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Grand Southbound Voyage - 55 Night Fly, Stay,Cruise & Rail Package (CMV9742)

Experience an amazing 6 nights in the vibrant capital cities of Paris and London! Then join Columbus for 49 nights of cruising from Tilbury to Sydney!

Tour Departure: Jan 6, 2021


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Inside A$11144
Outside A$13094
Suite A$26914

Highlights

Experience an amazing 6 nights in the vibrant capital cities of Paris and London! Then join Columbus for 49 unforgettable nights of world cruising from Tilbury to Sydney!

Package Details

55 Night Package Includes:

  • Economy Class One-Way airfare from Australia to Paris
  • 3 night pre-cruise stay at the Eiffel Saint Charles Hotel, including breakfast
  • Paris Pass including Hop-on Hop-off tour and entry to over sixty attractions
  • Skip the line Eiffel Tower Tour and Summit Access
  • Eurostar from Paris to London in standard class
  • 3 night pre-cruise stay at the Megaro Hotel London, including breakfast
  • London Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off tours
  • London Eye ticket with Skip the Line
  • 49 night cruise from Tilbury to Sydney aboard Columbus
  • All on-board meals and entertainment
  • Transfers between airport, hotel and port throughout*
  • All port charges, government fees and air taxes
*Transfers are not included between hotels and rail stations. These can be added upon request for a supplement.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Emirates One-Way to EUR ex SYD MEL BNE ADL PER
Wed 30 Dec 2020
Day 2: Private transfer from airport to hotel
Thu 31 Dec 2020
Day 2 - 8: 6 Night 'Ultimate Paris & London' rail & stay package from Paris to London

TRIP OVERVIEW


Discover two exciting European capital cities on this six-night journey by rail. Starting in Paris, enjoy amazing food, unique shopping experiences plus the chance to explore a wide range of attractions with an included Paris Pass and Eiffel Tower Skip the Line tour with summit access. Glide under the English Channel aboard the Eurostar to London and see historic attractions such as the Tower of London and Big Ben and take a cruise along the River Thames. Visit a wide range of museums and attractions using an included London Pass with hop-on, hop-off tour and a skip-the-line ticket for the London Eye.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Travel from Paris to London on a high speed Eurostar service
  • Discover interesting museums, historic landmarks and fabulous food in the romance capital of the world Paris
  • Have access to over sixty attractions in Paris with an included Paris Pass
  • Enjoy priority access to the Eiffel Tower with a host and commentary in Paris
  • Spend three nights exploring the iconic sights of London using an included London Pass with Hop-on Hop off tour and Skip the Line entry to the London Eye


PACKAGE INCLUDES:


  • Eurostar from Paris to London in standard class
  • 3 night hotel stay with breakfast in Paris*
  • 3 night hotel stay with breakfast in London*
  • Paris Pass including Hop-on Hop-off tour and entry to over sixty attractions
  • Skip the line Eiffel Tower Tour and Summit Access
  • London Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off tours
  • London Eye ticket with Skip the Line


*Accommodation is in 3 star hotels or higher, with options to upgrade for a supplement. The specific hotel(s) will be advised at the time of booking.


ITINERARY:


DAY 1 - PARIS

Your holiday begins in the vibrant capital city of Paris. Upon arrival, transfer to the Eiffel Saint Charles hotel and check in for a three night stay. There are an abundance of exciting visitor attractions to explore in this exuberant capital city. Maybe spend the afternoon strolling the banks of the River Seine and then treat yourself to a delicious Steak Frites dinner before retiring to the hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Paris)


DAY 2 - PARIS

After breakfast, why not wander along the Champs Elysees and indulge in a spot of retail therapy in this vibrant area. Your included Paris Pass gives you free entry to more than sixty attractions and Skip the Line entry to the Louvre and Centre Pompidou, perfect for unlocking the artistic masterpieces of the city. Later, why not take a boat cruise along the River Seine and enjoy the landscape of the city from the water.(Overnight in Paris) B


DAY 3 - PARIS

Complete your exploration of the city today. Discover the enchanting Montmartre area and marvel at the incredible Basilique du Sacre Coeur Cathedral - the views from here are some of the most wonderful in Paris, stretching over the rooftops to the Eiffel Tower. Don't leave Paris without sampling some delicious macarons or various local cheeses and wines. Included in your holiday is a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower ticket with a guided tour of the second floor and access to the summit. In the evening, perhaps take in a show such as the world-famous Moulin Rouge. (Overnight in Paris) B


DAY 4 - PARIS TO LONDON

Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel and then make your way to Paris Gare du Nord station for your Eurostar service to London. Upon arrival, check in at the Megaro Hotel for a three night stay. Why not head out into town and enjoy a meal in one of the city's incredible restaurants, offering a wide range of international cuisine in every corner of the city. (Overnight in London) B


DAY 5 - LONDON

Why not start your exploration of the city using your included London Pass, giving you access to more than sixty attractions such as Kensington Palace and London Zoo. Skip the Line access is also included for Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. A Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket is also included plus shopping and dining discounts. For an alternative view of the city why not cruise down the River Thames on a Bateaux London boat and see the sights from the water. In the evening why not head to the Shard and savour a delicious meal accompanied with breathtaking views of the city. (Overnight in London) B


DAY 6 - LONDON

After breakfast, why not visit the world-famous department store Harrods or peruse the chic boutiques along the Kings Road. Included in your holiday is a Skip the Line ticket for the London Eye which gives you unparalleled views of the River Thames the landmarks that embroider its banks. Included in the ticket is entrance to the London Eye 4D Experience, a 3D multi sensory experience bringing London alive. London has many green spaces to relax in such as Hyde Park, Regents Park and St James's Park. Why not treat yourself to an exciting West End show or have drinks at the opulent Ritz hotel. (Overnight in London) B


DAY 7 - DEPART LONDON

Enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel and then check out for your onward journey. B


MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER


Terms & Conditions: AU$250 per person non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.

Thu 31 Dec 2020
Day 8: Private transfer from London hotel to Tilbury port
Wed 6 Jan 2021
Day 8: London Tilbury
Wed 6 Jan 2021
Depart 5:00 PM
Day 9: Rotterdam
Rotterdam is divided north and south by the River Nieuwe Maas with the city centre located on the northern bank of the River. Built mostly behind dykes, large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. There is a whole host of attractions - a city of modern architecture and delightful culture. Over the centuries, Rotterdam has grown from a fishing village into an international centre of trade. From Rotterdam choose to take an optional tour to Delft & The Hague or the UNESCO World Heritage site Kinderdijk.
Thu 7 Jan 2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 10: At Sea
Fri 8 Jan 2021
Day 11: At Sea
Sat 9 Jan 2021
Day 12: Leixões For Oporto
Situated just north of the mouth of the River Douro, Leixoes is one of Portugal’s major seaports and a gateway to Oporto. Optional excursions feature the country’s second city that is known throughout the world as the home of the famous port wine. A boat trip on the River Douro gives a different view of the city where dark buildings seem to be stacked one on another along the narrow, labyrinthine streets. In Oporto’s São Bento Station traditional tile panels depict the history of Portugal. Oporto is home to the Museum of the Tram giving insight into this traditional and often preferred mode of transport.
Sun 10 Jan 2021
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Day 13: At Sea
Mon 11 Jan 2021
Day 14: At Sea
Tue 12 Jan 2021
Day 15: Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores
Since 1546 Ponta Delgada has been capital of São Miguel, which is the largest of the nine islands in the Azores archipelago. In the last twenty-five years the cosmopolitan little town has seen rapid expansion bringing the archipelago its first university, shopping mall and dual carriageway. Yet, it still has a small town charm with squares paved with black and white tiles, beautiful churches, and public buildings with white-painted facades and dark volcanic stone trim. Volcanic activity has produced spectacular scenery on the islands and this extraordinary natural beauty is a highlight of optional excursions.
Wed 13 Jan 2021
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 16: At Sea
Thu 14 Jan 2021
Day 17: At Sea
Fri 15 Jan 2021
Day 18: At Sea
Sat 16 Jan 2021
Day 19: At Sea
Sun 17 Jan 2021
Day 20: At Sea
Mon 18 Jan 2021
Day 21: At Sea
Tue 19 Jan 2021
Day 22: Bridgetown
The capital of Barbados, and UNESCO World Heritage site, Bridgetown has a distinctly British atmosphere - you’ll even find a Trafalgar Square with a statue of Nelson. Barbados typifies our idea of a classic West Indian island like no other. The island has a beautiful interior dotted with gardens and English country churches, and is rimmed with wonderful breaches.
Wed 20 Jan 2021
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Day 23: St. Georges
The pretty port of St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, the famed 'Spice Island'. Lush tropical rainforests, spectacular mountainous scenery, vanilla plantations and the wonderful fragrance and aroma of the island’s spices of nutmeg and cinnamon combine to provide a real treasure trove just waiting to be explored. The horseshoe shaped harbour is surrounded by terraced hill slopes with steep cobbled streets, quaint buildings and alleyways leading to the bustling marketplace, home to a plethora of spice traders. A walk to the hillside fort provides a marvellous panorama of the town or what about taking a water taxi to the beautiful Grand Anse beach.
Thu 21 Jan 2021
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 24: At Sea
Fri 22 Jan 2021
Day 25: At Sea
Sat 23 Jan 2021
Day 26: Cartagena, Colombia
This bustling city was the beating heart of the Spanish Empire in the New World as Spanish conquerors used it as a departure point for galleons bound for Europe, laden down with plundered treasures. The 16th and 17th-century buildings that line the cobbled streets of the Old Town have been given UNESCO World Heritage status and hark back to an age of adventure and conflict.
Sun 24 Jan 2021
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Day 27: Colón
The seaport of Colon gives access to Panama City whose pirate history makes for interesting and plentiful sightseeing. Visit the Plaza de Francia which is dedicated to the 22,000 workers who perished while building the Panama Canal or explore the city’s many museums.
Mon 25 Jan 2021
9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Day 28: Transit Panama Canal
Note: Panama/Suez transit times subject to confirmation of convoy timings which may affect port of call timings before or following transit.
Tue 26 Jan 2021
4:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Day 29: At Sea
Wed 27 Jan 2021
Day 30: At Sea
Thu 28 Jan 2021
Day 31: At Sea
Fri 29 Jan 2021
Day 32: At Sea
Sat 30 Jan 2021
Day 33: Crossing The Equator
Sun 31 Jan 2021
Day 34: At Sea
Mon 1 Feb 2021
Day 35: At Sea
Tue 2 Feb 2021
Day 36: At Sea
Wed 3 Feb 2021
Day 37: At Sea
Thu 4 Feb 2021
Day 38: Nuku Hiva
Nuku Hiva is situated on the north-western tip of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. It’s a huge island with dramatic landscapes, deep bays blessed with Robinson Crusoe–like beaches, dramatic waterfalls and timeless valleys.
Fri 5 Feb 2021
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 39: At Sea
Sat 6 Feb 2021
Day 40: Papeete, Tahiti
A modern and bustling town, Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, the largest of the French Polynesian islands and often called the ‘Island of love’. An overnight stay here will enable you to explore the natural wonders of this beautiful island in the heart of the South Pacific.
Sun 7 Feb 2021
Arrive 7:00 PM
Day 41: Papeete, Tahiti
A modern and bustling town, Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, the largest of the French Polynesian islands and often called the ‘Island of love’. An overnight stay here will enable you to explore the natural wonders of this beautiful island in the heart of the South Pacific.
Mon 8 Feb 2021
Depart 9:00 PM
Day 42: Bora Bora
A dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is a ring of sand-edged motu (islets) encircling a glinting turquoise lagoon surrounded by rainforest-covered peaks. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available, but it’s the iconic over-the-water bungalows with piers reaching out like tentacles into the lagoon that Bora Bora is world-famous for.
Tue 9 Feb 2021
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Day 43: Huahine (Maroe Bay)
Arguably the most picturesque island in French Polynesia, Huahine is a haven of solitude and quiet. From beautiful white sandy beaches to an abundance of lush green tropical foliage earning it the title of ‘The Garden Island’ relax and enjoy this small piece of paradise.
Wed 10 Feb 2021
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 44: At Sea
Thu 11 Feb 2021
Day 45: Rarotonga
The ‘jewel in the crown’ and largest of the tiny Cook Islands, Rarotonga is a bewitching blend of craggy mountains, dense jungle and glorious bone-white beaches. Polynesian culture, estimated to 5,000 years old, sits side-by-side with some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the South Pacific.
Fri 12 Feb 2021
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 46: At Sea
Sat 13 Feb 2021
Day 47: At Sea
Sun 14 Feb 2021
Day 48: Crossing International Date Line
Mon 15 Feb 2021
Day 49: Nuku'alofa
Tonga is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy and the only Pacific nation never brought under foreign rule. With stretches of perfect white beaches, Tonga remains as close to authentic Polynesia as you’ll find. In fact, with its sheltered beauty and cultural authenticity, the Kingdom of Tonga is often described as the ‘jewel in the Pacific’.
Tue 16 Feb 2021
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Day 50: At Sea
Wed 17 Feb 2021
Day 51: At Sea
Thu 18 Feb 2021
Day 52: At Sea
Fri 19 Feb 2021
Day 53: Auckland
Auckland is an archaeological wonder with two ancient rainforest covered mountain ranges. A blend of Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.
Sat 20 Feb 2021
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Day 54: At Sea
Sun 21 Feb 2021
Day 55: At Sea
Mon 22 Feb 2021
Day 56: Sydney
Approached through its striking harbour with the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney is Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Explore the sites around the harbour where you’ll find the Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The narrow streets and alleyways of this area contain many historic buildings, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Tue 23 Feb 2021
Arrive 7:00 AM
Day 57: Sydney
Approached through its striking harbour with the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney is Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Explore the sites around the harbour where you’ll find the Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The narrow streets and alleyways of this area contain many historic buildings, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Wed 24 Feb 2021
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