Australia & New Zealand Cruise
November 4 - 19, 2022 (16 Days)
Airfare ABQ to Sydney, AUS (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
1 night’s lodging at an excellent hotel in Sydney
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
All airport/hotel/ship transfers
13-night cruise with all meals onboard
City tour in Sydney, AUS
All gratuities, except for excursions or special services
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
Government fees & air taxes
*CAT ID – Double occupancy per person
DEPOSIT: 20% per person* now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: August 2, 2022
None through August 2, 2022
$400 - August 3 - September 1, 2022
50%* - September 2 - October 3, 2022
75%* - October 4 - October 17, 2022
100%* - after October 17, 2022
*Percentage of total cost
Explore the fascinations of New Zealand and Australia from the comfort of the Royal Princess. Maori culture, Lord of the Rings landscapes, penguins, and vibrant street art will fill your senses in New Zealand. The metropolitan center of Sydney offers amazing architecture, great shopping and all things trendy and tasty. Are you ready to say g’day, mate?
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 L,D
We depart Albuquerque for our overnight flight to Sydney, Australia. We lose a day as we cross the International Date Line – but we’ll get it back upon our return! Upon our arrival in Sydney we transfer by motorcoach to the Royal Princess and explore this marvelous ship. We set sail at 4:00 p.m. and sail for two days.
DAY 4 B,L,D
DAY 5 B,L,D
Fiordland National Park is in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for the glacier-carved fiords of Doubtful and Milford sounds. A beech forest trail on the sandy Milford shore offers views of towering Mitre Peak. Nearby, the craggy Earl Mountains are reflected in the glassy surface of Mirror Lakes. On the Cleddau River, the Chasm Walk passes over bridges with views of powerful waterfalls. We enjoy a day of scenic cruising in this stunning area.
DAY 6 B,L,D
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbor, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
DAY 7 B,L,D
Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city center. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
DAY 8 B,L,D
Situated on southern end of the Northern Island of New Zealand, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Surrounded by nature and fueled by creative energy, and home to the national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.
DAY 9 B,L,D
While we’re at sea, perhaps we’ll choose to curl up with a good book on deck or watch a show in the onboard theater. Maybe there will be a class we’ve always wanted to take. For those that like to try their luck, a visit to the casino is in order. There are so many options, and we can make it as leisurely or as exciting as we want!
DAY 10 B,L,D
We arrive very early in harborside city of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand's North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home. A bridge over the harbor connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths.
DAY 11 B,L,D
In Auckland, we are offered an urban environment where most people live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand, the largest and most diverse city.
DAY 12 B,L,D
Day 13 B,L,D Day 14 B,L,D
DAY 15 B
We arrive and disembark in Sydney this morning. We tour this capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, with opportunities to visit its best attractions including the Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs. Our last night’s lodging is at an excellent hotel.
Today we head home to Albuquerque, filled with memories of the amazing and beautiful sights of Australia and New Zealand. We’ll get back the day we lost on the way out. Our trans-Pacific flight arrives in the U.S. before we left, at least according to the clock!
Itinerary subject to change