Travel to Australia’s famous cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, and Darwin. See native wildlife including Koala and Kangaroo. Adventure to Kangaroo Island which is one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Over 1/3 of the island is a protected nature reserve — home to sea lions, koalas, many diverse bird species, penguin colonies, and Admiral’s Arch.
New Zealand is known for its stunning natural landscapes. Cruise the fjords of Milford Sound or view the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.
- Skyrail World Heritage Rainforest
- Dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
- Luncheon cruise on New Zealand’s Marlborough
- Maori cultural experience and music concert at the Auckland Museum.
- Jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids
- Helicopter Ride
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted.
- Meals, Gratuities to local guides, service charges, taxes, and portage included
- Exclusive business-class charter flights in Australia and New Zealand
- “Foodie” tour of Sydney.
- Aboriginal cultural Presentations.
- Auckland Museum with the Maori Cultural Experience.
- “Dinner with the Warbirds” at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Points of Interest
- Agincourt Reef
- Great Barrier Reef
- Milford Sound
- Kangaroo Island
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Southern Alps
DAY 1 – Arrive in Melbourne
The tour will take you from Melbourne Airport to the hotel in Melbourne. You will have a cocktail reception with dinner at a hotel, and your journey will start at 17:30.
Day 2 – Melbourne
Set off on a guided tour to admire the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks, and sprawling parks.
- Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building, and the Melbourne Museum.
- Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance.
- Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian Open—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market.
Enjoy an afternoon in Melbourne. Then we head on our excursion to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade at Sunset.
DAY 3 – Melbourne – Alice Springs
Aboriginal Dream time & Bush-tucker Tour. Take a morning private charter flight into the heart of Australia’s Outback desert, arrive for lunch at Ayers Rock and stay in the country’s Red Centre for an overnight in Sails in the Wilderness. The light of the setting sun in the evening bathes the mystical rock with a palette of colors that change constantly And with champagne overlooking a monolith, you’ll enjoy the natural “show.”
Day 4 – Explore Uluru’s mysteries and then take a flight to Cairns
Aboriginal traditions at Uluru (Ayers Rock); find this out in the morning guided visit. Dreamtime legends represent the essence of Aboriginal society and culture. Check out the giant monolith. Then fly on a private charter to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns in Queensland. After checking into the hotel, we will take the Sky rail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda Mountain Village and cross the rainforest canopy through to the Daintree National Park.
Day 5 – Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure visible on earth from the moon. Cruise the Agincourt Reef for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and even a glass-bottom boat to see the underwater discoveries. On the edge of the Australian Continental Shelf. We then return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 6 – Optional balloon ride and a day at leisure
Early risers can boast an optional hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands (additional fee per person). The rest of the day is spent in the rainforest and spas you want, or you can explore the area. You can even go back to the reef this day. Tonight, enjoy the theme dinner.
Day 7 – Crocodile adventures and on to Sydney
At Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, you can learn all about crocodiles, lizards, and snakes. You’ll have the opportunity to hold a koala and take your photograph. Visit a special enclosure where you may meet East Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies, Pademelons, Koalas, Wombats, etc. Enjoy the presentation, tour, and even feeding. Then take a boat out on the lagoon. After dinner, take a private charter ride to the hotel in Sydney.
DAY 8 – Sydney Sightseeing
The guides will start your first day of excursions in Sydney: Pass Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor. It carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Go backstage for a tour of one of the most famous architectural wonders in the world. Discover the remarkable story of how the Sydney Opera House was designed, conceived, and built, and the challenges over the years of hosting world-class performances. Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise – Experience all that Sydney’s magnificent harbor has to offer from the unique perspective of Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ship.
DAY 9 – Marveling at the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains. A fresh green carpet covers the floor, and if you’re lucky, a light mist sail through the iconic remnants of the Three Sisters peaks. Your Blue Mountains day tour is full of views and walks, waterfalls, and trails. You get a dozen different angles of gushing water, secretive forest, broad valleys, and then the unique marsupials that patrol the land. Such as Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas; you’ll see them all as you return to Sydney via a wildlife park. We have some fun excursions here.
Discover the thrill of a 52-degree incline (128% incline) riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway. The 510-meter journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and returns visitors to the top of the mountain. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! Suspended 270 meters above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill, since everything will be revealed beneath your feet through the glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating is available with solid flooring is also available.
Day 10 – Taronga Zoo Sydney & the city at leisure
Visit one of the best Zoos in the world for a few hours. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure shopping and enjoying Sydney.
DAY 11 – Sydney – Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand! There’s something magical at the first glimpses of New Zealand. The dramatic fjords ringed with snow-capped peaks are simply breathtaking. A serene lake reflects the landscape indulge in the opulent beauty of your hotel. Quickly lose yourself in the relaxed pace of New Zealand.
Day 12 – Lost in the Wonder of Milford Sound
Winding through the South Island is like taking a journey through Middle Earth. It’s no wonder that movie director Peter Jackson is a huge fan. Every bend in the road brings pure contentment. These dreamlike landscapes and untouched Wilderness bring the country’s most spectacular sights to life. Milford Sound is a memorable journey. Enjoy the vistas around every corner and watch for the mountain passes and blue lakes of Fiordland National Park. Take a mini-tour on a two-hour cruise at Milford Sound. Watch as the cliffs rise a mile above your head in this sheltered cove. Sailing out towards the Tasman Sea many times, you will get to share your journey with playful dolphins and seals. Sometimes there is a low-lying mist that hangs over the inlet. Merely the stuff that movies are made of. There is always a hypnotic 360-degree view.
DAY 13 – Auckland Sightseeing and Free Time
A cruise on Waitemata Harbor follows a morning city sightseeing tour. Later, you’ll have free time to relax or explore.
DAY 14 – Rotorua – Christchurch
Explore Rainbow Springs, Nature Park. Enjoy a day in nature with an action-packed day! Get up close with the beautiful birds, bugs, and beasts that call New Zealand home. Continue to Nau Mai haere mai – Welcome to Te Puia. Situated in Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors. Our tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations, and many of our guides have direct links to Rotorua’s earliest hosts. We share stories and insight into this unique corner of the world.
DAY 15 – Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier
Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train Experience. Visit the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along the journey, you’ll see impressive vistas as you travel the edges of the ice fed Waimakariri River. Travel the Southern Alps and see miles of native beech forest. This journey is 5 hours and ends at the Canterbury Plains. This is the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration by a Local Specialist. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.
DAY 16 – Franz Josef – Queenstown
Journey through Haast Pass, Thunder Creek Falls, and several lakes. Try some delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. (a fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone, such as peach, plum, or cherry.) Travel on to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown. Join your Travel Director for dinner. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office. The building dates to 1869-78. The building has a great vibe to it, and you can go there for coffee, drinks and even lunch by the lake.
DAY 17 – Explore the beautiful Milford Sound with Cruise Milford
Spend the day on Milford Sound with Cruise Milford; you’ll be traveling on smaller and less crowded boats. Let Cruise Milford show you this beautiful area. Fiordland is a designated World Heritage Area that takes you back in time to a magical wilderness that you may have thought no longer existed. Driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound, you will see why the Lord of the Rings was filmed in this stunning scenery.
Today you can take the Shotover Jet ride! One of the most thrilling jet boats rides in the world. If this doesn’t sound like your scene, you can choose to play nine holes of golf at a resort. With the rugged mountain backdrop even, a simple fairway will be memorable. You can also take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon alongside the Shotover River to Skippers Point.
Day 19 To Queenstown and lunch at a winery
Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown. Enjoy a delightful lunch and tasting at Amisfield Winery. With gorgeous mountain views and iconic stone buildings, you can sample the Pino Noir. The Sofitel Queenstown accommodations seep French-inspired sophistication.
Day 20 Journey Home
Tour ends Queenstown. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Hotel to the airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.