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20 Day Grand Australia & New Zealand

A comprehensive, down under experience that includes the desert Outback, rainforests, reefs, glacier-capped mountains, fjords, and vibrant foodie-inspired cities.

Departure Date

Jan 31, 2022

Multiple Dates

Supplier

Supplier

Tauck

Ship

Various luxury hotels

Destination

Australia & New Zealand

Explore the lands "down under" from the desert Outback, colorful coral reefs, tropical rainforests and cosmopolitan cities of Australia to the stunning islands, dramatic fiords, and indigenous Maori culture of New Zealand on this comprehensive 20-day journey.

Explore & Discover

Highlights & Sightseeing

Ayers Rock

This huge sandstone monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is revered by Australian Aboriginal peoples. The rock changes colour depending on the position of the sun and is most visually striking at sunset.

Shotover River

This 75-kilometre long, fast flowing river winds through narrow canyons past rocky outcrops and boulders. The favourite way to experience this river is by taking a breathtaking jetboat ride through the dramatic landscape!

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Deep within Fiordland National Park lies the rugged and remote Milford Sound - the only New Zealand fiord accessible by road. Sheer cliffs, waterfalls and rocky valleys surround the water. Watch for dolphins, seals, penguins, along with some of NZ's rarest flora and fauna.

Pricing & Inclusions

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What's Included?
  • Travel Credit:
  • Onboard Credit:
  • 19 nights luxury accommodation
  • Airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • 42 meals
  • 6 charter flights
  • Tour director and local experts
  • Exclusive experiences including: Eco-cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, helicopter sightseeing, Waiheke Island wine tasting, Sydney harbour cruise & much more!  
  • Gratuities to local guides/drivers, porterage & taxes

Luxury accommodations

Transfers

Local guides

Gratuities to local guides and drivers

Pricing
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Taxes are included. Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD.

Land Journey
Classic Tour 19340pp
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Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne, Australia
Arrive Melbourne
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, The Langham Melbourne or Park Hyatt Melbourne. A transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to The Langham Melbourne or Park Hyatt Melbourne. Your journey begins with a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Melbourne, Australia
Discover Melbourne’s Charm

You’ll see a lot of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour of the city, including a guided walking tour to discover the real city (and its amazing coffee) along its distinctive laneways. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Melbourne; enjoy lunch and dinner as you please.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Uluru, Australia
Fly to Uluru & the Outback

Take a morning private charter flight to the heart of Australia’s desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert in the country’s “Red Centre." In the evening, the light of the setting sun bathes the mystical rock with a palette of ever-changing color... and you'll enjoy the natural "show" with canapés and champagne overlooking the monolith.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Uluru to a Skyrail & More in Queensland

Aboriginal traditions define life in the Outback, especially at Uluru (Ayers Rock); learn about the "dreamtime" legends associated with this massive monolith on a guided tour this morning. Fly via private charter to Cairns in Queensland, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you over and through the rainforest canopy; disembark in the mountain village of Kuranda. Continue on to Silky Oaks Lodge, your luxury eco lodge on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park, to begin a three-night rainforest resort stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Choices at the Great Barrier Reef

Spend a full day exploring one of Earth's most incredible "living" sites, the Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. Activity choices include a catamaran cruise to the Agincourt Reef; an adventure boat trip for scuba divers and snorkelers; a helicopter ride over the reefs; or a relaxing spa day at the lodge. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and evening at your resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Mossman, Australia
Optional Balloon Ride / Day at Leisure

Early risers may choose to soar over the Atherton Tablelands on an optional hot air balloon ride* at dawn (an additional charge per person; see pricing details). The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish at your rainforest resort and spa, or explore the area as you please. Enjoy dinner tonight at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Sydney, Australia
Crocodiles & On to Sydney
It's all about crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures; have a meet and greet with a crocodile and blue tongue lizard and snake... plus visit a private enclosure where you might come across Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies, Pademelons, Koalas, Wombats and more. You'll also have an opportunity to hold a koala and have your photo taken... attend a tour and feeding presentation... and take an exclusive boat cruise on the lagoon. After lunch, fly to Sydney via private charter for a three-night stay in the city’s heart at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Sydney, Australia
A Harbour Cruise & A Taste of the City
A private cruise on Sydney Harbour – complete with morning tea – is a fabulous way to introduce yourself to this extraordinary city, taking a good look at some of its landmark sites from the water. Accompanied by an informative, knowledgeable local guide, taste your way through some very cool culinary nooks and crannies on a Sydney “Foodie Tour” focusing on cultures that have emigrated to Sydney over the past decades, presenting their history through food as you check out (and sample) a variety of local eateries. Sydney sightseeing continues as you view The Rocks, Kings Cross and other highlights on a city tour; spend the rest of the day exploring as you please. Dinner this evening will be a "dine-around" from your choice of several select local restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Sydney, Australia
Inside the Sydney Opera House
One of Australia's most famous iconic sights takes center stage today when you visit the amazing Sydney Opera House on a personally guided tour. Afterwards, return to your hotel; the remainder of the day and evening are yours to spend as you wish in remarkable Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Wellington, New Zealand
Fly to Wellington
Bid Australia a fond farewell this morning and board a flight across the Tasman Sea, bound for New Zealand (Wellington trans-Tasman flight is not included and must be purchased with your international air ticket)! First stop is Wellington, New Zealand’s intimate waterfront capital with an impressive artistic and cultural edge. Accommodations for the next two nights are at InterContinental Wellington; enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Wonders

Discover Wellington on a tour that begins city center with a cable car ride up to the city’s Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour, and Parliament Buildings. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, where you’ll have a guided orientation to its five floors focusing on the country’s exceptional nature, art, history, the Pacific and Maori culture. Touring its exhibits is like actually experiencing thousands of years of New Zealand's history in person, as motion simulators and interactive exhibits include you in the journey. The remainder of the day is free to explore Wellington as you please.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Blenheim, New Zealand
Blenheim & Marlborough Sounds
Tauck puts a charter plane at your service today for a flight to Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, and a two-night stay in the heart of the Marlborough wine country. Upon arrival, head off on a visit to the Marlborough Sounds. Besides producing great wine, this region is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the country, and boasts delectable freshly caught seafood, including green-lipped mussels; sample them, along with local wines, on a luncheon cruise that celebrates New Zealand's bounty. Following your cruise, drive to Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim where you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Blenheim, New Zealand
Blenheim’s Bounty & a Warbird Dinner
A memorable day in the Blenheim area begins with a visit to a working private farm for a sheep shearing demonstration and sheep dog experience; morning tea at the homestead with the farmer and his family; and a walk through their extensive gardens. Continue on to Brancott Winery for a wine tasting and three-course lunch with matching wines at the Brancott Heritage Centre, then return to the hotel for some free time. Join us this evening for a Tauck Exclusive event: a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – which displays an incredible collection of World War I and II aircraft and memorabilia owned by film director Sir Peter Jackson – for “Dinner with the Warbirds,” featuring a tour of the museum’s “Knights of the Sky” and “Dangerous Skies” exhibitions, and a three-course dinner showcasing seasonal Marlborough produce and a selection of quality Marlborough wines.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Te Anau, New Zealand
Fly to Te Anau
Today, depart Blenheim and fly off aboard Tauck's charter to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region, for two nights at an ideally located hotel. Enjoy lunch at your hotel and spend the rest of the day as you wish.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 Te Anau, New Zealand
Cruise Milford Sound
Take a dramatic drive through the unparalleled scenery of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, then set off aboard a private boat (with a naturalist onboard) for a scenic nature luncheon cruise among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. Return to Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas late afternoon; enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Queenstown, New Zealand
A Toast to Queenstown
Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown, where you'll have lunch at the Amisfield Winery, set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views and known for its Pinot Noir. Your accommodations at the Sofitel Queenstown exude French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17 Queenstown, New Zealand
A Jet Boat & A Helicopter Ride
Even if you're not all that adventurous, today's thrilling high-speed jet boat ride* through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River – followed by a helicopter ride* – will both be memorable highlights of Tauck's tours to Australia and New Zealand! Head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish in Queenstown.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland’s Maori Culture

Travel via Tauck's private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland today for a two-night stay, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation. Have dinner at your hotel tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Auckland, New Zealand
Waiheke Island Wine & Auckland

Depart from Auckland’s Ferry Terminal and head to nearby Waiheke Island, a mecca of farmland, forest and beaches – and vineyards; enjoy some sightseeing and a unique wine tasting and lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. Ferry back to Auckland for some leisure time. Then join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel in the heart of the city, a fitting finale to Tauck's ultimate journey to Australia and New Zealand!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Auckland, New Zealand
Journey Home

Tour ends: Auckland. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Sofitel Auckland at Viaduct Harbour to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

Itineraries are supplier controlled and may change anytime without notice and may not be immediately reflected on this page.

Travel Insurance

Why purchase travel insurance?

• Travel insurance can reimburse your for out of pocket expenses if your trip is canceled and some of it is non-refundable

• If your trip is interrupted – perhaps there is an emergency that requires you to return to your starting destination – expenses may be paid and arranged for you

• Medical coverage that we have at home, including provincial Canadian plans, typically pay only a portion of what medical care costs internationally.  

Why Purchase Manulife Travel Insurance? 96% Claims Approval Rate!

We deal with Manulife Global Travel Insurance. We have carefully assessed travel insurance providers, and although these are not the cheapest policies – you do get what you pay for.  Part of the reason that we have chosen them is their claims record, which was to pay out 96% of claims.  

Why You Should Avoid Credit Card Travel Insurance

If you have insurance on your credit card, please note that very few have coverage that is applicable to fully cover your trip, there are often changes to coverage as you age, and often traveling companions are not covered.  

Update - Please note:  Policies are now available with Covid-19 coverage.  As always details are important – ask us!

We know that travel is important; for many of our client’s travel is essential to their sense of well-being.  Learning, relaxing, partaking in fulfilling experiences and filling up our memory bank is part of our identity.  

Insurance can sometimes be the forgotten piece, but we can’t afford for it to be.  Insurance needs to be integral to every travel plan because lets be real…risk is a part of life.  

So, what is your risk tolerance?  Are you ok to lose the investment in your travel plans?  Are you prepared to be out of pocket for your medical expenses, which can mount easily into the hundreds of thousands, and even more?  

This is a very personal, but important part of your vacation planning. Everyone is different in terms of what risks they are willing to take, and in terms of their personal health experiences and how that may affect coverage and pricing.  Our ask – please put insurance into your planning, check the terms and conditions carefully, and give our insurance a chance.  Please don’t travel without good insurance coverage!

All insurance policies have terms and conditions, please make sure you are aware and are comfortable with yours!  

Buy wisely, have peace of mind, and travel well!  

Updated: November, 2019

Terms & Conditions

New bookings only. Fares are per person in the currency noted (CAD), based on double occupancy, are capacity controlled, subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. Optional supplier charges may apply and are not included. Amenities, if offered, are available for the first two in a stateroom only & based on double occupancy unless specifically stated otherwise.

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Trip highlights are normally booked excursions and may not be accessible without booking directly through the Cruise Line.

Pricing, amenities, itinerary and availability may change anytime without notice and many not be reflected immediately on this page.
This deal was last updated on May 05, 2021.

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