Explore two inspiring destinations in a single journey, starting in Australia with Melbourne, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, followed by Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and Auckland in New Zealand.
Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, Australia, where you are met and
transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city, with
your room pre-registered by A&K for immediate check-in. This
afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of
Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for
your welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Melbourne
Today, travel to a working farm outside of Melbourne for a
private experience, where you are personally welcomed into
the home of a rural family to learn a little of what it is like to be
Aussies “living off the land.” After morning tea, head out to the
stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep,
followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, head back
to the homestead and enjoy a lunch featuring organic farm
produce and local wines.
Day 3 - Uluru
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and settle into your hotel. This
afternoon, tour Kata Tjuta National Park (the Olgas). As evening
approaches, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner with sparkling wine and
canapés, watching the sunset at Uluru.
Day 4 - Uluru/Port Douglas
Rise early to see Uluru at sunrise, as the sun’s morning glow
brings the desert to life. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later,
visit the base of the monolith with your guide who shares the
cultural and geological significance of this sacred ceremonial
site, which is part of the belief system of one of the oldest human
societies. Later, fly to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas.
Day 5 - Daintree Rainforest
Travel to Mossman Gorge for a guided walk through this lush
corner of Daintree National Park. Continue to an A&K-exclusive
visit to the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for
a Chef’s Table lunch. Return to Port Douglas for time at leisure.
Day 6 - Great Barrier Reef
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef aboard an intimate and comfortable vessel. Glide among islands
adorned with white-sand beaches, coral gardens and sheltered
lagoons. Explore the marvelous aquatic wonders of the reef on
a guided snorkeling tour, viewing teeming undersea life up close
in its native habitat, before an exhilarating cruise back to port.
Day 8 - Sydney
Fly to Sydney and settle into your superb hotel near the historic
Rocks area. Tonight, dine at a fine local restaurant. The next day,
embark on a chartered morning tea cruise of stunning Sydney
Harbour. Back on shore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and
then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District, Sydney’s
Day 10 - Sydney
Enjoy an entire day at leisure, free to relax at your luxurious
hotel or explore all the wonders that Sydney has to offer. The next
day, Ride Like a Local when you board a ferry to Taronga Zoo
for a guided tour, visiting kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes,
echidnas and Australian birds. Next, take a behind-the-scenes
tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by lunch on its
lower concourse. Tonight, sit down to the final dinner of your
visit to Australia.
Day 11 - Christchurch, New Zealand
This morning, fly to Christchurch, New Zealand. On arrival,
join your guide to explore this beautiful Garden City situated
between the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand’s majestic Southern
Alps. Then, embark on a leisurely punt on the Avon River before
Day 12 - Franz Josef Glacier
Board the famed TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. During your
journey, cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and
enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the
ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps,
reveling in breathtaking views of the chiseled alpine landscape.
Descend through thick stands of native beech forest as you approach Greymouth. Once there, relax with lunch at a local
brewery before continuing to your hotel, in picturesque Franz
Day 13 - Franz Josef Glacier
Experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, led by
your specialist hiking guide. Follow the glacier’s path through
the remarkable landscape for an up-close look at the giant sheets
of ice that form its forward face. Return to your retreat for an
afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the Glacier Hot Pools near
Day 14 - Queenstown
Journey overland to Queenstown on a scenic drive along the
majestic coastline, and then inland through mossy rainforests,
past cascading waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Stop for
lunch in the picturesque ski town of Wanaka. Upon arrival in
Queenstown, check in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine at
a local restaurant.
Day 15 - Queenstown
This morning, fly to Milford Sound (weather permitting), taking
in the stunning alpine views along the way. On arrival, board a
spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s awe-inspiring scenery.
Cruise New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls while watching for wildlife. Keep a
lookout for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in
the water. Return by air to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.
Day 16 - Queenstown
Tour quaint, picturesque Arrowtown and visit the Kawarau
Bungy Bridge. Next, stop at a local Gibbston Valley winery
for a wine tasting, followed by lunch. Return to Queenstown.
Day 18 - Depart Auckland
Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum to
enjoy a cultural performance and a He Taonga Maori Gallery
Tour. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a
special farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport