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C2300 - Australian Adventure

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Australian Adventure (C2300)

12 Days

Day 1  ARRIVE MELBOURNE. On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met by our representative at the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day 2  MELBOURNE - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The capital of the State of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne's charm lies in the magnificently preserved Victorian architecture of its many public buildings and gracious homes. This morning our city tour will take in the main highlights, starting in the city centre, then on to the exclusive suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak and finally to the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is perhaps best known for its fine parks and gardens, so why not spend your afternoon exploring the "Garden City"?
Day 3  MELBOURNE. The day is yours to relax or explore further. Perhaps join one of our great value optional excursions, which range from the "Penguin Parade" (little penguins can be seen coming ashore in the early evening) to winery tours - or even a combination of the two?
Day 4  MELBOURNE - ALICE SPRINGS. A morning flight will take you for an overnight stay in Alice Springs. The Red Centre of Australia is a totally unique area. In the geographic centre of the country, Alice Springs is close to some of the most awe-inspiring and colourful natural wonders of the world, including MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson's Gap, and Standley Chasm. An orientation tour will help familiarise you with the city, situated on the frequently dry Todd River. Included is a visit to the Old Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air.
Day 5  ALICE SPRINGS - AYERS ROCK - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. We travel south west to Ayers Rock, the world's largest monolith, which captured the imagination of the Australian Aboriginals centuries before European settlement. It is steeped in the mystery of legend, mythology and folklore. You'll also walk through Mount Olga Gorge, 28 massive domes of conglomerate rock before heading back to "Sunset Strip" for canapes and champagne. From this vantage point, you will have the opportunity to view and photograph the dramatic colour changes that can occur on the Rock at sunset.
Day 6  AYERS ROCK - CAIRNS - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. This morning enjoy a tour around the base of Ayers Rock, with time to explore some of the caves and view Aboriginal paintings and carvings, some thousands of years old. Fly to Cairns, capital of the Tropical North Queensland - where the rainforest meets the reef, for a three-night stay.
Day 7  CAIRNS - GREAT BARRIER REEF - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 29,000 individual reefs very close to each other and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Our included catamaran cruise to Green Island, a 6,000 year old coral cay will offer opportunities for strolling through cool rainforest, lazing on white coral sands, swimming or snorkelling on the surrounding coral reef. You may wish to take a ride on a glass bottom boat to see some of the world's most colourful coral and other marine life in the crystal clear waters.
Day 8  CAIRNS. Set amongst lush rainforests, soaring peaks and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations and has many attractions, including the Esplanade, a scenic railway which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The day is yours to relax or explore.
Day 9  CAIRNS - SYDNEY. There's time for more relaxation before transferring to Cairns airport for your flight to Sydney, a three-night stay.
Day 10  SYDNEY - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The capital of the state of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, and boasts one of the largest and most beautiful harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognisable Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous architectural wonder - the Sydney Opera House. In the morning our included sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. You'll see Chinatown and Darling Harbour before heading to historical Mrs Macquarie's Chair, where you will have a breathtaking view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. You'll also enjoy an included cruise around the main harbour, offering magnificent views of the city skyline, harbourside beaches and magnificent waterfront homes.
Day 11  SYDNEY. The day is yours to see more of this wonderful city. For the more adventurous, how about a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge? An evening performance at the Opera House is also a popular choice.  
Day 12  SYDNEY. Your vacation ends this morning after hotel check out.

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Best of Australia (C2310)

19 Days

Day 1  PERTH. On arrival in Perth you will be met by our representative at your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day 2  PERTH - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. Beautifully located on the Swan River, Perth is a laid-back, sunny city with a glittering, high-rise centre. This morning you'll experience the unique atmosphere and impressive landmarks of this vibrant, modern city on our included sightseeing tour. Soak up views of Perth's soaring skyline and Swan River from Kings Park, see the city's exclusive suburbs, the University of Western Australia and the Old Mill, and stop to feed the Black Swans at Lake Monger. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore further.
Day 3  PERTH. A full day to see more of this beautiful city at your own pace.
Day 4  PERTH - AYERS ROCK. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. A morning flight will take you to Ayers Rock, Australia's legend-swathed monolith. After transferring to your hotel, you'll enjoy an afternoon tour of the Olgas, 28 spectacular rock domes rising from the Outback. Another sacred Aboriginal site, these incredible formations are known as "Kata Tjuta", or "Heads of Giants" and are divided by a series of high gorges. Walk into Olga Gorge before heading for the Sunset Strip vantage point, where you will enjoy champagne and canapés while experiencing, and of course photographing, one of the world’s great spectacles - Ayers Rock at sunset.
Day 5  AYERS ROCK - ALICE SPRINGS. We make an early morning start to experience the spectacular sunrise vistas of Ayers Rock, along with an opportunity to make a dawn climb to the top. You'll enjoy a morning tour around the base of this extraordinary monolith, whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with ancient Aboriginal paintings and carvings. After returning to your hotel, we drive to the outback town of Alice Springs.
Day 6  ALICE SPRINGS - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The Red Centre of Australia is a totally unique area. In the geographic centre of the country, Alice Springs is close to some of the most awe-inspiring and colourful natural wonders of the world, including MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson's Gap and Standley Chasm. You'll enjoy a morning tour with a visit to the Old Telegraph Station, the School of the Air, which broadcasts lessons to children living in remote communities, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (subject to opening times). The afternoon is yours to relax or explore further.
Day 7  ALICE SPRINGS - CAIRNS. Fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's tropical rainforests, for a four night stay.
Day 8  CAIRNS - GREAT BARRIER REEF. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs very close to each other and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Our included catamaran cruise to Green Island, a 6,000 year old coral cay will offer opportunities for strolling through cool rainforest, lazing on white coral sands, swimming or snorkelling on the surrounding coral reef. You may wish to take a ride on a glass bottom boat to see some of the world's most colourful coral and other marine life in the crystal clear waters.
Day 9  CAIRNS. Set amongst lush rainforests, soaring peaks and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations and has many attractions, including the the Esplanade, a scenic railway which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda, and a cable car that glides over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. You have two full days to relax or explore.
Day 10  CAIRNS. Refer to day 9.
Day 11  CAIRNS - SYDNEY. Today you will fly to Sydney for a three night stay.
Day 12  SYDNEY - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The capital of the state of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, and boasts one of the largest and most beautiful harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognisable Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous architectural wonder - the Sydney Opera House. In the morning our included sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. You'll see Chinatown and Darling Harbour before heading to historical Mrs Macquarie's Chair, where you will have a breathtaking view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. You'll also enjoy an included cruise around the main harbour, offering magnificent views of the city skyline, harbourside beaches and magnificent waterfront homes.
Day 13  SYDNEY. A full day to see more of this wonderful city at your leisure.

Day 14  SYDNEY - CANBERRA - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. We travel through undulating sheep and cattle country to outskirts of Canberra where we will stop for a BBQ lunch at an authentic Australian sheep station. This afternoon, rejoin your coach for an afternoon tour of Australia's gracious capital. Highlights include Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, National Library, High Court and Anzac Parade.

Day 15  CANBERRA - ALBURY. We drive to Albury, which along with its twin settlement Wodonga, lies on the New South Wales and Victoria border, for an overnight stay.

Day 16  ALBURY - MELBOURNE. This morning we travel to Melbourne for a three-night stay, stopping at the historic gold mining town of Beechworth on the way.
Day 17  MELBOURNE - INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. The capital of the State of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne's charm lies in the magnificently preserved Victorian architecture of its many public buildings and gracious homes. This morning our city tour will take in the main highlights, starting in the city centre, then on to the exclusive suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak and finally to the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is perhaps best known for its fine parks and gardens, so why not spend your afternoon exploring the "Garden City"?
Day 18  MELBOURNE. A full day to relax and explore this fine and culture-full city at your own pace.

Day 19  MELBOURNE. Your vacation ends after hotel check-out this morning.
 

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Highlights of New Zealand (C2330)

13 Days

Day 1  ARRIVE AUCKLAND. On arrival in Auckland you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay (check-in may be in the afternoon). The rest of the day is yours to relax and begin getting to know the city. Perhaps you'd like to take one of our optional excursions and experience the highly enjoyable lunchtime Auckland harbour cruise.
Day 2  AUCKLAND. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. Standing on an isthmus with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other, New Zealand's largest city is a fertile, clean and friendly metropolis, surrounded by numerous volcanoes, including Mount Eden. This morning you'll enjoy an included city sightseeing tour, including visits to Westhaven Marina, Auckland University, Harbour Bridge, Parnell Village, with its colonial style shops, the Viaduct harbour, and from the summit of Mount Eden you will have expansive 360 degree views of the city. Your evening is free, so why not visit the revolving Orbit Restaurant situated at the top of Sky Tower for the most amazing views of Auckland at night?
Day 3  AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA. Today we head south through verdant countryside to the famous Waitomo Glow-worm Caves. This ancient seabed has been eroded into an incredible landscape of caves and limestone formations. Thousands of glow-worms inhabit the Waitomo Cave, their lights reflected in an underground river. Next stop is Rotorua for an overnight stay, and there will be time to enjoy a refreshing soak in one of the mineral pools.
Day 4  ROTORUA - NAPIER. Rotorua is a centre of Maori culture which sits on top of one of the country's most active volcanic zones. There are bubbling geysers and mud pools everywhere, so you can revitalise yourself by soaking in a healing mineral pool. We will begin our day with the entertaining and informative sheep-shearing displays at the Agrodome. There is also time to explore the native garden of Paradise Valley Springs, before we head for an overnight stay in Napier, travelling via Lake Taupo.
Day 5  NAPIER - WELLINGTON. The centre of the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand, Napier is renowned for both its wine industry and its Art Deco architecture. You'll enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city, and the evening is yours to explore further and sample the local cuisine.
Day 6  WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Christchurch, known as the "Garden City of the Plains" because of its many lovely parks and gardens. On arrival you'll enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, including visits to Port Hills, Evans Pass and Sumner.
Day 7  CHRISTCHURCH - TRANZALPINE EXPRESS - FRANZ JOSEF. Today sees one of the true highlights of your trip - a breathtaking scenic ride on the Tranzalpine Express, one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world, taking you through the rugged Southern Alps and Arthurs Pass to Greymouth. We then travel down the west coast by coach to Franz Josef for an overnight stay.
Day 8  FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN. Another journey through awe-inspiring scenery takes us to Queenstown for a three-night stay.
Day 9  MILFORD SOUND. We journey into Fiordland National Park, through the Homer Tunnel and on to spectacular Milford Sound for an afternoon cruise on this awe-inspiring 16km waterway, lined with soaring walls of rock. Rising above the Sound is the vast, usually snow-capped, form of Mitre Peak
Day 10  QUEENSTOWN. A full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Why not join our optional excursion - a Shotover Jet Boat Ride? Not only will you be thrilled by the unique and exciting Shotover Jet boat, during your trip you will also learn all about the river's history.
Day 11  QUEENSTOWN - TWIZEL. Today we travel to Twizel. Your journey begins by following the Kawarau River to the township of Cromwell. Then we cross the Lindis Pass, which links north-central Otago and the Mckenzie country. This inland route winds through some of the most evocative hill country to be found in New Zealand. Continue north to Omarama and then to Twizel.
Day 12  TWIZEL - MOUNT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH. Today we travel to the Alpine village of Mount Cook. The surrounding National Park is an exquisitely picturesque natural wonderland with 15 peaks over 3,000 metres high, including Mount Cook itself. Dubbed the "cloud piercer" by the Maoris, it is the highest peak in Australasia and home to the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's biggest. Perhaps you'd like to join us for an optional Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Flight, offering spectacular views over majestic mountains that are almost close enough to touch? We then return to Christchurch for an overnight stay.
Day 13  DEPART CHRISTCHURCH. The morning is yours to do as you please with tour inclusions complete after breakfast.

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