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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

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Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory Australia
Tour Style: First Class
24 Days from $6,285 per person

Let's go walkabout through gracious Victorian arcades, vast desert plains and the effervescent byways of Rotorua – The taste of the Outback, untamed fiords and fascinating Maori legends every bit as enchanting as an epic Alpine journey through New Zealand's majestic snow-capped Southern Alps.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Australia (not included).

  2. Cross the international date-line.

  3. Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
    meal(s):WR, DW
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  4. This morning, explore Melbourne on a city sights tour and discover its eclectic laneways, arcades, café society and street art on your Cultural Insight private walking tour.
  5. Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take an Optional Experience along the Great Ocean Road.
  6. Today you'll fly to Alice Springs. Visit the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service and hear from Local Specialists about the operation of both facilities. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  7. Travel to Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy sparkling wine as Uluru changes color when the sun dips below the western horizon.
    hotel:Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation
  8. View the magical Uluru sunrise. Afterwards, gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later toast a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine.
  9. Join a Local Specialist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. This afternoon you'll fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.
  10. Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.
  11. Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. 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. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.
    meal(s):BB, L, DW
  12. Today you will fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish.
    hotel:Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
  13. Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House before putting your feet in the sand on Bondi Beach. The take to the water on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal, cruising around the glistening harbor while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu.
    meal(s):BB, RM
  14. Enjoy a free day in Sydney and then celebrate your last evening in Sydney at dinner with your Travel Director at a waterfront restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  15. Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Auckland, New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Stamford Plaza
  16. A morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbor is followed by free time.
  17. Today you're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm (from April 1 2018). This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae. Experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain a Cultural Insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.
    meal(s):BB, BG, RM
  18. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park with a Local Specialist and discover the native flora and fauna. Continue to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll be accompanied by a Local Specialist on a guided tour through the geothermal valley. Later, you'll fly to Christchurch.
    hotel:Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)
  19. Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration by a Local Specialist. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Te Waonui Forest Retreat
  20. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell and then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. With its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Meal with wine.
    meal(s):BB, RM
  21. Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Travel through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities before reaching Milford Sound. Cruise the magnificent fiord with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you.
    meal(s):BB, L
  22. Today is all yours to enjoy. Perhaps consider an Optional Experience jet boat ride or a wine tour.
  23. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo before you join hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at Morelea Farm for a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, BG, FD
    hotel:Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)
  24. Your vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

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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: $2,640
Triple Room Discount: Save up to $375 p.p.
Young Traveler Discount: Save up to $750

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intratrip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 6 from Melbourne to Alice Springs - QF796; Day 9 from Ayers Rock to Cairns - QF1854; Day 12 Cairns to Sydney - QF925; Day 15 from Sydney to Auckland - QF143; Day 18 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5785/5787. Grand European Tours guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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

Meal Summary

21 nights, 21 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasures

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • Just out of Alice Springs is Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center, Central Australia's first 100% carbon neutral venue, where you'll hear stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, while enjoying an Aussie Outback barbecue dinner. In New Zealand's North Island, join the O'Sullivans for lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful dairy farm in the Waikato region

Cultural Insight

  • Tour the waterholes at the base of Uluru and learn about the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu. Gain an insight into their indigenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Alice Springs and Hokitika


Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Te Puia Thermal Valley, Franz Josef Glacier
  • View Sydney Harbor Bridge on your city tour
  • Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor, Waitemata Harbor, Milford Sound


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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Franz Josef Glacier

Haast River Safari

Adult Price: $NZ 109 | Child Price: $NZ 59

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

Franz Josef Glacier

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight 40Mins

Adult Price: $NZ 460 | Child Price: $NZ 322

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

Franz Josef Glacier

The Helicopter Line - Twin Glacier Flight 30Mins

Adult Price: $NZ 315 | Child Price: $NZ 220.50

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight 20Mins

Adult Price: $NZ 245 | Child Price: $NZ 171.50

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing.


Kiwi Birdlife Park

Adult Price: $NZ 48 | Child Price: $NZ 23

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!


Shotover Jet

Adult Price: $NZ 149 | Child Price: $NZ 79

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)


Appellation Central Wine Tours - Boutique Wine Tour

Adult Price: $NZ 199 | Child Price: $NZ 139

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.


Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Adult Price: $NZ 195 | Child Price: $NZ 115

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.


Lakeshore, Forest And Bird Guided Walk

Adult Price: $NZ 109 | Child Price: $NZ 69

"The 'Lakeshore Forest and Bird' guided walk is a unique nature interpretative experience. Taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest, with morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lake-shore where you stop and enjoy views across the lake to The Remarkables and Cecil Peak. The walk begins in native shrub and beech forest, and the track leads down through the forest to the edge Lake Wakatipu. Great views can be had looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond. Return transfers from your Queenstown accommodation are included. "

  • 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 repellent 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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