Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2020
17 days with Abercrombie & Kent Rating:
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. Later, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, and enjoy a welcome dinner. (Dinner)
DAY 2 MELBOURNE | CITY OF MAGNIFICENT ARCHITECTURE
Explore the heart of Melbourne, on foot and 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 Old General Post Office. Stop for coffee at a local café before continuing to Melbourne’s fine arts and sporting precincts as well as its lush parklands. Along the way, view cultural and historic highlights like the State Library and the Royal Exhibition Building. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 3 CAIRNS | GATEWAY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4 GREAT BARRIER REEF | EXPLORING UNDERWATER GEMS
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 to port. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 5 DAINTREE RAINFOREST | EXCLUSIVE BOTANICAL ARK VISIT
Travel overland to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, which you explore privately with a park ranger, enjoying exclusive access to the koala and wallaby enclosures, with the opportunity to hold a koala in your arms. 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 family’s subsistence farm, is now backed by over 40 years of research, experimentation and development, helping it foster sustainable interaction between mankind and rainforests around the globe. After your freshly made lunch and immersive visit with the Ark’s staff, return to Cairns for time at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 6 ULURU | AN UNDENIABLE PRESENCE
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and transfer to your luxury tented camp — Longitude 131º — overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit the Mulgara Gallery to see authentic Aboriginal art and meet the artist in residence. Later, stroll the town center, returning to Longitude 131° in time for lunch. This afternoon, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7 ULURU | SUNRISE OVER THE OLGAS
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8 SYDNEY | LUXURY IN THE ROCKS
Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel near the historic Rocks area, a short stroll from the harbor and some of the city’s best 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 fairly pulses with the energy of its diverse and cosmopolitan inhabitants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAYS 9-10 SYDNEY | DESIGN YOUR DAY
This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Cruise Sydney Harbour, viewing the city’s inspiring highlights, including the opera house and harbor bridge.
Cycle Through Sydney with a top local guide, viewing iconic sights and gliding along the city’s vibrant streets.
Walk Through the Historic Rocks District, discovering the rich history of Sydney’s oldest neighborhood.
Gather for lunch and then go behind the scenes at the iconic Sydney Opera House on a guided tour.
Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. The next day is also at your leisure to explore this spectacular city, until you gather for the final dinner of your journey in Australia. (Breakfast, Lunch (Day 9); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 10))
DAYS 11-12 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND | AN ECLECTIC CAPITAL
This morning, fly to Wellington, New Zealand’s trend-setting capital, where you encounter authentic New Zealand life, including the indigenous Maori culture. This afternoon, take in the highlights of this buzz-worthy center of art and cuisine. Ascend by cable car to the summit of Mount Victoria for incredible views over Wellington Harbour and the city. The next morning, 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. Following lunch, walk to Te Papa Museum for a private tour — an in-depth way to discover Maori culture. Listen as your local guide treats you to a musical demonstration on traditional instruments and a taste of Maori-inspired food and drink. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 11); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 12))
DAY 13 QUEENSTOWN | EXPLORING THE CITY
Fly to Queenstown, located on New Zealand’s South Island. Upon arrival, tour the city, visiting the famed bungee jump site of AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge, historic Arrowtown and beautiful Lake Hayes. Enjoy lunch along the way before checking in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 14 QUEENSTOWN | MAGNIFICENT MILFORD SOUND
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. (Breakfast)
DAY 15 QUEENSTOWN | PRIVATE ARTIST VISIT & WINE TASTING
Today, immerse yourself in the charming local life of Queenstown. Enjoy a private visit to the home and gallery of an established and world-renowned local artist, and learn about the artist’s history and techniques. Then, sit down to a three-course lunch, served with paired wines. Afterward, proceed to a local winery, to tour the caves where their vintages are stored for aging, and savor a wine tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAYS 16-17 DEPART AUCKLAND
Fly to Auckland and transfer to your hotel, located in the city center. This evening, gather for a special farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport and depart. (Breakfast, Dinner (Day 16); Breakfast (Day 17))
All This Included
Explore two inspiring destinations on a single, epic journey, starting in Australia with Melbourne, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney, followed by Wellington, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Auckland in New Zealand.
Melbourne: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Uluru: Longitude 131°
Sydney: The Langham, Sydney
Wellington: Sofitel Wellington
Queenstown: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Auckland: SO/ Auckland
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Tour Extension: Tasmania
4 days from $2,995 / Single Supplement from $995
Internal air from $370: Hobart/Melbourne
Learn how MONA helped shape Tasmania into a cultural epicenter, view stunning vistas and stay at MACq 01 Hotel. Available to add to select departure dates.
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, and transfer to your hotel. Explore Salamanca Place, with its galleries and craft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner. (Lunch, Dinner)
MACq 01 Hotel
Ferry up the river to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), for an out-of-this-world art experience. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the rest of your day at leisure. The next day, cruise to Peppermint Bay on a catamaran. After a lunch featuring local produce, visit cider-maker Willie Smith’s and one of Tasmania’s oldest orchards for a tour and tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch)
MACq 01 Hotel
Transfer to the airport and fly to Melbourne. (Breakfast)
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