Australia & New Zealand

Rugged outback, iconic cities & a cruise on board the MS Noordam

Base Fare:
$20,950 per guest, double occupancy

Early Reservation Bonus on 2019 departures:

Save 5%* per guest
Reserve by January 31st to qualify

Your Journey includes

9 city tours, national parks, scenic rail, specialty dinners and much more
8 private shore excursions during the New Zealand cruise
Most meals included
26 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 26 dinners
14 nights aboard the MS Noordam
12 nights in outstanding hotels
Round trip air fare from Toronto with Air Canada and Qantas (air gateways available across Canada) & 3 domestic flights with Qantas
Private car home pick up & return service

Australia & New Zealand

Known for their lush rainforests, scorched deserts, dramatic mountain vistas, and cosmopolitan cities, the island nations of Australia and New Zealand embody a diversity unlike that of any other place on earth. In Australia, stroll through the dynamic cities of Melbourne and Sydney, listen to Aboriginal stories over an authentic bush barbecue, and snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef. Then, explore New Zealand on a luxurious Holland America Line cruise, sipping local wines, ambling through Wellington’s sumptuous botanical gardens, and drifting through the dramatic scenery of Fiordland National Park. In city and in country, on land and on sea, your comprehensive journey gives you plenty of time to savour all the wonders these countries have to offer.

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Base Fare:
$20,950 per guest, double occupancy

Signature inclusions

Before you travel

  • All taxes, port and service charges
  • Complete information and assistance before your journey
  • Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)

During your Journey

  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • 9 unique tours in Australia and 8 private shore excursions in New Zealand
  • Stroll through iconic cities, explore famous national parks and discover unbelievable landscapes
  • Listen to Aboriginal stories over a bush barbecue & snorkel among the aquatic life of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sip local wines, visit historical towns and marvel at natural wonders
  • Sail through the dramatic scenery of Fiordland National Park and experience Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty House

Outstanding accommodation

  • 14 nights aboard the MS Noordam
  • 12 nights in outstanding hotels:
    • 3 nights in Melbourne
    • 1 night in Alice Springs
    • 2 nights in Yulara
    • 3 nights in Cairns
    • 3 nights in Sydney

Comfortable transportation

  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada & Qantas
  • Air gateways available across Canada
  • Regional flights with Qantas

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

I / INSIDE

  • TWIN: $20,950
  • SINGLE: On Request

DD / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $21,250
  • SINGLE: On Request

D / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $21,350
  • SINGLE: On Request

C / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $21,450
  • SINGLE: On Request

VA / VERANDA

  • TWIN: $22,450
  • SINGLE: On Request

EARLY RESERVATION BONUS

Reserve your journey before January 31, 2019

AND SAVE UP TO 5%

ERB: SAVE 5%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 95% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by cheque or electronic bank transfer and we will deduct the remaining 5% off your journey’s fare.

ERB flex: SAVE 2%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 98% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by Visa, Mastercard or American Express and we will deduct the remaining 2% off your journey’s fare.

Should you not take advantage of the Early Reservation Bonus and decide to pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 off your journey’s fare.

Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.

All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

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Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Here is a list of the plans we offer:

  • Cancellation / Interruption
  • Emergency Medical
  • Seniors Emergency Medical
  • Annual Medical Plan
  • All Inclusive Annual Plan
  • Baggage and Personal effects

Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Days 1 & 2

DEPART FOR MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flights to Melbourne, Australia.
Overnight flight

Day 3

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Located on the south coast of Australia, Melbourne is the country’s second most populous city and offers no shortage of exciting attractions and friendly people. Upon arrival into Melbourne, embark on an orientation tour of the city, ending at the Botanic Gardens for a light lunch. After checking in to our hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening, we enjoy dinner together in the hotel restaurant, giving us the opportunity to get to know our fellow guests. (L,D)
Stamford Plaza, Melbourne (3 nights)

Day 4

PHILLIP ISLAND

Today, we drive into the Dandenong Ranges, which overlook the city. Board the historic steam train known as “Puffing Billy” to journey across the lush mountainside from Belgrave to Emerald Lakeside. After lunch on board, we drive to Phillip Island where, like every day at dusk, Little Penguins waddle up the beach in small groups. It is an amusing and unforgettable sight! Enjoy dinner at the island’s Interpretive Centre. (B,L,D)

Day 5

EXPLORING MELBOURNE

Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most cultural city, featuring Victorian architecture and spaciously landscaped parks. This morning, we take a closer look at the city, wandering the aisles of the famous Queen Victoria Market and absorbing the amazing views from the Eureka Skydeck. After a light lunch at a popular café, the afternoon is free for you to discover more of Melbourne. Dinner this evening is aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, which offers an interesting perspective of Melbourne’s leafy boulevards. (B,L,D)

Day 6

MELBOURNE TO ALICE SPRINGS

A flight today takes us to Alice Springs, the capital of the Red Centre region of Australia. Enjoy the panoramic views from ANZAC Hill. After lunch, we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base, one of the largest aeromedical organizations in the world. Check in to our hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing before a special dinner. Enjoy a delicious bush barbecue with music and entertainment, and experience the spirit of the outback through stories of the Aboriginal dreamtime. (B,L,D)

Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs (1 night)

 

Day 7

ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU

This morning, we begin our journey south to Uluru National Park and Yulara. As we travel through the desert, dotted with spinifex and desert oaks, Mount Conner stands majestically on our left. We enjoy a boxed lunch on board our coach. On arrival at Yulara this afternoon, we check in to our hotel before driving to Sunset Strip. The colour of Uluru changes depending on the time of day and the weather, but at sunset, the rock formation puts on a remarkable light show as it changes colour from red to orange to lilac in a matter of minutes. Dinner is at our hotel. (B,L,D)

Sails in the Desert, Yulara (2 nights)

Day 8

ULURU AND KATA TJUTA

Rise early to witness the beautiful desert sunrise over Uluru. Then, experience the great rock up-close and learn about Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru with a visit to the cultural centre. Our next stop is the Olgas, another rock formation that is called ‘Kata Tjuta’ by the Aboriginal people. Following lunch at our hotel, enjoy free time to relax around the pool or do some shopping in the village. This evening, we are in for a special treat with a unique outback experience; the Field of Lights exhibition. As darkness falls and the coloured lights of the 50 000 glass spheres gently come to life, we are seated for a delicious meal infused with bush tucker flavours. As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. This display is for a limited time, making the experience that much more memorable! (B,L,D)

Day 9

YULARA TO CAIRNS

Lunch is on your own at the airport as we board our flight to Cairns. Founded in 1876, Cairns has evolved from a rough frontier outpost, where the pubs nearly outnumbered the people, to an international cosmopolitan destination. Looking at the city today, it is hard to imagine that just 25 years ago, it was a sleepy little port from which resources such as sugar, timber, and beef were exported. We transfer to our hotel and enjoy dinner there. (B,D)
Pullman Cairns International (3 nights)

Day 10

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK AND KURANDA SCENIC RAIL

Tjapukai is an Aboriginal cultural park at Caravonica Lakes that includes five theatres, a museum, an art gallery, and a traditional Aboriginal camp. Spend the morning learning about Aboriginal culture, including a lesson on how to throw a boomerang! Following lunch, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a truly spectacular journey. Pass the massive Barron Falls and cross steep ravines to the unique rainforest village of Kuranda. Explore this pretty village before boarding the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which takes us skimming over the pristine rainforest canopy. This evening, dinner is at our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Nothing you have read or seen on film will prepare you for the reality of the Great Barrier Reef’s expansive underwater coral gardens. Boarding Quicksilver’s Wavepiercer catamaran, we sail to Agincourt Reef to spend time snorkelling and exploring the reef from the comfort of a semi-submarine, just one metre under water. While on board the catamaran, have your questions answered by a marine biologist and enjoy a smorgasbord lunch. We return to dry land after this spectacular day and drive back to our hotel for a relaxing dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 12

CAIRNS TO SYDNEY

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to the airport for our flight to Sydney. On arrival, transfer to our hotel, with time to check in and freshen up before an early dinner at the 360° restaurant atop Sydney Tower. This is an incredible dining experience that offers spectacular views of the city. (B,D)
Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney (2 nights)

Day 13

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

Today, discover the raw beauty of the Blue Mountains. After a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet some of Australia’s iconic wildlife; kangaroos, koalas and wallabies, our coach climbs into Blue Mountains National Park, where we stop for lunch in the village of Leura. The afternoon includes a drive to Echo Point and the Three Sisters at Katoomba. Then, take in the escarpment and rainforest from above on the Scenic Railway, Flyway, and Skyway, gliding past ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls. We return to Sydney and our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 14

EXPLORE SYDNEY & BOARD THE HOLLAND AMERICA MS NOORDAM

After a leisurely morning, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen. Enjoy the views of the harbour before beginning our adventure to New Zealand. Following lunch, board the Holland America MS Noordam, your home for the next fourteen days. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. (B,L,D)
Holland America MS Noordam (14 nights)

Days 15 & 16

DAYS AT SEA 

Enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Tasman Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 17

DAY AT SEA: CRUISING MILFORD SOUND

Milford Sound is the most famous of the inlets that make up Fiordland National Park, on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The terrain here is endlessly rugged, and arriving from the ocean, we are surrounded by an amphitheatre of sheer cliffs, glacier-carved inlets, tumbling waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. Looking down to the water, you may even spot dolphins dancing in the wake of the bow. (B,L,D)
Day 18

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

Founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers, Dunedin was envisaged as the ‘Edinburgh of the South.’ Our tour of the city commences with a visit to Glenfalloch Gardens for a Haggis Ceremony and morning tea. Next, stroll around the beautiful gardens at Larnach Castle, gazing out at panoramic views and enjoying lunch in the restaurant. We continue up the peninsula to the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Heads to view the nesting sites of these majestic birds. On the drive back to the city, pass the famous Dunedin Railway Station and St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Before boarding the ship, tour Olveston House, a masterpiece of modernity in the Edwardian era. (B,L,D) 
Included excursion: Panoramic Dunedin

Day 19

CHRISTCHURCH

Today, step back in time to a grand era of transport, seeing the city of Christchurch on the elegant and environmentally friendly Christchurch Tram, which carries us past city sights such as New Regent Street, Cathedral Square, the Avon River, and the Botanic Gardens. Disembark the tram for some free time in the city centre to wander the shops before our visit to the beautiful grounds at Rosebank Winery & Estate, where we enjoy a two-course lunch and a wine tasting. In the afternoon, learn about life at the South Pole at the International Antarctic Centre, where you can enjoy the thrilling and multi-sensory “Antarctic Storm” experience. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Christchurch for the Senses

Day 20

PICTON & MARLBOROUGH

This morning, disembark the ship in Picton’s Port Marlborough and depart on a scenic tour of Marlborough, which features time for shopping in Blenheim, a walk through Pollard Park gardens, and a tour of Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, one of the world’s largest collections of WWI aircraft and memorabilia. Delight in a wine tasting at a local winery and enjoy a scrumptious lunch. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Scenic Highlights of Marlborough

Day 21

WELLINGTON

Wellington clings to steep hillsides around a magnificent harbour at the southern tip of the North Island. Our tour of New Zealand’s capital includes Oriental Bay, Old St. Paul’s Church, and the Botanic Gardens. We then drive to Zealandia and the Karori Sanctuary for a guided tour of its regenerating native forest. Upon returning to the city, enjoy lunch on your own and spend some free time at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. When you have finished exploring, make your way back to the ship for dinner. (B,D)
Included excursion: Wonderful Wellington

Day 22

NAPIER

After a devastating earthquake and ensuing fire in 1931, the city of Napier was rebuilt in a predominantly art deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated. We begin the day in Hastings, at the Arataki Honey Visitor’s Centre, where we learn all about honey, meet the bees that make it, and taste the ten delicious varieties of Arataki honey. Upon returning to the city, get to know Napier’s unique architecture on a guided art deco walking tour. We return to the ship in the early afternoon for lunch on board before setting sail. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Honey Pots and Art Deco

Day 23

TAURANGA & ROTORUA

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s famous thermal region, Rotorua is renowned for its Maori cultural activities. After docking in the Port of Tauranga, travel inland by coach to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rotorua, visiting the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve at Te Puia and enjoying a Maori cultural performance and hangi lunch at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. In the afternoon, we are introduced to New Zealand’s natural flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs and watch sheep dogs at work at the Agrodome. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Geothermal Wonders

Day 24

AUCKLAND

Auckland is a modern city set on a narrow isthmus between the restless Tasman Sea and the calmer waters of the Pacific Ocean. Depart on a morning sightseeing tour that includes the Auckland waterfront area, Bastion Point, Mission Bay, and the Parnell shopping village, concluding at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Afterwards, savour a two-course lunch at Harbourside Bar and Grill, which boasts a stunning waterfront view. In the afternoon, stand on the glass floor of the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest tower in New Zealand. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Auckland Highlights

Day 25

WAITANGI (BAY OF ISLANDS)

This morning, we make our way up to the Waitangi Treaty House by foot for a guided tour and cultural performance. It was here in 1840 that Maori and British settlers signed an historic agreement that gave birth to the nation of New Zealand. The Maori Meeting House on the grounds is a superb example of the skills of Maori wood carvers and flax weavers. Enjoy free time to take in the views before heading back to the wharf to re-board our ship. (B,L,D)
Included excursion: Maori Heritage and Cultural Performance

Days 26 & 27

DAYS AT SEA 

Enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Tasman Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 28

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Spend one last day in Sydney before the journey home, exploring the historic Rocks area, China Town, Bondi Beach, and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. This point provides us with wonderful views of the Sydney Opera House. A luncheon cruise takes us around Sydney Harbour, the perfect way to complete our time in Australia. Arriving at our hotel, we check in and spend the afternoon relaxing and shopping. Dinner tonight is served at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney (1 night)

Day 19

HOME

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flights home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

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Journey Highlights





Aboard the MS Noordam

Named for the Northern compass point, the MS Noordam is an elegant Vista-class ship complete with the latest industry and environmental technologies. Her stylish interior features magnificent art from 19th century oil paintings to modern photographs of music greats like Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. While on board, guests enjoy endless possibilities of exploration and relaxation. Discover the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences or attend a hands-on workshop with America's Test Kitchen. Rejuvenate with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa or dine at the exquisite Pinnacle Grill.

The Immensity of Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Witness the unforgettable desert sunrise over Uluru, the red rock formation that rises majestically from the stillness of the Australian desert. We then experience the great rock up-close and take in the sheer immensity of this towering sandstone rock formation. A visit to the cultural centre will inform us on the Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru and the its cultural significance.

The Great Barrier Reef

Nothing you have read or seen on film will prepare you for the reality of the Great Barrier Reef’s expansive underwater coral gardens. It is on board a catamaran that you will experience this World Heritage–listed area that stretches across 2000 km of coastline! We sail to Agincourt Reef where you can enjoy time snorkelling and exploring the reef from the comfort of a semi-submarine, just one metre under water.

Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound

The lush fjords of New Zealand have one notable feature: they are blanketed in vegetation. Amongst them, the most imposing is Milford Sound, which twists through the Southern Alps. Due to its steep mountain sides that form the valley, the best way to explore the fjord is by ship. Here you can admire a landscape where granite peaks tower above rainforests clinging to the steep dark fjords. While navigating the calm waters, you will be lulled by the peaceful and dreamy ambience of this genuine national treasure.

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