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21 Days
Availability : Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 18, 2020
Sydney, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand

Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, unique and adorable animals, and the world-famous Sydney fireworks on New Year’s Eve…this Australia and New Zealand tour has it all! You’ll overnight in Sydney, Cairns, Uluru (Ayres Rock), Alice Springs, Melbourne, Auckland, Rotorua, Mount Cook, and Queenstown. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing and free time in the cities, opportunities to learn about the local cultures, and visits to some of the world’s most scenic areas.

Tour highlights include the amazing Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or learn about this underwater world that explodes with colors and beauty from a marine biologist. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), where you’ll witness an amazing sunset and watch the colors change on sacred Uluru. In New Zealand, take a cruise through some of the world’s most stunning scenery of Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park and marvel at sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforest. Witness breathtaking beauty at Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.

To make your Australia and New Zealand tour unique, Globus has included many special experiences, including an animal encounter at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This fun opportunity lets you get close to some of the zoo’s resident animals. In New Zealand, a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs gives you a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the life of New Zealand’s iconic native bird before it is released into the wild.

All of this and much more—including a New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour with fireworks at midnight—are included on this once-in-a-lifetime tour through Australia and New Zealand!

 

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DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House and botanic gardens, enjoy a guided Australian Walkabout Tour at the Taronga Zoo; New Year’s Eve harbor cruise with fireworks
CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast
ALICE SPRINGS
Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; Outback barbecue
MELBOURNE
Sightseeing tour including Fitzroy GardensColonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
QUEENSTOWN
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner
MOUNT COOK
Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park
ROTORUA
Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs; visit the Agrodome and Te Puia
WAITOMO
Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
AUCKLAND
Sightseeing; farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

Notes:

  • New Year’s Eve Harbor Cruise: an exclusion zone is assigned to cruise boats by NSW Roads and Maritime. The Captain makes every effort to position the vessel for optimum viewing of the fireworks display; however, the exact location of the vessel cannot be guaranteed due to the heavy traffic and congestion on the harbor.
  • Passengers must be 18 years of age or older.

 


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Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner. This is a good time to meet your fellow travelers, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 SYDNEY

Start your day with a city sightseeing tour, including such landmarks as the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. See Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS and enjoy sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in Australia, now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Later, visit TARONGA ZOO with its 4,000 animals, including Australian native species such as kangaroo, wallaby, little penguin, and the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a special guided Globus Local Favorite AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT TOUR which provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing residents.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 SYDNEY

Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants or shop for a favorite souvenir. This evening, a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits. First, take to the water on a Globus Local Favorite HARBOR CRUISE complete with canapés and a 4-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year under Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 SYDNEY

Today, you can relax after your New Year’s Eve celebration. Perhaps venture to the nearby beaches of Manly or Bondi, explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional activities.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 SYDNEY–CAIRNS

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Check in to your Cairns hotel for a 3-night stay. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. During your time here, you may choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch a fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 CAIRNS

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade, or shop for a bargain at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly this morning to Australia’s “Red Center.” Enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, enjoy an amazing sunset and a celebratory DRINK as you watch the colors change on sacred Uluru.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS

Today, fly to Alice Springs located in Australia’s Outback. Sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how the school was started, how classes are broadcast, and the difference it makes to children in remote regions of Australia. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, the birthplace of Alice Springs, and discover the importance of this early settlement in connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Tonight, a unique Globus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring music, stargazing, a boomerang demonstration, and typical campfire fare. Relax underneath a chandelier of stars and enjoy this awe-inspiring Outback experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE

Today, fly to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital with Victorian-era architecture, extensive restaurants and shopping, arcades and lanes, and beautiful parks and gardens.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 MELBOURNE

This morning’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful FITZROY GARDENS. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and see the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. With the remainder of the day at leisure, why not venture to Phillip Island to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade?

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 MELBOURNE

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Spend time at the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly; sit at a café and enjoy a coffee; wander along the scenic Yarra River; or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 MELBOURNE – QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

This morning, bid farewell to Australia as you board your flight to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Today, travel to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your ship and CRUISE on the fiord to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. See sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls cascading into the sea, glaciers, and rainforest. Keep a lookout for fur seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. It will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15 QUEENSTOWN

A full day at leisure for your own Queenstown discoveries. Consider a visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Other options include a scenic ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 QUEENSTOWN–MOUNT COOK

Today’s journey brings us to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 MOUNT COOK–CHRISTCHURCH–ROTORUA

Travel to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, and then fly to Rotorua, the center of the Maori culture. This evening, you may wish to join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 ROTORUA

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pools. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, cooked beneath the ground with hot stones. Dinner is followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE of singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

Depart Rotorua and cross over the Mamaku ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms. In the afternoon, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to Auckland. This evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants..

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20 AUCKLAND

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can explore on you own or participate in a selection of optional activities. In the evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner atop Auckland’s Globus Local Favorite SKY TOWER, where the dining room rotates once every hour providing a unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city and harbor below. The perfect ending to your vacation!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21 AUCKLAND

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

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