Day 1: Los Angeles:
This evening board your flight bound for Australia.
Day 2: In Flight:
Cross the international dateline and ‘lose’ a day.
Day 3: Sydney:
Your Tour Director will meet you on arrival of one of our selected flights, in Sydney. After an early check-in at your hotel, relax or step out to explore. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at our Welcome Dinner. Three Night Stay: Sydney, Shangri-La Hotel.
Day 4: City Sights Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Tour:
Today join a comprehensive Sydney sightseeing tour including a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. See Kings Cross, the historic Rocks area and famous Bondi Beach before you have the unique opportunity to take a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Day 5: At Leisure in Sydney:
Relax and enjoy Sydney at your own pace today. Perhaps join an optional sightseeing tour of the Hunter Valley, internationally known for its wines, or visit the stunning Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters rock formation (own expense). Or head to Oxford Street or Pitt Street Mall to discover the city’s fabulous shopping precincts.
Day 6: Sydney, Cairns, Tjapukai Aboriginal Dinner and Show:
Today fly to Cairns, the gateway to Far North Queensland. Enjoy a tour of the city before you have the unique opportunity to experience the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Dinner and Show. Three Night Stay: Cairns, Shangri La, The Marina.
Day 7: Barrier Reef Cruise:
After breakfast, take a guided cruise out to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, specifically Agincourt Reef. View the colorful coral and diverse range of marine life through the glass bottom of your boat. Perhaps go for a snorkel or a swim, then visit the underwater observatory before enjoying a tropical lunch.
Day 8: Skyrail, Kuranda, Wildlife, Cairns:
Today ride the Skyrail Cableway over lush World Heritage-listed rain forest to Kuranda. Visit a wildlife park and perhaps have your photograph taken with a koala (own expense). Later, take in the spectacular scenery as you travel aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway back down the mountain range to Cairns.
Day 9: Cairns, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Sounds of Silence Dinner:
This morning is free in Cairns before you’ll join a flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Visit Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and walk to Walpa (Olga) Gorge. Tonight at the Sounds of Silence dinner, dine under the stars then hear an astronomer talk about the Outback night sky. Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Sails in the Desert.
Day 10: Uluru Base Tour, Alice Springs:
Tour Uluru’s base, viewing ancient caves and Aboriginal rock art. Walk to Mutitjulu waterhole and hear of ancient Aboriginal legends. At the Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery, see Aboriginal artists at work and perhaps purchase original artworks. En route to Alice Springs, pass vast cattle ranches. Stay: Alice Springs, Crowne Plaza.
Day 11: Alice Springs Tour, The Ghan Train:
Tour Alice Springs, visiting the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service Base and Anzac Hill. Then board The Ghan and begin one of the world’s great train journeys through the Outback. Stay: The Ghan, one of the world's great train journeys.
Day 12: Adelaide:
Arrive in Adelaide this afternoon aboard The Ghan. Tour the National Wine Centre for a tasting and gain an insight into the Barossa wine region and the Australian wine industry. Stay: Adelaide, Sebel Playford.
Day 13: Melbourne Tour, Colonial Tramcar Restaurant:
Fly to Melbourne. On a tour of the city, visit Queen Victoria Market and stroll through the Fitzroy Gardens. This evening enjoy dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Dine as the tramcar winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Two Night Stay: Melbourne, Hotel Sofitel.
Day 14: At Leisure in Melbourne:
A free day to enjoy the delights of Melbourne - one of the world’s most livable cities. Perhaps stroll down to Southbank on the Yarra River to enjoy the many cafés, shops and Crown Casino complex, visit the city’s elegant shopping arcades, choose an optional tour to see the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or join a tour along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the magnificent Twelve Apostles (all activities at own expense).
Day 15: New Zealand, Christchurch City Sights Tour:
Departing Australia today, you’ll fly to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Enjoy free time here to relax or explore as you please in this beautiful Garden City. Two Night Stay: Christchurch, Crowne Plaza.
Day 16: Christchurch:
This morning, take a sightseeing tour of Christchurch before the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Day 17: TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef:
Board the award-winning TranzAlpine Train for a journey through the majestic Southern Alps. Sit back and relax as you climb over the mountains on the way to the West Coast. On arrival in Greymouth enter the World Heritage-listed area of South West New Zealand, home to a number of magnificent glacial formations. View the mighty Franz Josef Glacier, measuring over seven miles. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier Hotel.
Day 18: Queenstown:
Today enjoy the uniquely New Zealand landscape as you travel over Haast Pass and along the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea on the way to Queenstown. Three Night Stay: Queenstown, Novotel Gardens.
Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise:
Today travel to beautiful Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise along the full length of spectacular Milford Sound. Cruise below towering Mitre Peak, past cascading waterfalls, dense rain forest and rugged mountains.
Day 20: At Leisure in Queenstown:
Enjoy today free to explore the magnificent alpine resort of Queenstown at your own pace, being as active or relaxed as you like.
Day 21: Rotorua:
Fly to the geothermal region of Rotorua. Tour Te Puia Thermal Reserve and witness the power of geothermal energy - see boiling mud pools and exploding geysers. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance. Stay: Rotorua, Royal Lakeside Novotel.
Day 22: Waitomo Caves, Auckland:
Visit Rotorua’s Agrodome then glide silently by boat underneath the lights of thousands of glow worms at Waitomo Caves. Continue to Auckland, where tonight you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza.
Day 23: Auckland, Los Angeles:
Board your flight to Los Angeles.
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