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Botanica

Garden Cruise Aboard Queen Elizabeth with Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart Private Gardens

Sydney Return

Trip Code: BTSS10
10 Days
12 Dec 2021

Trip Highlights

Queen Elizabeth

Immerse yourself in luxury aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. Make yourself at home in your exquisitely appointed Balcony Cabin.

Escorted by Judy Horton

Learn from Judy Horton, a much-awarded horticulturist, gardening writer and radio presenter, throughout your journey.

Inaugural Garden-Themed Cruise

Enjoy special lectures, workshops and other fascinating events presented by some of Australia’s leading gardening professionals including Jamie Durie.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 10-day journey including an 8-night cruise aboard Cunard’s luxurious liner, the Queen Elizabeth
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Escorted by Botanical Guide Judy Horton
  • Stay one night Sydney 5-star hotel plus 22 meals
  • Visit exclusive private gardens in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Burnie and Eden
  • Enjoy onboard celebrity lectures and events hosted by luminaries of Australia’s gardening scene
  • Be invited to attend the Queen Elizabeth’s Gala Ball

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group
  • Group size - Up to 30 guests
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
Map
Sydney Return

Arrive in Sydney by 4pm, where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located close 
to Circular Quay. This evening enjoy a drinks reception and Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Sydney, Amora Hotel Jamison or similar

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  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, set off for Dural in Sydney’s Hills District. Here you will be joined by your Botanical Guides Judy and Rob Horton, who will show you their wonderful bushland garden before visiting other exclusive private gardens in the area. Return to Sydney and board the Queen Elizabeth. 

Stay: 7 Nights, Queen Elizabeth

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a full day at sea aboard the Queen Elizabeth as it makes its way down Australia’s east coast. Explore the ship’s refined and spacious decks, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities and attend special garden-themed events including lectures and workshops.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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This morning the Queen Elizabeth arrives in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. After breakfast, join our Botanical Guide and visit a private garden in the Hobart region, known for its symmetrical parterres and box hedges before visiting another remarkable private garden. The Queen Elizabeth departs Hobart this evening bound for Burnie. 

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Enjoy the day relaxing on board. From croquet on the Games Deck to entertainment in the Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Court Theatre, there is no shortage of ways to spend the day.

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Arrive in Burnie, the state’s fourth-largest city, set on a beautiful stretch of coastline. Explore the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. In a natural amphitheatre setting, this woodland garden features some 22,000 plants with the goal of showcasing and protecting the rhododendron genus. Afterwards, visit a lovely private garden.

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YThe Queen Elizabeth arrives in Port Melbourne this morning. From here, we set off on a full-day tour to the Mt Macedon region, visiting a beautiful cool-climate private garden.

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Spend another glorious day on board the Queen Elizabeth as she cruises along the Victorian coast. The ship’s selection of onboard dining venues will leave you spoilt for choice, from light snacks to fine dining. Alternatively, relax on deck or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment.

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Today we arrive in the coastal town of Eden, the largest fishing port in New South Wales. This morning visit a beautiful local private garden before exploring the seaside town of Merimbula and the port of Eden, along the state’s Sapphire Coast. Thanks to Eden’s deep natural harbour, whales are often spotted here in September as they migrate south for the summer. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner this evening.

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  • Dinner

This morning the Queen Elizabeth berths back in Sydney. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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