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Your sensational trip around Australasia begins with a one-night stay in Sydney before embarking on a luxury Cunard cruise of New Zealand, and a remarkable Indian Pacific transcontinental rail journey.

Dive into a mind-blowing trip uncovering Australasia; discovering the vast plains of Australia and lush scenic beauty of New Zealand. You’ll enjoy a four-star overnight stay in the energetic Emerald City of Sydney, before embarking the regal Queen Elizabeth for a wonderful cruise highlighting the unique sites and experiences New Zealand has to offer.

Your first port of call is Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise along waters cut out over centuries by glaciers. Be beguiled by this area’s staggering beauty as you sail past breath taking landscapes, where waterfalls plummet into deep waters. Next, you will experience the highlights of New Zealand with calls in Dunedin, Auckland and the Bay of Islands, as well as enjoying an overnight in port in New Zealand’s charming capital of Wellington. You’ll then sail back to Sydney for another overnight hotel stay, ahead of your unforgettable Indian Pacific rail adventure.

There's truly no better way to see an all-encompassing view of Australia than by rail, so you’ll step onboard the sumptuous Indian Pacific to unlock an unforgettable scenic journey. As you travel to Perth, this spectacular transcontinental crossing brings you ever-changing landscapes, from the endless flats of the Nullarbor Plain to the rugged charm of the Blue Mountains.

Following your iconic Indian Pacific rail experience, you will savour an overnight stay in the cosmopolitan city of Perth, home to a combination of sophisticated attractions, cultural landmarks, stunning beaches and a relaxed atmosphere – the perfect destination to end your Australasia discovery holiday.

Your Route

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Embark on a transcontinental journey to Perth on board the magnificent Indian Pacific

Experience one of the few truly transcontinental rail journeys in the world with a voyage on board the Indian Pacific service, which travels across the breadth of southern Australia in incomparable style. Part of Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, the Indian Pacific speeds from coast to coast on a storied journey that follows in the footsteps of bush pioneers, gold rush greed, and famous adventurers who forged to discover the barren natural beauty of Australia’s famously unforgiving outback.

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Carriages

On average, the train comprises some 30 different carriages, including guest cabins, crew quarters, restaurant cars, lounges and power vans.
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Cabins

The accommodation on board is extremely luxurious, with different levels of opulence depending on what you desire from your escape.
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Food

Your dining options depend on the level of service you have opted for, but all meals take place in the beautifully appointed Queen Adelaide restaurant car or the Platinum Club.

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Board the exquisite Queen Elizabeth

When Her Majesty the Queen conducted the naming ceremony in her own honour in October 2010, she continued a marvellously regal formal cruising tradition. Cunard has maintained all the refined styling, amenities and service associated with the Golden Era of cruise sailing and added modern facilities, leisure and entertainment opportunities. Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you’ll ever experience at sea are highlights of the glorious Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Dance in the grand ballroom, enjoy afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, watch extravagant stage shows in opulent theatre surroundings or simply relax and revitalise beside one of the two lovely pool areas.

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Dining

From hearty dishes to healthy snacks, light bites to elegant fine dining, you’ll enjoy a sense of freedom regarding the array of places to eat.

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Entertainment

Each evening brings about a different entertainment highlight. See a dazzling stage show, enjoy black tie gala dinners and savour fabulous live music.

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Spa

The opulent Mareel Spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation where you can indulge in some ‘me time’ with a sumptuous massage or calming facial.

Your 18 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

31 January 2024

Explore the striking sights of scintillating Sydney during a hotel stay

As you arrive in Sydney, the striking sights of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge will welcome you with open arms. As Australia's most cosmopolitan city, you can expect breathtaking energy as you roam the bustling streets, exploring the sights of this spectacular destination. Admire the captivating works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, stargaze from the planetarium in Sydney's Observatory or amble through the beautiful greenery of The Royal Botanic Garden.

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Day 2

1 February 2024

Embark the peerless Queen Elizabeth in Sydney for an unforgettable voyage of New Zealand's highlights

Today you’ll embark the regal Queen Elizabeth in Sydney for your New Zealand voyage. Enjoy Cunard’s unrivalled heritage, sense of occasion and array of activities, including glamorous ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls and traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters. You’ll have plenty of time to unwind on board with a serene spa and relaxing lounges.

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Days 3 - 4

2 - 3 February 2024

Get your first taste of New Zealand's remarkable scenery during two-days at sea

The entertainment on Queen Elizabeth is second to none, with a dazzling line up of acts and performances in venues that are known for their comfort and meticulously designed décor. Whether its live music, illusionists, West End-style cabaret or stand-up comedians, the talent on show at the Royal Court Theatre is truly world-class and you’ll keep going back for more.

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Day 5

4 February 2024

Be enchanted by your Lost World surroundings during a scenic cruise through the Fiordland National Park

You’ll cruise through spectacular natural Fiords in South West New Zealand, where mountain peaks are reflected in mirror-smooth waters. In this important wildlife habitat, you could spot a Little Blue penguin or two, as well as resident fur seals and playful dolphins, as you sail past breathtaking scenery where waterfalls plummet down sheer cliffs into still, deep waters. This unspoilt and rugged landscape will captivate even the most experienced traveller.

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Day 6

5 February 2024

Delve into the Scottish delights of Dunedin

A warm welcome awaits in Dunedin, where the locals are so proud of their Scottish heritage that they even have their own tartan. Renowned for its Scottish and Maori heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture, you’ll find plenty to explore. Don’t miss the themed gardens at Larnach Castle, a true botanist’s dream. Dunedin is also a gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, criss-crossed with hiking and cycling trails that reward you with sightings of albatross, sea lions and rare penguins.

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Days 7 - 8

6 - 7 February 2024

Lose yourself in the lush landscape of New Zealand’s compact capital, Wellington with an overnight stay in port

Curving protectively around its harbour with a white lighthouse guarding the bay in the distance, New Zealand’s compact capital is a charming city to visit. Head to one of its many museums and art galleries, sample some of the city’s celebrated craft beers or embark on the historical Wellington Cable Car, an attraction widely recognised as a symbol of the city. Taking five minutes to reach the top, you’ll roll through the landscapes and capture fantastic views of the ocean and sprawling city below.

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Day 9

8 February 2024

Dine to your heart’s content with an array of Cunard's top-notch offerings

Dining is a highlight of every Cunard voyage and with diverse options to choose from, your only challenge is deciding what to order. In the beautifully appointed Queens Grill, savour the ultimate in dining sophistication and impeccably prepared dishes ranging from exquisite contemporary creations to Cunard Classics. A fusion of fresh seasonal flavours and locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed, yet intimate setting awaits at the Lido, where you can also enjoy sweeping sea views and glorious sunsets out on the open deck. Perfect for special occasions, the Steakhouse at The Verandah tempts with an exceptional menu featuring USDA prime cuts and succulent seafood. Be sure however to attend the signature traditional Afternoon Tea, which can be combined with Champagne for a decadent treat.

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Day 10

9 February 2024

Auckland’s panoramic views of the coastline and the city will leave you inspired

The lush greenery of Auckland’s rolling hills are punctuated by the eyewatering skyline of the city’s centre, offering the fascinating contrasts of modern architecture meets natural landscape. Escape to Mount Eden where you’ll find the volcanic crater of Maungawhau and savour beguiling views across the city and both harbours, climb One Tree Hill for panoramic views and explore the surrounding Cornwall Park, or pay a visit to the imposing Auckland Museum, a neoclassical temple that dominates the city skyline.

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Day 11

10 February 2024

Bask in the beauty of the Bay of Islands

This stunningly beautiful bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. Clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife make it the perfect place for water-based activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing. If you have the time, take the boat out to the largest of the islands, Urupukapuka, which is a bird haven with plenty walking trails and a bar to quench your thirst afterwards.

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Days 12 - 13

11 - 12 February 2024

Two final sea days will give you plenty of time to relax and unwind on board Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth offers an array of elegant bars and lounges to suit every mood – during the day, sip coffee and nibble on croissants in Café Carinthia; enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Midships Bar; toast friends in the Champagne Bar; and dance the night away in the Yacht Club.

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Day 14

13 February 2024

Returning to Sydney, you’ll bid farewell to your ship for a hotel stay

Grab a picnic and head to Australia’s oldest park: Sydney Hyde Park. Drink in the sights of the Anzac Memorial and tranquil fountains before seeking shade under one of the towering trees. Embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings near Mackenzies Point or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement. And if you want to escape the bustle, a short drive from Sydney’s cosmopolitan centre are the beautiful Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters rock formation.

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Day 15

14 February 2024

Today you will transfer to the iconic Indian Pacific for your all-inclusive rail journey to Perth

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney where you’ll board the majestic Indian Pacific. Prepare for a true journey of contrasts, from the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four. As you roll through ever-changing scenery, explore the comforts of life onboard or settle into your comfortable cabin. As evening falls, savour a regionally inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages before escaping to the lounge for a night cap.

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Day 16

15 February 2024

Enjoy a series of off train experiences in Broken Hill and Adelaide

This morning you’ll arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary Outback bases. Here you’ll enjoy a morning off-train excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town. Lunch is served back on board as you glide into the southern tip of the ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you’ll have the choice of a city tour or a trip to the spectacular Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.

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Day 17

16 February 2024

Soak up the spectacular views of the vast Nullarbor Plain

You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Breakfast is served as you travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. Following a leisurely breakfast, you’ll step off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you arrive on the edge of Western Australia.

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Day 18

17 February 2024

Your transcontinental rail journey complete, it’s time to disembark the Indian Pacific and transfer to your Perth hotel

Arriving in Perth, the cosmopolitan capital of Western Australia, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end. Perth is a city that combines sophisticated attractions and cultural landmarks with beautiful beaches and an easy-going attitude to create one of Australia’s most liveable cities. A stone’s throw away are numerous nature and national parks, where forests are carpeted in wildflowers, roped in walking and cycling trails, which are home to various wildlife.

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Day 19

18 February 2024

Bid farewell to Perth as you transfer to the airport for your flight home

Today you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

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Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 3 night all-inclusive Gold Service rail journey on board the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth with all meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and short stops in Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna 

Cruise

  • 12 night full-board cruise on board Queen Elizabeth

 Hotel Stays

  • 2 night four-star hotel stay in Sydney at the Rydges Sydney Central with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star hotel stay at the ibis Styles East Perth with breakfast

All flights (London departure - regional flights available) and transfers

Prices From

Departing

31 January 2024

Inside

£4,999pp

Outside

£5,299pp

Balcony

£5,599pp

Grill Suite

£7,999pp

Duration: 18 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Sydney, Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising), Dunedin, Wellington (overnight in port), Auckland, Bay of Islands (scenic cruising), Sydney, Perth

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