Grand Australia & New Zealand ’23

Thursday, January 5, 2023 – Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, 35 Days

New Zealand (picture by Michael Graham)

Private departure hits the highlights with exclusive access plus hidden gems in undiscovered country and Kangaroo Island! Michael & Kelly host this Outlander’s Society small group journey that includes a luxury cruise to New Zealand!

Click on the tour route map to make it larger:

Grand Australia & New Zealand 2023
(Key: green circle is the arrival location, black circles are mid-points, red circle is departure – number is # of nights)

Details, Documents, and Dates of the 2023 Private Sojourn

5 January ’23 depart USA to land in MELBOURNE on 7 January 2023
8 February ’23– return home from AUCKLAND



Per Passenger Guests: 1-2: $29,949 per person based on double occupancy and availability. Other ship categories available at higher fares (see below)

The cost includes:

  • Grand Australia Package
  • Silversea Cruise
  • Tour Manager
  • All accommodations
  • Most gratuities
  • Breakfast’s daily (B)
  • Meals as shown on itinerary (L) and (D) with 22 lunches & 28 dinners including wine & beer
  • Airport / seaport transfers
  • All tours on land / one shore excursion per port
  • All drinks and gratuities and meals onboard the cruise
  • 5 intra-tour economy class flights
  • During promotional booking window, you can get $5000 Per Person air credit towards international airfare! Air schedule cannot be reserved or priced until March/April 2022.

A deposit in the amount of $7,500 per person for the Australia Tour is required at time of requesting booking, to cover tour and cruise deposits (up to Superior Veranda Suite, higher suites will require higher deposit amount). The deposit is refundable until May 4, 2022 except for a $350 per person admin fee, and any air or insurance purchased.

Final payment is due May 5, 2022. All funds become non-refundable at this time. Both the tour and the cruise have penalty dates.

We suggest you purchases Travel Insurance to protect your investment. Travel Insurance must be purchased within 48-hours of the initial deposit to receive the full benefits the policy affords. MGA Travel offers different coverage options with varying levels of coverage, most recently offering Cancel For Any Reason insurance offerings. The Cancel For Any Reason insurance premium must be purchased within 10 days of the initial deposit. This information is available in our Terms & Conditions, as well as on our website. We will quote you insurance, though it must be adjusted for flights once they are added.

Prices are based on double-occupancy and availability. International economy airfare roundtrip USA not included but if you book in the promotional window, we will give our free air promo – up to $5000 per person. Business class upgrades additional and based on availability, and your air credit is good towards the cost of Economy, Premium Economy or Business class, if booked in the promo window.

There may be a limited number of rooms for solo travelers and if so, there will be a single supplement of 200%.

Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize deposit. Also (if we don’t already have it) please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email michael@mgatravel.com .

A note regarding Border Status – Australia & New Zealand

While we are optimistic that borders will be open in time for your planned travel, it is important to note that they are currently closed to International visitors and at this time re-opening is subject to Government approval. As we learn more information, we will update accordingly. If the trip is not available to run, we will move it to 2024.

Sydney Harbour

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, January 5, 2023

Takeoff to Melbourne

Flight from the USA

Takeoff to Melbourne and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Special offer for booking in October 2021: $5000 Air Credit PER PERSON
towards your international air!

Day 2: Friday, January 6, 2023

Cross the International Date Line

Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole – and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Meals served on board flights.

Day 3: Saturday, January 7, 2023

Welcome to Melbourne (Tour Begins)

Upon arrival into Melbourne, we will need to clear customs and immigration, before making our way into the main arrivals hall.

Melbourne International Airport to Melbourne City Hotel – Included Transfer

The Langham, Melbourne

Deluxe River Room, 2 nights

Saturday, January 7, 2023 15:00 – Monday, January 9, 2023 11:00

Sister property to London’s famous Langham Hotel, this 5-star deluxe hotel has Melbourne’s most enviable location on the banks of the famous Yarra River with an established reputation as one of Australia’s finest hotels. Inside, the hotel has been designed as a Victorian mansion. The classically designed guestrooms are elegant and spacious with marble bathrooms with separate shower unit and bathtub. The award-winning restaurant offers one of the best and most delicious breakfasts in the city. The;’Chuan’ spa truly offers the ultimate in pampering also, with extensive treatment rooms specializing in a variety of local; Chinese therapies, aromatherapy steam rooms, conservatory covered pool, whirlpool and extensive gymnasium.
Deluxe River Rooms offer views of the city skyline, Yarra River and city lights at night. The décor reflects an understated classic elegance with rich fabrics and a timeless ambience. Contemporary in room features include the Langham Blissful bed, a 42 inch LCD TV, IPOD docking station, a desk and a marble bathroom with separate shower and bath. Each is approximately 32 square meters (345 square feet) and provides king or twin bedding.

Progressive Degustation Walking Tour

Saturday January 7, 2023 17:00

Passion for food and wine is a tradition in this city; chefs are celebrities, and wine masters are finding a voice. Many of Melbourne’s wine-focused restaurants are off the main streets where design of the dining experience is as important as the skills in the kitchen. Enjoy an early evening walk discovering three unique restaurants and learn of the sommeliers’ influences on menus and cellaring choices. More than a wine tasting, this is a night to indulge in just a few of Melbourne’s many epicurean establishments and explore a relationship with the often-silent heroes of the wine industry. Generous wine samples, food tastings and special offers are included at three venues during the evening. This will be our dinner for the evening.

Meals: (D)

Day 4: Sunday, January 8, 2023

City and Mornington Peninsula Private Tour – Private Tour with Lunch

Sunday, January 8, 2023 09:00

With its Victorian architecture, stunning gardens and edgy bar, culinary, fashion and live music scenes, Melbourne is an obvious start to any visit to Victoria. Enjoy a drive through tour of Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds. Learn how the Victorian Goldrush transformed Melbourne into one of the world’s biggest, booming and cosmopolitan cities of the era.

Relax and take in the scenery as we make our way south of Melbourne to the stunning Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy morning tea on arrival. Enjoy a guided tour with one of the head farmers of a stunning organic and biodynamic farm. Learn about the various processes and skills that go into harvesting this stunning piece of land. The farm spans over multiple fully managed properties, including a 2.5 acre certified organic vegetable farm, a stunning fruit orchard with heirloom apples, olives, stone fruit, figs and citrus, plus an edible Garnish Garden, chickens and grass fed lambs.

After your tour out on the farm, relax and sample some of the Mornington’s best wines in their cellar while the chefs prepare your delicious lunch made from 90% of their farm produce. After lunch take a drive down the road to sample cool climate wines with one of our favorite wine makers, freshly made goats cheese from a local dairy or succulent strawberries and cherries from the fruit farms in the area. What more could a foodie want? On our return home via Port Philip Bay we will stop by Melbourne’s iconic bathing boxes and Arthur’s seat.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD1)

Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 5: Monday, January 9, 2023

Melbourne City Hotel to Melbourne Airport – Included Transfer

Monday, January 9, 2023 08:00

Takeoff to Adelaide

Monday, January 9, 2023 10:00

Takeoff to Adelaide and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Adelaide

Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00

The gracious capital of South Australia, Adelaide is the City of Churches, orderly streets, manicured parks and superb restaurants, where cultures from all over the world have contributed to a vibrant, energetic community. Adelaide is today, an orderly, airy city ringed by beautiful parks and gardens and graced with elegant sandstone buildings and cottages. There are more restaurants per head of population than any other Australian city. From bistros that range from the formal to the exotic, most serve a range of outstanding local wines from the famous ‘valleys’ nearby. Home to over one million people, Adelaide is best explored on foot to properly experience the wealth of art galleries and museums, festivals, markets, cafe society and superb shopping.

Arrival Transfer from Adelaide Domestic Airport to City Hotel – Included Transfer

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

Classic Room, 3 nights

Monday, January 9, 2023 14:00 – Thursday, January 12, 2023 11:00

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel’s central East Adelaide location provides the perfect jumping-off point to explore the beautiful and historic city. A short walk away is the Rundle Mall, which is a cosmopolitan hub of high-end boutiques and shops. Live music floats on the breeze of the Adelaide Festival Center, and the Adelaide Zoo offers hands-on experiences with kangaroos and koalas. The hotel is comfortable and quintessentially Adelaide, using local goods throughout the premises – from the linens to the snacks in the minibar. Rooms feature custom-made king beds, free Wi-Fi and terraced balconies. The hotel gets its name from the rooftop garden, which is a lush sanctuary full of blooming plants and overlooks the glowing city skyline.
The well-appointed 285 square foot Classic rooms feature a luxurious custom-made king size bed, marble bathrooms with shower, a 42-inch flat panel HDTV, writing desk, tea and coffee making facilities and Majestic amenities for your convenience.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD2)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 6: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Barossa Valley Day – Private Tour

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 09:00

If you enjoy Australian wines or would like to try some, then a day in the renowned Barossa Valley will be one of the highlights of your visit to South Australia. This morning, begin a personally escorted journey that includes a city orientation before you travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley. If time permits, a stop is made at the Lyndoch bakery to taste the fine German pastries. Travel over the Jacobs Creek for your first tasting of the fine wines at the Peter Lehmann winery. Visit Torbreck wine cellars, a small winery with rustic charm, and also enjoy visits to other small wineries to meet well-known wine identities. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda with time to discover the small shops – many of which specialize in crafts made by the locals. Before lunch, take the picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for views over the entire valley. Lunch will be at a restaurant in the Barossa. The next stop may be Henschkes winery in Keyneton or historic Yalumba the biggest family run winery in Australia. If time permits, visit small boutique producers, such as Charles Melton or Turkey Flat. You may also have the option to include formal premium wine tasting at Penfolds in the morning (additional cost). A visit to Maggie Beer Farm shop is a must for food lovers. Alternatively, continue through the picturesque villages of Hills en route to Hahndorf, the German village, where you may taste the fine wines produced by Hahandorf Hill winery. The itinerary may change to accommodate special interests or seasonal highlights. Our private tour includes transportation from your hotel, lunch, wine tasting, entrance fees and private host/guide. Note: Henschkes is closed Sundays.

Enjoy Dinner on your own

Meals: (B, L)

Day 7: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Kangaroo Island One Day Adventure

Shared Tour – East End Explorer

This full-day tour starts with a flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Meet your host on arrival who will be on-hand through the day to introduce you to the lifestyle, culture and wildlife of this large and diverse Island. 

The Dudley Peninsula which forms the east end of Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of the rest of the island. The north coast has hills rolling down to the sea and white sand beaches. Roadside vegetation forms an avenue overhead many of the narrow roads. Ice-age dunes and rugged limestone cliffs dominate the south coast, which is indented by high-energy beaches.

Start the day at Pennington Bay situated at the narrowest part of the Island. This Southern Ocean beach is a popular fishing and surf spot. Enjoy home-baked morning tea overlooking extensive wave-cut platforms and contrasting deep aqua water. Traveling east, enjoy endless views of the serene marine sanctuary which is Pelican Lagoon. Adjacent to the lagoon is an excellent kangaroo habitat and the tea-tree thickets harbor tammar wallabies sheltering from their constant predator – the wedge-tailed eagle.

The deep alluvial soils of Wilson River overlying limestone are perfect for grapevines. The team at False Cape Wines have a newly opened cellar door experience. Sample their range of wines and enjoy a local produce picnic overlooking the vines. Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, established in 1852, stands tall on an exposed headland. Explore the lighthouse precinct and the granite canyon known as ‘Devil’s Kitchen’. This lighthouse shines a warning for sailors traversing the treacherous Backstair’s Passage. The headland provides protection from ocean swells for Antechamber Bay. Take a walk on the long white sandy beach or seek out birds on the quiet backwaters of the Chapman River estuary. The final stop of the day is in Penneshaw, which has access via a 4WD trail known as Binney’s Track. This runs adjacent to Baudin Conservation Park which provides habitat for a range of wildlife including glossy black-cockatoos, kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas. You will be transferred to Kingscote Airport for your flight back to Adelaide.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Dinner on your own

Meals: (B, L)

Day 8: Thursday, January 12, 2023

Departure Transfer to Adelaide Airport – Included Transfer

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Adelaide Airport. Please be waiting near the front entrance at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.  

Takeoff to Ayers Rock (Via Alice Springs)

Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:00

Takeoff to Ayers Rock (Via Alice Springs) and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Thursday, January 12, 2023 12:00

If Sydney is the pulse of Australia, then Uluru is its heart. Rising over 1,000 feet from the pancake flat earth, Uluru is a magnificent monolith that holds deep cultural significance for the Aboriginal people. It casts its spell as soon as you see it glowing in the distance, and you’ll find yourself looking for glimpses of its rusty peaks throughout your stay. Join a base walk and discover miniature pools and Aboriginal cave art hidden in the folds of rock, and enjoy first-class dining on a sand dune at the Sounds of Silence dinner. West of Uluru is a captivating collection of rounded rocks called Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Though less well known, many visitors believe that they are prettier than their popular neighbor. Being located in a semi-arid desert, visitors to Uluru may experience a wide range of temperatures from morning to evening. During the Australian summer months (December – February), temperatures range from 64 degrees F (night) to 118 degrees F (day), so it is important to prepare for high temperatures. In the winter months (May-August) temperatures range from 32 degrees F (night) to 86 degrees F (day). You’ll need solid walking shoes, comfortable casual clothes, and some layers of warmer clothes if you’re traveling in the cooler months. Hat and sunscreen are essential all year.

Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Hotel – Courtesy Shuttle

Thursday, January 12, 2023 14:00

All flights into Ayers Rock are met by an AAT Kings courtesy shuttle, which will transfer us from the airport to our property at Ayers Rock Resort.  

Desert Gardens Hotel

Deluxe Rock View Room, 2 nights

Thursday, January 12, 2023 15:00 – Saturday, January 14, 2023 10:00

Just a short drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock) and only 3 miles from Connellan Airport, the Desert Gardens is a stylish hotel set among flowering native shrubs and eucalyptus trees. Stroll down shaded walkways to spacious poolside rooms, or walk through the gardens to the deluxe rooms – all of which have private courtyards or verandas. At sunset, unwind and listen to the silence of the desert in one of these peaceful enclaves. The Desert Gardens Hotel has 218 air-conditioned guest rooms with all the comforts you would expect from a four-star resort-style hotel. The hotel also has a swimming pool, half-size tennis court and verandas or balconies to soak in the sights and sounds of the desert.

The only rooms in the Resort with views towards Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Australian desert, the Deluxe Rock View Rooms feature a balcony or verandah from which to soak in the sights and sounds of the Red Centre. Rooms feature two double beds or one King bed with an ensuite bathroom.

Kata Tjuta and Uluru Sunset Tour

Thursday, January 12, 2023 16:00

Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way, stop at a lookout for a panoramic view of the eastern side of Kata Tjuta. Continue the drive, arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. In the late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD3)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 9: Friday, January 13, 2023

Ayers Rock Sunrise Tour

Friday, January 13, 2023 06:00

This morning, depart Yulara Resort and travel by AAT Kings tour coach toward Uluru (Ayers Rock). Watch from the vantage point as the sun rises over Ayers Rock while you enjoy tea and coffee. This is the perfect way to start the day, and it will leave you with memories to cherish. 

Sounds of Silence Dinner Evening Experience

Friday, January 13, 2023 17:00

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into 4 magical hours. Enjoy an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A path takes you to an uninterrupted 360-degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here, you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets, you feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Examples include barramundi, kangaroo, emu and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts – all complemented by some of Australia’s finest wines.

Attention then turns to some of the world’s best stargazing as our star talker takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savor a special treat of hot mulled wine. This evening’s excursion includes transfers, pre-dinner drinks (local beer, wine and soft drinks), canapes, BBQ buffet dinner, dessert, tea, coffee and port. Note: As a popular dining experience, Sounds of Silence may be hosted at up to three different sites each night. While guests enjoy dune-top sunset drinks and canapes with breathtaking views of Uluru at all three sites, after the sun sets and guests make their way to their dining area, Uluru may not be seen.

Sounds of Silence Dinner (Shared Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 10: Saturday, January 14, 2023

Takeoff to Cairns

Saturday, January 14, 2023 12:00

Takeoff to Cairns and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Ayers Rock Hotel to Ayers Rock Airport – AAT Kings Courtesy Shuttle

Saturday, January 14, 2023 15:00

Refer to your hotel for the scheduled departure times of the AAT Kings courtesy shuttle to the airport.  Please ensure that you will arrive at Ayers Rock Airport at least 1 hour prior to your flight departure time.

Cairns Domestic Airport to Daintree Ecolodge – Included Transfer

Saturday, January 14, 2023 18:00

Welcome to Daintree Rainforest

Saturday, January 14, 2023 18:30

Australia’s answer to the Amazon, the Daintree Rainforest is more than 100 million years old and is home to the highest number of rare or endangered plant and animal species in the world bar none. This World Heritage listed area north of Port Douglas is alive with history and pulsing with prehistoric plants and animals, all of which can be seen in exciting ways. Glide along the Daintree River and spot saltwater crocodiles as they laze on the muddy banks. Join a 4WD guided tour and explore primeval forest rarely seen by man, or camp out under the stars in one of the unique corners of the world. Further north is a true wonder – Cape Tribulation, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Daintree Rainforest. It is the only place on earth where 2 World Heritage areas exist side by side. This area is a unique ecotourism paradise that was discovered by Captain James Cook, who aptly named the area so because of the troubles he encountered when his ship ran aground here in 1770.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Lagoon Bayan, 3 nights

Saturday, January 14, 2023 19:00 – Tuesday, January 17, 2023 11:00

The Daintree Ecolodge is nestled in the heart of the magnificent World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and offers boutique eco-luxury accommodation in a breath-taking environment of refugial habitats, native flora and fauna, authentic Indigenous culture and sacred and striking diversity. Uniquely positioned adjacent to the majestic Daintree River, the Daintree Eco Lodge is an easy 90-minute drive north of Cairns. No ferry crossing is required, and it is accessible by conventional car. The scenic, fully sealed road passes pristine beaches, rich rural scenery and lush tropical rainforest.

The Daintree Rainforest is a rare jewel in the crown of Mother Nature believed to be over 180 million years old and the lodge’s 15 bayans (treehouses) are immersed in the rainforest canopy allowing guests to reconnect with nature and loved ones in a lush tropical setting. Wake to the sound of birds in the canopy above, take in the majesty of the enchanted rainforest and discover the lodge’s sacred private waterfall, escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the Daintree Wellness Spa and dine on locally-inspired seasonal menus bursting with the freshest and most sustainable ingredients at the onsite restaurant.

The Lagoon Bayans are situated high in the rainforest canopy, with views out to the onsite lagoon and restaurant. Perfect for those on the go and wanting to explore the Daintree and surrounds by day.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD4)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 11: Sunday, January 15, 2023

Half Day Daintree Rainforest Private Tour

Sunday, January 15,, 2023 12:00

Enjoy a privately guided tour with a professional guide traveling over the top of the Daintree Rainforest to the very edge of the ‘Outback’ to observe the native wildlife. The ecosystems experienced are from the Lowland Wet Tropics of the coastal strip through the upper forests and out to the very edge of the wonderful Eucalypt Savannah Outback.

Odyssey Bound is able to take you into the wilderness of Cape York with a unique look at local culture and history. It offers an insight into the many creatures generally unseen. The early departure allows for encounters with creatures that would otherwise be missed.

Traveling off the beaten track in areas not visited by the mainstream, this safari is ideal for people that simply seek to explore a little more than the normal day tours. The itinerary is always flexible to enable full enjoyment of ‘life’s little surprises.’ Wear comfortable shoes and bring that camera.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD5)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 12: Monday, January 16, 2023

Sailaway – Outer Reef (Great Barrier Reef) Mackay Cay Full Day Shared Cruise

Monday, January 16,, 2023 12:00

The adventure starts with an early departure from Port Douglas Marina. Sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs, all part of the outer Great Barrier Reef. You will enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains.

Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkeling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer. Premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including encounters with turtles and an amazing display of giant clam gardens, beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish.

Exploring the white sands of the coral cays will relax the mind. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquility and swim in turquoise clear waters. Small numbers of guests ensure personal interactive communication with experience guides.

A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees, supplied by local plantations, will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation. Expert guiding and 1st class services are all included from helpful, friendly crew. Please bring your bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat.

Note there is an Environment Management Charge of $6.50 AUD per person; it’s payable on the day of travel direct to Sailaway.

Dinner on your own

Meals: (B, L)

Day 13: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Departure Transfer to Cairns Airport – Included Transfer

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 07:00

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Cairns Airport. Please be waiting near the front entrance at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

Takeoff to Hamilton Island

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 10:00

Takeoff to Hamilton Island and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Arrival Transfer to Hayman Island – Shared Transfer

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 14:00

We will inform the Hayman staff of our reservation and they can arrange for transfer of our bags directly onto the launch. The luxury launch will take around one hour to transfer from Hamilton to Hayman Island.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Lagoon Room, 3 nights

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 14:00 – Friday, January 20, 2023 12:00

Hayman Island is a private island resort in the heart of the Whitsundays. The nearest island to the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island is ideal for nature based activities and exceptional guest experiences. Featuring 160 guest rooms, suites, villas and penthouses across three main accommodation wings, Hayman Island provides guests the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Restaurants and bars offer an array of local and international cuisine, while the spa and water-sports facilities complete the island experience. Perfect for families, couples and honeymooners, the resort also provides an idyllic setting for a wide range of celebrations and events.Please note that restaurants are subject to seasonal and rotational openings. Breakfast is included.

Overlooking the Hayman Lagoon or tropical gardens, the Lagoon Rooms offer serenity and spaciousness on levels 1, 2 or 3 of the resort. Offering soft finishes and luxury amenities, you can retreat into an open-plan residence offering king or twin bedding, separate dressing room and private balcony. Luxury spills into a contemporary ensuite complete with a double vanity, shower and separate bath tub.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD6)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 14: Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Hayman Island

At Leisure

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 14:00

Welcome to Paradise! Hayman Island offers a range of activities and excursions for you to do as much, or as little, as you want during your stay. Activities incur a charge, which is to be paid direct to Hayman at time of stay. We recommend pre-booking activities to avoid disappointment, as some options do fill up during peak times.

Air Whitsunday has serviced the needs of Hayman guests for over 35 years and is the largest seaplane operator in the Southern Hemisphere and the longest established seaplane operator in Australia. The seaplane pilots are among the most experienced in Australia and are dedicated to ensuring guests have a safe and memorable experience. Limited numbers on the aircraft and exclusive use of glass bottom vessel inside the coral suspended Hardy Lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef, ensure small groups and dedicated service from your pilot. 

Helireef Helicopters allow you to experience the best scenic views over the Great Barrier Reef, world famous Heart Reef, breathtaking Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. Your experienced pilot will provide informative in-flight commentary via private headsets. With Helireef’s small exclusive numbers, you are always in the best seat of the house to experience maximum viewing and excellent photographic opportunities. Their modern fleet comprises the popular 3-seater R44 for intimate picnics to the 6-seater Bell 206 Longranger, providing the ultimate luxury touring experience.

Or for those that want to keep their feet on the ground, there are plenty of walking tracks and look outs. Dolphin Point is a 90 minute/2.5 mile walk, and one of the best places to watch the sunrise or sunset.  The Whitsunday lookout is a one mile walk, over some rough terrain, but offering great views over Hayman marina and the best sunset views looking back over the Whitsunday Passage. In summary the Hayman walks are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Hayman’s national park surrounds and breathtaking views.

The Hayman Island Activities Centre has 6 championship-size tennis courts comprising of 5 Artificial Grass and 1 Hardcourt. The tennis facility is adjacent to the golf range and Hayman Fitness Centre which has a wide variety of Technogym Cardio equipment, cable machines, free weights and other holistic equipment. The Activities Center has qualified instructors to provide Yoga, Personal Training and Tennis tuition in either group or individual format.

Or, enjoy a relaxing day at Spa Hayman with a comprehensive selection of health and spa programs presented by professional therapists.  Featuring 13 individual treatment rooms, including a romantic couple’s room, beachfront ocean view massage pavilions, two separate relaxation lounges, a relaxing hydrotherapy area, Vichy, sauna, steam rooms and change rooms, a spa orientation program, a state-of-the-art hair salon incorporating special occasion make-up and Pevonia Botanica product.

Group Lunch 9 with Beer & Wine (OD7) – enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: (B,L)

Day 15: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Hayman Island

Day at Leisure

Thursday, January 19, 2023 14:00

Hayman Island Water Activities Hayman Island offers a range of activities and excursions for you to do as much, or as little, as you want during your stay. Activities that incur a charge are to be paid direct to Hayman at time of stay.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD8)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 16: Friday, January 20, 2023

Departure Transfer from Hayman Island – Shared Transfer

Friday, January 20, 2023 09:00

During your stay, Hayman Guest Services will provide you with a time to meet in the Central Lanai.  From here you will be transferred to the marina pontoon for boarding. Transfer by luxury launch from Hayman back to Hamilton Island.

Takeoff to Sydney

Flight

Friday, January 20, 2023 11:00

Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

All intra-tour flights are economy class and are included in your fare.

Welcome to Sydney

Friday, January 20, 2023 12:00

Welcome to Sydney. Australia’s most visited state, New South Wales partly owes its popularity with tourists to the glamorous city of Sydney. With its harbor beaches and intoxicating blend of bushland and bustling city, Sydney is a perfect snapshot of Australia. Beyond the glow of Sydney, New South Wales becomes a sweeping landscape of quaint, beachside hamlets, inland opal-mining towns, and alpine hideaways. Visitors can take a surfing lesson on one of the world’s most renowned beaches or get intimate with Sydney – whether by a walking tour of the Rocks area, a visit to Sydney’s fish market or dinner at one of the city’s famed restaurants.

Sydney Domestic Airport to Sydney City Hotel – Included Transfer

Friday, January 20, 2023 14:00

Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Deluxe Full Harbour Room, 3 nights

Friday, January 20, 2023 15:00 – Monday, January 23, 2023 12:00

The spectacular Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is just a stroll away from the harbor and the Opera House, and lies in the center of Sydney’s business district. Well known for its impeccable service, the hotel also features comfortable rooms and impressive views of the city and harbor. The hotel offers 531 rooms; suites, elegantly decorated in a luxurious contemporary style. Views from the guest rooms include Sydney’s most famous icons: the sunrise over the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Opera House, the harbor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and beyond.

Soak up the world-famous view of Sydney Harbour from your Deluxe Full Harbour Room, which features a panoramic vista of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It’s the perfect vantage point to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a luxurious city break. The deluxe rooms are beautifully designed with decor that exudes sophistication, from rich silk fabrics to mahogany wood. Every aspect of the interior design is created with the attention to detail that has made Four Seasons synonymous with luxury around the world. Five-star amenities like the organic Australian Appelles bath products and deep soaking tub will help you unwind, while a dedicated office desk and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi will keep you connected.

Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits (OD9)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 17: Saturday, January 21, 2023

As You Wish:

You can participate in the climb or have the morning at leisure

BridgeClimb Summit – Day Climb Shared Tour

Saturday, January 21, 2023 09:00

BridgeClimb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by a professional BridgeClimb leader on an adventure of the world’s most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo. For safety reasons climbers cannot take personal items onto the bridge (including cameras). For climbers aged 75 years and older, a certificate of fitness must be signed by a physician and presented at check in.

Outlander Lunch 10 with Beer & Wine (OD10)

The Rocks Walking Tour

Private Tour

Saturday, January 21, 2023 13:00

The story of the first settlement of the colony of New South Wales in 1788 will be brought alive while you are entertained with stories of rascals, rats and restoration. Tours include some of Sydney’s oldest dwellings, shops – old and new, homes of the ‘well-to-do,’ and the cottages of the working class. Still to be seen are the pubs and hotels once frequented by the locals and sailors alike and the haunts of cut-throats and rogues. The many narrow alleyways, sandstone stairs and a beautiful church combine to weave a fascinating tapestry of life in past and present times.

For an enjoyable experience on the tour, wear comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water, and pack all-weather gear appropriate to the day, such as an umbrella and raincoat or a hat and sunscreen. Tours are conducted in all weather; rain or shine. 

As You Wish:

Dinner & Opera or Dinner and then your evening is free

Sydney Opera House and Dinner Package, Gold Bennelong Experience with Reserved Opera Tickets

Saturday, January 21, 2023 17:00

Meet your guide for a VIP evening tour, indulge on Premium Australian produce and wine at the spectacular Bennelong Restaurant, indulge in a 2 course pre-theatre meal with 2 paired wines to create the ultimate Sydney Opera House experience. The night ends with a world class opera performance. 

Group Gold Bennelong Dinner (2 Courses with Paired Wine)

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 18: Sunday, January 22, 2023

Sydney In Style – Half Day Private Tour

Sunday, January 22, 2023 08:00

Depart from your Sydney hotel to discover the fabulous city of Sydney. You will travel through the business district and shopping areas, see Darling Harbour and the vibrant China Town and drive along Oxford Street with its trendy terrace houses and boutique fashion shops. See Centennial Park, a 220-hectare urban parkland in Eastern Sydney. Reaching the coastline, see Bronte and Tamarama, then go on to explore the famous Bondi Beach. Spend 30 minutes walking the promenade or enjoying a coffee overlooking the beach.

From here, continue along the coastal drive past Macquarie Lighthouse to the Southern Headland of Sydney Harbour. Visit Watsons Bay before following the harbor foreshore towards Sydney City. You pass some of Australia’s most exclusive waterfront suburbs where harbor mansions may be seen. Drive through Vaucluse, Double Bay before reaching the colorful Kings Cross. Head through Woolloomooloo and see the famous Harry’s Cafe De Wheels. Visit Sydney’s Botanical Gardens and enjoy some spectacular Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. Return to Sydney’s CBD via Saint Mary’s Cathedral, historic convict buildings, State Parliament House and the historical quarter of the ‘Rocks.’ Visit Sydney’s Observatory Hill for amazing views over Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains. Drop off back at your Sydney hotel, restaurant or other city location.

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise – Share with Others

Sunday, January 22, 2023 18:25

Sydney Harbour at sunset can be something else, with a pink glow and the city lights that start to shine bright. This dinner cruise allows you to enjoy the city and harbor in sublime comfort and style. The modern 78 foot vessel is designed to feel luxurious and super comfortable, with a maximum of 90 guests, making this an intimate and special experience.

Depart at 6.25pm and begin the cruise towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As the sun begins to set, enjoy amazing views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore and after decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. This is a thoughtful and regionally focussed menu, served over three courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special and used an array of fresh and beautiful New South Wales ingredients. Dinner is paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. Wines have been hand selected by the sommelier from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales – so wine lovers are in for a real treat! 

After dinner, head back past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back into dock at 9.40pm.

Dinner Cruise (Shared Group Dinner Including Wine, Beer, and Spirits)

Meals: (B, D)

Day 19: Monday, January 23, 2023

Sydney City Hotel to Sydney Pier – Included Transfer to Pier

Monday, January 23, 2023

Join your Silversea Cruise to discover how Australia and New Zealand are so close, yet so far away. Begin your transformative trip from Sydney’s showy shores, ollowing on Tasmania. A couple of sea days and you’ll be cruising the silent waters of Milford and Doubtful Sounds – surely the jewels in NZ’s fjordland. Discovery of both the North and South islands amid outdoor adventures, local wine tastings and dramatic views complete your trip:

Sydney

Embark Silver Whisper – Sydney

Monday, January 23, 2023 DEPARTURE 19:00

With its glorious harbour, lavish golden beaches and iconic landmarks, Sydney is Australia’s showpiece city. Creative and curious, discover the world-class cuisine, indigenous culture, and irresistible beach life that make Sydney one of the world’s most dynamic, exciting destinations. Sydney’s sparkling harbour is the heart of a richly cultural city. Overlooked by the metallic curves of the masterpiece of an Opera House, and that grand arched harbour bridge. Take it all in from the water, and admire the iconic landmarks, which are set before the city’s gleaming skyline backdrop.

Day at sea

Day at sea

Day 20: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 INTERNATIONAL WATERS

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Day 21: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Port Arthur, a historically somber UNESCO World Heritage site, sits in over 40 hectares of beautiful, landscaped grounds, close to the Tasman National Park, itself famed for its dramatic beauty.

Today, Port Arthur brings the story of Australia’s colonial history to life through stories of the very people who lived here.

A major site for punishing transported convicts who had further offended since deportation, many thousands of prisoners passed through the penal colony at one time or another. Throughout its history it has been a place of both torturous punishment and for some of the luckier ones, educational opportunity.

Partly restored ruins of the colony and church, built with great skill by convicts in the 1830’s and the aptly named Island of the Dead, an island cemetery for convicts, are today prime attractions. This is a place jam packed with history, vividly brought to life by well informed guides and displays, it’s a moving and engrossing visit. In sharp contrast to the convicts, visitors are free to wander and explore.

Turn up after dark, to look for evidence of the spookier side of Port Arthur, as part of the very popular ghost tour – Lit only by lanterns, the tour takes you through some of the most infamous buildings, quite different at nightfall. The guides will fill you in on some of the stranger goings on that have been noted in what is considered the most haunted place in Australia. The daily tourists departed, the long gone seem really quite close!

Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania

Day 22: Thursday, January 26, 2023

Mount Wellington’s looming, cloud-wisped form is an ever-present sight as you explore booming Hobart, the cosmopolitan capital of Australia’s most southerly state. A former British penal colony, nowadays Australia’s second-oldest city is a place to live the free and easy life. Encircled by dramatic cliffs, landscaped gardens and rolling vineyards, Hobart is also well stacked with cultural pursuits including museums, and respected – if controversial – galleries plastering new and old art to their walls. With fresh sea breezes and a fabulous location, Hobart is a creative place, where you can browse the produce of local artisans in Saturday’s massive Salamanca Market – which draws visitors from all across Tasmania and beyond. Eat at waterfront restaurants, or rise up Mount Wellington’s slopes to appreciate the remoteness of Hobart’s location. From this elevated platform, you can look down across views of flowing forests, undulating mountains and endless ocean swallowing up the city. Further away, animal sanctuaries introduce you to the island’s famous inhabitants, including the famous Tasmanian devil. Thirsty? Hobart has a long brewing tradition – so enjoy a refreshing ale poured from the country’s oldest brewery. The climate’s blend of generous sunshine and cool Antarctic breezes helps Hobart to produce its acclaimed wines, and thick clumps of pinot noir grapes hang from vineyards dotted along the valleys nearby. Taste the wines, accompanied by a platter of artisan cheese and sausage. Whiskey aficionados aren’t left in the cold either, with international award-winning distilleries close by.

Day at sea

Day at sea

Day 23: Friday, January 27, 2023

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day at sea

Day at sea

Day 24: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Cruising Milford Sound

Cruising Milford Sound

Day 25: Sunday January 29, 2023

Named after Milford Haven in Wales, Milford Sound is not a sound but a fjord, yet the name has stuck. In 1998 the Maori name Piopiotahi has been added and officially it should be written as Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. The local name refers to the extinct New Zealand Thrush (the piopio). Milford Sound sits within South Island’s Fiordland National Park, one of the four national parks forming the UNESCO World Heritage site “Te Wahipounamu” –pounamu being the local greenstone highly estimated for carvings by the Maori. The fjord has a length of approximately 16 kilometers and a depth of more than 290 meters. Steep cliffs, several impressive waterfalls and dense rainforest characterize the fjord. Halfway down the fjord is Stirling Falls, the second tallest. Near the end of the sound the U-shaped Sinbad Gully and the famous Mitre Peak which rises to a height of 1,692 meters can be seen, while on the eastern side is Lady Bowen Falls, at 162 meters the tallest of the falls. The Piopiotahi Marine Reserve protects the flora and fauna in the water. Apart from bottlenose dolphins in the fjord, New Zealand fur seals can be seen resting on Seal Rock on the northern shore, while on the opposite side is a Fiordland Crested Penguin site.

Cruising Doubtful Sound

Cruising Doubtful Sound

Sunday January 29, 2023

As with all of New Zealand’s fiords, Doubtful Sound is a masterpiece of nature. The only way to reach it is by boat, crossing Lake Manapouri, so of the three Sounds (Dusky and Milford being the other two), Doubtful is the least touristy. Thus those who are lucky enough to experience Doubtful Sound deserve it. Because of the Sound’s inaccessibility, you’ll encounter very few people as you float through the silent waterways. Animals, however, are a different matter. Because of the lack of human interaction, Mother Nature has been given a free rein here. The dense forest is rife with wildlife and birdsong is a constant soundtrack (otherwise it is the sound of silence). In the water, you can expect to get up close and personal with fur seals, pods of bottlenose dolphins and some lucky souls have even sighted the occasional whale and albatross. Ornithologists will no doubt already know that Doubtful Sound is home to the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, so be sure to keep your binoculars ready as it would be a shame to miss the once in a lifetime sighting. The region is famous for its seven meter annual rainfall, so do not be surprised if the sun isn’t shining. Yet despite the potential mist, Doubtful Sound remains majestic. The waterfalls are more mesmerising, the glassy water more mysterious, and the mountains rising into the clouds more impressive. As the Fiordlands website puts it, Doubtful Sound offers its visitors “cloistered serenity”. Expect to be both humbled and uplifted.

Day at sea

Day at sea

Day 26: Monday, January 30, 2023

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

Day 27: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The south-easterly coast of New Zealand’s wild southern island is a haven for outdoor adventures, with masses of raw scenic beauty and thrilling coastline. Heading the Otago Harbour, Dunedin is a cosmopolitan city of culture and architectural splendour, with a distinctly tartan flare. Settled by the Scots in 1848, the romantically misty valleys and moody landscapes, continue to capture the hearts of visitors to these distant shores. Searing bagpipes echo down the streets in the Edinburgh of the South, which wears its Scottish origins proudly. Gothic revival architecture is scattered liberally, including the magnificent university – with its glorious clocktower – and the city’s grand cathedral. Head to the elegant Octagon to see the statue to Robert Burns, whose nephew was a city founder. The railway station is perhaps the pick of this city’s many artistic structures. Its glowing gardens and pretty mosaics add extra detail to the elegant, gingerbread building. It’s also the perfect jumping-off point for romantic rail adventures along the coastline. The melodramatic coastline of the Otago Peninsula boasts dramatic cliffs and sea-sprayed beaches, as well as an abundance of animals. Explore cliffs laced with tunnels and hidden walkways, to get you up close and personal with Yellow-eyed penguins. Sea lions and seals also sprawl out on windswept beaches, drifting in and out of indulgent dozes. The south island’s second-largest city regularly receives a top-up of youthful energy thanks to its healthy student population. Not that Dunedin is lacking a distinctly quirky personality of its own, as showcased by the event where locals race thousands of chocolate orbs down the world’s steepest street – Baldwin Street. Museums in the city tell of Chinese influences, as well as the stories of early Maori settlers. Round off an active day sampling a South Island institution – an icy beer from Speight’s Brewery.

Akaroa

Akaroa

Day 28: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

With pretty painted cottages, overflowing verdant balconies and street names such as Rue Lavaud and Fleur Lane, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped onto the streets of Provence upon arrival in Akaroa. And yet, here you are, in New Zealand’s South Island, less than 50 kilometres from Christchurch. The French connection stems from 1838, when Captain Jean Francois Langlois acquired the land for six British pounds (and questionable circumstances) from the Maoris. He then travelled home to France in order to bring back anyone who might want to join him in his new life. However, during his travels, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed (signatories included two Akaroa Maori chiefs) and New Zealand’s first Governor, Hobson, declared sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand. Thus when Langlois and his settlers arrived back, they were faced with a choice: either return home to France or stay on. They chose the latter, and their legacy prevails. There are many stunning places on the coast of New Zealand, but none of them can quite hold a candle to Akaroa. Visually, it is stunning. Surrounded by natural wonders, the town (Maori for “Long Harbour”) stands on a peninsula formed by two volcanic cones, and is self-styled as nature’s playground. Such a moniker might seem superlative for other destinations, but not here: sheep graze almost right to the water’s edge, dolphins are regularly spotted in the many small, secluded bays and Lord of the Rings grandeur stretches as far as the eye can see.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Day 29: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Lodged between high mountains and the Pacific Ocean, on New Zealand’s South Island, it is said that no two views in Kaikoura are the same. Look left, and you’ll see snow caped peaks and rolling meadows. Look right, and you’ll see seals hauling out on rugged shores. Look straight ahead and you’ll see nothing except the wide expanse of the Pacific. Kaikoura’s claim to fame is its rich abundance of marine life. Visitors have a 95% chance of spotting giant sperm whales, as well as dusky dolphins, orcas and humpback whales, regardless of whether you are travelling by boat or by air. Additionally, New Zealand Fur Seals live in the shallow waters of the town’s peninsula, and surely there can be no greater experience than swimming alongside the playful marine mammal in its natural habitat. Very little is known about the town’s Māori history, although the word “Kaikoura” translates in the Māori language as a ‘meal of crayfish’ (‘kai’ meaning ‘food’, ‘koura’ meaning ‘crayfish’). In Māori legend, the great fisherman Maui placed his foot on the Kaikoura peninsula to steady himself while he fished the North Island from the sea with his fishhook taken from his grandmother’s jaw-bone. The legend attracted Māori settlers to the coast, and several of their settlements (pa) can still be seen from the peninsula. More recently, Captain Cook discovered the region in 1770, although believed it to be an island. European settlers began a thriving whaling trade in the 1840s, which only ceased in the mid-1960s.

Wellington

Wellington

Day 30: Friday, Feburary 3, 2023

Sprawling around a hook-shaped peninsula, Wellington is a vibrant and energetic seaside capital. A compact, well-stocked city of buzzing bars and chatting cafes, New Zealand’s capital is a bright and breezy place with an infectious, easy-going atmosphere. Known as the creative hub of the South Pacific, there are shows to see, art installations to enjoy, and rich flavours to savour here. The sounds of rare and beautiful birdlife fill the hills around the city, and the bush of the green belt provides easy-to-access sanctuary, strolls and cycle rides. The Botanical Gardens break up the buildings, even more, while an iconic, cherry-red cable car rumbles up Wellington’s slope to the city’s best viewpoint, looking out over the city’s scenic harbour from above. Zealandia has provided an urban home for rare and endangered birdlife, bringing many species back from the brink. Varied museums cover everything from Maori traditions to earthquake simulations and even the real-life Kraken – a displayed colossal squid. Wellington is only New Zealand’s third-biggest city, but spend some time here and you’ll realise that’s a blessing. Eminently strollable, you can stop in at countless cool cafes to top up your caffeine levels whenever your energy is flagging – the smell of a fresh artisan espresso is never far away. The wines grown nearby are revered, and the city’s craft beers are also making waves. Wander the breezy waterfront, and admire the surfers riding the wind-whipped rollers of the self-proclaimed ‘coolest little capital in the world’.

Picton

Picton

Day 31: Saturday, February 4, 2023

The gateway to New Zealand’s South Island waits just across the Cook Strait from Wellington. Pretty Picton is a beautiful harbour town, lying on the cusp of the mighty scenery of the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park, and providing an attractive link between New Zealand’s two main islands. The journey into the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound is a vista that only New Zealand can provide, as you sail through crumpled green peaks and folding hills, towards Picton’s little flotillas of yachts and endearing waterfront appeal. You could easily spend days here browsing art studios and galleries, nursing freshly ground coffees, and watching the undulations of the bay’s waters from Picton’s waterfront eateries. Or enjoying the coastal location and sea views while wandering Picton Memorial Park, among palm trees, bright flowers and benches that sit before sweeping views of the Sound. There’s a lot to explore beyond Picton’s limits, too, with mighty flayed inlets and glorious sweeping bays enticing you out into the sumptuous panoramas. The Marlborough Sounds are 1,500 km of eye-rubbingly beautiful scenery, formed by submerged valleys cascading down to the sea’s waters. With its multitude of bays, coves and islands, you’ll find no shortage of walks, as well as plenty of opportunities to get out onto the calm water and push through the gentle waves in kayaks. Or sit back and enjoy weaving through the scenery from the comfort of a sailboat, looking out for abundant wildlife like penguins, dolphins and seals. Vineyards coat the sheltered land between the mountains and ocean – generating the perfect climate for cultivation. Sample a glass of the renowned Sauvignon Blanc, from the Blenheim wine region nearby for a taste of the fruitful produce.

Napier

Napier

Day 32: Sunday, February 5, 2023

Sip the fine wines of legendary producers, visit Cape Kidnappers’ crowds of birdlife, and wander the stylish streets of the world’s art deco capital, during your time in handsome Napier. Located on the huge arc of Hawke’s Bay, Napier enjoys a generous Mediterranean style climate and a breezy cafe culture. A green, outdoor town, wander Marine Parade, which borders the rich blue Pacific and invites you to stroll along a tree-lined two-mile seafront. Take the gentle hike up to Bluff Hill, for panoramic views over the lively Napier Port and out towards Cape Kidnappers – given its name following a clash between Captain Cook’s settlers and the local Maori population. Here you’ll encounter one of the world’s largest mainland gannet colonies creating a colourful cacophony by the sea. Set on sheer cliffs, the golden-headed birds are an incredible sight, swirling overhead and dancing before you. The city’s renowned Art Deco architecture glows in the sunshine of New Zealand’s North Island. Built following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which ripped through the region in 1931. The rebuild, in the architectural fashion of the time, has left an authentic treasure-trove of 30s style buildings. Grapes thrive in the warm, dry climate of Napier and Hawke’s Bay, which is one of New Zealand’s oldest wine regions. Swirl glasses in waterfront bars or head out to walk among the vineyards of pinot gris and syrah grapes, learning of the climate conditions that help add sophisticated flavour to every bottle.

Gisborne

Gisborne

Day 33: Monday, February 6, 2023

With a population of around 35,000 and located on the north island, Gisborne exudes history at every turn. Maori for “Great standing place of Kiwa”, Kiwa was a leading figure aboard the Maori ancestral canoe, Takitimu, which ran aground in Gisborne around 1450 AD. After landing, Kiwa became a coastal guardian, eventually marrying Parawhenuamea, the keeper of the streams. The union point of three rivers and the first place to see the sun, the city is filled with light and laugher and gracefully squeezes surfer’s beaches with the district’s colonial past. Captain Cook made his first landfall here, John Harris set up his first trading station in the then village and today, Gisborn is the major centre of Maori cultural life.Suffice to say then that the city is a watery wonderland. With its picture perfect beaches, what savvy traveller does not want to add being among the first people in the world to say they have watched the sky change colour as the sun bursts from out of the sea. A place of nature, spectacular beach cliff views are all just part and parcel of everyday life here, and easy walks from the centre of town to the Titirangi Reserve will award you with yet more unbelievable 180˚ vistas from Poverty Bay to Gisborne City; stretch your eyes with the panorama, while stretching your legs on one of the many enjoyable walks.A perfect place to stroll, amble and wander, like much of New Zealand Gisborne keeps a healthy respect for history and nature and enjoys a very laid back feel.

Tauranga

Tauranga

Day 34: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Tauranga is New Zealand’s sunny capital – with wide sweeping beaches and surfers curling across cresting waves. Climb to the top for spectacular views of the natural harbour, or take winding coastal footpaths to explore the unfolding scenery. An entry point to the vast indent of the Bay of Plenty, the volcanic peak of Mount Maunganui is a fittingly dramatic welcome. Brooding, geothermal energy creates spectacular natural attractions across this region, while plunging waterfalls, and fascinating Maori culture ensures that the Bay of Plenty has a lot to offer visitors. Said to receive New Zealand’s highest amount of sunshine, the hanging kiwi, citrus fruit and avocados add an exotic touch to the area’s landscape – especially around Te Puke. Vibrant teal and orange colours await at the stunning geothermal area of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, where mud pools bubble and steam rises from the earth. There are more hot pools, and some of the country’s best scenery, at Lake Rotoiti – where you can kayak across the smooth surface and enter a cave that glows gentle blue, with its darkened roof illuminated by glittering glow worms. Enter New Zealand’s fantasy world, with a visit to some of the country’s celebrated filming spots – which have featured as doubles for JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth’s fantasy settings. Offshore, the wonderful White Island’s volcanic cone peeks from the waves, and New Zealand’s most active volcano certainly knows how to put on a show, belching out smoke across the water.

Auckland

Auckland

Day 35: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Blending beachy recreation with all the delights of a modern, diverse and thoroughly multicultural city, Auckland sits on the lucid blue-green waters of New Zealand’s north island. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, its two harbours will tempt you with waterfront walks, and the chance to breathe fresh sea air deep into your lungs while absorbing spectacular views of Auckland’s grand harbour bridge’s span. Take in the true scale of Auckland’s magnificent cityscape by ascending 192 metres to the Sky Tower, and looking out over the city’s gleaming silver towers, which reflect on the abundant waters below. Views over the bay and adjacent islands await, and you can share elegant cocktails at this dizzying height, above the mingling yachts of Viaduct Harbour.

DISEMBARK SHIP AND TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Takeoff to USA

Flight

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Takeoff to USA and continue home!

Special offer for booking in October 2021: $2500 Air Credit PER PERSON
towards your international air!

Meals: (B)

SUITES & FARES INCLUDE AUSTRALIA LAND AND NEW ZEALAND CRUISE

Silversea’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in luxury cruising. All include the services of a butler thanks to the highest service ratio at sea and almost all have a private teak veranda so that you can breathe in the fresh sea air by merely stepping outside your door. Select your suite – guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Pricing depends on suite type selected and includes the pre-cruise Australia land portion:

Grand Suite

Grand Suite

Up to 1,435 ft² including veranda FROM: $44,749 per person

Silver Suite

Silver Suite

Up to 701 ft² including veranda FROM: $41,049 per person

Medallion Suite

Medallion Suite

Up to 521 ft² including veranda FROM: $40,949 per person

Deluxe Veranda Suite

Deluxe Veranda Suite

Up to 345 ft² including veranda FROM: $33,249 per person

Superior Veranda Suite

Superior Veranda Suite

Up to 345 ft² including veranda FROM: $32,649 per person

Classic Veranda Suite

Classic Veranda Suite

Up to 345 ft² including veranda FROM: $32,249 per person

Vista Suite

Vista Suite Oceanview

Up to 287 ft² FROM: $29,949 per person

Fares shown are per Guest based on double occupancy and are for the tour and cruise combined, based on the suite category you select for the 16 day cruise portion.

Also included with the cruise portion:

  • Private Executive Transfers (between home and airport)
  • Economy Class Air Roundtrip Offer (if booked in promotional window)i
  • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  • 1 Shore Excursion per port, per day
  • Spacious suites – over 80% with private verandas
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities

Ship – Silver Whisper

The amenities of a grand resort. The charms of a stylish boutique hotel. Silversea’s Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow invite you to enjoy Silversea’s world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship. Revel in the pampering treatments of an expanded wellness spa, shop the hottest trends from top designers at our shipboard boutiques, and enjoy dynamic full-scale productions in a multi-tiered show lounge. Silver Whisper luxury cruise ship has it all. Design your own schedule … or no schedule at all … Silver Whisper. VIEW DECK PLAN

Silversea Small Luxury Cruise Ship - Silver Whisper
Our ship, Silver Whisper

Pricing

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Does not include international airfare*, activities on Hayman Island, spa, shopping or insurance
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Pricing is based on availability and double-occupancy. No triples and very limited single occupancy
Single price is 200% (though singles can pair up for a limited number of rooms that have 2 beds).
22 guests minimum and 22 guests maximum. Price is nonrefundable, so insurance strongly recommended.

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International Airfare to Australia and return from New Zealand to/ from the USA
special offer covers air cost up to $5000 per person (which can also be used towards business class) + ask about additional air offer

A deposit in the amount of $7,500 per person for the Australia Tour is required at time of requesting booking, to cover tour and cruise deposit (up to Superior Veranda Suite, higher suites will require higher deposit). The deposit is refundable until May 4, 2022 except for a $350 per person admin fee, and any air or insurance purchased.

Final payment is due May 5, 2022. All funds become non-refundable at this time. Both the tour and the cruise have penalty dates.

We suggest you purchases Travel Insurance to protect your investment. Travel Insurance must be purchased within 48-hours of the initial deposit to receive the full benefits the policy affords. MGA Travel offers different coverage options with varying levels of coverage, most recently offering Cancel For Any Reason insurance offerings. The Cancel For Any Reason insurance premium must be purchased within 10 days of the initial deposit. This information is available in our Terms & Conditions, as well as on our website. We will quote you insurance, though it must be adjusted for flights once they are added.

Prices are based on double-occupancy and availability. International economy airfare roundtrip USA not included but if you book in the promotional window, we will give our free air promo – up to $5000 per person. Business class upgrades additional and based on availability, and your air credit is good towards the cost of Economy, Premium Economy or Business class, if booked in the promo window.

There may be a limited number of rooms for solo travelers and if so, there will be a single supplement of 200%.

Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize deposit. Also (if we don’t already have it) please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email michael@mgatravel.com .

Meals on Cruise Portion: (B, L, D) Every Day of the Cruise and Includes Wine, Beer & Spirits

A map of the cruise itinerary (click on the map to make it larger)

Grand Australia & New Zealand 2023
(Key: green circle is the arrival location, black circles are mid-points, red circle is departure – number is # of nights)

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