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Delve into the riches which reside down under as you embark on a mystical Princess discovery cruise and unforgettable transcontinental rail journey complete with stays in Sydney and Perth.

Your discoveries down under holiday begins with an overnight stay in scintillating Sydney, before embarking the whimsical Royal Princess for an explorative cruise of New Zealand.

As you sail for New Zealand, you’ll immediately be alerted to its natural beauty as you delight in scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park, renowned for its breathtaking collection of Fiords, staggering glaciers, majestic mountain ranges, dense forests and alpine lakes.

You’ll then travel to Scottish-influenced Dunedin, compelling Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand’s charming capital, before relishing calls in Tauranga, boasting a stunning harbour and magnificent views, Auckland, known for its white-sand beaches, delicious seafood and modern architecture, and finally the stunning Bay of Islands. You’ll then return to Sydney to delight in a four-night stay to delve into the idiosyncrasies of Australia’s busiest city, and become accustomed with its iconic landmarks, golden beaches, art-deco architecture and captivating culture.

Finally, you’ll experience a rail journey like no other on board the luxurious Indian Pacific. With no better way to see an all-encompassing view of Australia than by rail, you’ll step onboard the sumptuous Indian Pacific, to unlock an unforgettable scenic journey, following the path of bush pioneers and gold rush prospectors.

As you glide into Perth, you'll transfer to your hotel for a final night's stay before flying home the next day.

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 Royal Princess Experience

With such stunning innovations it’s easy to see why the Royal Princess is the flagship of Princess Cruises’ impressive fleet. Her cantilevered bar and signature glass-floored walkway extend 28ft at both sides of the deck. Enjoy a leisurely evening stroll along the SeaWalk - you are practically walking on water whilst enjoying sweeping views of the Ocean! Watch a dazzling water and light show every evening with dancing fountains reaching 33ft into the air! Royal Princess’s famed dining options include Sabatini’s Italian restaurant, the Crown Grill, an expanded Horizon Court buffet area and Vines, its wine, sushi and tapas venue.

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Dining

With 12 dining options, from hand-tossed pizzas at Alfredo’s Pizzeria to outstanding steaks at Crown Grill, there’s something to suit every taste. For a special occasion, book the Chef’s Table Lumiere.
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Activities

Stroll over The Seawalk for a dramatic walk above the waves. Go behind-the-scenes of the ship’s television show, Princess Live!, or relax by the pool while the little ones have fun at the forest-themed kids club.

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Entertainment

Watch the finale of The Voice of the Ocean; relax at the Princess Theater with a Broadway-style show and end the night at Club 6 nightclub with resident DJs playing late into the night.

Your 22 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

18 November 2023

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

19 November 2023

Today you will embark Royal Princess in Sydney’s iconic harbour, setting sail on your unforgettable cruise to New Zealand

Join Royal Princess to embark on this epic cruise to New Zealand. Relax in your spacious cabin, graze your way through the 14 dining options and sit back for extraordinary performances at the theatre. Don’t miss the incredible sail away from the world’s most iconic harbour.

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Days 3 - 4

20 - 21 November 2023

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

Royal Princess perfectly balances the much-loved elements of traditional cruising with stunning modern innovations. During two consecutive sea days, wander the SeaWalk®, a cantilevered glass-floored walkway that extends 28ft over each side of the ship for eye-popping views of the waves below. Indulge in Royal Princess’s famed dining options, including Sabatini’s Italian restaurant, the Crown Grill for superb steak and Vines for delicious wine, sushi and tapas.

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Day 5

22 November 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 6

23 November 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 7

24 November 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 Avon River 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 8

25 November 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 9

26 November 2023

Spend the day soaking up Royal Princess’ wonderful facilities as you continue your voyage around New Zealand

This well-timed sea day will give you plenty of chance to enjoy more of Royal Princess’ serene spaces, such as Lotus Spa and the Sanctuary, the ship’s exclusive adults-only retreat. Relax in the freshwater pools, take in live entertainment in The Piazza and enjoy a fine-dining extravaganza at Chef’s Table Lumiere. After dark, kick back on the pool deck and watch a big-screen movie under moonlight.

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Day 10

27 November 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 11

28 November 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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Day 12

29 November 2023

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 13 - 14

30 November - 1 December 2023

Relish two final sea days, indulging in the fantastic features on board

Royal Princess is one of the finest ships at sea and offers exciting activities and entertainment options day and night. Enjoy trivia and daytime fun on the Pool Deck. Watch the Princess Watercolor Fantasy Show, a mesmerizing spectacle of illuminated water fountains dancing to the sounds of music, and savour late-night drinks and dancing at Club 6, the ship’s chic nightclub.

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Day 15

2 December 2023

Returning to Sydney, you’ll bid farewell to your ship and enjoy a four-night hotel stay

Returning to Sydney for a further hotel stay, you’ll have yet another chance to explore this captivating city. 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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Days 16 - 18

3 - 5 December 2023

Delve into Sydney’s rich culture and sun-soaked beaches during your city escape

With a further three days to explore Sydney, spend some time discovering its wonderful landmark attractions; embark on a harbour cruise, climb the heights of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge or immerse yourself in the atmospheric Darling Harbour. Whatever your tastes or interests, this pedestrian-friendly district is a constant hive of activity, with cinemas, restaurants and street performers. Watch surfers crest the waves at the iconic Bondi Beach, take a guided walk through the botanic gardens, or wander the coastal, cliff side paths lined with rock pools and secluded bays.

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Day 19

6 December 2023

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 20

7 December 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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Day 21

8 December 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 22

9 December 2023

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

Today you'll arrive in Perth, Western Australia's cosmopolitan capital, having completed an epic Australian end-to-end journey. 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 23

10 December 2023

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 Hotel Stays

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.

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
★★★★

Enjoy an event at RAC Arena, directly opposite the hotel or enjoy what Yagan Square, Raine Square, Perth's CBD and Northbridge have to offer. Stop by the hotel's restaurants for locally-produced comfort food and craft beer, or reward yourself with one of the hotel’s delicious cocktails after a fun day of sightseeing. Afterward, settle into well-designed hotel rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and signature Four Points beds.

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 included
  • All-inclusive off-train experiences and short stops in Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna 

 Hotel Stays

  • 5 night four-star hotel stay at the Rydges Sydney Central with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star hotel stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Perth with breakfast

Cruise

  • 13 night full-board cruise on board Royal Princess

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

Prices From

Departing

18 November 2023

Inside

£4,299pp

Balcony

£4,999pp

Suite

£5,699pp

Duration: 22 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Sydney, Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising), Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney, Perth

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