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The Very Best of Australia and New Zealand

31 Day
Between Melbourne and Auckland
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Departing 06 November 2017
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Welcome to Australia and New Zealand, where spectacular natural beauty, immersive cultures and soaring metropolises await. Adventure comes easy in these two remarkable destinations, with wild wonders and serene vistas to explore and discover on every leg of the journey. As part of our The Very Best of Australia and New Zealand luxury tour, you’ll embark on an epic journey across these two great lands, discovering the customs, traditions and natural wonders which make them so unforgettable. Your voyage of exploration begins in Melbourne, and sees you travel across Australia to many other revered destinations, including Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, stopping at such famous sights as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef along the way. Then, it’s across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, one of the world’s most beloved destinations. Here, you’ll discover the country’s rich Māori culture in Rotorua, experience its breath-taking natural wonders at Milford Sound and the Franz Josef Glacier, and unearth its heritage in such cities as Auckland and Christchurch.

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Day 1

Fly with QANTAS or Emirates to either Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok from London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham or Glasgow for a three-night stopover.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 2
Stopover

Upon arrival at your stopover destination, you’ll be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel before free time to explore.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 3
Stopover

After breakfast you can explore the city with an included Freechoice excursion. Of course, we also give you the freedom to explore independently.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Stopover

Once you’ve enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, the day is yours to discover everything your destination has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5
Onwards to Melbourne

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and some free time before an overnight flight to Melbourne.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Arrive Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne. You’ll be met at the airport by a Scenic Representative and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7
Melbourne

Spend your first day however you please. Why not visit one of the city’s many art galleries and museums, or head to Federation Square?

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A welcome dinner will see you enjoy authentic seasonal cuisine as you navigate your way through the city on a beautifully restored tramcar. Feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you dine on board this ornate and luxuriously appointed carriage.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Melbourne

We have put together a collection of Freechoice excursions to entertain you during your time in this brilliant city.

Freechoice

Take a trip to Phillip Island and see the penguin parade, take a ride down the Great Ocean Road, explore the city’s treasured lanes, or head off on a walking tour of multicultural Melbourne. If sport is more your thing, celebrate the nation’s rich history at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum. Learn about sporting triumphs, take a tour of the stadium, and perhaps even see a match.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Melbourne > Brisbane

Today, fly to Brisbane and check into your hotel for a two-night Special Stay. Feel free to peruse the city at your leisure. You’ll find yourself perfectly located, just a short stroll from the Brisbane river and not far from the heritage-listed Anzac Square.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Brisbane

Spend the evening indulging in Japanese cuisine in the hotel’s Kabuki Teppanyaki restaurant as you taste the TSUBAKI set menu.  Alternatively, enjoy a delicious three-course menu at the hotel’s The Brasserie restaurant. All drinks are complimentary with your meal choice.

Freechoice

Climb the city’s iconic Story Bridge, marvelling at the metropolis below. Alternatively, take the Croc Express to Australia Zoo, or cruise along Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If you’d prefer, visit Lamington National Park and experience a thrilling Tree Top Canopy Walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Brisbane > Cairns

After breakfast, enjoy a free morning in Brisbane before transferring to the airport for a flight to Cairns. On arrival, check into your hotel for a three-night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12
Cairns

Take to the waters for a sunset cruise, before dinner at a local waterfront restaurant, immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Night Fire Event, or try some modern Australian cuisine in the internationally recognised Ochre restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Great Barrier Reef

Travel to Port Douglas and take a catamaran to the Outer Barrier Reef and snorkel amidst the labyrinth of coral with an instructor and enjoy underwater observatory on a semi-submersible boat. Afterwards, a delicious lunch will be served on the pontoon.

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One of the highlights of your trip will be taking to the skies for a short helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef. A bird’s eye view really puts this striking phenomenon into perspective, offering unrivalled views of the extensive network of coral below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14
Cairns > Kewarra

Travel by coach to Kewarra for a two-night Special Stay at your resort, a romantic hideaway on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Kewarra

Enjoy a day of leisure unwinding in the beautiful bungalows set amongst the lush tropical rainforest. In the evening, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of wine or beer on arrival at a BBQ buffet dinner on the forest deck, overlooking the beaches.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Cairns > Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Early this morning, fly from Cairns to Uluru and transfer for an overnight Special Stay at your exquisite hotel.

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Tonight you're invited to a dining experience set amidst an outdoor exhibit called Field of Light. As the sun sets, you’ll enjoy canapés, complimentary drinks and authentic Australian cuisine surrounded by thousands of bulbs planted in the desert with Uluru as the backdrop.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Uluru (Ayers Rock) > Sydney

After watching the sun rise over Uluru, you’ll take a base tour of the gargantuan spectacle, which includes the Mala Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Later, fly to Sydney for a three-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Sydney

Discover the city independently. Stroll the famous Bondi and Bronte beaches, bush-walk through Sydney Harbour National Park. Early this evening, you’ll enjoy incredible views of Sydney Harbour’s iconic sights and magnificent mansions as you take a fabulous cruise, which includes dinner, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Sydney

Freechoice: Take in the sights as you tour the Sydney Opera House, visit the Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye, or navigate the Sydney Harbour Bridge on an America’s Cup yacht. Watch the wonderful wildlife at Taronga Zoo,  take the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal Heritage or explore the Botanic Gardens.

Freechoice

Take in the sights as you tour the Sydney Opera House, visit the Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye, or navigate the Sydney Harbour Bridge on an America’s Cup yacht. Watch the wonderful wildlife at Taronga Zoo,  take the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal Heritage or explore the Botanic Gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 20
Sydney > Christchurch, New Zealand

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. Enjoy a two-night stay at your hotel, situated just moments from Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. This evening, you’re invited to a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21
Christchurch

Freechoice: Go punting on the tranquil River Avon before exploring the nearby Botanical gardens, or visit the award-winning Antarctic Centre for a truly immersive experience. If you’d prefer, embark on a double decker bus tour of the city, or if you’re feeling active then why not set off on a guided bicycle tour? Alternatively, we have arranged for a local guide to show you the essential sights during a relaxed walking tour.

Freechoice

Go punting on the tranquil River Avon before exploring the nearby Botanical gardens, or visit the award-winning Antarctic Centre for a truly immersive experience. If you’d prefer, embark on a double decker bus tour of the city, or if you’re feeling active then why not set off on a guided bicycle tour? Alternatively, we have arranged for a local guide to show you the essential sights during a relaxed walking tour.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 22
Christchurch > TranzAlpine > Franz Josef

Today you'll embark on one of the world’s most unforgettable railway journeys, the TranzAlpine. Travel from Christchurch across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. Then, travel by coach to the village of Franz Josef before visiting the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 23
Franz Josef > Queenstown

Travel to Queenstown for a three-night stay. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure, taking in the magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Milford Sound

Journey to Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on the picturesque Milford Sound. The sublime landscape is an isolated utopia, carved by ancient glaciers.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 25
Queenstown

Experience a cruise aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship, the only coal-fired steamship in operation in the Southern Hemisphere. Later, visit Walter Peak High Country Farm for a tour and barbecue lunch in the lush gardens. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 26
Queenstown > Rotorua

After transferring to the airport and flying to Auckland in the North Island, you’ll travel to Rotorua for a two-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 27
Rotorua

Freechoice: Attend the Agrodome Sheep Show and see the rare Kiwi at Rainbow Springs, or embark on an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. If you’d prefer, you can relax in the region’s famous geothermal pools at a Polynesian Spa Day or experience unique rail cruising through the stunning landscape.

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This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Tamaki Village by local Mãori people, who will put on an insightful cultural show before telling stories of their ancestors. A delicious dinner will then be served, which has been cooked using a traditional Hangi.

Freechoice

Attend the Agrodome Sheep Show and see the rare Kiwi at Rainbow Springs, or embark on an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. If you’d prefer, you can relax in the region’s famous geothermal pools at a Polynesian Spa Day or experience unique rail cruising through the stunning landscape.

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This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Tamaki Village by local Mãori people, who will put on an insightful cultural show before telling stories of their ancestors. A delicious dinner will then be served, which has been cooked using a traditional Hangi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 28
Rotorua > Auckland

Later, continue on to Auckland for a two-night Special Stay.

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Discover the award-winning Hamilton Gardens on a guided tour. They are all themed and explore civilisations, recreating important garden styles throughout history. Enjoy lunch in one of the private themed gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 29
Auckland

Today, Auckland is yours to discover.

Freechoice

Explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and cuisine, or take a morning cruise through the ‘City of Sails’ harbour. Alternatively, you can visit the Waitakere Ranges, walk the rainforest and stroll the black sand beaches, or explore the city of Auckland on a guided tour.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 30
Auckland > UK

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. If you’re not ready for your journey to end, we can arrange an inbound stopover in one of many exciting destinations. Alternatively, extend your visit and stay in Australia for three extra nights in either Sydney or Melbourne, please call for details.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.
 

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 31
Arrive UK

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