Days 1-2 London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled Qantas flight to Sydney via Dubai.
Day 3 Sydney
An early morning arrival in Sydney, New South Wales, where our coach will transfer you to our hotel, the well-appointed Parkroyal Darling Harbour (4T), for the next two nights. The hotel is close to Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and the main shopping areas and is well placed to walk to the old Rocks area, a cluster of some of the country’s oldest buildings in quaint streets of small houses with plenty of cafés to refresh the explorer. The remainder of the day is free. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 4 Sydney
This morning you will enjoy an orientation tour of Sydney, taking in some of the city’s famous icons including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge before returning to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to make your own discoveries of this cosmopolitan and colourful city with its beautiful landscape and wealth of culture.
Day 5 - Sydney
A leisurely start to the day, to further explore and perhaps visit the famous Bondi Beach before we transfer to embark MS Maasdam (4T) this afternoon, with plenty of time to settle into your cabin before dinner this evening. Be sure to be up on deck when we set sail early this evening, passing the iconic Opera House with fantastic photo opportunities.
Day 6 - At sea
A leisurely day at sea provides the perfect opportunity to settle into life on board, relax on deck and join in one of the many onboard activities.
Day 7 - Melbourne
Early morning arrival in Melbourne, the dynamic capital city of Victoria, where delightful colonial buildings sit side by side with dazzling sky-scrapers. Old-fashioned trams criss-cross the city and there are Victorian mansions, quaint cottages, old jails and sheep stations among the many buildings open to the public.
Day 8 - Burnie, Tasmania
We arrive in Tasmania, where there will be a choice of excursions available for you to discover the diversity and beauty of Australia’s only island state, including the UNESCO World Heritage area that contains Tasmania’s most famous crag - Cradle Mountain.
Days 9-10 - At sea
As we cruise towards New Zealand, we may glimpse some of the world’s rarest penguins or spot a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins.
Day 11 - Milford Sound - Cruising Fiordland National Park
The region of New Zealand’s ice-formed fiords has a natural magic with cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forests and towering peaks that rise dramatically out of the water. We spend our day gently cruising these waters and experiencing the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife including the majesty of Milford Sound, towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins.
Day 12 - Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
Early arrival in Port Chalmers for Dunedin, the friendly city of slate and tin-roofed houses, spires, chimneys and glorious Victorian and Edwardian buildings that lie at the head of a long fiord. Perhaps visit the Royal Albatross Centre, where these huge seabirds rest lazily on the wind like kites. Early evening sailing.
Day 13 - Akaroa (Christchurch)
Today we arrive in Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch, with a distinct French colonial history. Keep an eye out for the penguins, fur seals and rare Hector’s Dolphin that reside in the area. Early evening sailing.
Day 14 - Picton
Morning arrival in Picton, set in the upper reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound and the gateway to the largest grape-growing and wine-producing region of New Zealand.
Day 15 - Wellington
We arrive in New Zealand’s compact, cosmopolitan capital, nestled between the harbour and steep, forest-clad hills. The revamped waterfront area leads from the cruise dock at the eastern end of town to the ‘must-see’ Te Papa museum in the west, which showcases the history of New Zealand in many visually stunning and thought-provoking ways.
Day 16 - Napier
We arrive in Napier this morning, famed for its Art Deco buildings which were built following a great earthquake and fire in 1931. Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealand’s leading wine-producing regions, with more than 50 leading wineries, including the Mission Estate.
Day 17 - Tauranga (Rotorua)
We arrive this morning in Tauranga, the fastest growing provincial area in New Zealand, boasting an abundance of pristine beaches, blooming orchards and prominent hills. The region is rich in Maori history and the hot springs of Rotorua, originally used for cooking and healing, can be visited on an optional excursion. Early evening sailing.
Day 18 - Cruising Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula
Enjoy the dramatic views of volcanic and geothermal formations and white sand beaches as we cruise the Bay of Plenty, home to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, and Coromandel Peninsula, renowned for its natural beauty of rural farmland, misty rainforests and pristine beaches. Thousands of dolphins live here, and orcas, pilot whales, giant sunfish and manta rays are often seen in these waters.
Day 19 Auckland - In flight
An early morning arrival in Auckland. We enjoy a brief coach orientation of Auckland, known to Aucklanders as the ‘City of Sails’ bounded by two harbours, the Waitemata and Manukau. We continue to the airport for a scheduled flight back to London, via Melbourne or Sydney and Dubai.
Day 20 London
Arrival at London Heathrow where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.