We have created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus “they really do that?” service of a Local Host – a local expert available throughout your stay. We’ve arranged sightseeing, exclusive to our guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We’ve arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to beautiful Sydney. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 2 SYDNEY
Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure.
DAY 3 SYDNEY
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
DAY 4 SYDNEY–CAIRNS–PORT DOUGLAS
Fly to tropical Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise.
DAY 5 PORT DOUGLAS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure.
DAY 6 PORT DOUGLAS
A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort’s pool, or window shopping at the unique boutiques and art galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favorite souvenir.
DAY 7 PORT DOUGLAS–CAIRNS–DARWIN
Spend some time at leisure this morning. Perhaps select an optional excursion to visit a zoo to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Later, transfer to Cairns and fly to Darwin at the top end of Australia.
Day 8 DARWIN. EXCURSION TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
This morning, depart Darwin for a full-day excursion to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Upon arrival, take a GUIDED WALK around Nourlangie Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Then, take a GUIDED CRUISE on Kakadu’s famous wetlands for a chance to see crocodiles in the wild. You will also stop at the WARRADJAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE to learn more about the cultural significance of the park. Afterward, return to Darwin.
DAY 9 DARWIN–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Today, fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 10 ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta. Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.
DAY 11 ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–MELBOURNE
Today, fly to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 12 MELBOURNE
Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), the Italian Quarter, the Shrine of Remembrance, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour ends at the EUREKA SKYDECK for awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 13 MELBOURNE
Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent activities. You may want to join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne.
DAY 14 MELBOURNE–QUEENSTOWN
Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 15 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND
Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience.
DAY 16 QUEENSTOWN
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Perhaps choose an optional jetboat ride, visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
DAY 17 QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA
Fly to Rotorua. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 18 ROTORUA
This morning, enjoy guided sightseeing with visits to TE PUIA, RAINBOW SPRINGS, and the AGRODOME. This afternoon, explore this geothermal wonderland on your own. This evening, you may choose to join our optional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner.
DAY 19 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND
Today, head north for Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Continue on to Auckland.
DAY 20 AUCKLAND
Your stay in New Zealand ends with breakfast this morning.