- Early Booking Reminder: This tour has a limited departure and requires a very early reservation. Final payment for this tour is due by July 24, 2019. Bookings after July 24, 2019 will be made on a space available basis at the rate available at the time of booking and surcharges may apply.
- Australian Travel Visa Required – An Australian Travel Visa is required and included. A copy of the photo page of your passport will need to be sent into our office prior to final payment for processing. Grandparents traveling with children must bring a notarized letter of permission from custodial parent or legal guardian.
Day 1 – DEPART UNITED STATES – Depart from home to begin an adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2&3 – CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA – Crossing the International Dateline, you lose a full day. Upon arrival in Cairns, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. This evening, enjoy a special included Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 4 – GREAT BARRIER REEF – After an included breakfast, experience a Catamaran Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. On this tropical island paradise, enjoy an included lunch and a choice of glass bottom boat cruise, eco island walk or snorkeling. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 5 – CAIRNS AT LEISURE – After an included breakfast, today is at leisure to enjoy Cairns at your own pace. Maybe take an optional excursion featuring 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 cultural. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 6 – SYDNEY – After an included continental breakfast, 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 three-night stay.
Day 7 – SYDNEY CITY TOUR – After an included breakfast, enjoy a Sydney City Tour, including the Botanical Gardens, the Music Conservatory, Kings Cross, Chinatown, Paddington, the Rocks and stop for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbor. Then visit and 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. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 8 – SYDNEY AT LEISURE – After an included breakfast, the day is at leisure to relax or explore this exciting city on your own. Tonight, enjoy a special Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise for spectacular views of this beautiful city. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 9 – CANBERRA – MELBOURNE – After an included dinner, enjoy the countryside via motorcoach to Canberra. En route visit an Aussie Sheep Station to learn about this unique way of life and enjoy an included 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 two night stay. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 10 – MELBOURNE CITY TOUR – After an included breakfast, 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 excursion 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. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 11 – CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – After an included breakfast, 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. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Christchurch.
Day 12 – CHRISTCHURCH CITY TOUR – QUEENSTOWN – After an included breakfast, enjoy a brief Christchurch City Tour highlighting the wonderful gardens & unique architecture. Then travel to adventurous Queenstown for a two night stay. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 13 – QUEENSTOWN – After an included breakfast, today is at leisure to enjoy Queenstown and its beautiful Alpine scenery. An 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. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 14 – ROTORUA – After an included breakfast, 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 themal springs and bubbling mud pools. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 15 – RAINBOW SPRINGS NATURE PARK – MAORI HANGI FEAST – After an included breakfast, 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 and entertainment. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 16 – ROTORUA – GLOW WORM CAVES – AUCKLAND – After an included breakfast, enjoy the beautiful scenery as you travel to Auckland. En route 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 and the Auckland Tower. Tonight, enjoy an included Farewell Dinner. We overnight in the Auckland Airport area.
Day 17 – RETURN FLIGHT HOME – Today, transfer to the Auckland Airport for your flight home. Meals: 13B, 1CB, 2L, 7D