Discover Sydney this morning on your city tour. Hear the stories of the early settlement and see the 18th century sandstone architecture. Continue to the Eastern suburbs and pass through the neighbourhood of the rich and famous. Enjoy a short coastal walk with views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Stop at Bondi Beach with a chance to put your toes in the sand before heading back to the city for an afternoon at leisure.
Enrich: Take a guided tour of Sydney's most famous place, the Opera House, and discover the stories, history, and magic behind this iconic landmark. Then experience dinner at the Bennelong Restaurant, located in the sails of the Opera. (B/D)
White sand and turquoise waters surround this tropical-island village. As the hub of Maluku's boat culture, Sangliat Dol is famous for its megalithic sites and an ancient stone boat built as a tribute to the original inhabitants who arrived by sea. This visit is a great opportunity to be immersed in the daily life of the locals.
Enrich: The local chief and singing villagers will welcome you on the beach before a fascinating ritual ceremony. Be amazed by the cultural dances performed by the locals adorned in colourful bird-of-paradise head-dresses, enjoy demonstrations of local handicrafts and traditional ways of cooking. See the old Dutch colonial Catholic Church that overlooks the stone boat. Families may also invite you as honorary ‘children of the village' into their homes.
Discovery: Sail to beautiful Weluan Beach for a delightful afternoon of snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on calm waters, surrounded by forest and native flora. (B/L/D)
The heart of the Old World global spice trade, Banda Neira has retained a unique historic mix of culture, nature and wildlife. At the focal point of Indonesia's Spice Islands, Banda was prized by European, Arab and Chinese traders until the late 1800s. Experience a flashback to these times as you watch traditional war canoes guide us into Banda Harbour.
Freechoice: Explore well preserved Fort Belgica, providing a fascinating insight into Dutch colonisation and enjoy a traditional dance and music performance. Alternatively, explore Banda Neira on a guided tour before visiting a local nutmeg plantation and museum to learn about the spice that started it all.
Discovery: Hike a section of the still-active Gunung Banda Api volcano with your Discovery team, or snorkel and dive along its coral-encrusted lava flow. (B/L/D)
This small isolated island is a hidden gem located off the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula. Known for its limestone formations, Papuan rock art and burial caves, the area has 24 endemic species of rainbow fish. Besides enjoying the nature, take the time to be immersed in Arguni's culture: visit a stilt village on the shores of mangrove swamps, where you will be greeted by villagers, and discover the traditional music, dance, craft and food such as fresh coconut while meeting the local people.
Discovery: Take a Zodiac in search of ancient blood paintings, believed to be up to 7,000 years old, found on limestone rock around the bays. Or enjoy a refreshing swim, snorkel or kayak at a peaceful beach ensconced in this stunning scenery. (B/L/D)