Australia & New Zealand

with Fiji extension
May 6-27, 2019 / 22 DAYS

Australia and New Zealand—a world away.

From Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the rugged Outback to New Zealand's sheep-dotted plains and cliff-lined fjords, the South Pacific features a l…

Your package includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 13 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Melbourne, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Glowworm Caves, Bob’s Peak, Milford Sound, Kiwi Wildlife Park, Kiwi home-hosted dinner, Auck…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 2 NIGHTS

May 06: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

May 07: Travel day

Your flight continues to Australia.

Melbourne / 3 NIGHTS

May 08: Arrival in Melbourne

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! At an included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

May 09: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided tour to admire the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks, and sprawling parks. • Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance • Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian Open—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Fairy Penguins
Phillip Island Penguin Parade
7.5 hours
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Every night, the tiny penguins of Phillip Island waddle ashore in an adorable parade. On this excursion, you’ll journey to Summerland Beach to see the penguins come home after a long day of fishing. They’re returning to feed their babies, and you’ll watch as the penguins arrive for dinner on the beach. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent. We also recommend wearing seasonally appropriate clothing for this excursion as it takes place entirely outdoors. Because of the penguins' sensitive vision, photography of the parade is not permitted.7.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 10: Free day in Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne or add an excursion.

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Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain
9 hours
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Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some of the wild birds native to the area, including colorful parrots and cockatoos. Next, board the authentic “Puffing Billy” steam-powered train en route to Menzies Creek. Along the way, admire the mountain’s eucalyptus forest and fern gullies. After the scenic train ride, you’ll travel to a regional vineyard to enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to another local winery.9 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Alice Springs / 1 NIGHT

May 11: Flight to Alice Springs

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to learn about many institutions that date back to the country’s colonial days. • Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air, and the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Uluru Region / 1 NIGHT

May 12: Sunset at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion. Then, journey through the desert to Uluru to begin your exploration of the park on a guided tour. • View Kata Tjuta, the weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas  • Watch the sun set over Uluru

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Sunrise Ballooning
4 hours
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Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breathtaking excursion. Watch as kangaroos and wallabies greet another day in the Outback. Your balloon ride lasts 30 minutes, and upon landing, you’ll enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent.4 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Great Barrier Reef Region / 3 NIGHTS

May 13: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Return to magnificent Uluru, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous Aboriginal tribes for 22,000 years. Then, fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland, and transfer to your hotel in the Great Barrier Reef region upon arrival.

May 14: The Great Barrier Reef

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day at the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system.  • Head to Cairns Marina to board a boat out into the Coral Sea • View the coral’s colors from the underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat, or semi-submarine—or hop in the water with a snorkel

May 15: Free day in the Great Barrier Reef Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Great Barrier Reef region or add an excursion.

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Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest
9 hours
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Join an expert guide and set out to explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Along the way, you’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo and how to throw a spear, and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people. Next, you’ll take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break. Enjoy some free time to explore the Kuranda Village, where you may discover treasures at the markets, visit an Aboriginal art gallery, or hop on a river cruise. Before the end of your trip, take a ride on the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest. The cable car will stop along the way, giving you the chance to walk along a boardwalk on the rainforest floor.9 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Sydney / 3 NIGHTS

May 16: Flight to Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise
Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
2.5 hours
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Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour, basking in views of the city’s famous bridge, opera house and twinkling cityscape at night. The MV Sydney 2000, one of Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ships, features multiple decks and live entertainment. Your dinner will be served on the Sky Deck, offering 360-degree views of the city.2.5 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 17: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities. • Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens • Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge • See the Rocks neighborhood, National Opal Collection, Bondi Beach, and Gap in Watsons Bay • Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

May 18: Free day in Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Sydney or add an excursion.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Featherdale Wildlife Park
4 hours
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Make your way to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, a sanctuary dedicated to the protection and conservation of Australia’s native species. Here, you’ll sip morning tea and learn about the park’s commitment to environmental education while mingling with a local guide. The guide will show the group a joey, a baby kangaroo, and you’ll have the opportunity to pull out your camera and snap a photograph with the animal. If you wish to purchase professional photos with the joey, your Tour Director can arrange for a professional photographer to be at the morning tea venue. Next, continue on to another area of the park to encounter its protected koalas up close. Please note: Professional photographs with the animals are not included, but you can purchase them for an extra cost. If you do not wish to purchase professional photos, you must bring your own camera. If fewer than 10 customers reserve the excursion, the Tour Director will not join, and bus transfers and animal encounters will be shared with other park visitors outside of your group.4 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Fiordland National Park Region / 2 NIGHTS

May 19: Flight to the Fiordland National Park Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand this morning. Upon arrival, transfer to the town of Te Anau in the Fiordland National Park region.

May 20: Lake Te Anau cruise, Glowworm Caves & Milford Sound cruise

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland National Park.  • Cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves • Walk along subterranean boardwalks inside the caves to view glowworms • Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes  • Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel  • Sip on a glass of wine as you cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak Please note: Travelers on tour from May through September will visit the Glowworm Caves in the morning. The Milford Sound cruise will take place in the afternoon.

Queenstown / 2 NIGHTS

May 21: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown & Bob's Peak

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes as you make your way to Queenstown. Then, join your Tour Director as they introduce you to the area.  Tonight, take the Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak, which offers panoramic views of the landscape below. At the top, watch the sun set as you admire the Remarkables, Walter Peak, and Lake Wakatipu in the distance.

May 22: Sightseeing tour of Arrowtown

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown with your Tour Director. Then, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch
4 hours
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Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue lunch along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs May through September. In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the cruise. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.4 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Rotorua / 2 NIGHTS

May 23: Flight to Rotorua

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Rotorua, located in the heart of the North Island’s Māori country.  Later, enjoy a free evening in Rotorua or add an excursion.

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Māori Village & Hāngi Feast
4 hours
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The Māori are an indigenous group of Polynesian descent who developed a cooking style known as hāngi, which uses steam, hot rocks, and cloth to cook food inside a manmade hole in the soil. Tonight, head to a Māori village, located in the forest outside of Rotorua, to learn about their unique artworks and ancient rituals before experiencing a traditional hāngi feast. After your dinner, enjoy watching a kapa haka performance which combines hake (posture dance), waiata-ā-ringa (action songs), and waiata koroua (traditional chants).4 hours and evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 24: Rotorua Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Rotorua region.  • With a local guide leading the way, learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park • Visit the village of Whakarewarewa, which is home to thermal springs and bubbling hot pools  • Join a local Whakarewarewa guide to learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Māori people, who live in harmony with nature in the village  • Visit Rotorua's Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Māori people Tonight, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner of regional specialties.

Auckland / 2 NIGHTS

May 25: Sightseeing tour of Auckland

Included meals: Breakfast

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland this morning. Then, get to know Auckland, “The City of Sails,” with your Tour Director in the lead.  • Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower  • Stop at Viaduct Harbour and take a short walk to soak in views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge

May 26: Free day in Auckland

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Auckland or add an excursion.  Later, say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

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Waiheke Island
6.5 hours
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Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbour to Waiheke Island. Upon arrival at the wharf, a local guide will provide full commentary regarding the history of the island, the native flora and fauna, and tales of the region. Make your way to a boutique vineyard for a wine tasting before continuing to a bustling olive oil mill. With the beach close by, take some time after the tastings to explore the coast and soak in the spectacular views. Before boarding the ferry back to Auckland, you’ll have free time for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant.6.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 27: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Extension / Starting from $799 pp

Fiji / 3 NIGHTS

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests, and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

May 27: Travel to Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you will be taken to your seaside hotel.

May 28: Free time in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

Tivua Island
Tivua Island Sailing & Snorkeling
7 hours
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Set sail on a scenic cruise to Fiji’s Tivua Island, a small tropical paradise surrounded by stunning coral reefs. When you’re not enjoying afternoon tea or an included buffet lunch, the day will be yours to spend as you’d like. Soak up some sun on the white-sand beach or lounge in a hammock for the ultimate in relaxation. When you’re ready to cool off, paddle around the island in a kayak, board a glass-bottom boat with a marine biologist, or hop in the water for guided snorkeling. Back on shore, there will be plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with local culture as you take part in a traditional Kava ceremony, watch a coconut husking demonstration, or learn about herbal medicine on a nature walk. Please note: The Fijian sun is very hot and bringing a sun hat and sunscreen is recommended. If you’d like to enjoy the water, be sure to pack a towel and swimwear.7 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 29: Free time in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend another free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

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Fiji Village Visit: Indigenous Culture & Traditions
4 hours
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Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi Market for a guided walk through its fruit and vegetable stalls. Then proceed to your destination where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ritual, including a taste of kava, a ceremonial beverage. After a walking tour of the village, learn to collect, husk and extract milk from coconuts during a hands-on demonstration. Finish your day with a farewell drink before you return to your hotel.4 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 30: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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