Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, Baggage Handling, and more!
Departs: April 18, 2020
Australia’s rugged outback, New Zealand’s sweeping landscapes and Polynesia’s paradise islands await you. These locations may seem like a world away, but this Enrichment Journey will bring you to the heart of each Pacific nation where you will experience the incredible culture, famous icons and pristine natural environments of these fascinating destinations. Stroll through tropical rainforests and snorkel around the world’s largest coral reef. Stand in awe of Uluru’s monolith, Ayers Rock, in Australia’s “Red Centre” during sunrise, and sit under a starlit sky in the middle of the Outback. Marvel at the Opera House in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney and hand-feed a friendly kangaroo. From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, the land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscapes and sophisticated cities. After 7 days of exploring Australia, you will embark the Celebrity Solstice for a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Honolulu. This cruise makes awe inspiring stops at several beautiful Polynesian Islands. From New Zealand to Tahiti, you will surely disembark in Honolulu feeling that you have visited a world apart.
Visits: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns, and Port Douglas, Australia; Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand; Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Hilo, Lahaina (Maui), Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii; ocean-crossing; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Solstice; Outdoors
|1||Arrive Cairns – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Cairns – Rainforest, Kuranda & Skyrail Tour|
|3||Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Tour|
|4||Cairns to Ayer’s Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta|
|5||Ayer’s Rock – Uluru at Sunrise and Cultural Center Tour|
|6||Ayer’s Rock to Sydney – Sydney Opera House Tour|
|7||Sydney – Sydney City Tour|
|8||Sydney – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|11||Bay Of Islands, New Zealand||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|12||Auckland, New Zealand||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|14||At Sea and Crossing the International Dateline|
|16||Papeete, Tahiti, Frrench Polynesia||10:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|17||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||8: 00 AM||6:00 PM|
|23||Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii||8:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|24||Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii – Disembark and Transfer to Airport||7:00 AM|
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 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 Victorian-inspired carriages with club class lounge seating, gently meandering past breathtaking scenery. A spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls awaits within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. Once in Kuranda, you will have the chance to explore the area. Kuranda is the aboriginal word for ‘village in the rainforest,’ and over the years it has taken on a distinctive character as a popular visitor destination in its own right. Afterwards, a special Enrichment surprise looms as no trip to
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 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: If you do not wish to snorkel, click here for information about our land-based alternative for learning about the reef.
Day 4 – Cairns to Ayer’s Rock Check-out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your early morning flight to Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is one of Australia’s most identifiable icons. The large sandstone rock formation lies in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park approximately 279 miles southwest from Alice Springs. The Ayers Rock site is considered sacred to the local Aborigines. The rock’s color changes spectacularly with the sunrise and sunset, gradually turning to various shades of red as it fades into or out of the night. To the west of Ayers Rock and standing more than 1600 feet above the plain, are the gigantic domes of Kata Tjuta / Mt. Olga, the traditional name meaning “many heads.” In fact, there are thirty-six domes! Upon arrival to the area, start your tour with a walk down the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge. Then travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the immense 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Hear of the domes’ formation, once thought to have been a single rock, many times the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn of the flora and fauna of the region – some of the plants you will see are so rare that they are only found in and around these rocky formations. After your tour, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch before checking in. You will have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy the hotel facilities, pool, participate in some of the free activities or just relax from your busy morning. (B, L)
Day 5 – Ayer’s Rock Rise early to watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in a fantastic array of ever changing colors. On the tour around the base of the rock, see ancient rock-paintings, water holes and hear stories of Aboriginal legends. Travel to the Cultural Centre and Maruku Arts and Craft Coop to learn more of this ancient culture. The rest of the day at leisure at your hotel, with activities including indigenous art markets, guided garden walks, self-guided garden walks, bush yarns, cultural dance workshop, spear & boomerang throwing, wakagetti cultural dancers, and interactive didgeridoo playing. Tonight, an evening of beauty in the desert awaits you. Experience the Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Enjoy a self-guided walk around the magical light display before returning to the hotel for a delicious buffet dinner. (B, D)
Day 6 – Ayer’s Rock to Sydney After a leisurely morning at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. As the airport is small, a boxed lunch will be provided. Transfer to your hotel in Sydney, where you will check in and have some free time to freshen up. This evening, meet your guide in the lobby and walk a short distance to the Sydney Opera House. Here, we will enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the iconic ‘House’. Following the tour, enjoy the evening at your leisure to stroll along the harbour and enjoy dinner at one of the many eating establishments in the vicinity. (B, L)
Day 7 – Sydney Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing to 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 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. After the photo stop, a delicious lunch will be served at a nearby café. After lunch, 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 time to stretch their legs, stroll along the esplanade, or perhaps grab a coffee or ice cream and just enjoy the views. (B, L)
Day 8 – Sydney After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 16-night cruise to Hawaii. (B)
Day 9-24 – Cruise onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 25 – Honolulu Disembarkation – Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Optional 2-night Honolulu hotel stay available, see “special offers” for more information.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Sydney, Australia: As your ship passes Sydney’s Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.
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.
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.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: Her beauty once inspired artist Paul Gauguin. Now she’ll do the same for you. You can visit the Musée Gauguin to see how he translated this island sanctuary’s beauty onto canvas, or perhaps embark on a four-wheel-drive or equestrian adventure inland to see the rain forests and canyons that make this such an idyllic destination.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia: You may never find a more colorful place than Bora Bora. Verdant valleys covered in hibiscus blossoms look out over white sand beaches. A vibrant coral reef and lagoon are home to thousands of tropical fish, while shops offer some of the world’s best black pearls and locally made pareus and straw hats. Its signature landmark is the tombstone shaped Mount Otemanu, which towers over the island at 2,379 feet.
Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii: The most prominent feature of Maui is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. And from the historic town of Lahaina, you might also witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of humpback whales returning to their winter feeding grounds, which takes place between December and March.
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.
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.
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.
An infinite shades of blues and greens will enthrall you with every step, swim and sail of your journey through French Polynesia. Marvel at the shadowy mountains and waterfalls among black-sand beaches of Tahiiti. Live a dream come true on the shores of Bora Bora as you drift away in the breathtaking views at every angle.
In Hawaii, venture to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, for a bird’s eye view of the crater, sprawl on the world-class beaches or stroll through the historic town of Lahaina in Maui. Honolulu’s urban-jungle provides precious moments to commemorate those at Pearl Harbor. Experience Honolulu’s version of the Smithsonian Institute – Bishop Museum and capture the beauty of Diamond Head at Waikiki Beach. Must book Honolulu Extension to visit Honolulu sites.
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.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
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
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Cairns – Ayers Rock||Airplane||2.5 Hours|
|Ayers Rock – Sydney||Airplane||3.5 Hours|
Special Offers are available on this Enrichment Journey! See below then call a Personal Vacation Manager for more details.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Cairns a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $115 per person includes:
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Honolulu, the itinerary does not include any time there. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Honolulu after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price: $375 per person
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 ». Offer Expires 6/5/19. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.
|04/18/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Inside (12)||$10,532||$7,899||$2,633||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Oceanview (8)||$11,465||$8,599||$2,866||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Deluxe Veranda (2B)||$12,265||$9,199||$3,066||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Veranda (C3)||$12,799||$9,599||$3,200||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
|Boston||$400||New York – Newark||$350||Toronto||$400|
|Chicago||$400||New York – JFK||$300||Vancouver||$300|
|Los Angeles||$0||San Francisco||$200|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
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.
131 -141 Esplanade
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Telephone: 011 61 2 9046 8489
The 5-star Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection provides a modern accommodation to stay in Cairns. With a personality of its own, Riley is a sophisticated character with a playful outlook on life. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design and a splash of fun. Residing in a prime location on Cairns Esplanade, Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites. Add to this a lagoon swimming pool spanning over 3,281 square feet with a private man-made beach, a spa, 24-hour fitness centre and fast and free wifi, you’re on your way to a truly great stay.
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.
30 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia
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.
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.
Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
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.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.
Major credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.
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.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance. Should you exceed the baggage allowance, you will be charged additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To easily pass through security screenings, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline weight and size restrictions.
Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
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.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips outside the United States. You must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers 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.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
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.
Travel to French Polynesia does not require a visa. If you are traveling as a tourist, you must be in possession of a return ticket. Your passport must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. You do not need a visa if you enter on a regular tourist passport and your stay is no more than 90 days every six months. French Polynesia officials may require the purchase of a non-refundable ticket upon arrival if you do not already possess a return ticket.
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 date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and the United States.
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 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, New Zealand and Hawaii.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or click here to visit the website.
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.
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 City.
Tahiti is on Tahiti Time Zone (UTC) and is 6 hours behind of New York City.
Hawaii is on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) and is 6 hours behind of New York City.
While visiting various countries throughout your Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This money is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip. You will need the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and in French Polynesia you will use Pacifique francs (CFP/XPF) for this Journey.
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
French Polynesian Banknotes:
Banknotes in 500, 100, 5000, 10,000
Coins represent 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100
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 euros 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.
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.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Sydney – 30
Port Douglas – 13
Ayers Rock – 2,831
Auckland – 643
Moorea – 3,960
Tahiti – 7,342
Bora Bora – 2,385
Lahaina – 2.953
Maui – 59
Honolulu – 19.03
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:
Away with the pixies: dreaming.
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.
bun-fight: social gathering with food
boohai: awry, out of the way non-existant 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
Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Australia and New Zealand before you embark on your Journey.
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