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On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and transferred to the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. (D)Day 2: Melbourne
Morning walking tour taking in Melbourne’s eclectic little alleyways, arcades and cafe society. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 3: Melbourne
Day at leisure in Melbourne. Optional excursions to Yarra Valley, Mornington peninsula, Phillip Island or the Great Ocean Road can be booked locally. (B)Day 4: Fly to Alice Springs
Morning flight to the outback town of Alice Springs. On arrival, visit the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for remote families of the outback. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctors Service and historic Telegraph Station. Stay overnight at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort. Barbecue dinner at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre. (B, D)Day 5: Uluru
In the morning, travel to Uluru via the MacDonnell and James ranges. En route, view the majestic Attila, a distinctive mountain which, in pioneering times, was often mistaken for Uluru. On arrival, transfer to the Desert Gardens Hotel for 2 nights. Late afternoon excursion to view the striking colour changes of Uluru as the sun sets. (B)Day 6: Uluru • Kata Tjuta
Early morning sunrise tour of Uluru, where you will learn about the significance and history of the site to local Aboriginal tribes. Afternoon visit to the rock formations known as Kata Tjuta for a walk along the creek bed between two of the tallest domes, before watching the sun set over them with a glass of sparkling wine. (B)Day 7: Fly to Cairns
Join a local artist for an introduction to the indigenous art of the Western Desert. Afternoon flight to Cairns, then transfer to the Hilton Cairns for 3 nights. (B)Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
Day at leisure in Cairns. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands or a visit to the mountain retreat of Kuranda. (B)Day 9: Cairns
Travel out to the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef on board a catamaran to a pontoon situated on the reef. During the day, there will be opportunities to go snorkelling and also view the reef from a semisubmersible. (B, L, D)Day 10: Cairns • Fly to Sydney
Morning visit to the Cairns Wildlife Dome to view native wildlife. Afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the InterContinental Sydney for 3 nights. (B)Day 11: Sydney
Morning tour of Sydney, including visits to the Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Bondi Beach. Return to the city for a cruise with lunch in Sydney harbour. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B, L)Day 12: Sydney
Day at leisure in Sydney. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include visits to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)Day 13-14: Fly to Auckland
Transfer to Sydney airport and fly to Auckland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Cordis Auckland for 2 nights. Dinner at Eight restaurant, featuring eight different kitchens. (B, D) Morning cruise the following day in Waitemata harbour, followed by a city tour. (B)Day 15: Rotorua
Continue to Rotorua with a stop for a countrystyle lunch at a Waikato farm en route. Evening Maori hangi (food cooked using heated rocks) and concert. Stay 1 night at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (B, L, D)Day 16: Fly to Christchurch
Explore the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, including Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a guided tour of the bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Afternoon flight to Christchurch and stay overnight at Distinction Christchurch. (B)Day 17: Franz Josef
Morning rail journey aboard the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass, followed by a factory visit at Hokitika, the home of native greenstone (jade). Continue by coach to Franz Josef glacier and stay overnight at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. (B, D)Day 18: Arrowtown • Queenstown
Travel to Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown en route, a historic gold-mining settlement. Stay 3 nights at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. Dinner at The Boatshed. (B)Day 19: Milford Sound cruise
Travel to Milford Sound for a nature cruise. Return to Queenstown. (B, L)Day 20: Queenstown
Day at leisure to relax and this evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)Day 21:Onward travel
Transfer to Queenstown airport to fly home, or continue your holiday. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information
Day at leisure in Cairns. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands or a visit to the mountain retreat of Kuranda. (B)Group tour manager:
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Melbourne.Superior tour:
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.Flights:
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This tour operates with a maximum group size of 46 passengers. Passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.Other AAT Kings itineraries:
AAT Kings also operates a number of touring itineraries in other parts of Australia, including South Australia, the Kimberley and Tasmania.Single supplement
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The Cordis Hotel (formerly The Langham) is a luxurious hotel, situated in the heart of the city. Guestrooms are a blend of warm woods, handcrafted furniture and quality textiles. The ground floor restaurant offers eight interactive cooking stations, each preparing a different international cuisine. The hotels other restaurant is the Lobby lounge where in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, traditional afternoon tea is served. The property is within walking distance of Auckland's spectacular waterfront, fashion houses and tourist attractions. Features: 411 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, rooftop heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, fitness studio. Room amenities: flat-screen television, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, Wi-Fi. Please note: The Langham Auckland, one of New Zealand's leading hotels will be rebranded as Cordis, Auckland from 1st November 2017. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment of its restaurants, rooms, lobby lounge and exclusive Club Lounge, all scheduled to be completed by February 2018. To ensure there ...
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star hotel located amongst the native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef. Designed to be sensitive to the surrounding environment, guests at the property will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. The retreat has 100 guest rooms, complimentary parking, a restaurant and a bar.
The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter months),
The 4-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping and entertainment area. The hotel has 220 rooms, each elegantly decorated with modern furnishings including a minibar, air conditioning, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and spa.
The InterContinental Sydney, once Australia's Treasury Building, has been fully restored using a fusion of colonial and contemporary architecture. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the hotel is in the heart of Sydney city centre. The opera house, Circular Quay, Art Gallery of New South Wales and historic Rocks area are all within easy reach. Guestrooms are modern and elegant, well appointed and designed with comfort in mind. The restaurant and cosy bar are ideal places to unwind with a drink after a busy day. Features: 509 rooms, restaurant, lounge bar, coffee shop, indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
A superior hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set among magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, it is only a short stroll to Desert Gardens' numerous lookouts, where you can view one of Australia's best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Once the sun sets, savour Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant. Guests at Ayers Rock Resort can also take advantage of free Indigenous activities. A schedule will be provided upon arrival at the hotel and activities may include guided garden walks, Indigenous art markets, interactive didgeridoo playing, boomerang throwing, bush yarns, cultural dances and indigenous art classes for children. Didgeridoo playing is, for cultural reasons, only undertaken by males and we request your understanding and respect for indigenous culture during this activity. Please note: Desert Gardens Hotel has advised of ...
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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