22 Jan Australia & New Zealand Panorama – 12 Nights
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. Get to know the sights of Auckland on a city tour. Overnight in Auckland.
Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua
After breakfast travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a boat tour with a Local Expert. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 3: Rotorua Sightseeing
After breakfast a Maori Local Expert will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you’ll gain an insight into Maori culture. See New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Local Specialty Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 4: Rotorua – Queenstown
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 5: Queenstown At Leisure
After breakfast enjoy a free day at leisure to do as you choose in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Why not take a day trip to mystical Milford Sound? You will travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise for an unforgettable experience. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 6: Queenstown – Melbourne
After breakfast transfer to Queenstown Airport to board your flight to Melbourne, Australia. On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways, a local specialty. You will discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. Your sightseeing concludes in Lygon St, Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’, where you’re free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 7: Melbourne At Leisure
After breakfast enjoy a day at leisure. You may consider an Optional Experience to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or a trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 8: Melbourne – Cairns
After breakfast transfer to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Join an Indigenous staff member for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a souvenir of your local specialty experience. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
After breakfast visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome to encounter crocodiles, koalas and other unique Australian animals. Then get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef education presentation with a Local Expert. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one meter underwater. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet regional meal before you return to Cairns. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
After breakfast transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival there will be time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You will pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Overnight in Darling Harbour.
Day 11: Sydney Sightseeing
After breakfast prepare yourself for the spectacular views on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a regional meal at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club where you’ll learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later, return to the city to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and see panoramic harbour views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Top off this highlight day on a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 12: Sydney At Leisure
After breakfast spend a free day at leisure in this exciting city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the famous Blue Mountains and see some of Australia’s native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Or take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbor Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 13: Depart Sydney
After breakfast transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home.