Venture through the natural splendor of New Zealand's Southern Alps and the stillness of Australia's rugged Outback. Delve into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Take a "Dreamtime tour" in the Outback, introducing you to Aboriginal life and culture. Tour Sydney Opera House with an expert guide. Enjoy a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Meet Australia and New Zealand's famous wildlife up-close. Settle in for a 3-night stay in Queenstown. Cruise Milford Sound. From Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) to snow-capped peaks and fjords, explore the diverse wonders of the lands Down Under.

Our prices start from

$ 4,799 LAND ONLY

21 Days • GUIDED • 28Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 18 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to sedan airport service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1-2 - Depart From Home

Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including their unparalleled beauty and captivating culture.

Day 3 - Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins

Explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Dinner Included

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. Today dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Cairns

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Breakfast Included

Soak up the tropical atmosphere – the morning is yours. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you above the rainforest canopy for a bird's-eye view of unspoiled nature. This afternoon, visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles on a nature cruise. Head through rainforests on boardwalks to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles, and wallabies. Visit with a koala and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these furry creatures. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5 - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you'll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island*, located along the outer reef. Or consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 6 - Cairns - Melbourne

Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7 - Melbourne

Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne

Breakfast Included

Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne's bustling "laneways." Then, it's your choice! Enjoy free time to explore on your own -OR- visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. With an afternoon to yourself, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, home to the world's largest colony of Little Penguins, where you'll see hundreds of these birds waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their dune burrows. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8 - Melbourne

Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne

Breakfast Included

The day is yours. Often referred to as Australia's cultural capital, Melbourne is home to a plethora of captivating art, delicious cuisine, and unique neighborhoods. Perhaps you'll wander through its vibrant "laneways" – narrow roads home to local restaurants, colorful murals, and trendy boutiques. Or, you may choose to join an optional full day journey through Yarra Valley, Australia's Wine Country, where you'll learn about the regional wines at a tasting paired with lunch. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9 - Melbourne- Alice Springs

Doubletree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Experience the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10 - Alice Springs

Double tree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Breakfast Included

Access the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour." A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback-living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11 - Alice Springs - Uluru

Enjoy a champagne toast at sunset in Uluru

Desert Gardens, Uluru

Breakfast Included

Traverse the "Red Centre" and head to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through upheaval and erosion. Tour the base of "the Rock," learning about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Witness the changing colors of Uluru at sunset accompanied by a champagne toast. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 12 - Uluru- Sydney

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, tour Kata Tjuta before saying farewell to the rugged Outback. Fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in lively Darling Harbour. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 13 - Sydney

Tour the Sydney Opera House

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

Breakfast Included

See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. You'll have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the famous Opera House. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 14 - Sydney

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Deepen your exploration of Sydney's many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say your farewell to Australia and take in the scenic vistas during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 15 - Sydney - Queenstown , New Zealand

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Breakfast Included

Leave Australia behind and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. One of New Zealand's most popular towns, Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Home to ski resorts, hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty, the city is known as the "Adventure Capital of the World." Settle into your new home for 3 nights. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 16 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following the cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 17 - Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Breakfast Included

Enjoy a day at leisure. Shop in the bustling village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. You might also consider joining an optional tour of the countryside, showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 18 - Queenstown - Mt. Cook National Park

Hermitage, Mt. Cook

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Set off for the 19th-century settlement of Arrowtown, founded in the gold fever. Sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand's most famous national park – Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 19 - Mt. Cook National Park - Christchurch

Enjoy dinner with a local Kiwi family

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand's "Big 5" up close and personal. Later, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 20 - Christchurch

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the "Garden City" is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city's magnificent gardens and elegant park district. The remainder of your day is free to continue exploring Christchurch on your own. As the day draws to a close, toast to your adventure down under at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 21 - Christchurch - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many unforgettable memories of your South Pacific journey.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 31, 3021 travel date. Single supplement from $1,700. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation..

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