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"Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands."
Jean Batten,
'Alone in the Sky' 1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessible New Zealand & Australia
January 25 - February 8, 2013


Our accessible Down Under adventure to New Zealand and Australia is the best of all accessible travel possibilities:

• Luxury accessible staterooms
• Accessible Auckland tours
• All accessible port excursions
• Experienced escort
• Accessible Sydney tours

Our accessible New Zealand and Australia adventure allows you time to unwind from a long journey, gives you special lectures and demonstrations and emerses you into the environment with a balance of time to explore Downunder on your own.

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  • COMPLETE precruise land program in Auckland
• COMPLETE Accessible Shore Excursions at EVERY port
• COMPLETE postcruise land program in Sydney
 

Tour & Cruise Itinerary

Day Location Arrival Departure
 
Optional Land Tour
   
Jan 22, 2013 Arrive Auckland 5:30 AM  
Wed, Jan 23 Auckland City tour    
Thur, Jan 24 Waitakere Range tour    
Fri, Jan 25
Begin cruise only itinerary
   
Fri, Jan 25 Embark & Depart Auckland 01:00 PM 06:00 PM
Sat, Jan 26 Excursion, Tauranga, NZ 08:00 AM 06:30 PM
Sun, Jan 27 At Sea    
Mon, Jan 28 Excursion, Wellington, NZ 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue, Jan 29 Excursion, Picton, NZ 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed, Jan 30 Excursion, Christchurch, NZ 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Thur, Jan 31 Excursion, Dunedin, NZ 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Fri, Feb 01 Fiordland Nat'l Park, NZ sailing 09:00 AM 07:00 AM
Sat, Feb 02 At Sea    
Sun, Feb 03 At Sea    
Mon, Feb 04 Excursion Hobart, Tasmania, AU 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Tue, Feb 05 At Sea    
Wed, Feb 06 Excursion, Melbourne, AU 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thur, Feb 07 At Sea    
Fri, Feb 08 Sydney, AU Disembarkation 06:00 AM 09:00 AM
Fri, Feb 08
End cruise only itinerary
09:00 AM 09:00 AM
Fri, Feb 08
Begin Optional Land Tour
09:00 AM 09:00 AM
Fri, Feb 08 Sydney Highights tour 09:00 AM 02:00 PM
Sat, Feb 09 Sydney foods and culture tour 09:00 AM 03:00 PM
Sun, Feb 10 Sydney Harbour cruise & tea - - - -
Mon, Feb 11 Depart Sydney, AU to USA    
 
End Optional Land Tour
   


Tour and cruise itinerary

Tue, January 22, 2013, Arrive Auckland International Airport.
Arrival from the USA around 5:30-6:30 AM. Clear NZ Customs and Immigration and meet our driver for an accessible transfer to your centrally located Auckland Hotel. Immediate check-in and breakfast this morning are included. After breakfast you can rest or explore Auckland. Our hotel is in an excellent location to look around Auckland. Balance of the day and evening are for independent activities. (B, L)

Wed, January 23, 2013, Auckland
After a big Kiwi buffet breakfast travel about one hour outside Auckland to the beautiful Waitakere Ranges for a morning of visits and eco-lectures about New Zealand's delicate ecology and their environmental troubles with animal visitors. The park and woodlands we examine and studying today encompasses everything that's 100% clean and green about New Zealand. Return to Auckland where lunch is included and the balance of the afternoon and evening are for independent activities. (B, L).

Thur, January 24, Auckland
After a big Kiwi buffet breakfast spend the morning in the company of penguins and 100's of other native underwater wildlife learning about the unique wildlife of New Zealand and Antarctica. Before lunch return to our hotel on a scenic drive along Auckland's waterfront and the Americas Cup Yachting village. After lunch the balance of the afternoon and evening are for independent activities (B,L).

Fri, January 25, Welcome Aboard in Auckland
The day is trouble free; a big Kiwi breakfast and an exclusive accessible transfer to the ship around 2:00 PM to avoid the crowd(B).

Sat, January 26, Tauranga
Disembark ship in the morning and head inland for an experience at the epicenter of Maori cultural in Rotorua. Experience an authentic Maori greeting and tour the Whakarewarewa thermal lands and Maori village. Our lunch today is a traditional Mauri "hangi·" of foods steamed in the thermal springs. After lunch witness live exhibitions about New Zealand's important sheep industry featuring demonstrations by sheep dogs, sheep & sheep shearing. Return to Tauranga in time to board our ship (L).

Sun, January 27, At Sea
There are no on shore activities today

Mon, January 28, Wellington
Disembark ship at the southern end of the North Island and spend the entire daya sightseeing New Zealand’s Capital City. On our organized sightseeing tour see the Parliament Buildings, Government Center and Victoria University. Afterwards we explore Wellington on our own. The city is compact and it is easy to explore New Zealand's most known speciality stores to sample cheeses, fruits, wines and coffee. Wellington is known as a city known for coffee loves and culinary treasures. After a day of spectacular visits around Wellington board ship in time to sail for Picton.

Tue, January 29, Picton
Disembark ship and explore the main center of the Marlborough Sounds and gateway to the South Island. Our guided wildlife cruise departs the scenic Picton and sails through the breathtakin sheltered waterways of Marlborough Sounds. See dolphins (by season), seals and seabirds. After your adventure on the water, the afternoon is free to explore Picton on the land.
After a day of breataking sights board our ship in time to sail for Christchurch.

Wed, January 30, Christchurch
Disembark and spend the morning with Kiwi's and a splendid ride around the rim of an extinct volcano before looking at actual Kiwi's and learning all we can about New Zealand's favorite nocturnal creature and it's threat by animal predators. After lunch in the company of New Zealand's wildlife our next visit fulfills the day with a special educational presentation at the Antarctic exploration center. After a day of spectacular visits in time to board our ship (L).

Thur January 31, Dunedin
Disembark and drive along the rugged Otago Peninsula where the morning is devoted to a series of experiences with the Royal Albatross; the only mainland breeding colony of albatross in the world. Weather permitting spend time at the colony observatory viewing these remarkable seabirds. After lunch spend a leisurely visit with a train horticulturist amidst 30 acres of private gardens hearing about New Zealand's native flowers, trees and ferns (L).

Fri Februay 01, Fiordland
No Onshore tours are available at Milford Sound. Passengers are unable to disembark and return to the ship. Your sightsesing and viewing from the ship are so profound; this is no place you want to be ashore alone.

Sat, February 02,At Sea
No onshore tours are available

Sun, February 03, At Sea
No onshore tours are available

Mon, February 04, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Disembark in the afternoon and tour Hobart with commentary from our local guide before ascending to the top of Mt. Wellington for incredible views of Hobart, its suburbs, towns and waterway. Local stops along the way before returning to our ship.

Tue, February 05, At Sea
No Onshore tours are available

Wed, February 06, Melbourne
Disembark and drive to the Blue Dandenongs for a ride on an original steam train locomotive. Our time is spent in the beautiful Blue Dandenong Ranges in the company of colorful native birds, lush green fern gullies in mountain filled with gigantically tall ash eucalyptus trees and ferns as big as palm trees. Lunch in a local pub is our highlight today and no one will leave hungry. Return to the ship through fashionable maritime villages and coastlines gardens to board our ship on time (L).

Thur, February 07, At Sea
No Onshore tours are available

Fri, February 08, Disembark Ship, Sydney City Tour
Disembark and begin a tour of Sydney's highlights: the Rocks, Harbour Bridge and a visit to the Opera House for a photo stop. Continue to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair (photo stop) followed by an unforgettable lunch at the Sydney Harbour fish market. Check in at your hotel where the balance of the day is for independent activities.(B,)

Sat, February 09, Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary
In the morning continue your visits around Sydney, then spend the entire afternoon devoted to close encounters with kangaroos, koalas and hundreds of native birds at a private nature preserve. After a full day return to your Sydney hotel where the balance of the day is for independent activities (B).

Sun, February 10, Sydney Harbour Cruise
The balance of the morning is for independent activities and the meeting point is at Circular Quay for a narrated afternoon Cruise of Sydney Harbour. Here celebrate your memories of your Downunder Exploration. Balance of the afternoon and evening for independent activities (B).

Mon, February 11, Sydney departure to USA
Transfer to the Sydney International Airport for your departure home filled with memories of your Downunder accessible adventure in New Zealand and Australia (B).


Down Under Accessible Adventure - Rates

Cruise & Land rates are inclusive of Column A and Column B
Rates are per person in US Dollar and based on 18 participants
Based on double occupancy, single occupancy is 100%
Based on NZD/AUD/USD currency conversion

A
B
All tours & shore excursions
from $3850.00
Accessible balcony staterooms
from $2545.00

Our Sydney Hotels

Hotel
Category
Comments
5 star
Down Town, near Circular Quay.
Rooms and bathroom are spacious.
5 star
Down Town, near Circular Quay.
Rooms are spacious.
5 star
Down Town near to Circular Quay.
Rooms and bathroom are spacious.

Click HERE for see map of Sydney hotel locations


Included in this rate:
12 days cruise passage on Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess from Auckland to Sydney, January 25, 2013 to February 8, 2013. Onboard inclusions and passenger amenities per Princess Cruises. Meet and greetings on arrival in Auckland and at all New Zealand ports of call, accessible motorcoach transportation in Auckland and all New Zealand ports, accessible hotel accommodation in Auckland with buffet lunch & breakfast at Auckland hotel indicated as breakfast (B) and Lunch (L). All New Zealand sightseeing admissions and inclusions. Administration fees, local tax and GST in NZ.
Meet and greeting on arrival in Sydney and at all Australian ports, accessible motorcoach transportation at all Australian ports and in Sydney, accessible hotel accommodation in Sydney, buffet lunch & breakfast at Sydney hotel indicated as breakfast (B) and Lunch (L). All Australian sightseeing admissions and inclusions. Administration fees, local tax and GST in AU.

Not included in this rate:
International airfare, passports, visas, and travel insurance. Early arrival accommodation, admission to attractions not specifically mentioned, gratuities to drivers, guides & service staff, beverages. Evening meals and other meals except where meals are specifically mentioned as inclusions and indicated as breakfast (B) and Lunch (L), self-drive rental vehicles, items not mentioned specifically in the itinerary, items of personal nature, telephone and postage to/from outside the USA. Unforeseen items outside the tour operators control.

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