South Pacific Wonders Escorted Tour from $3,999

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 15 Days/14 Nights
  • 21 Meals
  • Tours per itinerary
South Pacific Wonders Escorted Tour

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavors during lunch at a family-run merino sheep farm and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

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Full Itinerary

*Pre Night *Ask a travel team agent for details if you want to include this:

 

Riley Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Would you like to begin your vacation with an additional Hotel in Cairns?

 

Days 1 – 2

Depart From Home

Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Day 3

Cairns, Australia – Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

  • Dinner

 

  • High  85°  Low  69°
  • 1″
  • Riley Crystalbrook Collection Resort

 

Day 4

Cairns

Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

 

  • Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day 5

Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

 

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • High  85°  Low  69°
  • 1″
  • Pacific Hotel Cairns

 

Day 6

Cairns – Sydney

This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

 

  • Breakfast
  • High  72°  Low  55°
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square

 

Day 7

Sydney

See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection.

 

  • Breakfast
  • High  72°  Low  55°
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square

 

Day 8

Sydney

Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

 

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  72°  Low  55°
  • 3″
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square

 

Day 9

Sydney – Christchurch, New Zealand

Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

 

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  61°  Low  44°
  • 2″
  • Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

 

Day 10

Christchurch – Mt. Cook Region

Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

 

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  61°  Low  38°
  • Mackenzie Country Hotel

 

Day 11

Mt. Cook Region – Arrowtown – Queenstown

Traverse the spectacular countryside as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore independently.

 

  • Breakfast
  • High  60°  Low  41°
  • 3″
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 12

Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

 

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • High  60°  Low  41°
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 13

Queenstown

A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional “Gold Seeker – Metal and Movie Discovery” tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.

 

  • Breakfast
  • High  60°  Low  41°
  • 3″
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 14

Queenstown

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During an exclusive, behind the scenes visit to this authentic family run merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 15

Queenstown – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

 

  • Breakfast

 

*Ask a travel team agent for details if you want to include this:

Post Night

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

This welcoming Queenstown hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is perfect for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigours of Queenstown’s many outdoor adventure pursuits. The Millenium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown’s central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

 

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Travel dates from
Oct 29 – Nov 12, 2019 $3,999
Dec 3 – 17, 2019 $3,999
Jan 14 – 28, 2020 $3,999
Feb 4 – 18,  2020 $3,999
Feb 25 – Mar 10, 2020 $3,999
Mar 17 – 31, 2020 $3,999
Jun 9 -23,, 2020 $3,999
Aug 4 – 18, 2020 $3,999
Sep 1 – 15, 2020 $3,999
Oct 20 – Nov 3, 2020 $3,999
Jan 12 – 26, 2021 $3,999
Feb 2 -16, 2021 $3,999
Feb 23 – Mar 9, 2021 $3,999
Apr 13 – 27, 2021 $3,999
Apr 27 – May 11, 2021 $3,999
*This tour can be modified if booked on an independent basis w/daily departures!

Additional dates & departure cities available; call a Travel Team Agent for more information at 1.800.788.0829

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Notes:
  • Land only package
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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