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Five, four, three, two, one! The countdown is on Down Under for the most uplifting New Year kick-off. This aspirational tour of Australia and New Zealand gets the party started with a celebratory cruise on Sydney Harbor complete with beats, bites, and bubbly – and one of the world’s most famous fireworks displays. The stunning sights keep coming for 21 days as you snorkel over the rainbows of coral at the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy an Outback barbecue in Australia’s fiery red desert, and delight in the kaleidoscope of blossoms at Melbourne’s famous Fitzroy Gardens. Say farewell to the koalas, kangaroos, and other party animals as the festivities continue in New Zealand with a breathtaking cruise through the thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound, a silent boat ride through the glowworm-lit Waitomo Caves, a traditional cooked-beneath-the-ground hot stone Hangi dinner in Rotorua, and a high-in-the-sky farewell celebration atop Auckland’s rotating Sky Tower.Did you know the koala sleeps an average of 20 hours a day? Enjoy three nights in Fiji to conclude your tour of Australia and New Zealand while snoozing in a beachside hammock yourself. Between naps, you’ll enjoy a Sigatoka River Safari and the sun, fun, and genuine warmth of the islanders.
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SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House and botanic gardens; New Year’s Eve harbor cruise with fireworksCAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activitiesULURU (AYERS ROCK) Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toastALICE SPRINGS Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; Outback barbecueMELBOURNE Sightseeing tour including Fitzroy Gardens; Melbourne Star Observation WheelQUEENSTOWN Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinnerMOUNT COOK Sightseeing in Mount Cook National ParkROTORUA Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs; visit the Agrodome and Te PuiaWAITOMO Visit Waitomo Glowworm CavesAUCKLAND Sightseeing; farewell dinner atop Sky TowerFIJIAirport transfers; Sigatoka River Safari; Monograms Local Host service
Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Welcome To Sydney! 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 3pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner.
SYDNEY Spectacular Sydney 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. Enjoy a walk around the Rocks District, the site of the first European settlement in Australia now home to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
BreakfastTOUR 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 theatres. Hear untold stories, be awed by the acoustics, and learn the history and future of this amazing hall beneath the sails.
SYDNEY An Aussie Auld Lang Syne Today is at leisure. You may wish to spend some time in Darling Harbour with its many shops and restaurants. Other options including visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales, strolling through the Royal Botanic Garden, or enjoying delicious Asian food at one of the restaurants in Spice Alley. This evening, board a Sydney Harbour cruise for a special New Year’s Eve celebration awaits.
Breakfast DinnerLOCAL FAVORITEHAPPY NEW YEAR! Take to the water on a harbor cruise complete with canapés and a 4-course dinner followed by music and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, be treated to a champagne toast and some of the most amazing fireworks you’ll ever see. Here is your chance to ring in the New Year under Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember!
SYDNEY Relax & Enjoy Today, enjoy time to relax after your New Year’s Eve celebration.
BreakfastENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE in Sydney with a relaxing day on the beaches of Manly or Bondi. Maybe explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks District or stroll through one of the city’s many gardens. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time.
SYDNEY–CAIRNS Ready for the Reef Fly to Cairns, “Gateway of the Great Barrier Reef.” Check-in to your Cairns hotel for a 3-night stay. Cairns is known for its mild winters, great nightlife, and plenty of fun things to see and do. Why not explore the Cairns Night Markets whose vendors sell a vast array of souvenirs, delicious foods, and the work of local artisans and designers.
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 dazzling kaleidoscope of coral and sea life. Return to Cairns late this afternoon. Your evening is at leisure.
Breakfast Lunch TOUR HIGHLIGHTBUCKET 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.
CAIRNS Ticket to Paradise A full day at leisure.ENHANCED FREE TIMEEXPLORE MORE You may wish to visit nearby Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge, spend some time at the Cairns Lagoon, enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade or visit the Cairns Aquarium. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for the best way to spend your time in this tropical location.
CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Rock Stars Fly this morning to Australia’s “Red Center.” Enjoy a tour at the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the “Sunset Strip” for a drink and to witness the changing hues painting the rock.
BreakfastNOTE: Due to this remote location and limited flights, you may be booked on a connecting flight from Cairns to Uluru. TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS A spectacular way to end the day. Travel out to 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 for which Uluru is famous, you’ll enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles and say goodbye to another wonderful day.
ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS Campfire Stories Today, travel through the Outback to Alice Springs. Upon arrival, sightseeing includes a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Old Telegraph Station. Tonight, a unique Outback Barbecue features traditional campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.
Breakfast DinnerLOCAL FAVORITELOCAL 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.
ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE G’day Melbourne! Today, fly 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.
MELBOURNE Sights & Bites This morning’s sightseeing includes landmarks such as Federation Square, the Melbourne Museum, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. See Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Discover Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne, and the bustling streets of Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Market. Following lunch at a local restaurant, travel to the top of the Melbourne Skydeck, the southern hemisphere’s highest observation deck. Free time the remainder of the day.
Breakfast 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 TIMEEXPLORE MORE Witness the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island and 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.
MELBOURNE Cosmopolitan Cool Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own.
Breakfast ENHANCED FREE TIMEEXPLORE MORE in Melbourne by exploring the Old Melbourne Gaol, once home to legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly. Linger at a café and enjoy a coffee and wander along the scenic Yarra River or take an optional excursion to see the incredible Great Ocean Road. 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.
MELBOURNE–QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND New Zealand Bound Board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The remainder of the day is at leisure.
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND Sights on the Sound 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 this evening, return to Queenstown.
Breakfast Lunch NOTE: The excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 15 depending on weather and road conditions today. TOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE 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!
QUEENSTOWN Vineyards & Views A full day at leisure for your own discoveries.
Breakfast Dinner TOUR HIGHLIGHTSCENIC WONDERS 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 Remarkables Mountains. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities. ENHANCED FREE TIMEEXPLORE MORE in Queenstown with an optional visit to a local vineyard to sample some of the prize vintages or a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Other options include a scenic ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. 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.
QUEENSTOWN–MOUNT COOK Alpine Adventures Today’s journey brings us to magnificent Mount Cook National Park. 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 Dinner TOUR HIGHLIGHTACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. The Hermitage is the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and has a variety of dining options, unique activities, and genuine kiwi hospitality. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.
MOUNT COOK–CHRISTCHURCH–ROTORUA New Zealand Treasures Travel to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and then fly to Rotorua, the heart of the Māori culture.
Breakfast ENHANCED FREE TIMELOCAL LIFE This evening, you may wish to join an optional dinner at a New Zealand family’s home or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs or massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.
ROTORUA Earthly Wonders This morning, enjoy a guided tour and a special visit to the National Kiwi Hatchery. Then, visit the Agrodome to learn more about one of the country’s major industries – sheep! There’s time to watch a sheep shearing demonstration, visit the farmyard nursery, and see the remarkable farm dogs as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep the sheep in line. Continue to Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner.
Breakfast DinnerLOCAL FAVORITECULTURE & TRADITIONS Explore the ancient Māori culture and learn the history of the area, hear storytelling, be captivated by songs and dance, and experience the famous Haka (war dance). Afterward, sit down in the Wharenui (ancestral meeting house) for an authentic Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones) and be entertained with music and dancing. TOUR HIGHLIGHTCONSERVATION 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.
ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND Glowing Views Depart Rotorua and cross over the Mamakue ranges to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Then, travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to Auckland. This evening, why not enjoy a glass of New Zealand’s famous wine while dining at one of Auckland’s world-class restaurants?
Breakfast 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.
AUCKLAND The City of Sails Start your day with 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. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner.
Breakfast DinnerLOCAL FAVORITETHE HIGH LIFE Join your Tour Director and fellow travel companions for a festive farewell dinner high atop Auckland’s Sky Tower. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city and harbor below as the dining room rotates once every hour providing a unique experience. The perfect ending to your vacation!
AUCKLAND–NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST Paradise Found! Board your flight and fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise. Arrive in Nadi and transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast. Composed of more than 300 islands, you are sure to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and friendly Fijians. From white sandy beaches to tropical rainforests and mountain peaks, there is lot to explore on land as well in the water. Fiji is known as the Soft Coral Capital of the world with the Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding its islands and atolls. An underwater adventure should be high on your to-do list and will not disappoint. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
CORAL COAST Sand & Sees This morning, cruise up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village. Return to your resort where the remainder of the day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine.
Breakfast Lunch NOTE: If your included sightseeing is schedule to take place on a Sunday, it will operate on Monday instead. Your Local Host will have full details upon your arrival.TOUR HIGHLIGHTEPIC RIDE Aboard a custom-built safari jet boat, you’ll be transported deep into the heart & soul of Fiji. As you journey up the river, hear the history of the region. Children from the villages that line the river and wave as you cruise past. When you reach the village, you are given a warm welcome by the villagers and then are escorted to the village Chief’s bure (house) or to the community hall. Take part in a kava ceremony, then tour the village before sitting down to a traditional Fijian lunch. Your visit ends with traditional Fijian singing and dancing Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to join in! After heartfelt goodbyes, board your jet boat for the return trip. It’s sure to be a highlight of your time in Fiji. Bula!
CORAL COAST Living on Island Time Today is at leisure.
BreakfastENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool drink. Your Local Host will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
CORAL COAST–NADI Until We Meet Again! Transfer from the Coral Coast to the Nadi International Airport today where your vacation ends.
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