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Live one of the below 15 unique cultural experiences in Australia for 2022 or 2023. Visit villages and experience local cuisine with a local English speaking guide on your own private tour or small group guided tour. Cairns, Darwin, Brisbane, Thursday Island, and Sydney have particularly rich cultures and can be visited on trips that include activities like village visits, small ship cruises, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, and hiking and cost from $5,290 for experiences of 11 to 36 days. Tell us about your ideal cultural trip to Australia and our Australia experts will help you plan every detail of your next trip.
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$8,025
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Torres Strait and Cape York

Cairns - Horn Island - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore the Torres Strait Islands
  • Snorkel at Davie Cay
  • View rock art at Stanley Island
  • Visit Lizard Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sand cays, remote …
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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
$5,290
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Coastal Wilds of Tasmania

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history
  • Visit Port Arthur
  • Admire the Tasman Peninsula
  • Observe unique wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Australia’s island state poised at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide. Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness and national parks teem with native wildlife, where rugged mountain ranges meet the sea with soaring coastal cliffs and …
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Scenetic Two Peoples Bay
$6,105
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Across the Great Australian Bight

14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Hike coast of Cape & Point Ann
  • Stroll through the Jewel Cave
  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
  • Visit Lucky Bay's kangaroos
Starts/ Ends in:
Fremantle / Fremantle
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy guided hikes over vast and quiet beaches on this 14-day cruise onboard the Coral Geographer, including Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay. Discover secluded sea lion nesting sites among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Recherche Archipelago, and follow the snorkel …
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Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands
$11,070
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South Pacific Expedition: Cairns to Lautoka

2022 - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Experience a Melanesian welcome
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Witness Vanuatu’s traditions
  • Swim at Sawa-i-Lau
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Lautoka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Both humongous and humbling, Melanesia has been topping wanderlust wish lists for years. Join a team of onboard experts aboard Silver Explorer and explore this lesser known region. Leaving Cairns, venture to hot springs and view birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, exploring the island’s …
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Relax in the magnificent beaches of Fiji
$7,300
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Fiji to Bali

17 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Enjoy Dili's fine beaches
  • Explore Espiritu Santo's sceneries
  • Visit the historical Guadalcanal
  • Take a stroll along Samarai Island
  • Admire the mosaic façade
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a westward voyage deep into the Far East on this one-time, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Embark The Gauguin in the “Sugar City” Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region — and sail to exotic ports in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and …
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Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers
$18,305
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New Guinea Circumnavigation: Cairns to Darwin

Cairns to Darwin - 36 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Indulge in a Bandanese feast
  • Climb the Mt Pindito
  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Encounter the Asmat warriors
Starts/ Ends in:
Samarai Island / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Be one of a special few to join the Coral Adventurer on a full circumnavigation voyage around New Guinea. This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. Sailing in comfort aboard the brand-new Coral Adventurer, experience many diverse cultures from the Spice Islands to the Sepik River, marvel at …
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Snorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia
$21,540
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Iconic Melanesia: New Guinea, Sepik River & the Solomon Islands

Bali to Brisbane - 19 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Cruise in Sepik Rive
  • Witness the traditional communities
  • Encounter traditional ceremonies
  • Learn about Papua's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Brisbane
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from Bali on an expedition to explore Indonesia's diverse cultural tapestry and picturesque tropical islands. Explore the entirety of this island nation's eastern half—Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. See areas that few outsiders have ever had the opportunity to …
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Snorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia
$19,480
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Exploring Indonesia: Bali, Raja Ampat & Papua New Guinea

Bali to Brisbane - 20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Relax on stunning beaches
  • Search for Komodo dragons
  • Encounter traditional ceremonies
  • Learn about the region's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Brisbane
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from Bali on an expedition to discover Indonesia’s rich tapestry of cultures and lush tropical islands. Experience the thrill of spotting rare Komodo dragons in the wild; snorkel and dive at pristine coral reefs of the Moluccas, Raja Ampat and WestPapua; take part in exuberant …
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Papua New Guinea snorkeling
$6,520
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Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover New Guinea's mysteries
  • Visit the Trobriand islands
  • Swim near dazzling coral reefs
  • Encounter local people & culture
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Honiara
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Exploring Melanesia's natural and cultural wonders onboard Le Soléal is a thrilling tropical adventure. Sail north to Alotau in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay Province and learn about the WWII memorial, Japanese and American battlegrounds, pearlers, miners, and missionaries. Next up …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$9,940
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Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea

12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • See Ataliklikun Bay
  • Visit Jacquinot Bay
  • Visit Laughl;an Atoll
  • Explore Kuiawa Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Kavieng / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In 1606, Willem Janszoon in Duyfken, sailed from Banda, through the Kai and Aru Islands, then along the south coast of what is now West Papua, on his voyage to be the first European to sail to the “Southland” In 1623, Carstenszoon did the same in the ships Arnhem and Pera. Coral Adventurer, on …
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Traditional hut in Papua New Guinea
$9,940
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Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Enjoy watching a volcano
  • Ride a boat
  • Enjoy kayaking
  • Visit war sites
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Darwin
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In 1606, Willem Janszoon inDuyfken, sailed from Banda, through the Kai and Aru Islands, then along the south coast of what is now West Papua, on his voyage to be the first European to sail to the “Southland” In 1623, Carstenszoon did the same in the ships Arnhem and Pera. Coral …
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Beach villa on pristine water
$17,400
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Lautoka to Cairns

17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Swim and snorkel in Yasawa
  • Dive on a 30-meter tower
  • Relax on Champagne beach
  • See the underground nature
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on its 17-day voyage and experience the highlights of Melanesia; the true gems of the region. Starting in Lautoka,Silver Explorerwill sail through Melanesia via Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This voyage will lead you from underwater wonders to blue lagoons …
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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
$9,999
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New Zealand & Australia II

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Explore Tauranga's volcanic feature
  • Tour Dunedin's historic buildings
  • Cruise Fiordland National Park
  • Explore Milford Sound
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Sydney
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a stroll through the glow-worm caves and under the ancient kauri trees. Enjoy geothermal hot springs and a white-knuckle jet boat ride through a spectacular river gorge. Explore picturesque arcades and alleys, observe Australian shepherds herding sheep, and shuck your own rock oysters. A trip …
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Explore the coral reefs
$13,600
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West Papua, Raja Ampat and Micronesia

Darwin to Guam - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Discover Banda Niera
  • Hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
  • Experience ancient traditions
  • Swim at the famous Jellyfish Lake
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Guam
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Be touched by genuinely warm welcomes as you experience cultural traditions and performances shaped by the rich cultural history of Melanesian and Micronesian customs. Amidst striking natural landscapes and seascapes boasting vibrant marine biodiversity, learn about centuries-old navigational …
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Geothermal area in Rotorua, Te Puia
$8,999
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New Zealand & Australia

17 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Learn Maori art of carving
  • See Milford Sound
  • See Melbourne, a top livable city
  • Attend a penguin parade at sunset
Starts/ Ends in:
Auckland / Sydney
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the wonders of New Zealand and Australia on this 16-day journey from Auckland to Sydney. Experience the city of two harbors in Auckland with its abundance of activities, from sailing to trekking. Learn about the Maori culture in Te Puia, where young Maori apprentices are taught the ancient …
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