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Independent Vacations in New Zealand
|RV Vacation Special from $1,799|
|New Zealand on Sale from $1,999|
|New Zealand Highlights from $2,989|
New Zealand Explorer from $3,389
New Zealand Naturally from $4,069
Independent Vacations in New Zealand & the South Pacific
Island Escapade from $3,489
South Pacific Explorer from $3,699
Sample Gold Hotels
These are samples of hotels used in our Gold category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.
|Auckland - Heritage|
|Cairns - Kewarra Beach Resort|
|Christchurch - Heritage|
|Melbourne - Lindrum|
Perth - Duxton
Queenstown - Millenium
Rotorua - Heritage
Sydney - Swissotel
Wellington - James Cook
Sample Silver Hotels
These are samples of hotels used in our Silver category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.
Auckland - Chifley
Cairns - Cairns Beach Resort
Christchurch - G. Chancellor
Dunedin - Victoria
Melbourne - Ibis Little Bourke
Queenstown - Whistler
Rotorua - Sudima
Sydney - The Cambridge
Wellington - Mercure
|Experience the best that Australia has to offer in less than two weeks. Explore Sydney, no doubt one of the world's greatest cities. Tour the heart of the desert Outback and check out remarkable sights like Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Learn about the Australian Aborigines and their 60,000 year old culture. Then play on the Great Barrier Reef - an awesome natural wonder.|
You will be travelling independently - enjoy the freedom of doing what you like and when you like, without having to keep to the rigid daily timetable of a group tour. Yet you need not worry about having to arrange all the details - we will take care of your flights and pre-book your hotels at our special rates. You just enjoy the savings!
Your Australia's Reef & Rock package includes:
Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Australia (low add-on fares are available from most major airports nationwide)
4 Nights’ accommodation in Sydney.
A guided cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbor.
A half-day sightseeing tour of Sydney
Domestic flights in Australia, from Sydney to Ayers Rock and Cairns.
One Night's accommodations at Ayers Rock
A tour of Ayers Rock and the Ulluru Katatjuta National Park (Olgas)
4 Nights’ accommodation at a beach resort in the Cairns area or Port Douglas.
Full-Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with buffet lunch included.
Airport-hotel transfers throughout.
All hotel service charges and government taxes applicable on the above services
Day 1 – USA > Sydney
Leave the US today and fly on Qantas Airways nonstop service to Sydney. Enjoy the ‘friendly skies’ and arrive in Australia two days later (after crossing the International Dateline).
Day 3 - Sydney
Welcome to Australia!
After clearing immigration and customs at Sydney airport take the shuttle to your hotel, located in the city center. The afternoon is at your leisure. You might want to take a cruise on Sydney’s famous harbor, which is included in your package.
Day 4 – City Tour
You will be picked up at your hotel for a half-day city sightseeing tour this morning. The tour will take you to the old part of the city, the historic area called The Rocks, now a lively area with small shops and restaurants. Close by is the magnificent Opera House and besides other historic buildings in the city the tour will take you across Harbor Bridge and to Bondi Beach. On the way back enjoy some great views of the city. The afternoon is free for you to explore Sydney on your own.
Days 5/6 - Sydney
The next 2 days are yours to discover this beautiful city and surrounding area on your own. We can also arrange optional sightseeing tours to the spectacular Blue Mountains nearby or the famous vineyards of Hunter Valley.
Day 7 – Sydney - Ayers Rock
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight into the "Red Center" of the Continent, to Ayers Rock. Once you are airborne the scenery changes dramatically. You leave the green hills and dense forests for the rugged outback. On a clear day the sight of the red desert sand is quite remarkable. After arriving at Ayers Rock you will be met and taken to your hotel. Later this afternoon join the group to take a short walk along the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (Olgas) National park and later view the sunset at Ayers Rock. Return to your hotel later this evening.
Day 8 – Ayers Rock – Cairns
The morning is free. Just before noon transfer to the airport for your flight bound for Cairns on the Queensland coast. Again, the landscape changes from the rugged desert to lush green rainforests and the turquoise of the ocean. Spend 4 nights in this tropical region, gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and to one of the oldest rainforest regions of the world.
Day 9 – Great Barrier Reef
No visit to the Great Barrier Reef is complete without a cruise to the Outer Reef. A high-speed catamaran will take you out to the reef in approx. 2 hours. Educational videos about the Reef and marine life are screened during the trip - once at the reef, you have the option to snorkel (masks and fins are provided free) or go for a dive (optional extra for certified divers only). Even non-swimmers are catered for - a specially designed semi-submersible vessel with glass windows takes guests through a tour of the clear blue waters. You will be amazed at the sheer variety of living coral, their colors surpassed only by the magnificent tropical fish that make the reef their home. Moored on the reef is a floating platform, which not only makes it easy to swim around - but also incorporated into the platform is an underwater observatory where you can view the coral & fish as often as you wish. A delicious smorgasbord lunch with seafood, salads and cold cuts is also included. Optional tours include Helicopter Scenic Flights; scuba divers are also catered for. Scuba diving equipment has an additional charge. Return to your hotel late this afternoon.
Day 10/11 – Cairns/Palm Cove
Spend 2 free days in the Cairns area. You might want to take an optional tour into the rainforest, take the skyrail gondola up to Kuranda or simply relax at your resort.
Day 12 – Cairns - USA
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight back to the US (via Sydney). Crossing the International Date Line again, you will be arriving in the US on the same day.
Sydney, Ayers Rock & Cairns, Great Barrier Reef:
An independent vacation
12 Days from $3,539
|04/01 - 05/31/19||$3,539||$3,949|
|06/01 - 08/31/19||$3,749||$4,169|
|09/01 - 09/30/19||$3,699||$4,119|
|10/01 - 11/30/19||$3,749||$4,179|
|12/01 - 12/31/19||$4,159||$4,599|
|1/01 - 3/31/20||$3,689||$4,159|
|Daily Departures |
We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation
Sydney's famous Bondi Beach
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