Australian Explorer with Queenstown
13 days with Monograms Rating:
Day 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.
Welcome to beautiful Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.
Day 2 SYDNEY.
Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Day 3 SYDNEY.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. (B)
Day 4 SYDNEY–CAIRNS–PORT DOUGLAS.
Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Continue to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise. (B)
Day 5 PORT DOUGLAS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 PORT DOUGLAS.
A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort’s pool, or shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favorite souvenir. (B)
Day 7 PORT DOUGLAS–CAIRNS–MELBOURNE.
Transfer to Cairns for your flight to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 8 MELBOURNE.
Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), Albert Park Lake, the Shrine of Remembrance, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour ends at the EUREKA SKYDECK for awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 9 MELBOURNE.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent activities. You may want to join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel on the spectacular Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. (B)
Day 10 MELBOURNE–QUEENSTOWN
Today, fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 11 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND
Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience. (B)
Day 12 QUEENSTOWN
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Perhaps choose an optional jetboat ride, visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (B)
Day 13 QUEENSTOWN
Your stay in Queenstown ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard
Port Douglas: Ramada Resort Port Douglas
Melbourne: Mercure Treasury Gardens
Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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