Visit Ausralia and New Zealand

 
 

New Zealand made ​​up of two islands, North and South, is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, a paradise for nature lovers with stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

Australia, the fifth continent, is a paradise for lovers of open spaces and natural landscape. Although this is the smallest continent, it is impossible to visit all sights during one trip.

Australia and New Zealand have it all: Cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Auckland, the Blue Mountains and many of the world‘s best beaches; the Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive collection of coral on earth, and a selection of native animals such as the cute koalas, bounding kangaroos, curious emus and diminutive kiwis.

Tour Dates:

Nov 5-24 2015

 Jan 11-27 2016

 

Day’s 1-2, Thursday-Friday: Auckland
Arrival to Auckland. Upon arrival we will have a guided tour of the city. We will ascend to see the city from the Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere with a height of 328 meters. From it we will see the city and its surroundings. We will also visit the botanical gardens and the city museum. We will also visit the Jewish community, see the Synagogue and learn about their lives. Shabbat dinner.

Day 3, Shabbat: Auckland
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will take a walking tour of the sites close to the hotel.

Day 4, Sunday: Auckland
We drive to the Harbor and board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship Ms. Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 14 night voyage and prepare for Shabbat.

Facilities
Our meals are Glatt Kosher provided by Webermans Traditional Foods

Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 Jacuzzis * Gym Greenhouse * Spa Aerobics studio * Beauty salon * Thermal suite * Basketball court * Practice tennis court * Lower Promenade deck walk

Entertainment
* Van Gogh theater * Casino * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub * Explorations library/internet cafe * Explorer’s lounge * Culinary Arts center * Neptune lounge * Hudson card room * Club HAL kids club * Club HAL games room * The Loft teens club * The Oasis teens deck

Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade * Art gallery * Launderette * Half Moon meeting room * Medical center

Day 5, Monday: Tauranga (Rotorua)
Today we visit Rotorua, which has been called the “Sulphur City” is located in an area that has an abundance of geothermal activity. We will tour Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a preserve of geothermal activity that has made this area and the Maori village, Te Puia, adjacent to it famous. In this geothermal reserve, we will see hot bubbling mud and eruptions of geysers. The land here moves and bubbles and boils and steam rises from it. The people of the Te Arawa came to New Zealand in the middle of the 14th century from the birthplace of the Maori, Hawaiki and settled in Rotorua.
Now the Maori people are trying to preserve their heritage and share it at every opportunity with tourists with warmth and good humor. We will enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. We finish the tour with a boat ride through the ‘Glowworm Grotto’ – a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.

Day 6, Tuesday: Napier
A city of vision rebuilt in the striking, clean style of art deco after a devastating earthquake in 1931 and reinvented as a center for gourmet food and wines.

Day 7, Wednesday: Wellington
Today we will go by cable car to Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of Wellington and its port. We will visit sights in the city such as the Old Parliament, the port, and the botanical gardens.

Day 8, Thursday: Picton
Set in the upper reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is perfect in every way: climate, scenery, and outdoor adventure. Gateway to the largest grape-growing and wine-producing region of New Zealand. A lovely day is waiting for us!

Day 9, Friday: Akaroa (Christchurch)
After breakfast we visit Christchurch City. Places of interest include the Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon River, the Botanic Gardens, the Events Village in Hagley Park and the shopping precinct.

Day 10, Shabbat: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 11, Sunday: Cruising Fiordland National Park
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerize at each turn – towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins.

Day’s 12-13, Monday-Tuesday: At sea
We will spend the following days relaxing as we cruise towards Australia. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 14, Wednesday: Hobart, Tasmania
This morning we visit the capital of Tasmania. Hobart lies along the Derwent River and is dominated by the breathtaking Mount Wellington. We will stroll the harbor side docks to browse artist studios, see the local cafés, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and visit the local market.

Day 15, Thursday: At sea
We will spend the day. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 16, Friday: Melbourne
Today we visit Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. We’ll tour the green city that is situated on the shores of the Yarra River. The center of the city is made up of a grid of roads. The center of the city contains: Flinders Street Station that has recently been refurbished, Parliament House, Fitzroy Gardens, and Captain Cook’s Cottage. We will visit the Botanical Gardens and will return to the center of the city to visit the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and the Anzac monument. At the end of the tour we will return to our ship.

Day 17, Shabbat: at sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 18, Sunday: Sydney
Today we disembark in Sydney. Sydney, established in 1788 is built around Port Jackson, the largest natural harbor in the world. There are numerous small inlets creating small harbors and enchanting beaches. The sea plays an important part in the lives of the residents and sea sports are enjoyed by a large part of the population. The two most famous beaches are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The port, from which the ferries sail in addition, is located nearby the famous Sydney Opera House. During our visit we will see Darling Harbor, Hyde Park, The Cathedral of Saint Mary, and the Parliament House. Arrive to our hotel and start preparation for Shabbat.

Day 19, Monday: Sydney – The Blue Mountains
In the morning we will set for a wonderful day in the Blue Mountains. It is a beautiful reserve with magnificent forests of eucalyptus. The name “Blue Mountains” was given to this place because of the thin blue fog that seems to pervade, thought by some to come from a reflection of light on the vapor Eucalyptus leaves. The forests are gigantic and they include tens of varieties of eucalyptus trees. We will visit the village of Katoomba in the valley by Katoomba scenic railway and return by cable car. We will conclude our day with a visit from the Olympic Village.

Day 20, Tuesday: Sydney- home gateway
Today our tour ends…. We travel to the airport in Sydney and fly back home.

 

 

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
  • Glatt Kosher full board during the cruise provided by Webermans Traditional Foods
  • English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • first class hotels throughout
  • Outside cabins with window
  • All shore excursions
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Airport and security tax.
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions)
  • Visa fee (approx. $230)
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Tips during the cruise $155 per person (to be paid on the ship)
  • Tip for Israeli guide (Recommended: $3-$4 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. We work with the local Rabbinate to provide Hashgacha for all local ingredients and fresh meat and poultry. In some cases, we fly in kosher food from Israel and other sources, depending on the destination of the tour. We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations. In many destinations we have our own crockery and cutlery. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in Hotel kitchens, we ensure proper Kashering and we use our own kitchenware on kashered and covered surfaces. All this is done under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides that function as our Mashgichim. Our travelers enjoy satisfying meals prepared by our team including fresh local fish, fruit, and vegetables. This is an integral part of Jewish travel. We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-14 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance