B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Oct. 03 | Honolulu Q Auckland
We begin our vacation by boarding an international flight to Sydney via Auckland. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.
Day 2**Oct. 04 | Auckland Q Sydney
Upon arrival, we will be greeted by an Air & Sea Travel Representative. Transfer to the hotel and check in.
Day 3**Oct. 05 | Sydney | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will have a city tour of Sydney that includes a private guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, a masterpiece of late modern architecture and a symbol of both Sydney and Australia. It has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts center and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our next stop is St Mary’s Cathedral in the center of Sydney. Generations of artists have bequeathed their magnificent gifts in stone and glass to it, designing a unique space of solace and prayer within this vibrant city. This Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world. We will enjoy a 2 hour Lunch Cruise along Sydney Harbour on a Majestic catamaran. This is a must-do for both locals and tourists as it offers restaurant-quality ambience laced with luxury, a gourmet seafood buffet lunch, premium beverages and a spectacular view of Sydney’s star attractions. After lunch, we will visit Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most unique and best wildlife park to enjoy an amazing animal adventure. Meet Rex, the huge 5 meter crocodile in Kakadu Gorge; see Creatures of the night in the Nightfall Habitat; cuddle up to Koalas at Koala Encounters; and watch Agile Wallaby. Enjoy some free time shopping at QVB (Queen Victoria Building), described by Pierre Cardin as “the most beautiful shopping center in the world”. We will also visit Sydney’s Chinatown and do some shopping at Paddy’s Market.
Day 4**Oct. 06 | Sydney – New South Wales (Blue Mountains) | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will have a full day tour in the Great Blue Mountains Region. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Three Sisters is an iconic rock formation that you must see at least once in your lifetime. There are different versions of the aboriginal story of the Three Sisters, but what you’re bound to agree with is how truly spectacular it is. We will also have unlimited used of the scenic railway, cableway and skyway. Then we will visit Wentworth Falls, a historic town and World Heritage area in the Blue Mountains. It has a good collection of Victorian and other historic buildings, excellent trails into the Blue Mountains National Park, spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and a magnificent waterfall for which it is named. It has been a tourist destination for 130 years. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Sydney.
Day 5**Oct. 07 | Day trip to Canberra | (B)
Enjoy an excursion through rural countryside to the fully planned Australian National capital, Canberra. First, we will visit Cockington Green Gardens, which offers its visitors an experience not found anywhere else. Venture into this delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens to make your Canberra visit complete. Created by Doug & Brenda Sarah Cockington, Green Gardens is a family owned and operated attraction, with four generations involved in its operation over the past 35 years. After that, we will visit the Mount Ainslie Lookout. Then, we will return to Sydney late in the evening.
Day 6**Oct. 08|Sydney Q Ayers Rock Uluru | (B)
After breakfast, we will fly to Ayers Rock or Uluru, the iconic image and most impressive landmark in Australia. Uluru is more than just a rock–it is a living cultural landscape sacred to the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. The spirits of their ancestral beings continue to reside in these sacred places, making the land a deeply important part of Aboriginal cultural identity. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel. In the late afternoon, we will enjoy an Uluru Sunset tour. At the Uluru sunset viewing area, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is renowned. Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 7**Oct. 09 | Uluru | (B, L)
Today’s highlight, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, is a protected area located in Northern Territory of Australia. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This morning, witnessing a sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) is an awe-inspiring experience and a ‘must do’ on every visitor’s list. Watch the remarkable changing colors of Uluru as the sun rises over the desert landscape. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. And then, we will take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. A picnic lunch is included.
Day 8**Oct. 10 | Uluru QTasmania | (B)
After breakfast, we will fly to Tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast that is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. After arriving at Hobart International Airport, we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 9**Oct. 11 | Tasmania | (B)
Today, we will start our city tour in Tasmania. Stop by at Hobart Market, Battery Point, the suburb of the city of Hobart, and the Salamanca Market Square. In the afternoon, we will drive to Mount Field National Park. The park offers a variety of walks in Tasmania’s oldest National Park, and is famous for Russell Falls & the Tall Trees.
Day 10**Oct. 12 | Tasmania | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will visit the Tahune AirWalk, a steel canopy walkway over the banks of the Huon River in the Tahune Forest area, 29 km from Geeveston. It is located in the Huon Valley of southern Tasmania. After strolling through the walkway, we will transfer to the small town and UNESCO World Heritage site of Port Arthur, a former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula. We will visit the Port Arthur historical site and the Federation Chocolate factory.
Day 11**Oct. 13 | Tasmania Q Melbourne | (B)
After breakfast, we will fly to Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. After we arrive at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 12**Oct. 14 | Melbourne | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Cook’s Cottage, celebrating the achievements of Captain James Cook. The surrounding Fitzroy Gardens and Conservatory is an excellent setting for the cottage with English style parklands. Next, we visit the ANZAC Shrine of Remembrance, a sacred place of solitude and reflection. In the afternoon, we will drive to Phillip Island, located at the entrance of Westport Bay. With tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas, the Koala Conservation Centre gives us the opportunity to view koalas in their natural habitat. We will enjoy dinner before viewing the adorable fairy penguin parade.
Day 13**Oct. 15 | Melbourne Q Christchurch | (B)
Today, we will leave Melbourne for New Zealand. Our first stop is Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, known as the “Garden City”. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 14**Oct. 16 | Christchurch | (B)
This morning, we will have a city tour of Christchurch. First, we will visit The International Antarctic Centre, which is close to Christchurch International Airport. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. And we will enjoy the Hagglund ride here. Then, we will take a canal ride on the Avon River which flows through the center of the city. After that, we will visit historical Mona Vale homestead. The homestead and gate house are both listed as heritage buildings with Heritage New Zealand (NZHPT). The fernery, the rose garden, and pavilion with the setting of the park along the Avon River, add to the attractiveness of the property. It is another major tourist attraction in.
Day 15**Oct. 17 | Christchurch – Queenstown | (B)
Today we will depart for the lake district of Queenstown. On the way, we will see lakes, mountains, and peaks. A stop at Arrowtown is a must because it is a home of bungee jumping. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel.
Day 16**Oct. 18 | Day Trip to Milford Sound |(B, L)
After breakfast, travel to the amazing Milford Sound, described by some as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” We will board a cruise, and view spectacular waterfalls, lush Beech forests and dramatic mountain peaks. Enjoy a buffet lunch on board. After that, we will return back to our hotel.
Day 17**Oct. 19 | Queenstown | (B)
Today’s highlight: Dart River Safari. Embark on a Dart River Jet Boat Safari in Queenstown to experience an exciting blend of thrilling jet boating in shallow water, incredible sights, rich Maori culture and unforgettable adventure—a genuine foray into the heart and soul of New Zealand and what makes it such an outstanding destination. A myriad of experiences wait on this adventure that will take you from Lake Wakatipu’s head onto the Dart River and deep into the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. The Dart Wilderness Safari gives you the chance to experience an astounding World Heritage area shrouded in ancient Maori legend.
Day 18**Oct. 20 | Queenstown Q Auckland | (B)
Today, we will fly to Auckland, a city in New Zealand’s North Island and the largest urban area in the country. Upon arrival, we will start our City Tour to discover the beauty and uniqueness of Auckland. Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interests and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Our first stop is Auckland Domain, a large public park close to the Central Business District (CBD). We will drive to the summit of Mt. Eden for a panoramic view of the city. As we reach its peak, we will be able to see the Harbor Bridge and the Yacht Club. Next, we will visit Savage Memorial Park and Mission Bay, Auckland’s most urban beach with a vibrant beachfront promenade.
Day 19**Oct. 21|Auckland | (B)
We will continue our journey in Auckland. First, we will visit Devonport, a harbor side suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on the North Shore, at the southern end of a peninsula that runs southeast from near Lake Pupuke in Takapuna, forming the northern side of the Waitematā Harbour. We will take a ferry with great photo opportunities on the ferry crossing and looking down towards the Harbour Bridge. Upon arrival, we will see all the highlights around Devonport. Boutique craft shops, fashion outlets and local art galleries are scattered throughout central Devonport. Walk Victoria Road to do some window shopping, and take the time at the end of the tour to unwind with a cup of coffee or a meal. After that, we will return to Auckland and visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, a public aquarium in Auckland. It was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton.
Day 20**Oct. 22 | Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Waitomo Region, the location of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The legend of Waitomo Caves began more than 30 million years ago with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination. The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. A guide will escort our group underground to discover the Limestone Caverns and Glowworm Caves. Then we will continue our journey to Rotorua, the thermal wonderland in New Zealand. We will enjoy a city tour before tonight’s dinner. Government Garden is of legendary and historical importance to local Maori people because many significant battles have taken place here in the past. We will pass by The Lake Front, the best spot to take in the view of Lake Rotorua. Tonight, we will have a Seafood Buffet Dinner at the famous Skyline Restaurant.
Day 21**Oct. 23 | Rotorua | (B L, D)
This morning we will visit the Agrodome for a unique New Zealand farm experience. On the Farm Tour, we’ll get to hand-feed all sorts of friendly animals, including Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostriches, pigs and alpacas and take photos with them. We can explore a certified fruit orchard and olive grove and have the chance to taste natural kiwi fruit juice and delicious sweet honey produced on the farm. Then, we will enjoy a Sheep Show, a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds with a shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the audience. Continue on to Rainbow Springs, to explore the native wildlife in New Zealand. We will enjoy a Buffet Lunch on Lakeland Queen Cruise while enjoying a stress-free, leisure ride on the largest vessel on Lake Rotorua. After lunch we will visit Te Puia, home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the Thermal Reserve, world famous for its mud pools and Pōhutu geyser, a large active geyser. We may have a chance to see the Kiwi – New Zealand’s native birds there. After that, we will visit the Buried Village, New Zealand’s most visited Archaeological Site, where stories of the 1886 Mt. Tarawera Eruption come to life. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Feast, followed by a Maori Concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka war dance.
Day 22**Oct. 24 | Rotorua – Matamamta – Auckland Q Honolulu | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will transfer to today’s highlight – the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for the Shire featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. We will enjoy a guided tour while exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set and village, where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began. During the trip, we will pass the Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Drago Inn, and other sites. Last, we will transfer Auckland Airport and fly back to Honolulu, ending our exciting trip.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
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