BEST OF AUSTRALIA

& NEW ZEALAND

Explore the wonders of THE WORLD

HIGHLIGHTS

Cairns • Great Barrier Reef Catamaran Cruise • Sydney Opera House Tour • Sydney Wildlife World • Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise • Canberra City Tour • Aussie Sheep Station & BBQ Lunch • Melbourne City Tour • New Zealand’s North & South Islands • Christchurch & Queenstown • Maori Village & Thermal Reserve • Rainbow Springs Nature Park • Maori Hangi Feast • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

 

INCLUDES

23 Meals, Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Depart United States

Depart from home to begin an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Day 2 & 3: - Cairns, Australia

On arrival in Cairns, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. This evening enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

 

Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef

Today experience a Catamaran Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. On this tropical island paradise enjoy an included lunch and a choice of a glass bottom boat cruise, eco island walk or snorkeling. (B,L)

 

Day 5 - Cairns at Leisure

Today is at leisure to enjoy Cairns at your own pace. Maybe take an optional excursion featuring the Kuranda Scenic Rail & Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. On the optional transfer to Freshwater Station to board the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Next visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience and interact with Australia’s 40,000 year old aboriginal culture. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B,D)


Day 6 - Cairns - Sydney

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Enjoy an Opal Presentation to learn how these raw gemstones are processed. Later check into your Sydney hotel to begin a 3-night stay. (C,B)


Day 7 - Sydney

Enjoy a Sydney City Tour including the Botanical Gardens, the Music Conservatory, Kings Cross, Chinatown, Paddington, the Rocks and a stop for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House & Harbor. Then visit & tour the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s most iconic structure. Later explore Sydney Wildlife World featuring a koala sanctuary and an interactive walk-through of wallabies & bird life along with other fascinating exhibits. (B)


Day 8 - Sydney at Leisure

The day is at leisure to relax or explore this exciting city on your own. Tonight enjoy a special Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise for a spectacular views of this beautiful city. (B,D)


Day 9 - Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne

Enjoy the countryside via motorcoach to Canberra. En route visit an Aussie Sheep Station to learn about this unique way of life and enjoy an authentic Aussie BBQ Lunch. Upon arrival embark on a Canberra City Tour to see the billion dollar New Parliament House, the High Court of Australia, the National Library, Lake Burley Griffin & Queen’s Terrace for sweeping city views. Next board a short flight to Melbourne for a 2-night stay. (B,L)

 

 

Day 10 - Melbourne

Today enjoy a Melbourne City Tour featuring Fitzroy Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance & the Parliament House. This afternoon, enjoy Australia’s cultural capital Melbourne at leisure or enjoy an optional experience to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home to the world famous Little Penguin Parade. At sunset, the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. Also, enjoy dinner on Phillip Island before returning to Melbourne.    (B)

 

Day 11 - Melbourne - Christchurch, New Zealand

Transfer to the airport for your flight to charming Christchurch, New Zealand, often referred to as the world’s most English city outside of England. Enjoy dinner tonight with your fellow travelers. (B,D)


Day 12 - Christchurch – Queenstown

Today enjoy a brief Christchurch City Tour highlighting the wonderful gardens & unique architecture. Then travel to adventurous Queenstown for a 2-night stay. (B,D)


Day 13 - Queenstown

Today is at leisure to enjoy Queenstown and its beautiful alpine scenery. A optional experience is available to Milford Sound. Remote, mysterious and uniquely New Zealand, Milford Sound is a spectacular reminder of the forces of nature. Enjoy a Milford Sound Luncheon Cruise for breathtaking scenery and commentary on the natural history of the Sound. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening. (B)


Day 14 - Queenstown - Rotorua

Transfer to the airport today for your flight to Rotorua, situated on New Zealand’s North Island. Upon arrival travel to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Village set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs & bubbling mud pools. (B)


Day 15 - Rotorua

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see live kiwi foraging, feed large Rainbow trout and walk through the native New Zealand bush. Tonight experience some New Zealand culture during your Maori Hangi Feast Dinner featuring a traditional meal & entertainment. (B,D)


Day 16 - Rotorua - Glow Worm Caves - Auckland

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the North Island as you travel to Auckland. En route visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated attractions. Arrive in Auckland for a brief panoramic city tour to see the scenic waterfront area & the Auckland Tower. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner and overnight in the Auckland Airport area. (B,D)

 

Day 17 - Auckland – Flight Home

Today transfer to the Auckland Airport for your flight home. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

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