Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred to
your luxurious hotel, with your room pre-registered by A&K
for immediate check-in. Then, roam Melbourne’s fine arts
and sporting precincts as well as its lush parklands. View
cultural and historic highlights, such as the State Library
Victoria and the Royal Exhibition Building. Tonight, gather
for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Melbourne
Explore the heart of Melbourne on foot, and then Ride Like a Local by tram, taking in the city’s rich and varied
architectural landscape. Follow your guide through the city’s
fascinating labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways,
home to trendy cafés and eclectic boutiques, not to mention
graffiti and street art. See landmarks like the Block Arcade
and the former General Post Office. Following lunch at a
local restaurant, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 - Cairns
Fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree
Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Upon
arrival, transfer to your accommodations. Dine tonight at
your hotel, enjoying views of the Coral Sea.
Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef
aboard a stylish 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
Day 5 - Daintree Rainforest
Travel overland to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, which
you explore privately with a park ranger, enjoying access to
the koala and wallaby enclosures as well as the opportunity
to hold a koala in your arms, on an experience designed
exclusively for A&K guests. Next, visit the Wildlife Care
Center for rescued wild and injured animals. Explore the
park at your leisure before an A&K-exclusive visit to the
Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a Chef ’s Table lunch. While on site, discover how the Botanical
Ark, which began as one man’s quest to catalog the unique
properties of indigenous plant life once known only to locals,
has grown into a repository of knowledge and insight that
showcases amazing flora from across Australia and tropical
zones all around the world. After your freshly made lunch
and immersive visit with the Ark’s staff, return to Cairns for
time at leisure.
Day 6 - Uluru
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and visit a local Aboriginal art gallery with the opportunity to meet the artist in residence. Transfer
to your luxury tented camp — Longitude 131° — overlooking
the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata
Tjuta National Park, and enjoy lunch on site. On a Scenic
Sundowner, with chilled glass and canapé in hand, witness
the changing light reflected on Uluru’s surface as the sun
slips below the horizon. Tonight, dine among the dunes to
the sounds of an ancient indigenous culture and feast on four
delicious courses complemented with premium Australian
wines. Later, join your camp’s resident astronomer to observe
the southerly constellations.
Day 7 - Uluru
Rise early and set out for Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), stopping to
view sunrise over its majestic domes. In the company of your
guide, walk through Walpa Gorge and learn how its stark
landscapes were shaped. This afternoon, return to Uluru and
journey along the Mala walk at its base, pausing to view cave
paintings and sources of bush tucker. Later, see the walls of
Kantju Gorge ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Sip
sparkling wine and nibble on canapés, savoring the solitude
of the gorge as the daylight fades.
Day 8 - Sydney
Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel near the historic
Rocks District, in the heart of the city’s best shopping,
dining and attractions. Sydney’s appeal is wide-ranging,
from its stunning harbor and iconic skyline to its fascinating
museums and famed Bondi Beach. It is a world-class city
that pulses with the energy of its diverse and cosmopolitan
Day 10 - Sydney
After breakfast, privately cruise Sydney Harbour, viewing the
city’s inspiring highlights, including the Sydney Opera House
and Harbor Bridge. Back on shore, gather for lunch at the
iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a privately guided
backstage tour. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. The
next day is also at your leisure to explore the city until you
regroup for the final dinner of your journey in Australia.
Day 11 - Wellington, New Zealand
This morning, fly to Wellington, New Zealand’s trendsetting
capital, where you encounter authentic “Kiwi” life. This afternoon, take in highlights of this buzzworthy center of
art and cuisine. Ascend by cable car to a scenic outlook point
for incredible views over Wellington Harbour and the city to
cap your inspiring day.
Day 12 - Wellington
After breakfast, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to
view its vast collection of cultural and indigenous treasures.
e-Bike the Wellington Waterfront, learning about key
historical figures that shaped the city’s heritage as you ride.
Walk the Wellington Waterfront with a Guide who
recounts local legends and stroll to a chic shopping district.
After lunch, set out on foot to gain an insider’s
understanding of the locals and sample the city’s culinary
delights, joining your guide for tastings of coffee, chocolate,
gelato and cheeses in foodie hotspots only the locals know.
Day 13 - Queenstown
Fly to Queenstown, located on New Zealand’s South Island.
Upon arrival, tour the city, visiting the famed bungee-jump
site and beautiful Lake Hayes, and then enjoy lunch.
Afterward, check into your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine at
a local restaurant.
Day 14 - Queenstown
This morning, fly to Milford Sound (weather permitting),
taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. Upon
arrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’s
majestic scenery. Cruise New Zealand’s southern fjords amid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls while watching
for wildlife, such as seals basking on the rocks or dolphins
frolicking in the water. Return by air to Queenstown for an
evening at leisure.
Day 15 - Queenstown
Today, privately visit the home and gallery of a world-renowned
local artist to learn about the artist’s history and
techniques. Stop at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch
served with paired wines, and then proceed to a local winery
for a tour of the caves, where its vintages are stored for aging,
and a wine tasting.
Day 17 - Depart Auckland
Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum to
enjoy a cultural performance and a guided walk through
He Taonga Maori Gallery. This evening, gather for a special
farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport and