Australia, the fifth continent, is a paradise for lovers of open spaces and natural landscape. Although this is the smallest continent, it is impossible to visit all sights during one trip.
New Zealand made up of two islands, North and South, is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, a paradise for nature lovers with stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.
Australia and New Zealand have it all: Cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Auckland, the Blue Mountains and many of the world‘s best beaches; the Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive collection of coral on earth, and a selection of native animals such as the cute koalas, bounding kangaroos, curious emus and diminutive kiwis.
Day 1, Monday 01 Jan: Arrival Sydney
Sydney, established in 1788 is built around Port Jackson, the largest natural harbor in the world. There are numerous small inlets creating small harbors and enchanting beaches. The sea plays an important part in the lives of the residents and sea sports are enjoyed by a large part of the population. The two most famous beaches are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The port, from which the ferries sail in addition, is located nearby the famous Sydney Opera House. On the way to our hotel we will see the Opera House, Darling Harbor, Hyde Park, The Cathedral of Saint Mary, and the Parliament House. Dinner and overnight in Sydney.
Day 2, Tuesday 02 Jan: Sydney – The Blue Mountains In the morning we will set for a wonderful day in the Blue Mountains. It is a beautiful reserve with magnificent forests of eucalyptus. The name “Blue Mountains” was given to this place because of the thin blue fog that seems to pervade, thought by some to come from a reflection of light on the vapor Eucalyptus leaves. The forests are gigantic and they include tens of varieties of eucalyptus trees. We will visit the village of Katoomba in the valley by Katoomba scenic railway and return by cable car. We will conclude our day with a visit from the Olympic Village. At the end of the day we’ll return to Sydney Airport for our flight to Melbourne.
Day 3, Wednesday 03 Jan: Melbourne, Phillip Island
After breakfast we’ll head out to explore the green city, which lies on the banks of the Brown Yarra River. We’ll visit the city center and the train station, the National Museum and the monument to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in the service of their countries. In the evening we’ll go out to Philip Island, renowned for the “Penguin Parade,” when the penguins come ashore every evening after sunset.
Day 4, Thursday 04 Jan: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road
Today we will travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond for one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, waterfalls and Otway's Rainforest. We will transfer to Melbourne airport and fly to Sydney. Dinner and overnight in Sydney.
Day 5, Friday 05 Jan: Sydney
In the morning we will have more time to enjoy the city. At noon we drive to the Harbor and board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship Ms Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 10 night voyage and prepare for Shabbat. Our meals are Glatt Kosher provided by Webermans Traditional Foods
Health and Fitness
3 pools - Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool 3 Jacuzzis Gym Greenhouse Spa Aerobics studio Beauty salon Thermal suite Basketball court Practice tennis court Lower Promenade deck walk
Van Gogh theater Casino Crow's Nest lounge/nightclub Explorations library/internet cafe Explorer's lounge Culinary Arts center Neptune lounge Hudson card room Club HAL kids club Club HAL games room The Loft teens club The Oasis teens deck
Shopping arcade Art gallery Launderette Half Moon meeting room
Day 6, Shabbat 06 Jan: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures, shiurim and divrei Torah. Everyone is invited to share their knowledge with the rest of the group. Today gives us an opportunity to really discover all the pleasures and wonders the ship has to offer.
Day 7, Sunday 07 Jan: at sea
Today is a day of relaxation as your cruise sails towards New Zealand. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.
Day 8, Monday 08 Jan: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerize at each turn - towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins. Late afternoon we will return to the ship.
Day 9, Tuesday 09 Jan: Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago Peninsula
Dunedin’s scenic beauty and beautiful architecture is yours to discover during a panoramic introduction to the city. We depart the pier and enjoy the 10-mile drive along the eastern shoreline of Otago Harbor en route to Dunedin, whose Gaelic name means Little Edinburgh. Founded by Scottish settlers in 1848, this charming city features a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles. Pass Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world, before climbing Signal Hill for spectacular views across Dunedin and Otago Peninsula. Next, proceed down through the city, where you will view town highlights such as the Botanical Gardens, Otago Museum and the Dunedin Railway Station. In the city center, at the Octagon, you will admire St Paul’s Cathedral and the Dunedin Town Hall before returning to Port Chalmers.
Day 10, Wednesday 10 Jan: Akaroa, Christchurch
Today we’ll anchor at Akaroa, not far from Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s southern island, and capital of Canterbury County. Christchurch is the launching pad for delegations heading toward Antarctica. Thus, we’ll visit the International Antarctic Center, and travel in one of the vehicles that are used there on our way to watch a 3-D movie about our planet’s southernmost continent, in a theater at a temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius. We’ll meet some of the animals who live and thrive in that type of environment. We’ll discover how the area has been researched and mapped, and how global warming effects the issue of icebergs that have begun to roam. Afterwards we’ll visit the center of Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2011. Depending on the weather we may take the cable car to a panoramic lookout over the city, or sail along the Avon River in special boats.
Day 11, Thursday 11 Jan: Picton
Picton is a town in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It is close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound near the north-east corner of the South Island. The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. Picton is perfect in every way: climate, scenery, and outdoor adventure. Gateway to the largest grape-growing and wine-producing region of New Zealand. A lovely day is waiting for us!
Day 12, Friday 12 Jan: Wellington
Today we’ll anchor in Wellington, Capital of New Zealand, and the second largest city in the country (after Auckland). Wellington is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that's located at the bottom tip of the top island. We’ll climb to the botanical gardens via cable car to the botanical gardens to see some amazing floral exhibitions, preserved forests, collections of unusual and unique plants as well as a marvelous panorama of Wellington City. From there we’ll go to visit New Zealand’s Parliament as well as “Te Papa Tongarewa”, the National Museum. The Museum is rich in multiple exhibitions, some of them interactive, dealing with New Zealand’s history and geography, nature and Maori culture. We’ll continue to Wellington’s attractive seaside promenade before returning to the ship to prepare for Shabbat.
Day 13 Shabbat 13 Jan: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.
Day 14, Sunday 14 Jan: Tauranga, Rotorua
Today we visit Rotorua, which has been called the “Sulphur City” is located in an area that has an abundance of geothermal activity. We will tour Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a preserve of geothermal activity that has made this area and the Maori village, Te Puia, adjacent to it famous. In this geothermal reserve, we will see hot bubbling mud and eruptions of geysers. The land here moves and bubbles and boils and steam rises from it. The people of the Te Arawa came to New Zealand in the middle of the 14th century from the birthplace of the Maori, Hawaiki and settled in Rotorua. Nowadays the Maori people are preserving their ancient cultural language and heritage and they’re delighted to share it at every opportunity with guests - together with their wonderful warmth and good humor.
Day 15, Monday 15 Jan: Auckland
Today, we disembark from our luxury cruise liner, our floating hotel for the last two weeks, and we’ll spend the day visiting Auckland. The “City of Sails” has a population of 1.5 million inhabitants, and is New Zealand’s largest city. We’ll visit Auckland Museum and the botanical gardens, climb to the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the country and in the entire southern hemisphere (328 meters), from where we’ll view the entire city and its surroundings. We’ll continue to visit the local Jewish Community, the synagogue, the kosher store, and learn about their history.
Day 16, Tuesday 16 Jan: Auckland
Our visit to Australia and New Zealand comes to an end today. It has been truly amazing and memorable. We’ll travel to the airport in Auckland and from there we fly back to our home gateway, laden with unforgettable experiences, and the desire to answer the best question of all: Where will we go next?
|Tour Code||Australia & New Zealand 2018|
|February Tour Dates||Jan 01-16, 2018|
|Price per person||$8,200 per person|
- First class hotels throughout
- Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
- Glatt Kosher during the cruise provided by Webermans Traditional Foods
- Outside cabins with window
- English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced hosts
- Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- All shore excursions
- International flights
- Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions)
- Visa fee (approx $230)
- Personal expenses and services
- Tips for local service providers & Cruise $250 per person
- Tip for Israeli guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Important to Know:
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
- The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
- 60-90 days prior to departure: $100 per passenger
- 30-60 days prior to departure: $500 per passenger
- Within 30 days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund
- We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.
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