Tour Federation Square one of Melbourne city’s great iconsMelbourne, Australia (Tourism Victoria Facebook)
Alice SpringsMacDonnell Ranges
UluruThe Red Center of Australia - Photo Credit: APT
Visit Cairns Esplanade while on your vacationTourism Tropical North Queensland Facebook
SydneyOpera House Lights
Auckland - New Zealand's Largest CityPhoto Credit: Kim Christensen
Franz Josef GlacierWalking Tours
Queenstown Kawarau RiverCredit: DestinationQueenstown.com
Sydney's Opera House & Harbour BridgePhoto Credit: APT
Ride & Tour via the Melbourne City Circle TramMelbourne, Australia (Tourism Victoria Facebook)
- All inclusive
- Fully escorted luxury coach travel
- 4 – 5 star accommodations
- Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
- Welcome Reception
- Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 Nights), Alice Springs – Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1), Uluru and Kata Tjuta – Desert Gardens Hotel (2), Cairns – Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (3), Sydney – Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3), Auckland – Stamford Plaza Auckland (2), Rotorua – Millennium Hotel Rotorua (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (3), Franz Josef – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (1), Christchurch – Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2)
- Meals – 21 Full buffet breakfasts, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ morning tea, 3 lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, 4 Dinners with wine, 2 Highlight dinner, 1 Farewell dinner
- US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
- International Flights – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Christchurch to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
- Internal Flights – Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Rotorua to Queenstown (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
- Day Tours – Melbourne: City Sights Tour, Laneway Walking Tour; Alice Springs: School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service; Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Sunset Tour & Viewing, Field of Light Morning Tour, Western Desert Art; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbor Lunch Cruise; Auckland: City Sights Tour; Rotorua: Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Tamaki Maori Village; Queenstown: City Sights Tour; Milford Sound Cruise; Arrowtown Historic Village; Hokitika Greenstone Factory; Scenic Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine
- Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner at a riverside restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone before your Melbourne adventure begins.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 nights)
Dinner with wine included
Day 2: Melbourne
Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic laneways, arcades, café culture and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well known food and coffee.
Day 3: Melbourne
Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theater production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries.
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs this morning, and visit the School of the Air to hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn about this facility that provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. They’ll share stories about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-along with didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!
Hotel Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Breakfast & Be My Guest Dinner included
Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru
Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru (Ayers Rock), before arriving. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set over the Uluru.
Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel (2 nights)
Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta
This morning view the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Share a drink with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.
Day 7: Uluru – Cairns
Depart the resort in total darkness for the short drive to Bruce Munro’s renowned Field of Light. Later, join an Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly to Cairns.
Hotel Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (3 nights)
Day 8: Cairns
Today is free for you to do as you choose! Perhaps take an optional experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture, or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. Or maybe travel to the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine included
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.
Hotel Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3 nights)
Day 11: Sydney
Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.
Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 12: Sydney
Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains or climb the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge on a ‘BridgeClimb’. Spend your last evening in Sydney together along with your Travel Director and companions at a local waterfront restaurant.
Breakfast & Dinner with wine included
Day 13: Sydney – Auckland
Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. Meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
Hotel Stamford Plaza Auckland (2 nights)
Breakfast & Dinner with wine included
Day 14: Auckland
A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by free time to relax or explore Auckland.
Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua
Discover native flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and a cultural performance at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Hotel Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included
Day 16: Rotorua – Queenstown
There’s time this morning to consider an optional experience before boarding your flight to Queenstown.
Hotel Millenium Hotel, Queenstown (3 nights)
Day 17: Milford Sound
Travel over the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, on your way to Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch as you cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Return to Queenstown this evening.
Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 18: Queenstown
Relax and explore in Queenstown today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Highlight Dinner at The Boatshed.
Breakfast, Highlight Dinner included
Day 19: Queenstown – Franz Josef
Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before indulging in delicious stone fruit at Cromwell and then journey over the Haast Pass and along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier.
Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Breakfast & Dinner included
Day 20: Franz Josef – Christchurch
Stop at Hokitika for a demonstration by a master jade carver. Take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps to Christchurch on the legendary TranzAlpine train.
Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)
Day 21: Christchurch
Meet Isabelle and Tim Weston for a Be My Guest morning tea at their home, Britten Stables. Formerly horse stables, the couple restored the property and transformed it into the exquisite home it is today. Spend the last evening with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
Breakfast, Be My Guest morning tea & Farewell Dinner included
Day 22: Farewell from Christchurch
Say farewell when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.
Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.