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South Pacific Wonders - 15 Days

South Pacific Wonders

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April 16, 2019 - April 30, 2019 $6,699
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South Pacific Wonders
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Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace.

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Highlights Include:

  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Arrowtown
  • Milford Sound

Day 1
Tuesday, April 16

Depart from home

Day 2
Wednesday, April 17

Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime.

Day 3
Thursday, April 18

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site - the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousand of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. Stay at the Pacific Hotel Cairns. (D)

Day 4
Friday, April 19

Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This immense series of 2,800 coral reefs is home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just atch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Stay at the Pacific Hotel Cairns. (B,D)

Day 5
Saturday, April 20

Come to know the history of Australia's original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you'll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center's artifact collection. At Hartley's Croc Farm, get up close with the crocodiles in their natural habitat. Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles, and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. Stay at the Pacific Hotel Cairns (B,D)

Day 6
Sunday, April 21

This morning create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. Stay at the Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbor (B)

Day 7
Monday, April 22

Tour Sydney and discover where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Other highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Next, learn how raw opals are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. This afternoon, the choice is yours! Experience the area at your own pace with a 24 hour hop on hop off Sydney Harbour cruise pass. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relaxing during a narrated cruise. Or choose to ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for incredible views and explore the renowned Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Stay at Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbor (B)

Day 8
Tuesday, April 23

Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of indepedent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney's magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Stay at Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbour. (B, D)

Day 9
Wednesday, April 24

Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zeland. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city kn as "the Garden City" is recreating iteself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcome you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the "Kiwis", and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Stay at Pavillion Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)

Day 10
Thursday, April 25

Delight in some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the informative and interactive International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer. Stay at Pavillion Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Day 11
Friday, April 26

Traverse the spectacular countryside. Stop at a Canterbury farmyard for the rare opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates - you may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration. Continuing to Queenstown, savor the chance to spot the highest peak in the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, before stopping at a local fruit stand for an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore before dinner this evening. Stay at Millennium Hotel Queenstown. (B,D)

Day 12
Saturday, April 27

Set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand's best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines. Stay at Millennium Hotel Queenstown. (B)

Day 13
Sunday, April 28

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You'll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is on of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Stay at Millennium Hotel Queenstown (B, L)

Day 14
Monday, April 29

A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional, exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above. Stay at Millennium Hotel Queenstown (B, D)

Day 15
Tuesday, April 30

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure. (B)

Trip Facts

  • April 16 - 30, 2019
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