Down Under Discovery
Crikey! If you’ve always wanted a complete tour of Down Under, with no red stone left uncovered, this is it. Doubling the fun with sightseeing in Australia and New Zealand, this exciting vacation covers New Zealand’s North and South Islands as well as Australia’s vibrant cities, golden beaches, and mystical Red Center. From Rotorua’s boiling mud pools to Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves, you’ll kick off your tour with the hottest--and coolest--sights of New Zealand. Aptly named “The Remarkables,” the South Island’s mountain range sets the tone for the incredible sights you’ll see throughout the land of the kiwi--and the home of the kangaroo. As you hop from Melbourne to Uluru to Cairns to Sydney, you’ll savor the architectural masterpieces of Australia’s renowned cities, the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and everyone’s favorite highlight of this encompassing journey--a boomerang-throwing barbecue under the starlit Outback sky.
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We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation--from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!Headsets throughout your tour.Accomodation Spotlight Stay overnight at the historic Hermitage Hotel, nestled at the base of Mount Cook. From splendid views and fresh mountain air to luxuriously modern amenities in this iconic New Zealand hotel.
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
Down Under Discovery
Great Barrier Reef|Sydney Opera House|Te Wahipounamu|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park|Wet Tropics of Queensland
American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDWelcome to Auckland! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner atop Sky Tower. (D)
AUCKLAND AUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–ROTORUAScenic drive through the pastoral region of Waikoto en route to Waitomo. WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Scenic drive through the Mamaku mountains en route to Rotorua. ROTORUA Traditional [LF] Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), followed by an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance with singing, dancing, and storytelling. (B,D)
ROTORUAROTORUA Sightseeing includes a visit to Rainbow Springs to see native wildlife including time at the special [LF] Kiwi Encounter, a visit to the Agrodome sheep farm, and to Te Puia, home to Rotorua’s famous geysers, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The remainder of the day is free. (B)
ROTORUA–CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOKFly to Christchurch and enjoy the scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,D) ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Mount Cook National Park with a helicopter flightseeing tour over the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWNMOUNT COOK Visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center. Free time this morning before driving to Queenstown. QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening. (B)
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUNDMILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. (B,L) NOTE:Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 8 depending on weather and road conditions today.
QUEENSTOWNQUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak includes dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. (B,D)
QUEENSTOWN–MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Fly to Melbourne. MELBOURNE Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Morning sightseeing includes Federation Square, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. A ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel includes a sparkling drink, appetizers, and views of Melbourne and the bay. Free time the remainder of the day. (B,L)
MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Free day. (B)ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with a scenic day trip to see the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGSFly to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Guided sightseeing includes the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station. [LF] Outback barbecue and campfire this evening includes music, stargazing, and a boomerang demonstration. (B,D)
ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Drive to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU View the unique formation of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), followed by a sunset drink at Uluru. (B)
ULURU–CAIRNS ULURU Guided tour of the base of Uluru. Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” (B)
CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEFOUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding. CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)
CAIRNSCAIRNS Free day. (B)
CAIRNS–SYDNEY CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time remainder of the day. (B)
SYDNEYSYDNEY Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide. See the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit to world-famous Bondi Beach includes a guided tour of [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers, and lunch at the historic [LF] North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club. Later, a scenic cruise on Sydney Harbour. Free time this evening. (B,L)
SYDNEYSYDNEY Free day before a farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B,D)
SYDNEYYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||SKYCITY Hotel||This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.||Auckland||Corner Victoria & Federal St.||First-Class|
|2||Distinction Hotel Rotorua||Situated adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest, Distinction Hotel Rotorua is located minutes away from the city center of Rotorua. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool and spa, underground private grotto spas, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry facilities and dry cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.||Rotorua||390 Fenton St. PO Box 983||First-Class|
|3||The Hermitage||A haven for adventurous travelers for more than a century, the world renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat. The hotel features self-service coin-operated laundry, outdoor tennis court, and a selection of on-site bars and restaurants.||Mount Cook||Mount Cook National Park||Moderate First-Class|
|4||Ramada Queenstown Central||The Ramada Queenstown Central is ideally positioned in the heart of Queenstown with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables Mountain Range, and Walter Peak. The hotel features a fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry services, and complimentary Wi-Fi.||Queenstown||Corner Stanley Street & Frankton Road||First-Class|
|5||The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins||Situated in the heart of downtown Melbourne, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins is ideally located for exploring the city. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi.||Melbourne||630 Little Collins Street||First-Class|
|6||Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters||The modern Crowne Plaza Alice Springs is located at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges, in Australia's red center. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and in-room dining.||Alice Springs||93 Barrett Drive||Superior First-Class|
|7||Desert Gardens Hotel||Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, coin-operated self-service laundry, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.||Uluru||Yulara Drive||First-Class|
|8||Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort||Modern and innovative with an appreciation for the arts, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, celebrates originality and individuality. Positioned in the heart of the Cairns Central Business District, the Bailey is just a short stroll from the Cairns Esplanade boardwalk, lagoon, and the Great Barrier Reef departure terminal. At the hotel, you'll find artists-in-residence and artwork from across Australia displayed in and around the hotel with a different artist featured on each level. The hotel features a swimming pool, on-site restaurant and bar, fitness center, gift shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi. A laundry service is available for a fee.||Cairns||163 Abbott Street||First-Class|
|9||Swissotel Sydney||The Swissotel Sydney is surrounded by Sydney's most exclusive shopping centres, such as the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and iconic Westfield Sydney and is within walking distance to all of Sydney's famous landmarks and cultural attractions. Enjoy a seasonally inspired dinner menu at JPB or delight in a unique buffet high tea at Crossroads Bar. The hotel offers a wide choice of treatments at the Day Spa as well as a gym, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.||Sydney||68 Market Street||Deluxe|