When you think of a fantastic vacation, what comes to mind? Cosmopolitan cities with sumptuous cuisine, fantastic shopping, and intimate cafés? Perhaps you think of spectacular scenery and unique wildlife. Or maybe you want to learn about native cultures. If so, this Australia and New Zealand tour is sure to be the perfect vacation for you!
In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House and cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy lunch on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant—a unique experience Globus offers. Outside Adelaide, Globus has arranged another out-of-the-ordinary adventure…a visit to one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island—where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.
If you’re interested in spectacular scenery, you’ll be thrilled with the magnificent sights offered throughout this vacation. You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Ayers Rock (Uluru)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan Train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it and enjoy this truly unique experience. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian devil—now’s your chance to see one.
On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Maori performance in New Zealand; and partake in a truly Aussie experience—an Outback Barbecue in the Outback.
From the cosmopolitan cities to the remote regions, this Australia and New Zealand tour offers all of this and much more!
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DAY 1 Arrive in Melbourne, Australia
G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.
DAY 2 Melbourne
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. Enjoy a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.Breakfast
DAY 3 Melbourne
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.
DAY 4 Melbourne–Hobart
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.Breakfast
DAY 5 Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur
Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, 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 CONSERVATION PARK to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.Breakfast
DAY 6 Hobart–Adelaide
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 your leisure.
DAY 7 Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island
Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.Breakfast
DAY 8 Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.Breakfast
DAY 9 Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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 around 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.
DAY 10 Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Alice Springs-Ghan Train
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 historic GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your vacation. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.
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.Breakfast
DAY 11 Ghan Train-Katherine-Darwin
This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and home to unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a HIKE with a local indigenous guide, or a CANOE EXCURSION. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.Breakfast
DAY 12 Darwin–Kakadu National Park
After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE & BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.Breakfast
DAY 13 Kakadu National Park
Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.
During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.Breakfast
DAY 14 Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns
Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
DAY 15 Cairns. Outer Great Barrier Reef Excursion
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 semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.Breakfast
DAY 16 Cairns
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.
DAY 17 Cairns–Sydney
This morning, enjoy a special visit to CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy a talk by a wildlife keeper, and the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.
Starting April 1, 2016, the Cairns Zoo will be closed. Passengers will instead visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure for a guided tour to see native animals, including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and Crocodiles. For an additional fee, passengers can get their photo taken while holding a koala.
DAY 18 Sydney
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 for an insider’s tour of [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.Breakfast
DAY 19 Sydney
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 WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.Breakfast
DAY 20 Sydney–Christchurch, New Zealand-Mount Cook
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.Breakfast
DAY 21 Mount Cook–Queenstown
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.”
DAY 22 Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound
Today, 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.Breakfast
DAY 23 Queenstown
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 jet-boat 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, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION providing a glimpse into life on the farm.Breakfast
DAY 24 Queenstown–Rotorua
Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT.Breakfast
DAY 25 Rotorua
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.
DAY 26 Rotorua–Waitomo–Auckland
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.Breakfast
DAY 27 Auckland
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.Breakfast
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