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Australia Pre & Post-Cruise Tour Options

 

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Pre-Cruise Tour Option A - Sydney & Melbourne

 

28 Feb 2023 - Depart USA

01 Mar 2023           

2 Mar 2023 - Arrive in Sydney 

G’Day and Welcome to Australia!
On arrival in Sydney, you will be met by local guide and transferred to your Sydney hotel.
The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney - 3 Nights
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney with its stunning 1800s sandstone façade is an intimate and boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. Guests will also appreciate our hotel's convenient location in the CBD of Sydney with many of Australia's top companies on its doorstep. The property offers a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar, a modern Health Club and complimentary Internet.

03 Mar 2023 – Sydney – City Sights Tour 
Breakfast included at hotel
Meet your guide and depart for a city tour. Drive through the historic 'Rocks' area where Australia was first founded with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Drive under the famous 'coat hanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge and view Sydney's famous architectural masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House. Continue through the commercial area of the city passing the historical buildings of Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. Alight at Mrs Macquarie's Chair for breathtaking views of the city and harbour. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Return to the city via famous Bondi Beach and Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace.
Tour concludes at Circular Quay.

Make your way to Opera House and check-in for the private tour.

Sydney Opera House |Exclusive Private Tour
This (approximate) 45-minute tour offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation. Visitors are guided into theatres, given a fascinating account of the history and architecture of the House and introduced to the magic of performance. With its white, sculptural 'shells' rising from the harbour foreshore at Bennelong Point, the Opera House is Sydney's most recognizable building and, officially, one of the seven wonders of the 20th century. Joern Utzon, the Danish architect who designed the Opera House, ascribed the inspiration for his masterpiece to the sails of yachts on the harbour. As the Opera House is first and foremost a performing arts centre, some areas may be restricted for viewing due to rehearsals and performances.

After the tour please make your way back to hotel.
Note: Radisson Blu is within walking distance from Circular Quay.
Inclusions:
• Half day local guide assistance
• Half day private coach for a city tour
• Opera House Private tour

Sunset Dinner Cruise
In the evening, meet your guide and transfer to Darling Harbour to board your Sunset Dinner Cruise Depart Darling Harbour for your cruise of Sydney Harbour which most travel experts agree is one of the most scenic harbours in the world. You will see spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Opera House, Fort Denison, Point Piper, Watson's Bay. See Sydney's foreshore parkland and many stately homes. Includes champagne and canapes, 2 course a la carte dining, local beer and wine.  The cruise returns to Darling Harbour. Board a private coach for your return transfer to hotel.
Note; checking to see if we can get non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea included instead.

04 Mar 2023 – Sydney - Full Day Blue Mountains Tour (breakfast & lunch included)
Breakfast included at hotel
Meet your guide and depart for a Blue Mountains Tour.
Today you will travel 100km west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Follow the trail of Australia's early explorers as the coach ascends into the Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park for a memorable and unique experience in a natural and well established bush setting. Featherdale has one of Australia's largest private collections of Australian animals. View Koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, fairy penguins and Australian reptiles. 

Travel through the historic townships of Blaxland, Springwood, Lawson and view the National Trust township of Leura. Leura is a little town made up of cafes, craft shops, art galleries, tea houses and quant boutiques. It is situated at the edge of the Blue Mountain National Park and has magnificent views of Mt Solitary. Continue along Cliff Drive to Echo Point to view the world famous "Three Sisters". Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Echo Point precinct provides panoramic views of the southern Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness and the iconic Three Sisters rock formation from a variety of lookouts. 

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains Adventure - from native birds and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Jamison Valley. 

The Unlimited Discovery Pass offers unlimited experience on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and walkway. On your return to Sydney travel through Sydney Olympic Park before returning back at your hotel.

Inclusions:
• Full day local guide assistance
• Full day private coach charter
• Featherdale Wildlife Park |Admission
• 2 Course Lunch (Beverages not included)
• Scenic World Blue Mountains |Unlimited Discovery Pass

05 Mar 2023 - Sydney to Melbourne 
Breakfast included at hotel
Meet your guide and transfer by private coach to Sydney Airport
Fly Sydney to Melbourne 
On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met by local guide and transferred to your hotel.
 

Option A  Sydney/Melbourne Prices range  $2895-3195.00 per person double occupancy.

Single supplement add $550.00

 

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Pre-Cruise Tour Option B - Melbourne

 

03 Mar -  Depart USA

04 Mar

05 Mar 2023 Arrive  Melbourne      

Welcome to Melbourne! After clearing arrival formalities, you will be met and transferred by private coach to your hotel (group air arrivals).

Accommodation: Crown Promenade Hotel - Standard Room for 3 Nights

Includes: Full Breakfast daily

Stylish, relaxed and contemporary, Crown Promenade is located in Melbourne’s vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct. Spacious rooms and fantastic views are only the beginning. Eat and drink in style at Mesh restaurant or Tonic Bar, relax by the pool at the Deck Leisure Centre or take the air-bridge to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. Choose from a wide array of Corwn’s 40 restaurants and bars or immerse yourself in world-class shopping.

Welcome Dinner

This evening, your guide will take you to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. 

Enjoy 3 course dinner

Note: Beverages not included

After dinner, please make your way back to hotel. Note: Restaurant is within walking distance from hotel.

06 Mar 2023 Melbourne - Full Day Dandenong Ranges and Healesville  

Breakfast is included at hotel.

This morning, meet your guide and depart by private coach to Belgrave, where you will board the Puffing Billy, the historic steam train that takes you through the Dandenong Ranges, one of Victoria's most popular tourist sites. Travel through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead. Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. On approaching Emerald, you'll be taken by the majestic colours and landscape that surrounds you. Visiting Emerald and the Eastern Dandenong Ranges corridor is a total sensory experience and the area is nature's playground to explore. The Eastern Dandenong Ranges is the home of beautiful Emerald Lake Park, Gilwell Park, Kurth Kiln and offers an abundance of walking and cycling tracks.

Enjoy lunch at a local café. Continue on to Healesville, located in the famous Yarra Valley grape growing region, the town is surrounded by mountains, forests and rolling hills dotted with wineries, fruit and berry farms.

Visit Healesville Sanctuary and stroll through Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with beautiful orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the award-winning Trail of the Elephants or view koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats and other unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting. Discover Wild Sea, which showcases Victoria's diverse coastal environment, exhibiting Victoria's iconic Little Penguins, Australian Fur Seals, and other wildlife native to Victorian waters in an amazing underwater world.

The tour will conclude back at your hotel. Inclusions:

• Full day local guide assistance

• Full day private coach harter

• Puffing Billy Railway |Belgrave to Emerald/Lakeside – One Way

• Lunch at a local café (beverages not included)

• Healesville Sanctuary – admission 

07 Mar 2023 Melbourne - Full Day Great Ocean Road Tour

Breakfast is included at hotel

After breakfast, meet your guide and depart for a full day Great Ocean Road tour. This is some of the most spectacular and breathtaking coastal scenery found in Australia, a rewarding experience for the camera enthusiasts. Travel over the Westgate Bridge through Geelong to the famous coastal town of Torquay for a short break. This town is famous for Bells Beach where world class surfing championships are held. From Torquay, join the Great Ocean Road boasting spectacular views. Travel through the quaint township of Lorne and make a stop at Kennett River, one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Continue on to the seaside resort of Apollo Bay with time to enjoy lunch and a leisurely stroll along the beach. From here the road leaves the coast and winds through the ferny slopes of the Otway Mountain Ranges. At Princetown the Great Ocean Road returns to hug the coastline along the entire length of the Port Campbell National Park. See the Twelve Apostles - huge stone pillars rising from the surf, remnants of London Bridge, a rocky promontory arch carved out by the continual force of the sea, Lock Ard Gorge – site of the dramatic shipwreck the “Loch Ard” over 100 years ago. The return journey travels through the lovely townships of Colac and Winchelsea. The tour concludes upon return to your hotel.

Inclusions:

• Full day local guide assistance

• Full day private coach charter

• 2 course lunch at a local restaurant (Beverages not included)

Accommodation: Crown Promenade Hotel - Standard Room

08 Mar 2023 - Depart Melbourne – City Tour En Route to Pier     

Breakfast included at hotel.

Meet your guide and depart for a Melbourne city tour. Melbourne is a blend of magnificent gold-rush heritage architecture and ultra-modern skyscrapers. It is surrounded by lush parkland, beautiful waterways and charming urban suburbs. This tour is a discovery of Melbourne's past and present. The drive will take in the central business district with its eclectic architecture, past the 170 million dollar Victorian Arts Centre and on to fashionable Toorak with its luxurious homes. View Captain Cook's Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens with avenues of huge English elms planted along gently contoured lawns. Pass by the Botanical Gardens and observe the hustle and bustle of the famous Queen Victorian Markets. Continue along taking in views of the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral.

The tour concludes at cruise terminal for your Grand Princess cruise.

 

Option B  Melbourne (Minimum 10 people) Price range $1716-1925.00 per person double occupancy.

Single Supplement  $450.00

 

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Post-Cruise Tour Cairns

 

21 Mar 2023 – Melbourne to Cairns                              

After clearing arrival formalities at the pier, you will be met by local guide and transferred by private coach to Melbourne Airport. Fly Sydney to Cairns (flight not included)

On arrival in Cairns, you will be met by local guide and transferred by private coach to your hotel

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns - Superior Room for 3 Nights

Inclusions: Full breakfast daily and porterage

This is the best location in Cairns - ideal for visitors who wish to explore and enjoy all the attractions Cairns has to offer. All 176 rooms and suites feature balconies with superb views of the harbour and parklands. We invite you to consider the Hotel, and our new Bushfire Restaurant & Sugarcane Rhumbar complete the picture of a boutique style hotel with a strong focus on guest comfort, and excellent customer service.

Welcome Dinner

This evening, meet your guide and make your way to Dundee’s restaurant

Note : The restaurant is within easy walking distance from hotel.

Dundee's Restaurant |3 Course Dinner

Centrally located on the Cairns boardwalk along the harbour, Dundee’s Restaurant offers an absolute waterfront dining experience. Dundee’s Restaurant specialises in fresh exotic Australian cuisine of seafood, steak and bush tucker (including kangaroo, crocodile and emu meat).

Note: Beverages not included

After dinner, please make your way back to hotel.

22 Mar 2023 – Cairns - Full Day Kuranda Tour (B, L)

Breakfast included at hotel. You will be met in the hotel lobby by your local guide who will accompany you on your full day Kuranda tour.

Transfer from your hotel to the Cairns Railway Station and join the historic Kuranda Rail for one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia. Travelling slowly, it winds its way up the epic pioneer track with every turn revealing a new panorama - sugar plantations, Barron Falls, Stoney Creek Falls - until it reaches Kuranda Station, a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers. Upon reaching Kuranda, meet with the coach again for the short transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park, boasting 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest set amidst World Heritage areas. Ride the amphibious army duck through the rainforest and visit the Koala and Wildlife Park. The Dreamtime Walk provides a comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture and history with practical experiences including boomerang lessons on spear throwing. Witness the dynamic performance of the Pamagirri

Aboriginal Dancers in the natural amphitheatre where the rainforest serves as the theatre walls and the sounds of the forest and the didgeridoo create the backing music.

Enjoy lunch during the day at Rainforestation.

Depart Rainforestation and return to Kuranda, to the Skyrail terminal.

Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.

Your Skyrail experience should take approximately 1½ hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. Allow 20 minutes for each station, to enjoy Ranger guided boardwalk tours and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.

Please re-board the coach for transfer back to your hotel…

Inclusions:

• Full day local guide assistance

• Full day private coach charter

• Kuranda Scenic Rail (One Way) – Freshwater Station to Kuranda

• Rainforestation - Package A, inclusive of: Pamagirri Experience Army Duck Koala & Wildlife park

  BBQ Lunch One Way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – Kuranda to Smithfield Terminal

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns - Superior Room

23 Mar 2023 – Cairns - Great Barrier Reef Cruise (B, L)

Breakfast included at hotel.

After breakfast, make your way to The Reef Fleet Terminal to join Reef Magic Cruises for your Full Day Reef trip. Note: Local guide assistance is not included today.

Reef Fleet Terminal is within easy walking distance from your hotel. Reef Magic Cruises new, luxury fast catamaran travels direct from Cairns to the spacious, stable Marine World activity platform in less than 90 minutes. Guests have privileged access to one of the most pristine, accessible & versatile Outer Great Barrier Reef sites available on a day trip from Cairns. Unmatched in value, Reef Magic Cruises provides the complete reef experience with 5 full hours at a private patch of reef & the smallest pontoon passenger numbers – no rush, no crowds. Guests choose from a full complement of inclusive activities and an affordable range of optional extras in a uniquely relaxed, friendly and personalized atmosphere.

Inclusions:

90 minute transfer on a spacious fast catamaran 5 hours at the Marine World reef activity platform Morning and afternoon tea Hot/Cold Tropical buffet lunch All snorkeling equipment (including FREE use of wetsuit or lycrasuit) Semi-Submersible AND Glass Bottom Boat Tours Complimentary Tea/Coffee/filtered drinking water Underwater reef viewing observatory Fish feeding & identification session with a Marine Biologist Environmental Management Charge (EMC)

What To Bring: Swimmers, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Change of clothes, Extra cash or credit card for onboard purchases.

Evening is yours at leisure.

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns - Superior Room

24 Mar 2023 - Depart Cairns                   

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from your hotel to Cairns airport

Inclusions:

• Local guide for departure assistance

• Private coach for hotel to airport transfer

 

Post-Cruise Cairns Price Range $1434-1575.00 per person double occupancy.

Single Supplement $350.00   

 
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