Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavors at a wine tasting and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
Today we fly to Cairns, Australia, crossing the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. We are traveling on an adventure of a lifetime! (D)
Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage Site —the Great Barrier Reef! 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. (D)
This morning, board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion on the Great Barrier Reef. This immense series of 2,800 coral reefs is home to amazing diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine plant life. (B, L)
Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to 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. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious
Aussie barbecue. (B, D)
This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, we’ll fly to the bustling city of Sydney. (B)
Today we tour Sydney and discover where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Other highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbor. Next, we’ll learn how raw opals are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. This after-noon the choice is yours! Experience the area at your own pace with a 24-hour hop-on, hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise pass. 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. (B)
Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independence exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say 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 of the harbor showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D)
Today we fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the
Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home cooked meal. (B, D)
Delight in some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the informative and interactive International Antarctic Center to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer. (B)
Traverse the spectacular countryside. Stop at a Canterbury farmyard for the rare opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates—you may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration. Continuing to Queenstown, savor the chance to spot the highest peak in the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, before stopping at a local fruit stand for an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore before dinner this evening. (B,D)
Set off this morning for the beautiful turn-of-the century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines. (B)
Enroute to Milford Sound, enjoy 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 will see thy 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 your 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. (B, L)
A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional, exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional “Journey through Middle Earth” tour which takes you though the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breath-taking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above. A breathtaking gondola ride takes you to dinner the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queens-town, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. (B, D)
Today we continue on our personalized vacation. We will arrive in the beautiful tropical paradise of Fiji. Fijians are warm and friendly, with a welcoming, vibrant South Pacific culture. The expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters draw visitors
from around the world. (B)
Your day is free to explore everything that our resort has to offer. Relax by the beach and pool or choose one of the many fun, adventurous activities available to you from the hotel activities desk. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. (B, D)
Enjoy another day of rest and relaxation. The friendly concierge and activities staff will help you get the most out of your time. (B)
Our time in Fiji comes to an end today and we begin our journey home. (B)
- Round-trip transportation to St. Louis Lambert
- Round-trip air from St. Louis Lambert Airport
- Air taxes and fees/surcharges
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
- 24 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance
- Deluxe accommodations/luggage handling
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1 2 3 4 5
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
COST PER PERSON THROUGH 10/18/18:
A deposit of $610 per person (which includes cancellation waiver and insurance) is due upon reservation. Reservations made after Oct. 11, 2018, are based upon availability. Final payment is due by February 18, 2019. Deposits are refundable up until October 18, 2018.
Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for changes resulting from increase in government-imposed taxes or fees.