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Natural Wonders of Australia & the Secrets of Indonesia - Cruise & Land Journey

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Fully Guided Locally Guided Coach Group Cruise Scenic / Sightseeing
Balcony
$25,846
Suite
$33,259
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
23 Days
 Cruise Starts
Sydney
 Cruise Finishes
Darwin
23 Day Natural Wonders of Australia & the Secrets of Indonesia - Cruise & Land Journey Itinerary (Scenic)
Countries Explored: Australia Indonesia
Cruise Line:
Ship
Departures
Passengers
228
Crew
176
Launched
2023
Cruise Code
OFR4-1

Overview

Home to the oldest civilisation on Earth, Australia is an ancient land of vivid contrasts. Be taken by lands of pristine beauty, stunning views and unique wildlife. There’s so much to do and see that even the most seasoned of travellers will be impressed. Join Scenic Eclipse to into through the delightful Spice Islands, exotic, unspoiled and blanketed with spectacular natural beauty. Uncover towering volcanoes, vibrant reefs fringed by powder-white beaches and remote rainforest. Celebrate Australia’s unparalleled natural beauty, vibrant cities, dramatic deserts and ancient cultures during this...read more journey. Experience the thriving city of Sydney, unearth underwater kaleidoscopic wonders in the Great Barrier Reef and be immersed in the world’s oldest living culture in Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia. Whether you visit at sunrise or witness the changing colours at sunset, this awe-inspiring natural wonder will leave you breathless.

On board Scenic Eclipse experience pure exhilaration as you voyage through the remote Raja Ampat Islands with their pristine coral reefs and countless marine life, which will simply take your breath away. Spice up your life with this extended voyage in the ultimate paradise of Indonesia. As the epicentre of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, this region is rich in history and local traditions. Spending four nights in Raja Ampat will take you on an unparalleled diving and snorkelling experience. Banda Islands will amaze you with a landscape enriched by lava flows from an active volcano and magnificent coral gardens that flourish underwater. Take the time to swim across the equator, laze on beaches and hike in the jungle to find the red bird of paradise.

Itinerary

Welcome to Sydney. Upon arrival you'll check into your hotel for a four-night stay, a short stroll from the harbour. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers over a welcome dinner. (D)

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)

Freechoice: Visit Taronga Zoo or take a day trip to the Blue Mountains, discovering some local wildlife along the way. Alternatively, enjoy a Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise. (B)

Today, Sydney is yours to discover. Stroll across the famous Harbour Bridge or get your cultural fix at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Remember, your Tour Director is on-hand to offer any advice. (B)

Fly to the centre of Australia for your two-night Special Stay, a unique retreat. Enrich: Tonight, you're invited to a dining experience set amidst an outdoor exhibit called Field of Light. The mesmerising artwork, ideated by Bruce Munro, will be created from thousands of bulbs planted in the desert surrounding Uluru in the outback. As the sun sets and the lights twinkle, you'll enjoy canapés, complimentary drinks, and authentic Australian cuisine. (B/D)

Freechoice: Watch the sun rise over Uluru, before choosing from several exciting activities. Take to the asphalt for a leisurely ride on a Harley Davidson™, in the capable hands of an experienced rider, embark on an Uluru Highlights and Cultural Tour, or trek around the rock's giant base. This afternoon is yours to discover the mysteries of Kata Tjuta and walk through Walpa Gorge. Finish the afternoon enjoying the sunset over Uluru from the viewing area. (B)

Fly to Cairns, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This afternoon visit Rainforestation and have a close encounter with some Australian animals and an Aboriginal dance performance. Travel on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and see from above the Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Glide metres above the pristine jungle canopy between Kuranda and Cairns. Enjoy your three-night stay at one of the newest hotels in town. (B/D)

No trip to Australia would be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, a 2,300km-long ecosystem comprised of thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of coral. Travel to Port Douglas and take a high-speed catamaran to a pontoon moored on the Outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel with an instructor and enjoy viewing the coral and sea life from a semi-submersible boat, taking a closer look at the underwater life. (B/L)

Freechoice: Soar over the Atherton Tablelands on a hot air balloon flight at sunrise or go for a day trip to Cape Tribulation and experience the world's oldest rainforest. (B/D)

Say goodbye to the East Coast and fly to Darwin, the cosmopolitan capital city of the North. Discover the town during an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay. (B)

Embark in the Northern Territory's multicultural capital of the ‘Top End' of Australia. Despite surviving two cyclones and several air raids, Darwin is distinguished by its relaxed lifestyle. Enjoy your day at leisure. (B/D)

The landscape of this group of about 65 islands in the far south of the Maluku province ranges from beaches to swamplands and densely forested hills with unique fauna, especially bird species. It is also home to fascinating culture - visit a local village to learn about their music, dance and traditional crafts, or experience a unique folkloric show and an ikat (textile) weaving demonstration. (B/L/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)

Made entirely of white sand and coral, the Kei Islands are completely flat, except for the coconut trees - a true relaxing paradise framed by the pristine waters of the Banda Sea. Enjoy the unforgettable beauty of Ngurbloat Beach and feel welcomed by the friendly locals who love to meet and share their culture with visitors. Discovery: Take the day to swim and snorkel in this uninhabited tropical island known for its spectacular limestone scenery - the definition of a holiday dream. (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)

Located in the Bomberai Peninsula, Sebakor Bay is known for its network of water-filled caves, islets covered in forests and isolated beaches. Exploring this beautiful coast and its pristine waters teeming with marine life makes a perfect tropical day. Discovery: Join a Zodiac tour of the water-filled caves with your Discovery team, or kayak along the shore to spot unique Papuan native birds. Alternatively, take a guided hike to be rewarded with a swim under the Mommon Waterfall, where freshwater flows from the jungle into the ocean. (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)

Imagine getting access to the world's most biodiverse marine region. This is Indonesia's Raja Ampat, an archipelago that comprises of more than 1,500 islands, cays and shoals, including the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, known collectively as the Four Kings. Over these four days, explore this extraordinary environment blessed with turquoise waters, white sand beaches, hidden coves, limestone cliffs, and mangrove forests. Discover the underwater world of colourful coral, fish, and marine mammals beneath a sky of tropical birds and butterflies. Swim, snorkel and kayak in this unspoiled part of the West Papua province. (B/L/D)

Your memorable journey ends in Ambon, capital city of the Indonesian province of Maluku, famed for its birdlife, marine gardens, pretty beaches and colonial history. Disembark after breakfast and fly to Darwin, Australia, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience. Please book your flight to depart out of Darwin after 08:00 PM. The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information. (B)

Life Onboard Scenic Eclipse II

Luxury Meets Discovery
Luxury Meets Discovery

Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime the Scenic Eclipse II takes ocean cruising to a whole new level. Read more

On board Inclusions
On board Inclusions

Intimate and luxurious, with every amenity you could wish for, the Scenic Eclipse fleet has been designed with you in mind. Read more

Onshore Inclusions
Onshore Inclusions

Taking you beyond exploration to all-inclusive discovery is our fleet of Zodiacs, tandem kayaks, e-bikes, snorkel gear and snowshoes. Read more

All-Inclusive Dining
All-Inclusive Dining

Dining on board Scenic Eclipse promises to be a sensory delight. With an unrivalled choice of up to 10 dining experiences. Read more

All-Inclusive Beverages
All-Inclusive Beverages

Unlimited complimentary beverages*, full mini-bar restocked daily, still and sparkling water in-suite and an extensive range of specialty teas and coffees. Read more

Scenic Sixth Star Experience
Scenic Sixth Star Experience

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