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Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Marina Bay, Singapore
Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Sydney
Christchurch
TranzAlpine
Lake Wanaka
Queenstown
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Dunedin Railway Station
Lanarch Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand
Telescope, Dark Sky Reserve stargazing evening, Tekapo
Dolphins, Kaikoura
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Rotorua
Rotorua Polynesian Spa
Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Fijian Beach View
Road in Los Angeles
Washington Square Park, New York

Round The World In 40 Days

40 day Holiday Idea – from £6355

With flights from £9155

Discover your inner Phileas Fogg! An unforgettable itinerary to iconic cities and attractions around the globe, but still with time to relax and enjoy each destination.

Highlights:
  • Explore Singapore and Sydney, two of the world’s great cities
  • Stay in North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy an expert led tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands
  • Relax on the soft sands of Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands
  • Visit Beverly Hills in L.A. and Times Square in New York

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Marina Bay, Singapore

Day 1 to 4 – Singapore

Arrive into the Eastern city of Singapore for a three night stay. Renowned for its shopping…

Arrive into the Eastern city of Singapore for a three night stay. Renowned for its shopping malls and street markets, Singapore serves up a world of culinary adventures, charming colonial attractions, and has a full calendar of exhilarating and colourful events to captivate you.

    Robertson House by Crest or similar

Marina Bay, Singapore
Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Day 5 to 10 – Cairns

Fly overnight to Cairns to enjoy six nights by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Explore the region’s…

Fly overnight to Cairns to enjoy six nights by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Explore the region’s rainforests, board the Skyrail for a scenic ride over the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, take a day cruise to snorkel amongst the colourful coral and marine life, or simply laze on the sands of the city’s Northern Beaches.

    Bay Village Tropical Retreat or similar

Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Sydney

Day 11 to 16 – Sydney

Fly to Sydney to spend six nights in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Climb…

Fly to Sydney to spend six nights in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Climb the famous Harbour Bridge, or enjoy a scenic sightseeing cruise under it. Visit the famous Bondi and Manly beaches. You will find plenty to see and do in this vibrant city. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains or visit the famous Hunter Valley to sample some of the region’s great produce.

    Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites or similar

Sydney
Christchurch

Day 17 – Welcome to Christchurch

There are plenty of reasons to arrive in New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ early, among them the…

There are plenty of reasons to arrive in New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ early, among them the astonishing transformation that has reinvigorated streets since the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes. Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Welcome reception tonight.

    Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Christchurch
TranzAlpine

Day 18 – Christchurch to Franz Josef/Waiau

Jump aboard the TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, gorges and…

Jump aboard the TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, gorges and river valleys. Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast well-known for its jade. Around the corner is the town of Franz Josef, gateway to Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere. Get some perspective on an optional flight.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, dinner
TranzAlpine
Lake Wanaka

Day 19 – Franz Josef/Waiau to Queenstown

Over the Haast Pass, alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes spreads before you. First up there’s…

Over the Haast Pass, alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes spreads before you. First up there’s lovely Lake Wanaka, with its Instagrammable shoreline of poplars and willows. Then Lake Hawea – the colour of an Ice Mint – and Lake Dunstan, where you’ll pause to refuel on flavour-packed stone fruits. As tempting as it is to linger in Arrowtown’s movie-set-like streets, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables await in Queenstown.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Lake Wanaka
Queenstown

Day 20 – Queenstown Free Time

Today, choose your own adventure – there are plenty to be had. Feel the wind in…

Today, choose your own adventure – there are plenty to be had. Feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane jet boat ride, perhaps. Or discover some of New Zealand’s feathered friends at a wildlife centre. Wine aficionado? Sip your way through surrounding vineyards. Wherever you wander, make sure you’re back in time to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner and a little late-night dancing.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, dinner
Queenstown
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 21 – Queenstown to Te Anau

Your route from the Mirror Lakes through the Cleddau Valley is the entrée to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi,…

Your route from the Mirror Lakes through the Cleddau Valley is the entrée to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, a cavernous wonderland where waterfalls thunder from ancient escarpments into inky water where dolphins play. You’ll likely spot them on your Milford Sound/Piopiotahi cruise. It’s all part of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, an intoxicating union of beech forests, alluvial flats, meadows and gin-clear rivers, carving up the countryside. This is your backdrop all the way to Te Anau.

    Distinction Luxmore Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Dunedin Railway Station

Day 22 – Te Anau to Dunedin

Swap the forested slopes of Fiordland for the rolling green hills of the Edinburgh of the…

Swap the forested slopes of Fiordland for the rolling green hills of the Edinburgh of the South. Welcome to Dunedin, a beguiling union of both Māori and Scottish heritage. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a lager or two in Speight’s Brewery (a national institution). Or venture further afield to discover the wildlife that thrives in this pretty pocket of the country – fur seals and penguins, anyone?

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

    Breakfast
Dunedin Railway Station
Lanarch Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand

Day 23 – Dunedin to Omarama

If you didn’t get a taste for Dunedin’s Scottish heritage yesterday, you surely will today. Explore…

If you didn’t get a taste for Dunedin’s Scottish heritage yesterday, you surely will today. Explore grand Larnach Castle at your leisure – this is, after all, the only one of its kind in the country – then wander the manicured grounds of Otago University or the city’s main George Street for an additional reminder of the city’s ties to Europe. If you’ve ever wanted to see New Zealand’s oldest public gardens, today you’re in luck with a visit to Oamaru, known for its stately tree-lined streets and limestone buildings.

    Heritage Gateway Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Lanarch Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand
Telescope, Dark Sky Reserve stargazing evening, Tekapo

Day 24 – Omarama to Christchurch

Your outlook this morning is the Canterbury Plains. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo,…

Your outlook this morning is the Canterbury Plains. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo, hosted by passionate guides, will forever change the way you see the night sky. You’ll see for yourself it may be one of the quietest spots on the planet, yet it has one of the busiest skies in the universe. Back on earth, it’s time to become reacquainted with Christchurch, your in-the-know guide pointing out the city’s miraculous transformation.

    Ibis Hotel Christchurch

    Breakfast, dinner
Telescope, Dark Sky Reserve stargazing evening, Tekapo
Dolphins, Kaikoura

Day 25 – Christchurch to Picton

Forget powdery white sand – once you’ve seen the dramatic black Kaikoura cove, you’ll be spoilt…

Forget powdery white sand – once you’ve seen the dramatic black Kaikoura cove, you’ll be spoilt for all future beach-bashing. Bonus points if you spot a sea lion or sperm whale frolicking offshore; a sighting is practically guaranteed if you opt for an aerial tour over the coastline. Your onward route skirts the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, before arriving in the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton.

    Picton Yacht Club

    Breakfast, dinner
Dolphins, Kaikoura
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 26 – Picton to Wellington

Cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound, up the Tory Channel and across Cook Strait is a journey…

Cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound, up the Tory Channel and across Cook Strait is a journey as scenic as it is serene. Today’s chariot, the Interislander, transports you from the South Island to the North, navigating a maze of arms and inlets into Wellington. Bring your stamina to explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to sip wine and coffee tonight – this city is known for its uber-cool cafés, restaurants and bars.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Rotorua

Day 27 – Wellington to Rotorua

The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, the largest of its kind…

The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, the largest of its kind in the country. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Māori history and culture on this guided experience, which includes a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Rotorua
Rotorua Polynesian Spa

Day 28 – Rotorua

Sometimes, the best adventures are those that…

Sometimes, the best adventures are those that you have when you least expect them. Like wandering into Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa and falling into a few hours of bliss while soaking in steamy thermal springs. Or discovering endangered birds on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. And then there’s Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast
Rotorua Polynesian Spa
Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Day 29 – Rotorua – Auckland

Before you reach your final destination, get set to glow through the Waitomo Caves. While cruising…

Before you reach your final destination, get set to glow through the Waitomo Caves. While cruising cavernous limestone waterways, your route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, appears on the horizon, dazzling with not one, but two harbours.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast, dinner
Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Fijian Beach View

Day 30 to 34 – Fiji

Next stop is Fiji for a five night stay. After the active touring experience of New…

Next stop is Fiji for a five night stay. After the active touring experience of New Zealand, these welcoming islands are the ideal place to relax and unwind. Stroll along the white soft sandy beaches, take an optional tour into the mountains, dine in the resort restaurant or simply relax by the welcoming pool.

    First Landing Resort or similar

Fijian Beach View
Road in Los Angeles

Day 35 to 36 – Los Angeles

Cross the International Date Line on your way back home. The two night stay in Los…

Cross the International Date Line on your way back home. The two night stay in Los Angeles will provide a fast paced look at this bustling city.

    Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood or similar

Road in Los Angeles
Washington Square Park, New York

Day 37 to 39 – New York

Fly to America’s ‘Big Apple’ for an exciting three night stay. Marvel at the city skyline…

Fly to America’s ‘Big Apple’ for an exciting three night stay. Marvel at the city skyline from the top of the Empire State Building, escape the city with a relaxing stroll around Central Park or pick up some last minute souvenirs from the shops and boutiques of famous Fifth Avenue. Then board your flight home with a passport full of stamps and a lifetime of memories.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Washington Square Park, New York

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1 to 4

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Singapore

Arrive into the Eastern city of Singapore for a three night stay. Renowned for its shopping malls and street markets, Singapore serves up a world of culinary adventures, charming colonial attractions, and has a full calendar of exhilarating and colourful events to captivate you.

    Robertson House by Crest or similar

Marina Bay, Singapore

Day 5 to 10

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Cairns

Fly overnight to Cairns to enjoy six nights by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Explore the region’s rainforests, board the Skyrail for a scenic ride over the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, take a day cruise to snorkel amongst the colourful coral and marine life, or simply laze on the sands of the city’s Northern Beaches.

    Bay Village Tropical Retreat or similar

Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Day 11 to 16

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Sydney

Fly to Sydney to spend six nights in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Climb the famous Harbour Bridge, or enjoy a scenic sightseeing cruise under it. Visit the famous Bondi and Manly beaches. You will find plenty to see and do in this vibrant city. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains or visit the famous Hunter Valley to sample some of the region’s great produce.

    Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites or similar

Sydney

Day 17

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Welcome to Christchurch

There are plenty of reasons to arrive in New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ early, among them the astonishing transformation that has reinvigorated streets since the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes. Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Welcome reception tonight.

    Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Christchurch

Day 18

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Christchurch to Franz Josef/Waiau

Jump aboard the TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, gorges and river valleys. Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast well-known for its jade. Around the corner is the town of Franz Josef, gateway to Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere. Get some perspective on an optional flight.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, dinner
TranzAlpine

Day 19

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Franz Josef/Waiau to Queenstown

Over the Haast Pass, alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes spreads before you. First up there’s lovely Lake Wanaka, with its Instagrammable shoreline of poplars and willows. Then Lake Hawea – the colour of an Ice Mint – and Lake Dunstan, where you’ll pause to refuel on flavour-packed stone fruits. As tempting as it is to linger in Arrowtown’s movie-set-like streets, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables await in Queenstown.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Lake Wanaka

Day 20

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Queenstown Free Time

Today, choose your own adventure – there are plenty to be had. Feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane jet boat ride, perhaps. Or discover some of New Zealand’s feathered friends at a wildlife centre. Wine aficionado? Sip your way through surrounding vineyards. Wherever you wander, make sure you’re back in time to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner and a little late-night dancing.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, dinner
Queenstown

Day 21

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Queenstown to Te Anau

Your route from the Mirror Lakes through the Cleddau Valley is the entrée to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, a cavernous wonderland where waterfalls thunder from ancient escarpments into inky water where dolphins play. You’ll likely spot them on your Milford Sound/Piopiotahi cruise. It’s all part of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, an intoxicating union of beech forests, alluvial flats, meadows and gin-clear rivers, carving up the countryside. This is your backdrop all the way to Te Anau.

    Distinction Luxmore Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Day 22

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Te Anau to Dunedin

Swap the forested slopes of Fiordland for the rolling green hills of the Edinburgh of the South. Welcome to Dunedin, a beguiling union of both Māori and Scottish heritage. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a lager or two in Speight’s Brewery (a national institution). Or venture further afield to discover the wildlife that thrives in this pretty pocket of the country – fur seals and penguins, anyone?

    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

    Breakfast
Dunedin Railway Station

Day 23

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Dunedin to Omarama

If you didn’t get a taste for Dunedin’s Scottish heritage yesterday, you surely will today. Explore grand Larnach Castle at your leisure – this is, after all, the only one of its kind in the country – then wander the manicured grounds of Otago University or the city’s main George Street for an additional reminder of the city’s ties to Europe. If you’ve ever wanted to see New Zealand’s oldest public gardens, today you’re in luck with a visit to Oamaru, known for its stately tree-lined streets and limestone buildings.

    Heritage Gateway Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Lanarch Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand

Day 24

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Omarama to Christchurch

Your outlook this morning is the Canterbury Plains. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo, hosted by passionate guides, will forever change the way you see the night sky. You’ll see for yourself it may be one of the quietest spots on the planet, yet it has one of the busiest skies in the universe. Back on earth, it’s time to become reacquainted with Christchurch, your in-the-know guide pointing out the city’s miraculous transformation.

    Ibis Hotel Christchurch

    Breakfast, dinner
Telescope, Dark Sky Reserve stargazing evening, Tekapo

Day 25

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Christchurch to Picton

Forget powdery white sand – once you’ve seen the dramatic black Kaikoura cove, you’ll be spoilt for all future beach-bashing. Bonus points if you spot a sea lion or sperm whale frolicking offshore; a sighting is practically guaranteed if you opt for an aerial tour over the coastline. Your onward route skirts the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, before arriving in the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton.

    Picton Yacht Club

    Breakfast, dinner
Dolphins, Kaikoura

Day 26

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Picton to Wellington

Cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound, up the Tory Channel and across Cook Strait is a journey as scenic as it is serene. Today’s chariot, the Interislander, transports you from the South Island to the North, navigating a maze of arms and inlets into Wellington. Bring your stamina to explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to sip wine and coffee tonight – this city is known for its uber-cool cafés, restaurants and bars.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 27

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Wellington to Rotorua

The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, the largest of its kind in the country. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Māori history and culture on this guided experience, which includes a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast, dinner
Rotorua

Day 28

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Rotorua

Sometimes, the best adventures are those that you have when you least expect them. Like wandering into Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa and falling into a few hours of bliss while soaking in steamy thermal springs. Or discovering endangered birds on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. And then there’s Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast
Rotorua Polynesian Spa

Day 29

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Rotorua – Auckland

Before you reach your final destination, get set to glow through the Waitomo Caves. While cruising cavernous limestone waterways, your route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, appears on the horizon, dazzling with not one, but two harbours.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast, dinner
Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Day 30 to 34

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Fiji

Next stop is Fiji for a five night stay. After the active touring experience of New Zealand, these welcoming islands are the ideal place to relax and unwind. Stroll along the white soft sandy beaches, take an optional tour into the mountains, dine in the resort restaurant or simply relax by the welcoming pool.

    First Landing Resort or similar

Fijian Beach View

Day 35 to 36

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Los Angeles

Cross the International Date Line on your way back home. The two night stay in Los Angeles will provide a fast paced look at this bustling city.

    Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood or similar

Road in Los Angeles

Day 37 to 39

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New York

Fly to America’s ‘Big Apple’ for an exciting three night stay. Marvel at the city skyline from the top of the Empire State Building, escape the city with a relaxing stroll around Central Park or pick up some last minute souvenirs from the shops and boutiques of famous Fifth Avenue. Then board your flight home with a passport full of stamps and a lifetime of memories.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Washington Square Park, New York

Your Holiday Includes

39 nights accommodation
Meals are included as detailed in the itinerary
Escorted tour including activities and excursions as detailed in the itinerary

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in any location or additional destinations
  • A Great Barrier Reef day cruise

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Australia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Round The World In 40 Days

40 day Holiday Idea – from £6355

With flights from £9155

Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing. Flights, hotels and tours are subject to availability and seasonal variations may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations for details.

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