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42 MAORI CULTURE & POLYNESIAN PARADISE 29th January 2018 • 28 nights • Sails from Callao (ends Sydney) Black Watch • Cruise ID: W1803 • Newly-released The unexpected pleasures of Peru’s capital; picture-perfect beaches in Bora Bora; mystical Moai statues on Easter Island; and the Polynesian paradise, Tahiti – enjoy all this and more before two days in New Zealand showcase spellbinding scenery and fascinating Maori culture. Maori carving Paracas National Reserve Your journey of exploration begins in Callao, gateway to the Peruvian capital, Lima. Take the chance to savour the city’s Spanish colonial structures and search for souvenirs at the bustling Indian Market before your ship makes way for the thriving deepwater port of General San Martin. Here you’ll be perfectly placed for tours to the protected Paracas National Reserve – a sanctuary for seals, penguins and flamingos – or the beautiful islands of Ballestas, often referred to as a mini Galápagos. There’s also the chance to discover the production methods of Pisco (brandy). Next you’ll set sail across the Pacific Ocean, stopping at Hanga Roa for Easter Island’s fascinating archaeological sites and mystical Moai structures before enjoying a scenic cruise past the volcanic island of Pitcairn. Then the lush interior of Tahiti and Bora Bora’s breathtaking beaches present you with a slice of paradise and photo opportunities galore. In the exploratory spirit of Captain James Cook, discover Rarotonga, before you head for New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and captivating Maori culture. First stop brings Auckland, home to the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere – the Sky Tower – and more boats per capita than any other city in the world, earning it the nickname, the ‘City of Sails’. Be sure to explore some of the surrounding attractions too, including the unique Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the charming area of Mission Bay, the boutiques and chic cafés of Ponsonby Road, or laid-back Waiheke Island, where The Bay of Islands wine tasting and relaxing on unspoilt beaches are a must. Before your cruise comes to an end in Sydney, the naturally and historically important area of the Bay of Islands is yours to explore. Tours offer the chance to visit the Waitangi Treaty House, the symbol of New Zealand’s birth as a nation; see gigantic Kauri trees up close at a protected reserve; or paddle in a waka (traditional Maori canoe). There’s also the chance to take a boat trip to the famed ‘Hole in the Rock’, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins and some of the 150 or so picturesque islands that dot this magnificent coastal area. Auckland Visit fredolsencruises.com, contact your travel agent or call 0800 0355 072


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