Australia, New Zealand & Fiji [CU184]
32 Days / 30 Nights Fiji, New Zealand and Australia
Your vacation begins with a trip to Nadi, Fiji staying on a beautiful Island resort.
Next travel to Auckland, New Zealand visiting the Bay of Islands & Rotorua. Now travel to the South Island, visiting Queenstown, Milford Sound and then Christchurch.
Flying to Melbourne, Australia to experience a Self Drive Tour from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Rd. Stay the night in Adelaide before going to Kangaroo Island followed by the Barossa Valley (take in a round of Golf). Next fly to Alice Springs & Ayers Rock. Sydney is next offering the beauty of the Harbour, the Opera House and the famous Bridge.
From Sydney you will travel to a Private Island on the Great Barrier Reef. This is the best way to experience on of the 7 wonders of the world. Your last stop is a Rainforest Retreat set high in the Lamington National Park
Travel Package Features
- Accommodation - Fiji: Nadi (3 Nights); New Zealand: Auckland (3 Nights), Queenstown (2 Nights), Christchurch (2 Nights); Australia: Melbourne (1 Night), Self Drive Great Ocean Road (3 Nights self Accommodation), Adelaide (1 Night), Kangaroo Island (1 Night), Barossa Valley (2 Nights), Alice Springs (1 Night), Ayers Rock/ Uluru (2 Nights), Sydney (3 Nights), Great Barrier Reef Island (3 Nights) Rainforest Retreat (3 Nights)
- International Air (not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included.) - Los Angeles to Auckland, Los Angeles to Fiji, Fiji to Auckland, Christchurch to Melbourne, Brisbane to Los Angeles
- New Zealand Domestic Air - Auckland to Queenstown
- Australian Domestic Air - Adelaide to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Sydney, Sydney to Gladstone, Gladstone to Brisbane
- Shuttle Transfers - Fiji Airport to Accommodation (Return), Auckland Airport to Accommodation (return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation, Christchurch Accommodation to Airport, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- Private Car Transfers - Brisbane Airport to Rainforest Retreat (Return)
- Ferry Transfers - Gladstone Aiport to Great Barrier Reef Island (Return)
- Car Rental - 9 Days, Pick up in Melbourne and Drop off in Adelaide
- Day Tour - Auckland: Bay Of Islands, Rotorua Geothermal Region; Queenstown: Gondola Ride, Doubtful Sound, Deluxe Coach Tour to Christchurch; Christchurch: Alpine Safari Adventure Tour; Kangaroo Island: Wildlife Discovery; Alice Springs: Deluxe Coach to Ayers Rock; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass; Sydney - Sydney Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies with the exception of car rentals
- Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
- Electronic Travel Authority (VISA's) are an additional $15 per person
- All other tours listed are optional and not included.
Travel Package Detailed Itinerary
- (Day 1) - USA Domestic Flight to Los Angeles (not included in pricing. please enquire.)
Your Home City flight to Los Angeles will be selected to suit the International Departure Flight to Australia.
Please allow 3 hours between arrival of your US domestic flight and departure of your International flight.
- (Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Fiji (not included in pricing. please enquire.)
Travel to Fiji on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Nadi, Fiji (you lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don't worry you'll catch it up again on your return flight to the USA).
The Qantas Boeing 747-400 is equipped with the latest entertainment features of any Airline.
The overnight flight to Australia can be a good opportunity for sleeping or to watch the latest movies after your evening meal.
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
- (Days 2-5) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Fiji
Spend 3 nights enjoying a true Fijian experience away from the major tourist areas. Relax amoungst the lush, tropical gardens and the pristine beach. Take in the amazing views of the azure Sailstone Reef and the Nananui Islands.
Your Fiji accommodation is a truly idyllic resort offering an island paradise experience with mainland convenience. Just a 2 and ¼ hour journey from Nadi International Airport. You will be met with the biggest Bula in Fiji and tasting your first coconut before most other visitors have even reached their island destinations.
- (Day 5) - International Flight, Fiji to Auckland
International Flight From Nadi, Fiji to Auckland, New Zealand.
- (Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
- (Days 5-8) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Downtown Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that 'City Of Sails.' Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand's largest city.
- Insider's Tip - Auckland Explorer Bus
The Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop on, hop off sightseeing tour visiting Auckland's big attractions, with full commentary.
This unique city tour through Auckland departs from the Ferry Building (End of Queen St) every 30 minutes starting at 9:00am, with the last round-trip service departing at 4:00pm (Winter Times on the hour only). You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. Your ride on the Explorer Bus will take you to some of Auckland's major attractions, including Holy Trinity Cathedral, Mt. Eden, and the Sky Tower. You determine the length of your tour. With no stops, your ride will take approximately one hour. We encourage you to get off the bus and visit the attractions that interest you. The Auckland Explorer operates 365 days of the year, but attractions may not be opened on main public holidays. Tickets can be purchased the day of for $40 NZD for adults and $15 NZD for children (4-16 years of age).
For additional information, please visit: http://www.explorerbus.co.nz
- Insider's Tip - Victoria Park Market
Make your way to Auckland's shopping destination...Victoria Park Market.
Overlooking Victoria Park, the Market is Auckland's shopping destination for arts & crafts, fashion & accessories, novelties, New Zealand souvenirs and international food (cafes, a food court & 3 restaurants are all on the site). You can wander the stalls while learning the history of the shopping site and about the people of New Zealand. Live entertainment is often provided and you can visit the Celebrity Walk of Fame.
Victoria Park Market is within walking distance from the central city, the Sky Tower and the America's Cup Village. If you are seeing Auckland via the Explorer or Link Bus, just exit at Victoria Park. Victoria Park Market is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm.
- (Day 6) - Day Tour - The Bay of Islands
Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a 'waka' (Maori war canoe).
Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge 'waka' (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands' combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!
Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.
Photo Credit: Destination Northland
- (Day 7) - Day Tour - Rotorua
On your vacation travel by deluxe luxury coach to the Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal regions of Rotorua, New Zealand.
DEPART AUCKLAND: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.
WAIKATO:Travel through New Zealand's largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via the small farming settlements towards the King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.
WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
LIGHT LUNCH:Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.
ROTORUA: New Zealand's highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity. We visit the following attractions:
AGRODOME FARM TOUR: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.
LAKE ROTORUA: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.
TE PUIA INSTITUTE (MAORI ARTS & CRAFTS AND WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE):
One of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.
RETURN TO AUCKLAND: Your attraction-packed day concludes as the coach travels through the beautiful horse breeding district of Matamata and the pastureland of the Hauraki plains. A light snack is served on this sector.
- (Day 8) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
- (Day 8 cont) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Queenstown
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Queenstown (South Island).
- (Day 8 cont) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
- (Day 8) - Day Tour - Gondola Ride over Queenstown
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.
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Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!
Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. Thrillseekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge - it`s the fastest fun on wheels! or maybe take in the challenge of AJ Hackett`s Ledge Bungy or Swing, or take off on a tandem parapente flight. Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
- (Days 8-10) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
It's all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute's walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with surperb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!
Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room
- (Day 9) - Day Tour - Doubtful Sound
When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.
The beauty and isolation of Doubtful Sound are so compelling that it's difficult to believe you were in civilisation just a few hours earlier.
A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.
On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiord's most stunning scenery. Throughout the cruise, a specialist nature guide provides commentary, answers questions and points out highlights.
Wildlife sightings are common in Doubtful Sound. Fur seals bask on rocky outcrops and the fiord's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are often seen roving through the deep, dark waters.
A day excursion to Doubtful Sound also includes a visit to one of New Zealand's major sources of sustainable hydro-power - the Manapouri Underground Power Station.
*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.
- (Day 10) - Tour and Transfer, Queenstown to Christchurch
Visit Mount Cook National Park and experience the beauty of this Alpine area dominated by Australasia's highest peak before continuing on to Christchurch.
Your coach tour begins in Queenstown and ends in Christchurch
Depart Queenstown which sits on the shores of beautiful lake Wakatipu.
On your arrival to Mount Cook you'll have lunch at a village cafe (own arrangements), or explore the walks in and around the village (1 hour approximate).
At Lake Tekapo your have a spectacular sight on clear days of the Southern Alps at the far end of the lake.
Full Day Tour
Fare includes: Selected Hotel/Motel pickups, coach and tax.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
- Insider's Tip - Tram Tour of Christchurch
Tram Tour of Christchurch
The 2.5 kilometre track takes about 25-minutes to complete and allows you to take in many of the "must see" attractions. These include Cathedral Square, Aquarium of Discovery, The Arts Centre, The Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Punting on the Avon, New Regent Street and Cathedral Junction to name just a few.
The last tram leaves Cathedral Square 30 minutes prior to closing time.
- (Days 10-12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Christchurch
Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand's South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the "Garden City" offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur's Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand's magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.
- Insider's Tip - Cathedral Square
Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the heart of Christchurch, Cathedral Square.
Take a short walk from your hotel to Cathedral Square, the heart of Christchurch. Located at the centre of the "four avenues" that form the boundaries of inner Christchurch and directly in front of the Christ Church Cathedral, the Square is home to public orators and entertainers and surrounded by historic buildings, including the old city post office. There are many restaurants, bars and cinemas all in the vicinity along with regular markets and several food stalls.
Cathedral Square is home to several historic Christchurch landmarks including The Godley Statue which was the first ever public statue in New Zealand. Erected in honor of the founder of Canterbury and cast from the metal of Russian guns used in the Crimean War the visit to this work of art is sure to be a memorable one! Be sure to check out a new addition, The Chalice. This hard to miss sculpture will be the towering inverted cone alongside the Cathedral. Including a World War One memorial, a four lime tree tribute to the four ships of Canterbury and the seven tree gift from the US Navy, The Square is definitely a place to pause and check out what Christchurch is about!
- (Day 11) - Day Tour - Trans Alpine Railway
On your vacation travel by deluxe coach across the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge on New Zealand's South Island.
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Participate in a vacation adventure that won't be forgotten soon. Spray jackets, hats and lifejackets are issued to each passenger before boarding the jet-boat for a ride up one of New Zealand's major snow-fed rivers. Weave in and out of rock faces, white water rapids and high walled rock canyons. From the headwaters of the Waimakariri Gorge you will then travel by four wheel drive through a backcountry tour enroute to Te Kowhi Country Café (lunch). After lunch travel to Arthur's Pass. Your return journey is on the famous TranzAlpine train which is rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. Travel through numerous tunnels, viaducts, river canyons and the rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park.
- (Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Christchurch Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
- (Day 12 cont) - International Flight, Christchurch to Melbourne
After departing from Christchurch, this 3 hour flight takes you overseas to Melbourne, Australia.
This relatively short international flight will take you West and have you in Melbourne the same day.
- (Days 12 to 20) - Pick up the Rental Car in Melbourne & Return the Car in Adelaide
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for nine days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.
- (Days 12-13) - 1 Night Accommodation in Downtown Melbourne
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel's private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.
- (Days 13-17) - Self Drive Along the Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island
Great Ocean Road (Victoria) through to Adelaide (South Australia) via Kangaroo Island: Self Drive Tour
DAY 1: GREAT OCEAN ROAD SELF DRIVE TOUR
Today collect your hire car and start your self drive tour of the Great Ocean Road. Pass through Geelong and maybe stop at Torquay for refreshments. Enjoy views of sweeping beaches, sleepy coastal resorts and spectacular cliffsides as you wind along the coastline road. Stop at Apollo Bay for your overnight accommodation with the afternoon at leisure.
Insider's Tip: Geelong & Great Ocean Road Information Centre - There are 12 Accredited Visitor Information Centres along Great Ocean Road. The Geelong Centre (on the outskirts of town on Princess Highway) is a great place to stop for everything you need for the GOR region. Stop by to pick up maps, vistors' guides, magazines or tips from the knowledgeable locals. (All visitor information centres are open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm)
DAY 2: THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD.
Continue along the road to Otway National Park, an abundance of ferns and mosses dwarfed by giant gum trees. Continue towards Port Campbell National Park. View the famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. Stop in Port Campbell for refreshments and continue to the remnants of London Bridge. Continue on to Portland and stay overnight in Mount Gambier (South Australia). View Mt Gambier's Blue Lake, famous for its vivid blue colour during summer months.
DAY 3: THE RIVERLAND
From Mt Gambier continue onto Tailem Bend and see Old Tailem Town a re-creation of a pioneer village with many old buildings. Continue to Strathalbyn and onto Victor Harbor a quaint seaside town where we recommend you stay overnight.
DAY 4: KANGAROO ISLAND
Rise for breakfast then drive to the Sealink Ferry terminal (Cape Jervis) where you will load your car on the ferry heading directly to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is ideal to explore in the comfort of your own car. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular and with such a small human population on such a large island.
Explore Kangaroo Island at your leisure. The driving is easy there are no traffic lights but please take care to avoid the wildlife if driving at dawn and dusk. Take in the spectacular coastal scenery, virgin bushland and National parks.
On day 4 check in 30 minutes prior to your pre-booked ferry departure time from Cape Jervis for a 45 minute ferry ride. After arrival drive to your hotel and check-in for a 1 night stay.
On day 5 check in 30 minutes prior to you pre-booked ferry departure from Kangaroo Island to Cape Jervis. After arrival make your way to Adelaide (approximately 1.5 hour drive).
*Optional Add-On (Pricing Available On Request): 3 Nights Accommodation Package Available to include 1 night in each of the following cities: Apollo Bay, Mount Gambier & Victor Harbour.
- (Days 13 to 16) - 3 Nights on the Great Ocean Road (own arrangements)
Your vacation accommodation as per your own arrangement.
- (Days 16 & 17) - Ferry Transfers, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw & Return
Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Jervis to Penneshaw and return.
- (Days 16 to 17) - 1 Night Accommodation on Kangaroo Island
Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away. Your accommodation includes a continental breakfast
- (Day 16) - Day Tour, Wildlife Discovery
Enjoy this full day tour of Kangaroo Island viewing Australian sea lions, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas in their natural habitat.
Your island nature experience begins with an introduction to Kangaroo Island. Tour through several differing island habitats and see wildlife in its natural environment. The island is a haven for Australian wildlife, which exists in its natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. At spectacular Seal Bay your guide will escort you on a memorable walk along the beach. This bay is home to a healthy Australian Sea Lion colony. Walk among the sea lions as they bask on the beach or among the dunes. With your guide you are able to stand at a safe distance to see these wonderful endangered creatures. This is a truly unforgettable experience. Enter our exclusive Heritage-listed natural bush property to enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch with wine. Follow your lunch with a pleasant bushwalk. Travel through the island's interior, keeping an eye out for koalas and echidnas. Explore the spectacular beaches of the north coast. Listen for the rare KI Glossy Black Cockatoo and watch for Tammar Wallabies in their natural habitat. Later in the afternoon, see the kangaroos leave the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures.
Photo Credit: South Australia
- (Day 16 to 17) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide
Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Your 4 Star boutique style hotel is located in the heart of Adelaide's central district. The hotel is within walking distance to the city's major cultural attractions, shopping precinct's and entertainment centres.
Adelaide is known as the city of food and wine, a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without big city frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants.
- (Day 18) - Self Drive from Adelaide Accommodation to Barossa Valley Accommodation
- (Day 20) - Self Drive from Barossa Valley Accommodation to Adelaide Airport
- (Day 20 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Alice Springs
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
- (Day 20 cont) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Alice Springs, Australia.
- (Day 20 to 21) - 1 Nights Accommodation in Alice Springs
Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
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Alice Springs, Australia's Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It's where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave "tough" a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia's Outback and its magnificent monolith - Uluru.
- (Day 21) - Day Tour - Coach Tour from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
On your vacation travel by luxury coach from Alice Springs to Uluru, in Australia's Red Centre.
Travel from Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, via the MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The MacDonnell Ranges, consisting of sandstone peaks and gorges, are to the East and West of Alice Springs and are 400 miles long. Stop at the Australia Outback Camel Farm where you can ride a camel (own expense). Continue on to the Ayers Rock Accommodation.
Departs: Approximately 7.00am from Alice Springs
Arrives: Approximately 1.00pm at Ayers Rock Resort
- (Days 21 to 23) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.
Airport shuttle transfers included.
- (Days 21 to 23) - Day Tour - Uluru Tour Pass
On your vacation explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia's Red Centre.
Day 1: Sit back and relax as you travel into the beautiful Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. You'll be amazed by the surrounds and incredible sight of Uluru in the distance.
As you enjoy the view, your experienced Driver Guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. The Aboriginal people have lived in the area for 22,000 years, so there's plenty of history to cover.
Panoramic Views from Viewing Platform
Just 40 kilometres to the west of the iconic Uluru, we'll take in the sites of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. When you stop at a viewing platform that boasts the most spectacular views of Kata Tjuta, be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Walpa Gorge Walk
Walpa (meaning windy) Gorge is a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood. The Walpa Gorge Walk takes around one hour and here you'll have time to explore at your own pace and take many memorable photographs.
Wine and Nibbles
After the Walpa Gorge Walk, you'll head off to the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area. En route, you may see some dromedary camels casually strolling through the park. On arrival at the Sunset Viewing Area, you'll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles while you absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing Red Centre sunset.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Arguably Australia's most recognisable and fascinating icon, Uluru (Ayers Rock) stands 348 metres high, however, most of its mass is below ground level. You'll be overwhelmed by its monolithic size, presence and inherent spirituality.
As the sun sets over the western horizon, you'll be witness to the majestic presence and many shades of colour for which Uluru is most famous. Be sure to have your Driver Guide take a photo of you with Uluru - although they say that the memory will stay with you forever!
Day 2: Today you'll rise early and travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku - the Uluru Sunrise Viewing area.
You'll be served tea or coffee while you begin to absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings.
Sunrise over Uluru
You'll have an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity.
Uluru Base Tour
Once you've experienced the amazing sunrise over Uluru and enjoyed a relaxing morning tea, you'll head towards the base of Uluru. Your experienced Driver Guide will join you on a tour around the base of Uluru and give you details on its geology and incredible history. You'll be fascinated by the Aboriginal stories that go back many thousands of years.
Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk
The Mutitjulu Waterhole is a valuable source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area. Here you'll see wonderful Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru.
Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
The Anangu people are the traditional custodians of Uluru and you'll be introduced to their way of life. See a vast array of ceramics, paintings and woodwork that provide an insight into the unique and spiritual culture of the Anangu people.
Note: The tour may be closed without notice due to weather or cultural reasons.
Includes: Transfers to and from accommodation, National Park Entry Fee
- Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sounds of Silence
On your vacation participate in a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, Australia's Red Centre.
Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you. As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts. Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.
Minimum Age is 10 yrs
- (Day 23) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Sydney
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Sydney.
- (Day 23 cont) - Sydney Shuttle Transfer
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
- (Days 23-26) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Downtown Sydney
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Embrace Sydney's best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.
Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property - Fees Apply
- (Day 23) - Day Tour - Sydney Opera House
On your vacation participate in an inspiring tour of the opera house in Sydney, Australia.
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This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity.
Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
- (Day 23) - Day Tour, Harbour Cruise Express Pass (Hop on, Hop off)
On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
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Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia's amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson's Bay: Home of Doyle's famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney's famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.
(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).
- Insider's Tip - Sydney Explorer Bus
The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).
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This unique city tour through Sydney departs from Circular Quay every 20 minutes starting at 8:40am, with the last round-trip service departing at 5:20pm. You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. After traveling through some of Sydney's most exclusive residential areas, the tours take in some of Sydney's most spectacular coastlines and beaches. The bus travels every day along a 30km route and makes numerous stops. The bus trip takes 2 hours to complete the whole journey (with no stops). Buy your tickets onboard ($40 AUD for Adult ticket). Use your ticket stub to get amazing discounts at each stop location. Please Note: Sydney Opera House is one of the stops if you would like to do the Explorer on the same day as your Opera House tour.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/australia/sydney.htm#tourlandingposition
- (Days 24 & 25) - Free Days to Explore
With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.
Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or to the lovely tree-lined beach suburb of Manly. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.
- Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley Wineries
Winery Tour in the Hunter Valley.
Departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday in the morning (Full Day Tour). Credited with being one of the premier wine regions in the world, let us tempt your taste buds as we showcase 3 of the regions best wineries. We meander through the majestic Hunter Valley and include wine tasting at Wyndham Estate, McGuigans and McWilliams Mt Pleasant winery. Take the time to refresh your palette with local cheeses (own expense) or browse the quaint little gift shops of Wollombi. A delicious steak and vegetables lunch with damper (aussie bread) is included whilst you sit back and enjoy learning the "tricks of the trade". Partake in a tour of the wine making process. (Vegetarian meals available). Return to Sydney late afternoon. Evening Free.
Operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday only.
Upgrade to small group touring available - please inquire
Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales
- Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb
On your vacation climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
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Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately two hours you, along with 11 other eager climbers and a climb guide, weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all - the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbour city surrounds. It is at this point that you not only have a bird's eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilaration of the truly rewarding experience of reaching the top to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you'll remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the Harbour spread before you. All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.
Photo Credit: Bridgeclimb Sydney
- Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains
On your vacation, discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, located outside of Sydney, Australia.
Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and see native wildlife. Stretching for over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, truly one of Australia's natural one wonders.
Your first stop is at Echo Point where you can view the famous Three Sisters rock formation and hear the ancient Aboriginal legends of this impressive rock formation.
Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and expreience Aboriginal song, dance, didgeridoo and culture.
Next, arrive at Scenic World where you will have free time to join the optional rides or grab some morning tea and enjoy the amazing views (own expense).
Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura and enjoy a delicious two course cafe style lunch at the Loaves and Dishes.
Next, experience an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park and have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins. Full Day Tour.
Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 5:45 PM.
Upgrade to small group touring available - please inquire
- Insider's Tip - The Rocks
Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia's finest arts and crafts.
If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you're after don't forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!
On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.
With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am - 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.
Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
- Insider's Tip - Opal Shopping
View the world famous black opal, the 'Aurora Australis', valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world's precious gem opal found in exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Ruby's.
Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:
18 Pitt Street
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
- (Day 26) - Sydney Shuttle Transfer
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
- (Day 26) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Gladstone
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Gladstone (morning flight).
This flight takes you across the border from the state of New South Wales to Gladstone, a coastal town in Queensland, north of Brisbane.
- (Days 26-29) - 3 Glorious Nights on an Island Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef
Travel to your accommodation on a Great Barrier Reef Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
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This luxury vacation resort is set amongst a dazzling parade of aquamarine waters, shimmering white sand beaches and colour-splashed reef teeming with life. It's what you don't see around the island that makes the resort so special. You won't see any buildings above the tree line. And you won't bump into any day trippers either. The reef vacation experience is exclusively for guests, a unique experience few other resorts in the world can offer. There's a relaxed island lifestyle that sets the island apart, a sophisticated yet casual resort atmosphere. Here the emphasis is on exploring and discovering the natural attractions that have made Heron famous around the world. The vacation resort rooms are equipped with either balcony or terrace, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerators, hairdryers, and many more. In order to help guests leave the outside world behind, televisions and telephones, while available on the island, are not found in guest rooms.
Breakfast, 2 course or buffet lunch and 3 course or buffet dinner. Upgrades available (pricing upon request).
- Great Barrier Reef Island Meal Plan
Includes a 2 course or buffet lunch and a 3 course or buffet dinner and unlimited filtered coffee
- (Day 29 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Gladstone to Brisbane
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Gladstone to Brisbane.
- (Day 29 cont) - Private Car Transfer
Travel by private luxury sedan from the Airport in Brisbane, Australia to your vacation accommodation in the Rainforest.
- (Days 29-32) - 3 Nights Accommodation at your Rainforest Retreat
Travel to your accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your vacation Rainforest Retreat is located in one of Australia's most enchanted rainforests. You will enjoy the spectacular mountain view on your drive to this eighty year old hideaway. The Rainforest Retreat offers a range of guestrooms to cater to all tastes, from the grandeur of the luxurious Canopy Suites through the most popular Mountain View Rooms to the simple yet comfortable Garden View (subject to availability). Most rooms also take advantage of the magnificent mountain views. Enjoy the birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Or relax from your travel and ponder the beauty of life as you sit on a rock amongst the ferns and greenery and admire waterfalls, creeks and other pleasures of nature.
- Optional Add-On (Pricing Available On Request) - Rainforest Activity Pass
This Rainforest Discovery Pass can be used to participate in many activities while in the Rainforest.
Your pass is good for 6 activities and can be shared between individuals in your group, throughout your stay. The available activities include Morning, Afternoon and Evening Activities such as Guided Rainforest walks, 4WD Bus Excursions, Flying Fox, Adventure Activities, Spotlighting Walk, and Glow Worm Tour. There is an adult pass as well as a children's pass (ages 4-15).
Activity Pass also available for 8 activities.
- (Day 32) - Car Transfer from Rainforest Retreat to Brisbane Airport
Travel by private luxury sedan from your vacation accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat to Brisbane, Australia.
- (Day 32) - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles (not included in pricing. please enquire.)
Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
- (Day 32 ) - USA Domestic Flight, Los Angeles to Hometown (not included in pricing. please enquire.)
The connection flight to your Home City from Los Angeles will be selected to suit the International Arrival flight from Australia.
Please allow 3 hours between arrival of International flight before departure of your US domestic flight.