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South Pacific Wonders

November 9 - 23, 2022

See what life is like “Down Under” on this incredible journey through Australia and New Zealand. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Be welcomed into a New Zealand family’s home for dinner. Experience Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Indulge in regional flavours during lunch at a family-run merino sheep farm. From the tropical splendour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the ethereal beauty of New Zealand's glacial fjords, enjoy the best of the South Pacific.

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It's your choice:

Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park OR take a gondola to the top of Bob's Peak

Must-see Inclusions:
Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.

Culinary Inclusions:
Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner.
Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.

Cultural Experiences:
Come to know Australia's ancient traditions at the Rainforestation Nature Park.
Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.

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ITINERARY 

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Day 1
Depart from Home
Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead, and begin your adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2
Dinner 
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Christchurch, New Zealand - Tour Begins
Arrive in the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner and start your South Pacific journey off on the right foot.

Day 3
Breakfast 
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Christchurch
Start your morning with a city tour of Christchurch. Then, pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” - the Kiwi, the Kea, the Tuatara, the Kaka, and the Takahe - up close and personal.

Day 4
Breakfast & Dinner  
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Christchurch - Queenstown
Depart Christchurch and make your way south to Queenstown. Known as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Arrive in Queenstown in the afternoon and have time to explore independently before dinner.

Day 5
Breakfast & Lunch 
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following your cruise, you may choose to return to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Day 6
Breakfast & Dinner  
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown
A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join an optional tour taking you through the majestic Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed. Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, gather tonight for a home hosted meal and get to learn from your hosts what it is like to live in this amazing city.

Day 7
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown
Cruise Lake Wakatipu and head to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm, a family-run merino sheep farm. En route, see Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw. In your exclusive visit, follow the behind-the-scenes process from mustering sheep to wool garments. Enjoy a fresh farmer’s lunch before sailing back. Later, it’s your choice! Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the area. Gather for a “farewell to New Zealand” dinner.

Day 8
Breakfast & Dinner 
Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Queenstown - Cairns, Australia
Fly to 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 thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

Day 9
Breakfast & Dinner  
Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Cairns
Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Rainforestation Nature Park where an Indigenous Pamagirri guide will show you through some of their oldest customs and traditions. Then, visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles on a nature cruise. Head through rainforests on boardwalks to see animals such as birds, reptiles, and wallabies. Visit with a koala and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these furry creatures. End your visit at Hartley’s with a dinner of local favorites.

Day 10
Breakfast & Lunch 
Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns
Board a high-speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride, stroll the island’s walking trails, relax on the beach, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an optional outer reef tour is also available.

Day 11
Breakfast 
Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Cairns - Sydney
The morning is yours. Enjoy your last few hours in Cairns by relaxing and taking in the tropical atmosphere and surrounding neighborhood. Then, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Day 12
Breakfast 
Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Sydney
See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then, have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the Sydney Opera House.

Day 13
Breakfast & Dinner 
Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Sydney
Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Tonight, say farewell to Australia while on a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbor, showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 14
Sydney - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.