On board MS EUROPA from Sydney to Auckland

Red continent – green islands

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The dreamlike destinations on the other side of the world are incomparable to anything you have ever seen – come and see for yourself: Wander through Australia’s capital city, Sydney, and explore one of the last untouched natural paradises on the remote island of Tasmania. New Zealand will welcome you with the silent beauty of Fiordland. The spectacular mountains of the South Island and the white beaches of the Bay of Plenty in the north are no less impressive. Succumb to their charm.


from Sydney to Auckland

Cruise dates:from 03.02.2016 to 22.02.2016 (19 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1603

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Sydney Opera House*, Port Arthur*
  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: Wild Tasmania*, Milford Sound
  • Paradise at the end of the earth: New Zealand
  • Fjord landscapes as if straight from a picture book
  • Geysers of Rotorua*
  • Carnival party on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*

 

 

Itinerary

Wed, 03.02.2016

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Sydney

Thu, 04.02.2016

Singapore
Transfer to a first-class hotel, overnight stay with breakfast

Fri, 05.02.2016

Sydney
City tour followed by embarkation on the EUROPA
Overnight stay on board

Sydney/Australia
Australia’s secret capital sets pulses racing: the striking Opera House*, Harbour Bridge and the artists’ district of Paddington give the city its endearing charms. Wonderful beaches stretch out along the bay, including Bondi Beach. A panoramic trip* takes you to perfumed eucalyptus forests whose beauties include the Three Sisters rock formation. Looking for a special view? Set out by helicopter* for a spectacular aerial tour. Experience more highlights during the post-cruise programme* in Sydney and at the magical destination of Ayers Rock.

Sat, 06.02.2016

Sydney/Australia, departure 19.00 hrs

Sun, 07.02.2016

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 08.02.2016

Melbourne, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Melbourne/Australia
If you want to get to know Melbourne in all its diversity, it will take you just 40 seconds to ascend to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower*: the view extends from Port Phillip Bay and as far as the surrounding Dandenong Ranges. To carry you through these ancient eucalyptus forests, you can take a ride on the nostalgic Puffing Billy*, and drink a toast to one of the Yarra Valley vineyards you will encounter along the way.

Tue, 09.02.2016

Burnie/Tasmania, 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

Burnie/Tasmania/Australia
Spectacular mountain peaks, lakes as smooth as a mirror, dense moorland forests – find out for yourself just how unique Tasmania’s landscape is when you follow part of the Overland Track through Cradle Mountain National Park*. One of Australia’s most important cool-temperate rainforests can be found at Tarkine National Park*. Breathe in the fresh air as you hike* and follow the rushing noises until you reach the Philosopher’s Falls. The experience of unique natural phenomena is also promised by the overland excursion across Tasmania*.

Wed, 10.02.2016

Port Arthur, 14.00 – 19.00 hrs
Hobart, arrival 23.30 hrs

Port Arthur/Tasmania/Australia
The convict colony of the 19th century is a mysterious place packed with legends and stories. Take a look behind the scenes* at the former prison.

Thu, 11.02.2016

Hobart, departure 19.30 hrs

Hobart/Tasmania/Australia
A panoramic trip* to the peak of Mount Wellington will reveal a fabulous view across Tasmania’s capital. Explore the port area of Hobart by somewhat unconventional means – in a kayak. Paddling alongside the quay, you can observe the skyline from the water, and to give you an extra boost, we will pass you some fish and chips – right there in your kayak*. Or leave civilisation behind you and explore Tasmania’s untouched wilderness in a propeller-driven plane*.

Fri, 12.02.2016
- Sat, 13.02.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 14.02.2016

Cruising in Milford Sound 8.00 - 11.00 hrs
Cruising in Thompson & Doubtful Sound 15.00 - 18:00 hrs

Milford, Thompson & Doubtful Sound/New Zealand
A day entirely in keeping with a calm cruise at sea: glide through the stillness and grace of the fjord landscape on the EUROPA.

Mon, 15.02.2016

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 16.02.2016

Lyttelton (Christchurch), 6.30 – 19.00 hrs

Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand
For many immigrants, this small harbour was their first destination. For you, it is the starting point for a scenic journey on the TranzAlpine Train up to Arthur’s Pass*. From these giddy heights, you can choose to return to the fertile plains, where you can visit a typical sheep farm, or alternatively use an adventurous mode of travel to explore the region – ride in an all-terrain vehicle and then a jetboat on the Waimakariri River.

Wed, 17.02.2016

Wellington, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Wellington/New Zealand
You will get your first glimpse of New Zealand’s vibrant capital from the top of Mount Victoria*. And you can get an even closer introduction to Wellington* when you visit the Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum. The country’s entire unique natural history is reflected in Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary*, a place that has developed over a period of 80 million years.

Thu, 18.02.2016

Napier, 8.30 – 19.00 hrs

Napier/New Zealand
One of the most beautiful art deco cities in the world, Napier is a delight to those who admire architecture, yet it also has much more to offer. A tour in all-terrain buses will bring you to Cape Kidnappers*, where the youngsters in the massive gannet colony are just fledging. Or would you like to sample a drop or two of the excellent wines produced in New Zealand’s oldest wine region*?

Fri, 19.02.2016

Cruise around White Island
Mount Maunganui (Tauranga), arrival 19.00 hrs

White Island/New Zealand
Around midday, there is a pervasive smell of sulphur in the air when the EUROPA cruises past New Zealand’s only active volcanic island.

Sat, 20.02.2016

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga), departure 18.00 hrs

Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)/New Zealand
All around the busy centre of the Bay of Plenty, the natural features are a sheer delight. Bubbling springs and geysers with fountains shooting up to 20 m high in the air are the attractions in the Rotorua* geothermal area. On White Island*, the earth’s interior is also impressive: take a helicopter flight over the volcano, parts of which are still active.

Sun, 21.02.2016

Auckland, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to a scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Auckland/New Zealand
Leave the EUROPA today, or stay for the post-cruise programme* for a closer look at Auckland – City of Sails.

Mon, 22.02.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

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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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SYDNEY – THE DREAM CITY ON THE WATER


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: SYDNEY AND MAGICAL AYERS ROCK


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: AUCKLAND AND WINE


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: AUCKLAND – CITY OF SAILS


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: TWO-DAY “ATLANTIC” CRUISE ARRANGEMENT

Golf – Oceania’s green side

Saturday, 6 February, Sydney, Australia – Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club
Situated in the beautiful surrounds of the Nepean Valley and located just 45 minutes west of Sydney’s CBD, the Graham Marsh designed par 72 championship golf course is set amongst 800 acres of bush land. Challenging to professionals yet enjoyable for the purely social golfer, the course design takes into account the spectacular rural setting to create a visually stunning and tranquil golfing experience.

Monday, 8 February, Melbourne – Royal Melbourne GC
This course is not just one of the most outstanding courses in Australia, but is also one of the top 15 in the world. This demanding course will challenge you to a breathtaking game.

Thursday, 11 February, Hobart, Tasmania – Royal Hobart GC
The history of this golf club dates back to 1896. Enjoy a classic parkland course with lush vegetation.

Tuesday, 16 February, Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand – Clearwater GC (additional course 1)
Herbert Strong designed this park-like course near the coast. Many oak trees and the convergence with Stevenson Creek on hole 6 promises delightful golfing fun.

Wednesday, 17 February, Wellington – Royal Wellington GC
This historic course on the Hutt River has hosted the New Zealand Open seven times and is a challenge for players of all levels.

Thursday, 18 February, Napier – Cape Kidnappers GC
Enjoy the unique view of Hawke’s Bay – and play on spectacular holes perched atop high cliffs with unique views of the sea.

Saturday, 20 February, Mount Maunganui (Tauranga) – Fairway GC (additional course 2)
Built on grasslands to championship standards in 1998 and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this course presents a challenge to golfers of all handicaps.