Tokyo - Hotel Stay
On arrival in Tokyo you will be transferred to your hotel to begin your stay in the fast-paced, futuristic capital of Japan. Bustling, crowded and full of life, the city manages to blend the modern and traditional in harmony, with soaring neon-lit skyscrapers sitting mere blocks from historic temples. While here, you’ll have time to view the city’s many museums, from classical art exhibitions in the Tokyo National Museum, to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Tokyo - Mount Fuji & Lake Ashi Tour and Hotel Stay
Arrangements will be made for you to be collected from your hotel for the drive to Mount Fuji, where your exciting tour begins. Your journey will take you through the outskirts of Tokyo and into the stunning rural scenery as you make your way to Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, where your tour begins and you’ll get your first view of the volcano. After lunch in a local restaurant you’ll take the Hakone Ropeway to Lake Ashi, where you’ll glide across the waters of the beautiful crater lake in a pirate boat. Returning to Tokyo, you’ll travel on board the Bullet Train, speeding through the countryside at lightning speed.
Tokyo - Hotel Stay
Your stay coincides with Japan’s famous ‘Cherry Blossom season’. Every spring, thousands of trees across the Tokyo burst into colour, in ice-cream shades of white, pink and red. The ‘sakura’ are one of Japan’s most iconic sights, and viewing the spectacle is known as hanami. Popular spots for seeing the cherry blossom include Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi – where the trees line the moat of a former castle, and Inokashira Park – where you can rent a boat to view the trees from the water.
Perth - Hotel Stay
You will be taken to the airport for your flight to Perth, Australia, to begin the next part of your adventure. On arrival you will be driven to your hotel in the city, where you will spend the night before embarking your Indian Pacific train journey the following day.
Embark Indian Pacific - Perth to Kalgoorlie
Take your last breath of Indian Ocean air as you board the Indian Pacific. Your comfortable cabin awaits as does the elegantly-appointed restaurant car. All food is included, even the delicious rack of lamb and lime lamington dessert, paired with a Margaret River sauvignon blanc. As the views transform before your eyes, get ready for your first off train excursion in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It’s long and fascinating history means there's plenty to see, learn and do.
Cook and The Nullarbor
As you wake, you’ll find yourself on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Vast horizons and big blue skies await and the ancient stillness of the desert landscape is only broken by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. After 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".
Adelaide and Broken Hill
By morning, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. You’ll enjoy an entertaining stop in the beautifully-designed Adelaide, renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary outback bases. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart's art studio or head for the Miners' Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill's mines is laid bare.
Sydney - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay
Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey as you approach Sydney. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. You’ll disembark here for a three night hotel stay to explore the city.
Sydney - Hotel Stay
Sydney may not be Australia’s capital, but it’s certainly the most iconic city. During your stay, get acquainted with the big-hitting sights such as the stately Harbour Bridge, the serrated peaks of the Opera House and the beautiful swathes of Bondi Beach. At night, head to the waterside hubs of Darling Harbour and Circular Quay to enjoy the sights with tourists and locals alike.
Sydney - Embark Ruby Princess
Your transfer will take you to the cruise terminal where you will embark Ruby Princess for the final part of your adventure. The serene cruise liner has recently enjoyed a multi-million dollar renovation, offering an open-air cinema, an array of fabulous dining options and relaxing bedrooms to retreat to after your days of sightseeing.
Spending two days at sea as you make the crossing to New Zealand, make the most of the on board facilities including freshwater swimming pools and hot tubs, a choice of sports courts, an internet café and library, and a lively nightclub. Each night there’s a great selection of entertainment on offer, from music and dancing to Movies Under the Stars and original musical productions that could’ve come straight from the West End.
Fiordland National Park - Scenic Cruising
Head up on deck to enjoy the scenery: your first glimpse of New Zealand’s beautiful scenery is one of the best. Scenic cruising will lead you through Fiordland National Park, the country’s largest national park that was formed by massive glacial flows carved deep into fjords of the South Island. Cliffs soar nearly a mile above the surface, with rainforests clinging to the land and the waters deep and pure.
Known as the ‘Edinburgh of New Zealand’, Dunedin is a southern city with a northern heart. The harbour is beautifully scenic, while the surrounding city has curious Scottish influences, with the famous poet Robert Burns presiding – in statue form – over the city’s downtown area. You’ll also find a kilt maker, whisky distillery and a bagpipe band, in case you weren’t convinced.
On the eastern shore of South Island, Akaroa feels decidedly French in flavour. It was once settled by the French and British, and has French-named streets, restaurants serving Gallic cuisine and French-colonial architecture surrounding an attractive harbour. Nearby there are secluded beaches which area easy to explore on an excursion.
A sea day is the ideal time to maximise the facilities on board your ship, Ruby Princess. With a few days of sightseeing under your belt you may like to relax with a treatment in the spa, spend a few hours lounging by the pools and hot tubs with a book, or simply unwinding on deck if the weather is fine.
The gateway to Rotorua, Tauranga offers privileged access to New Zealand’s famous Maori culture. The geothermal icon of New Zealand, Rotorua is home to 16 incredible lakes in a selection of vibrant colours, with Te Puia Thermal Reserve nearby providing the chance to see a recreation of a Maori village, the Pohutu geyser and the boiling mud pools.
Auckland - Disembark Ruby Princess
Disembark in Auckland and board your transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Other regional airports may be available*