Kangaroos and koalas and a laid-back lust for life – on the distant shores of Australia, you will be inspired by amazing cities and the famous animal world of the smallest continent. Places of natural beauty such as the Twelve Apostles will enhance your impressions, along with some rich experiences in Tasmania. New Zealand also has some unforgettable sights in store, such as the alpine region around Arthur’s Pass and the impressive Queen Charlotte Sound.
from Sydney to Auckland
|Cruise dates:||from 20.01.2017 to 08.02.2017 (19 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1702|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- Melbourne – metropolis in the south of Australia
- Along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles
- Journey on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass
- Discover New Zealand on active tours*
- Symposium at Sea – the floating university
- Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*
What a great way to start your holiday: discover Sydney and at the magical destination of Ayers Rock on a pre-cruise programme*.
One of the best cities in the world in which to live has room for the past and for the future. Between the skyscrapers, Victorian buildings such as St Patrick’s Cathedral* have been carefully preserved. From the 300 m high platform of the Eureka Tower*, you can see over the grid system of streets to the distant Dandenong Ranges. Kangaroos and koalas live completely undisturbed at the nearby Serendip Sanctuary* – see Australia’s fascinating native species up-close.
The picturesque capital of South Australia has an attractive colonial city centre*, surrounded by some wonderful parklands, for shopping in a historic setting. There are also some irresistible places to visit in the fertile countryside: the Barossa Valley* has made a name for itself as an outstanding wine-growing region – try some of the wine for yourself. Vineyards, red cliffs and eucalyptus forests line the banks of the Murray River*. Float along the calm waters of Australia’s longest river on an historic paddle steamer. On the return journey, you will come across the legacy of German settlers in Hahndorf*.
Koalas dozing in the eucalyptus trees, kangaroos grazing in the bush and little penguins and pelicans on the coastline: this “Galapagos” of Australia promises some unforgettable sights. On a visit to Seal Bay in Flinders Chase National Park*, see the strange rock formations created over the centuries by the wind and the waves.
Make your own individual discovery tours of Portland, visiting Cape Nelson or taking a ride by cable tram through the Botanic Gardens. The Great Ocean Road* winds its way along steep cliffs and past picturesque bays and green valleys, offering spectacular panoramic views of the coastline. Your destination is the gigantic limestone rocks known as the Twelve Apostles*, which rise up majestically out of the spray – a sight that will be part of your holiday memories forever. The Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve* lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. With a little luck, you will be able to see some koalas and emus, whilst the Aborigines will demonstrate their traditional ceremonies.
Against the backdrop of Mount Wellington, an idyllically situated natural harbour promises some amazing impressions from the moment you arrive. Take a panoramic trip* to get a view over Australia’s second oldest city from the mostly snow-covered summit. Its origins as a convict colony are no longer in evidence, making this charming, cosmopolitan port with plenty of history all the more appealing. For the best views of the skyline and the colonial harbour district of Battery Point, paddle along the quay in a kayak* and we will bring you some traditional fish and chips straight to your kayak.
Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud – and to the southern tip of New Zealand. The port was once the departure point for Antarctic expeditions, but nowadays the little harbour town is all about the famous Bluff oyster: said to be the best oysters in the world, you can find out all about them at the Bluff Maritime Museum.
Port Chalmers/New Zealand
From the impressive, Renaissance-style railway station in Port Chalmers, a train journey on the nostalgic Taieri Gorge Railway* will take you through farmland and forests and over viaducts. A boat trip* will take you to the green hills of the Otago Peninsula. This is the habitat of the enormous royal albatross and the rare yellow-eyed penguin.
Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand
The heart of every railway enthusiast will beat a little faster in Christchurch: the TranzAlpine train* sets off from here on its journey past grasslands, along the valley of the Waimakariri River and high up into the alpine region of Arthur’s Pass, offering its passengers some amazing views. One thing will become clear as you admire the passing countryside: the region has more sheep than human inhabitants, and on a visit to a farm*, you can learn more about these woolly creatures at close quarters. Have you ever experienced a snow storm? In the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch*, you will have the opportunity to do so and, afterwards, you can hear all about what life is like in New Zealand over morning tea with a local family.
Moored next to the lovingly restored three-mast ship the Edwin Fox, the EUROPA will be in good company. From the head of the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound, there will be some fantastic opportunities to enjoy the impressive scenery: walk along the Queen Charlotte Track* or explore the natural scenery of the Queen Charlotte Sound from the water in a kayak*.
On our post-cruise programme* “Auckland and Wine”, enjoy tasting some of the fine local wines.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – AUSTRALIA
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SYDNEY – THE DREAM CITY ON THE WATER
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: SYDNEY AND MAGICAL AYERS ROCK
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: AUCKLAND AND WINE
PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – NEW ZEALAND
Symposium at Sea
Symposium at Sea is a contemporary series of lectures bringing together experts from the worlds of economics, business, politics and culture on selected cruises on board the EUROPA to discuss some interesting current topics with you. Enjoy lively discussions with well-known personalities.