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Program #16434RJ
28 Days | 27 Nights
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JANET S REED Jul 25, 2014 at 08:34 PM

How many people are there on a typical program trip?

Frederick McAuley Jun 30, 2014 at 05:01 PM

Anyone doing the Australia/New Zealand trip October 26 to November 25? Would love to connect.
Barbara Jul 06, 2014 at 01:02 AM

I'm going on that trip.
Rob Stohlman Jul 09, 2014 at 09:16 PM

I'm going on this trip too. Really looking forward to it.

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I'm interested in meeting a roommate for the sept trip to NZ and Aust. I also am leaving LAX about a week earlier to spend part of a week at Kangaroo Sanctuary Island in Sept. I've booked that already. Really looking forward to it! Would love to communicate w potential roommate. Do we need to hook up or does program hook us up? Do need non-smoking roommate.

Chris Cannon Apr 30, 2014 at 07:26 AM

Virginia and I will be pleased to meet up with anyone else traveling on the same flight from LAX to Sydney, October 12 in the late evening.

Jo Ann Orsborn Apr 16, 2014 at 01:14 PM

We went from mid-Sept. to mid-Oct. in 2013 and found it to be a beautiful time of year to be there.
Rhoda Email Subscriber Apr 17, 2014 at 09:38 AM


Rhoda Email Subscriber Apr 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I,m looking at this program for 2015. Any recommendations on the best time of year to go?

Their seasons are reverse from ours, so winter is their summer, and our summer is their winter. We went in their fall, March and we had wonderful weather
Thomas Mosher Apr 15, 2014 at 02:01 PM

Just returned from the March/April trip and the weather was perfect; although, we fortunately had dry periods in Sydney, sandwiched between rainy periods. I don't know which was normal - the wet or the dry. We had rain in the Outback; but, that was extraordinarily unusual.
Rhoda Email Subscriber Apr 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Thanks for the input. I'm looking at Feb or March of 2015 so this info helps.
Dianne Gray Apr 17, 2014 at 09:24 AM

We were blessed with sunny, dry days in the Nov-Dec 2013 trip, which is late spring. The only time it rained was driving to Phillip Island, but by the time we got to the penquin walk the weather was perfect again.
Rhoda Email Subscriber Apr 17, 2014 at 09:37 AM


Premium Email Subscriber Mar 28, 2014 at 01:00 AM

i'm wondering about spending 4 days (given time ) at the kangaroo sanitary island to make sure i see the animals. i signed up for RS to book my flight and now wonder how i will go about making my own arrangements either before or after trip to go to the island. any comments about island and about arrangements. also, does RS set up ways to meet to become roommates? how do we do that? i'm going 9/21 to 10/18..think i have dates right.
Gary Silkman Mar 28, 2014 at 07:02 PM

You might try calling the RS travel desk 800-241-1404
Barbara Grow May 03, 2014 at 05:39 PM

You can sign up as a double and ask to be assigned a roommate. RS will match you with a roommate if someone else as done the same. If they can't match you up you will not be charged the single supplement, unless they've changed that policy. They can give you more details if you call.

Chris Cannon Mar 25, 2014 at 07:22 PM

Our flight departs LAX at 11:50pm PST on October 12. We live in Kingston ON and will be flying in with around four hours of grace before departure for Sydney
David Berkenbilt Apr 28, 2014 at 09:00 PM

We will be on the same flight. Perhaps we can meet up at the airport. We'll be coming in from Washington DC with a layover until the LAX departure.
David Berkenbilt Apr 29, 2014 at 08:44 PM

Actually, I realized we're leaving LAX Oct 11, leaving a day to recover in NZ. Looking forward to the adventure.

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