Exploring Australia & New Zealand

Exploring Australia & New Zealand

The Lands Down Under and small group touring – limited to 24 travelers – make for a perfect combination on this journey from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the storied Outback, and Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.  The 22-day journey begins in Cairns with a ride on the historic railway to Kuranda, then the descent via a Skyrail gondola.  Swim and snorkel at the colossal Great Barrier Reef during a day-long excursion.  With two nights in Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour to learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture, and enjoy a traditional bushman’s dinner.  At Ayers Rock, watch the sun set over this fabled monolith.  Highlights of a three-night Sydney stay include a catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour; Featherdale Wildlife Park, where koalas roam; and the iconic Opera House; along with ample leisure time to get better acquainted with this fascinating city.  Discover Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” with a tour, then stop at a local farm to see sheepdogs work.  Spend two nights in splendid Mt. Cook National Park.  On a day-long Milford Sound excursion, cruise through the stunning fjords.  Explore Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.”  In geothermal Rotorua, experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner and see kiwis at a nature park.  The journey ends with a two-night stay and sightseeing in vibrant Auckland.  Enjoy additional time in the sparkling “City of Sails” with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Trip Itinerary:

April 11 Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

April 12 Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

April 13 Arrive Cairns

April 14 Cairns

April 15 Cairns

April 16 Alice Springs

April 17 Alice Springs

April 18 Ayers Rock/Sydney

April 19 Ayers Rock/Sydney

April 20 Ayers Rock/Sydney

April 21 Ayers Rock/Sydney

April 22 Christchurch, New Zealand

April 23 Mount Cook

April 24 Mount Cook

April 25 Queenstown

April 26 Queenstown

April 27 Queenstown

April 28 Rotorua

April 29 Rotorua

April 30 Auckland

May 1 Auckland

May 2 Depart for U.S.


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