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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.
Meal - (D) Overnight: Cairns
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.
Meals - (B,L) Overnight: Cairns
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.
Meals - (B,D) Overnight: Cairns
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.
Meals - (CB) Overnight: Sydney
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 & birdlife along with
other fascinating exhibits.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Sydney
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.
Meals - (B,D) Overnight: Sydney
Day 9: Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne
Enjoy the countryside via motorcoach to Canberra. Enroute 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.
Meals - (B,L) Overnight: Melbourne
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.
Meals - (B) Overnight: Melbourne
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.
Meal - (B,D) Overnight: Christchurch
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.
Meals - (B,D) Overnight: Queenstown
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.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Queenstown
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.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Rotorua
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.
Meals - (B,D) Overnight: Rotorua
Day 16: Rotorua - Glow Worm Caves - Auckland
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the North Island as you travel to Auckland. Enroute 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.
Meals - (B,D) Overnight: Auckland
Day 17: Auckland – Flight Home
Today transfer to the Auckland Airport for your flight home.
Meal - (B)
Best of Australia & New Zealand Itinerary Accommodations
- 3 Nights Cairns
- 3 Nights Sydney
- 2 Nights Melbourne
- 1 Night Christchurch
- 2 Nights Queenstown
- 2 Nights Rotorua
- 1 Night Auckland Airport Area
•Cairns - 3 Night Stay
•Catamaran Cruise to Great Barrier Reef
•Great Barrier Reef
•Sydney - 3 Night Stay
•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
You will visit the following 6 places:
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand's North Island. Located in the heart of the North Island, Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology. The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding Rotorua.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre (also known as the "Central Business District" or "CBD") is the hub of the greater geographical area (or "metropolitan area") and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of four million. In Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and National Gallery of Victoria, displaying Australian and Indigenous art.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. Lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula, Christchurch is known for its English heritage. The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charteron 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called ''Queenstown Bay'' on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains. It is now known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. It is popular with young international and New Zealand travellers alike. The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the third largest in Otago. According to the 2006 census, the usually resident population of the Queenstown urban area (including Fernhill, Frankton and Kelvin Heights) is 10,416, an increase of 22.1% since 2001. Its neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill.
Cairns is a regional city in Far North Queensland, Australia. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. Cairns is a popular travel destination for tourists because of its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Auckland metropolitan area in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with 1,354,900 residents, 31 percent of the country's population. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori Auckland's name is Tāmaki Makaurau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana. The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 4th equal place in the world on its list, while The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index of 2010 ranked Auckland in 10th place. In 2008, Auckland was classified as an Alpha World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University.