21421
Australia/Indonesia
Circumnavigating Australia: A Beauty of a Voyage
Enjoy magnificent cities, unique wildlife, cosmopolitan culture and the world’s most famous reef as you explore the wonders of Australia aboard a modern super yacht.
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Program No. 21421RJ
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41 days
40 nights
107 meals
38 B 33 L 36 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Cross International Date Line en route to Australia
In Flight
DAY
3
Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs
D
Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Morning: You will transfer at Sydney Airport for your flight to Alice Springs. Alice Springs is located almost exactly at the geographic centre of Australia and has been a home for Aborigines for 30,000 years. Many of the physical features of the land have great cultural significance. Originally established in 1888 as Stuart, the town developed through the need for an overland telegraph line to assist Australia with its communications to the world. Today, “The Alice” is a pleasurable, modern town and is a major access point for the many tourist attractions of central Australia. Our Red Centre Site Coordinator will meet you off your flight from Sydney and transfer you to the Chifley Alice Springs Resort.

Lunch: We will have lunch at own arrangements in Alice Springs.

Afternoon: We will have some free time in Alice Springs to relax and get acclimatised in the company of our Red Centre Site Coordinator, Martin Ludgate.

Dinner: This evening we have an Outback BBQ under the stars of the southern sky.

DAY
4
Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs
B,L,D
Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning we visit Alice Springs Desert Park where we gain an understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Australian desert and the life that exists there. As we explore the park with our guide we will be on our feet most of the morning and will cover approximately two and a half miles on even, well-cared-for dirt surfaces.

Lunch: Lunch at Alice Springs Desert Park

Afternoon: After lunch we travel to Simpson’s Gap in the Western McDonnell Ranges where we view the permanent waterhole in its stunning location under the towering cliffs of the Simpson Range. The walk is approximately one mile in length and is on fairly even surfaces including some sand. We return back into Alice Springs where we visit the School of the Air to gain an understanding of the techniques employed to provide education across the vast isolated and remote expanse of the Australian outback. We then visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how aircraft and the radio are used to deliver medical services in the huge distances of central Australia.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

DAY
5
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
B,L,D
Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge

Breakfast: Breakfast at Ayers Rock.

Morning: This morning we check out and our local Site Coordinator hands us over to our driver-guide as we board our coach for the journey to Uluru with an excursion to a camel farm en route. We will pause for morning tea at a typical Outback roadhouse. Rising from the arid heartland of Australia are the haunting geological marvels of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). They lie within Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which is owned by the local Aborigines. Uluru is a red sandstone monolith, the world’s second largest at 5.5 miles around, with smooth slopes rising to 1,098 feet. For thousands of years this rock has been the focus for religious, cultural, territorial and economic inter-relations among the Aboriginal peoples of the Western Desert. Caves around the base of the rock were used by Aboriginal people for shelter and were decorated with their paintings. Kata Tjuta is a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks that are very captivating. The tallest rock, Mt Olga, is nearly 656 feet higher than Uluru.

Lunch: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore Uluru by coach and on foot (covering approximately two miles in total). This sacred Aboriginal site is truly awe-inspiring. Our guide will explain something of the significance of the Rock to the local Aborigines. In the late afternoon we will take in a sunset viewing of Uluru, watching the amazing colours of the Rock as the sun sets.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

DAY
6
Fly to Sydney, Australia
Sydney
B,D
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Breakfast: Uluru at Sunrise: on this walking tour you enjoy sunrise, a restaurant breakfast overlooking Uluru and the Liru Walk with Aboriginal guides. On the 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: We have lunch on our own at the village in Ayers Rock resort.

Afternoon: Our guide transfers us to Ayers Rock airport to check in to our flight to Sydney. Welcome to 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 our arrival in Sydney we are met by our Group Leader. We transfer to our hotel in Sydney's Darling Harbour precinct, having an orientation to the city en route.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Sydney, Australia
Sydney
B,L
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Today's field trip trip takes us 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: En route back to Sydney we will pause at Homebush for a brief walk in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, site of the 2000 Olympic Games.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

DAY
8
Sydney, Australia / Board ms Volendam
MS Volendam
B,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: This morning we have a walking exploration of The Rocks area giving us an insight to Sydney’s colonial past. The Rocks was the area of Sydney first settled by the British and it has a fascinating history and wonderful Sydney sandstone buildings. we walk around the Quay to the magnificent World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Here we have an expert-led exploration of this truly wonderful, iconic building, a masterpiece of late modern architecture. Please note that exactly which areas of the Sydney Opera House we see will depend upon what performances and rehearsals are taking place at the time. There are five main performance spaces at the Sydney Opera House - the Concert Hall, the Dame Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly the Opera Theatre), the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse and the Studio - and the availability of these spaces to visit changes from day to day. We will walk up to three miles today.

Lunch: Lunch on own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time until the transfer to board the MS Volendam.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
9
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Brisbane, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today's field trip takes us to Lamington National Park. Recognised in 1994 as a World Heritage area for its unique flora and fauna, hilly eucalypt bush, cool temperate rainforest and pristine subtropical rainforest. We will have a guided walk in the rainforest.

Lunch: We have lunch at a cafe in the rainforest.

Afternoon: Dinner on board the ship

DAY
11
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
12
Hamilton Island, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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.

DAY
13
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
14
Cairns, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: The morning we travel to the Mossman Gorge. The Mossman Gorge is in the midst of the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage site containing the highest concentration of rare or threatened plant and animal species found anywhere in the world. Here we have a guided rainforest walk and learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Along the way our guide will demonstrate traditional plant use and identify bush tucker and medicinal sources.

Lunch: We transfer to Hartley's where we have the opportunity to have some native Australian fauna for lunch.

Afternoon: At Hartley's Crocodile adventures we will see native wildlife and the Saltwater Crocodile in a tropical Queensland environment. After a cruise on the crocodile lagoon we will board our coach and return to the Volendam.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
The Great Barrier Reef, Ribbon Reef Region, Sherrard Island
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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.

DAY
16
The Great Barrier Reef - Far North and Torres Strait
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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.

DAY
17
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
18
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
19
Darwin, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: We will spend the morning in Darwin on a city tour visiting the likes of 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: We have lunch overlooking the water at the Museum/Art Gallery complex.

Afternoon: After lunch we return to our vessel for our early afternoon departure and have free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
20
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on own or on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
21
Komodo Island, Indonesia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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.

DAY
22
Benoa (Bali), Indonesia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Today's field trip introduces us to the history and scenery of Bali. A highlight of this tour is a visit to the Klungkung Kertagosa - a building designed and built in 1710 by the best artisans in the country. The compound contains the beautiful Bale Kambang floating pavilion and the Kertagosa Royal Court of Justice, with elaborate ceiling murals. Continue on to the terraced Pura Kehen temple complex built in the 11th century. A series of steps lead to the entrance door where the demonic face of Kala Makara stands guard over the temple grounds. Our drive then takes us to Selat and through the mountain passes you can see a magnificent view of the terraced rice fields. Our destination is Tenganan - a walled mountain village where the Bali Aga live. These people are descendants of the original island people who maintain their pre-Hindu culture. The settlement is one of the most unusual on Bali. Here, identical living compounds are arranged in two rows along a wide, stone-paved street running the length of the village. The villagers are known for weaving a unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which is believed to protect its wearer from evil. You’ll learn about this interesting process from one of the few family members in the village who still makes these living textiles.

Lunch: Lunch during the field trip.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues before we return to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
23
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
25
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: On board the ship

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
26
Geraldton, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: The beautifully restored Oakabella homestead is situated 18 miles north of Geraldton and exudes historical charm. Built in 1860, the site includes a 13-room homestead, cookhouse, barn, shearing shed, stables and blacksmith's workshop. The museum on the property has an impressive display of relics found onsite including a mid-1800s bottle collection, Indigenous artefacts and historic farm utensils. Tour the homestead and mini museum of farm equipment for an insight into life in the late 1800s.

Lunch: We have a wine tasting during our field trip at Western Australia's northernmost winery.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
27
Perth (Fremantle), Australia
MS Volendam
B,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: We will transfer into Fremantle this morning and join the Fremantle Tram tour which will introduce us to 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. We will take time out from our tram tour to have a guided visit to the Fremantle prison. Here we step inside and join an experienced guide who will explain its convict origins in the 1850s and trace its history 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. We rejoin our tram and continue our exploration of "Freo".

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.

DAY
28
Perth (Fremantle), Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
29
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
30
Albany, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit Discovery Bay where we have an expert-guided visit to the historic whaling station. We will also have time to explore the native Botanic Garden and Australian Wildlife enclosures. The Botanic Garden features thousands of stunning native plants and an enhanced wetland environment – all accessed by comfortable boardwalk paths. The Australian Wildlife enclosures feature many native animals including wombats, koala, bandicoots, possums and more rare wildlife including white kangaroos, bettongs and woylies.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
31
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
32
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
33
Port Lincoln, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning's field trip provides a comprehensive but leisurely and pleasurable insight of Port Lincoln. We are taken to the Marina Wharf to visit the home of the largest fishing fleet in the Southern Hemisphere where we gain an insight into the diversity of Port Lincoln’s fishing industries and boats. We then have a hands-on, tour of the Fresh Fish Place, where we will see the full process a fish goes through, from ocean to plate. We meet local fisherman as they drop off the catch of the day from all over the Eyre Peninsula, including their famous King George Whiting, Flathead, Garfish, Leather Jacket, Boarfish, Snapper, Nannagai, Shark, Mussels, Coffin Bay Oysters, Prawns, Squid, Crabs and lots more. There is detailed commentary throughout as you can see the whole cleaning process of the catch, which is then packaged up and dispatched daily to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney’s leading restaurants. At the end of the tour, you get to sample a tantalizing selection of in house-smoked fish and pickled seafood. Your visit to Port Lincoln it would be incomplete if we did not call into one of the regions best award-winning wineries, for a tasting at the aptly named Boston Bay Wines. Included at the winery is a healthy tasting of the local produce as well as sampling more seafood. We drive back into Port Lincoln via the Winters Hill lookout, which gives you a magnificent vantage point to see the 360-degree views of the city of Port Lincoln, Boston Bay Island, The Port Lincoln National Park, the Marble Ranges, Whalers Way and everything in between. We are dropped back at the wharf by our ship.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
34
Adelaide, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: We explore the cultural history of Adelaide this morning. We explore the Adelaide Markets, have a guided orientation to the South Australian capital - Australia's "city of churches", and visit the Aboriginal section of the State Museum.

Lunch: We transfer to the Botanic Gardens for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we have a guided walk through the Botanic Gardens, taking in some of the native flora. We then transfer back to the Volendam.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
35
Kangaroo Island, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island, is a unique, unspoiled wilderness 91 miles long and 25 miles wide. It is located 9 miles south of the South Australian mainland. Its coastal scenery is spectacular with rugged high cliffs and long, white, sandy beaches. The island is known for its abundant wildlife including its resident sea lion colonies. We transfer to the Australian Sea Lion colony at Seal Bay where we learn something about these intriguing creatures.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: We spend this afternoon learning about some of the artisans who have chosen to base themselves on the island to make use of its natural environment. We will visit the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, for an interpretive tour and tasting, and we shall also learn about the Island's pure strain of Ligurian bees.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
36
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
37
Burnie, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

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

DAY
38
Melbourne, Australia
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Today's visit to Melbourne will give us a background to Australia's second city and also to the arts in Australia. Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is the capital of Victoria, a state in the south-eastern corner of Australia. During the gold era Melbourne possessed great wealth and many of the city’s fine buildings were built during this period of prosperity. Its magnificent streetscapes and extensive parks and gardens provide an ideal setting for its many elegant buildings. In the past Melbourne was a larger business centre and city than Sydney and today the two cities continue a friendly rivalry. Both are cosmopolitan and multi-cultural and Melbourne has many strong ethnic communities from three major periods of migration including: Chinese and German (after the gold rushes), Italian, Greek, southern European (1939 – 1945) and, more recently, Asian. Melbourne is reputed to have the largest Greek population outside Athens. We will transfer into the city gaining a feel for the landscape. A local art historian will give us an expert-led exploration of the Aboriginal art exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre of Australian Art in the National Gallery of Victoria. 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: We have lunch in a cafe set in one of Melbourne’s parks.

Afternoon: After lunch, we visit the Shrine of Remembrance. We then head up to the top of the Eureka 88 Skydeck offering panoramic views over the city, giving us an understanding of the layout of Melbourne. We then return to the Voledam.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
39
At Sea
MS Volendam
B,L,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on a topic of the Group Leader's choice. Then time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
40
Eden, Australia
MS Volendam
B,D
MS Volendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre (SCMDC) is a not-for-profit community organisation which aims to become a Centre of Excellence in temperate marine education and research. A multi-faceted organisation, SCMDC has established a Marine Discovery Centre in Snug Cove, Eden, NSW, linked with education programs for school and community groups, facilities to support research into the marine environment and outdoor educational activity programs. You will have a guided visit of the Discovery Centre, followed by a walk along the beach to learn about the geography of the surrounding region.

Lunch: On own in Eden.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

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Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Depart for Sydney Airport to check in for your flights home.