CRUISETOUR

Australian Outback – Tour 1e (20 Days)

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Sydney, Australia to Sydney, Australia
Dates: 24 Dec 2018 - 12 Jan 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
24 Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia

Arrive in spectacular Sydney, Australia, and enjoy a seamless transfer by motorcoach to your comfortable hotel accommodations where you'll spend the night gearing up for an exciting tour ahead. Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Sydney.

DAY 2
25 Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia
Air travel
Cairns, Australia
Kuranda, Australia
Tjapukai, Australia
Cairns, Australia

Enjoy seamless travel as you board a plane to Cairns. Tour the rainforest village of Kuranda before a one-way Skyrail journey for aerial views of Barron Falls. Overnight at the Pullman Cairns. (B)

DAY 3
26 Dec 2018
Cairns, Australia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Cairns, Australia

Today's activities are among the most exciting - unwind aboard a reef cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most phenomenal UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Dive or snorkel among the colorful corals and unusual fish beneath the water's surface, and don't worry about breakfast or lunch - we'll make sure you get fed! Overnight at the Pullman Cairns. (B,L)

DAY 4
27 Dec 2018
Cairns, Australia
Air travel
Ayers Rock, Australia

Wave goodbye to Cairns as you soar into the clouds and fly to iconic Ayers Rock in the Outback. This evening, you'll be introduced to the culture and 40,000-year history of Australia's Aboriginal people on an enlightening campfire tour. Walk along the base of Ayers Rock and watch the colors on the rock shift at sunset. Overnight at the Desert Gardens Hotel. (B)

DAY 5
28 Dec 2018
Ayers Rock, Australia
The Olgas, Australia
Ayers Rock, Australia

Rise early and travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to watch the first rays of the sun rise over the desert landscape. Be mesmerized by the changing colors of Uluru at first light and experience the wonder of the Australian Outback as the dawn emerges. Visit the cultural center in the National Park where you can learn more about the indigenous history and culture, and see traditional arts and crafts on display. After a tour of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to do as you please. Perhaps enjoy a guided garden walk at the hotel, watch the Wakagetti Cultural Dancers perform in the town square or wander the Indigenous Art Markets. Overnight Desert Gardens Hotel. (B)

DAY 6
29 Dec 2018
Ayers Rock, Australia
Air travel
Sydney, Australia

Fly back to Sydney for another stay in this fabulous city. Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. (B)

DAY 7
30 Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia
6:45 PM

Wake up and satisfy your appetite with breakfast on us, then embark on a guided morning tour of Sydney. You'll take in the renowned architecture of the iconic Sydney Opera House and have a chance to photograph the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge, known locally as "The Coat Hanger" for its arched hanger-like shape. Dig your toes into the soft sands at the most popular beach in New South Wales, Bondi Beach, and even tour The Rocks, a historic district with well-preserved colonial architecture, trendy restaurants, museums, shops, and an abundance of Old World charm. Embark Majestic Princess and sail away for more incredible sights in Australia and New Zealand! (B)

DAY 8
31 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 9
01 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 10
02 Jan 2019
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 11
03 Jan 2019
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 12
04 Jan 2019
Akaroa, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 13
05 Jan 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 14
06 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 15
07 Jan 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand
6:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 16
08 Jan 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 17
09 Jan 2019
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 18
10 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 19
11 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 20
12 Jan 2019
Sydney, Australia
6:00 AM
Australian Outback – Tour 1e map

About the Ship

Princess Cruises
Majestic Princess

Sail aboard Majestic Princess, the newest member of our fleet and enjoy the signature favorites you've always loved along with so many new exciting additions not found on any other Princess ship, including two new specialty restaurants with dinner menus crafted by two Michelin-star awarded chefs. Come aboard and find out what makes this ship so special!

What's Included

Included

  • Comfortable accommodations, entertainment, onboard meals

Not Included

  • Airfare, items of personal nature, specialty dining, specialty beverages, spa services, fitness classes

About Us

At Princess Cruises, we believe in the power of discovery. That's why we design experiences that bring our guests as close as possible with the wonders of the world around them—whether in the Alaskan wilderness or in the warmth of the Caribbean. It's through these experiences that our guests can find a moment of change and come back new. Our marketing campaign highlights the most special gift we can offer our guests: change. It's what's at the heart of our come back new promise. It's the result of the destinations we sail to, the experiences we offer, and the passionate dedication of our crew.

Insider Tip

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Auckland, New Zealand - 08 Jan 2019

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland city, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Adventure • Cruises & Water Tours • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing • Walking & Biking
Central Auckland sample itinerary

Choose to start off your day with a bike ride around the city with Adventure Capital, where you will be able to take in some of Auckland’s most famous sights. If you are looking for a more relaxed morning in the city, join a Big Foody Tour, and visit some of Central Auckland’s top eateries and artisan producers while taking in the sights and learning some local history.

When it comes to lunch options, there are several locations in the central city where there are collections of fabulous restaurants. Britomart, Wynyard Quarter & the Viaduct are Auckland’s waterfront dining precincts, where you will be able to enjoy fabulous views, alongside your wonderful food.

For an afternoon in the city, there are options to suit any visitor. For those looking for a more culture-focused afternoon, the Auckland Museum offers a journey through the story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

One of the more popular products in Auckland for visitors that like to be on the water is the America’s Cup Sailing. Enjoy the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht by taking the helm to help steer or work hard to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on the Waitemata Harbour.

For those who are wanting to take in the beautiful scenery, look at the Auckland Bridge Climb experience. Visitors get the chance to walk to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and take in the 360˚ views of the city.

Wow factor: Add a Bungy Jump to your Bridge Climb experience!

Top tip: Enjoy a Māori performance when visiting the museum

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Adventure • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Islands & Beaches • Romance & Honeymoons • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Waiheke Island sample itinerary

Travel to the beautiful ‘Island of Wine’ in the Hauraki Gulf via a Fullers ferry. Only a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

Start off your day with EcoZip Adventures! Ecozip offers state-of-the-art flying-fox ziplines over a working vineyard, and with views back to the city, followed by an eco-immersive forest walk, completing the perfect activity for adventure and nature lovers of all ages.

Another active option on Waiheke Island, is horse riding along Waiheke’s native bush trails and beautiful beaches. Stop off at a traditional Maori marae to learn about the island’s Maori culture and history.

The most popular option to enjoy lunch on the island, is to visit one of the wineries restaurants. Mudbrick Vineyard offers fantastic views back to the city, while at Tantalus Estate, you will be in the heart of the island’s wine growing valley.

Spend your afternoon on an island tour; sampling wines at various vineyards, taking part in an olive oil tasting at Rangihoua Estate, visiting quirky shops in Oneroa village, and taking in the islands numerous idyllic beaches.

Wow factor: Swap a ferry transfer for a glamorous helicopter or seaplane scenic flight to Waiheke Island. Include an overnight stay at the romantic Mudbrick Cottages or The Boatshed

Top tip: Your local guide can assist shipping your wine & olive oil purchases overseas

Offered by: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Adventure • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Matakana sample itinerary

Travel to the beautiful Matakana region, an easy one hour drive north of central Auckland. There are a range of operators that can help you plan your journey based on your interests.

Your morning activity will take you to Pariki, where you enjoy a scenic horse ride along the sparkling, pristine white sands of Pariki Beach.

An alternative option to horse riding, is paddling through Goat Island, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, in a clear kayak. These kayaks offer a pure, peaceful experience and the vision beneath you is amazingly clear and detailed.

Following your morning’s activity, you can choose to stop off for lunch at either Sawmill Brewery where you can taste the locals’ favorite beers, or visit the award winning Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail, offering fresh local produce, wine and art!

For art lovers, Matakana’s newest artistic offering, Sculptureum, is a must see. With carefully curated pieces gathered over the past decade, Sculptureum offers unique ways to view some truly rare and unique sculptures and paintings from artists around the world.

Wow factors:

-Enjoy a behind the scenes visit at Morris & James Pottery and get the chance to make your own tile!

-Include an overnight stay at Takatu Lodge and Vineyard, the area’s top accommodation option set within a working vineyard.

Top Tip:

-If visiting the region on a Saturday, a stop at the Farmers’ Market is a must! Local artisans, farmers and growers gather at the famous Matakana Farmers' Market from 8am to 1pm every Saturday. There's live music, organic specialties and delicious homemade baking. It’s a great place for clients to visit while in the area!

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