With Optional 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension***
Explore the Great Barrier Reef; take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbor; dine with a Kiwi family in their home. Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park; cruise Milford Sound taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you; witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne; discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a “Dreamtime Tour”. Take a guided tour of Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder; explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru); and much more.
January 24 – February 13, 2022
Featuring Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier region, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt. Cook National Park, and more. 21 days, 28 meals, hotel, air, and taxes; passport required. $9399 Double; $11,399 Single*; $9299 Triple
($500 discount if booked by July 25, 2021)
Day 1 & 2: January 24-25, 2022: Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including their unparalleled beauty and captivating culture.
Day 3: Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (D)
Day 4: Thursday, January 27, 2022: The morning is yours to explore the town at your own pace or simply relax and soak up the tropical atmosphere. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable experience that takes you above the rainforest canopy for a bird’s-eye view of unspoiled natural beauty. This afternoon visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat. Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles, and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. (B)
Day 5: Friday, January 28, 2022: Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island located on the outer reef. Or consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island. (B, L)
Day 6: Saturday, January 29, 2022: Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. (B, D)
Day 7: Sunday, January 30, 2022: Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens, valued for their historic and horticultural significance, and the bustling “laneways” of Melbourne. Then, it’s your choice! Enjoy free time to explore on your own -OR- visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. With an afternoon to yourself, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins; protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes; at the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area. (B)
Day 8: Monday, January 31, 2022: The day is yours. Often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is home to a plethora of captivating art, delicious cuisine, and unique neighborhoods. Perhaps you’ll wander through its vibrant ”laneways” – narrow roads home to local restaurants, colorful murals, and trendy boutiques. Or, you may choose to join an optional full day journey through Yarra Valley, Australia’s Wine Country, where you’ll learn about the regional wines at a tasting paired with lunch. (B)
Day 9: Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Experience the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment. (B, D)
Day 10: Wednesday, February 2, 2022: Access the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. This afternoon discover a more modern side to Outback living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area. (B)
Day 11: Thursday, February 3, 2022: Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Tour the base of “the Rock,” learning about it geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru accompanied by a champagne toast. (B)
Day 12: Friday, February 4, 2022: This morning, tour Kata Tjuta before saying farewell to the quiet of the rugged Outback. Fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in the bustling Darling Harbour. (B, D)
Day 13: Saturday, February 5, 2022: See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take in a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collections. Later this evening you may choose to take in an optional dinner and performance at the famous Opera House. (B)
Day 14: Sunday, February 6, 2022: Deepen your exploration of Sydney’s many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say your farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the scenic vistas during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D)
Day 15: Monday, February 7, 2022: Leave Australia behind and fly to Queensland, New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s most popular towns, Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Home to ski resorts, hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty, the city is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Settle into your new home for 3 nights. (B)
Day 16: Tuesday, February 8, 2022: Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following the cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L)
Day 17: Wednesday, February 9, 2022: Enjoy a day at leisure. Shop in the bustling village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. You might also consider joining an optional tour of the countryside, showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed. (B)
Day 18: Thursday, February 10, 2022: Set off for the beautiful 19th century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, a boomtown founded during the 1860’s gold fever. Sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Day 19: Friday, February 11, 2022: Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” up close and personal. Later, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner. (B, D)
Day 20: Saturday, February 12, 2022: Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. The remainder of your day is free to continue exploring Christchurch on your own. As the day draws to a close, toast to your adventure down under at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 21: Sunday, February 13, 2022: Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation. (B)
* Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
** The overall activity level on this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (Tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. Some of the touring days may be longer, and some shorter days with more leisure time. Each guest is responsible for proper documentation.
Please note: US and Canadian citizens: An ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is required for your travel to Australia. You will be supplied with an ETA form and will be asked to send this back to us 45 days prior to departure. For travel to New Zealand, your NZeTA must be processed in advance through the New Zealand Immigration online system by visiting https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz/ Approximate cost of 12 New Zealand Dollars in addition to Tourism Levy of 35 New Zealand Dollars.
Experience it! Great Barrier
Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world when you climb aboard a high-speed catamaran and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, you’ll find over 2,800 individual coral reef systems which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Their bright colors look remarkable against the turquoise waters. Jump in the water to snorkel and really experience the Reef in an immersive way! Stroll along the walking trails with a reef expert; simply relax on the beach; or meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. It’s a truly good day at the Reef, mate.
Optional 4 Days 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension***
Rate: $599.00 USD per person, double occupancy, land only (4 meals – 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner)
Day 21: Sunday, February 13, 2022: Today you will arrive in the beautiful tropical paradise of Fiji. Fijians are warm and friendly with a welcoming, vibrant South Pacific culture. The expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters draw visitors from around the world.
Day 22: Monday, February 14, 2022: Your day if free to explore everything that your resort has to offer. Relax by the beach and pool, or choose one of the many fun, adventurous activities available to you from the hotel activities desk. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. (B, D)
Day 23: Tuesday, February 14, 2022: Enjoy another day of rest and relaxation. The friendly concierge and activities staff will help you get the most out of your time. (B)
Day 24: Wednesday, February 15, 2022: Your time in Fiji comes to an end today. (B)