Duration: February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Begin your adventure in Melbourne, then you are off to explore the Downunder with hotel stays in Cairns, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock.  will spend 4-nights in one of the most beautiful cities.  It is followed by a 12-night cruise visiting many beautiful ports of call in New Zealand with disembarkation in Auckland a city of sails where you conclude your adventure with a 2-night hotel stay with tours and wine tasting. 


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Depart CANADA
Cross International Dateline

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA          Hotel Stay
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA          Hotel Stay
Ayers Rock, AUSTRALIA        Hotel Stay
Alice Springs, AUSTRALIA      Hotel Stay
Cairns, AUSTRALIA                Hotel Stay
Cairns, AUSTRALIA                Hotel Stay
Cairns, AUSTRALIA                Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA               Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA               Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA               Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA               Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA               Embark
Cruise Tasman Sea                  —               —
Hobart, TASMANIA                  8 am          6 pm
Cruise Tasman Sea                  —               —
Cruise Tasman Sea                  —               —
Cruise Milford Sound             7 am           4 pm
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND         7 am          5 pm
Akaroa, NEW ZEALAND          8 am          6 pm
Picton, NEW ZEALAND           8 am          6 pm
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND     8 am          6 pm
Day at sea                              —              —
Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND       7 am          5 pm
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND       Disembark        
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND       Hotel Stay
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND       Hotel Stay
Depart for CANADA

Day 1 – Monday / February 1, 2021 – DEPART CANADA
Meet your host at the Toronto airport for your flight departure from Canada to Melbourne, Australia.  (In-flights Meals)

Day 2 – Tuesday / February 2 – CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

Day 3 – Wednesday / February 3 – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Welcome 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 – Thursday / February 4 – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Breakfast 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 – Friday / February 5 – MELBOURNE – AYERS ROCK, AUSTRALIA
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out and transfer to the airport for you flight to Ayers Rock.  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/D)

Day 6 – Saturday / February 6 – AYERS ROCK – ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA
Early this morning enjoy sunrise viewing at Uluru followed by breakfast and our drive to 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/L/D)

Day 7 – Sunday / February 7 – ALICE SPRINGS – CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.  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 8 – Monday / February 8 – CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
Full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef with transfer to Reef Marina Port Douglas and board Quicksilver’s 45.5-metre high speed wave piercing 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 9 – Tuesday / February 9 – CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
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 10 – Wednesday / February 10 – CAIRNS – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to 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, dinner will be served at the hotel.  Accommodation: AMORA HOTEL JAMISON or similar 4 nights.   (B/D)

Day 11 – Thursday / February 11 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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 12 – Friday / February 12 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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 13 – Saturday / February 13 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
After breakfast take a drive to visit Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay with free time to walk around the beach and see some of the local shops and perhaps have a drink, before you transfer back to the city.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.  Tonight, we meet for our special Farewell dinner to Australia.   (B/D)

Day 14 – Sunday / February 14 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – EMBARKATION
Free time before our transfer from the hotel to the overseas passenger terminal to board the REGAL PRINCESS, your home away from home for next 12 nights.  (B/D)

Day 15 – Monday / February 15 – CRUISE TASMAN SEA

Day 16 – Tuesday / February 16 – HOBART, TASMANIA
Tasmania’s capital has much in common with Sydney. Founded but a few years later, Hobart also owes its origins to the establishment of a penal colony – and its natural setting is just as impressive. Seen from its fine deep-water harbor, Hobart spills over the lower reaches of the Derwent Valley as Mt. Wellington towers in the background. Much of the city’s heritage is centered on the historic waterfront. North of the city stretches the vast parkland of the Queen’s Domain. Many of Tasmania’s other attractions are within easy reach of Hobart.  With more than 90 National Trust buildings, Hobart, founded in 1804, combines colonial character with a sophisticated metropolitan lifestyle.  (B/L/D)

Day 17 – Wednesday / February 17 – CRUISE TASMAN SEA

Day 18 – Thursday / February 18 – CRUISE TASMAN SEA

Day 19 – Friday / February 20 – MILFORD, DOUBTFUL & DUSKY SOUND, NEW ZEALAND
New 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.   (B/L/D)

Day 20 – Saturday / February 21 – DUNEDIN (PORT CHALMERS), NEW ZEALAND
This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home. Equally impressive is the Victorian and Edwardian architecture that dates from its days as a gold rush town. New Zealand’s only castle sits high above the city and offers sweeping views from its famous gardens.  (B/L/D)

Day 21 – Sunday / February 22 – AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND
On the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children.   The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838 and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand’s existence as a British colony.  With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa’s heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector’s dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area’s secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.  (B/L/D)

Day 22 – Monday / February 23 – PICTON, NEW ZEALAND
Located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is your gateway to the South Island’s famed Marlborough District. Once known primarily for its lush farmlands and many sheep stations, Marlborough came to international attention thanks to a new agricultural product – wine.  The release of the 1985 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand on the map and changed the world’s focus on winemaking in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, the Marlborough region boasts dramatic sea and landscapes, fascinating wine country, excellent restaurants and a number of the nation’s finest gardens.  Military names abound in this corner of New Zealand – the region is named for the first Duke of Marlborough, while the largest town, Blenheim, is named after his most famous battle.  Picton is named for Sir Thomas Picton, a favorite of another general, the first duke of Wellington.   (B/L/D)

Day 23 – Tuesday / February 24 – 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 center.   (B/L/D)

Day 24 – Wednesday / February 25 – COASTAL CRUISING OF NEW ZEALAND

Day 25 – Thursday / February 26 – TAURANGA (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 center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua – a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture.  A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction.  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 26 – Friday / February 26 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – DISEMBARKATION
After breakfast you will disembark the Regal Princess.  Welcome to Auckland!  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.  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.  Learn about the indigenous Maori and take home some native art pieces or jewelry.  The fine, locally produced woolens also make excellent gifts. After breakfast aboard the ship you will clear local Immigration and Customs formalities, exit and you will be met by our local guide for our private coach full-day tour. It will include a visit to Mt. Eden.  (Please note the Auckland council have banned coaches to go up Mt Eden, coaches must park at the bottom and if you wish you will have to walk up).   Admission and a guided tour to the museum, west coast Muriwai beach with gannet colony is part of the package.  Enjoy your lunch at one of the local restaurants.  After some free time, transfer to your hotel for check-in and have a free evening at your leisure. Accommodation:  STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL or similar 2 nights.  (B/L)

Day 27 – Saturday / February 27 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a full day Waiheke Island tour Depart Auckland on Fullers ferry sailing to Waiheke.  Arrive at Matiatia.  The tour will commence with a drive along the scenic northern route, taking in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula. Visit Wild on Waiheke vineyard and a micro-brewery. Here you will taste two Top Knot wines and two locally made beers, pale and dark ale or their delicious non-alcoholic ginger beer. Also experience the “Taste Waiheke” area where you can sample locally produced food items, including preserves and olive oils. Visit Rangihoua Estate where the first olive oil in the North Island was produced.  Rangihoua’s award-winning olive oils have won many accolades since the first pressings.  Here you will learn how the oil is produced and taste a range of different oils, including the peppery Greek-style Koreneiki, the Spanish-style Picual, or the Tuscan-style Frantoio, as well as island blends.  The Frantoio blend is listed as one of the Top 20 Olive Oils in the world – Flos Olei 2013.  Tasting and lunch at Batch Vineyard, the highest vineyard on Waiheke Island with north facing sun-soaked hillsides of vines including terraces of traditional and elegant Alsace-style vines close to the winery.  Wine tasting at Goldie Wines. The winery is the home of Waiheke’s pioneering vineyard originally established by Kim & Jeanette Goldwater in 1978. Using traditional winemaking techniques together with modern technology and fine French oak, Goldie Wines produces individually hand-crafted wines with vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration.  Time in Oneroa village, where you can walk along Oneroa Beach, visit the local sculptor and jewelry makers in art shops, or sit in a café/bar overlooking the bay.  Depart Waiheke on Fullers sailing to Auckland.  Tonight, we meet for our Farewell at the Orbit revolving restaurant including admission to the Sky Tower Observation deck.   (B/L/D)

Day 28 – Sunday / February 28, 2021 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – CANADA
After early breakfast, transfer to the international airport for your flight back to Canada.  (B/In-flight Meals)


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 first class hotel stays in AUSTRALIA.
2 Nights first class hotel stays in Auckland.
Full buffet breakfasts daily at the hotel.
Full buffet breakfasts daily at the hotel.
7 Lunches and 8 Dinners on our land tour.
Locally guided tours as per our itinerary.
All land gratuities for our local guides and drivers.
12 Night cruise aboard REGAL PRINCESS.
Australia entry visa processing fees.
New Zealand entry visa processing fees.
Prepaid shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
Fully escorted by Expo Cruises & Tours host.

Please Note:  Shore excursions are NOT included during your cruise portion with Princess Cruises.


DOUBLE Occupancy Fares:                                                    

INSIDE – Category ID                    $13,995             
INSIDE – Category IB                    $14,095
BALCONY – Category BW*          $14,795
BALCONY – Category DW*          $14,895
BALCONY – Category BD            $15,095
BALCONY – Category BC            $15,195             
BALCONY – Category BB            $15,295
BALCONY – Category DC            $15,395
BALCONY – Category DB            $15,495
MINI-SUITE – Category MC          $15,895
MINI-SUITE – Category MB          $15,995                   

SINGLE Occupancy Fares:

INSIDE – Category ID                   $18,395
INSIDE – Category IB                   $18,695
BALCONY – Category BW*         $19,695
BALCONY – Category DW*         $19,795
BACLONY – Category BD           $19,995

* These categories have obstructed view.
All above fares are subject to change without notice.

Deposit of $1,750 per person is required.  Final payment is due by November 10th, 2020.
Please Note: A fee of $250 per person will apply to any cancellation prior to your final payment.




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