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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Operated by: Trafalgar

22 Days from $8,051 per person

Countries Visited

Australia, New Zealand ...more Australia, New Zealand

Locations Visited

Melbourne, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown Nz, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef ...more Melbourne, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown Nz, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef
  1. Day 1 Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)

    Melbourne's elegant façades and broad boulevards are your launchpad to an immersive encounter with Australia and New Zealand. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening, get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception including a Regional Dinner.

    meals Welcome Reception, Regional Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  2. Day 2 Melbourne Sightseeing

    Admire the city's Victorian architecture, arcades and eclectic little laneways revealing some of the world's most incredible street art as you 'Dive into Culture' on a private walking tour of the city - encounter the aroma of Melbourne's coffee culture around every corner.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Melbourne At Leisure

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore stylish Melbourne or consider an Optional Experience along the Great Ocean Road.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Melbourne - Alice Springs

    Journey to the heart of the continent, the gateway to central Australia's soul-stirring landscapes. On our first stop, we join 'Local Specialists' to delve into the support that the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service provide to isolated communities. Later, we 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where we'll meet the famous Outback Paramedic Falzon brothers and learn about the sustainable lifestyle they've established.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  5. Day 5 Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

    The rusty red landscapes of Uluru beckon today and we leave Alice Springs bound for Ayers Rock Resort. This evening, watch as the Outback sky ignites in shades of red, yellow and purple - the perfect backdrop for Uluru sundowners. Later, consider an optional authentic Aussie BBQ Dinner under the glittering southern-night sky. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - the Desert Gardens Hotel which reveals the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Desert Gardens
  6. Day 6 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

    Watch night turn to day as you witness a magical sunrise over Uluru. 'Dive into Culture' and hear stories about the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape, touring the base of Uluru to discover its ancient rock art. This afternoon, continue your journey through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and enjoy a walk amidst its towering domes through Walpa Gorge. Admire yet another magnificent sunset paired with sparkling wine.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)

    Rise with the birds and visit the kaleidoscopic art installation in the desert, the Field of Light. This soul-stirring start to your morning gives way to yet another magical experience on top of a sand dune to watch the desert landscape awaken over Uluru with a hot drink in hand. Later, join your 'Local Specialist' Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art and craft your own story as a memento of the experience. Fly to Cairns.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Shangri-La
  8. Day 8 Cairns At Leisure

    Ease into the laidback lifestyle of Cairns - a full free day to explore this tropical city or consider an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Great Barrier Reef

    Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Don your mask and fins for an up-close encounter with this natural wonderland (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the world's largest living reef system from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Before your return to Cairns, you'll enjoy a tropical buffet lunch under the glorious Aussie sunshine. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Regional Dinner on the Cairns waterfront.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner
  10. Day 10 Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

    Fly south to Sydney and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the beauty of this harbour city.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental
  11. Day 11 Sydney Sightseeing

    Delve into the story of a building 'that changed the image of an entire country' joining a 'Local Specialist' for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House. Dip your toes in the Pacific waters of Bondi Beach, then board a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise as you sail past Sydney's iconic harbour sights.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12 Sydney At Leisure

    Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney on your terms or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains to connect with nature. Admire the small-town atmosphere of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close to some of Australia's cuddly creatures. Spend your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and companions enjoying a Regional Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  13. Day 13 Sydney - Auckland (2 Nights)

    Set your sights on New Zealand as you fly to Auckland, where this evening you'll join your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Stamford Plaza
  14. Day 14 Auckland Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Explore the iconic sights of Auckland during a sightseeing tour, followed by the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 Auckland - Rotorua

    Keep a keen eye out for shy kiwi and learn about the endemic flora and fauna of this land during a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a 'Local Specialist'. This evening, 'Dive into Culture' at the Tamaki Maori Village, complete with a Hangi Regional Dinner with wine and powerful Māori cultural performance revealing the rituals and traditions of this ancient culture.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Millennium
  16. Day 16 Rotorua - Queenstown (3 Nights)

    There's time this morning to consider an Optional Experience. Perhaps visit Te Puia to see the bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs of Rotorua. We fly to Queenstown next.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Millennium
  17. Day 17 Milford Sound

    Prepare for a day filled with pinch me moments as you journey over Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's fiordland. Glaciers and snow-capped peaks emerge from the dense rainforests as we travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park en route to Cleddau Valley. Capture the splendid natural beauty of Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls on camera before reaching Milford Sound. Slice through its gleaming still waters, almost entirely surrounded by mountains that dwarf your cruise boat. After a soulful encounter with epic natural surrounds, return to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  18. Day 18 Queenstown At Leisure

    A day at leisure could see you take an Optional Experience ride on the Shotover Jet boat or a cruise aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet BBQ lunch. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Regional Dinner at The Boatshed.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  19. Day 19 Queenstown - Franz Josef

    Before departing Queenstown, you'll visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, then savour the juicy flavours of apricots, peaches, plums in Cromwell, New Zealand's stone fruit capital, near the pristine waters of Lake Dunstan. Journey along the pebbled shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, across the Haast Pass and past Thunder Creek Falls. Continue to the luminescent icy depths of the Franz Josef Glacier, which you may choose to explore by air on an Optional Experience scenic flight (weather permitting).

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  20. Day 20 Franz Josef - Christchurch (2 Nights)

    Journey to Hokitika and visit a local greenstone (jade) factory to witness a 'Local Specialist' master carver at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. At Arthur's Pass board the TranzAlpine for one of the world's most scenic train rides through the snow-capped Southern Alps to Christchurch.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Distinction
  21. Day 21 Christchurch Sightseeing

    After a city sightseeing tour, 'Connect with Locals' Isabelle and Tim Weston for a 'Be My Guest' morning tea at their home, Britten Stables. Formerly a horse stables, the couple restored the property and transformed it into the exquisite home it is today. Spend the last evening with your travel companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Farewell Dinner
  22. Day 22 Depart Christchurch

    Bid farewell to your newfound friends as your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Australia and New Zealand
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 21 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 9 dinners (including Connect with Locals)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Franz Josef Glacier
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour and the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound

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Reviews
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Billy Watkins
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Service
Good Morning! Again I had a wonderful trip. However, there were things I need to bring to your attention. We discussed the delay in my pickup at the airport for nearly 45 minutes and the charge for baggage few in Sydney and New Zealand. I assume this occurred because of the change from business to premium economy. In future please explain this to cients and don't rely on them reading the fine print which doesn't give good explanations. :-) The IMPORTANT issue! I departed Sydney on Quantas flight Q073 at 12:40PM on 4/13/2019. I arrive in San Francisco on 4/13/2019 around 2:00 PM. I thought I was returning on premium economy but was placed in basic economy seat 53C. There was a y0ung lady sitting in seat A, B was vacant and the door closed. The flight attendant (female) escorted a young blonde haired lady to seat B. She chatted with me briefly. Dinner was served she and I had beef and I fell asleep afterwards. I woke up some time later and it appeared I had thrown up in my sleep (this has never happened before and I thought it strange. The flight attendant was there when I woke up. She told me to go clean up and she would bring me some pajamas. I did. She said she would lock the restroom to protect my belongings. I went to my sleep dazed and fell back to sleep. When I awoke the plan was landing in SFO. I realized I didn't have my wallet. I told the flight attendant. As we were landing she made me remain seated to everyone left. I checked the restroom and nothing was there. The flight attendant took me to a different restroom where I found my clothes and the seat covering. There was no wallet. I told the flight attendant someone stole my wallet. She looked at me with a smile on her fce and said as I departed. "you just can't trust some people". There I was going through custom in Quantas pajamas and no wallet. Once I made it through customs, I changed my clothes. Eventually I arrived home. No money, no credit cards, I manged to get from the airport to the train station, figure out how to pay for the ride and my parking. Once home I started the process of getting my life back together. I thought about what happened and determined that I was drugged and robbed. I was probably targeted for being a single black man traveling alone. I am not filing any kind of report but this is something you may want to investigate to see if it is occurring with others. I will never fly Quantas again and will tell others. Thanks!
Vacation
Good Morning! Again I had a wonderful trip. However, there were things I need to bring to your attention. We discussed the delay in my pickup at the airport for nearly 45 minutes and the charge for baggage few in Sydney and New Zealand. I assume this occurred because of the change from business to premium economy. In future please explain this to cients and don't rely on them reading the fine print which doesn't give good explanations. :-) The IMPORTANT issue! I departed Sydney on Quantas flight Q073 at 12:40PM on 4/13/2019. I arrive in San Francisco on 4/13/2019 around 2:00 PM. I thought I was returning on premium economy but was placed in basic economy seat 53C. There was a y0ung lady sitting in seat A, B was vacant and the door closed. The flight attendant (female) escorted a young blonde haired lady to seat B. She chatted with me briefly. Dinner was served she and I had beef and I fell asleep afterwards. I woke up some time later and it appeared I had thrown up in my sleep (this has never happened before and I thought it strange. The flight attendant was there when I woke up. She told me to go clean up and she would bring me some pajamas. I did. She said she would lock the restroom to protect my belongings. I went to my sleep dazed and fell back to sleep. When I awoke the plan was landing in SFO. I realized I didn't have my wallet. I told the flight attendant. As we were landing she made me remain seated to everyone left. I checked the restroom and nothing was there. The flight attendant took me to a different restroom where I found my clothes and the seat covering. There was no wallet. I told the flight attendant someone stole my wallet. She looked at me with a smile on her fce and said as I departed. "you just can't trust some people". There I was going through custom in Quantas pajamas and no wallet. Once I made it through customs, I changed my clothes. Eventually I arrived home. No money, no credit cards, I manged to get from the airport to the train station, figure out how to pay for the ride and my parking. Once home I started the process of getting my life back together. I thought about what happened and determined that I was drugged and robbed. I was probably targeted for being a single black man traveling alone. I am not filing any kind of report but this is something you may want to investigate to see if it is occurring with others. I will never fly Quantas again and will tell others. Thanks!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our Guest Relations team will be getting in touch with you directly.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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