Posted August 6th, 2017, 06:18 PM
We did the same tour following a New Zealand cruise on the Emerald Princess. Our tour guide, Melissa, was fantastic. Everything was taken care of in first class style. There are times I make all the arrangements myself as I did when we walked the Camino de Santiago for 38 days in Spain. The arranged tour was a treat. Staying in five star hotels isn't something we ever do, so we were spoiled. We even ordered room service when we stayed at The Four Seasons (had to pay ourselves for the meal.) That was first class room service. The included meals were top notch too. I have no regrets about the money we spent on this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat. We were taken to all the venues, everything was taken care of. My husband got to dive and I got to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. We learned about the Aboriginal culture, so many unique facts. We did not have to think about any arrangements. Our luggage was taken care of and check ins were done for us. Sometimes it is nice to just sit back, relax, and let someone else take care of you. In fact I am now looking into using Princess for a Machu Picchu tour in 2019, another bucket list item. [quote=bwindi;52973974]
Has anyone taken one of the Princess land & cruise tours in Australia? We are thinking of booking one but wanted to get opinions first. Have seen some reviews online but nothing comprehensive. Also, would like to gather opinions on whether the land tours are good value. The Australian ones for six days seem to cost over £2,000 which is in fact more than the cost of a 13 day cruise in a mini suite.
I did the Ultimate Australia in March following a NZ cruise. I think much depends on what time you have available. Me and hubby still work full time and there is a limit to how much leave we can take. In our case we wanted to fit in as much as possible in the 7 nights. Yes its expensive but I don't think we could have done this ourselves and enjoyed it. For example when leaving Cairns the tour bus took us to the Skyrail to Kuranda. We then had some free time in Kuranda (I got to cuddle a Koala which was a definite highlight of the tour) before the bus picked us up and took us to the airport for the flight to Darwin. Not having to figure out how we could have done this with suitcases in tow etc made this organised trip worth it for us.