tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower.

    In the evening, board the cruise ship heading for  and spend the rest of your time settling in and getting to know your new cruising friends.

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    DAY 2
    AT SEA (CRUISE DAY #2)

    About today:

    Relax with a range of fantastic on-board amenities

    Relax and unwind as you cruise

    While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until you arrive at the next amazing destination.

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    DAY 3
    AT SEA (CRUISE DAY #3)

    About today:

    Get fresh air on the lawn at the top level of the ship

    Relax and unwind as you cruise

    While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until you arrive at the next amazing destination.

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    DAY 4
    MILFORD SOUND - DOUBTFUL SOUND - DUSKY SOUND (CRUISE DAY #4)

    Situated on the west coast of the South Island, hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is where plunging cliffs and raging waterfalls meet inky dark waters. This is New Zealand's wild side at its absolute best.

    About today:

    The spectacular Fiordland awaits

    Spectacular scenery is framed by awe-inspiring fjords

    As we sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, even your massive ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife.

    Next, witness as cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above Doubtful Sound, creating an unusual phenomenon; a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater. This serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins - the fiordland crested and blue penguin.

    Your final destination for today is characterised by the steep cliffs that have been carved over centuries by dozens of waterfalls surround the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand coast, Dusky Sound. It's also a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water, and birds like broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.

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    DAY 5
    DUNEDIN (CRUISE DAY #5)

    Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.

    About today:

    Dock in Dunedin and spend the day exploring

    Explore NZ's capital of architectural heritage

    Here in this capital of architectural heritage, you might think your Dunedin cruise had taken you to Edinburgh. The architecture, scenery, and culture - if not the accents - borrow heavily from those in Scotland. Disembarking your cruise, stretch your legs and do some exploring.

    Take a harbor cruise to spot albatrosses, cormorants, and other sea birds. In town, stroll the spectacular Dunedin Botanic Garden, discover ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum, or learn all about beer at Speight’s Brewery - touring, tasting, and shopping for beer gear.

    Venture out to Otago Peninsula and visit 19th-century Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, perched on a hill overlooking the harbor. Hear stories of scandal, tragedy, and intrigue - all part of its lavish history. Top off your cruise to Dunedin with Highland dancers and bagpipers at Larnach.

    In the evening, return to your cruise ship after a fantastic day exploring.

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    DAY 6
    CHRISTCHURCH (CRUISE DAY #6)

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    About today:

    Walk the bustling streets of Christchurch

    Christchurch's bustling city awaits

    Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Docking in the early morning, expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces waiting to be explored. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it’s time the world rediscovered its secrets.

    The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.

    Returning to the cruise ship in time for dinner, you have the whole day to explore at leisure.

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    DAY 7
    WELLINGTON (CRUISE DAY #7)

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet.

    About today:

    Visit Weta Workshop when you dock in Wellington

    Arrive in the North Island and explore NZ's capital city

    Wellington claims to be the coolest little capital in the world. See for yourself today with some time off the ship to explore. Get an overview of its geological, biological, and cultural history at Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, just 10 minutes from CentrePort. The interactive exhibits pique your curiosity through innovative storytelling. Wander along Oriental Bay, the scenic waterfront that is dotted with cafés, bars, and ice cream vendors.

    Consider a visit to Wellington Zoo, a 10-minute drive south, where you can play with meerkats, hand feed a giraffe, and stroke a cheetah. For skyline views of the city, ride the iconic cable car up to beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden, with a cable car museum, observatory, and planetarium.

    On Miramar Peninsula, film fans can make their journey to Middle Earth and beyond to learn secrets of great film making at Weta Workshop, the design and effects facility behind big movies like Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Power Rangers, Man of Steel, and several Hobbit properties.

    In the evening, visit Cuba Street and indulge in delicious food and beer before returning to the ship and heading onwards.

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    DAY 8
    NAPIER (CRUISE DAY #8)

    Street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.

    About today:

    Explore the colourful streets of Napier

    Discover Napier's Art Deco architecture

    Discover Art Deco architecture, an alluring seaside town, and some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wineries in quaint Napier. Stroll along lovely streets and admire the architecture characterized by bold symmetrical shapes, linearity balanced by gentle curves, and sometimes intricate ornamentation. Visit lovely cafés, restaurants, and shops as you explore seaside sights.

    Journey outside the city to explore some of New Zealand’s most spectacular wine vintages in Hawke’s Bay and enjoy exclusive wine tastings. Bird watchers and eco-tourists can visit Cape Kidnappers to admire the world’s largest gannet nesting site. Explore sheep farms, lush coastal scenery, mountain top lookouts, or just sit back and relax at a café in Napier, taking in the ambiance of another era.

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    DAY 9
    TAURANGA (CRUISE DAY #9)

    Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and one of the fastest growing population centres in the country. The lush parks and golden beaches make it a popular destination for outdoorsy folks and watersports lovers. Here on New Zealand's North Island, you’ll find a variety of opportunities for surfing, white water rafting, kiteboarding, hiking and golfing.

    About today:

    Put your feet in the crystal clear waters of Tauranga

    Get a taste of NZ's Bay of Plenty

    Arriving into Tauranga, a chic coastal town in the North Island, and you’ll discover the land of the Maori. Tauranga’s white sand beaches offer something for everyone; relax and sunbathe on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and popular coast, take a dip in the ocean or immerse yourself in a lush waterfall swimming hole. Watch dolphins frolic in the waves or swim with these lovable creatures.

    Water activities are in abundance in Tauranga; learn to sail, try surfing, take a diving lesson, or refine your fishing technique. If you’re a landlubber, you can tee up at a golf course on your Tauranga cruise or stroll down The Strand where you can enjoy cafés and a vibrant nightlife. Sometimes called the New Zealand Riviera, downtown Tauranga offers galleries, shops, history, and a vibrant café and restaurant scene. The culinary culture brings together innovative chefs working in diverse traditions. Enjoy Italian, Indian, Turkish, Thai, French, and fusion flavors. Sip a hand-crafted drink or enjoy fresh-caught seafood from the Bay of Plenty. From casual al fresco dining to sophisticated New Zealand Riviera gastronomy, Tauranga offers something to tantalize every taste.

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    DAY 10
    AUCKLAND (CRUISE DAY #10)

    Also known as Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

    About today:

    Experience New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city

    Immerse yourself in a melting pot of culture

    Experience Auckland, New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city - a melting pot of British, Asian, Pacific, and Maori cultures. Disembarking your cruise in Auckland in the early morning allows you to sample their diverse arts, entertainment, and traditions.

    The Auckland Art Gallery has collected more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints, dating from 1376. Other attractions to visit include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and Museum of Transport and Technology.

    Natural landmarks include Auckland Domain, a central park offering great views of Hauraki Gulf; Mount Eden, with 360-degree views from the city's highest volcanic cone; Mount Victoria, a volcanic cone overlooking downtown from North Shore; and Waiheke Island, a remote site of beaches, forests, vineyards, and olive groves. The hills surrounding the city are cloaked in rainforest.

    When it's time to go shopping, head to Queen Street, Britomart, Ponsonby Road, Karangahape Road, Newmarket, or Parnell. You won't come back empty handed from your Auckland stop-over. Returning to the boat, it’s time to begin the journey back to Sydney.

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    DAY 11
    AT SEA (CRUISE DAY #11)

    About today:

    Enjoy a drink with spectacular views

    Say goodbye to New Zealand and cruise back to Australia

    While at sea, take the time to recharge after an unforgettable couple of days exploring. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until you arrive back into Sydney.

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    DAY 12
    AT SEA (CRUISE DAY #12)

    About today:

    The ship boasts a range of on-board activities

    Relax and unwind as you cruise

    While at sea, take the time to recharge after an unforgettable couple of days exploring. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until you arrive back into Sydney.

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    DAY 13
    SYDNEY (CRUISE DAY #13) (1 NIGHT)

    About today:

    Walk through Sydney's colourful streets

    Disembark your cruise and explore Sydney

    Your epic New Zealand cruise comes to an end as you arrive in Sydney in the early morning. Drop your bags off at your accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring what you might’ve missed at the beginning of your trip.

     

    A range of amenities for you to enjoy
    Comfortable rooms to enjoy
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Sydney

    Enjoy hassle-free overnight accommodation in Sydney to regenerate after disembarking your cruise. By staying overnight, it also gives you a chance to explore another fantastic city on this trip.

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    DAY 14
    SYDNEY - MELBOURNE

    About today:

    Take an early morning stroll in Bondi

    Return home after an unforgettable cruising experience

    Return home after an unforgettable cruising experience. We’re sure you’ll be back, but until then, you have the memories and photos you took along the way.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,699pp twin-share [+ $1,511 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Sydney

    A range of amenities for you to enjoy

    Comfortable rooms to enjoy

    Enjoy hassle-free overnight accommodation in Sydney to regenerate after disembarking your cruise. By staying overnight, it also gives you a chance to explore another fantastic city on this trip.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied at the end of the trip in Sydney. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    This cruise includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. In each destination, you can also arrange optional activities where a tour guide will also provide you with information on the area.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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