Guests travelling on certain cruises starting in Sydney will be able to embark on a seven-night pre-cruise (or six-night post-cruise) overland tour taking in some of Australia’s top natural and cultural UNESCO sites, with five-star accommodation throughout. The tour will visit the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House and other city highlights, before flying to the Kata Tjuta National Park to visit Uluru – Ayer’s Rock – where helicopter flights, camel rides and sunrise picnics will reveal the sacred sight in all its wonder. In Port Douglas, guests will explore Daintree National Park, part of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics of Queensland, before heading to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkelling.
In New Zealand, a three-day overland tour from Milford Sound takes in the rugged beauty of Fiordland National Park, which makes up a significant part of the UNESCO-listed Te Wahipounamu wilderness area, before travelling inland for a jet boat ride on the Shotover River and a trip to the former gold mining enclave of Arrowtown. The tour ends with a ride on the Taieri Gorge train across spectacular Victorian viaducts, before joining the ship in Dunedin.
The partnership adds a cultural element to the additional shore excursions available through the Ventures by Seabourn programme, which complement onboard luxuries such as dining by American chef Thomas Keller and wellness programmes designed by celebrity physician, Dr. Andrew Weil.