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Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendour of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavours during lunch at a family-run merino sheep farm and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Package Includes:
  • International Airfare to Cairns and return from Queenstown
  • 14 night guided vacation
  • 14 nights accommodation in hand picked hotels
  • 21 Meals – 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Internal airfare between cities
  • Sightseeing highlights as listed
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Travel Director, Driver Guide
  • Sedan service to and from hometown airport (restrictions apply)*

Must See Inclusions

  • Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef
  • See where the original colonist first settled during a city tour of Sydney

Culinary Inclusions

  • Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour
  • A New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner
Cultural Experiences
  • Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating  Sydney Opera House
*Sedan Service to and from my selected airport († Not valid on group travel. Included in many U.S. cities within a 50 mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Other restrictions may apply; call for details.)
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Book by February 29 and save $500 (price reflects savings)

Based on Double July 7, 2020
Vancouver, $6349 + $737 tax
Calgary, Kelowna, Edmonton $6649 + $737 tax
Victoria $6649 + $737 tax
Single Room Supplement add $2000

Note:  Visas are required for travel to Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

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Days 1 – 2
Depart From Home

Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime.

Day 3
  • Dinner
  • High  31°  Low  24°
  • 16″
  • Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Cairns, Australia – Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef. 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.

Day 4
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  31°  Low  24°
  • 16″
  • Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Cairns

Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation centre’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

Day 5
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • High  31°  Low  24°
  • 16″
  • Bailey Hotel By Crystalbrook
Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Day 6
  • Breakfast
  • High  25°  Low  17°
  • 5″
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Cairns – Sydney

This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Day 7
  • Breakfast
  • High  25°  Low  17°
  • 5″
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Sydney

See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later this evening, you may choose to take in an optional dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House.

Day 8
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  25°  Low  17°
  • 5″
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Sydney

Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 9
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  19°  Low  11°
  • 2″
  • Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Sydney – Christchurch, New Zealand

Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Day 10
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  21°  Low  6°
  • Mackenzie Country Hotel
Christchurch – Mt. Cook Region

Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

Day 11
  • Breakfast
  • High  19°  Low  8°
  • 3″
  • Scenic Suites Queenstown
Mt. Cook Region – Arrowtown – Queenstown

Traverse the spectacular countryside as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore independently.

Day 12
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • High  19°  Low  8°
  • 3″
  • Scenic Suites Queenstown
Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Day 13
  • Breakfast
  • High  19°  Low  8°
  • 3″
  • Scenic Suites Queenstown
Queenstown

A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional “Gold Seeker – Metal and Movie Discovery” tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.

Day 14
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • High  19°  Low  8°
  • 3″
  • Scenic Suites Queenstown
Queenstown

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During an exclusive, behind the scenes visit to this authentic family run merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

Day 15
  • Breakfast
Queenstown – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

Australia 
Canadians must be in possession of an Australian visa (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to departure from Canada. Ensure that you travel with  the same passport used to apply for your visa. You can apply online https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas for $20 Australian dollars per person (subject to change).

If you prefer Travel Best Bets will issue your Australia visas for $25 CAD per person (plus the Visa costs) after providing your agent with the required information.

New Zealand
Canadian passport holders entering New Zealand will need to get an electronic travel authority before their arrival, even if they are transiting to another country.
You will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or an NZeTA.

You can apply online https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from New Zealand

If you prefer Travel Best Bets will issue your New Zealand visas for $25 CAD per person (plus the Visa coss) after providing your agent with the required information.

 

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