EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: January 26, 2019 - February 14, 2019

CRUISE AROUND NEW ZEALAND & SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
onboard Norwegian Jewel with NCL

 

Start off with a 2-night first class hotel stay in beautiful Sydney, Australia exploring the city before embarking on a 15-day cruise around New Zealand.  Explore the scenic Milford Sound, then continue to Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland with an overnight stay in port for a chance to explore the city of sails.  Your cruise will return back to Sydney, Australia with hotel overnight.

Depart CANADA
Cross International Dateline
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                   Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                   Hotel Stay
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                   Embark
Cruise Tasman Sea                      ~             ~
Cruise Tasman Sea                      ~             ~
Cruise Milford Sound                  am          pm
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND           9 am      7 pm
Akaroa, NEW ZEALAND             8 am      5 pm
Picton, NEW ZEALAND              8 am      5 pm
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND       7 am      7 pm
Napier, NEW ZEALAND               8 am      3 pm
Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND          7 am      5 pm
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND          8 am      Overnight
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND          ~             1 pm
Cruise Tasman Sea                      ~             ~
Cruise Tasman Sea                      ~             ~
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                   Disembark
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                   Hotel Stay
Depart for CANADA

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Day 1 – Saturday / January 26, 2019                                                        Depart CANADA
Afternoon departure from Canada to Sydney, Australia.  (In-flights Meals)

Day 2 – Sunday / January 27, 2019                                                           Cross International Dateline

Day 3 – Monday / January 28, 2019                                                         Sydney, Australia
Welcome to Sydney!  You will be met by your local guide and assisted to commence a city tour en-route to your hotel.  See Sydney’s commercial and shopping heart, with its mixture of old and new buildings.  Drive by Chinatown and Darling Harbour before heading to historic Rocks area, Sydney’s birthplace, and travel past old pubs, restored terrace houses and quaint shops.  Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, where you can photograph the Opera House and Harbour Bridge together.  Tour concludes with lunch and your hotel check in.  Accommodation: AMORA HOTEL JAMISON or similar (2 nights).   (B/L)

Day 4 – Tuesday / January 29, 2019                                                         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 – to become 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 5 – Wednesday / January 30, 2019                                                  Sydney, Australia – Embarkation
Free time before our transfer from the hotel to the overseas passenger terminal to board the Norwegian Jewel, your home away from home for next 15 days.  (B/D)

Day 6 – Thursday / January 31, 2019                                                       Day At Sea

Day 7 – Friday / February 1, 2019                                                              Day At Sea
Enjoy two relaxing days at sea.  (B/L/D) 

Day 8 – Saturday / February 2, 2019                                                        Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Today a full day is devoted to cruise the Fiordland National Park offering the most spectacular scenery.  Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps.  Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the sound.  Enjoy the unforgettable day.  (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Sunday / February 3, 2019                                                           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 10 – Monday / February 4, 2019                                                       Akaroa, New Zealand
Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. With a balmy, year-round climate, these famous foot-tall residents are certainly not snowbirds. The spectacular surroundings offer a wealth of outdoor activities, both in the sheltered harbour and on dry land with exquisite local boutiques and galleries.  (B/L/D)

Day 11 – Tuesday / February 5, 2019                                                       Picton, New Zealand
Built around a sheltered harbour, Picton is lined with cafés.  Popular attractions include a maritime museum and an aquarium. This town is also not short on recreational activities.  Check out one of the many wine tours. Then relax as you browse the local shops that offer paintings from local artists and woodcarvings.  (B/L/D) 

Day 12 – Wednesday / February 6, 2019                                                Wellington, New Zealand
Travel to a Victorian past as you stroll by the city’s Victorian Gothic buildings. Take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view.  Great views abound in Wellington: Journey around the spectacular harbour and enjoy its amazing views. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed.   (B/L/D)

Day 13 – Thursday / February 7, 2019                                                     Napier, New Zealand
Napier calls itself the Art Deco capital of the world, but it’s also a leading wine-travel destination. Levelled by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style. Along with Miami Beach, Napier is one of the best examples of this style, with many of its structures well preserved. Take a walk down Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains and gardens, or tour superb area vineyards.  (B/L/D)

Day 14 – Friday / February 8, 2019                                                           Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
Go walk-about and explore Tauranga, set on the beautiful Bay of Plenty.  Head to the beach or discover Tauranga’s lovely parks and rich history. Visit a village buried by a volcanic eruption and captured in a moment of time – a fascinating yet moving experience. Take a selfie at Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers, and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, “the stairway to heaven.”  (B/L/D)

Day 15– Saturday / February 9, 2019                                                       Auckland, New Zealand

Day 16 – Sunday / February 10, 2019                                                      Auckland, New Zealand
Surrounded by tranquil golden beaches, lush forests and dramatic coastal trails, Auckland is a nature lover’s paradise. The 48 volcanic cones that dot the surrounding area provide stunning panoramic views of the city and harbour. New Zealand’s largest city is also a shopper’s paradise offering everything from top designers to local open-air markets. Learn about the indigenous Maori and take home some native art pieces or jewelry.  (B/L/D)

Day 17 – Monday / February 11, 2019                                                    Day At Sea

Day 18 – Tuesday / February 12, 2019                                                    Day At Sea
Enjoy two relaxing days at sea.  (B/L/D)

Day 19 – Wednesday / February 13, 2019                                             Disembark – Sydney, Australia
Disembark the Norwegian Jewel and take a drive to visit Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay before you transfer to the hotel.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.  Tonight, we meet for our special Farewell dinner.  Accommodation: AMORA HOTEL JAMISON or similar (1 night).    (B/D)

Day 20 – Thursday / February 14, 2019                                                  Sydney, Australia – Canada
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the International airport for your flight back to Canada.  (B/Inflight Meals)

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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.
3-Nights in first class hotel accommodation.                                
Full buffet breakfast daily at your hotel.                                         
1 Lunch and 2 Dinners while in Sydney.
15-Day cruise aboard Norwegian Jewel.                                           

Locally guided tours as per our itinerary.                                                                              


Unlimited Beverage Package on your cruise.
Shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
All land gratuities for local guides/drivers.
Australian electronic entry visa fee.
All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
Fully escorted by Expo Cruises & Tours host*.

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Deposit of $500 per person is required, second deposit of $500 is due by June 14th.   Final payment is due by:  October 24th, 2018.
Please Note:  A fee of $250 per person will apply to any cancellation prior to final payment.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                            SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                               
INSIDE – Category “IB”           $7,495                     INSIDE – Category “IB”             $10,195
OUTSIDE – Cat. “OA”              $8,095                     OUTSIDE – Cat. “OA”                $11,295
BALCONY – Cat. “BB”             $8,595                     BALCONY – Cat. “BB”              $12,295
BALCONY – Cat. “BA”             $8,695                          

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.