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Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens
HOBART Walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Tasman Peninsula with a visit to Port Arthur Historic Site and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
ADELAIDE Orientation tour; excursion to Kangaroo Island
ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
ALICE SPRINGS–DARWIN Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train
KATHERINE GORGE Choice of included sightseeing
DARWIN Jumping Croc Cruise; orientation; visit the Darwin Museum
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing; Yellow Water Billabong cruise
CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Koala Gardens with souvenir photo
SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
MOUNT COOK Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
QUEENSTOWN Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner
ROTORUA Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, and Te Puia
WAITOMO Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
AUCKLAND Farewell dinner atop Sky Tower
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.
Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also, stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL UNZOO to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.
Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE PARK home to kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. You’ll have the chance to see and learn about some of Australia’s unique animals such as wombats, dingos, and echidnas. After lunch, spend time at SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK where you’ll walk on the beach with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Then, visit EMU RIDGE EUCALYPTUS DISTILLERY to learn about this unique plant. Before departing the island, make a photo stop at beautiful Pennington Bay and enjoy a little free time Penneshaw. Return to Adelaide late this evening.
Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an LF OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.
For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR at the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. Evening is at leisure.
Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the GHAN TRAIN, Australia’s legendary rail journey. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.
NOTE: Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.
This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby LF KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a CRUISE that features Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years or a visit to a working Outback CATTLE STATION to learn about the history and inner workings of the cattle industry. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.
NOTE: Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.
Start your day with a JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE which takes you right into the crocodile’s natural habitat to witness these amazing creatures. It’s an experience not to be missed! Continue to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to exceptional natural beauty and a unique biodiversity. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.
This morning, LF CRUISE the unspoiled waterways of the Yellow Water Billabong. Enjoy incredible scenery with the opportunity to spot water buffalo, crocodiles, and an abundance of bird species such as Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese, and Sea Eagles. Return to Darwin and enjoy an orientation tour and a visit to the DARWIN MUSEUM to learn more about the important role the city played in World War II.
NOTE:During the wet season December through April, it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.
Today, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
NOTE: Direct flights from Darwin to Cairns may not be available and you may fly via Brisbane.
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding.
A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorabe. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your PHOTO taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous BONDI BEACH with time to explore on your own. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour.
Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join in a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.
Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on the nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”
Today, enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Return to Queenstown late this evening.
A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe a thrilling jetboat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take the scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak for amazing views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. See spectacular views and be treated to a fabulous dinner.
Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional LF HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.
This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.
Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER. Enjoy fine dining with spectacular views.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Situated in the heart of downtown Melbourne, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins is ideally located for exploring the city. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel is centrally located within a stone's throw of the city center and just a block away from Hobart's waterfront. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas. Rooms are apartment style with a separate bedroom, sitting room, and kitchen. Amenities include iron/ironing board, mini-refrigerator, hairdryer and bath amenities, air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player, full kitchen, and washing machine and dryer.
Style and function are themes of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. As the Majestic's flagship, built in 2004, this award-winning hotel boasts simplicity, efficiency, and an eco-centric design. And as it sits just off of the lively Rundle Street, the convenience of bars, restaurants, shopping and museums is unparalleled. After a busy day of sightseeing and on-the-go activities, guests are welcomed back to comfortable accommodations and locally fresh cuisine in the hotel's restaurant - not to mention a great selection of wine! Follow it up with a view of the city from a relaxing garden roof-top, for which the hotel is aptly named.
Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, coin-operated self-service laundry, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the "Red Center of Australia" 150 years ago. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes. Twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities.
Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. The impressive, marble-floored lobby, surrounded by warm colors and Aboriginal artwork, immediately welcomes you with a touch of authentic Australian style. The attentive hotel staff always make for a great stay. Enjoy the sunshine at the 10th floor outdoor swimming pool, or sip drinks at the stylish bar before savoring a delicious meal in their restaurant, which features an innovative menu of local specialties, including kangaroo, crocodile and barramundi. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee.
Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Kakadu National Park sits the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Take part in the unique experience of the Australian Outback at this one-of-a-kind hotel, which from above resembles a crocodile - an animal well known in these parts. After hours of exploration and touring of the land, feel restored after taking a dip in the outdoor pool, lounging in the shady garden, or partaking of the many unique Outback flavors at the on-site restaurant and bar. The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is committed to supporting its environment and the community within it, while providing friendly service and comfort for its visitors. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry.
Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee.
Ideally placed in Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Marriott welcomes guests with elegant rooms, luxury amenities, and an award-winning commitment to outstanding service. Take advantage of the fitness center, indoor pool and on-site dining.
A haven for adventurous travelers for more than a century, the world renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat. The hotel features self-service coin-operated laundry, outdoor tennis court, and a selection of on-site bars and restaurants.
Within a tranquil, garden setting, the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly, personal service and offers panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountain peaks. The resort is a short stroll from the town center, and minutes from Queenstown's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. After a great day of sightseeing, relax at the Impressions Cocktail Bar and Impressions Restaurant with views over the lake and mountains or take a dip in the two spa pools. Wireless broadband internet access is available in all public areas (fee may apply). The hotel also features coin-operated, self-service laundry.
Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city center, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly hotel. Perhaps its most unique feature is that its heating is provided by harnessing the hotel's natural geothermal resource. The hotel's amenities include a heated pool, spa, two restaurants, a lounge, and room service.
This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.
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