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Adventures Afloat: Marvels of the South Pacific: Voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti

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Program #21224RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Start of Program
Mar 10, 2014
Group flight departs LAX late evening March 8, 2014, arrive Auckland, New Zealand, on March 10, 2014 in the morning. Transfer to field trip and lunch, check in hotel in the afternoon.
You will be staying at the Mercure Auckland that night.
Location: Auckland
Nearest airport: Auckland International Airport (09-275 0789; www.auckland-airport.co.nz)
Transportation to site: Coach transfers are provided for the group at the beginning of the program, from the arrival airport to an overview field trip and then accommodation. Program Only participants can join this transfer free of charge provided they are present when the transfer departs. Alternatively they can make their own arrangements and use the airport shuttle bus or taxi services at their own expense.

End of Program
Mar 29, 2014
Ends with Farewell Dinner in Papeete, Tahiti followed by overnight flight to Los Angeles, CA
You will be staying at the Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel the night before.
Location: Arrive Los Angeles
Transportation to site: The last night of the program is spent at the Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel. After dinner, the group will be transported to Faa International Airport for a late night flight to Los Angeles. The concierge at Le Meridien Tahiti can assist with arranging transportation to the airport from the hotel should you require independent transportation. Tahiti does not have a train system; there is a bus system in Tahiti but generally is used to go around the island and does not accommodate luggage easily. For more information, please check out www.tahititourisme.com
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in the centre of Auckland and within walking distance to picturesque Waitemata Harbour, Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and bustling city. Situated within walking distance of Auckland shopping, restaurants, the Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals and Vector Arena, Mercure Hotel Auckland offers 189 rooms and suites, a gym, undercover valet parking, and a dedicated conference floor catering for 200 delegates. Vue Restaurant and Bar is located on the top floor of the hotel and offers great panoramic views.

Contact info:
8 Customs Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
phone: +6493778920
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1721-mercure-auckland/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, Internet & PC connection and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry service, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM

Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just 15 km south of Faa International Airport, Le Méridien Tahiti overlooks beautiful white sand beaches, calming blue waves, and majestic mountains. Located along a lagoon, the resort has an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and 12- over water bungalows. Rooms offer vivid colors with Polynesian flair. Additionally, there’s a vibrant international arts scene occuring at Le Méridien Tahiti. L’Atelier, its onsite art space, features contemporary artists from across French Polynesia and the world. Unlike most galleries, L’Atelier draws creative guests with exhibitions as well as with artists themselves. Its loft is an inviting setting for lectures, art workshops, and openings where guests will find fresh opportunities to peruse contemporary art. Guests are free to observe artists at work and/or enroll in an art class with the visiting artist (a fee applies).

Contact info:
P.O. Box 380595
97718 Tamanu, Tahiti, French Polynesia
phone: +011- (689) 470707
web: www.lemeridientahiti.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial phone, safe, satellite television, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, refrigerator, and coffee-make. Bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower and hair dryer. Terraces are available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a (2) restaurants- La Plantation offering a mix of Polynesian and international flavors buffet-style or ala carte, and the gourmet restaurant Le Carre, located right by the lagoon. Live music and cocktails are available at the Astroblabe bar and casual drinks can be found at the Pool Bar. Le Meridien Tahiti also provides complimentary use of its sandy bottom swimming pool (largest in the South Pacific), kayaks and outrigger canoes, aqua gym classes, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, and ping pong. Meeting rooms and business facilities are also available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See "Addtl Nights Comments"
A special group rate will be honored 7 days prior and 10 days after the “main program dates”, based on space availability. Participants will pay directly to the hotel for these accommodations and need a credit card for the guarantee. To book, contact Le Méridien Hotel Reservations Department Contact : Nathalie Merehau Tél : 47 07 29 -Fax : 47 07 28 E-mail : rez@lemeridien-tahiti.pf Participants must reference Road Scholar to receive special rates

Check out time: 11:00 AM

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Included
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19 nights of accommodations
59 meals: 20 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 20 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
14 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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