DAY 1 Wednesday 3 July 2019 Depart Australia/ New York, USA
Today we depart Australia on our flight to New York. As we cross the international dateline we arrive in the early evening on the same day we departed Australia. On arrival we are transferred to our centrally located New York hotel in downtown Manhattan. During our time in New York the Tour Manager will assist those interested in booking tickets to Broadway shows. Join us for an included welcome dinner hosted by Chris Smith.
DAY 2 Thursday 4 July 2019 New York
Today is Independence Day. We have a sightseeing tour of New York City and join in the celebrations. We will see the major sites of the city including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square and much more. We will also visit Ground Zero, once the site of the World Trade Centre. The afternoon is free for sightseeing. A walk up 5th Avenue or along the famous Highline Park is an unforgettable experience!
DAY 3 Friday 5 July 2019 New York
This morning we travel by boat out to the famous Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to American people in 1886 and engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it has been the symbol of the freedom of the USA to immigrants for over 100 years. We then travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room.
DAY 4 Saturday 6 July 2019 New York
A free day to explore the sights of New York or do some shopping. Perhaps take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, visit the Guggenheim Museum, take a walk in Central Park or perhaps take a cruise around Manhattan Island.
DAY 5 Sunday 7 July 2019 Queen Mary 2
This morning will be free for shopping and sightseeing. Early afternoon the group will be transferred to the Queen Mary 2. Early evening the majestic liner will slip her moorings and we will be on our way aboard the spectacular Queen Mary 2 on the route it was designed for, the transatlantic crossing. In the 1920s & 1930s these great ships were patronised by film stars and royalty. Queen Mary 2 follows on from the luxury and glamour of this era. Enjoy the spectacular view of the New York skyline as we depart this wonderful city!
DAY 6 Monday 8 July 2019 At sea
Our first day at sea to enjoy the many activities and magnificent facilities on the Queen Mary 2. This evening join Chris Smith for welcome drinks to celebrate our transatlantic crossing.
DAY 7 Tuesday 9 July 2019 At sea
A free day to further explore the QM2 and enjoy the many facilities of the ship. This afternoon join us in a talk from Chis Smith about his life in the media.
DAY 8 Wednesday 10 July 2019
At sea This morning enjoy a lecture or a show in the QM2 theatre. This afternoon join Chris Smith for a talk about Super Stars of the media.
DAY 9 Thursday 11 July 2019 At sea
There are so many activities to choose from on the QM2. Why not take some Ballroom dancing lessons, or visit the library and find an interesting book to read up on deck.
DAY 10 Friday 12 July 2019 At sea
Why not take a swim in the marvellous outdoor pool or play shuffleboard this morning? This afternoon join Chris Smith for a fun game of Trivia.
DAY 11 Saturday 13 July 2019 At sea
With so many activities to choose from, why not take in a movie, or have a Line Dancing lesson?
DAY 12 Sunday 14 July 2019 London, UK
This morning we arrive in Southampton. After breakfast, we disembark the Queen Mary 2 and are met by our private coach for our transfer to London. On the way to London we will stop at Windsor castle, venue for the most recent Royal wedding. We will have a tour of Windsor Castle and free time to explore the town. After lunch we continue onto London where we have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. During our stay in London the Tour Manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group to go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
DAY 13 Monday 15 July 2019 London
A free day to explore London. Visit some of the many sites in this historic city or enjoy shopping in some of the world’s best stores. This evening enjoy a traditional pub meal, dine in one of the many fine restaurants in the city or perhaps take in a West End show.
DAY 14 Tuesday 16 July 2019 Paris, France
Today we transfer to St Pancras Station to board the Eurostar train to travel through the “Chunnel” to Paris. On arrival into Paris we have a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. We will see the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. We are then transferred to our hotel with the rest of the day free.
DAY 15 Wednesday 17 July 2019 Paris
Today we experience the thrill of climbing the Eiffel Tower. We start with a river cruise along the Seine River, a relaxing way to see the sights of Paris from a different angle. The cruise concludes at the Eiffel Tower where we will enjoy lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant on level 1. You will enjoy spectacular views from this iconic landmark.
DAY 16 Thursday 18 July 2019 Paris
Today we travel into the French countryside to the small village of Giverney. We visit the villa and famous gardens of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. We will see the lake with its water lilies so beloved by Monet and its little Japanese bridge. This evening join Chris Smith as we attend the famous Moulin Rouge show with dinner included. This fantastic show is a stunning mix of glamour and traditional Parisian style.
DAY 17 Friday 19 July 2019 Departure
Today the group will be transferred to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for our flight to Australia.
DAY 18 Saturday 20 July 2019 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.