Auckland Pre-Program Optional Extension
Explore the picturesque port of Auckland
, the “City of Sails,” and learn more about its rich maritime heritage, colonial history and the fascinating culture of the indigenous Maori people. See the largest collection of Maori taonga (treasures) in the world in The War Memorial Museum. Visit historic Bastion Point for magnificent views of the Auckland city skyline. Enjoy a cruise on Auckland’s famous harbor. Accommodations will be for two nights in the deluxe Stamford Plaza Hotel in the heart of the city.Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza sits in the heart of Auckland’s central business district just one block from Waitemata Harbour and a few minutes’ walk to the High Street shopping district, Sky City casino, and DFS Galleria duty-free shopping center. The hotel offers two restaurants and a bar, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath, in-room safe, Internet access, mini-bar, TV, and phone.Cairns, Ayers Rock Post-Program Optional Extension
In Cairns, visit Tjapukai Cultural Park, a showcase of thousands-of-years-old Aboriginal culture. Enjoy a performance of Aboriginal music and dance, admire traditional artwork, listen to the tales of ancient legends and sample typical bush cuisine. Continue to Australia’s Outback to see the legendary Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the nearby dramatic Olgas (Kata-Tjuta), which combined are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and are sacred places to Australia’s Aboriginal people. Walk alongside these mysterious geological wonders, see their ancient cave paintings and admire the sunrise over Ayers Rock the next day. Accommodations are in the deluxe SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, located in the heart of Cairns and the deluxe SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL located in the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park.Sails in the Desert
Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms.
Slip into comfort right in the heart of the central Australian outback at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel. Relax in beautifully appointed rooms, enjoy a cocktail in the lovely grounds, or sit back and relax under the magnificent white sails.
The Hotel also features the acclaimed Mulgara Gallery, the lively, buffet-style Winkiku Restaurant, tapas-style cuisine by the pool at Rockpool (seasonal), and the award winning signature restaurant of Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Kuniya Restaurant.*An exclusive two-night Auckland Pre-Program Option and a one-night Ayers Rock Post-Program Option are offered. Optional excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.