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Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

22 Nights featuring Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Sydney and New Zealand

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

Departs: October 18, 2019

About This Journey

Journey with us to three of Australia’s best cities and their surrounding regions, and explore the country’s pristine beaches, cosmopolitan skylines, impeccable wines, abundance of wildlife and laid-back lifestyle. You’ll get to know Australia’s three major capitals: Sydney, the cultural capital; Melbourne, the culinary capital; and Adelaide, the wine capital. From Sydney, we will venture outside of the city to explore the Blue Mountains and enjoy an authentic Aussie BBQ in the countryside. From Melbourne, we’ll drive along the seaside cliffs of the Great Ocean Road and visit the iconic 12 Apostles. From Adelaide, we’ll wine and dine at one of the most famous wineries in Australia, then visit Kangaroo Island to spot kangaroos, koalas and other unique wildlife against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Then, embark on a Celebrity Cruises voyage to the best of New Zealand, where you’ll see towering fiords, visit quaint seaside villages and experience the culture of Polynesia. This is truly an epicurean Journey that is not to be missed!

Visits: Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Sydney, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga, Auckland and Bay of Islands, New Zealand; Celebrity Cruises, Solstice; Fall-Journey

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Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

Itinerary

Aboard Celebrity Solstice

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Melbourne, Australia. Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Dinner
2 Melbourne, Australia – City Tour
3 Melbourne, Australia – Tour of Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles
4 Melbourne, Australia to Adelaide, Australia – Hotel Check out, fly to Adelaide, hotel Check in
5 Adelaide, Australia – City Tour and Winery Visit
6 Adelaide, Australia – Tour of Kangaroo Island
7 Adelaide, Australia to Sydney, Australia – Hotel Check out, fly to Sydney and visit the Sydney Opera House. Hotel Check in
8 Sydney, Australia – Tour the Blue Mountains
9 Sydney, Australia – City Tour
10 Sydney, Australia – Hotel check out, transfer to the port for embarkation 5:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Hobart, Tasmania 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 At Sea
15 Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Milford Sound, New Zealand
16 Dunedin, New Zealand – Enjoy an included shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only  9:00 AM  7:00 PM
17 Akaroa, New Zealand 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
18 Picton, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
19 At Sea
20 Tauranga, New Zealand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
21 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
22 Auckland, New Zealand – Disembark ,City Tour and Hotel Check in
23 Auckland, New Zealand – Hotel Check out, transfer to the Airport for return flight 6:30 AM
 Visits: Sydney, A 
 

Land Package Highlights

Day 1: Arrival in Melbourne, Australia

Upon arrival at the airport in Melbourne, 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: Melbourne, Australia

Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne

Explore the highlights of Melbourne on this orientation tour of the Garden City. Begin with a visit to the Eureka Skydeck 88, a magnificent 92-story tower where you will have unparalleled 360-degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Next, proceed to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens which is a significant cultural site for the local people. You will participate in an Aboriginal Heritage Walk and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine. Melbourne is known for its delicious food and wine, and your next stop is at one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets for culinary delights! After lunch, visit the Melbourne Museum for a guided tour before ending back at the hotel. (B, L)

Day 3: Melbourne, Australia

The Twelve Apostles, Melbourne

The Twelve Apostles, Melbourne

Today we will venture outside of the city and drive along the dramatic southern coastline of the Great Ocean Road. These windswept shorelines and rugged cliffs are known as the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ because of an estimated 700 ships that have been lost here. We’ll pass surf beaches, whale lookouts, lush rain forests and majestic mountain ranges, punctured by stops in delightful seaside towns. A brief stop will be made at the town of Lorne before continuing to Apollo Bay, which features an historic downtown and serene beach. After lunch, we will continue to Port Campbell National Park, site of the Twelve Apostles. Few sights compare to this distinctive collection of eight towering limestone stacks (there used to be twelve, but several have collapsed) formed over the centuries by the pounding surf. Just a few minutes away is Loch Ard, a gorge so scenically primeval that numerous movies and TV shows have been shot here. Our return journey passes through rural farmlands and makes a quick comfort stop in Cobden before returning to Melbourne. (B, L)

Day 4: Melbourne to Adelaide, Australia

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group for dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Adelaide, Australia

Old Parliament Building, Adelaide

Old Parliament Building, Adelaide

Discover Adelaide’s easy-going charm as we tour the heart of the city. Travel along tree-lined streets, pass flower gardens and city parks, and see the historic Holy Trinity Church and Old Parliament Buildings. Then, venture to the outskirts of Adelaide and wind our way to the top of Mount Lofty. Here you can take in panoramic views of the city. We will then descend the mountain and make our way to Penfolds Magill Estate. If you appreciate Australian wines then you probably already know of the famous and highly collectible Penfolds Grange. And if you are a wine lover who has never tasted their wine, then you are in for a special treat! Penfolds Magill Estate is beautifully located at the base of the Mt. Lofty Ranges and is the perfect setting to sample marvelous wine. We will tour the estate and then enjoy an exclusive wine tasting of some of Penfolds Signature varieties. Following the tour, we will be treated to an exquisite lunch at the estate. We will then make our way back to Adelaide, where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 6: Adelaide, Australia

Flinders Chase National Park, Adelaide

Flinders Chase National Park, Adelaide

An early start this morning will see you transported to the airport for your one hour flight to Kangaroo Island. Once you arrive, it’s almost impossible not to relax. Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. We will visit some of the island’s breath-taking scenery, including bushland, beaches, rolling hills and rocky cliffs. Two of the ‘must see’ attractions include the amazing rock formations aptly named Remarkable Rocks and the natural cliff formation of Admiral’s Arch, which are both located in the Flinders Chase National Park. Kangaroo Island’s amazing scenery is coupled with an abundance of iconic Australian wildlife; most famous of which is the kangaroo. It’s also home to plenty of other native animals including rare birds, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and lots and lots of koalas! Another iconic location on Kangaroo Island is Seal Bay, where we’ll learn about the amazing lives of these endangered animals. Our day will include a gourmet picnic lunch in the Flinders Chase National Park, where the focus will be on the beautiful fresh produce and wines of Kangaroo Island. After a day of breath-taking scenery and wildlife spotting, we will make our way back to the airport for our return flight to Adelaide. (B, L)

Day 7: Adelaide to Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time to freshen up before heading out to see the Sydney Opera House. We will take a leisurely walk to the iconic landmark, then enjoy an exclusive guided tour and special dinner within the Opera House complex. Walk off dinner with a leisurely stroll back to the hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Sydney, Australia

Three Sisters Rock Formation, Blue Mountains

Three Sisters Rock Formation, Blue Mountains

Depart the city and follow the trail of Australia’s early explorers as you make your way into the Blue Mountains. Sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring giant rock formations, geological history and cascading waterfalls. Your mountain sightseeing takes you through numerous small towns and villages along the way. You will see the highlights of the mountains, including the famous Three Sisters rock formation, panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, Katoomba Falls and the Burragorang Valley. For a very different perspective of this rugged area, we will embark on the world’s steepest perpendicular railway to visit the canyon below. Then, we will return to the mountain top via the Scenic Cableway. After working up an appetite, enjoy a rustic meal in the heart of the mountains. We’ll experience a no-frills authentic Aussie BBQ surrounded by the natural beauty of the Megalong Valley. We will then make one last stop at the charming town of Leura before leaving the mountains and heading back to Sydney. (B, L)

Day 9: Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Today we will discover the highlights of Sydney! First we will drive through the historic ‘Rocks’ district, where Sydney’s history began. Then, head to the Sydney Eye Tower’s observation deck where you’ll have some time to enjoy 360-degree views of the city. Following this amazing experience, will go to ‘The Gap’ and the world-famous Bondi Beach. Located in the Eastern suburbs of the city, the cliff formations of the Gap and golden sands of Bondi Beach attract visitors and locals alike. We will then continue to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Following a delicious lunch, we will transfer back to the hotel, where you will have the rest of the evening at your leisure for last minute shopping and packing. (B, L)

Day 10: Sydney, Australia

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice. (B)

Day 11–15: Cruising

Day 16: Dunedin Shore Excursion

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Dunedin. Start your day with a panoramic coach tour of the city. You will visit the Dunedin Railway Station, with its distinctive architecture and embellishments, pass some of the historic buildings that give Dunedin its unique character, as well as Speights Brewery, home of the South Island’s favorite beer. Our next stop is Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin’s “must see” historic mansions. Here you will learn about the castle’s secrets and scandals on an exclusive guided tour. Then, enjoy a special treat for our Enrichment Journeys group – a delicious lunch served in the castle’s ornately-furnished ballroom! After lunch, we will travel to Signal Hill for a spectacular view of the city and Otago Harbour. Before heading back to the port, we will make our way to Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world. (L)

Day 17–21: Cruising

Day 22: Auckland Disembarkation

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and begin your tour of Auckland. See all the highlights, including Princes Wharf, Bastion Point Lookout and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. We will then stop at the quaint Parnell village, the oldest neighborhood in Auckland, where you will have free time to wander the streets and enjoy a lunch at your leisure. We will then head to the hotel for check-in, where you will have some time to freshen up before dinner. A farewell dinner will be held at a restaurant along the harbor. Combining the best of food, wine and locale, their menu always includes the very freshest local seafood and meats along with local produce and ingredients. This is the perfect way to end a trip of a lifetime! (D)

Day 23: Auckland, New Zealand

Check out of the hotel 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

Sydney, Australia: As your ship passes 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. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney – from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains. 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 fiord’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 fiords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rain forest 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 fiords in New Zealand, and the only one that can be accessed by road. It is approximately 9.9 miles from the head of the fiord to the open sea, which means visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean and return. Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, returning seasonally to the fiord, 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 fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord At 1,381 feet deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords 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 fiords 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 Fiordland 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.

Picton, New Zealand: A charming seaside town at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton was settled by early 19th century whalers. Today, it is a bustling seaport surrounded by award-winning restaurants, delightful local art galleries, water sports’ activities plus beautiful yet challenging nature trails. Or if you choose, take an adventurous hike along the famous Queen Charlotte track and experience the photogenic flora and unique fauna of New Zealand. Since the climate of Picton is always temperate, at any season, you can take in stunning costal views, mystical waterfalls and diverse wildlife.

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

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.

Hobart, Tasmania: Resting on the Derwent River isTasmania’s capital Hobart. Helicopter rides overlook Seven Mile Beach, Mount Wellington, and the River Derwent. From your ship, stroll the historic waterfront, enjoying street entertainers and stopping into pubs. Two historic pubs from the 1840s are the Customs House Hotel, a waterfront fixture, and the Shipwright Arms Hotel, at Battery Point. Browse Tasmanian Aboriginal art, including rare shell necklaces, paintings, prints, and more, at Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery. Blocks from the port, the Salamanca Arts Centre presents multiple artist studios, galleries, venues, and public spaces. Choose a memento, sip fair-trade coffee, and savor baked treats at the café.

Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

Included Features

  • Round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Nine-night pre-cruise land program in Australia
    • Melbourne, Australia—three-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Melbourne
      • Full-day city tour to the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles
    • Adelaide, Australia – three-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour and winery visit
      • Full-day tour to Kangaroo Island
    • Sydney, Australia – three-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour to the Sydney Opera House
      • Full-day city tour of Sydney
      • Full-day tour to the Blue Mountains
  • One-night post-cruise land program in New Zealand
    • Auckland, New Zealand—one-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
  • 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 on Ship
  • 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice
    • Exclusive Full-day Guided Shore Excursion in Dunedin, specifically created for Enrichment Journeys Guests
    • Choose 1 of the following (for Oceanview and higher): Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet or $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 22-night Enrichment Journey begins with a nine-night land program in Australia, followed by a 12-night cruise, and ending with a one-night land program in Auckland. Each day during the land portion will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of visits to both city landmarks and natural landscapes. Most days include 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels chosen include a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining and shopping. During the cruise 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 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 sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the 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 cities with their man-made wonders will contrast with Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. Melbourne is considered to be the cultural capital of Australia, with its abundance of museums and variety of restaurants.

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.

Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded.

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 weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable, cotton 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

Beneath the Southern Cross,  Judy Nunn

The Secret River, Kate Grenville

Eucalyptus, Murray Bail

A Biography of a Nation, Phillip Knightley

Green Mountains,  Bernard O’Reilly

The Bone People, Keri Hulme

The 1 Thing: A Small Epic Journey Down New Zealand’s Mother Road, Bob Moore

Travel Guides/ Blogs

www.sydney-travel-guide.org/

http://www.fodors.com/world/australia-and-the-pacific/australia/new-south-wales/sydney/

http://destination-nz.com/

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/new-zealand-travel-tips/

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/australia-travel-tips/

http://www.backpackingmatt.com/

Videos/Movies

Breaker Morant (movie)

The Castle (movie)

Jindabyne (movie)

The Lord of the Rings (movie)

Australia (movie)

Tracks (movie)

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 Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Melbourne – 12 Apostles Coach 3 hours
Melbourne – Adelaide Flight 1.5 hours
Adelaide – Kangaroo Island Flight 1 hour
Adelaide – Sydney Flight 2 hours

Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

Special Offers

Celebrity’s Go Big Better Best – Enhance your cruise with onboard amenities
(Applicable to bookings with 2 guests per stateroom and in an Oceanview or higher)

Applicable Bookings CHOOSE 1:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». NOTE: Offer expires 12/31/18. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

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

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Dates & Prices

Aboard Celebrity Solstice

10/18/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Inside (12) $11,065 $8,299 $2,766 CALL FOR DETAILS
Ocean View (8) $11,598 $8,699 $2,899 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe Veranda (2B) $11,998 $8,999 $2,999 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C3) $12,665 $9,499 $3,166 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Chicago $350 Los Angeles $0 Seattle $150
Dallas $300 New York $450 Toronto $350
Denver $350 San Francisco $100 Washington $400
Houston $300
– 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.

Journey to the Capitals & Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand

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
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne

443 Docklands Drive,
Docklands, Melbourne 3008 Australia

Phone: (61)(3) 8578 0000

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands hangs its hat in the regenerated Docklands precinct. Space is all-pervading here, giving guests the chance to breathe out upon arrival. Check-in to your city or river view room and enjoy feeling at home with high speed WiFi access and a 43-inch flat screen TV. During your stay, take full advantage of our signature Four Points bed, heated rooftop pool, 24-hour gym and in-room dining. Boasting easy access of the airport, and with 273 guest rooms and 500 square metres of versatile function space, we are an ideal choice for your stay. A few steps outside reveal the free tram line into Melbourne CBD as well as The District’s shops and entertainment. End a day of pleasure with local craft beer and tasty food. We understand that the best comforts in life are simple.

Peppers Waymouth (Adelaide)

55 Waymouth Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia

Telephone: +61 7 5665 4426

Positioned in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, Peppers Waymouth Hotel encompasses all the charm, personalised service and sophistication of the Peppers brand, in a unique city location. Designed with European flair, and located close to the stylish dining district, it is the ideal Adelaide accommodation base from which to explore this diverse city.
If relaxing and staying in is more your preference, you need not leave to enjoy a delicious dining experience. Essay Kitchen will take you on a food journey while Barketta offers an expansive menu best shared. Peppers Waymouth Hotel combines local South Australian produce and exceptional wines in both restaurant venues
Leaving no detail untouched, the rooms all feature marble bathrooms with deluxe fittings and floor to ceiling windows which are perfect for admiring the lights of the Adelaide City skyline with a glass of wine.

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.

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

396 Queen Street,
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand

Phone: (64)(9) 393 8240

Once you are ready to discover the best of Auckland, simply step on to Queen Street, the destination shopping centre in Auckland. Directly opposite the hotel is Auckland Art’s precinct, home to Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Comedy Club and Q Theatre. Wanting to explore further, within a 10-minute walk are universities, a range of restaurants and the waterfront. Returning after an energetic day in the city, experience uncomplicated comfort with our modern fresh design, complimentary high speed wifi, free in-room movies and honest kiwi service. For other pleasures take a break with one of our signature Best Brews in the Queens Head Bar & Eatery, work out in our fitness centre, or take in the view from our Roof Top Bar & Terrace located on the 20th floor.

Celebrity Solstice

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice® is one of our more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show℠. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies℠” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.

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Preparing for Your Trip

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.

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.

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 item 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)

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 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.

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 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 on 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.

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 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

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can 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.

For entry into New Zealand, if you are a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for a visa waiver and do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.  You must have a valid passport.  Visit the New Zealand Embassy website for the most current visa information.

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

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Australia and New Zealand.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

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, 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.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is 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 and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce, especially within Australia and New Zealand.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Australia uses 240/250v and New Zealand uses 230v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

Australia is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and is 14 hours ahead of New York City.

New Zealand is on New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) and is 16 hours ahead of New York.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on the this 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.

Click here to view exchange rates.

Australian Banknotes:

Banknotes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coins represent 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins

New Zealand Banknotes:

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coins represent 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Australia and New Zealand 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 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.

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
Melbourne 79/59 79/61 75/57 70/54 63/50 57/43 57/43 59/45 63/48 68/50 72/54 75/57
Adelaide 82/64 79/63 75/61 70/52 64/52 59/48 57/46 59/48 63/50 68/54 73/57 75/61
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

 

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

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:

Away with the pixiesdreaming.
Example: She’s not listening. She’s in love and away with the pixies.

Bob’s yer uncle: if you do this (whatever is said first) it will work or be all right.
Example: Just add some extra water and Bob’s yer uncle.

Fifty k’s south of Woop Woop: in the middle of nowhere
Example: He wants to go camping 50 k’s south of Woop Woop.

Full as a goog: drunk or eaten to the excess.
Example: That was a great meal. I am full as a goog.

New Zealand

bun-fight: social gathering with food

buggered: exhausted

boohai: awry, out of the way non-existent place
Example: up the boohai shooting pukeko’s with a long-handled shovel

crikey dick!: gosh! wow!

cods wollop: untrue statement or remark is referred to as a “load of cods wollop”.

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.

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.

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