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Skyline, Melbourne, VICDAY 1
Arrive in Marvelous Melbourne, Australia! Following your trans-Pacific flight you will be transferred to your luxury riverside hotel in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne.

An Evening with the Penguins – Phillip Island Private Tour

Collect your rental vehicle and set forth on your Great Ocean Road and Grampians Adventure. Tonight enjoy your luxury bed & breakfast accommodation in scenic Apollo Bay.

Continue your journey to The Grampians National Park, renowned for its breathtaking rocky views, rich Aboriginal culture, wildlife, European heritage and stunning spring wildflower displays. Arrive at your stunning luxury residence with fireplace, circular spa, and breakfast provisions.

DAY 5VIC; Great Ocean Road; Self Drive; Roads;
This morning marvel at Kangaroos grazing off your patio as you start your day in The Grampians. Hike, go wildlife spotting, try your hand at fishing, discover the rich aboriginal culture, or just relax and enjoy nature at its best.

After returning your rental vehicle at the Melbourne Airport, you will fly to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, gateway for the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Transfer to your luxury lodge accommodation near Port Douglas, overlooking the Coral Sea.

Enjoy the world renowned, luxuriously appointed, 62 foot sailing catamaran Synergy II. Nudged casually along by tropical breezes in the waters encompassing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Synergy II is the personification of complete relaxation. Snorkel, sunbathe, and enjoy your day on the Reef.

DAY 8Great Barrier Reef
A 30 Minute Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight this morning, followed by a day to relax and enjoy the tropics!

Journey northward to the Daintree Rainforest, one of the world’s last remaining pristine tropical wilderness areas in the world, by small group. Your naturalist guide will have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day will be a memory of a lifetime.

DAY 10
Transfer to the Cairns Airport and board your flight to Iconic Sydney, where you will relish your 5-star harbor view accommodation.

DAY 11Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas, QLD
Cruising on Sydney Harbour is a quintessential Australian experience. With a minimum of two, maximum of twelve passengers, today you will cruise like a local aboard a luxurious 52′ Pacific Motor Cruiser.

DAY 12
Morning “Sydney in Style” Small Group City Tour

DAY 13
Enjoy your small group tour to the Blue Mountains Today we take you away from the obvious tourist spots to show you the Blue Mountains from an insider’s perspective – from secluded lookouts, rainforest bush tracks and pristine valleys. Get up close to Australian wildlife in its natural setting, and learn about aboriginal culture from those who live it.

DAY 14
After your private transfer to Sydney Airport, you will fly from Sydney to Queenstown, NZ, in the heart of the Southern Alps! Enjoy your 5-star lakeside hotel in this vibrant town framed by the Remarkables Range.

DAY 15Three Sisters
Glacier Southern Lakes helicopter flight with glacier landing & Milford Sound cruise

DAY 16
Today you will savor your wilderness safari, featuring an exhilarating jetboat trip on the Dart River in Mt. Aspiring National Park

DAY 17
Pick up rental car in Queenstown and begin your trek northward along the stunning west coast of the South Island. First stop – Wanaka, a beautiful lakeshore town framed by snow capped peaks. Arrive at your luxury lodge accommodation.

DAY 18
Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm. Relish in the Maori and European historic sites, pure mountain air and breathtaking scenery.

Landscape of New ZealandDAY 19
After a short drive to Queenstown Airport, board your flight to Rotorua, with its rich Maori heritage and otherworldly geothermal sites. Collect your rental car and venture on to savor your 5-star lodge accommodation on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

DAY 20
The day is yours to explore Rotorua and its myriad of geothermal parks, or discover beautiful Lake Taupo, only an hour away. Tonight, get close to Maori culture with the Te Puia cultural experience and hangi dinner.

DAY 21
Drive onward from Rotorua to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city, taking detours to explore the Glowworm Caves at Waitomo or Hobbiton if you wish. Return your rental vehicle in Auckland and enjoy your 5-star harborside accommodation.

Pohutu Geyser eruption in RotoruaDAY 22
Today you will experience the best sights of Auckland in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience on in the beautiful Waitekere Ranges. A day of contrasts with Auckland’s premier small group tour operator.

DAY 23
Your journey ends with a private transfer to Auckland Airport and your trans-Pacific flight. Board your flight home to North America having experienced the very best of Down Under!


Price based on two passengers sharing 3-4 star accommodation. Price valid for travel commencing on February 28, 2021 to November 30, 2023 or earlier and subject to change due to currency fluctuation. Rates not valid for holiday season travel from December 20, 2022 through January 5, 2023. Please contact us to obtain pricing for travel during these dates.  Itinerary may be quoted individually upon request for solo travelers and for groups of three or more traveling together. All services listed are included in the price per passenger unless otherwise noted. Airfare quoted separately and subject to change without notice until tickets are issued. Above services and prices subject to availability; similar hotels, tours and services may be substituted if necessary. Land arrangements will be confirmed upon receipt of a $500 deposit. Balance due 30 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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