(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Daintree)
Australia & New Zealand
(Great Barrier Reef Cruise)
Hawaii & South Pacific Cruises
(Fiji Islands Cruise)
Imagine the possibilities of having two dream cruises bridged together by a magnificent land-based travel itinerary, all orchestrated by just one point of contact. That’s a reality of custom cruising with Kensington Tours.
Cross off three bucket-list destinations in one seamless cruise and land experience of mainland Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote islands of Fiji.
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart. This is just one experience in an itinerary that will lead you deep into the soul of the great southern land. The journey begins in Australia’s glittering harbor city where you’ll soak in the picture-perfect views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and experience the city’s relaxed beach-side lifestyle. Then you’ll travel deep into Australia’s red center where the shifting shadows of Uluru and the Olgas rock formations emphasize the deep spiritual connection the Aboriginal people have with this remarkable region. Embark a magnificent cruise of the immensely vibrant Great Barrier Reef, an underwater wonderland teeming with life. Swim, snorkel, and explore in a glass-bottom boat as dazzling sea creatures present themselves in the waters around you. From here, make your way to the remote shores of Fiji, where you’ll get your grounding again before an outstanding multi-night adventure cruise, where you’ll revel in the beautiful natural scenery and wildlife of Melanesia.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
In the package you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be provided about a month prior to your departure date.
The Grace Hotel (4*) is an elegantly restored heritage listed Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. The 382 contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Cafe serves modern Australian cuisine and the Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace. For a rejuvenating experience, the Oriental Spa is also available, with the treatments assured to revitalize and invigorate.
Enjoy a half day private sightseeing tour in the company of a vehicle, driver and Expert Guide capturing the history of Sydney, stunning architecture, spectacular harbour views and the world famous Bondi Beach. Pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay as you learn about the history and significance of the area. View the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a chair specially designed for the governor’s wife to look out over the harbour. Travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and the nightlife district of Kings Cross. Travel via Watson Bay and stop at “The Gap”, for fantastic views and photo opportunities before arriving at world famous Bondi Beach. Return to the city, passing the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay.
From modern monuments to historic districts, the Australian capital Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy including trips to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Try spending some time exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes and gift shops. Head out on a half day tour or picturesque harbour cruise. The SmartVisit allows visitors to visit the sight they want to see, on their own schedule. Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.
You will be transferred from Sydney to enjoy the crisp air of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting approximately 50 kilometres west of the state capital. The area begins on the west side of the Nepean River and extends westward as far as Cox's River. Consisting mainly of a sandstone plateau, the area is dissected by gorges up to 760 metres deep. The highest point of the range is 1,190 metres above sea level. A large part of the Blue Mountains is incorporated into the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site, consisting of seven national park areas and a conservation reserve. Your Driver and Guide will pick you up from your Sydney hotel and transfer you to this region for a full day tour.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private transfer between the Airport and Ayers Rock Resort is provided.
Enjoy the spectacular sights within the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park from a unique perspective by helicopter! You will be collected from your accommodation by a shared coach along with other travellers for the short trip to the Ayers Rock airport. After a short but all important safety briefing, you will board one of the aircraft for a 30 minute scenic flight around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
The Desert Gardens (4.5*) Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. Each of the rooms feature the unique flora designs and patterns found within the Central Australian Desert. Guest will journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room to experience what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. When the sun has gone down, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavours of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.
Set out this morning bright and early to experience the essence of the word serenity during a visit to one of Australia’s most spiritual landmarks, as you enjoy the sunrise over the monolithic Kata Tjuta. Upon departing your accommodation notice the mighty rock formation in the distance, as you travel some 40 kilometer across desert landscapes to the foot of this iconic rock structure. Travel on foot to the best vantage point to marvel at all 36 domed monolithic rocks illuminate as the sun’s powerful morning glow creates rosy coloured patterns across the structures surface. You’ll then make way to the western side of Kata Tjuta for an opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. Explore the Kata further as you travel to the Walpa Gorge (Walpa meaning Wind) to experience the whistling of the wind through the gorge walls. This is also an important cultural location where aboriginal men frequent for ceremonial purposes. You’re experienced and knowledgeable guide will explain the geology of this dynamic area and how it has evolved over millions of years. Upon completion of the tour you will be returned to your accommodation. Departure is between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on time of year. The tour takes approximately 5 hours. The group size may vary between 2 and 12 passengers. Please bring some water with you.
Delicious delicacies and silent serenity best describes this evening Sound of Silence Outback Dinner experience. Be whisked away to a secluded and specially chosen location shortly before sundown to the solitary sounds of didgeridoo’s echoing across the outback desert as you enjoy champagne and canapés. Marvel at all the different hues of red and orange as the sun sets below the horizon and the stars begin there dance across the ever-increasingly darkened dance-floor sky, as you feast upon an array of Northern Territorial culinary delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and Aussie deserts. Allow your guide and resident astronomer to provide color commentary on what is considered by many as one of the world’s best stargazing experiences. Wind down the evening with a coffee, tea or hot mulled wine before heading back to your accommodation.
A private transfer between Cairns airport and your hotel accommodation, or vice versa, is provided for today.
The Pullman Cairns International is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The largest five star hotel in Cairns, The Pullman Cairns International boasts 321 very spacious rooms, with floor spaces of over 40 square metres, and include private balconies. Bathrooms are made from Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors. The Pullman Cairns International has two pools, plus a childrens’ pool, and Jacuzzi located on Daintrees pool deck. Refreshments can be ordered on the pool deck and enjoyed on soft sun lounge chairs. Nearby, a fully equipped gymnasium, equipped with two saunas is located on level three. The Pullman Cairns International is host to one of Cairns’ finest dining outlets – Coco’s Restaurant. Coco’s is renowned in the local area and to guests alike for Cairns’ best Seafood Buffet: the Chef’s Choice Seafood Buffet, nightly from 6pm. In addition to various breakfast, lunch and dinner options, Coco’s also features a lovely High Tea, available daily from 11.00am, and a Sunday Brunch from 11.30am each Sunday, featuring plenty of Seafood, cocktails, champagne and live entertainment. For the ultimate relaxation, unwind at Mii Spa, The Pullman Cairns International’ luxurious ten-room day spa. The largest day spa in Cairns, Mii Spa is the perfect place to turn your holiday into a truly indulgent experience, with a range of products featuring local indigenous ingredients, and relaxation or beauty treatments to have you truly glowing.
Your private vehicle and driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the port for boarding the Coral Princess II.
Join this fun and informative tour as you discover the sights of Cairns and its northern beaches area. Visit the historic Royal Flying Doctors base, Cairns best scenic lookouts, paradise palms golf course, and some of the most pristine northern beaches with your professional naturalist guide.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and explore the length of your ship.
As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time to settle in and discover your home for the next seven nights. In the evening, join the crew and your fellow cruise companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise northward, passing Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.
The Coral Princess, at 35 meters and accommodating only 50 guests, has been cruising the waters surrounding Australia since 1988. A recent refurbishment has brough the ship a new teak deck and stylish new outdoor furnishings. The interior of the dining room has been completely remodeled, and redesigned to maximize space, while two new whisper-quiet engines, and new plush carpeting throughout will offer peace and comfort to guests. Offering resort-style living at its best, select from four types of accommodation - all spacious and elegantly appointed. The discerning traveller has a choice of Standard, Deluxe, Upper Deck Staterooms, while the more budget conscious may select a Cabin. A number of Staterooms have extra divans or Pullman berths, and others have connecting doors.
You have the morning to discover historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, featuring artefacts from Cook’s ship – Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy time to discover Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. This afternoon you visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens before our first snorkelling opportunity for up-close views of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Your experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.
This morning you awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join the guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak. It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island’s fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at your leisure. You may wish to simply relax on the golden beach soaking up the sun, join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, take the plunge with the Dive Instructor on a guided SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! This afternoon you cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.
The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 3,000 kilometres between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. Spend today visiting two of the most pristine sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. The Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds.
You enjoy the afternoon experiencing the reef at our exclusive Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay moorings. Join the knowledgeable Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens before gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed. Discover some of the 1500 species of fish that live on the reef, including Spangled Emperor, Giant Trevally and the Hump-Headed Maori Wrasse as they are hand fed by the Marine Biologist. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to snorkel in the shallow waters for up-close views of the hundreds of varieties of colourful corals and tropical fish. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.
Awaken this morning as you cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island’s towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, you will cruise the length of the channel, separating the Australian mainland and the island, one of the most diverse marine environments on the Australian coast. Keep an eye out for myriad marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, all of which feed on the region’s plentiful sea grasses and can often be seen frolicking in these waters.
Next, enjoy the afternoon to discover a tropical paradise, Pelorus Island. Gather on the beach for a gourmet beach BBQ, freshly prepared by the Captain. Then, explore the surrounding rainforest on a guided nature walk. Pelorus’ fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Admire the colourful corals from the glass bottom boat with the Marine Biologist, accompany your Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive or simply relax on the long stretch of golden beach, the choice is yours!
This morning join the naturalist guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island’s unique flora and fauna. You may be lucky enough to see the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly, impossible to miss against the ancient rainforest background. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for many of the up to 100 species of native birds recorded on the island, including the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Emerald Dove and Orange-footed Scrubfowl. Following lunch, discover Nathan Reef at your own pace. From the exclusive mooring, experience some of the most colourful coral gardens that can be found anywhere along the entire length of the reef. View many of the 400 different species of coral living in this World Heritage-listed wonderland. Venture in to the warm tropical waters to explore the corals and marine life on a guided snorkelling tour and join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour. For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, accompany the Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. Later, discover some of the amazing creatures living on the reef at the on-board display tank. Enjoy the rare opportunity for a close up look at sea cucumbers, brightly coloured starfish and other marine life. Laze away the late afternoon on the sun deck, enjoying the comfortable onboard facilities including the spa pool and sun lounges. Tonight, gather in the dining room for another sumptuous dinner as you settle in for your final night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.
Travel ashore to explore beautiful Fitzroy Island. Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island offers wonderful bush walking opportunities and idyllic white sandy beaches. Savour your final snorkelling opportunity over the island’s fringing reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters.
Following lunch, early this afternoon you'll cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in Tropical Cairns at 1:30pm for disembarkation at Trinity Wharf. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you make landfall.
Transfer between Cairns airport and the beautiful town of Port Douglas with private vehicle and driver.
Nestled on the edge of the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge (4*) is the Daintree's ultimate resort where this rare wilderness can be enjoyed in elegance and ease. The Lodge itself overlooks the Mossman River and is a perfect base to explore the Tropical North Queensland region. With Port Douglas only 20 minutes away, the morning drop off and afternoon pick ups provide opportunities to explore the many boutiques, restaurants and shops of this coastal town. Guest can cruise along the Daintree River and visit the Great Barrier Reef or Cape Tribulation. It's all within easy reach of Silky Oaks.
Discover the unique wilderness area of the World Heritage listed rainforests of Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge. Starting early, this guided walk will give you the opportunity to experience Mossman Gorge firsthand during the quiet morning hours. An experienced naturalist guide will provide an interpretation of the ancient rainforest area during this rainforest walk leading you along all-weather boardwalks, in the treetop level of the rainforest - a paradise and photographer's dream! The Daintree Rainforest Aerial Walkway and Canopy Tower allows people of all ages easy access to every part of the rainforest. The tour guides you up amongst the Daintree rainforest canopy and allows you to observe the diversity of plants and wildlife living in this unique environment. After your exploration, a sumptuous buffet lunch awaits you at the luxurious Cape Restaurant and Bar at Cape Tribulation Resort and Spa or the Ferntree Resort. Swim in the resort’s pool or relax at the beach located the doorstep of the resort. Stroll along idyllic Cape Tribulation Beach to the lookout and observe where two of the world's natural wonders converge - the rainforest gives way to white sand and a fringing coral reef!
You will be picked up from your Daintree lodging by private car and driver and taken to Cairns City or Cairns airport.
A private transfer between Nadi and the airport is provided .
A private transfer between Nadi Airport and Denarau is provided.
Subtle sophistication and laidback luxury awaits guests at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Infusing Sofitel’s French influences with exotic Fijian customs, the resort blends tradition with the most modern technologies for a tropical retreat that really does offer it all. A private waterfront location and the Pacific’s largest lagoon-style pool are a prelude to the sanctuary that is Sofitel Fiji’s stylish range of rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or terrace. World class dining, a sublime International Day Spa, and an unsurpassed range of adrenaline pumping activities make for an unforgettable experience. The resort’s premier event and conference facilities, including a stunning ballroom and beachfront chapel, set Sofitel apart in a league of its own.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Your full-day private guided tour today begins with a pickup from your hotel, followed by a drive along the beautiful south shore of Viti Levu. Past the wonderful pine forest and palm bordered coves to Navua, starting point of your Trip to the Namosi Highlands. Arriving at the small village Navua, change from the climated bus into a traditional long boat, which takes you upstream to a tiny Fiijan village (about 20 minutes journey time), where you experience a kind traditional greeting. You take part in a Kava-Ceremony which will cordially affiliate you into the village community. Listen to the tales of the villagers when they are telling you about their forefathers who were famous in the time of cannibalism and watch women by the assembling of mats. The children of the village will maybe take you by surprise with a song. After the delicious included Lovo-Lunch (earth oven) the tour leads you further upstream by boat to the waterfalls where you can take a refreshing bath. On the way back the long boats will be changed into the traditional means of transport of the Fijian – the Bilibli (bamboo float). Have fun cruising down the river. Enjoy the heavenly quietness and the unique nature along the river, which provided as a spectecular backdrop for Hollywood movies a several times. Conclude your day with a return transfer to the hotel.
The Fiji Orchid hotel is located 25 minutes drive north of Nadi International Airport and 10 minutes south of Lautoka. The setting is stunning — in a tropical environment in the foothills of the volcanic Nausori Highlands and close to Saweni Beach, one of Fiji's most beautiful stretches of sand and sea. The highlight, however, is the property's own surroundings — in five acres of tropical gardens that showcase an extraordinary number and variety of magnificent orchids. With only six villas, Fiji Orchid is very private and exclusive. The property incorporates a restaurant, bar and lounge area, a boutique and a large swimming pool.
Today you'll be picked up from your hotel by a shuttle transfer to the port where you'll embark a ship for a full-day adventure to Tivua Island aboard the tall ship Ra Marama. This historic Brigantine rig tall ship was built for the Governor General of Fiji in 1957. Tivua Island is surrounded by 500 acres of coral gardens and a circle of white sandy beaches, popular with nesting turtles. Your cruise today includes guided snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat tours, the use of canoes, a kava ceremony, volleyball, morning and afternoon tea, music and entertainment aboard, and a tropical buffet lunch with beer, wine and soft drink tokens. Conclude the day with a return shuttle to your hotel.
Take a stunning coastal drive from Savusavu to Natewa Bay, where you’ll board your ship, drop your gear off in your cabin and nibble on locally-sourced snacks while receiving a foot massage. Jump in for a quick swim, snorkel or scuba dive* (not included) and, after lunch, kayak along the protected, completely undeveloped coastline of Natewa Bay, the second largest bay in the southern hemisphere. Back aboard, you'll raise sail with the sunset at your back.
To include scuba diving in your itinerary, please contact us for pricing.
Take a flight from Nadi Airport to Savu Savu.
The 24-guest A/S Tui Tai is an adventure-class luxury vessel, ideal for your cruise of paradise. With all-new guest accommodations, all cabins/staterooms have private bathroom/shower, hot water, air-conditioning, ocean-view windows, hair dryers, and nightly turndown service. Onboard features include a sun deck with day beds, an onboard spa, private cabanas, an outside kitchen and bar area, new adventure gear (Kona Mountain Bikes, Perception Kayaks, ScubaPro dive/snorkel gear), and Cultural and Marine environment experts to provide evening presentations.
Start your day with a snorkel or dive* (not included) with 5-15 giant manta rays. These graceful creatures gather at a confluence of currents that bring them their breakfast. Watch as they glide effortlessly around you. Then, we head ashore to visit with Rabi’s Micronesian people, hearing their stories, experiencing their culture and marveling at their elaborate and powerful dances. From their Tabiang settlement, hike up the island’s gentle slope to visit school children while taking in sweeping vistas of the Tunuloa Peninsula and mouth of Natewa Bay. Relax on white sand beaches before you are served dinner at surf’s edge like a true Pacific Islander—complete with underground oven.
Today has various instances (Manta Rays, Little Rainbow Reef, Dolphin Bay, Dolphin Bay night dive), all of them optional, and all of which can be added to your itinerary. Please contact us for pricing.
After breakfast, you hike along the coast to the frontier-like outpost of Somosomo, crossing over the International Dateline en route to Waitavala, where you’ll slide down a series of naturally occurring waterslides and pools. Divers* (not included) and snorkelers, explore Rainbow Reef, where byzantine coral gardens and walls will amaze. Take your lunch onboard Tui Tai as you sail across the Somosomo Strait to Kioa Island, visiting the island’s master craftspeople and fishers before they present a traditional “Fatele” performance, showcasing Polynesian ancestry.
Please contact us for pricing if you would like to add scuba diving to your itinerary. Today's opportunities are Great White Wall, Rainbow's End, Jerry's Jelly, and a night dive at Black Magic.
With the main islands in behind you, you'll anchor among the Ringgold Atolls, surrounded by a barrier reef that creates a tranquil lagoon teeming with life and vibrant color. Here you'll do a guided snorkel trip of "Wall Street". On Cobia, hike to the volcanic island’s summit along natural tree root steps, then explore the crater’s mystic lagoon on kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Throughout the day, you can dive* (not included) in waters with visibility exceeding 120 feet, picnic on remote island beaches and savor a massage in the mobile island spa* (not included).
Today you arrive at Taveuni, Fiji’s “garden island” and home to the Bouma National Heritage Park, one of the region’s greatest conservation sites and ecotourism destinations. Hike along Bouma Road, passing villagers en route to the park. Once there, simply relax in lush rainforests, enjoy a massage* (not included) in front of roaring waterfalls and swim around the huge, serene pool. In the afternoon, visit the villagers of Wiwi and enjoy their Melanesian cultural performance.
Multiple opportunities for optional scuba diving present themselves today. Please contact your travel consultant for pricing.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise vessel in Taveuni.
A shared transfer from the port this morning will be your final opportunity to bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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