Australia & New Zealand

22 days Nature & Wildlife, Multi-country
From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback and 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

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.

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 - Phillip Island Penguin Parade $139pp* Details

Every night, the tiny 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: $149)

Day 5: Free day in Melbourne

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $165pp* 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: $175)

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: Sunset at 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 Uluru 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 sunset over Uluru

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $239pp* 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: $249)

Cairns 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to magnificent Uluru, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous 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-submarine—or hop in the water with a snorkel.

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 $159pp* 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: $169)

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Arrival in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise $129pp* Details

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour, 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: $139)

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities.

• Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens

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

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

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Day 13: Free day in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Optional Excursion - Featherdale Wildlife Park & Koala Visit $85pp* Details

Make your way to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, a sanctuary dedicated to the protection and conservation of Australia’s native species. Here, you’ll learn about the park’s commitment to environmental education and the fascinating animals that call the country home, including kangaroos, crocodiles, and an impressive variety of birds. Then, gather with your group to sip tea as you encounter the protected koalas up close and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. If time permits, you’ll continue through Sydney Olympic Park on your way back to your hotel.

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

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, locally 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 Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

Enjoy free time in Queenstown or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $119)

Day 17: Milford Sound

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Pass through beautiful beech forests, stopping to admire Te Anau Lake and the 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 or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $99pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $109)

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 birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park. Then, get to know Auckland, “The City of Sails,” with your Tour Director in the lead.

• Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower

• Stop at the city’s harbor and take a short walk to the Auckland Harbour Bridge

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 $115pp* Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbour 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: $125)

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 Starting from $799 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 or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tivua Island Sailing & Snorkeling $115pp* Details

Tivua Island

Set sail on a scenic cruise to Fiji’s Tivua Island, a small tropical paradise surrounded by stunning coral reefs. When you’re not enjoying afternoon tea or an included buffet lunch, the day will be yours to spend as you’d like. Soak up some sun on the white-sand beach or lounge in a hammock for the ultimate in relaxation. When you’re ready to cool off, paddle around the island in a kayak, board a glass-bottom boat with a marine biologist or hop in the water for guided snorkeling. Back on shore, there will be plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with local culture as you take part in a traditional Kava ceremony, watch a coconut husking demonstration or learn about herbal medicine on a nature walk. Please note: The Fijian sun is very hot and bringing a sun hat and sunscreen is recommended. If you’d like to enjoy the water, be sure to pack a towel and swimwear.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

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: Indigenous Culture & Traditions $75pp* 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

  • 20 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 - Phillip Island Penguin Parade $139pp* Details

Every night, the tiny 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: $149)

Day 5: Free day in Melbourne

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain $165pp* 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: $175)

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: Sunset at 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 Uluru 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 sunset over Uluru

Optional Excursion - Sunrise Ballooning $239pp* 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: $249)

Cairns 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to magnificent Uluru, the monolith that’s been worshipped by indigenous 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-submarine—or hop in the water with a snorkel.

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 $159pp* 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: $169)

Sydney 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Arrival in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning, then enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise $129pp* Details

Take a dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour, 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: $139)

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of one of the world’s most pleasant cities.

• Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens

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

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

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Day 13: Free day in Sydney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Optional Excursion - Featherdale Wildlife Park & Koala Visit $85pp* Details

Make your way to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, a sanctuary dedicated to the protection and conservation of Australia’s native species. Here, you’ll learn about the park’s commitment to environmental education and the fascinating animals that call the country home, including kangaroos, crocodiles, and an impressive variety of birds. Then, gather with your group to sip tea as you encounter the protected koalas up close and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. If time permits, you’ll continue through Sydney Olympic Park on your way back to your hotel.

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

Fiordland National Park Region 2 nights

Day 14: Transfer to the Fiordland National Park Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Australia and fly to Queenstown. Upon arrival, transfer to the town of Te Anau to take in some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes.

• Cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

• Walk along subterranean boardwalks inside the caves to view glowworms

Day 15: Milford Sound Cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• 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

Queenstown 2 nights

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Queenstown

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Pass through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes as you make your way to Queenstown. Then, spend the day exploring the Queenstown area with your Tour Director.

• Explore the gold rush settlement of Arrowtown

• Visit the Gibbston Valley vineyard for a wine tasting

Day 17: Bob's Peak

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, take the Skyline Queenstown Gondola 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak. 

Then, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Lunch $99pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $109)

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* 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 along with beer or wine. Then, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog show before heading back to Queenstown on a return cruise. 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: $119)

Rotorua 2 nights Hotel info

Day 18: Flight to 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.

Day 19: Rotorua Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Rotorua region. 

• With a local guide leading the way, learn about the region’s indigenous birds at the Kiwi Wildlife Park

• Visit the village of Whakarewarewa, which is home to thermal springs and bubbling hot pools 

• Join a local Whakarewarewa guide to learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Maori people, who live in harmony with nature in the village 

• Visit Rotorua's Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

Tonight, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner of regional specialties.

Auckland 2 nights Hotel info

Day 20: Sightseeing tour of Auckland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland this morning. Then, get to know Auckland, “The City of Sails,” with your Tour Director in the lead. 

• Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower 

• Stop at the city’s harbor and take a short walk to the Auckland Harbour Bridge

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 $115pp* Details

Board a ferry and settle in for a scenic cruise across the Auckland Harbour 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: $125)

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 Starting from $799 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 or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tivua Island Sailing & Snorkeling $115pp* Details

Tivua Island

Set sail on a scenic cruise to Fiji’s Tivua Island, a small tropical paradise surrounded by stunning coral reefs. When you’re not enjoying afternoon tea or an included buffet lunch, the day will be yours to spend as you’d like. Soak up some sun on the white-sand beach or lounge in a hammock for the ultimate in relaxation. When you’re ready to cool off, paddle around the island in a kayak, board a glass-bottom boat with a marine biologist or hop in the water for guided snorkeling. Back on shore, there will be plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with local culture as you take part in a traditional Kava ceremony, watch a coconut husking demonstration or learn about herbal medicine on a nature walk. Please note: The Fijian sun is very hot and bringing a sun hat and sunscreen is recommended. If you’d like to enjoy the water, be sure to pack a towel and swimwear.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

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: Indigenous Culture & Traditions $75pp* 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.

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  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (and 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.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website eta.immi.gov.au prior to departure.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter New Zealand.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival in Fiji (on the tour extension).
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Melbourne and depart from Auckland (or Nadi on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua, as well as a boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Nadi.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • The Australian sun is very hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies in the Outback certain times of year.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • 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 lifeguards’ orders, and always swim between the marked flags.
  • Travelers prone to seasickness may want to take special precautions for the boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Australian menus emphasize high-quality steaks and lamb chops, though meat pies are also popular. Regional specialties include shellfish (such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs) and smoked sausages brought to South Australia by German settlers. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime, but the country’s wines are also 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.
  • On the tour extension, Fijian cuisine is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Australia and New Zealand (plus Fiji on the tour extension) operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Types I plugs with three large, flat pins set on an angle.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • You’ll travel through Australian Central Standard Time (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
  • New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • Fiji is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 1:30am in Ayers Rock, 2am in Cairns, 3am in Melbourne and 5am in Queenstown (plus 4am in Fiji on the tour extension).

Currency

  • You will use the Australian dollar and the New Zealand dollar (plus the Fiji dollar on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

Tour Director

  • Please note that you will have a different Tour Director for your tour extension in Fiji than on your main tour.

How's the weather?

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Queenstown
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Australia and New Zealand (and 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.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority website eta.immi.gov.au prior to departure.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter New Zealand.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens are automatically issued a visa upon arrival in Fiji (on the tour extension).
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Melbourne and depart from Auckland (or Nadi on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch and Queenstown to Rotorua, as well as a boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Auckland to Nadi.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • The Australian sun is very hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful, as there can be flies in the Outback certain times of year.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • 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 lifeguards’ orders, and always swim between the marked flags.
  • Travelers prone to seasickness may want to take special precautions for the boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Australian menus emphasize high-quality steaks and lamb chops, though meat pies are also popular. Regional specialties include shellfish (such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs) and smoked sausages brought to South Australia by German settlers. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime, but the country’s wines are also 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.
  • On the tour extension, Fijian cuisine is traditionally healthy and fresh, incorporating local seafood, coconut, pineapple and tubers such as taro. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Australia and New Zealand (plus Fiji on the tour extension) operate on the standard 220-240 volts and use Types I plugs with three large, flat pins set on an angle.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • You’ll travel through Australian Central Standard Time (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
  • New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • Fiji is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 1:30am in Ayers Rock, 2am in Cairns, 3am in Melbourne and 5am in Queenstown (plus 4am in Fiji on the tour extension).

Currency

  • You will use the Australian dollar and the New Zealand dollar (plus the Fiji dollar on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

Tour Director

  • Please note that you will have a different Tour Director for your tour extension in Fiji than on your main tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/6/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A great time down under

My wife and I were so happy to be able to take this trip - Go Ahead did not disappoint. Our tour guide in Australia and New Zealand, Lincoln, was unbelievable. He had everything prepared for us, and because of that, everything went smoothly. Australia is so different, New Zealand is so beautiful and Fiji is so relaxing. Lincoln helped us fill in the "free" days. This made the trip fantastic. The only issue we had was there were flights to two places that should have been skipped, Alice Springs and Christchurch. These places didn't have a lot to offer and created a 6 hour bus ride the following day that could have been avoided by flying to the next stop. Another day in Melbourne, or Cairns or Queenstown. Other than that, the trip gave us a great mixture of structured tours and free time. We are looking forward to setting up our next Go Ahead tour.

 

Hi Joe! We’re thrilled that you and your wife enjoyed exploring Australia and New Zealand. It’s wonderful to know that one reason for that was your Tour Director’s care and concern in leading your group. We will be sure to let him know! We regret that there were a couple parts of the itinerary which you feel need reworking, such as skipping Alice Springs and Christchurch. We will share your suggestions with our Product Development team for further review. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, Joe. We look forward to having you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 03, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/6/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Down under 2017

Thirteen flights. 13!! We covered a lot of territory and packed lots of activities into three and a half weeks. We went through many time zones and climate changes, learned so much and met many wonderful people. Our tour leader, Lincoln Miller, did a wonderful, professional job. He made sure we were on task and never missed an activity. He went out of his way to guide us so we saw as much as we possibly could. We started in Melbourne, went up to the Outback, over to the GBR, down the coast to Sydney, learning the customs and language patterns of the aborigines and the modern Australians. We learned about the flora and fauna ( and the huge, fearsome spiders). Each excursion was better than the last. And each was worth every penny. We went to New Zealand and spent time with a Kiwi family. We traveled up and down the coasts seeing awesome scenery. We went to little villages and big cities. We tasted native wine, native meats and vegetables. We saw huge tracts of land for sheep, deer, horses, cattle. I wish everyone could visit at least, Australia. One thing everyone should do: go to a bookstore in several of the cities ( Sydney, Queenstown, ) and get a novel by a local author. You will read the local jargon and speech patterns and remember this continent even better than photos and tour books. As I read the book I bought, I could hear Lincoln's voice calling us to "wakie, wakie" and ask if we enjoyed our "brekkie". It's a long journey down under, but the best journey you will ever take. Go Ahead did a wonderful job planning this great adventure.

 

Thank you for the amazing review, Kathie! You've shared some wonderfully detailed and helpful information for other travelers interested in this tour. Our Australia and New Zealand tour is indeed packed full of activity. We are so happy you enjoyed it and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 20, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/27/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Adventure

I seldom write reviews but this trip was such an amazing adventure that I felt I needed to review it. Touring Australia and New Zealand had been a lifetime dream and this trip fulfilled all my expectations and even beyond. Sladjana Hinosan was our tour director and has now set the bar so high that I will hold other tours to an almost impossible standard. She went over and beyond every single day. Her organizational skills kept us right on target and she made every day an adventure. Her suggestions for optional things to do when we had downtime allowed each of us to individualize our vacation to our exact expectations. And she made it fun. The itinerary itself was perfect. We had a sampling of every part of each country. Twenty days is not a lot of time to cover an entire continent, but I felt that the trip did a good job of making sure that we saw what was important to see. It was a very active trip with the right blend of scheduled activities and free choice. Breakfast was provided every day and certain select group meals were also provided. Those were excellent. For the rest of the meals, we were on our own to select what and where we wanted to eat. On those days, Sladjana gave us great recommendations for where to eat and described each one. She also made sure that we were able to access a grocery store at each stop so that we could pick up our own supplies for meals or just pick up fruit and snacks. There isn't one thing I would change about this trip. We met wonderful fellow world travelers in our group and became very close over those 3 weeks. I am sure that we will keep in contact. Thank you Go Ahead for another amazing adventure.

 

Hi Sandra! We’re thrilled that this tour prompted you to write such a fantastic review! It’s great to know that everything from the itinerary to your Tour Director exceeded your expectations. We will be sure to share all your feedback with our team internally. Thank you again for writing a review, Sandra. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 23, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/27/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Most Wonderful Holiday

Our tour of Australia/New Zealand was one of the best trips we have been on. Our Tour Director, Sladjana was one of the best we have ever had. She made this vacation one we will never forget. There was nothing we did not learn about or seen (if we wished). Everyday we received a Day Sheet so we always knew what to expect. It was very obvious Sladj loves her country. Australia and New Zealand are both beautiful. The people were so kind. I can't say enough about our tour. If you are trying to choose a tour choose this one. Thank you Go Ahead. We both loved our trip and planning another.

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Hi, Donna! Your review of your Go Ahead trip to Australia and New Zealand is truly inspiring. We absolutely love these two countries and their people, too. It is wonderful that we had the chance to share this with you and your group. It sounds like your Tour Director really went above and beyond to keep you informed, excited, and comfortable on the trip. That’s exactly what we are so proud to offer! Thank you, again, for your kind words and we are very excited to get your next adventure started soon.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 17, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/20/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Phenomenal!!!!!

From the first day it was obvious Luke Bonney, our tour director, was going to make this a trip to be remembered. About the second day we realized Luke had absolutely everything under control so we could just relax & enjoy our trip. His knowledge of both Australia & New Zealand was exceptional giving us insights we never imagined. In addition Luke handled the differing personalities of our 28 member group extremely well. Our group worked well together anyway with everyone trying to just have a good time & we succeeded. The trip itself was well planned by Go Ahead. The included tours plus the additions you can book were well thought out & gave you everything you would want to try. Going back to Luke he had a great personality that made everyone feel comfortable. If we ever took a tour through this part of the world again there is no doubt we would want Luke as our tour director. PS: We are not related to Luke.

 

Hi Lloyd! We’re glad to know that your Tour Director had such a positive impact on your overall experience. It sounds like his organizational skills and magnetic personality were a winning combination for your group. We’re very proud of our expert Tour Directors, and although we’re a little biased, we think they’re the best in the business! We will be sure to share your kind feedback with Luke, and we thank you for taking the time to review your experience. Let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 21, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/20/2017

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

The Australia/New Zealand tour was fantastic, in part due to our fantastic tour director Luke. Luke was wonderfully cheerful, informative and organized, and helped us all experience the trip in an optimally positive way. (Australians really do say "mate" a lot.) The highlight of the trip for me was Uluru. I would definitely like to return to Australia at some point and see the even emptier western half of the continent. As it is, the eastern part of Australia is so awesomely huge that several intra-trip flights are necessitated even before getting to New Zealand. It was all mind-expanding in a very positive way. The size of our group seemed optimal--not too big or too small. The only negative was that several of us came down with a mysterious whooping-cough like illness by the end of the trip--not anything that GoAhead has any control over. If I had it to do over again I would skip the Fiji extension--it's "resort row"--nothing like the rest of the trip--and I was ready to get home after what was already a long time away.

 

Hi John! We’re thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time in Australia & New Zealand. We appreciate the lovely feedback on your Tour Director, and we will be sure to let him know that he made a positive impact on your experience. It’s also great to know that Uluru was the highlight of the trip for you! It certainly is an incredible sight! We regret to learn that a few group members became a little ill toward the end of the trip. As avid travelers ourselves, we understand how frustrating this can be. Again, we’re delighted that you enjoyed this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 06, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/20/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

exceeded expectations!

The tour and itinerary was well thought out, we enjoyed every aspect. Our tour director Luke Bonney was exceptional!! He went well beyond the norm. Go Ahead better keep this gem around!!!

 

Hi Joanne! We’re so glad you enjoyed your time in Australia & New Zealand. We also appreciate the kind feedback on your Tour Director, and we will be sure to share it with him. Thank you for the review. We look forward to having you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 30, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/20/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

First we would like to give a big Thank You to GoAhead Tours! This is our second trip with GoAhead and we recommend to everyone to travel with them! A huge Thank You to Luke Bonney (our tour director) and Sara Andler (our GoAhead Tours Rep.) From the first day my wife chatted with Sarah and phone conversations she was so very helpful and always answered all our questions and helped us through the whole process to make our trip a wonderful one. Luke went above and beyond to make our trip a memorable one, he was always very polite, organized, friendly and helpful, and a great sense of humor and very knowledgeable of Australia and New Zealand. Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are absolutely beautiful places, with very friendly people, we enjoyed the excellent dinner with the host family Trevor and Rhonda, they warmly welcomed us into their home. Thanks again to GoAhead Tours for such a great trip!!

 

Hi Patricia! Thank you for reviewing your second Go Ahead tour. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed it! It’s great to know that Sarah’s assistance prior to tour and Luke’s guidance on tour ensured the success of your trip. We couldn't be prouder to hear such positive feedback about them, and we will be sure to let them know. We’re delighted that you enjoyed exploring the region and that you found the people to be warm and welcoming. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, Patricia. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 24, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/20/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip!!

First we would like to give a big Thank You to GoAhead Tours! This is our second trip with GoAhead and we recommend to everyone to travel with them! A huge Thank You to Luke Bonney (our tour director) and Sara Andler (our GoAhead Tours Rep.) From the first day my wife chatted with Sarah and phone conversations she was so very helpful and always answered all our questions and helped us through the whole process to make our trip a wonderful one. Luke went above and beyond to make our trip a memorable one, he was always very polite, organized, friendly and helpful, and a great sense of humor and very knowledgeable of Australia and New Zealand. Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are absolutely beautiful places, with very friendly people, we enjoyed the excellent dinner with the host family Trevor and Rhonda, they warmly welcomed us into their home.

 

Hi Dale! Thank you for reviewing your second Go Ahead tour. We’re thrilled that it was a success! It’s wonderful to know that Sarah’s assistance prior to tour and Luke’s guidance on tour were a great help to you. We are proud to work with such a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and we will be sure to share your kind comments with them. We’re delighted that you enjoyed exploring the region and that you found the people to be warm and welcoming. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, Dale. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 24, 2017

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2017

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Penguins, Koalas, and Hobbits!

Fabulous trip!! Loved seeing so many different areas of both countries, from Ulura to the Great Barrier Reef to Milford Sound. Optional excursions were wonderful. Watching the penguins return from a day of feeding in ocean on Philip Island was amazing! Hot air balloon ride in Australia and the Shotover jets in New Zealand were extraordinary! Highly recommend visiting Hobbiton! Tour director, Matt Charlton, did a fantastic job! Overall great trip!!

 

Hi Doris! We’re delighted that you enjoyed exploring Australia and New Zealand. There are many iconic experiences to be had in the region! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 23, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My First Trip Travelling Solo

I was very nervous about travelling solo and with on a pre-arranged tour. After just completing the trip I can say that it was an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to everyone. From the first day meeting our tour director, Matt Charlton, he made me feel so welcome. Go Ahead was amazing: the hotels, meals, excursions, flights and buses were nothing but first class. I was blown away by how organized and easy it was at the various airports. As this tour had approx. 13 flights, it was a breeze checking in etc. I booked all the excursions with the exception of the ballon ride and sure glad I did. All the excursion were well worth the time and money. When we were in Rotorua our tour director Matt arranged for us to do the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - which was fantastic. I would recommend to Go Ahead to have them add this to their excursion list. It was one of the best excursions I did, especially for the Lord of the Ringers out there. 11 did it from our group. Highlights for me were; Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, Great Barrier Reef, Milford Sound and Hobbiton. The overall trip is one I will never forget. I am so grateful to Go Ahead and especially Matt C for making this trip such a rewarding life experience. I have already booked my next trip - Viet Nam in Feb 2018. Thank you so much !

 

Hi David! It’s great to know that your worries surrounding solo travel were quickly put to rest! The beauty of group travel is that your experience can be as solo or as group-oriented as you want it to be. Also, the added benefit of having a Tour Director to advise you on your free time is a great resource for single travelers. On that note, we’re so glad that you found your Tour Director to be welcoming and and helpful. We will be sure to let him know. It’s also wonderful to hear that you felt all of the trip logistics ran smoothly. That’s certainly always our goal! Thank you for sharing your experience, David. We can’t wait to welcome you back on tour in 2018!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 09, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic trip "Down Under"!

Thank you to all of you at Go Ahead for all the details and hard work in making our trip down under so amazing. Every detail from the flights, to the hotels, the bus drivers , the local tour guides, the venues, the timing and especially our fantastic tour director Matt were fantastic! . Right from the time we arrived in Melbourne, we were so delighted with every day and every experience. Each day was better than the day before. Of course we wish we could have have more time in Melbourne and in Sydney, but overall, what a fabulous once in a lifetime experience. I would recommend Go Ahead to anyone considering a trip to Australia and New Zealand. Adding on the Fiji extension was a great way to end our trip, and Dan was great in Fiji also.

 

Hi Lorraine! We’re thrilled to learn that everything went off without a hitch, and we thank you for choosing Go Ahead. We appreciate you letting us know that you would have liked more time in Melbourne and Sydney, and we will certainly communicate that to our Product Development team. Thank you for recommending this tour, as well as the extension to Fiji. What a fabulous way to conclude an amazing adventure! We hope to welcome you on another adventure soon.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 08, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/6/2017

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Australia/New Zealand

This was a wonderful trip. It was our 8th GoAhead, all of which we have enjoyed, so we had high expectations and they were certainly met. Much credit is due the Tour Director, Sladjana, she was fantastic. Her enthusiasm was contagious. She is very knowledgeable about Australia and New Zealand. She was very accommodating to all the tour participants, helping each of us with whatever came up and helping participants with individual requests for sightseeing, shopping, dinner reservations, Opera tickets, etc. Our group had only 20 participants which was a great number and from the first night Sladjana had us getting to know each other and by day 3 we were all good friends, this continued throughout the trip. The itinerary was great. Each day offered exciting, educational, cultural and recreational activities. Highlights were: snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, Sunset at Ayers Rock, tour of the Sydney Opera House, dinner at the home of a New Zealand family, and the breathtaking views of Milford Sound. The internal flights were convenient, on time and stress free. The optional excursions were well worth it. We especially enjoyed the Fairy Penguin Parade where we saw 1100 little penguins come out of the water at 9 pm and walk to their homes, parading right past us, the hot air balloon ride at sunrise, the train ride to Kuranda Village where I got to hold a baby Koala and the gondola ride over the rainforest, and Waiheke Island with wine and olive oil tastings and beautiful beaches. The weather was warm, sunny and beautiful. The hotels and included meals were topnotch. There were some 1 night stays (it's a big country), but they were interspersed with some 3 and 4 night stays. We were not looking forward to the long flights to get to Australia and to return from New Zealand and they were long, but now we only remember the wonderful time we had. We would certainly recommend this tour to everyone.

 

Hi Nancy! We’re so glad you enjoyed your 8th Go Ahead tour! It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director made a positive impact with her enthusiasm and eagerness to accommodate your group. We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary, and we’re glad that you feel it offers a nice balance between educational, cultural, and recreational activities. We certainly strive to provide a wide array of experiences to match the interests of our diverse travel community. In terms of the optionals, it’s great to know that you were pleased with them, particularly the penguin parade. It’s hard to beat witnessing over a thousand little penguins parade around you! You’re right that the flights to and from this region are quite long, but we’re happy to learn that you felt the transit time was totally worth it. We think so, too! Thank you for taking the time to share feedback, Nancy. We can’t wait to welcome you on your 9th tour!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 09, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/31/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

DownUnder

The itinerary of this trip has been well planned. Simon, our wonderful tour guide, maneuvered our sightseeing, transfers, dinners and optional tours with extreme ease. He always had tables reserved on the ferries and trains. It was nice to have three night hotel stays interspersed with one night stays. The hotels were in excellent locations and the dinners included were always at outstanding restaurants. The arrangements made, to have dinner one evening with Kiwi families in Christ Church, were very much appreciated. The team should review an earlier departure for the Rotorua flight to allow for in-climate weather which happens often. Being unable to land because of rain, caused us to miss the dinner and show we were to see that evening. Simon arranged a bus from the alternate airport, but there wasn't sufficient time to return to Rotorua because we had left too late in the day. The scenery is spectacular in both countries. I loved the humor of the Australians and New Zealand people. Hoping anyone who reads this will get to hear Simon sing 'Skippy the Kangaroo.' I feel very blessed to have seen this continent.

 

Hi Marie! We’re glad that you feel this itinerary is thoughtfully designed. Our Product Development team certainly strives to provide an exciting and comprehensive experience. We appreciate the feedback on your accommodations and overall arrangements. It sounds like most things ran smoothly, and we’re glad to hear it. Thank you for the suggestion to consider an earlier departure for Rotorua. We regret that inclement weather hindered some of your plans for the day. Unfortunately, this is a relatively common and uncontrollable risk with traveling, and in terms of the flight, we are limited by the airline schedule offerings. In some cases, an earlier departure is not offered. That said, we appreciate your feedback and will certainly share it with our Product Development team for further review. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience, Marie. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again later this year!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 20, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/23/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic trip to Australia,New Zealand and Fiji

When I first started thinking about this tour I could not image that the trip would be worth the money. The tour was far more than I dreamed it could be. I can not even tell you what the best part was. We really enjoyed each stop and all the different places . I guess you could say we were very lucky to have Luke, a wonderful tour guide.He was so knowledgeable about everywhere we went it was unreal. In one area he even helped the local tour guide when he forgot something. He never let anything bother him. We had a minor problem and one traveler had to visit the hospital. Luke rearranged things and the rest of us hardly noticed we had to change the time on somethng. He really was amazing. The accommodations were wonderful. Our views were outstanding in Queensland, New Zealand and FiJI. The group we toured with seemed to mesh right away. I sincerely hope to stay in touch with them. We all exchanged emails. It was wonderful to make the new friends. Australia has so many different areas it was like going to several countries. Melbourne was having Australia day holiday so we didn't get to go in one place but the festivities along the river were outstanding. The outback was very hot but Ayers Rock is a wonderful historical place. The Great Barier Reef was a real joy to see. We snorkeled and saw the wonderful coral and may different kind of fish. Sydney was amazing. The Opera House is beautiful and so is the city. New Zealand is a very beautiful country .Christchurch was very interesting. The earth quake damage sure has taken its tol on Christchurch but they are building back. The temporary church made out of cardboard rolls shows they are determined to build back. We had dinner with a family on the first night and it was great to get to talk to them about the city and the earthquake. They were very warm and interesting people.The long bus ride from Christchurch to Queensland was longer than I hoped but the senery was beautiful,and we go to see places from Lord of the Rings. Queensland is sure the place to be if your wanting to do fun things. From enclosed skidu that goes under the water, trying the luge, paragliding, bungi jumping and so much more are available. Fiji was an add on and I am so glad we added it. It was a wonderful place to relax after all the excitement and travel before we went home. I cannot say enough about Go A Head before the tour. They called us the week before just to remind us of things to take and ask if we had any questions. Our tour guides Luke and Dan were great. Thank you Go A Head for a WONDERFUL trip. Ron and Wanda

 

Hello! We’re thrilled to know that this tour exceeded your expectations. You certainly chose an incredible part of the world to visit! It’s great to know that your Tour Director’s assistance made a positive impact on your experience. We’re glad his attentiveness and genuine concern for your group shone through. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to him. You’re absolutely right that the various regions of Australia feel quite different from one another. There’s just so much to do and see! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed the dinner with a local family in New Zealand. This is certainly a highlight for many of our travelers. It was a great decision to include the Fiji extension, and we’re glad that you were happy you did! It’s such a fantastic way to wind down a fast-paced trip. We appreciate your kind comments regarding our staff prior to tour. Their goal is to ensure that you are completely prepared for your travel experience, and we’re delighted that you felt this was the case. Thank you for taking the time to share such a thorough review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 21, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/16/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

excellent trip

Dan, our guide through Australia and New Zealand was outstanding, he was very serviceable and fun! The only part of the trip that was difficult was landing in Christchurch for one night and then driving many hours to Queenstown. Granted the family dinner we had with Christchurch residents was very nice, but I'm not sure it was worth the one night stay in Queenstown and then the long drive to Queenstown. I would have preferred to fly straight to Queenstown from Sydney. Also in Fiji, the resort was very nice but the beach is not a clear blue beach like I had expected in a resort.

 

Hi Olivia! We’re glad you had an excellent time on tour. It’s great to hear such positive feedback regarding your Tour Director and his fun, service-oriented attitude. We will be sure to share your kind words with him. We appreciate your suggestions for tweaking the itinerary, and we will communicate them to our Product Development team for further review. Regarding the beach in Fiji, we regret that the color of the water did not meet your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback, Olivia. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 09, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/10/2017

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous Tour Fabulous Tour Director

We've learned that the Tour Director and the group you are traveling with can make or break a tour. Our tour director Brad Elliott was FABULOUS. He was always looking out for us. He adjusted the itinerary as necessary to make sure we got the best experience. Example: he would check the weather and if he thought we'd have a better experience on a different day he would juggle the itinerary to give us better weather for outdoor excursions. We had issues on our outbound flights to Australia and as a result arrived a day late. I contacted Go Ahead on their emergency number, they said they would tell their travel group, but ultimately their people would be looking at the same flights as the AA staff and it was up to the airline to get us rebooked. AA did get us rebooked on United, but they couldn't get us to Australia on the day we were scheduled to arrived. Go Ahead called me to see if AA had gotten us rebooked, they took the new information for our flights and reminded me to keep my receipts during the time we were delayed so I could get reimbursed by the travel insurance company. Shortly after letting Go Ahead know our new schedule, I got a text from Brad letting me know he was aware of the problem and asking I keep him informed of our progress. I heard from others on the trip that he let the group know our saga as well. When we arrived in Auckland, Brad had just gotten back from the morning tour with the group. He waited in the lobby to meet us and get us all the information we needed. We had some unusual circumstances with people on the tour having medical issues. One person broke her foot another fell and had a head injury. Brad showed the proper concern and care for the people affect as well as the rest of the group. He stayed with the guest who had the head injury the day we went to Milford Sound. He was comfortable leaving us in the hands of our excellent bus driver Steve, who also works as tour guide. Steve was a great substitute and everyone on the trip understood why Brad needed to stay with our injured traveler. Fortunately she was OK after a day of rest. Brad recommended both Go Ahead and non Go Ahead tours. Every tour he recommended that we took was wonderful. I had booked a few tours on my own before we went on the trip, and he made sure he knew where we were going each day. Brad was very organized, he had everything ready every day. Getting through airport (and there are a lot of airports) was easy due to his preparation. We were fortunately to have a great group of travelers as well. They were all experienced travelers, on time and no one was especially needy. We've been on other tours where this was not the case and it made for tension and a bad experience. Unfortunately there is no way to control the make up of a group. We feel quite blessed to have been with this group of people, we will remain friends and have even talked about traveling together again. Recommendations for Go Ahead: Go Ahead should let our tour director contact us as soon as he/she is assigned to a group. They could let people know what tours/options they can get for us in advance. It would be nice if Go Ahead could provide a list of travelers in advance as well. Other tour groups do this. When signing up for a tour have a checkbox that a person can opt in/out of having their name/email address shared with the rest of the group. Give out the tour evaluation earlier, at the end of the trip it was hard to remember the hotels or food from the beginning of the trip. Perhaps you should have it online and people can fill it out as they go if they wish. Go Ahead should add a Hobbiton tour as one of their optional tours. I booked it in advance because I didn't want to miss it and I was told it's hard to book once you're in New Zealand. Brad was able to offer a Hobbiton tour once we were there, had I known that I would have waited and taken that tour. There is a home visit in Christchurch, Go Ahead should make it clear this is just a few travelers going to someone's home for dinner, not the whole group going somewhere as we did in China. They should also let people know it would be nice to bring a small gift from home for their hosts. Everyone in our group ended up going and getting a bottle of wine or other gift for our hosts once we arrived in Christchurch. Had I understood the outing I would have brought something from home. Our only bad experience that was in the control of Go Ahead: There should have been someone at LAX when the 12 travelers who took the Fiji extension returned to the states. The hotel for our day rooms was not listed on the itinerary. We had to call Go Ahead to find out which hotel and how to get there. We were told there was a shuttle to the hotel, but after 40 minutes when it hadn't come, we called Go Ahead to see if they could help. They basically said there's a shuttle, you can call the hotel to check on it. What I would have preferred is for Go Ahead to say, let US CALL the hotel and get back to you. The number they gave us for the hotel didn't answer. The shuttle for our hotel didn't come, but a driver from another hotel offered to take us to our hotel for tips. We all thought Go Ahead should have taken better care of us when we came back to the US. This is a great itinerary although I would have liked another day in Sydney. Pack light every hotel had a laundry facility for a nominal price. Don't use the automatic detergent if offered, it turned some of my whites blue. Overall this was a great trip. I would highly recommend this trip and Brad as a tour director.

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Hi Sue! We’re thrilled that you had a fabulous time in Australia & New Zealand. It’s especially great to know what a positive impact your Tour Director had on your overall experience. It sounds like his thoughtful demeanor and eagerness to serve your group was a valuable asset throughout your trip, and we will be sure to share your kind words with him. We’re also delighted that you enjoyed the company of your group members and quickly became friends – one of the reasons we just love group travel! We appreciate your suggestions, and we will be sure to communicate them to the relevant departments for review. Regarding your return trip home, the stop in Los Angeles is a convenience stop and not part of the itinerary. The only difference between this stop and a layover is that you get a day room because of the long travel time, which we are happy to arrange for our travelers. The hotel provides a shuttle service, but at no time would we provide a guide to meet travelers at the hotel because, again, this is not part of the itinerary. This is the return trip home. We regret if this process was confusing. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback. We greatly appreciate it, and we’re so glad you had a great time! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 15, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/10/2017

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Fabulous trip. Missed first day due to AA flight cancellation in USA, (Go Ahead was of no help). Lots of touring of different sites and cities, a very busy tour from that stand point, but to see Australia, there is no other alternative. Brad, our guide was excellent. Of our 3 Go Ahead trips, he is the best guide we have had. In New Zealand, Steve, the Driver/guide, was also excellent. I'm sure there are sites we didn't see, but I was very happy with the itinerary and the options available. I am also very happy that we added the extension to Fiji. It was needed downtime after a busy tour. The resort pool was great, just a minor disappointment that ocean swimming on a beach was not really part of this resort. Beware of the Fiji sun, it can be hot. Our printed return itinerary was not complete and did not indicate which hotel we had a day room booked into, in LA, we had to call to find out. We had been told a Go Ahead person would meet us in LA, but that didn't happen, but we sorted it out. Dan, in Fiji, took care of our logistical needs, (we didn't need much), so he was perfect. Very happy, and if you can get a tour with Brad, do it.

 

Dear Jim, We’re happy you had a wonderful time on tour, although we regret that it started out with a flight cancellation. Unfortunately, when a flight delay or cancellation occurs, Go Ahead does not have the ability to re-book you. You must work directly with the airline to do this, as Go Ahead does not have access to the internal systems of the airline. We are sorry if this was unclear. Regarding your Tour Director, we’re delighted to learn that he was the best you’ve had! We will be sure to share your kind words with him. We’re also glad you chose to conclude your tour in Fiji, a nice way to wind down after the fast-paced nature of this trip. Regarding your day room in Los Angeles, your hotel information was located in the final mailing packet we mailed shortly before your departure, as well as in your online My Account. We regret if this was unclear. As far as your hotel transfer in Los Angeles, this was purely a shuttle transfer, as the tour had officially concluded. We’re glad that you were able to speak with a member of our team to clarify this matter, and we apologize for any confusion. Again, we’re thrilled that you had a great time, and we thank you for reviewing your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 06, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/10/2017

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

What an amazing adventure! This was truly a bucket list trip--the trip of a lifetime! Although it was somewhat hectic and sometimes tiring, it would have been impossible to see all we saw in Australia and New Zealand if we hadn't moved around so much. The itinerary; the hotels; the flights; the great group; and our caring, friendly, capable, and funny tour director, Brad, were all terrific! Bus drivers were knowledgeable and fun. Even though I had a foot injury and had to have a boot and cane during most of the trip, with the help, patience, and support of my wonderful travel companions and Brad, I still was able to see and do most everything. It's impossible to choose the highlights of this vacation. The Australian cities, the Great Barrier Reef, the outback and Uluru, the wondrous landscapes in New Zealand, all exceeded my expectations. The dinner at a home in New Zealand was different and very enjoyable. Learning something about Aborigine and Maori cultures was fascinating. The hangi feast in Rotorua was fun and interesting.The hotels were all lovely--at least four star--and were well located; we could walk to almost everything. Hotel breakfasts were delicious and varied.The numerous flights were very pleasant and were handled smoothly. In many places, we could do group check-in, which greatly facilitated the process. Although the group was fairly large at 32 people, the quality of the trip wasn't negatively affected by the size. Everyone was congenial and genuinely cared about each other. We're still in touch on Facebook and through email, and I hope that at least some of us will travel together again. This is our third GoAhead tour, and we've loved them all. There's always a good mix of structure and freedom. You never feel like you're being herded around. We like that there are some group dinners, but also many opportunities to eat on your own and find interesting local restaurants and meet local people. In order to have more time to wander and explore, we tend to only go on one or two optional excursions, but the excursions are usually very good, and those who do go are happy. Our tour directors and groups have been great, and the trips are very well-organized. Go Ahead makes travel easy and low stress, and we can't wait to go on our next trip! .

 

Hi Marcia! We’re thrilled that your 3rd Go Ahead tour was a success! We agree that this is a bucket list trip, and we’re so glad you could check it off your list. You’re right that this is a very comprehensive itinerary, and we designed it as such in order to maximize your time in the region. We appreciate the feedback on your accommodations, flights, and your Tour Director, and we will be sure to pass it along to our teams internally. Despite your foot injury, it’s great to know that you were able to see and do most activities, along with the assistance of your travel companions. That’s fantastic! It’s great to know that there were a lot of highlights for you, such as the dinner with a local family in New Zealand as well as checking out the infamous Great Barrier Reef. There are so many iconic experiences to be had between these two countries! Thank you for sharing your experience, Marcia. We can’t wait to have you on tour again later this year!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 20, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/2/2017

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!

Take this trip from your bucket list to your reality! This tour was totally amazing. Every single day exceeded our expectations. Australia & New Zealand offered so much culturally, historically, artistically, adventure-wise - the whole package! Our tour guide, Anje, was top notch - informative & professional, loaded with energy & enthusiasm. Trip of a lifetime.

 

Hi Ann! We’re glad you recommend this tour! It’s great to know that each day exceeded your expectations. You’re right that there’s so much to offer in this region of the world! Thank you for your wonderful review. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 13, 2017

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