Exploring Australia & New Zealand
January 25-February 15, 2020 – Waitlist Only
February 26-March 18, 2020
Be part of the Flying Jayhawks Exploring Australia & New Zealand small group tour! This 24-person excursion will journey from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, then to the storied Outback, and finally from Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney. Next you’ll travel from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.
First, the journey begins in Cairns with a ride on the historic railway to Kuranda, then a descent via a Skyrail gondola. Swim and snorkel at the colossal Great Barrier Reef on a day-long excursion. Reaching Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour to learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture. See the Anzac Hill Monument to Australian and New Zealand soldiers, and enjoy a traditional “bush” dinner.
At Ayers Rock, watch the sun set over this fabled sandstone monolith. Highlights during a three-night stay in Sydney include a catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour; Featherdale Wildlife Park where koalas roam free; touring of the iconic Opera House; and leisure time to enjoy the city. Discover Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” on a city tour, then spend two nights in splendid Mt. Cook National Park.
On a day-long Milford Sound excursion, cruise through the stunning fjords. Explore Queenstown and take a scenic cruise to a working ranch. In Rotorua, experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner.
Finally, celebrate your journey’s end after seeing Auckland’s highlights. Enjoy more time in the “City of Sails” on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Destination: Australia and New Zealand
Provider: Odysseys Unlimited
Trip Type: Land