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The natural wonder with Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti – 28 days

On this 33-day Panorama vacation you will enjoy a leisurely discovery of the South Pacific’s best loved destinations. Begin in Nadi, Fiji, for sightseeing. Drive through the sugar cane fields to Viseisei Village and visit a chief’s bure. Then enjoy a full day at leisure. Your vacation then takes you to Sydney, Australia, where you will explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities and have a full day at leisure. Next, fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Travel

Journey to the resort town of Port Douglas where you board a catamaran for a cruise to the outer edge of Australia’s famous reef. Then travel to Ayers Rock and have the opportunity to take a camel ride. From Alice Springs, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city for sightseeing and free time. Next fly to Launceston, Tasmania, and Cradle Mountain Natinal Park to explore nature trails. Then take a scenic drive to Hobart for a guided tour of the penal settlement and a sanctuary to see the famous Tasmanian Devil. Next, the “Garden City of Christchurch, New Zealand, magnificent Mount Cook National Park, the resort area of Queenstown and breathtaking Milford Sound. From Queenstown fly to Rotorua to see the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves before heading on to Auckland, your last stop on this amazing vacation before heading for home. You can add five more days to your vacation with more time in Auckland and two days in the tropical paradise of Papeete, Tahiti.

Sightseeing Highlights

FIJI Sightseeing tour; Viseisei Village, Lautoka and an orchid garden
SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; Sydney Harbour cruise; visit the Opera House, the Sydney Aquarium, an opal company
PORT DOUGLAS Full-day excursion to the Outer Barrier Reef by catamaran with underwater observatory and sub-sea coral viewing
AYERS ROCK Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock, sunset toast
ALICE SPRINGS Sightseeing tour; visit the Old Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and a camel farm; enjoy an Aboriginal Dreamtime Tour
MELBOURNE Sightseeing tour, visit Fitzroy Gardens
HOBART Sightseeing, excursion to Port Arthur, visit a wildlife park
CHRISTCHURCH Sightseeing tour
MT. COOK Enjoy Mt. Cook National Park
QUEENSTOWN Orientation drive, Milford Sound cruise
ROTORUA Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Agrodome and Rainbow Springs; enjoy a Maori concert and Hangi dinner
AUCKLAND Sightseeing tour, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter
PAPEETE EXTENSION Sightseeing tour, visit the Gauguin Museum and the Fern Grotto of Maraa, host service during your stay

What’s Included
    • Included Meals: American breakfast daily (B); 3 lunches (L); 6 dinners (D), including a special dinner in Fiji, a traditional hangi dinner and Maori concert in Rotorua and a special Farewell Dinner in Auckland
    • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

 

  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • Free airport transfers: book your scheduled transatlantic flight with Globus and benefit from our free transfers
  • Low air-fares: compare our competitive air-inclusive prices-business class available! And with many tours take advantage of our favorable add-on rates from your home city
  • Hotels listed for each tour. Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
    FIJI Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa (D), SYDNEY Sofitel Wentworth (D), PORT DOUGLAS Radisson Tree Tops (F), AYERS ROCK Sails in the Desert (SF),ALICE SPRINGS Crowne Plaza (SF), MELBOURNE Sofitel Melbourne (MD),CRADLE MOUNTAIN Cradle Mountain Lodge (F), HOBART Wrest Point (SF), CHRISTCHURCH Hotel Grand Chancellor (F), MOUNT COOK The Hermitage (MF), QUEENSTOWN Crowne Plaza (SF), ROTORUA Park Heritage Rotorua (F), AUCKLAND The Heritage Auckland (F), TAHITI Le Meridien Tahiti (SF)
  • Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring
  • Professional Tour Director while touring
  • Globus travel bag and travel documents
  • Globus $10 million consumer protection plan

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1 – 2
 (Sun. & Mon.) Board your transpacific flight and skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Day 3  Arrival in Nadi, Fiji. (Tue.) Bula! Welcome to Fiji. Following a briefing by your Tour Director, there is time to freshen up before this afternoon’s sightseeing tour. Visit the town of Nadi and drive through the sugar cane fields to Viseisei Village, the first Fijian settlement and visit a chief’s bure (house). Stop in Lautoka and the magnificent ORCHIDGARDEN. Tonight enjoy a special WELCOME DINNER with your traveling companions. (B,D)
Day 4 – 5  Fiji. (Wed. & Thu.) Two full day at leisure in paradise. Perhaps you’d like to take the optional cruise to one of Fiji’s tropical islands or enjoy a game of golf at your resort. During your stay there may be an opportunity to participate in a traditional kava ceremony and see a meke, a traditional Fijian dance. Your Tour Director can help arrange it. (B)
Day 6  Fiji-Sydney, Australia. (Fri.) An early morning departure for your flight to Sydney. G’day and welcome to Australia. Your hotel is located in the heart of Australia’s largest city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour, the magnificent Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. What a great way to start your adventure Down Under! (B,D)
Day 7  Sydney. (Sat.) This morning explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Your sightseeing includes exploring Sydney Harbour on a cruise highlighting this magnificent bustling waterway, visiting the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE for a guided tour of its interior and theaters, and an expert guide to escort you through the renowned SYDNEY AQUARIUM DARLING HARBOUR where you will learn of the South Pacific’s unique marine life. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, located in the city’s botanical gardens, for a great photo opportunity, offering sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See some of the city’s original suburbs and the historic Rocks area, home to Sydney’s original convicts. We also visit one of the country’s leading opal companies to discover how the beautiful gems are mined. The balance of the day is free. (B)
Day 8  Sydney. (Sun.) Full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion with a drive over the Harbour Bridge to the Hawkesbury River for a relaxing cruise to an historic 1867 homestead. Enjoy lunch on the broad veranda while you learn of the experiences of Australia’s early settlers. You may prefer an adventure to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience, or an excursion to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! The choice is yours and your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. (B)
Day 9  Sydney-Port Douglas. (Mon.) Fly north to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, where you will board a coach for your journey to the resort town of Port Douglas. Tonight, why not take our optional dinner in a rain forest by night, set among flame-lit torches (B)
Day 10  Port Douglas. Great Barrier Reef Excursion. (Tue.) Board a fast catamaran for a cruise to the outer edge of Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef where you will disembark onto a luxurious three-level pontoon. Enjoy coral viewing from the UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY or cruise among the coral gardens in a modern SUB-SEA VIEWER. Snorkeling gear is available and an informative talk by a marine biologist enhances your reef experience. A buffet lunch is also included. For a fun way to spend the evening, join the optional outing to the home of a local Aussie family for a delicious meal. (B,L)
Day 11  Port Douglas-Ayers Rock. (Wed.) Today fly to the Outback. In the afternoon travel past Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 30 brilliant monoliths. There is time for a walk to the Olga Gorge before returning to “Sunset Strip” to stop for a drink as you witness the changing colors of the Rock. (B)
Day 12  Ayers Rock-Alice Springs. (Thu.) Perhaps you might like to enjoy our optional camel ride among the big red sand dunes in the cool clear morning air to watch the sunrise on Uluru or an opportunity to join our optional helicopter flightseeing for splendid views of the Rock. A base tour around Ayers Rock is included later this morning, before flying to Alice Springs. Here visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how the locals live in this remote area, and the history of how the early settlers explored the region and developed communication. It’s onto Anzac Hill, a tribute to Australia and New Zealand’s war heroes. Then visit the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE to appreciate how an aerial medical service is provided to those living in extremely remote regions. A highlight of your day is the opportunity to ride a camel, the transport of the desert, at the CAMEL FARM. For a truly unique Aussie experience, this evening consider an optional bush night out that features a meal of typical campfire fare, fascinating tales of the Outback, and Aboriginal folklore. (B)
Day 13  Alice Springs-Melbourne. (Fri.) Today, experience an Aboriginal “DREAMTIME” TOUR and learn more about this important native culture from your own local guide. Afterwards fly to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. (B)
Day 14  Melbourne. (Sat.) Today’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS and then drive past the lush Royal Botanical Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. For a unique dining experience, join an optional outing on board a historic tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. (B)
Day 15  Melbourne. (Sun.) A full day at leisure for your own exploration and enjoyment of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Perhaps join our optional full-day tour that takes in the views of Australia’s most breathtaking and unspoiled coastal scenery on the Great Ocean Road, including unusual rock formations, such as the Twelve Apostles, adorning the shoreline. Or the optional excursion to Philip Island to see a penguin parade is highly recommended. (B)
Day 16  Melbourne-Launceston-Cradle Mountain. (Mon.) Today fly from Melbourne to Launceston, Tasmania. From there, transfer to CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. Enjoy some free time to explore some of the nature trails of this beautiful wilderness setting. (B,D)
Day 17  Cradle Mountain-Hobart. (Tue.) Enjoy a scenic drive to Hobart, Australia’s southernmost capital city. (B,L)
Day 18  Hobart. (Wed.) Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit Port Arthur, where the first convicts arrived in the 1830s. A guided tour of the PENAL SETTLEMENT shows you the ruins of the four-story penitentiary and the model prison…grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also included is a short stop at a nearby SANCTUARY to see the famous Tasmanian Devil, a rare marsupial wolf. (B)
Day 19  Hobart-Christchurch. (Thu.) Today fly to Melbourne, then across the Tasman Sea to Christchurch, the “Garden City” of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is free. (B)
Day 20  Christchurch. (Fri.) Sightseeing this morning starts with a drive up the winding Summit Road for views of Lyttleton Harbor, then past Christchurch’s old stone buildings, the charming Avon River and acres of green parks. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful English “Garden City.” (B)
Day 21  Christchurch-Mount Cook. (Sat.) Today leave Christchurch for beautiful Mount Cook. Travel west to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after the highest peak in New Zealand. Weather permitting, don’t miss the chance to take an optional ski-plane flight that actually lands on the 18-mile-long Tasman Glacier. It’s an unforgettable experience. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 22  Mount Cook-Queenstown. (Sun.) Leave this alpine wonderland, ringed by 17 permanently snow-capped peaks, and travel through the delightful village of Cromwell en route to the resort area of Queenstown, home base for discovering every type of adventure sport imaginable. This evening why not take our optional dinner and venture to the top of Bob’s Peak on Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola for breathtaking panoramic views while dining in a relaxed atmosphere (B)
Day 23  Queenstown. Milford Sound. (Mon.) More beautiful scenery today as you travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has the elite status of belonging to the World Heritage Parks. CRUISE on the fiord with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)
Day 24  Queenstown-Rotorua. (Tue.) Today fly to Rotorua, the center of Maori culture set in the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderland. This evening you may wish to enjoy the hospitality of a New Zealand family at dinner in their home. (B)
Day 25  Rotorua. (Wed.) This morning’s sightseeing begins with a visit to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools and silica terraces. Continue on to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Then onto RAINBOW SPRINGS, home to rainbow trout and the flightless kiwi bird in its nocturnal “Kiwi House.” Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT. (B,D)
Day 26  Rotorua-Waitomo-Auckland. (Thu.) This morning travel north through Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the caverns. Enjoy a silent boat trip through the glowworm grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your evening. (B).
Day 27  Auckland. (Fri.) Join us for sightseeing in this attractive city known as “City of Sails,” situated on an isthmus between two magnificent harbors. From the top of Mount Eden you have a stunning view of Auckland as well as Rangitoto Island, the volcanic cone which dominates the inner harbor. Today’s highlight is a visit to KELLY TARLTON’S ANTARCTIC ENCOUNTER where you will see colonies of penguins in real ice and snow. Then travel beneath the ocean to see a giant stingray, moray eels and come face to face with the awesome predators of the deep—sharks! This evening your Tour Director hosts a festive FAREWELL DINNER to celebrate your South Pacific Experience. (B,D)
Day 28  Auckland. (Sat.) Today is at leisure in Auckland. {B)
Day 29 – 30  Auckland-Papeete, Tahiti. (depart Auckland Sun., arrive Papeete Sat.) Today fly to Tahiti and because of the International Date Line, arrive the day before you left New Zealand! After an overnight stay, your sightseeing includes a stop at Point Venus, the historic landing place of Captain Cook. Then on through the districts of Papenoo, Hitiaa, and Faaone to the GAUGIN MUSEUM. See the cool FERN GROTTO OF MARAA. This afternoon is free for your own explorations or to simply enjoy quality relaxation in paradise. (B,B)
Day 31  Papeete. (Mon.) Enjoy a full day at leisure. (B)
Day 32  Depart Papeete. (Tue.) Your room is available to you right up until your departure time. Late this evening, your homebound flight departs. (B)
Day 33  (Wed.) Your overnight flight arrives early this morning.   

Source:

https://travelerslane.com/australia-and-new-zealand-19-days/

http://www.planettraveller.com/itinerary/adventure-new-zealand

 

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