GLOBUS 2018: Down Under Discovery (PS)
20 days from Auckland to Sydney
Australia and New Zealand-two countries with breathtaking and unique scenery, as well as vibrant cities. On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you'll have an opportunity to see Australia's and New Zealand's scenic highlights and most popular cities, including Auckland, Queenstown, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney.Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colors. You'll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a watercraft tour! Similarly, photos do not adequately depict the magnificence and amazing size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia's Outback. You must stand before it to get a true perspective of its size and to see the changing colors of the rock at sunset. On this tour, you'll have that opportunity and you'll learn about Uluru's significance to the Aboriginal people. In New Zealand, more breathtaking scenery awaits you at Fiordland National Park, where you'll cruise on Milford Sound and witness the extraordinary beauty and sheer cliffs.On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you'll also experience sophisticated, yet laid-back, cities. In Melbourne, soak up the city's atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafes, and world-class dining. Globus has also arranged a fun experience for you here?lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sydney offers a spectacular harbor; the world-famous Opera House, which you'll visit during your sightseeing tour; fabulous shopping; and cosmopolitan cuisine. Known for adventure, Queenstown is a marvelous city set in the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Here, enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. From the sun-scorched desert of the Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef and from the smaller destinations in New Zealand to the cosmopolitan cities in Australia, this is a dream vacation!
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 20 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||Kia Ora-welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening's welcome briefing.|
|Day 2||Auckland||Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the 'City of Sails.' See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore more of this vibrant city. You may want to visit the impressive Auckland Museum or visit the trendy boutiques and cafes on Chancery and High Streets. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing and shopping. Dinner this evening is at SKY TOWER, offering amazing 360-degree views of the city and harbor below. (B,D)|
|Day 3||Rotorua||Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato 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. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic [LF] MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Rotorua||This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the [LF] KIWI ENCOUNTER to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand's largest and most successful Kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country's major industries-sheep! Continue on to 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. (B)|
|Day 5||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 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. (B,D)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.NOTE: The March 3 departure will overnight in nearby Twizel rather than at Mount Cook.|
|Day 6||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 nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' (B)|
|Day 7||Queenstown||Today, 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 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. (B,L)|
|Day 8||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 take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. 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 that provides a glimpse of life on the farm. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Melbourne||This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. (B)|
|Day 10||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 Royal Botanic Gardens. You'll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic [LF] 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. (B,L)|
|Day 11||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.' (B)|
|Day 12||Alice Springs||Today, fly to the Outback where sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how education services are provided in remote regions. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications. Tonight, a unique [LF] OUTBACK BARBECUE features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance. (B,D)|
|Day 13||Uluru (Ayers Rock)||Meet members of the Warlpiri Aboriginal tribe this morning and learn about their history and culture as they introduce you to bush foods, Aboriginal weaponry, as well as their traditional paintings. Later, fly to the 'Center of Australia.' Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before returning to 'Sunset Strip' for a DRINK and the changing colors of the rock. (B)|
|Day 14||Cairns||Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, 'Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,' one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (B)|
|Day 15||Cairns||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. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (B,L)|
|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. (B)|
|Day 17||Sydney||This morning, enjoy a special visit to HARTLEY'S CROCODILE ADVENTURES 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! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia's largest city. (B)|
|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 [LF] BONDI SURF BATHERS' LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic [LF] 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. (B,L)|
|Day 19||Sydney||Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience 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 have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT, overlooking Sydney Harbour. (B,D)|
|Day 20||Sydney||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only starting at $1,450. Required intra-vacation air segments: Rotorua/Christchurch; Queenstown/Melbourne; Melbourne/Alice Springs; Alice Springs/Ayers Rock; Ayers Rock/Cairns; Cairns/Sydney. Air prices were effective on August 17, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher. Gratuities for Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,885 to $2,630Triple Room Reduction per person: $250 to $450Extra Nights per person in Auckland:January-April & September-December in single room $260; in twin room $146; in triple room $119May-August: in single room $213; in twin room $122; in triple room $103Extra Nights per person in Sydney:January-March 31 & September-December: in single room $326; in twin room $177; in triple room $147April-August: in single room $309; in twin room $169; in triple room $1412019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2018.
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- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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