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Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

Duration
19 Days
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US$ 5,677

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect Downunder experience.


This 19 day journey combines New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect downunder experience.

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland seduces visitors with its laid back pace, world class museums, galleries and gardens. Enjoy spectacular city views from your included visit to Mt Eden, as well as historic Parnell Village.

The North Island of New Zealand is a geology geek’s paradise. Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves feature beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. You’ll have the chance to explore them on your way to Rotorua, where spouting geysers and boiling mudpools showcase geothermal New Zealand at its best. Cap off your sightseeing with a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast) for a taste of New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Less active travelers can enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight, jetboat trip or Gondola ride to take in the sights. An included day trip takes you to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. Your onward journey to Christchurch includes a stop at majestic Mount Cook, known to the Maori people as ‘Cloud Piercer’.

Christchurch was devastated by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011. But while some areas and attractions remain closed for repairs, there is still plenty for the visitor to do and see in this charming city. The Air Force Museum will thrill military history buffs, while the Canterbury Museum provides a fascinating look at New Zealand history. Or take a tour of sites affected by the quakes for a glimpse of a resilient, rebuilding Christchurch.

Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.

Uluru or Ayers Rock is a site deeply shrouded in myth and legend. This is a sacred place to the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people and will be a highlight of your journey. Enjoy an an Uluru Base Tour, sunset over the rock and Kata Tjuta (or the Olgas) touring, before going on to Alice Springs to conclude your desert outback adventure.

Tropical Cairns offers a dazzling array of wildlife amid lush forest surrounds. You’ll visit the Great Barrier Reef for a close encounter with the world’s largest coral reef system. Then climb aboard an amphibious army duck for a trip into Kuranda’s scenic rainforest, where an authentic taste of Aboriginal culture, including a ‘Dreamtime’ walk and the chance to throw a boomerang await.

Diverse and historic Sydney greets visitors with its sparkling harbour, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.


 

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Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,677

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Day 1

Auckland Domestic Airport Terminal to City - Private Premium

Duration30 Minutes

MSocial Hotel Auckland

Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences.

Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the stresses of the day at the 24-hour gym or treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at M Social Restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends - both old and new - over a drink at M Social Bar while watching the ships come in.

Located near Auckland's main strip, the hub of the city centre with its abundance of designer fashions, lively nightlife, shows, theatre and live music, this vibrant hotel exudes youthful energy. Don't miss a visit to the Sky Tower for the best views in town or wander through the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.

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Duration2 Nights
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MSocial Hotel Auckland

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    Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences. Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the …

    Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences.

    Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the stresses of the day at the 24-hour gym or treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at M Social Restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends - both old and new - over a drink at M Social Bar while watching the ships come in.

    Located near Auckland's main strip, the hub of the city centre with its abundance of designer fashions, lively nightlife, shows, theatre and live music, this vibrant hotel exudes youthful energy. Don't miss a visit to the Sky Tower for the best views in town or wander through the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Best of Both Worlds

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience - a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo incl Lunch

Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.

Duration6 Hours

Regent of Rotorua

An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax and savor the luxury facilities.

Meal Plan Room Only - Best Available Rate Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Regent of Rotorua

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    Regent of Rotorua



    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax …

    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax and savor the luxury facilities.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Geothermal Wonderland

Experience the amazing geothermal activity and stunning volcanic landscapes of the "world's youngest geothermal area" Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a combination guided walk and boat cruise. The walking tracks offer spectacular views of the valley's diversity of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hot streams, hot pools, boiling springs, hissing fumaroles, vividly colored silica terraces, unique thermally adapted plants, rainforest, and native birdlife. On the scenic Rotomahana, Crater Lake boat cruise learn of the areas fascinating volcanic past and the history of the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption whilst enjoying your picnic lunch and the spectacular vistas of volcanic scenery surrounding the crater lake.

Duration4 Hours

Evening Experience - Summer Harvest Celebration at Tamaki Maori Village

This evening, you will engage in an immersive experience blending the best in Maori culture and cuisine. Get the chance to explore concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Maori warfare and peace. Tu Te Ra is a time of year when the sun expresses its optimal energy. It is when days are longest and when the energy of the light nourishes the natural world. It is a time for harvesting and a time for celebrating. It is also a time for warfare, settling old scores and forging peace.

Your experience is filled with drama, performance and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) shared against a backdrop of blazing bonfires, towering Tawa trees and a natural forest amphitheater. Tonight's menu has been designed by award-winning Maori chefs and includes staple favorites, such as crispy pork, caramelized apple wrapped in kawakawa, paua, pikopiko fronds, smoked eel and charred hangi kumara, which are followed by a four-course hakari (feast).

Served al fresco on warmer nights and indoors on cooler nights, the space is eclectically designed to make you wonder if you have journeyed back to the times of trade and warfare and to make you feel the depth and generosity of hakari.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Rotorua Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Heritage Queenstown

The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

Meal Plan Room Only - Best available room only rate
Duration3 Nights
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Heritage Queenstown

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    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and …

    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach incl Lunch

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your luxury catamaran vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.

Duration12 Hours
Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Queenstown to Christchurch Scenic Tour

Experience the South Island at your own pace on this one way scenic tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Enjoy a picnic morning or afternoon tea, stunning scenery including the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, the turquiose alpine lakes, rugged MacKenzie Country and breathtaking Central Otago area. Enjoy a cafe stye lunch and there is plenty of time for stops and short walks along the way.

Duration9 Hours

The George Hotel

The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

Meal Plan Room Only - Best Available Rate Room Only
Duration1 Night
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The George Hotel

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    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just …

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Christchurch Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

Meal Plan $ Stay 3 nights & receive breakfast for 2 daily
Duration3 Nights
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and …

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Panoramic Sydney Sights

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point.

Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre.

Passengers can join our optional harbour lunch cruises, seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels.

The designated harbour lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium).

Duration4 Hours
Day 11

Sydney Harbour Highlights Morning Tea Cruise

Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise. A unique, Sydney Harbour Highlights two-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.

Duration2 Hours
Day 12

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Alice Springs Airport to Alice Springs Hotel

Duration12 Minutes

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Situated at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers contemporary and stylish accommodation. Each room has been thoughtfully designed to offer an area of ultimate relaxation and comfort. Rooms have a spacious and bright aspect with each room offering a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views of Central Australia. Whether you are after a workout or just want to relax take advantage of the outdoor heated lap pool, spa, sauna and gym. Located at the property is the contemporary Tali Restaurant which provides the perfect setting with both indoor and alfresco dining experiences.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

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    Situated at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers contemporary and stylish accommodation. Each room has been thoughtfully designed to offer an area of ultimate relaxation and comfort. Rooms have a spacious …

    Situated at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers contemporary and stylish accommodation. Each room has been thoughtfully designed to offer an area of ultimate relaxation and comfort. Rooms have a spacious and bright aspect with each room offering a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views of Central Australia. Whether you are after a workout or just want to relax take advantage of the outdoor heated lap pool, spa, sauna and gym. Located at the property is the contemporary Tali Restaurant which provides the perfect setting with both indoor and alfresco dining experiences.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges.

While travelling through this remote country, your friendly driver/guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals.

There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Duration6 Hours

Sails in the Desert Hotel

In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local indigenous Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert's modern design. Discover the passion behind Aboriginal art at Sails in the Desert's Mulgara Gallery. Then be lulled into complete relaxation by one of the Red Ochre Spa's package treatments.

Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with Mayu's signature dining experience, relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar. Choose Sails in the Desert for an outback holiday with a unique style and modern luxury.

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Duration1 Night
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Sails in the Desert Hotel

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    Sails in the Desert Hotel



    In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local indigenous Anangu people is …

    In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local indigenous Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert's modern design. Discover the passion behind Aboriginal art at Sails in the Desert's Mulgara Gallery. Then be lulled into complete relaxation by one of the Red Ochre Spa's package treatments.

    Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with Mayu's signature dining experience, relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar. Choose Sails in the Desert for an outback holiday with a unique style and modern luxury.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis

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Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset

Visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region.

Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance.

Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip' and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Duration4 Hours
Day 14

Uluru Sunrise and Field of Light

This morning you will be picked up at your accommodation in a luxury coach to be taken the very short distance to the exclusive Field of Light location. With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Monroe, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 globes of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing platform. Once at the platform, you will be served tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can enjoy your beverage as the sun starts to creep light throughout the sky and then watch in awe as it pops up in the distance behind Uluru, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, with light.

As the natural light brightens the landscape, the Field of Light will dim for the day. Enjoy some amazing photos from this unique raised location that allows you to view both Kata Tjuta and Uluru in all their natural glory.

Duration2 Hours

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Cairns Domestic Airport to Cairns City

Duration15 Minutes

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

The DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade only a five minute walk from the shopping, entertainment and business centre of Cairns. Featuring 237 comfortably appointed guestrooms, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns reflects the ambience of the Tropics with breathtaking views overlooking the Coral Sea and rainforest clad mountains. Its unique rainforest Atrium is designed to represent a mini rainforest surrounded by tropical plants, rock pools and Barramundi fish.

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Duration3 Nights
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    The DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade only a five minute walk from the shopping, entertainment and business centre of Cairns. Featuring 237 comfortably appointed guestrooms, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns reflects the ambience of the Tropics with breathtaking views …

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade only a five minute walk from the shopping, entertainment and business centre of Cairns. Featuring 237 comfortably appointed guestrooms, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns reflects the ambience of the Tropics with breathtaking views overlooking the Coral Sea and rainforest clad mountains. Its unique rainforest Atrium is designed to represent a mini rainforest surrounded by tropical plants, rock pools and Barramundi fish.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Duration7 Hours
Day 16

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.

You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.

A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Duration10 Hours
Day 17

Cairns City to Cairns Domestic Airport

Duration15 Minutes

Melbourne Domestic Airport to Melbourne City Hotel

Duration60 Minutes

Crown Promenade Hotel

The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

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Duration2 Nights
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Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 18

Penguin Parade and Nobbies Small Group Tour

Make the most of your time in Melbourne and join this Penguin Parade Tour to enjoy Phillip Island's stunning landscapes and the famous Penguin Parade. First stop on Phillip Island, time/season permitting, will be to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Next, travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to explore, shop and have a coffee. Then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It's time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

Duration7 Hours
Day 19

Melbourne City Hotel to Melbourne Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily from Auckland - This trip may also be done in a reverse direction from Melbourne.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers in Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and Cairns
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Queenstown, Sydney and Melbourne
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Rotorua
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Queenstown
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Christchurch
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Sydney
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Alice Springs
  • 1 night first-class acccommodation in Ayers Rock
  • 3 nights first-class accommodaiton in Cairns
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Melbourne
  • Small group full day Best of Both Worlds tour 
  • Shared Auckland to Rotorua includng Waitomo Caves transfer
  • Shared half day Discover Rotorua tour
  • Shared Journey of Ages Cultural Experience
  • Shared full day Discover Milford Sound by Coach and Cruise tour
  • Shared Queenstown to Christchurch including Mt Cook transfer
  • Shared morning Sydney city tour including the Opera House
  • Shared hop on hop off explorer cruise pass in Sydney
  • Shared Alice Springs to Ayers Rock transfer including Kata Tjuta
  • Shared half day Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset
  • Shared half day Uluru Sunrise excursion
  • Shared half day Field of Light 
  • Shared full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Shared full day Kuranda Classic tour with Skyrail, Train and Rainforestation
  • Shared full day Melbourne City & Penguins tour
  • 4 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfares and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Itiems of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire

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