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Australia & New Zealand Panorama

15 Days from $4,455 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

The untamed, unspoiled natural splendor, sophisticated cities and bewitching landscapes of Australia and New Zealand take center stage on this extraordinary discovery of two destinations unlike any other.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

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Overview

The untamed, unspoiled natural splendor, sophisticated cities and bewitching landscapes of Australia and New Zealand take center stage on this extraordinary discovery of two destinations unlike any other.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

  1. Discover the style and spirit of Melbourne, your launch pad to an epic adventure through Australia and New Zealand. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Admire the glittering cityscapes as you trundle through town.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  2. Dive into culture this morning, joining your Travel Director for a leisurely exploration of Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. Discover the city's eclectic arcades, café society and vivid street art.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. We fly to laid-back Cairns where we'll meet our Local Specialist for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Our boat cruise will take us through woodlands and rainforest, which provide sanctuary koalas, tropical birds and, of course, crocodiles. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Pacific Cairns
  4. Board a high-speed catamaran bound for the underwater wonderland that is the Great Barrier Reef. View the iridescent coral formations and colorful marine-life from your semi-submersible craft. Get your feet wet and snorkel for up-close encounters with this natural wonder (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board in the golden Australian sunshine before you return to Cairns.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Spend the day at leisure discovering Cairns on your own terms. Consider joining a recommended Optional Experience—a Scenic Rail journey to Kuranda to explore the 'village in the rainforest.' This evening, connect with locals during a Be My Guest dinner and show at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you'll hear stories of the Dreamtime and witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous group, before dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. We fly to Sydney this morning and enjoy some time at leisure before boarding our Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. As we sail past magnificent waterfront homes and the iconic white sails of the Opera House, we'll indulge in a Regional Meal against the backdrop of the city's beloved Harbour Bridge.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbor View Room)
  7. Celebrate the genius of Danish architect Jørn Utzon, whose Sydney Opera House is our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of this remarkable architectural masterpiece before continuing to the golden sands of Bondi. Here, you'll meet a local surf lifesaver who will share insights into the history of Bondi Beach and surf lifesaving during an exclusive tour of Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club and Regional Meal paired with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. Indulge in a free day to connect with Sydney and its beautiful natural surrounds. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the spectacular eucalyptus-clad Blue Mountains or ascend the imposing iron arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge if you're feeling adventurous. Join your Travel Director for a waterfront dinner this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  9. New Zealand's adventure capital beckons, and we fly to Queenstown this morning. Our first stop is to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Millennium
  10. A day at leisure in Queenstown could see you indulge in another day of adrenalin-busting fun, or perhaps a more cultured experience with a visit to the Gibbston Valley Winery. Tonight's Regional Meal is at The Boatshed, set in the historic 1930s New Zealand Railways Shipping Office. Enjoy dinner and wine in this tranquil lakefront setting paired with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  11. You have a final day in New Zealand's adventure capital to do as you choose. Why not take an Optional Experience to breathtaking Milford Sound for a cruise on the majestic fiord?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. We fly to Rotorua, the cultural capital of New Zealand, where this evening we'll connect with locals over a Be My Guest dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae. Watch your Māori hosts issue their heart-pounding wero (challenge) during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome. Then, continue to the village to delve into what life was like in New Zealand before European settlement. Our encounter with Māori culture continues as we feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, sharing our meal with our indigenous hosts.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Millennium
  13. Visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village this morning to gain in-depth insights into the lives of the Māori people and the special bond they share with this ancient land. See New Zealand's biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before continuing to Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Specialist. Later, dive into culture and enjoy a taste of farm life during your visit to the Agrodome Farm Show, where the stars of the show are the energetic sheep dogs.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  14. The iridescent cave walls of Waitomo Caves are our first stop today as we navigate the depths of the incredible Glow Worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a Local Specialist. We continue to Auckland where we see the City of Sail's iconic and unexpected highlights during a City Tour. Our in-depth encounter with Australia and New Zealand almost at its end, we'll join our Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Stamford Plaza
  15. Your vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. Time to bid you farewell as we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Important Note: This departure is subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,825.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 3 from Melbourne to Cairns - QF702; Day 6 from Cairns to Sydney - JQ957; Day 9 from Sydney to Queenstown - QF121; Day 12 from Queenstown to Rotorua - NZ646/5786. GET guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

14 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Experience an evening of indigenous theatre, dance and music, including a Didgeridoo performance and a personal Welcome to Country ceremony at a privately hosted dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.
  • In Rotorua, you're invited to the Tamaki Family Marae for an exclusive evening highlighting Maori culture and traditions. In the private dining room you'll enjoy a Hangi feast and then take part in the Poi Dance or the Haka for the men!.

Dive into Culture

  • Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art.
  • Visit the Agrodome Farm Show for live demonstrations and hands-on interaction with New Zealand farm life.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Sydney, Cairns, Rotorua

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland.
  • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and a geothermal valley in Rotorua.
  • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbor.
  • View Darling Harbor from your hotel room, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House on your city tour.
  • Scenic drive through Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range.
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia and New Zealand must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia and New Zealand is innovative and diverse. As island nations with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia and New Zealand. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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