From the Outback to the Glaciers

Explore the diverse wonders of the lands "Down Under." A 3-day adventure that includes a 'Dreamtime tour' in the rugged Outback introduces you to the Aboriginal life and culture of Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. Meet the Drum Atweme, a musical group supported by the Collette Foundation comprised of at-risk youth. Delve into the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House and a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a choice of a harbor cruise pass or visits to Sydney Tower Eye and Aquarium. Meet Australia's famous wildlife up close. Explore the snow-capped peaks, vistas, gorges and waterfalls of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Cruise Milford Sound. Settle in for a 3-night stay in Queenstown, one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. Enjoy sweeping views from the famous Sky Line restaurant. Experience the Franz Josef Glacier and the majestic Mt. Cook region. Discover the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Cap off your adventure making new friends when dining with a family in their home.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Duration
19 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1 and Day 2CairnsDepart from Home: Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including its unparalleled beauty and captivating culture.
Day 3CairnsCairns, Australia - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions - the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO World Heritage site). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.
Day 4Great Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef: Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and will go snorkeling, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island.
Day 5CairnsCairns: The morning is yours to explore the town at your own pace or simply relax and soak up the tropical atmosphere. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable experience that takes you above the rainforest canopy for a bird's-eye view of unspoiled natural beauty. This afternoon, visit Hartley's Croc Farm for a chance to get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat. Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures.
Day 6CairnsCairns - Melbourne: Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Day 7MelbourneMelbourne: Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens, valued for their historic and horticultural significance, and the bustling 'laneways' of Melbourne. Later you may participate in an optional tour to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world's largest colony of Little Penguins; protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes; at the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.
Day 8MelbourneMelbourne - Alice Springs: It's on to the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. A special experience is in store this evening as you have the opportunity to meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Supported by the Collette Foundation,* Drum Atweme is a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.
Day 9Alice SpringsAlice Springs: Access the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.' A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback life when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.
Day 10Alice SpringsAlice Springs - Uluru: Traverse the 'Red Centre' as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Learn about their geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru accompanied by a champagne toast.
Day 11UluruUluru - Sydney: Say farewell to the quiet of the rugged Outback and fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in the bustling Darling Harbour restaurant area.
Day 12SydneySydney: Join a local resident for a tour of Sydney. Begin on a driving tour of the landmarks of Sydney before disembarking for a walking tour. See Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and fashionable Paddington. Then it's time for a stroll through the Rocks, Sydney's oldest district. Next, discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you're in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. This afternoon the choice is yours! Experience the area at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass. Travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour. Visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson's Bay, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise. Or choose to ascend the Sydney Tower Eye for incredible views and explore the renowned Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.
Day 13SydneySydney: Deepen your exploration of Sydney's many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say your farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney's magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Day 14SydneySydney - Christchurch, New Zealand: Leave Australia behind and fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the 'Garden City' is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city's magnificent gardens and elegant park district.
Day 15ChristchurchChristchurch - Franz Josef Glacier: Take in marvelous snowcapped peaks, rugged mountains, and beautiful river gorges as you cross the Southern Alps. You may choose to take the TranzAlpine train (optional) for a truly inspiring train ride through this glorious scenery. Arrive in the Franz Josef Glacier Region, which offers travelers a rare opportunity to experience a living glacial landscape in a temperate environment.
Day 16Franz JosefFranz Josef - Queenstown: Before departing Franz Josef, if the dynamic New Zealand weather cooperates, you may opt to see this beautiful glacier region from a bird's-eye view during a flightseeing tour. En route to Queenstown, watch as the amazing landscape unfolds before your eyes as you pass through the rainforest, bordered by the Southern Alps and the twisting coastline. Cross jade green glacial rivers, view thundering waterfalls and enjoy dramatic changes in scenery. After crossing the Haast Pass, arrive in Queenstown, one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. Tonight, ascend the mountainside on a cable car for dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. Enjoy sweeping views of the valley.
Day 17QueenstownQueenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown: Journey to Milford Sound. Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You'll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you'll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following the cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Day 18QueenstownQueenstown: Enhance your free day with a variety of optional activities. Shop in the charming village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Perhaps you will join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. Orâ?¦just relax!
Day 19QueenstownQueenstown - Mt. Cook: Set off for the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, a boomtown during the 1860s gold fever. Next, enjoy a tasting and tour at one of New Zealand's famous wineries. Then, sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand's most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Day 20Mount CookMt. Cook - Christchurch: As you return to Christchurch this morning, pay a visit to a working farm. Watch a skilled New Zealand 'strong eye' sheep herding dog at work, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration. Get to know these New Zealand farmers over morning tea. A special treat is in store for you tonight as you dine with a New Zealand family in their home. Meet and talk with a friendly Kiwi family who is delighted to share their culture, traditions and home with you.
Day 21ChristchurchChristchurch - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/30/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/06/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/11/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/25/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/08/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/05/2018$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/26/2018$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/03/2018$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/17/2018$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/24/2018$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/06/2018$5,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/14/2018$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/16/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/23/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/30/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/13/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/20/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/27/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/06/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/13/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/20/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/27/2019$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/09/2019$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/17/2019$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Pavilions Hotel Christchurch, New Zealand
The Tank Stream Sydney, Australia
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
The Hermitage Mount Cook, New Zealand
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs Alice Springs, Australia
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Queenstown, New Zealand
Desert Gardens Ayers Rock, Australia
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens Melbourne, Australia
Pullman International Cairns Cairns, Australia
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.
  
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