Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand
Explore Auckland, known as the “City of Sails” because of its yacht-dotted harbor, experience Maori culture with an authentic Maori Hangi feast, and fly to the beautiful city of Sydney to see the famous Opera House and cruise through the Sydney Harbor.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 International Date Line
Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line
Day 3 Kia Ora Auckland
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Details: Travel to Rotorua
Before you see Rotorua, you'll definitely smell it: Sulfur. Consider it an introduction to a place that is completely unique. Rotorua offers a fascinating view into the earth's volcanic centre. Clouds of steam seem to magically appear throughout the city from the city's four major thermal centres. One geyser erupts about 20 times a day and can spout up to 100 feet.
Day 4 Rotorua landmarks
Rotorua guided sightseeing tour
Maori Cultural Centre visitVisit Whakarewarewa Thermal ReserveSkyline Gondola ride on Mt. Ngongotaha
Details: Rotorua guided sightseeing tour
See the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, the closest thermal area to the city. Unlike the other thermal centers, "Whaka" as it is called, is still a living village with ancient roots, founded before Europeans arrived. Here you might see residents using steam boxes to cook sweet corn. At the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, learn the Maori traditional carving and weaving methods. The day ends with a skyline gondola ride on Mt. Ngongotaha.
Details: Visit Agrodome
You wouldn’t expect a New Zealand sheep and beef farm to be a sought-after destination for thrill-seekers. But with all that the Agrodome has to offer, that won’t be the last surprise you encounter. With exciting and educational experiences ranging from the award-winning Agrodome Sheep Show to the terrifying Freefall Xtreme, you never know what a day at the Agrodome will consist of. But no matter what types of attractions you’re looking for, you most definitely will not leave disappointed.
Details: Maori Hangi feast
Taste native Maori culture, literally, at a traditional Hangi feast. The Maori use the geo-thermal region as a natural steam cooker. They wrap vegetables and meat in fresh green leaves and cook it over the steam escaping through the rocks. It's health food, the old-fashioned way.
Day 5 Rotorua--Auckland
Details: Travel to Auckland via Waitomo
Stop to see the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, first explored in 1887 by a local Maori Chief, Tane Tinorau, and an English surveyor, Fred Mace. Enter as they did, and as your eyes adjust to the darkness, imagine how they must have felt upon discovering the Glowworm Grotto--thousands of lights on the ceiling that are actually insects. See the caves' dry valleys, streams that disappear down funnel-shaped sinkholes and craggy limestone outcrops and formations.
Details: Visit Waitomo Caves
Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves are noted for their spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. Recognized as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders, visitors come from far and wide to experience an up close look at the many unique underground limestone attractions, including Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave and the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Details: Visit Glowworm Grotto
As you gently glide underground along the Waitomo River, you won’t believe your eyes as you gaze up at the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Thousands of Waitomo glowworms will literally light your path, in what is easily one of Mother Nature's most enchanting light displays. Along the way, you’ll be treated to majestic and ornate cave decorations, the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral Cavern, known around the world for its impressive acoustics.
Day 6 Auckland--Sydney
Auckland guided sightseeing tour
Visit War Memorial MuseumVisit Tarlton’s Underwater World
Fly to Sydney
Details: Auckland guided sightseeing tour
Join a licensed guide for a tour of New Zealand's most progressive city, Auckland, full of cosmopolitan bustle and beautiful harbor views. First, soak in a little history at the War Memorial Museum. Then plunge into Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. Here you can observe live penguins and learn about the unique features of their home, the frozen continent of Antarctica. Travel deep beneath the ocean on the moving walkway of the underwater tunnel. You get a scuba diver's view of hundreds of colorful fish, lurking sharks and giant stingrays 'up close' and in their own environment.
Day 7 Sydney landmarks
Sydney guided sightseeing tour
Darling Harbourthe GapVisit Opera House
Optional  surf lesson on Bondi Beach  $125
Details: Sydney guided sightseeing tour
See Sydney, Australia's beautiful waterfront city. A licensed, local guide will take you to Darling Harbor, a bustling entertainment and shopping center. At "The Rocks" see historical and contemporary Australia stand side-by-side. On this stubby peninsula on the western side of Sydney Cove, modern Australian history started with the landing of the first ships in 1788. From here, Sydney evolved from convict outpost to the most beautiful metropolis on the Pacific Rim. Visit one of the city's most well-known symbols, the Sydney Opera House, majestically poised between the Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden.
Details: Bondi Beach excursion
With a storied history, a dazzling setting and its fair share of beautiful people, Bondi Beach is rightly recognized as one of the best beaches in the world. Upon arrival at this enticing stretch of sand, you’ll first learn about what makes Bondi so unique—the surfers, the rescues and all the action you might expect at one of Australia’s most famous destinations. From there, you’re on your own. Catch some rays, feel the sand between your toes, rent a boogie-board or even take some surfing lessons.
Day 8 Sydney cruise
Details: Sydney city walk
Explore the historical neighborhoods, lush gardens and pathways that hug the city's harbor.
Details: The Rocks
As you stroll along the narrow, cobblestone streets of The Rocks, you can’t help but get caught up in the area’s intriguing past, present and future. Here you’ll find chic restaurants, stylish bars and hearty pubs, all amidst some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. One moment you’ll be touring historic Cadman’s Cottage, and the next you’ll find yourself amongst the eclectic shopping, artisan markets and glitzy galleries that make The Rocks the engaging destination that is it today.
Details: Mrs. Macquarie's Point
You bring the camera and “Mrs. Macquarie” will provide the perfect backdrop. Featuring a breathtaking view of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mrs. Macquarie’s Point has been attracting visitors since its origin in 1810, when an exposed sandstone rock was cut into the shape of a bench. Known today as Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, legend has it that if you make a wish while sitting on the bench, there’s a very good chance that your wish will come true.
Details: Sydney Harbour cruise
With so much to see in Sydney, an enchanting harbor tour is your ticket to many of the area’s highlights. The Sydney Opera House, Point Piper, Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are but a few of the attractions you’ll have the opportunity to view from the bustling harbour. With detailed descriptions from your tour guide, you’ll get an insider’s knowledge of all the city’s sites, including the many opulent waterfront homes that dot the “harbourside”.
Day 9 Outside Sydney
Day 10 End tour

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    Day 10 Start extension to Cairns
    Flight to Cairns
    Cairns guided sightseeing tour
    EsplanadeWharf StreetCity Place
    Details: Cairns guided sightseeing tour
    After bustling Sydney, the city of Cairns may feel like a sleepy little tropical village. Everything in town seems built for relaxation. The homes are built on stilts to catch the cool ocean breezes. Overhead fans whirl in every room. A licensed local guide leads you to the lively, slightly bohemian Esplanade, the focal point of the city. This is where the city began in 1876 as a gold- and tin-mining port. Wharf Street was once the main drag, at a time when the entire area was known as the Barbary Coast because of its rough, criminal element. Now, it is a thriving port, where big-game fishing is a major industry. The actual center of Cairns is the City Place, the town square and a quaint pedestrian mall. The Cairns Museum includes not only artifacts on the city's history but the story of Aboriginal life in the surrounding rain forests. This city is a great gateway into Australia's natural wonders, with the rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef just minutes away.
    Details: Palm Cove half-day excursion
    Relax on Palm Cove’s gorgeous beaches, where Cairns’ residents and visitors come for fun in the sun.
    Day 11 Great Barrier Reef
    Details: Great Barrier Reef full-day excursion
    As the world's largest living organism, the iconic Great Barrier Reef is the richest marine resource known to man. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique plants, fish, and coral representing a dazzling myriad of colors, the Reef is a dream visit for students who embrace science, art and nature. Set sail on a luxury 105 ft sailing catamaran for a smooth and comfortable journey to Michaelmas Cay, a low lying vegetated sand cay that is also a sanctuary for migratory seabirds. The Cay, with its calm, shallow waters, is ideal for first-timers and young families looking to experience the Reef in a safe, easy environment. With qualified crew on hand to supervise and buoyancy vests provided free of charge, students can effortlessly float as they snorkel and discover the world below. Take a Semi-submersible Coral Reef Viewing Tour, as well as walk the Cay for a most unique bird watching experience. With the onset of climate change and the clearly progressing decomposition of this delicate ecosystem, no time is better than now to experience perhaps the greatest natural wonder on earth.
    Day 12 Cairns
    Details: Cairns free day
    After bustling Sydney, the city of Cairns may feel like a sleepy little tropical village. Everything in town seems built for relaxation. The homes are built on stilts to catch the cool ocean breezes. Overhead fans whirl in every room. People stroll along the lively, slightly bohemian Esplanade, the focal point of the city. This is where the city began in 1876, but the actual center of Cairns is the City Place, the town square and a quaint pedestrian mall. Spend some time relaxing in and exploring this laidback city.
    Day 13 End tour
    Map of Australia and New Zealand Educational Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 7 overnight stays (10 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Buffet-style breakfast daily
    • 4 included dinners (6 with extension)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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