Sydney To London Cruise
- Duration: 71 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99982
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
70 nights. February 2019. From £12259.00.
Join Columbus in Sydney and sail north along Australia's sun-kissed east coast, passing the Great Barrier Reef and visiting Papua, New Guinea and sailing on to Japan's pulsating capital Tokyo, 'Naples of the East' Kagoshima, fascinating Beijing and ultra-modern Shanghai. Journey through colourful South East Asia, timeless, wondrous India, then through the Arabian Sea and, via Suez, to the Mediterranean and home.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart Sydney, Australia 2100 hrs
Day Four - Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Isles, Australia
Day Six - Yorkey's Knob for Cairns, Australia
Day 10 - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Day 17 - Yokohama for Tokyo, Japan
Day 19 - Kagoshima, Japan
Day 22 - Tianjin for Beijing, China
Day 25 - Shanghai, China
Day 28 - Hong Kong
Day 30 - Halong Bay for Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 33 - Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Day 35 - Koh Samui, Thailand
Day 36 - Laem Chabang for Bangkok, Thailand
Day 39 - Singapore
Day 40 - Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Day 41 - Penang, Malaysia
Day 42 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Day 46 - Cochin for overland to Taj Mahal and Delhi, India
Day 48 - Mumbai, India
Day 52 - Salalah, Oman
Day 57 - Safaga for Luxor, Egypt
Day 58 - Aqaba for Petra, Jordan
Day 60 - Suez Transit
Day 61 - Ashdod for Jerusalem, Israel
Day 64 - Valletta, Malta
Day 67 - Gibraltar, BCC
Day 68 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 71 - Arrive in London Tilbury 1100hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions70 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Detailed ItineraryAll days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Day OneJoin Columbus in Sydney, settle in and set off on your voyage to London.
Day FourHeading along the 'Sunshine Coast', Columbus visits privately owned Hamilton Island in the paradise that is Captain Cook's Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived in 1770).
Day SixSet to the north of Cairns, gateway to Queensland's tropical interior and a stopping-off point for the incredible Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful anchorage of Yorkey's Knob offers plenty of distractions, today. Take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay, or head inland into the magnificent tropical rainforest.
Day 10A passage north, past the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef and into the Coral Sea, leads to one of the world's most colourful island nations, Papua New Guinea, where a day is spent discovering the glorious natural harbour of Rabaul, gateway to the eastern island of New Britain.
Day 17Today Columbus ties up in the great Japanese port of Yokohama, gateway for over 150 years to the pulsating mega-metropolis that is mesmerising Tokyo. Join an excursion to discover the extraordinary Japanese capital, with its ancient shrines, shopping quarters - including the fascinating electronic world of Akhihabara - the forested city oasis of Meiji Park and eye-popping chaos of famous Shibuya road crossing.
Day 19Columbus's second Japanese port is Kagoshima, at the tip of southern island Kyushu. Known as the 'Naples of the East' - the friendly, laid back city lies beneath the cone of Sakurajima volcano, on a beautiful bay - it also provides an opportunity to journey, on a shore excursion, to lovingly restored Nagasaki, setting for Madame Butterfly, and where a Peace Park marks the dropping of the second atomic bomb.
Day 22Today Columbus docks in Tianjin, gateway to fascinating Beijing, where highlights of an optional shore excursion will include vast Tiananmen Square, the monumental Forbidden City and Imperial Palace.
Day 25A day in Shanghai brings opportunities to discover the colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the bank of the Huangpu River, on the famous Bund, overlooked by gigantic skyscrapers and the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower. Discover the historical Old City, at the heart of which, a haven amongst bustling bazaars and street markets, is the 16th-century Yu Yuan Chinese garden.
Day 28Discover the mesmerising former British colony of Hong Kong, in the shadow of one of the world's most amazing skylines. Step ashore to explore under your own steam, or more likely to enjoy the optional shore excursions, which will offer a chance to view the city's skyscrapers from Victoria Peak, visit floating city Aberdeen and colourful Stanley Market, cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry, or to take in the North Shore's buzzing Nathan Road, from which leafy Kowloon Park and the hushed lounges of the Peninsula Hotel offer calm respite.
Day 30Today Columbus heads into UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water in a spectacular seascape dotted with the sails of junks and smaller pleasure craft. An optional shore excursion takes in Vietnamese capital Hanoi, with its labyrinthine '36 Streets', tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its island Ngoc Son Temple. Other highlights might include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader's traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and the colourful Dong Xuan market.
Day 33A call in Phu My brings an opportunity to explore fabled Ho Chi Minh City, still known by most as 'Saigon'. Discover the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex, former Viet Cong base and memorial to those who died in the conflict, and enjoy a tour of the city's fascinating mix of French colonial past and modern Vietnamese life.
Day 35Heading into the Gulf of Thailand, Columbus calls at fabled island haven Koh Samui, the ultimate in white-sand, turquoise-sea and palm-fringed idylls. Spend a day exploring, perhaps heading into the mountainous interior for some spectacular views, or more likely to a picture-postcard beach.
Day 36The colourful Thai capital, Bangkok, can be explored from Laem Chabang. Take a shore excursion to discover the city's palaces and temples, gigantic Buddhas and network of khlong canals, or perhaps spend a day of rest and relaxation on another idyllic beach.
Day 39Columbus's passage through the South China Sea ends with a call in Singapore, where remnants of past tradition - in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by Raffles Hotel - are not quite swamped by the 'shop-'til-you-drop' glitz of Orchard Road or futuristic Marina Bay. Optional shore excursions will introduce the island-city, after which you are free to enjoy it at your leisure, perhaps discovering the Gardens by the Bay and the Botanic Gardens, Sentosa Island's attractions or the fantastic food on offer in the city's hawker centres.
Day 40Cruising towards the Malaysian coast, Columbus calls first at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur, the Malay capital home to the sky-piercing Petronas Towers. Take a shore excursion to discover this pulsating city, where the preserved Old Railway Station contrasts with glitzy new developments.
Day 41Colourful Penang, with its UNESCO-listed George Town, Chinese shop-houses, stunning beaches and tropical gardens is today's stop, before Columbus heads west once more, across the Andaman Sea.
Day 42A quintessential 'tropical paradise', this Malaysian archipelago offers pristine beaches, forested mountains and mangrove swamps, as well as the warmest of welcomes from a friendly people. Columbus spends a morning off main isle Pulau Langkawi, for a taste of the island idyll.
Day 46The first of Columbus' Indian calls is in the Keralan capital, Cochin. Cochin/Kochi is built on a series of islands facing the Indian Ocean. A trading port for centuries, the city has a distinctly European feel, especially in Fort Cochin. It is also where you might depart on a three-day overland shore excursion taking in Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, before re-joining Columbus in Mumbai.
Day 48Mumbai/Bombay is home to sweeping Marine Drive, the monumental Gateway of India triumphal arch and the famous Taj Mahal Hotel, as well as the grand former Prince of Wales Museum and the vast, neo-Gothic Victoria Terminus railway station, all of which will be highlights of an optional shore excursion.
Day 52Salalah is the Sultanate of Oman's second city, an ancient settlement that is also gateway to a beautiful countryside of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore the ruins of ancient Khor Rori, and to explore this beautiful city.
Day 57A call at Red Sea-port Safaga affords the opportunity to take a full-day excursion to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes, on the bank of the River Nile, where the beautiful Luxor Temple, staggering Temple of Karnak and the vast columns of the giant Hypostyle Hall are among the highlights.
Day 58Another unforgettable optional shore excursion, from the Jordanian resort of Aqaba, takes you to Wadi Musa - site of the 'Rose Red' City of Petra, carved out of the sandstone and one of the world's most truly extraordinary wonders.
Day 61After passing through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean, Columbus calls in Ashdod. Step ashore to explore, or more likely to join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to the coastal resort city of Tel Aviv and its ancient neighbour Jaffa, or into the Judean Hills, where Jerusalem awaits. Highlights in this unique city include the fabled Western or 'Wailing' Wall, nestled beneath Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, the souks of the labyrinthine Old City, the ancient Roman Cardo and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Christianity's most important shrine.
Day 64A last Mediterranean island call is made in Malta, with its stunning Grand Harbour. Step ashore to explore historic Valletta or to head into the rugged interior, perhaps to the haunting 'Silent City' of Mdina, or Mosta's famous 'miracle' church.
Day 67A morning visit to British outpost Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock, brings a first taste of home as Columbus approaches the edge of the Mediterranean.
Day 68Columbus' last call is made in the great city of Lisbon, to where many an adventurer returned from far-off seas. A last shore excursion will introduce the Portuguese capital, before Columbus begins her final two-day passage home.
Day 71Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, concluding an unforgettable, round-the-world odyssey. Back to top
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top