February 21 – March 6, 2010
Join this extraordinary 14-day journey, providing a perfect introduction to the best natural and cultural treasures of the great Down Under. Experience the rugged grandeur of New Zealand, famous for its magnificent landscapes, scenic windswept shores and warm Kiwi hospitality. Admire the magnificent fjords of Milford Sound and revel in the classic English charm of the delightful town of Christchurch. In Australia, marvel at the glittering architecture of Sydney, hear the primeval tones of the didgeridoo and delve into the age-old traditions of the Aborigines. Your journey culminates with an exclusive three-night cruise aboard the intimate CORAL PRINCESS along the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s greatest treasures. Freshly renovated and designed specifically to navigate remote reefs, inlets and small islands not accessible to larger ships, this stylish vessel is known for the hospitality of its crew, which includes a full-time marine biologist who will share his expertise with you throughout the cruise. You may further enhance your journey by joining the exclusive two-night Pre-Program Option in the beautiful port of Auckland, New Zealand.Back to the top »
Day 1 & Day 2 - February 21 & 22, 2010
Depart for Queenstown, New Zealand. Cross the International Date Line.
Day 3 - February 23, 2010
- QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
Arrive in Queenstown and check into the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, located in the heart of the town on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Day 4 - February 24, 2010 -
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
The morning tour reveals the charms and treasures of Queenstown and its environs. Step back into the pioneering days of the 1860s gold rush during a visit to the historic mining settlement of Arrowtown, where old-time pubs and traditional shops lend the town an ambiance reminiscent of America’s Old West. Visit the Lakes District Museum, where a fascinating collection of exhibits paints a vivid and authentic portrait of 19th-century life in New Zealand’s frontier country. Admire stunning canyon scenery from the historic Kawarau suspension bridge, constructed in the 1880s, and ride a gondola to the summit of Bob’s Peak for breathtaking panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps.
This evening, board the legendary “Lady of the Lake,” the T.S.S. EARNSLAW, a classic turn-of-the-century, coal-powered steamship, and cruise through Lake Wakatipu’s stunning mountain setting to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, observe and learn about New Zealand’s rich tradition of sheep ranching and savor a high country carver’s dinner of local meats and specialties.
Day 5 - February 25, 2010 -
QUEENSTOWN/MILFORD SOUND/ TE ANAU
Words cannot describe the sublime beauty of Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord-like inlet where towering mountains plunge into the sea as countless waterfalls cascade down their verdant slopes, misting into a vast, ever-changing sequence of small rainbows. Following a scenic drive from Queenstown, the afternoon cruise provides an ideal opportunity to experience Milford Sound and its surrounding landscapes, which according to Maori legend were created by the demigod Tu Te Raki Whanoa, who used his great powers to forge the mountains and valleys of New Zealand’s southern Fiordland region. Continue to Te Anau and check into Luxmore Hotel for the night.
Day 6 - February 26, 2010 -
Depart Te Anau and arrive this afternoon in Christchurch. Check into the Copthorne Central Hotel, located in the heart of the city overlooking Victoria Square and the Avon River. Known as “the most English city outside of England,” Christchurch captures the provincial charm of Britain with its Victorian architecture, elegant public squares and well-tended parks. The special panoramic city tour introduces you to the town’s most alluring landmarks, including Cathedral Square, the University of Canterbury and Hagley Park. Afternoon tea at the beautifully landscaped, 100-year-old, Tudor-style Mona Vale Homestead provides the perfect opportunity to experience Christchurch’s classic English character. This evening, an intimate dinner has been specially arranged in the home of a local family. Enjoy traditional Kiwi hospitality and cuisine and gain personal insight into the lives of typical New Zealanders.
Day 7 - February 27, 2010
- CHRISTCHURCH/SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Pursue individual interests in Christchurch until the transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival, check into the Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel, located in Darling Harbour, one of Sydney’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The evening is at leisure.
Day 8 - February 28, 2010
- SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sydney’s stunning skyline, magnificent harbor and multi-cultural and cosmopolitan residents distinguish it as one of the world’s truly great cities, a status revealed to a global audience when it hosted the Summer Olympic Games of 2000. The city’s history comes alive during the guided city tour that encompasses Sydney’s most famous neighborhoods and landmarks, including the Circular Quay; bustling Chinatown; vibrant King’s Cross; the historical Rocks area, once the rough-and tumble center of Australia’s first British penal colony; and Bondi Beach, where master surfers come to ride breakers the size of small mountains. After lunch on your own, the special tour of Sydney’s magnificent Opera House reveals the secrets of one of the world’s most famous buildings. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this architectural masterpiece and its design, and learn how the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, arrived at his inspiration for the building’s ingenious sail motif. Admire the city’s legendary skyline from the harbor during this evening’s private sunset cocktail cruise.
Day 9 - March 1, 2020
- SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Enjoy the day in Sydney on your own.
Day 10 to Day 12 - March 2 to March 4, 2010 - SYDNEY/TOWNSVILLE/ GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE
Fly to Townsville and embark the CORAL PRINCESS, an intimate cruiser designed specifically to navigate the remote inlets and channels of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s greatest treasures.
Throughout your cruise, the ship will stop when conditions permit, so that you may experience the Great Barrier Reef at its finest. The ship is fully equipped with complimentary snorkeling equipment and a glass-bottom boat, from which you can gaze upon the underwater wonders in dry comfort.
Cruise along the picturesque shores of the densely forested Palm Islands and Magnetic Island, where Mount Cook, named for the great explorer, rises above lush hills carpeted with eucalyptus trees. On the tropical shores of Pelorus, trek through the isle’s lush rainforest with the ship’s enthusiastic marine biologist. Named Yanooa by the Aboriginals, Pelorus has been designated a national park by the Australian government, a status that fully protects its pristine and fragile ecosystem. It is also surrounded by a spectacular fringing reef, which provides excellent opportunities to snorkel in a vibrant world of kaleidoscopic sculptures of coral, where you may find thousands of colorful fish and fascinating creatures including giant turtles, graceful rays and mysterious dugongs, the sea mammals that many believe inspired the myth of the mermaids among generations of seafarers.
Savor a typical Aussie-style barbecue lunch on Pelorus’ sandy white beaches before departing for the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel and the Family Islands group, laden with mangroves, mountainous cliffs and green forests. Visit the Dunk Island Resort on the largest of the Family Islands, where you may spend the afternoon at the pool or join an optional walk through the rainforest in search of the island’s more than 100 indigenous bird species. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive, blue-winged Ulysses butterfly.
Enjoy a full day at awe-inspiring Nathan Reef, with time to snorkel in the warm, tropical waters and explore the bathtaking tapestry of life, from brightly colored starfish and sea cucumbers to hundreds of types of coral, plants and fish. You can also choose to experience this kingdom of coral while cruising aboard the ship’s glass-bottom boat, accompanied by the marine biologist, who will share detailed knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef’s complex ecosystem.
Day 13 - March 5, 2010
- GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE/ THETFORD REEF/CAIRNS
Conclude your cruise at Thetford Reef, with one last opportunity to snorkel amid its vast array of coral and sea life, which includes more than 1,500 species of fish as well as turtles and dolphins. After lunch, disembark the ship in Cairns. Delve into thousands of years of Aboriginal history during a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. You can attend a performance of Aboriginal music and dance, admire traditional artwork, listen to the tales of ancient legends or participate in demonstrations of boomerangs, idgeridoos and typical bush cuisine. Following your visit to Tjapukai Park, check into the Novotel Rockford Palm Cove Hotel, located on a beautiful beach against a scenic backdrop of lush rainforest. The evening is at leisure.
Day 14 - March 6, 2010
- CAIRNS/IN TRANSIT/U.S.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and board a flight to the U.S., arriving later today
Land Portion: from $3,995
Scenic transfer to Te Anau with lunch
In Sydney, Australia
On Board the Coral Princess
Gratuities to local guides and drivers on all included excursions
The services of an experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Director throughout the program
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Katherine Rowe (Ph.D., Harvard) teaches and writes about Renaissance drama and culture, media history, and adaptation. She is the author of _Dead Hands: Fictions of Agency, Renaissance to Modern (Stanford, 1999) and co-author of New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (Polity, 2006). She is co-editor of Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion (Penn Press, 2004) and co-author of New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (Polity Press, 2007). She has published articles on Shakespeare, early modern drama, the history of the body, and Shakespeare on film. Her current projects include a modern edition of Macbeth and a study of adaptation as a cultural process. Prof. Rowe serves on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly. When she's not working, you might find Prof. Rowe on the frisbee field with the Sneetches , Bryn Mawr and Haverford's Women's Ultimate Team.Back to the top »
Discover this idyllic world of tropical islands, breathtaking coral reefs and abundant marine life while cruising aboard the CORAL PRINCESS. This intimate expedition cruiser is acclaimed for its exceptional crew, which embodies Australian hospitality and is known for establishing a strong sense of camaraderie with passengers from around the globe. Designed specifically to navigate the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this impeccably crafted ship is the perfect vessel for exploring the wonders of the Coral Sea. With only 25 staterooms, it offers the personal feel of a yacht, and its enhanced navigability enables it to call at remote coral reefs and small islands inaccessible to larger ships. Each tastefully appointed stateroom is outside and features two twin beds or one double bed, private bathroom facilities and air conditioning. Meals are served daily in a single, open seating in the dining room, where skilled chefs specialize in Australian cuisine prepared with local ingredients, including the region’s legendary fresh seafood. Complimentary coffee and tea are available around the clock. Public areas include the lounge, reference library, boutique and the spa pool on the sun deck. The CORAL PRINCESS features an onboard marine biologist who enthusiastically shares his knowledge of and insight into the Great Barrier Reef’s amazing array of marine life during excursions and lectures. The ship is also equipped with a special glass-bottom boat for viewing the wonders of the underwater universe in dry comfort.
Rising like a great boomerang out of the azure, tropical waters of the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder like no other, comprising more than 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands and spanning more than 1,400 miles in length. A virtual carnival of life, it encompasses tens of thousands of species of fish, coral, reptiles, plants and mammals, ranging from playful dolphins, multi-colored clownfish and giant green turtles to fluorescent coral, pink-striped rainbow fish and the lumbering sea cows affectionately known as dugongs. In the waters surrounding a single reef, as many as 250 species of shrimp alone can survive and thrive. Revered for millennia by local Aborigines who depended on it for their livelihood, and “discovered” by the great explorer Captain James Cook in 1770, the Great Barrier Reef has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoys strict environmental protections as an Australian National Marine Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this breathtaking tropical sea spectacle in a manner no visit to an aquarium can replicate. While snorkeling or riding in the glass bottom boat, you will peer into this magical universe under the waves, where schools of tropical fish swish by in clouds of color, and intricate mosaics of color reflect a diversity of life rivaled only by the great rainforests of South America. By virtue of its smaller size and special design, the CORAL PRINCESS can moor off reefs inaccessible to larger vessels, ensuring that the waters will not be over-populated by other visitors and the ecosystem is intact as nature intended. Throughout the cruise, the ship’s personable marine biologist will give interactive presentations and special lectures and will accompany you on all glass bottom boat excursions and nature walks.Back to the top »