Sydney, Australia

Start your journey in Sydney and see the city’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge and meet iconic local wildlife in the Blue Mountains.
Commence your cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice, visiting coastal towns of Queensland, offering iconic Australian beach experiences, including access to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy wandering along the scenic South Bank of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital.
On sea days, enjoy your luxurious stateroom and indulge in exquisite dining and brilliant entertainment.
Crossing the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, spend the final two nights, in and around Auckland, a city on the North Island of New Zealand, with a dinner cruise, wine tour and city tour.



Sydney – Blue Mountains – Newcastle – Cairns – Yorkeys Knob – Airlie Beach – Queensland – Brisbane – Bay of Islands – Auckland


* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Sydney: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Welcome dinner, full-day Blue Mountains tour with lunch, half-day city tour
• Celebrity cruise: 12 nights sailing onboard Celebrity Solstice with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Auckland: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Half-day city tour, evening Pride of Auckland dinner cruise, and full-day tour incl. Waikeke Island wine tour
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities***

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16 nights

$8,595* p.p.

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Group size: 30 maximum

Departs Toronto/Vancouver:
Mar. 16, 2020

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DAY 1 | Mar. 16, 2020 | Toronto/Vancouver - Sydney
Board your overnight flight to Sydney, Australia.

DAY 2 | Mar. 17, 2020 | In transit

DAY 3 | Mar. 18, 2020 | Sydney (D)
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at Nicks Bar and Grill at the Promenade King St. Wharf, walking distance from your hotel.
Accommodation at the Grace Hotel (2 nights)

DAY 4 | Mar. 19, 2020 | Sydney - Blue Mountains (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm that is also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.
From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains, also visiting one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley.
We continue on and arrive at Eaglehawk lookout, for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. After learning about the formation of the rocks and surrounding landscape from your guide, we then make our way to lunch at the Hydro Majestic.
Enjoy a two-course lunch with tea or coffee. The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney.

DAY 5 | Mar. 20, 2020 | Sydney (B, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half-day city tour of Sydney. Driving through the city centre, we will see many contrasts. See the traditional Victorian architecture of the Town Hall and the sweeping designs of the Opera House to the modern skyscraper developments of Darling Harbour.
Drive through the Botanic Garden to views over the city from Lady Macquarie's Chair and then head out to the exclusive eastern suburbs, passing Kings Cross en route to Vaucluse and Double Bay.
Continue to the Heads, famous Bondi Beach and historic Paddington with its iron railed town houses. Arriving at White Bay Cruise Terminal to board your 12-night cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice. Cruise departs at 6:45 p.m.
Accommodation onboard Celebrity Solstice (12 nights)
Below is information on your cruise itinerary and ports of call you will be visiting. Shore excursions are not included. Meals (B, L, D) and prepaid gratuities are included onboard the cruise.

DAY 6 | Mar. 21, 2020 | Newcastle (B, L, D)
Arrive 8:00 a.m. Depart 5:00 p.m.
Newcastle is located on the eastern seaboard of Australia at the mouth of the Hunter River. Founded as a penal colony and booming with the discovery of coal deposits, Newcastle today is a modern thriving centre and Australia’s sixth most populated city. It is a city with beautiful scenery, parklands and historical buildings and a bustling gateway for commercial shipping.

DAY 7 | Mar. 22, 2020 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.

DAY 8 | Mar. 23, 2020 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.

DAY 9 | Mar. 24, 2020 | Cairns (B, L, D)
Arrive 8:00 a.m.
Yorkeys Knob is situated on Queensland’s for northern coastline. Neighbouring the city of Cairns, Yorkeys Knob is home to an idyllic stretch of beaches, shopping and a top-notch marina.

DAY 10 | Mar. 25, 2020 | Cairns (B, L, D)
Depart 4:00 p.m.

DAY 11 | Mar. 26, 2020 | Airlie Beach (B, L, D)
Arrive 8:00 a.m. Depart 5:00 p.m.
Being the focal point of activity on the mainland and the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in paradise.
Popular activities in the Airlie Beach area include sailing the islands, day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, skydiving, snorkeling, and even crocodile safaris. Moreover, Airlie Beach is not only perfect due to it's vast array of activities, but also its many dining options, shops, and pubs.

DAY 12 | Mar. 27, 2020 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.

DAY 13 | Mar. 28, 2020 | Brisbane (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 4:00 p.m.
Laze in the lush riverside gardens of South Bank, then browse the markets and swim in its lagoon. Bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens and abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Glide down the river on a majestic paddle steamer or take a high-speed ferry to vibrant innercity villages like Bulimba and New Farm.
When culture cravings hit, wander the art galleries and museums, watch a performance by the Queensland Ballet, Opera or Orchestra perform or see cutting-edge theatre in the Powerhouse.
In the boating hub of nearby Moreton Bay and Islands, you can swim, sea kayak, snorkel coral reefs, toboggan down the world's tallest sand dune, hire a sail boat or tussle with a marlin.

DAY 14 | Mar. 29, 2020 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.

DAY 15 | Mar. 30, 2020 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.

DAY 16 | Mar. 31, 2020 | Bay of Islands (B, L, D)
Arrive 10:00 a.m. Depart 8:00 p.m.
Rich in legend and history, the Bay of Islands is New Zealand's cradle of European civilization, with many points of interest relating to early European and Maori settlement.
There are many ‘firsts associated with the Bay of Islands, such as the first European community, the oldest home and church in the country and the first capital of New Zealand, among others.
Reserves have been established to protect what is left of the once vast native kauri forests, magnificent trees rivaling California's redwoods.
Major sites in the Islands include historical Waitangi, Paihia, a subtropical marine resort popular as a starting point for bay cruises and fishing excursions, and Russell, one of the oldest towns in New Zealand known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. Anglers still regard the Bay of Islands as a top fishing area, while residents cherish its unhurried pace, balmy climate and serenity.
Other sights include Motukako Island, Kawhiti Caves, Maori Meeting
House, and the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park.

DAY 17 | Apr. 1, 2020 | Auckland (B, D)
Arrive 6:30 a.m. After breakfast, disembark your cruise.
Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complimented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer.
Enjoy a half-day city tour of Auckland taking in the sights. We first visit the Auckland Museum combined with a Maori Cultural Performance and visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium. Following this, transfer to the Maritime Museum and afterwards proceed to the hotel for a 3:00 p.m. check-in.
Rest for a few hours before being picked up again at 6:00 p.m. for the Pride of Auckland dinner cruise. You will be transferred back to your hotel after dinner.
Accommodation at Stamford Plaza Hotel Auckland (2 nights)

DAY 18 | Apr. 2, 2020 | Auckland (B)
Following breakfast at the hotel, walk to Sky City where at 9:30 a.m. you will be admitted to Sky Tower. Travel up in the glass fronted lifts which open to the unparalleled views in all directions of the city and its surrounding area. You will have access to the main observation deck and sky deck.
At noon, a private transfer will be waiting for you outside Sky Tower to take you to Fuller’s ferry terminal where you will catch the ferry to Waiheke Island.
Once on the island you will join the Waiheke Island wine tour which includes wine tastings and mouth-watering treats. Once the tour is complete, you will take the ferry back to Fuller’s ferry terminal and a private transfer will take you to your hotel.

DAY 19 | Apr. 3, 2020 | Auckland - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an interior stateroom cat. 12 or similar. Single supplement: $2,500. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. 08 or similar: $560. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. 2B or similar: $1,100. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 16 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host.***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Shore excursions not included.

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