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New Zealand Getaway (15 days): Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 3,252

Travel with a group on board a coach for a New Zealand getaway. Start in Auckland making your way south to Christchurch learning about Maori culture and seeing charming sights on route.


Outdoor travellers will love this 15 day tour of New Zealand, showcasing the natural wonders that have made these islands such an adventurer’s haven.

Consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland seduces visitors with an ideal mix of indoor culture and outdoor lifestyle. Consider arriving early to enjoy the view from Mt Eden, or perhaps a cruise on the harbour before journeying to the historic Bay of Islands. Take a catamaran to CapeBrett to see the famous Hole in the Rock. Enjoy a guided tour to see the glowworms of WaitomoCaves on your way to Rotorua, home to bubbling mudpools and spouting geysers. You’ll partake of a traditional Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance at MitaiMaoriVillage. Also included are visits to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and the Agrodome, for an insight into New Zealand’s sheep farming industry.

From Wellington, cruise through Cook Strait to the South Island and board the TranzAlpine express, bound for Greymouth and Fox Glacier. You’ll traverse some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery on one of the world’s greatest short train journeys. Travel through HaastPass to Queenstown, the nation’s adventure capital, located right in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Spend a day at leisure here to enjoy the city your way (though a jetboat ride on the ShotoverRiver is a favourite!), before a full day tour to Fiordland National Park, including Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.

Travel from the nearby town of Te Anau to beautiful, Scottish-influenced Dunedin. Spook yourself on an included tour of Larnach Castle, a Dunedin landmark with a dark past, where close to 30 encounters with ‘cranky spirits’ have been reported. Pass the spectacular Moeraki Boulders on your way to Lake Oheau, then bid New Zealand farewell with a visit to its highest peak, Mt Cook – known to the Maori as ‘Cloud Piercer’ – before your transfer to Christchurch Airport.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,252

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
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Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is ...

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Bay of Islands

Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Here, a short walk from the roadside will take you to the base of a giant kauri tree, called Tane Mahuta or 'Lord of the Forest', the largest and most celebrated kauri tree known to stand today. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Tonight's feature Welcome Dinner presents the chance to meet your fellow travellers.

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Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia



    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest ...

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest rooms offer individual balconies or patios and offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, and experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis Court
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Bay of Islands at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. During a full day at your leisure, perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands, Auckland

Visit the Hole in the Rock, which defines this remarkable coast and later return to Auckland by coach, where 12 Day (NTA12) New Zealand Discoverer guests join the tour in Auckland. Relax prior to dinner.

Insider Experience
Explore New Zealand's finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the scenery.

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Duration1 Night
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Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is ...

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Insider Experience
Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide

Insider Experience
For tonight's feature dinner, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Rydges Rotorua

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    Rydges Rotorua



    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre ...

    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Day at Leisure

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

Day 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand's wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.

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Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington



    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa ...

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Wellington, Cook Strait, Ashburton

Travel to Christchurch via Kaikoura today.

Insider Experience
Enjoy one of the world's most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton.

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Quality Hotel Elms

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    Quality Hotel Elms



    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city. The Quality ...

    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

    The Quality Hotel Elms offer a variety of facilities and services, like our brand new Fiber optic super-fast internet that we now offer to all guests on a complimentary basis. Conferencing facilities for up to 200 delegates, and our new wedding venue has been constructed with the latest design specifications to ensure you and your guests are catered for in a beautiful setting.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 9

Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

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Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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    Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier



    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with ...

    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with modern comforts. With the mighty Southern Alps as its backdrop, the hotel offers fantastic rural and mountain views. The hotel has 67 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms and suites are equipped with; free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 10

Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Travel past the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps this morning. Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview



    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views ...

    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range from the comfort of your room. Hillary's Restaurant with its breathtaking mountain and lake views features a conservatory style decor and serves a wide variety of Kiwi and international cuisine.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
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Day 11

Queenstown at Leisure

With an entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting optional experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown - both at own expense.

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Day 12

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road. Continue to your hotel in Te Anau and enjoy dinner.

Insider Experience
Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area.

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Duration1 Night
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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment ...

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Te Anau, Dunedin

Today you will journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening.

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Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City



    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest ...

    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back at the end of a day of sightseeing.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 14

Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand's finest 19th-century architecture. Continue through Mt Cook National Park to Lake Tekapo. Tonight, enjoy a feature dinner.

Insider Experience
Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia's highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook.

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Duration1 Night
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Peppers Bluewater Resort

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    Peppers Bluewater Resort



    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt ...

    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt Cook National Park. There are 60 stylish lakeside rooms offered in a range of accommodation options including one, two and three bedroom luxury villas and apartments. Rakinui Restaurant and Lounge is a place to eat, drink and relax amongst warm friendly surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 15

Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

Awake to vistas of Lake Tekapo just beyond your window. Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Transfer to Christchurch airport, arriving at 3pm. You must book your international flights to depart after 5pm, or 4pm for domestic flights.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Nov 19, 24, 26; Dec 3, 17
2018: Jan. 5, 9, 14, 16, 23, 26; Feb. 2, 7, 11, 13, 18, 25; Mar. 2, 6, 11, 13, 20, 27; Apr. 8, 22; May 6; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23 ; Oct 9, 14, 21, 26; Nov 4, 11, 18, 23, 25; Dec 2, 16
2019: Jan 4, 8, 13, 15, 22, 25; Feb 1, 6, 10, 12, 17, 24; Mar 1, 5, 10, 12, 19, 26; Apr 7, 21; May 5; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Tour Director and professional driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items 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 inquire.

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