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Grand Australia & New Zealand - Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Departs: 2/27/2018 Returns: 3/23/2018

25 Days | All Airfare Included

A comprehensive tour featuring 13 fascinating days in Australia & 10 scenic days in New Zealand.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1-2 : Australia Bound
Following our included flight to California, we meet our Tour Director and board an Air New Zealand flight bound for the "Land Down Under." Enjoy delicious meals and attentive service. When we cross the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.


Day 3 : Melbourne
Early this morning we arrive in Auckland and transfer to our flight bound for Australia. We clear customs in the charming Victorian capital of Melbourne renowned for its lovely parks and gardens. Our comfortable three-night home is at the Oaks-on-William.


Day 4 : Tramcar Restaurant
Today our guided city tour of Melbourne includes Fitzroy Gardens, Flinders Street Station, Queen Victoria Market, the Shrine of Remembrance and Parliament House. Our four-course lunch is a memorable feast served aboard the first electric tramcar restaurant in the world! Enjoy this delicious meal as we travel around scenic Melbourne. The remainder of the day is free to wander along Southbank’s waterfront precinct, visit the Victorian Art Center, Crown Casino or Chinatown. L


Day 5 : Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguin Parade
This morning we tour the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, a region well known for its farm-fresh produce and vineyards. We’ll enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at Dromana Estate Winery followed by a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Next we go to Phillip Island, a sanctuary for seals and birds. Our day concludes with perhaps our most unique wildlife encounter as we witness the world-famous penguin parade. As the sun sets over this beautiful landscape we get an up-close and personal view of the world’s smallest penguin making its way back to land. Take a waddle on the wild side as we experience the magic of the little penguins returning home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. L


Day 6 : Tasmania
We fly to Hobart to begin our exploration of wild and untamed Tasmania. Nearly one third of the Island State is protected within its fourteen national parks. We visit Richmond, one of Australia’s most historic villages. The nostalgic charm of colonial days is present in the Georgian mansions, cottages, convict jail, bridge and Catholic Church. Later we tour Hobart and enjoy breathtaking views of the town from Mt. Wellington. Our accommodations for three nights are at the Old Woolstore Hotel. D


Day 7 : Eco-Cruise
Enjoy a three-hour guided eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park. Experience the highest sea cliffs in the Southern hemisphere. Enter deep-sea caves, see playful dolphins, hundreds of seals and abundant bird species including albatross and sea eagles. After a delicious included lunch we visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. The settlement was a bold experiment and ground breaking attempt at reform and rehabilitation for the convicts of the colony. Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline, but Port Arthur was much more than a prison. As we walk within the site, the powerful, personal stories of convicts, soldiers, free settlers and their families will reveal themselves to us. B,L


Day 8 : Tahune Airwalk
This morning we visit the picturesque Huon River Valley and walk the
tree tops of pristine forest at Tahune Forest Airwalk. The steel walkway footbridge averages heights between 60-90 feet above the forest floor, with the very last section, the cantilever, sitting at a height of 150 feet above the Huon River. Later we take a guided tour of the Wooden Boat Centre which has been producing a range of beautiful timber boats crafted by hand for nearly 25 years. B


Day 9 : Tropical Cairns
Today we fly to tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. This is the gateway city to many of Australia’s natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy three pleasant nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns adjacent to the waterfront and casino. All rooms feature balconies with superb views of the harbor and parklands. B


Day 10 : Kurandra Scenic Trail & Skyrail
Enjoy one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world - the Kuranda Scenic Train. As we ascend, our journey provides unsurpassed views of World Heritage recognized rain forest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. Later we visit the fascinating Kuranda Koala Gardens. This award-winning native wildlife attraction features some of Australia’s most popular wildlife. A highlight is the unique opportunity to actually hold a koala as well as hand-feeding tame kangaroos and wallabies. After lunch at Frogs Restaurant we have the choice of visiting Birdworld Kuranda or the unique Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. There’s time to visit the Kuranda Heritage Markets before we descend the magnificent MacAlister Range on Skyrail, a 4.7 mile gondola cableway. Enjoy spectacular views of the rain forest, tropical Cairns, and the Coral Sea as we glide over the rain forest canopy. B,L


Day 11 : Great Barrier Reef & Scenic Helicopter Flight
Today we experience one of the highlights of our tour, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. We cruise to Moore Reef located on the outer edge of the reef, the world’s largest living organism. The reef is one of Australia’s greatest national treasures and stretches more than 1,200 miles along the coast. We view vividly colored tropical fish and coral from the reef viewer, underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Learn about the fish and marine life in this underwater wonderland. Enjoy breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef on an included scenic helicopter flight. Swim, snorkel or just relax in this beautiful marine setting. B,L


Day 12 : Sydney
We fly to Sydney, Australia's most vibrant city. On arrival we transfer to the Rydges World Square Hotel and settle in for three-night stay. The remainder of the day is free. B


Day 13 : Opera House & City Sights
This morning we discover Sydney's many interesting landmarks, including the famous Harbor Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, bustling Kings Cross and popular Bondi Beach. We tour the famous Sydney Opera House, considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world. We enjoy lunch in the historic Rocks, one of the most prestigious areas in Sydney with its beautifully restored buildings and spectacular views across the harbor. The Rocks' quaint cobblestone pathways are home to colorful markets filled with more than 200 eclectic stalls where you can find locally-produced home wares, beauty products and original photography, art, crafts and jewelry. B


Day 14 : Harbor Cruise
Today we enjoy Sydney's sparkling waterfront playground during a delightful harbor cruise sailing past pristine parks, golden beaches and charming harborside neighborhoods. During our luncheon in the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant, we see panoramic views of the harbor and city. Later there's time to visit the attractions of Darling Harbor, Sydney’s favorite destination for leisure and entertainment, with more than 40 restaurants, cafes, museums, parks, theaters and specialty shops. L


Day 15 : Christchurch, NZ
This morning we bid farewell to Australia and fly to Christchurch located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. On arrival we clear customs and transfer to our comfortable accommodations. The remainder of the day is free. D


Day 16 : Glacial Lakes & Southern Alps
This morning we cross the picturesque patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains and enter the foothills of Geraldine and expansive MacKenzie Country. We stop to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Tekapo and view the bronze statue of a sheep dog, erected as a tribute to the important role played by these animals in the development of high country farming. We drive along the shimmering turquoise glacial waters of Lake Pukaki set against the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps. We cross the Lindis Pass and tussock-covered plains of Mackenzie Country to the fruitlands of Central Otago, famous for the production of summer fruit - apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. Our memorable day ends at The Heritage Hotel Queenstown for a relaxing two-night stay. The vistas from the Heritage Hotel provide a panoramic view of the towering 7,000-foot Remarkables mountain range, rising from the rippling waters of Lake Wakatipu. B


Day 17 : Kiwi & Park
Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast featuring local produce at the Kiwi & Birdlife Park. After breakfast we have the rare opportunity to meet New Zealand's most iconic bird. Specially designed nocturnal houses allow us to view the kiwi during the day. Later we visit the historic and picturesque "gold rush" settlement of Arrowtown and view the Kawarau River suspension bridge, the “World Home of Bungy Jumping. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy New Zealand's adventure capital, offering jetboating, golfing, picturesque walks, and abundant restaurants and shops in one of the most scenic settings in the world. B


Day 18 : Milford Sound Cruise
Today we travel through an ancient ice age region, crossing pasturelands on our way to Fjordland National Park. We journey through beech forests and the beautiful Eglinton Valley climbing to Homer Tunnel before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound. Our cruise takes us past Mitre Peak, which rises 5,560 feet, striking Stirling Falls and Bowen Falls, cascading more than 500 feet. The falls flow from valleys formed by receding glaciers. Watch for sea lions and a variety of birds. Our accommodations in Te Anau are at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel. The town is nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt. Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains. B,D


Day 19 : Larnach Castle & Dunedin
Departing Te Anau, we travel through some of New Zealand's most populated sheep country through Lumsden and Gore to historic Larnach Castle & Gardens nestled on the picturesque Otago Peninsula. With its exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history, its magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and breathtaking views, our guided tour of the castle and gardens offers a vision of the past and present. We arrive in Dunedin known for its Scottish heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture. We see some of the iconic city attractions such as the Speights Brewery, Cadbury World, University of Otago and the World's Steepest Street. Our comfortable accommodations for two nights are at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel. B


Day 20 : Taieri Gorge Railway 
Today we enjoy a tour of Toit? Otago Settlers Museum dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transportation shaped New Zealand’s first great city. After lunch in the country's oldest city we take one of the world’s great train trips. We depart the historic Dunedin Railway Station for a 4-hour scenic train ride into the spectacular Taieri River Gorge. Travel aboard restored carriages through stunning scenery, crossing graceful wrought-iron viaducts spanning deep ravines while listening to the on-board commentary about the early pioneers and the building of the line. B,D


Day 21 : Fly to Rotorua
Today we fly to Rotorua. Seated on the southern shore of a lake of the same name, Rotorua is the North Island's most popular destination and a major center of Maori culture. Our lodging for two nights is at the Holiday Inn Rotorua.


Day 22 : Maori Concert & Volcanic Wonderland
This morning we visit Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters), New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse volcanic area. We enjoy a guided walk through stunning geothermal activity and unforgettable vistas. This unique volcanic wonder provides innumerable colors of every hint and hue displayed in pools, lakes, steam vents and mineral terraces. Later we have the unique opportunity to watch the Lady Knox Geyser's daily eruption to heights of 30 to 60 feet and view the unique character and sounds of erupting mud pools - the remnants of a large mud volcano. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Later, we enjoy a special cultural evening featuring a Maori concert and Hangi feast. Experience a traditional Maori welcome and witness powerful displays of traditional songs and dance. B,D


Day 23 : Alexander Farm & Hobbiton
We travel to Alexander Sheep & Cattle Farm in Matamata, a combination working sheep farm and Hobbiton, The Shire from Middle-Earth. Our visit includes a drive through the picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges and a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and remains as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During our tour we see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films. Later we take a pleasant countryside drive to the riverside city of Hamilton, one of the country's fastest growing cities. It is the perfect place to experience friendly Kiwi hospitality. We visit the international award winning Hamilton Gardens. The Gardens explore different civilizations, and recreate historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world. Our lodging is at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel. B,L


Day 24 : Auckland & Evening Flight
Today we visit Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city including America’s Cup Village, lively Queen Street and the Harbor Bridge before our lunch at the Fortuna Restaurant. Later, a captivating experience awaits as we ascend Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower. The tallest man-made structure in New Zealand offers breathtaking views in every direction. Visit Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, one of the Auckland's top visitor's attractions. We see the world's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, the magical Seahorse Kingdom and take an underwater journey to discover a diverse collection of aquatic life up close. Later we board our evening flight to Los Angeles. We cross the International Date Line and regain a day arriving early in the afternoon. Overnight accommodations are included near the Los Angeles International Airport. B,L


Day 25 : Homeward
This morning our adventure comes to an end, but the friendships and memories will last forever.


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Holiday Experience Includes 
ALL Airfare
International flights on Air New Zealand
All fuel surcharges, government, airport & departure taxes included (Minimum value of $895)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
• Experienced Driver/Guides
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


28 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne
• Frogs Restaurant in Kuranda
• Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant
• MacKinnon Restaurant Te Anau
• Parcels Restaurant Dunedin
• Maori Concert & Feast in Rotorua
• Bilbo’s Party Marquee in Hobbiton
• Fortuna Restaurant Auckland


All Accommodations Featuring
3 nights at the Oaks-on-William in Melbourne
3 nights at the Old Woolstore Hotel in Hobart
3 nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns
3 nights at the Rydges World Square Hotel in Sydney
2 nights at the The Heritage Hotel Queenstown
2 nights at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel
2 nights at the Holiday Inn Rotorua
• 1 night at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel


Attractions & Highlights
• Melbourne sights
• Scenic Mornington Peninsula
• Dromana Estate Winery
• Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park
• Penguins at Phillip Island
• Hobart & Historic Richmond
• Tasman Island Cruise
• Port Arthur Historic Site
• Tahune Forest AirWalk 
• Huon Valley & Wooden Boat Center
• Tropical Cairns
• Kuranda Scenic Train
• Kuranda Koala Gardens
• Choice of Birdworld Kuranda or the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
• Skyrail Rain Forest Cableway
• Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
• Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight
• Guided Sydney Opera House tour
• Sydney City Sights tour
• Captain Cook Harbor Cruise
• Christchurch & Lake Tekapo
• New Zealand’s Southern Alps
• Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu
• Kiwi & Birdlife Park
• Fjordland National Park
• Milford Sound Cruise
• Larnach Castle & Dunedin
• Toitu Otago Stettlers Museum
• Taieri Gorge Railway
• Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland
• Alexander Sheep & Cattle Farm
Hobbiton Middle-Earth Movie Set
• Hamilton Gardens
• Auckland Sky Tower
• Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $9899
Airport - Single $11699

Final Payment Date: 12/15/2017

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


TSA'S SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM

The requirement to collect your date of birth, gender and full name as it appears on the government issued photo identification you will use on your tour is federally mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA's privacy policy as well as additional details can be found at www.tsa.gov using the keywords Secure Flight.


Alabama

Birmingham

Arizona

Phoenix

Arkansas

Little Rock, Fayetteville

California

Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

Florida

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonvillle, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa/St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach

Georgia

Atlanta

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Chicago, Moline/Quad Cities

Indiana

Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend

Iowa

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Louisville, Lexington

Louisiana

New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Michigan

Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw

Minnesota

Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Rochester

Mississippi

Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi

Missouri

St.Louis, Kansas City, Springfield/Branson

Montana

Billings, Bozeman, Missoula

Nebraska

Omaha, Lincoln

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Jersey

Newark

New Mexico/h4>

New York

New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse

North Carolina

Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham

North Dakota

Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks

Ohio

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon

Portland

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg/Middleton, Pittsburgh

South Carolina

Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, Rapid City

Tennessee

Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas

Houston (IAH) George Bush InterContinental Airport, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Virginia

Norfolk, Richmond

Washington

Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane

West Virginia

Charleston

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Central WI/Wausau/Mosinee


AIRFARE, TAXES, & FUEL SURCHARGES INCLUDED

Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.

AIRLINE SEATING

Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations

AWARD MILES

PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE CITIES

Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.

DEPARTURE FROM CITIES NOT LISTED

You may request a departure from a city not listed. Holiday's air department will determine the feasibility of your request and advise you of any additional cost, if applicable.

LAND ONLY PRICE

You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:6412323 | Tour Code: AUAZ0227181
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