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Delve into the riches of Australia and New Zealand with an extraordinary Indian Pacific adventure, captivating nature tours in Cairns and a phenomenal New Zealand discovery cruise.

Your sensational adventure begins in Perth, where you’ll delight in a two-night hotel stay, before embarking the remarkable Indian Pacific for an unparalleled transcontinental rail journey, following the path of bush pioneers and gold rush prospectors. Marvel at the ever-changing scenery from the lush eucalyptus forests of the majestic Blue Mountains to the harsh barren landscapes and the raw beauty of the Nullarbor Plain as the Indian Pacific glides to Sydney along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, before delighting in a two night stay to soak up the scintillating atmosphere of Sydney.

Next, you’ll fly to Cairns, to enjoy a five-night stay while you savour a series of unforgettable tours and experiences. You’ll get to explore the enchanting rainforest village Kuranda via a mesmerising journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and delve into indigenous culture with an immersive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef and you’ll be spellbound by the vibrancy and variety of colourful coral and exotic fish beneath your feet on a glass-bottom boat tour. Next, you’ll dive into the heart of Daintree National Park and River where you may encounter some of Australia’s most famous native animals including crocodiles, kangaroos, and wallabies.

You’ll then enjoy an overnight stay in Melbourne before embarking the elegant Grand Princess for an incredible discovery cruise of New Zealand. Highlights of your cruise include the Fiordland National Park, Scottish-influenced Dunedin, and Tauranga, home of Mount Maunganui. You’ll then return to Melbourne, having experienced a multitude of unforgettable treasures residing in Australasia.

Your Route

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Embark on a transcontinental journey to Sydney 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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The Grand Princess Experience

Elegant, beautifully designed and with all the facilities you could ever want, the Grand Princess is an ideal choice for everyone. Busy and active with fun for all the family – or quiet and peaceful for that perfect romantic getaway, you’ll find space to enjoy your holiday the way you want on this gorgeous cruise ship. There’s the brilliant Movies Under the Stars® giant poolside screen showing the latest releases as well as big-name pop concerts and sporting events, the lavish Princess Theater with its talented singers and dancers, as well as the luxurious adults-only Sanctuary, a real haven of tranquillity.

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Activities

Play nine-hole mini golf with the family or take part in a game of volleyball or basketball on the sports court. Alternatively, attend an Encounters with Discovery at Sea guest talk or spend a lazy day at Lotus Spa.
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Dining

With sublime dining venues offering everything from fresh-made pasta and gourmet Italian at Sabatini’s to the shellfish favourite Crab Shack within Horizon Court, there’s something for every taste on board.

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Entertainment

Take in a comedy show or a vocalist performance at the popular Vista Show Lounge; catch a movie under the night’s sky on the pool deck or enjoy one last nightcap at The One5.

Your 26 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 2

10 - 11 February 2023

Your holiday begins in pretty Perth, where you’ll enjoy a two-night hotel stay

Arrive in Perth, the cosmopolitan capital of Western Australia. 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, and home to various wildlife.

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Day 3

12 February 2023

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

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Perth 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 4

13 February 2023

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 5

14 February 2023

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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Days 6 - 7

15 - 16 February 2023

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

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. If you prefer to escape the bustle, head to the beautiful Blue Mountains and the Three sisters rock formation to unveil spectacular views and a breath-taking rugged charm.

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Days 8 - 9

17 - 18 February 2023

Arrive in tropical Cairns and settle in for your five-night stay

A lively and friendly city, Cairns is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef surrounded on three sides by lush rainforest. Dine at cosy cafes and brunch joints, guaranteed to leave your tastebuds tantalised, take a leisurely stroll along the impressive Esplanade featuring a large, open-air lagoon swimming pool or visit the Botanic Gardens brimming with striking native flowers, plants, and trees.

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Day 10

19 February 2023

Bask in the beauty of the Barron Gorge National Park via the historic, Kuranda Scenic Railway

Today you’ll explore the enchanting rainforest village of Kuranda. Here you’ll embark the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, for a spellbinding journey through the Barron Gorge National Park. Marvel at the lush rainforest and you glide past the thunderous roar of Barron Falls. You’ll continue your nature discovery at the Rainforestation Nature Park and enjoy time wandering through the Kuranda Village markets. After a sumptuous lunch overlooking the lake, you’ll return to Cairns in style. Alighting the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, you’ll soar over the green canopy of the rainforest, admiring the incredible landscape vistas and the turquoise ocean beyond.

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Day 11

20 February 2023

Discover one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, the Great Barrier Reef

No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the majestic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll embark a catamaran for morning refreshments before sailing out to Moore Reef to learn about the astonishing natural history of the Great Barrier Reef during a guided tour. Relish an escorted coral-viewing tour from a semi-submersible vessel and a glass-bottom boat, where you’ll take in the incredible sights of these astonishing coral formations. Enjoy a buffet lunch and afternoon tea with incredible views of the outer reef before returning to shore, in awe at this vibrant, bustling underwater ecosystem.

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Day 12

21 February 2023

Hand-feed kangaroos and marvel at the untamed splendour of Cape Tribulation

Today, you’ll explore Daintree National Park and delve into the heart of this lush forest territory with a cruise along the spectacular Daintree River. Then scan the waters for crocodiles as you glide by its banks. On a guided tour you might catch sight of the endangered cassowary, a flightless bird not found in other parts of Australia, and perhaps even hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Upon reaching Cape Tribulation, you’ll discover a landscape untouched by modernity and designated a Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

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Day 13

22 February 2023

Fly to Melbourne for an overnight stay

Arriving in Melbourne for an overnight stay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s exciting mix of style, sport, culture, and dining. Famed for its markets, you’ll find everything from local produce to arts and crafts and vintage fashion. The inner city’s leafy sections have a European feel, alongside New York-style 1950s art deco high-rises. Away from the bustle, you’ll find nearby Yara Valley, where you could taste world-class wines and walk through lush forests.

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Day 14

23 February 2023

Today you will embark Grand Princess as you set sail on an unforgettable cruise to New Zealand

Step aboard the Grand Princess, this ship won the award for Best Cruise Liner for Food Lovers, so there's no better time to sample some tantalising tastes. Sabitini's Trattoria is a true Italian experience, with handmade pasta prepared daily from authentic treasured family recipes and perfectly al dente. If you're looking for a sweet treat, you'll find an exclusive selection of chocolate desserts created with top-quality ingredients and beautifully presented. Almost too good to eat.

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Days 15 - 16

24 - 25 February 2023

Savour two sumptuous sea days on board Grand Princess as you sail towards New Zealand

The Grand Princess brings the indoors outside and allows you to spend more quality time enjoying the sun and sea breeze on your skin. The Sanctuary is an adults-only area that delivers a sense of peace and wellbeing as you experience an al fresco massage before retiring to a lounger and sipping a chilled cocktail. Watch a film poolside under the star-studded deep blue sky or take a dip in the freshwater pools and a soak in the hot tubs to enter a deep feeling of relaxation, with friendly servers on hand to deliver ice-cold drinks.

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Day 17

26 February 2023

Witness the spellbinding scenes of Fiordland National Park

Today you’ll want to have your camera ready as you cruise through spectacular natural fiords in New Zealand South Island. Witness Fiordland National Park’s mountain peaks 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 18

27 February 2023

Explore the delights of Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island

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 Māori 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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Day 19

28 February 2023

Uncover the uniqueness of compelling Christchurch

Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations as it combines urban regeneration with heritage charms. Although it’s the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is still small enough to be explored on foot. Perhaps the best way of seeing this compact city is by hop-on hop-off trams, which have 17 stops allowing you to create your very own sightseeing itinerary. Highlights include punting on the River Avon and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. However, to really soak up the spectacular surroundings of the city, take the Christchurch Gondola - a scenic cable-car ride.

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Day 20

1 March 2023

Discover Wellington, New Zealand’s charming capital city

Head to one of Wellington’s 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 21

2 March 2023

Savour views of rolling hillsides and sample delicious wines in Napier

Rebuilt following an earthquake in 1931, Napier is known as Art Deco City. Take a walk around the city centre to experience the world’s most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings with their geometric shapes and bold designs. Napier is also home to some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries, including the Mission Estate Winery producing a wide range of award-winning wines. Nature-lovers will embrace the chance to embark on a hike to Te Mata Peak where you experience engrossing panoramic views of the rolling countryside.
 

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Day 22

3 March 2023

Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural wonders of Tauranga

As you sail into Tauranga’s scenic harbour, you’ll pass the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano crossed with walking trails and dotted with hot saltwater pools. On arrival you’ll find many delights in this beachside city: art, culture, boutique shopping and delicious food. You could take an excursion to Rotorua to experience Māori culture or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.

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Day 23

4 March 2023

Marvel at the glorious views from Mount Eden in Auckland

Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world and you’ll find plenty of Māori influences dotted around the city, from street names to statues. With a satisfying mix of modern skyscrapers, beautiful black-sand beaches and hiking trails around Mount Eden, a dormant volcano, there’s something for everyone. A scenic ferry ride will take you to some of the 50 island gems in Auckland's majestic Hauraki Gulf or you could wander the meandering paths of Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.

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Days 24 - 26

5 - 7 March 2023

Indulge in the outstanding entertainment and top-class pampering treatments on board

There's no better place to enjoy top-end productions in state-of-the-art theatres, so whether you want the razzle-dazzle of a Broadway style production or the authenticity of a Festivals of the World show, there's a wealth of options to suit all tastes. Before you start your evening, visit the Lotus Spa, named 'Best Spa on a Cruise Ship', and indulge in some beauty therapy. Choose to be pampered with a detoxifying ocean wrap or have your hair expertly styled. Whatever you decide, you'll leave feeling a million dollars.

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Day 27

8 March 2023

Returning to Melbourne, you’ll bid farewell to your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home, your New Zealand cruise and transcontinental adventure complete.

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Touring Experiences

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway is a 125-year-old track that winds its way through a tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains with waterfalls tumbling forever into deep ravines. During this spectacular journey, you’ll pass through 15 hand carved tunnels, 37 bridges, the stunning Barron Gorge and on to Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest, some 328 metres above sea level. Here you can wander through the Kuranda Heritage Markets where you’ll find locally produced souvenirs, arts and crafts, jewellery, and clothing.

Rainforestation Nature Park Discovery

Located in the heart of the World Heritage Rainforest in Kuranda, the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park opened in 1976 as a coffee and orange plantation. Since then, it has expanded to 100 acres where visitors can explore adventure activities, exotic fruit plantations, and indigenous culture. You’ll board a World War II Army Duck for a unique rainforest tour on both land and water, where your guide will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by. You’ll learn about the indigenous culture with an interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and watch a traditional dance performance in a rainforest amphitheatre. Following that you’ll encounter iconic Australian animals such as crocodiles, wombats and dingoes in the Koala & Wildlife Park and meet the only Tasmanian Devils in Tropical North Queensland.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Covering a total area of 344 000 square kilometres and made up of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living organism. You’ll be awe-struck by the staggering beauty of this majestic reef and the magical tapestry of colour laid out before you aboard your glass-bottom boat. During your guided snorkel tour, you’ll see schools of exotic fish, sea turtles, manta rays and giant clams. As part of your tour, you’ll also enjoy delicious buffet lunch and afternoon tea before returning to shore.

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

Explore the wonders of two of tropical north Queensland's best highlights - the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Covering 1200 square kilometres between the Mossman Gorge and Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems and one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Spot crocodiles during an informative guided river cruise right into the heart of this incredible rainforest and learn about the flora, fauna, and its history. You’ll then make your way to Cape Tribulation, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, famed for its outstanding natural beauty, exceptional examples of the record of life, evolutionary history, and remarkable diversity.

Your Hotel Stay

ibis Styles East Perth
★★★★

Perfectly located near the waterfront in the beating-heart of the city, you’ll find the ibis Styles East Perth nestled between Queens Gardens, home to tree-lined lawns, lily-filled lakes and a Peter Pan statue, and Langley Park. This modern hotel is packed with all of the essential amenities with outstanding Swan River views. The hotel’s four-star accommodation boasts a bright and colourful design, free Wi-Fi and tasty local cuisine at Eastside Social Restaurant & Bar.

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Rydges Sydney Central
★★★★

Situated in cosmopolitan Surry Hills, adjacent to Sydney’s bustling city, the Rydges Sydney Central is the perfect place to stay whilst you delve into scintillating Sydney. This four-star venue radiates elegance throughout, complete with a soothing koi pool located in the lobby to symbolise good fortune. In amongst the inner city buzz, the stylish Rydges Sydney Central offers luxury relief from the bustling city, with a serene spa and indoor swimming pool. Sydney Brewery Surry Hills, is attached to the hotel offering a great spot for a casual lunch or evening speciality beer.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
★★★★

The Novotel Cairns Oasis offers a relaxed tropical sanctuary in the centre of Cairns. With each room boasting bright and spacious accommodation complete with private balconies, this resort is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. Wander the lush tropical gardens, recline in the shade of swaying palm trees, enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail at the lagoon swim up bar, dine al fresco under the stars, or head out to discover the charms of laid-back Cairns.

Vibe Hotel Melbourne
★★★★

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne is a brand-new build that dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel. Disconnect to connect. Metal accents and raw materials create a dramatic but inviting feel on entry and the hotel’s architectural eras blend seamlessly, allowing an immediate connection between past and the future.

Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

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

 Hotel Stays

  • 2 night four-star hotel stay at the ibis Styles East Perth or similar with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star hotel stay at the Rydges Sydney Central or similar with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star stay at the Vibe Hotel Melbourne or similar with breakfast
  • 5 night four-star hotel stay at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort or similar with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Full day Great Barrier Reef cruise
    • Snorkel in the stunning colourful coral home to an array or marine life
    • Guided coral viewing from a glass bottom boat seeing the mysteries of the underwater world including lunch
  • Full day Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour
    • Explore the Wildlife Habitat, with the opportunity to hand-feed Kangaroos and Wallabies
    • Join a guided rainforest walk, and admire magnificent landscapes at Alexandra Lookout

Cruise

  • 13 night full-board cruise on board Grand Princess

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

Prices From

Departing

10 February 2023

Inside

£4,999pp

Outside

£5,499pp

Balcony

£5,999pp

Suite

£6,999pp

Duration: 26 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Perth, Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising), Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Melbourne

To Book, Call our Holiday Specialists on

0800 840 5800