Emerald Princess Cruise of Australia + New Zealand
11-Night Cruise & 3-Day Pre-cruise of Brisbane + Sydney
Pre-cruise: Feb 9, 2017 at Brisbane, AU
Embarkation: Feb 13, 2017 at Sydney, AU
Disembarkation: Feb 24, 2017 at Auckland, NZ
Emerald Princess Cruise of Australia & New Zealand
Brinsbane + Sydney: Fruit World / Crab Catching Cruise / Paradise Country / Blue Mountains National Park / Sydney Opera House
Shore Excursion: Hobart, Dunedin, Akaroa, Tauranga
Arrival day (Feb 9, 2017) Vancouver Canada > Brisbane Australia
Arrive in Brisbane and transfer to hotel. Stay in Hotel Jen 4*, Brisbane or similar.
*If arrive before 11am, you can take an optional half-day city tour of eHome. See details at the end.
Day 1 Brisbane
In the morning, visit a 65-hectare Fruit World, home to more than 500 kinds of fruits including those you have never seen. Take a tractor train through the land. A guided cruise will take you through the islands to see different fruits of the world and try some interesting yet delicious fruit sample afterwards. After lunch head over to the Tweed River in southern Gold Coast. Take a crab catching cruise and feed some Pelicans along the way. Enjoy a freshly cooked crab lunch on board. Stay in Jupiter 5* or similar.
Day 2 Brisbane > Sydney
Have some fun in the Paradise Country. Watch an authentic Sheep Shearing show and see how the shepherd herbs sheep. Take an optional visit to the Koalas and get a photo with them. Enjoy a traditional Billy Tea while you see the Australian Stock Horse in a show full of action. Later on take a flight to the biggest city of Australia – Sydney. Stay in Holiday Inn 4* or similar.
Day 3 Sydney City Tour > Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, eastern Australia. Take the scenic cableway up to see the amazing Three Sister rock. The afternoon is a city tour to: Hyde Park, St Mary's Cathedral, the Sydney Opera House and so on. Dinner at a restaurant in Chinatown.
Day 4 Emerald Princess
Transfer to pier and board the Emerald Princess.
Cruise Shore Excursions
The 11-night Princess cruise embark in Sydney and disembark in Auckland, New Zealand. There are six ports: Hobart, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Napier and Tauranga. We’ve arranged four exquisic shore excursion for the most significant ports so you can enjoy the most of the trip.
Hobart > Wildlife Sanctuary > Barilla Bay Oysters Farm > Abalone Factory
A leisurely city tour in Hobart. Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many lovely animals including the precious species that only exist in Tasmania. Learn about the cultivation of the all-year oyster from Pacific Ocean and try some sample at the Barilla Bay Oysters Farm. See the cultivation and processing of abalone at the Abalone Factory.
Dunedin, New Zealand
Otago Peninsula - Yellow-eyed Penguin > Larnach Castle > Dunedin City
Dunedin is also known as the Edinburg of the southern hemisphere. Transfer to the Otago Peninsula, an island full of wildlife and natural beauty among which is the lovely yet uncommon Yellow-eyed Penguin. Visit the Larnach Castle, a Gothic Revival style castle built in 1876 with an attractive garden. Return to Dunedin for a city tour featuring some must-see attractions such as the Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world and the Dunedin Railway Station built in 1906 which earned its architect the nickname of “Gingerbread George”.
Akaroa, New Zealand
Christchurch > Cardboard Cathedral > Re: Start
Akaroa on Banks Peninsula is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Set out to the Christchurch. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings. During the process of rebuild, some interesting buildings pop out such as the Cardboard Cathedral, a church built by cardboard and Re: Start, a temporary mall built from shipping containers. We will also visit the suburbs to enjoy the beauty of the small town of Littleton and the magnificent Canterbury scenery.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley > Maori Art & Crafts Centre
Depart from Tauranga, travel to Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley which surrounded by geothermal eruption, hot springs and geothermal bubble mud pond. The famous Pohutu geyser is right here. In the Maori Art & Crafts Centre (Te Puia), learn about the traditions and culture that insisted by generations of Maori people. Experience a traditional Maori welcome party with singing, dancing and display of fighting skills. See the native New Zealand Kiwi bird at a close distance. Lunch is an authentic Maori meal. Te Puke is a town famous for the cultivation of kiwi fruit. The Kiwi 360 is just 10min drive from town. Take a walk in the kiwi farm and try some delightful kiwi juice or ice-cream.
Extra package for those arrive in Brisbane before 11am on Feb 9, 2017.
Brisbane Airport pickup / transfer
Brisbane half-day city tour
Lunch in Chinatown
Auckland brief city tour
Auckland airport transfer