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An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand

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Program #16434RJ
28 Days | 27 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Geographically isolated, rich in indigenous heritage and home to diverse and fragile ecosystems, Australia and New Zealand have much in common. Yet, separated from one another by more than 1,200 miles of open sea, they each bear distinctions that run deeper than can be perceived from afar. Find out for yourself what these island nations share and what makes each unique on this in-depth odyssey of discovery.


Highlights

• Local experts reveal the story of New Zealand’s settlement by Maori and Europeans.
• Witness the eruptions of spectacular geysers in the Rotorua geothermal region and experience the magnificent fjords of Milford Sound.
• Examine a delicate natural wonder — the Great Barrier Reef — and learn about efforts to protect it.

Program Notes

This program is a combination of program # 20135 "New Zealand: An Odyssey Down Under", extension program # 21740 "New Zealand's Capital" and program # 20134 "Australia: An Odyssey Down Under".

Activity Notes

Walking up to three miles per day over uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Auckland (New Zealand), 4 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; flight to Christchurch, 2 nights; flight to Invercargill and coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; flight to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Sydney (Australia), 4 nights; flight to Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.

Date Notes
1/2/2015
On this departure, Melbourne is visited prior to Sydney. This is to avoid a clash with the peak period of the Australian Open tennis. The itinerary of this departure is Arrival Auckland (New Zealand), 4 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; flight to Christchurch, 2 nights; flight to Invercargill and coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; flight to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Melbourne (Australia), 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 4 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.10/12/2014
Departures of program # 16434 operating in 2014 have only three nights in Auckland and do not visit Christchurch. The itinerary on this departure is: Arrival Auckland (New Zealand), 3 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; flight to Invercargill and coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; flight to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Sydney (Australia), 4 nights; flight to Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.10/26/2014
Departures of program # 16434 operating in 2014 have only three nights in Auckland and do not visit Christchurch. The itinerary on this departure is: Arrival Auckland (New Zealand), 3 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; flight to Invercargill and coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; flight to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Sydney (Australia), 4 nights; flight to Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure. 11/9/2014
Departures of program # 16434 operating in 2014 have only three nights in Auckland and do not visit Christchurch. The itinerary on this departure is: Arrival Auckland (New Zealand), 3 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; flight to Invercargill and coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; flight to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Sydney (Australia), 4 nights; flight to Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
25 nights of accommodations
69 meals: 25 breakfasts, 25 lunches, 19 dinners
17 Expert-led lectures
39 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances
7 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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4.8
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