Escorted Tour Package of Australia & New Zealand [IMZB]
22 Days: Escorted Tour Package of Australia & New Zealand [IMZB]
Starting at
$6,995

Available Tour Dates

2019

Dec* 16

2020

Jan* 12, 26
Feb* 2, 9, 23
Mar* 1, 8, 15
Apr 12
May 31
Jun 28
Aug 9, 30
Sep 13, 27
Oct* 11
Nov* 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec* 13, 27

2021

Jan* 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb* 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar* 7, 14

*Price will increase due to seasonality.

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Fully escorted luxury coach travel
  • 4 – 5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception

Inclusions

  • 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)

Tour Itinerary

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.

Breakfast included

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.

Breakfast included

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)

Breakfast included

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.

Breakfast Included

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)

Breakfast included

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.

Breakfast included

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)

Breakfast included

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 a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore.

Breakfast included

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 Family Marae.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch & 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)

Breakfast included

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)

Breakfast included

Day 21: Christchurch

Meet Isabelle and Tim Weston for a By 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.

Breakfast included

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.