Five Reasons to Pair Your Cruise with a Tour


A school of Segways zipping over cobblestone paths. An open-roof, double-decker sightseeing bus roaring through the streets. A tumbleweed of selfie sticks rolling from one landmark to the next. We all have our ideas of what a guided tour looks like, but it doesn’t always have to be a cookie-cutter experience.

At Cruise1st, we don’t just want you to see the sights; we also wish to immerse you in the region you’re travelling to. And to maximise your time exploring, we try to save you from a tonne of the hassle. Forget about hunting for the best deals on flights and accommodation when our Cruise & Tour packages already include return international flights and hotel stays. Furthermore, most packages include daily breakfast, and some even offer gourmet meals throughout the day.

Costs add up whenever you try to package a trip yourself. Spare yourself the stress! Our Cruise & Tour packages include admission to major sightseeing points, transportation, and transfers – all at an unbeatable price thanks to our long-standing partnerships with local tour companies. If that isn’t enough, here are five reasons why you could add on a tour to your cruise holiday.

Immerse yourself in ancient cultures

henna hands in heart with the Taj Mahal in the background

A few hours spent ashore may introduce you to the highlights of a port of call, but if you really want to take a deep dive into a destination, an escorted tour inland will teach you more about the local culture than any guidebook could.

When it comes to ancient cultures, nothing trumps India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Browse some of our best India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka Cruise & Tour packages!

Golden Triangle Cruise & Tour Packages
India is the site of the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist circuit that connects the nation’s capital Delhi with Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, the fabled “Pink City” overflowing with bustling bazaars. Read more about the three magnificent cities of India’s Golden Triangle.

Nepal Cruise & Tour Packages
Nepal reaches towards the heavens with its centuries-old, golden temples and even taller Himalayan Mountains, including the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.

Sri Lanka Cruise & Tour Packages
Sri Lanka is a natural paradise overflowing with lush jungles, beaches facing the blue-green Indian Ocean, and heritage sites older than 2,000 years old.

Learn about rich, local traditions

traditional Chinese tea ceremony

Travelling isn’t just about taking pictures whilst grinning widely in front of famous monuments. If you really want to get the most out of your travels, connect with the locals – stay away from the tourist traps, experience their everyday routines, and learn about their customs and traditions.

The 48 distinct countries of Asia practice their own interesting traditions. Book one of our Asia Cruise & Tour Packages and observe a few of them.

Asia Cruise & Tour Packages
The traditional dishes, the customary clothing, and the local entertainment: Asia is a treasure chest of cultural wonders. Try the Peking duck in China, dim sum in Hong Kong, sushi in Japan, and pho in Vietnam. Feel the cool touch of silk on your skin as you slip on a colourful kimono. Rent out a karaoke room with some friends or get down to some K-pop that will bring the house down. Whatever you decide to do, Asia will not disappoint!

Escape city life

Rocky Mountaineer train in the Rocky Mountains

Sometimes the constant honking of car horns, the eardrum-rupturing construction work, and the lack of green spaces can get to you. City living rewards you with culture and community, but every once in a while, you want out. Take a break from the city and enjoy the great outdoors!

Enjoy the breathtaking natural views of North America. Their beauty rivals the splendour of city skylines. Check out our North America Cruise & Tour Packages.

Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Sail Packages
Blend the worlds of wilderness and luxury. With this package, you can explore the rugged terrain and magnificent peaks of the Rocky Mountains in both the United States and Canada on a high-end train journey with Rocky Mountaineer.

Explore untouched nature

Amazon rainforest in Brazil

Perhaps a stroll down your tree-lined neighbourhood or a trip to your local park isn’t cutting it anymore. Are you looking for greenery with no other human in sight? Vibrant birds squawking overhead? The rush of a cascading waterfall? Nothing is more serene than being in nature, especially when humans haven’t disturbed it.

South America is full of amazing cities like São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro, but nothing compares to the continent’s mountains, waterfalls, and rainforests. Our South America Cruise & Tour Packages will get you there.

South America Cruise & Tour Packages
After you’re done exploring the history-rich sites and seeing the European-influenced architecture of South America, make your way to the greenery! Wander through the depths of the rainforest, watch water thunder down the falls, and get an awe-inspiring view from the mountaintops.

Get up close and personal with the local wildlife

antelope at sunset in Kruger National Park in South Africa

A region isn’t just defined by its landscapes and vegetation; its wildlife is what really makes it special. People come to Australia from all over the world to see koalas, kangaroos, or all our other beloved indigenous animals. What’s Asia without mischievous monkeys and majestic elephants? And the Galapagos Islands without Galapagos giant tortoises?

Africa is teeming with amazing animals. A visit to the continent’s national parks will bring you closer to these magnificent beasts than you had ever imagined. Have a look at our South Africa Cruise & Tour packages.

Kruger National Park
The African elephant, the black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the African lion, and the African leopard. The Big Five were once the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot; today, they are known on safari tours as the animals you definitely don’t want to miss on camera.

Whether you want to explore the vast wilderness and observe wildlife or immerse yourself in the deep-rooted traditions and cultures of the locals, the best way to completely lose yourself during your travels is with a guided tour. Ring our Australia-based cruise experts on 1300 857 345 if you have any question. They’ll be more than happy to help you get your adventure started!

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