Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started in 1993. The company has grown steadily over the years, and now consists of 20 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”.
Featuring a Sunrise Tours exclusive pre-cruise tour of Sydney and Australia’s rugged Outback.
Day 1: Overnight flight Depart St. Louis for the west coast to board a connecting flight to Sydney, Australia. Skip into the future as you cross the international date line. D, B (in flight)
Day 2: Sydney Arrive Sydney with plenty of time to explore after a guided orientation of all the city has to offer. B (in flight), L
Day 3: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Take in Australia’s natural beauty at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and cruise through National Park waters aboard Sydney Out Back’s 50-foot motor catamaran. B, L
Day 4: Blue Mountains Explore natural wonders in the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get your camera ready for breathtaking scenery and Australia’s famous wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and penguins. B, L
Day 5: All Aboard! Start the day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s top landmark. After taking in more of the city, board Holland America’s MS Noordam for a 15 day voyage of a lifetime! (departs 5pm) B, D [on board, all subsequent meals included on board]
Day 6: Day at Sea Holland America’s MS Noordam is a 1,924-guest century vessel that features museum-quality art-from 19th oils to contemporary photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. Guests onboard can enjoy cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Savor the sounds of “Music Walk” and the delights of specialty restaurants.
Day 7: Melbourne Arrive in Australia’s second largest city and southern port, Melbourne. Spend the day exploring the area with the option of guided port activities available for additional expense. (10am-6:30pm)
Day 8: Day at Sea The dress code aboard the MS Noordam is resort casual during the day, with nice attire for fine dining restaurants and special events onboard. Slacks and collared shirts are appropriate for men and slacks and skirts or summer dresses for women. Two or three nights will be deemed “Gala Nights” where men have the option to wear suit and tie and cocktail dresses for women.
Day 9: Port Arthur Best known for its past as a penal colony, Port Arthur offers a fascinating look into the history of Tasmania. Today, the stone buildings that once made up the convict settlement are a must-see UNESCO designated site. (7am-5pm)
Day 10: Hobart Spending a second day in Tasmania, take advantage of one the cruise ship’s many port activities to view the special wildlife that inhabit the island, such as the Tasmanian Devil (additional cost). Or explore on your own in the island’s creative capitol among vibrant markets and one of the world’s best museums of contemporary art. (9pm 3/1 – 11pm 3/2)
Days 11 & 12: Days at Sea Tipping the staff (about $15 per pax/day) aboard the MS Noordam can be charged to your stateroom account.
Day 13: Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park The perfect introduction to New Zealand, Milford Sound’s peaceful waters and towering snow-capped mountains were once called the Eighth Wonder of the World. (no docking)
Day 14: Port Chalmers Sailing around the southern tip of New Zealand to the East Coast, explore the city of Dunedin and its distinctly Scottish roots. (9am-6pm)
Day 15: Akaroa The oldest European settlement on the South Island, Akaroa was originally settled by the French in 1840. The area also supports an especially high degree of biodiversity, including the largest colony of little penguins on New Zealand’s mainland and the only natural habitat of the rarest and smallest dolphins on earth. (7am-6pm)
Day 16: Wellington Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, home to the parliament building and National Museum. The cruise offers an abundance of varying port activities in Wellington, including a behind the scenes look at Lord of the Rings filming locations, a seal safari, and a food tour (additional cost).(9am-6pm)
Day 17: Gisborne Follow in the footsteps of British explorer Captain Cook as you come ashore in this small town on the east coast of the North Island as he did in 1769. The history goes back even further to Polynesian settlers, as Gisborne is home to one of the largest populations of Maori people in the country. Be greeted with a native “Kia ora” and learn about the indigenous culture. (10am-6pm)
Day 18: Tauranga Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches of the largest city on the Bay of Plenty or explore the kiwifruit capital of the world and cultural sites dating back to the 13th century when the Maori first settled in the region. (8am-11pm)
Day 19: Bay of Plenty & Coromandel Peninsula There’s plenty to marvel at around New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty: dramatic volcanic and geothermal formations, sweeping white-sand beaches and an abundance of birdlife and marine animals. (no docking)
Day 20: Auckland The final stop on this unforgettable tour takes you to New Zealand’s largest city, and the launching pad for your return trip home. Disembark from the MS Noordam in the morning, with time to check out the city before heading to the airport equipped with countless pictures, stories, and memories! (arrives 7am)
Great flights, Sunrise Tour manager (with minimum number of travelers), transportation to and from the airport and the friendliest travel companions around!