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Australia & New Zealand 2013 - 2014 Inc. diving, sailing & ski options

ONE LIFE ONE SHOT SO MAKE IT COUNT THE ORIGINAL

SINCE '62

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i’ve done almost everything I could possibly imagine. but i know there’s more.

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- dave grohl

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they say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. so you’d better make sure it’s worth watching. Memories aren’t created from the things you said you’d do. They’re built from things you’ve done. The moments captured. The world discovered. The lifetime seized. You only get one, after all. So you’ve got to make it count. A journey with Contiki is a kaleidoscope of unexpected adventures, inspiring places, lifelong friendships, brilliant stories and unforgettable memories. But most of all, it’s living life out loud, utterly and completely.

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it’s time

life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it. - ferris bUELler

No one wants to regret a chance not taken; to sit on the sidelines, experiencing the world through the status updates of friends. We want to get out there & see it first hand. To live it and breathe it for the very first time.

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miss a thing. That’s why we cover off all the highlights, but still give you lots of free time and flexible options to pave your own path.

This is the original spirit of Contiki. The spirit that’s kept us taking 18-35 year olds on life changing journeys since 1962. Back when there was no Facebook, no return date & no knowledgeable guide. Just a shared sense of adventure & a beaten up old mini-van.

With our local knowledge and years of experience, it’s like having a backstage pass to all of our destinations. Escape the tourist traps & eat with the locals; skip the lines & get direct access; and ditch the camping for central hotels and unique stays. From a charming farm to a traditional Aussie swag, every night will blow you away.

Since that first trip, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting the art of living with no regrets. And to tell you the truth, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. The experience of traveling in Australia and New Zealand is completely unique. From wide open spaces to small local nooks, you won’t want to

Best of all, you get to share all this with a new group of friends. A group of people who share your youthful and passionate curiosity for the world; people you want to stay in touch with. It’s all about making every moment count. And at Contiki, it’s what we do best.

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Aus & NZ 2013/14 No Regrets It’s your time Live Aus & NZ Compare Contiki Save with Contiki Join us online 365 days of change The original since ‘62 Contiki cares

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AUSTRALIA

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Backstage Pass Team Contiki Taste Australia ME Time Make every moment count Where you stay & Getting around

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Days The Big Walkabout 28 Reefs & Rainforests 20 Beaches & Reefs 18 The Sun Seeker 13 Sunsets & Surf 15 Island & Rainforest 10 City to Surf 10 Tropical Wonder 8

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Whitsundays Sailing 2 37 Outback Adventure 14 38 Alice & Kakadu 9 40 Rock & Red 8/9 41 Dive to Adventure 3 42 Learn to Dive 5 42 Sydney New Year 4 43 We Festivals 44 NEW ZEALAND

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Days The Big Tiki 23/20 Kiwiana Panorama 20/17 Northern ‘Choice’ 14/13 ‘Sweet as’ South 13/14 Sun & Steam 11 Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals 7 Ultimate NZ Ski 9

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Fiji & Hawaii Stopovers Want to stay longer? Got a question? Booking conditions Contiki around the world How to book

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Live AUS & NZ

queenstown

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fraser island

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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value

unrivaled

Everything we do, you couldn’t do for less. See More. Do more. Get More. Independent travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hidden costs & taxes, incomprehensible train timetables and surprise peak seasons. It all ends up costing way more than you’d think and there’s nothing very fun about getting it all organized. We’ve done the math & compared a typical day on a Contiki Australia or New Zealand tour to a day doing the same on your own. You can’t get close to the same quality of accommodations, amazing food experiences & exclusive inclusions for the same price. What’s best, our awesome team are here to share their exclusive knowledge, to make your trip hassle-free & show you a jaw-droppingly, eye-poppingly good time. It’s all part of our exclusive Backstage Pass to Australia and New Zealand.

Auckland, New Zealand Breakfast

Your daily travel

Transportation to your next destination

Guided city tour

SYDNEY, australia

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NZ$21.00

A$17.20

Eggs benedict at Mecca

Bacon, Eggs, Tomato, Toast, Coffee & Juice at Tropicana Caffe

NZ$15.00

A$22.00

Discovery Day Pass (Bus/trains/ferries)

My Multi (Bus/Train/Ferry)

NZ$45.80

A$23.50

Based on Flexipass bus pass (30 hr pass averaging 5hrs/day on travel days)

Greyhound Pass Sydney – Cairns valid for 90 days, traveling 20 days

NZ$40.00

A$49.00

All day Auckland Explorer Bus Pass

AAT Kings Sydney Sights & Bondi Beach

Two-course

NZ$42.40

A$30.90

local meal & glass of wine, beer or soft drink

At Degree Gastrobar

Una’s Restaurant 2 course meal

Accommodations

NZ$110.00

A$130.00

at a central city hotel

At Jucy Hotel

BASE Backpackers Sydney double room

Hidden taxes

Eeek, who knows?!?

Eeek, who knows?!?

Cost of traveling your own way

US$226/Day

US$278/Day

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how much is your time worth? Traveling on your own can be stressful. How do I get there? Where should I stay? What stuff do I need to see & how do I get tickets? There’s so much to sort & it can take up lots of your precious time. Leave the hard bits to us - we get you there, sort your accommodations, show you the main sites (& the hidden gems too) & share advice on the best things to see & do. And in today’s world, having certainty over your costs is another plus.

Included

US$66/Day

Converted to US$ * Prices & exchange rates validated at February 27th, 2013 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki tour price. Contiki pricing based on 7 Day Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals p.69.

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we know how important your hard-earned CASH is, so we have plenty of deals to help IT go further.

traveling again? If you’ve traveled with us before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. Plus, we can hook you up with discounts with our sister companies as well. See p.74 for more.

pay early for the best deals Book & pay early for the best deal on your tour & airfares. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn.

Save up to US$360

2 or more Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get US$100 off your second tour.

book with friends We believe in the principle of “the more the merrier.” So the more friends you can round up, the more you will save.

4 or more Everyone saves 5% 7 or more Everyone saves 7.5% 10 or more Everyone saves 10%, or invite an 11th for free!

Pay in full on or before May 30th, 2013 & save up to 7.5%.

Save up to US$240 Pay in full on or before July 30th, 2013 & save up to 5%. * Pay Early Savings of US$360 & US$240 based on 28 Day The Big Walkabout p.24-25. The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of you tour price only (This excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accomodations and optional activities. Your tour price does not include the costs of international flights to / from Australia & New Zealand that start or end your tour). You can combine group discounts (‘Book with friends’), multi-tour discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on tours of 7 days or longer. Pay early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of tour departure, or bookings that already receive a 6 month or 12 month pay early discount. The pay early savings above only apply to departures on or after August 31st, 2013.

change direction You could save up to US$130 when you take a Contiki Australia or New Zealand tour with a different departure city (travel on one of the itineraries shown in reverse order, look out for the symbol on tour pages).

In Australia, this option is available for itineraries that start from the northern cities of Darwin, Cairns & The Whitsundays. Or in New Zealand, from Christchurch. Itineraries that can be done in reverse are marked on the relevant tour pages.

GO VINTAGE.

Contiki layaway

Buy your next outfit at your local thrift shop.

RIDE A BIKE TO WORK. Save money on transportation costs (plus you’ll get fit too!)

CUT THE CREDIT. Stick a picture of your next vacation spot on your credit card. When you go to use it next, you’ll think twice.

GOT SKILLS? Why not take it to the streets & try busking (street performance).

GO BACK TO BASICS? Save money on fruit & veggies & grow your own. Got your own tip on how to save? Tell us about it at facebook.com/contiki

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Found your perfect vacation? Got an upcoming birthday, graduation or special event or just want help paying off your trip? Sign up for Contiki Layaway & ask your family & friends to give towards your vacation (what could be a better present than that?) Plus, you can use Layaway to make payments yourself, allowing you to budget your savings to pay off your trip easily. Visit contiki.com/layaway for more.

US$20 Million Customer Protection The traveling public has always been concerned about the protection of their advanced bookings. As part of Contiki’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with Contiki, Travcorp Financial Services Limited has provided a letter of credit to Contiki for US$20 Million with respect to all customers traveling with Contiki.

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JOIN US ONLINE Your journey starts well before you leave & lasts long after you return. So get the most out of your travel experience with our nifty online tools. Find out more at contiki.com

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Downlo oad our App today - It’s Free. Shout brings together the photos, videos & updates of everyone traveling on the same tour to create one epic story of your trip together. Save every moment & create a real-time timeline of your awesome travels to share with your friends back home. Find out more at contiki.com/app

Travel tools

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

Chat Meet other travelers before you go on your trip & chat on the go.

View your trip itinerary, maps & more. Plus view nearby hotspots provided by Lonely Planet. Looking for a restaurant? Want to know how to say hello in Maori? Shout has you covered.

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365 days is the time it takes our precious planet to revolve around the sun. And the time in which Contiki iis s co ommit mmitt ted ed to del liiver ring i ng real change through our sustainability efforts.

A chat with cÉline Contiki: This year you traveled to Mexico with the Contiki team to work with the MAR Leadership Foundation. What was the highlight of the trip for you? Céline: It was wonderful to see the Contiki R:evolve winners not only discover the world of diving, but learn about and take active part in the conservation efforts happening on the Mesoamerican Reef. I feel there was a sense of pride – not only had they won the trip because of their own sustainability initiative, but their company was really doing something positive in supporting the MAR Leadership programme. My hope is this experience stays with them and continues to inspire them.

Contiki’s R:evolve Leaders & MAR Leaders, Mexico

Contiki: You worked closely on the 2012 R:evolve Initiative with the Contiki community. What were your thoughts on the responses for making a commitment to the change?

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Exploring our precious planet is a privilege. A privilege that also comes with responsibility & at Contiki we put that responsibility at the core of everything we do. Our R:evolve program supports our ocean conservation initiatives & in April 2012 Contiki’s sustainability ambassador Céline Cousteau connected with Contiki team & community members to make a movement of change. The focus is on encouraging everyone to make a difference to our planet every day & really make it count. As part of the initiative Contiki selected 10 R:evolve Leaders from inside the company

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& our community of travellers. They spent 10 days in Mexico & experienced first-hand the beauty of our oceans & the need to preserve our reefs & its inhabitants through their work with the MAR Leadership Foundation, one of Contiki’s ocean sustainability projects. The end goal: to get every individual focused on their actions, & how they can count towards leaving the world a better place. Find out more & watch Céline’s documentary of the trip at:

Céline: There were a lot of good ideas submitted and my belief is all of these can and should be implemented whether a winner or not. Many suggestions were as simple as recycling and consuming less, which are always good actions to follow. There were also intricate and thoughtful strategies that started with looking at how people function and to then create a sustainability project that adapted to their lifestyle, making it easy for them to integrate the initiatives proposed. Those ideas are the ones that are really about problem solving with people’s own options, limitations, and potential in mind. Contiki: What do you think Contiki travelers can do to make a change to our planet? Céline: Every journey offers possibilities: bring your own amenities rather than open a new shampoo in every hotel, recycle everything you can, bring a water bottle, don’t take all the printouts unless you need them (or better yet just share them). Ask how you can give back to the places you visit- either to people, culture and arts, the environment, other species or in any way you can think to. You can return to places you have visited and volunteer your time to local non-profits to restore local ecosystems, support communities or otherwise donate time. As travellers, we have incredible opportunities to give back to the places we visit.

Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

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australia

get yourself to the land ‘down under’! Visit the Red Centre & Top End, the sunny East Coast & icons of Sydney as they come to life to make your jaw drop, eyes widen & heart jump. The amazing beaches, bubbling atmosphere & charming locals BLEND together to serve up one of the world’s coolest VACATION spots. Aussie is a natural playground packed with opportunities ready to be explored & the best way to make every moment count is with us. Grab your camera & get ready for action, with 16 amazing tours that range from 3 to 28 days, the best accommodations & ways to get your fix, your way. The options are endless, whether you’re in the Outback visiting one of our six World Heritage sites, living it up at a festival or chilling with a book on the beach.

EXPERIENCE our australia EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES

THE BEST GROUP SIZES

Experience some of Aussie’s best! Go 4WD-ing on sand highways, learn to surf, toast Uluru at sunset & meet some local wildlife, all included with us.

Explore Aussie with a bunch of like-minded travellers – get ready for new friends from all around the world.

THE BEST TEAM Our on-road team will get you in the know on all things Oz, so all you need to do is sit back, relax & enjoy the very best of Australia.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Get an authentic Aussie experience, with Aboriginal performances, local wildlife, or try surfing & getting up close to the incredible icons.

THE BEST OVERNIGHTS Central city hotels packed with comforts you’ll love, to beachside resorts, on boats, to the best central hostels, you’re always in the places you want to be.

ALWAYS CONTIKI Our coaches, all the time. No renting of coaches with Contiki Oz.

DELICIOUS EATS From fresh fish plucked straight from the ocean, to succulent steak, BBQ breakfasts & some Aussie only specialties like kangaroo or croc, our tastes will always impress.

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to aus From iconic eye candy, endless beaches & lush rainforests to barren deserts, this sprawling country literally has it all. Come & see how we do it Down Under. Your

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EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONs Our overnights will really impress. Think a slice of tropical utopia at a Whitsunday Island resort, a beachfront lodge in the Daintree Rainforest or right by the beach in legendary Byron Bay. Stay in cities & it’s all about comfy, stylish, central hotels boasting the comfort you crave. We also mix it up with our Special Stay experiences like a beach-side surf camp, a swag on Kings Creek Station & a working cattle station.

EXCLUSIVE food From mouthwatering steaks in the Outback to more adventurous eats like kangaroo or crocodile (if you dare); travel with us & you’ll discover Aussie’s culinary best. We include breakfast every day, some lunches & lots of evening meals, so you get more authentic local flavors for less. Like freshly caught fish overlooking the beach at Noosa or a BBQ cooked the way only Aussie’s can. We still leave you lots of ME Time to head out & explore Aussie tastes too.

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In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

- Abraham lincoln

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backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each tour page

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included learn to surf lesson

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TEAM Our Aussie-based team of Tour Managers & Drivers are your oracles on this great southern land. They know the destinations inside out so you get the inside scoop on every destination. They’re lifelong travelers who are passionate about making sure you have the best experience, from beginning to end. Plus they keep you in the know, from finding WiFi to the simple stuff like doing laundry, the best place to party or eat, just ask.

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And to complement our On-road team, in some destinations we team up with Local Guides, all included standard as part of your Backstage Pass. They enhance your trip by providing that insider’s perspective on the places you visit. Knowledge only a local can give. Having a team as big & well trained as ours means only one thing – you just need to focus on experiencing the very best of Oz.

meet the locals

meet john Tour Manager, from Tasmania

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WiFi

We have WiFi on most of our coaches so keeping in touch & posting pics on the road (literally) is easy.

NO MANDATORY TIPPING

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I’m a born & bred Aussie & proud of it. When I’m not on the road you’ll probably find me up in the sky - I’m training to be a pilot & exploring is what I live for. Australia blows your mind. You could be lying on the beach or catching a wave one day & staring out over Uluru the next. My real passion is for the Territory & the Outback; the ancient Aboriginal culture, the incredible colors & stories here. I love the experience I have in each place & helping travelers discover it for themselves.

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Australia is packed with unique local delicacies; it’s one of the highlights of visiting the land down under. Try freshly caught fish in Noosa, tasty steaks in the Outback, or crocodile & kangaroo in the Territory if you dare... with us, you can experience it all. Mouthwatering and adventurous is the name of the Aussie food game. We include breakfast every day, some lunches & lots of evening meals. We also leave some well placed ME Time gaps for you to follow your senses & experience more of your own favorite Aussie eats. Our Australian-based team knows the local shops like the back of their hand. They’ll share their insider knowledge of hidden gems and secret streets, letting you uncover the food that all the locals are talking about.

included surf club dinner, noosa

included fraser isLand bbq

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included dinner, sydney

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Make the most of what time you have. Journeys are about freedom & discovery. So don’t hold back & miss a moment. See more. Do more. Live more. You only live once, but if you do it right then once is enough. ME Time is all about making the most of what Australia has to offer, ensuring you travel the way you want. We give you the freedom to experience the trip how you choose, whether it’s an adrenaline-filled adventure, a cultural eye-opener or both. The sky’s the limit, literally! The options are endless & the experiences are unforgettable. It’s all about you & taking your trip to the next level. You could be absorbing the views from a hot air balloon in the MacDonnell Ranges one day, then jumping out of a plane in Surfers Paradise the next. But if heights aren’t your thing then how does how does kayaking with dolphins & whales sound? Or zip lining through the jungle in Cape Tribulation? Contiki is all about the living for the moment & enjoying everything to the fullest with no regrets. Our Backstage Pass to Australia means our Team will help you get off the beaten track, give you more options & our exclusive behind-the-scenes access means we can offer you the best experiences at the best prices, that Oz has to offer. Keep an eye out for the ‘don’t miss’ call outs on the tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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jetski, the whitsundays Cut through the ripples as you absorb the amazing Whitsundays scenery on your very own jetski.

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kayaking safari, byron bay Cool off as you paddle across the popular Byron Bay, an experience that is as refreshing as it is amazing.

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don’t count the days. make the days count.

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Zip lining, Cape Tribulation Be the king of the jungle as you zip line through the lush rain forest. Definitely an experience to get the heart racing!

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Skydiving, Cairns Push the limits and dive out of your comfort zone…and take in the views while you do it.

Bridge Climb, Sydney Climb to the top of the city’s iconic harbor bridge and take in this beautiful city from a different angle

Note: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your tour. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some of the activities, travelers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check to see if your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities. Be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & may involve some risk.

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moment count A trip to AUSSIE is about making the most of every moment so we make sure you do. the best team, the ultimate inclusions, all included on us.

the must do’s all included Exploring the stuff you’ve always dreamt of as well as the stuff you could never have imagined; stuff you probably wouldn’t find without the inside scoop from us. It’s all included as part of your Backstage Pass, so you get value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

Discover the real Australia Included orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided special access walking tours & delicious meals that only this great southern land can offer. Our team will take you inside the real Aussie.

Exclusive Experiences Many of our experiences can’t be found anywhere else. Like sipping champagne beside an Uluru sunset, a day trip to incredible Fraser Island or learning to throw a boomerang with the locals. We bring this amazing country to life... like a guidebook never could.

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Blue mountains experience Head out of the city & into the country for our incredible Blue Mountains experience. Take a walk around the ridge of the Jamieson Valley & see the ‘Three Sisters’ as you learn about this iconic landscape.

uluru at sunset Uluru at sunset is like nothing else. Unfathomable until you are actually standing in front of it. Sip some champagne on us & have your camera at the ready.

surfing coffs harbour Surfing – an Aussie must-do. Head to the waves of Coffs Harbour under the expert guidance of our surf pros. You’ll be up on a board in no-time.

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epic experiences all included

As the world’s largest sand island, Fraser is a must visit. Jump in a fierce 4WD before cruising down Seventy Mile Beach to refuel with a gourmet BBQ (think Porterhouse steak & fresh fish washed down with a beer), then kick back in paradise at Lake McKenzie.

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In Australia, our accommodations are all about comfort, unique experiences & the best locations – each & every night. We mix it up with hotels, beachside resorts, eco-lodges, surf camps – the coolest ways to stay as you travel. It’s comfort you love & exceptional Aussie experiences to get you local.

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The best locations Stay in the heart of Kings Cross at our hotel in Sydney, a 3 minute walk to the world-famous beach in Byron Bay, or in the Whitsundays on a glorious island resort.

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Try unique experiences that are as diverse as the destinations! Fall asleep under the stars in a comfy Kings Canyon swag, get your country fix at a farmstay or right at the beach at our Surf Camp.

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THE BIG WALKABOUT 28 Days From US$4665pp* US$167 per day

sydney

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bushtucker’ tour • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles Plus Special Stays

1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield N.P

Mataranka

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station • Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Daly Waters

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Plus Domestic flight included in tour price!

3 CAIRNS

1 TENNANT CREEK

Tully

Devils Marbles

GREAT BARRIER REEF

ME Time

Townsville

Wycliffe Well

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

Simpsons Gap

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

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Capricorn Coast

CATTLE 1 STATION

ULURU

1 FRASER ISLAND

NOOSA 1 Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

South Australia

1 COFFS HARBOUR

NEW SOUTH WALES

don’t miss Trying crocodile & kangaroo in the Outback! The locals cook it like pro’s, so if you’re keen to give it a try, this is the place to do it!

ME Time optionals

Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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Get ready for the ultimate mix of landscapes, activities, friendly locals & adventure. The endless Top End, the colors of Kings Canyon & Uluru blended with East Coast beach fun is what makes this trip a traveler must.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Sydney, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Sydney Check into the Holiday Inn Potts Point & spend the rest of the day exploring Sydney. Hotel Day 4: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team, before we head out of the city & into the Blue Mountains to learn about this amazing landscape. Hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (B,D) Trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 5: Sydney Today we get the best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. Cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Ferry from Manly M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 6: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surf vibes at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

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Day 7: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves in our surf lesson! This afternoon we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 8: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise We head north to Surfers Paradise & stop at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – see wombats, kangaroos & maybe cuddle a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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Day 9: Surfers Paradise With a free day, hit the shops or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill! Tonight, we party with VIP club entry. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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Day 10: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane before we reach chic Noosa, where we have dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D)

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See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside in Noosa

Day 11: Noosa to Fraser Island Stroll along Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island by 4WD on this incredible day trip. Drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks

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Day 12: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a unique local overnight stay, you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – spot whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride & meet the station owners

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Days 13-14: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

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Days 13-14: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: EXSXD ex Darwin: EXDXD Day 15: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we head to Tropical North Queensland, & gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Oz’s best whitewater rafting

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Days 16-17: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping & great nightlife to adrenaline activities & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s also your chance to try some kangaroo. Resort (B,D) (B) M Whitewater rafting Day 18: Cairns to Alice Springs Today we head to the Outback! Check out ‘The Alice’, famous for its Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at a reptile park. Hotel (B,D) See the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Reptile park experience

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Day 19: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Try ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’

Day 20: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Next we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbor – the Olgas. Lodge (B) Enjoy delicious bacon & eggs for breakfast See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

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Day 21: Uluru Catch the Uluru sunrise, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ & hear stories of the area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, catch an Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise & toast it at sunset

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Day 22: Uluru to Alice Springs Back in Alice, maybe burn around the Outback on a quad bike, or just sit poolside & work on your tan. Hotel (B) Indulge in a BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

Day 23: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Our ‘Top End’ adventure begins today – we cross the Tropic of Capricorn to Aussie’s old mining town, Tennant Creek. Hotel (B,D) Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well Visit the ‘Devil’s Marbles’ M Dawn hot air balloon flight over the desert & MacDonnell Ranges

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Day 24: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop at the Territory’s oldest pub, then make a splash in Mataranka Thermal Pools. Later, it’s on to Katherine & its famous gorge. Hotel (B) Swim at the Mataranka thermal pools Hear stories from ‘We of the Never Never’ Homestead

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Day 25: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge. Next up: Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls for a swim. Hotel (B,D) Visit Katherine Gorge Cool off in Edith Falls (seasonal)

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Day 26: Kakadu National Park Explore Kakadu – the incredible vast landscapes,

wildlife & Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) See Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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Day 27: Kakadu to Darwin Take a cruise to spot some crocs & wildlife, before we head to Darwin! Get your bearings on a city tour & visit the local museum. Later, maybe try cage diving with crocs or hit the shops. Hotel (B) Wildlife cruise Guided city tour of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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Day 28: Darwin Stop for a swim at Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Check out the termite mounds & meet local Aboriginal artists before it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies. (B) Swim in Florence Falls (seasonal)

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Start Finish Tour Tour & Sydney Darwin Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

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The above prices are accurate as of February 27th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing please go to contiki.com/walkabout. Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.74 for important info. * Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com EXSDD Single room supplement (tour only) add US$2605/add US$819 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$2315/add US$729 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). EXDSD Single room supplement (tour only) add US$2715/add US$869 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$2425/add US$779 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). EXSDD: Day 4 start Sydney 7:00am & end Darwin 6:00pm. EXDSD: Day 4 start Darwin 7:30am & end Sydney 8:00am. ● These departures will stay at an alternative property to Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay.

australia The Big Walkabout 28 days What’s Included: 25 nights multi-share accommodations: 18 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 36 meals: 25 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 10 dinners (D) Sailing option – 38 meals: 25 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs (Ayers Rock to Cairns for EXDSD) Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

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SAVE Pay early & save up to US$360. See p.9 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Darwin. Or save up to US$60 if you travel from Darwin to Sydney.

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REEFS & RAINFORESTS 20 Days From US$2865pp* US$144 per day

currumbin wildlife sanctuary

your backstage pass includes • Aboriginal guided experience at Mossman Gorge • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Visit the famous Blue Mountains CAPE TRIBULATION

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Plus Special Stays

1 Mossman Gorge

• Langmorn Outback Cattle Station • Coffs Harbour Surf Village

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Port Douglas

CAIRNS 4 Tully

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville

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ME Time optionals

SURFERS PARADISE 2

NEW SOUTH WALES

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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Chanel: I had the most amazing time! Contiki is a great company to travel with & I would highly recommend them to anyone traveling on their own. Visit contiki.com/reefs

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Go snorkeLing on the Reef & work on your tan in the Whitsundays. From koalas & kangaroos to a farmstay, you’ll do it local before hitting the beach, where Byron Bay & Surfers Paradise serve up some of the best sand & surf in the world.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Cairns, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Cairns Check into the Rydges Esplande Resort & spend the rest of the day exploring Cairns. Resort Day 4: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Meet up with your Contiki Team & hit the road! Get an insider look at ancient Aboriginal culture before reaching lush Cape Tribulation. Lodge (B) Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge

Day 5: Cape Tribulation to Cairns We visit Cape Tribulation Beach & then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide. This afternoon it’s back to Cairns. Resort (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our expert local guide

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Days 6-7: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s also a chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch Day 8: Cairns to The Whitsundays Visit Airlie Beach & get into its relaxed café scene before a quick ferry ride to paradise on Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Check out Townsville on a city tour Stop at Airlie Beach

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Day 9: The Whitsundays This place is the ultimate way to relax. So take time to chill or get into some watersports & good times at Daydream Island. Resort (B) M Day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach with lunch (weather dependent) Days 8-9: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Cairns: BWCWD ex Sydney: BWSWD

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Day 10: The Whitsundays to Farmstay Say farewell to paradise, as we jet through sugar cane country to our true Aussie farmstay overnight.  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners & try whip cracking!

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Day 11: Farmstay to Fraser Island Head back out to the coast – we’re spending the night at the natural wonder that is Fraser Island. Eco Lodge (B) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal) Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

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Day 12: Fraser Island to Noosa Explore Fraser Island, (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before reaching the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at a surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,L,D) Visit the largest sand island in the world Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

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Day 13: Noosa to Surfers Paradise Get into the chic vibes of Noosa, then stop & check out Brisbane before reaching the East Coast party capital, Surfers Paradise! Resort (B) See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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Day 14: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a tandem skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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Day 15: Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up

to a koala. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 16: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour Surf Village Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Cross the Clarence River ‘Learn to surf’ lesson

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Day 17: Coffs Harbour to Sydney Say farewell to the surf action of Coffs as we head to the icon filled & big city buzz of Sydney. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge. Hotel (B) Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’ See the Hawkesbury River & its oyster farms Experience Sydney’s famous nightlife M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 18: Sydney Hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House this afternoon. We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim before heading back to the city for dinner & your last night on tour. Hotel (B,D) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Take a ferry from Manly where there will be time for lunch & a swim Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 19: Sydney With the city icons ticked, it’s time to hit the country. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney. Hotel (B) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls

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Day 20: Sydney Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning. (B)

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How much & when

What’s Included:

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17 nights multi-share accommodations: 12 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a lodge, 1 night at a cattle station, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a surf village (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 24 meals: 17 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) Sailing option – 26 meals: 17 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Rainforest adventure on days 4 & 5 Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$ * Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share,

maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1989/add US$635 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$1699/add US$545 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BWCSD: Day 4 start Cairns 7:30am & end Sydney 8:00am. BWSCD: Day 4 start Sydney 7:00am & end Cairns 8:00am. ● These departures will stay at an alternative property to Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ✚ These departures stay in Sydney during New Year, where higher peak period twin & single supplements apply. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

try our RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$259. See p.9 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Cairns. Or save up to US$130 if you travel from Cairns to Sydney.

the whitsundays

on days 4 & 5 Get geared up for 2 days in paradise! With huge mountain ranges & rainforest stretching right to the ocean, the lush Daintree area is where the Tropics meets the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. This World Heritage Site is packed with ancient plants & animals & is the home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people - it’s ready to be explored & a must-do in this part of the world. Come see it with us.

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BEACHES & REEFS 18 Days From US$2635pp* US$147 per day

sailing the whitsundays

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks

GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

Plus Special Stays

CAIRNS 3

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

Tully GREAT BARRIER REEF Townsville

Northern Territory

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

ME Time

Mackay

QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

CATTLE 1 STATION 1 FRASER ISLAND 1 NOOSA Brisbane

South Australia

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR

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Port Macquarie

3 SYDNEY

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

E C TI O N

random fact It’s estimated there are 1500 species of fish, 30 species of dolphins & whales, 360 species of coral & 17 species of sea snakes in the Great Barrier Reef.

Brooke Cuthbertson: Most spontaneous, amazing thing I have ever done! I met incredible people from all around the world. Visit contiki.com/beaches

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Live for sun, water, fun & adventure? The big city calls before hitting the coast - surf like a pro, chill in Byron, head to the Whitsundays & even cruise the islands on a yacht as you live the dream on Aussie’s East Coast.

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Sydney, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Sydney Check into the Holiday Inn Potts Point & spend the rest of the day exploring Sydney. Hotel Day 4: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head out of the city & into the Blue Mountains to learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (B,D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 5: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 6: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

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Day 7: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park

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Day 8: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach M 4WD National Park rainforest tour

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Day 9: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

••

Day 10: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside in Noosa

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Day 11: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

• • • •

Day 12: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our Outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal)

• •

Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride & meet the station owners

Days 13-14: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

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Days 13-14: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: BRSWD ex Cairns: BRCWD

fraser island

Itinerary & Sightseeing

australia

How much & when

Code: BRSCD 2013/14 Code: BRCSD 2013/14 Depart USA

Start Finish Tour Tour & Sydney Cairns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

2013 Apr 11 Apr 13 May 9 May 11 Jun 6 Jun 8 Jul 4 Jul 6 Jul 11 Jul 13 Aug 1 Aug 3 Aug 8 Aug 10 Aug 29 ● Aug 31 Sep 5 Sep 7 Sep 26 ● Sep 28 Oct 3 Oct 5 Oct 24 ● Oct 26 Oct 31 Nov 2 Nov 21 ● Nov 23 Nov 28 Nov 30 Dec 19 ● Dec 21 Dec 30 ✚ Jan 1

Start Finish Tour Tour & Cairns Sydney Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

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Depart USA

Jan 19 Feb 2 Feb 9 Mar 2 Mar 30 Apr 27 May 25 Jun 22 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 17 Aug 24 Sep 14 Sep 21 Oct 12

2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2865 2865 2865 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825

3185 3185 3185 3185 3185 3175 3175 3175 3135 3135 3135 3135 3135 3135 3135

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What’s Included: 15 nights multi-share accommodations: 11 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23)

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Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37)

Jan 3 Jan 14 Jan 17 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 28 Mar 28 Apr 25 May 23 Jun 20 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 12 Sep 19

Jan 18 Jan 29 Feb 1 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 15 Apr 12 May 10 Jun 7 Jul 5 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 27 Oct 4

2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2755 2755 2755 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging

2014 Jan 1 Jan 12 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 5 Feb 26 Mar 26 Apr 23 May 21 Jun 18 Jul 16 Jul 23 Aug 13 Aug 20 Sep 10 Sep 17

Beaches & Reefs 18 days

22 meals: 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) Sailing option – 24 meals: 15 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$235. See p.9 for details.

* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, Day 15: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Resort. (B) Check out Townsville on a city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best white water rafting

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Day 16: Cairns With a free day, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenalin activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled for choice. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) M Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners & certified divers

maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1685/add US$555 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$1395/add US$465 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BRSCD: Day 4 start Sydney 7:00am & end Cairns 8:00am. BRCSD: Day 4 start Cairns 7:00am & end Sydney 8:00am. ● These departures will stay at an alternative property to Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ✚ These departures stay in Sydney during New Year, where higher peak period twin & single supplements apply. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

4 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Cairns. Or save up to US$110 if you travel from Cairns to Sydney.

byron bay

Day 17: Cairns Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax! It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. Resort (B) Day 18: Cairns Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

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THE SUN SEEKER 13 Days From US$1875pp* US$145 per day

fraser island

your backstage pass includes • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus Special Stay • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

ME Time

CORAL SEA

3 CAIRNS Tully

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville

Northern Territory

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE 1 STATION

Capricorn Coast

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M Cairns Tandem skydive M Dawn hot air balloon flight in Cairns M Whitewater raft the mighty Tully River

Brisbane

New South Wales

Foreshore Promenade, Cairns. It’s a 51,667sq-ft saltwater swimming lagoon in the heart of the city.

ME Time optionals

1 FRASER ISLAND

South Australia

don’t miss

E C TI O N

Nick: I surfed, I skydived & I sailed. I met some awesome people on this trip who I hope to visit soon. I’m already planning my next Contiki. Visit contiki.com/seeker

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Sunshine & good times await! Get down on the farm, relax on idyllic island time & experience the paradise that is the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef. Get into the endless summer vibes the way only the Aussie’s can.

the whitsundays

australia

How much & when CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Code: BTSCD 2013/14

Code: BTCSD 2013/14

Depart Start Finish Tour Tour & USA Surfers P. Cairns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

Depart Start Finish Tour Tour & USA Cairns Surfers P. Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

2013

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2014

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Surfers Paradise, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Surfers Paradise Meet up with your Contiki Team & head into the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for a great night out with your new travel buddies! Resort Stay at a resort located right by the beach

Day 4: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Vintage Tiger Month bi-plane joyflight (with acrobatic ‘loop the loops’)

••

Day 5: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

• • •

Day 6: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before

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exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

• • • •

Day 7: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners

• • • •

Days 8-9: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Today we’ll jet through sugar cane country & into true paradise for the beaches, watersports & good times at Daydream Island in the Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

•• •

Days 8-9: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Surfers: BTSWD ex Cairns: BTCWD Day 10: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Oz’s best white water rafting

•• • •

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* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share,

maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1075/add US$369 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$785/add US$279 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BTSCD: Day 3 start Surfers P. 4:30pm & end Cairns 8:00am. BTCSD: Day 4 start Cairns 7:00am & end Surfers P. 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

The Sun Seeker 13 days What’s Included: 10 nights multi-share accommodations: 8 nights in resorts, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 15 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 4 dinners (D) Sailing option - 17 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$175. See p.9 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Surfers Paradise to Cairns. Or save up to US$80 if you travel from Cairns to Surfers Paradise.

Days 11-12: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping & great nightlife to endless adrenaline activities, you’re spoiled for choice. Resort (B,D) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semisubmersible Day 13: Cairns Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

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SUNSETS & SURF 15 Days From US$2339pp* US$156 per day

BYRON BAY

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus Special Stays GULF OF CARPENTARIA

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

CORAL SEA

ME Time

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Northern Territory

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

(Daydream Island) Mackay

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE 1 STATION

Capricorn Coast

1 FRASER ISLAND 1 NOOSA

ME Time optionals

Brisbane

South Australia

SURFERS PARADISE 2

M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal) M Vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane joyflight (with acrobatic ‘loop the loops’)!

Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR

NEW SOUTH WALES

must do A stroll along the Noosa Coastal Track. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas chilling in gum trees or dolpins & humpback whales out at sea. Bliss.

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E C TI O N

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The icons of Sydney call, before grabbing a surf board in Coffs Harbour & kicking back in beach heaven, Byron Bay. From Surfers Paradise, Fraser Island to the Whitsundays & everything in-between - it’s all about East Coast action.

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Sydney, Australia.

sydney

Depart USA

Apr 11 Apr 13 May 9 May 11 Jun 6 Jun 8 Jul 4 Jul 6 Jul 11 Jul 13 Aug 1 Aug 3 Aug 8 Aug 10 Aug 29 ● Aug 31 Sep 5 Sep 7 Sep 26 ● Sep 28 Oct 3 Oct 5 Oct 24 ● Oct 26 Oct 31 Nov 2 Nov 21 ● Nov 23 Nov 28 Nov 30 Dec 19 ● Dec 21 Dec 30 ✚ Jan 1

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Day 6: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

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Day 7: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life

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Day 8: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see

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Day 4: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (B,D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

How much & when

Code: SQSCD 2013/14 Code: SQCSD 2013/14

Day 3: Arrive Sydney Check into the Holiday Inn Potts Point & spend the rest of the day exploring Sydney. Hotel

Day 5: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 9: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Spectacular tandem skydive

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Day 10: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Check out Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

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Day 11: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

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Day 12: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay look out for whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners

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Days 13-14: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch

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Days 13-14: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: SQSWD ex W’suns: SQCWD

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wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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2395 2395 2395 2395 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2455 2455 2455 2455

2705 2705 2705 2705 2649 2649 2649 2649 2649 2649 2649 2649 2765 2765 2765 2765

Jan 6 Jan 17 Jan 20 Feb 3 Feb 10 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 15 Sep 22

Jan 18 Jan 29 Feb 1 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 15 Apr 12 May 10 Jun 7 Jul 5 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 27 Oct 4

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Sunsets & Surf 15 days What’s Included: 12 nights multi-share accommodations: 8 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 18 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 5 dinners (D) Sailing option - 20 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$

Pay early & save up to US$210. See p.9 for details.

* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share,

maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1385/add US$455 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$1095/add US$365 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). SQSCD: Day 4 start Sydney 7:00am & end W’suns 8:00am. SQCSD: Day 3 start W’suns 5:00pm & end Sydney 8:00am. ● These departures will stay at an alternative property to Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ✚ These departures stay in Sydney during New Year, where higher peak period twin & single supplements apply. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

SAVE

3 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to The Whitsundays. Or save up to US$80 if you travel from The Whitsundays to Sydney. SYDNEY

Day 15: The Whitsundays The tour ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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ISLAND & RAINFOREST From US$1365pp* US$137 per day

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GULF OF CARPENTARIA

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1 CAPE TRIBULATION Mossman Gorge

Port Douglas

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(Daydream Island)

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

What’s Included: 7 nights multi-share accommodations: 6 nights in resorts, 1 night in a lodge (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 9 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) Sailing option – 11 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Rainforest adventure on days 8 & 9 Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$130. See p.9 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from The Whitsundays to Cairns, or from Cairns to The Whitsundays.

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Code: FNSCD 2013/14 Code: FNCSD 2013/14 Depart USA

Start Finish Tour Tour & W’suns Cairns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

2013 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Jul 21 Aug 11 Aug 18 Sep 8 Sep 15 Oct 6 Oct 13 Nov 3 Nov 10 Dec 1 Dec 8 Dec 29

Start Finish Tour Tour & Cairns W’suns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

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Apr 30 May 28 Jun 25 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 15 Oct 22 Nov 12 Nov 19 Dec 10 Dec 17 Jan 7

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Depart USA

Apr 22 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Jul 22 Aug 12 Aug 19 Sep 9 Sep 16 Oct 7 Oct 14 Nov 4 Nov 11 Dec 2 Dec 9 Dec 30

Apr 24 May 22 Jun 19 Jul 17 Jul 24 Aug 14 Aug 21 Sep 11 Sep 18 Oct 9 Oct 16 Nov 6 Nov 13 Dec 4 Dec 11 Jan 1

May 1 May 29 Jun 26 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 16 Oct 23 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 11 Dec 18 Jan 8

1395 1395 1395 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425

1705 1705 1705 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1735 1735 1735 1735 1735

Jan 12 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 5 Feb 26 Mar 26 Apr 23 May 21 Jun 18 Jul 16 Jul 23 Aug 13 Aug 20 Sep 10 Sep 17

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1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1419 1419 1419 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

1735 1735 1735 1735 1735 1735 1729 1729 1729 1709 1709 1709 1709 1709 1709

Jan 10 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 3 Feb 24 Mar 24 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Jul 21 Aug 11 Aug 18 Sep 8 Sep 15

* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twinshare room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$775/ add US$265 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$485/add US$175 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). FNSCD: Day 3 start W’suns 5:00pm & end Cairns 8:00am. FNCSD: Day 4 start Cairns 7:30am & end W’suns 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to The Whitsundays, Australia. Days 3-4: The Whitsundays Meet up with your Contiki Team & new travel buddies before heading into true paradise for the beaches, watersports & good times at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (D) (B) M Hire a jet ski Days 3-4: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex W’suns: FNSWD ex Cairns: FNCWD Day 5: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its

rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) Check out Townsville on a city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting

• •• •

Days 6-7: Cairns With 2 free days, you can experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, cool bars & amazing nightlife, to the endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled for choice. If you’re up for a night out, then your Tour Manager can tell you the best spots to head to. Resort (B) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch M Hot air balloon flight Day 8: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Get an insider look

at ancient Aboriginal culture & maybe try the unusual flavors offered at the local ice creamery, before heading north to Cape Tribulation. Lodge (B) Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge.

Day 9: Cape Tribulation to Cairns We visit Cape Tribulation beach & then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide. Resort (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our expert local guide

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Day 10: Finish Cairns Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE on days 8 & 9 Get geared up for 2 days in paradise! With huge mountain ranges & rainforest stretching right to the ocean, the lush Daintree area is where the Tropics meets the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. This World Heritage Site is packed with ancient plants & animals & is the home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people - it’s ready to be explored & a must-do in this part of the world. Come see it with us.

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CITY TO SURF

City to Surf 10 days

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From US$1425pp* US$143 per day

Inclusions QUEENSLAND

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR 1

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Sydney, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Sydney Check into the Holiday Inn Potts Point & spend the rest of the day exploring Sydney. Hotel Day 4: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (B,D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

• •• •

Day 5: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 6: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

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Day 7: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of the Marine Park to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 8: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat

a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach

Day 9: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for retail therapy, hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Locally guided 4WD national park rainforest tour

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Day 10: Surfers Paradise The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge M Spectacular Tandem skydive in Surfers Paradise

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• Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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11 25 1 22 22 19 17 14 12 19 9 16 6 13 4

1489 1489 1489 1489 1489 1485 1485 1485 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465

* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share,

maximum six share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$875/add US$255 twin-share. Day 4 start Sydney 7:00am & end Surfers Paradise 8:00am. ● These departures will stay at an alternative property to Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ✚ These departures stay in Sydney during New Year, where higher peak period twin & single supplements apply. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

7 nights multi-share accommodations: 5 nights in hotels & resorts 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.22-23) 9 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$110. See p.9 for details.

1 currumbin

World Heritage site visited

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TROPICAL WONDER 8 Days From US$949pp* US$119 per day GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

3 CAIRNS Tully

Airlie Beach

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Whitewater rafting in Cairns M Bungy jump in Cairns

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How much & when

5 nights multi-share resort accommodations: (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 7 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) Sailing option – 9 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

2 World Heritage sites visited

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Start Finish Tour Tour & Cairns W’suns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

2013 Apr 24 May 22 Jun 19 Jul 17 Jul 24 Aug 14 Aug 21 Sep 11 Sep 18 Oct 9 Oct 16 Nov 6 Nov 13 Dec 4 Dec 11

Depart USA

Start Finish Tour Tour & Cairns W’suns Only Sailing US$pp* US$pp*

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Jan 3 Jan 14 Jan 17 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 28 Mar 28 Apr 25 May 23 Jun 20 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 12 Sep 19

Jan 8 Jan 19 Jan 22 Feb 5 Feb 12 Mar 5 Apr 2 Apr 30 May 28 Jun 25 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 17 Sep 24

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1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1299 1299 1299 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285

* Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twinshare room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. (Boat cabins are multi-share only). Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (tour only) add US$609/add US$215 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add US$319/add US$125 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). Day 4 start Cairns 7:00am & end Whitsundays 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

cairns

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Code: NWCSD 2013/14 Depart USA

What’s Included:

the whitsundays

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville

QUEENSLAND

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Cairns, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Cairns Check into the Rydges Esplande Resort & spend the rest of the day exploring Cairns. Resort Day 4: Cairns Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies, then head out & experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled for choice. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) M Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch Day 5: Cairns Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax? It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. Resort (B) M Tandem skydive M Scuba diving or quad biking

ferry ride to paradise on Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Check out Townsville on a city tour Stop at Airlie Beach

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Day 7: The Whitsundays This place is the ultimate way to relax. So take time to chill or get into some watersports & good times at Daydream Island. Resort (B) M Sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

Days 6-7: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodations. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Code: NWCWD Day 8: The Whitsundays The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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See The Whitsundays on our own private yacht! This sailing upgrade option is a great alternative to spending 2 nights at Daydream Island Resort, with the chance to spend 2 days & nights oUT ON THE WATER. The Whitsundays is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, with over 90 mostly uninhabited National Park islands, heavenly white beaches & crystal clear waters. And sailing is a great way to see it all. If you want to learn about sailing, the crew will teach you how to hoist the sails & grind the winches, but if you’d prefer to relax, sunbathe & soak up the atmosphere – you can leave the hard work to them. Swim, snorkel, or laze your way around this tropical paradise. The highlight will definitely be a visit to Whitehaven Beach (weather dependant). Introductory & certified diving is also available at additional cost. The trip returns to Airlie Beach on the final morning.

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adventure sailing upgrade What’s Included: 2 nights multi-share accommodations (no single or twin-share) 5 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 2 dinners (D) Dedicated & professional on-board crew Snorkelling equipment

av vai a la labl ble e on o : The Big Walkabout (p.24-25), Reefs & Rainforests (p.26-27), Beaches & Reefs (p.28-29), The Sun Seeker (p.30-31), Sunsets & Surf (p.32-33), Island & Rainforest (p.34), Tropical Wonder (p.36)

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OUTBACK ADVENTURE 14 Days From US$1915pp* US$137 per day

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GULF OF CARPENTARIA

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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From rugged canyons, red rocks & lush forests, to cool local characters & even cooler sights, this adventure into the ‘Territory’ will show you why Aussie’s epic red center really is like nowhere else.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Alice Springs, Australia. Day 3: Arrive Alice Springs Check into the Ibis Styles Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Alice Springs. Hotel Day 4: Alice Springs Meet your Contiki Team this afternoon & check out ‘The Alice’, famous for its remoteness, classic Aussie locals & Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at our reptile park experience (if you’re game). Hotel (B,D) Catch a look at the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Hands-on reptile park experience

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Day 5: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Gear up to try some ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station for our cool overnight – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’ Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ M Camel ride through an outback station

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Day 6: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Australia’s pin-up icon is next as we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbor – the Olgas before cooking up an optional BBQ dinner. Lodge (B)

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Wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon & eggs, just how you like it See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

Day 7: Uluru Don’t miss the changing colors of an Uluru sunrise, then if you’re up for it, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ for some close up angles & hear stories of this amazing area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, toast the trip & catch a legendary Uluru sunset while sipping a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise Drink a toast to Uluru at sunset

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Day 8: Uluru to Alice Springs Back in Alice, maybe burn around the outback on a quad bike, or just sit pool side & work on your tan. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

Day 9: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Our ‘Top End’ adventure begins today – we’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn to Aussie’s old mining town, Tennant Creek. Hotel (B,D) Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well Visit the ‘Devil’s Marbles’

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Day 10: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop & ‘knock one back’ at the Territory’s oldest pub before making a splash in Mataranka Thermal Pools. Later, it’s on to the lush river town of Katherine & its famous gorge. Hotel (B) Chill out & swim at the Mataranka thermal pools Hear stories from ‘We of the Never Never’ Homestead, made famous by the book of the same name

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Day 11: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge up close. This afternoon we’ll hit the road to Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls for a swim. Hotel (B,D) Visit Katherine Gorge Cool off in Edith Falls before heading into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park

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Day 12: Kakadu National Park Explore Kakadu today – its variety of gorgeous landscapes, wildlife & arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock & Ubirr will seriously impress. Hotel (B) See the Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area

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Day 13: Kakadu to Darwin Take a cruise to spot some crocs & wildlife, before we head to Darwin! Get your bearings on a city tour & visit the local museum to learn about its historical past. With free time, spend the afternoon doing what you like – maybe take a sunset cruise (seasonal) or hit the shops. Hotel (B) Keep your eyes peeled for crocs on a wildlife cruise Guided city tour of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com TEADD: Single room supplement add US$995/add US$329 twin-share. TEDAD: Single room supplement add US$1029/add US$349 twin-share. TEADD: Day 4 start A.Springs 12:00 noon & end Darwin 6:00pm. TEDAD: Day 4 start Darwin 7:30am & end A.Springs 9:00am. ▲ This tour ends in Alice Springs on the Henley on Todd Regatta day. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Outback Adventure 14 days What’s Included: 11 nights multi-share accommodations: 8 nights in hotels, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) 15 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

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SAVE Pay early & save up to US$155. See p.9 for details.

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you choose It’s your choice - travel from Alice Springs to Darwin, or from Darwin to Alice Springs.

HENLEY ON TODD REGATTA DAY If you are traveling on the August 15th, 2013 departure, you will arrive in Alice Springs on the day of the Henley on Todd Regatta. This dry boat race on the bed of the Todd River makes for a fun day out with the locals. See www.henleyontodd.com.au

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Day 14: Darwin A swim in famous (& gorgeous) Florence Falls is a must in Litchfield National Park. Check out the incredible termite mounds found here too. Don’t forget to pick up a didgeridoo & meet some local Aboriginal artists before it’s time to farewell your travel buddies & swap email addresses. (B) Enjoy a swim in Florence Falls

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1 TENNANT CREEK Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

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ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing What’s Included: Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Darwin, Australia.

6 nights multi-share hotel accommodations: (more on p.22-23)

Day 3: Arrive Darwin Check into the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort & spend the rest of the free day exploring Darwin. Hotel

8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

How much & when

Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging

Code: AKDAD 2013/14 Code: AKADD 2013/14

Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Depart USA

National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

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1 World Heritage site visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Darwin to Alice Springs, or from Alice Springs to Darwin.

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share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com AKDAD: Single room supplement add US$585/add US$195 twin-share. AKADD: Single room supplement add US$545/add US$175 twin-share. AKDAD: Day 4 start Darwin 7:30am & end A.Springs 2:00pm. AKADD: Day 4 start A.Springs 9:00am & end Darwin 6:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Day 4: Darwin & Litchfield National Park Delve into the Northern Territory’s best-kept secret, Litchfield National Park & plunge into the cool pool of water below Florence Falls. Head back to Darwin & get ready for a night out on the town. Hotel (B) See the unique, huge termite mounds See Litchfield’s rainforests & sandstone formations Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls

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homestead Visit Daly Waters – famous outback pub Stay in the ‘true blue’ Aussie outback town of Tennant Creek

Visit mighty Katherine Gorge & see the sheer rock walls & wildlife M Locally guided cruise of beautiful Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

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Day 8: Katherine to Tennant Creek Chill out with a refreshing swim at Mataranka before stopping & ‘knocking one back’ at the oldest pub in the Territory. Tonight, stay in Tennant Creek surrounded by million-acre cattle stations & local Aboriginal communities. Hotel (B,D) Swim in the Mataranka thermal pools Visit Elsey, the historic ’We of the Never Never’

Day 9: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs Experience the age-old, mythological Devils Marbles rocks before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn & arriving in Alice Springs where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Maybe sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well! See Aboriginal art & didgeridoos in Ti Tree’s local art gallery

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Day 5: Darwin to Kakadu National Park Today, hit the streets of tropical Darwin, an exotic, diverse place that combines East & West & attracts people from all over the country. Later we’ll wind our way to Kakadu National Park. Hotel (B,D) Darwin city tour See Darwin Harbour & the East Point Military Reserve Visit Darwin Museum, home to the Cyclone Tracy display Wildlife cruise to see crocodiles & native birds

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Day 6: Kakadu National Park Be stunned by the ecological ‘jewel’ of Kakadu & its variety of superb landscapes, abundance of wildlife & arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art found at places like Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) Walk & see the Aboriginal rock art Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area

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Day 7: Kakadu National Park to Katherine Continue on, via Edith Falls, to the lush river town of Katherine. On the way, stop & walk, or take an optional boat trip for an up close experience with dramatic Katherine Gorge. Hotel (B)

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Inclusions • Alice Springs Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles NORTHERN TERRITORY

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Alice Springs, Australia. Day 3: Alice Springs Meet up with your Contiki Team & explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ‘The Alice’, famous for its remoteness, classic Aussie locals & Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at our reptile park experience (if you’re game). Hotel (D) Catch a look at the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Hands-on reptile park experience

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Day 4: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Gear up to try some ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station for our cool overnight – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under

the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’ Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ M Quad-bike adventure

M Ride a Harley Davidson around Uluru

Day 5: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Australia’s pin up icon is next as we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbor – the Olgas. Lodge (B) Wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon & eggs, just how you like it See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

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Day 6: Uluru Don’t miss the changing colors of an Uluru sunrise, then if you’re up for it, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ for some close up angles & hear stories of this amazing area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, toast the trip & catch a legendary Uluru sunset while sipping a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise Drink a toast to Uluru at sunset

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Day 7: Uluru to Alice Springs Say farewell to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park as we head back to Alice Springs. Maybe take a quad bike adventure, or just chill out pool side & relax in the sun. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’ Day 8: Alice Springs Choose to take an amazing optional hot air balloon flight this morning, then say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: The reverse itinerary (AEADD) will be one day longer in Alice Springs due to international flight schedules.

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What’s Included: 5 nights multi-share accommodations (6 nights for reverse itinerary): 2 nights in hotels, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) 7 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

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If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com AEDAD: Single room supplement add US$449/add US$155 twin-share. AEADD: Single room supplement add US$529/add US$185 twin-share. AEDAD: Day 3 start A.Springs 1:30pm & end A.Springs 9:00am. AEADD: Day 4 start A.Springs 9:00am & end A.Springs 10:00am. ▲ This tour ends in Alice Springs on the Henley on Todd Regatta day.

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HENLEY ON TODD REGATTA DAY If you are traveling on the August 15th, 2013 departure, you will arrive in Alice Springs on the day of the Henley on Todd Regatta. This dry boat race on the bed of the Todd River makes for a fun day out with the locals. See www.henleyontodd.com.au

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CONTIKI & DIVING CHOOSE FROM 2 GREAT DIVE PACKAGES

• LEARN TO DIVE (BEGINNERS) • DIVE TO ADVENTURE (CERTIFIED DIVERS)

One of Australia’s must do’s is diving the Great Barrier Reef. If you’ve never dived before or if you’re more experienced – exploring the Reef is hard to beat. With 2 great dive packages there’s something for everyone. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef on the planet, a natural wonder of the world & a World Heritage site with 400 different types of coral & 1500 species of fish – so it’s pretty amazing. If you’re up for it you can even dive at night & see a whole different side of this amazing spot. Our diving experiences are not to be missed & are available with tours that start/finish in Cairns. Tours include Reefs & Rainforests (p.26-27), Beaches & Reefs (p.28-29), The Sun Seeker (p.30-31), Island & Rainforest (p.34) & Tropical Wonder (p.36).

PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is the largest dive education company in the world - prodivecairns.com

What’s Included: 2 nights twin-share accommodations on boat 7 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) Transfers from Cairns accommodation to boat 11 dives incl. 2 night dives (weather permitting) Dive & snorkeling equipment Dive insurance

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DIVE TO ADVENTURE 3 DAYS From US$699pp* US$233 per day

Important Info: You must hold a minimum of an ‘open water dive’ certificate to take this trip. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course incl. the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel to Rydges Esplanade Resort prior to your dive trip, you’ll need to inform Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on day 1 (prodivecairns.com or 07 4031 5255). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 984ft within 24 hrs of your last dive (approx. 12:00noon). A 3 day snorkeling package is also available at a cost of US$615 plus A$60 EMC payable locally – see contiki.com/snorkel. Course is open age.

What’s Included: 4 nights accommodations: 2 nights in a hostel (multi-share), 2 nights on a dive boat (twin-share) Transfers from Cairns accommodation to training center & boat 7 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) PADI ‘Open Water’ certificate & manual Log book & Scuba equipment Important Info: An Australian diving medical certificate is needed. It can be arranged at a cost of A$55 on Day 1. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course incl. the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel to Rydges Esplanade Resort prior to your dive trip, you’ll need to inform Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on day 1 (prodivecairns. com or 07 4031 5255). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 984ft within 24 hours of your last dive (approx. 12:00noon). Package is open age.

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Dive to adventure package This 3 day live aboard dive & snorkeling adventure will show you the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. It’s also unmatched for value – you’ll participate in up to 11 dives over 16 exclusive dive sites. Day 1: Cairns to the dive boat An early pickup (5:55am) this morning & it’s off to the dive boat & out to The Great Barrier Reef to start your adventure. The sites you’ll visit have been selected for their variety & quality of coral & marine life as well as great visibility. Boat (L,D) Day 2: Dive boat Today gives you the opportunity to explore this World Heritage listed underwater playground, but also to relax & really

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enjoy yourself diving & snorkeling. Back onboard, it’s good fun with your fellow divers, stories, shared experiences, great food & a spectacular sunset. Boat (B,L,D) Day 3: Dive boat There’s more diving or snorkeling in different areas of the reef today & later, return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s an included transfer back to your hotel. (B,L)

Tour code: CDTA

Learn to Dive package This 5 day course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites & features 2 days of classroom & in-pool training, then it’s on to the live aboard boat for some actual reef diving. There’s also plenty of time to snorkel, relax & just enjoy the reef experience too. Days 1-2: Cairns The first 2 days of the course are spent at Pro Dive Cairns modern training center learning the theory & practical skills of scuba diving. Each day finishes around 5:30pm. Hostel Days 3-4: Cairns to the dive boat The next 3 days & 2 nights are spent living onboard a premium dive vessel. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in 9 dives on a variety of our 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Your first 4 dives

will complete your open water certification & then as a certified diver you are able to take up to 5 more recreational dives. One of these dives is a guided night dive! These extra dives will be a highlight of your course & a truly memorable experience. Boat (L,D) (B,L,D) Day 5: Dive boat to Cairns Return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s the option to join your new friends & crew for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Tour code: CLTD

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Sydney New Year 4 days

4 Days From US$1535pp* US$384 per day

HARBOUR BRIDGE FIREWORKS

Itinerary & Sightseeing Spend New Years Eve in Sydney Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations are one of the most spectacular in the world, centered around the city’s famous harbor. With the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, you’ll see some of the most incredible fireworks ever, as you ring in the New Year in Sydney. To top it off, the streets are filled with a young, fun crowd & all the bars, clubs, lounges & pubs are absolutely pumping. During the day, there’s lots to explore. Hit Bondi Beach, chill at some of the city’s fantastic restaurants, indulge in some incredible shopping – the options are endless. This tour gives you a few days in this cool city so you can start the New Year Contiki-style!

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Day 1: Sydney This afternoon check in to the hotel. Later, meet up with your Tour Manager & group & get to know your new travel buddies over a drink & dinner. Hotel (D) Day 2: Sydney With sightseeing this morning you’ll get to see all that Sydney has to offer, including some of its eastern beaches, like Bondi. Tonight, get ready to ring in the New Year from a different angle, as you board a Sydney Harbour cruise. See a light show & the city’s famous fireworks explode across the sky, complete with drinks & tasty nibbles. There’s even an on-board DJ so you can dance the night away! Hotel (B) M Climb Sydney’s most famous icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 3 nights triple-share centrally located hotel accommodations (more on p.22-23) (essential to pre-book at bridgeclimb.com) Day 3: Happy New Year! Today is yours to chill out. Have a late ‘recovery’ lunch then later in the afternoon you could venture to Bondi Beach

to soak up some sun & get into the buzzing vibe of this sunny city. Hotel (B) Day 4: Sydney Your New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

4 meals: 3 breakfasts (B) & 1 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Harbor cruise to watch the New Year fireworks, with drinks, nibbles & a DJ Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Sydney including Bondi Beach Local taxes & service charges

How much? Tour code: SNYED

Shopping: Crown St. in Surry Hills is perfect for finding unique vintage threads. Eating: Newtown is packed with authentic Vietnamese joints to satisfy your cravings. Partying: Darlinghurst is the spot, from cute bars to clubs there’s endless variety.

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* Price above is triple-share. Twin & single supplements available. If you are traveling solo, we can set you up with same-sex roommates at no extra charge. Tour starts at 5:00pm, check in from 3:00pm.

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Aussie’s festival scene goes off & being a part of the action is a must. want to watch the world’s hottest bands at Splendour in the Grass? then do it Contiki style.

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July 2013* * Date not confirmed at time of print. Check contiki.com/splendour for dates & prices. Don’t miss Australia’s hottest 3-day annual music, arts & youth culture festival in northern New South Wales, Australia. This event is always a sell out – so get in quick. We make it easy with our inclusions… a ticket to the festival & accommodations… so you’re totally sorted. All you need is to get ready for good times with an amazing crew. Splendour’s unique atmosphere rocks & an unparalleled line-up of international & local bands means you’ll experience a line-up that is second to none on the Australian festival circuit.

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SINCE forever young

THE ORIGINAL

1962

The old vans have long since gone, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on. We’re still as passionate about discovering new things as ever. Connecting young travelers is at the heart of everything we do. It’s about discovering mind-blowing places, sharing the adventures & having an awesome time doing it! “Good” has never been nearly good enough for our travelers or us. Making every trip the greatest ever, delivering awesome value, creating epic stories, lasting friendships & genuinely making every second count is what we’re all about.

APRIL 29th, 1962. 1 BEAT UP MINI-VAN, 12 ADVENTURERS, 12 WEEKS, 1 CONTINENT, ONE HELL OF AN URGE TO EXPLORE. CONTIKI WAS BORN.

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46 | 47 We’ve been heading out on epic adventures since ‘62. From europe, the usa to overland explorers from london to kathmandu & everywhere in between.

EUROPE SINCE 1962

1977: MATES FOR LIFE, india

1978: keeping it cool in communist russia

1979: Afghanistan ADVENTURE

1981: We said kia ora to contiki NZ

1982: SUNRISE AT our french château

1982: our american dream starts stateside & in 1991: came contiki canada

1984: we started making a splash down under

2009: contiki takes on asia

2011: Our newest crush...Latin America

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new zealand

It’s time to explore the magical land of the long white cloud. With so much to do in this beautiful country, come with us & make the most of every moment. New Zealand is full of surprises & all about pushing your comfort zone to the max. You could find yourself skiing down a mountain one minute, then jet boating under a waterfall the next. It’s the land to unleash the adventurer within. With us, you’ll experience NZ the best possible way. With 7 tours from 7-23 days, you get to decide where you go, what you do & how you do it. From the best places to stay, to the ultimate ways to feel an adrenaline rush, we’ve got it sorted. With plenty of culture & epic landscapes, New Zealand is in a league of its own. So choose your adventure & take the ride of your life with Contiki.

EXPERIENCE our new zealand LATER STARTS

MORE CHOICES

9am starts (or later) each day, & longer stops on travel days mean a more relaxed way to explore.

Want a long stay or short trip? A snow adventure or boat ride? Name it, we’ve got it. And on most of our trips you can choose the route you want to travel.

THE BEST TEAM Our On-road team gives you that essential insider knowledge that every traveler craves. See p.52

AuTHENTIC & EXCLUSIVE We love going local & getting you in the know on all things Kiwi. Like delicious delicacies & cultural experiences that you’ll only find in NZ. All included. See p.56

GIVING BACK You can choose to give back – do a beach & lakeshore clean-up or swap your plastic water bottle for a Contiki re-usable. It’s all about helping our planet.

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS From comfy, central hotels to cool resorts or lodges, our overnights are the perfect place to un-wind. See p.58

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7 trips from 7 to 23 days

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to NZ AN adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the culture of Rotorua, the beaches of the far North & the serene fiords, New Zealand is a must. a VACATION with Contiki gives you a Kiwi experience like no other. Your

backstage pass

includes:

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS We have some eye-popping accommodations. Stay in the heart of Downtown Auckland, right by the world famous waterfront & shops, wake up to views over Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown or near the beach at a resort hotel in Paihia. Our hotels are centrally located, with fantastic facilities, comfy beds & great extras like swimming pools & WiFi.

EXCLUSIVE team We bring the real New Zealand to life – our Tour Managers & Drivers are all passionate about their home & love sharing it with you. Because we’ve got the expertise & the essential local knowledge that you can’t get from a guidebook, we get you off the tourist trails & into the heart of the true NZ.

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EXCLUSIVE FOOD Get a taste of NZ favorites when you travel, all included as part of your Backstage Pass. From kiwi classics like fish ‘n’ chips & BBQs to authentic tastes like a Maori Hangi & concert so get the tastebuds reead a y. We include breakfast every day too, o so it’s easy to start the day of adven nture right.

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TEAM Our team of Tour Managers love New Zealand. Their passion for this country is contagious! Who could be better for showing you around than those who know it like the back of their hand? They’re extensively trained & traveled, & they know it inside out, they’ll show you all their favorite spots for partying, shopping & getting amongst it. You’ll always get the best experience possible.

& keep it easy by dropping you right at your door & unloading your bags.

Mix this with our expert Drivers who get you from A to B with ease & in comfort

In short, they’re THE business. Get ready to uncover New Zealand’s best!

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To complement our team, we pair up with Local Guides in some locations, included as part of your Backstage Pass, to give you that in-depth knowledge on a destination or place. Like at Ohinemutu Maori village, where our Local Guide will get you in the know on New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & heritage.

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What started out as an amazing Contiki trip to Europe turned into my career - I love my job! I’m a homegrown Kiwi who loves music & sport - I am proud of my country & its heritage. My Maori background helps me give insight into the history & traditions of the Maori culture, plus I can teach you to speak & pronounce the native tongue! NZ truly is God’s playground... beaches, mountains, forests & rivers; it’s a beautiful place, filled with cultural & ethnic diversity. My advice? When traveling, just do everything you possibly can, it’s all about living for the moment, now.

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This little country is big on flavors & fresh eats, so we ensure you indulge in the tempting tastes on offer. From Kiwi favorites like fish ‘n’ chips & succulent NZ lamb, to big BBQs & traditional Maori Hangi meals, we’ll fast-track you to the country’s greatest tastes.

On our New Zealand trips we include breakfast daily & lots of evening meals. We also leave some well-placed ME Time gaps for you to experience things on your own & let your senses take over, like legendary Fergberger in Queenstown, or a Kiwi bakery craving in Kaikoura. That’s not to say we don’t spoil you with time to try specialities too, like green-lipped mussels & crayfish, or pavlova with kiwifruit & cream – the stuff the locals love! Our team know all the best places & more & will share their local secrets to get you to NZ’s best.

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Travel is about making the most of every moment, doing what you want to do & doing it well. Memories come from great moments, so make the most out of every day & live like there is no tomorrow. ME Time is the last ingredient to a perfect trip, and we make sure you get all the time you need to explore this giant playground, your way. From jumping off a bridge in Queenstown to cruising down the Milford Sound, it’s up to you & that’s what makes your trip so unique & unforgettable. ME Time is exactly that & having those personal unique moments are just as important as experiencing the big sights. For us, it’s all about taking your trip to the next level & its your call on what level that is. Get your blood pumping by whitewater rafting in Queenstown or Ogoballing down a hill in Rotorua. But if you’d prefer to soak up a bit of culture, tempt yourself with a wine tasting in the Wairarapa or Glacier hiking in Franz Josef. Our Backstage Pass to New Zealand means we can get you to places others can’t & offer you experiences like no other, and our behind-the-scenes access means you’ll get great deals & it’s all organized by us. Keep an eye out for the ‘don’t miss’ callouts on the tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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boat cruise, milford sound Take in whales, waterfalls & landscapes as you journey into paradise, one of New Zealand’s finest assets.

Jetboat ride, Taupo Hold on to your seat as you get to extreme speeds cruising by stunning Huka Falls.

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Bungee Jumping Queenstown The original home of bungee jumping. Let the word ‘extreme’ reach all new heights.

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Heli ride, Fox Glacier Enjoy the breathtaking experience of flying through this world famous Glacier, then jump off & explore it for yourself.

Black water rafting, Waitomo Paddle into the dark underground caves & check out the local glowworms as you drift by.

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moment count New Zealand serves up a kaleidoscope of incredible adventures, and we make sure you see the VERY best - the sights & experiences that’ll knock your socks off. Better than that, we also show you it’s hidden treasures & secret spots that you probably won’t find in a guidebook or on the net. its all included standard with your Backstage Pass, so you get incredible value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

the must do’s all included From the must-do’s, like a Shotover Jet ride in Queenstown, a trip to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower or an in-depth Maori cultural experience in Rotorua - see & experience New Zealand’s highlights. We cover a bunch of entry fees & we save you time too, like skipping lines in the places that count.

discover new zealand’s best

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Included orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided tours too. Our team of local experts will take you inside the real New Zealand like only a local can, with experiences you’ll never forget, like a Maori Hangi meal & concert, a thermal hot spring dip, native greenstone carving & a visit to New Zealand’s most famous brewery.

exclusive experiences Much of what we offer you can’t get anywhere else. It’s about getting you closer, immersing you in the culture of each & every destination we visit. We bring New Zealand to life... like a guidebook never could.

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Ride the Shotover Jet, Queenstown Grab a lifejacket & hold on to your seat as you jet down the Shotover River at some serious speeds. Spinning turns while dodging canyon walls is licence to thrill, and as one of NZ’s original adrenaline must-do’s, we include it in our tours, so you don’t miss out.

Visit the iconic Sky Tower, Auckland From Rangitoto & Waiheke, to the Harbour Bridge & city, get the city’s best views from the top of Auckland’s iconic 1076ft Sky Tower, all included for you.

Maori cultural experiences, Rotorua Visit Ohinemutu Maori village, where our Local Guide gets you in the know on Maori culture. It gets better - a Maori ‘Hangi’ meal & dance concert will alight the senses as you try authentic local food, cooked the traditional way, underground!

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keep it comfy as you travel

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How you get around is half the fun. With us, you’ll see New Zealand from all kinds of angles: like ferries, boats & Our comfy coaches (some even have wifi). Ou O urr co c mf m y coac co oacchees ar a e more r of a so soci c al ci a eve vent nt tha han n a wa wayy to t ttra r ve ra v l.l. Th heere a are ree alw wayys fr frie iieen nd ds to han ang g out out w th wi t , so p pop op p yyou ou ur co c mf mfyy se seat at iint ntto re n r cl c in ne po p siti t on o & gett re ge r ad a y to tak a e in New Z Zea eala and nd’s inc nccreedi dibl blee si s gh httss a you as ou makke tr t ac acks ks to yyo our nex extt de dest sttin inat a io at on. T The h y’’ree he stat st a e of the at he artt, wi w th h WiF i i accce cess ss on so ss ome me,, to oili et ets, s, po powe owe werr ou outllet e s & aw wesom esome es om me so sound d syyst s em emss to too. o

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hotels, resorts & lodges Creature comforts, awesome facilities & the best locations make our NZ accommodations the best way to stay. Try sleeping amongst the rainforest at a Franz Josef lodge, a hotel in the heart of Downtown Auckland, or overlooking stunning Lake Wakitipu in Queenstown.

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Locations you’ll love We keep it easy with direct access to the places you’ll want to be. Wake up by the beach in the Bay of Islands, in the heart of a glacier village in Franz Josef, right next to Rotorua’s relaxing hot pools, or in Downtown Auckland city.

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Our hotel accommodations are a chance to truly chill, with fluffy towels & duvets, TVs & en-suites – the best places to come home to at the end of a day exploring.

Going Solo? No single supplements & no stress. We’ve got you covered with samesex roommate matchups. Or, if that doesn’t sound like you, we’ll set you up in a ‘room to myself’ for just a small supplement. Too easy! SU D SU DIIM MA A HOT TE EL L , RO ROTORU ORU UA

The best of new zealand in your pocket. Introducing our SHOUT app including content provided by Lonely Planet. contiki.com/app

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the big tiki 23 Days From US$2875pp* US$125 per day

hobbiton

your backstage pass includes LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

• Kiwiana fish `n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

WHY ‘TIKI’? The word ‘Tiki’ can represent good luck, great to know when you are traveling.

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M Race down a hill inside an Ogo ball M Visit Hobbiton Village from The Lord of the Rings M Fishing trip on Lake Taupo M AJ Hackett bungy jump in Queenstown M Cruise stunning Milford Sound

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Nicky: This trip was absolutely incredible!! A great way to see New Zealand. I definitely recommend this trip – you’ll come away with no regrets! Visit contiki.com/tiki

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For one little country, there’s so much to see & this trip will uncover it all. Packed with beaches, glaciers, cities & scenery mixed with classic locals, amazing food & good times - this trip is legendary & the experiences are endless.

Day 3: Arrive Auckland Check into the Mercure Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland. Hotel Day 4: Auckland to Paihia Meet your Contiki Team & travel buddies before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favorite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip. Hotel (D) See the iconic Sky Tower & harbor, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park See Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets M Fishing trip

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Day 5: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, visit the Maori tribal lands, or get into the watersports. Hotel (B) M ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ tour with off-roading & sand dune ‘surfing’ Day 6: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

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Day 7: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenaline activities before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal) M Black water rafting

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Day 8: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, experience a traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

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Day 9: Rotorua Get an indepth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. Later, why not treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Day 10: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka Falls. At Lake Taupo, you can opt for a cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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Day 11: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the landscapes along the Desert Road en route to the capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the city sights. Then tonight it’s VIP bar entry! Hotel (B) Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington VIP pass at a local nightspot

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Day 12: Wellington Chill your way today. Hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall. Hotel (B) Day 13: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera as we cruise the Marlborough Sounds, before Hanmer via Kaikoura. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is a must. Hotel (B) Visit a seal colony & Kaikoura Relaxing hot pool swim

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Day 14: Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef Glacier via Christchurch Drive through the Southern Alps, before our stop in Hokitika. Later, we’ll arrive in NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Greenstone & carving demo Chill at our theme party

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Day 15: Franz Josef Glacier Hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes to heli rides, the day is yours to enjoy. Lodge (B) M Fox Glacier Guided glacier hike (gear provided) Day 16: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit Wanaka & Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Hotel (B) Visit Wanaka’s Puzzling World

Day 17: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet, then get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & we’ll take you to our favorite nightstop. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry

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M Skyswing 400m above the town Days 18-19: Queenstown From bungee jumps, canyon swings & gondolas to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Tandem skydive Days 17-19: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re traveling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days – we can even organize ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) Day 20: Queenstown to Dunedin Today we’re off to the ‘student city’ Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Hotel (B) Stop at Bungy bridge & Alexandra Speights Brewery tour

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Day 21: Dunedin to Lake Ohau See the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the huge beach boulders. Later, Lake Ohau will impress, with epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps. Lodge (B,D) Visit Baldwin St Visit Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru & Benmore Dam

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Day 22: Lake Ohau to Christchurch Maybe take a scenic glacier flight before heading through Mackenzie Country back to Christchurch. Hotel (B) Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory M Scenic flight at Mt Cook

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Day 23: Christchurch Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

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20 days

From US$2575pp* US$129 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 20 day version of The Big Tiki that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 20 day price, deduct up to US$300 from price in the price box • 20 day tour starts or ends at Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown

• Code: NDZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NDZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 8:00am • Twin room supp: US$335 • Single room supp: US$1215

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The Big Tiki 23 days

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand.

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Pay early & save up to US$209. See p.9 for details.

What’s Included:

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20 nights multi-share accommodations: 16 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 26 meals: 20 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$230. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$90 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

maori dancing

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$1339/add US$475 twin-share. NGZAD: Day4 start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NGZCD: Day4 start Christchurch 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional Take a break & try something different – a day trip & boat cruise on the World Heritage listed Milford Sound. This slice of paradise is known for its gorgeous waters, wildlife like whales & dolphins & incredible scenery. For more info see the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67.

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kiwiana panorama 20 Days From US$2525pp* US$127 per day

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your backstage pass includes LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

• Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery

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1 TAUPO NORTH ISLAND

!

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

Tongariro N.P.

What’s ‘Kiwiana?’ It’s a reference to all things uniquely Kiwi, its icons & traditions.

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ME Time optionals M See the famous glowworms & rock formations in Waitomo M Lake Taupo Rocks ‘n’ Ropes adventure course M Wine tour of the Wairarapa M Cruise stunning Milford Sound

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don’t miss Cuba Street in Wellington. With cute boutiques, big name brands & funky vintage stores packed with treasures, this is shopping & people watching at its best.

Hamish_1992: The best holiday I have done in my life. Such a great time and fantastic people on the tour. Visit contiki.com/kiwiana

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If you like to mix it up, then this trip is perfect! Hit the North for a cultural fix mixed with cities, lakes & even caves! The South is all about adventure - glaciers, scenery & action at every spot, this trip will unleash the true adventurer within.

Day 3: Arrive Auckland Check into the Mercure Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland. Hotel Day 4: Auckland to Waitomo Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies & set out for Waitomo. On the way, see NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenalin cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal)

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Day 5: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, experience a traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert M Skyline gondola & luge rides

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Day 6: Rotorua Get an indepth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. Later, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village M Race down a hill inside a transparent Ogo ball

Day 7: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka Falls. At Lake Taupo, you can opt for a cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura Relaxing hot pool swim

Day 11: Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef Glacier via Christchurch Drive through the Southern Alps, before our stop in Hokitika to learn about NZ’s native greenstone & how it’s carved. Later, we’ll arrive in NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Greenstone & carving demo Chill at our theme party

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Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier Hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes to heli rides, the day is yours to enjoy. Lodge (B) M Heli-hike tour M Fly to & walk on the glacier Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Hotel (B) Visit Wanaka’s Puzzling World

Day 14: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet, then get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & we’ll take you to our favorite nightstop. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry M Whitewater rafting

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Days 15-16: Queenstown From bungee jumps, canyon swings & gondolas to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Bungee jumping

Days 14-16: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re traveling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days – we can even organize ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) Day 17: Queenstown to Dunedin Today we’re off to Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Hotel (B) Stop at Bungy bridge & Alexandra Speights Brewery tour Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau See the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the huge beach boulders. Later, Lake Ohau will impress, with epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps. Lodge (B,D) Visit Baldwin St Visit Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru & Benmore Dam M Scenic flight past glaciers & Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest peak Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch Maybe take a scenic glacier flight before heading through Mackenzie Country back to Christchurch. Hotel (B) Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory Day 20: Christchurch Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

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Day 8: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the landscapes along the Desert Road en route to the capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the city sights. Then tonight it’s VIP bar entry! Hotel (B) Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington VIP pass at a local nightspot

• ••

Day 9: Wellington Chill your way today. Hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall. With some of the country’s best coffee, taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is a must. Hotel (B) M Quad biking adventure Day 10: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera as we cruise the Marlborough Sounds, before Hanmer via Kaikoura. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is a must. Hotel (B)

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lake taupo

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand.

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Code: NPZAD 2013/14 Code: NPZCD 2013/14 Depart USA

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Kiwiana Panorama 20 days What’s Included: 17 nights multi-share accommodations: 13 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 22 meals: 17 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$200. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$60 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

ogoballing

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

kiwiana panorama start/end queenstown

17 days

From US$2225pp* US$131 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 17-day Kiwiana Panorama tour that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 17-day price, deduct up to US$300 from price in the price box • 17-day tour starts or ends at Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown

• Code: NBZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NBZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 8:00am • Twin room supp: US$245 • Single room supp: US$949

$

Pay early & save up to US$180. See p.9 for details.

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$1075/add US$289 twin-share. NPZAD: Day 4 start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NPZCD: Day 4 start Christchurch 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional Take a break & try something different – a day trip & boat cruise on the World Heritage listed Milford Sound. This slice of paradise is known for its gorgeous waters, wildlife like whales & dolphins & incredible scenery. For more info see the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67.

arrowtown

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northern ‘choice’ 14 Days From US$1715pp* US$123 per day

LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

your backstage pass includes

PAIHIA 2

Russell

• Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs

Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 2 TASMAN SEA

WAITOMO CAVES 1

2 ROTORUA

ME Time

Huka Falls

TAUPO 1 NORTH ISLAND

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

Tongariro N.P

COOK STRAIT Picton

If a local says ‘choice!’ it means they think something is awesome.

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Buying a pack of Pineapple Lumps! These Kiwi sweets are seriously delish & a pack to take home is essential.

M Ocean kayaking adventure to Haruru Falls M Guided tours of Ruakuri or Waitomo Caves to see the famous glowworms & rock formations M Race down a hill inside a man-size, transparent Ogo ball M Quad biking through rugged, outback bushland

Christchurch

1

don’t miss

Cricky: This is definitely a trip for those who are active and enjoy nature. As well as party times.

E C TI O N

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Culture, beaches, cities & action - the North Island offers so much. From the endless summer vibes of Paihia, to the cultural hub, Rotorua & the ‘great lake’ in Taupo, the Northern Choice has got it all.

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand. Day 3: Arrive Auckland Check into the Mercure Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland. Hotel Day 4: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies before heading to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favorite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D) See the iconic Sky Tower & harbor, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets

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Day 5: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach or even on a boat, visit the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkeling with lunch Day 6: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favorite Auckland nightspots will set you up for an awesome night out. We love Ponsonby Road for some of the city’s best spots to party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

Day 9: Rotorua Get an in-depth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. With a free day, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Day 10: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the areas famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka falls - there’s your chance for a ride on the famous Huka Jet! At Lake Taupo, grabbing a bite by the water is a must. You could opt for a dinner cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls M Fun evening lake cruise including fishing

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Day 11: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the awesome landscapes along the Desert Road on route to the windy capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the sights around this arty city. VIP bar entry means you’ll start the night out in style. Hotel (B)

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Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington including Mt. Victoria VIP pass at a local nightspot

Day 12: Wellington Chill your way today. Maybe hit the shops along Lambton Quay & Courtney Place or Cuba Street Mall with its street performers & cool local characters. With some of the country’s best coffee & cafés found in ‘Welly’, taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is a must. Hotel (B) Day 13: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera for great pics as we cruise the incredible Marlborough Sounds, before hitting the road to Hanmer via Kaikoura where you can check out the cute seals. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is the perfect way to unwind. Hotel (B) Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura Hot pool swim

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Day 14: Hanmer Springs to Christchurch Today we’re heading to Christcurch, where it’s time to say your farewells & swap email addresses as your tour ends on arrival. (B)

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Day 7: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenalin cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal) M Black water rafting through underground caves

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Day 8: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, go local as you indulge in a traditional Maori Hangi & pick up some tips from the locals at a traditional Maori dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

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Northern ‘Choice’ 14 days What’s Included: 11 nights multi-share accommodations: 10 nights in hotels 1 night in a lodge (more on p.58-59) 14 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$135. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$30 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

northern ‘choicE’ start/end wellington

13 days

From US$1455pp* US$112 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 13-day 'Northern Choice' tour that starts or ends in Wellington. • For 13-day price, deduct up to US$260 from price in the price box • 13-day tour starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington

• Code: NNZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NNZCD (ex: Wellington) Start 6:00pm/End 8:00am • Twin room supp: US$185 • Single room supp: US$725

$

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$805/add US$215 twin-share. NNHAD: Day 4 start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 10:00am. NNHCD: Day 4 start Christchurch 4:00pm & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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Pay early & save up to US$115. See p.9 for details.

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‘sweet as’ south 13 Days From US$1375pp* US$106 per day

LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

queenstown

your backstage pass includes • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs (10 day option only)

TASMAN SEA

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What’s ‘Sweet as’? ‘Sweet as’ also means ‘no worries’ or ‘really good’.

NORTH ISLAND

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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HANMER SPRINGS 1 Hokitika

Arthur’s Pass

FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIER 2 Haast Pass Wanaka

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David Guthrie: The scenery is unexplainable... words do not do it justice, you just have to see it for yourself. Up for a bit of fun? Queenstown has everything! Visit contiki.com/sweetas

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Feed your adrenalinE on NZ’s legendary South Island. When you’re not trying bungEE jumping, jetboating or canyon swinging, take time to chill in hot pools, by lakes & in the rainforest. No destination is quite like the next!

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Christchurch, New Zealand.

entry will make sure you start the night out right. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry

Day 3: Arrive Christchurch Check into Bealeys Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Christchurch. Hotel

Days 8-9: Queenstown From bungee jumps, canyon swings, luging, gondolas & jet boat rides to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do in this legendary town & the choice is all yours. With little shops & a stunning lakeside setting, taking a stroll through town & relaxing by the lake is a must. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Canyon swing on a giant rope across the Shotover River, 109m up!

Day 4: Christchurch to Lake Ohau Meet up with your Contiki Team then check out the views of Mackenzie country & Lake Tekapo. On arrival, Lake Ohau will impress, its epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps are seriously stunning. Lodge (D) Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory Stop at Lake Pukaki & Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Chill at our theme party tonight M Scenic flight past lakes, glaciers & Aoraki/Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest peak

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Day 5: Lake Ohau to Dunedin Head to Moeraki for a look at the massive boulders located by the beach. Later, it’s a change of scene in the ‘student city’ Dunedin, try the city’s famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Later tonight, maybe head to the Octagon area of town for a fun night out. Hotel (B) Stop at Oamaru & Benmore Dam Visit Moeraki Boulders Speights Heritage & Brewery tour Visit Baldwin St (the world’s steepest street)

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Day 6: Dunedin to Queenstown It’s time to hit legendary Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. On arrival, we’ll take a quick tour to get your bearings. This town goes off, so maybe grab a delicious ‘Ferg Burger’ & head into town for a night out. Hotel (B) Day 7: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet this morning, before the afternoon is yours to get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & VIP

••

Days 7-9: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re traveling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days - we can even organize ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) Day 10: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier We’ll drop into Arrowtown & lakeside Wanaka, then keep an eye out for wildlife as we head through

stunning Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls before arriving in NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Explore tiny Arrowtown Visit Wanaka’s famous Puzzling World Scenic drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls

•• •

Day 11: Franz Josef Glacier The day is yours - so hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes or heli rides, to just chilling in Franz, the day is yours to enjoy your way. Lodge (B) M Guided glacier hike right onto the glacier itself (gear provided) M Heli-hike tour M Fly to & walk on the glacier Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch Today we make tracks through the Alps to Christchurch! We stop in Hokitika to learn about NZ’s native greenstone & how it’s carved. Hotel (B) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur's Pass Native greenstone demonstration & carving

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Day 13: Christchurch Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

‘sweet as’ south start/end wellington

14 days

From US$1655pp* US$119 per day GOT MORE TIME? We’ve got a longer 14-day ‘Sweet as South’ tour that starts or ends in Wellington. • For 14-day price, add up to US$280 from price in the price box • 14-day tour starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington

• Code: NSHCD (ex: Christchurch) Start 9:00am/End 8:00am • Code: NSHAD (ex: Wellington) Start 7:00am/End 8:00am • Twin room supp: US$175 • Single room supp: US$615

$

Pay early & save up to US$129. See p.9 for details.

MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional If you’ve done a bungee, rafted & jetboated your way around Queenstown - why not mix it up & take a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. We head to this stunning World Heritage listed area, then jump on-board a boat & cruise these incredible waters to experience this slice of paradise. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins & seals amongst this incredible scenery. You can choose to take the coach back to Queenstown, or there’s also the option to fly - it is up to you. Experience it for yourself!

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How much & when

Code: NSZCD 2013/14 Code: NSZAD 2013/14 Depart USA

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Finish Total C’church Cost US$pp*

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‘Sweet as’ South 13 days What’s Included: 10 nights multi-share accommodations: 7 nights in hotels 3 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 13 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$105. See p.9 for details.

you choose You can start this tour in Christchurch or Wellington & travel it in reverse.

queenstown

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$535/add US$165 twin-share. NSZCD: Day 4 start Christchurch 9:00am & end Christchurch 4:00pm. NSZAD: Day 4 start Christchurch 10:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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Sun & STEAM 11 Days LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

From US$1235pp* US$113 per day

PAIHIA 2

Russell Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 3 TASMAN SEA

backstage pass

WAITOMO CAVES 1

2 ROTORUA

Inclusions • Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkeling with lunch M Skyline gondola & luge rides

What’s Included: 8 nights multi-share accommodations: 7 nights in hotels 1 night in a lodge (more on p.58-59) 11 meals: 8 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$95. See p.9 for details.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand. Day 3: Arrive Auckland Check into the Mercure Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland. Hotel OGO BALLING

How much & when Code: NRZAD 2013/14 Depart USA

Start Auckland

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$pp*

2013 Apr 3 Apr 19 Apr 27 May 5 May 21 Jun 6 Jun 22 Jun 30 Jul 8 Jul 16 Jul 24 Aug 9 Aug 25 Sep 2 Sep 10 Sep 18 Sep 26 Oct 4 Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 28 Nov 5 Nov 13 Nov 21 Nov 29 Dec 3 Dec 7 Dec 11 Dec 15 Dec 19 Dec 23 Dec 27 Dec 31

Depart USA

Start Auckland

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$pp*

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Day 4: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favorite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D) See the Waitemata Harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets

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Day 5: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, see the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) Day 6: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s

iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favorite Auckland nightspots will set you up for an awesome night out. We love Ponsonby Road for some of the city’s best spots to party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

• •

Day 7: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenalin cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park Traditional Kiwi BBQ or roast (seasonal) M Black water rafting in a rubber ring through underground caves

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Day 8: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, go local as you indulge in a traditional Maori Hangi & pick up some tips from the

locals at a traditional Maori dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

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Day 9: Rotorua Get an in-depth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. With a free day, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village M Race down a hill inside an Ogo ball

Day 10: Rotorua to Auckland You’ll be collected by a transfer coach to head through the Waitomo countryside back to Auckland, arriving in the late afternoon. Hotel (B) Please note: The transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by Contiki, but a third party operator.

Day 11: Finish Auckland Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends after breakfast (B)

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$495/add US$135 twin-share. Day 4 start Auckland 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see P.74.

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new zealand

JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals 7 days

7 Days

Inclusions LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

From US$459pp* US$66 per day

backstage pass

PAIHIA 2

• Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland

Russell Parry Kauri Park

ME Time optionals

Auckland 2

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands M Day tour to ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ with off-roading & sand dune ‘surfing’

TASMAN SEA

NORTH ISLAND

1

bay of islands

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand. Day 3: Arrive Auckland Check into the Mercure Hotel & spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland. Hotel Day 4: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favorite of fish & chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D)

• • •

See the Waitemata Harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hunderwasser toilets

!

What are Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals? Jaffas? A popular NZ sweet (try them!). Jandals? Kiwi for flip-flops or thongs for your feet.

How much & when Code: NCZAD/NCZCD 2013/14 Depart USA

Start Auckland

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$pp*

Apr Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

2013

M Exciting ‘Fastboat’ trip through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ Day 5: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, visit the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) M Ocean kayaking adventure to Haruru Falls Day 6: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s iconic Sky Tower. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry

Day 7: Finish Auckland Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends after breakfast (B)

BAY OF ISLANDS

Places visited Nightstops

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What’s Included: 4 nights multi-share hotel accommodations (more on p.58-59) 5 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$165/add US$65 twin-share. Day 4 start Auckland 9:00am & end Auckland 6:00pm. ● The tour code for these departures is NCZAD only. ✚ The tour code for these departures is NCZCD only. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see P.74.

auckland

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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ultimate NZ ski 9 Days From US$1299pp* US$145 per day

Itinerary & Sightseeing ME Time optionals

Days 1-2: Depart USA Fly over the International Date Line on your way to Queenstown, New Zealand.

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Day 3: Arrive Queenstown Welcome to legendary Queenstown! Known for its epic mountain lifestyle & cool vibes, this is the ultimate haven for those that love to ski, or those that want to learn. Tonight, meet your Ski rep & other travelers, before getting to know the group with dinner at one of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants. (D)

What’s Included: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodations (more on p.58-59)

How much & when

8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D)

Code: CZSKI 2013

Our expert Contiki Ski Rep 4 day ski lift passes & transfers (Transfers to & from Queenstown airport on arrival day/departure day are not included). Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Depart USA

Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

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2013 Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

28 5 12 19 26

Depart USA

Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

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1299 1299 1299 1299 1299

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2 9 16 23 30

4 11 18 25 1

10 17 24 31 7

* Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share).

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$95. See p.9 for details.

If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com For quad-share rate reduce twin price by US$49. Single room supplement add US$279 to twin-share price. Day 3 start Queenstown 5:00pm & end Queenstown 10:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 4: Queenstown It’s time to hit the slopes! Carve up one of Queenstown’s three ski fields – the Remarkables, Coronet Peak & Cadrona are world-renowned for their awesome conditions, all offering fantastic runs for beginners through to advanced skiers & riders. And over the next week you’ll try them all. Transfers & lift passes are included, too easy! (B) Day 5: Queenstown Transfers & lift passes included again today, so it’s perfect for heading up one of the mountains to improve your technique. If you’re looking for somewhere to head for dinner tonight, we love Ferg Burger

for some seriously delicious treats! (B) Day 6: Queenstown With a free day, get a taste for the endless activities in the ‘World’s Adventure Capital’. You could try bungee jumping, skydiving or rafting & that’s just the start. Tonight, head to one of the town’s cool bars or there’s the option of dinner at Skyline Restaurant for some seriously unbeatable views. (B) M Scenic tandem skydive M AJ Hackett bungee jump Day 7: Queenstown Today it’s back up the mountain as we visit the last of

the three ski fields so you can show off your skills. Transfers & lift passes included. (B) Day 8: Queenstown It’s the final ski day & we’ll give you the choice of mountain to head back to. Tonight’s our last night, so perhaps finish off the trip by heading out with the group to a few of Queenstown’s bars. (B.D) Day 9: End Queenstown Your ski adventure ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Ski & snowboard equipment is available for hire in Queenstown.

why choose us? All this included... • 4-day ski passes • Experience all three of Queenstown’s local ski fields • Daily transfers up & down the mountain • Twin-share hotel accommodations • Lots of ME Time activities on offer • Plenty of time to experience Queenstown’s awesome apres ski scene

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We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer. we’re committed to ensuring they remain for generations to come. Conservation is at the heart of how we plan & run our trips. There are a bunch of ways that you can help. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

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Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life. We support marine preservation through our projects around

the world, including the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which helps young environmentalists in their handson work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Meet CÉline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.11

treadright foundation We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk, & there’s much more to that than just words on paper. TreadRight supports projects that encourage the development of tourism by encouraging initiatives which benefit a destination's

environment, natural & cultural heritage, & community. In partnership with TreadRight, Contiki continues to work with Céline Cousteau & the MAR Leaders, now for the second year. The Foundation has helped protect 7.4 acres of forest in Brazil, supported the World Wildlife Fund’s work with indigenous sustainable tourism in Australia, plus much more.

What’s more, TreadRight is committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come – as the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world. To learn more please visit www.treadright.org.

recycling Contiki, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 67,000 trees per year & reducing landfill waste that produces

harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly, coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

our coaches We want you to see the world. But we also want to look after it. Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion & cause less pollution per passenger mile than any other transportation option. Our modern, air- conditioned coaches are some of the best in Australia & New Zealand.

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We make sure our coaches are efficient & exceed strict emission regulations. The Travel Corporation participates in Smart Move, an initiative promoting the greater use of coaches’ worldwide & possible reductions of CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tons per year as a result.

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stopover ideas

break the journey on your way to & from New Zealand & australia with one of our relaxing stopover options

fiji

2 islands 5 Days From US$685pp US$137 per day

fiji 2 islands Relax on island time with Contiki’s 5 day/4 night Fiji package. Combining 2 nights at the Beachcomber Island Resort in the tranquil marine sanctuary of the beautiful Mamanuca Islands & 2 nights at Mantaray Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands, it’s the perfect way to chill. With fantastic island feasts, a huge range of activities, nightly live music & entertainment & the friendliest people on the planet – these islands are the perfect mix of relaxation, sun, culture & fun! Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on any stopover packages. For twin-share accommodations, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. Package highlights: • An endless list of watersports like kayaking & snorkeling • Great party nights • Swimming with the Mantarays (seasonal) • Diving – introductory & certified courses available (Mantaray Resort only) • A visit to traditional Fijian villages Before & after: Contiki offers great rates on Viti Levu at the Fiji Mercure Hotel before or after your island vacation.

Visit contiki.com/fiji

honolulu hawaii

2 & 4 nights From US$235pp US$79 per day

honolulu - hawaii Contiki has 2 & 4 night packages at The Park Shore Waikiki in Honolulu on the beautiful Island of Oahu. It’s situated across from Waikiki beach & minutes from the endless choice of shops & restaurants. Enjoy Hawaii’s perfect sunsets from the outdoor ocean view pool & sun deck! A short walk away is the Contiki Customer Service Centre, our free concierge service to make your holiday hassle-free & fast track you to the best action on the island. Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on any stopover packages. For twin-share accommodations, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. Package highlights: • 1/2 day sightseeing tour including the USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor & Punchbowl • Contiki Concierge Service • Breakfast voucher • Great surfing beaches (lessons available) • Amazing shopping • Waikiki’s party hot spots

Visit contiki.com/hawaii

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tour departure points & stay longer options

Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your VACATION & stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints.

Australia ALICE SPRINGS Ibis Styles Alice Springs 10 Gap Road, Alice Springs: Nestled in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, this hotel’s features include a tennis court, swimming pool & heated spa. Rooms are air-conditioned & have TV, direct dial telephone & tea/coffee making facilities. Getting there: The Ibis Styles Alice Springs is 7 miles (12km) from Alice Springs Airport. A taxi to the hotel costs approx. A$25 or a shuttle bus is available for approx. A$15. Alice Springs Departures: Start at 12:00noon: Outback Adventure, Rock & Red (AEADD version). Start at 9:00am: Alice & Kakadu. Start at 1:30pm: Rock & Red (AEDAD version). Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: US$75 Twin: US$100 Single: US$159

CAIRNS Rydges Esplanade Resort Corner The Esplanade & Kerwin Street, Cairns: Located a 15 minute walk from the heart of Cairns overlooking the Coral Sea, the resort features 3 swimming pools, tennis court, business center, brasserie & lobby bar, & fully-equipped health & fitness center. Getting there: Rydges Esplanade Resort is 4 miles (6km) from Cairns International Airport. A taxi to the hotel is approx. A$15 or a shuttle bus is available from approx. A$8. Cairns Departures: Start at 7:30am: Reefs & Rainforests, Island & Rainforest. Start at 7:00am: Beaches & Reefs, The Sun Seeker, Tropical Wonder. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: US$65 Twin: US$105 Single: US$175

DARWIN Travelodge Mirambeena Resort 64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin: Conveniently located, the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort rooms are all air-conditioned with TVs & in-house movies. Set in tropical surrounds, the hotel has two swimming pools, a licensed restaurant & fitness room. Getting there: The Travelodge Mirambeena Resort is 8 miles (13km) from Darwin International Airport. Darwin Airport Shuttle Service meets all incoming flights & will drop off at the hotel on request (approx. A$16). A taxi fare is approx. A$25. Darwin Departures: Start at 7:30am: Outback Adventure, Alice & Kakadu, The Big Walkabout. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: US$140 Twin: US$170 Single: US$260 (4/1/13 - 10/30/13) Quad: US$115 Twin: US$125 Single: US$175 (11/1/13 - 3/31/14) Quad: US$149 Twin: US$180 Single: US$275 (4/1/14 - 9/30/14)

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SURFERS PARADISE Australis Sovereign Hotel 138 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise: Located a 10 minute walk from the action of central Surfers, the hotel features a lagoon style pool with beach area, heated spa & sauna, restaurant & bar. Getting there: There are 2 airports servicing Surfers Paradise. Gold Coast airport is approx. 7 miles (12km) or 30 minutes drive south, & transfer shuttles cost approx. A$22 one way. Brisbane airport is approx. 56 miles (90km) or one & a half hours north, & transfer shuttles cost approx. A$46 one way. There is also an airport train to the Gold Coast, costing A$31.90. Get off at Nerang Station then it’s a 7.5 miles (12km) taxi ride into Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise Departures: Start at 4:30pm: The Sun Seeker.

SYDNEY The Holiday Inn Potts Point Corner Victoria Street & Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point: Ideally positioned in the heart of Potts Point & Kings Cross entertainment precincts with the Sydney CBD close by, the Holiday Inn features a restaurant & bar. Rooms are air-conditioned, with en suite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, TV & mini bar. Getting there: The Holiday Inn Potts Point is 10 miles (16km) from Sydney International Airport. Shuttle buses meet all incoming flights & will drop off at the hotel on request (from approx A$18). Also available is the airport link rail service which travels to Sydney Central Station then change trains for Kings Cross Station – located directly under the hotel (approx. A$16.70). The taxi fare from the airport terminals to Holiday Inn Potts Point is approx. A$45. Sydney Departures: Start at 7:00am: Reefs & Rainforests, Beaches & Reefs, Sunsets & Surf, City to Surf, The Big Walkabout. Start at 5:00pm (check in from 3.00pm): Sydney New Year’s Eve. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Triple: US$100 Twin: US$135 Single: US$235

WHITSUNDAYS Island Option: Getting there: Our hotel is Daydream Island Resort. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays meets flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Daydream Island, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx. cost A$45). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Cruise Whitsundays offer a streamlined transfer with a coach connection directly from the airport to Abel Point Marina in

Airlie Beach, where a connecting ferry transfers guests to Daydream Island (approx. cost A$52). Start at 5:00pm at Daydream Island: Sunsets & Surf, Island & Rainforests. Two night sailing option: Getting there: Check in is at the Pro Sail office, shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays meet flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx. cost A$45). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Whitsunday Shuttle Service offers pre-booked transfers to Airlie Beach (approx. cost A$15). Clients should call Pro Sail on 1800 810 116 or 07 4946 7533 if they require assistance. Check in by 3:00pm at Airlie Beach: Sunsets & Surf, Island & Rainforests.

New Zealand AUCKLAND Mercure Hotel Auckland 8 Customs Street, Auckland: Situated in the centre of the city, within a short walking distance of the central shopping & tourist areas. Facilities include a brasserie-style restaurant & bar. Getting there: The Mercure Hotel Auckland is 14 miles (22km) from Auckland International Airport. The cheapest form of transport to & from Auckland Airport is the Airbus situated just outside the terminal building (approx. NZ$16pp). Other sources of available transport are shuttle vans (approx. NZ$25 pp) or taxis (approx. NZ$70). Auckland Departures: Start at 9:00am: The Big Tiki, Kiwiana Panorama, Northern Choice, Sun & Steam, Jaffas’n’Jandals. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$99 Single: US$175

CHRISTCHURCH Ibis Christchurch Hotel 107 Hereford St, Christchurch: Located in the centre of the city. An excellent base to make the most of the city sights. Amenities include a restaurant & bar. Getting there: Ibis Christchurch Hotel is 6 miles (10km) from Christchurch International Airport. The cheapest form of transport from the airport is shuttle van (approx. NZ$20 pp) or you can get a taxi (approx. NZ$40). Christchurch Departures: Start at 9:00am: The Big Tiki, Kiwiana Panorama, Sweet as South, Start at 10:00am: Sweet as South (reverse tour). Start at 4:00pm: Northern Choice tour. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$115 Single: US$229

QUEENSTOWN Queenstown Departures: Tanoa Aspen Hotel Fernhill Road, Fernhill Queenstown: The perfect place to explore the area with a great social atmosphere. Getting there: Tanoa Aspen Hotel is 5 miles (8km) from Queenstown International Airport. The cheapest transport to Aspen on Queenstown is the Connecta Bus (approx NZ$9) or shuttle bus (approx. NZ$20) or by taxi (approx. NZ$30). All accessible outside airport doors. Start at 6:00pm: The Big Tiki (20 day option), Kiwiana Panorama (17 day option) Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$75 Single: US$129

WELLINGTON Abel Tasman Hotel 169 Willis Street, Wellington: Well located in the main shopping & business area & short walking distance to the waterfront & museums. Getting there: The Abel Tasman Hotel is 6 miles (10km) from Wellington International Airport. The cheapest form of transport from the airport is the orange Wellington Link bus situated just outside the terminal & to the right (approx. NZ$7.50 pp). Get off at Courtney Place. Other forms of transport are shuttle vans (approx. NZ$25 pp) or taxis (approx. NZ$35). Wellington Departures: Start at 6:00pm: Northern Choice (13 day reverse tour option). Start at 7:00am: Sweet as South (14 day option). Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$85 Single: US$139

NOTE: • Rates are per person per night including private facilities. • Rooms are available in Australia & New Zealand for one night only. Extra nights will be on request. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of US$30. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodations directly before &/or after their tour. • If two people are sharing a room, booking must be made at the same time. • All hotels are subject to availability & where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

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got a question?

Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: What’s included?

What should I pack?

• Coach, train, ferry transportation, internal flights as listed in the ‘What’s included’ section. • Accommodations & meals as listed in the ‘What’s included’ section on tour pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Included highlights’ section in each tour itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.

Comfortable, casual clothing for day wear & ‘smart/ casual’ for dining & those nights out. Remember that in Autumn/Winter you will need warmer clothing as well as a raincoat/jacket. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. For further details, please go to contiki.com/travel-resources.

What’s not included?

WHEN DO I CHOOSE?

• Air & ferry transfers to tour departure point. • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • Optional excursions & activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flights, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, etc. • Lunches (unless specified under “What’s included”) & some dinners. • Anything else not listed in the “What’s included” section on itinerary pages.

Included flights Flights as specified on individual tour itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.75) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other transportation as specified. Through enrolment and payment for your tour you acknowledge and accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass and/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel and the application of all relevant International Conventions and applicable national and international law governing air transportation.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet & luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

How much luggage can I bring? Luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 29” x 20” x 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) & maximum weight of 44lbs (20 kg) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. On tours which include Flotilla Sailing, a small bag suitable for the extremely limited luggage space is required. Your regular luggage will be stored during this time. No external metal frame backpacks please. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. If you have your own ski/boarding equipment, you may bring one pair of boots & skis or snowboard. Otherwise, your Tour Manager can arrange these for you in Queenstown on tour. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Remember, if your tour includes a flight you are also subject to airline baggage restrictions. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any fees incurred as a result of overweight luggage.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit & credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover lunches, some dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional activities, entrance fees to attractions & evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your tour with some cash in your destination’s local currencies such as A$ or NZ$.

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me time Optional Activities Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well.

HOW DO I PAY? You pay on tour with major credit cards, debit cards or cash (A$ in Australia or NZ$ in New Zealand).

Past traveler 5% discount Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www. thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre- & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any nonbrochured special market promotions.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (March 2013), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent or Contiki prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines or antibiotics.

Seasonality & climate Being such a large land mass, Australia is prone to seasonal climate changes. This will mean that at certain times of the year some of our brochured itineraries may need to be slightly changed. For example: northern Australia itineraries during the wet season (December to April). Inland alpine areas of the South Island in New Zealand can be as cold as 14oF between May & October.

Do I need visas? Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Consult Contiki or your travel agent to determine any visas you require & how to obtain them.

no mandatory tipping reward only excellence! Every country in the world has different tipping customs & in Australia & New Zealand, within service industries, tipping is common practice.

Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No mandatory tipping – reward only excellence!

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 & is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). USTOA includes all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security & who maintain the highest standards. Contiki is also a member of the National

Tour Association (NTA) & the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). With the guarantees of these organizations, you know your vacation & money are secure with Contiki.

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your tour prior to departure at contiki.com/ checkin. Checking in will save you time on your first day of tour, give you essential information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your tour see p.10.

Travel insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your vacation. Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki vacation unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your vacation. Contiki offers a comprehensive package that can be tailor made to your vacation. A brief description of this coverage is outlined below. Please ask your Travel Agent to ask Contiki when making your booking.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown p.6 Bungy Jumping, Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown p.6 Bungy Jumping, Photos courtesy of NZONE Skydive p.6, p.55 Skydiving, Photos courtesy of Raging Thunder p.6, p.18 Whitewater Rafting, Photos courtesy of Çapkin van AlphenCauseCentric Productions p.11 & 71 Celine Cousteau, Photos courtesy of Bridge Climb Sydney otto Holdings (Aust) Pty Limited p.18 Sydney Harbour Bridge, Photos courtesy of Mojo Surf p.23 Surfing & p.26 “Surf Board Hire” Sign, Photos courtesy of Pauls Extreme Skydiving p.36 Skydiving, Photos courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns p.36 Diving, Photos courtesy of Splendour p.45 Concert, Photos courtesy of Real Journeys p.54 & 67 Milford Sound Cruise, Photos courtesy of Fox Glacier Guiding p.54 Fox Glacier Hike, Photos courtesy of Interislander p.59 Boat Cruise, Photos courtesy of Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington p.59 Hotel Room, Photos courtesy of Explore NZ Bay of Islands p.61 Catamaran Cruise & p.69 Dolphin Spotting, Photos courtesy of Julie Salsbury p.67 Fox Glacier Hiking, Photos courtesy of © Destination Queenstown p.70 Remarkables Ski Field Lookout, Stag on Deer Park Heights Queenstown, Remarkables Ski Field. HUGE thanks… We’d like to say a huge thank you to our Aussie & NZ suppliers, talent, friends & colleagues who helped pull together our stills & video shoot - this would not have been possible without you! A special thanks also goes out to Jonas & Quinn, John, Sara, Sam, Chelsea, Lana, Muzz & Greg, Josie, Jaynee & the General Pants Australia team. We love you!

Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan PROVIDING YOU WITH “ANY REASON” CANCELLATION FLEXIBILITY AND PEACE OF MIND WHILE YOU TRAVEL: Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan – designed exclusively with the following: Priced at: Trips up to $2,000: $129 per person. Trips $2,001 or greater: $169 per person. Trips of 35 days or longer are subject to different pricing. Consult your Contiki Specialist for more details 1-800-CONTIKI. Note: prices are subject to change without notice SECTION I: TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT PROTECTION - Provided by Contiki Vacations* Trip Cancellation: Up to Total Trip Cost. Reimburses the nonrefundable Contiki Vacations cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason such as illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion, or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carriercaused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, subpoena, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure, and other reasons as cited in the plan description. The Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver**. With the Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, Contiki Vacations will provide you with 100% of the cancellation charges in the form of a future travel credit certificate, should you cancel your tour more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement under the Trip Cancellation section of the Travel Protection Plan. Cancellation charges are reimbursed in the form of Contiki Vacations Travel Certificates allowing you a two year credit to travel with us at a later date! Please note that to be eligible for the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, you must enroll and pay for the plan within two days of your initial trip deposit. The certificate is valid for two years, is non-transferable and non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future travel certificates do not include airfare cancellation charges for air arrangements unless those arrangements were provided by Contiki Vacations. Trip Interruption: Up to Total Trip Cost Trip Delay: Up to $1,000 ($150/day) SECTION II: TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS Underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company*** Baggage Protection: Up to $2,500 Bag Delay: Up to $500 Medical & Dental Expenses: Up to $50,000 Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: Up to $50,000

SECTION III: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES Provided by On Call International While the above is not a complete description – a full plan description detailing the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you – we have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection Plan questions, or would like to request a copy of the plan description, please call our plan administrator, BerkelyCare, at 1-866-580-4871. You may also view the plan at http://www.berkely.net/travcorp/ctp/faq.htm The Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan is provided in addition to other applicable indemnity or insurance programs, where permitted by law and shall apply only after benefits have been paid. * For NY residents, Section I Travel Arrangement Protection (Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption & Trip Delay) is underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio. ** For NY residents only, the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver may be purchased separately from the Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan. Contact 1-877-722-2195 for details. *** Section II Travel Insurance Benefits, Policy Number MZ0911064H0000A-U are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio: NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, CT, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OR, OH, VT, WA and WY Policy Forms TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS.

This plan was designed and is administered by BerkelyCareSM. IN CALIFORNIA: BerkelyCareSM is a service mark of Aon Direct Insurance Administrators, CA Insurance License # 0795465. IN ALL OTHER STATES: BerkelyCareSM is a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. in all states other than CA, except: AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. in MN and OK and AIS Affinity Insurance Agency in NY. 5864684A

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booking conditions

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below.

Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR VACATION RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected vacation. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE a) Tour Prices: Are based on costs, tariffs, taxes, charges, levies and exchange rates as of 27th February, 2013 Should these change, the price of your vacation may increase. If the total price increases by more than 10%, you may cancel, without penalty, within 3 DAYS after we notify you of the increase. Except as explained below, we will not increase the price of your land vacation after we receive your full deposit for your land vacation. In exchange for this guarantee, no refund will be made if the cost factors described above are reduced. We reserve the right to recover from you increases in cruise line imposed fuel surcharges and in taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies. b) Airline Fuel Surcharges, Air-related Taxes, Fees & Restrictions, & Levies Imposed by any Government or its Agencies: As noted above, all quoted land and air prices include airline fuel surcharges and Air-Related Taxes and Fees, applicable as of 27th February, 2013. However, if the customer is notified of the potential for a price increase and we have received the customer’s written or verbal consent prior to accepting any payment, we reserve the right to recover from you increases in those surcharges. Any additional fees charged by the airlines, such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the passenger(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. See www.contiki.com/restrictions for details. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR VACATION 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 If a cancellation is made any time prior to the tour departure*, Contiki’s only liability will be to refund the passenger the amount it has received for the booking. Contiki will try and re-book the same or a similar tour and, where flights have been confirmed by Contiki, will attempt to confirm air seats for the new date selected, subject to availability. Contiki is not liable for any changes, amendment or cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements purchased separately. 3.3 If an alternative tour is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki vacation without payment of any transfer fee. *Please Note: The departure date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s invoice. If you do not join the tour on the day of departure then cancellation fees will be 100%. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (March, 2013) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available, especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 With respect to Contiki’s touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for your money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 4.4 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will assume any responsibility or liability if clients special meal requests are not fulfilled. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Contiki is responsible for properly arranging and conducting your vacation. 5.2 As a Tour Operator, Contiki makes arrangements with carriers, hoteliers and other independent suppliers to provide you with some or all of the travel services you purchase. These parties are independent suppliers over whom Contiki has no direct control. Unless caused by its own negligence, Contiki is not responsible for and accepts no liability in respect of any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of: a) personal injury, sickness, disease, accident or death, however caused, including without limitation, where same results from your conduct on vacation. b) loss or damage to or delay of baggage or other property unless resulting from Contiki’s negligence in which case Contiki’s liability shall be limited to the actual loss but in no event would exceed the total vacation cost; c) delays and loss as a result of government action, weather, mechanical breakdown, equipment failure, labor disputes, sickness, acts of war, insurrection, terrorism, Acts of God or any other causes beyond Contiki’s direct control. Contiki cannot be responsible for interruption of air carrier service due to airline default. d) acts or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of suppliers of services or their personnel (including, without limitation, transportation and accommodation services) or of any other person or body unless such a person or body is employed by us, or is an agent of ours, and is acting within the scope of his or her authority. In no event is Contiki liable for the acts or omissions of independent third party contractors or of its own employees or agents acting outside the scope of their duties. e) loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from any of the following: (i) any matter or topic described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) inclusive above. (ii) your failure to obtain the necessary documentation to travel. (iii) your failure to arrive on time for initial departure or for connections within the tour or to stay within or join your tour at any time after initial departure. (iv) your leaving the tour prior to its completion. (v) the need for Contiki to change itineraries or substitute accommodations or services, provided that Contiki makes every effort to supply the most comparable services and accommodations available. (vi) cancellation of the vacation by Contiki provided that a full refund of all monies paid is made to you. (vii) Many of our activities are action and adventure orientated. Sports and similar activities inherently involve risks of injury greater than those that would be encountered if you were not participating in such, and therefore, by voluntarily taking part in any sports or other such activities, you thereby acknowledge and assume any of the risks inherent therein. In the absence of negligence on our part, or on the part of our agents and representatives, neither we nor they accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, any injury, illness, damage, loss, accident, expense, delay or any other irregularity resulting from your participation in any of the activities made available to you.

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(viii) We take every reasonable precaution possible to assure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment while you are taking part in a Contiki vacation. Contiki vacations are generally for the young, and not for the frail or those not generally enjoying good health. A change of climate, food, time and varied cultural habits often affects travelers differently. We therefore recommend that you advise your doctor that you are taking one of our vacations and ask if he or she recommends anything for your trip, even for something as seemingly benign as an upset stomach. Since the brands of any medication to which you are accustomed may be unavailable in places to which you are traveling, we recommend you bring your own supply of any medication you will require and carry such medication in your hand luggage. Prescription drugs should be carried in the original labeled bottles. Should you fall ill during your Contiki vacation, we will make every reasonable effort to make prompt, sanitary, safe and proper medical care available to you. However, if at anytime or anywhere treatments of any sort are suggested to you that do not meet your needs or expectations, you should not hesitate to contact your own doctor. Also, please note that the same sorts of activities that can expose you to certain types of diseases at home can just as easily expose you to those same diseases abroad. This information is provided only for your convenience and we are not responsible or liable for any damages resulting from your failure to confirm or ascertain health information or medical precaution, if any, for the places which you will be visiting. (ix) Contiki is responsible for taking care to arrange and conduct your vacation properly. With you in mind, we have accepted applications from and interviewed numerous potential employees, and then we select only those people whom we believe in our best judgement would be responsible and congenial, Tour Managers, Representatives and Drivers. Although we firmly believe, based on personal interviews and certain disclosures made to us by our employees, that all of our employees enjoy excellent health, we, like other tour operators, are legally unable to confirm this in most, if not all, instances.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR VACATION 1.1 In order to reserve your vacation, a deposit of US$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that vacation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the vacation price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. Air-inclusive bookings may require additional non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. If paying by a third-party credit card your Contiki specialist will provide you a third-party authorization form that must be completely filled out and received by Contiki before payment can be received. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-transferable, non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person for the first tour booked and then a deposit of US$200 for second and subsequent tours booked at the time of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the vacation price must be paid by no later than 45 days before your scheduled vacation departure date which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. 2.2 Air Payment: Payment in full for your airfare booked in conjunction with your Contiki vacation may be required at time of booking. The Department of Transportation now requires Contiki to inform you of the following conditions. The package price is subject to change until it has been paid in full. When this happens, it is usually the result of increases in fuel surcharges and or government taxes. You must consent to the possibility that, until you pay for your package in full, your price could go up. Once you have paid in full we would only pass along increases in government taxes if applicable at that time. You have 7 days from receipt of the first invoice to revoke your consent and request a refund, at which time we would cancel your booking. 2.3 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.4 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by Contiki. 2.5 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure, the full cost of the vacation will be payable immediately on booking. Documents can be emailed to the passenger at no additional charge or passenger can pay a $35.00 expedited shipping fee for physical documents. 2.6 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 2.7 Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to tour departure* (providing full payment has been received). However, if travel documents are required the next day or earlier than 21 days prior to departure* (providing full payment has been received), a fee of $35 per mailing will apply. Bookings made and/or payments received within 30 days of departure* incur a $35 per mailing document delivery fee. Any documents delivered outside the USA will incur a minimum fee of $50. The actual cost will be advised at time of booking. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 If notice of cancellation is received by Contiki 46 days or more prior to tour departure*, the non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be retained along with the Travel Protection. 3.2 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Contiki. 3.3 The following scale of charges will apply when notice of cancellation is given after booking is confirmed: COACH TOURS (LAND ONLY) No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee tour departure* as a % of the total land price. No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee Tour departure* as % of the total land fee 46 days or more: .............................................. The non-refundable deposit 45-22 days: ........................................................................ 25% of tour fare 21-8 days: .......................................................................... 30% of tour fare 7-1 days: ............................................................................ 50% of tour fare Day of departure*/No show: .................................................................100% Extra night hotel accommodations that are cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur 100% cancellation fee, outside 14 days the following fees will be charged: 45-22 days .............................................................................................25% 21-15 days .............................................................................................30% AIR ARRANGEMENTS These cancellation charges apply for airline arrangements made by Contiki: Prior to final payment a service fee of - $50 per person After final payment a service fee of - $75 per person plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.6 Please note that Contiki is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from the air and land included package.

* Please note: the departure date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s confirmation 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternative departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki vacation, you may do so subject to availability and provided the new vacation date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of US$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Any alterations risk the loss of air space or increased airfares. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation of air and all normal air cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of tour departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a US$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodations, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Contiki’s vacations are specifically planned for those in the 18-35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki tour are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you should discuss this thoroughly with Contiki staff personnel. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. A special needs form must be completed prior to final payment. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in the United States. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers traveling on international tours. • Contiki may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms and conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the vacation. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Tour Manager or Representative has to make a decision in your best interest or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Tour Manager or Representative and the laws of the country in which you are traveling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Tour Manager’s or Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of other members on the tour or the smooth operation of the vacation itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the tour. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travelers and any Contiki Representatives have the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well-being or inappropriate behavior by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your vacation. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodations. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/ or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organizations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected vacation before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas while on tour (including accommodations, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on vacation and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the vacation, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the vacation and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavors to do so during the vacation, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the vacation but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Email complaints to USCustomerService@Contiki.com. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of the State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of any dispute between the parties. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected.

5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommends you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses before your travel on a Contiki vacation. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability, and loss of personal property. Please check that your insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment at the time of deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the vacation. With the insurance of BerkeleyCare we are able to offer comprehensive travel insurance at group discount rates (see details on page 74). If you wish to have this valuable protection, please advise your Travel Agent to request the insurance and to include the cost of insurance when sending in your vacation deposit. Please note there will be no travel insurance provided unless you request it from your Travel Agent and the payment is forwarded to Contiki. Complete details of the coverage limitations and exclusions are included with your vacation invoice. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a vacation after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE VACATION PRICE Airfares (unless you purchase a land+air package), air-related taxes and fees passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, and optional excursions. For more go to www.contiki.com/baggage 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any vacation be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorized officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircrafts, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. While we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Vacation Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a vacation from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however; Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 1.7 The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of The State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of dispute between the parties. 1.8 In the case of computer or human billing error we reserve the right to reinvoice passenger with correct billings. 2. The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Contiki Vacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Contiki Vacations customers in the unlikely event of Contiki Vacations bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation and shared among its affiliates may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Contiki Vacations. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. 3. VALIDITY The programs advertised in this brochure are valid from April 2013 to September 2014. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programs advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd and Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited. Hawaii operated by Contiki (US) Holdings Inc. This brochure was published in March 2013 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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• Call Contiki at 1-800-CONTIKI, visit contiki.com or contact your local travel agent to confirm that there’s space on the tour you have chosen. You can add a pre- or post-night to your Contiki tour (if available) at the same time. • At the time of booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person for first tour and US$200 per person for second and subsequent tours which must be received by Contiki within 3 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. Air inclusive bookings may require additional nonrefundable deposit at the time of booking.

LATIN AMERICA Peru, Argentina & Brazil, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Mexico & Costa Rica

• Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send you or your travel agent confirmation of the booking details. • The balance of the reservation must be received by Contiki no less than 45 days before the departure date or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. If payment is not received by Contiki, we will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. • Contiki will then send your travel documents and detailed information to you or your travel agent about your vacation.

USA & CANADA Including Hawaii Stopovers

IMPORTANT: By paying the US$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.75 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

Groups & special interest tours If you’re looking for something completely different for a group of 25 or more, our Custom Groups Department in Europe, North America, Central America, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand have been helping those with specific group travel requirements for years! School and University trips, performance groups, wine tours, culinary tours, ski tours, you name it we’ve done it. From supplying competitive quotations to helping you plan the best itinerary right down to the last detail, our worldwide team of experts is able to arrange a customdesigned vacation or incentive trip to meet the needs of your group. Email: groups@contiki.com

Contiki loves the planet The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy.

EUROPE LATIN AMERICA WINTER Peru, Argentina & Brazil, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Mexico & Costa Rica

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Contiki Vacations is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

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Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime.

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