Highlights of Australia and New Zealand Summer 2018

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018

Let's go walkabout through gracious Victorian arcades, vast desert plains and the effervescent byways of Rotorua - The taste of the Outback, untamed fiords and fascinating Maori legends every bit as enchanting as an epic Alpine journey through New Zealand's majestic snow-capped Southern Alps.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland
  • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, Waitemata Harbour and Milford Sound
  • View Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier
Dining Highlights
  • 21 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 9 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Call (860) 376-0774 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13704355

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 3/31/2018
22 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1MelbourneArrive Melbourne (3 Nights): Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine
Crowne Plaza
Day 2MelbourneMelbourne Sightseeing: Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour and discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, cafe society and street art on your Cultural Insight private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3MelbourneMelbourne Free Time: Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take an Optional Experience along the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles.Buffet Breakfast
Day 4Alice SpringsMelbourne - Alice Springs: Today you fly to Alice Springs. Visit School of the Air and hear from a Local Specialist how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll join a Local Specialist to learn about this facility that provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the Outback. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Day 5Uluru (Ayers Rock)Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights): Journey to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as Uluru (Ayers Rock) changes colour when the sun dips below the western horizon.Buffet Breakfast
Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation
Day 6Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)Kata Tjuta (the Olgas): View the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later toast a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7CairnsUluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights): Join your Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their 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 the tropical city of Cairns.Buffet Breakfast
Day 8CairnsCairns Free Time: Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture. Journey to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals or travel to the 'village in the rainforest' on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands over the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.Buffet Breakfast
Day 9Great Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef: Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 10SydneyCairns - Sydney (3 Nights): Today you will fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront.Buffet Breakfast
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Day 11SydneySydney Sightseeing: Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House before putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then, take to the water on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 12SydneySydney Free Time: Enjoy a free day in exciting Sydney or perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. Celebrate your last evening in Sydney at dinner with your Travel Director and companions at a waterfront restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 13AucklandSydney - Auckland (2 Nights): Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Stamford Plaza
Day 14AucklandAuckland Sightseeing and Free Time: A morning city sightseeing tour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Later, you'll have free time to relax or explore.Buffet Breakfast
Day 15RotoruaAuckland - Rotorua: Today you're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm (from April 1 2018). This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae. Experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a Cultural Insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Regional Meal
Day 16ChristchurchRotorua - Christchurch: Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Specialist and discover the native flora and fauna. Continue to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll be accompanied by a Local Specialist on a guided tour through the geothermal valley. Later, you'll fly to Christchurch.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)
Day 17Franz JosefChristchurch - Franz Josef: Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration by a Local Specialist. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 18QueenstownFranz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights): Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls and a trio of Lakes. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Meal with wine.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 19Milford Sound CruiseMilford Sound Cruise: Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities before reaching Milford Sound. Cruise the magnificent fiord with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20QueenstownQueenstown Free Time: Today you may like to consider taking one of our Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet, the most thrilling jet boat ride in the world! Perhaps join a wine tour at Gibbston Valley Winery or play 9 holes of golf on one of Queenstown's spectacular courses. Choose from the immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as your backdrop. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon alongside the Shotover River to Skippers Point in Mount Aurum Conservation Area. Or why not enjoy a relaxing spa. You'll be pampered at one of Queenstown's luxurious day spas. Sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a selection of therapies at a local salon. This evening, consider taking the gondola ride to Bob's Peak for dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant.Buffet Breakfast
Day 21ChristchurchQueenstown - Christchurch: Visit Lake Tekapo, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. You are welcomed by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden. Join your Travel Director this evening in Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Farewell Dinner
Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)
Day 22Depart ChristchurchDepart Christchurch: Bid farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast

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03/11/2018$7,150.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/18/2018$7,150.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/25/2018$7,150.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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