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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Operated by: Trafalgar

22 Days from $8,675 per person
Olgas, Australia

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Melbourne (VIC), Alice Springs, Red Centre, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown (Nz), Franz Josef, Arthur's Pass, Christchurch (Nz) ...more Melbourne (VIC), Alice Springs, Red Centre, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown (Nz), Franz Josef, Arthur's Pass, Christchurch (Nz)
  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
    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 Free Time

    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 provides to isolated communities and the historic Telegraph Station, connecting Australia's north and south - with a single wire. 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 - 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

    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 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. This afternoon fly to Cairns.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Shangri-La
  8. Day 8 Cairns Free Time

    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 Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise as you sail past Sydney's iconic harbour sights.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12 Sydney Free Time

    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 The Grand by SkyCity
  14. Day 14 Auckland Sightseeing

    Dive Into Culture with a city sightseeing tour this morning, including Mission Bay, Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour and the North Shore. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 Auckland - Rotorua

    Journey through the dramatic scenery and landscapes of Waikato, passing through Cambridge, 'The Town of Trees and Champions', on your way to Rotorua. Once there, explore the wonders and crystal-clear mineral springs of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Join a Local Specialist who will help you spot shy kiwi amongst the native bush, ferns and trees. This evening, Dive Into Culture at a Regional Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village.

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

    Enjoy breakfast in the charming village of Hobbiton, the movie set of the now iconic The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, before continuing to Auckland to board your flight to Queenstown. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Millennium
  17. Day 17 Milford Sound

    Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and over the Devil's Staircase to Te Anau. Experience magnificent scenery afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Emerge from the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Take to its still waters for a cruise filled with pinch-me moments. Return to Queenstown for a free evening. Speak to your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Queenstown.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  18. Day 18 Queenstown Free Time

    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 - Lake Tekapo

    Leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown for Lake Tekapo, travelling through Arrowtown, with its lovingly-restored mining cottages, and Cromwell on the banks of Lake Dunstan. View the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Spend the evening stargazing in the world-renowned UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Peppers Bluewater Resort
  20. Day 20 Lake Tekapo - Christchurch (2 Nights)

    Enjoy a relaxed start before heading north through South Canterbury, visiting the charming boutique village of Geraldine en route 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 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)
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Queenstown
  • 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
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour and the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • VISIT Uluru, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

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Reviews
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Paula Jones
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Very professional. Answered all my questions
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Great tour guides. Interesting places to go. Lots of options.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Australia and New Zealand. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Billy Watkins
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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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!
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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!
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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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