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PASSAGE THROUGH HISTORY | 106 Nights | Departs Feb 1, 2014

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  • PRE - LUXURY RETREAT IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH
  • PRE - SYDNEY EXCLUSIVE
  • POST - EXTRA NIGHT - SYDNEY & BEYOND
  • PRE - LUXURY RETREAT IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

    Code: sydl12

    Recognized as the "Best Hotel in Australia" by Trip Advisor in January, 2013, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a luxury conservation-based resort located in Australia's Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. The resort is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve where guests can enjoy absolute luxury, tranquility and connection with nature.

    Nestled between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the homestead style resort occupies just two percent of the total land area of 4,000 acres. Up to 90 guests are catered for in 40 free-standing suites each with private swimming pool, a main homestead with luxury facilities and standalone Timeless Spa.

    Guests are able to appreciate the very special natural, cultural and scenic values of the Wolgan Valley through a diverse range of nature based activities. You will be transferred one way by luxury 4 x 4 vehicle and one way by helicopter.

    The below description is just a sample itinerary. You may choose your activities when you are checked-in at the resort.

    DAY 1

    Following your flight into Sydney, you will travel in a luxury 4x4 vehicle to the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, which lies in a gorgeous valley at the foot of two towering sandstone cliffs. After settling in, you are free to enjoy the resort's spectacular facilities, which include restaurants, a spa and fitness center, shop and unique spaces such as the restored Heritage Homestead, which was built in 1832.

    Should you choose, late in the afternoon, you candepart on a wildlife tour through the surrounding reserve, which is still inhabited by many of the same intriguing species that so fascinated Charles Darwin when he visited the Wolgan Valley. You may spot kangaroos, wallabies and countless indigenous birds such as peregrine falcons, while your field guide describes the environment and regales you with stories of the bush.

    In the evening you will enjoy a leisurely 5-course dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room, whose stone fireplace, wooden flooring and leather furnishings lend the handsome setting an air of elegance.

    Later, you will retire for the first of three evenings at the resort.

    DAY 2

    Following a hearty breakfast, the morning will be spent on a guided mountain bike tour or a trail ride on horseback. The bike trail is over mostly level terrain with only occasion hills. In all likelihood, you will pass a freshwater dam, where a variety of wildlife usually congregates. You will have plenty of chances along the way to stop for water and observe the stunning scenery. Similarly, the trail ride on horseback is a wonderful way to become familiar with the spectacular landscape. Still, each ride is unique, so there is no telling what you may experience or see with regard to wildlife.

    Then, after lunch in the informal Country Kitchen, you will enjoy a Colonial Heritage Tour that departs from the original 1832 homestead. This tour explains the homestead's restoration and how the early settlers of the Wolgan Valley dealt with their harsh lifestyle. You will also learn about the adjacent kitchen garden and how it has been re-established to supply many of the resort's fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs.

    As an alternative to the Colonial Heritage Tour, you may join the Aboriginal Interpretative Tour and become immersed in centuries of Aboriginal culture. A field guide will describe how the seasons governed hunting, the medicinal use of plants, and the tools and weapons that the Aborigines used for survival and ceremony.

    The day ends with dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room, or if you prefer, it will be served in the privacy of your suite.

    DAY 3

    Start the day with a casual breakfast before setting out on a bush walk. Hiking in the reserve brings the rich diversity of Australia's plant life front and center, and you may also observe wildlife along the way. If the experience piques your curiosity for more hiking, you can arrange for a bush walk in a different area of the reserve during free time.

    Later, you will have lunch at the Country Kitchen or perhaps enjoy a gourmet picnic at a favorite spot in the reserve. Most of the afternoon will be devoted to free time, during which you may indulge in the resort's facilities, or whatever else you choose to do.

    Following dinner, you will be invited to venture into the bush for nocturnal wildlife spotting and stargazing. A field guide will be on hand to point out the animals, which may include possums, wombats, wallaroos and owls. If the night sky is clear, you will see constellations such as the famed Southern Cross, which once served as a navigational beacon for sailors and played an important role in the spiritual beliefs of the Aboriginal people.

    DAY 4

    The morning and early afternoon is yours to do as you please, either at the resort or out in the bush on a self-guide hike or mountain bike excursion.

    Then, you will depart in style, aboard a helicopter that will zip you to Sydney in approximately one hour. Expect fantastic views along the way and before long you will embark your ship.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Guests can choose to participate in as much or as little during their time at the resort. The below day by day is a sample itinerary. Times are subject to change. You may choose your activities when you are checked-in at the resort. You may also check on line ahead of time for other sample itineraries and activities: www.wolganvalley.com

    Please see below for details on how to pack for this program.

    DAY 1

    Today's timing depends on your flight into Sydney International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the resort in a luxury 4x4 vehicle.

    Additional Nights: Optional extra nights at the Four Seasons Hotel (Deluxe City Harbour View Room) can be purchased for guests wishing to arrive earlier than the program start date. Transfers are included when purchased through the cruise line. Please contact our Reservations Department for details.

    Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided, and the cruise line needs to be informed of your hotel to arrange pick up on Day 1 of the program.

    AM Arrival of your flight

    Ride to the resort in a luxury 4x4 vehicle (3 hour journey)

    3:00pm Official Check-in time.

    7:30pm 5-course dinner at your leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

    Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

    Note: Lunch is available at the resort from 12:45pm - 3:00pm for guests

    arriving in the afternoon.

    DAY 2

    6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

    8:30am Guided mountain bike tour or trail ride

    12:00pm Lunch at leisure in the Country Kitchen

    2:00pm Colonial Heritage Tour or Aboriginal Interpretive Tour

    3:30pm Free time

    7:30pm Dinner at leisure in Wolgan Dining Room, or perhaps in the privacy of your own suite.

    Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

    DAY 3

    6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

    10:00am Guided bushwalk

    12:00pm Lunch at leisure in the Country Kitchen or a gourmet picnic on your own

    1:30pm Free time

    7:00pm Dinner at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

    9:00pm Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting & Stargazing

    Overnight at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

    DAY 4

    6:00am Breakfast at leisure in the Wolgan Dining Room

    8:00am Enjoy resort facilities, a self-guided or guided bush walk or mountain bike ride

    11:00am Check out, and lunch at leisure followed by free time

    2:00pm Fly by helicopter from Wolgan Valley to Sydney

    3:00pm Drive from the airport to the port

    3:45pm Embark the ship

    Expected Weather:

    The average weather during the visiting time of year is a high of 77° Fahrenheit and a low of 55° Fahrenheit.

    What to Bring:

    Bring comfortable clothing for outdoor activities such as horseback riding and bush walking.

    Currency:

    Australian Dollars

    Electricity:

    In Australia 230 V sockets are used, and guests should bring an adaptor, if needed.

    Luggage Information:

    *Please advise your weights when booking this program as this is necessary to have ahead of time for the helicopter transfer as requested by our ground operator.

    Personal luggage should be in one soft bag per person (maximum size of bag 65 X 40 X 30cm) and up to 15kg (33 lbs) per piece for helicopter transfers.

    Extra luggage will be stored in Sydney free of charge. The maximum weight for two guests and their luggage is approximately 200kg (440lbs), but is at the discretion of the pilot.

    You can carry one piece of hand luggage such as a laptop, handbag, or coat. The total weight of all your cabin baggage must not exceed 5kg (11lbs).

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

    Guests are required to check with their travel agent in regards to Visa requirements for Australia.

    Accommodation:

    Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

    2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, Lithgow NSW 2790

    Tel: +61 2 6350 1800

    All suites feature:

    Separate living and bedroom, luxurious en suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, walk-in wardrobes, central air-conditioning systems, verandah and courtyard, private temperature-controlled swimming pool, double-sided gas fireplace, LCD TV and DVD player in living room and bedroom, International TV channels, high-speed internet access, iPod docking station, hairdryer, daily housekeeping with evening turn-down, same-day laundry/dry-cleaning service, in-room safe, 24-hour room service, binoculars for wildlife viewing, two mountain bicycles.

    Please Note:

    *Room service - 24-hour room service is available but will incur a surcharge on your room account.

    *Smoking - All indoor areas, including suites and public spaces, are strictly non-smoking. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas of the suites and the resort.

    *Certain on-site activities may be cancelled without prior notice should it be deemed that prevailing climatic or other conditions would make the activity hazardous or uncomfortable. Participation in on-site activities shall be strictly at the client's own risk.

    Program includes:

    3 nights accommodation in a Heritage Suite at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

    Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

    Non-alcoholic beverages

    A selected range of premium local wines and beer with meals

    Two on-site nature-based activities per person per day

    Luxury 4 x 4 vehicle transfer one way (may not be private)

    Helicopter transfer one way (may not be private)

    Meet and greet at the airport

    Program excludes:

    Additional activities

    Private touring

    Spa treatments

    Additional beverages

    Room service charges

    Gratuities

    Other hotel incidentals

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    PRE - LUXURY RETREAT - AUSTRALIAN BUSH
    Price: $3,999.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

    PRE - LUXURY RETREAT - AUSTRALIAN BUSH
    Price: $3,799.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.

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