• Escorted Tour

East Coast Cruise

Plus the Ghan

Join our exclusive Princess Cruises and the legendary Ghan train escorted tour to Australia in August 2020.

This is a rare opportunity to embark ‘Sea Princess’ in Sydney to cruise via Brisbane, Alotau in Papua New Guinea and Cairns to Darwin.
‘Sea Princess’ is a comfortable 4 star cruise ship all the bells and whistles to entertain you for ten nights at sea.
Darwin offers history and a full day in Litchfield National Park, a myriad of cascading waterfalls, waterholes and pools, spectacular rock formations, flora and fauna.
The legendary rail journey through the heart of Australia’s ever-changing landscapes, meals, drinks and off-train excursions in Katherine and Alice Springs all add to the Ghan experience.

Two nights in Adelaide, including lunch in the Barossa Valley is a fitting finale.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 27 August

Auckland – Sydney

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-morning in Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the Port of Sydney to board Sea Princess in time for a late lunch. Depart Sydney Harbour late afternoon.

Friday 28 August

At Sea

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A day of cruising at sea. Dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants and later catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre to complete a perfect evening on board.

Saturday 29 August

Brisbane

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The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city, without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis is certainly a great day out.

Sunday 30 August

At Sea

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Another cruising day. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

Monday 31 August

At Sea

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Tuesday 01 September

Cairns

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Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast and inland lies the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine and balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.

Wednesday 02 September

At Sea

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Thursday 03 September

Alotau (Papua New Guinea)

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Alotau is a sleepy little town built on the hillsides of the northern shore of Milne Bay. It became the provincial capital in 1968 when administrators were moved from overcrowded Samarai Island. Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay and there are several memorials and relics here. The town’s sights might soak up some time, but the real attractions lie beyond Alotau, amid the beautifully set capes, coves and islands of Milne Bay.

Friday 04 September

At Sea

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Saturday 05 September

At Sea

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This morning arrive into Darwin. Disembark ‘Sea Princess’ and join your fellow passengers on a sightseeing tour of Darwin, getting the perfect introduction to Darwin’s history and quirky charm. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Tourist facility and lunch at Stokes Hill Wharf. Remainder of the day free.

Sunday 06 September

Darwin

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This morning arrive into Darwin. Disembark ‘Sea Princess’ and join your fellow passengers on a sightseeing tour of Darwin, getting the perfect introduction to Darwin’s history and quirky charm. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Tourist facility and lunch at Stokes Hill Wharf. Remainder of the day free.

Monday 07 September

Darwin

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A free day to explore Darwin and uncover some Northern Territory gems along the way.

Tuesday 08 September

Darwin – Lichfield National Park – Darwin

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An early morning start for the drive via the gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. View the termite mounds in Litchfield National Park and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point. One of the three major waterfalls along the western face of the Tabletop Range is Tolmer Falls. Marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Return to Darwin this evening.

Wednesday 09 September

Darwin – The Ghan

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This morning transfer to the Darwin Rail Terminal to board The Ghan Expedition. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. This afternoon you will arrive into Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history.

Thursday 10 September

Ghan

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Continue your journey aboard The Ghan making an extended stop in Alice Springs – the heart of the Red Centre. This evening we will all come together and dine beneath the stars for an authentic Outback Dinner.

Friday 11 September

Ghan

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Today make an extended stop at Manguri. Your destination, Coober Pedy - the sun scorched opal mining capital of the world.

Saturday 12 September

Ghan – Adelaide

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Arrive into Adelaide late morning and enjoy a short city tour before transferring to our beachfront hotel in Glenelg.

Sunday 13 September

Adelaide

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After breakfast a coach journey to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. After lunch return to Glenelg. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Monday 14 September

Adelaide – Auckland

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After breakfast transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight home.

Inclusions

  • • Economy flights Auckland – Sydney // Adelaide - Auckland
  • 10 nights aboard ‘Sea Princess’ in a Stateroom of your choice
  • All meals included on board ‘Sea Princess’
  • Cocktail reception on board
  • Sea Princess’ gratuities, port taxes & fees
  • Three nights Darwin post-cruise
  • Full day tour to Litchfield National Park
  •  Three nights on board The Ghan in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and           coffee included)
  •  Off-train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast
  •  Day tour to Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley including lunch
  • Transfers as specified
  •  Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 people travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Balcony Stateroom       $13,170 $16,713
 Oceanview Stateroom  $12,397  $15,223
 Inside Stateroom          $11,263  $13,166
Business Class Upgrade +$1,808
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$800
Early Booking Discount (01/03/2020 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Airline taxes (NZD210)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of NZD 2,500 per person will secure a place on this tour
  • Full payment by 18 June 2020
  • No refund after full payment

Cancellations

  • From date of booking until 18 June 2020 – loss of deposit
  • After 18 June 2020 – no refund

Travel Insurance

• We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
• Please ask us for a quote

General Information

Documentation
• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond return date of travel
• No visas are required for NZ Passport holders to enter Australia
• All others please ask
• A Visa is required for ALL passport holders for Papua New Guinea. Visas will be issued on board ‘Sea Princess’ and will be charged to your on-board account (approx. AUD10)

  • Temperature Max Min
  • Sydney 18˚c  09˚c    
  • Brisbane 22˚c  12˚c
  • Darwin 33˚c  23˚c    
  • Alice Springs 28˚c  10˚c    
  • Adelaide 18˚c  10˚c

 

Luggage
Checked-in luggage is NOT accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the three nights on The Ghan.
Smart casual is required for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.

Health and Fitness

A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 metres is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.

Ship Information

Sea Princess, a mid-sized, Sun-class cruise ship, is known for its top quality food and service. The four-story Atrium, Vista Lounge, tantalising dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices including Movies Under the Stars* provide a relaxing retreat.

  •  Length 261m
  • Refurbished November 2017
  • Tonnage 77,499
  • Speed 22 knots / 41 kph
  • Decks 15
  • Passengers 2000
  • Crew 900

INSIDE STATEROOM: Featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower.

 OCEANVIEW STATEROOM: Enjoy the added benefit of a view of the ocean from either a picture window or porthole that brings in natural light. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room.

 BALCONY STATEROOM: This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table and two chairs


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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