Mount Cook, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Opera House, Sydney Australia

Kata Tjuta, Australia

From Australia’s Outback to New Zealand’s Glaciers

DEPARTURE: Leave from any city | Join group in Cairns, Australia

Your Australia experience includes a memorable bush dinner, a visit to the flying doctor service and the modern version of this country with its bustling cities. In New Zealand see historic Christchurch, the Southern Alps, a living glacial landscape, a sheep-shearing demonstration and beautiful National Parks. A trip of a lifetime!

  • 21 days | April 17th, 2017 | Oct 30th, 2017
  • 21 days | March 26th, 2018
  • Worldwide
  • Flight
  • Passport Required
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Home Cities to Cairns, Australia

Board your Qantas flight and begin your adventure to Australia and New Zealand. You lose a full day crossing the International Date Line.

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Cairns

(3 nights) Your tour begins today in Cairns, gateway to the world’s largest coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef is not only renowned for its prestigious status as the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms, but a World Heritage site. Tonight enjoy a special WELCOME DINNER with your new mates. Meals Include: Dinner.

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Cairns to Great Barrier Reef

Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles for an exciting exploration of the GREAT BARRIER REEF. During the excursion the choice is yours to either explore the shores of this small sand island on the outer reef or perhaps you would prefer snorkeling to see the vibrant sea life up close. You also have the opportunity to meet with a  marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may also choose to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island. Meals Include:  Breakfast, Lunch.

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Cairns

This morning is at leisure. Perhaps you will join us for an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable experience that takes you above the rainforest canopy for a bird’s-eye view of the unspoiled natural beauty that lies beneath. This afternoon, visit HARTLEY’S CROC FARM for a chance to get up-close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat. Boardwalks take you through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures.   Meals Include: Breakfast.

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Cairns to Melbourne

(2 nights) Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of MELBOURNE. Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Melbourne

Today’s tour of Melbourne features Fitzroy Gardens, valued for their historic and horticultural significance, and the bustling Victoria Market. Next, learn how raw opals mined from the depths of the Earth are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. Later, you may participate in an optional tour that travels to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation centre, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.  Meals Include:  Breakfast.

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Melbourne to Alice Springs

(3 nights) Your flight today takes you to Alice Springs, the hub of the region and the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. A special experience is in store this evening as you have the opportunity to meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.  Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner

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Melbourne to Alice Springs

(3 nights) Your flight today takes you to Alice Springs, the hub of the region and the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. A special experience is in store this evening as you have the opportunity to meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.  Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner

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Alice Springs

Begin your day with a Dreamtime Tour where your specialist guide shares stories of creation and everyday Aboriginal life. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback life when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.  Meals Include: Breakfast.

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Alice Springs to Ulura

This morning traverse to the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for AYERS ROCK) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Tour Kata Tjuta and the base of “the Rock,” learning about their geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colours of Uluru accompanied by a champagne toast.  Meals Include: Breakfast

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Ulura to Alice Springs to Sydney

(3 nights) Today fly to SYDNEY. Upon arrival enjoy dinner in the bustling Darling Harbour restaurant area. Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Sydney

During a city tour of Sydney, see where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Highlights include KINGS CROSS, HARBOUR BRIDGE, CHINATOWN, THE ROCKS, CIRCULAR QUAY, BOTANIC GARDENS, and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.   Meals Include: Breakfast.

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Sydney

Your day is at leisure for deeper exploration of the area or catching up on your shopping. This evening enjoy a DINNER CRUISE on beautiful Sydney Harbour during which you will be treated to spectacular views of Sydney’s greatest icons – Harbour Bridge and world-famous Opera House.  Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Sydney to Christchurch

Leave Australia behind and fly to the historic city of CHRISTCHURCH. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district    Meals Include: Breakfast.

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Christchurch to Franz Josef

Take in the marvellous snowcapped peaks and beautiful river gorges during your travels across the Southern Alps, winding your way past waterfalls and rugged mountains. You may choose to take the TranzAlpine train (optional) for a truly inspiring train ride through this glorious scenery. You will end your day in the Franz Josef Glacier Region which offers travellers a rare opportunity to experience a living glacial landscape in a temperate environment. Meals Include:  Breakfast, Dinner.

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Franz Josef to Queenstown

(3 nights) Before departing Franz Josef, if the dynamic New Zealand weather cooperates, you may opt to see this beautiful glacier region from a bird’s-eye-view during a flightseeing tour. Enroute to Queenstown, watch as the amazing landscape unfolds before your eyes as you pass through the rainforest, bordered by the Southern Alps and the twisting coastline. Cross jade green glacial rivers, view thundering waterfalls and enjoy dramatic changes in scenery. After crossing the Haast Pass, arrive in QUEENSTOWN, one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns.  Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the HOLLYFORD VALLEY as you travel through beech forest via the HOMER TUNNEL within Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Enjoy a CRUISE of Milford Sound fjord. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise return to Queenstown.
Meals Include: Breakfast, Lunch.

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Queenstown

A free day with several options to choose from – shop in the charming village, relax and visit with new friends or enjoy the optional “A Journey Through Middle Earth” tour that takes you deep into the majestic landscape of the Lord of the Rings movies. Meals Include: Breakfast.

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Queenstown to Mount Cook

Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, a boomtown during the 1860s gold fever. Next, enjoy a tasting and tour at one of New Zealand’s famous wineries. Then, sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Later, arrive at MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK where you can take a nature walk or enjoy an optional flightseeing tour (weather permitting), a great way to appreciate the top of New Zealand’s highest mountain range.  Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Mount Cook to Christchurch

As you return to Christchurch this morning, pay a visit to a working farm. Watch a skilled New Zealand “strong eye” sheep herding dog at work, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration. Get to know these New Zealand farmers over a home-cooked morning tea. A special treat is in store for you tonight as you dine with a New Zealand family who are delighted to share their culture, traditions and home with you. Meals Include: Breakfast, Dinner.

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Christchurch to Home Cities

Depart for home with pleasant memories of your Australia and New Zealand adventure. Meals Include: Breakfast.

Included in Your Holiday

  • 29 Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Melbourne
  • Alice Springs
  • Ayers Rock
  • Sydney
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Mount Cook

Pricing

LAND PORTION ONLY  | Airfare and tax are not included |  Call for best available airfare |  Air ticketing is not advised until tour is guaranteed | Internal flights will be quoted with international air package | Additional dates available | Some departures – itinerary varies  | Prices subject to change

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