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Exploring Australia & New Zealand

October 07 - 28, 2023
Length: 22 days
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In Cairns, board a vintage steam train to the village of Kuranda and descend via Skyrail gondolas.

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Tour Highlights

  • Please note updated dates: Oct. 7 – 28, 2023 are correct! 
  • Enjoy a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef with an opportunity to swim, snorkel, and view the reef. 
  • In Cairns, board a vintage steam train to the village of Kuranda and descend via Skyrail gondolas.
  • Embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour in Alice Springs to meet Walpiri tribespeople and learn about their ancient culture.
  • Visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the aboriginal peoples and home of Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Watch the sun set over the fabled sandstone monolith of Ayers Rock. 
  • With three nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, see the city’s sights, including the iconic Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Featherdale Wildlife Park.
  • Enjoy a catamaran cruise with lunch around Sydney Harbour.
  • Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand’s English-accented “Garden City,” for an overnight stay and city tour featuring the acclaimed Botanic Gardens and Cathedral Square.
  • Journey to scenic Mt. Cook National Park, home of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.  Optional activities here include hiking and scenic flights.
  • En route to Queenstown, visit historic Arrowtown and the famous Kawarau Bridge Bungy.
  • Relish a free day to explore lakeside Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital,” independently, with abundant options for enjoying this beautiful lakeside city.
  • Take a day-long excursion to stunning Fiordland National Park that includes a nature cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound.
  • In geothermal Rotorua, visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, home to kiwis, and the Te Puia Cultural Centre, where you’ll enjoy a traditional hangi dinner and Maori performance.
  • On a city tour of Auckland, see the stunning harbor and the America’s Cup Village. 
  • Enjoy additional time in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” on a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

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