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Journey to the Australian Outback & New Zealand III

22 Nights featuring Ayers Rock, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and New Zealand Journey to the Australian Outback & New Zealand

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: February 18, 2021
(Sailing February 24, 2021)

About This Journey

Australia and New Zealand are often at the top of travelers’ list—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 Ovation of the Seas for an unforgettable cruise to Tasmania and New Zealand. Explore Tasmania on an exclusive shore excursion, bask in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, 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: Please add the ship, supplier and individual port cities during the cruise, plus copy/paste anything additional listed in the PR

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Itinerary

Start Date: February 18, 2021
(Sailing February 24, 2021)

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 Ayers Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta
5 Ayers Rock – Uluru at Sunrise and Cultural Center
6 Ayers Rock to Sydney – Visit Sydney Opera House
7 Sydney – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 6:45 PM
8 At Sea
9 Hobart, Tasmania – Included Shore Excursion 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
13 Dunedin, New Zealand 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Christchurch, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
15 Picton, New Zealand 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
16 Wellington, New Zealand 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 Tauranga, New Zealand 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
19 Auckland, New Zealand 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 At Sea
22 Sydney – Disembark and City Tour 6:30 AM
23 Sydney – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

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)

Day 2 – Cairns

Kuranda Skyrail

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.

Koala in Tree

Afterwards, a special Enrichment surprise looms as no trip to Australia is complete 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)

Day 3 – Cairns

Sea Turtle in Great Barrier Reef

Today you’ll have an experience of a lifetime—exploring the magic of the Great Barrier Reef! A friendly and knowledgeable crew will transfer you by boat to two dedicated mooring locations with some of the best snorkeling reef around. All snorkel equipment is included, as well as a ride in a semi-submersible vessel where the underwater world comes alive. All activities are based from the back of the vessel on purpose-built platforms that provide direct access to the beautiful Pacific blue waters. For an additional cost, you also have the option of scuba diving or snorkeling alongside a marine biologist. The cruise includes lunch and afternoon tea. You will surely have a marvelous time on this unique excursion, and will bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder! (B, L)

Note: guests not wishing to snorkel should inquire about land-based alternatives for learning about the reef.

Day 4 – Cairns to Ayers Rock

Ayers 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)

Day 5 – Ayers Rock

Ayers 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)

Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney

Sydney Opera House

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 harbor and enjoy dinner at one of the many eating establishments in the vicinity. (B, L)

Day 7 – Sydney

Feeding Kangaroos

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 – Cruise onboard the Ovation of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 9 – Hobart Shore Excursion

Hobart, Australia

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Hobart! This well-rounded tour of the Apple Isle’s capital city includes spectacular scenery, wonderful food and wine and unique wildlife. Your journey begins at the top–with a visit to Mount Wellington for panoramic views over the city and harbor. As you make your way down the mountain, you will visit the wonderfully renovated historic warehouse district of Salamanca and the elegant 19th century mansions and cottages at Battery Point. The heartbeat of Hobart is its working harbor, which you will pass as you enjoy your sightseeing tour of the city. Next, you will continue to the historic town of Richmond which fast becoming known for its wonderful food and wine. In fact, the wine region in the Coal River Valley is where you will stop for lunch at one of the local winery restaurants. Following lunch, it is onto the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which provides help for rescued animals. The park’s wildlife residents include koalas, kangaroos, wombats and the famous Tasmanian devil. A visit with some of Australia’s iconic Aussie wildlife will be the perfect way to end your visit to Hobart. (L)

Day 10-21 – Cruise onboard the Ovation of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 22 – Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Ovation 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 23 – Sydney

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

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

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Hobart. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand: Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours are a popular way to explore.

 

 

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

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: Dusky Sound was named by Captain James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand in 1770. He did not enter the sound because it was getting dark and named it Dusky Bay. The Maori name for the sound is Tamatea after the legendary explorer who travelled the full length of the North and South Islands in his waka/canoe, the Takitimu. On Cook’s second voyage in 1773, when he spent several weeks exploring the fiord, he met several Ma¯ori family groups. They were Nga¯ti Mamoe iwi who lived in Dusky Sound and other remote fiords as fugitives of northern tribal battles and formed the basis for romantic and exaggerated legends of a “lost tribe”.

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand: Dunedin is a great place for people of all ages and lifestyle. Situated on the south eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, capital of the Otago Region, a city by the sea, surrounded by beautiful lofty hills, gracious distinguished buildings and white sandy beaches is Dunedin – a city to intrigue and enchant. It has everything from the ultimate geography for outdoor recreations, a vibrant nightlife with top class entertainment/theatre/music/restaurants/arts.

 

 

Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand: Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch – just like the rest of New Zealand – is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. Internationally famed ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch’s well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city’s founding fathers.

There is something different to see and do within one or two hours’ drive of Christchurch, in any direction. To the east lie the open ocean and Banks Peninsula, featuring sheltered bays, sandy beaches, bush clad valleys, rocky coastline and high, wild places.

Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand: The bustling port of Picton is the terminal for inter-island ferries, and gateway to the ‘Mainland’, the South Island’s self-proclaimed nickname. The town dates from 1827 when John Guard established a whaling station in the sounds, and soon after the port began to ship produce from the Waiau Plains. Today it serves mainly as a transit centre for Cook Strait travellers, and boasts a wide choice of accommodations and fine restaurants with delicious seafood fresh from the sounds. There are indoor/outdoor cafés on the waterfront and a good selection of arts, crafts and souvenirs.

 

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand: Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbor, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, Wellington is a truly ‘walking city’. Here you’ll find a unique blend of national treasures, arts and culture, gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty, making Wellington the ultimate urban destination in New Zealand.

 

Tauranga, New Zealand: Tauranga is located at the western end of the Bay of Plenty, on the North Island’s central eastern coast. It is built around Tauranga Harbour and the surrounding region is a fertile fruit growing district. It is sheltered to the west by the Kaimai Ranges and to the east by Matakana Island.

Tauranga, New Zealand

The city is home to Gate Pa, the site of an historic battle between local Maori and European settlers. Artillery and earthworks can still be seen at the site. Tauranga’s major attractions are boating, surfing and fishing, and a host of other activities such as water skiing, diving and windsurfing. The city also has some interesting historical buildings and attractions, such as Tauranga Historic Village/Museum. Nearby Mt Maunganui is built on a long sandy peninsula and can be reached by the harbor bridge or via the coast road. At the tip of the peninsula is Mt Maunganui itself. This bush clad hill has several walking tracks and excellent views of the area.

 

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. The city and suburbs cover an area of 60 square kilometres, with many of the suburbs having their own unique character. The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbors, the Waitemata to the East and the Manukau to the West. Water sports are a pastime enjoyed by a large number of Aucklanders and the city enjoys the reputation as being known as the ‘City of Sails’ due the number of yachts which sail in the harbors and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

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Included Features

  • Roundtrip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in Australia
    • Cairns, Australia – 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour of the Rainforest, Kuranda and Skyrail
      • Full-day tour to the Great Barrier Reef
    • Ayers Rock, Australia – 2-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 – 1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Australia
    • Sydney, Australia – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Farewell dinner
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 15-night sailing aboard Ovation of the Seas
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Hobart, Tasmania, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% Off Shore Excursions (see “Special Offers”)
    • Book a Balcony and receive $300 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys
    • Book an Oceanview and receive $150 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys

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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.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Cairns – Ayers Rock: 2.5 Hour Flight

Ayers Rock – Sydney:  3.5 Hour Flight

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

1-night Cairns Extension (pre-cruise)

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 of $99 per person includes:

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

1-night Sydney Extension (post-cruise)

Want more time in Sydney? With this optional extension you will stay an additional night in Sydney after your cruise, giving you time to continue exploring the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $190 per person includes:

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

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Dates & Prices
2/18/2021 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Oceanview (2N) $10,399 $7,799 $2,600 CALL FOR DETAILS
Ocean-facing Balcony (6D) $10,532 $7,899 $2,633 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

 

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Charlotte $300 Orlando $350 Seattle $200
Chicago $300 Philadelphia $350 Tampa $350
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Phoenix $300 Toronto $350
Denver $200 San Diego $200 Washington – Dulles $300
Los Angeles $0 San Francisco $200 Miami $350
– 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.

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.

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas opens up exotic shores and untamed Northern landscapes — not to mention a world of elevated experiences onboard. It’s scenery scoping from an unrivaled perspective. From glacial views to Coral Sea hues, this cruise ship takes you to great heights and Down Under. Depart from three distinct regions — Seattle and Vancouver, Sydney and Singapore, and Honolulu — to discover some of the greatest wonders of the world. Whether you’re suiting up for an aerial adventure on the only skydiving simulator at sea or sipping expertly crafted cocktails with a splash of cutting-edge tech, you’re in for a full-on cruise vacation reboot that takes you from day to night. The Ovation of the Seas offers a wide selection of adventure, cruise activities and dining experiences onboard.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

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. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make 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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its 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. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

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.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, 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 guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

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.

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 your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some 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 speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers 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 and outside the United States. So 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.

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, 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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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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 July 2019, 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.

Note: as of July 2019, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to New Zealand are required to obtain a New Zealand visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (NZETA) to visit New Zealand. To determine your visa requirements for New Zealand, please visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/ or download the ETA mobile app. Most visitors to New Zealand will also be subject to a $35.00 NZD International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This fee enables multiple entries into New Zealand and is payable at the time you obtain your visa or ETA.

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 box 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.

Local Currency

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

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

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

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.

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. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. 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. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

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 departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

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

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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

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 key words and 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

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit 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.

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.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • 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 Susan C Tunney
  • New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Travel Guides

Films

  • Australia: Australia (2008)
  • Australia: Walkabout (1971)
  • Australia: Gallipoli (1981)
  • Australia: The Castle (1997)
  • Australia: Tracks (2013) Outback
  • New Zealand: Whale Rider (2002)
  • New Zealand: Boy (2010)
  • New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 2000 in New Zealand

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