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31-Day Luxury Escorted tour
On this escorted tour you experience the exhilaration of the swooping albatross, the wonder of soaring peaks, carved by ancient glaciers, the drama of sandstone monoliths and the encompassing nature of the Maori people, and you will feel eternally connected to this powerful continent.
• Sightseeing in Singapore, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and Perth
• Journeying across the Southern Alps to Queenstown taking in views of snow-capped Mount Cook
• Standing in awe of Franz Josef Glacier
• Feeling the power of the earth at Rotorua’s unique Te Puia Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserves
• Exploring the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour
• Basking in the warm, clear waters of the incredible Great Barrier Reef
• Staring in awe of the spectacular colours as the setting sun lights up Ayers Rock
• Gazing across the City of Sails over dinner, 328 metres up in Auckland's Sky Tower
Your 31-day Tour includes:
• A Journeys of Distinction Tour Manager on hand at all times
• Local guides, with an insider’s knowledge, who give a true insight into the culture, history and lifestyle
• Return scheduled flights on Qantas
• Invitation to the executive lounge at Heathrow
• Exceptional, hand-picked hotels
• 27 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
• Sightseeing tours of Bangkok, Sydney, Perth and Alice Springs
• Tours of the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Rotorua’s thermal springs
• Travel by luxury air-conditioned vehicle and internal flights as described
• Luggage service throughout
• All local and state taxes
• Airport taxes including air passenger duty
Extend Your HolidayIf you’re not quite ready to leave the world of adventure and exploration behind, break your journey home with a tour extension to the glorious Sentosa Island. With lush tropical gardens and spectacular beaches, this idyllic island in the South China Sea offers the perfect place to relax. Transferring from Singapore, you’ll stay at the fabulous Sentosa Island Resort and Spa, where you can indulge yourself with heavenly spa treatments, dine on gourmet cuisine and pamper yourself in luxurious surroundings.
Departs 20 January 201324 February 2013
Flying timeLondon to Bangkok
11 hours 30 mins
Bangkok to Christchurch
Time differenceAuckland GMT +12 hours
Sydney +10 hours
Day 1 Depart HeathrowJoin your Tour Manager in the executive lounge before boarding your flight.Meals: In-flight.
Day 2 Arrive SingaporeYou’ll arrive this evening and transfer to your hotel to settle in, before welcome drinks with your Tour Manager.Meals: In-flight. Hotel: Swissotel Stamford
Day 3 SingaporeThis morning’s sightseeing tour takes in Singapore’s modern and historic districts. You’ll visit Thian Hock Keng, Singapore’s oldest Buddhist Taoist temple, see the famous Merlion statue and pass through Chinatown. You’ll also visit the wonderful National Orchid Garden, where the incredible displays of over 60,000 delicate plants include over 1,000 varieties and over 2,000 hybrids. This afternoon, you’re free to discover a host of entertainment options in this lively and diverse city.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Swissotel Stamford
Day 4 Depart SingaporeYou have a free morning to explore, before your flight to the youngest country on earth – New Zealand.Meals: Breakfast.
Day 5 Arrive ChristchurchOnce you land this afternoon you’ll have an opportunity to see the city and relax in your hotel.Meals: In-flight. Hotel: Copthorne Commodore
Day 6 Christchurch to Franz JosefVia Arthurs Pass and Hokitika, you’ll journey west through the rugged Southern Alps and alpine forests of this stunning glacial region before arriving at the Te Waonui Retreat, nestled amongst the native Franz Josef rainforest.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat.
Day 7 Franz JosefThere’s plenty to do during your free day at ‘the star of the west coast glaciers’. Ask your Tour Manager about the fantastic walks, including the dynamic glacier face route, and optional excursions, which include an exhilarating helicopter trip over the glacier and Southern Alps. Or, you may like a blissful soak in one of the hot springs.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 8 Franz Josef to QueenstownToday’s dramatic drive south passes Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and continues on through Lindis Pass, with its backdrop of snowcapped peaks, into Queenstown.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Millennium Queenstown.
Day 9 QueenstownOn a trip to the former gold mining town of Arrowtown, you can follow one of the numerous walking trails, and soak up the atmosphere along Buckingham Street, which is dotted with galleries and quaint shops. This evening, you’ll board the vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw and cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a wonderful dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel: Millennium Queenstown.
Day 10 QueenstownOn your free day, you can either take it easy, or join an optional excursion to the renowned natural wonder of Milford Sound.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Millennium Queenstown.
Day 11 QueenstownToday is free, but you could choose a thrilling 4-wheel-drive tour of Skipper’s Canyon, capturing some of the region’s finest scenery and includes afternoon tea. Or a city garden tour taking in some of the beautiful gardens of Queenstown.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Millennium Queenstown.
Day 12 Queenstown to RotoruaYou have an early start today to board your flight to Auckland and then travel on to Rotorua.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Millennium Rotorua.
Day 13 RotoruaExperience the drama of nature first hand at the Te Puia Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserves, and uncover the rich heritage of the famous thermal bathhouse. The reserve has over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents. With any luck, you’ll see Pohutu in action, which can erupt 30 metres into the air! You’re free to explore this afternoon.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Millennium Rotorua.
Day 14 Rotorua to AucklandEn route to Auckland, you’ll take a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves, where the glow-worm grotto offers a mesmerising sight as countless tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Heritage Auckland.
Day 15 AucklandOn today’s free day, you might like to take a trip up Mount Eden at the top of the city, or visit the fashionable suburb of Parnell, with its glorious Victorian buildings and boutique shops. Tonight you’ll meet up for dinner in the Orbit Restaurant, 328 metres up in the Auckland Sky Tower.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel: Heritage Auckland.
Day 16 Auckland to SydneyToday you'll leave New Zealand for Sydney and the next stage of your incredible journey. Transfer to your harbour side hotel. If you’d like to upgrade to a Harbour Bridge View or Opera View Room, please ask when you make your booking.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott.
Day 17 SydneyThe first visit of the day has to be the iconic Sydney Opera House. After a guided tour, you’ll lunch on the splendid harbour cruise, during an informative trip past the surrounding sights, including the unmistakable Harbour Bridge. Your tour ends at Sydney's popular coastal region, Bondi Beach; known for its terrific surf and sparkling golden sands.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott.
Day 18 SydneyOn today’s free day, your Tour Manager can suggest things to see and do, such as a visit to the Blue Mountains or even the challenge of climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge!Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott.
Day 19 SydneyYou’ll have another free day today, and you’ll find that your hotel is perfectly placed for discovering the area’s boutiques and restaurantsMeals: Breakfast. Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott.
Day 20 Sydney to CairnsThis morning you’ll leave Sydney and fly to Cairns in tropical North Queensland.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Hilton Cairns.
Day 21 CairnsYou’re free to explore at your own pace again today.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Hilton Cairns.
Day 22 CairnsToday you’ll visit the much-awaited Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. You can view the colourful coral, clear blue seas and wealth of tropical fish from a glass bottomed boat, or take to the waters. Swimming and snorkelling among the marine life is an experience to treasure. Throughout the day, you’ll have chance to chat to knowledgeable marine naturalists to learn about the reef.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Hotel: Hilton Cairns.
Day 23 CairnsOn your last free day in Cairns, you could take an optional excursion on the spectacular Kuranda Scenic Railway, which transports you past dense tropical rainforest, steep ravines, picturesque waterfalls and into the fantastic Barron Gorge.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Hilton Cairns.
Day 24 Cairns to Ayers RockArriving into the Red Centre you'll check in then visit The Olgas; dramatic and monumental rock formations. You then have an opportunity to walk through the barren terrain of Walpa Gorge, with its scattering of desert plants and wildlife. In the evening, an incredible experience awaits; Ayers Rock at sunset, with the last rays of the sun lighting up the rock and giving its intense colours an eerie glow.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Sails in the Desert.
Day 25 Ayers RockAfter an intriguing tour around the base of Ayers Rock, you’ll head to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into indigenous life. This evening, you’ll dine under the twinkling outback sky at the wonderful Sounds of Silence experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Hotel: Sails in the Desert.
Day 26 Ayers Rock to Alice SpringsJourney into a landscape of rugged beauty over 500 million years old on the way to Alice Springs, where you’re transported to a bygone era with a visit to the Old Telegraph Station. You’ll also visit the Flying Doctor base and School of the Air that currently educates 160 children living across more than a million square kilometres.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs.
Day 27 Alice Springs to PerthLeaving the outback behind, you’ll fly to Perth, where the rest of the day is free to explore.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Parmelia Hilton.
Day 28 PerthThis morning’s sightseeing tour of the city includes Perth’s Botanical Gardens and downtown area. Later in the afternoon, you’ll have time to relax or take a trip to Kings Park to see its stunning array of native plants, wildflowers and animals.Meals: Breakfast. Hotel: Parmelia Hilton.
Day 29 PerthYour free day can be spent visiting the coastal area of Freemantle, known locally as Freo, which has a laid back ambience. It’s a perfect place to soak up the cafÃ© culture or visit the boutique craft shops of the South Terrace. Tonight, join your fellow travellers to share experiences and personal highlights over a farewell dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel: Parmelia Hilton.
Day 30 Depart PerthThere’s time for a little last minute souvenir shopping before boarding your flight to Heathrow, via Singapore.Meals: Breakfast, In-flight.
Day 31 Arrive HeathrowYour journey’s at an end, but your memories will live on.
Any questions? Chat to your Personal Travel Advisor on 0161 491 7616
Ayers Rock, Australia
This resort hotel is named after the majestic white sails that crown its roof. Located at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this hotel’s interior pays homage to aboriginal heritage and culture through a series of artwork including the Mulgara gallery.
Towering next door to Perth’s convention centre is the Parmelia Hilton. This hotel hosts modern guestrooms and a wealth of facilities that make your few days here comfortable. The Hilton’s Adelphi Steakhouse and bar is a great place to relax and maybe sample one of their many local beers?
Alice Springs, Australia
The Crowne Plaza hotel is set against the MacDonnell Ranges on Barrett Drive, just minutes from the resort centre of Alice Springs. Your stay here is perfect for exploring the spectacular â€˜Red Centre’ in all its magnificence.
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Rotorua, the Millennium Hotel is just a short stroll from the town centre and the outdoor Polynesian Spa. It is a comfortable hotel with relaxing surroundings and the hotel’s Nikau restaurant serves up their famous Nikau burger.
Nestled amongst the native rainforest is the wonderful Te Waonui Retreat. The hotel has been designed to help preserve and respect the surrounding environment with its eco-friendly features, natural colour schemes and recycled local materials. Relax in your deluxe guestroom and enjoy the hotel’s calm atmosphere.
This hotel is situated on the main route into Queenstown on Frankton Road. It certainly is unmistakable with its entrance hall of large glass windows. The Millennium Queenstown has very good facilities, so unwind in its relaxed ambience, especially after a wonderful day sightseeing.
The Heritage Auckland was the former site of the historic Farmers department store. Beautifully restored, it is New Zealand’s largest hotel. So, whether you’re relaxing in your superior guestroom or making the most of this magnificent region, the Heritage Auckland is the perfect home away from home.
Located in the heart of the city, the Hilton Cairns hotel is the perfect base for exploring the diverse wonders of this truly unique region, the meeting place of two natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest. Enjoy the panoramic views of Cairns as you relax in you room.
SwissÃ´tel Stamford is one of south east Asia’s tallest hotels, located in the heart of vibrant Singapore and part of the Raffles City Complex. It offers superb facilities and an amazing spa for total relaxation after a day’s sightseeing. Settle in to your contemporary guest room with views over the harbour and city.
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