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During your Australia tours, you'll visit sunny, sophisticated Sydney, elegant Melbourne, and the jewel of Australia travel destinations—the World Heritage-registered Great Barrier Reef. Following the Australia travel portion, your Down Under tour continues with visits to the most scenic of New Zealand travel stops—lovely Christchurch, Queenstown and the awe-inspiring New Zealand Alps, an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound, and the "City of Sails"—Auckland. Lastly, your adventure concludes on the island paradise of Tahiti & Moorea, where you'll relax in tropical splendor.
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Day 1: Depart Los Angeles. A fascinating "Down Under" discovery begins this evening as you board your flight bound for this exciting tour of Australia.
Day 2: En Route. Cross the International Date Line and lose one day.
Day 3: Arrive Sydney, Australia. Morning arrival in spectacular Sydney, Australia's oldest and most vibrant city.A guided tour takes in the old and the new. See the Harbor Bridge, Sydney's famous beaches, the Botanical Gardens, the celebrated Opera House and the historic Rocks area. Your elegant hotel is ideally located in the city center near the scenic Sydney Harbor and the renowned Opera House. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Dinner provided.
Day 4 & 5: Sydney. Enjoy two days at leisure to explore on your own, or join an optional tour to the scenic Blue Mountains and to the Australia Wildlife Park where you can cuddle a kolal! You may also join an optional Coffee cruise or a splendid Sunset Cruise on spectacular Sydney Harbor. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Sydney/Cairns. Today fly northward to tropical Cairns. Residents of the area are proud to be custodians of two of the world's greatest natural treasures - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. Your hotel is on the Esplanade, overlooking the ocean. Enjoy your hotel's swimming pool! Mercure Harbourside Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Great Barrier Reef Excursion. After breakfast, a high speed catamaran takes you for an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef cruise. Arrive at the coral cay of Green Island where you'll visit the underwater observatory and board a glass bottom boat to see some of the world's most colorful coral and fish. There is plenty of time to swim and take a walk through the lush rainforest on the island. Late afternoon return to Cairns. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Cairns/Melbourne. Today, fly to Melbourne, the stately capital of Victoria noted for its vibrant culture, its spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Melbourne prides itself on being Australia's sporting capital and one of the world's leading locations for sporting events. The city plays host to a range of top events each year. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration. Radisson Flagstaff Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Melbourne & Christchurch, New Zealand. Morning at leisure. Later, fly across the Tasman Sea to Christchurch, a charming garden city on New Zealand's South Island. Copthorne Durham Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 12: Christchurch. Explore lovely Christchurch, "the most English of cities outside of England", independently today. Stroll through Cathedral Square and nearby Avon River lined with gracious stone gothic buildings and relax in one of the many cafes. You may also opt for the unique experience of dining with a local family at their home! Breakfast provided.
Novotel Gardens Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 18: Auckland. This morning's tour of the "City of Sails" takes you to the Auckland Museum. Here learn about the native Maori culture at the fascinating exhibits and enjoy a lively and colorful Maori performance. Continue via Parnell Village to Mission Bay, a delightful seaside community. Afternoon at leisure. You may visit the intriguing Antarctic Center. Breakfast provided.
Day 19/Day 18: Depart Auckland. Late Morning you'll bid farewell to New Zealand and fly to the beautiful paradise islands of Tahiti. Cross the International Date Line and regain the day "lost" at the beginning of your trip, arriving in Tahiti on the evening of day 18! It seems as though you're going back in time when you arrive one day earlier! You'll be welcomed with a traditional floral lei and escorted to your deluxe beachfront resort hotel. InterContinental Resort Tahiti Breakfast provided.
Day 19: Papeete, Tahiti and Moorea. Admire the amazing ocean views as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Later, on a guided tour of Tahiti, visit the Museum of Thaiti and Its Islands, villed with fascinating exhibits on Polynesian culture and history. You'll also visit the colorful central market in the capital, Papeete, before arriving at the James Norman Hall Home. Dedicated to the co-author of The Mutiny on the Bounty, the lovely house will bring back memories of a bygone era. Enjoy a scenie drive along the coast before arriving at the pier, where you'll embark on a 30-minute catamaran ride across the bay to Tahiti's stunning sister island, Moorea. Journey along the picturesque narrow road by the sea and lagoon to your sumptuous seafront resort. InterContinental Resort Moorea Breakfast provided.
Day 20: Moorea. Soaring magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet, Moorea is what you would imagine a South Seas island to be. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down the cliffs. The warm waters around Moorea are ideal for year-round snorkeling. Pastel painted houses and fields of pineapples and vanilla hidden in peaceful meadows will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature! Today is at leisure to spend as you wish. Relax and savor the extensive facilities of your resort, or pay an optional visit to the dolphin center and the lavish spa! Breakfast provided.
Day 21: Moorea/Tahiti/USA. Your final day is at leisure until the catamaran takes you back to Papeete where you'll be driven to the airport in time for your late evening return flight back to the USA. Breakfast provided.
Day 22: Arrive USA. Your memorable Australia journey ends as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
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— Scott Hebert, Gardner, MA