Australia, South Pacific Wonders

Australia, South Pacific Wonders

17 Days, 24 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Trip Includes: Round Trip Airport Transfers from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, 17 Days, 24 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners, George Weigle, Escort, Taxes and meal gratuities.

HIGHLIGHTS… Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Mt. Cook Region, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Merino Sheep Farm, Choice on Tour, Peruse the farmer’s market in Melbourne, Fitzroy Gardens, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Queenstown Gardens

Day 1-2

October 25 - 26, 2020 Depart From Home Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead. Travel on an adventure of a lifetime.

Day 3

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Melbourne, Australia - Tour Begins Arrive today in Melbourne,* a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Next, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1846, these gardens extend across 36 hectares. This evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

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Day 4

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Melbourne Get a look into Australia’s past at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, which showcases the European settlement of the 1800s. Peruse the farmer’s market for ripe fruit and veggies, perhaps trying some freshly baked goods. Continue on to the Koala Conservation Center and walk along the boardwalk to see these endearing creatures in their natural habitat. This afternoon, make your way to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.

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Day 5

Thursday, October 29, 2020 Melbourne - Cairns You will board your flight to Cairns. Your tour opens today in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site - the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

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Day 6

Friday, October 30, 2020 Cairns Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these arboreal herbivores. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

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Day 7

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This immense series of 2,800 coral reefs are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

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Day 8

Sunday, November 1, 2020 Cairns - Sydney This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

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Day 9

Monday, November 2, 2020 Sydney See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Enjoy a guided tour of Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden, a heritage-listed major 30-hectare botanical garden located near the Sydney central business district. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. Later this evening, you may choose to take in an optional dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House.

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Day 10

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Sydney Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. A guided tour will take place at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Designed in 1988 by landscape architects and gardeners from Sydney’s sister city, Guangzhou, the Chinese Garden of Friendship follows the Taoist principles of 'Yin-Yang' – the balance of opposing yet complementary forces– and ‘Wu-Xing’ – the harmonious five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Later that afternoon, visit the remainder of the gardens near the Royal Botanical, including a stop at the Rose and Succulent Garden. Tonight, say farewell to Australia while chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge

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Day 11

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as 'the Garden City' is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the 'Kiwis', and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

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Day 12

Thursday, November 5, 2020 Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region On route to the Mt. Cook Region, stop by The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand, were founded in 1863 when an English oak was planted to commemorate the solemnization of the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

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Day 13

Friday, November 6, 2020 Mt. Cook Region - Arrowtown - Queenstown Traverse the spectacular countryside as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore independently.

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Day 14

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a breaktakingly beautiful cruise you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

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Day 15

Sunday, November 8, 2020 Queenstown In the morning, stop by the Queenstown Gardens, located next to the town of Queenstown, New Zealand is a botanical garden which contains a variety of exotic and native trees and plants as well as a large pond with wildlife. Shop or people-watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join an optional tour taking you through the majestic Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed.

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Day 16

Monday, November 9, 2020 Queenstown Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to this authentic family-run merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.

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Day 17

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Queenstown - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Harrisburg 4300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17112
Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
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