Tour ID: 923D08
12 night hotel accommodations
Meals indicated in itinerary
International airfare from Salt Lake City
Ground transport via air-con motor coaches
All sightseeing & entrance fees
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Items of personal nature
Trip cancellation & baggage insurance
Tips & gratuities
Single Occupancy: $6949.00
Triple Occupancy: $5599.00
Optional 4-day Fiji Post Tour Extension
$949 USD p/p double occupancy
$1149 USD single occupancy
$500 per-person due at booking
Final payment due January 10, 2013
Air taxes and Fuel/Surcharges are included (subject to increase until paid in full.
Morris Murdock Escorted Tours
Day 1: Monday, April 8, 2013
Depart From Home
Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you skip a day ahead.
Day 2: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Day 3: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Arrive Cairns, Australia
Your tour begins today in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Don't forget to look up at the Southern Hemisphere's stars this evening after you join your mates for a welcome dinner (included).
Day 4: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Today visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Youll see traditional Aboriginal dances, learn about the Aboriginal lifestyle, and even throw a boomerang or play a didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center, which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. This afternoon a great experience awaits as you search for crocodiles in their natural habitat during a visit to Hartley's Croc Farm! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, enjoy an exciting cruise in the lagoon looking for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.
Day 5: Friday, April 12, 2013
Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. From your base on Green Island, you are able to explore the reef in many ways. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, a stroll on the walking trail to take in the rain forest, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, youll see some of the worlds most fascinating marine and plant life. Today Breakfast and Lunch are included.
Day 6: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Cairns - Sydney
Your morning is at leisure for independent exploration. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. Today Breakfast is included.
Day 7: Sunday, April 14, 2013
This morning enjoy a city tour of Sydney where the English explorer James Cook first weighed anchor in 1770. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable Paddington suburb. Then, discover one of the worlds most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Next, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how raw opals are transformed from the dark mine shafts to beautiful works of art. This evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. Maybe try one of Sydney's eclectic restaurants! Today Breakfast is included.
Day 8: Monday, April 15, 2013
Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Sydney your way. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. The cruise takes in the beauty of Sydney's skyline and passes by Australi's two most famous icons: the renowned Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.
Day 9: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand
You leave Australia behind and fly to New Zealand and the historic city of Christchurch. Upon arrival enjoy a short sightseeing tour of "the most English city outside of England." Highlights include magnificent gardens to learn why Christchurch is referred to as the "Garden City." make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner! This is sure to be an unforgettable evening during which you will make new friends, learn about the customs of the "Kiwi's" and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.
Day 10: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This morning you will have some leisure time to explore Christchurch. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent. Later, en route to the Mt. Cook region, visit a Canterbury farmyard where you'll enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration and see the herding of the farm's animals! It's a great opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. Next, traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand's most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.
Day 11: Thursday, April 18, 2013
This morning, if the weather permits, you may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountain top terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour, or perhaps enjoy the park during a nature walk while you have a little free time in Mt. Cook National Park. After some leisure time, you will head to the alpinesque city, Queenstown, one of New Zealand's loveliest and most famous cities. The city is a great place to independently explore and it is known as one of the world's top adventure destinations. As you arrive in Queenstown, you'll have a chance to stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Today Breakfast is included.
Day 12: Friday, April 19, 2013
Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown
With the multitude of activities to do in Queenstown, enjoy a day on your own. You may want to take a walk along Lake Wakatipu or sit at a cafe and sip a latte while looking out on the lake. Today Breakfast is included.
Day 13: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. Youll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound youll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealands Southern Alps. Today Breakfast and Lunch are included.
Day 14: Sunday, April 21, 2013
A leisurely day in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your vacation. Shop or people watch in the village or perhaps take the optional "Journey through the Middle Earth" tour, which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where the Lord or the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.
Day 15: Monday, April 22, 2013
Queenstown - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. Today Breakfast is included.
Optional 4 Days 3 Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
Queenstown - Nadi, Fiji
Today you will arrive in the beautiful paradise island of Fiji. Fiji retains all the primitive cultural fascination of the South Pacific. The expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters are world-famous.
Today, your day is free to explore what the resort has to offer on this tropical paradise. There are a number of relaxing and fun, adventurous activities you can engage in. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. Today Breakfast and Dinner is included.
Today, your day is free to explore what the resort has to offer on this tropical paradise. There are a number of relaxing and fun, adventurous activities you can engage in. Today Breakfast is included.
Fiji - Tour Ends
Before your tour ends today in Fiji, an optional island tour is offered. Today Breakfast is included.
Taxes/fees to be paid in local currencies upon exiting New Zealand on an international flight from Queenstown Airport (not Auckland or Christchurch) are approximately 25 NZD (approx. $18.50 USD).
To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your vacation. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through Collette Vacations. Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home hosted dinner in New Zealand. Due to early arrival times in some cities, rooms may not always be ready for immediate check-in. *If you purchase the outer reef option in the Great Barrier Reef, the glass bottom boat ride will be replaced by a semi-submersible boat on the outer reef pontoon. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
All pricing and information is subject to change for any reason at any time.