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    Outback to the Glaciers - plus savings on selected tours
    19 days | 18 nights
    From $7,370* per person twin share
    Up to 15% off a range of tours^
    From the natural splendor of New Zealand's southern alps to the stillness of Australia’s rugged outback, this tour allows you to delve deeper into the identities of these two nations and explore some of the most iconic sights that they have to offer, all in just 19 days. You will not only experience what makes these countries unique, but also a diverse and eclectic holiday that will remain in your memories for years to come.

    For more destinations, ask your personal travel manager how you can receive up to 15% off selected Collette tours.
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    This tour is based on a 9 June 2021 departure:

    • 3 nights at the Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns
    • 3 nights at Mantra On Little Bourke, Melbourne
    • 2 nights at the Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
    • 1 night at Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock
    • 3 nights at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney
    • 3 nights at the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
    • 1 night at The Hermitage, Mt. Cook
    • 2 nights at the Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
    • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 8 dinners
    • Domestic flight from Cairns to Melbourne, Australia
    • Domestic flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Australia
    • Domestic flight from Alice Springs to Sydney, Australia
    • International flight from Sydney, Australia to Queenstown, New Zealand
    • All internal airport to hotel transfers
    • All destination attraction fees (unless specified as an optional experience in the itinerary)
    • All national park fees

     

    ^Save up to 15% off:

    • 15% off departures until 31 Mar 2021
    • 10% off departures from 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Dec 2021
    Other tours eligible for up to 15% off:

    Other tours eligible for up to 15% off:

    Europe and Scandinavia

    • Discover Croatia
    • Greece & its Islands
    • Spotlight on Paris
    • Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights
    • Tuscany and the Italian Riviera

    The United Kingdom

    • Exploring Britain and Ireland
    • Scotland: Isles of Lore & Legend

    Central and South America

    • Peru & Galapagos by Yacht
    • Tropical Costa Rica

    Africa and the Middle East

    • The Plains of Africa
    • Treasures of Egypt

    The United States and Canada

    • Hawaiian Adventure
    • Spotlight on New York City
    • Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

    More tours are also available. Please ask your personal travel manager for a full list.

    Valid for travel
    9 Jun 2021 departure. Ask your personal travel manager for pricing for all other 2020 and 2021 departures
    Offer expires
    31 Jul 2020 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Cairns, Australia

    Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

    Day 2

    Cairns

    The morning is yours at leisure. This afternoon, visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles on a nature cruise. Head through rainforests on boardwalks to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles, and wallabies. Visit with a koala and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these furry creatures.

    Day 3

    Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

    Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island, located along the outer reef. Or consider snorkelling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island.

    Day 4

    Cairns - Melbourne

    Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    Day 5

    Melbourne

    Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne’s bustling “laneways.” Then, it’s your choice! Enjoy free time to explore on your own or visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. With an afternoon to yourself, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins.

    Day 6

    Melbourne - Alice Springs

    The day is yours. Perhaps you’ll wander through its vibrant “laneways” – narrow roads home to local restaurants, colourful murals, and trendy boutiques. Or, you may choose to join an optional full day journey through Yarra Valley, Australia’s Wine Country, where you’ll learn about the regional wines at a tasting paired with lunch.

    Day 7

    Melbourne - Alice Springs

    Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.

    Day 8

    Alice Springs

    Access the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback-living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.

    Day 9

    Alice Springs - Uluru

    Traverse the “Red Centre” and head to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. Tour the base of “the Rock,” learning about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunset accompanied by a champagne toast.

    Day 10

    Uluru - Sydney

    This morning, tour Kata Tjuta before saying farewell to the rugged outback. Fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in lively Darling Harbour.

    Day 11

    Sydney

    See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. You’ll have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the famous Opera House.

    Day 12

    Sydney

    Deepen your exploration of Sydney’s many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say farewell to Australia and take in the scenic vistas during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.

    Day 13

    Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand

    Leave Australia behind and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. Settle into your new home for 3 nights.

    Day 14

    Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

    Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following the cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

    Day 15

    Queenstown

    Enjoy a day at leisure. Shop in the bustling village centre or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. You might also consider joining an optional tour of the countryside, showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed.

    Day 16

    Queenstown - Mt. Cook National Park

    Set off for the 19th-century settlement of Arrowtown, founded in the gold fever. Sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park – Mt. Cook. Savour some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

    Day 17

    Mt. Cook National Park - Christchurch

    Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” up close and personal. Later, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner.

    Day 18

    Christchurch

    Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. The remainder of your day is free to continue exploring Christchurch on your own. As the day draws to a close, toast to your adventure down under at a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Day 19

    Christchurch

    Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the South Pacific.

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person twin share, land only (unless stated otherwise), correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and may change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes, and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. Discount is already included in the advertised price. The advertised price, length of tour, inclusions, and itinerary are based on 9 June 2021 departure where you receive 10% off. ^Discount details: Receive 15% off departures until 31 Mar 2021. Receive 10% off departures from 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Dec 2021. Ask your personal travel manager for more details. A single traveller supplement is available at an extra cost, is limited in availability, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change. Other conditions may apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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