On board MS EUROPA from Sydney to Auckland

Down under in winter

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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

16 days cruise only from € 7,990 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 10,660 per person

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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*

Itinerary

Fri, 20.01.2017

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Sydney

Sat, 21.01.2017

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

Sydney/Australia
What a great way to start your holiday: discover Sydney and at the magical destination of Ayers Rock on a pre-cruise programme*.

Sun, 22.01.2017

Sydney
City tour, followed by transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Sydney/Australia, departure 20.00 hrs

Mon, 23.01.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 24.01.2017

Melbourne, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs

Melbourne/Australia
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.

Wed, 25.01.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 26.01.2017

Adelaide, 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

Adelaide/Australia
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*.

Fri, 27.01.2017

Penneshaw/Kangaroo Island, 6.00 – 14.00 hrs

Penneshaw/Kangaroo Island/Australia
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.

Sat, 28.01.2017

Portland, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Portland/Australia
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.

Sun, 29.01.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 30.01.2017

Hobart/Tasmania, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Hobart/Tasmania/Australia
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.

Tue, 31.01.2017
- Wed, 01.02.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 02.02.2017

Bluff/New Zealand, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Bluff/New Zealand
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.

Fri, 03.02.2017

Port Chalmers, 7.00 – 17.30 hrs

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.

Sat, 04.02.2017

Lyttelton (Christchurch), 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

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.

Sun, 05.02.2017

Picton, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs

Picton/New Zealand
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*.

Mon, 06.02.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 07.02.2017

Auckland, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Auckland/New Zealand
On our post-cruise programme* “Auckland and Wine”, enjoy tasting some of the fine local wines.

Wed, 08.02.2017

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Price specials

Attractive combination discount of up to € 1,600

Combine cruises EUR1701 and EUR1702 and save € 1,500 or EUR1702 and EUR1703 and save € 1,600.

Please note that our cruises are conducted in German.

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a suite in category 1 to 6, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).

More travel information can be found in the General Information section.

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.


Golf – the great game down under

Tue 24.1 Melbourne, Australia –Huntingdale Golf Club
Huntingdale Golf Club, located in the heart of Melbourne's world famous 'sand belt' region is one of Australia's most prestigious private golf courses. Rising to fame in 1979 with the inaugural hosting of The Australian Masters, Huntingdale has emerged as one of the most recognizable golf courses in Australia, and the world. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in world golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Steve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods.

Thu 26.1 Adelaide – Royal Adelaide Golf Club
The Royal Adelaide Golf Club is one of six golf courses located in the centre of Adelaide. The course is known for its broad fairways and large, deep pot bunkers. These sand traps, which seem to have been imported from Britain, guard most of the greens. We recommend that you visit a practice bunker before your round!

Mon 30.1 Hobart, Tasmania – Royal Hobart Golf Club
This golf course is steeped in history. Opened in 1916, this 18-hole course was completely modernised in 1997. Here you will find wide fairways, large, fast greens and at least 80 strategically placed bunkers. On this course, where Jack Nicklaus won the Australian Open in 1971, you will be playing between the scrub and the Indian Ocean. A very worthwhile golf excursion.

Thu 2.2 Bluff, New Zealand – Invercargill Golf Club, Otatara Links (Additional course)
This parkland course predominantly features straight fairways. The 18 holes are partly arranged around mature trees. A straightforward golfing experience waiting to be overcome.

Fri 3.2 Port Chalmers – Chisholm Park Golf Club
Situated on the west coast of South Island, this exemplary links course defies the forces of nature. The magnificent location provides a “helping hand” for course management. At the same time, your game will be interspersed by a succession of breathtaking views.

Sat 4.2 Lyttelton (Christchurch) – Clearwater Golf Club
This parkland course will make high demands on your game. On eleven of the fairways, the game is played alongside water. Most of the plateau greens are watched over by numerous bunkers. Those who nevertheless manage some straight shots can look forward to an enjoyable round of golf. The teeing grounds have views over the fairways and ensure a clear overview of the game right from the start.