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Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

16 Nights featuring Sydney, Uluru, Brisbane, Cairns and Port Douglas

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

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: February 6, 2026
(Sailing February 11, 2026)

About This Journey

Australia is often at the top of travelers’ bucket lists – and for good reason. From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the rugged Australian Outback, 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 this fascinating country. In Sydney, you will get up close and personal with baby kangaroos and explore the vibrant atmosphere of Bondi Beach, topped off with an impressive tour inside the extraordinary Opera House. 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 as the colors dance off the rock at sunset. Then, board the Celebrity Edge for an unforgettable cruise to Queensland and cosmopolitan Brisbane. Swim in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef while in the ports of Cairns and Port Douglas before returning to Sydney for your flight home. Or continue your cruise to New Zealand’s most popular destinations. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of the Milford Sound, explore Wellington, Christchurch and more before disembarking in Auckland for your return flight home. On this remarkable Journey, you will enjoy an unforgettable exploration of the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

27 Night Journey with Optional Cruise Extension Also Available–See Itinerary Option 2 for Details!

Visits: Please add the ship, supplier, 38802 and individual port cities during the cruise, plus copy/paste anything additional listed in the PR. Once this list is updated, copy/paste it into the “Tags” section on the right side of your screen.

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

Itinerary

Start Date: February 6, 2026
(Sailing February 11, 2026)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Sydney – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Sydney – Full-day City Tour
3 Sydney to Ayers Rock – Uluru Base Sunset Tour
4 Ayers Rock – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Walk
5 Ayers Rock to Sydney – Uluru Sunrise and flight to Sydney
6 Sydney – Morning Opera House Tour and Embarkation 6:45 PM
7 At Sea
8 Brisbane, Australia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Airlie Beach, Queensland 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
11 Cairns, Yorkey’s Knob 9:00 AM
12 Cairns, Yorkey’s Knob 6:00 PM
13 Port Douglas, Australia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 Willis Island (Cruising), Australia 11:00 AM 11:59 AM
15 At Sea
16 At Sea
17 Sydney, Australia – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 6:30 AM

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

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Sydney

Sydney Harbor

Sydney Harbor

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in before joining your fellow travelers for an exciting welcome dinner. This evening, embark an exclusive vessel just for Enrichment Journey guests and enjoy dinner and a scenic cruise of Sydney Harbor to welcome you to Australia. (D)

Please note that Enrichment Journeys must have a minimum number of guests on this tour to host a private dinner cruise. If the group size is less than required, we will move the welcome dinner to a local restaurant. If you wish to spend more time in Sydney, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Sydney hotel stay.

Day 2 – Sydney

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Today we will explore the beauty of Sydney. Depart to Featherdale Wildlife Park where your tour manager will introduce you to some of the park’s residents including a native dingo and wombat. Ample free time is provided for you 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.

 

 

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Then set off to visit The Gap and 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 your legs, stroll along the esplanade and grab lunch, all the while enjoying the spectacular views. Following your visit to Bondi, we will continue to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. Here, you will stop for the quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Return to the hotel for the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 3 – Sydney to Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. To travel lightly, your larger luggage will be stored at the hotel for your return to Sydney. Just be sure to pack 3 days’ worth of clothes, medication and your walking shoes! 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. Travel to your hotel for lunch and check-in.

Uluru sunset

Uluru sunset

Reunite for your walking tour around the base of Uluru. On the tour around the base of the rock, see ancient rock-paintings, water holes and hear stories of Aboriginal legends. Then an evening of beauty awaits you at the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy the scenic landscape as the sun sinks over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is famous. Following the Uluru sunset viewing experience, you will return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – Ayers Rock

Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge

Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge

After breakfast, depart for a walk of the Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge. These rock formations are to the west of Ayers Rock and stand more than 1600 feet above the plain. The gigantic domes of Kata Tjuta/Mt. Olga, the traditional name meaning “many heads,” are indeed just that and in fact include thirty-six domes! You will be able to walk along the path of the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge.

After, you will travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where the guide will provide information about the unique and interesting history of the area. 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. Here, you will have a photo stop that will take in the complete vista. Return to the hotel with free time for lunch and relax before a special cultural activity that awaits you this afternoon. Enjoy a group dinner in the hotel this evening as our last night in the outback. (B, D)

Please note: The Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge walk is about 1 mile each way on an uneven, rocky surface and takes approximately 1 hour to do. Please refer to our physical activity section for more information.

Day 5 – Ayers Rock to Sydney

Uluru sunrise

Uluru sunrise

Rise early to catch the stunning Uluru sunrise and watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in a fantastic array of ever-changing colors. Then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast before departing for the airport. Enjoy a takeaway lunch from the resort for the plane ride back to Sydney. Transfer back to your Sydney hotel and check-in, where you’ll be reunited with your luggage stored for safekeeping. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through Hyde Park and have dinner at one of the many local restaurants. (B, L)

Day 6 – Sydney Embarkation

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

After breakfast in the hotel and check-out, get ready for one of those bucket list items – a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House! Step inside and discover the legendary history and extraordinary secrets of the Opera House on an exclusive tour of this amazing venue and soak in every curve of its ornate architecture. What a way to finish your land Journey through Sydney and the outback! You’ll then be transferred to the cruise terminal where you’ll board the Celebrity Edge for an 11-night cruise to the tropical Queensland ports of Brisbane, Cairns and Port Douglas. (B)

Please note: The Opera House tour includes up to 300 steps with limited elevator access.

Day 7-16 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Edge (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 17 – Sydney Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Edge and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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

Brisbane, Australia:

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia: Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland. Though it doesn’t have the same amount of acclaim as Sydney to the north, you will be thrilled with a day spent in Brisbane. You’ll quickly get a sense of what it’s like to live along Australia’s east coast as you’re immersed in the city culture of Queensland. Even more exciting for most visitors is Brisbane’s close proximity to the Gold Coast, a stretch of coastline beloved by locals for its surf breaks and soft, welcoming sand.

Airlie Beach, Australia:

Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach, Australia: Whitehaven Beach is a popular spot for paddling and is famous for having over four miles of impossibly soft white sand. There’s also the Airlie Beach Lagoon, where you can go swimming year round. Or, go island hopping along the lush Whitsunday Islands. There are 74 islands ripe for exploration on a day trip while on your cruise to Airlie Beach. Whether you decide to go sailing or dip in the lagoon during your time here, there’s no wrong way to relax in Airlie Beach.

Cairns, Australia

Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia

Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia: Cairns is often considered to be the gateway city to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The city serves as the starting point for many visitors to Australia to make the short jaunt to the world-famous reef. Cairns is located in Far North Queensland and is known for its tropical climate and awe-inspiring natural sights.

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia: You’ll find a miraculous blend of coral reefs and subtropical rainforest, which means it’s an easy destination to find fun things to do in nature. For the beachy and the active, sunbathing on Four Mile Beach or diving the Great Barrier Reef awaits. For the athletic traveler, head into the heart of Daintree Rainforest to hike, zipline, or simply enjoy the beauty of the jungle. Stop in at the Wildlife Habitat for the chance to see koalas, kangaroos, and other native Australian species.

Willis Island, Australia

Willis Island, Australia

Willis Island, Australia (Cruising): Willis Island spans over 1,500 feet long, which is only slightly longer than the ship itself. On one of our Great Barrier Reef cruises, Willis Island en route to Australia’s top destinations, such as picturesque Port Douglas, cosmopolitan Brisbane, or diving hot-spot Cairns. Wave to the meteorologists manning the island’s weather monitoring station—the island’s only sign of civilization—and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like Boobies, sooty terns, and nesting turtles.

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare between Sydney and Uluru, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Australia
    • Sydney, Australia: 3-night hotel stay
      • Scenic Welcome Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbor
      • Half-day city tour and Featherdale park
      • Sydney Opera House Tour
    • Ayers Rock, Australia: 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Uluru at sunset
      • Full-day tour of Mt. Olga – Kata Tjuta National Park
      • Half-day tour of Uluru at sunrise
  • 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
  • 11-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Edge
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks and Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
    • Ask about extending your cruise! Sail on a back-to-back cruise and add 11 nights, visiting scenic ports in New Zealand like Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds as well as Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington before disembarking in Auckland. Talk to a Personal Vacation Manager for details about this cruise extension option.
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 7/31!
    • Sail with up to $1,400 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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 active and includes a considerable amount of walking.

While in the outback, the Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge walk is about 1 mile each way on an uneven, rocky surface and takes approximately 1 hour to do. Guests are encouraged to go at their own pace and may decide to head back to the coach whenever they feel comfortable and wait for the group to return. While on the Sydney Opera house tour you can be expected to climb approximately 300 steps during the duration of the tour, with little or no elevator access.

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. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

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 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. While in Uluru you will encounter the aboriginal people, out of respect it is asked to not take photographs of them. If you purchase art from a local aboriginal artisan, you may ask then if it is ok to take a photo together.

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

While on tour:

Ayers Rock to Sydney: 3 1/2-hour flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international 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 $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 7/31!

Sail with up to $1,400 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires July 31, 2024 or when sold out.

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

Extend Your cruise by adding an 11-night sailing to New Zealand! Visit the ports of Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland. Speak to a Personal Vacation Manager for details. View the Itinerary Option 2 under the Itinerary Section.

1-night Sydney Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Sydney a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $219 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Sydney with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel (applicable when air is booked through Enrichment Journeys)

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

Dates & Prices

Itinerary 1

2/6/2026 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed – Infinite Veranda – Partial View (E3) $12,799 $9,599 $3,200 CALL FOR DETAILS
Infinite Veranda (E2) $12,932 $9,699 $3,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $13,199 $9,899 $3,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $13,599 $10,199 $3,400 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Itinerary 2

2/6/2026 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed – Infinite Veranda – Partial View (E3) $16,932 $12,699 $4,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Infinite Veranda (E2) $17,065 $12,799 $4,266 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $17,599 $13,199 $4,400 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $18,265 $13,699 $4,566 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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

Itinerary 1

 

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Chicago $400 Miami $450 Philadelphia $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 John F. Kennedy $400 Phoenix $350
Denver $200 Newark $400 San Francisco $200
Los Angeles $0 Orlando $500 Seattle $300
Washington – Dulles $450

Itinerary 2

 

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $400
Boston $400 John F. Kennedy $300 Phoenix $250
Chicago $350 Los Angeles $0 San Francisco $200
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Miami $450 Seattle $200
Newark $350 Toronto $400 Vancouver $300
Washington – Dulles $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

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Tel: +61 2-92866000

Situated in the heart of Sydney, Australia, a five-star hotel is a great destination to connect to while savoring incredible views of downtown and Hyde Park. Find yourself near many local businesses and attractions, such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Botanic Garden and Middle Harbour. The hotel features a rooftop fitness center, a heated indoor pool, a day spa and a premier club lounge. The award-winning meeting facilities include 17 flexible function rooms designed for productive business gatherings and unforgettable social engagements. Choose from 558 hotel rooms, including 48 suites, that combine the classic with the contemporary for a stylish, comfortable feel. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the LGBTQ-friendly hotel in Sydney today.

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.

Celebrity Edge

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 Edge

Celebrity EdgeSM is the first of four sister Edge-class ships and contains many unique features and a modern design unseen on any other ship currently at sea. The ship’s design is beautiful and streamlined with the outside spaces designed by architect Tom Wright and interior design by Kelly Hoppen. Some of the most exciting innovations and updates include the Rooftop Garden, the Adults-only Solarium, the Magic Carpet and the Infinite VerandasSM.
The Magic Carpet is a tennis court-sized sliding deck that allows for easy embarkation and debarkation for tendering and also serves as a viewpoint and outdoor bar with live music at night. The Infinite VerandasSM allow you to take advantage of your entire veranda stateroom, inside and out. At the touch of a button, your veranda doors will completely fold out of the way, allowing you a full view out over the water. You also have the option to keep the veranda doors open, but enclose the glass balcony, turning the railing into a floor-to-ceiling window. The Celebrity EdgeSM was designed to change the way you experience the world, and the culinary offerings don’t fall short of this either. Enjoy 29 unique food and beverage experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Edge will make the most of it.

Journey to Sydney and the Australian Outback

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. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of June 2025, 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 a small service fee. To determine your visa requirements for Australia, please visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601. 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 June 2025, 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 $10-$12 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Celebrity Cruises, please visit https://www.celebritycruises.com/faqs/gratuity-program.

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
Christchurch 70/55 69/55 67/51 62/47 57/42 53/38 52/37 54/39 58/42 62/45 65/49 68/53
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 keywords 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

Fun Facts

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.
  • Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street.
  • Nationals of New Zealand are often called “kiwis”, which is also the name of the country’s national bird.

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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