Highlights of Australia and New Zealand
21 nights from €5,269 per person - available 2018 & 2019
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
- Ground transportation included
- 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
- Tour guide throughout
Seeing two of the world’s ultimate destinations in one escorted tour is never easy, but this truly breathtaking trip really shows off the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Throughout your 22 days you’ll experience the incredible natural wonders of the two countries as well as time in the amazing cities and plenty of unforgettable cultural experiences. (AA)
- Experience the sunrise and sunset over Uluru
- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
- Explore the sights and sounds of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Bondi Beach
- Travel on the jaw-dropping TranzAlpine train
- See the incredible Franz Josef Glacier
- Travel around incredible cities like Melbourne, Auckland and Queenstown
Arrive in Melbourne
Today you’ll arrive in Melbourne where you’ll meet with your tour guide and group. You’ll enjoy a reception dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Melbourne (dinner included)
Across days two and three you’ll explore Melbourne firstly taking a walking tour around the main sights of the city before enjoying some free leisure time where you can take it in at your own pace. You can go on optional excursions including a trip to a winery in the Yarra Valley, take a trip along the Great Ocean Road to see the famous Twelve Apostles monoliths or simply relax and experience some of Melbourne's well known food and culture.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Melbourne (two breakfasts included)
Today you’ll fly to Alice Springs in the morning. Something of an outpost city for a long time, The Alice (as it’s known to locals) has blossomed into vibrant modern town. When you arrive you’ll visit the School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service where you’ll learn about medical care is given to people living in the outback. Later you’ll enjoy a special Be My Guest home-cooked barbeque dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. You'll hear about the stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and also about their sustainable lifestyle - you may even get to sing-a-long to the didgeridoo and guitar, an even to remember!
Overnight: Chifley Alice Springs Resort (breakfast and dinner included)
On day five you’ll travel through the Red Centre to reach Ayers Rock Resort, enjoying all the landscape and stopping off in places along the way including the majestic Atila (Mt. Conner). The afternoon is free for you to explore and enjoy the resorts facilities. By evening you can enjoy canapés and sparkling wine while you watch the sunset over Uluru – a truly magical sight.
In the morning rise early for the equally beautiful sunrise, you’ll then take a tour of the caves near the base of the rock. In the afternoon of day six you’ll travel across the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (known as The Olgas). Here you’ll enjoy another breathtaking sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (two breakfasts included)
Cairns/Great Barrier Reef
On the morning of day seven you’ll learn about indigenous Australian culture as you interact with Aboriginal artists. You’ll then fly to Cairns where you’ll spend the next three nights.
On day eight you’ll be heading out on a high-speed catamaran to one of Australia’s most stunning natural attractions, the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can go snorkelling and take in the astounding beauty of the reef from an underwater perspective on your semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch onboard before returning to Cairns in the afternoon and dining in the Dundee restaurant overlooking the waterfront.
Day nine is a full free day in Cairns where you can choose from a number of different activities including a train ride into the beautiful nearby countryside - village in a rainforest on the Kuranda Railway and returning on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with some spectacular views riding above the canopy of the rainforest. You could also take a day trip to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Hartey's Crocodile Adventures to encounter native animals.
Overnight: Hilton Hotel Cairns (three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner included)
On day ten you’ll have free time to perhaps spend some time in the Cairns Wildlife Dome before taking a flight south to Sydney – arguably the country’s most famous city. Here you’ll settle into your hotel with an evening at leisure.
Over the next two days you’ll explore the city and surrounds, first with a walk to enjoy the sights of the city, followed by a city sightseeing tour and a lunch cruise on the iconic Sydney Harbour. You’ll also enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Sydney on your own terms, there's lots to do and see, your guide will gladly give advice on the best attractions or day trips to take.
Overnight: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner included)
On day 13 you’ll transfer to Sydney Airport for your trip to Auckland. On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel and then enjoy a dinner at the Langham restaurant with your new tour guide for New Zealand - you'll enjoy fresh, quality ingredients including mouthwatering seafood and delicious deserts. The next day you’ll take a morning sightseeing tour around the city followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. In the afternoon explore at your leisure the sights of the city taking in Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour.
Overnight: The Langham Auckland (two breakfasts and one dinner included)
Today you’ll continue on from Auckland towards Rotorua stopping off for a boat tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto. You’ll then arrive in Rotorua where a Moari guide will accompany you to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening you’ll have the chance to enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (breakfast and dinner included)
Today you’ll visit the beautiful Rainbow Springs National Park with a local guide - you may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the fantastic Agrodome Sheep Show for some insight into farming life in New Zealand. Later on you’ll fly to Christchurch and check in to your hotel.
Overnight: Novotel Christchurch (breakfast included)
Today is one of the most scenic days of the train. You’ll board the world famous TranzAlpine train and take a rail journey across the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. You’ll the head onwards along the coastal road to reach Franz Josef Glacier where you’ll have the opportunity to take a jaw-dropping scenic flight (weather permitting).
Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef (breakfast and dinner included)
On day 18 you’ll travel through the rainforest to the stunning Lake Wanaka - visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving into Queenstown for an orientation tour. Have a highlight dinner at the Boatshed with some spectacular views of the mountain range that surrounds Lake Wakatipu. Here you’ll spend three nights with plenty of time to take in the sights and enjoy the best of the adventure capital of the world.
On day 19 you’ll travel from your base in Queenstown to Milford Sound through the rainforests of Fiordland National Park where you’ll take an afternoon cruise and enjoy the true natural wonder – this is definitely one of the highlights of the whole trip.
On day 20 you can choose from a range of including activities including a Shotover Jet ride (most thrilling in the world), play a round of golf, take a wine tour in the Valley or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon, among others.This evening consider taking the gondola ride to Bob's peak for dinner at the Stratosphere restaurant.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner included)
Today you’ll head back to Christchurch stopping off at Lake Tekapo and visiting Morelea Farm for a special Be My Guest lunch in Angie and Stan Taylor's 240 hectare garden. In the evening you’ll reach Christchurch and have a final celebratory dinner with your tour group.
Overnight: Novotel (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today you’ll have breakfast and then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Ground transportation: air-conditioned coach, cruise
- Hotel accommodation throughout (21 nights)
- 21 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 9 dinners included
- Aussie BBQ at Earth Sanctuary, Uluru sunset with sparkiling wine, discover rock at Uluru, hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), create your own dot painting, cruise and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, guided tour around the Sydney Opera House, TranzAlpine Train, Milford Sound lunch cruise, Morelea Farm kiwi hospitality
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide throughout and local guides
Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout Australia are not included in the price shown.
Local 2017 Departure Dates: Jun 04, Jul 02, Sep 03, Sep 17, Oct 01, Oct 15, Nov 05, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 17
Local 2018 Departure Dates: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 04, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 04, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 01, Apr 15, Jun 03, Jul 01, Sep 02, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Nov 04, Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 16, Dec 30