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Australia & New Zealand

SYDNEY, GREAT BARRIER REEF, CAIRNS, MELBOURNE, QUEENSTOWN, MILFORD SOUND, AUCKLAND, & DUNEDIN

 

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey on one of our Australia New Zealand tours. Reserve by October 6, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Experience our Australia and New Zealand vacation packages on this comprehensive, once-in-a-lifetime journey “down under”! Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound, explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high-speed catamaran, and visit the celebrated Sydney Opera House, among many other activities and sightseeing opportunities. Call smarTours today to book this incredible adventure!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Auckland
  • 3 nights in Queenstown
  • 2 nights in Dunedin
  • 1 night in Fairlie
  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • 3 nights in Cairns
  • 4 nights in Sydney

 

  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
  • Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles via Qantas Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South Pacific flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • One night accommodation on a New Zealand Farm with dinner (D)
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • A welcome dinner in Auckland (D)
  • A farewell dinner in Sydney (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Tour cost airfare included

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$ 5599 $ 5699 $ 5999

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$ 5799 $ 5899 $ 6199

Feb 14

Mar 6

$ 5799 $ 5899 $ 6199

Feb 28

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Mar 7

Mar 27

$ 5299 $ 5399 $ 5699

Mar 14

Apr 3

$ 5599 $ 5699 $ 5999

Apr 4

Apr 24

$ 5599 $ 5699 $ 5999
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1299.
Business Class Upgrade (LAX/SYD/LAX Only):
Add $6495.
Australia visa fee is not included
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating “Down Under” discovery begins today as you board your award-winning Qantas Airways flight.
Day 2
En route.
Cross the International Dateline and “lose” one day en route. You’ll “regain” this day when flying from Australia back to the USA at the conclusion of your journey!
Day 3
Arrive Auckland (New Zealand).
Afternoon arrival in the lively harbor city of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and a brief orientation walk. Crowne Plaza Hotel 
Day 4
Auckland.
On an included guided tour of “The City of Sails” drive via Parnell Village to Mission Bay, a delightful seaside suburb and journey along the picturesque waterfront. Travel to Bastion Point for spectacular city and harbor views. You’ll also visit the Auckland Museum and learn about the native Maori culture as you view the fascinating exhibits and enjoy a colorful Maori performance. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. This evening your join your fellow travelers for an included welcome dinner (B,D).
Day 5
Auckland/Queenstown.
Today fly to Queenstown, a splendid lakeside resort town on New Zealand’s stunning South Island, surrounded by the Southern Alps. This afternoon join your tour director for an orientation walk of this charming town. Your centrally located hotel is ideally situated near the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Millennium Hotel Queenstown (B)

Day 6
Milford Sound Excursion.
Today’s excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Drive along Lake Wakatipu through dense forests and shimmering Lake Te Anau to Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel en route to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board an unforgettable cruise through towering fjords and majestic waterfalls. Return to Queenstown early this evening. (B)
Day 7
At your own pace, enjoy the many exciting activities charming Queenstown offers. You may also visit famous Walter Peak Sheep Station across Lake Wakatipu. (B)
Day 8
Queenstown/Arrowtown/Dunedin.
After breakfast depart Queenstown to nearby Arrowtown, a quaint former gold-mining postbuilt on a rich history. Take some time to admire the well-preserved buildings and walk through the leafy streets while you learn about its history. As you proceed on your journey, stunning countryside vistas unfold as you travel via the Kawarau Gorge to Dunedin, a vibrant town located at the top of the Otago Peninsula with an impressive architectural heritage and wealth of diverse attractions. Arrive at your centrally located hotel. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar (B)
Day 9
Dunedin.
This morning embark on an orientation tour of Dunedin. You’ll also enjoy a guided visit to Olveston House, an impressive mansion built in the early 20th century, filled with art and period furniture and surrounded by a marvelous garden. In its center, Dunedin assumes the character of a city of Spires; towers, gables, of roofs bristling with turrets and of solid, gracious, generally stone buildings that earn for Dunedin the title of the most Victorian City of New Zealand. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace or join an optional tour. (B)
Day 10
Dunedin/Mt. Cook Region/Fairlie.
After breakfast depart Dunedin and drive to the spectacular Mount Cook region, gateway to the imposing Southern Alps. Proceed to Fairlie, a thriving farming region in the heart of the sheep grazing pastures of the Canterbury Plains. You will spend the evening on a working farm where your hosts invite you for a delicious home cooked dinner and conversation. This is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip! Farm Stay (B,D)
Day 11
Depart New Zealand/Melbourne (Australia).
Following a hearty breakfast with your host family on the farm, proceed to the airport and board a flight across the Tasman Sea to Australia. Arrive in Melbourne, the stately capital of the State of Victoria noted for its vibrant culture, spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Melbourne. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne. (B)
Day 12
On an included morning tour visit lovely Fitzroy Gardens and see City Square, the Victorian Art Center and the old Parliament House. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. We recommend an optional excursion to Phillip Island, the world’s largest reserve of fairy penguins. Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes. It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk. (B)
Day 13
Day at leisure for independent exploration. Stroll along the riverside promenade and relax in one of the many inviting outdoor cafes. You may also experience some of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse coastal scenery on a full day Great Ocean Road adventure. The magical coastline will enchant you as you journey through Torquay, Lorne and onto Apollo Bay. There are many opportunities to photograph the stunning scenery including the Twelve Apostles.  The power and majesty of nature reign supreme in the awe-inspiring sea and landscape. Return to Melbourne this evening. (B)

Day 14
Melbourne/Cairns.
Today fly northward to tropical Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your centrally located hotel is close to the Esplanade and the ocean. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s swimming pool! Novotel Oasis Resort (B)
Day 15
Great Barrier Reef Excursion.
Your journey begins as you board a high speed catamaran for Green Island, a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – a premier world heritage site. With its unique reef and rainforest environment, this beautiful island provides a superior tropical experience. Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest growing on it! This is home to numerous plant species, colorful bird life, and over 1500 different species of tropical fish. Enjoy a self-guided Eco Island walk, take a ride in a glass bottom boat to view the magnificent coral of the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sand beaches. There are many other optional activities offered on the island to enjoy as well. Return to Cairns later this afternoon. (B)
Day 16
A day at leisure. You may join an optional tour aboard a scenic skyrail to the aboriginal village of Kuranda. (B)
Day 17
Cairns/Sydney.
Today, fly to spectacular Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most vibrant city. Settle into your elegant hotel, ideally located in the city center near the scenic Sydney Harbor, the renowned Opera House and the enchanting Botanical Gardens. Later, join your tour director for an orientation walk. The Grace Hotel Sydney (B)
Day 18
This morning embark on an included guided tour that takes in the old and the new. See the impressive Harbor Bridge, Sydney’s famous beaches including Bondi Beach, the Botanical Gardens, the celebrated Opera House and the historic Rocks area. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent pursuits. (B)
Day 19
Day at leisure to explore on your own. You may join an optional tour to the Australian Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed a kangaroo and cuddle a friendly koala! (B)
Day 20
Another leisure day to explore Sydney on your own. You may join an optional tour to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House or a stroll along the waterfront towards the Rocks area. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner located in the heart of Sydney with your group. (B,D)
Day 21
Sydney/USA.
Today, bid farewell to “Down Under” and board your return flight. Cross the International Dateline and regain the day “lost” in the beginning of the trip. Your magical Australia tour packages end as you arrive Los Angeles the same day. (B)

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Optional Tours

To enhance your amazing Australia and New Zealand vacation packages, you will be offered by your tour director several optional tours and  evening activities. All rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in local currency by cash, Visa or MasterCard. Tours are subject to availability and minimum number of participants. Once confirmed, missed optional tours are non-refundable. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Queenstown
Queenstown by Night with Skyline Dinner ($55 per person, dinner included)
You’ll travel by Gondola (cable car) to the top of Bob’s Peak, overlooking Queenstown. Here, enjoy a lavish buffet dinner at the Skyline Restaurant while savoring the wonderful views of the town the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Queenstown
Walter Peak Farm Tour and Cruise ($51 per person)
Afternoon cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamship TSS Enslow takes you to Walter Peak Farm where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea, stroll around the beautiful lakeside gardens and see farm animals and work demonstrations. Cruise back to Queenstown later this afternoon.

Queenstown
Cruise on TSS Earnslaw and Dinner ($80 per person, dinner included)
Board the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship for a voyage back in time across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm. After docking, proceed to one of the elegant dining rooms at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant overlooking the picturesque Beach Bay. You’ll be treated to a feast of real New Zealand country cooking. Sail back to Queenstown later this evening. 

Queenstown
Skippers Canyon Four-Wheel Drive Safari ($117 per person).
Visitors to the Queenstown area never fail to be amazed by both the man-made and natural features of the unusual landscape of Skippers Canyon. Following the Shotover River valley, the Skippers Road was hacked by hand through solid rock, and clings to sheer cliff sides with breathtaking drops into the river gorge below. You’ll take this route at every hairpin turn, across the spectacular Skippers suspension bridge built in 1900, to the old township of Skippers. This optional tour offers magnificent mountain scenery, rugged canyons, gold panning to gain a taste of New Zealand’s pioneer gold mining history, and the excitement of four-wheel driving in a safe environment. Refreshments are also included.

Dunedin
Otago Peninsula Afternoon Tour: Larnach Castle & Wildlife Cruise ($87 per person)
Embark on an exciting guided afternoon excursion to the scenic Otago Peninsula. Travel from Dunedin along the spectacular “High Road” offering amazing views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Otago Harbor en route to Larnach Castle, where you’ll  journey back in time with your guide, on a tour of New Zealand’s only castle built in 1871. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle and why William Larnach took his own life. See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. You will also have an opportunity to take photos of the Castle and gardens before continuing to Wellers Rock where you embark on a one hour wildlife cruise. Experience unrivalled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for the northern Royal Albatross in the world. The region is also home to fur seals and you may also see dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment. Following the cruise, return to your hotel in Dunedin late this afternoon. 

Melbourne
Phillip Island and Fairy Penguins Express ($96 per person)
Depart your hotel this afternoon and travel to Phillip Island.  Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes.  It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk. Return to the hotel in the late evening.

Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Adventure ($115 per person)
Experience some of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse coastal scenery on this full day excursion. The magical coastline will enchant you as you journey through Torquay, Lorne and onto Apollo Bay. There are many opportunities to photograph the stunning scenery including the Twelve Apostles.  The power and majesty of nature reign supreme in the awe-inspiring sea and landscape. National Park fees are included! Return to Melbourne this evening. 

Cairns
Michaelmas Cay (Great Barrier Reef) “Upgrade” ($93 per person-lunch included)
Your smarTours program includes a cruise to Green Island on the inner Great Barrier Reef. If you wish, you can upgrade to sail aboard a 32 meter luxury catamaran to picturesque Michaelmas Cay for snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Michaelmas Cay is an isolated Great Barrier Reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens pulsating with marine life, and sanctuary to a host of over 20,000 seabirds – a remarkable, unforgettable experience. There is also plenty to do while staying dry! Explore the Cay and discover the island bird life, or hop into the semi-submersible and tour the underwater world with a Marine Biologist, or just relax on the beach or decks of the luxury catamaran. A delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and snorkeling equipment included.

Cairns
Full Day Kuranda Village and Scenic SkyRail Excursion ($110 per person)
Begin this fascinating day filled with authentic Australian experiences with a scenic drive to Rainforest Station Nature Park where you’ll learn about the flora and fauna of the thick rainforest on a guided ride aboard an original amphibious army duck! You’ll also experience the Aboriginal culture as you attend a colorful dance performance of native Pamagirri Dancers and join a Dreamtime walk for an insight into this unique culture. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at boomerang and spear throwing. Travel to the nearby quaint village of Kuranda, famous for its elaborate craft markets where you’ll have some free time to explore the market, shops and art galleries on your own. This afternoon depart Kuranda for a thrilling ride aboard the SkyRail, the world’s longest cable car. Marvel at the layers of vegetation as you travel across the canopy of the rainforest, stopping at an interpretive center for a visit and a short stroll before reaching the Skyrail final station where you’ll embark the coach and travel back to your hotel. 

Sydney
Harbor Story Cruise ($29 per person)
Depart from Circular Quay on a leisurely norning or afternoon cruise through the magnificent Sydney Harbor. You’ll see the Opera House, the city’s skyline and the Harbor Bridge, while listening to interesting commentary and enjoying complimentary coffee. This cruise is available in the morning (10am except Sunday) or afternoon (2:15pm). Transfers to/from pier are not included.

Sydney
Rocks Guided Walking Tour ($20 per person)
This fascinating guided walking tour brings alive the history of the early convict settlement while entertaining with stories of Rascals, Rats and Restoration. Your expert Rocks guide will lead you through the fascinating area and show you some of Sydney’s earliest buildings, homes of “well-to-do” and the quaint cottages of the working class. You’ll also see historic pubs, once frequented by locals and sailors alike. Guided walk starts at 10:30am and 1:30pm and 2:30pm from a central point in the Rocks area and lasts about 1.5 hours (transfer from/to hotel on your own).  

Sydney
Australian Wildlife Park ($52 per person)
Depart Sydney this morning via the scenic Harbor Bridge and head west of the city to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here, enjoy a close up look at some of Australia’s unique native animals including koalas, kangaroos, wallaby and emu. Do not miss an opportunity to have your photo taken with a koala, and hand feed kangaroos. You’ll also come face to face with an amazing range of birds and many species of reptiles. On the way back to the city, drive through Sydney’s Olympic Park. Return to your hotel around lunch time. (This tour requires a minimum of 15 participants to operate) 

Sydney
Sydney Bridge Climb ($194 per person; daily between 9am and 5pm subject to availability)
The climb of your life!!! A professional team will take you on an exhilarating climb all the way to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge where you pause for unforgettable views. A complimentary souvenir photo of the climb is included!

Sydney
Sydney’s Sunset Dinner Cruise ($59 per person, dinner included)
This is an ideal early dinner-cruise. Depart King Street Wharf at 5pm. you’ll sail on the magnificent harbor. A 3-course Contemporary Australian a la carte dinner (set entree) with local sparkling and still wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Return to King Street Wharf at 6:30pm. Transfers to/from pier are not included

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and back are on Qantas Airways.  Your flight schedules are below. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.

Departure Date

Depart

Return

2016:  Oct.11, Nov. 1
2017: Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28

10:30PM

6:30AM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Qantas Airways does not take seat requests in advance. smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the travel date. American citizens require a visa to Australia. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.  If you failed to submit a copy of your passport with your deposit, you will need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

Weather conditions will vary widely in the areas covered on this tour. Generally speaking, seasons “down under” are the reverse of our seasons. (When it is summer here it is winter “down under”). Cairns enjoys tropical weather with hot temperatures during their summer (Dec-Feb). Sydney’s weather is mild with highs varying from the 60’s in their winter to 80’s during their summer. The South Island of New Zealand will be mild during their summer (60’s and low 70’s) and cool in their winter (high in the 40’s). It is always a good idea to dress in layers.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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by Maureen Hughes on Blank Business Name
Australia and New Zealand

What a fabulous trip this was to Australia and New Zealand. Everything was perfect from the flights, the tours, bus drivers and our tour guide Alex. We never felt rushed and had plenty of time to explore on our own if we wished. I would recommend this trip and will look forward to another Smartours trip in my future!

by Betty & Charlie Watt on Blank Business Name
Australia & New Zealand

We left LA on March 1, 2016. The only negative thing about the entire 3 weeks was the flight on Qantas from LA was 3 hours late leaving. We still made our flight from Sydney to Auckland, so it was not a big deal. We just waited 3 hours in LA instead of Sydney. Stevyn Polk was an awesome Tour Escort. He was friendly, efficient, organized, helpful and fun to be around. All of our hotels were excellent, our tours were wonderful, including the optional tours that we did. The Skyline dinner in Auckland was delicious and the views of the city and the Gondola Ride was great. The cruise on the TSSEnslow was fun, especially since we could see the working engine. The meal at Walter Peak Farm was excellent and the sheep dog and sheep shearing was fun. The Skipper's Canyon drive was beautiful and breathtaking at times. The Larnach Castle was interesting although the tour was a little rushed. The wildlife tour was great. We saw 4 different types of albatross on that afternoon cruise. The tour to see the Fairy Penguins was so much fun. We had special seats which gave us great viewing. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was wonderful. At our morning stop our bus driver set up a table, fixed us tea and set out treats. We saw two koalas on the way and lots of wallabies. The walks along the trails near the ocean were wonderful. Our day on the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic. We took the Michaelmas Cay upgrade and the trip out and back were wonderful. The ship was not crowded, they had all the details worked out for all the needs of the passengers. The trip to Kuranda was very informative. The aboriginal demonstrations were fun, the duck ride was great even in the rain. We would have liked even more time in Kuranda so we could walk the trail and have time to shop. The Skyrail ride was amazing. In Sydney we did the Harbour Story Cruise and the Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner cruise was great. Unfortunately it rained for our story cruise so we could not see much. We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I would encourage anyone to do it. It was a fabulous view and an exciting adventure. Of course, I also did the Bungee Jump over the Karawau River near Queenstown, NZ, and that was also an exciting adventure with some pure terror thrown in, but I am very glad I did it. Featherdale Wildlife Park was great but I wish we had more time there. There were so many animals to see and photograph that we felt a bit rushed. The Rocks Walking Tour was very informative and we enjoyed our guide's descriptions and stories. This was our 5th trip with smarTours and every time we have had an excellent experience. The choice of hotels is always good and in most cases way above what we would ever book on our own. Every guide that we have had has been absolutely awesome. We look forward to our next adventure with the company. (We don't have it booked yet but we know you will send us an e-mail about a trip to somewhere that we want to visit, with a price and itinerary that we just can not refuse.

by Betty Brown on Blank Business Name
Awesome Australia and Breathtaking New Zealand

If you are considering a tour to Australia and New Zealand Smartours can't be beat. I just returned from a trip of a lifetime and highly recommend this tour. Alex, our tour director, was outstanding! He knew the perfect mix of what we needed and when we wanted to explore on our own. From the beautiful lakes, mountains and waterfalls in New Zealand to the magnificent cities of Melbourne and Sydney each day was filled with wonders!! I also couldn't have had better tourmates on this trip!!

by Shirley Malick on Blank Business Name
Australia/New Zealand

Betty Levin, our tour guide, was outstanding. The accommodations, excursions,& food was great. Could not have ask for a better trip.

by Michael Shaw on Blank Business Name
Great tour hit the highlights

Gail and I had a great trip thru New Zealand and Australia. The director was very good, the coach drivers were informative and very good. Loved the farm stay in New Zealand, Milford Sound and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns. Only downside was lack of free time and a chance to sleep-in more often. We took advantage of most side tours which were well done.

by Barbara Mead on Blank Business Name
Australia & New Zealand

Fantastic tour, hitting all the 'must do' areas of Down Under! Highlights in New Zealand include the Queenstown cable car,the boat tour Walter Peak farm, and Milford Sound and the safari ride through Skippers canyon. The farm tour was good, but did not help with the care of animals on the farm as some others had a chance to do. Also loved the history of Dunedin, and the wildlife cruise. In Australia, the penguins were a delight coming out of the sea on Phillip Island and the ocean ride was spectacular. Enjoyed the Great barrier reef snorkelling and the Kuranda village tour and the magical ride across the rainforest. Sydney had lots to offer, including the harbour and bus tours, the market,and the wildlife park was an enjoyable experience getting up close with native animals. Our tour guide was excellent as well as all the local guides from each country!

by Ted Purser on Blank Business Name
Great Trip

The New Zealand portion of the trip was very good with the varied scenery from the coasts to the Southern Alps. The farm stay was a very nice touch and greatly enjoyed. In Australia, the best part of the trip was to Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest expedition. We would have like to gone to the Outback rather than spend as much time in big cities. Our guide, Ms. Lally, was very congenial and helpful. She took care of getting lost luggage to some people, helped another couple get home early due to an accident and dealt with a couple of people that had mobility problems. I thought there were too many optional tours. Many of the optional tours were quite expensive for the product received.

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