Down Under Discovery ( PS)

20 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney

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Crikey! If you’ve always wanted a complete tour of Down Under, with no red stone left uncovered, this is it. Doubling the fun with sightseeing in Australia and New Zealand, this exciting vacation covers New Zealand’s North and South Islands as well as Australia’s vibrant cities, golden beaches, and mystical Red Center. From Rotorua’s boiling mud pools to Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves, you’ll kick off your tour with the hottest--and coolest--sights of New Zealand. Aptly named “The Remarkables,” the South Island’s mountain range sets the tone for the incredible sights you’ll see throughout the land of the kiwi--and the home of the kangaroo. As you hop from Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Cairns to Sydney, you’ll marvel at the architectural masterpieces of Australia’s renowned cities, the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and a special highlight of this encompassing journey--a boomerang-throwing barbecue under the starlit Outback sky.

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Notes:

Spend New Year’s in Sydney. Ring in the New Year Down Under on this special departure. Start your vacation with a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour with music and dancing, followed by a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you will ever see. Continue with all the must-see sights of Australia and New Zealand, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Melbourne, Queenstown, Mount Cook, Rotorua, and Auckland. Enjoy a sunset toast as you watch the changing colors of Uluru, go inside the famous Sydney Opera House, cruise through beautiful Milford Sound, take part in a traditional Māori Hangi dinner, enjoy spectacular views from atop Sky Tower and more. Please refer to tour, “New Year’s Eve Down Under” (Tour code PY and PYE) for more information on this special departure.

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND A Māori Welcome Welcome to Aotearoa, Māori for “land of the long white cloud.” Your room is available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 4:30pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner.
Dinner Dinner

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Day 2

AUCKLAND The City of Sails Start your day with a visit to the All Blacks Experience followed by a sightseeing tour of Auckland. See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS OF THE GAME Emerge yourself into the legacy, culture and people who have made the All Blacks rugby team an important part of the history of New Zealand. You’ll experience first-hand the excitement and emotion of game day and be inspired by the full force of the haka. Hear about past and present legends of the game and enjoy hands-on interactions. You’ll quickly understand how deeply this team and sport are intertwined with the heart and heritage of the country.


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Day 3

AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–ROTORUA New Zealand Treasures Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a LF Hangi dinner this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient Māori traditions. Tour the village and learn about Māori traditions and customs followed by a delicious Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones). You’ll be entertained by master storytellers and singers, and you might even be asked to join in a Haka, the traditional war dance.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Your visit to Waitomo Glowworm Caves starts with a guided tour through the limestone chambers, delicate formations, and passages of the cavern. Next, discover an ancient world of 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. See the lights of thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their light in a subterranean world. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do.


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Day 4

ROTORUA Earthly Wonders This morning, enjoy a guided tour and a special visit to the LF National Kiwi Hatchery. Then, visit the Agrodome to learn more about one of the country’s major industries–sheep! Continue to Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

LOCAL FAVORITE
CONSERVATION HEROES Only about 5% of all Kiwi birds hatched in the wild survive to adulthood making them endangered. At The National Kiwi Hatchery, you’ll see conservation in action. Known as the national leader in hatching techniques and kiwi chick rearing, you’ll see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks. 100% of your entry goes straight back to the Kiwi hatching program.


ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE in Rotorua with an optional floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful region, 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. These and more options are available throughout your tour at MyGlobus. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time.


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Day 5

ROTORUA–CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK AREA Night Lights Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent Mount Cook region, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world – perfect for viewing the southern night sky.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner


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Day 6

MOUNT COOK AREA–QUEENSTOWN Alpine Adventures Start the day with a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.
Breakfast Breakfast

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE with one of the many spectacular scenic walks or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier.


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Day 7

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND Fjords, Forest & Falls Today, travel into scenic Fiordland National Park. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was famously described by author, Rudyard Kipling, as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Late evening return to Queenstown.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

NOTE: The excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 8 depending on weather and road conditions today.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Cruise on the fiord with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Experience dense rainforest, towering mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Have your cameras ready for marine life such as playful dolphins, seals, and penguins. It will be a day to remember as you experience New Zealand’s wild side at its absolute best!


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Day 8

QUEENSTOWN Vineyards & Views A full day at leisure for your own discoveries.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
AN ELEVATED EXPERIENCE 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.

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE with an optional visit to a local vineyard, or maybe take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. These and more options are available throughout your tour at MyGlobus. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time.


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Day 9

QUEENSTOWN–MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA On to Australia Board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. Enjoy three nights in the city often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital. Melbourne is a blend of world-class restaurants, museums, shopping, and interesting hidden laneways.
Breakfast Breakfast

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Day 10

MELBOURNE G’day 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. Following lunch at a local restaurant, travel to the top of the Melbourne Skydeck. Enjoy free time the remainder of the day.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
REACH NEW HEIGHTS Be ready to be wowed when you travel to the top of the Melbourne Skydeck, the southern hemisphere’s highest observation deck. The city comes to you when you take it all in from nearly 1,000 feet/300 metres high. Enjoy awe inspiring views of Melbourne from the observation deck. The Skydeck will change the way you look at Melbourne and maybe the world.

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE Tonight’s optional excursion is a visit to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. Watch as these beloved fairy penguins waddle from the ocean to their burrows in the sand around you. You’ll get up close and personal from the special Penguins Plus grandstand. This and more options are available throughout your tour at MyGlobus. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time.


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Day 11

MELBOURNE Cosmopolitan Cool Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city.
Breakfast Breakfast

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE in Melbourne by dining at a local restaurant to 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.”


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Day 12

MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGS Into the Outback Today, fly to the Outback where sightseeing includes a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Old Telegraph Station. Tonight, a unique LF Outback Barbecue features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

NOTE: Due to the remote location and limited flights, you may be booked on a connecting flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES A fun filled evening of entertainment and outback cuisine is in store for you this evening. Huddle around a cozy campfire, learn about bush damper cooking, enjoy music, local storytelling, and a boomerang demonstration. Sink your teeth into a mouth-watering meal of prime Australian beef and wet your whistle with a cold drink. There’s even time for some star gazing to finish off this memorable evening.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
FLIGHT FOR LIFE The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) was established in 1928 to bring much needed medical care to the residents of the remote Outback. Learn the history of Reverend John Flynn, the founder, and hear the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the RFDS. Through the interactive displays you can experience what it’s like to fly with an RFDS pilot and the issues they have faced from dirt runways, inadequate maps, and more.


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Day 13

ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Rock Stars Travel by coach to Uluru. Upon arrival, visit a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological spectacle of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before visiting the “Sunset Strip” for a drink and to witness the changing hues of light painting the rock.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Experience a spectacular way to end the day at Uluru. This fascinating icon stands 1,141 feet (348 meters) high, however, most of its mass is below ground level. You’ll be overwhelmed by its incredible size, presence, and inherent spirituality. As the sun sinks over the horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is famous, you’ll enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles and say goodbye to another wonderful day.


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Day 14

ULURU–CAIRNS Sunrise & Wheels Up Your Outback adventure continues with free time this morning. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Breakfast Breakfast

NOTE:
Due to this remote location and limited flights, you may be booked on a connecting flight from Uluru to Cairns. Arrival in Cairns may be late in the evening. Luggage restrictions may apply to this flight. Please speak to your Tour Director for full details.

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE with the extraordinary experience of an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride to see this scenic region.


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Day 15

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Below the Surface Prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a brilliant kaleidoscope of coral and sea life. Return to Cairns late this afternoon. Your evening is at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
BUCKET LIST. CHECK! The only living structure on Earth that can be seen from space, the Great Barrier Reef is a masterpiece of Mother Nature. Comprising of over 3,000 individual reefs and spanning over 135,135 miles (350,000 square kilometres), your day at the Reef will be one to remember. After your scenic catamaran cruise, the day is yours to explore the Reef how you like. Choose to snorkel amid a dazzling array of fish and coral, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, attend an informative presentation by a marine biologist, or just relax and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings.


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Day 16

CAIRNS Ticket to Paradise A full day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE For a truly amazing experience consider an 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. Your Tour Director will have recommendations for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.


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Day 17

CAIRNS–SYDNEY Koalas, Crocs & Roos, Oh My! This morning, enjoy a special visit to the Koala Gardens. Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Sydney is home to first-class restaurants, grand shopping arcades, and top tourist attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Taronga Zoo.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
WILD & WONDERFUL See Australia’s famous animals this morning with a visit to the Koala Gardens. See kangaroos, wombats, quokkas, wallabies, gliders and of course the famous salt-water crocodiles. You’ll also have a chance to see koalas doing what they do best – eating, sleeping, and looking adorable. Before your visit ends, you’ll have a photo taken with a koala – the perfect souvenir!


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Day 18

SYDNEY Sights & Bites Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House and 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. Next, visit world-famous Bondi beach for an insider’s tour of LF Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers. Afterward, a cruise on Sydney Harbour Highlights some of the city’s best views
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

LOCAL FAVORITE
HISTORIC SPOT Enjoy lunch at the historic North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club. Learn about the history of this place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” that stopped the Nazis in North Africa during WWII. You’ll enjoy delicious food while looking out at amazing waterfront views.


TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The Sydney Opera House is one of the most well-known buildings in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building was designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, and was finally completed in 1973, after sixteen years of construction, at a cost of over $100 million dollars. You’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the Opera House and see its interiors and theaters. Hear untold stories, be awed by the acoustics, and learn the history and future of this amazing hall beneath the sails.


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Day 19

SYDNEY Spectacular Sydney Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE You may choose to take an 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.


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Day 20

SYDNEY Until We Meet Again! Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Sydney and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 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

JUDY THOMPSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" I'm Judy and I'm excited to enhance your visit with special local information and a sense of Aussie humor. I invite you to be open to all new experiences during your time Down Under and come away with wonderful memories."

Tour Director -  JUDY THOMPSON

MELISSA SHIMBEL

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 SHIMBEL

JULIET HUDSON

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

" Passionate about sharing the best of what Australia and New Zealand has to offer and ensuring that each of our guests experience the trip of a lifetime is why I love being a Tour Director. I enjoy finding ways to showcase and immerse our guests in the destinations we visit, bringing the itinerary to life, and adding special touches with "meet the locals" experiences, morning "power walks," "local wine tastings," and "where to eat" menu boards. I love sharing my destination knowledge and helping guests, with beaming smiles on their faces, make wonderful holiday memories."

Tour Director -  JULIET HUDSON

LEONIE BROOKS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" I have been guiding for over 20 years and have a passion for revealing the hidden delights of our country to those who are local or from overseas.  These can be relation to our indigenous culture, our landscape and the people. There is so much to see and to learn about, but more importantly, it is the ability to stop and soak in what is happening around us that I enjoy most. There is something for everyone!"

Tour Director -  LEONIE BROOKS

IVY YANG

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

" Originally from Taiwan. I've called Australia home for 20 years. A certified Australian Tour Guide since 2012, a Tour Director since 2015, and an accredited Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour guide since 2017. I have managed in excess of over 60 extended tours to destinations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The most memorable parts of a journey are often those heartfelt moments we share with our guests, the unexpected adventures we encounter, the stories we hear, experience and learn along our journey, and the people we meet. The same itinerary could be done a thousand times but each will be unique in its own way."

Tour Director -  IVY YANG

 Accommodations

AUCKLAND

SKYCITY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  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.

ROTORUA

DISTINCTION HOTEL ROTORUA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

MOUNT COOK REGION

DISTINCTION MACKENZIE COUNTRY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

QUEENSTOWN

RAMADA QUEENSTOWN CENTRAL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

MELBOURNE

THE SAVOY HOTEL ON LITTLE COLLINS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

ALICE SPRINGS

CROWNE PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS LASSETERS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

ULURU

DESERT GARDENS HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  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.

CAIRNS

BAILEY, A CRYSTALBROOK COLLECTION RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

SYDNEY

SWISSOTEL SYDNEY

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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