EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: February 8, 2020 - March 5, 2020

27 days
Golden Princess
Princess Cruises

  • FREE $200 US Shipboard Credit Per Cabin!

Our popular land tour exploring “Downunder”.  You will visit Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney.  It is followed by a 14-day cruise visiting many beautiful ports of call in New Zealand.

Day 1 – Saturday / February 8, 2020DEPART CANADAMeet your host at the Toronto airport for your flight departure from Canada to Melbourne, Australia. (In-flights Meals)
Day 2 – Sunday / February 9CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
Day 3 – Monday / February 10 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIAWelcome to Melbourne! Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is perhaps best known for its fine parks and gardens, gracious tree-lined streets, historic bluestone buildings and international restaurants. The city has a population of over 3 million making it Australia's second largest city. Melbourne is also home to some of Australia's most famous sporting events including the Melbourne Cup an annual horserace, the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic city tour followed by lunch and check-in to your hotel, the evening is at your leisure. Accommodation: CROWN METROPOL MELBOURNE HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (L)
Day 4 – Tuesday / February 11MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIABreakfast at the hotel. Enjoy this morning a guided city tour of Melbourne, where you will explore the unique architecture, history and culture. Rest of your day will be at leisure. Tonight, we gather for our special Welcome dinner. (B/D)
Day 5 – Wednesday / February 12MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – EMBARKATION Breakfast at the hotel. Free time before our transfer from the hotel to the overseas passenger terminal to board the GOLDEN PRINCESS, your home away from home for next 14 days. (B/D)
Day 6 – 7 / February 13 - 14DAYS AT SEAEnjoy two relaxing days at sea. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – Saturday / February 15MILFORD, DOUBTFUL & DUSKY SOUND, NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand's largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound. The town of Te Anau in Fiordland National Park is also your gateway to the South Island's other natural wonders including Lake Wakatipu, the resort of Queenstown and Mt. Cook National Park.  Enjoy the unforgettable day. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – Sunday / February 16 DUNEDIN (PORT CHALMERS), 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 whisky 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. Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city's octagon. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – Monday / February 17 AKAROA, NEW ZEALANDOn 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. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – Tuesday / February 18 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco. Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city centre. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – Wednesday / February 19 NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND Napier and Hawke's Bay have become New Zealand's premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island's eastern coast, New Zealand's oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches. In recent years, Hawke's Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier. The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the "Art Deco City" for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission and Classical Revival buildings. (B/L/D)
Day 13 – Thursday / February 20TAURANGA (ROTORUA), 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, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber centre 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. Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts. (B/L/D)
Day 14 – Friday / February 21AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDStraddling 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. (B/L/D)
Day 15 – 17 / February 22 - 24 DAYS AT SEA Enjoy your relaxing days at sea aboard the Golden Princess. (B/L/D)
Day 18 – Tuesday / February 25DISEMBARK - CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA Disembark the Golden Princess and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. Cairns is the capital of Tropical North Queensland - where the rainforest meets the reef. Cairns is the gateway to the tropical wilderness rainforest and spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Set between the stunning twin backdrops of the mountain ranges and a sparkling Coral Sea, Cairns has the sophistication of resorts, restaurants, entertainment, and boutique shopping all within a lush tropical setting. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Dinner is at your hotel. Accommodation: PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO CAIRNS or similar (3 nights). (B/D)
Day 19 – Wednesday / February 26 CAIRNS, AUSTRALIABreakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef with transfer to Reef Marina Port Douglas and board Quicksilver's 45.5-metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran to commence the cruise to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. Lunch is included on board. (B/L)
Day 20 – Thursday / February 27CAIRNS, AUSTRALIABreakfast at the hotel. Private coach transfer to Freshwater Railway Station. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for your journey to Kuranda Village. This is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. Visit the Koala Park where you can get your photo taken with a Koala. Depart Kuranda on the Skyrail. The world's only rainforest cableway is a unique experience as you silently glide over the top of the rainforest canopy and enjoy spectacular views over Cairns and across the Coral Sea to Green Island. There are 2 stops along the way where you can experience the forest floor via boardwalks. Alight at Smithfield and make your way to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where your lunch will be enjoyed. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal culture, showcasing the culture of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland. The park is situated on 25 acres of land owned by the Tjapukai people. The arenas allow visitors to experience every facet of the rainforest people's culture - from the History Theatre to the inspiring Creation Theatre, and the original Dance Theatre. In the interactive Camp Village you can have a didgeridoo demonstration, learn about bush foods and medicine and see a spear and boomerang throwing demonstration. (B/L)
Day 21 – Friday / February 28 CAIRNS - ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Alice Springs is a perfect base for a stay in the Red Centre, giving you easy access to all the surrounding natural wonders. Situated on the frequently dry Todd River, the town has a population of 27,000 offering city facilities, while retaining its pioneering heritage and Outback friendliness. It is the nucleus for Central Australia's pastoral, transport and tourist industries. Alice Springs came into existence as a result of the building of the Overland Telegraph in 1871. Today this Telegraph Station is a major attraction for visitors. This afternoon join your local guide for a town tour of Alice Springs. Enjoy views of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill, and see the water hole - site of the original Alice Springs. Visit the School of the Air; followed by a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service where you will learn how this facility takes care of people in the outback. Accommodation: CROWNE PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS LASSETERS or similar (1 night). (B/D)
Day 22 – Saturday / February 29ALICE SPRINGS - AYERS ROCK, AUSTRALIA Breakfast at the hotel. Travel across the sandy desert plains towards the 36 majestic domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) stopping along the way at a lookout to admire the panoramic view of the southern side of Kata Tjuta. Continue on to arrive at the base of Walpa Gorge. Take the walking trail through Walpa Gorge and follow the natural creek between two of the largest domes at Kata Tjuta and explore the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. Uluru (Ayers Rock), is a huge monolith which captured the imagination of the Australian Aboriginals centuries before European settlement. It is steeped in the mystery of legend, mythology and folklore. Coupled with the mysterious rock formations at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) a visit to Central Australia is a truly unique experience. This afternoon, join your guide for an afternoon tour of Kata Tjuta including the Uluru Sunset. In the late afternoon travel to the Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying nibbles and a glass of wine. After sunset travel to an exclusive venue set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. Enjoy a traditional Australian barbecue dinner consisting of meats and salads. After dinner enjoy tea and coffee as your guide conducts a tour of the night sky describing some of the visible constellations (weather permitting). Accommodation: VOYAGES DESERT GARDENS HOTEL or similar (1 night). (B/L/D)
Day 23 – Sunday / March 1AYERS ROCK - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAEarly this morning enjoy sunrise viewing at Uluru. Free time before our lunch and transfer to the airport. Sydney, capital of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and is Australia's oldest city. Sydney sits astride Port Jackson, one of the most beautiful deep water harbours in the world. With a population of just over 4 million, Sydney is also Australia's largest city. The city boasts famous landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as well as a fine array of restaurants, theatres, shopping complexes and some of Australia's best surfing beaches. Arrive in Sydney and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: AMORA HOTEL JAMISON or similar (4 nights). (B/L)
Day 24 – Monday / March 2SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Breakfast at the hotel. Depart on a full day excursion to the Blue Mountains. A visit will be made to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you will be able to feed kangaroos, emus and view many other species of Australian animal and birdlife, as well as cuddling a koala. Arrive at Katoomba, the major centre of the mountains. Visit Echo Point, where you will have a spectacular view of the Three Sisters - a giant rock formation. View the Jamieson Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs of pink and rust colours. Lunch is included at the Hydro Majestic Hotel. (B/L)
Day 25 – Tuesday / March 3SYDNEY, AUSTRALIABreakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier, where we will take a cruise around Sydney’s harbour with refreshments.  Enjoy an entertaining, personalized commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney harbour the most beautiful and exciting harbour in the world.  After your cruise, depart on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Fifty years ago a young Danish architect, dreaming of Bennelong Point, designed a masterpiece which pushed the boundaries of creativity and science – and put Sydney on the map forever. See inside the world’s most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds and became one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. * Note: There are approximately 200 steps on the Sydney Opera House guided tour. Tonight, we gather for our dinner. (B/D)
Day 26 – Wednesday / March 4 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning panoramic drive to visit the Bondi Beach and Watsons. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Tonight, we gather for our special Farewell dinner. (B/D)
Day 27 – Thursday / March 5SYDNEY - CANADA After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B/D)

Golden Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship with Princess Cruises that entered service in 2001. She is the sister ship of Grand Princess and Star Princess. She measures 109,000 gross tons and carries 2,600 passengers (double occupancy) plus 1,100 crew members. From 2009 to September 2015, she primarily operated on the Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States. Golden was constructed in Italy by Fincantieri and is Bermudan flagged.

Golden Princess was one of the first major cruise ships to sail to Antarctic waters in 2006. She was dry docked in Victoria from mid-April to early-May 2009, in order to refurbish the entire ship. She was also drydocked in 2012 and again in 2015, where major refurbishments and addition of several new amenities took place.

 

Golden Princess – Princess Cruises deck plan

Double Single
INSIDE - Category “ID” $13,695 $17,795
INSIDE - Category “IC” $13,750 $17,895
INSIDE - Category “IB”$13,795 -
OUTSIDE - Cat. “OW*” $13,895        $18,395
OUTSIDE - Cat. “OF”$14,295        $19,295
OUTSIDE - Cat. “OC” $14,395        -
BALCONY - Cat. “BD”$14,495            $19,795
BALCONY - Cat. “BC”$14,595$19,995
BALCONY - Cat. “BB”$14,695-
MINI-SUITE - Cat. “MD” $15,495-
MINI-SUITE - Cat. “MB” $15,595-

Deposit of $1,750 per person is required.  Final payment is due by October 24th, 2019. 
Please Note: A fee of $250 per person will apply to any cancellation prior to your final payment.

*Category “OW” has partially obstructed view.

Above rates include return airfare from Toronto and Ottawa. For departures from other cities, please call our office.
Air credit for independent flights to Sydney, Australia is $1,995 per person.

All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:

  • Return airfare from TORONTO and OTTAWA.  Please call for departures from other cities across Canada.
  • 11-Nights in first class hotel accommodation
  • 14-Day cruise aboard GOLDEN PRINCESS.
  • 11 Buffet breakfasts at each hotel.
  •  Australian entry visa processing fee.
  • 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners on our land tour.
  •  Shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
  • Locally guided tours as per our itinerary.
  • All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
  • All land gratuities for local guides/drivers.
  • Fully escorted by Expo Cruises & Tours host*.