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Experience the best of Australia and New Zealand on this unique cruise holiday, brimming with unforgettable tours, a luxury cruise with Holland America, incredible city breaks and tickets to the Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Finals as well as the Men's Semi-Finals.

Discover the magic of Melbourne with a four-night hotel stay that includes tickets to the men’s semi-finals and men and women’s finals of the Australian Open tennis championship. Explore a city that’s known for its elegant glass-domed shopping arcades and sporting history, and watch the giants of the game compete for victory at the iconic Rod Laver Arena. Witness the nail-biting tournament come to a magnificent end, resulting in two titans of the sport raise their trophies in a scintillating atmosphere.

Next, you’ll fly to Cairns where you’ll have five-nights to enjoy a collection of immersive tours. Experience an enchanting rainforest rail journey on board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Immerse yourself in the magical surroundings of the Daintree National Park, one of the best biologically diverse rainforests in the world, and savour a boat ride to explore one of the planet’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

After three nights in Brisbane, where you’ll embark on a tour of the ancient Lamington National Park, you’ll fly to Sydney for a fantastic four-night hotel stay. Highlights of your stay include a remarkable Sydney Harbour dinner cruise and a Blue Mountains adventure.

From Sydney, you’ll then embark the glamorous Noordam, a ship that exemplifies a classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements added in. Your luxury voyage will take you around some of New Zealand’s most spellbinding destinations including Milford Sound, Dunedin, Picton, Tauranga and Gisborne.

Your cruise ends in outstanding Auckland where you’ll have two nights in a hotel to explore the city at leisure. Discover Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city, based around an extinct volcano and home to the Wintergardens or savour a harbour cruise to spot whales and dolphins.

Your Route

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Board the exquisite Noordam for a cruise to Auckland

With all the elegance of traditional cruise sailing, yet offering a few state-of-the-art surprises, this beautiful cruise ship is an ideal choice for passengers of all ages. On board Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings as well as contemporary art such as the photographs of music greats, Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. One of the most remarkable pieces of furniture is an inlaid chest, made in Germany in 1885, which is flanked by carved seventeenth-century Baroque columns. The Noordam exemplifies a classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements added in.

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Dining

Choose The Dining Room for a sophisticated breakfast, lunch or dinner; the Lido Market for a mix of international cuisines; Pinnacle Grill for the best steak on board or cosy up with 24-hour room service in your cabin.

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Activities

Take part in cooking demos and wine tastings, take a fitness, Pilates or yoga class or kick back by the pool or at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. Make time to enjoy the BBC Earth programme, with concerts and films showing in the World Stage. 

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Entertainment

Go on a music-themed bar crawl, taking in Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Catch a show at the two-tier World Stage or enjoy cocktails and dancing until late at Northern Lights Nightclub.

Your 32 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

26 January 2023

Discover the magic of Melbourne during a day at leisure

Melbourne is Australia’s second most populous city and its cultural capital, hosting a plethora of museums, art galleries, music festivals and world heritage sites. Flowing through its distinctive mix of art deco high-rises, mirrored skyscrapers and bustling Victorian-era arcades is the Yarra River, while the nearby Yarra Valley is home to vineyards and rainforests. It’s no wonder this exhilarating destination is frequently listed as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

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Day 2

27 January 2023

Soak up the excitement of the Australian Open Men’s Semi-Finals

A day of thrill awaits where you’ll settle in for a day of breathtaking, heart-pumping tennis at the Men’s Semi-Finals of the Australian Open. Soak up the atmosphere as you watch the best tennis stars in the world compete for their place in the final – it’s sure to be an experience you’ll remember forever.

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Day 3

28 January 2023

Immerse yourself in the thrill of the Australian Open Women’s Final

The Australian Open is one of four Grand Slam tournaments in the global tennis calendar and attracts the world’s top players. Today you’ll attend the women’s final at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park where you’ll watch the victor hold the trophy aloft. You’re in for a rare sporting treat as you watch two of the world’s elite female athletes do battle on court.

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Day 4

29 January 2023

Savour a final day in Melbourne with tickets to the Australian Open Men’s Final

Following the previous day’s action, you’ll then get to see more world-class tennis action as you witness the final of the men’s tournament. This arena has hosted some of the biggest names in the sport and you’re sure to see a thrilling match between two of the sport’s biggest names as they face off at the iconic Rod Laver Arena. This is one of the world’s best hardcourt surfaces and the stadium features a retractable roof – the first in Australia.

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Day 5

30 January 2023

Fly to Cairns for your immersive five-day tour

The balmy air and the azure waters of Cairns will transport you into a tropical paradise. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns enjoys thriving tourism, but a leisurely pace of life prevails here. Take a stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, enjoy the ocean views in the beautiful evening light and try some of the Balinese-inspired cuisine in one of the harbour-front restaurants.

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Day 6

31 January 2023

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Cairns’ captivating museums and fascinating cultural attractions

Originally home to the Yirrganydji and Yidinji peoples, Cairns offers a rich range of cultural attractions. Discover some of the incredible indigenous artwork at Cairns Art Gallery or delve into the town’s remarkable history at Cairns Museum. Continue your Marine life education with a visit to Cairns Aquarium. Renovated in 2017, the impressive displays and exhibits represent not only reef life but also rivers, estuaries and billabongs. Round off your Cairns discovery by sampling some of the fusion flavours with views over the harbour or simply enjoy the sun set with a cocktail.

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Day 7

1 February 2023

Venture into the wilderness for a full day tour of Kuranda and the Rainforestation Nature Park

Today you’ll witness spectacular views as you board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda with stops along the way at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. Upon arrival, explore the village, before you transfer to the Rainforestation Nature Park for lunch and a performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Troupe. Next, you’ll tour through the tropical rainforest in an amphibious Army Duck and visit the Tropical Fruit Orchard. The final part of your trip takes you to the Koala and Wildlife Park where you could hand feed kangaroos.

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Day 8

2 February 2023

Be enthralled by the sights of the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef

No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the 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 buffet lunch and afternoon tea with incredible views of the outer reef before returning to shore, still in a state of awe at this vibrant, bustling underwater ecosystem.

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Day 9

3 February 2023

Discover The Most Extraordinary Place on Earth, during a visit to the Daintree Rainforest

A day of adventure awaits as you prepare for your final tour in Cairns. Step on board your private coach and sit back for your journey into the emerald canopies and weaving vines of the Daintree Rainforest, named by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on Earth.” Your first stop is a one-hour cruise along the mighty Daintree River. Learn about the intricate eco-system that coexists here between the unique flora and fauna that call this remarkable place their home. Once on the other side of the river, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in the rainforest before heading to Mossman Gorge for afternoon tea and guided walk. Discover more about the cultural significance of this ancient rainforest to the local Kuku Yalanji people. You’ll also get to wander the Marrdja Boardwalk, surrounded by towering trees and verdant mangrove swamps.

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Day 10

4 February 2023

Fly to Brisbane and explore the Capital of the Sunshine State during a three-night hotel stay

Spend time exploring the beguiling city of Brisbane during a three-night hotel stay. The Capital of the Sunshine state, Brisbane boasts a vibrant café culture to match its classic relaxed Gold Coast vibe. While away the morning hours by meandering the city’s river banks which are lined with busy malls, riverfront plazas, outdoor man-made beaches, water parks, botanical gardens and wildlife parks.

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Day 11

5 February 2023

Prepare for a day of adventure at the outstanding Lamington National Park

Located in southeast Queensland, Lamington National Park, a place of ethereal beauty with its lush rainforest, ancient trees and stunning waterfalls, is a wonder to explore. During a full day tour, you’ll discover the enchanting grounds of this spectacular park from both entrances, Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s. Lose yourself in the spirit of this ancient land as you experience it at your own pace, as well as enjoy the company of a guide at Binna Burra for a private tour. Wander the trails and soak up the atmosphere as you admire the ancient Gondwana Rainforests, home to the rate Albert’s lyrebird.

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Day 12

6 February 2023

Savour a final day in Brisbane before flying to Sydney for the next part of your adventure

Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a busy cultural calendar. Browse the many art galleries on the South Bank and the food stalls at Brisbane City Market. Join a free-guided tour of Brisbane City Hall. Visit the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and for coffee, cocktails and independents stores, stop by Fortitude Valley.

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Day 13

7 February 2023

Leaving Brisbane behind, you’ll then fly to Sydney for a four-night city break to savour its sights

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, star gaze from the planetarium in Sydney's Observatory or amble through the beautiful greenery of The Royal Botanic Garden.

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Day 14

8 February 2023

Enjoy a day at leisure in Sydney, discovering its hidden treasures

Savour a day at leisure in spectacular Sydney. 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.

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Day 15

9 February 2023

Marvel at the majestic beauty of the Blue Mountains during an astounding tour

Leaving the city behind, today you’ll travel to the Blue Mountains. Located on the cusp of the Jamison Valley, you’re in the prime position to explore the ethereal beauty of this World Heritage region. On arrival you’ll explore the mountains with a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the scenic walkways, while imparting their wisdom of the area, from the flora and fauna to the myth and legend. See the imposing Three Sisters rock formation, ride the steepest railway in the world, stand at the foot of roaring waterfalls or get a bird’s eye view from the cable car.

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Day 16

10 February 2023

Drink in the glorious sights of the city’s magnificent harbour during a cruise at sunset

As daylight begins to fade and the setting sun casts shades of pink, yellow and orange across the landscape, you’ll embark on a delightful harbour cruise and enjoy dinner with the best backdrop in town – admire spectacular highlights including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Enjoy a multi-course chef-designed all-inclusive menu featuring the best of New South Wales ingredients, all of which showcase the multicultural influences on the Sydney dining scene paired with wines from some of New South Wales’ most prestigious wine regions. 

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Day 17

11 February 2023

From Sydney, you’ll embark the stunning Noordam for your luxury, New Zealand cruise

Today you’ll embark Noordam where you’ll discover its superb blend of classic décor and contemporary amenities. Watch out for museum-quality paintings along with contemporary art and iconic photography of musical legends as you walk around the public areas. You can also dine in one of several excellent restaurants, experience impeccable service and enjoy a feast of live music experiences during your time at sea.

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Day 18

12 February 2023

Settle in for a day at sea to discover some of the fascinating activities and entertainment on board

Relish a day at sea to explore a few of the activities and entertainment on board. Engage in Explorations Central (EXC), an immersive on-board program that’s designed to make your journey more vivid and meaningful. Experience the culinary story of the region through live cooking demonstrations, tastings and fine-dining events or if you just want to take some time to unwind, soak up the sun from the pool deck with your book and cool off in the shimmering waters or escape to the fabulous Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Pamper your skin with a revitalising facial, enjoy an aromatherapy massage or unwind on the loungers that offers serene vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Day 19

13 February 2023

Return to Melbourne for a further chance to explore this sensational city

Today you’ll return to Melbourne. Here you’ll have another chance to explore Melbourne’s exciting mix of style. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the various bars and restaurants in the modern Federation Square. Not hungry? You could venture out into the Southbank area for the National Gallery of Victoria with incredible feats of Australian and indigenous art. The Queen Victoria Market that was established in 1878 still remains, or you could explore the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens which boasts a mix of native and exotic plants.

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Day 20

14 February 2023

Indulge your tastebuds with delicious flavours in Burnie

Come discover the innovative Burnie with its industrial heritage in the Makers’ Workshop, that celebrates Tasmania’s innovators and artists. Taste the crumbly cheese, take a paper making course or peruse through the gift shop for truly original gifts from all these unique artists. To wind down you could taste true Australian product at Hellyers Road Distillery for a couple of drams of amazing single malt whiskey.

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Days 21 - 22

15 - 16 February 2023

Relish two days at sea to be spellbound by the on-board entertainment

Music lovers will relish the entertainment on board Noordam, with several venues covering an array of tastes, from classical to Blues, while the world stage you’ll find performances ranging from comedy to lavish dance productions, all set against stunning 270-degree LED screen backdrop.

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Day 23

17 February 2023

Savour the views of natural fjords during a scenic cruise through Milford Sound

You’ll cruise through spectacular natural fjords 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 24

18 February 2023

Discover the 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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Day 25

19 February 2023

Explore beautiful Timaru, known for its elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, made of volcanic bluestone

Located in the Canterbury region on the South Island, Timaru is a port city on the Pacific coast. Explore the white sandy beach and take a swim at Caroline Bay. Soak up the art and culture at South Canterbury Museum and the Aigantighe Art Gallery. Discover the Victorian-era Botanic Gardens and take a brewery tour to sip on local ales.

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Day 26

20 February 2023

Embrace the elegant surroundings of picturesque Picton

Picton harbour is surrounded by beautiful views, palm tree lined promenades and native bush wildlife. The stunning Marlborough Sounds area can be accessed by boats and offers fishing trips and picturesque secluded bays. Queen Charlotte Sound is ideal for water sports including kayaking, diving, hiking, cycling, fishing or just taking a scenic trip and admiring some of New Zealand’s most incredible natural areas. A boat trip around the picturesque harbour offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

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Day 27

21 February 2023

Delve into the wonders of Napier, home to beautifully preserved 1930s architecture

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 28

22 February 2023

Lose yourself in the allure of Tauranga, bordered by an unspoilt harbour and sprawling vineyards

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 Maori culture or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.

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