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Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand

20 Nights featuring Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and New Zealand

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, Baggage Handling, and more!

Departs: March 8, 2020

About This Journey

Australia and New Zealand are often at the top of travelers’ lists—and for good reason. From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, and from the sheep-dotted plains of New Zealand to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscapes and sophisticated cities. On this Enrichment Journey, you will experience the incredible culture, famous icons and pristine natural environments of these fascinating destinations. You will discover unique fauna and flora in Australia’s tropical rainforests and swim with colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef. You will stand in awe of Uluru’s monolith, Ayers Rock, during sunrise, listen to Aboriginal stories in the Outback’s “red center,” and marvel at the Opera House in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney. Then, board the Radiance of the Seas for an unforgettable cruise to New Zealand. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, explore windy Wellington on an exclusive Shore Excursion, and indulge in the region’s prized wines. On this remarkable journey, you will enjoy an unforgettable exploration of the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.
Visits: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Ayers Rock, Melbourne, Australia; Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand; Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas

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Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Cairns – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Cairns – Rainforest, Kuranda & Skyrail Tour
3 Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Tour
4 Cairns to Ayer’s Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta
5 Ayer’s Rock – Uluru at Sunrise and Cultural Center Tour
6 Ayer’s Rock to Sydney – Sydney Opera House Tour
7 Sydney – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 4:30 PM
8 At Sea
9 At Sea
10 Cruising Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 Dunedin, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 Akaroa, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
13 Wellington, New Zealand – Included Shore Excursion 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Tauranga, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Auckland, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
17 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 8: 00 AM 5:00 PM
18 At Sea
19 At Sea
20 Sydney – Disembark and City Tour 6:30 AM
21 Sydney – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight
 

Land Package Highlights

Day 1 – Arrive in Cairns Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Day 2 – Cairns Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby to begin an exciting day in Kuranda. Transfer by coach to Freshwater Station where you will board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Once aboard, experience the old-world charm of travelling in authentic timber carriages, gently meandering past breathtaking scenery. A spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls awaits within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. Once in Kuranda, you will have the chance to explore the area. Kuranda is the aboriginal word for ‘village in the rainforest,’ and over the years it has taken on a distinctive character as a popular visitor destination in its own right. Afterwards, a special Enrichment surprise looms as no trip to

Koala

Koala

Australia is incomplete without seeing a Koala. Take a guided tour of Koala Gardens before sitting down to a group lunch. Our visit to the rainforest continues on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and deep into the forest. Spanning 4.6 miles, Skyrail has comfortable six person gondola cabins which glide just yards above the canopy, providing uninterrupted views of the rainforest, Cairns’ tropical region, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations where you can learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. (B, L)

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Day 3 – Cairns For an experience of a lifetime, explore the Great Barrier Reef. A friendly and knowledgeable crew will transfer you by boat to a pontoon located at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, providing access to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Snorkeling is included in this experience, at a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You also have the option to dive (additional cost), stay dry by exploring the reef from the comfort of a semi-sub just one yard underwater, and watch a fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. You’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder. The cruise includes lunch and afternoon tea. (B, L)

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Day 4 – Cairns to Ayer’s Rock Check-out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your early morning flight to Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is one of Australia’s most identifiable icons. The large sandstone rock formation lies in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park approximately 279 miles southwest from Alice Springs. The Ayers Rock site is considered sacred to the local Aborigines. The rock’s color changes spectacularly with the sunrise and sunset, gradually turning to various shades of red as it fades into or out of the night. To the west of Ayers Rock and standing more than 1600 feet above the plain, are the gigantic domes of Kata Tjuta / Mt. Olga, the traditional name meaning “many heads.” In fact, there are thirty-six domes! Upon arrival to the area, start your tour with a walk down the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge. Then travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the immense 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Hear of the domes’ formation, once thought to have been a single rock, many times the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn of the flora and fauna of the region – some of the plants you will see are so rare that they are only found in and around these rocky formations. After your tour, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch before checking in. You will have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy the hotel facilities, pool, participate in some of the free activities or just relax from your busy morning. (B, L)

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Day 5 – Ayer’s Rock Rise early to watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in a fantastic array of ever changing colors. On the tour around the base of the rock, see ancient rock-paintings, water holes and hear stories of Aboriginal legends. Travel to the Cultural Centre and Maruku Arts and Craft Coop to learn more of this ancient culture. The rest of the day at leisure at your hotel, with activities including indigenous art markets, guided garden walks, self-guided garden walks, bush yarns, cultural dance workshop, spear & boomerang throwing, wakagetti cultural dancers, and interactive didgeridoo playing. Tonight, an evening of beauty in the desert awaits you. Experience the Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Enjoy a self-guided walk around the magical light display before returning to the hotel for a delicious buffet dinner. (B, D)

Opera House

Opera House

Day 6 – Ayer’s Rock to Sydney After a leisurely morning at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. As the airport is small, a boxed lunch will be provided. Transfer to your hotel in Sydney, where you will check in and have some free time to freshen up. This evening, meet your guide in the lobby and walk a short distance to the Sydney Opera House. Here, we will enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the iconic ‘House’. Following the tour, enjoy the evening at your leisure to stroll along the harbour and enjoy dinner at one of the many eating establishments in the vicinity. (B, L)

 

Kangaroos

Kangaroos

Day 7 – Sydney Today we will spend a couple hours visiting some friendly kangaroos before embarking the ship. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Upon arrival, the tour manager will introduce the park and some of the park’s residents, which includes a native dingo and wombat. Ample free time is provided to explore this delightful attraction and view the animals and native fauna at your own pace. For a truly great interactive experience with the kangaroos, you may wish to purchase some feed and engage in the fun of hand-feeding them. Afterwards, we will depart and head to the port, where you will board the Radiance of the Seas for a 13-night cruise to New Zealand. (B)

Day 8-12 – Cruise onboard the Radiance of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

Wellington Cable Car

Day 13 – Wellington Shore Excursion After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Wellington! This full-day city sights tour will take in all the highlights. Your tour starts with a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, famed for its beautiful wood interior. Next, we will take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car up the hill to the Botanical Gardens. Here we will enjoy the views and gardens before sitting down for a morning tea. After a relaxing view of the gardens you will travel around the bays to Mt. Victoria for a photo stop. Complete your day at the Te Papa museum, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. Here we will enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the museum. We will then head back to the awaiting ship. (L)

Day 14-19 – Cruise onboard the Radiance of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

View from the Sydney Opera House

Day 20 – Sydney Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Radiance of the Seas and meet your guide for a full-day city tour of Sydney. First we will drive through the historic ‘Rocks’ district. This is where Sydney was born and your guide will recount the history and stories of the early days. As you pass through the city, you will see the historic Queen Victoria Building and the ever-growing Darling Harbour and King Street Wharf district. Next, it’s onto ‘The Gap’ and the world famous Bondi Beach. Located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, the cliff formations of the Gap and golden sands of Bondi Beach attract visitors year-round from all corners of the world. At Bondi, you will have free time to stretch your legs, have lunch and stroll along the esplanade. Afterwards, we will depart and head to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. Here you will stop for the quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. We will then head to the hotel for check-in, where you will have some time to relax and freshen up. This evening, indulge in a delicious buffet dinner at the Sydney Eye Tower restaurant while enjoying breath-taking views of city. (B, D)

Day 21 – Sydney Check out of the hotel and say farewell to the Land Down Under. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Optional 1-night Cairns hotel stay available, see “Special Offers” for more information.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Sydney, Australia: As your ship passes Sydney’s Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Milford Sound, New Zealand: Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fjord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 3,280 feet. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Despite being one of the most accessible fjords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest rain or shine, Milford Sound continues to captivate even the most experienced traveler. At the pinnacle of Milford Sound is the magnetizing Mitre Peak – standing a proud 5,551 feet above sea level, it is certainly an impressive sight to behold. Milford Sound is by far the best known of all of the fjords in New Zealand, and the only one that can be accessed by road. It is approximately 9.9 miles from the head of the fjord to the open sea, which means visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fjord to open ocean and return. Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, returning seasonally to the fjord, collecting the much prized pounamu (greenstone). These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes such as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. The Maori named the sound Piopiotahi after the thrush-like piopio bird, which is now extinct. In 1912, John Grono was the first European settler to land in the sound. He named Milford Sound after Milford Haven in Wales.

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand: Sometimes called “the Sound of Silence”, there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. The fjord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fjordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fjord At 1,381 feet deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fjords and is long and winding with three distinct ‘arms’ and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 25 miles.

Dusky Sound, New Zealand: One of the most complex fjords on New Zealand’s southern coast, Dusky Sound is a place of serene beauty, accessible today only by sea or air. European explorers first spotted this treasure when Captain Cook and his crew happened upon its opening in the late 18th century. Although they returned to explore its waters months later, Cook and his crew named it Dusky Sound for the time of night when they first found it. A breeding site for Fjordland Penguins, Dusky Sound is an important bird area, with a wealth of bird life to be found here. This remote, untouched region is also home to a wide range of sea life. Seals and dolphins are often sighted in the sound’s waters and occasionally visited by whales. The Seaforth River is the largest of many small rivers and creeks which flow into the sound.

Dunedin, New Zealand: Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand,” Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand’s only kilt maker and whiskey distillery—as well as many bagpipe bands—keep Dunedin’s ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush.

Akaroa, New Zealand: On the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children. The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand’s existence as a British colony. With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa’s heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector’s dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area’s secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand’s capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, “wonderful, windy Wellington” is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funneling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco. Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot.

Tauranga, New Zealand: New Zealand’s natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay after he was able to replenish his ship’s provisions, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua—a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction.

Auckland, New Zealand: Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand’s fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland. Auckland served as New Zealand’s capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand: The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand’s early settlers. The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand

Included Features

  • Round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in Australia
    • Cairns, Australia – three-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour of the Rainforest, Kuranda and Skyrail
      • Full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef
    • Ayers Rock, Australia – two-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Mt. Olga & Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park
      • Half-day tour of Uluru at sunrise and cultural center
      • Evening dinner and Field of Light experience
    • Sydney, Australia – one-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Australia
    • Sydney, Australia – one-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Farewell dinner
  • Tour leader throughout land programs and local hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 13-night sailing aboard the Radiance of the Seas
    • Exclusive full-day guided Shore Excursion in Wellington, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical and outdoor sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the natural environment or age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

One of the most popular destinations on the planet, Australia and New Zealand beckons to travelers. Australia is unique in its contrasting landscapes of desert, white sand beaches, and rainforests. Cosmopolitan Sydney with its man-made wonders like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge will contrast with Uluru’s natural immensity and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. A taste of aboriginal history will captivate travelers as they witness a culture more than 50,000 years old.

Rivaling Australia’s natural beauty, New Zealand has been the backdrop for movies like the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, being deemed “The real middle earth,” for its unique and diverse geography. From jagged mountains, sheep-dotted hills, striking fjords, pristine beaches, tranquil lakes and active volcanoes, New Zealand is characterized not only by its diverse beauty, but the unique wildlife it serves as home to as well. Auckland welcomes lovers of boating and the sea.

You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Australia: Walkabout by James V. Marshall

Australia: Beneath the Southern Cross by Judy Nunn

Australia: The Secret River by Kate Grenville

New Zealand: Do They Speak English Down There? by Sucan C Tunney

New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Films

Australia: Australia (2008)

Australia: Walkabout (1971)

Australia: Gallipoli (1981)

Australia: The Castle (1997)

New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 2000 in New Zealand

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Sydney – Ayers Rock Airplane 3.5 Hours
Ayers Rock – Cairns Airplane 2.5 Hours
Cairns – Sydney Airplane 3 Hours

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Special Offers

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

1-night Cairns Extension (pre)
With this optional extension you will arrive to Cairns one day early, giving you time to rest, get over jetlag and explore the city on your own before the Enrichment Journey program starts. Note: tours are not included. Price: $99 per person

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Cairns with breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

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Dates & Prices

 

3/8/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
8N (Oceanview) $9,999 $7,499 $2,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
6D (Balcony) $10,399 $7,799 $2,600 CALL FOR DETAILS
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Charlotte $300 Miami $350 Seattle $200
Chicago $300 Orlando $350 Toronto $350
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 San Diego $200 Toronto $350
Denver $200 Philadelphia $350 Washington-Dulles $300
Los Angeles $0 Phoenix $300 San Francisco $200
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Bailey by Crystalbrook Hotel

163 Abbott Street
Cairns, Australia

Telephone: 1300 00 20 50
Email: reservations@crystalbrookcollection.com

The brand new 5-star Bailey, a luxury Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, provides a modern accommodation to stay in Cairns. Modern, innovative and with an appreciation for the arts, Bailey celebrates originality and individuality. All 217 rooms come with fast and free Wi-Fi, Apple iPad Control Center, Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming, up to 200 recent release complimentary movies, rainforest shower, Nespresso machine with recyclable pods and much more! Bailey is a food lovers haven with an enviable selection of stunning on-site restaurants designed to cater to any mood or occasion.

Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort

Yulara Drive | Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)2 8296 8010

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

In a destination where one of the world’s oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, color and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert’s modern design. More than luxury accommodation, Sails in the Desert hotel is a destination of exploration and indulgence.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

30 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia

Telephone: +61-2-9259-7000

Set in the heart of the city, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay boasts an ideal location and luxury amenities. Relax in our spacious rooms and suites outfitted with plush bedding and perks like mini-refrigerators and mini-bars. Indulge at our delicious, locally-sourced restaurants. Guests are also invited to take advantage of our fitness facility and sparkling indoor pool.

Royal Caribbean International

After 40 years of cruising, Royal Caribbean has learned a thing or two about innovation at sea. There’s only one rule: Anything is possible. We push the limits of the imagination for a vacation that exceeds every expectation. The vacation you deserve. We call it the Royal AdvantageSM – our promise to give you the most innovative ships, exciting worldwide destinations and best personalized service to each and every guest.

With hundreds of destinations in 72 countries on 6 continents to choose from, all you have to do is pick a spot and go. While you sail, enjoy first-at-sea experiences on our innovative ships such as the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing walls, zip line, ice-skating rink, AquaTheater shows and Boardwalk® carousel. Whether you’re lounging at the pool, enjoying a gourmet meal in the dining room, relaxing with a massage in the spa or taking a break in your room, you will be wowed by our Gold Anchor Service®.

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance. Should you exceed the baggage allowance, you will be charged additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To easily pass through security screenings, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline weight and size restrictions.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips outside the United States. You must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of October, 2018 most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days should obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. You must apply for your ETA prior to departure. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Money Matters

Australia uses the Australian Dollar ($), currency code AUD

New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($), currency code NZD

Click here for current exchange rates

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money. You may need multiple currencies on the trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Ayers Rock 99/71 96/69 92/63 84/55 74/47 68/41 69/39 73/42 84/52 89/59 93/65 96/68
Sydney 80/67 80/67 78/64 73/58 69/53 64/48 63/46 66/48 70/52 74/56 75/60 79/64
Auckland 73/60 74/61 72/58 68/55 63/52 59/48 58/46 59/47 61/49 64/52 67/55 70/58

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F        5° C = 41° F        15° C = 59° F       25° C = 77° F       35° C = 95° F

0° C = 32° F         10° C = 50° F       20° C = 68° F       30° C = 86° F       40° C = 104° F

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Australia:

Sydney – 30

Ayers Rock – 2,831

New Zealand:

Auckland – 643

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Australia and New Zealand

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Thongs (Aus) or Jandals (NZ): Flip Flops
  • Togs: Swimsuit
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Quay (pronounced “key”): Warf
  • CBD (Central Business District): Downtown
  • Handle: Pint of beer
  • Sunnies: Sunglasses
  • Torch: Flashlight

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Australia and New Zealand before you embark on your Journey.

Australia

  • Koalas outnumber the total human population about 5 to 1!
  • The name “Australia” comes from the Latin world “australis”, meaning southern.
  • It is estimated that humans have lived in Australia for around 45,000 years.
  • Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.
  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902.
  • Australia is the only place in the world where you can still find the lung fish, which is a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
  • The largest Greek population in the world besides Athens in Greece, can be found in Melbourne, Victoria.

New Zealand

  • In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.
  • The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand.
  • Organized commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.
  • Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street.

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