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.

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  • Discover Sydney Panorama

    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.

  • Exclusive Sydney Harbour Cruise

    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: This tour is based on the ship docking at Circular Quay. In addition to tea and coffee, other beverages will be available for sale. Commentary is available on the inside area of the vessel. The gangway of the boat cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Event - An Evening of Classical Music

    Sydney’s Town Hall is one of the grandest surviving 19th century halls in Australia, completed in 1889 in honor of the centenary of the founding of Australia and is home to, when it was installed in 1890, Sydney’s Grand Organ which was the largest in the world and described as the ‘finest organ ever built by an English organ builder’. Once described as a ‘bride cake’, the architecture of Sydney Town Hall is a composite of neo-Classical and French Second Empire elements and the perfect location to delight in some delicious canapés and enjoy memorable classics played by an impressive 50+ piece orchestra.

  • The Rocks On Foot

    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.

  • Aussie Wildlife

    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.

  • Sydney, the Opera House & Bondi

    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.

  • The Blue Mountains

    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.

    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.

  • Bridge Climb & the Rocks

    You may have heard about the world famous Sydney BridgeClimb and here is your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience first-hand. Meeting your escort on the pier, you'll walk the short distance to the nearby BridgeClimb - where you'll embark on an adventure that is 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 Harbour 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 BridgeSuit that will be worn over your own clothing. You will also be out-fitted with a safety harness before you proceed to the next part of your trek - the Climb simulator. It's here where the Climb Leaders 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 Harbour 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 12 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 the nearby famous Australian Hotel, located in The Rocks area of the city. Relax in the historic pub here 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 guests who utilize a wheelchair, those with mobility concerns, heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, recent back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. It is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. 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. The walk to and from The Rocks is over some uneven and cobblestone surfaces. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs may participate. Guests must wear flat, rubber-soled athletic shoes with a closed-toe. Comfortable clothing is suggested and a ClimbSuit must be worn over your clothing during the climb. Guests must sign a release form 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. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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