Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

21 day Escorted Tour - from £4475

With flights from £5876

Explore the two nations that lie on the shores of the Tasman Sea. Vastly different in size, and offering unique landscapes and experiences, Australia and New Zealand share a reputation for warm hospitality and great cuisine.


  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore Australia’s most iconic city, Sydney
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast
  • Cruise through the stunning Milford Sound
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Melbourne

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively, you could take an optional trip along the renowned Great Ocean Road.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning, and visit the School of the Air and the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a home-cooked Be My Guest gourmet barbecue dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Uluru

Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set over the world’s largest monolith.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art preserved there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta, and take a walk through the towering domes of this majestic rock formation. Share a drink with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and help you paint your own artwork. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Cairns

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You can go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Sydney

This afternoon you’ll fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure to explore this beautiful harbour city.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Sydney

Join a local guide for a tour of the Sydney Opera House before visiting legendary Bondi Beach. Prime your sea legs next as you board a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise. You’ll pass waterfront homes and the iconic sights for which Sydney is so famous. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Sydney

Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney or perhaps consider an optional experience to the Blue Mountains to connect with nature. Celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a restaurant right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13 - Auckland

Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand, and meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 - Auckland

A morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by free time to relax or explore Auckland, the largest city in the North Island.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Rotorua

You’re invited to a sumptuous country style Be My Guest lunch today on the beautiful Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. This evening, enjoy a traditional Māori Hangi Highlight Dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16 - Christchurch

Discover native flora and fauna at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park today before continuing to Te Puia, where a Māori guide will lead you through a geothermal wonderland. Later, board your flight to Christchurch.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 17 - Franz Josef

Take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps on the legendary TranzAlpine train. Stop at Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade), then travel along the Coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier. Take a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 18 - Queenstown

Enjoy delicious stone fruit at Cromwell and then visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 - Milford Sound Cruise

Drive along the shores of turquoise Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, then through the temperate rainforest of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest before you return to Queenstown in the late afternoon.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 20 - Queenstown

Relax and explore in Queenstown today, or you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakeside setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect setting for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 21 - Queenstown

Say farewell to your travelling companions when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

21 day Escorted Tour - from £4475

With flights from £5876


  • Add nights in Melbourne before your tour from £54
  • Add nights in Queenstown after your tour from £39
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