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Australia & New Zealand

22 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, from the sheep-dotted New Zealand plains to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a lineup of dramatic landscapes. In between outdoor adventures, you’ll discover sophisticated, multicultural cities and an irresistible, carpe diem spirit.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 2 nights

Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to Australia.

Melbourne 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! At an included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks and sprawling parks.

• Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum

• Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance

• Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian open—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fairy Penguin Parade $149*pp Details

Every night, the tiny Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island waddle ashore in an adorable parade. On this excursion, you'll journey to Summerland Beach to see the penguins come home after a long day of fishing. They're returning to feed their babies, and you'll watch as the penguins arrive for dinner on the beach. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $159)

Day 5: Free Time in Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $175*pp Details

Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some of the wild birds native to the area, including colorful parrots and cockatoos. Next, board the authentic “Puffing Billy” steam-powered train en route to Menzies Creek. Along the way, admire the mountain’s eucalyptus forest and fern gullies. After the scenic train ride, you’ll travel to a regional vineyard to enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to another local winery.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $185)

Alice Springs 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Flight to Alice Springs

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to learn about many institutions that date back to the country’s colonial days.

• Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside

• Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air and  the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Ayers Rock 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion.

Then, journey through the desert to Ayers Rock (or “Uluru” to the locals) to begin your exploration of the park with a guided tour.

• View Kata Tjuta, the weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas 

• Watch the sun set over Ayers Rock

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $275*pp Details

Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breathtaking excursion. Watch as kangaroos and wallabies greet another day in the Outback. Your balloon ride lasts 30 minutes, and upon landing, you'll enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $285)

Cairns 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ayers Rock

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit magnificent Ayers Rock, the monolith that’s been worshipped by Aboriginal tribes for 22,000 years. Then, fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland.

Day 9: The Great Barrier Reef

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a morning boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral’s colors from the underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat or semi-sub—or while snorkeling.

Day 10: Free Day in Cairns

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Cairns or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest $199*pp Details

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, meet your guide who will accompany you through the park. Along the way, you’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo, how to throw a spear and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people. Next, you’ll take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break. Take some free time to explore the Kuranda Village—discover treasures at the markets, visit an Aboriginal art gallery or hop on a river cruise. Before the end of your trip, take a ride on the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest. The cable car will stop along the way, giving you the chance to walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest floor.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Arrival in Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Cairns, then fly to Sydney.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities, thanks to its laid-back outdoor lifestyle.

• Pass Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens

• Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge

• See the Rocks neighborhood, the National Opal Collection, the Gap in Watsons Bay and Bondi Beach

• Step inside the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Enjoy a free evening in Sydney or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise $135*pp Details

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbor, basking in views of the city’s famous bridge, opera house and twinkling cityscape at night. The MV Sydney 2000, one of Sydney's most prestigious cruise ships, features multiple decks and live entertainment. Your dinner will be served on the Sky Deck, offering 360-degree views of the city.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $145)

Day 13: Free day in Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Sydney or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains & Koala Park $159*pp Details

On a clear day, the Blue Mountains are imbued with an exquisite blue hue, the result of sunlight striking drops of eucalyptus oil hanging in the air. On this excursion, you’ll visit Scenic World to see the famed Three Sisters rock formation. See the historic township of Katoomba, then browse through the shops in the quaint village of Leura, where you’ll also have free time for lunch. Set out on a short bushwalk to Wentworth Falls and enjoy panoramic views of Jamison and Megalong Valleys. Stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can view koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles. You’ll even get the chance to feed kangaroos and wallabies. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $169)

Christchurch Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Arrival in the Christchurch Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Christchurch, New Zealand, where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a Kiwi family.

Queenstown 4 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region, some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes.

• Stop at the Tin Shed, a traditional barnyard-style country store featuring authentic New Zealand-made woollen goods

• Pass by beautiful Lake Tekapo and Mrs. Jones fruit orchard

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director.

• Take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• See the Kawarau River and the bridge where bungy jumping was born

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $85*pp Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue lunch and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from May through September. In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the cruise. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $99*pp Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue dinner and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from October through April. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 17: Milford Sound

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland.

• Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te Anau

• Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes

• Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel

• Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 18: Free day in Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Queenstown.

Rotorua 1 night Hotel info

Day 19: Arrival in Rotorua

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Rotorua in the heart of Maori country and enjoy a traditional hangi feast.

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Transfer to Auckland via Kiwi Wildlife Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Learn about the region’s indigenous birdlife before setting off to the City of Sails.

• Visit the Kiwi Wildlife Park, the country’s largest kiwi hatchery and nursery

• Transfer to Auckland for a guided sightseeing tour of the city

• Pass the Auckland Harbor Bridge and the neoclassical Auckland Museum

• Explore Mission Bay Beach and the scenic suburb of Parnell

Day 21: Free day in Auckland

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Auckland or add an excursion.

Later, say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $125*pp Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbor to Waiheke Island. Upon arrival at the wharf, a local guide will provide full commentary regarding the history of the island, the native flora and fauna, and tales of the region. Make your way to a local boutique vineyard for a wine tasting before continuing to a bustling olive oil mill. With the beach close at hand, take some time after the tastings to explore the coast and soak in the spectacular views. Before boarding the ferry back to Auckland, you’ll have free time for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Day 22: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Add Fiji $749 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise, aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Fiji 3 nights Hotel info

Day 22: Arrival in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you will be taken to your seaside hotel.

Day 23: Free day in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island.

Day 24: Free day in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend another free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit $75*pp Details

Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi market for a guided walk through its fruit and vegetable stalls. Then proceed to your destination where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ritual, including a taste of kava, a ceremonial beverage. After a walking tour of the village, learn to collect, husk and extract milk from coconuts during a hands-on demonstration. Finish your day with a farewell drink before you return to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 25: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 19 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 2 nights

Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to Australia.

Melbourne 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Melbourne! At an included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of the city’s beautiful 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks and sprawling parks.

• Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum

• Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance

• Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct—site of the Australian open—and stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fairy Penguin Parade $149*pp Details

Every night, the tiny Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island waddle ashore in an adorable parade. On this excursion, you'll journey to Summerland Beach to see the penguins come home after a long day of fishing. They're returning to feed their babies, and you'll watch as the penguins arrive for dinner on the beach. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $159)

Day 5: Free Time in Melbourne

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $175*pp Details

Embark on a journey to the Dandenong Ranges rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some of the wild birds native to the area, including colorful parrots and cockatoos. Next, board the authentic “Puffing Billy” steam-powered train en route to Menzies Creek. Along the way, admire the mountain’s eucalyptus forest and fern gullies. After the scenic train ride, you’ll travel to a regional vineyard to enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to another local winery.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $185)

Alice Springs 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Flight to Alice Springs

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to learn about many institutions that date back to the country’s colonial days.

• Stop at Anzac Hill and take in sweeping views of the town and countryside

• Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of Air and  the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Ayers Rock 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Alice Springs or add an excursion.

Then, journey through the desert to Ayers Rock (or “Uluru” to the locals) to begin your exploration of the park with a guided tour.

• View Kata Tjuta, the weathered rock domes also known as the Olgas 

• Watch the sun set over Ayers Rock

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $275*pp Details

Sail through the morning sky high above Alice Springs on this breathtaking excursion. Watch as kangaroos and wallabies greet another day in the Outback. Your balloon ride lasts 30 minutes, and upon landing, you'll enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $285)

Cairns 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ayers Rock

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit magnificent Ayers Rock, the monolith that’s been worshipped by Aboriginal tribes for 22,000 years. Then, fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland.

Day 9: The Great Barrier Reef

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a morning boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral’s colors from the underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat or semi-sub—or while snorkeling.

Day 10: Free Day in Cairns

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Cairns or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Kuranda Village Aboriginal Park & Rainforest $199*pp Details

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, meet your guide who will accompany you through the park. Along the way, you’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo, how to throw a spear and watch performances that celebrate the culture of the rainforest’s indigenous people. Next, you’ll take a scenic ride on the historic Kuranda Train before a leisurely lunch break. Take some free time to explore the Kuranda Village—discover treasures at the markets, visit an Aboriginal art gallery or hop on a river cruise. Before the end of your trip, take a ride on the Skyrail cable car, soaring high over the canopy of the forest. The cable car will stop along the way, giving you the chance to walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest floor.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Arrival in Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Cairns, then fly to Sydney.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities, thanks to its laid-back outdoor lifestyle.

• Pass Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens

• Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge

• See the Rocks neighborhood, the National Opal Collection, the Gap in Watsons Bay and Bondi Beach

• Step inside the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Enjoy a free evening in Sydney or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise $135*pp Details

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbor, basking in views of the city’s famous bridge, opera house and twinkling cityscape at night. The MV Sydney 2000, one of Sydney's most prestigious cruise ships, features multiple decks and live entertainment. Your dinner will be served on the Sky Deck, offering 360-degree views of the city.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $145)

Day 13: Free day in Sydney

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Sydney or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Blue Mountains & Koala Park $159*pp Details

On a clear day, the Blue Mountains are imbued with an exquisite blue hue, the result of sunlight striking drops of eucalyptus oil hanging in the air. On this excursion, you’ll visit Scenic World to see the famed Three Sisters rock formation. See the historic township of Katoomba, then browse through the shops in the quaint village of Leura, where you’ll also have free time for lunch. Set out on a short bushwalk to Wentworth Falls and enjoy panoramic views of Jamison and Megalong Valleys. Stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can view koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles. You’ll even get the chance to feed kangaroos and wallabies. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $169)

Christchurch Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Arrival in the Christchurch Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Christchurch, New Zealand, where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a Kiwi family.

Queenstown 4 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through the Canterbury Plains and the sheep-farming region, some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes.

• Stop at the Tin Shed, a traditional barnyard-style country store featuring authentic New Zealand-made woollen goods

• Pass by beautiful Lake Tekapo and Mrs. Jones fruit orchard

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director.

• Take the Gondola Aerial Cableway 1,500 feet up Bob’s Peak

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• See the Kawarau River and the bridge where bungy jumping was born

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $85*pp Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue lunch and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from May through September. In June and July, the TSS Earnslaw undergoes routine maintenance and is replaced by a launch boat for the cruise. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $99*pp Details

Board the steam-powered TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. Your destination is Walter Peak, one of New Zealand’s most famous sheep and cattle stations. There, you'll enjoy a barbecue dinner and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from October through April. A weatherproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 17: Milford Sound

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart early this morning to see the breathtaking scenery of Fiordland.

• Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te Anau

• Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes

• Climb to the Homer Saddle and drive through Homer Tunnel

• Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 18: Free day in Queenstown

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Queenstown.

Rotorua 1 night Hotel info

Day 19: Arrival in Rotorua

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country. This evening, enjoy a traditional hangi feast with your group.

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Transfer to Auckland via Kiwi Wildlife Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Learn about the region’s indigenous birdlife before setting off to the City of Sails.

• Visit the Kiwi Wildlife Park, the country’s largest kiwi hatchery and nursery

• Transfer to Auckland for a guided sightseeing tour of the city

• Pass the Auckland Harbor Bridge and the neoclassical Auckland Museum

• Explore Mission Bay Beach and the scenic suburb of Parnell

Day 21: Free day in Auckland

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Auckland or add an excursion.

Later, say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Waiheke Island $125*pp Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbor to Waiheke Island. Upon arrival at the wharf, a local guide will provide full commentary regarding the history of the island, the native flora and fauna, and tales of the region. Make your way to a local boutique vineyard for a wine tasting before continuing to a bustling olive oil mill. With the beach close at hand, take some time after the tastings to explore the coast and soak in the spectacular views. Before boarding the ferry back to Auckland, you’ll have free time for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Day 22: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

Add Fiji $749 pp

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise, aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Fiji 3 nights Hotel info

Day 22: Arrival in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Nadi, Fiji, where you will be taken to your seaside hotel.

Day 23: Free day in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on Denarau Island.

Day 24: Free day in Fiji

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend another free day on Denarau Island or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fiji Village Visit $75*pp Details

Set off to Viseisei Village, one of the oldest settlements in Fiji. On the way, stop at Nadi market for a guided walk through its fruit and vegetable stalls. Then proceed to your destination where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ritual, including a taste of kava, a ceremonial beverage. After a walking tour of the village, learn to collect, husk and extract milk from coconuts during a hands-on demonstration. Finish your day with a farewell drink before you return to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 25: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (as well as the Republic of Fiji on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website prior to departure. When entering Fiji, U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

In the tropics, lightweight clothing is suitable year-round. Farther south in Australia, a jacket is needed for the cooler evenings in the southern summer (December-February). During the southern winter (June–August), warmer clothing is advised, as is rainwear for the South Island of New Zealand. Sneakers, a sun hat and sunscreen are recommended for exploring reefs and beaches, as are a sun hat and sunscreen. There will rarely be an occasion for formal attire.

Health

There are no health risks associated with traveling to Australia and New Zealand. Travelers should take particular care of sun exposure and drink plenty of liquids. If you choose to go swimming, be careful of powerful surf. Make sure to obey signs and lifeguard orders, and always swim between the well-marked flags. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest health updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Australia’s culinary traditions show a British influence, tending to be hearty and filling. The emphasis is on high-quality steaks and lamb chops, which are often barbecued. Meat pies, made in a variety of flavors, are also popular. Local specialties include shellfish, such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs, and the fish and chips often rival those in the United Kingdom. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime. Wines (especially from South Australia and Victoria) are superb. In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Melbourne and leave from Auckland (or Nadi on the extension). Flights are also included from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua. All other transfers are serviced by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the locations via public transport. In Melbourne, the Metro (M) transportation system covers tram, train and bus travel. The tram is an easy way to see the city. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk at shop vendors, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station. In Sydney, buses run frequently. One of the best ways to see Sydney is by ferry, which you can board at  Circular Quay near the Opera House. Christchurch is easily accessed by bus and is also ideal for cycling. In Auckland, ferry, rail and bus lines are now connected by the new Britomart Interchange, completed in 2003.

Electricity

Australia operates on 220 and 240 volts, and New Zealand and Fiji operate on 240 volts.

Time Zones

Australia has three separate time zones. On your tour, you’ll encounter Australian Eastern Standard (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard) and Australian Central Standard (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard). During the summer daylight-saving period, things get more complicated: The state of Queensland is then one hour behind that of New South Wales and Victoria. New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard.

Currency

The units of currency you’ll be using on your tour are the Australian and New Zealand dollars (and Fiji dollars on the tour extension). Better rates of exchange are found in those countries. We recommend taking a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for local currency as needed. All are widely accepted. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (as well as the Republic of Fiji on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website prior to departure. When entering Fiji, U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

In the tropics, lightweight clothing is suitable year-round. Farther south in Australia, a jacket is needed for the cooler evenings in the southern summer (December-February). During the southern winter (June–August), warmer clothing is advised, as is rainwear for the South Island of New Zealand. Sneakers, a sun hat and sunscreen are recommended for exploring reefs and beaches, as are a sun hat and sunscreen. There will rarely be an occasion for formal attire.

Health

There are no health risks associated with traveling to Australia and New Zealand. Travelers should take particular care of sun exposure and drink plenty of liquids. If you choose to go swimming, be careful of powerful surf. Make sure to obey signs and lifeguard orders, and always swim between the well-marked flags. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest health updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Australia’s culinary traditions show a British influence, tending to be hearty and filling. The emphasis is on high-quality steaks and lamb chops, which are often barbecued. Meat pies, made in a variety of flavors, are also popular. Local specialties include shellfish, such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs, and the fish and chips often rival those in the United Kingdom. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime. Wines (especially from South Australia and Victoria) are superb. In New Zealand, there are many good local varieties of fish and seafood, excellent lamb and fresh fruits, including kiwi and passion fruits. For lunch, tea rooms serve savory meat pies, quiche and desserts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Melbourne and leave from Auckland (or Nadi on the extension). Flights are also included from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua. All other transfers are serviced by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the locations via public transport. In Melbourne, the Metro (M) transportation system covers tram, train and bus travel. The tram is an easy way to see the city. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk at shop vendors, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station. In Sydney, buses run frequently. One of the best ways to see Sydney is by ferry, which you can board at  Circular Quay near the Opera House. Christchurch is easily accessed by bus and is also ideal for cycling. In Auckland, ferry, rail and bus lines are now connected by the new Britomart Interchange, completed in 2003.

Electricity

Australia operates on 220 and 240 volts, and New Zealand and Fiji operate on 240 volts.

Time Zones

Australia has three separate time zones. On your tour, you’ll encounter Australian Eastern Standard (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard) and Australian Central Standard (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard). During the summer daylight-saving period, things get more complicated: The state of Queensland is then one hour behind that of New South Wales and Victoria. New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard.

Currency

The units of currency you’ll be using on your tour are the Australian and New Zealand dollars (and Fiji dollars on the tour extension). Better rates of exchange are found in those countries. We recommend taking a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for local currency as needed. All are widely accepted. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Valedictorian of Tour Directors

This was a trip of a lifetime, learning and seeing so much of both countries in 3 weeks, words seem so inadequate to describe our adventure. Hoping pictures captured all the beauty. Sharing this experience with new found friends, lead by our tour director, Simon, was the icing on the cake. I can't possibly praise him enough for all that he did to insure everyone was given a VIP treatment, everyday, all the time. His sharing of his knowledge of the countries history as well as current events was so informative and interesting. Perfection!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What Makes It Work

Those of us who have been blessed with the good fortune of being able to travel the world have found that it is filled with spectacular and exotic sights and peoples. The key to full enjoyment of these is not only the obvious beauty of a certain place or people, but also the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the history behind them and the reason that we find them as we do. On the longer of these outings, it is good to have an objective co-traveler as a guide to ensure that the journey yields the most enjoyment for the money invested. Such is the role of the tour director. As a knowledgeable and constant companion, he or she is able to keep a schedule, since there are many sights to be seen and about which there is much to learn as well to ensure that we "tourists" have background information needed to enhance the photograph of that lovely sunset or that magnificent waterfall, and to help us to re-live its beauty far beyond the digital representation we now hold so dear. The most recent tour for my wife, Sandy, and I was a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. After a long and tiring trip to Melbourne from our Tennessee home, we were met at the airport by Ms. Sladjana Hidosan, a vivacious, upbeat, energetic young woman who took great care to see that we all were gathered together before she led us to our bus and started our tour. She took a lot of extra time to locate a traveler who did not arrive with us at the airport as scheduled. Throughout the tour, she repeatedly attempted to find this person, but to no avail. Her concern for the person was quite evident. She remained with us for the duration of the Australia and New Zealand portions of our tour; a period of 22 days. During this time, she was very proud to show and tell us about her country, Australia, and about New Zealand for which she had a great knowledge and fondness. Based on her experience as a tour director, she realized that the basic things were very important and should not be over-looked. Consequently she reminded us that, at least for a time, we should regard ourselves as members of a family and show each other due care and respect, since the trip would be long, and that a caring respect would be a preventive against ill feelings. She realized that not all anatomical clocks were synchronized, so she ensured that we had adequate breaks for restroom stops and "peckish treats" to ward off hunger. She took great care to ensure that everyone was aware of every day's activities and of the times we were to be at certain places for transport to our next activity or destination. For those who did not elect the organized "GoAhead" excursions, she suggested alternative activities which she organized for the interested parties. She involved each of us in activities while riding on the buses to prevent boredom and engage us with one another. She was a true angel at the airports, making sure that we went through that process without problems or delays and keeping us all together as a group. Throughout the tour, she was affable, friendly, unflustered and solution-oriented whenever problems arose. She was an excellent corporate and personal representative for "GoAhead". As we observed her interactions with other "GoAhead" representatives and hotel personnel, we detected a great degree of camaraderie and respect for her from them. In every aspect of our trip, she worked hard for us to the simple end that we might have a great time. She accomplished her mission excellently well. I would also like to commend our tour guide in Fiji, Dan Vakadranu. Like Sladjana, he had a great sense of the purpose of the Fiji part of our tour. He planned excursions for those interested, but did not push those who wanted to simply relax on the beach or in the spa. He was available and attentive, but not over-bearing. He helped Sandy and I with a room change at our hotel when we first arrived and organized a "good-bye" meal for the tour group that involved a number of the hotel staff singing to us; an event we will remember. He also was most interested in an enjoyable, excellent value for the money invested for the tourists. Like Sladjana, he also accomplished his mission excellently well. To come full circle, the single thing that makes a tour such as the "GoAhead" Australia/New Zealand/Fiji experience work is having the right persons as tour directors. We were fortunate enough to have the right persons serve us as tour directors. Anyone else who takes this tour with these tour directors will also be most fortunate. They are the best!! Joe Beaver Hendersonville, TN.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

More about the best tour director

Dennis wrote an excellent review about our wonderful tour guide, Sladjana. It was right on the mark. I would like to add: as a retired middle school teacher, I appreciate the difficulty of "herding cats." Like middle school students, travelers are not always mannerly. Some are consistently late, some have poor listening skills, and they all have a variety of agendas. Sladjana handled everyone with grace, professionalism, and good humor. She was patient about repeating directions over and over again to travelers who needed it. She kept us on schedule and allowed us to see many wonderful sights, while being flexible about serendipitous adventures, such as the ANZAC ceremony in Australia or the thousands of waterfalls on a rainy day in New Zealand. She arranged for many people to do private adventures, whether it be worm caves, hobbit sites, or like my own husband, fly fishing in New Zealand. We were delighted with her surprises: camel racing in Alice Springs, sunset and champagne at Ayers Rock, and a harbor boat trip in Sydney. We were always offered the opportunity for free days to just wander around by ourselves and she gave us good restaurant recommendations and helped us with directions and transit information. One of the things I like most was her ability to help us shake off the frenzy of traveling and savor the moment.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Terrific Itinerary!

After reviewing several itineraries, we settled on Go Ahead Tours. The itinerary was excellent, and we enjoyed the scenery, hotels, educational background, and stops along the way. Our tour director was the best. She provided several additional optional tours and took it upon herself to provide us with many extras including exchanging our money, “peckish” treats, group photos, recommendations for meals, and acted as our concierge. She was always available to answer questions. She made the trip so much fun and was an impressive young woman. Check in at the airport went smoothly thanks to her. She never shirked her duties.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!!!!

On May 11, we returned from our GoAhead Tour of Australia and New Zealand. This was a wonderful itinerary made even better by our outstanding Tour Director. This young lady is wise beyond her young years, and she made every day interesting, exciting and fun. She had a goal of keeping everybody happy during the tour, and I feel she succeeded. Having been raised in and now still living in Australia; she brought the love and understanding of her country to us each day. We were in Melbourne in the week leading up to Anzac Day. When we visited the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, our Tour Director was moved as she spoke of this special day and the fact this is the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. She kept us updated every day with the “day sheets” she distributed the night before indicating what we would be doing, the time to be at the bus and other useful information. When we became a little travel weary, and we were feeling peckish, she would provide us with a “peckish treat” to pep us up. There were many special touches like this. Also, we had a movie or two along the way and some fun with music. I am focusing on the Tour Director since the beautiful places we visited were incredible; however, the special difference making it such an outstanding tour was the caring way our director shepherded us through the airports, the places we visited and all the optional excursions. She also handled our banking exchanging our Australian dollars to New Zealand dollars. She shopped the exchange rates and handled all this on her time without any fee. Believe me; this has not happened on the other tours we have taken with other companies. I mentioned her love of Australia, and that extended to New Zealand with a little friendly competition. It was interesting to observe her interaction with our various bus drivers. You could tell how much they liked and respected her. You start out with a given regarding the beauty and friendliness of these two countries. It is nice to travel with a leader you respect and who makes the tour a learning and fun experience, and who has a wonderful sense of humor. We were lucky to have the best, and we miss her! Thank you, Sladjana. I am feeling peckish, and I sure would like a little treat….

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Surprise, Surprise,Surprise

Flew from DFW to Brisbane because not fuel enough for Sydney after the storms. After awhile got off plane and went to domestic airport to fly to Melbourne to start our trip. No one at airport so got on train and went to hotel in Melbourne and called director. My wife and 4 other people found their way to hotel. Director said she had someone wait 1/2 hour at airport. OK To quote my friend, everything is just phenomenal here. We had 2 helicopter rides, hot air balloon ride, Climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, snorkeled the reef, Drove the Great Ocean Road, had dinner with homeowner,3 trips to native villages, 2 rain forests, 3 high building lookouts and Fiji time. Meals and hotels great. Lots of neat stuff in New Zealand and rings stuff and fast boat trips. So now the downside. Director Sludge was on a tight schedule but could have operated differently. She directed everything and I felt too controlled including being told what I was seeing and experiencing. Talked a lot and said things 3 times. Spent 20 minutes every night in hotel telling us a lot and when she finished I forgot what time we were to meet. Took fun and spontaneity out of trip. Got to Fiji and Dan saved the day with laid back Fiji time. You will love this part so please don't miss it. Swim, go to the islands even if you stay on the boat, eat out walk the beaches, love this place. BULA!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great value

Jo , our tour director, took a fast-paced itinerary and with her great organizational skills and humor, kept us from collapsing under the demands of such a trip. With many early wake up calls, about 12 airports and 10 hotels, multiple tour buses with steep steps, our bodies were challenged by the demands but there is no way we could have done and seen so much without such a pace. It was a trip of a life time and I think each of us was so happy we had been part of it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

More than I expected!

I would recommend this tour to everyone! It was even more than I expected, and I was expecting a lot based on the information provided online before I signed up. Our guide, Jo, was wonderful, so organized and helpful, and fun! And our group of 20 was great also, so we all had such a good time. We had just the right blend of activities and down time, with complete flexibility allowing each person to tailor what they wanted or did not want to do each day. We saw many things not described in the online overview, which was a very nice surprise. Australia is fascinating in its diversity, and New Zealand is absolutely stunning. I will use Go Ahead again every time I travel--can't recommend them highly enough.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

F A B U L O U S!!!!

I am recommending this tour to anyone that will listen..."Everyone should go Down Under once in their life" The tour is fabulous and our tour director was amazing. I fell in love with New Zealand and plan on taking the New Zealand 15 day tour Go Ahead offers. I am a very satisfied customer????????????

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Sladj is the best tour director.

With our very best tour Director Sladj, we had a great time. Her dedication and details to provide the best service is really commendable. She is the best tour director in the whole world. Her knowledge and dedication to Australian and NZ cultures is really appreciated. Everyone in the group was great All became friends and had a good time.

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