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23 DAY GRAND EAST COAST TOUR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Visiting: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Picton, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound.

GRAND EAST COAST TOUR AND MAGNIFICENT CRUISE TO NEW ZEALAND NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND ON THE OVATION OF THE SEAS

 

DAY 1 - MALTA - MELBOURNE

Meet your Tour Manager at Malta International Airport for your flight to Melbourne.

DAY 2 - MELBOURNE

Arrival in Melbourne, transfer and check in at The 5* Crown Metropol Hotel.

DAY 3 - MELBOURNE

Proceed for Melbourne city tour. We will travel through the city centre past China Town and Parliament house to Fitzroy Gardens stopping to view Captain Cook’s Cottage. We will then go to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, national Tennis centre and the famous Australian Grand Prix Track. We will then travel over Westgate Bridge for panoramic views and visit the Botanic Gardens. Entry to the Eureka Sky deck 88 to view the city from the Observation Deck. Proceed to the Shrine of Remembrance which was built in 1934. The Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations. Enter the Classical interior and discover the reverent solitude of the Sanctuary. View breath taking vistas of Melbourne from the Balcony.

DAY 4 - MELBOURNE

Today we travel to Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, we will take a ride on the historic steam train Puffing Billy where we will ride through the forest from Belgrave to Menzies Creek and pass through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges, with towering mountain ash forests, lyrebirds and fern gullies. Proceed to Warrock farm including lunch.

DAY 5 - MELBOURNE

Day at leisure - shopping or visiting relatives.

DAY 6 - MELBOURNE - CANBERRA

Depart Melbourne and transfer to Canberra - Australia’s Capital City. Check in at The 4* QT Canberra Hotel

DAY 7 - CANBERRA - SYDNEY

There is plenty to see and do in Canberra. The most well known are Parliament House, Old Parliament House, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy, The Australian War Memorial and Lake Burley. Another place you can visit is the attractive Government House and the gardens. Depart Canberra and proceed to Sydney. Check in at The 4* Hilton Sydney Hotel.

DAY 8 - SYDNEY

Today we will tour this magnificent city known to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities of the world. We will see the Harbour Bridge, visit the famous Opera House and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which is a Sydney landmark. The chair was carved out of a sandstone rock ledge by convicts in 1810. Specially commissioned by Governor Macquarie for his wife Elizabeth who was known to love the area this is one of the best vantage points to view the sights of Sydney Harbour. We then return to King Street Wharf to board the cruise vessel for a luncheon on the overwhelming Sydney Harbour.

DAY 9 - SYDNEY - BLUE MOUNTAINS

Today we will travel past the site of the Sydney Olympics to the Blue Mountains National Park. With stunning natural, this world heritage region of the Blue Mountains is an Australian highlight, this slate-coloured haze that gives the mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by the huge eucalyptus that form a dense canopy across the landscape of deep valleys. Upon arrival at Echo Point we take a ride on the Scenic Skyway and/or Scenic Railway (rides not included) and awe in wonder at the Three Sisters rock formation.

DAY 10 - SYDNEY - MANLY

Visit Circular Quay which is the hub of Sydney Harbour, situated at a small inlet called Sydney Cove, the founding site for Sydney and Australia. It is a stepping-off point for most attractions based around the harbour. The quay is a vibrant, bustling place with ferries leaving every few minutes to different parts of the harbour, including Manly, where we will visit today. Manly has well been considered Australia’s favourite seaside resort; on the water’s edge, a destination for all seasons and all ages. It’s an attraction famous for its breath taking natural beauty, scenic walkways alongside harbour and ocean beaches and cultural events.

DAY 11 / 21 - NEW ZEALAND CRUISE ON ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S OVATION OF THE SEAS

Transfer to Sydney Cruise Terminal for embarkation of your cruise on board the Ovation of The Seas. Marvel at the newest and third ship in the Quantum Class, Ovation of the Seas. Featuring the same ground breaking venues as its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, this ship is continuing to take cruisers to new heights. Ovation will offer guests a variety of activities, entertainment and dining options.

Ovation of the Seas is all about elevated exploration. Open up exotic shores and untamed spectacular landscapes not to mention a world of elevated experiences onboard. It’s scenery scoping from an unrivalled perspective. Take adventure to new heights on the rock climbing wall, then experience the thrill of a free fall on RipCord by iFLY, or catch a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator before ascending over 300 feet above sea level in North Star — all while soaking up breath-taking views of New Zealand’s unspoiled landscape. Leave it to us to literally and figuratively take you to a higher place. The exclusive North Star promises to elevate you both physically and emotionally, revealing 360-degree views of a world you’ve truly never seen before! On this cruise you can simply step into the North Star intimate, jewel-shaped capsule and gently ascend over 300 feet above sea level, where you can take in breath-taking views of the ocean, the ship, and the exciting destinations that we visit.

PORTS OF CALL

PICTON A town on the north coast of the South Island, in New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. The Edwin Fox Maritime Museum is a 19th-century former convict and cargo ship. EcoWorld Aquarium shelters and rehabilitates native animals such as tuatara reptiles and blue penguins. Nearby, the Queen Charlotte Track traverses coastal forest, skyline ridges and bays. Picton offers passengers an enjoyable shore experience with its shopping, swimming, marinas, and nearby vineyards.

NAPIER

A gateway to a one-of-a-kind tourist experience. Hawke’s Bay is a popular destination for both local and international cruises and our twin cities, Napier and Hastings, are known for sunny climes, fresh food, sprawling vineyards, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Rebuilt in the Art Deco style after a devastating earthquake in 1931, Napier is one of the best-preserved examples of Art Deco architecture in the world today. From October to April every year, Napier Port welcomes cruise ships from around the world. Passengers arriving at Napier Port are greeted in typical Hawke’s Bay style – by friendly locals, dressed with a touch of our Art Deco heritage. 

 

WELLINGTON

 

On a sunny, windless day, Wellington is up there with the best of them. For starters it’s lovely to look at, sitting on a hook-shaped harbour ringed with ranges that wear a cloak of snow in winter. Victorian timber architecture laces the bushy hillsides above the harbour, which resonate with native birdsong. As cities go, it’s really rather small but the compact nature of the downtown area gives it a bigger-city buzz and, being the capital, it’s endowed with museums, theatres, galleries and arts organisations completely disproportionate to its size. Wellingtonians are rightly proud of their kick in caffeine and craft-beer scene, and there’s no shortage of beard-wearing, skateboard-lugging, artsy types doing interesting things in old warehouses across town.

DUNEDIN

It is New Zealand’s best kept secret, located in the South Island this city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. 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 harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

DUSKY SOUND CRUISING

One of the most complex fjords on New Zealand’s southern coast, Dusky Sound is a place of serene beauty, accessible today only by sea or air. European explorers first spotted this treasure when Captain Cook and his crew happened upon its opening in the late eighteenth century. Although they returned to explore its waters months later, Cook and his crew named it Dusky Sound for the time of night when they first found it.

DOUBTFUL SOUND CRUISING

Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Getting to Doubtful Sound is an adventure in itself. This isolation makes the fiord a very special place, a place only those in the know get to see.

MILFORD SOUND CRUISING

Situated on the west coast of the South Island Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and it is breath taking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

DAY 22 – SYDNEY

Following our departure from the cruise we travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then we head to the Northern beaches of Queensclift, Curl Curl, Deewyn, Coolaroy, Narrabeen and Monavale to see some of Sydney’s famed surfing and holiday destination and to see the spectacular view of the Pacific ocean. Free time for lunch (not included) and then head South to see the World-famous Bondi beach, Coogee and Maruaba. See the beautiful beaches along the shore of Botany Bay including Bright-Le-Sands, Ramsgate and Sansouci. After our final day in Sydney, we board our coach transfer to the airport for our flight to Malta via Dubai.

DAY 23 - MALTA

Arrival in Dubai where you will board your connecting flight to Malta

rates

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON

THE ROCS PACKAGES INCLUDE

  • RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS MALTA/MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/MALTA ON EMIRATES AIRLINE

  • AIRLINE TAXES & CHARGES

  • PORT TAXES

  • 4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN MELBOURNE AT THE 5* CROWN METROPOL HOTEL

  • 1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN CANBERRA AT THE 4* QT CANBERRA HOTEL

  • 4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SYDNEY AT THE 5* HILTON SYDNEY HOTEL

  • 11 NIGHTS NEW ZEALAND CRUISE ON ROYAL CARIBBEAN`S OVATION OF THE SEAS ON FULL BOARD BASIS

  • ALL TRANSFERS AS PER ITINERARY

  • ALL EXCURSIONS AS PER ITINERARY

  • 11 BREAKFASTS

  • 13 LUNCHES

  • 11 DINNERS

  • COMPREHENSIVE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING

  • ACTIVE ITINERARY WITH UNIQUE CULTURAL FEATURES

  • SERVICES OF AN EXPERIENCED ROCS TRAVEL TOUR MANAGER

UPGRADES

CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON

  • OUTSIDE
    QUAD  N/A
    TRIPLE N/A
    TWIN €116

OPTIONAL BREAKFAST

  • OPTIONAL BREAKFAST IN MELBOURNE, CANBERRA AND SYDNEY € 255 PER PERSON

BALCONY UPGRADE PER PERSON

  • BALCONY

  • QUAD €123

  • TRIPLE 148

  • TWIN € 534

OTHER

  • OBLIGATORY CRUISE GRATUITIES €205 PER PERSON

  • CRUISE EXCURSIONS ARE OPTIONAL

  • VISA REQUIRED

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