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  • Saturday  Day 1    Tour starts in Sydney
    Meet your Tour Manager and other travelers at the Hotel  by 4pm  today for a tour briefing at 6pm.
    Welcome to Australia dinner.
    Overnight:  Sydney
    Meals included: Dinner


  • SUNDAY. DAY 2 Sydney

  • Travel to one of Australia’s most attractive rivers – the Hawkesbury River.
    Board a riverboat and travel to Circular quay in downtown Sydney.
    This afternoon accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the historical "Rocks" area. The Rocks was the birthplace of European Australia. Convicts replaced the traditional way of life of the original inhabitants, the Aboriginal Cadigal people. Step back into Sydney’s colonial history and heritage. Hear tales of Sydney’s fascinating past and colorful characters while experiencing the present.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Sydney.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    MONDAY. DAY 3

  • Sydney

  • Guided tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House this morning. The opera house with its soaring sail-like, shell-like roofs dramatically situated on the eastern headland of Circular Quay. It is a memorable experience to see a performance or just sit at one of the outdoor cafes and watch the world go by.
    View spectacular Sydney from the water while you enjoy a lunch cruise on Sydney harbor.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Sydney.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    TUESDAY. DAY 4

  • Sydney

  • Free day or you may like to visit the Museum of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Museum, Darling Harbor, The Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen Victoria Building (QVB), ride on the monorail, walk over the Sydney Harbor Bridge – your options are endless.
    Overnight: Hotel in Sydney.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    WEDNESDAY. DAY 5

  • Sydney To Cairns To Daintree Tropical Rainforest
    Today fly to Cairns and coach to Daintree Tropical Rainforest. The 'capital' of Far North Queensland, Cairns is firmly established as one of Australia’s top travelers destinations. It is the starting point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, Tjapukai, Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests etc.
    Dinner at resort.
    Overnight:  Daintree Tropical Rainforest.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

    THURSDAY. DAY 6

  • Daintree Tropical Rainforest
    Morning guided walking tour of rainforest. Learn about the history and diversity of the rainforest plants and animals. Find out why the area was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1988.
    Lunch at resort.
    Free afternoon to choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    4WD safari to north of Cape Tribulation on the southern part of the famous Bloomfield Track.
    Nocturnal walk.
    Dinner at the resort.
    Overnight: Daintree Tropical Rainforest.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    FRIDAY. DAY 7

  • Daintree Tropical Rainforest To Low Isles On Barrier Reef To Cairns
    Travel to Port Douglas and board vessel for cruise to Low Isles. Low Isles is a fine coral cay surrounded by a lagoon and topped with an old lighthouse. Snorkeling gear is available (free of charge) for use to view the beautiful corals. Certified divers (with evidence of qualification) can SCUBA dive – optional extra cost payable on the day. Or take a SCUBA diving lesson. On return to Port Douglas travel to Cairns.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Cairns.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    SATURDAY. DAY 8

  • Cairns Free day to choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activity:
    Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre/train to Kuranda/gondola return tour.
    Visit crocodile farm.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Cairns.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    SUNDAY. DAY 9
    Ayers Rock

  • Cairns To Ayers Rock (Uluru)
    Today fly to Ayers Rock - Australia’s biggest draw card.
    Massive, imposing, breathtaking, overwhelming, mystical, magical….. This is Ayers Rock - the world’s largest monolith (single stone). The entire area around Ayers Rock is steeped in Aboriginal history and culture.
    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks. Though less well known these monoliths are equally impressive – indeed many people find them more captivating than Ayers Rock.
    This evening enjoy champagne and nibbles while watching the sunset at Ayers Rock.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Ayers Rock Resort at Ayers Rock.
    Meals included: Breakfast and champagne and nibbles.

    MONDAY. DAY 10

  • Ayers Rock To Alice Springs This morning the choice is yours: - Sunrise tour to Ayers Rock; walk around Ayers Rock; or climb Ayers Rock; or just relax.
    Today travel to Alice Springs.
    Stop for lunch at an isolated cattle ranch and see how these ranchers & family live and work in this incredibly harsh environment. Then experience a camel ride before arriving in Alice Springs.
    Alice Springs area is the traditional home of the Arrernte Aboriginal people. They believe that all topographical features of the town were formed by the creative ancestral beings – the Yeperenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrrengatye caterpillars – as they crawled across the landscape. Today Alice Springs still has a sizeable Aboriginal community with strong links to the area. The town was originally founded in the 1870’s as a staging point for the overland telegraph line. Today Alice Springs is a pleasant, modern town with good shops and restaurants. A rural town in a beautiful but harsh environment, a very long way from anywhere.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Hotel in Alice Springs.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    TUESDAY. DAY 11

  • Alice Springs
    This morning at this historic and remote inland town of Alice Springs (known as "The Alice" by locals) sights will include a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Centre, the School of the Air and the Telegraph Station.
    This afternoon visit the impressive Desert Park. The park is designed to show native plants, birds and animals together in a natural setting along with a nocturnal house claimed to be the second largest of its kind in the world.
    This evening enjoy a pleasant evening around a campfire at a cattle drovers camp with a fine meal of Central Australian Prime Beef, cooked to perfection. Damper bread making demonstration, boomerang throwing, Australian bush ballads, a sing-along and a night sky explanation.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Alice Springs.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

    WEDNESDAY. DAY 12

  • ALICE SPRINGS TO ADELAIDE ON THE GHAN
    Optional activity:
    Outback hot air ballooning – one of the most popular optional activities in the outback.
    Free morning.
    Early this afternoon board the Ghan train and travel to Adelaide.
    The Ghan train - Australia’s great railway adventure. Take in desert vistas of lush oases and looming sandstone boulders as you enjoy this journey in air-conditioned first class cabins.
    The Ghan saga started in 1877 when it was decided to build a railway line from Adelaide to Darwin. It took over 50 years to reach Alice Springs and in 2001 it was confirmed that the line from Alice Springs to Darwin would be constructed. Whereas the old train from Adelaide to Alice Springs took 140 passengers and under ideal conditions made the trip in 50 hours (on one occasion it arrived in Alice Springs 10 days late!), the new train takes twice as many passengers and does the trip in 19 hours.
    Overnight: On The Ghan train.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

    THURSDAY. DAY 13

  • Arrive In Adelaide
    Adelaide is a solid, gracious city and when the early colonists built they generally built in stone. The solidity goes further than the architecture as Adelaide is still very much an ‘old money’ city. It is also civilized and calm in a way no other Australian capital city can match. Its setting is superb with the city centre surrounded by green parkland and the metropolitan area bounded by the hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges that crowd the city against the sea.
    Orientation coach tour of city centre on arrival.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Hotel at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    FRIDAY. DAY 14

  • Adelaide
    Today visit Hahndorf the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.
    Settled in 1839 by Lutherans who left Prussia to escape religious persecution. There are many German style buildings in the town including the German Arms Hotel dating from 1839 and the Hahndorf Academy established in 1857 and now houses an art gallery, craft shop and museum.
    Lunch before returning to Adelaide via the wine making area of Barossa Valley.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included : Breakfast and lunch.

    SATURDAY. DAY 15

  • Adelaide
    Free day, relax at your beach side hotel or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Kangaroo Island.
    Wine tasting tour.
    You may like to visit the South Australia Museum.
    Migration Museum.
    Museum of Classical Archaeology.
    Art Gallery of South Australia.
    Adelaide Town Hall, Parliament House etc.
    Overnight:  Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    SUNDAY. DAY 16

  • Adelaide To Melbourne
    Today fly to Melbourne. Australia’s second largest city it is a traditionally conservative city of elaborate Victorian-era buildings, gracious parks and gardens and tree lined boulevards. It is a multi cultural city passionate about the arts, sports, food, wine and the good life.
    On arrival city sightseeing will include the Houses of Parliament, St Patricks Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Queen Victoria Markets and the beach side suburb of St Kilda.
    Free evening.
    Overnight:Hotel in Melbourne.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    MONDAY. DAY 17

  • Melbourne
    This morning accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre with its fine architecture, Chinese and Greek precincts etc.
    Optional afternoon/evening activity:
    Philip Island Penguin parade.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Hotel in Melbourne.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    TUESDAY. DAY 18

  • Melbourne
    Full day wildlife and Eco tour. Today you will meet an Aboriginal person and learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, you'll have the opportunity to see large mobs of Kangaroos and sight the beautiful Koala in the wild – all in one relaxing, easy going day! This special trip aims to introduce you to the Australian environment and to Aboriginal culture whilst in the company of an expert nature guide.
    Farewell to Australia lunch today.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Hotel in Melbourne.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    WEDNESDAY. DAY 19

  • Melbourne – End Tour
    Tour ends at 1000 at accommodation in Melbourne.
    Transfer to Melbourne airport.
    Meals included : Breakfast
  • The cost is TBA Per Person, Double/share twin.
    Single supplement TBA
    Please see Booking & Payment conditions. Section 10 refers to Air ticketing procedures.

    Included in the cost of the above itinerary is:
    19 nights accommodation, 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, 1 champagne and nibbles, all sightseeing and entrance fees, coach transport, train transport, boat transport, tour managers services for 19 days. Cost of OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES not included.

    WEDNESDAY. DAY 19
    New Zealand

  • Melbourne To Christchurch New Zealand

  • Today fly to Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Christchurch is often described at the most English of New Zealand’s cities. Punts glide down the picturesque River Avon, a grand Anglican cathedral dominates the city square and trams pass streets with very English names. Neo gothic buildings abound in the city and one in seven acres is given over to gardens and parkland – a garden lovers dream city.
    Welcome to New Zealand dinner.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Christchurch.
    Meals included: Dinner.

    THURSDAY. DAY 20

  • Christchurch

  • Accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre visiting such buildings as the cathedral, the Arts Centre, Christ’s College, the Canterbury Provincial Chambers and the Christchurch Town Hall. Learn about the history of this city which, deliberately placed in the hands of the gentry, in the 1850’s was to become a "model of England" in the South Pacific complete with class system, and "not another scruffy colonial outpost of small landholders".
    Visit the oldest registered Merino Sheep Stud in New Zealand, learn about sheep farming, the property and family history of this farm, settled in 1862 and still in the family, now the 4th generation. Lunch will be with the farmer and his family on the lawn or in the historic homestead, followed by a demonstration showing a sheepdog working a flock of sheep and a sheep being shorn.
    Free evening.
    Optional activity:
    Evening visit to Willowbank Nocturnal Park.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Christchurch.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.


    FRIDAY. DAY 21
    Queenstown

  • Christchurch To Queenstown

  • This morning travel to Lake Tekapo stopping en-route at "The Tin Shed" where you can purchase New Zealand knitwear including hand knitted garments at wholesale prices.
    The small settlement of Lake Tekapo has sweeping views across the turquoise lake with hills and snow capped mountains as a back drop. The turquoise color of the lake is created by ‘rock flour’ - finely ground particles of rock - held in suspension in the glacial melt water. The picturesque little ‘Church of the Good Shepherd beside the lake was built of stone and oak in 1935. Optional activity: Scenic flight over Mount Cook, Southern Alps and glaciers of area.
    Queenstown is a compact town and a sightseeing orientation tour will be made on arrival. Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is nestled in what is surely one of the most scenic spots in the world. From a deserted region in the 1850’s sheep farming brought the area to life. Gold was discovered in 1862 and a year later Queenstown was a mining town with streets and permanent buildings. Today it is a resort town catering to thousands of tourists who come for snow skiing in the winter and adrenaline activities in the summer. For those not in to an active life the stunning lake and surrounding mountain scenery materialise as the real attraction. Words can hardly describe the Remarkables mountain range when they are capped with snow and seen at sunrise or in the afterglow of dusk.
    Overnight: Hotel in Queenstown.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    SATURDAY. DAY 22

  • Queenstown

  • Free day or choose from the suggestions listed.
    Optional activities:
    Skippers Canyon Safari.
    TSS Earnslaw /Walter Peak Station tour.
    Dart River Safari.
    Trout fishing.
    Golf.
    Garden tour.
    Wine tour.
    Late this afternoon meet in the lobby for an opal, black pearl and New Zealand jade presentation/lecture followed by dinner. See how opals and jade are taken from raw product to magnificent items of jewellery. Learn about the cultivation of black pearls.
    Overnight: Hotel in Queenstown.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

    SUNDAY. DAY 23

  • Queenstown

  • Free day or choose from the Optional activities listed:
    Milford Sound day trip. - Scenic flight to and from Milford Sound. - Doubtful Sound day trip.
    Free evening.
    Overnight: Hotel in Queenstown.
    Meals included : Breakfast.

    MONDAY. DAY 24
    Maori girl traditionally cooking in the steam pools of Rotorua

  • Queenstown To Rotorua

  • This morning fly to Rotorua.
    Rotorua is the most popular tourist area of the North Island. This thriving city has the most energetic bubbling mud pools, gurgling hot springs and gushing geysers and is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua which teems with trout. The region is of great significance to the Maori whose presence dates back to the areas discovery and exploration in the 14th century. Sightseeing on arrival in Rotorua including Rainbow Springs trout and wildlife sanctuary and Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery.
    Maori concert and hangi – traditional dinner feast this evening.
    Overnight: Hotel in Rotorua.
    Meals included: Breakfast and hangi dinner.

    TUESDAY. DAY 25
    Rotorua is geothermal wonderland

  • Rotorua To Auckland

  • Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute before travelling to Auckland via the Bay of Plenty. Here you will find hundreds of acres of kiwifruit and other sub tropical fruit orchards. At Papamoa Beach with its miles of pristine white sand beach a stop will be made for lunch. And if the tide is right you can join the locals in digging for shellfish.
    Orientation sightseeing tour of Auckland city centre on arrival. Auckland with over 1 million people is the largest city in New Zealand and is surrounded by water and covered in volcanic hills.
    So many Pacific Islanders have moved to Auckland that it now has the largest concentration of Polynesians in the world.
    The heart of the city is the Waitemata Harbor – reminiscent of San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney and Capetown. Auckland has lots of enthusiastic yachties – so much so it is known as "the city of sails".
    Free evening.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Auckland.
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    WEDNESDAY. DAY 26

  • Auckland

  • Accompanied by knowledgeable walking guides enjoy a tour of the city centre visiting such sites and buildings as Viaduct Basin, waterfront, university, Albert Park and Queen Street.
    This afternoon travel by ferry to Waiheke Island. Waitemata (a Maori word meaning sparkling waters) Harbor has 23 islands with Waiheke being one of the largest. Waiheke Island reputed to be sunnier and warmer than Auckland has many picturesque bays and beaches, over 30 vineyards, a brewery and is home to dozens of artists.
    Take in the beauty of Auckland city from the water as the boat cruises to and from Waiheke Island.
    On arrival at Oneroa village there is time to visit Artworks gallery, Oneroa beach and the village shops before enjoying a farewell to New Zealand dinner.
    After dinner travel by ferry back to Auckland.
    Overnight:  Hotel in Auckland.
    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

    THURSDAY. DAY 27 -

  • Auckland

  • Tour ends at 1000 at hotel.
    Transfer to Auckland airport.
    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Included in the cost of the above itinerary is:
    8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners - including hangi dinner, all sightseeing and entrance fees, coach transport, tour manager’s services for 9 days. Cost of OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES not included.

  • The cost is TBA Per Person, Double/share twin.
    Single supplement TBA
    Please see Booking & Payment conditions. Section 10 refers to Air ticketing procedures.
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