Itinerary


DAY 1/2. Depart From Home

Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you skip a day ahead.


DAY 3. Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

Meal(s)

Dinner

Hotel

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort


DAY 4. Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Lunch


DAY 5. Cairns

Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. See the traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure 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. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon looking for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 6. Cairns - Sydney

Your morning is at leisure. Make your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Meal(s)

Breakfast

Hotel

Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour


DAY 7. Sydney

This morning, see where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the 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. Next, learn how raw opals mined from the depths of the Earth are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. The evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. The opportunities are endless!

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Breakfast


DAY 8. Sydney

Take hold of the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 9. Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand

Today you leave Australia behind and fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner! This is sure to be an unforgettable evening during which you will make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch


DAY 10. Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region

This morning you will have some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent. Later, depart for the Mt. Cook region. En route, visit a Canterbury farmyard for a fantastic opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. You may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration! Next, traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Admire the jagged contours and nearly vertical slopes of Mt. Cook amid this impressive mountain landscape.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel

Mackenzie Country Hotel


DAY 11. Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown

This morning, if the dynamic New Zealand weather cooperates, you may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountaintop terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour. Or, perhaps enjoy nature during free time in Mount Cook National Park. Later, depart for Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s loveliest cities and a top adventure destination. En route, stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at New Zealand produce. You could say it’s a slice of life!.

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Breakfast

Hotel

Millennium Hotel Queenstown


DAY 12. Queenstownn

Today Queenstown offers up several options to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.

Meal(s)

Breakfast


DAY 13. Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Lunch


DAY 14. Cairns - Return Home

Enjoy a leisurely touring day as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 15. Queenstown - Tour Ends

Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

Meal(s)

Breakfast & Lunch


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Capture the amazing scenery of the New Zealand fjords on a cruise of Milford Sound.
  • Visit a Canterbury farmyard to observe a sheep shearing demonstration and learn how this New Zealand family farm works.

Dining

  • 11 Breakfasts.
  • 2 Lunches.
  • 6 Dinners.

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