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Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under (2018)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 18 | From: $14,395
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, Australia, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for your welcome dinner.
Park Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: D
Day 2: Melbourne | Private Sheep Farm Experience
Today, travel to Coliban Rural Farm on a private experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of the Barber family to learn a little of what it is like to be an Aussie family “living off the land.” After morning tea, head out to the stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep, followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, head back to the homestead and enjoy a lunch featuring organic farm produce and local wines.
Park Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: B L
Day 3: Uluru | An Undeniable Presence
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and settle into your hotel. This afternoon, tour Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas). As evening approaches, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner with sparkling wine and canapés, watching the sunset at Uluru.
Sails in the Desert | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Uluru/Port Douglas | A Spiritual Sojourn
Rise early to see Uluru at sunrise, as the sun’s morning glow brings the desert to life. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the base of the monolith with your guide, who shares the cultural and geological significance of this sacred ceremonial site, which is part of the belief system of one of the oldest human societies. Fly to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas.
Day 5: Daintree Rainforest | Exclusive Botanical Ark Visit
Travel to Mossman Gorge for a guided walk through this lush corner of Daintree National Park. Continue to an A&K-exclusive visit to the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a Chef’s Table lunch. Return to Port Douglas for time at leisure.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Great Barrier Reef | Exploring Underwater Gems
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a beautiful sailing vessel. Visit the Low Isles, with their white-sand beaches, coconut palms and coral gardens. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch while moored in the sheltered blue lagoon. Relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour or take a trip on a glass bottom boat before an exhilarating sail back to port.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa | Meals: B L
Days 7-8: Sydney | Harbor Cruise & The Rocks Tour
Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel near the historic Rocks area. Tonight, dine at a fine local restaurant. In the morning, embark on a chartered morning tea cruise of stunning Sydney Harbour. Back onshore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: B D (Day 7); B L (Day 8)
Day 9: Sydney | City Highlights & Bondi Beach
Visit Sydney’s bustling Fish Markets in Pyrmont, before sinking your toes in the sand at famed Bondi Beach. Later, stroll the boutique shops of Paddington.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: B
Day 10: Sydney | Native Species & Opera House Tour
Ride Like a Local when you board a ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour, visiting kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Australian birds. Next, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by lunch on its lower concourse. Tonight, sit down to your final dinner in Australia.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: B L D
Day 11: Christchurch, New Zealand | The Garden City
This morning, fly to Christchurch, New Zealand. On arrival, join your guide to explore this beautiful Garden City situated between the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps. Then, embark on a leisurely punt on the Avon River before dinner.
Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier | The Story of Pounamu
Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, enjoying thrilling vistas along the Waimakariri River. In Greymouth, relax with lunch at a local brewery before continuing to Hokitika. Once there, meet a carver who introduces you to the local pounamu (jade). Discover its historic and cultural importance to the Maori people on this fascinating artisan visit. Continue to your hotel, in picturesque Franz Josef.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: B L D
Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier | Glacier Valley Walk
Experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, led by your specialist hiking guide. Follow the glacier’s path through the remarkable landscape for an up-close look at the giant sheets of ice that form its forward face. Return to your retreat for an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the Glacier Hot Pools near your hotel.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: B
Day 14: Franz Josef to Queenstown | Scenic Drive
Journey overland to Queenstown on a scenic drive along the majestic coastline, and then inland through mossy rainforests, past cascading waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Stop for lunch in the picturesque ski town of Wanaka. Upon arrival in Queenstown, check in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 15: Queenstown | Magnificent Milford Sound
This morning, fly to Milford Sound, taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. On arrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery, cruising New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls and watching for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Day 16: Queenstown | Wine Tour and Tasting
Tour quaint, picturesque Arrowtown and visit the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. Next, stop at a local Gibbston Valley winery for a wine tasting, followed by lunch. Return to Queenstown.
Days 17-18: Depart Auckland
Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum to enjoy a cultural performance and a He Taonga Maori Gallery Tour. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport and depart.
SKYCITY Grand Hotel | Meals: B D (Day 17); B (Day 18)
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