GERHARD'S ODYSSEYS

Auckland to Bali (Benoa) KOALAS & KOMODO DRAGONS

Auckland to Bali (Benoa) KOALAS & KOMODO DRAGONS

Jan 20, 2020  - 22 nights on board the Seven Seas Voyager – plus 3 additional, complimentary nights at the Bali Kempinski Hotel

 

Join us on an exciting journey to the land “Down Under”. As we cruise the South Pacific, we will explore modern cities and a world of natural sights, sounds and sensations -- majestic glaciers, deserted beaches, green rolling hills, forests, waterfalls, gem-like lakes and fast flowing rivers. The seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere offering an opportunity to get away from the cold climate of home -- summer is from December through March.

A warm and friendly people will welcome you. They are keen on protecting their national treasures to maintain their wild beauty, allowing you to enjoy it as much as they do. Delight in some of the local specialties including succulent lamb, beef, splendid seafood and freshly grown vegetables. All of the tasty berries and melons will be in season! The award-winning local wines and ales will be a nice complement to any meal.

Twenty-two nights of the trip will be aboard the MS Voyager. The atmosphere on board is easy going informality in a luxurious environment. Service and comfort will be the six-star standard for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned. The European stewards and staff are meticulously trained and eager to meet every need. Maximum passenger capacity is 700, served by a crew of 447. All staterooms are spacious with a minimum of 356 square feet and each has a private balcony.

It would be my pleasure to have you join us.

Gerhard Meng
Director, Gerhard’s Odysseys

Auckland to Bali (Benoa) KOALAS & KOMODO DRAGONSAuckland to Bali (Benoa) KOALAS & KOMODO DRAGON

Itinerary Map

Fares From $21,999
- Free Round-trip air fare – Business Class.
- Free Unlimited Shore Excursions at all ports visited.
- Free Specialty Restaurants.
- Free Unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits.
- Free In suite, daily replenishment of items in mini-bar.
- Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Throughout the Ship.
- Free 24-Hour Room Service.
- Free Prepaid gratuities and port charges.
- Free Smithsonian Journeys lecture series during the voyage.

Additional amenities included by Gerhard:
- Waiver of the air deviation fee (one time only).
- $750 ship board credit per suite.
- Three category upgrade on the ship.
- Three complimentary nights at the Bali Kempinski Hotel after we disembark the ship
- Hosted cocktail party every evening.
- Lots of walking and exercise.

Itinerary

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Jan 20 Mon

Auckland, New Zealand Hotel
Arrival in Auckland. Taxi from the airport to our luxury hotel located in the heart of the city center. Wherever you are in Auckland, you’re never far from the water. From wild West Coast surf beaches to the tranquil Hauraki Gulf, the sea and all its attractions are why this is known as the City of Sails. It earns its nickname from having more boats per capita than any other city in the world.

 

 

Jan 21 Tue

Auckland, New Zealand 
Option of waking early and walking across the country in five hours. The Coast to Coast Walkway crosses New Zealand's narrowest neck of land. Start in Viaduct Harbour on Auckland’s east coast and travel west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes. Early in the afternoon we board our ship.

7:00 PM

Jan 22 Wed

Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand
A scenic drive through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke begins your tour as you travel to Rotorua. Originally established as a spa town before the turn of the century, Rotorua today remains a thriving center of thermal activity and traditional Maori culture. We’ll see geysers, mud pools, colorful hot and cold pools and steaming volcanic lakes 

7:00 AM

5:00 PM

Jan 23 Thu

Gisborne, New Zealand
This charming seaside community boasts a long maritime history and a vibrant Maori heritage and culture, Gisborne is also known for its wine, often called the “Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand.” Be sure to visit Gisborne’s splendid array of boutique wineries. If you feel energetic, you can enjoy a leisurely bike ride through downtown Gisborne and, passing the city’s key monuments, historical sites and most distinctive architecture. 

8:00 AM

7:00 PM

Jan 24 Fri

Napier, New Zealand 
The area is blessed with a Californian-Mediterranean climate, boasting one of the highest sunshine averages in the country. The area is also dotted with colorful vineyards and orchards, with some of the most fertile farmland you will see. Option of a visit to Wool World which is set on a large sheep station that has remained in the same family for generations. Here, you will find an entertaining farm display that includes demonstrations of shearing and sheep dog trials.

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

Jan 25 Sat

Wellington, New Zealand
Stroll past Victorian Gothic buildings, visit the exquisite Botanic Gardens, take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or head for the city beach. Journey around the spectacular harbor with its amazing views and visit a sheep or cattle station. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed.

9:00 AM

7:00 PM

Jan 26 Sun

Nelson, New Zealand 
There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you. Enjoy locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, historical streetscapes and waterfront restaurants.

7:00 AM

4:00 PM

Jan 27 Mon

Cruising the Tasman Sea
Relax and enjoy the amenities provided for your comfort and enjoyment aboard the MS Voyager.

Jan 28 Tue

Cruising the Tasman Sea 

Jan 29 Wed

& Jan 30 Thu

Sydney, Australia - overnight in port
Visit the famed Opera House with its graceful billowing. 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.  

11:00 AM

8:00 PM

Jan 31 Fri

Cruising the Tasman Sea 

Feb 01 Sat

Brisbane, Australia
Queensland’s buzzing riverside capital city is wedged between the ocean and rugged national parks. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining but still retains a close connection with nature and a classic laid-back Queensland attitude. It’s also the gateway to the wonders of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.  

8:00 AM

7:00 PM

Feb 02 Sun

Cruising the Tasman Sea 

Feb 03 Mon

Airlie Beach, Australia
This vibrant town is filled with palm-fringed beaches, and alfresco dining restaurants. Walk down the main street that is lined with outdoor restaurants, cafes and bars. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, the 74 pristine coral-fringed islands in the north of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.  

7:00 AM

3:00 PM

Feb 04 Tue

Cairns, Australia
Bordered by eucalypt forests, rainforest and the Great Dividing Range mountains, Cairns sprung up out of coastal mudflats in 1876. Before that, the only inhabitants of this region were the Aborigines, the culture for which Australia is perhaps best known. On a Regent Choice tour, you can experience a full day adventure visiting the world's richest marine habitat - Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

10:00 AM

8:00 PM

Feb 05 Wed

Cooktown, Australia
This quaint frontier town, is the site of Australia’s first European settlement. Grassy Hill offers a 360° panorama of the countryside and pristine beaches, and the area remains a near-wilderness offering dramatic mountains, eucalypts, mangroves and rainforests, heathlands, grasslands, and rivers for the adventurous traveler.  

7:00 AM

4:00 PM

Feb 06 Thu

Cruising the Torres Strait 

Feb 07 Fri

Cruising the Arafura Sea 

Feb 08 Sat

Darwin, Australia
Along the coast of the Northern Territory lies Darwin, a city isolated by the vast Australian desert. The area was sought by the French, Dutch and British, and was established as the town of Darwin in 1869. In 1942, the city was under the threat of a Japanese attack, and you will learn about the ferocious bombing raid conducted by the Japanese, which sank 12 ships in the harbor.  

8:00 AM

5:00 PM

Feb 09 Sun

Cruising the Indian Ocean 

Feb 10 Mon

Komodo, Indonesia 
Indonesia’s isolated Komodo Island is a natural wonder of tropical savanna and scrubland, home to the famed pre-historic Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park is the only place on earth that they can be found in the wild, with dramatic landscapes of 2,000 foot craggy mountains, canyons, Savannas and monsoon rain forests in the valleys.

10:00 AM

6:00 PM

Feb 11 Tue

Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
Once a simple fishing village grown into an upscale destination, Benoa’s charms at one of the most beautiful beaches in legendary Bali. In this land of rice terraces, spectacular volcanoes and over 20,000 temples , the main destination is the 17th-century royal temple complex of Pura Taman Ayun, surrounded by a lotus- filled moat, giving it the feel of a garden sanctuary. Don’t miss the batik factories for that perfect gift or souvenir.  

12:00 PM

Feb 12 Wed

Bali Kempinski Hotel
After disembarking the ship, we will drive directly to Denpasar, and visit the largest Hindu temple in the capital city of Bali. Stop at the Bali Bird Park where you will have a tour of the park. It contains over 1000 birds representing more than 250 species. At a traditional art market, paintings, sarongs, or woodcarvings, can be bought at local prices.

 

 

Feb 13 Thu

Bali Kempinski Hotel
Sightseeing, followed by dinner at Laka Leke Restaurant where you will be warmly welcomed by a group of Balinese women wearing their exquisite traditional dress. As a Bleganjur music group performs for you, you'll be welcomed with a refreshing beverage. Take part in lessons on egg painting, and Balinese dance and during dinner enjoy a variety of Balinese performances. Following this enlightening look into Balinese life, we will return to the hotel for the evening.

Feb 14 Fri

Bali Kempinski Hotel
This morning we take a scenic drive to one of the country’s primary centers for goldsmiths and silversmiths. You’ll have time to browse the jewelry shops and watch the craftsmen make beautiful rings, necklaces and ceremonial accessories before departing to the Culture Village, with a setting that reflects the traditional Balinese life. After lunch, we continue to an ancient court of justice. Its ceiling is an architectural treasure, as it has been magnificently painted with symbols of the afterlife.

Feb 15 Sat

Our adventure comes to a close as we jet home from the Denpasar International Airport. Re-crossing the International Date Line you will arrive home the same day.

Bali Kempinski Hotel

 Bali Kempinski Hotel

 

Questions?  Call us at 503-223-2402

View the Tourist Office Web sites for some of the destinations we visit. 

 

 

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