Wonders of Australia and New Zealand 2020
 16 Days • 20 Meals
World Holiday
Visit the other side of the world with our holiday to the ‘must see’ cities in Australia and New Zealand. Experience the Outer Barrier Reef, take a stroll through Australia’s modern cities and revel in the unspoiled natural beauty of New Zealand on this 16-day holiday.

 Highlights
  • 20 Meals (13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Experience cultural and craft demonstrations and hands-on activities at Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
  • Cruise and snorkel on Australia’s Outer Barrier Reef
  • Tour Sydney’s famed Opera House
  • Experience the beauty and majesty of the Blue Mountains
  • Encounter native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Relax on a dinner cruise in Sydney Harbor
  • Witness the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Milford Sound
  • Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown
  • Ride Christchurch’s iconic city tram
  • $80 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1 & 2  Journey to Australia
Depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Cairns, Australia, crossing the International Date Line en-route.
Day 3  Cairns, Australia
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel, with a panoramic tour en-route. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 4  Cairns
Immersion into the ‘Aussie’ culture begins with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you’ll see demonstrations on hunting, local medicines, spear and boomerang throwing, traditional dances and other aspects of local life. Upon returning to the hotel, the afternoon and evening are free of planned activities. Meal: B
Day 5  Cairns
Discover the amazing underwater world of marine life on a full day excursion to the Outer Barrier Reef. See colorful fish and coral through the glass bottom boat, watch a fish feeding demonstration, snorkel, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy a presentation about the Great Barrier Reef by the onboard Marine Biologist. Meals: B, L
Day 6  Cairns to Sydney
After a morning flight to Sydney, depart on a tour of this remarkable city built around one of the most spectacular harbors in the world. See the famous Bondi Beach with the sparkling ocean, white sand and casual café’s in the surrounding area. Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a well known landmark, in the perfect location to to photograph the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. After the excursion, check in to the hotel and continue exploring the city on your own. Meal: B
Day 7  Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park
Today’s excursion discovers the scenic beauty of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. At Featherdale, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, talk with the naturalist guides throughout the park, and see the native koalas. It’s the perfect place for up-close encounters with the abundant native wildlife. Meal: B
Day 8  Sydney
The day begins with a guided visit of the world-famous Opera House, Sydney’s most recognizable landmark. Learn about the inspiration behind the masterful architecture and see private areas inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the visit, remain in the harbor area on your own to enjoy the lively atmosphere, or return to the hotel by coach. On the final evening in Sydney, relax on the included sunset dinner cruise of the magnificent harbor. Meals: B, D
Day 9  Sydney to Melbourne
Depart Sydney and fly to Melbourne, a cosmopolitan yet historic city. Enroute to the hotel, begin your orientation of Melbourne with a panoramic tour. This afternoon is free for your independent exploration. Meal: B
Day 10  Melbourne
Melbourne is home to a variety of activities and sights and the day is yours to do as you please. Visit a museum or the beautiful parks and gardens; see Captain Cook’s Cottage; wander through the historic Queen Victoria Market – the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere – with plenty of opportunity for souvenir shopping! Stop by Federation Square, a lively cultural district with art, museums and restaurants. Visit the Eureka Tower Observation Deck for fantastic views of the city or take a cruise along the scenic Yarra River, through the heart of the city. Dinner is included this evening. Meals: B, D
Day 11  Melbourne to Queenstown, New Zealand
This morning it’s time to leave Australia and head to New Zealand. After your flight to Queenstown, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meal: B
Day 12  Queenstown
Today’s adventure is a narrated cruise through the beautiful Milford Sound. As you traverse this awe-inspiring fjord, see the breathtaking drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest as you keep an eye out for local wildlife… seals basking in the sun on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Lunch is included during the excursion. Meals: B, L
Day 13  Queenstown
What better way to see the snow-capped mountains, picturesque bays and scenic splendor than on an included cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Witness nature’s majesty while cruising along Lake Wakatipu on this coal fired vintage steamship. Having crossed the lake, visit Walter Peak Farm where you explore the grounds, see the gardens, and watch a farm demonstration by your host. Enjoy lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L
Day 14  Queenstown to Christchurch
Departing Queenstown, journey by coach to Christchurch. En-route, stop in the town of Twizel for views of Mt. Cook – the highest mountain in New Zealand. Continue to scenic Lake Tekapo with it’s amazing turquoise color and surrounding stunning landscapes. During your free time, make a photo stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd in it’s beautiful setting, see the town’s ‘sheepdog statue’, and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the café’s. Travel through the Canterbury Plains and upon arrival in Christchurch, check-in to the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. Meals: B, D
Day 15  Christchurch
The final day in New Zealand begins with a panoramic orientation tour. Once familiar with the surroundings, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this vibrant city. This evening, board one of Christchurch’s iconic restored heritage trams for a private ride through the city center, while enjoying drinks and canapes onboard. The day concludes as you join your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D
Day 16  Christchurch / USA
It’s time to bid ‘g’day’ to the lands ‘down under’ as you depart for the Christchurch Airport. Memories of the sites and experiences you encountered along with the hospitable ‘Aussies’ and ‘Kiwis’ you met along the way will be cherished for a lifetime. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 3-5  DoubleTree, Cairns, Australia
Days 6-8  Vibe Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Days 9-10  Vibe Savoy, Melbourne, Australia
Days 11-13  Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown, New Zealand
Days 14-15  Novotel, Christchurch, New Zealand.
 

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