American breakfast daily, 14 lunches, 16 dinners including a welcome lunch at the Sydney Opera House, an Outback barbecue dinner in Uluru, and a farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Sydney
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to Sydney, Australia’s largest city and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Your hotel room is available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing.
Day 2 SYDNEY
Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS and the famous Mrs Macquarie’s chair. The sandstone rock chair was carved by convicts in 1810 and is said to be where Mrs Macquarie would sit and watch the ships from Great Britain sail into the harbor. Next, visit the famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an inside visit of its interior and theaters. Afterward, enjoy a welcome lunch at one of the Opera House’s restaurants where you’ll enjoy great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor and Harbour Bridge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Day 3 SYDNEY
Today is at leisure to explore all that Sydney has to offer. You may want to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage Site of the Blue Mountains, home to picturesque villages and spectacular views. Other options include learning to surf at nearby Bondi Beach, exploring the shops at Darling Harbour, climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, joining a local guide for a pub tour of the Rocks District, or enjoying dinner and 360-degree revolving views from the top of Sydney Tower.
Day 4 SYDNEY–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Today, fly to the Red Center of Australia and visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape.
Day 5 ULURU
For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR at the base of the rock, while learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Tonight be treated to a special OUTBACK BARBECUE dinner.
Day 6 ULURU–CAIRNS
Depart the Outback for Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Upon arrival, an orientation tour shows the highlights of the town including shopping, dining, and sightseeing options for your free time.
Day 7 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef was described by Sir David Attenborough as “The most magical place in the world.” Today is your chance to experience this stunning wonder and beauty for yourself. Your CRUISE to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World includes the option 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. Tonight, you may want to visit the Cairns Night Markets, the perfect place to find a favorite souvenir or try some local fare.
Day 8 CAIRNS
A full day to explore more of Cairns and this tropical paradise. Why not spend time at one of Cairns’ best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon? Set on the shore overlooking Trinity Inlet, this saltwater swimming lagoon offers locals and tourists a year-round safe swimming location. You may also wish to take an optional excursion to the Daintree Rainforest, one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the world. Perhaps enjoy an evening at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park which tells the story of the world’s oldest living culture through performance, dance, food, and arts.
Day 9 CAIRNS–SYDNEY
This morning, visit the KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas, as well as a chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have a PHOTO taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Return to Sydney. Tonight, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a festive farewell dinner at a local WATERFRONT RESTAURANT.
Day 10 SYDNEY (EMBARKATION)
The morning is at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to Sydney’s port to embark on your ship, the MS Maasdam for a 14-night CRUISE.
Day 11 AT SEA
Enjoy a relaxing day as you cruise the coast of Australia and cross the Bass Strait sailing towards Tasmania.
Day 12 PORT ARTHUR
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.
Day 13 HOBART
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.
Days 14 - 15 AT SEA
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.
Day 16 MILFORD SOUND & CRUISING FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND
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.
Day 17 OBAN (HALFMOON BAY)
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.
Day 18 PORT CHALMERS (DUNEDIN)
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.
Day 19 AKAROA (CHRISTCHURCH)
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.
Day 20 WELLINGTON
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.
Day 21 NAPIER
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.
Day 22 TAURANGA (ROTORUA)
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.
Day 23 CRUISING: BAY OF PLENTY
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.
Day 24 AUCKLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Disembark your ship and meet your Globus Local Host. On your city tour, see bustling Queen Street, the Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Your Globus Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Day 25 AUCKLAND
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.