GLOBUS 2024: Independent Best of Australia & New Zealand with Fiji (IPO4)
18 Day Package from Cairns to Coral Coast
This is Jeopardy! Answer: Astronauts can see this coral reef system from space. Question: What is the Great Barrier Reef? But have no fear! You don't have to start training to become an astronaut to see the largest coral reef system in the world! Independence by Globus has you covered with this 9-day vacation, where you not only get to see the Great Barrier Reef, but your journey will also take you to Australia's Outback. We've arranged for you to have a Local Host, someone who is there to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation the trip of a lifetime. But that's not all. We've also arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotel to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights, and visits to help you really understand life in Australia's Outback.Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Cairns. We can pick you up at the airport and whisk you to your selected hotel, where your Local Host will offer you a warm greeting and a set of materials to help you get settled and personalize your trip. The next morning, after your included breakfast, you'll cruise on a catamaran to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the most amazing natural wonders on Earth! We've arranged for you to either snorkel or take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or you can attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Regardless of what you choose, you'll be amazed at the beauty all around you. A photo cannot capture it; you must experience it for yourself.After a full day in Cairns to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course), you'll fly to the Outback, where you'll see the sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and enjoy drinks & canapes while watching the sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). While in the Outback, we've also arranged for you to visit the Uluru-Kata Cultural Centre with its amazing collection of Aboriginal arts.Then it's on to Sydney, where we will have a Local Host waiting to welcome you to this bustling city. The next day, after your included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. Hear the insider stories around the must-see sights, such as the Opera House and Bondi Beach. A full day in Sydney gives you time to explore on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions we offer. Perhaps climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, shop for a special souvenir, or take an excursion to the Blue Mountains. Your Local Host will have plenty of suggestions.After seeing the highlights of Australia, fly over the 'ditch' to Queenstown, New Zealand, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' We'll take you on what will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip: a cruise on Milford Sound which boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Continue to Rotorua where you'll visit Agrodome to learn about New Zealand's sheep industry and Te Puia to explore a geothermal wonderland. End your vacation in vibrant Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Before heading home, stop in tropical Fiji for a three-night stay. Enjoy white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and the friendliest of locals. Your visit to Fiji includes a half-day Sigatoka River Safari and a Local Host to help you with additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping recommendationsBetween the sightseeing we've included and the transportation we've arranged, including the catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef, and the time you save by letting us take care of the details, with all the I-Time you deserve!
|Offer valid through 3/31/2023|
|Day 1||Cairns||- Welcome to tropical Cairns! The balance of the day is at your leisure. Your Local Host is available to make recommendations for dining, shopping, and sightseeing.|
|Day 2||Cairns||- Prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of coral and sea life. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Late this afternoon, return to Cairns. (B,L)|
|Day 3||Cairns||- A full day at leisure to explore more of Cairns. (B)Perhaps select an optional excursion to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Other options: try your luck at fishing, visit the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, or check out the many shops and galleries along Cairns' famous Esplanade. |
|Day 4||Uluru (Ayers Rock)||- Today, fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)|
|Day 5||Uluru||- Rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to Walpa Gorge for a guided walk through Kata Tjuta. - This afternoon, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings, and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. - Finish the day at 'Sunset Strip' for a drink & canapes, and to witness the changing colors of the rock. (B)|
|Day 6||Sydney||- Fly to beautiful Sydney, Australia's largest city. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Why not grab sinner at a waterside restaurant and take in the energy of this vibrant city? You Local Host is available to make recommendations and point you in the right direction. (B)|
|Day 7||Sydney||- Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour which includes a photo stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Then, visit Bondi Beach, one of Sydney's most beautiful beaches. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. (B)You may want to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour to admire stunning views of the city from the water or visit Taronga Zoo to see some of Australia's native animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses. Your Local Host will have suggestions for sightseeing, dining, and shopping. |
|Day 8||Sydney||- Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. (B)With your free time today, why not see the city from new heights with a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or discover Sydney's storied past on the Rocks Pub Tour. Travel out of town to the scenic Blue Mountains or sample wines in Hunter Valley. You may also choose to shop for souvenirs, explore the restaurants of Barangaroo, or take a ferry to nearby Manly Beach. |
|Day 9||Queenstown||- Fly to Queenstown, New Zealand's 'Adventure Capital.' The remainder of the day is at leisure.(B)|
|Day 10||Queenstown||- Enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. First, travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound cruise for an unforgettable experience. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and penguins, and enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and scenery. Return to Queenstown late this evening. (B,L)|
|Day 11||Queenstown||- Enjoy a full day to explore more of beautiful Queenstown. (B)Choose an optional visit to a local winery to sample some of New Zealand's best wines, take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River, or tour some of the sites used in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Your Local Host will be available to make sightseeing, shopping and dining recommendations. |
|Day 12||Rotorua||- Fly to Rotorua, known for its hot springs, geysers, and fascinating Maori culture. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)|
|Day 13||Rotorua||- Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Agrodome, where you'll learn about New Zealand's sheep industry and to Te Puia, where you'll explore this geothermal wonderland. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)Choose to join an optional Maori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance and Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones). Other options include a relaxing soak in one of the therapeutic pools at the Polynesian Spa, a magical treetop walk through the Redwoods, or a helicopter tour to see this scenic region by air. |
|Day 14||Auckland||- Head north to Waitomo, where you will take a boat ride through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Your evening is at leisure. (B,L)Why not taste some fresh local fare at one of Auckland's many superbc restaurants on the water? Sip a glass of local wine or try a craft beer. The choices are endless! |
|Day 15||Coral Coast||- Today, fly to Nadi, Fiji and transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Your Local Host is available to answer questions and make suggestions for sightseeing and dining.(B)|
|Day 16||Coral Coast||- This morning's highlight is a half-day Sigatoka River Safari. Be transported into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard a custom-built jet boat. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real 'Kaiviti' (Fijian). The remainder of your day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine. (B,L) NOTE:If your included sightseeing is scheduled to take place on a Sunday, it will operate on Monday instead. Your Local Host will have full details upon your arrival.|
|Day 17||Coral Coast||- Today is at leisure. (B)Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, get pampered at the spa, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool tropical drink. |
|Day 18||Nadi||- Your vacation ends with a transfer from the Coral Coast to Nadi International Airport. (B)|
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