Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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16 Day STORY's Australia & New Zealand Tour

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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: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
16 days
From: $ 7,379 $ 461 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • STORY Exclusive: Winery Visit in New Zealand
  • Sunset in Ayer's Rock - Sunrise at Ayer's Rock in the Outback
  • Full Day VIP Top Deck Cruise Experience on the Great Barrier Reef with VIP Lunch
  • World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail
  • STORY departures feature exclusive charter flights in Australia and New Zealand
  • Australia's Natural Wonders: Koala, Kangaroo and Crocs, too!
  • STORY Exclusive Reception: Wine & Plates Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Cruise on the amazing Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • STORY Exclusive Reception: Farewell Reception in Queenstown
  • 25 Meals throughout your Journey

Short Description

Metropolitan to the Red Center Outback and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and on to the Kiwi South Island with Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park and Queenstown

STORY's Australia & New Zealand Tour —  No big buses. No up-sell on tour. American Tour Captain works with you and our Aussie and Kiwi Local Expert Guides.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Sydney
End City Queenstown

Trip Includes

  • 4+ Star to 5+ Star Deluxe Hotel Accommodation
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
  • Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
  • See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to Australia & New Zealand and you will see very quickly how their ""tour directors"" make extra revenue.
  • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary.
  • Unique restaurants that are designed for discerning diners, not big tour groups.
  • Daily Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Winery Experience in Australia, 1 Winery Experience in New Zealand, and 6 Dinners (includes Sydney Harbour Experience) per itinerary
  • Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Sydney is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Services of professional tour director called a Tour Captain.
  • The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
  • We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the tour.
  • 25 Meals throughout your Journey

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Itinerary

Day 1: Your Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Pacific flight to Australia ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 3 (Day 2 is lost crossing the international dateline) upon arrival into Sydney, Australia (airport code: SYD).

Day 2: Cross the International Dateline

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

Day 3: Welcome to Sydney, Australia

Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel, Intercontinental or similar, 2 Nights

Welcome to STORY's Australia & new Zealand tour. One of story land & sea's most popular itineraries commences this afternoon at our 5-Star hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Orientation Walkabout: Join your Tour Captain for a light lunch and Orientation Walkabout. The amazing city and historic heart come to life as you are welcomed to Sydney!

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

STORY Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives under the Southern Hemisphere.

Welcome Dinner

Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner — welcome to Australia! Tonight's dinner is included for all guests.

About the Story Way of Dining

Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favourite dishes represent the region we're traveling through. From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic local food and wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For most included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." Certain dining experiences will feature designed menus and experiences.

Tonight is an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience and breath deeply in the very heart of Australia. Cost-Savers Travellers - enjoy tonight's included welcome dinner.

Lodging in the Heart of the City

Day 4: The Story of Sydney

Exclusives: Sunset Cruise Dinner. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

After breakfast, meet the Tour Captain and then enjoy our included sightseeing experience of Sydney, Australia. The Story of Sydney begins in the heart of the city and the historic "Rocks District." The original settlement of Australia, we learn all about the amazing past. We enjoy an immersion in everything Sydney with our Panoramic drive.

Sydney-Siders, as they're called, are a warm people for such a cosmopolitan city. We return early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

Story Exclusive: An Australian Welcome

Tonight enjoy a STORY Exclusives' Welcome Experience with your Tour Captain onboard our sunset cruise via our private yacht on beautiful Sydney Harbour at night. These are the experiences life-time memories are made of ~ enjoy and welcome to Sydney!"

Welcome to the land down under! Enjoy the balance of the evening after our event at leisure.

Day 5: Ayer's Rock and the Australian Outback

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the heart of the Australian Outback, the "red centre," and home to Ayer's Rock. See required on-tour air flight details on Dates & Pricing tab.

City: Ayer's Rock

State/Territory: Northern Territory"

Welcome To The Outback

Upon arrival to the "red center" we make our way to the Ayer's Rock Resort complex where we check-in, and then enjoy the resort until our adventure begins late afternoon.

Story Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, 1 Night

We return to the hotel and enjoy the balance of day free until our included experience tonight:

Tonight: STORY Exclusive Experience

The Award-Winning Sounds Of Silence dinner under the Southern Hemisphere —  and we've built in something a little extra!

It all starts at Sunset with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

We return to the hotels for a good night's rest.

Day 6: Sunrise In the Great Australian Outback & then on to the gateway to the Great Barrier reef"

The Australian Outback

At dawn, we arrive the literal "Red center of Australia." Get ready for something unlike anything you've experienced from the Rock to the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunrise at the Rock

We depart before sunrise for Ayer's Rock, Uluru to the Aboriginal people. Enjoy an impressive display of color as the sun rises. It's a brisk morning, but well worth it to experience Ayer's Rock up close with its own brilliant display of colors. Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning at the Rock as we soak in the amazing colors on the Rock.

After our experience at the Rock, we then continue to the airport and our onward flight to Queensland.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef today. See required on-tour air flight details on Dates & Pricing tab.

Sunny Tropical Far North Queensland –  the Captain Cook Highway

Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef. Upon arrival, we transfer via the amazingly scenic Captain Cook Highway to our hotel and freshen up before a Queensland welcome dinner with your Tour Captain.

Gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef

QueensLander Tours, now STORY Land & Sea's name was inspired as a result of the adventures our founder experienced while exploring Queensland's natural beauty and delightful people.

Story Way Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner in Cairns with your Tour Captain.

STORY Accommodation: Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Silly Oaks Lodge or similar, 3 Nights

Day 7: The Story of the Reef

Exclusives: Snorkeling on the Outer Reef

After breakfast, on our first full day in Queensland, we are all off to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. This is one of the most stunning experiences on our tour and we enjoy it from the VIP section of our boating adventure.

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef - complete with glass bottom boats and snorkeling - get up close to the technicolor banks of coral reef teeming with tropical fish. This experience is one which makes a lasting impression on STORY Land & Sea® patrons - if at all possible, you must try snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Are you a Scuba diver? Yes, you can Scuba today —  inquire with reservations.

The day is highlighted with a smorgasbord lunch on the water and ample free time for relaxing and soaking in the sun. We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Day 8: Kuranda Rainforest by SkyRail + Koala & Crocs

This morning enjoy our sightseeing immersion far above the Kuranda Rainforest via the SkyRail ‘Rainforest Cableway,' followed by our admission and experience at the Koala and Wildlife Park.

On the SkyRail, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with two stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak stations. At each stop the friendly Skyrail staff will help you disembark your gondola to enjoy the spectacular boardwalks that descend into the pristine rainforest.

Then we make our way to the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with Crocodiles, hand feed Barramundi, Kangaroos and Wallabies. There is also the opportunity to view other native species, including Rainforest Pythons, Cassowaries and Dingoes. You may also take the opportunity to cuddle a Koala and have your photograph taken (for an optional extra!).

At the end of today's journey we transfer back to our hotel —  an amazing day.

The STORY Sightseeing Immersion includes:

Award winning Rainforestation Nature Park

Koala & Wildlife Park - join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies with the opportunity to have your photograph taken cuddling a koala (optional extra)

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glide over the canopy of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations before returning to Cairns

Tonight, your Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Day 9: Welcome to Melbourne

We board our on-tour flight from Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival, we make our way to the heart of the city, check-in, freshen up and then enjoy a walking tour with our Expert Guide.

Sightseeing Experience

Today our Story Expert Guide immerses us in the history and culture of Melbourne.

Highlights include:

Learn about arts and history at the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and see the Arts Centre -Melbourne

Stroll around the vibrant suburb of St Kilda, perhaps purchasing a treat at one its famous European-style patisseries

Walking Level: Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light to Moderate

We return to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

STORY Exclusive: A Fine Experience in Melbourne

Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner in this amazing city.

Accommodation: 5-star hotel, The Westin Melbourne or similar Deluxe King room (1 king bed) – with Juliet balcony or Bay window, 3 Nights

Day 11: The STORY of the Great Ocean Road

After breakfast, we make our way via chartered air-craft for our flight-seeing tour along the amazing coastline of southern Australia. We touchdown in Barwon Heads to explore the Great Ocean Road and see the amazing limestone formation, the Twelve Apostles. Be mesmerized by the natural beauty as you explore the Surf Coast of Victoria.

We return by our craft to Melbourne for a free evening.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring Melbourne at your leisure."

Day 12: To New Zealand

After breakfast, we make our way to the Melbourne airport for the flight to the South Island of New Zealand and the city of Queenstown.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the south island of New Zealand today. See required on-tour air flight details on Dates & Pricing tab.

Welcome to the South Island!

We airhop to Queenstown on the South Island, and make our way to our hotel, our home for the next four evenings.

Dramatic Scapes & Tastes

We check in, freshen up and enjoy time at leisure until our included dinner tonight in Fiordland.

Story Dining

Enjoy a welcome dinner 'Kiwi Style' with your Tour Captain tonight.

STORY Accommodation: Crown Plaza Queenstown Hotel or similar, 4 Nights

Day 13: Milford Sound

This morning we make our way to the airport for our special chartered flight to enchanting Milford Sound. Just when you thought it couldn't get more awe-inspiring, you arrive to some of the most majestic scenes found in the world. This area of New Zealand has been noted as a World Heritage Site.

Milford Sound Experience

We continue to explore the Fiordland National Park as we make our way to Milford Sound for our special on-board cruise complete with lunch among the magnificent cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of the Sound.

After we land we will choose whether to take the shuttle bus or, if time permits, take you on a short walk through the bush and foreshore to the cruise boat. Once on the boat, we will enjoy a leisurely cruise along the whole length of the sound.

Included Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the on-board restaurant. After the cruise, our pilot will escort you back to the aircraft for the return flight to Queenstown along a different flight path.

We return to our hotel in Queenstown for the evening. Make note, in the event of inclement weather and subsequent flight cancellation, we will attempt to reschedule for the next day, however, there are no refunds. Should this event be cancelled, guests will need to submit this as a claim to their travel insurance.

Tonight, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner.

Day 14: Day at Leisure

Enjoy a complete day at leisure. Optional experiences are available such as Hang Gliding, Self-Drive Safaris, Private Tour Safaris, Lord of the Ring Safaris and more.

Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at leisure tonight.

Day 15: Wine Tasting With Lunch + Farewell

Included Winery Experience

A leisurely morning turns into a wonderful mid-day experience as we set off for the nearby Gibbston Valley. We head north from Queenstown where you will enjoy our winery tour and taste the varietals from the South Island paired with lunch. Exquisite!

We will return to Queenstown in the mid to late afternoon to freshen up before a wonderful farewell event tonight.

Special Dining: We step aboard the TSS Earnslaw for a nostalgic cruising and dining experience. We enjoy a cruise of the lake on the way to the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. Please NOTE: This is a seasonal experience. Alternate activity will be provided during off-season.

Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style dinner featuring the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads.

An entertaining after dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life. We return to our hotel for the balance of day at leisure. Your Farewell to the South Pacific dinner is with the Tour Captain tonight.

It is a night of fun, great cuisine, wine, and memories! Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes, and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!

Day 16: Departure Day

After breakfast, opt for our transfer to the Queenstown Airport to catch flights bound for North America, or perhaps our extension to the North Island. Inquire for details.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Solo Notes

Single Supplement applies.

Accomodations

Lodging & Accommodations

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe class categories (4 and 5-Star) you choose based on your preferences."

Additional Information:

Tour Conditions:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

Sightseeing: Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

Daily Breakfast, Some Lunches and Dinners

Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Enjoy STORY Way® dining with everything* included like regional wine, cocktails and more. "

Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas."

Passports: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

Service Charges And Taxes: All departure taxes and tipping are included.

Australian Travel Visa: When traveling to Australia from the USA or Canada, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter. Most U.S. & Canada passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Inquire with your STORY Sales Associate with any questions regarding this visa.

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Trip Excludes

  • Internal / International Airfare is not included.
  • Passports
  • Travel Protection is not included. STORY Land and Sea recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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