Take a tour of lands "Down Under" on this 14-day adventure through Australia and New Zealand! See the iconic Sydney Opera House, catch a glimpse of some kangaroos and koalas, and go to the epic landscapes used to shoot the Lord of the Rings films. This trip is truly an unforgettable experience!
Our journey begins on our international flight to the largest city in Australia, Sydney.
As we cross the Pacific Ocean, we will pass through the International Date Line as we continue towards our destination, Sydney.
Once we land at Sydney International Aiport (SYD) we will being our tour immediately with a visit to Hyde Park, Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair, the Sydney Art Gallery, St. Mary's Cathedral, and the world famous Sydney Opera house. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the Rock's and Darling Harbour where we will have dinner served on a twilight cruise through the bay.
In the morning we take a trip to the world famous Blue Mountains by luxury coach, enjoy amazing views of Echo Point and the Three Sisiters Rock. Later, we take a scenic ride on the Katoomba Railway down the mountains into the Australian Wildlife Park. We will also make a quick stop at the location of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
After breakfast, we will have a free day to explore everything the great city of Sydney has to offer, or You may join an optional excursion to Canberra, the capital city of Australia.
This morning we take a flight to Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia and home to the historic Fitzory Gardens, Cook's Cottage, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. In the afternoon we drive by the Gurdie Winery and the lush forests before arriving at Phillip Island. On Phillip Island we will catch the spectacular Penguin Parader at the Nobbies Center which includes a lobster dinner!
Today we take a morning tour of Melbourne by way of the City Circle Tram, which will take us through areas of interest including Victoria Market, the Melbourne Art Gallery, and Federation Square. After lunch in Melbourne's Chinatown, you will have the rest of the day to relax at the resort, or continue to explore the city at your leisure.
After breakfast, we depart Australia from the Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and head to New Zealand. Due to its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. We arrive in Queenstown, located on New Zealand's South Island, a land treasured for its magnificent scenery, adventure opportunities, and closeness to nature. You will have the remainder of the day free to explore this awe inspiring land.
Today we travel to Milford Sound for a scenic cruise to view the magnificent Fjords, which has been rated a world class travel destination and the most visited place in NZ. Our cruise passes through unspoiled mountain landscapes and Homer Tunnel. Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, and deep cliffs make Milford Sound unforgettable. Perhaps you'll see seals, penguins, and dolphins that frequent the waters, you might even see a whale! Enjoy an international buffet lunch on board. Return to Queenstown via Te Anau, the largest lake in NZ South Island, for sightseeing along the lake side.
We spend the morning in Queenstown, where you can relax at the resort, explore the city, or try one of the many extreme sports that are readily available, such as bungy jumping, sky diving, or jet skiing! In the afternoon we go to Arrowtown, a historical gold mining town situated on the banks of the gold-bearing Arrow River where we'll have a BBQ dinner before returning to Queenstown.
In the morning we depart the much less populated South Island of NZ for the North Island, home to the most populous city in the country, Auckland. Known as the "city of sails" we will depart from the city airport and head South along the Waitomo river, which carved out our first destination, the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. Afterwards we continue onto Rotorua, a place inhabitied by the indigenous Maori People. Spend some time at the beautiful Rotorua Lake before a special venison dinner.
Take a brief city tour in Rotorua in the morning. After a sheep show at Agrodome, go down to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, where we will have a chance to view the mighty Huka Falls. Come back to Rotorua in the afternoon. Drive along the scenic route with a stop at Redwood Walking Trail. Before dawn, arrive Maori Village where we experience Maori’s unique lifestyle and traditions through its cultural artifacts, handicrafts, buddling mud pools and geysers. If time permits, you may take an optional hot bath at thermal spring. Tonight, Enjoy Hangi dinner banquet and Maori traditional show at Te Puia.
In the morning we leave Rotorua and return to Auckland. Our city tour of Auckland starts immediately upon arrival, and shows us the Harbor Bridge, King’s Domain, Tamaki Drive. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the city on Mount Eden. Of course, you’ll get some free time for shopping. Complete the last night of the tour with an exciting farewell dinner. After the seafood buffet dinner, we then transfer to Sky Tower, the highest tower in Southern hemisphere for a fantastic night view of the city from the top.
All too soon our fascinating journey has reached its end. Board our flight and return to the US with fond memories.
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