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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 23 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 30 people
Destination(s): Australia   New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Ecotourism   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7975 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7975 US Dollar (USD)

Two of the South Pacific's most popular rail journeys - Australia's Ghan and New Zealand's Tranz Alpine are included, as well as many others:

Highlights - Australia:

- Travel in style and comfort aboard the luxurious Ghan Railway, journeying across Australia’s Red Centre desert
- Visit Chateau Yaldara Winery, Barossa Valley
- Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
- Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
- Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the lush rain forest canopy to Kuranda
- Guided tour of Sydney Opera House
- City sights tour of tropical Cairns
- Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Spend a day on The Great Barrier Reef.

Highlights - New Zealand:

- Sheep shearing display at the Agrodome
- Cross the Southern Alps, TranzAlpine Train
- View the imposing Franz Josef Glacier
- Christchurch city sights tour
- Cruise the full length of spectacular Milford Sound, admiring mighty Mitre Peak
- Tour the geothermal region of Rotorua.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Los Angeles. This evening board your flight bound for Australia. Includes: (D).

Day 2: In Flight. Cross the international dateline and ‘lose’ a day.

Day 3: Sydney. After an early check-in, relax or step out to explore. Perhaps stroll down to Circular Quay. Tonight, join fellow travelers for our Welcome Dinner. 3 Night Stay: Sydney, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: City Sights Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Tour. Today join a Sydney sightseeing tour including a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Join a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour before touring Kings Cross, the historic Rocks area, famous Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: At Leisure in Sydney. Enjoy Sydney at your own pace. Perhaps join an excursion to the Hunter Valley wine regions, or the Blue Mountains (own expense). Includes: (B).

Day 6: Sydney, Cairns, Tjapukai Dinner and Show. Today fly to tropical Cairns and enjoy a short tour of this relaxed city. Tonight enjoy the cultural Tjapukai Dinner and Show. 3 Night Stay: Cairns, Tradewinds Esplanade Hotel, Ocean Front Rooms. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 7: Barrier Reef Cruise. Enjoy a guided cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. At Agincourt Reef see coral aboard the semi-sub, or swim and snorkel. Visit the underwater observatory. Enjoy a tropical lunch. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 8: Skyrail, Kuranda, Cairns. Today ride the Skyrail Cableway, gliding over the lush World Heritage-listed rain forest canopy to Kuranda. Later, take in the spectacular scenery as you travel aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway back down the mountain range to Cairns. Includes: (B).

Day 9: Cairns, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This morning explore Cairns for yourself before joining a flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Tonight enjoy the unique experience of dining in the desert at the ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner. Savor this silver service gourmet dining experience under the Outback stars. Ayers Rock Resort: Sails in the Desert. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 10: Uluru Base Tour, Alice Springs. Tour the base of Uluru, viewing ancient caves and Aboriginal rock art. At the Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery, see Aboriginal artists at work. Pass vast cattle stations en route to Alice Springs. Alice Springs, Alice Springs Resort. Includes: (B).

Day 11: Alice Springs Tour, The Ghan Train. Tour Alice Springs, visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base and Anzac Hill. Then board The Ghan and begin one of the world’s great train journeys through the Outback. The Ghan. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 12: Adelaide. Arrive in Adelaide. Travel to the Barossa Valley to savor superb Australian wines. Enjoy lunch at a local winery. Visit Haigh’s Chocolates. Adelaide: Radisson Playford. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 13: Adelaide, Melbourne Tour. Fly to Melbourne. Visit Victoria Market and Parliament House. Enjoy dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Two-Night Stay: Melbourne, Langham Hotel on the vibrant riverfront. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 14: At Leisure in Melbourne. Explore for yourself today. Perhaps stroll the banks of the Yarra River or tour the Great Ocean Road (own expense). Includes: (B).

Day 15: New Zealand, Christchurch City Sights Tour. Fly to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. See elegant gardens and grand architecture. Two-Night Stay: Christchurch, Crowne Plaza. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 16: Christchurch. Morning sightseeing tour of Christchurch. The remainder of your day is after leisure to enjoy this very English city. Includes: (B).

Day 17: Southern Alps, Franz Josef. Board the TranzAlpine Train for a journey through spectacular Southern Alps scenery. Continue to the Franz Josef Glacier. Franz Josef, Franz Josef Glacier Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 18: Queenstown. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass and journey along the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown.
Three-Night Stay: Queenstown, Novotel Gardens Hotel Queenstown. Includes: (B).

Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise. Journey to Fiordland National Park and cruise breathtaking Milford Sound seeing spectacular waterfalls and Mitre Peak. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 20: At Leisure in Queenstown. Go shopping, take a jet boat or helicopter ride, play a round of golf or enjoy a winery tour (own expense). The choice is yours. Includes: (B).

Day 21: Rotorua. Fly to Rotorua. Tour Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance. Rotorua: Millennium Hotel Rotorua. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 22: Waitomo Caves, Auckland. Enjoy a guided tour of Waitomo Caves, lit by tiny glow-worms. Continue to New Zealand’s capital city, Auckland. Auckland: Crowne Plaza. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 23: Auckland, Los Angeles. Board your flight to Los Angeles. Includes: (B), (D).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are per person, based on double-occupancy. Single Supplement is $2882 in addition to the pricing above.

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