Down Under Discovery (PS)

20 days from Auckland to Sydney

 2020 Tour Details »2019 Tour Details

Australia and New Zealand—two countries with breathtaking and unique scenery, as well as vibrant cities. On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see Australia’s and New Zealand’s scenic highlights and most popular cities, including Auckland, Queenstown, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney.

Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colors. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a watercraft tour! Similarly, photos do not adequately depict the magnificence and amazing size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Outback. You must stand before it to get a true perspective of its size and to see the changing colors of the rock at sunset. On this tour, you’ll have that opportunity and you’ll learn about Uluru’s significance to the Aboriginal people. In New Zealand, more breathtaking scenery awaits you at Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise on Milford Sound and witness the extraordinary beauty and sheer cliffs.

On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll also experience sophisticated, yet laid-back, cities. In Melbourne, soak up the city’s atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafés, and world-class dining. Globus has also arranged a fun experience for you here…lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sydney offers a spectacular harbor; the world-famous Opera House, which you’ll visit during your sightseeing tour; fabulous shopping; and cosmopolitan cuisine. Known for adventure, Queenstown is a marvelous city set in the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here, enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

From the sun-scorched desert of the Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef and from the smaller destinations in New Zealand to the cosmopolitan cities in Australia, this is a dream vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

AUCKLAND
Sightseeing; welcome dinner atop Sky Tower

WAITOMO
Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves

ROTORUA
Enjoy a [LF] Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs; behind-the-scenes visit at the [LF] Kiwi Encounter

MOUNT COOK

Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

QUEENSTOWN
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride and dinner atop Bob’s Peak

MELBOURNE
Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

ALICE SPRINGS
Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; [LF] Outback barbecue; [LF] visit Standley Chasm (available on January 4-October 11 departures)

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock

CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Koala Gardens with souvenir photo

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; [LF] lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

Notes:

  • Departure January 4 and November 18, 2019 will be in Melbourne during the Australian Open, a tennis tournament held annually in Australia since 1905. Tickets are not included to the event but may be purchased in advance through the Australian Open website. 2020 dates are still to be determined.
  • Departure March 8, 2019 will be in Melbourne during the Australian Grand Prix, a motor race held annually in Australia since 1928. Tickets are not included to the event but may be purchased in advance through the Australian Grand Prix website. 2020 dates are still to be determined.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners including a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua, an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs, and farewell dinner in Sydney

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. Kia Ora—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner. Dinner this evening is at SKY TOWER, offering amazing 360-degree views of the city and harbor below.
Dinner Dinner

NOTE:
Early check-in does not include breakfast. You may purchase breakfast directly from the hotel at an additional cost.

Day 2

AUCKLAND. Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this vibrant city. You may want to visit the impressive Auckland Museum or visit the trendy boutiques and cafés on Chancery and High Streets. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–ROTORUA. Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic [LF] MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

ROTORUA. This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the [LF] KIWI ENCOUNTER to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand’s largest and most successful Kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

ROTORUA–CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK. Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Day 6

MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN. Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND. Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)

Day 8

QUEENSTOWN. A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkable Mountains. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

QUEENSTOWN–MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

MELBOURNE. Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended. (B,L)

Day 11

MELBOURNE. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGS. Today, fly to the Outback where sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how education services are provided in remote regions. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications. Tonight, a unique [LF] OUTBACK BARBECUE features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK). This morning, visit remarkable [LF] STANDLEY CHASM, a spectacular geological and cultural icon. Learn the history of this land as well have the chance to walk “the Gap of Water,” a striking geological formation. Later, fly to the “Center of Australia.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and the changing colors of the rock.
Breakfast Breakfast

NOTE:
Beginning with the October 18 departure, the visit to Standley Chasm is not available. Passengers will travel from Alice Springs by motorcoach instead of by air due to a schedule change by the airline.

Day 14

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–CAIRNS. Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF. Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater obsrvatory, watch fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 16

CAIRNS. A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

CAIRNS–SYDNEY. This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorable. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your picture taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18

SYDNEY. Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of [LF] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic [LF] North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (B,L)

Day 19

SYDNEY. Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT, overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 20

SYDNEY. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JO RUSH

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"I'm Jo, and I love sharing my "insider knowledge," the cultural idiosyncrasies, history and people, as well as the landscape, plants, and animals we encounter. I hope this extra knowledge allows guests to appreciate the destination on a deeper level, and that they leave feeling they were honorary locals for a little while!"

Tour Director -  JO RUSH

MELISSA ROFF

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"I feel very lucky to live here and privileged to share my home with visitors from around the world. We have such unique and pristine environments, it thrills me to see how people react to the wonderful and diverse landscapes as well as the activities and experiences that they can have here. Between Australia and New Zealand, we have it all. I love my job and showcasing this remarkable part of the world, its culture, and history. It brings me great satisfaction knowing our guests return home with magical memories that we have helped create is its own reward."

Tour Director -  MELISSA ROFF

 Accommodations

ALICE SPRINGS

CROWNE PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

AUCKLAND

SKYCITY HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.

CAIRNS

PACIFIC HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Pacific Hotel boasts a magnificent location, personalized service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambience, befitting a bygone era - an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Ideal for visitors who wish to explore all the attractions Cairns has to offer with shopping and dining right at the hotel's front door.

MELBOURNE

NOVOTEL MELBOURNE ON COLLINS

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the contemporary Novotel Melbourne on Collins is perfectly positioned on stylish Collins Street. From streetside dining and Federation Square to shopping at Bourke Street Mall the hotel offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

MOUNT COOK REGION

THE HERMITAGE

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Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

QUEENSTOWN

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT QUEENSTOWN LAKEFRONT

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ROTORUA

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ROTORUA

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SYDNEY

SWISSOTEL SYDNEY

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Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ULURU

DESERT GARDENS HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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