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2021 Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under

From Melbourne to Sydney
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Tour Itinerary

Venture through stunningly diverse natural settings,from Australia’s fabled Outback and Great BarrierReef to New Zealand’s dazzling Milford Sound,and experience cultural and culinary wondersin the region’s most stylish cities.

DAY 1: Arrive Melbourne, Australia

Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred toyour luxurious hotel, with your room pre-registered by A&Kfor immediate check-in. Then, roam Melbourne’s fine artsand sporting precincts as well as its lush parklands. Viewcultural and historic highlights, such as the State LibraryVictoria and the Royal Exhibition Building. Tonight, gatherfor a welcome dinner.

(Dinner)
Hotel: Park Hyatt Melbourne  

DAY 2: Melbourne

Explore the heart of Melbourne on foot, and then Ride Like a Local by tram, taking in the city’s rich and varied architectural landscape. Follow your guide through the city’s fascinating labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways, home to trendy cafés and eclectic boutiques, not to mention graffiti and street art. See landmarks like the Block Arcade and the former General Post Office. Following lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Park Hyatt Melbourne  

DAY 3: Cairns

Fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and DaintreeRainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Uponarrival, transfer to your accommodations. Dine tonight atyour hotel, enjoying views of the Coral Sea.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Riley  

DAY 4: Great Barrier Reef

Embark on a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reefaboard a stylish vessel. Glide among islands adorned withwhite-sand beaches, coral gardens and sheltered lagoons.Explore the marvelous aquatic wonders of the reef on a guidedsnorkeling tour, viewing teeming undersea life up close inits native habitat, before an exhilarating cruise back to port.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Riley  

DAY 5: Daintree Rainforest

Travel overland to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, which you explore privately with a park ranger, enjoying access to the koala and wallaby enclosures as well as the opportunity to hold a koala in your arms, on an experience designed exclusively for A&K guests. Next, visit the Wildlife Care Center for rescued wild and injured animals. Explore the park at your leisure before an A&K-exclusive visit to the Botanical Ark, a private ethnobotanical garden, for a Chef’s Table lunch. While on site, discover how the Botanical Ark, which began as one man’s quest to catalog the unique properties of indigenous plant life once known only to locals, has grown into a repository of knowledge and insight that showcases amazing flora from across Australia and from tropical zones all around the world. After your freshly made lunch and immersive visit with the Ark’s staff, return to Cairns for time at leisure.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Riley  

DAY 6: Uluru

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and visit a local Aboriginal art gallery, with the opportunity to meet the artist in residence. Transfer to your luxury tented camp — Longitude 131° — overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and enjoy lunch on site. On a Scenic Sundowner, with chilled glass and canapé in hand, witness the changing light reflected on Uluru’s surface as the sun slips below the horizon. Tonight, dine among the dunes to the sounds of an ancient indigenous culture, and feast on four delicious courses complemented with premium Australian wines. Later, join your camp’s resident astronomer to observe the southerly constellations.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Longitude 131��  

DAY 7: Uluru

Rise early and set out for Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), stopping to view sunrise over its majestic domes. In the company of your guide, walk through Walpa Gorge and learn how its stark landscapes were shaped. This afternoon, return to Uluru and journey along the Mala walk at its base, pausing to view cave paintings and sources of bush tucker. Later, see the walls of Kantju Gorge ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Sip sparkling wine and nibble on canapés, savoring the solitude of the gorge as the daylight fades.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Longitude 131��  

DAY 8: Sydney

Fly to Sydney and settle into your hotel in the historic RocksDistrict, a short stroll from the harbor, with some of the city’sbest dining and attractions. Sydney’s appeal is wide ranging,from its stunning harbor and iconic skyline to its fascinatingmuseums and famed Bondi Beach. It is a world-class city thatfairly pulses with the energy of its diverse and cosmopolitaninhabitants.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: The Langham, Sydney  

DAYS 9���10: Sydney

After breakfast, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

Cruise Sydney Harbour, viewing the city’s inspiring highlights, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Cycle Through Sydney with a top local guide, on electric bikes, viewing iconic sights and gliding along the city’s vibrant streets.

Walk Through the Historic Rocks District, discoveringthe rich heritage of Sydney’s oldest neighborhood.

Gather for lunch at the iconic Sydney Opera House, followedby a privately guided backstage tour. Then, enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. The next day is also at your leisure toexplore this spectacular city, until you regroup for the finaldinner of your journey in Australia.

(Breakfast, Lunch (Day 9); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 10))
Hotel: The Langham, Sydney  

DAYS 11���12: Wellington, New Zealand

This morning, fly to Wellington, New Zealand’s trendsetting capital, where you encounter authentic “Kiwi” life. This afternoon, take in highlights of this buzzworthy center of art and cuisine. Ascend by cable car to a scenic outlook point for incredible views over Wellington Harbour and the city. The next day, after a morning at leisure, set out on foot to gain an insider’s understanding of the locals and sample the city’s culinary delights, joining your guide for tastings of coffee, chocolate, gelato and cheeses in foodie hotspots only the locals know.

(Breakfast, Dinner (Day 11); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 12))
Hotel: Sofitel Wellington  

DAY 13: Queenstown

Fly to Queenstown, located on New Zealand’s South Island.Upon arrival, tour the city, visiting the famed bungee-jumpsite of Kawarau Bungy Bridge, historic Arrowtown andbeautiful Lake Hayes. Enjoy lunch along the way beforechecking in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, dine at a localrestaurant.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa  

DAY 14: Queenstown

This morning, fly to Milford Sound (weather permitting),taking in the stunning alpine views along the way. Onarrival, board a spacious vessel for a tour of the sound’sawe-inspiring scenery. Cruise New Zealand’s southern fjordsamid towering cliffs, viewing sparkling waterfalls whilewatching for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frolicking in the water. Return by airto Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

(Breakfast)
Hotel: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa  

DAY 15: Queenstown

Today, immerse yourself in the charming local life ofQueenstown. Privately visit the home and gallery of aworld-renowned local artist to learn about the artist’s historyand techniques. Stop at a local restaurant for a deliciouslunch served with paired wines, and then proceed to a localwinery for a tour of the caves, where its vintages are storedfor aging, and a tasting of the winery’s best wines.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa  

DAYS 16���17: Depart Auckland

Fly to Auckland, where you visit the Auckland Museum toenjoy a cultural performance and a guided walk throughHe Taonga Maori Gallery. This evening, gather for a specialfarewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport anddepart.

(Breakfast, Dinner (Day 16); Breakfast (Day 17))
Hotel: Park Hyatt Auckland  

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Abercrombie Kent Tours Customer Reviews

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