One of the liveliest, must-see cities of the Pacific Rim, Sydney humbly began life as a British penal colony in 1788. Among the colorful characters in its early history was William Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame who was deposed as governor during the Rum Rebellion of 1808. In 1852, with the discovery of gold in the interior, Sydney became a thriving port of the Victorian Empire. Today, Sydney looks to the future, its skyline crowned by the graceful billowing sails of its famed Opera House. Visitors can get a glimpse of the past along the narrow, twisting streets of the Rocks, Sydney’s restored historical district and for the adventurous, the Sydney bridge climb will reward you with panoramic views of the city and harbor. Excursions can reveal the spectacular, untamed beauty of the Blue Mountains with a ride on the worlds steepest perpendicular railway; or get up close and personal with Australia’s charming wildlife at the Koala Park Sanctuary, then end your day with a refreshing stop at a traditional Aussie pub.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Learn how Sydney grew from a fledgling outpost to the thriving metropolis it is today during this brief, yet scenic walking tour of The Rocks.
Depart the pier with your guide for a stroll along Circular Quay to The Rocks, Sydney's famous birthplace. In sharp contrast to the modern steel and glass skyscrapers of the city, The Rocks represents pure history. Upon arrival, you will hear informative commentary as your guide escorts you through this historic district past old pubs, terrace homes and sandstone cottages. Sites of crime, punishment and escape will be noted as you learn about the notorious personalities that have made Sydney what it is today.
As you continue your exploration, you will gain valuable insights into Cadman's Cottage, Argyle Cut, Campbell's Cove, the Bounty Ship, and many other significant historic locales. You will also learn about the Suez Canal, an escape route of 19th-century gangs and local residents that used this passageway during the founding days of the colony. As you gaze across Sydney Harbour, your guide will offer details about the Botanical Gardens in the distance, and the construction of the Sydney Opera House.
Following your walking tour, you may remain in The Rocks independently or return to the ship.
Please note: The Rocks has some cobbled streets and pathways. The tour moves at a leisurely pace to suit the group, but there are some inclines, and participants should be of a reasonable fitness level. As a result, this tour may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
You may have heard about the world famous Sydney Bridge Climb and here is your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure first-hand. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this never-to-be-forgotten experience has you literally climbing on one of the world's most modern wonders - The Sydney Harbor Bridge.
On arrival at the BridgeClimb, you will meet your specialist guide who will take you through the extensive safety briefing and issue you a special bridge suit that will be worn over your own clothing. You will also be outfitted with a safety harness before you proceed to the next part of your trek - the climb simulator. It's here where the climb leader will ensure that you are comfortable with the ladder procedures and use of your harness. Once the safety briefing is over, you will be given a radio and comfortable headset so that you can hear the commentary of your climb leader and then it is time to begin the Climb of Your Life.
Spending approximately two hours on the bridge itself, you will make your way over 4,900 feet of steel as you weave through catwalks, up ladders and then to the most spectacular point of all - the upper arch Climb. At this point, you not only have a bird's eye view of beautiful Sydney Harbor and the city spread out before you, but you also have the exhilaration of the truly rewarding experience of reaching the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The climb leader, who escorts each group of 14 climbers, is equipped with the latest in digital photographic technology to capture the moment and all climbers are provided with a complimentary photograph of their climb group. Additional photographs are also taken which can be purchased at the conclusion of your Climb.
Back down on the ground again after your epic climb, you will make your way to a Sydney pub located in The Rocks area of the city. Relax and celebrate your achievement with an Aussie beer, wine or soft-drink before returning by foot to the ship.
Please note: This tour is not available to those with mobility concerns, heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. Climbers over the age of 75 must present a Certificate of Fitness, signed by their General Practitioner, on the day of the climb. Guests must be physically fit and able to climb ladders and steep slopes. The actual Bridge climb is approximately 2 hours and traverses approximately 4,900 feet of steps, catwalks, arches and ladders. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs may participate. Guests must wear flat, closed-toe, rubber-soled athletic shoes. Comfortable clothing is suggested and a climb suit must be worn over your clothing during the climb. Participants must sign a release form and take a breathalyzer test before being allowed to take part in the tour. Due to the nature of the climb, nothing may be taken onto the Bridge; however, photo opportunities will be available during The Rocks walk.
Explore the beauty and charm of Sydney during this half-day orientation tour of the city's most popular destinations.
Depart the pier in Sydney for an orientation drive through the city. Your tour begins at Sydney's oldest village, The Rocks. This historic enclave is nestled in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and depicts the heritage of two centuries along its narrow twisting streets. You will view a splendid mix of Victorian-era buildings alongside modern-day structures. During your tour of the city center, you will see the magnificent Sydney Tower, Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour Complex, Chinatown and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair.
From here, you will drive east of the city to view the most sought-after residential areas in Sydney. From Darling Point to Watson's Bay, the shoreline is fringed by vast mansions and expensive apartments overlooking a flotilla of yachts and cruising boats moored along the harbor's edge. Drive past The Gap at Watson's Bay (weather permitting), the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. A brief photo stop will then be made at Bondi Beach, a world-renowned surfing haven featuring delightful cafes and restaurants along its main streets. Afterward, you will return to the city via the narrow streets of Paddington, which are lined with picturesque terraces framed with iron-laced balconies, sandstone houses, designer boutiques, art galleries, and cafes.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Sydney Opera House, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973, and one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. You will take a guided tour of this imposing building, view its distinctive sail-like roof, and learn about its history, design and current uses. From here, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. The Opera House has more than 200 steps throughout the venue. Due to new security restrictions, coaches are not permitted to enter at the Opera House; a walk of approximately 700 feet from the coach's pick-up and drop-off point will be required.Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to discover the beauty of the countryside outside of Sydney with a trip to the Blue Mountains. As you travel through the city on your way to the mountains, you will pass the 2000 Olympic site at Homebush, where you can perhaps gain some feeling of the sheer excitement and logistics of this major event, often described as one of the best Olympics ever.
Following the trail of Australia's early explorers, your coach will climb high into the Blue Mountains passing through Olympic Park. Sit back and enjoy this awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of giant rock formations, geological history, and cascading waterfalls. This truly is a day to relax and take in the natural bushland and the many outlying western suburbs that form part of greater Sydney. Your mountain sightseeing will include numerous small towns along the way that provide a weekend escape for many of the city's residents.
Arriving at the Blue Mountains lookout, you can see the famous rock formation, the Three Sisters and relish awesome panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, Katoomba Falls and the Burraborang Valley while capturing some truly memorable photos.
Leaving the lookout, your tour continues with a ride on the world's steepest perpendicular railway, which plunges 700 feet into the valley. Disembarking at the bottom, it's a walk of approximately 7 minutes to the unique Scenicscender cable car which returns you to the top of the mountain.
Lunch today will be on your own at Katoomba or a similar township, and free time will be provided to explore some of the charming local crafts and antique shops, as well as to admire the stunning views.
Re-joining your coach, you will make the return to Sydney where your ship awaits, having experienced an often missed side of Sydney that presents a truly different aspect of this fascinating city. Before arriving back at the pier, you will also be treated to a brief overview of the city's essential highlights. Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
Please note: Due to the combination of walking as well as access on and off the perpendicular train, this tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. The order of sights may change and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
See for yourself why Sydney is best viewed from its beautiful waters during this wonderful cruise around scenic Sydney Harbour.
Depart the pier for an exclusive 2-hour cruise around Sydney Harbour. Along the way, you will take in spectacular vistas and photo opportunities of the stunning city skyline, magnificent harbor-front mansions, secluded beaches and lush National Parks. During your cruise, you will be served a light afternoon tea or coffee, and observe the many ferries, commercial vessels and yachts with their colorful sails tacking across the waters of this bustling harbor.
Following your cruise, you will return to the pier and ship.
Please note: In addition to tea and coffee, other beverages will be available for purchase. Commentary is available on the inside area of the vessel. The gangway of the boat cannot accommodate wheelchairs.Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you will pass through Sydney's leafy suburbs en route to Featherdale Wildlife Park. On arrival, one of the personable guides will introduce you to some of the Park's residents, which would include a native dingo and wombat. Ample free time is provided for you to explore this delightful attraction and view the animals and native fauna at your own pace. For a truly great interactive experience with the kangaroos, you may wish to purchase some feed and engage in the fun of hand feeding them. You will even have an opportunity to have your photo taken with one of the cuddly koalas. This photo is optional and at an additional cost. Before leaving the Sanctuary, you will be treated to morning tea.
Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability as there is some moderate walking and unpaved and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
Take a step back in time during this memorable visit to The Rocks, Sydney's oldest village.
Depart the pier for the drive to The Rocks, situated in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge. Upon arrival, you will see the expert restoration of this area, and understand why its warehouses, taverns and authentic village green have become so popular with tourists. A visit will then be made to the city center, home of Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, Centerpoint Tower, the magnificent Queen Victoria Building, modern Darling Harbour Complex, and mystical Chinatown.
As you proceed east of the city, from Darling Point to Watson's Bay, you will take in spectacular vistas and photo opportunities of the shoreline fringed with vast mansions, expensive apartments, yachts and boats. You will also be able to view the sidewalk cafés and chic boutiques of Double Bay, and the magnificent city skyline from Watson's Bay.
Next, you will proceed to Bondi, Australia's world-famous surfing beach, along with the delightful cafés and restaurants lining the main street. Afterward, you will venture back into the city via the narrow streets of Paddington, which are lined with picturesque terrace homes framed with iron-laced balconies, sandstone houses, designer boutiques, art galleries, and cafes.
Following your tour, you will return to the pier and ship.
Please note: The order of the visits may vary. This tour is limited to one photo stop. The remainder of the tour will be spent on the coach. Tour duration varies depending on docking port.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.