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South Pacific Wonders with Fiji Extension 2013

18 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1-2 : Depart From Home
Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you skip a day ahead.

Day 3: Arrive Cairns, Australia
Your tour begins today in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t forget to look up at the Southern Hemisphere's stars this evening after you join your mates for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. From your base on Green Island, you are able to explore the reef in many ways. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, a stroll on the walking trail to take in the rain forest, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life. (B, L)
 
Day 5: Cairns
Today visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. You’ll see traditional Aboriginal dances, learn about the Aboriginal lifestyle, and even throw a boomerang or play a didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center, which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. This afternoon a great experience awaits as you search for crocodiles in their natural habitat during a visit to Hartley's Croc Farm! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, enjoy an exciting cruise in the lagoon looking for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. (B, D)

Day 6: Cairns - Sydney
Your morning is at leisure for independent exploration. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. (B)

Day 7: Sydney
Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Sydney your way. Your Tour Manger will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. Chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour during which you’ll pass by two of Australia’s most famous icons: the renowned Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D)

Day 8: Sydney
This morning discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Next, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how raw opals are transformed from the dark mine shafts to beautiful works of art. This evening is free to explore Sydney’s many famous restaurants! (B)

Day 9: Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand
You leave Australia behind and fly to New Zealand and the historic city of Christchurch. Upon arrival enjoy a short sightseeing tour of "the most English city outside of England". Highlights include magnificent gardens, the Neo-Gothic Cathedral and the downtown park district. (B)

Day 10: Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region
This morning you will have some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent. Later, depart for the Mt. Cook region. En route, visit a Canterbury farmyard for a fantastic opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. You may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration! Next, traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world with jagged contours and nearly vertical slopes. (B, D)

Day 11: Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown
This morning, if the weather permits, you may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountain top terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour. Or, perhaps enjoy nature during free time in Mt. Cook National Park. Then, depart for Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s loveliest cities and a top adventure destination. En route, stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. (B)

Day 12: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown
Enjoy a leisurely touring day as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush town of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next you will explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery you visit their storage cave for a wine tasting of some of their famous wines. After the tasting, enjoy an exquisite lunch - complete with wine, of course! (B,L)

Day 13: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B, L)

Day 14: Queenstown
A leisurely day in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your vacation. Shop or people watch in the village or perhaps take the optional "Safari of the Rings" which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. (B, D)

Day 15: Queenstown - Auckland - Nadi, Fiji
Today you will arrive in the beautiful paradise island of Fiji. Fiji retains all the primitive cultural fascination of the South Pacific and boasts expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters. (B)

Day 16: Fiji
Your day is free to explore everything the resort has to offer. Relax by the beach and pool, or choose one of the many fun, adventurous activities available to you from the hotel Activities Desk. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. (B, D)

Day 17: Fiji
Enjoy another day of rest and relaxation. The friendly concierge and activities staff will help you get the most out of your time. (B)

Day 18: Fiji - Tour Ends

Before your tour ends today in Fiji, an optional island tour is offered. (B)
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Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere -- Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's northern coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand's South Island, this 16 day journey to the lands "down under" brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbor and Milford Sound. Meet Australia's wildlife-up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

  • Most meals
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • All accommodations while on tour
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Capture the amazing scenery of the fjords of New Zealand on a cruise of Milford Sound.
  • Visit a Canterbury farmyard to see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn how this New Zealand family farm works.
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Cairns: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Sydney: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Christchurch: Rendevous Hotel Christchurch
Mt. Cook region: Mackenzie Country Inn
Queenstown: Millenium Hotel Queenstown
Fiji: Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Taxes/fees to be paid in local currencies upon exiting New Zealand are approximately 25 NZD (approx. $15 USD).
  • Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change.
  • The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your vacation. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through Collette Vacations.
  • Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home hosted dinner in New Zealand.
  • Due to early arrival times in some cities, rooms may not always be ready for immediate check-in.
  • *If you purchase the outer reef option in the Great Barrier Reef, the glass bottom boat ride will be replaced by a semi-submersible boat on the outer reef pontoon.
  • Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks.
  • This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
  • For all passengers visiting Fiji, there is an additional approximate $65 USD per person in taxes and fees to be paid with final payment.
  • The Fiji portion of this tour will be hosted by a local representative.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more details.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.