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Australia & New Zealand

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
19 days
From: $ 5,699 $ 300 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)

Short Description

Experience our Australia and New Zealand vacation packages on this comprehensive, once-in-a-lifetime journey “down under”! Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound, explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a high-speed catamaran, and visit the celebrated Sydney Opera House, among many other activities and sightseeing opportunities. Call smarTours today to book this incredible adventure!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Auckland
End City Sydney

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles via Qantas Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South Pacific flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • One night accommodation on a New Zealand Farm with dinner (D)
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • A welcome dinner in Auckland (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating “Down Under” discovery begins today as you board your award-winning Qantas Airways flight.

Day 2: En route.

Cross the International Dateline and “lose” one day en route. You’ll “regain” this day when flying from Australia back to the USA at the conclusion of your journey!

Day 3: Arrive Auckland (New Zealand).

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Afternoon arrival in the lively harbor city of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and a brief orientation walk.

Day 4: Auckland.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

On an included guided tour of “The City of Sails” drive via Parnell Village to Mission Bay, a delightful seaside suburb and journey along the picturesque waterfront. Travel to Bastion Point for spectacular city and harbor views. You’ll also visit the Auckland Museum and learn about the native Maori culture as you view the fascinating exhibits and enjoy a colorful Maori performance. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. This evening your join your fellow travelers for an included welcome dinner

Day 5: Auckland/Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Today fly to Queenstown, a splendid lakeside resort town on New Zealand’s stunning South Island, surrounded by the Southern Alps. This afternoon join your tour director for an orientation walk of this charming town. Your centrally located hotel is ideally situated near the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Day 6: Milford Sound Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Drive along Lake Wakatipu through dense forests and shimmering Lake Te Anau to Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel en route to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board an unforgettable cruise through towering fjords and majestic waterfalls. Return to Queenstown early this evening.

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast

At your own pace, enjoy the many exciting activities charming Queenstown offers. You may also visit famous Walter Peak Sheep Station across Lake Wakatipu.

Day 8: Queenstown/Arrowtown/Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar

After breakfast depart Queenstown to nearby Arrowtown, a quaint former gold-mining postbuilt on a rich history. Take some time to admire the well-preserved buildings and walk through the leafy streets while you learn about its history. As you proceed on your journey, stunning countryside vistas unfold as you travel via the Kawarau Gorge to Dunedin, a vibrant town located at the top of the Otago Peninsula with an impressive architectural heritage and wealth of diverse attractions. Arrive at your centrally located hotel.

Day 9: Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning embark on an orientation tour of Dunedin. You’ll also enjoy a guided visit to Olveston House, an impressive mansion built in the early 20th century, filled with art and period furniture and surrounded by a marvelous garden. In its center, Dunedin assumes the character of a city of Spires; towers, gables, of roofs bristling with turrets and of solid, gracious, generally stone buildings that earn for Dunedin the title of the most Victorian City of New Zealand. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace or join an optional tour.

Day 10: Dunedin/Mt. Cook Region/Fairlie.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Farm Stay

After breakfast depart Dunedin and drive to the spectacular Mount Cook region, gateway to the imposing Southern Alps. Proceed to Fairlie, a thriving farming region in the heart of the sheep grazing pastures of the Canterbury Plains. You will spend the evening on a working farm where your hosts invite you for a delicious home cooked dinner and conversation. This is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip! Farm Stay

Day 11: Depart New Zealand/Melbourne (Australia).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Clarion Suites Gateway Melbourne

Following a hearty breakfast with your host family on the farm, proceed to the airport and board a flight across the Tasman Sea to Australia. Arrive in Melbourne, the stately capital of the State of Victoria noted for its vibrant culture, spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Melbourne.

Day 12:

Meals: Breakfast

On an included morning tour visit lovely Fitzroy Gardens and see City Square, the Victorian Art Center and the old Parliament House. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. We recommend an optional excursion to Phillip Island, the world’s largest reserve of fairy penguins. Here, every evening at dusk, the Fairy Penguins come home from the sea to their burrows in the sand dunes. It is a nightly ritual that will enthrall you as you observe the “parade” from the elevated boardwalk.

Day 13: Melbourne/Cairns.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Today fly northward to tropical Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your centrally located hotel is close to the Esplanade and the ocean. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s swimming pool!

Day 14: Great Barrier Reef Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey begins as you board a high speed catamaran for Green Island, a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – a premier world heritage site. With its unique reef and rainforest environment, this beautiful island provides a superior tropical experience. Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest growing on it! This is home to numerous plant species, colorful bird life, and over 1500 different species of tropical fish. Enjoy a self-guided Eco Island walk, take a ride in a glass bottom boat to view the magnificent coral of the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sand beaches. There are many other optional activities offered on the island to enjoy as well. Return to Cairns later this afternoon.

Day 15:

Meals: Breakfast

A day at leisure. You may join an optional tour aboard a scenic skyrail to the aboriginal village of Kuranda.

Day 16: Cairns/Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: ParkRoyal Darling Harbour Sydney

Today, fly to spectacular Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most vibrant city. Settle into your elegant hotel, ideally located in the city center near the scenic Sydney Harbor, the renowned Opera House and the enchanting Botanical Gardens. Later, join your tour director for an orientation walk.

Day 17:

Meals: Breakfast

This morning embark on an included guided tour that takes in the old and the new. See the impressive Harbor Bridge, Sydney’s famous beaches including Bondi Beach, the Botanical Gardens, the celebrated Opera House and the historic Rocks area. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent pursuits.

Day 18:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day at leisure to explore on your own. You may join an optional tour to the Australian Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed a kangaroo and cuddle a friendly koala! You may also consider an optional tour to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House or a stroll along the waterfront towards the Rocks area. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner located in the heart of Sydney with your group.

Day 19: Sydney/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Today, bid farewell to “Down Under” and board your return flight. Cross the International Dateline and regain the day “lost” in the beginning of the trip. Your magical Australia tour packages end as you arrive Los Angeles the same day.

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Great time in Italy with Massimo as the tour guide. This was the trip of a lifetime as we saw countless historic and amazing things in Italy. Venice was wonderful with the water traffic and Murano glass factory. Florence had so many artistic scenes and a beautiful background. Rome was spectacular with the Collesseo, Vatican, Forum, and National Monument. The food was incredible, we are not fans of wine but it was excellent. We took advice from Massimo and went to several walking areas on our own - Florence Palace Pitta, and the famous Bascillica; Rome downtown National Monument.
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Ireland Trip was well organized

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We just got home from this trip and had a great time! The trip was well organized, meals were delicious, and the only hotel we weren't too happy with was the Randle in Killarney. The tour director, Peter Murphy, was very knowledgeable and he and the 9 other people (there were only 11 of us) on the bus were super nice and so much fun to spend time with. They made our first trip to Europe a very memorable one. We would recommend this company to anyone thinking of going to Ireland.
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Very good tour

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We traveled from July 19. Our tour director is sample of what the tour director should be. Funny, lot of nice jokes, knowledgeable, very well organized and much more. We learned a lot about country, observe its natural beauty and long history. I highly recommend the tour
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Jewel of the Adriatic

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The magic began after a very long journey to Zagreb airport on July 12, 2018. We were greeted by Elvis! From that very moment until we said goodbye, he made our Croatian experience nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Thank you yo Smartours and Elvis for the best adventure ever! Xoxo
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Very informed about all the things

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We were on the middle October 2017 tour. Our tour guide, Oli, MADE us stay out on the tour the first night that we were there--for some of us having stayed up for nearly 24 hours BUT--he was right we had views of the Northern Lights that never appeared another night--He was great--I loved all the tales of the Trolls and Hidden People--he was very informed about all the things that make Iceland so special. Plan to go back. The worst part of the whole trip was my getting called out--cataracts and all--for extra scrutiny at the Reyjavik airport--and that the overnight at JFK was unbearable--except for watching some Peruvians in native costume--recognized from our trip to Macchu Picchu --who were waiting on a flight.--Hated that part of it all--the connection--but loved the trip itself.
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Experienced Abu Dhabi/Dubai

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Didn't want another week to end without informing you about the absolutely wonderful vacation of a lifetime in Abu Dhabi and Dubai! I cannot express in words the extraordinary tour our group experienced. From the beginning until the actual date of our trip (April 2-10, 2018) my experience with Smartours was phenomenal. Suzanne was wonderful in working with me for my birthday celebration group! She kept us on task and on time with deadlines, And even when it seemed I wasn't going to have enough for the private group, she encouraged me, going the extra mile to make it happen! Once we arrived, our tour director (Mohammed Saleem) went above and beyond providing our group with exceptional service! He represented Smartours with skill and expertise. He shared his impressive knowledge of culture and history of the region and encouraged us to ask questions about things we didn't understand. He was patient and kept us together and made sure no one was left behind, and that was no easy task. My travel group was consisted of people of all ages, some in their 20's, 30's, 50's, 60's and 70's. Having the right tour director can make a trip fun and exciting or dull, boring and frustrating. Mohammed was outstanding in engaging everyone in our group. He was truly the best Tour Director "In the WORLD" (inside joke).I highly recommend taking a PRIVATE group on this excursion. It is truly a wonderful opportunity. We have made new friends and created memories that will last a lifetime! Don't be surprised when you receive a lot of inquiries about other groups wishing to go to Dubai! I have passed along your information to everyone who asks! Thank you Smartours!
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Optional Activities

  • Queenstown by Night with Skyline Dinner ($65 per person, dinner included)
  • Walter Peak Farm Tour and Cruise ($64 per person)
  • Cruise on TSS Earnslaw and Dinner ($98 per person, dinner included)
  • Skippers Canyon Four-Wheel Drive Safari ($141 per person)
  • Otago Peninsula Afternoon Tour: Larnach Castle & Wildlife Cruise ($104 per person)
  • Phillip Island and Fairy Penguins Express ($112 per person)
  • Great Ocean Road Adventure ($143 per person)
  • Cairns Night Zoo Plus BBQ Dinner ($120 per person, dinner included)
  • Great Barrier Reef “Upgrade” ($114 per person, lunch included)
  • Full Day Kuranda Village and Scenic SkyRail Excursion ($133 per person)
  • Harbor Coffee Cruise ($43 per person)
  • Rocks Guided Walking Tour ($43 per person)
  • Australian Wildlife Park ($62 per person)
  • Sydney Bridge Climb ($210 per person; daily between 5am and 5pm subject to availability)
  • Sydney’s Sunset Dinner Cruise ($84 per person, dinner included)

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Meals Included:

18 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

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