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Explore the South Pacific - Custom Touring

23 Days (22 Nights) | $6260
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Discover it all on this bucket list itinerary! Explore Australia's vibrant city of Sydney, take a cruise to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and enjoy an overnight train journey onboard The Ghan. Head across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand and visit the picturesque resort town of Queenstown, enjoy a spectacular Milford Sound cruise and experience the Maori culture in Rotorua. Complete your ultimate itinerary with a relaxing three night stay in the tropical island paradise of Fiji.

Day 1: Arrive Sydney

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On arrival in Sydney this morning, you will be welcomed by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Early check-in has been included to ensure immediate occupancy of your rooms.

This afternoon, enjoy a city orientation tour highlighting the Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park, The Domain and a stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for the best views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Pass through Double Bay and Rose Bay en route to the famous Gap located at Watson’s Bay with its views of the Pacific Ocean. See the famous Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches. On your return to the city, journey through the quaint suburb of Paddington, home of many of Sydney’s original terraced “workers cottages” which have now been transformed into much sought-after residences. It is also home to many of Sydney’s art galleries. 


Day 2: Sydney (B)

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Depart on foot with our local guides to the Rocks for the Rocks Walking Tour. The "Rocks" area was Sydney's first settlement and boasts a colourful and notorious past. Today many of the old warehouses have been restored into lovely shops and taverns. The Rocks is a wonderful area to wander around, full of narrow cobbled streets, fine colonial buildings and countless historical touches.

Take a short walk over to the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour before departing for Circular Quay where you will enjoy an afternoon coffee cruise of Sydney Harbour.


Day 3: Sydney at Leisure (BD))

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A full day at leisure to further explore Australia's most cosmopolitan city or perhaps to do some shopping. Tonight we enjoy a buffet dinner at the famous Sydney Tower with spectacular views of the city and harbour.


Day 4: Fly Sydney - Cairns (B)

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Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be transferred to your resort. The balance of your day is at leisure.

The bustling tropical city of Cairns is the gateway to the rainforests and reefs of far North Queensland. This area is truly a tropical paradise of beaches, islands, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and a vast wilderness fringed by the Coral Sea.


Day 5: Cairns (BL)

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A very special breakfast this morning at the "Freshwater Connection" theme restaurant. You then board the Kuranda scenic train for a spectacular narrow gauge ride to charming Kuranda. Travel into the towering rainforest on an amphibious army duck. We enjoy an Aussie barbeque lunch and an authentic Aboriginal cultural performance under the canopy of the rainforest. Experience a "Dreamtime" walk with an Aboriginal guide. Throw a boomerang and see if it will come back! You will also see Australian native animals including koalas, wombats and kangaroos. You'll even get the chance to meet Matilda or Walter, Goway's adopted Koalas. Take a look around town and hunt for bargains in the Kuranda open air markets (Sun, Wed, Thu & Fri) before travelling back to Cairns onboard Skyrail. Ride silently in a gondola over the rainforest canopy while enjoying all the unique sights and sounds of the rainforest below.


Day 6: Great Barrier Reef (BL)

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Today we depart Cairns and journey to Green Island for some free time before exploring the Great Barrier Reef for approximately 3 hours. Non-snorkelers may remain at Green Island and either snorkel from the shoreline or enjoy an excursion in a glass bottom boat.


Day 7: Fly Cairns - Ayers Rock (BD)

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This morning we fly into the "Outback" to Ayers Rock. The afternoon is spent visiting the Olgas and later viewing the spectacular setting sun lighting up the Rock, the world's largest monolith. This evening absorb the sounds of the didgeridoo and dine on true Outback cuisine as we enjoy our Sounds of Silence Dinner under the stars.


Day 8: Ayers Rock - Alice Springs (B)

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All morning is spent exploring the fascinating Rock. We'll hear some of the Aboriginal legends about the sacred land. In the afternoon we coach through the semi-arid desert that is known as the "Red Centre" to Alice Springs. Originally founded as a staging point for the overland telegraph line in the 1870s, the Alice Springs of today is a pleasant, modern town and the jumping off point for adventures into the famed Australian Outback.


Day 9: Alice Springs - Onboard The Ghan (BD)

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Start the morning with a tour around -The Alice'€ highlighting the original waterhole, the -Alice Springs'€ at the historic Old Telegraph Station. We also visit the Royal Flying Doctors base and learn how this facility provides a mantle of safety for the people of the Outback. Call in at the School of the Air where you may be able to hear children taking their lessons via radio. The tour concludes at the train station where we board the legendary Ghan train. Travel overnight from Alice Springs to Adelaide onboard The Ghan in Gold Kangaroo Class.


Day 10: Arrive Adelaide (B

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Arrive into Adelaide train station this afternoon and transfer to your Adelaide hotel for overnight. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.


Day 11: Fly Adelaide - Melbourne (B)

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Today we travel to the Mount Lofty Ranges and at Hahndorf we have time to explore the quaint village. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and lunch before transferring to the airport for our flight to Melbourne.

Melbourne is often called Australia’s most “European city”. It is also known as the cultural, culinary and financial centre of the country. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, elegant public buildings and expansive gardens, Melbourne possesses an abundance of classic beauty. Melbournians are sports fanatics and it is here where the infamous game of Aussie Rules Football began.


Day 12: Melbourne (B)

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Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia with a rich multicultural identity, classic buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, sophisticated dining and enviable shopping. This morning's tour includes the Royal Botanic Garden, St. Paul's Cathedral and Parliament House. Morning tea is traditional Aussie style in a private home or in the Botanical Gardens. The balance of the day is free.


Day 13: Fly Melbourne - Christchurch (B)

Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your flight across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand's South Island. On arrival in Christchurch you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.


Day 14: Christchurch - Queenstown (BD)

Queenstown

Travel by coach over the Canterbury Plains past the turquoise shores of Lake Tekapo and the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd to Queenstown.

Rugged, snow-capped mountains towering over the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, fringed by poplars and weeping willows form the backdrop to Queenstown - probably New Zealand's most spectacular and popular resort town.

Tonight, take a gondola ride to Bob's Peak. This is a wonderful spot from which to watch dusk fall, have dinner and witness the sun set over The Remarkables mountain range.


Day 15: Full Day Milford Sound Excursion (BL)

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Begin your trip to Te Anau and Milford Sound by travelling along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to New Zealand's prettiest lakes. Continue through some of the world's finest vertical landscape. Hanging valleys, precipices and raging torrents surround you on your way to this beautiful Sound. The road follows through the Homer Tunnel and the Eglinton Valley to end on the shores of Milford Sound.

Cleft during the ice age and dominated by the mile high Mitre Peak, Rudyard Kipling once described this Sound as the -eighth wonder of the world.'€ A cruise on the Milford Haven affords you a spectacular view of the Fiord as was seen by the earliest explorers. Cruise the length of the Fiord right up to the 1200 foot cliffs and thundering waterfalls. As you turn around where the Fiord meets the Tasman Sea, you'll see how this majestic fiord, hidden at first, unfolds before you. The captain is an expert at seeking out playful schools of dolphins and fur seals basking on the sunny rocks.


Day 16: Queenstown at Leisure (B)

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A full day to relax or take part in the incredible variety of activities Queenstown has to offer. Magnificent scenery, lovely promenades, lake cruises and great shopping - there is something to do for everyone. Why not head out on the lake on the steamer T.S.S. Earnslaw (built in 1912) which cruises on Lake Wakatipu. For a thrill there is jet-boating on the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers. You may find a bargain in the shops, or prefer to stroll through the civic gardens, or hire clubs and chase a ball around one of the prettiest golf courses in New Zealand.


Day 17: Fly Queenstown - Rotorua (BD)

Rotorua

Transfer to the airport as we fly north into the thermal heartland. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with boiling mud pools, gurgling hot springs, and gushing geysers. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities are the most interesting and accessible in New Zealand. This evening, we are guests at a Maori Hangi (meal) and Concert on a traditional Marae (Maori community house) at a local village.


Day 18: Rotorua (B)

Rotorua

This morning we visit the Thermal Reserve and see the renowned geothermal activity including boiling mud pools, gentle hot springs and violent geysers. See a sheep demonstration followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to experience Kiwi Encounter. This afternoon is at your leisure.

FREE OPTION (must be pre-booked): You can choose to be guests of a "Kiwi" family tonight. Your hosts will meet you and take you to their home for a traditional home-cooked meal. After a hearty breakfast the next morning, you will rejoin our group.


Day 19: Rotorua - Auckland (BD)

Auckland

Travel North via Te Awamutu and Hamilton past the Waikato Valley. The Waitomo, Ruakuri and Aranui caves are the feature attraction but the whole region is riddled with caves and strange limestone formations. At the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Grotto, a guided tour takes you through these beautiful caves and a boat ride on an underground river where you glide silently beneath the canopy of thousands of starry lights. Continue by coach to Auckland. Tonight enjoy a farewell New Zealand dinner at the lovely Harbourside Restaurant.


Day 20: Fly Auckland - Fiji (B)

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Enjoy a late morning sightseeing tour of the Queen City, Auckland. Highlights include the bustling downtown and waterfront areas, points of historic interest, a 360 degree panorama of this sprawling city from the summit of Mount Eden, an extinct volcano. Visit quaint Parnell Village, affluent residential suburbs, Tamaki waterfront drive and the pretty North Shore via the Harbour Bridge. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Fiji. On arrival into Fiji transfer to your property.


Day 21 & 22: Fiji (B)

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Over the next two days enjoy time at First Landings Resort including contintental breakfast daily, as well as a Vuda Lookout Tour including Garden of Sleeping Giant, Viseisei Village, Vuda Lookout and Fruit Farm, Namaka Market and Nadi Temple. One dinner is included.


Day 23: Depart Fiji (B)

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Transfer to the airport for your evening departure back to North America with memories of your Australia, New Zealand and Fiji vacation experience.


Package Includes:

  • 22 nights of accommodation as specified
  • 32 meals: 22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Deluxe Coach Transportation
  • Professional Commentary Driver
  • Hotel porterage where available
  • English speaking meet & greet assistance in Sydney on arrival
  • All sightseeing and transportation as specified
Travel dates: February - March

From Pricing: Double Single
Min 15 Paying Passengers $1970 $9559
Min 20 Paying Passengers $6689 $9233
Min 25 Paying Passengers $6490 $9034
Min 30 Paying Passengers $6260 $8804   

Pricing is per person in Canadian Dollars plus GST

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