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Circumnavigating Australia: A Beauty of a Voyage

Program Number: 21421RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 11/22/2014;
Duration: 41 nights
Location: Australia
Price starting at: $11,749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 109; 39 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 33 Lunches, 36 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From cosmopolitan cities to the remote Outback, from the Great Barrier Reef to the prison colonies of Van Diemen’s Land, uncover the wonders of Australia on this grand six-week voyage around the continent.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Alice Springs (Australia), 2 nights; Uluru, 1 night; Sydney, 2 nights; aboard ms Volendam, 34 nights.



Days 1-2:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / cross International Date Line


Days 3-4:
Arrival Alice Springs (Australia):

Learn about the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides care in the remote Outback. Enjoy a bush camp dinner and a lecture on the stars of the southern sky. Lodging: Modern resort.



Day 5:
Coach to Uluru:

Uluru is not just a magnificent geological formation; it’s also sacred to Indigenous Australians. Discuss its meaning as you see it at both sunset and sunrise. Lodging: Resort with views of Uluru.



Days 6-8:
Flight to Sydney / embark ms Volendam:

Experience the Blue Mountains including the famed “Three Sisters” formation. Explore some of Sydney’s lively neighborhoods on an expert-led city walk. Lodging: Historic boutique-style hotel.



Days 9-10:
At Sea / Brisbane:

Discover the protected rainforest environment of Lamington National Park and keep an eye out for colorful birds.



Days 11-12:
At Sea / Hamilton Island:

Transfer to a high-speed catamaran to begin your exploration of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.



Days 13-14:
At Sea / Cairns:

Take a field trip to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, a conservation-minded zoo where you have the chance to watch crocs up close.



Days 15-16:
Great Barrier Reef:

Continue to discover the world’s largest coral reef system as you sail from one island to another.



Days 17-18:
At Sea / Darwin:

A shore excursion in the capital of the Northern Territory includes the Botanic Gardens, which feature beautiful monsoon flora.



Days 19-21:
At Sea / Komodo (Indonesia):

Sail through the Timor and Savu seas to Komodo, where you encounter the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon.



Day 22:
Bali:

Journey to the Balinese sea temple Uluwatu, perched dramatically on a cliff high above the Indian Ocean.



Days 23-25:
At Sea / Exmouth (Australia):

Venture into the spectacular limestone environment of Cape Range National Park, home to wildlife like the Australian Osprey.



Days 26-28:
At Sea / Perth:

Delve into the history of Australia as a penal colony at Fremantle Prison. Explore Perth and enjoy a boat excursion on the Swan River.



Day 29:
Albany:

Discover this small, historic city on the scenic coast of Western Australia. It was the last port of call for ANZAC ships departing for World War I.



Day 30:
Esperance:

Embark on a wildlife excursion among the islands of the Recherche Archipelago — look for Australian sea lions, southern fur seals and dolphins.



Days 31-33:
At Sea / Adelaide:

An expert-led field trip in Adelaide includes the Central Market, the Migration Museum and the elegant Botanic Garden.



Day 34:
Kangaroo Island:

View a colony of Australian sea lions up close. Visit Flinders Chase National Park to see magnificent seaside geological formations.



Days 35-37:
At Sea / Melbourne:

Enjoy two days to experience the charms of Australia’s second city. Spend one day with a local expert and one day on your own.



Day 38:
Burnie:

Cross the Bass Strait to the island state of Tasmania. Encounter animals including the famed Tasmanian devil at Wing’s Wildlife Park.



Day 39:
Port Arthur:

Learn about the compelling convict heritage of Van Diemen’s Land, as Tasmania was once called. Remnants of the penal station still stand here.



Day 40:
Hobart:

Explore Tasmania’s capital, a lively and historic city located at the foot of Mount Wellington.



Days 41-42:
At Sea / Sydney / disembark / departure


ms Volendam

An artful floral motif and artworks from the pre-Columbian sculptures to Renaissance-era fountains adorn the spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms of the ms Volendam. At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi greets passengers in the soaring three-story atrium.


Australia

From expansive desert to the 1,616 mile Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s smallest continent is also one of the most diverse. Native Aboriginal culture dates back nearly 30,000 years, and with the arrival of Europeans colonists followed by a Gold Rush, Australia evolved into a true amalgam of ethnicities and cultures. Its cities, outbacks and beaches harbor tales of pirates and penal colonies, marine wonderlands and a modern, multi-national citizenry.



Meals and Lodgings
   Alice Springs Resort
  Alice Springs, Australia 2 nights
   Desert Gardens Hotel
  Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia 1 night
   Radisson Plaza Hotel
  Sydney, Australia 2 nights
   MS Volendam
  MS Volendam, At Sea 34 nights
 Alice Springs Resort
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Voyages Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of our award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums.The early days of European settlement are well preserved here with buildings like the old jail and original Telegraph Station still standing. Yet you'll also find Aboriginal culture extremely well presented in the Alice. It is a truly unique place. The location of Alice Springs Resort puts you in a perfect position to explore both the town and surrounding areas.
  Contact info: Voyages Travel Center
GPO Box 3589
Sydney, NSW,  2001 Australia
phone: +61 2 8296 8010
web: www.alicespringsresort.com.au
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, Direct Dial Telephone, TV, Tea/Coffeemaking facilities, A/C, In house movies, Iron, Ironing Board, Internet Access
  Facility amenities: The Resort is only a five minute walk away from the town's bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Internet kiosk & wireless hotspot available at reception,Concierge service, Currency Exchange Services, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Room Service,
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Desert Gardens Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel.I t's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
  Contact info: Voyages Travel Center
GPO Box 3589
Sydney, NSW,  2001 Australia
phone: +61 2 8296 8010
web: www.ayersrockresort.com.au
  Room amenities: A/C, Iron, Ironing Board, Television, Phone, Hairdryer, Tea/Coffee making facilities
  Facility amenities: 5 swimming pools, Internet Access, Red Ochre Spa, Fax/Photocopy service, free shuttle bus that circulates the resort, Restaurants, Bars
  Smoking allowed: No

 Radisson Plaza Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of Sydney. Originally built in the 1800's, the chic, calm and contemporary interior blends beautifully with the historical Hawkesbury sandstone facade.
  Contact info: 27 O'Connell Street
Sydney,  2000 Australia
phone: +61 2 8214 0000
web: www.radisson.com/sydneyau_plaza
  Room amenities: Ensuite bathroom, broadband access, direct control air conditioning, hair dryer, in-room movies, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, moveable work desk, luggage rack, mini bar, remote control television with cable, room service, tea and coffee maker.
  Facility amenities: 24 hour manager on duty, 24 hour reception and concierge, babysitting services, bar, business centre, complimentary newspaper, conference & event rooms, dry cleaning and laundry service, express check-in/check-out service, foreign currency exchange, handicap accessible facilities, high-speed Internet access, wireless access available in hotel dining rooms, bars/lounges, lobby, business center and Floors 10-12 Health Club with gymnasium, lap pool, spa and steam room, indoor pool, laptop safe, luggage storage, massage and beauty treatments, multilingual hotel staff, personalized wake-up service, porters, Radisson Plaza Club Lounge, room service available 24 hours, secretarial services, two award-winning restaurants, Valet parking.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 MS Volendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The beautiful garden theme of the ms Volendam includes an artful floral motif throughout the ship's spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms (149 of which have private verandahs). "Flowers" can be found in abundance on her public decks and in unexpected places .
  Ship Information: The Ship is 780 feet Long, 105.8 feet wide with 647 crew members and a capacity to carry 4432 passengers.
  Contact info: Holland American Cruise Line
None,   Netherlands
  Facility amenities: Dining rooms, Explorations Café, The Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Frans Hals Show Lounge, and athletic room.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: not available N/A


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
At 6:00 pm at the program hotel in Alice Springs on Day 3 You will be staying at Alice Springs Resort that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast in Sydney on board the ship. You will be staying at MS Volendam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Participants can reach the site from the airport via taxi, train, or bus. When returning to the airport from the ship, you can arrange taxi, train, or bus transportation to the airport.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Alice Springs
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchased their air travel through Road Scholar, and are arriving in Alice Springs on Day 3, will be met at the airport and transferred to the program hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  MS Volendam
  Transportation from site: On the final day of the program, there will be one transfer for all participants from the ship to Sydney Airport upon disembarkation in the morning.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Flight
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 In Transit: Depart the US for Australia

Day 2: En route to Australia
(Monday, October 13)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight.

Day 3: Alice Springs
(Tuesday, October 14)
   
 Afternoon: Upon arrival in Alice Springs, transfer to your hotel. We will gather in our private meeting room where your Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at Ooraminna Bush Camp to learn of life on a rural station. Lecture on the stars of the southern sky.
   
Accommodations: Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Alice Springs
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Alice Springs Desert Park to learn of the desert landscapes and the flora and fauna that thrive in this environment.
 Lunch: Lunch at Alice Springs Desert Park
 Afternoon: Transfer to Simpson's Gap in the Western McDonnell Ranges to understand the geology and forces that have created this landscape. Field trip to the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how education and health services are delivered across the vast expanses of the Australian outback.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ayers Rock
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Ayers Rock.
 Morning: Coach to Uluru, pausing at a camel farm, places of natural interest and the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse en route.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre before exploring Uluru from all angles.
 Afternoon: Explore Ayers Rock also known by its Aboriginal name 'Uluru' is a sacred part of Aboriginal creation mythology, or dreamtime. Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in central Australia, in the Northern Territory. Transfer to the hotel to check in before heading out again to witness the sunset colours on the Rock.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Desert Gardens Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fly to Sydney
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Uluru at Sunrise: This is one of the most famous tours of Uluru. On this walking tour you enjoy sunrise, a restaurant breakfast overlooking Uluru and the Liru Walk with Aboriginal guides. On the famous Liru Walk you will retrace the path of the Liru Ancestors through the bushland near Uluru. Hear the tragic fate of Lungkata (Blue Tongue Lizard Man), who is still lying at the base of Uluru. See demonstrations of ancient bush skills such as making kiti (bush glue), making fire without matches and carving wooden tools with only a sharpened stone. Learn to hold and throw a spear.
 Lunch: Lunch on own
 Afternoon: Check into the airport for flights to Sydney. Arrive in Sydney, check into the hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon and evening is at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Sydney
(Saturday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip: Today's trip takes you to the Blue Mountains, famous for its dense, natural bushland and rocky headlands. The scenery throughout the day consists of beautiful forest areas with tall trees and ferns and magnificent outlooks over the deep canyons that make up the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are part of the Great Dividing Range which runs parallel to the East Coast of Australia for more than 4,000 kilometres from North Queensland to Victoria. See the world famous rock formation, "The Three Sisters," enjoy distant views of Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary, Katoomba Falls and many other scenic delights.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer back to the hotel in Sydney
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Radisson Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Sydney / Board ms Volendam
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided walk of the Rocks. The Rocks was Sydney's first European settlement and is full of many beautifully restored historic buildings. Explore some of Sydney’s earliest buildings, shops old and new, homes of the well-to-do and the quaint villages of the working class. Still to be seen today are pubs and hotels, once frequented by the locals and sailors alike and the haunts of rogues and larrikins. The many historic streets, narrow alleyways, cobbled lanes, sandstone steps and beautiful churches combine to weave a rich tapestry of life in the past and present times. The Rocks guided walk invites you to explore the past while enjoying the present ambiance of early Sydney. Then continue to Circular Quay finishing at the magnificent Sydney Opera House for a guided visit.
 Lunch: Lunch on own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time until the transfer to board the MS Volendam.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the lecturer's choice. Then time to relax and enhjoy the ship's amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then learn about a topic of the on board lecturer's choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Brisbane
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Full day program to Lamington National Park. Recognized in 1994 as a World Heritage area for its unique flora and fauna, hilly eucalypt bush, cool temperate rainforest and pristine subtropical rainforest, it is one of the best bird-watching sites in Australia.
 Lunch: Lunch and guided nature walk atbinni burra set among the lush rainforest.
 Afternoon: Dinner on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walk through a lush Rainforest
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: At Sea
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Attend a lecture with the topic of the lecturer's choice. Then enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Hamilton Island
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Experience one of the true wonders of the world on a journey to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Travel onboard a high speed catamaran and come face to face with schools of tropical reef fish, be amazed at the spectacular coral formations, or relax on the sundeck and enjoy an amazing view.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the catamaran.
 Afternoon: Return to the Volendam and have free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Attend a lecture with the topic of the lecturer's choice. Then enjoy the ship's amenities
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cairns
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Visit Hartley's Crocodile adventures to see native wildlife and the Saltwater Crocodile in tropical Queensland. Then explore the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage Site containing the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare or threatened with extinction in the world.
 Lunch: For lunch experience a taste of the tropics with contemporary Australian cuisine with a native twist.
 Afternoon: Take a guided rainforest walk and learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime by visiting special places and culturally significant sites. Along the way your guide will demonstrate traditional plant use and identify bush tucker sources.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: The Great Barrier Reef - Sunrise at Lizard Island and Ribbon Reef Region
(Sunday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Cruise the islands around the Great Barrier Reef.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Great Barrier Reef.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: From the ship's main deck or your private verandah, watch the sunset over Sherrard Island, part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Lying between Torres Strait and Cairns, an overnight stay anchored off Sherrard Island is an unforgettable experience.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: The Great Barrier Reef - Far North and Torres Strait
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Cruise the Far North and Torres Strait Islands of Queensland.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the islands.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship with a Great Barrier BBQ
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Darwin
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spend the morning in Darwin visiting the Chinese Temple, the Botanical Gardens, and the Hill Wharf area. The Northern Territory has a unique culture based on a pioneering past and the struggle for survival against nature. You can experience this at the Museum and Art Gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch overlooking pretty Cullen Bay boat harbour.
 Afternoon: After lunch, drive west to visit the Territory Wildlife Park. Excursion: The Territory Wildlife Park is your essential introduction to the native flora and fauna of the Monsoonal Top End. It is set within 400 hectares of natural bushland presenting a diverse range of habitats including monsoon forest, woodland and wetlands, showcasing the unique flora and fauna of the Top End and the Northern Territory. Discover native wildlife up close at displays such as the Birds of Prey at the Flight Deck or discover the secret life of some of the rare and endangered creatures of the night at the Nocturnal House. Come eye to eye with a 4m Saltwater crocodile as you venture below the waters surface at the Aquarium and walk amongst giant Barramundi in our walk-through tunnel! Venture into the monsoon forest where you will find 12 different aviary habitats and one of the largest walk-through aviaries in the Southern Hemisphere. Goose Lagoon, Reptiles, Arthropods, and much more make the Territory Wildlife Park an essential introduction to the Top End.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At Sea
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At Sea
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Lunch: Lunch on own or on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then participate in a lecture led by the on board lecturer
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Komodo Island
(Saturday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Take the tender boat from the ship to the jetty of Komodo National Park, usually about a 10-15 minute ride. Once you arrive at the jetty, the national park ranger will escort you on a walk into the tropical forest in search of the Komodo Dragons (Varanus Komodoensis). There is no guarantee that you will encounter the dragons, but usually you will find at least one or two of them! Afterwards, walk back to the jetty and take the tender boat back to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Benoa, Indonesia (Bali)
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Travel by coach to view the magnificent temple of Ulu Watu, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: At Sea
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Learn about a topic of the lecturer's choice. Afterwards, enjoy free time on the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax on the ship. Discuss a topic led by the on board lecturer.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: At Sea
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Attend a lecture with the topic of the on board lecturer's choosing Then, enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to relax and enjoh the ship's amenities. Then learn about a topic of the on board lecturer's choosing.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Exmouth
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Visit Cape Range National park and embark on a unique outback safari of remarkable diversity encompassing rugged canyon country, beautiful beaches, and bewildering varieties of flora and fauna. Meander through Shot Hole Canyon before ascending to the top of the Cape Range to view the stunning scenery of Charles Knife Gorge. Morning tea will be served while taking in magnificent views over the Exmouth Gulf. From there, visit Milyering Visitors Centre.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: At Yardie Creek get on board for a cruise up the creek to view the grandeur of the gorge with it’s sheer red limestone cliffs. There will be an opportunity to view the giant Osprey nesting high on the craggy cliff face and the timid black footed rock wallabies sunning themselves on the rocks. It is then onto the Ningaloo Marine Park and the sparkling blue waters of Turquoise Bay. There is time for a relaxing stroll along the beach or for those who wish there will be time to snorkel and swim on the Ningaloo Reef. (all your gear is supplied!) and your guide will help you discover the Park’s unique marine life. During an afternoon tea break of traditional billy tea you will be able to reflect on the stunning marine life encountered before you are taken to see remnants of ancient reefs at Shark’s Tooth Ridge where marine fossils can be discovered.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: At Sea
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Attend a lecture with the topic of the on board lecturer's choosing. Then, relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Perth
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Board the unique transport this morning and join the Fremantle Tram tour which will cover the highlights of this port city. With an entertaining and educational commentary provided by the driver you quickly discover the authentic charm of Fremantle that combine to create a rich display of unique architecture and a spirited personality that makes it Western Australia's most visited City. Then, embark on a journey through the city streets to explore Fremantle's markets and the Western Australian Maritime Museum, The Arts Centre and the fishing boat harbour before stopping at the Fremantle prison. At the prison, step inside and join an experienced guide who will explain its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991. Take a visual journey back in time in the main cell block where you can view life as it was for both convicts and prisoners. Discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. With a whipping post, gallows and solitary cells, Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Pray for redemption in the chapel and laugh as the entertaining guides show you the lighter side of Prison humour.
 Lunch: Lunch on own in town.
 Afternoon: Make the most of the warm climate by strolling through Fremantle's maze of streets in the afternoon - you'll soon appreciate why the city is considered the best-preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Talented buskers and street performers entertain on weekends while street side vendors sell jewellery, conduct tarot readings and sketch portraits.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 28: Perth
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, experience an introduction tour of the city and surrounds of Perth. Travel through the heart of the Central Business District to discover historic architecture and the central shopping precinct. At Burswood Park discover historical statues around their riverside parklands. A highlight of your tour is Kings Park where you will discover natural bush land, botanical gardens and unrivalled views of Perth and the Swan River. Then, Return to Fremantle by the Scenic cruise on the Swan River. Discover the delights of the Swan River cruising between Perth and the Port of Fremantle .Tea and coffee is served as your Captain points out all the sights including the beautifully restored Swan Brewery at the foot of King's Park, Royal Perth Yacht Club, the magnificent homes overlooking the river and Fremantle's busy inner harbour.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch
 Afternoon: Volendaam departs Perth at 1:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Albany
(Sunday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Take this morning to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a half day excursion of Albany.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Esperance
(Monday, November 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Take a wildlife cruise among the islands of the Recherche Archipelago, viewing wildlife in its natural environment. There are regular wildlife sightings of Australian Sealions, New Zealand fur seals, Cape Barren geese, white breasted sea eagles and dolphins. Full commentary offers you an insight into this wonderful marine environment. Next stop at Woody Island Nature Reserve for morning tea or coffee. You can then choose to take a guided bush walk to Twiggy's Landing or relax with some time at leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: At Sea
(Tuesday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: At Sea
(Wednesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Adelaide
(Thursday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your Study Leader for an artifacts and cultural history discovery of Adelaide. Explore the Adelaide Markets, Migration Museum, Aboriginal section of the State Museum and the Mortlock Library.
 Lunch: Transfer to the Botanic Gardens for lunch
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Adelaide independently.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: Kangaroo Island
(Friday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Your day tour begins with a scenic coach trip to Cape Jervis. You'll then board SeaLink's fast and comfortable ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, settle back in the comfort of your SeaLink coach en route to Seal Bay where you will enjoy a beach walk among a breeding colony of Australian sea-lions.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Head to Flinders Chase National Park for the rest of the afternoon. Walk along the rugged southern coastline on specially constructed walkways to protect both you and the environment to Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to confront a spectacular rock arch and a nursery haven for fur seals. Watch the fur seals diving, playing or just lolling about on the sun-drenched rocks, warming up again after swimming in the surf. Your tour concludes at the air terminal for return flight to Adelaide airport and transfer back to your hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 35: At Sea
(Saturday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36: Melbourne
(Sunday, November 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark from the Ship for your days sightseeing tour of Melbourne which will focus on the Development of the arts in Australia. See the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens with avenues of huge English elms planted along gently contoured lawns, giving them a serene beauty all year round. Also visit the world class outdoor performance venue the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and bay side St Kilda. Next, visit the Ian Potter Centre of Australian Art for a guided tour. The Ian Potter Centre comprises more than 20,000 works, this collection of Australian art is one of the oldest and best known in the country.
 Lunch: Lunch is at the Victorian Arts Centre in Café Vic where the Foyers of the Arts Centre are adorned with artworks.
 Afternoon: After lunch take a guided tour of the Victorian Arts Centre. Then, subject to performance/rehearsals see the State Theatre, the Playhouse Fairfax Studios and the Concert Hall.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: Melbourne
(Monday, November 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Your morning is free to explore Melbourne on your own
 Brunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Melbourne
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 38: Burnie
(Tuesday, November 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Gunns Plains Caves & Wildlife: Pass through Tasmania's picturesque countryside and lush green vistas en route to Gunns Plains - a prosperous farming district located south of Burnie. Limestone caves are the region's main attraction, discovered by a hunter in 1906. Caverns and short passages are accessed by a flight of concrete stairs, and you will wind your way through the caves . See an underground river and bioluminescent glowworms, as well as the unusual ribbon stalactites. Re-boarding your coach, you will drive to Wing's Wildlife Park, set on 106 acres. Tasmanian devils, quolls, and many other native animals and farm creatures live here, including reptiles and kangaroos. Visit the animal nursery if you wish, or simply spend your free time exploring teh park and visiting its inhabitants.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore Burnie independently.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39: Hobart, Tasmania
(Wednesday, November 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Half Day Excursion in Hobart.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40: Port Arthur, Tasmania
(Thursday, November 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Half Day Excursion in Port Arthur.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: At leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41: At Sea
(Friday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities. Then, the on board lecturer will talk about the topic of his/her choice.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Volendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42: Departure
(Saturday, November 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart for the Sydney Airport.
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