South Pacific Wonders
About Melbourne, Australia
See the best of Australia on this vacation. From vibrant Melbourne to remote Kakadu National Park, you’ll be amazed at Australia’s native wildlife, including kangaroo, koalas, and emu; you’ll learn about Aboriginal culture; and you’ll witness incredible scenery every step of the way. Your vacation begins in cosmopolitan Melbourne where you are treated to a city tour along with lunch on the Colonial Tram Car Restaurant, a unique and unforgettable way to experience the city. Then, explore amazing Kangaroo Island, where you’ll get up close and personal with sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. It is sure to be a day you’ll never forget!Continue to the “Center of Australia” with a 2-night stay at Uluru (Ayers Rock), one of the world’s most mysterious sites. Then, on to Darwin, located near the entrance of the vast Kakadu National Park. Take a cruise through Kakadu’s most famous wetlands and see ancient Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at Nourlangie Rock. On to tropical Cairns, where you’ll visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef, and have a chance to snap a photo with a koala at the Cairns Zoo. Finish your trip with two nights in bustling Sydney, Australia’s largest city. See the highlights of the city as well as visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll meet members of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club. End your stay in Sydney with a wonderful dinner and waterside views of the amazing Sydney Harbour. We leave Australia behind and fly to New Zealand, where our adventure begins with an overnight in Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy stargazing, hiking, scenic flights, or just some time for relaxation. On to Queenstown and a trip highlight: a cruise on Milford Sound. Continue to Rotorua, where you’ll be treated to geothermal wonders, a visit to a local sheep farm, and a traditional Maori dinner and cultural performance. On the way to Auckland, experience the unique Waitomo Glowworm Caves. End your South Pacific vacation with a farewell dinner atop Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower. Wonderful views along with wonderful conversation and cuisine make this the perfect ending to your holiday. From the vast landscape of the Outback to the cosmopolitan vibe of Auckland and from the rolling, green hills of New Zealand to the beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, this tour is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!
MELBOURNEWelcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; [LF] Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunchHOBARTGuided [LF] walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation ParkADELAIDEOrientation tour; [LF] excursion to Kangaroo Island ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); [LF] Outback barbecueDARWINOrientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art galleryKAKADU NATIONAL PARKSightseeing tour; [LF] wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Window on the Wetlands Visitor CentreCAIRNSOuter Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Cairns Tropical ZooSYDNEYSightseeing; visit the Opera House; botanic gardens; and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club, [LF] lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney HarbourMOUNT COOKSightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine CenterQUEENSTOWN Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country FarmROTORUA Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and [LF] Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow SpringsWAITOMO Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves AUCKLANDFarewell dinner atop Sky Tower
American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 10 dinners including including a farewell dinner in Queenstown
NOTE:The May 17 departure will be in Sydney during the annual Vivid Sydney festival. Recognized as the largest event of its kind in the world, combining music, light, and ideas, the city transforms into a breathtaking canvas of creative expression. The festival features an outdoor gallery of extraordinary lighting sculptures, cutting-edge contemporary music, and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.