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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand - 21 days

A perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes characterizes this epic journey across two nations. Gems like the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and breathtaking Milford Sound complement a world of ancient Aboriginal tradition in Australia’s Red Centre and vivid Maori culture in Rotorua. From tropical Cairns to the towering mountain peaks of the Land of the Long White Cloud, you’ll be amazed at every turn.

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Itinerary

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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.
Included Meals: Dinner with wine

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

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).
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Cairns
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 14: Auckland

Start the day with a sightseeing tour and a cruise on Waitemata Harbour before time at leisure.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and highlight dinner

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.
Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

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.
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Day 21: Farewell from Queenstown

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast


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Accommodations


Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

Desert Gardens Hotel

Hilton Hotel, Cairns

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

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