GLOBUS 2018: Highlights of the South Pacific (PK)
17 days from Auckland to Sydney
Experience the best of Australia and New Zealand on an unforgettable tour filled with fascinating wildlife, dramatic scenery, and the region's favorite cities.In New Zealand, float by boat through the Waitomo caves under the brilliance of thousands of glowworms, visit the picturesque farm that brought the Hobbiton movie set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy to life, and find inspiration from the majestic beauty of Fiordland National Park, where you'll cruise the stunning Milford Sound to experience its pristine natural setting just as the Maori and European explorers did hundreds of years ago. Visit Waimungu Volcanic Valley, home to wonderful plant life, thermal hot springs, and volcanic craters and experience all that Queenstown offers as the 'Adventure Capital of the World.'Dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets of Melbourne (a special experience included by Globus), and lose yourself in the city's boutiques and decadent food and wine scene. From the laid-back seaside town of Port Douglas, a full-day excursion takes you to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or to take a semi-submersible watercraft tour of the famous underwater world that explodes with color and marine life. You'll also visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for a guided tour to see native animals, including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and Crocodiles. Go behind the scenes at the world-famous Opera House in Sydney and enjoy a spectacular harbor cruise. Throughout this Australia and New Zealand tour, Globus has also arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique. For example, learn about the use of traditional plants during a dreamtime walk with an indigenous guide at Mossman Gorge. Or how about a wine-tasting and tour near Auckland?From the South Pacific's must-sees to its hidden gems, this Australia and New Zealand tour is a dream vacation!
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 17 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||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|
|Day 2||Auckland||This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, the 'City of Sails.' See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and the historic Parnell Village. Then, take a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island, where we'll visit a [LF] WINERY for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Auckland. (B,L)|
|Day 3||Rotorua||This morning, 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. Next, stop at a picturesque farm near Matamata that was transformed into the HOBBITON MOVIE SET from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. During your visit, see the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and other structures built for the movies. Continue on to Rotorua for a 2-night stay. (B)|
|Day 4||Rotorua||This morning, travel to the nearby WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY. Waimangu in the Maori language means 'black water,' and the area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world. The valley is now home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, and volcanic craters. This evening, enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic [LF] MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Queenstown||Fly to Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' Tonight, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob's Peak. Take in the spectacular mountain views and the lights of Queenstown below as you dine in the Skyline Restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Queenstown||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 7||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. (B)|
|Day 8||Melbourne||This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne. (B)|
|Day 9||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 lush 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 on board the historic [LF] 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 10||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.' (B)|
|Day 11||Port Douglas||Today, fly to Cairns, the 'Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.' At MOSSMAN GORGE, home to lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and colorful flora and fauna experience a [LF] DREAMTIME WALK with a member of the local indigenous community. Hear stories and legends from a long time ago while your guide demonstrates traditional plant uses. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (soda bread). We continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Port Douglas||Today, 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 color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. (B,L)|
|Day 13||Port Douglas||A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world's oldest living rainforest and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort's pool, or window shopping at the unique boutiques and art galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favorite souvenir. (B)|
|Day 14||Sydney||This morning, enjoy a special visit to the HARTLEY'S CROCODILE ADVENTURES for your chance to meet Australia's native animals. Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. (B)|
|Day 15||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 [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 16||Sydney||Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains 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 help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT overlooking Sydney Harbour. (B,D)|
|Day 17||Sydney||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,190. Required intra-vacation air segments: Rotorua/Queenstown; Queenstown/Melbourne; Melbourne/Cairns; Cairns/Sydney. Air prices were effective on August 16, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher. Gratuities for Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,660 to $2,010Triple Room Reduction per person:$35 to $250Extra Nights per person in Auckland:January-April & September-December: in single room $260; in twin room $146; in triple room $119May-August: in single room $213; in twin room $122; in triple room $103Extra Nights per person in Sydney:January-March & September-December: in single room $326; in twin room $177; in triple room $147April-August: in single room $309; in twin room $169; in triple room $1412019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2018.
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