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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.

Highlights of Down Under Discovery

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Travelers Notes

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!

Accommodation Spotlight Stay overnight at the historic Hermitage Hotel, nestled at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and luxuriously modern amenities in this iconic New Zealand hotel.

Small Group

Select Globus South Pacific vacations are 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 South Pacific vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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UNESCO Sites

Great Barrier Reef|Sydney Opera House|Te Wahipounamu|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park|Wet Tropics of Queensland

Meals

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

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. (D)

Day 2

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)

Day 3

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)

Day 4

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)

Day 5

ROTORUA–CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOKFly to Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH 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.

Day 6

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)

Day 7

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. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 8 depending on weather and road conditions today. (B,L)

Day 8

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)

Day 9

QUEENSTOWN–MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Fly to Melbourne.
MELBOURNE Free time the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 10

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)

Day 11

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.

Day 12

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)

Day 13

ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) ALICE SPRINGS 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)

Day 14

ULURU–CAIRNS ULURU Guided tour of the base of Uluru. Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” (B)

Day 15

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)

Day 16

CAIRNSCAIRNS Free day. (B)

Day 17

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)

Day 18

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)

Day 19

SYDNEYSYDNEY Free day before a farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B,D)

Day 20

SYDNEYYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-01-12 2022-01-14 2022-02-02 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20114 Not Available
2 2022-01-26 2022-01-28 2022-02-16 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20128 Not Available
3 2022-02-02 2022-02-04 2022-02-23 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20204 Not Available
4 2022-02-09 2022-02-11 2022-03-02 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20211 Not Available
5 2022-02-23 2022-02-25 2022-03-16 $7629 $0 $9195 PS20225K Not Available
6 2022-03-02 2022-03-04 2022-03-23 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20304 Available
7 2022-03-09 2022-03-11 2022-03-30 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20311 Available
8 2022-03-16 2022-03-18 2022-04-06 $7579 $0 $9145 PS20318K Available
9 2022-03-23 2022-03-25 2022-04-13 $6799 $0 $8365 PS20325 Available
10 2022-03-30 2022-04-01 2022-04-20 $6689 $0 $8255 PS20401 Available
11 2022-04-06 2022-04-08 2022-04-27 $6689 $0 $8255 PS20408 Available
12 2022-04-13 2022-04-15 2022-05-04 $7509 $0 $9075 PS20415K Available
13 2022-05-04 2022-05-06 2022-05-25 $6499 $0 $8065 PS20506 Available
14 2022-09-07 2022-09-09 2022-09-28 $6599 $0 $8165 PS20909 Available
15 2022-09-14 2022-09-16 2022-10-05 $7419 $0 $8985 PS20916K Available
16 2022-09-21 2022-09-23 2022-10-12 $6599 $0 $8165 PS20923 Available
17 2022-09-28 2022-09-30 2022-10-19 $6669 $0 $8235 PS20930 Available
18 2022-10-12 2022-10-14 2022-11-02 $7499 $0 $9065 PS21014K Available
19 2022-10-26 2022-10-28 2022-11-16 $6729 $0 $8295 PS21028 Available
20 2022-11-02 2022-11-04 2022-11-23 $6829 $0 $8395 PS21104 Available
21 2023-01-11 2023-01-13 2023-02-01 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30113 Available
22 2023-01-25 2023-01-27 2023-02-15 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30127 Available
23 2023-02-01 2023-02-03 2023-02-22 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30203 Available
24 2023-02-15 2023-02-17 2023-03-08 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30217 Available
25 2023-02-22 2023-02-24 2023-03-15 $8159 $0 $9725 PS30224K Available
26 2023-03-01 2023-03-03 2023-03-22 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30303 Available
27 2023-03-08 2023-03-10 2023-03-29 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30310 Available
28 2023-03-15 2023-03-17 2023-04-05 $8099 $0 $9665 PS30317K Available
29 2023-03-22 2023-03-24 2023-04-12 $7269 $0 $8835 PS30324 Available
30 2023-03-29 2023-03-31 2023-04-19 $7139 $0 $8705 PS30331 Available
31 2023-04-05 2023-04-07 2023-04-26 $7139 $0 $8705 PS30407 Available
32 2023-04-12 2023-04-14 2023-05-03 $8029 $0 $9595 PS30414K Available
33 2023-05-03 2023-05-05 2023-05-24 $6929 $0 $8495 PS30505 Available
34 2023-09-06 2023-09-08 2023-09-27 $7129 $0 $8695 PS30908 Available
35 2023-09-13 2023-09-15 2023-10-04 $7129 $0 $8695 PS30915 Available
36 2023-09-20 2023-09-22 2023-10-11 $7129 $0 $8695 PS30922 Available
37 2023-09-27 2023-09-29 2023-10-18 $7209 $0 $8775 PS30929 Available
38 2023-10-11 2023-10-13 2023-11-01 $8099 $0 $9665 PS31013K Available
39 2023-10-25 2023-10-27 2023-11-15 $7269 $0 $8835 PS31027 Available
40 2023-11-01 2023-11-03 2023-11-22 $7379 $0 $8945 PS31103 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
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
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