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  • The Perfectly Paced First-Time Tour
    to Australia & New Zealand
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  • 16 Days (18 Days Air): Sydney, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Rainforest, Uluru/Ayer's Rock, Melbourne, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Maori Culture, Auckland

Perfect Blend of Sights, Experiences and Leisure.


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$16,879
Classic fr. $12,479

Experience our life-changing small group tour through the Lands Down Under.
Roof-top Experiences. Balanced Sightseeing: Most Mornings with our Guides, Afternoons at leisure or add options. Amazing Journey Tour Captains invite you each night to dinner.
Handpicked Hotels. No Big Buses. No Long Lines. No Up-sell while on tour.

 
 

Choose the right Tour through Australia and New Zealand for you — 

Choose from Australia and New Zealand, or Australia or New Zealand:

 

16 Day Itinerary: Dates & Rates | Request Quote |Chat with Specialist

Meet Journey's Australia & New Zealand Tour: Sydney's Treasures, Ayer's Rock' Red Center, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne's Culture, and New Zealand's North and South Islands

EXPLORE THE LAND DOWN UNDER & HER DREAMTIME TREASURES — 
Sydney delights with both history, culture and cuisine as we begin our adventure through Australia. Enjoy our Journey Exclusive on the harbour, and delight at the sails of the Opera House. We're off to the red center and Ayer's Rock - known as Uluru - for a vivid presentation of color (and cuisine under the Southern Hemisphere). The Great Barrier Reef and amazing Rainforest of northern Queensland delight before we arrive beautiful Melbourne. We had South, to the South Island of New Zealand to Queenstown, and take in the amazing sights including Milford Sound. Then we head North to Auckland and the culture of the Maori.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS JOURNEY:

  • TOUR COMMENCES: SYDNEY, 3 Days, 3 Nights
    Sydney in all her glory with the spectacular Harbour, bridge and the Opera House. Welcome to Australia.
  • AYER'S ROCK/ULURU, 2 Days, 1 Night
    The Australian continent's Red Center comes to technicolor life as we enjoy Journey Exclusives in the heart of the Outback.
  • QUEENSLAND/CAIRNS, 3 Days, 3 Nights
    Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda Rainforest
  • MELBOURNE, 2 Days, 2 Nights
    The beauty of Melbourne is balanced with its culture and interesting history.
  • QUEENSTOWN, 3 Days, 3 Nights
     Enjoy the South Island's jewel of Queenstown, Milford Sound and the beauty of New Zealand.
  • TOUR FINALE: AUCKLAND, 3 Days, 3 Nights.
    From volcanic tubes to amazing wines, Auckland the region delight us as we learn about the Maori culture.

THIS IS WHY WE SUGGEST JOURNEY FOR YOUR VACATION DOWN UNDER:

  • Sunset at Ayer's Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Milford Sound, Maori Culture
  • Koala, Kangaroo, Crocodiles and Natural Wonders
  • Hand-Picked Select Deluxe and Classic Accommodations
  • DINING: Our amazing included Dinners in Deluxe feature Unlimited Premium Beverages; 25 Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches/Aperitivo Lunches, 8 Journey Style Dinners, 1 Wine Tasting
  • SPECIAL ACCESS: Skip-the-Long-Line Admissions, Special Access.
  • LAUNDRY SERVICE: Journey's Complimentary Mid-Tour Laundry Service in Sydney
  • SMALL GROUP BENEFITS: Unique to Journey: No Up-Selling on tour (compare with mainstream tour operators), No Big Buses, No Big Groups
  • Journey Tour Captains relate to you, Friendly Expert Guides delight you!
  • On Tour Transportation with Included Portage: Micro-coach, Jet Travel (quoted separately)
  • Fees, taxes and gratuities excluding the Tour Captain
See the complete Day-by-Day Itinerary
Journey is Different. Unique Experiences.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about this Journey
Answers to questions we've been asked about this trip and our approach to travel.


2023-2024 16-Day Trip Departures

ALL-INCLUSIVE, TRUE SMALL GROUP TOUR
Our tour commences Sydney, Austrlalia (Airport Code: SYD), and ends Auckland, New Zealand (Airport Code: AKL). Rates are per person/US dollars. Solo Supplement in Deluxe: $2100. Classic Solo: $1471.

 

 

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The Lands Down Under: Australia & New Zealand

ENJOY OUR UNIQUE APPROACH TO TRAVELING
We don't do buses. We don't do large groups.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DELUXE AND CLASSIC?
Journey's selection of Deluxe and Classic hotels are not just centrally located, but in the Historical Centers and sections of towns you want to be in. The Deluxe package includes a full, hot daily breakfast (table service or buffet), 8 of the 14 dinners and 4+ to 5 Star hotel properties featuring large, air-conditioned guestrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Journey's Classic package includes a daily continental breakfast, Melbourne Welcome Dinner (guests may upgrade to the total 8 dinners included for $650 per person), and 3 to 4 Star hotel properties featuring air-conditioned guestrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

 
 

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Welcome to Australia

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SYDNEY

This is the Tour Commencement Day: You will depart from North America two days earlier. Example: May 1: Depart USA and arrive Sydney on May 3rd —  two days later. This is because you "lose a day" crossing the International Dateline.

Australian Travel Visa: Your Responsibility
When traveling to Australia from the USA or Canada, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter. Most U.S. & Canada passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Inquire with your Journey Sales Associate with any questions regarding this visa. Visit Travel.State.Gov for more details.

Tour Commences Today — 
The Journey begins in Sydney. We can't wait to welcome you to begin your Journey. Whether you arrived early to recover from your Transpacific flight or if you've simply arrived today, the Australia and New Zealand Journey will absolutely delight you.

Orientation Walk IconThe Journey Discovery Walk

This afternoon you will meet your fellow travelers and your Journey Tour Captain for the included Discovery Walk through areas around our hotel in Sydney. Then enjoy some time at leisure before meeting tonight for a wonderful dining experience.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Sydney Dinner

Journey dinners are hosted by your Journey Tour Captain and feature all inclusive premium beverages and ordering from the menu.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Sydney, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney, Shangri-La Sydney, Hotel Palisade, or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel

DAY 2: SYDNEY SIGHTS

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Tour of Sydney's Historic Rocks District

  1. It's a great day to explore Sydney as we learn of her history with the historic Rocks District and the amazing Harbour with all of its attractions. Journey's local Expert Guide is the cream of the crop and dazzles us on today's adventure.

We return to the hotel late afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 3: DAY AT LEISURE IN SYDNEY

Enjoy a full free day at your leisure.

Many options today from sailing, to climbing the bridge to enjoying an opera at the Opera House. Inquire for details.



Queensland: The Sunshine State

Cairns –  Gateway to the Reef and Rainforest

DAY 4: WELCOME TO CAIRNS

Today we make our way to the airport for our Jet to Cairns. Upon arrival we transfer to Cairns, Queensland, our home for the next 3 days and nights.

Upon arrival, check-in and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at your leisure until our dinner tonight.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to the Sunshine State Dinner

Enjoy an included dinner hosted by your Journey Tour Captain.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Queensland, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Shangri-La The Marina, Silky Oaks Lodge, or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel

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The Great Barrier Reef

Amazing Technicolor Sealife and Reef

DAY 5: CRUISE THE REEF

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Great Barrier Reef

Today you have an included option to experience a cruise on a catamaran to one of the outer reefs where you can take part in swimming, snorkeling or just enjoying the watercraft. It's a full day adventure and includes lunch.

The ocean is beautiful but not your thing today? Then consider an optional experience such as a helicopter ride along the coast and over the reef? Or how about a spa treatment at the resort? You cannot do all of these but you can do one of these today as we've included these options for you. So choose from the Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Helicopter Adventure, or Spa Treatment. There are other things to do in Queensland as well - just inquire.

Are you a SCUBA certified diver? We have optional upgrades for SCUBA dives offered from Port Douglas.


DAY 6: AUSTRALIA'S CROCODILES, KOALA AND KANGAROO

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Today you have an included option to visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: See an array of native and exotic wildlife, enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations and take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon. We also enjoy seeing Australia's own Koala and Kangaroo.

The crocodiles are amazing but not your thing today? Then enjoy time in the town of Cairns or opt for another experience. Inquire with us!

Then we return to the hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.


The Outback —  Ayer's Rock

The Colors of the Outback Spring to Life

 

DAY 7: ONWARD TO THE RED CENTER

This morning we make our way to Ayer's Rock by Jet. Upon arrival, we begin our exploration of the red center with an up close experience with the amazing Monoliths. A full afternoon experience with a finale with the perfect sunset.  

Prosecco IconProper Greeting to Uluru

Enjoy the Tour Captain as they toast your arrival to the Australian Outback.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to the Outback Dinner

We have a special experience for tonight's dinner under the Southern Hemisphere. That's all we're saying!

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Ayer's Rock, 1 Night with breakfast

Deluxe: Sails in the Desert or Similar
Classic: Emu Walk Apartments, The Lost Camel, Outback Hotel or Similar

Melbourne

Gateway to the Yarra Valley — 2 Days, 2 Nights

DAY 8: EXPLORING THE THE RED CENTER

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Morning in the Outback

Enjoy our special tour of the area this morning before we catch our Jet bound for Melbourne, gateway to the Yarra Valley.

Late morning we make our way to the airport for our Jet to Melbourne. Upon arrival we transfer to the heart of Melboune, our home for the next 2 days and nights.

Upon arrival, check-in and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at your leisure until our dinner tonight.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Melbourne Dinner

Enjoy an included dinner hosted by your Journey Tour Captain.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Melbourne, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: The Langham, Park Hyatt Melbourne, QT Melbourne, or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel

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DAY 9: EXPLORING MELBOURNE & YARRA VALLEY

Journey Dinners IconBreakfast included daily

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Melbourne & Yarra Adventure

Today, we will enjoy our Local Guide on our tour of Melbourne and then make our way into the Yarra Valley for a special taste of the delicious wines from this beautiful country.

We return to Melbourne late afternoon for a free evening. Your Journey Tour Captain invites you to an optional dinner or you may explore at your leisure.


To Queenstown, New Zealand

Amazing South Island — 3 Days, 3 Nights

 

DAY 10: WELCOME TO QUEENSTOWN

We make our way to the Airport in Sydney for our flight to New Zealand. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel, to freshen up and then meet for our Discovery Walk.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk: Queenstown

You will meet the Journey Tour Captain for a walk-through of Queenstown.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Queenstown Dinner: The cuisine of New Zealand kicks off the dining experience

Tonight you will join your Journey Tour Captain for a special welcome to Queenstown dinner complete with premium beverages and wine from the region.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Queenstown, 3 Nights with breakfast

DeluxeSofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel

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DAY 11: THE MILFORD SOUND EXPERIENCE

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Milford Sound Cruise & Fiordland National Park

This morning we make our way to Milford Sound to enjoy a cruise through the sound. Enjoy our included round-trip scenic flights over snow-capped mountain ranges, sparkling lakes and tumbling waterfalls as we journey into the Fiordland National Park.

We return to Queenstown to enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or you can explore Rome at your leisure.


DAY 12: DAY AT LEISURE ON THE SOUTH ISLAND

Enjoy a comlete day at leisure.

Perhaps it's a day for a spa experience, or the exciting Shotover River Jet Adventure or a Nature Tour in a 4WD vehicle —  the options are endless — inquire for details.

Tonight, enjoy dinner in Queenstown or join the Tour Captain for an optional outing.

North Island New Zealand

Day 13: AUCKLAND AWAITS

This morning we make our way to the airport for our Jet up to Auckland. Upon arrival, we freshen up and then enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Auckland.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Auckland Highlights Tour

On our tour of Auckland we'll take in The Domain, Waitemata Harbour and Queen Street while learning of the history and the influence of the sea on the city.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Auckland Dinner

Your Journey Tour Captain hosts an amazing welcome dinner tonight.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Auckland, 3 Nights

Deluxe: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel

DAY 14: HOBBITON & WAITOMO CAVES

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Exploring the Maori Culture, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton

We have a great day's adventure planned for you today as we take in the Waitomo Caves and visit the ficitional home of Mr. Bilbo Baggins. We learn of the Maori Culture today as well.

Return to Auckland tonight for a night at your leisure. Your Tour Captain will invite you to join them to an optional dinner or you can explore at your leisure.

Prosecco IconOur Special Journey Finalé

After returning to our hotel, enjoy some leisure time and then meet on the terrace for our special Apericena to celebrate our time together. It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey — Arrivederci!


DAY 15: DAY AT LEISURE IN AUCKLAND

Enjoy a complete day at leisure

Then tonight, meet for our special farewell experience.

Prosecco IconOur Special Journey Finalé

After returning to our hotel, enjoy some leisure time and then meet on the terrace for our special Aperitif to celebrate our time together. It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey —  only the best travels!


DAY 16: DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast is included this morning should you have time before your departure.

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