The ultimate traveler's wish list might include visits to such monuments as the mysterious Machu Picchu or the long-hidden Angkor Wat, natural wonders such as the vast Australian Outback or the dramatic Yangtze River, and such historic spots as colonial-era Williamsburg in Virginia or China's Terra Cotta Warriorsfrom the Qin Dynasty.
Locations such as these -- places that stir the imagination of travelers -- await passengers with a collection of cruisetours spanning five continents. By combining a cruise with a specially developed land journey, you can create a seamless land/sea adventure encompassing many world treasures not easily accessible on a cruise alone.
Princess cruises offers Guests a selection from 14 global cruisetour itineraries in such diverse locations as Asia, Australia, Canada/New England, Europe and South America. In addition, the line features more than 20 cruisetour choices in Alaska.
"Cruisetours add an exciting extra dimension to a cruise vacation, turning it into an adventure of a lifetime," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "They enable travelers to explore beyond their ship to visit some of the world's most amazing inland locations."
Princess worldwide cruisetour choices include:
Australia -- Four different tour options await passengers headed "down under." Combined with a 12-day Australia and New Zealand cruise or a 31-day Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific Voyage, these land tours take passengers to some of continent's undisputed wonders, starting with tours around cosmopolitan Sydney, including its world-famous Opera House and Bondi Beach. Those who want to explore the extensive Great Barrier Reef will enjoy a high- speed catamaran tour of this living marvel. Other tour options include visits to the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), and a new tour to majestic Kakadu National Park, featuring extensive wetlands, diverse wildlife and the largest number of accessible Aboriginal sites in Australia.
Bangkok and Angkor Wat -- Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex was abandoned by the Khmer civilization in 1431 and appeared lost to the world until it was rediscovered in 1860 when a botanist stumbled upon it deep in the jungle. After years of civil war, Angkor Wat -- one of the world's most important archaeological sites -- is once again open to travelers and forms the highlight of Princess' new "Bangkok and Angkor Wat" cruisetour. Passengers taking this unforgettable journey have the opportunity to explore the best of this fascinating part of Southeast Asia, with a six-night tour featuring stays in Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai, and Cambodia's Siem Reap. In addition to the stunning Angkor Wat temples, visitors will enjoy sites such as Bangkok's Golden Buddha Temple, a cruise on the Chao Phraya River, and an elephant camp near Chiang Mai. This tour combines with a 16-day Bangkok/Beijing cruise for a full 23-day adventure.
China -- The splendor of the world's most populous country will impress travelers on two custom-designed Princess cruisetour itineraries that combine with a Beijing/Bangkok or Bangkok/Anchorage sailing. Both options feature the opportunity to explore the capital city of Beijing, including such highlights as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Participants also travel to Xian to walk along the excavation pits housing thousands of life-size Terra Cotta Warriors -- one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Plus one cruisetour itinerary also features a three-night cruise through dramatic gorges of the legendary Yangtze River.
South America -- Two South America tour options offer passengers the opportunity to visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu or Rio and the dramatic Iguazu Falls. Passengers on a Princess Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan cruise or Antarctica and South America Adventure can choose to add one or even both options to their vacation for an opportunity to fully explore some of the continent's most talked about sites. Travelers headed to Peru's mystical "Lost City of the Incas" at Machu Picchu will also explore Cusco, the cradle of the Incan Empire, as well as the bustling capital city of Lima. On the Rio and Iguazu Falls cruisetour, visitors will enjoy the city sites and beaches of Brazil's legendary city, plus will contemplate the majesty of the more than two miles of falls that cross theBrazil/Argentina border.
Europe -- Three European adventures take passengers beyond the continent's seaports to explore Ireland, Tuscany or the Danube region. Connecting with British Isles or Northern Europe cruises, the Ring of Kerry tour includes travel through some of the Emerald Isle's most inspiring landscape with visits to Shannon, Killarney and Cork. Expanding on Princess' Scandinavia and Russia sailings, the Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe tour features four capitals that have figured prominently in history -- Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Meanwhile, for travelers in the Mediterranean, the "Under the Tuscan Sun" tour highlights the charms of Italy with visits to Florence, Siena and Milan.
Canada/New England -- Passengers exploring the tradition and natural beauty of fall foliage season in New England and Canada can also travel back through historic America with a tour through Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Richmond and Charlottesville, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and New York. Or they may choose to see more of Canada with travel to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.
Alaska Cruisetours -- Princess' most extensive cruisetour lineup features 10- to 16-night land/sea vacations in the heart of "The GreatLand." All Princess Alaska tours offer at least two nights at either of the two Denali- area Princess wilderness lodges, ensuring that travelers enjoy more time among the wilderness and wildlife they came to see. Passengers can travel directly to their Princess lodge from the ship with Princess' exclusive Direct to the Wilderness rail service. Princess' Alaskacruisetours include accommodation at the line's five exclusive wilderness lodges, with scenic riverside settings in some of the state's mostdesirable locations.
Additional information about Princess cruisetours is available by calling 800.365.1445 or by visiting http://www.princesscruisesonline.com.