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Wonders of New Zealand: A Personalized Voyage Down Under

Program Number: 21545RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2014 - 11/25/2014;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: New Zealand/Australia
Price starting at: $8,105.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 36; 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Personalize your discovery of New Zealand, a remote land of mountain ranges, soaring fjords, pristine beaches and world-renowned vineyards. In each port, choose to explore on your own or join a shore excursion that interests you. Begin and end the voyage with exclusive Road Scholar field trips in Auckland and Sydney. Aboard the ship, take part in lectures that illuminate the history and culture of New Zealand.




Activity Particulars

You must be able to handle your own luggage, get on and off a motor coach, walk a few blocks and climb a few stairs. You may choose shore excursions that are more physically demanding.



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower base activity level and the option to add shore excursions based on your interests and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide two exclusive field trips and private onboard lectures with our own study leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Auckland (New Zealand), 1 night; aboard Crystal Symphony, 11 nights.



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


Days 3-4: Arrival Auckland (New Zealand) / embark Crystal Symphony:

Begin in New Zealand’s largest city, home to a third of the county’s population. Join a well-known local author for an introduction to New Zealand. Board a small yacht to get a unique view of Auckland from Waitemata Harbour. Then board the ocean liner to begin your voyage. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 5: Tauranga:

Sail into the Bay of Plenty and go ashore in Tauranga. From here you may choose a shore excursion to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Napier:

Continue down the east coast to discover Napier, an Art Deco city that serves as a gateway to the world-renowned Hawke’s Bay wine region.



Day 8: Wellington:

Explore the capital of New Zealand, where you can find Parliament House, the outstanding Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and much more.



Day 9: Picton:

Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals as the shin navigates Queen Charlotte Sound. Step ashore to experience the lovely harbor town of Picton.



Day 10: Christchurch:

The South Island’s major city sits between the sea and mountains. From here you may wish to journey to the French colonial village of Akaroa.



Day 11: Dunedin:

Discover “Edinburgh of the South,” a Scottish-influenced city boasting many Victorian and Edwardian buildings festooned with spires and gargoyles.



Day 12: Doubtful, Dusky & Milford Sounds:

Sail into the spectacular fjords of Fiordland National Park — Milford Sound was dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling.



Days 13-16: At Sea / Sydney (Australia) / disembark / departure:

The billowing profile of the Sydney Opera House welcomes you to this energetic city. Join your Road Scholar group aboard a smaller vessel to explore Sydney Harbour and learn about its history. Discover The Rocks neighborhood and visit the iconic Opera House.



Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Mercure Auckland NZ
  Auckland, New Zealand 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  At Sea, At Sea
In Flight
At Sea, At Sea
11 nights
   Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney
  Sydney, Australia 1 night
 Mercure Auckland NZ
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of the Auckland waterfront district, Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and bustling city. Situated within walking distance of Auckland shopping, restaurants, the Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals and Vector Arena.
  Ship Information: NA
  Contact info: 8 Customs Street East
Auckland,  1010 New Zealand
phone: +64 9/3778920
web: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1721-mercure-auckland/index.shtml
  Room amenities: 220/240 VAC, Airconditioning, Data port in room, Radio in room, Remote control TV, Direct dial telephone, Satellite/cable colour TV, Manual temperaturecontrol, High speed transmission line 2, Iron in room, Coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer, bathtub
  Facility amenities: 189 rooms, a gym, Vue Restaurant and Bar is located on the top floor of the hotel and offers great panoramic views, safety deposit boxes at reception, business center-self service, wifi
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBC Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
  Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel is situated conveniently between the central business district of Sydney and Darling Harbor. Within walking distance of the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, the new Darling Park, Cockle Bay Wharf and the Capital theatre.
  Ship Information: NA
  Contact info: 72 Liverpool Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney,  NSW 2000 Australia
phone: +61 2 8268 8888
web: http://www.radisson.com/sydney-hotel-ns-2000/ausydney
  Room amenities: Balconies, kitchenettes with refrigerators, well-lit work desks, broadband cable Internet access and 24-hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Outstanding features include; 102 guest rooms – all featuring balconies, with cooking facilities, free internet access, a health club complete with indoor pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium, 24 hour reception, business centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC Please contact Road Scholar Travel Service for assistance
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the late afternoon with the orientation at the hotel on day 3 in Auckland You will be staying at Mercure Auckland NZ that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on the last morning after breakfast at the hotel in Sydney You will be staying at Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants MUST register online with Crystal Cruises. To register go to https://checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). If you did not recieve a booking number or if you cannot find it, please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests.
  Parking availability:
It is not possible to drive to this program
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: TBA
To Start of Program
  Location:  Auckland
  Transportation to site: Participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services and are traveling on the program dates will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Participants who do not purchase their air through Road Scholar will be responsible for making their own way to the hotel, or you may join the designated group transfer if it coincides with your flight arrival time. The designated group transfer time will be confirmed in your final informational mailing which is sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Sydney
  Transportation from site: Participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services and are departing on the departure date will be provided with a transfer from the hotel to the airport. Participants who do not purchase their air through Road Scholar will be responsible for making their own way to the airport, or you may join the designated group transfer if it coincides with your flight departure time. The designated group transfer time will be confirmed in your final informational mailing which is sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure.
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: US Departure and Overnight flight
(Monday, November 10)

Note: Please register online with Crystal Cruises before departing form the US. This will assist upon boarding



   
 Depart From: Depart the US for overnight flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

Day 2: Crossing the International Dateline
(Tuesday, November 11)
   
 In Transit Overnight: During your overnight flight you cross the international dateline and go forward one day.

Day 3: Arrival Auckland, New Zealand.
(Wednesday, November 12)

Note: You arrive in Auckland in the morning. We have reserved the hotel rooms to be available on your morning arrival



   
 Arrive To: Auckland, your Program Leader will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, where we have reserved your room for immediate check in. Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland. Auckland, the “City of Sails”, is New Zealand’s largest city and over one third of all New Zealanders live in the greater Auckland area. It has a cosmopolitan population and the high proportion of indigenous Maori and other Polynesian peoples from the Pacific Islands have contributed distinctive elements to its cultural mix. This mix has been heightened by increased immigration from a number of Asian nations throughout the last decade or two. A third of the city’s population was born outside New Zealand. The city has a unique setting between two harbours on a narrow isthmus studded with numerous volcanic cones. To the east, the Waitemata Harbour provides New Zealand’s busiest Pacific port and a picturesque setting for the central business district and suburbs. Beyond this harbour lie the superb boating waters of the island-studded Hauraki Gulf. To the west, the broad shallows of the Manukau Harbour provide ideal habitat for large flocks of seabirds in the shadow of the rugged rainforest-covered Waitakere Ranges. Beyond these ranges the wild black-sand surf beaches of the west coast are a dramatic contrast to the gentle golden sand of the tree-fringed beaches of the east coast.
 Morning: To acquaint you with Auckland your Leader will take you on an orientation walk of the area to see the Viaduct Basin which highlights the magnificent Waitemata Harbor and stunning views of the Harbour Bridge, the city and the surrounding volcanic cones.
 Lunch: on your own after the orientation walk
 Afternoon: at leisure to rest and relax. Meet in the lobby in the late afternoon (5 PM - Kiwi Time) to join the Leader for Welcome and Orientation.
 Dinner: In the hotel's top-floor dining room with stunning views of Auckland Harbour and the central business district
   
Accommodations: Mercure Auckland NZ
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: New Zealand History presentation, Eden Garden with Lunch, and Embarkation
(Thursday, November 13)

Note: Please pack your passport and any other items you need today in your carry on.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel's top-floor dining room with stunning views of Auckland Harbour and the central business district
 Morning: We begin today with a well-known local author and journalist presenting a lecture giving us an Introduction to New Zealand History.
 Lunch: We board our coach and transfer to Eden Garden, where we have lunch surrounded by delightful gardens. These wondrous gardens were created in an abandoned quarry nearly 50 years ago. We will have time to explore the gardens while here.
 Afternoon: After lunch we travel to the harbor to embark on the Crystal Ship
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary, options and ship orientation.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tauranga, New Zealand
(Friday, November 14)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Sprawling along the sweeping bay, Tauranga is a popular summer resort and one of the country's most important ports for the export of kiwi fruit, timber, and dairy products. It is also the gateway for Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that is one of New Zealand's most famous attractions.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Tauranga. In the late afternoon (at 5:30 PM before dinner) join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and departure logistics.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the East Coast of New Zealand
(Saturday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation about New Zealand
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for a pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Discovering Napier, New Zealand
(Sunday, November 16)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION:Northeast of the capital city of Wellington is Napier, a town with much to boast about. Napier is known for producing wool, growing fruit, cultivating grapes and making wine. The natural setting that helps in its agricultural pursuits also makes Napier popular among retirees and tourists; after all, who can resist picturesque countryside with an air of sophistication-and not a whiff of pretension? Add to its bucolic charms a rich Maori history and tales of explorer Captain Cook and you have a destination worthy of your own discovery.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Napier. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM before dinner) join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Discovering Wellington, New Zealand
(Monday, November 17)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Hugging the hillsides around Port Nicholson, a horseshoe-shaped bay that is one of the world's finest, Wellington reminds many visitors of San Francisco. In cultural offerings as well as landscape - Wellington boasts the National Art Gallery and the Dominion Museum, as well as the Government Building, one of the world's largest wooden structures.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Wellington. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM before dinner) join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Discovering Picton, New Zealand
(Tuesday, November 18)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Named after Sir Thomas Picton, a British Army officer who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo, Picton is a picturesque town located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, one of four Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Renowned for outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, cycling and hiking, the region is also popular for chances to observe the area’s wildlife, including birds, seals and dolphins. People watching is yet another pleasant way to pass the time. Picton’s waterfront, dotted with cafés and restaurants, is where you will see locals conversing and dining in their comfortable natural habitat.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Picton. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Discovering Christchurch / Akaroa, New Zealand
(Wednesday, November 19)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: On a breathtakingly scenic 90-minute drive from Christchurch, discover the charming village of Akaroa, the oldest colonial town in New Zealand’s South Island, and the country’s only French settlement. The Maori first settled here around 700-800 years ago, bestowing the name Akaroa, which means ‘long harbour’ in their native language. English explorers, including James Cook, arrived in the late 1700s, but it was the efforts of French whaling captain Jean Francois L’Anglois in the 1830s that led to the town’s distinctly French personality that still exists today. Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano along the southern side of the Banks Peninsula, Akaroa’s beautiful bays and harbour are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin—the Hectors dolphin—as well as New Zealand Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins, and many different birds and exotic plants. From kayaking, hiking, fishing, sailing, eco-tours and walking tours to art galleries, craft shops, and cafes, this welcoming town is remains a favorite among New Zealand destinations.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Christchurch / Akaroa. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Exploring Dunedin, New Zealand
(Thursday, November 20)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION:The charming city of Dunedin lies in southeastern New Zealand, less than ten miles from our pier in Port Chalmers. Its name means Edinburgh in Gaelic and to this day it has retained enduring reminders of its Scottish roots. Adorning the streets of Dunedin is a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles. These architectural landmarks are imposing reminders of a more prosperous era. Surprisingly, the surrounding area is also home to prolific local wildlife, animals rarely found so close to a major city. The choice is yours: explore impressive city architecture, take a rail journey through unspoiled wilderness or venture out to view albatrosses and a country estate.
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Dunedin. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Cruising Doubtful, Dusky & Milford Sounds, New Zealand
(Friday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on New Zealand
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony enjoying the beautiful scenery of the New Zealand Sounds.
 Dinner: Group dinner will be served in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea Cruising the Tasman Sea toward Australia
(Saturday, November 22)
   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea Cruising the Tasman Sea Towards Australia
(Sunday, November 23)
   
 Breakfast: at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia
 Lunch: at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Enjoy your last afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Discover Sydney excursion, vist to the Sydney Opera House, Farewell Dinner
(Monday, November 24)

Note: Today's exclusive Road Scholar field trip through Sydney it is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure on this day.



   
 Breakfast: on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café.
 Morning: After disembarkation you will enjoy a ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Discover Sydney! Sydney’s stunning natural harbour forms the centrepiece of a dynamic city that has grown dramatically since its beginnings as a prison colony. Situated in the temperate area of Australia, Sydney is surrounded by National Parks and has a beautiful range of flora and fauna. It is Australia’s largest city with nearly 5 million citizens thriving in a multi-cultural society in a congenial climate. Sydney is dominated by Sydney Harbour, of which Port Jackson is only a small part. The city covers a large area, twice the size of London with half the population, and has large parks and sparkling sandy Pacific Ocean beaches, such as the well-known and very popular Bondi and Manly. Upon your arrival in Sydney you are met by our Sydney expert. This morning we have an orientation to Sydney's sought-after eastern beach-side suburbs and South Head to see the narrow entrance to the harbor.
 Lunch: on your own
 Afternoon: This afternoon we have a visit to the magnificent World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Here we have a guided tour of this truly wonderful, iconic building, a masterpiece of late modern architecture. Then we transfer and check into our hotel and have some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: at the hotel and will be our farewell dinner
   
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Departures
(Tuesday, November 25)

Note: Please remember to pack your passport and any items you need for the flight in your carry on.



   
 Breakfast: at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America. Latest check out is at 10 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand


Author: Julian Fitter


Description: A comprehensive and compact guide by longtime resident Julian Fitter featuring 600 color photographs, range maps and species descriptions.



A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary


Author: Louis Leland


Description: Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms.



A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands


Author: John Chambers


Description: A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands.



Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All


Author: Christina Thompson


Description: Historian Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married, in this endearing memoir.



Erewhon


Author: Samuel Butler, Peter Mudford (Introduction)


Description: Butler's classic Victorian novel inspired by his experiences in 1860s New Zealand. A satirical account of a journey to an upside-down country at the end of the world, where sick people are thrown in jail and murderers are taken to the hospital.



Eyewitness Guide New Zealand


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions.



Eyewitness Top 10 Sydney


Author: Rachel Neustein, Steve Womersley


Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.



Fairness and Freedom, A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States


Author: David Hackett Fischer


Description: Pulitzer Prize-winner Fischer compares the politics of America and New Zealand, posing the question: is it possible to be both fair and free? Despite its focus on politics and fairness, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and, in its own way, a travelogue.



New Zealand Adventure Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: This handy, double-sided map includes an index and insets of the Sub-Antarctic islands.



New Zealand Through Time, An Illustrated Journey Through 83 Million Years of Natural History


Author: Ronald Cometti


Description: Step back in time in this illustrated miscellany, featuring dozens of full-color paintings of giant moa, mixosaurus and other splendid extinct creatures.



New Zealand Wildlife


Author: Julian Fitter


Description: A splendid introduction to the nature and wildlife of New Zealand, featuring succinct chapters on geography and geology, history, habitats and wildlife, along with hundreds of color photographs.



Once Were Warriors


Author: Alan Duff


Description: This controversial best-selling novel follows the fate of a Maori woman in what appears to be modern-day Auckland, an insightful look at social problems of the Maori in contemporary New Zealand.



Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand


Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson


Description: In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the kiwis, nature and society.



Stories


Author: Katherine Mansfield


Description: The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington.



The Bone People


Author: Keri Hulme


Description: Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand.



The Happy Isles of Oceania


Author: Paul Theroux


Description: The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.



The Journals of Captain Cook


Author: James Cook, Philip Edwards (Introduction)


Description: Cook's narrative of his expeditions between 1768 and 1779. Includes his explorations of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and a host of other previously unheard-of Pacific locales.



Tutira, The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station


Author: Herbert Guthrie-Smith, William Cronon (Introduction)


Description: First published in 1921, this loving account of the ecology of New Zealand focuses on Guthrie-Smith's 40,000-sheep shearing station on the shores of Lake Tutira in the Hawke's Bay region of the North Island.





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