New Zealand is renowned throughout the world for its spectacular scenery and friendly people.
Travelers will leave USA home cities on May 17, 2016, crossing the International Date Line and arriving on May 19 in Auckland. The largest city in New Zealand is a vibrant, bustling cosmopolitan city located on the shores of the sparkling Waitamata Harbour.
The next day, it is off through the rolling green countryside for a short trip to Rotorua, where you can unpack your bags for the next three nights. The choice of activities is now up to you. You can explore this unique landscape with its boiling mudpools and spouting geysers, or gain a more in-depth knowledge of the thriving indigenous Maori culture. Take advantage of the thermal waters for a soothing massage, or enjoy the health benefits of relaxing in the hot pools at the close of a busy sightseeing day.
Then it is off to the mountains and the alpine beauty of Queenstown. Known for its stunning location on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown offers a wide range of activities — from the adventurous and thrill-seeking, to the soothingly scenic and picturesque. You will have four nights to explore this region before traveling through the majestic Southern Alps to reach the Hermitage Hotel, located in the pristine Aorangi National Park.
You’ll then travel through the mountains and on to Christchurch, where you will connect with your flight back to the United States on May 27, 2016.
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Experience the highlights of the Mediterranean, from the ancient ruins and cosmopolitan charm of Turkey to the rustic beauty and age-old wonders of Greece, Italy and Croatia. Board Oceania Cruises’ elegant Riviera in Athens and sail to Turkey’s vibrant port city of Kusadasi, a jumping-off point to explore the amazing ruins of Ephesus. Behold the stunning blue-domed, whitewashed villages on Santorini, and stroll past neoclassical mansions at Navplion. Browse the charming taverns and shops that line Gythion’s bustling waterfront, immerse yourself in the natural splendors at Corfu, and stroll the marble streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Encounter Ancona’s mix of Roman ruins and ornate cathedrals, or travel to the medieval hillside towns of Umbria. Conclude your journey in enchanting Venice, a magical city laced with graceful bridges and canals.
Embark on an odyssey to Northern Europe, where beautiful medieval buildings reflect upon tranquil canals, fairy-tale turrets rise above marvelous cities, and quaint cobbled lanes lead to ornate cathedrals and regal monuments. From London, travel to Southampton and begin your voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina, stopping first in Le Havre, a jumping-off point for adventures in magical Paris. Admire Bruges’ lovely gabled buildings and arched stone bridges, and take in the stylish art galleries of Antwerp. Explore the fine museums and canals of Amsterdam, Europe’s captivating cultural hub, and behold the sprawling parks and gardens of Hamburg, Germany’s “Green City.” Continue to Kristiansund, a gateway to Norway’s welcoming villages and gorgeous fjords, followed by Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo, home to the imposing Akershus Fortress and the whimsical world of sculptures at Vigeland Park. Before your voyage concludes in Copenhagen, discover the charming boutiques, cozy cafes and elegant structures that grace Gothenburg, Sweden’s cultural heart.
Immerse yourself in the rugged, majestic beauty of Alaska, America’s last frontier, as you cruise its coastline aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Regatta. Depart from Seattle and sail the Inside Passage along Canada’s coast to Alaska and the small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan, once known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Then visit Wrangell, a quaint timber and fishing community renowned for its Petroglyph Beach and intriguing gold rush history. Continue to Alaska’s capital, Juneau, where an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture awaits. Take in the spectacular sight of Alaska’s longest tidewater glacier, Hubbard Glacier; admire glorious vistas of Portage Cove from Haines; and explore Sitka, home to the Sitka National Historical Park. Before returning to Seattle, journey to Canada’s lovely city of Victoria, a former British colony distinguished by its charming houses, picturesque gardens and colonial heritage.
Date: September 17-25, 2016
Price: From $3,999 per person, double occupancy (airfare is additional)
Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle mighty rivers and sparkling waterfalls cascade into breathtaking gorges. Experience this spectacular region that captivated intrepid explorers as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in lovely Vancouver, Washington, before embarking on your voyage in Portland, the “City of Roses.” Sail to the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, delve into the unique pioneer history of The Dalles, take in splendid scenery in Stevenson, and explore the fascinating exhibits at Sacajawea State Park. Conclude your journey in Clarkston, Washington, a gateway to Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge.
Trace the remnants of ancient empires and revel in striking Mediterranean beauty as you sail to Spain, France, Monaco and Italy aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Nautica. Depart Barcelona for the glorious island of Minorca, where Mahón beckons with a lovely waterfront, elegant Georgian architecture and idyllic coves. Admire the picturesque markets and canals of Sète, France, and take in the colorful French city of Marseille, a gateway to the quaint villages and medieval towns of Provence. Sail to Italy and visit the fishing village turned resort town, Portofino, a modern playground of villas and yachts. Then stop in glamorous Monte Carlo, a small, affluent enclave famous for its casino and its stunning locale on the Riviera’s winding Grand Corniche. Explore the magnificent Renaissance architecture of legendary Florence, stand before Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, or relax amid the rolling hills of Tuscany, before disembarking in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome.
Celebrate homegrown country and blues music on a luxury river cruise aboard the American Queen. Begin with a stay in the “Country Music Capital of the World,” Nashville, an iconic city that beckons with elegant architecture, an inventive culinary scene and ever-vibrant music culture. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise the Cumberland River to Clarksville, dotted with unique attractions like the stately Smith-Trahern Mansion. Delve into fascinating Civil War history at Dover’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery, and encounter a striking blend of lush forests and rugged bluffs at Cave-In-Rock State Park in southern Illinois. Stroll past well-preserved historic landmarks in Mount Vernon, and take in the delightful 19th-century architecture of Paducah. Before concluding your voyage in Memphis, the “Home of the Blues,” witness colorful local artifacts on display at the New Madrid Historical Museum and the magnificent Hunter-Dawson home.