EXCURSIONS - Great Adventure Down Under 2017

Great Adventure Down Under (PT)

27 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland

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When you think of a fantastic vacation, what comes to mind? Cosmopolitan cities with sumptuous cuisine, fantastic shopping, and intimate cafés? Perhaps you think of spectacular scenery and unique wildlife. Or maybe you want to learn about native cultures. If so, this Australia and New Zealand tour is sure to be the perfect vacation for you!

In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House and cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy lunch on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant—a unique experience Globus offers. Outside Adelaide, Globus has arranged another out-of-the-ordinary adventure…a visit to one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island—where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.

If you’re interested in spectacular scenery, you’ll be thrilled with the magnificent sights offered throughout this vacation. You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan Train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it and enjoy this truly unique experience. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian devil—now’s your chance to see one.

On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Maori performance in New Zealand; and partake in a truly Aussie experience—an Outback Barbecue in the Outback.

From the cosmopolitan cities to the remote regions, this Australia and New Zealand tour offers all of this and much more!

This tour goes beyond the highlights to uncover the unique destinations often overlooked and is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MELBOURNE
Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
HOBART
Guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
ADELAIDE
Orientation tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite excursion to Kangaroo Island
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train
KATHERINE GORGE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Choice of included sightseeing
DARWIN
Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre & Bowali Visitor Centre
CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
MOUNT COOK
Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
QUEENSTOWN
Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm
ROTORUA
Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hangi dinner; visit the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, and Te Puia
WAITOMO
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
AUCKLAND
Farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Australian Convict Sites
  • Te Wahipounamu

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 11 dinners including an Outback barbecue at Uluru (Ayers Rock), a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua and farewell dinner in Auckland.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Melbourne, Australia

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Enjoy a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

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Day 3 Melbourne

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”.

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Day 4 Melbourne–Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 5 Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

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Day 6 Hobart–Adelaide

Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is your leisure.

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Day 7 Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

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Day 8 Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

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Day 9 Uluru (Ayers Rock)

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. Evening is at leisure.

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Day 10 Uluru (Ayers Rock)–Alice Springs–Ghan Train

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your vacation. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.

NOTE:
Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

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Day 11 Ghan Train–Katherine–Darwin

This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and home to unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a HIKE with a local indigenous guide, or a CANOE EXCURSION. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

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Day 12 Darwin–Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE & BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

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Day 13 Kakadu National Park

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.

NOTE:
During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

Day 14 Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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Day 15 Cairns. Outer Great Barrier Reef Excursion

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

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Day 16 Cairns

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

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Day 17 Cairns–Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy a talk by a wildlife keeper, and the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

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Day 18 Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

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Day 19 Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.

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Day 20 Sydney–Christchurch, New Zealand–Mount Cook

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join in a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

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Day 21 Mount Cook–Queenstown

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on the nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

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Day 22 Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.

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Day 23 Queenstown

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION providing a glimpse into life on the farm.

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Day 24 Queenstown–Rotorua

Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT.

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Day 25 Rotorua

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

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Day 26 Rotorua–Waitomo–Auckland

Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER. Enjoy fine dining with spectacular views.

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Day 27 Auckland

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

STEVE MCHARDY

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I feel privileged to show visitors around the sharply contrasting country of Australia. The diversity of landscapes, the inviting climate, and the exciting sights make our region one of the most interesting travel destinations. We are known for our laid-back nature and a sense of humor as dry as the country itself.

Tour Director - STEVE MCHARDY

 Accommodations

Melbourne
Hobart
Adelaide
Uluru
Ghan Train
Darwin
Kakadu National Park
Cairns
Sydney
Mount Cook Region
Queenstown
Rotorua
Auckland

Melbourne

Novotel Melbourne on Collins

First-Class

Novotel Melbourne on Collins 270 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC Australia

270 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the contemporary Novotel Melbourne on Collins is perfectly positioned on stylish Collins Street. From streetside dining and Federation Square to shopping at Bourke Street Mall the hotel offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hobart

Wrest Point Hotel

Moderate First-Class

Wrest Point Hotel 410 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart, TAS Australia

410 Sandy Bay Road
Hobart, TAS Australia

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Wrest Point Hotel offers views of the Tasmanian mountainside and the sparkling harbor. Rooms are tastefully decorated and afford all the comforts of home, while providing endless hours of entertainment and easy access to outdoor adventure. From the four restaurants featuring first-rate service and the best in local cuisine to the assortment of lounges and outdoor areas, you will be constantly surrounded by the charm and beauty of beautiful Hobart.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television

Adelaide

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

First-Class

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel 55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA Australia

55 Frome Street
Adelaide, SA Australia

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Style and function are themes of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. As the Majestic's flagship, built in 2004, this award-winning hotel boasts simplicity, efficiency, and an eco-centric design. And as it sits just off of the lively Rundle Street, the convenience of bars, restaurants, shopping and museums is unparalleled. After a busy day of sightseeing and on-the-go activities, guests are welcomed back to comfortable accommodations and locally fresh cuisine in the hotel's restaurant - not to mention a great selection of wine! Follow it up with a view of the city from a relaxing garden roof-top, for which the hotel is aptly named.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Pay Movies
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning

Uluru

Sails in the Desert

Superior First-Class

Sails in the Desert 174 Yulara Drive, Uluru, NT Australia

174 Yulara Drive
Uluru, NT Australia

Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service

Desert Gardens Hotel

First-Class

Desert Gardens Hotel Yulara Drive, Uluru, NT Australia

Yulara Drive
Uluru, NT Australia

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ghan Train

The Ghan Train

The Ghan Train

The Ghan Train Overnight Train, , SA Australia

Overnight Train
, SA Australia

The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the "Red Center of Australia" 150 years ago. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Gold Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes.

Darwin

Hilton Darwin

Superior First-Class

Hilton Darwin 32 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT Australia

32 Mitchell Street
Darwin, NT Australia

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. The impressive, marble-floored lobby, surrounded by warm colors and Aboriginal artwork, immediately welcomes you with a touch of authentic Australian style. The attentive hotel staff always make for a great stay. Enjoy the sunshine at the 10th floor outdoor swimming pool, or sip drinks at the stylish bar before savoring a delicious meal in their restaurant, which features an innovative menu of local specialties, including kangaroo, crocodile and barramundi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms

Kakadu National Park

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

First-Class

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Flinders Street, Kakadu National Park, NT Australia

Flinders Street
Kakadu National Park, NT Australia

Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Kakadu National Park sits the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Take part in the unique experience of the Australian Outback at this one-of-a-kind hotel, which from above resembles a crocodile - an animal well known in these parts. After hours of exploration and touring of the land, feel restored after taking a dip in the outdoor pool, lounging in the shady garden, or partaking of the many unique Outback flavors at the on-site restaurant and bar. The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is committed to supporting its environment and the community within it, while providing friendly service and comfort for its visitors.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker

Cairns

Pullman Cairns International

Superior First-Class

Pullman Cairns International 17 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD Australia

17 Abbott St
Cairns, QLD Australia

Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Marriott

Deluxe

Sydney Harbour Marriott 30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW Australia

30 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Ideally placed in Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Marriott welcomes guests with elegant rooms, luxury amenities, and an award-winning commitment to outstanding service. Take advantage of the fitness center, indoor pool and on-site dining.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • ATM
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Voicemail

Mount Cook Region

The Hermitage

Moderate First-Class

The Hermitage Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook,   New Zealand

Mount Cook National Park
Mount Cook, New Zealand

A haven for adventurous travellers for more than a century, the world renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Television

Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

First-Class

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Corner Earl St & Marine Parade, Queenstown,   New Zealand

Corner Earl St & Marine Parade
Queenstown, New Zealand

Centrally located in one of the most picturesque settings in the world, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is nestled beside beautiful and tranquil Lake Wakitipu. This fresh, modern hotel offers guests 273 contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside also features great facilities including a Jacuzzi, plus the excellent Elements Restaurant and the Elements Cafe and Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

Rotorua

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Superior First-Class

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua,   New Zealand

Lake End Tutanekai Street
Rotorua, New Zealand

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes for easy access to Rotorua's cafes, restaurants, and many popular local attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Phone

Auckland

SKYCITY Hotel

First-Class

SKYCITY Hotel Corner Victoria & Federal St., Auckland,   New Zealand

Corner Victoria & Federal St.
Auckland, New Zealand

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Melbourne
Ayers Rock
Kakadu National Park
Cairns
Sydney
Mount Cook
Queenstown
Rotorua

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a pecial glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Price Range: $

Penguins Express

Penguins Express

Witness the magical Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. On your Penguins Express evening tour, watch the penguins' arrival on Summerland Beach with premium viewing where you are guaranteed to see these little penguins waddling right past you. Walk with them from elevated boardwalks and see if their burrow is nearby! At the Visitor's Information Centre, visit "Penguin Experience" exhibit and learn more about the life of these little flightless birds. Dinner is available (though not included) from the Penguin Parade Restaurant.

Price Range: $$$

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Experience the majestic Great Ocean Road in style, with time to really appreciate the wonders of Australia's most scenic drive. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged, because there's plenty to see and photograph throughout the day. In the company of an expert Local Guide, watch for animal life, including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Stroll along the beaches or grab a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse, and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Next, stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town, for a great selection of lunch spots (not included). Gain exclusive access to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's eucalyptus forest for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, and native birds. Your adventure concludes with a visit to the ancient Twelve Apostles rock formations and dramatic Loch Ard Gorge.

Price Range: $$$$

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$$

Ayers Rock

Scenic Helicopter Flight - Uluru/Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

Scenic Helicopter Flight - Uluru/Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty-six 36 minute scenic flight.

Price Range: $$$$

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park 60min Scenic Flight

Kakadu National Park 60min Scenic Flight

Get a unique perspective of Australia's Northern Territory from above!

Price Range: $$$$

Cairns

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney

Revolving Restaurant 3 Course Dinner

Revolving Restaurant 3 Course Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening of excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower at the opulent 360 Bar and Dining.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - Day

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - Day

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

Mount Cook

Glacier Encounter Helicopter Flight

Glacier Encounter Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake and get a bird's-eye view of the Hochstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier. Bask in the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park-the scenery and experience are simply beyond expectation!

Price Range: $$$$

Tasman Valley 4WD

Tasman Valley 4WD

Embark on a unique 4WD adventure for magnificent views of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier. In the company of an expert Mount Cook guide, ride aboard a rugged, 8-wheel ATV-the perfect way to travel over the water, ice, and steep mountain terrain of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

Price Range: $

Queenstown

Safari of the Scenes

Safari of the Scenes

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle Earth in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is the perfect tour for those who want the thrills of an off-road adventure to see the breathtaking film locations.

Price Range: $$$

Wilderness Safari

Wilderness Safari

Join us for a spectacular jet boat journey along the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snowcapped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique fauna, amazing history, and fascinating Maori legends. You'll also ride aboard a 4WD coach along a scenic backroad route to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movies.

Price Range: $$$$

Kjet Thrill Ride

Kjet Thrill Ride

Get ready for unimaginable thrills across three waterways on one of the world's most exhilarating adventures!

Price Range: $$

Wine & Food

Wine & Food

'This unique food- and wine-tasting excursion delivers an authentic introduction to Central Otago's wine region.

Price Range: $$$

Rotorua

Mt Tarawera Volcano Floatplane

Mt Tarawera Volcano Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of the North Island is Mount Tarawera, the volcano whose massive eruption in 1886 destroyed the famed Pink and White Terraces and buried three Maori villages. This exciting flight-seeing excursion includes the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake.

Price Range: $$$$

Rotorua Duck Tour

Rotorua Duck Tour

Get a unique view of Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this fun excursion by Duck! Discover historic sights, Maori culture, and incredible natural beauty on this 90-minute sightseeing adventure aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on both land and water.

Price Range: $

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Soar along 500-year-old Mamaku Forest on New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour. Set in a 1,200-acre forest, this 3-hour adventure combines heart-racing fun and pristine natural beauty as you switch between six zipline cables suspended 72 feet above the ground. Keep your eyes open for bellbirds, whiteheads, fantails, and many other native bird species. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Price Range: $$$

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Experience kiwi hospitality and a traditional 3-course dinner on this authentic New Zealand dining experience.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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