23-Day Small Group Australia New Zealand Tour. Fr $9660

This Small group Australia New Zealand Tour has a max of 24 travlers, making this a very intimate travel experience and allowing you to see, up close, the wonders of Australia & New Zealand.

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INCLUDED FEATURES:

* International flights from Los Angeles to Australia New Zealand/return
* 20 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners.
* 20-nights First class accommodations with ensuite bathrooms
* Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
* Alice Springs constellation viewing
* Ayers Rock morning excursion
* Sydney city sightseeing excursions
* Overnight at the Mt. Cook Nationl Park – highest peak in New Zealand
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Milford Sound Fjord cruise
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Maori cultural performance
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Ruakuri Caves Glowworm caves
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Auckland sightseeing tour & America’s Cup Village

BOOKING DETAILS:

PRICES: From USD$9660 per person. Based on double room occupancy.
UPGRADE: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business class
DEPARTURE  2017:  Mar 06, 18: Sept 27: Oct 28 and others
HOTELS: Name of hotels are listed in the itinerary.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:

Days 1 – 2 — U.S. to your Australia & New Zealand Tour
Fly to Australia, losing a day as you cross the International Date Line.

Days 3 – 5 — Cairns, Kuranda & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel cruise
Stay in Pullman Reef Casino. Arrive in Cairns, transfer to your hotel, and enjoy a special welcome dinner. The next day, tour Cairns, then take a thrilling journey aboard the historic Kuranda Railway. Explore Kuranda, then travel through the rainforest canopy on the world’s longest gondola cableway. During an all-day excursion, cruise from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living organism and richest marine resource, with more than 2,800 coral reefs. At Michaelmas Cay swim, snorkel, view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel, or enjoy a guided birding tour.(2B,1L,1D).

Days 6 – 7 — The Outback – Alice Springs & Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs. Stay at Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock.  Fly to Alice Springs, the capital of the Outback. At Anzac Hill, enjoy a panoramic view and see the monument to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in both World Wars. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, the first comprehensive aerial medical organization in the world, then tour the School of the Air, which provides education to the widely scattered Outback children. Relax around a campfire, enjoy musical entertainment, and look for the Southern Cross and other constellations at a traditional “bush” dinner. Spend the next day exploring more rugged terrain as you visit the camp of the Walpiri Aboriginal people and learn about their ancient culture on a “Dreamtime” tour. Explore Simpsons Gap, an Aboriginal spiritual site, and Standley Chasm. (2B,1L,1D) Optional: Upgrade to Sails in the Desert in Ayers Rock

Day 8 – Ayers Rock
This morning, depart by coach for Ayers Rock. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a World Heritage site and home to the Anangu Aboriginal peoples. Take a walking tour of the Olgas rock formations and watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock), the fabled sandstone monolith that rises 1,114 feet above the flat plain. (B,D)

Days 9— Sydney
Stay at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. This morning explore the base of Uluru before visiting the archaeological museum there. Fly to Sydney, arriving late in the afternoon, and take a brief orientation tour of The Rocks, the city’s oldest preserved colonial district, located near your hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 – 12 — Sydney 
Experience Sydney for three fascinating days. Highlights include a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens and a luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour. You’ll also spend time at the Koala Sanctuary Park, featuring ten acres of rain forest, eucalyptus, and garden habitat where koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and dingoes roam freely. Plus, experience Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a string of 18 stunning oceanfront areas surrounded by a national park. Enjoy time for individual pursuits in Sydney today. This evening dine in the popular “Rocks” area at the Waterfront Restaurant, known for its outstanding seafood and beautiful harbor views. (3B,1L,1D)

Day 13 — Christchurch to Mount Cook
Stay at the Rydges Christchurch Hotel. After a late morning tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, this afternoon is free for independent exploration. This evening board a flight to Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” (B)

Day 14 — Christchurch and Mt. Cook National Park
This morning’s orientation tour features the acclaimed Botanic Gardens and “Re:START Mall,” the vibrant civic area that rose from the rubble of the 2011 earthquake. Then board a motorcoach for the journey south to Mt. Cook National Park, stopping en route at a farm to watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and to see the amazing sheep dogs in action. Upon reaching Mt. Cook in the Southern Alps, we have time at leisure to relax, hike, or take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). Dine together tonight at the hotel. (B,D)

Days 15 — Mt. Cook 
Stay at the Hermitage Hotel facing Mt. Cook. This morning’s tour of alpine Mount Cook Village and environs includes a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center. Also visit the Hillary Gallery, commemorating Sir Edmund’s achievements, including the first ascent of Mount Cook’s difficult South face. After time in the village for lunch on your own, this afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Aoraki Mount Cook as you wish. (B,D)

Days 16 — Mt. Cook to Queenstown
Stay at the St. Moritz Hotel Queenstown. Travel through New Zealand’s lush fruit-growing region to Queenstown, stopping in the former gold mining town of Arrowtown. Enjoy a wine tasting and savory lunch before continuing to the famed Kawarau Bridge where in 1988 AJ Hackett invented Bungee jumping. Mid-afternoon reach the “adventure capital” of Queenstown. (B,L,D)

Days 17— Mildford South with cruise
The day-long excursion to Milford Sound includes a nature cruise through the breathtaking fjords. Have lunch on board then later have the opportunity to return to Queenstown on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). (B,L)

Day 18 — Queenstown free day
Enjoy a day to explore Queenstown independently.  (B)

Day 19 — Queenstown to Rotorua
Stay at the Regent of Rotorua Hotel. Depart in the morning for Rotorua, with its geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot thermal springs, and a center of Maori culture. This afternoon’s tour includes the new Rotorua Museum, among other highlights. (B)

Day 20 — Te Puia Thermal Reserve Tour & Maori Hangi Performance & feast
This morning and early afternoon are at leisure; late afternoon visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center for a traditional Hangi dinner and performance. (B,D)

Days 21 – 22 – Rotorua to Auckland
On your way to Auckland stop at Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms illuminate underground grottoes. Late this afternoon arrive in the “City of Sails,” in a beautiful natural setting atop 48 volcanic hills. Take a half-day city tour featuring the War Memorial Museum, Auckland Harbour, and the America’s Cup Village. Tonight celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner. SJ. (2B,D)

Day 23 – Tour Ends
Early this morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Los Angeles (via Sydney) where you connect with the return flights home. (B)