24 Day Southern Explorer Land & Air

Highlights

Please note, Celtic Tours no longer services tours to Australia or New Zealand.

Itinerary

Day 1. Los Angeles
Board your evening flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

1 meal included

Day 2. In Flight
Cross the international dateline.

Waitomo Caves, AustraliaDay 3. Arrive Auckland
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for an early check-in. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour and visit Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World. Join your fellow travelers at our Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel

1 meal included

Day 4. Rotorua, Maori Hangi Feast
Journey to the Waitomo Caves for a tour of the limestone caverns and glow-worm grotto. Then continue to Rotorua, a region rich in Maori heritage. Enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and performance.
Stay: Two Nights: Millennium Rotorua

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 5. Rotorua, Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Today visit the Agrodome and see the entertaining Sheep Show. Then head to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see the power of geothermal energy first-hand. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, and a Country Homestay option is available tonight.

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 6. Rotorua, Fly to Christchurch
Enjoy free time in Rotorua today before flying to Christchurch. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore.
Stay: Christchurch, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Franz Josef, AustraliaDay 7. Southern Alps, Franz Josef
Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the top rail journeys in the world. Disembark and continue down the rugged West Coast to Franz Josef.
Stay: Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 8. Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dine Around Dinner
Journey over Haast Pass and along the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown. Tonight, perhaps choose to cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for dinner, or select from many other restaurants.
Stay: Two Nights: Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Milford Sound New ZealandDay 9. Milford Sound Cruise
Absorb the majesty of Fiordland National Park on the journey to Milford Sound. On arrival, enjoy a cruise along the sound. Return to Queenstown by coach, or perhaps take a scenic flight back (own expense).

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch

Day 10. Queenstown, Mt Cook
After some free time this morning, travel to World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park.
Stay: Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 11. Fly to Sydney, Australia
Travel via Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, Burkes Pass and the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Christchurch in the afternoon. Later, board a flight to Sydney. Tonight enjoy dinner and a glass of wine overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Stay: Three Nights: Sydney, The Sebel Pier One

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Australia Bondi BeachDay 12. Sydney Sights, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Guided Tour
This morning, step inside the Sydney Opera House during a guided tour. Learn about this unique Australian landmark, before boarding a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour, viewing the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House from a different perspective. Later, discover Hyde Park and the famous Bondi Beach on a guided city tour.

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch

Day 13. Sydney at Leisure
Enjoy this vibrant city at your own pace today. Perhaps take an optional sightseeing tour to the Hunter Valley, or visit the Blue Mountains (own expense).

1 meal included

Great Barrier Reef AustraliaDay 14. Sydney, Fly to Cairns
This morning, fly to Cairns. Settle in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore this tropical city.
Stay: Three Nights: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina.

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 15. Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Cruise out to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in a glass-bottom boat. View the colorful coral and diverse range of marine life of Moore Reef, and maybe go for a snorkel or a swim. Afterwards, visit your boat's underwater observatory before enjoying a tropical lunch of local specialties.

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch

Day 16. Skyrail, Kuranda, Cairns
Today, tour Cairns before riding on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda. Visit a wildlife park and perhaps have your photo taken with a koala (own expense). After seeing a performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns.

1 meal included

Day 17. Cairns, Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru Base Tour, Sounds of Silence Dinner
This morning, fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Take a tour of Uluru's base, viewing ancient caves and traditional Aboriginal rock art. Walk to Mutitjulu waterhole and hear Aboriginal stories and legends, and see Aboriginal artists at work at the Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery. Tonight enjoy the Sounds of Silence dinner, a magical experience during which you'll dine under the stars before hearing a talk about the outback night sky.
Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel.

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Walpa Gorge AustraliaDay 18. Kata Tjuta (Olgas), Alice Springs
Today, visit Kata Tjuta (Olgas), and walk through the domes to the majestic Walpa (Olga) Gorge. Later, re-board your coach and travel to Alice Springs.
Stay: Alice Springs, Crowne Plaza Hotel

1 meal included

Day 19. Alice Springs Tour, The Ghan

Enjoy a tour of Alice Springs, visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base and Anzac Hill. Then transfer to the railway station and travel from Alice Springs to Adelaide aboard The Ghan on a luxury rail journey through the Red Centre.
Stay: The Ghan, travel in Gold Kangaroo class

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

The Ghan Train in AustraliaDay 20. The Ghan, Adelaide
Enjoy breakfast aboard The Ghan as you travel south. On arrival into Adelaide early this afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure before dinner in the hotel tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Adelaide, Sebel Playford

Daily meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 21. Adelaide at Leisure
With today free, perhaps take an optional excursion to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island (both at own expense).

1 meal included

Day 22. Adelaide, Fly to Melbourne, City Tour
Transfer to the airport and fly to Melbourne. On arrival, join a city tour.
Stay: Two Nights: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

1 meal included

Day 23. Melbourne at Leisure
Today perhaps see the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or drive the Great Ocean Road (both at own expense).

1 meal included

Day 24. Depart Melbourne
Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport.

1 meal included


Please Note: Land only tours begin on Day 03.

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