This Small Group Australia & New Zealand Tour was created for travelers who want to explore, in a small group settins, with only 16-28 passengers per trip. Your journey begins on New Zealand’s picturesque north island, and ends in the energetic modern city of Sydney.
* International flights from Los Angeles and throughout
* 21-nights in First Class hotels with private bathrooms.
* Ferry from North to Sound Island New Zealand
* 35 Meals: 21 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 12 Dinner
* Sydney Opera House, Australia
* Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
* Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock), Australia
* Enjoy an overnight stay on a working New Zealand farm
Day to day Itinerary
Day 1 – Day 2: Overnight Flight
Board your Qantas flight • Cross the International Dateline en route and skip a day ahead.
Day 3: Auckland, New Zealand – Tour Begins
Arrive in one of the world’s best-kept secrets, New Zealand • Begin in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live • Experience the vibrant cultures from many Pacific islands that come together here • This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included. Stay at the Amora Hotel Auckland. D
Day 4: Auckland – Matamata – Farm Stay
Get to know the best of Auckland • Set out on a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and spectacular views from the harbourside • Head to Matamata in the agricultural heartland of the North Island • This idyllic landscape inspired the producers of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films and is sure to inspire you when you tour Hobbiton, the only outdoor filming location still in existence • Make yourself at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you to stay on their farm for the night!* • This is sure to be an unforgettable experience as you make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis” and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at a Farmstay tonight. B, D
Day 5: Rotorua
Find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua • Explore the local culture • With over one-third of its population boasting Maori roots, this city is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand • Take the controls of your own “RailCruiser” as you undertake Rotorua’s ultimate rail experience • This heritage rail line takes you through the native landscape and reveals beautiful lake views • Meet skilled carvers who work with pounamu, New Zealand greenstone, at a local jade factory • Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience • See how age-old customs are passed down at the National Carving School and National Weaving School where tribal youth learn traditional skills • Tonight, experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration where you learn about the warm-hearted Maoris and their lives before and since European colonists arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) • Enjoy an immersive experience featuring traditional entertainment such as the poi dance and the famous “Haka” war challenge. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at the Regent of Rotorua Hotel. B, D
Day 6: Rotorua – Wellington
Begin your day with a breakfast cruise on the waters of Lake Rotorua • Travel through the majestic countryside of the North Island • Arrive in Wellington, nestled between the sparkling harbour and rolling hills • Savor Wellington’s unique cosmopolitan feel • Come to know this cool little capital city. Today breakfast will be included. Stay at the Rydges Wellington Hotel. B
Day 7: Wellington
Join a sightseeing tour of Wellington that includes the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament, historic St. Paul’s Church and the Government Building • Visit Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, the national museum of New Zealand • While at the museum, learn firsthand about the early interactions between Maoris and colonial settlers • Take the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the city. Today breakfast will be included. B
Day 8: Wellington – Picton – Christchurch
Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait, “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.” From the port of Picton, we travel across New Zealand’s South Island to Christchurch, the “Garden City.” Stroll the magnificent gardens or learn its more recent history at the Quake City Exhibition. Stay at the Rydges Latimer Hotel. B, D
Day 9: Christchurch – Mt. Cook Region
Travel over the rugged countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Gaze up at formidable Mt. Cook, pinnacle of the Southern Alps. Take a nature walk, choose an optional glacier flightseeing** tour or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. Stay at the Mackenzie Country Hotel. B, D
Day 10: Mt. Cook Region – Queenstown
Travel through the Hollyford Valley to world-famous Milford Sound. Cruise this dramatic fjord. You may choose to return to Queenstown via a short optional flight** for spectacular views or return by coach. Stay at Scenic Suites. B, L
Day 11: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown
Travel through the Hollyford Valley to world-famous Milford Sound • Cruise this dramatic fjord • Choose to return to Queenstown via a short optional flight for spectacular views or return by coach. Today breakfast and lunch will be included. B, L
Day 12: Queenstown
Your day is at leisure to relax or explore Queenstown independently • Opt to take “A Journey Through Middle Earth,” a tour of the South Island’s Tolkienesque landscape, and see the cinematic backdrop that brought The Lord of the Rings to life on the big screen. Today breakfast will be included. B
Day 13: Queenstown – Melbourne, Australia
Continue on your adventure to Australia, the island continent • Fly into the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne • Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of opals, Australia’s national gemstone • See how raw opals are transformed into beautiful jewelry at the National Opal Centre • Tonight dine on the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Trams are an essential part of Melbourne’s colorful atmosphere. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at Batman’s Hill on Collins. B, L
Day 14: Melbourne
This morning enjoy a city tour featuring Fitzroy Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance and bustling Victoria Markets • Take a free afternoon to discover all that Melbourne has to offer • You may participate in an optional tour that travels to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Today breakfast will be included. B
Day 15: Melbourne – Adelaide – Barossa Valley
Fly to Adelaide, capital of South Australia • Enjoy a panoramic tour of this historic city before heading north into the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions • Barossa Valley wines are renowned among connoisseurs • Tonight, enjoy the beauty of Barossa during a scenic dinner overlooking the gorgeous vineyards. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. B, L
Day 16: Barossa Valley
Enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the Barossa Valley • Indulge as you visit a few local wineries to learn about the history and geography of the region and why the wines garner such high praise • Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs • Wine connoisseur or not, sit back and relax while Australian wine experts introduce you to these delicious products. B
Day 17: Barossa Valley – Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Fly into the heart of the Outback and arrive at iconic Uluru, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Tonight an unforgettable experience awaits • At the world-famous Sounds of Silence Dinner, you will sip champagne as you watch the sun set over Uluru • Enjoy a delicious buffet featuring Australian “bush tucker,” or native foods • Listen to the sound of the didgeridoo and watch native Aboriginal dances • Gaze at the broad sweep of the Southern stars as a guide points out the features of the night sky. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at Sails in the Desert. B, L
Day 18: Uluru – Cairns – Palm Cove
In the cool of the morning, set out for a tour of “the Rock” • Explore the sandstone domes of the Olgas • Learn how geologic forces created these masterpieces • Get a sense of their Aboriginal spiritual significance • Soar above the Red Centre as you fly to tropical Cairns • Arrive at your beachside resort. Breakfast is included. Stay at The Reef House. B
Day 19: The Great Barrier Reef
Head for one of the world’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef • Set sail with a select few on the exclusive luxury sailing catamaran Wavedancer • Moor at the Low Isles and allow the natural beauty to surround you • Enjoy a guided walking or snorkel tour with a marine biologist, check out marine life from a glass-bottom boat, or just relax under a palm-thatched umbrella on this peaceful coral cay • Indulge in a tropical buffet lunch on board. Today breakfast and lunch will be included. B, L
Day 20: Daintree Rainforest – Mossman Gorge
This morning relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort • Journey north to the ancient Daintree Rainforest • Cruise the Daintree River to search for fearsome saltwater crocodiles • At beautiful Mossman Gorge, members of the Kuku Yalanji tribe, the original Aboriginal people of the area, introduce you to their traditional lifestyle • Walk with them through their ancestral lands and learn their ancient ways • Perhaps you would like to swim in the fresh, clear water of the gorge • Savor a dinner prepared using a traditional camp oven-style of cooking. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. B, D
Day 21: Cairns – Sydney
Return to Cairns and fly to energetic Sydney, Australia’s largest city • Upon arrival, sample the city’s best dining experiences – all in a single evening • Think of it as an epicurean tour with each course in a different, unforgettable restaurant on Sydney’s stunning Darling Harbour. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Stay at Parkroyal Darling Harbour. B
Day 22: Sydney
Set out on a tour of Sydney which highlights the lively Kings Cross district, Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the historic Rocks neighborhood and Botanic Gardens • Discover the perfectly designed UNESCO World Heritage Sydney Opera House during a guided tour • Head to world-famous Bondi Beach for a surfing lesson • Don’t worry…you don’t have to get wet • Explore the rigorous training lifeguards must go through and figure out how to stay up on a board • This afternoon, discover the “Gourmet Icons” of this multicultural city on a special foodie tour • Taste beers in an authentic pub • Visit a family-owned Italian deli • Enjoy handmade gelato • Indulge in a great Australian specialty, meat pies, at the landmark “Harry’s Café de Wheels.” Today breakfast will be included.
Day 23: Sydney
Today is yours to explore Sydney on your own • See what the city has to offer you in the way of shopping, history or culinary adventures • Immerse yourself in this cosmopolitan melting pot • Your tour manager will be on hand to make suggestions • Later, take a farewell dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour • Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge • Trade stories about your trip with your new friends and celebrate your Down Under adventure. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. B, D.
Day 24: Sydney – Tour Ends
After breakfast your memorable (CL) exploration of the South Pacific ends today as you depart for home. B
PRICES: From USD$11220 per person. Based on double occupancy.
DEPARTURES 2016: Feb 02, 16 and more dates
HOTELS: Hotels are listed in the above itinerary.
EXTENSION: You can extend your trip to the Fiji Island for 2-nights.