Highlights of Australia & New Zealand - 21 days
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
Get to know your Travel Director this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Day 2: Melbourne
Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, and then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour.
Day 3: Melbourne Free Time
Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional trip along the renowned Great Ocean Road.
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs this morning, and visit the School of the Air and the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture.
Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock
Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Ayers Rock. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Witness the magical Uluru sunrise, and then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and see ancient rock art. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your travelling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.
Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns
Join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and help you paint your own artwork. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns.
Day 8: Cairns Free Time
Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns.
Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront.
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure.
Day 11: Sydney
Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.
Day 12: Sydney Free Time
Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. And then celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a waterfront restaurant.
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. Meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
Day 14: Auckland
Start the day with a sightseeing tour and a cruise on Waitemata Harbour before time at leisure.
Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua
You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch
Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you’ll be able to observe many species of native fauna of New Zealand. You may even spot a kiwi! Visit Te Puia thermal reserve before flying to Christchurch.
Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef
Travel on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass. Regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys, it passes through fertile farmlands to rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes. At Hokitika visit a greenstone (jade) factory. Take a short walk to view Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Climb over the Haast Pass, winding past lakes and along the Kawarau River and Gorge. Visit historic Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown.
Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise
Travel over the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, on your way to Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this natural wonder. Return to Queenstown this evening.
Day 20: Queenstown Free Time
A full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at the Boatshed, with its views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
Day 21: Farewell from Queenstown
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
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