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Guided Vacations 2018 - 2019

Travel | Culture | Adventure

Australia New Zealand

Sydney Harbour Destination NSW


DISCOVER

Amazing destinations. Amazing experiences. We’ll take you there.


Discover the enchanting beauty and soul of Australia and New Zealand. Your unforgettable, effortless exploration is brought to life by the guided vacation experts, AAT Kings, who have been sharing their passion, unrivaled knowledge and exceptional service with guests since 1912.

Explore. Connect. Smile. Delve into the fascinating stories of the Anangu people in Australia or explore the unique and captivating culture of the Maori in New Zealand. Proud of our roots and the traditions of our people, we enjoy showcasing their spellbinding stories – made possible through the strong relationships we have forged with indigenous communities across these diverse lands.


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Katherine Gorge

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Broome

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Geikie Gorge

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Atherton Tablelands

NORTHERN TERRITORY Kings Canyon

Karijini

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Monkey Mia

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Kalgoorlie

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Mission Beach Hamilton Island

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Uluru

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Fraser Island

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Auckland

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Waitomo Caves

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Kangaroo Island

Rotorua

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Mount Gambier

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Cape Le Grand

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The Barossa

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Margaret River

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VICTORIA TASMANIA

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WELLINGTON Franz Josef Glacier Mt. Cook

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Dunedin

Stewart Island

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Contents The AAT Kings Difference Traveling with us 2 styles of travel Where you’ll stay

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A Family Affair TreadRight Foundation Smart ways to save Pre & Post Hotels

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Travel Essentials 85 Booking Conditions 86 How to book back cover

Guided Vacations From 6 to 22 days, AAT Kings Guided Vacations fully explore each destination, to immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. They feature quality accommodations, with porterage and all breakfasts included, plus other meals. There are 2 styles of Guided Vacation (see page 9 for more details).

FIRST CHOICE vacations offer premium hotels in central locations, more meals & sightseeing inclusions, plus Be My Guest dining experiences.

Tour type Tour Days Code Page FIRST CHOICE Highlights of Australia & New Zealand 22 IMZB 36 FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 18 QCANA 38 FIRST CHOICE Discover Australia & New Zealand 15 CANZQ 40 FIRST CHOICE Australian Highlights 13 IMSE 42 FIRST CHOICE Outback Adventure 11/15 NUAD/NAAD 44 FIRST CHOICE East Coast Islands and Rainforest 10/13 QBC/QSC 46 FIRST CHOICE Perfect Tasmania 6/7/12 TLHH/THHL/THLH 48 FIRST CHOICE Tastes of Southern Australia 11 ESMA 50

Tour type Tour BEST BUYS Western Wonderland FIRST CHOICE Best of New Zealand FIRST CHOICE New Zealand Splendour FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of New Zealand FIRST CHOICE Southern Spectacular BEST BUYS Kia Ora New Zealand BEST BUYS New Zealand Marvel BEST BUYS Southern Spotlight

Inspiring Journeys

BEST BUYS vacations offer great value, comfortable hotels with easy access to city centres and more free time.

Days Code Page 16 WEMP 52 18 ZABC/ZCBA 54 15 ZAAC/ZCCA 56 10 IZANB 58 10 ZCQR/ZRQC 60 17 LABC/LCBA 62 14 LCCA/LAAC 64 9 LCQR/LRQC 66

Short Breaks

On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting of up to 20 like-minded travelers. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.

Ranging from 2 to 19 days in length, AAT Kings Short Breaks combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your choice of accommodations standard, plus selected meals. Ideal for the independent-minded traveler, travel with different Driver Guides each day to benefit from their combined experience.

Tour Days Code Page The Long White Cloud 11/12/22 NZNI/NZSI/NZIJ 22 Inspiring New Zealand 10 NZFLY 24 Inspiring Australia 13 IJFLY 26 Victoria’s Hidden Gems 7 IJVIC 28 Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets 5 MNDD 30 Outback Australia – The Colour of Red 5 CRUA/CRAU 32

Tour Sydney & the Blue Mountains Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Best of Australia Australian Icons Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas & Reef Retreat Kakadu & East Alligator River Kakadu & Katherine Gorge Uluru Highlights Uluru & Kings Canyon Explorer Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery Alice Springs to Uluru Explorer Kangaroo Island Discovery Perth & Rottnest Island Rotorua Discovery Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed Fiordland Experience Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine

Day Tours Do you have a day or half a day to spare? See the must-see sights, learn about a specific destination’s history and culture with our Day Tours. Region/Tour Page Field of Light 81 Red Centre Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes 81 Sightsee ‘n’ Save Day Tours Pass 81 Red Centre 82 Sydney 82 Melbourne 82 Queensland 83 South Australia 83

Days Code Page 4 SS11 69 4 MM11 69 19 MS19 70 13 MS12 72 4 CC11 74 6 PDCE 74 2 DK40 75 3 DG42/52 75 2 YY43 76 3 YK41 76 3 AK43 77 2 AK20 77 2 ZZ22 78 4 PP11 78 4 ZR5 79 7 ZBR5 79 5 ZFE5 80 5 ZWC5 80

Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys in this brochure are definite departures!* *With the exception of Discover Australia & New Zealand (CANZQ) and Victoria’s Hidden Gems (IJVIC).


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Indulge in an unforgettable voyage of discovery with AAT Kings. From the shimmering Blue Mountains to the untamed Red Centre of Australia, and from the majestic glacial fiords to the lush rolling hills of New Zealand, our vacation experiences ensure you encounter the regions’ extraordinary sights and stories – including the ‘Hidden Gems’ you would not discover on your own.

The AAT Kings Difference 100 years

of experience Crafting unforgettable vacations in Australia for over 100 years, AAT Kings’ story begins with the Pyke family, whose spirit for adventure and passion for their homeland saw them launch coach touring in Australia as far back as 1912. Starting with self-drive car hire 7-seater vehicles, we expanded to guided tours, becoming Sydney’s largest tour operator by the 1960s. In the 1980s, we joined pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris to create what has become AAT Kings today.


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Authentic experiences

AAT Kings has the inside track on Australia and New Zealand and we delight in sharing it with our guests. Join the thousands of guests who have traveled these great countries, enjoying the lifechanging travel experiences we have created with passion, focus and first-hand experience. Our friendly and experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides delight in revealing their insider tips to the real Australia and New Zealand – the characters, the special spots and that inimitable Aussie and Kiwi verve you’ll carry in your heart forever.

Extensive

range of vacations Enjoy an effortless, authentic holiday experience, quality hotels and the best value-for-money with over 35 unique itineraries packed with easy adventure, great flavours, and some surprises along the way – all finely crafted to ensure you’ll never worry about a thing. With AAT Kings, you have a friend in every destination, sharing experiences that will make your visit so memorable. Enjoy time to explore the sights at your leisure – your Travel Director is on hand to recommend the best in town. See what’s on offer from page 20 >

Unrivaled service

Trust AAT Kings to guide your journey through Australia and New Zealand. Our team of dedicated and experienced staff have been delivering hasslefree and unforgettable vacations for decades, taking care of every little detail along the way. With the perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation, your adventure through Australia and New Zealand is made that much more special with the knowledge that travelers have been choosing AAT Kings to share mesmerizing travel experiences for over a century.


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Traveling with us Our experts connect you to Australia & New Zealand.

Tony

Nellie

‘My must-see place is the west coast of Tasmania. The region is truly Australia’s last untamed frontier. It’s raw and rugged, yet so mesmerizing and majestic.’

‘I love the people you get to meet in this job! I love our history, culture and our ancient landscape! I love the Australian sayings... it’s ‘just down the road’ which could be 100 yards or 1000 miles. You gotta love that!’

OUR FLEET

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

With the most modern fleet in the business, you can relax in air-conditioned comfort. AAT Kings’ fleet of 70 vehicles features reclining seats with footrests, an on-board restroom, PA and road camera technology, and panoramic windows to ensure you won’t miss a thing.

You will receive free transfers between designated airports and your AAT Kings hotel on scheduled start and end days of your vacations and with pre and post vacation accommodations booked through AAT Kings.


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Experienced. Friendly. Passionate. Let our talented Travel Directors take you on a life-changing vacation – a journey filled with fascinating tales, in-depth insights and fond memories made possible by a team of passionate local guides and operations experts who work tirelessly together to ensure your dream vacation is stress-free and seamless, from start to end.

Mark

Manuela

‘I feel very proud being able to share with our guests a deeper understanding of our Maori culture. The evening at Tamaki Maori Village, where they get to experience, taste and feel the warm hospitality of our people, is truly magical.’

‘I’m deeply passionate about Australia’s beautiful, unique and ancient environment; its Indigenous people are the world’s oldest continuous culture. Sharing my knowledge with guests fuels this passion.’

MORE WAYS TO TRAVEL

FREE WIFI & USB

Leave the comfort of your coach behind and enjoy a scenic train ride and flight, helicopter, boat ride and river cruise, or see the sights over the hump of a camel, depending on the itinerary or optional experience you have selected.

Stay connected and charged during your vacation as our entire fleet is equipped with WiFi* and in-seat USB ports. Charging facilities are also available in all our off-road vehicles. *Speed and reception may vary in remote areas.


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Breaking the boundaries of one-size-fits-all travel experiences, AAT Kings offers two unique travel styles to suit your dream vacation desires. Whether you wish to get under the skin of the destination, are traveling in a small group or simply seek a budget escape, our travel styles all reveal the must-see sights, sounds and flavours of Australia and New Zealand.

2 styles of travel Guided Vacations 6-22 day

fully guided experiences Enjoy a rare opportunity to delve deeper into your vacation destination with AAT Kings’ 6 to 22 day fully guided experiences, immersing yourself in its fascinating culture, heritage and exquisite beauty. Our quality hotels with breakfast and porterage included, Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner tick all the boxes, with two styles of Guided Vacations on offer to suit your needs: Stay in premium hotels in central locations, and enjoy more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unforgettable Be My Guest dining experiences to indulge in delicious local flavours. FIRST CHOICE

BEST BUYS Enjoy great value, comfortable hotels with easy access to city centres and more free time to explore and engage with the destination on your own terms.

Start exploring on page 34 >


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Inspiring Journeys 5-22 day

small group boutique journeys Venture off the beaten track and into the depths of these diverse lands in an intimate small-group setting where every detail has been taken care of. Join AAT Kings’ 5 to 22 day small group journeys by luxury coach or 4WD vehicle, staying in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts and savouring gourmet cuisine. Explore our portfolio on page 20 >


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Millbrook Resort Inspiring Journeys > Queenstown, NZ

Where you’ll stay AAT Kings’ accommodations are selected for comfort, location and facilities. Our range includes brands like Crowne Plaza, Millennium, Mantra and Stamford Plaza, and feature resorts like Hamilton Island, Cradle Mountain Hotel, Te Waonui Forest Retreat and Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, to name a few.

Hotel Grand Chancellor FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Hobart, TAS

The Langham Inspiring Journeys > Sydney, NSW

Stamford Plaza FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Adelaide, SA


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Crowne Plaza FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Melbourne, VIC

Castaways Resort & Spa FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Mission Beach, QLD

Hamilton Island FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Whitsundays, QLD

Punakaiki Resort FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Punakaiki, NZ

Copthorne Resort BEST BUYS

Ayers Rock Resort FIRST CHOICE

Guided Vacations > Yulara, NT

Guided Vacations > Bay of Islands, NZ

Cicada Lodge Inspiring Journeys > Nitmiluk National Park, NT


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A Family Affair AAT Kings is part of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a 4th generation, family-owned business with over 100 years of travel expertise and passion. With a multi award-winning portfolio ranging from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent vacation package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences, TTC offers something for everyone.

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We are worldwide experts with 30 travel and tourism brands spanning over 70 countries, managed by 40 sales offices and over 10,000 team members, serving over 2 million customers annually. We pride ourselves on taking a long-term view, with an ethos of attention to detail in all areas of the company.

Our Commitment

Our Passion

We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently delivering outstanding quality of service, experience and value.

We show pride, energy and determination in all that we do. We are committed to creating exceptional experiences for our guests, employees and Travel Directors.


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Discover the Travel Corporation.

Our Customers

Our Responsibility

We put our guests at the heart of everything we do in order to secure their engagement, loyalty and recommendation.

Through our TreadRight Foundation, we strive to enhance and protect the communities we work in and to be a good corporate citizen.


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TreadRight Foundation Encouraging global sustainable tourism.

An initiative supported by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. The foundation has helped support some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide including Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica, Shark Savers in Ecuador and The Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. Within Australia and New Zealand we are also proud to support a number of important projects with a focus on wildlife conservation. Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings encourage the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation.


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AAT Kings Cares Our local projects

Kiwis

Rainbow Springs in New Zealand Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings support the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. • We contribute to the Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring • D onations assist with funding research into incubation and rearing • T he aim is to help raise awareness of the protection of the kiwi and act as a pivotal role in their survival

Tasmanian Devils

Save the Tasmanian Devil Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) threatens the existence of this internationally-recognized icon. • I n some areas, more than 80% of the Tasmanian devil population has been wiped out • T he threat to the devil due to DFTD continues to spread • S ignificant advances in the Insurance Population and protecting isolated populations, are enabling a new phase in the species’ conservation and recovery in the wild

Koalas

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo in Queensland, is dedicated to saving Australia’s many native species. • It is the largest and busiest wildlife facility of its kind in the world • Caring for one koala costs an average of $1,500 • The facility treats about 800 koalas each year • T he hospital helps rehabilitate and care for injured and orphaned koalas in addition to other animals • D onations contribute to an eco-friendly facility to house them

For more information and details on how you can support the foundation, visit   TreadRight.org


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Smart ways to save Save by combining the discounts below: Early Payment Discount

 10% saving  7.5% saving  5% saving when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

when you pay in full by 27 April 2018

when you pay in full by 29 June 2018

Available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For more info visit aatkings.com/booking-conditions

Kings Club

 5% saving

for returning AAT Kings guests

Kings Club is for guests who have previously traveled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld. It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty. Kings Club Membership is free and you’re automatically entitled to our Kings Club Past Guest Discount of 5% off your next Guided Vacation.

Adds Ons

2.5% saving

When you book 2 or more vacations at the same time

10% saving

When purchasing an AAT Kings operated Short Break or Day Tour with a Guided Vacation

5% saving

Book a triple room and we’ll give you 5% off the twin price


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And even more ways to save: Groups

5% saving

1 person free

When 5-16 people travel

When 17 people travel together,

together, everybody saves 5%

one person travels for free

AAT Kings can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group of 15 people or more. For more info email groups@aatkings.com.au

Young travelers Children 5-15 years get a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room), and receive a discount off the adult price of AAT Kings operated Day Tours.

Traveling alone? If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Vacations you can share with a guest of the same gender in a non-smoking twin room, at no extra cost. If we can’t pair you up, we’ll accommodate you in a single room.

Conditions apply. See page 86 for more information >


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Inspiring Journeys 5-22 day small group boutique journeys

On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of vacation planning, with the flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. You’ll share your vacation with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travelers. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.


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Incredible Stories Traveling has the power to enrich our lives in many ways. It’s not just the places you go, it’s the people you’re with, the experiences you share and the stories you write along the way. Everyone has a story. Start your next chapter on an Inspiring Journey through Australia and New Zealand.

Creating moments Create moments you’ll remember all your life, by connecting with interesting people, amazing places, diverse cultures and unique environments.

Cultural immersion We all dream of traveling the world and discovering ourselves in different cultures. But it’s one thing to hear someone else’s story and another to create yours. At Inspiring Journeys we don’t just show you places, we create immersive experiences you’ll never forget.

The 4 pillars Our Inspiring Journeys allow you to enjoy a cross section of exciting, interesting and enriching experiences. This is why our itinerary highlights have been grouped to cover a number of areas.

Discover These experiences allow you to be observational, to take a step back and take it all in.

Explore These highlights are much more interactive and gives you the opportunity to connect with your surroundings.

Learn/Do Take your vacation to another level as you learn something new through active participation.

Relax Enjoy some down time to simply unwind and appreciate your destination or indulgent experience.

Accommodations On an Inspiring Journey, you will stay in hand-picked accommodations that are situated in both beautiful and unique locations, where there is a real sense of connection. Milford Sound Lodge, award-winning Royal Mail Hotel and Cicada Lodge, feature in our itineraries.


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Lake Pukaki & Mt. Cook

The Long White Cloud 22/12/11 DAYS  |  CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND  |  NZIJ/NZSI/NZNI

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • Stunning Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park • New Zealand’s capital Wellington • Experience Franz Josef Glacier • The Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Explore

Discover the scenic majesty of the North and South Islands of New Zealand with a small group of fellowexplorers, combining natural beauty with a touch of luxury as you overnight in the Franz Josef rainforest in the foothills of Mount Cook, and in magical Milford Sound, slumber amidst the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges, and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of remote Stewart Island.

• Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train • Historic goldrush Arrowtown • Untouched Stewart Island

Learn/Do • A jade factory & see artists at work • Walk the rainforest Treetop Walkway • Experience the Agrodome Farm Show • Gain an insight into Maori life at Whakarewarewa Living Village

Relax • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak • Cruise the Bay of Islands • Stay in chalets & cruise on stunning Milford Sound

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Day 5: Queenstown Free Time

Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki

Day 6: Queenstown Free Time

Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. DW This morning, take one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys on the famous TranzAlpine train. Travel through the spectacular Southern Alps, and spend the night in an eco-friendly waterfront resort at Punakaiki. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

• A BBQ at Morelea Farm

Visit Hokitika for a demonstration by a greenstone (jade) carver, then ascend to a treetop walkway to view the canopy of the lush nearby rainforest. Continue to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier for a tour to the viewing area with an expert glacier guide. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

• A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

• Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw

Taste

• 21 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest lunch  BG • 1 Lunch L • 10 Dinners with wine DW • 2 Highlight Dinners HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD

Take an optional scenic flight over the glacier this morning, then travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown en route to Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of crystalclear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. Hotel: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure capital. Ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a Wine Tour. Tonight you’ll dine at Bob’s Peak overlooking Queenstown. B HD Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. B

Travel to Lake Te Anau, then Fiordland National Park to the Milford Sound. Tonight, stay at magical Milford Sound Lodge. Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, Fiordland National Park. B DW

Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island

A breakfast cruise to the spectacular Tasman Sea begins your day. Later, at Invercargill, travel by ferry to remote Stewart Island, keeping a lookout for seals, dolphins and albatross. Stewart Island is arguably the best place to spot a kiwi in the wild. Hotel: Bay Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B

Day 9: Stewart Island

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DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures

NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland | 22 days $9525 $10425 Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

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Single*

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Start End Jan 15 Feb 05 Jan 22 Feb 12 Feb 12 Mar 05 Mar 05 Mar 26 Mar 19 Apr 09

$10425 $14135

Kaikoura

Single*

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Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook Cruise back to the mainland and travel though lush Southland pastures on your way to Aoraki (Mt. Cook). Hotel: Hermitage, Mount Cook. B DW

Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch

Travel to tranquil Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later you’ll be welcomed to Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 600-acre garden. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. B BG

Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington

Guest depart this morning in Christchurch (Code: NZSI). Explore Christchurch at your leisure, then you’re off to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Enjoy a city tour and visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Guest join this afternoon in Wellington (Code: NZNI). Hotel: Sofitel Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B DW

Day 13: Wellington

Explore Wellington at your own pace. B

Day 14: Wellington – Taupo

Travel through verdant dairy country to Tongariro National Park, a near-desert with three active volcanoes, Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW

Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua

Travel to nearby Rotorua via the spectacular Huka Falls. Tonight, an evening of Maori history, culture and traditional food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 16: Rotorua

Enjoy the entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show and a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Gain an insight into Maori life at Whakarewarewa Living Village. B

Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel

An exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience awaits you today in the famous Waitomo Caves. Later, travel through the dairy-farming district of Waikato to the Coromandel Peninsula, famous for pristine beaches and native forests. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel. B DW

Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland Travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Take a city tour, and then explore, relax and dine at your own pace. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B

Day 19: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel north to the Waipoua Forest, home to the 2,000-year-old Tane Mahuta. A Maori guide will explain the legend behind the largest Kauri tree in existence. Spend tonight at your waterfront resort in the heart of the glorious Bay of Islands. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

Day 20: Bay of Islands

Take a ferry to historic Russell for a tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or exploring. B

Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland Experience spectacular scenery today as you cruise through worldrenowned game-fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. Celebrate this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD

Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

2019

Start End Jan 14 Feb 04 Jan 21 Feb 11 Feb 04 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 04 Feb 18 Mar 11 Mar 04 Mar 25 Mar 18 Apr 08

$10625

Per Person Twin Share

$14375 Single*

Oct 14 Nov 04 Dec 09 Dec 30

NZSI: Christchurch return | 12 days $5195 $5850 Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Single*

Single*

$6785 2018

Start End Jan 15 Jan 25 Jan 22 Feb 01 Feb 12 Feb 22 Mar 05 Mar 15 Mar 19 Mar 29

$5850 in stories of Maori legend. Stewart Island is a destination for those who yearn to go beyond the ordinary. B L

$14135

Per Person Twin Share

$7840 Single*

Oct 15 Oct 26 Dec 10 Dec 21

$7840 2019

Start End Jan 14 Jan 24 Jan 21 Jan 31 Feb 04 Feb 14 Feb 11 Feb 21 Feb 18 Feb 28 Mar 04 Mar 14 Mar 18 Mar 28

$5950

Per Person Twin Share

$7975 Single*

Oct 14 Oct 25 Dec 09 Dec 20

NZNI: Wellington to Auckland | 11 days $4495 $5075 Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Single*

Single*

$6140 2018

Start End Jan 26 Feb 05 Feb 02 Feb 12 Feb 23 Mar 05 Mar 16 Mar 26 Mar 30 Apr 09

$5075

Per Person Twin Share

$6790 Single*

Oct 26 Nov 05 Dec 21 Dec 31

$6790 2019

Start End Jan 25 Feb 04 Feb 01 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 25 Feb 22 Mar 04 Mar 01 Mar 11 Mar 15 Mar 25 Mar 29 Apr 08

$5175

Per Person Twin Share

$6900 Single*

Oct 25 Nov 04 Dec 20 Dec 30

Visit aatkings.com/nzij or nzsi or nzni for additional departure dates. *Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $1050pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $525pp

DINING

21 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Be my Guest lunch BG 1 Lunch L

10 Dinners with wine DW 2 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

NZSI: Christchurch return

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport   Day 12 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

NZNI: Wellington to Auckland

Day 12 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport  Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Doubtful Sound

Inspiring New Zealand

NEW VACATION

10 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND TO QUEENSTOWN  |  NZFLY

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park • Beautiful Lake Rotorua • Stunning scenery in ‘Adventure capital’ Queenstown

Explore • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park

This epic New Zealand journey spans both islands revealing cosmopolitan cities, majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine coastlines, as you indulge your taste buds along the way. In the North Island, explore vibrant Auckland, experience the history and traditions of Maori culture in Rotorua, and discover cosmopolitan Wellington. And in the spectacular South Island, let your hair down in alpine adventure capital Queenstown and marvel at awesome Doubtful Sound.

• Historic goldrush Arrowtown • Queenstown Included Choice experiences

Learn/Do • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand • Experience Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village • Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Relax • In cosmopolitan Auckland & Wellington • Rotorua Included Choice experiences

Taste • On Waiheke Island sample olive oils & visit 3 vineyards • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family • 9 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest lunch  BG • 2 Lunches L • 4 Dinners with wine DW • 1 Highlight Dinner HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink. Hotel: Sofitel Auckland, 2 nights. DW

Day 2: Auckland

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the city waterfront to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, with stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Next up we take a ferry over to Waiheke Island. At Stonyridge Vineyard, enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. Depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry, including tasting award winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to Auckland by ferry. Tonight enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct? B L

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua

Follow the meandering Waikato River to our Be My Guest Experience

at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan – New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. After lunch we travel to Rotorua, for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience at Tamaki Maori Village; you’ll gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with our special Maori show and traditional Hangi. Experience the heartpounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial Maori welcome. In the village, see how Maori lived prior to European settlement. Experience customs like the Hongi greeting, as well as learn some customary phrases. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, the Maori method of cooking in the earth with geothermal steam. Hotel: Princes Gate, Rotorua, 2 nights. B BG HD

Day 4: Rotorua Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps unwind with a spa treatment at the Polynesian Spa, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, or why not try zip lining with Canopy Tours. Tonight, dinner is at your restaurant of choice – ask your Travel Director for more details. B DW


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Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You might even spot a kiwi! Next visit Whakawerawera Living Village, where a local guide will show you New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs before flying to Wellington. This evening why not venture down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and dine at one of Wellington’s tucked away bars or quirky cafés? Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Wellington

This morning venture out into Wellington’s laneways, enjoy culinary experiences as well as the city’s history and architecture. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products such as coffee, chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know. This afternoon we travel to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. The 225 hectare park is a ground-breaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. Tonight it is dinner of your choice at one of the local restaurants – ask your Travel Director for details. B DW

Day 7: Wellington – Queenstown A visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand will complete your time here in Wellington. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage on a guided walk through its many exhibitions. Later we travel to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. Upon arrival you’ll board

Sightseeing stops

your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Hotel: Heritage Queenstown, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Doubtful Sound

Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness. Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound cruise through this pristine fiord; look out for the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. B L DW

Day 9: Queenstown Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join a wine tour, take a guided walk through native beech forest or travel on a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences. This evening join your AAT Kings Travel Director and your new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. B FD

Day 10: Farewell from Queenstown

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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DINING

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1 Highlight Dinner HD 4 Dinners with wine DW 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 5 – Rotorua to Wellington: NZ 8235 Day 7 – Wellington to Queenstown: NZ 605


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Kings Canyon

Inspiring Australia 13 DAYS  |  CAIRNS TO SYDNEY  |  IJFLY 

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Spectacular Sydney Harbour & beaches • The Great Barrier Reef

Explore

This classic Australian journey takes the traveler from the Tropical North to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to cosmopolitan Sydney. Pristine beaches, dense rainforests, endless red desert and rugged coastlines await you each day. Experience ancient culture and stunning landscapes, gourmet produce and warm-hearted local characters as you visit iconic highlights and venture off the beaten track to discover the magic of this vast continent.

• Hike to the top of Kings Canyon • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta

Learn/Do • Enjoy an Indigenous experience in the Daintree Rainforest • Sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

Relax • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley

Taste • Experience an exclusive Be My Guest dinner under the stars • Indulge your taste buds under the magical southern stars at the Sounds of Silence Dinner • Enjoy an indulgent dinner at chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant under the sails of the Opera House • 12 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest dinner  BG • 5 Lunches L • 4 Dinners with wine DW • 1 Highlight Dinner HD • 1 Farewell Dinner FD

Day 1: Welcome to Palm Cove

This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner overlooking the stunning, waters of the Coral Sea. Dine on award-winning modern Australian cuisine at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant. Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights. DW

Day 2: Daintree & Culture

Today, enjoy an exclusive journey to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Your Aboriginal guide will share insights into the relationship between the local Kuku Yalanji people and their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and medicine, and traditional hunting techniques. Enjoy lunch in a tranquil rainforest setting. B L

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef

Discover the magic of the Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef today on a cruise to three secluded outer-reef dive sites, on the Quicksilver Silver Series catamaran. Spectacular coral formations and an underwater world of unique marine creatures await you beneath the turquoise waters. Snorkel through coral gardens or bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board your air-conditioned vessel before returning to Palm Cove. B L

Day 4: Cairns – Alice Springs

Fly today from tropical Cairns to remote Alice Springs. Visit the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service. An exceptional Be My Guest dining experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink and take some time to explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. B BG

Day 5: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

Travel off the beaten track later today to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek-bed of spectacular Kings Canyon, and gaze up at the sheer red rock walls that tower above you. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Room. B L DW

Day 6: Kings Canyon – Ayers Rock

This morning at sunrise you have the opportunity to take the iconic 6 kilometer Rim Walk around magnificent Kings Canyon. Highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’ and Cotterill’s Lookout, for spectacular


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views across the plains. Travel on to vast Curtain Springs Station, where you can join a unique paper-making workshop, then sit down and chat to the locals over a barbecue lunch. This afternoon you’ll enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness the truly spectacular Uluru sunset. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B L

Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Venture to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to gain an insight into the history and culture of the Anangu, the traditional owners of this land. Then, walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the creek bed between two of the largest domes. This afternoon, explore the base of Uluru. Afterwards, meet the magical stars of the Southern Hemisphere this evening at the sensational Sounds of Silence Dinner. B HD

Day 8: Ayers Rock – Sydney

Rise with the creatures of the desert to view the soul-stirring sunrise over Uluru. Afterwards, fly from Ayers Rock in the Red Centre to cosmopolitan Sydney. Easing back into city life upon your arrival in Sydney, your Travel Director will be able to give you hints on the best places to eat this evening. Hotel: The Langham, Sydney. B

Day 9: Sydney – Blue Mountains

Today you’ll explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, a pristine environment extending over a million acres. See the soaring Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point, and spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then, traveling off the well-worn track, you’ll discover secluded lookouts and enjoy peaceful short bushwalks. Journey on this afternoon through spectacular landscapes to your hotel, where there’ll be time to relax before dinner, a delicious meal designed around produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers.

Hotel: Parklands Country Garden and Lodges, Blackheath. B DW

Day 10: Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley

Good food, great wine and beautiful scenery await you today in the renowned Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Experience exclusive private winetastings at boutique vineyards, and sit down to an exceptional lunch before returning to your country retreat for an afternoon at leisure. Hotel: Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley. B L DW

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Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney

Take to stunning Sydney Harbour this afternoon aboard an authentic America’s Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the architectural marvel of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and the many secluded coves surrounded by multi-milliondollar waterfront homes. After an unforgettable day, this evening is free for you to dine at your leisure. Hotel: The Langham, Sydney, 2 nights. B

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Day 12: Sydney

Today, explore the cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Visit the Eastern Suburbs, for a stroll along the coastal walk for magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. Later, join a VIP guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a Farewell Dinner at chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant under the billowing sails of the Opera House. B FD

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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DINING

12 Full buffet breakfasts B 5 Lunches L 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

4 Dinners with wine DW 1 Highlight Dinner HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport  Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Cairns to Alice Springs: QF1949 Day 8 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: JQ661


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The Twelve Apostles

Victoria’s Hidden Gems

NEW VACATION

7 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE RETURN  |  IJVIC

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • The eclectic village of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground

Explore • Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades • Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula

Discover the secrets of Victoria’s charm on this eclectic sojourn. In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops and unique cottage industries. Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the spectacular Grampians, and take one of Australia’s iconic road trips on the Great Ocean Road, while staying in boutique accommodations and indulging your taste buds with gourmet cuisine on the way.

Learn/Do • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last colored woollen spinning mill in Australia • Call in at the high-tech Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the Grampians • Browse Torquay’s Australian Surfing Museum

Relax • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne there’s free time to relax or explore. This evening meet your Travel Director at your hotel for a Welcome Reception before departing for a magical evening aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. DW

Day 2: Melbourne – Daylesford

• 4 Dinners with wine DW

After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, explore Melbourne’s vibrant walkways and arcades with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. You’re free at lunchtime, then we’re bound for the eclectic village of Daylesford, notable not only for its mineral spring baths, but antique shops, bazaars and various cottage industries. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing mineral spa at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which has been welcoming visitors since 1895. Tonight you’ll stay at the beautifully appointed Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Dinner this evening is at an award-winning restaurant, The Argus, in Hepburn Springs. Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford. B DW

• 1 Highlight Dinner HD

Day 3: Daylesford – Dunkeld

• The Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

Taste • Enjoy a magical dining experience aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Enjoy a Highlight Dinner & Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill • Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in the Grampians • Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch & wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery • Morning tea at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm • 6 Full buffet breakfasts B • 1 Be my Guest lunch  BG

• 1 Farewell Lunch FL

After breakfast, why not visit

beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens overlooking Daylesford town for a lovely morning stroll, or take the ‘Peace Mile’ Walk around Lake Daylesford. After exploring, you’ll head to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender and olive plots, set amongst stone farm buildings dating back to 1850 and friendly farm animals. Next stop, we visit the familyowned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining colored woollen spinning mill in Australia. In a private tour, learn how luxurious natural fibers are processed into designer garments. A little way down the road is the historic town of Clunes. Step back in time and wander along the main street where you’re free to grab a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or at the country pub, the National Hotel. Because of its historic main street façade, the town has been the setting for well-known films including Heath Ledger’s Ned Kelly, Mad Max 1 and the 1950s classic On the Beach. On our way to Dunkeld, we’ll visit The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. Using the latest digital technology coupled with historic iconic objects, visitors can immerse themselves in a sensory experience on the birth of Australian democracy. Located at the base of the Grampian


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Mountains, enjoy dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld. B DW

Day 4: Dunkeld – Warrnambool

This morning you might like to sleep in and enjoy leisurely breakfast. Or for the early riser, join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through their kitchen garden, which supplies most of the hotel’s produce. Set on just over an acre, it’s Australia’s largest and most productive organic kitchen garden. We’ll head to the top of the Grampians today at Halls Gap for a Welcome to Country ceremony by the local indigenous people at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. The traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari, will teach you how to throw a boomerang and then gather local bush tucker for you to taste. See spectacular natural rock formations, waterfalls and panoramic views over the Grampian Mountain range. Then we head down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. Tonight it’s a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll not only learn about the region’s maritime history, but will experience it! Hotel: Deep Blue Spa & Resort, Warrnambool. B HD

Day 5: Warrnambool – Lorne

Our departure today will be leisurely, so why not take advantage of the resort’s spa and massage services? Be sure to have your camera ready as we take one of Australia’s most iconic road trips along the Great Ocean Road. We’ll visit all the must-see sights and stop at vantage points along the way, including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles. There will be some free time for you to grab a bite for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell and for the adventurous, perhaps a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles may appeal (own expense). Stretch your legs this afternoon

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in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon. Enjoy a free night to dine wherever you wish among the beachfront restaurants. Hotel: Cumberland Resort, Lorne. B

Day 6: Lorne – Mornington Peninsula

We continue this morning along the last leg of the Great Ocean Road, passing stunning coastline until we arrive in the town of Torquay. It’s a mecca for Australian surf life, so it’s only fitting that we visit the Australian Surfing Museum, for a guided tour to learn of the culture and much-loved pastime as we leave the Great Ocean Road behind. Then onwards to the Bellarine Peninsula a wine-growing region where we’ll indulge our taste buds in a Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery. A vehicle ferry will then take us from Queenscliff to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Here we’ll visit the Green Olive farm for some hands-on experience with assistance from the farmers, enjoying a taste of farm life and fresh produce with a local guide before heading to our accommodations. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant at your hotel. Hotel: Lindenderry at Red Hill. B BG DW

Day 7: Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne

This morning after breakfast we head back towards Melbourne and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG, affectionately referred to by locals as the ‘G’. Explore its inner sanctum, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play with your guide. Your Inspiring Journey is now coming to an end. Enjoy a Farewell Lunch with your fellow travel companions where you can look back on the past week and raise a glass or two to the wonderful memories and great friends that have been made. B FL

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport  Day 7 – flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Gunlom Falls

Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets 5 DAYS  |  DARWIN RETURN  |  MNDD

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park • Litchfield National Park’s many wonderful waterfalls • Cruise the Mary River on a safari cruise

Explore • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is one of the most spiritual environments on our planet. Its immense gorges and crystal-clear rock pools will leave you with indelible images of a unique journey. Cruising its vast, bird-rich wetlands and witnessing the mystery of its ancient rock-art, you’ll be transported to another place and time. At the end of exhilarating days of discovery, relax in safari-style accommodations at Nitmiluk and Mary River, enjoying first-class cuisine in pristine natural settings.

• Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track • Immerse yourself in WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery

As this journey departs early morning from Mantra on the Esplanade in Darwin, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

comfort and chic in the midst of a stunning landscape. Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River. L DW

• Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

Day 1: Darwin – Mary River

Wake this morning to a chorus of native birds on the floodplains. Later, at Corroboree Billabong, a wildlife cruise on a safari-style boat reveals a pristine environment, a myriad of bird species including thousands of magpie geese, and the promise of glimpses of estuarine crocodiles. Travel on to iconic Kakadu National Park. Australia’s largest, it is also World Heritage-listed as both a cultural and natural sanctuary. Settle into your hotel, with its unique exterior design reminiscent of the shape of a crocodile, and relax and unwind or take a dip the shaded outdoor pool.

Learn/Do

• Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience

Relax • Swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu • Stay in luxury accommodations at Cicada Lodge for 2 nights • Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge • Cool off with a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls

Taste • Enjoy picnic lunches in secluded locations off the beaten track • Experience a 3 course dinner cruise on peaceful Katherine Gorge • 4 Full buffet breakfasts B • 5 lunches L • 1 Highlight Dinner HD • 3 Dinners with wine DW

This morning, meet your Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the vibrant Top End. Cross the barramundi-rich Finniss River and enter magnificent Litchfield National Park, where stunning waterfalls cascade into crystal-clear pools, soaring magnetic termite mounds rise out of the red soil, and tropical monsoon forests thrive in ancient gorges. The Park is a haven for hundreds of native bird species and the plateau supports a rich range of woodland flora. Enjoy a swim in the clear waters of the pool at the base of tumbling Florence Falls, and visit Wangi Falls to hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. This afternoon, embark on a rugged cross-country adventure traveling via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible). You’ll travel through vast cattle stations and sparsely-inhabited backcountry to your accommodations at Wildman Wilderness Lodge in The Mary River Wetlands. Your private permanent safari tent ensures

Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu

Then join your Driver Guide for a late-afternoon walk at Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s most renowned Aboriginal rock art sites. At the Main Gallery you’ll see representations of the many animals the local Indigenous people hunted. Animals were painted to pay respect to them for giving their lives, to ensure future hunting success, or to illustrate a noteworthy catch. A painting of a thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, which has been extinct in the area for over 2000 years, attests to the antiquity of the paintings. Take a walk


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to the fantastic vantage point of Nadab Lookout, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments, and witness a remarkable Ubirr sunset. Hotel: Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel, Jabiru. B L DW

Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

If you’re an early riser there’s the chance today to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and remote Arnhem Land. Then visit Nourlangie, also known as Burrungui, another of Kakadu’s premier rock art sites, with your Driver Guide providing a detailed interpretation of the superb ochre paintings and the rich Aboriginal culture they depict. Later you’ll venture off the sealed road and hit the gravel for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. Take your time to hike to the top of the falls for a splash in a crystal-clear natural plunge pool. It’s a moderately strenuous climb, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch, then continue to Nitmiluk National Park, the home of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. The Gorge comprises a system of 13 immense gorges carved over the millennia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region. Indulge yourself in five-star luxury for two nights at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architectdesigned eco-lodge where each room has a private balcony that offers views out across the landscape. Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 4: Katherine

Today meet renowned Indigenous artist Manuel Pamkal, who was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share

stories of growing up in the bush and teach you about the fine art of rarrk (crosshatch) painting using a special brush made from a reed. Guided by Manuel, you can create your own rarrk painting to take home with you. In the early evening, cruise the Katherine River as it winds through spectacular gorges, the cliff-faces changing colour with the setting sun. Spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people from a professional guide. Enjoy a candle-lit threecourse Highlight Dinner cooked on board your vessel. B L HD

Day 5: Katherine – Darwin

Enjoy some time to yourself this morning in this glorious environment. Relax in the privacy of your tastefully-furnished room, or rise early to experience the mystical early-morning light. Later travel north along the Stuart Highway, stopping at Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and pools, for a refreshing dip. Continue to Adelaide River, the headquarters of a large military base during WWII and the site of a well-tended War Cemetery created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes this evening on your arrival in Darwin, at Mantra on the Esplanade. B L

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Start End Apr 28 May 02 May 05 May 09 May 19 May 23 Jun 09 Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jun 30 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 25 Jul 28 Aug 01 Aug 11 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 25 Aug 29 Sep 08 Sep 12 Sep 22 Sep 26

Visit aatkings.com/mndd for additional departure dates. *Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $285pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $145pp

DINING

4 Full buffet breakfasts B 5 Lunches L

1 Highlight Dinner HD 3 Dinners with wine DW

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport  Day 5 – flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Outback Australia: The Colour of Red 5 DAYS  |  AYERS ROCK TO ALICE SPRINGS  |  CRUA/CRAU 

HIGHLIGHTS Discover • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in the Red Centre • Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve • Wander into Simpsons Gap

Explore • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta • Fascinating Standley Chasm

Learn/Do • Hike through Walpa Gorge • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru • Learn about Uluru’s sacred sights • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views • Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Relax • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise

Taste • Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs • 4 Full buffet breakfasts B • 3 lunches L • 1 Be my Guest dinner  BG • 2 Dinners with wine DW • 1 Highlight Dinner HD

Both the iconic sights and the hidden treasures of Australia’s legendary Red Centre are revealed on this enthralling journey through never-ending red plains and sprawling cattle-stations. From world-renowned Uluru and Kata Tjuta to a little-known site where an immense meteorite struck the Earth more than 5000 years ago, each day will provide genuine opportunities to experience the life, culture and traditions of the Outback. Day 1: Welcome to Ayers Rock

Your inspiring Outback journey begins this afternoon when you meet your Driver Guide and take the short drive to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. The Park is the setting for the majestic sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) formation. The Traditional Owners of this land, the Anangu, have lived in the region for tens of thousands of years and have a deep connection with the land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa: the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors. First stop is Kata Tjuta, where you’ll walk amidst the sheer rock-walls of Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the largest domes. This evening return to Uluru to see the sun set over the western horizon and witness the remarkable light that floods the monolith, changing it from red to vibrant orange and finally deep purple. Later, get to know your traveling companions over a relaxed meal at Ilkari Restaurant. Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. DW

Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon Your day begins with an iconic sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta at the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. Move closer

to Uluru this morning and explore the base of the rock. Several rock shelters house Anangu paintings dating back thousands of years. Your guide will explain their significance and relate timeless stories of the land. Visit beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole, once a vital water source for the local inhabitants, before traveling on to remote Curtin Springs Station. Tour the property’s boutique papermaking facility, and discover the processes involved in its production. Chat with one of the locals over a barbecue lunch, and learn about life on the million-acre cattle property that’s been home to the Severin family since 1956. After lunch, follow the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and view Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia. Pause briefly at Kings Creek Station, established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway and now Australia’s largest exporter of wild camels. Continue to nearby King’s Canyon Resort, where you can relax and unwind before enjoying a unique evening dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the silent wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). Enjoy canapés and a glass of sparkling wine followed by a delicious four-course meal incorporating fresh produce and unique ingredients


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Simpsons Gap

Angkerle (Standley Chasm) Kings Canyon

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Henbury Meteorites person twin From $2225 per share land only

DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures

l Start l End l Overnight stays l

Sightseeing stops

CRUA: Ayers Rock to Alice Springs $2225 $2295 Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Single*

Single*

$2780 2018

native to the Australian Outback. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B L HD

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Kings Canyon is a deep, narrow valley cut into the Earth over millennia by running water. Its ancient red rock walls soar 100 meters above Kings Creek to a plateau of rocky domes. Wake early this morning to explore the spectacular Canyon at sunrise, the best time for observing the changing colors of the landscape. The 6-kilometer Canyon Rim Walk, considered one of the best and most varied walks in central Australia, begins with a strenuous climb but soon evens out once you reach the rim. As you follow the path, you’ll find yourself among the weathered sandstone domes known as The Lost City. There’s also an opportunity to descend into The Garden of Eden, a lush, sheltered valley with a permanent waterhole. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls. Travel off the beaten track later today to the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. Here, nearly 5,000 years ago, a dozen fascinating craters were formed when a meteor struck the Earth’s surface with immense force. Explore the craters, the largest of which measures 15 meters in depth, before driving on to Alice Springs, where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges

The town of Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, is located at a gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. After breakfast this morning, travel the short distance to the West MacDonnell Ranges, an ideal location to experience the geology, flora and fauna of this unique region.

Visit Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). This formation was created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone walls of the Chasm contrasting dramatically with the carpet of lush green ferns and towering gum trees on the valley floor. Before you leave, there’ll be time to take a cooling swim in Ellery Creek Big Hole. Returning to Alice Springs, you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility has provided emergency medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia since 1928. An exceptional Be My Guest dining experience in a natural bush setting awaits you this evening. Enjoy a drink, explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host cooks a delicious 3-course meal in a bush oven. Dine under the Milky Way as he shares his knowledge of traditional Indigenous bush foods and stories of the land. B L BG

Day 5: Farewell from Alice Springs

At School of the Air this morning learn how children living in an area extending over 1.3 million square kilometers receive education via radio and internet. You’ll also visit the Overland Telegraph Station. One of the great engineering feats of 19th-century Australia, it allowed communication between the Outback and the rest of the world. Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

FLIGHT INFORMATION CRUA: Ayers Rock to Alice Springs

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Ayers Rock Airport  Day 5 – flights to depart after 12.30pm from Alice Spring Airport

CRAU: Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Alice Springs Airport  Day 5 – flights to depart after 1.00pm from Ayers Rock Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price

Start End Apr 17 Apr 21 May 01 May 05 May 15 May 19 May 29 Jun 02 Jun 12 Jun 16 Jun 26 Jun 30

$2855 2019

Start End Apr 16 Apr 20 Apr 30 May 04 May 14 May 18 May 28 Jun 01 Jun 11 Jun 15 Jun 25 Jun 29

$2325

$2425

$2955

$3065

Jul 10 Jul 14 Jul 24 Jul 28 Aug 07 Aug 11 Aug 21 Aug 25 Sep 04 Sep 08 Sep 18 Sep 22 Oct 02 Oct 06

Jul 09 Jul 13 Jul 23 Jul 27 Aug 06 Aug 10 Aug 20 Aug 24 Sep 03 Sep 07 Sep 17 Sep 21 Oct 01 Oct 05

Per Person Twin Share Single*

Per Person Twin Share Single*

CRAU: Alice Springs to Ayers Rock $2225 $2295 Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

Single*

Single*

$2780 2018

Start End May 11 May 15 Jun 08 Jun 12 Jun 22 Jun 26

$2855 2019

Start End May 10 May 14 Jun 07 Jun 11 Jun 21 Jun 25

$2325

$2425

$2955

$3065

Per Person Twin Share Single* Jul 06 Jul 10 Aug 03 Aug 07 Aug 17 Aug 21

Per Person Twin Share Single* Jul 05 Jul 09 Aug 02 Aug 06 Aug 16 Aug 20

Visit aatkings.com/crua or crau for additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Code: CRAU). *Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $245pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $125pp

DINING

4 Full buffet breakfasts B 3 Lunches L 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

2 Dinners with wine DW 1 Highlight Dinner HD


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Guided Vacations 6-22 day fully-guided experiences

AAT Kings Guided Vacations let you fully explore a destination and immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Guided Vacations feature quality hotels, with porterage included. All breakfasts are included, plus up to half of your dinners, using quality local produce. ‘Welcome Receptions’ ensure your vacation starts off on a good note, with a casual introduction to your fellow travelers. ‘Farewell Dinners’ at the end of your vacation gives you the chance to relive your journey highlights and celebrate. It’s also a chance to exchange contact details, as many people make lifelong friends on an AAT Kings vacation. There are 2 styles of Guided Vacation.


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FIRST CHOICE

Sightseeing Discover the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Be blown away by the mesmerizing beauty and depth of culture of these stunning places.

Included Choice AAT Kings offers Included Choice options on selected First Choice Guided Vacations. At certain destinations, just choose an experience and your Travel Director will tailor your itinerary at no extra cost. Look for this symbol on itinerary pages for Included Choice options.

Dining Your ‘First Choice’ Guided Vacations include special dining occasions like our ‘Highlight Dinners’ and ‘Be My Guest’ local dining experiences. Encounters that capture the essence of a place through its history, its locals and its unique cuisine.

Accommodations On a First Choice vacation, we have selected premium hotels that are in great locations, with great views and offer great service. We stay in standout properties like Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Crowne Plaza Melbourne and Millennium Hotel Queenstown, to name a few.

BEST BUYS

Sightseeing Our Best Buys itineraries offer great value without compromising on visiting the must-see destinations and experiences available in Australia and New Zealand. Best Buys itineraries allow for more free time so you can relax and explore at your own pace.

Accommodations We have selected accommodations that are comfortable and provide easy access to city centres. We stay in properties like the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef, Beachcomber Picton and Esplanade Hotel by Rydges Fremantle.


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Mt. Cook

Highlights of Australia & New Zealand 22 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO CHRISTCHURCH  |  IMZB 

HIGHLIGHTS • Discover Melbourne’s colorful hidden laneways and arcades • Enjoy an Aussie BBQ at Earth Sanctuary • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Discover rock art at Uluru • Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Create your own dot painting • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm • Immerse yourself in rich Maori food, arts & culture • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

A perfect mix of modern cities and ancient landscapes characterizes this epic journey across two nations. Gems like the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and breathtaking Milford Sound complement a world of ancient Aboriginal tradition in Australia’s Red Centre and vivid Maori culture in Rotorua. From tropical Cairns to the towering mountain peaks of the Land of the Long White Cloud, you’ll be amazed at every turn. Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Get to know your Travel Director this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. DW

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. B

Day 3: Melbourne Free Time

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional trip along the renowned Great Ocean Road. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning, and visit the School of the Air and the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a Be My Guest homecooked gourmet BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort. B BG

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Travel through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges to Ayers Rock. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind Uluru (Ayers Rock). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and see ancient rock art. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and help you paint your own artwork. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns. Hotel: Hilton Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in vibrant tropical Cairns. B

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. Dine tonight at a restaurant on the waterfront. B L DW


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Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Cairns 3 l

Alice Springs

Uluru

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Kata Tjuta

Waitomo Caves l 1 Rotorua l

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Melbourne

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FIRST CHOICE person twin From $6795 per share land only

DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures

$7150

$7425

$2620

$2670

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start End Jan 07 Jan 28 Jan 14 Feb 04 Jan 28 Feb 18 Feb 04 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 04 Feb 18 Mar 11 Feb 25 Mar 18 Mar 04 Mar 25 Mar 11 Apr 01 Mar 18 Apr 08 Mar 25 Apr 15

$7275

This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure. Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 3 nights. B

Day 11: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, and spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure. B L

Day 12: Sydney Free Time

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. And then celebrate your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director at a waterfront restaurant. B DW

Day 13: Sydney – Auckland

Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. Meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Auckland, 2 nights. B DW

Day 14: Auckland

A morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by free time to relax or explore. B

Day 15: Auckland – Rotorua

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm (from 01 April 2018). This evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG HD

Day 16: Rotorua – Christchurch Discover native flora and fauna at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, before continuing to Te Puia, where a Maori guide will lead you through a geothermal wonderland. Later board your flight to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B

Day 17: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Take an unforgettable journey through the spectacular Southern Alps on the legendary TranzAlpine train. Stop at Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade), then travel on to Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

Day 18: Franz Josef – Queenstown Enjoy delicious stone fruit at Cromwell and then visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the restored, historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW

Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise

Drive along the shores of turquoise Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, then through the temperate rainforest of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest before you return to Queenstown this afternoon. B L

Day 20: Queenstown Free Time

Relax and explore in Queenstown today, or you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. B

Day 21: Queenstown – Christchurch

Visit Lake Tekapo , stopping at the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. Later you’ll be welcomed to picturesque Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 600-acre garden. Join your Travel Director in Christchurch this evening for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B BG FD

Day 22: Depart Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

Single Supplement Option

2019

Start End Jan 06 Jan 26 Jan 13 Feb 02 Jan 20 Feb 09 Jan 27 Feb 16 Feb 03 Feb 23 Feb 10 Mar 02 Feb 17 Mar 09 Feb 24 Mar 16 Mar 03 Mar 23 Mar 10 Mar 30 Mar 17 Apr 06 Mar 24 Apr 13

Per Person Twin Share

$7650

Single Supplement Option

$2565

Apr 01 Apr 22

Apr 14 May 04

$2620 $6795

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

Per Person Twin Share

Per Person Twin Share

$2540

Single Supplement Option

Jun 03 Jun 24

$7195

Per Person Twin Share

$2540

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

$7500

Per Person Twin Share

$2510

Single Supplement Option

Jun 02 Jun 22 Jun 30 Jul 20 Sep 01 Sep 21 Sep 15 Oct 05 Sep 29 Oct 19

Single Supplement Option

$7900

Sep 02 Sep 23 Sep 16 Oct 07 Sep 30 Oct 20

$2625

$7350

Per Person Twin Share

$2670

Single Supplement Option

Oct 14 Nov 03 Nov 04 Nov 24 Nov 11 Dec 01 Nov 18 Dec 08 Nov 25 Dec 15 Dec 16 Jan 05

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

Oct 13 Nov 02 Nov 03 Nov 23 Nov 10 Nov 30 Nov 17 Dec 07 Nov 24 Dec 14 Dec 15 Jan 04

Visit aatkings.com/imzb for additional departure dates. Note: Departures between 01/01/18 to 31/03/18 operate as per the 2017/18 brochure. Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18. From 30/09/18 this itinerary changes to 21 days and ends in Queenstown.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $790pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $395pp Young traveller discount Save up to $790pp Triple share Save up to $395pp

DINING

21 Full buffet breakfasts B 3 Lunches L 2 Be My Guest lunches BG 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

6 Dinners with wine DW 1 Highlight Dinner HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport  Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Melbourne to Alice Springs: QF796 Day 7 – Ayers Rock to Cairns: QF1854 Day 10 – Cairns to Sydney: QF925 Day 13 – Sydney to Auckland: QF143 Day 16 – Rotorua to Christchurch: NZ5785/5787


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Bondi Beach

Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 18 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO CHRISTCHURCH  |  QCANA

HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a special Be My Guest experience at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park • Indulge in lunch & learn about Aussie surf culture at Bondi Beach • Venture inside the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour • Toast the sunset on a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room • Discover native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures • Snorkel & cruise on the Great Barrier Reef • Discover Melbourne’s colorful hidden laneways • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise • View Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a jade factory • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts & culture with the Tamaki family over dinner • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

On this grand, wide-ranging journey, you’ll explore the two diverse and fascinating nations that lie on the shores of the Tasman Sea. Vastly different in size, and each offering unique landscapes and experiences, Australia and New Zealand share a well-earned reputation for warm hospitality and great cuisine. Discover the Great Barrier Reef and stunning Milford Sound, kiwis and crocodiles, and the exciting cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Auckland and Queenstown. . Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. DW

Day 2: Melbourne Sights

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure. B

Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns

Depart Melbourne by air this morning for Cairns, where you’ll join a local expert for a wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a cruise where you’re sure to encounter koalas, wallabies and crocodiles. Hotel: Pacific Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. B L

Day 5: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to pursue your own

interests in this vibrant tropical city, or you may choose to visit Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest’. This evening be prepared for a special Be My Guest dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime, witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group and enjoy dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo. B BG

Day 6: Cairns – Sydney

This morning you’ll fly to Sydney, where you’ll have time to relax or explore before boarding before boarding a Captain Cook vessel for a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Glide past magnificent waterfront homes, and of course the legendary Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Hotel: Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room), 3 nights. B HD

Day 7: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House then head to Bondi Beach for lunch at an Australian institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club. Your host, a local surf lifesaver, will lead you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest lifesaving club. Your afternoon is free for exploring or shopping, enjoying an optional excursion, or maybe just taking a stroll along the harbor front. B L


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Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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Auckland l 2 Waitomo Caves l 1 Rotorua l

Sydney l 3

Melbourne

2 l

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika l l TranzAlpine Train Franz Josef Glacier l 1 l l 1l 1 Christchurch l Queenstown Lake 3 Tekapo Morelea Farm Milford Sound l l

FIRST CHOICE person twin From $5675 per share land only

DEPARTURES & PRICES All dates are Definite Departures

$5975

$6175

$2205

$2215

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2018

Start End Jan 04 Jan 21 Jan 25 Feb 11 Feb 08 Feb 25

$5995

Per Person Twin Share

l Start l End l Overnight stays l

Sightseeing stops

$2140

Single Supplement Option

Apr 05 Apr 22 May 17 Jun 03

$5675

Per Person Twin Share

$2080

Single Supplement Option

Jun 07 Jun 24 Jul 05 Jul 22 Aug 16 Sep 02

Day 8: Sydney Free Time

Spend today as you please. Perhaps see the famous Three Sisters rock formation in the majestic Blue Mountains just outside the city or visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner in a restaurant on the waterfront. B DW

Day 9: Sydney – Auckland

Fly across the Tasman Sea this morning to the island nation of New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Auckland, 2 nights. B DW

Day 10: Auckland

A morning city sightseeing tour and cruise on Waitemata Harbour is followed by free time. B

Day 11: Auckland – Rotorua

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous countrystyle lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm (from 01 April 2018). This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG HD

Day 12: Rotorua – Christchurch

Discover native flora and fauna today at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, before continuing to Te Puia, where a Maori guide will lead you through a geothermal wonderland. Later, board your flight to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B

Day 13: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Journey through the spectacular Southern Alps today on the legendary TranzAlpine train. Stop at Hokitika, known for its beautiful greenstone (jade), then travel on to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

Day 14: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the epic Haast Pass today, past thundering waterfalls and ice-blue lakes. Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown for a tour of the city. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the restored, historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW

Day 15: Milford Sound Cruise

Travel the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu this morning to Te Anau, then through the dense rainforest of Fiordland National Park. Traverse the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel for views of the Mirror Lakes, the Cleddau Valley and The Chasm, and continue to glorious Milford Sound, judged by many as the world’s top travel destination. Cruise among sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest before you return to Queenstown this afternoon. B L

Day 16: Queenstown Free Time

Relax and explore in Queenstown today, or you may like to consider taking one of our optional activities. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat or join a wine tour. This evening, perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. B

Day 17: Queenstown – Christchurch

Visit Lake Tekapo today, stopping at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, be welcomed to Morelea Farm by your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for lunch in their 600-acre garden. Join your Travel Director in Christchurch this evening for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B BG FD

Day 18: Depart Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

$5925

Per Person Twin Share

$2080

Single Supplement Option

Sep 06 Sep 23 Sep 20 Oct 07

$6075

Per Person Twin Share

$2215

Single Supplement Option

Oct 04 Oct 20 Oct 18 Nov 03 Nov 15 Dec 01 Nov 29 Dec 15 Dec 13 Dec 29 Dec 20 Jan 05 Dec 27 Jan 12

Per Person Twin Share Single Supplement Option

2019

Start End Jan 03 Jan 19 Jan 17 Feb 02 Jan 24 Feb 09 Feb 07 Feb 23 Feb 21 Mar 09 Feb 28 Mar 16 Mar 14 Mar 30 Mar 21 Apr 06

$6260

Per Person Twin Share

$2075

Single Supplement Option

Apr 04 Apr 20 Apr 18 May 04 May 16 Jun 01

$6110

Per Person Twin Share

$2020

Single Supplement Option

Jun 06 Jun 22 Jul 04 Jul 20 Aug 15 Aug 31 Sep 05 Sep 21 Sep 19 Oct 05

$6510

Per Person Twin Share

$2135

Single Supplement Option

Oct 03 Oct 19 Oct 17 Nov 02 Oct 31 Nov 23 Nov 14 Nov 30 Nov 28 Dec 14 Dec 19 Jan 04 Dec 26 Jan 11

Visit aatkings.com/qcana for additional departure dates and for the itinerary from Melbourne to Sydney (Code: ACANA). Note: Departures between 01/01/18 to 31/03/18 operate as per the 2017/18 brochure. Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18. From 01/10/18 this itinerary changes to 17 days and ends in Queenstown.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $650pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $325pp Young traveller discount Save up to $650pp Triple share Save up to $325pp

DINING

17 Full buffet breakfasts B 3 Lunches L 2 Be My Guest lunches BG 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

5 Dinners with wine DW 2 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport  Day 18 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 3 – Melbourne to Cairns: QF702 Day 6 – Cairns to Sydney: JQ957 Day 9 – Sydney to Auckland: QF143 Day 12 – Rotorua to Christchurch: NZ5785/5787


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Queenstown

Discover Australia & New Zealand 15 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO CHRISTCHURCH  |  CANZQ

HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a special Be My Guest experience at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park • A day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef • Enjoy sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru • Exclusive barbecue dinner in the shadow of Uluru

Embark on a leisurely adventure ablaze with colour. Discover the colorful coral and tropical fish of the Great Barrier Reef, the vivid red hues of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the luminously lit Glowworm Grotto to snow-white Aboriginal markings and the jet-black Ta Moko of the Maoris. Meander past ancient totems, modern icons and breathtaking natural wonders, enjoying a bit of ‘fair dinkum’ fun along the way.

• Paint you own piece of Aboriginal art • Tour the Sydney Opera House • Spend time on Bondi Beach

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

• Visit a geothermal valley in Rotorua

Your leisurely vacation starts in Far North Queensland in tropical Cairns. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Hotel: Pacific Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. BG

• See a New Zealand icon, the kiwi

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

• Enjoy lunch on a Sydney Harbour cruise • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Learn about Maori culture at a Be My Guest Hangi and concert

• 2 free days to explore Queenstown • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

This morning board a sleek high speed catamaran and cruise out to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. B L

domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in the outback sunset with sparkling wine. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 5: Uluru

View the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the base of Uluru. This evening relax with canapés and sparkling wine as you watch an Uluru sunset. Afterwards, enjoy our awardwinning Uluru Barbecue Dinner. After dinner, gaze at the southern night sky with a local expert. B DW

Day 6: Uluru – Sydney

Today is all yours to relax or explore. Maybe take an optional experience to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife including koalas, tropical birds and reptiles, or travel to the Daintree rainforest. B

Join a local Aboriginal artist for introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain their totems, then help you complete your own painting to take home as a memento. This afternoon you will fly to Sydney. Your evening is free to explore. Your Travel Director can point you in the direction of some restaurants nearby your hotel. Hotel: Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room), Sydney, 3 nights. B

Day 4: Cairns – Uluru

Day 7: Sydney

Day 3: Cairns at Leisure

Today, fly from Cairns to Ayers Rock. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Admire the view of the

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbor city awaits. Join a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House to take a sneak peek behind the


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$4975 scenes before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Later, take to the water for a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise. Enjoy a fresh seasonal menu while you sail around the glistening harbor. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbor attractions. Then spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This evening, why not experience a performance under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House. B L

Day 8: Sydney Free Time

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an optional experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. See the Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. If you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a thrilling ‘BridgeClimb’. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner on the waterfront. B DW

Day 9: Sydney – Auckland

Say goodbye to Australia as we fly to the city of Auckland in New Zealand. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Auckland. B DW

Day 10: Auckland – Rotorua

Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see a galaxy of twinkling glowworms. This evening experience the heart-pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial Maori welcome. Journey into the village for an insight into life in New Zealand prior to the arrival of European settlers. At your Be My Guest dinner feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth. Hotel: Millennium, Rotorua, 2 nights. B BG

Day 11: Rotorua

A Maori Specialist will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa

Living Thermal Village. See New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour where you may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life. B

Day 12: Rotorua – Queenstown

This morning you’ll fly to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before an orientation of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Hotel: Millennium, Queenstown, 3 nights. B

Day 13: Queenstown Free Time A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Why not take an optional experience through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound? B

Day 14: Queenstown Freetime

Today you may like to relax or consider taking another of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, or explore Queenstown on your own. This evening join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive dinner with wine. B FD

Day 15: Depart Queenstown

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $540pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $270pp Young traveller discount Save up to $540pp Triple share Save up to $270pp

DINING

14 Full buffet breakfasts B 2 Lunches L 2 Be My Guest dinners BG

3 Dinners with wine DW 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport  Day 14 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Cairns to Ayers Rock: QF1851 Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: JQ661 Day 9 – Sydney to Auckland: QF143 Day 12 – Rotorua to Queenstown: NZ8150/621


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Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Australian Highlights 13 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY  |  IMSE

HIGHLIGHTS • Indulge in a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneways & arcades • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover Aboriginal rock art & learn about sacred sites at Uluru • Explore Kata Tjuta & hike through Walpa Gorge • Interact with local Aboriginal artists & create your own dot painting masterpiece • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Revealing sprawling red desert landscapes, turquoise tropical waters and buzzy cosmopolitan cities, this diverse journey is one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s lively cobblestoned laneways, share a gourmet barbecue with a local family in Alice Springs, and feel the heartbeat of the ancient Red Centre. Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and cruising on Sydney’s spectacular harbor are more of the iconic experiences you’ll enjoy. Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Elegant décor and silver-service dining as you glide through city streets in a vintage W-class tram makes for a memorable introduction to Melbourne, frequently judged one of the world’s most liveable cities. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. DW

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You might like to take an optional trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade, or simply relax, explore the galleries, or experience some of the city’s celebrated eateries. B

Day 3: Melbourne Free Time

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional journey along the renowned Great Ocean Road to discover a stunning coastline and the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles. In the evening, you might

like to take in a production at one of Melbourne’s renowned theatres. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning and visit the unique School of the Air to learn how this school-witha-difference delivers education to children living in remote outback areas. Pause at the headquarters of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service, renowned for providing a ‘mantle of safety’ in the Outback for almost a century. This evening, join the Falzon family for a homecooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort. B BG

Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru

Travel through the red quartzite peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges today, then spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying your resort’s facilities. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind the massive sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

This morning, witness the magical


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Day 7: Uluru – Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon, board your flight to Cairns. A tropical city in Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Hotel: Hilton Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. You may choose to gain some insights into Indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest’ on the historic scenic railway. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. B

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your traveling companions for a

This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure. Our Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll around this famous harbor city. Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 3 nights. B

Day 11: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide this morning before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, then spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, you may choose the option of attending an opera or theatre production under the world-famous sails of the Sydney Opera House. B L

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Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art to be found there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta. B

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Visit aatkings.com/imse for additional departure dates. Note: Departures between 01/01/18 to 31/03/18 operate as per the 2017/18 brochure. Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.

Day 12: Sydney Free Time

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. The energetic might tackle the iconic Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, or perhaps you’d prefer to take an excursion to the majestic Blue Mountains just outside the city. Spend your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water. B FD

Day 13: Farewell Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $450pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $240pp Young traveller discount Save up to $460pp Triple share Save up to $230pp

DINING

12 Full buffet breakfasts B 2 Lunches L 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

2 Dinners with wine DW 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport  Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Melbourne to Alice Springs: QF796 Day 7 – Ayers Rock to Cairns: QF1854 Day 10 – Cairns to Sydney: OF925


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Wilpena Pound

Outback Adventure 15/11 DAYS  |  ADELAIDE TO DARWIN  |  NAAD/NUAD 

HIGHLIGHTS • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley • Explore Wilpena Pound • Discover opals at Coober Pedy • Sparkling wine while watching the magnificent Uluru sunset

Discover the legendary Australian Outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. The stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime.

• Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre • Climb Kings Canyon • Meet the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary for a Be My Guest dinner • Discover the Devils Marbles • Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs • Cruise on Katherine Gorge & discover ancient rock art • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu • Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls • Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise • Included Choice Experiences in Darwin • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival in Adelaide, tour the city, then join a local expert for a tour of vibrant Adelaide Central Market. This evening, relax with your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide. DW

Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges Travel to the Clare Valley for tastings at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Explore the picturesque grounds and St. Aloysius Church, before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre. Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges. B DW

Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Walk this morning to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta. B DW

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Today visit Woomera, then travel through salt-lake country and observe the transformation to a stark, barren landscape as you near isolated Coober

Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. A local guide will lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and private residence. Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy. B DW

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock Cross the border into the Territory today and continue to World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set at Australia’s most renowned natural landmark. Guests join this afternoon in Ayers Rock (Code: NUAD). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Ayers Rock

Experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may take either a self-guided stroll around its 6.8 mile perimeter, or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain its ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and the culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu people. This afternoon, venture to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a series of magnificent rock domes to witness the sunset. B

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon After a lunch break at remote Kings Creek Station, a cattle and camel


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$1405 property, continue to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural formation with sheer sandstone walls. A 3.7 mile rim walk of the canyon will reward you with marvelous views of Watarrka National Park: an easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is another option. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. B DW

lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, where you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead used in the filming of the Australian classic 'We of the Never Never'. A swim in the famous Mataranka thermal springs is a must-do for travelers. Journey on to Katherine for the night. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. B DW

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu

Traveling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian Outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872, and drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 9: Alice Springs

Join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People at Alice Springs Desert Park. Continue to the headquarters of iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service. Join the Falzon family for a home-cooked Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. B BG

Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Before leaving Alice Springs, visit the School of the Air to witness a live classroom lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometers to children living in remote locations. Then travel north, stopping to visit Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles), a series of precariously-balanced boulders. Later, settle into your accommodations in the old gold-mining town of Tennant Creek. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. B DW

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine Today you’ll travel north, visiting the eccentric Daly Waters Pub at

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park, for a cruise along Katherine Gorge. Watch for wildlife and learn about the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Journey into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. B DW

Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin & Included Choice

This morning visit fascinating Ubirr with its superb Aboriginal rock art dating back over 20,000 years. Climb to the top of the rocky outcrop for majestic views over the floodplains and escarpment country. This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colorful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Crocosaurus Cove, or perhaps sit back and relax at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 2 nights. B

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the amazing termite mounds. Visit Florence Falls, a doubleplunge waterfall. Venture on to Wangi Falls for a swim in the large waterhole before returning to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Cruise Farewell Dinner. B FD

Day 15: Farewell from Darwin

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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Visit aatkings.com/naad or nuad for additional departure dates. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $590pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $295pp Young traveller discount Save up to $590pp Triple share Save up to $295pp

DINING

14 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Be My Guest dinner BG

8 Dinners with wine DW 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport (NAAD)  Day 5 – flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Ayers Rock Airport (NUAD) Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Darwin Airport (NAAD, NUAD) Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Hamilton Island

East Coast Islands & Rainforest 13/10 DAYS  |  SYDNEY TO CAIRNS  |  QSC/QBC

HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a delicious winery lunch & wine tasting in the Hunter Valley • Visit Australia Zoo, home of the Irwin family • See the cute koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital • Let your hair down with free time in the vacation town of Noosa • Take an exciting 4WD tour on Fraser Island • Taste local produce at the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard • Experience life on Langmorn Station, a working cattle property • Stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour & lunch at a miniature sugar mill • Stay on Hamilton Island – everyone has a view over the Whitsundays from their balcony • Cruise to spectacular Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays • Relax in idyllic Mission Beach • Stop at Millaa Millaa Falls & the Curtain Fig Tree • Skirt across the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Enjoy a Be My Guest BBQ dinner with a local family in their Cairns home • Included Choice experiences • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Explore the epic coastline of Eastern Australia on a journey that takes you from buzzy cosmopolitan Sydney to the glitzy Gold Coast and laid-back Noosa. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and exquisite Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, and head to tropical Cairns to discover the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. There are hinterland experiences too – you’ll taste premium wines in the Hunter Valley and tour a remote Rockhampton cattle station. As this Guided Vacation departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Sydney – Port Macquarie

Leave Sydney for the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting and get to know your fellow travelers over lunch at a local winery. Continue north to the seaside town of Port Macquarie. Hotel: Waters Edge, Port Macquarie. L DW

Day 2: Port Macquarie – Gold Coast

Travel to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views over the Pacific Ocean. A scenic coastal drive this afternoon takes you to the vacation destination of the Gold Coast. Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights. B

Day 3: Gold Coast Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Take the 4WD track through rainforest to Tamborine Mountain, a boat trip to try your hand at ‘pumping yabbies’ or you may wish to be 270 meters up on the SkyPoint Climb. B

Day 4: Gold Coast – Noosa

Guest join this morning in Brisbane (Code: QBC). Head north this morning, stopping in Brisbane for an orientation

tour, then continue to Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin and his family. At Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital see how AAT Kings works with its Wildlife Warriors to support koala rehabilitation. Your final destination today is the vibrant resort town of Noosa. Join your fellow travelers for dinner this evening at a restaurant on Hastings Street. Hotel: The Sebel Noosa, 2 nights. B DW

Day 5: Noosa Free Time

Take time to discover Noosa. Swim in the clear waters of Main Beach, or take an easy walk along the headland to Noosa National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a stand-up paddle board or take a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades. This evening, stroll along famous Hastings Street and dine in one of its many eateries. B

Day 6: Noosa – Hervey Bay

Today cross the Great Sandy Strait by ferry to explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. See Lake McKenzie, a freshwater lake ringed with white sandy beaches, and walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its scribbly gum and kauri trees. Enjoy lunch before traveling on to the beachside vacation destination of Hervey Bay. Hotel: Mantra Hervey Bay. B L


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This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Ohana Exotic Fruit Orchard. Later, travel to Langmorn Station, an extensive, fully-operational cattle property. A member of the Creed family, whose forebears built the original homestead in 1873, will lead you on a guided tour of the station. Enjoy morning tea in the garden in the company of the family’s friendly pet kangaroo before traveling on, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Hotel: Quality Regent, Rockhampton. B

Day 8: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

Travel north to the sugar town of Sarina today for a guided tour of a unique miniature sugar mill and distillery, before you enjoy a light lunch. Travel through Airlie Beach then on to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island. One of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 9: Hamilton Island

Cruise this morning to spectacular Whitehaven Beach, regarded by many as the best beach in Australia. Wander along its 7 kilometers of pure white sand, or if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to Hill’s Inlet for views over the Whitsunday islands and the sparkling Great Barrier Reef. The afternoon is yours in this tropical paradise. B

Day 10: Hamilton Island – Mission Beach

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning and continue north along the Bruce Highway, stopping off in Townsville with time for a stroll along the Strand with its views to Magnetic Island. Your next destination

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Take some time out this morning to wander along the shores of Mission Beach, before setting out on today’s journey to the high tropical plateau of the Atherton Tablelands, where lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes abound. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some time in Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest’, before traveling on to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 2 nights. B

Day 12: Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided) to view this natural living wonder at first hand, or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening join a local family in their home for a leisurely Be My Guest Aussie barbecue. Spend an evening learning about life in the tropics. B L BG

Day 13: Farewell from Cairns

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

FLIGHT INFORMATION QCS: Cairns to Sydney Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport  Day 13 – flights to depart after 8.00pm from Sydney Airport

QCB: Cairns to Brisbane Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport  Day 10 – flights to depart after 6.00pm from Brisbane Airport Flights are not included in the holiday price

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Gordon River Cruise

Perfect Tasmania 12/7/6 DAYS  |  HOBART RETURN  |  THLH/THHL/TLHH

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Hobart’s city sights • Discover famous Salamanca Market • Visit spectacular Russell Falls • Cruise on the Gordon River including a delicious lunch • Step back in time on Sarah Island • Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain • Explore the town of murals – Sheffield • Taste Tasmanian salmon at 41° South Salmon Farm • Indulge in local cheese at Ashgrove Farm • Savour Tassie’s famous food and wine at Josef Chromy • Explore Launceston & stunning Cataract Gorge • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate • Stay 2 nights at boutique Freycinet Lodge • Cruise on Wineglass Bay • Be My Guest morning tea at Shene Estate • Experience MONA • Explore historic Port Arthur • Visit Hellyers Road Distillery • Included Choice experiences • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

The island of Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, and friendly locals. On this wide-ranging journey, you’ll visit Hobart’s bustling Salamanca Markets, confront the cultural phenomenon of its Museum of Old and New Art, witness the stunning natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, and indulge your tastebuds with fresh Tasmanian salmon, local artisan cheeses and other delicious treats. Day 1: Welcome to Hobart

Begin your exploration of the beautiful island of Tasmania with a city sights tour. Hobart was founded in 1803 and much of its architecture dates back to the Victorian and Georgian eras. Visit the Botanic Gardens, historic Battery Point, and Constitution Dock, then drive to Mt. Nelson for panoramic views over the city and Derwent River. Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. DW

Day 2: Salamanca Market & Included Choice

This morning, explore the myriad market stalls of Salamanca Market, and wander through its historic sandstone warehouses. This afternoon choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Join a walking tour with a local expert for an insight into Hobart’s history, people and places or a guided walk to experience the alcohol history of the city. Or visit Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum, replicating the huts Douglas Mawson built in Antarctica during his Australasian Antarctic expedition of 1911-14. B

Day 3: Hobart – Strahan

This morning stroll through rainforest to the tiered falls of Russell Falls. Then take the winding road to iconic

Lake St. Clair before traveling to The Wall in the Wilderness, a monumental sculpture hand-carved in rare Huon Pine. Continue through the rainforest, passing through the moonscape of the mining town of Queenstown. Your final stop today is Strahan: enjoy views of peaceful Macquarie Harbour from your hillside hotel. Hotel: Strahan Village, Strahan. B DW

Day 4: Strahan – Cradle Mountain

A highlight today is your cruise on the Gordon River. Be awestruck by the dark waters: stained amber by buttongrass tannins, which reflect the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbor, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah on route to your hotel. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel, 2 nights. B L DW

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

Marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, maybe taking a little more time later to meander back to your hotel along the purpose-built boardwalk through the wild ancient


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forests and alpine heathlands. You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way. For a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout and return via Wombat Pool. B DW

Day 6: Cradle Mountain – Launceston

Today, enjoy a guided walk through a working distillery to see processes that deliver one of the finest single malt whiskys in the world. Then continue to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’, before heading to 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm. The Pyka family will take you on a tour to learn about aquaculture, then let you sample their smoked salmon and ginseng products. Call in at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory to try a selection of cheeses, before you continue through the Meander Valley to Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’ Launceston. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, 2 nights. B DW

Day 7: Launceston

This morning, after visiting Launceston’s magnificent Cataract Gorge, take a scenic drive through rolling country hills and pause for lunch and wine-tasting at Josef Chromy Wines. This afternoon you may like to take an optional cruise on the beautiful Tamar River or further explore Launceston and surrounds at your leisure. Guests depart this afternoon in Launceston (Code: THHL). Guests join this afternoon in Launceston (Code: TLHH). B L

Day 8: Launceston – Freycinet

Today, visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922. Learn about the estate and treat yourself to its famous lavender ice-cream. Later visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site. Then follow the picturesque east coast south to Freycinet National Park. Hotel: Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet National Park, 2 nights. B DW

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Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay today on a four-hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula. It will take you from the shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast beneath towering pink granite cliffs to one of the world’s best beaches. Anchored at Wineglass Bay, absorb the beauty of the National Park while enjoying a gourmet ploughman’s lunch. B L DW

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Day 10: Freycinet – Hobart

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Journey this morning to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenthcentury village in Australia. As you travel on through rich pastoral land towards Hobart, spend time at Shene Estate, whose custodian Anne Kernke will treat you to a walking tour of the property’s stunning colonial-era buildings, and a Be My Guest morning tea selection of home-baked goodies in her private home. Continue to Hobart to visit Australia’s largest privatelyfunded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The eclectic mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art will astound you. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. B BG

Day 11: Port Arthur

Today, explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a walk through the infamous convict prison. There will also be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s fine restaurants. B FD

Day 12: Farewell from Hobart

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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DINING

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

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The Barossa

Tastes of Southern Australia 11 DAYS  |  SYDNEY TO ADELAIDE  |  ESMA

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit historic Berrima in the NSW Southern Highlands • Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep Station • Free time in cosmopolitan Melbourne • Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House • Explore the Australian War Memorial

Explore the nation’s capital Canberra, country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia on this well-paced journey. Spend the night in a unique bed-and-breakfast property in historic Beechworth. Meet local farmers, winemakers and whisky distillers and indulge in their delectable produce while you take in stunning scenery on the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa.

• Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt. Ainslie • Discover historic Beechworth • Be My Guest breakfast with your B&B host in Beechworth • Visit Ned Kelly Country • Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road

As this Guided Vacation departs at 7.30am from Rydges World Square, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Sydney – Canberra

• Walk amongst Sea Lions at Seal Bay

Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima to see its convict-era sandstone gaol, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local sheep grazier and enjoy a barbecue Highlight Lunch. On arrival in Canberra join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, then visit the Australian War Memorial and experience an evocative lament held late each afternoon. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers tonight over a shared dinner. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Canberra. HL DW

• Explore picturesque Hahndorf

Day 2: Canberra – Beechworth

• Visit the Twelve Apostles • Throw a boomerang and taste bush tucker at Tower Hill Nature Reserve • Visit the Coonawarra for a wine tasting • Explore seaside Victor Harbor • Taste delicious local cuisine & wine on Kangaroo Island • Visit a micro distillery on Kangaroo Island

• Indulge in food & wine in the Barossa • Included Choice experiences • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Before leaving the nation’s capital this morning, drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie for panoramic views of the city and surrounds. Cross the mighty Murray River into Victoria, taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold-rush town. Take an orientation tour of Beechworth before enjoying some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries, museum and historic hotel. Your accommodations tonight is at one of the town’s unique bed-and-breakfast

properties. Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth. B

Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne

Join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast before traveling to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to the cosmopolitan southern capital of Melbourne. Gain some insights on a guided tour of the city, and later, take a walk along the Yarra River and enjoy dinner at one of the many Southbank restaurants. Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. BG

Day 4: Melbourne Free Time

Today Melbourne is yours to explore. Its laneways and arcades house some of the best cafés, boutique shops and street art the city has to offer. Or if you would like to see something famous, then why not take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade, the nightly ritual where the little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their dune burrows. B

Day 5: Melbourne – Warrnambool This morning, embark on one of the world’s premier road trips – the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy endlessly spectacular coastal scenery, pausing in the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Just off shore in the Port Campbell National Park, the towering


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limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles rise 45 meters above the wild Southern Ocean. Learn the heartbreaking history of Loch Ard Gorge, and visit the impressive London Bridge formation before arriving in Warrnambool. Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool. B DW

Day 6: Warrnambool – Naracoorte Visit the Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative at Tower Hill State Game Reserve where your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective on the area’s flora, wildlife and volcanic formations as well as insights into Indigenous bush medicine. Cross the border into South Australia, stopping in Mt. Gambier to see the mysterious Blue Lake, then continue to the worldrenowned Coonawarra wine region, pausing at a vineyard for a tasting. The Naracoorte Caves are one of the world’s most important fossil sites. You’ll hear the story of how this came to be on a guided tour through one of the caves. Hotel: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte. B DW

Day 7: Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island

Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula today, visiting the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor where you might like to take the horse-drawn tram to nearby Granite Island, or just sit back and relax on the foreshore. This afternoon, a ferry takes you to Kangaroo Island, famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and fresh local produce. Visit South Australia’s only boutique distillery to taste a selection of handcrafted premium spirits, including an awardwinning gin and delicious liqueurs. Your final destination today is Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest European settlement. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island, 2 nights. B DW

Day 8: Kangaroo Island

Explore fascinating Kangaroo Island today, visiting the spectacular

Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoying stunning coastal scenery and an amazing variety of wildlife. At Andermel Marron Farm you’ll see the marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron for a Be My Guest lunch. Afterwards, join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of rare sea-lions. B BG

Day 9: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide Included Choice

Board your ferry to return to the mainland and travel to Adelaide for an orientation tour. Later, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Adelaide Zoo including entry to the Panda enclosure, hear fascinating stories about the early history of Adelaide on a guided walking tour or visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide, 2 nights. B

Day 10: The Barossa

Discover the world-famous Barossa today, stopping first at picturesque Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement. Wander its tree-lined streets, explore its quaint shops and taste some of its artisan produce. Continue to the Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, before visiting Jacob’s Creek to sample some of their world-famous wines. Travel back to Adelaide through a landscape dotted with stone cottages and olive groves. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. B L FD

Day 11: Farewell from Adelaide

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B Not ready to head home yet? Why not consider extending your vacation with a 3-night cruise on the Murray River? Ask us for details.

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DINING

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The Pinnacles

Western Wonderland 16 DAYS  |  PERTH RETURN  |  WEMP 

HIGHLIGHTS • Perth city sights touring • Enjoy a guided tour of Boddington Gold Mine • ‘Surf’ Wave Rock • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal Aug-Nov) • Explore white sandy beaches near Esperance • Commemorate at the National Anzac Centre in Albany

Explore vibrant, cosmopolitan Perth before traveling inland to iconic Wave Rock and Kalgoorlie, then watch in awe as the landscape transitions on your approach to the southern coast, where you’ll discover white sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and ancient forests. Seaside Fremantle and Margaret River’s renowned food and wine culture await you before you head north to spend time interacting with the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Day 1: Welcome to Perth

• Indulge in Margaret River food and wine

Set off on a tour of the city, visiting Kings Park and its delightful Botanic Garden on the broad expanse of the Swan River. This evening, meet your Travel Director over a delicious meal. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. D

for breathtaking views of wild coastal scenery, rugged peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove to marvel at its dazzling white sand, crystal-clear blue water, and lazing kangaroos. Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance. B D

• Chocolate tasting in Margaret River

Day 2: Perth – Wave Rock

Day 5: Esperance – Albany

• Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants • See the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest on the Australian mainland

• Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient Stromatolites

Today journey through the Golden Outback to Hyden. Join a local guide on a tour of Boddington Gold Mine. Continue to famous Wave Rock. Then take a short walk to Hippo’s Yawn, another fascinating rock formation. Afterwards you may like to wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world, or even take a tour of Hyden Wildlife Park. Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden. BD

• Walk on spectacular Shell Beach

Day 3: Wave Rock – Kalgoorlie

• Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle & its market • Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park • Marvel at the Pinnacles • Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton

• Get up close to the dolphins at Monkey Mia • Experience Kalbarri National Park • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

This morning you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about life in the Outback with Wave Rock local, Sheena. Take part in the morning cattle feed then explore a collection of vintage cars. Continue to Kalgoorlie, after a visit to the lookout for views in to the open cut mine, discover the stories of this historic town on an orientation tour. Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie. B D

Day 4: Kalgoorlie – Esperance

Today visit Cape Le Grand National Park

See the mysterious Pink Lake outside Esperance, and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park, one of the world’s richest in flora. Continue to Albany, a town imbued with Anzac history. Hotel: Dog Rock Motel, Albany, 2 nights. B D

Day 6: Albany

This morning, take your time to explore this historic town. In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany on their way to WWI. This afternoon visit the recently-inaugurated National Anzac Centre. B

Day 7: Albany – Margaret River

Visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk this morning to explore the canopy of the ancient Tingle forest. Stop in Nannup at lunchtime with time to explore, then travel on to Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. You may like to take a guided tour to the top of the famous


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lighthouse before leaving for Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine-growing regions. Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights. B D

Day 8: Margaret River

First up, see fossils in the impressive Margaret River caves with a local guide. Then get ready to delight your tastebuds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wines but also for its boutique producers. At Vasse Virgin you’ll learn about olive oil, taste gourmet produce, and sample a range of beauty preparations made from the oil of olives grown on the property. Continue to a local winery for wine-tastings and a lunch prepared from local produce. B L

Day 9: Margaret River – Fremantle

On arrival in Fremantle, the afternoon is yours to explore. You may like to visit the colorful Fremantle Markets to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local produce. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, 2 nights. B D

Day 10: Fremantle

Join a local guide this morning for a private tour of historic convict-era Fremantle Prison. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You might choose to take a boat trip to nearby Rottnest Island, or a ride on the historic Fremantle Tram. B

Day 11: Fremantle – Geraldton

Travel north along the West Australian coastline, stopping in Yanchep National Park to enjoy a fascinating Aboriginal cultural experience in an authentic bush setting. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a stunning series of intriguing limestone formations. Explore the seaside township of Geraldton and visit the evocative HMAS Sydney memorial. Hotel: Mantra Geraldton. B

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Day 12: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Travel to Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells. Continue north to Denham. Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre with its state-of-the-art displays including soundscapes, historical and contemporary film footage, interactive multimedia and objects of rare scientific and historical significance. Continue to the crystal blue waters and pristine beaches of Monkey Mia. Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights. B D

Day 13: Monkey Mia

After a breakfast overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the bay, watch as the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) The rest of the day is at your leisure: why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a sleek catamaran? In the evening, relax with a cocktail or a glass of wine and watch the world go by as the sun sets. B

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Day 14: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri

Travel to Hamelin Pool to discover a unique colony of Stromatolites. Then, venture into Kalbarri National Park today to the spectacular Murchison River Gorge. During wildflower season, the National Park is alive with blooms. Hotel: Best Western Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri. B DW

Day 15: Kalbarri – Perth

Today you’ll travel back to your final destination, Perth. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Travelodge Perth. B FD

Day 16: Farewell from Perth

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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DINING

15 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Lunch L

9 Dinners D 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport  Day 16 – flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Milford Sound

Best of New Zealand 18 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH  |   ZABC/ZCBA

HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands • Discover Waitomo & its Glowworm Grotto • Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner • Journey through Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park

From the pristine white beaches of the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Maori culture, while a world-renowned train journey tops off your time in the Land of the Long White Cloud with scenic splendor.

• By My Guest at Shenandoah for an afternoon tea experience • Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand • Savour a BBQ at Morelea Farm • Travel past magical glaciers, mountains & rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a orchard

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure for relaxing or exploring. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

• Included Choice experiences

Depart Auckland and then travel through Northland’s lush farmland. Arriving this afternoon in the stunning Bay of Islands, you’ll experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game-fishing waters to the rugged Cape Brett Peninsula. Hotel: Copthorne Resort (Water View Room), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW

• New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

Day 3: Bay of Islands 

• Discover Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a jade factory & see artists at work • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Travel the TranzAlpine Train

• Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Go sailing aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting in Kerikeri, join a mini-tour of Russell or explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. BC

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Enjoy time at leisure before returning to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei and then Parry Kauri Park to walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants. Enjoy a memorable dinner at the Eight Restaurant at The Langham. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. BC HD

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

See the sights of Auckland and then head south to the Waitomo Caves,

where you’ll cruise the twinkling Glowworm Grotto. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village, where you can wander through the traditional settlement and enjoy an authentic Maori hangi meal. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 6: Rotorua 

This morning enjoy your breakfast of choice before embarking on your Included Choice experience – perhaps unwind at the Polynesian Spa, tour the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or visit the Hobbiton movie set. Or even explore Rotorua and its sparkling lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. BC

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland today to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Later join the owners of a beautiful Shenandoah property for a Be My Guest afternoon tea. Your final destination today is the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC BG DW

Day 8: Wellington – Blenheim

Visit the Te Papa Museum and Art Gallery before cruising the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. Travel on to the villages of Picton and sunny Blenheim. Tonight


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Day 9: Blenheim – Christchurch

You’ll travel inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to Kaikoura and then on to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 10: Christchurch – Twizel

Visit Morelea Farm, where you’ll be welcomed into the home and 600-acre garden of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch while you learn about farming the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. This afternoon see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and visit the famed Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B BG DW

Day 11: Twizel – Dunedin

Today head to the township of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Then you’ll make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take a wildlife cruise or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to Te Anau. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW

Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown

Today you’ll experience the magnificence of Fiordland National Park. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful

Day 14: Queenstown 

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. BC HD

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Stop to visit the faithfully-restored goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy the tastes of stone fruit at Cromwell. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls on your way to Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW

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Queenstown. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

2019

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enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared from local produce and matched with fine Marlborough wines. Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

$2115

Oct 13 Oct 30 Oct 20 Nov 06

$6250

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$2115

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ZCBA: Christchurch to Auckland $5795 Per Person Twin Share

$1915

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2018

Start End Jan 14 Jan 31 Feb 11 Feb 28 Feb 25 Mar 14 Mar 11 Mar 28 Visit aatkings.com/zabc or zcba for additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: ZCBA). Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

Day 16: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Explore the glacier this morning, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

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Day 17: Punakaiki – Christchurch

11 Full buffet breakfasts B 7 Dinners with wine DW 6 Breakfasts of choice BC 4 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Farewell Dinner FD 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea BG

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train this morning and embark on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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DINING

FLIGHT INFORMATION ZABC: Auckland to Christchurch Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 18 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

ZCBA: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 18 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Mt. Cook

New Zealand Splendour 15 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH  |   ZAAC/ZCCA

HIGHLIGHTS • Discover Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto • Rotorua Included Choice experience • By My Guest at Shenandoah for an afternoon tea experience • Wellington’s city sights & Mt. Victoria • Sail the Cook Strait to Queen Charlotte Sound

From the tip of the North Island to the bottom of the glorious South, this journey offers a wealth of wonderful experiences. Cruise glorious Milford Sound, journey through towering pine forests and verdant pastureland, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach outside your hotel in rugged Punakaiki.

• Enjoy in a 3 course degustation dinner in Blenheim • Savour a delicious BBQ at Morelea Farm • Marvel at the clear waters of Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki • Experience Milford Sound on a cruise • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard • Discover Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a jade factory & see artists at work • Explore Punakaiki Pancake Rocks • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Queenstown Included Choice experiences • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

After arrival in Auckland, the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant, multicultural city. You might like to amble down Queen Street to the main shopping precinct, or on to vibrant Viaduct Harbour. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and degustation dinner at your hotel. Hotel: The Langham, Auckland. HD

verdant farmland today to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Later you’ll join the owners of a Shenandoah property for afternoon tea in their magnificent garden and the chance to see their private collection of classic Harley Davidson motorcycles. Your final destination today is the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington. BC BG DW

Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua

Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim

After a tour of Auckland this morning, you’ll visit the Waitomo Caves to explore the mesmerising Glowworm Grotto. Then cross the rolling hills of King Country to Rotorua, where your orientation tour takes in spectacular views of Lake Rotorua. This evening, gain an insight into Maori culture while you enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 3: Rotorua

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Unwind at the Polynesian Spa, tour the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. BC

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through pine forests and

Visit Te Papa Museum and Art Gallery before cruising the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. Travel on to the villages of Picton and sunny Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared from local produce and matched with fine Marlborough wines. Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch

You’ll travel inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to Kaikoura and then on to Christchurch. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B

Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel

Today visit Morelea Farm for a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home and 600-acre garden of Angie and


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Start End Jan 09 Jan 23 Jan 23 Feb 06 Jan 30 Feb 13 Feb 06 Feb 20 Feb 13 Feb 27 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 06 Mar 20 Mar 13 Mar 27 Mar 20 Apr 03 Mar 27 Apr 10

Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin

Stop to visit the faithfully-restored goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Enjoy the tastes of stone fruit at Cromwell, before traveling over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW

View the massive Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam this morning before stopping in at the harborside township of Oamaru with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Then you’ll make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise, or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 9: Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to the town of Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B DW

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown

Today you’ll experience the magnificence of Fiordland National Park. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 11: Queenstown

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Ride the heart-stopping Shotover Jet boat, take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner, visit Kiwi

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef

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$5225

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$4625

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$5195

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Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Then, enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. BC HD

2019

$4795

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Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch while you learn about the joys and challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. This afternoon see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and visit the famed Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B BG DW

$1690

Oct 16 Oct 30 Oct 23 Nov 06

$5395

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$1690

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Oct 08 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 12 Nov 26 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 24 Dec 24 Jan 07 Dec 31 Jan 14

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ZCCA: Christchurch to Auckland $4975 Per Person Twin Share

$1590

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2018

Start End Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25 Feb 25 Mar 11 Visit aatkings.com/zaac or zcca for additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: ZCCA). Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

Day 13: Franz Josef – Punakaiki Explore Franz Josef Glacier, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Afterwards, travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW

Day 14: Punakaiki – Christchurch Board the iconic TranzAlpine train in the village of Arthur’s Pass this morning and embark on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 15: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $560pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $280pp Young traveller discount Save up to $560pp Triple share Save up to $280pp

DINING

10 Full buffet breakfasts B 6 Dinners with wine DW 4 Breakfasts of choice BC 4 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Farewell Dinner FD 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea BG

FLIGHT INFORMATION ZAAC: Auckland to Christchurch Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

ZCCA: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 15 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Franz Josef Glacier

Contrasts of New Zealand 10 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH  |  IZANB

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Auckland & cruise on Waitemata Harbour • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch on their Waikato farm • Experience Maori culture with the Tamaki family at dinner • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

Experience the dramatic contrasts of New Zealand’s two very distinct islands on this fascinating journey. From Auckland’s sparkling harbor to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, from the rugged beauty of the West Coast to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, new facets of New Zealand’s natural splendor will reveal themselves each day as you explore the Land of the Long White Cloud.

• Visit a jade factory • See Franz Josef Glacier • Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise • Frolic in the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Tekapo • Visit a working sheep farm • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm with a BBQ lunch • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

After arrival in Auckland your free to explore the city. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza, Auckland, 2 nights. DW

Day 2: Auckland

Start the day with a tour of the highlights of this lively multicultural city, stopping to visit lovely Queen Street with its many heritage buildings, and picturesque Viaduct Harbour. Later, a cruise on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour offers panoramic views of the Auckland city skyline. B

Day 3: Auckland – Rotorua

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm (from 01 April 2018). This evening, a very personal and exclusive cultural evening awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Experience a powerful Haka challenge and a spine-tingling Karanga as you are welcomed to the land. Witness a concert showcasing traditional Maori culture, then enter a private Whare (dining room) for a traditional Maori Hangi feast, which is cooked in the

ground using thermal steam. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. B BG HD

Day 4: Rotorua – Christchurch

This morning after breakfast your first destination is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you’ll be able to observe many species of the native fauna of New Zealand. The park is a key element in a conservation project aimed at protecting the country’s iconic kiwi, and hopefully you’ll catch a glimpse of this shy little flightless bird. From here you’ll visit Te Puia thermal reserve, encountering bubbling mudpools, pools of boiling water still used for cooking, and stunning geysers. The Pōhutu geyser is the star of the show. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch, a city that delivers an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture and is considered the gateway to the South Island. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B

Day 5: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Travel today on the iconic TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass, the highest settlement on the South Island. The TranzAlpine, which is regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys, passes through magnificent landscapes ranging from the fertile farmlands of the


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Day 6: Franz Josef – Queenstown Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of the delicious stonefruit for which the region is known. Next you’ll visit the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are still extant, before arriving in Queenstown. An orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed offers spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, and is the perfect venue for your exclusive Highlight Dinner. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights. B HD

Day 7: Milford Sound Cruise

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and

mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown this evening. B L

Day 8: Queenstown Free Time

Explore exciting Queenstown your way today. Jet boat rides and white water rafting will tempt the adventurous, or you might prefer to tour the vineyards of the nearby Gibbston Valley. B

Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch

Travel today to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the home of New Zealand’s highest mountains and longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense, with skyscraping peaks and permanent snowfields. Later, continue to Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the famed Church of the Good Shepherd. Morelea Farm, a working sheep property, will offer you a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home and 600-acre garden of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch while you learn about the joys and challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Afterwards, travel through the lush Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where you’re invited to join your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel (Distinction Hotel from 01 April 2018), Christchurch. B BG FD

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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Canterbury Plains to rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes. At Hokitika, stop to learn about New Zealand greenstone (jade). Pounamu (its Maori name) is of great cultural significance in Maori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. See craftsmen creating jewellery from this highlyprized material before continuing to the town of Franz Josef, your final destination for today. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW

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$1015

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$1150

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$3250

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$1150

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Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 26 Nov 03 Nov 16 Nov 24 Dec 07 Dec 15 Dec 14 Dec 22 Dec 28 Jan 05

Visit aatkings.com/izanb for additional departure dates. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18. From 01/10/18 this itinerary changes to 9 days and ends in Queenstown.

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See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $175pp Young traveller discount Save up to $350pp Triple share Save up to $175pp

DINING

9 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Lunch L 2 Be My Guest lunches BG

2 Dinners with wine DW 2 Highlight Dinners HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 – Rotorua to Christchurch: NZ5785/5787


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Mt. Cook

Southern Spectacular 10 DAYS  |  CHRISTCHURCH RETURN  |  ZCQR/ZRQC

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit a working sheep farm • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm for Be My Guest a BBQ lunch • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo • Journey through spectacular Fiordland National Park with its magnificent scenery

Spend an afternoon with the owners of a working South Island sheep farm, and watch master carvers as they create works of art from blocks of magnificent New Zealand greenstone. These personal encounters provide a human touch that complements the grandeur of the renowned natural beauty of the Land of the long White Cloud, with its soaring peaks and waterfalls and its serene lakes and pastureland.

• Cruise on the truly inspiring natural wonder Milford Sound • Visit historic Arrowtown • See Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a green stone factory • Walk around Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Included Choice experiences • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Christchurch’s energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch.

Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel

Today, visit Morelea Farm, a working sheep property, for a taste of traditional country life. You’ll be welcomed into the home and 600-acre garden of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch while you learn about the joys and challenges of farming in the foothills of the Southern Alps. This afternoon see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and visit the famed Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel, a base for mountain climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, horse trekking and hiking. Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel. B BG DW

Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin

This morning after breakfast, visit the spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, a series of interconnected lakes and canals used to generate electricity on the Waitaki River, New

Zealand’s longest. See the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam before exploring the historic town of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Then you’ll make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin, home to many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Designated by UNESCO as a City of Literature, Dunedin is a magnificent example of a small city that lives, breathes and connects through its people, its culture and its intense love of literature. It is well known as a university town of excellence in research and learning, and a city where writers, books and literature thrive. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, relax and unwind or join an optional experience to see more of the region. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. Tour imposing Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. B DW

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau, nestled


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Your experience at magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through native rainforests and lush meadows to Mirror Lakes and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Queenstown

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice experiences. If you’re feeling energetic you have the option to ride the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat or take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides. For the more laid-back, a 4WD minibus tour will take you through spectacular Skippers Canyon, or you might like to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park or journey deep into the mountains to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm for lunch. After an action-packed day, settle into a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner and an entertaining farm show. BC HD

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the faithfully-restored goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the

gold-rush era are still extant, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is pristine Lake Wanaka. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef. BC DW

Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Explore the glacier this morning, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Maori name) is of great cultural significance in Maori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. B DW

Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train in the village of Arthur’s Pass this morning and embark on one of the world’s great train journeys, passing through magnificent landscapes ranging from the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, towering beech forests and lush river valleys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

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DINING

7 Full buffet breakfasts B 5 Dinners with wine DW 2 Breakfasts of choice BC 1 Highlight Dinner HD 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Farewell Dinner FD

FLIGHT INFORMATION ZCQR: Christchurch return Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

ZRQC: Christchurch return Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price


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Tamaki Maori Village

Kia Ora New Zealand 17 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH  |  LABC/LCBA

HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands & through ‘Hole in the Rock’ • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Discover the arts & traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture

This epic New Zealand journey spans both Islands of this small, proud nation, revealing majestic snowcapped mountains, rugged coastlines, ice-blue lakes and sweeping rural vistas. Stories of the history and traditions of Maori culture and the intrepid settlers of Central Otago emerge as you travel from the stunning Bay of Islands in the north to the vibrant, multicultural city of Queenstown and awesome Milford Sound in the spectacular South Island.

• Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound • See spectacular Lake Tekapo & Lake Te Anau • Cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique Highlight Dinner • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Explore Auckland at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. See spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. As you return to Paihia past through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B D

Day 3: Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands at your own pace today. Perhaps go on a dolphin-watching cruise, sail on a historic tall ship, take the ferry to the charming town of Russell, the country’s first sea-port, or explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. B

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Enjoy a leisurely morning before traveling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B D

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city highlights, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat. Your journey

continues to Rotorua, for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Rotorua, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Rotorua

Experience the multi-awarding-winning Agrodome Farm Show, for insights into agriculture in New Zealand. Your afternoon is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of the New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Maori Village. B HD

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey south through pine forests today to Lake Taupo and mighty Huka Falls, in the heart of the North Island. Continue along the eastern shoreline of the lake and on through rich farmlands to Wellington, the nation’s capital. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

Day 8: Wellington – Picton

This morning enjoy a tour of Wellington, including panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. See the national Parliament and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, and explore the Te Papa Museum and Art Gallery. Then cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island, to picturesque Picton. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D


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Travel through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region’s Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to alpine village of Kaikoura and across the rich Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B

Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Perhaps take a wildlife cruise or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau

Enjoy free time in Dunedin. You might like to visit Larnach Castle. Then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Te Anau. Tonight you may choose to cruise the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense). Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown

Travel through glorious Fiordland National Park. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, glacial valleys, and Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to Queenstown. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 14: Queenstown Free Time

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. This evening, enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef Your first destination today is the faithfully-restored goldmining settlement of Arrowtown. Travel on to Cromwell to taste its sensational stonefruit, then enjoy the region’s vivid blue lakes. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. An optional scenic flight is available. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch

This morning’s destination is Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, Pounamu (its Maori name). Then continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through the Southern Alps to the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

FLIGHT INFORMATION LABC: Auckland to Christchurch Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 17 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

LCBA: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 17 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price

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Visit aatkings.com/labc or lcba for additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland (Code: LCBA). Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $490pp

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DINING

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TranzAlpine Train

New Zealand Marvel 14 DAYS  |  CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND  |  LCCA/LAAC

HIGHLIGHTS • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Visit a green stone factory • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique Highlight Dinner • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains & magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo • Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto • Discover the arts & traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

This classic New Zealand itinerary spans both North and South Islands, leading you through majestic panoramas from the glaciers of the West Coast to the sensational alpine landscapes of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, and the extraordinary geothermal fields of Rotorua. Glimpses of traditional Maori history and culture deepen your experience as you explore the marvelous Land of The Long White Cloud.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque Avon River. This evening your vacation begins with a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D

Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Alight at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D

Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next you’ll visit the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where over 70 buildings from the gold-rush

era are still beautifully preserved, before arriving in Queenstown. An orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 4: Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital today. There are jet-boat rides for thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for a more leisurely rhythm. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner and an entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high-country farm life. B HD

Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau

Travel the highway known as The Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your journey to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the Sound takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and towering Mitre Peak. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option of visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense). Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau. B D


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Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin

Journey through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama

You have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle (own expense) before setting out for historic Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park this morning. (An optional scenic flight is available.) See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a vibrant city known for its English heritage. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B

Day 9: Christchurch – Picton

Travel over the Lewis Pass, stopping at the small Alpine village of Kaikoura. More stunning scenery beckons you in the Marlborough region, worldfamous for its Sauvignon Blanc. Top off your South Island adventure in the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton. B D

Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua

Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snowcapped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View the mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Later relax or explore Rotorua independently. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD

Day 12: Rotorua

This morning, experience the multiawarding-winning Agrodome Farm Show, where an entertaining and educational performance provides insights into agriculture in New Zealand. This evening, a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert will give you a greater understanding of traditional Maori culture. B

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland

This morning see Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through towering limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of New Zealand’s largest city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B FD

Day 14: Farewell from Auckland Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

Day 10: Picton – Wellington

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington, on the North Island. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits. Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

FLIGHT INFORMATION LCCA: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 14 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

LAAC: Auckland to Christchurch Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport  Day 14 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price

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Visit aatkings.com/lcca or laac for additional departure dates and for the reverse itinerary from Auckland to Christchurch (Code: LAAC). Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/10/18.

WAYS TO SAVE Early payment discount Save up to $410pp

See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $205pp Young traveller discount Save up to $410pp Triple share Save up to $205pp

DINING

13 Full buffet breakfasts B 7 Dinners D 2 Highlight dinners HD 1 Farewell Dinner FD


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Hokitika

Southern Spotlight 9 DAYS  |  CHRISTCHURCH RETURN  |  LCQR/LRQC

HIGHLIGHTS • Journey past crystal clear lakes & towering mountains through Mt. Cook National Park • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo • Stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains & magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound • Let loose in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard steamship TSS Earnslaw • Indulge in a unique dinner experience in Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit in Cromwell • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide

Discover all the highlights of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island on this comprehensive journey. Cross the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine train, cruise the serene waters of incomparable Milford Sound and peaceful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm in Central Otago, stroll in the beautiful Dunedin grounds of the country’s oldest university – a series of unforgettable experiences awaits you in this proud Pacific nation. Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

An eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture, Christchurch’s art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch.

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

See how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral built almost entirely of cardboard! Later, travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to soak up spectacular scenery. You’ll visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog. You may wish to view Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon on a scenic flight (own expense). Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Your day begins on the Waitaki River with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme. See the monumental spillway of nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin

and enjoy an orientation tour. New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin is known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and large student population. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore independently. You might like to take a wildlife cruise, or a ride on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. The train negotiates the deep, narrow gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. B D

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Enjoy some free time here this morning, during which you might like to visit the lovely stately home known as Larnach Castle. A walk in the lovely grounds of the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university, is another option. Then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Lake Te Anau, the largest in the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by flat-bottomed boat through the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense). The Te Anau Caves are a culturally and ecologically important system of limestone caves on the western shore of Lake Te Anau, with some of the caves nearest to the shore providing a habitat for the bioluminescent


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Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience at magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, traversing the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Milford Sound, named after Milford Haven in Wales, is a fiord that runs 15 kilometers inland from the Tasman Sea and is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Your unforgettable cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, which rises 5,560 feet from the water. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown via the breathtaking stretch of highway called The Devil’s Staircase, and Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour of the city before settling in for your two-night stay. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet-boat rides and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. An entertaining after-dinner farm show completes your evening. B HD

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef Your first destination today is the faithfully-restored goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved. Sample luscious stonefruits in Cromwell, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the

most famous of which is pristine Lake Wanaka. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. An optional scenic flight over the glacier is available. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, (Graham Wing) Franz Josef. B D

Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Maori name) is of great cultural significance in Maori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. Continue to Greymouth to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps to the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

FLIGHT INFORMATION LCQR: Christchurch return Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 9 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

LRQC: Christchurch return Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport  Day 9 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price

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Short Breaks 2-19 day breaks with your choice of accommodations Our Short Breaks can be added to the beginning or end of any one of our itineraries. Explore the rugged outback, alpine splendor, stunning coastlines, untouched wilderness and the fascinating cultures of Australia & New Zealand. Ideal for the independent traveler, tailor your Short Break with your choice of Budget, Standard or Superior accommodations. Each day youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll travel with a different Driver Guide, see the iconic sights, and have plenty of free time, ensuing that you experience the ultimate way to discover the unique aspects of a location.


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Tick the must-see city sights off your list as you view the iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach plus more. Explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and see the famous Three Sisters.

Take in the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne and its glorious natural surrounds. Experience the magical Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and travel along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles.

Day 1: Sydney

your way to visit The Gap and enjoy its stunning views. Stop at world-famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have the chance to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water. Re-board the coach for your return to the city. B L

Day 1: Melbourne

Day 3: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park

Day 2: Great Ocean Road

On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic Rocks and Circular Quay. Or take a walk to the Sydney Opera House. Hotel: Rydges Sydney Central (R) or Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, City View (S), Sydney, 3 nights.

Head west to the iconic Blue Mountains. From a vantage point you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the Three Sisters. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley. Why not purchase the Unlimited Discovery Pass to ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway, the Cableway and Skyway. Ask us for details. Next stop is picturesque Leura for a 2 course lunch. This beautiful village will take you back in time and is famous for its antique stores and its Candy Store. This afternoon visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. See cuddly koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums. Why not take an optional cruise down the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour. Ask us for details. B L

Day 2: Sydney Sights & Harbor Cruise Lunch

Travel to Manly Beach for a stroll along The Corso to see the beach that has made Manly famous. On your way you’ll view Circular Quay and then cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. At North Head Lookout admire a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy time at Manly Beach before heading back to the city. Board a Captain Cook cruise for lunch on Sydney Harbour. Take in the stunning harbor views and listen to informative commentary while you enjoy a buffet lunch of fresh seafood, tender prime meats and seasonal fruit. This afternoon drive through the historic Rocks area and then see the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the colorful Royal Botanic Gardens on

Day 4: Sydney

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Phillip Island is home to an array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Along the way view the powerful southern coastline with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. Visit Maru Koala & Animal Park, for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more. There’s the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of Australian wildlife. View spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Learn about the Little Penguins and life on this stunning island. Watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows to greet their young families, and then learn of the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. Upgrade to the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform for a premium position. Ask us for details. B

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (R) or Crowne Plaza (S), Melbourne, 3 nights. Admire panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline before traveling along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. See the quaint coastal towns of Lorne and Anglesea. Drive through lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests of Otway National Park. The splendor of the approaching Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These limestone rock formations up to 147 feet high are the result of 20 million years of erosion. From the cliff top viewing area absorb the grandeur of this iconic site. Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms. See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard. Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. B

Day 4: Melbourne

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 3: Melbourne Sights & Penguin Parade Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market

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Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu

Best of Australia 19 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY  |  MS19

HIGHLIGHTS • Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles • Taste delicious local produce and marvel at spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island • Walk amongst a colony of Sea Lions at Seal Bay

Perfect for the independent traveler intent on discovering every hidden corner of the land down under. Visit Melbourne, Kangaroo Island for spectacular scenery, the Red Centre to be immersed in ancient Indigenous culture, the Top End for incredible wildlife and the East Coast for the wonders that are the Great Barrier Reef and the harbor city, Sydney.

• Discover Standley Chasm • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine • Feast on a delicious Aussie BBQ dinner at Uluru • Climb spectacular Kings Canyon • Learn about Aboriginal sacred sites & see rock art at Uluru • Discover the wilderness of Kakadu National Park • View Aboriginal Rock Art at Ubirr and Nourlangie’s open air galleries • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong • Cruise the East Alligator River • Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef • Experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Journey above tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway • Sail around Sydney Harbour on a lunch cruise • A different experienced Driver Guide each day

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival the rest of the day is free for you to explore. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior), Melbourne, 2 nights.

Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Return to Adelaide late evening. Hotel: Chifley on South Terrace (standard) or Stamford Plaza (superior), Adelaide. B L

Day 2: Great Ocean Road

Day 6: Adelaide – Alice Springs

Experience the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and learn the history of over 50 ship wrecks. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. B

Day 3: Melbourne – Adelaide

Discover the charm of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour. This afternoon fly to Adelaide. Hotel: Chifley on South Terrace (standard) or Stamford Plaza (superior), Adelaide. B

Day 4: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island

Drive to Cape Jervis for the ferry to Kangaroo Island. First stop is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Then see a colony of sea lions with a local guide. See the Birds of Prey show at Raptor Domain wildlife refuge. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel (standard or superior), Kangaroo Island. B L

Day 5: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm. At Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary see koalas, echidnas, bats and possums. In Flinders Chase National Park marvel at the

This morning fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights including the historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Enjoy panoramic views of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Mercure Alice Springs Resort (superior), Alice Springs, 2 nights. B

Day 7: West MacDonnell Ranges

Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Angkerle (Standley Chasm). See the amazing geology at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Explore the Ochre Pits and learn about its importance to the Aboriginal people. Visit Ormiston Gorge, then enjoy a glass of wine and Ploughman’s lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. Later, visit incredible Simpsons Gap and waterhole. B L

Day 8: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

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of the traditional owners, the Anangu. Then walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and enjoy sparkling wine as the sun sets over the ‘rock’. Continue to our exclusive venue for an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing (weather permitting). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (superior), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B D

Day 9: Kings Canyon

Drive through sandhill country into Watarrka National Park. Then you’re off on a 3.7 mile rim highlight exploration of Kings Canyon. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. B

Day 10: Ayers Rock – Darwin

Travel to the sunrise viewing area at Uluru and watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Afterwards, you’ll fly to Darwin, where the rest of your day is a leisure. Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort (standard) or Mantra on the Esplanade (superior), Darwin. B

Day 11: Darwin – Kakadu

Travel on Stuart Highway into Kakadu National Park for a cruise on the serene Yellow Water Billabong. This afternoon you’ll stop at Nourlangie to see Aboriginal rock art. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (standard) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (superior), Jabiru. L

Day 12: Kakadu – Darwin

Travel to Ubirr and see Aboriginal rock art. Later, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River to spot saltwater crocodiles. Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort (standard) or Mantra on the Esplanade (superior), Darwin. B L

Day 13: Darwin – Cairns

Transfer to Darwin Airport for your

flight to Cairns. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (standard) or Hilton Hotel (superior), Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 14: Great Barrier Reef

Board a catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There’s the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns. B L

Day 15: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda

Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the Dreamtime is brought to life in a rainforest setting. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, with time to stroll the markets. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey to Freshwater Station. B

Day 16: Cairns – Sydney

Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. This evening is free for you to relax or explore. Hotel: Rydges Sydney Central (standard) or Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, City View (superior), 3 nights. B

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Day 17: Sydney

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point for fabulous views. Visit Manly surf beach and return to the city for a Sydney Harbour dinner. Later, see the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. Then visit famous Bondi Beach. B L

Day 18: Sydney Free Time

Today is free for you to explore spectacular Sydney. B

Day 19: Farewell from Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

DINING

16 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Boxed breakfast B

7 Lunches L 1 Dinner D

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport  Day 19 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 3 from Melbourne to Adelaide – flights to depart after 3.00pm Day 6 from Adelaide to Alice Springs – QF723 Day 10 from Ayers Rock to Darwin – QF1940 & QF1936 Day 13 Darwin to Cairns – flights anytime Day 16 from Cairns to Sydney – flights anytime


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Australian Icons 13 DAYS  |  MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY  |  MS12

HIGHLIGHTS • Marvel at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade – so cute! • Travel along the magnificent Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles • Meet the Red Centre’s wildlife in Alice Springs

From Melbourne, through the Red Centre, on to tropical Cairns and Sydney, you’ll see Phillip Island’s famous little penguins, discover ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and float high above the canopy to Kuranda on board Skyrail Cableway. All this is topped off with a visit to spectacular Sydney!

• Enjoy wine while watching the beautiful Uluru sunset • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise • Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites • Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef • Experience Aboriginal culture in Cairns • Ride Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Discover the village in the rainforest, Kuranda • Journey through tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway • Sail around Sydney Harbour on a lunch cruise • Feel the sand between your toes on Bondi Beach • Marvel at spectacular views in the Blue Mountains • Get up close and personal to cuddly Australian wildlife • A different experienced Driver Guide each day

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival the rest of the day is free for you to explore. Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior), Melbourne, 3 nights.

Day 2: Great Ocean Road

Experience the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and learn the history of over 50 ship wrecks. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge. B

Day 3: Melbourne & Penguins

Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel to the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. View the Nobbies rock formations overlooking the treacherous Bass Strait. If you think the koalas are cute, just wait until you see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island. Head down to Summerland Beach and just as the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard days fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights of this outback town including the School of the Air. Hear how this essential service is delivered

to school children via satellite. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote outback. At Alice Springs Reptile Centre, get up close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard), or Mercure Alice Springs Resort (superior), Alice Springs. B

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some


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locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region Enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles this evening, while watching the sunset change the colors of Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the special viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing too (weather permitting). Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (superior), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B D

Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Rise early to travel through the desert plains to experience sunrise at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Commence a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds with your guide. With views across many of the domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of natural and cultural wonder. B

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns

This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. This afternoon you’ll fly to Cairns. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (standard) or Hilton Hotel (superior), Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Board your sleek high speed catamaran for your cruise to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, for a dazzling undersea kaleidoscope of colour, with gardens of coral and teeming schools of tropical fish. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one yard underwater. Watch the fish feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A tropical buffet lunch is served before returning to Cairns this afternoon. B L

Day 9: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda

Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the Dreamtime is brought to life in a rainforest setting. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, with time to stroll the markets. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey to Freshwater Station. B

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. This evening is free for you to relax or explore. Hotel: Rydges Sydney Central (standard) or Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, City View (superior), 3 nights. B

Day 11: Sydney

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point for fabulous views. Visit Manly surf beach and return to the city for a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise. Later, see the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. Then visit famous Bondi Beach. B L

Day 12: Blue Mountains

Head west to the Blue Mountains and drive through the tourist town of Katoomba. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway (own expense). See famous Three Sisters. Next stop is the quaint village of Leura for lunch. This picturesque spot will take you back in time and is famous for its antique shops and of course its Candy Store! On your way back down the mountain, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can see our amazing Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums. B L

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. B

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CONCLUDES Morning of Day 13 Low Season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 and 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. High Season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. *Single traveller must pay the single price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/19.

DINING

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

Day 1 – flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport  Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: Day 4 Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796 Day 7 Ayers Rock to Cairns – flights anytime Day 10 Cairns to Sydney – Flights anytime


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Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Port Douglas & Reef Retreat

4 DAYS  |  CAIRNS RETURN  |  CC11

6 DAYS  |  CAIRNS RETURN  |  PDCE

Enter a tropical paradise at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the spectacular coral and stunning underwater world. Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture and relax on Cairns’ white sandy beaches.

Enjoy an unforgettable day discovering the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Cape Tribulation, wind through the Alexandra Range and cruise on the Daintree River, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway.

Day 1: Cairns

Day 1: Cairns – Port Douglas

through the breathtaking World Heritage of the Barron Gorge National Park. There are two rainforest stations where you can enjoy a ranger guided boardwalk and observe this ancient rainforest from spectacular lookouts. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey traveling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B

On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (R) or Hilton Hotel (S), Cairns, 3 nights.

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semisubmersible craft. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns early evening. B L

Day 4: Cairns

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 3: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda

Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia’s largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Skyrail takes you over and

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

Day 4: Kuranda

On arrival at Cairns Airport you’ll be transferred to your resort in Port Douglas (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax in this tropical paradise. Hotel: QT Port Douglas (R & S), 2 nights.

Day 2: Cape Tribulation & Daintree

Cruise on the Daintree River then enjoy views to the Coral Sea from Alexandra lookout. Take a short walk along a delightful forest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Walk on the beach at Cape Tribulation before visiting the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for an indigenous presentation by the Kuku Yalanji people. Your Driver Guide will take you for a walk in Mossman Gorge, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting region. B L

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef – Cairns

An experience of a lifetime today – cruise to an underwater world that is a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance on an Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise to Agincourt Reef. Dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before heading to Cairns for the next 3 nights. Hotel: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (R) or Pacific Hotel (S), Cairns, 3 nights. B L

Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for an amazing journey, as you travel on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges, to the picturesque village of Kuranda. On arrival there’s free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest’ and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets full of colorful and interesting arts and crafts. Afterwards, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and travel high above the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, on your way back down to Cairns. B

Day 5: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Today, relax and unwind or discover any of a number of Cairns’ hidden gems. Visit Cairns Wildlife Dome, the Cairns Zoo for an adventure or stroll through the Cairns Night Markets. It’s up to you! B

Day 6: Cairns

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

HIGHLIGHTS

• Great Barrier Reef Cruise Daily (Apr-Mar) • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park CONCLUDES • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Morning of day 4 • Ride Kuranda Scenic Railway

DEPARTS

• Discover Mossman Gorge Daily (Apr-Mar) • Visit Daintree & CONCLUDES Cape Tribulation Morning of day 6 • Great Barrier Reef cruise • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway

PRICES

$ Adult Twin

$ Single*

PRICES

$ Adult Twin

Standard R

715

980

Standard R

1090

1510

Superior S

795

1060

Superior S

1135

1595

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. If you would prefer to spend 3 nights in Port Douglas instead of Cairns, please ask us for details. Code: PD11. Operated by Down Under Tours & Great Adventures.

$ Single*

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Down Under Tours & Quicksilver Group.


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Kakadu & East Alligator River

Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

2 DAYS  |  DARWIN RETURN  |  DK40

3 DAYS  |  DARWIN RETURN  |  DG42/52

Escape to the Top End and discover a paradise. View Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, cruise Yellow Water Billabong and East Alligator River then go ashore in Arnhem Land with special permission of the local people. As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 160 miles east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (S), Kakadu. L

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Farewell from Darwin This morning head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes. L As this Short Break concludes at 7.30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodations for tonight.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the Top End. View aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, cruise Katherine Gorge, Yellow Water Billabong and East Alligator River, then absorb Aboriginal culture in Arnhem Land. As this Short Break departs at 6.30am/7.15am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Jumping Crocodile Cruise – Kakadu

Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles, on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Then you’ll travel into Kakadu National Park. It’s home to a myriad of animals, hundreds of bird species and thousands of different insects and plants. After lunch, stop at Bowali Visitor Centre. Continue to Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for a spectacular view over the surrounding wetlands. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu. L

Day 2: Kakadu – Nourlangie – Yellow Water Billabong Cruise – Katherine

You’ll be mesmerised as you wander around the Nourlangie rock art site. It has provided shelter to the indigenous people for many thousands of years, and while taking shelter, the rock evolved into a canvas that illustrates the traditional owners’ very deep spiritual culture. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of Kakadu and now you’ll visit Warradjan Cultural Centre where you’ll be introduced to their way of life. Later, join your local guide

for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The picturesque yellow waters are home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and up to 60 species of colorful birdlife. This afternoon travel to Katherine. Hotel: ibis Styles, Katherine. L

Day 3: Katherine – Darwin

Enjoy an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. One of the most visited sites in Australia’s Top End, it is a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion year old sandstone that are home to many rapids and falls, flowing from the Katherine River. Next stop is Leliyn (Edith Falls). The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Return to Darwin stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin. Your short break concludes this evening. B As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm/8.30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodations for tonight.

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS Mon & Thu

• Discover Kakadu National Park • Nourlangie & Ubirr rock art • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong • East Alligator River cruise

Daily (Apr-Nov) and Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am

• Jumping Crocodile Cruise • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise • Cruise on Katherine Gorge • Refreshing swim at Edith Falls

CONCLUDES

PRICES

CONCLUDES 7.30pm approximately

$ Adult Twin

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(Apr & Nov-Mar) 6.30am and Tue & Sat (May-Oct) 7.15am 6.00pm (May-Oct) and 8.30pm (Apr & Nov-Mar)

$ Single*

low

mid

high

low

mid

Budget B

515

585

615

575

655

high 715

Standard R

525

595

630

590

670

755

Superior S

540

610

670

630

695

840

Low season: 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. Mid season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 and 01 Oct 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87).

PRICES Superior S

$ Adult Twin

$ Single*

low

mid

high

low

mid

high

925

940

1010

1090

1090

1235

Low season: 01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 & 01 Nov 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. Mid season: 01 May 2018 – 31 May 2018 & 01 Oct 2018 – 31 Oct 2018. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87). Green season itinerary (Code: DG52) operates April & November to March. Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine.


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Uluru Highlights

Uluru & Kings Canyon Explorer

2 DAYS  |  AYERS ROCK RETURN  |  YY43

3 DAYS  |  AYERS ROCK RETURN  |  YK41

Take in the sights of the marvelous Red Centre. Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta and venture into Walpa Gorge. Witness an unforgettable sunset and sunrise at Uluru and immerse yourself in ancient Anangu culture on a guided base walk.

Nothing can compare to seeing the Red Centre with your own eyes. Be amazed by the breathtaking Uluru sunrise and sunset, take in the majesty of Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta and be immersed by the region’s sacred history.

Day 1: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset

Day 1: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Base Tour & Sunset

salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport. Flights to depart after 12.30pm (Oct-Mar) & 1.00pm (Apr-Sep). Why not extend your stay in Uluru to experience the Sunrise Field of Light? Ask us for details.

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $125. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns,

skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm). This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip,’ and relax with sparkling wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Day 2: Kings Canyon

Rise early to drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for a breakfast at Kings Creek Station. In Kings Canyon make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of the canyon to be rewarded with marvellous views over Watarrka National Park. Or you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed, an easier walk. Return to Ayers Rock Resort. B

Day 3: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport. Flights to depart after 12.30pm (Oct-Mar) & 1.00pm (Apr-Sep).

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $125. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

• Explore Kata Tjuta’s Walpa Gorge • Uluru sunset and sunrise • Discover Uluru’s sacred sites • View Aboriginal rock art

Daily 3.00pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)

• Walk through Walpa Gorge • View ancient Uluru rock art • Spectacular Kings Canyon • Sunrise & sunset at Uluru

Daily 2.30pm (Apr-Oct) and 3.00pm (Nov-Mar)

PRICES

CONCLUDES 10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

$ Adult Twin

PRICES

$ Single*

CONCLUDES 10.30am (Oct-Mar) and 11.00am (Apr-Sep)

$ Adult Twin

$ Single*

low

high

low

high

Budget B

415

440

570

610

Standard R

460

500

655

730

Standard R

805

880

1140

1275

Superior S

495

545

740

830

Superior S

880

1010

1280

1500

Low season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 & 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87).

Budget B

low

high

low

high

735

780

1000

1075

Low season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 & 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87).


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Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery

Alice Springs to Uluru Explorer

3 DAYS  |  ALICE SPRINGS RETURN  |  AK43

2 DAYS  |  ALICE SPRINGS RETURN  |  AK20

Tick off the must-see sights of the Red Centre. Explore the natural wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon and their sacred history. Then take in an unforgettable Uluru sunset and sunrise.

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kings Canyon

As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Watch the sunrise set Uluru alight, while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views on the south side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon. Hotel: Standard Rooms (B & R) or Deluxe Spa Rooms (S), Kings Canyon Resort.

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset

Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later stop to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (B), Desert Gardens Hotel (R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available. This afternoon travel on to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes.

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $125. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Be captivated by the highlights of the Red Centre. Visit Kata Tjuta and walk through Walpa Gorge. Witness the striking outback sunset at Uluru and take in marvelous views of Kings Canyon on a rim climb or canyon floor walk. As this Short Break departs at 7.00am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base Tour & Sunset

Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling south you’ll stop to visit a camel farm where there is time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later, stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner), often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk, where you’ll be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View ancient rock art and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and sparkling wine. Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel ­(B), Desert Gardens Hotel ­(R) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (S), Ayers Rock Resort.

Drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for a breakfast at Kings Creek Station. Climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). Continue the 3 hour walk around the canyon with your guide and learn about its geology. Alternatively, enjoy a more leisurely 1½ hour walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed. Travel to Alice Springs, where your short break concludes. B As this Short Break concludes after 7.00pm, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for tonight. Have a think about extending your stay to explore the history and culture in and around Alice Springs.

Add-on the Uluru Barbecue Dinner for $125. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

• Discover Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Marvel at an Uluru sunrise • Toast the sunset at Uluru • Hike at Kings Canyon

Daily 7.00am (Apr-Mar)

• View majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) • Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole • Sparkling wine at Uluru sunset • Hike spectacular Kings Canyon

Daily 7.00am (Apr-Mar)

PRICES

CONCLUDES 7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

$ Adult Twin

PRICES

$ Single*

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high

low

high

Budget B

1005

1075

1285

1420

Standard R

1035

1130

1360

Superior S

1130

1240

1520

CONCLUDES 7.00pm (Oct-Mar) and 7.30pm (Apr-Sep)

$ Adult Twin

$ Single*

low

high

low

Budget B

710

735

855

895

1530

Standard R

740

780

920

995

1725

Superior S

795

855

1025

1130

Low season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 & 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87).

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Low season: 01 Apr 2018 – 31 May 2018 & 01 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. High season: 01 Jun 2018 – 30 Nov 2018. All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. National Park entry fee is included (see page 87).


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Kangaroo Island Discovery

Perth & Rottnest Island

2 DAYS  |  ADELAIDE RETURN  |  ZZ22

4 DAYS  |  PERTH RETURN  |  PP11

Be captivated by the natural wonders of Kangaroo Island. Walk among sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park. See kangaroos, koalas and a free-flight Birds of Prey Show. Wander around the spectacular Remarkable Rocks.

Day 2: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Your first stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, followed by a two course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. Then, travel to Flinders Chase National Park. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves or resting on the rocks. Return to Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide. Hotel drop-offs are available for city-centre hotels. B L

Day 1: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island

Travel to Cape Jervis via the Fleurieu Peninsula. Board the SeaLink ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your coach and your local Driver Guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first stop is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, a bush engineered distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After tasting the eucalyptus products, continue on to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two course lunch. Later, visit Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger among a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sea-lions. You’ll then visit the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here, you will travel to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can feed the kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, and join a guided tour of this wildlife and bird park. Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Room (R) or Executive Seaview Room (S), Kangaroo Island. L

As this Short Break concludes after 10.40pm, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for tonight.

Take in the sights of stunning Perth. Discover the subtropical island of Rottnest, visit Fremantle, Swan Valley, Kings Park and get up close with native Aussie animals at Caversham Wildlife Park.

Day 1: Perth

nature reserve and home to spectacular white sandy beaches, secluded bays, unique wildlife, shipwrecks, and a fascinating and colorful history. Enjoy a comprehensive coach tour and a full circumnavigation of the island with expert driver commentary. You’re sure to encounter a Quokka! Stop at some of Rottnest’s most spectacular locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the majestic lookout point at the rugged West End. Enjoy Lunch at Rottnest Lodge. Later, there is time at leisure before re-boarding your ferry for your return to Perth. B L

On arrival at Perth Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Travelodge, Perth, 3 nights.

Day 2: Perth – Cottesloe – Fremantle

Take in the must-see sights of Perth and Fremantle with visits to Kings Park Botanic Garden and Cottesloe Beach, passing Perth’s exclusive suburbs. Start at Kings Park, the lush green heart of the city and one of the world’s biggest inner city parks. Walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway for views of the Perth city skyline and see the 750 year old Boab tree. Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant birdlife and be sure to listen out for the merry laugh of the native Australia Kookaburra. Next enjoy a picturesque drive along Cottesloe beach, or ‘The Cott’, one of the most popular Australian west coast beaches. Wander the streets of historic Fremantle, a centre of cosmopolitan cafés and restored old buildings. Relax on a cruise along the Swan River via some of Perth’s most exclusive suburbs and as you near Perth city you’ll cruise past Royal Perth Yacht Club and the University of WA. B

Day 4: Perth

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Perth Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Day 3: Rottnest Island

Cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to Rottnest Island. Located 19 Kilometers off the mainland, the car-free island is an A class

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

• Seal Bay Conservation Park • Free-flight Birds of Prey Show • See kangaroos & koalas • Wander around Remarkable Rocks

Daily (Apr & Oct-Mar) and Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun (May-Sep)

• Perth city highlights tour • Explore historic Fremantle • Cruise on the Swan River • Discover Rottnest Island

Daily (Apr-Mar)

CONCLUDES 10.40pm approximately

PRICES

$ Adult Twin

Standard R

600

770

PRICES

Superior S

615

800

Standard

CONCLUDES Morning of day 4

$ Single*

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by SeaLink.

$ Adult Twin

$ Single*

585

815

All prices are per person, land only. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Pinnacle Tours & Rottnest Express.


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Rotorua Discovery

Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed

4 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND RETURN  |  ZR5

7 DAYS  |  AUCKLAND RETURN   |  ZBR5

Discover the highlights of Rotorua. Explore the worldfamous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Glow Worm Grotto. Experience the impressive geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia, enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and much more. As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua

Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the worldfamous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights.

Day 2: Rotorua Sightseeing

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you’ll discover the beauty of the native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral springs and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Then

enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Farm Show. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at a local marae. Learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Then experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way. B D

Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland

Spend a day at leisure in Rotorua. Late this afternoon travel through forests and lush Waikato farmlands on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B

Day 4: Auckland

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime). B

Escape to the glorious Bay of Islands. Immerse yourself in Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Te Puia, enjoy a delicious unique Maori Hangi dinner and more. As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B

Day 1: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history. Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Watch for bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Cruise past Cape Brett Lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Garden View (R) or Copthorne Resort, Water View (S), Bay of Islands, 2 nights. D

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

The day is at leisure for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or play a round of golf. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront. B

Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland

This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital

Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Rotorua

Travel to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, to tour its amazing limestone formations. Take a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a cavern lit by thousands of tiny Glowworms. Later, travel to the Maori heartland of Rotorua. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Rotorua, 2 nights. B

Day 5: Rotorua Sightseeing Experience Te Puia, Maori cultural center and a thermal wonderland of geysers and mud pools. Discover Rainbow Springs Nature Park’s native flora and fauna. Then at Agrodome Sheep Show see a sheep shearing display and dog trials. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D

Day 6: Rotorua – Auckland

Spend a day at leisure, then we return to Auckland through lush farmlands. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (S), Auckland. B

Day 7: Auckland

You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

• Waitomo Glowworm Grotto • Explore Maori culture at Te Puia • Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show • Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert

Daily 6.45am (Apr-Mar)

• Cruise in the Bay of Islands • Day at leisure in the Bay of Islands • Visit Waitangi Treaty Reserve • Visit Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Daily 6.45am (Apr-Mar)

PRICES

CONCLUDES Morning of day 4

$ Adult Twin

PRICES

$ Adult Single*

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19 2019

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19

2019

Standard R

1090

1060

1145

1110

1310

1255

1370

1315

Superior S

1195

1150

1300

1250

1505

1425

1675

1595

2018/1: 01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018/2: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. 2018/19: 01 Oct 2018 – 30 Apr 2019. 2019: 01 May 2019 – 30 Sep 2019. All prices are per person, twin share. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Great Sights.

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CONCLUDES Morning of day 7

$ Adult Twin

$ Adult Single*

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19 2019

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19

2019

Standard R

1870

1815

1960

1955

2305

2215

2395

2355

Superior S

2050

1950

2385

2280

2645

2475

3160

2980

2018/1: 01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018/2: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. 2018/19: 01 Oct 2018 – 30 Apr 2019. 2019: 01 May 2019 – 30 Sep 2019. All prices are per person, twin share. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Great Sights.


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Fiordland Experience

Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine

5 DAYS  |  QUEENSTOWN RETURN  |  ZFE5

5 DAYS  |  QUEENSTOWN TO CHRISTCHURCH   |  ZWC5

Escape to the picturesque Queenstown and journey into the pristine fiord of Doubtful Sound. Cruise through the fiordland absorbing stunning scenery, relax on an overnight cruise on Milford Sound plus much more.

Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw for dinner at a sheep station. Enjoy a free day in Queenstown then travel through alpine rainforest. Explore Franz Josef Glacier then board the TranzAlpine train journey for spectacular mountain views.

Day 1: Queenstown

Day 1: Queenstown

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown.

Day 2: Queenstown – Doubtful Sound – Te Anau

Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. It will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife, you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Your excursion into the pristine fiord of Doubtful Sound begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then, join your coach to travel the sub-alpine road through the dense rainforest. Board the catamaran Patea Explorer for a cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery. When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away. Later, return to Te Anau. Hotel: Luxmore Resort (R) or Distinction Hotel (S), Te Anau. B L

Tasman Sea, accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife. Anchor in a sheltered cove and explore the surrounding area in kayaks with your expert guide. Or simply relax on deck. Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound (R & S). B D Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown (21 May-15 Sep)^. B D

Day 4: Milford Sound – Queenstown

Today you’ll embark on your return journey to Queenstown. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown. B

Day 5: Queenstown

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Queenstown airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of your day is free to take in the many scenic vistas. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining sheep show between courses provides a glimpse into high country farm life. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (S), Queenstown, 2 nights. D

Day 2: Queenstown Free Time

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps try white water rafting, a jet boat ride or a wine tasting tour (all own expense). You could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. B

Day 3: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier

Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook

Day 3: Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel to Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. Cruise the full length of the Sound to the

(own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Graham Wing (R) or Douglas Wing (S), Franz Josef. B D

Day 4: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch This morning continue to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. Here you’ll board the world-famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. Your train departs Greymouth and climbs into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 meters high. Dinner is at your hotel. Hotel: Ibis Hotel (R) or Novotel (S), Christchurch. B D

Day 5: Christchurch

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTS

• Cruise on Doubtful Sound • Overnight cruise on Milford Sound • Spectacular waterfalls & wildlife • Guided kayaking on Milford Sound

Daily (Apr-Mar)

• Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw • Dinner at a sheep station • Free day in Queenstown • Explore Franz Josef Glacier • Journey on the TranzAlpine

Daily (Apr-Mar)

PRICES

CONCLUDES Morning of day 5

$ Adult Twin

PRICES

$ Adult Single*

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19 2019

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19

2019

CONCLUDES Morning of day 5

$ Adult Twin

$ Adult Single*

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19 2019

2018/1 2018/2 2018/19

2019

Standard R

1270

1130

1535

1345

1855

1575

2120

1760

Standard R

1245

1210

1400

1390

1660

1595

1835

1795

Superior S

1365

1200

1625

1315

1990

1720

2250

1785

Superior S

1425

1345

1480

1455

1950

1795

2040

1925

2018/1: 01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018/2: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. 2018/19: 01 Oct 2018 – 30 Apr 2019. 2019: 01 May 2019 – 30 Sep 2019. All prices are per person, twin share. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Real Journeys.

2018/1: 01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018. 2018/2: 01 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018. 2018/19: 01 Oct 2018 – 30 Apr 2019. 2019: 01 May 2019 – 30 Sep 2019. All prices are per person, twin share. *Single traveler must pay the single price. Operated by Great Sights.


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Day Tours Full or half day tours sightseeing tours Have you got a day or half day to spare? Add-on an AAT Kings Day Tour. Choose tours in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, the Red Centre or Cairns. See the must-see sights and learn about a destination’s history and culture. We also offer free hotel pick-ups, so all you need do is relax. To see our full range of Day Tours visit aatkings.com/daytours

Sightsee ‘n’ Save Day Tours Pass Uluru: Field of Light Experience a once-in-a-lifetime Uluru event! Acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, is one of his most beautiful installations to date. Under cover of darkness, wander through 50,000 magical spheres of light, before making your way to the Dune Top viewing area. Watch amazing color changes as the desert awakens. Then, as the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert sky, gaze in awe as the sun rises at Uluru, with Kata Tjuta in the distance.

MORNING  |  FOL

$65

DEPARTS

Daily 105 minutes prior to sunrise

CONCLUDES

30 minutes after sunrise 

INCLUSIONS

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate at sunrise

Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes PITI PASS Includes: Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta, Uluru Base Tour & Sunset

$235

CODE: Y3

OCHRE PASS

Includes: Uluru Sunrise & Guided Walk, Uluru Sunset, Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Valley of the Winds, Kata Tjuta Sunset  

$390

CODE: Y5

The Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes offer great value for money for guests wanting to experience the complete wonders of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.

THE BENEFITS • Freedom to travel on your day of choice • Valid for 3 consecutive days from the start of your first tour • You may travel once on each included tour • Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Fee is included

Due to seasonal conditions, please book as far in advance as possible.

Purchase a Sightsee ‘n’ Save Pass before you go and save up to 35% on over 60 selected Day Tours. Only available for purchase prior to arrival in Australia, each pass contains 4 coupons. THE BENEFITS • No need to pre-book Day Tours before leaving home. Simply book your tours in Australia* • Courtesy pick-ups are available from most hotels • On all tours, seats are guaranteed 24 hours prior to departure • No extra fees

$355 Half coupon

Full coupon

Double coupon

*Due to seasonal conditions, please book as far in advance as possible.


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Red Centre

Tours depart from Ayers Rock Resort. *National Park Entry Fee is not included. See page 87 >

Uluru Sunrise & Kata Tjuta Travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area for incredible view through the dunes and stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight, while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then it’s off to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Your Driver Guide will lead you on a one hour walk through Walpa Gorge, sharing stories of local flora and fauna, and the geology of this amazing formation.

HALF DAY  |  Y14

$120

DEPARTS

Daily 90 minutes prior to sunrise

CONCLUDES

10.30am (Oct-Mar)and 11.00am (Apr-Sep) (times approximate)

Uluru Sunset with BBQ Dinner Experience sunset at Uluru then continue on to our exclusive venue for an Aussie Barbecue Dinner, with Uluru as your backdrop. Relax and enjoy sparkling wine on arrival then dine on a menu of steak, kangaroo meat, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of red and white wines, beer and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting). D

Sydney

HALF DAY  |  Y11B

$190

CONCLUDES

2½ hours after sunset

Tours depart from Sydney. Contact us for our hotel pick-up locations & times.

Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife Explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. See the Three Sisters in Katoomba and admire panoramic views of the spectacular Jamison Valley. Ride the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World (own expense). Spend time in picturesque Leura. This village will take you back in time and is famous for its antique shops and Candy Store. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. See cuddly koalas and other native animals. Return to Sydney Harbour by ferry (own expense). Ask for details.

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste award-winning food and wine. Join a guided tour to learn about the wine making process at Leogate Estate Winery. At the Hunter Resort enjoy a two-course lunch complemented by specially chosen wines. Next stop is historic McGuigan Wines, with its history in wine making dating back to the 1800s. Your final stop is the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, where there’s time for shopping and browsing. L

Port Stephens, Dolphins & Dunes Travel north to the Central Coast. Cross the Hawkesbury Ranges to the Australian Reptile Park. Board a luxury dolphin watching boat and cruise around the magnificent Port Stephens region, home to pods of bottlenose dolphins. Ride on the boat’s boom net (seasonal). Then take the 4WD sandboarding tour to the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest dune system in Australia

Spectacular Sydney

FULL DAY  |  J15

$135

DEPARTS

Daily from 7.00am

CONCLUDES

6.00pm approximately

FULL DAY  |  J14

$165

DEPARTS

Tue, Fri & Sun from 7.00am

CONCLUDES

6.45pm approximately

FULL DAY  |  J86S

$165

DEPARTS

Mon, Wed & Sat from 7.00am

CONCLUDES

7.30pm approximately

FULL DAY  |  J63

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge for fabulous views of the city skyline. See Sydney’s white sandy northern beaches, including Manly Beach. This afternoon see Sydney’s historic Rocks and Circular Quay. View the Opera House from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Visit famous Bondi Beach where you can dip your feet into the cool, clear ocean or visit one of the many cafés along the waterfront.

Melbourne

DEPARTS

Daily 75 minutes prior to sunset

$110

DEPARTS

Daily from 7.00am

CONCLUDES

5.45pm approximately

Tours depart from Federation Square. Or earlier from your hotel.

Great Ocean Road & the Twelve Apostles Travel along the Great Ocean Road and marvel at the golden sandy beaches. The rugged splendor of the Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These incredible limestone rock formations are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.

Phillip Island: Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

FULL DAY  |  K4

$140

DEPARTS

Daily 8.00am

CONCLUDES

8.00pm approximately

FULL DAY  |  K10

$140

DEPARTS

Daily 1.15pm

CONCLUDES

9.30-10.30pm (Apr-Sep) & 10.30-11.30pm (Oct-Mar)


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Melbourne

Tours depart from Federation Square. Or earlier from your hotel.

Magnificent Melbourne: Morning City Tour

HALF DAY  |  K1

$60

Hear about Melbourne’s wonderful history, its famous buildings and sensational shopping. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Grand Prix Track and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Port Phillip Bay.

DEPARTS

Daily 8.10am

CONCLUDES

11.45am approximately

Puffing Billy & Wine Country in Style

FULL DAY  |  K35

$145

Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy morning tea at Grants on Sherbrooke and hand-feed native birds. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Visit Rochford Winery and another two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tastings and wine appreciation.

DEPARTS

Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun 8.20am

CONCLUDES

5.30pm approximately

Queensland Kuranda, Skyrail & Tjapukai

FULL DAY  |   KQST

$181

Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Then ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets. Return on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for an amazing journey, as you travel through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

DEPARTS

Daily 8.00am from Cairns

CONCLUDES

6.00pm approximately

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise

FULL DAY  |  CRMC

$185

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist. View spectacular coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible craft. There is a chance to go snorkeling (equipment provided). A tropical buffet lunch is included. Return transfers are extra. L

DEPARTS

Daily 8.30am from Cairns

CONCLUDES

5.30pm approximately

Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge

FULL DAY  |  CTR

$180

Cruise the Daintree River, home to the estuarine crocodile and unique flora. Experience DEPARTS the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. Wind through the rainforest of the Alexandra Daily 6.45am from Cairns or Range and enjoy views over the Daintree River estuary and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 7.45 am from Port Douglas tropical lunch in the rainforest and stroll Cape Tribulation Beach. Then experience an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners in Mossman Gorge. L CONCLUDES 4.30pm Port Douglas/6.30pm Cairns

Crocodile Express & Australia Zoo Made famous by the antics of the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, this wildlife Sunshine Coast theme park is too good to rush. Spend almost six hours seeing the many shows and demonstrations including crocodile feeding and snake handling. The handlers even walk some animals through the park so you can get ‘up-close and personal’.

Brisbane City Sights, Cruise & Wildlife See the sights of Brisbane and learn about its convict past. Enjoy a river cruise with Devonshire Tea, experience the Wheel of Brisbane (own expense) and time to see the arts, crafts and restaurants of South Bank. At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary cuddle a koala and feed a kangaroo before taking in city views from Mt. Coot-tha Lookout.

South Australia

FULL DAY  |  B7

$117

DEPARTS

Daily 8.45am from Brisbane

CONCLUDES

5.30pm approximately

FULL DAY  |  B84

$117

DEPARTS

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun 9.00am from Brisbane

CONCLUDES

5.00pm approximately

Tours depart from Adelaide Central Bus Station. Or earlier from your hotel.

Barossa Food & Wine Experience Travel through the scenic countryside to Australia’s premier wine region. Stop for morning tea and tastings at TeAro Estate. Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop to sample her products. Enjoy a two-course lunch and wine tasting at Lambert Estate. After lunch visit Mengler Hill lookout and finish the day at the Pindarie Cellar Door. L

FULL DAY  |  AS2

$125

DEPARTS

Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun 9.15am

CONCLUDES

5.15pm approximately


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Pre & Post Accommodations Why not stay a little longer? Our special discounted rates make adding days either before or after your vacation both easy and affordable at selected AATÂ Kings hotels and resorts. To extend your stay, simply choose the number of extra nights and ask your travel agent to reserve the additional accommodations at the time of booking. It couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any easier. Prices are per person per night and include breakfast, or room only where indicated.

QT, Port Douglas

Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

The Langham, Auckland

Sofitel, Wellington

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

DoubleTree Esplanade, Darwin


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Australian hotels City

Hotel

Adelaide

Alice Springs

Ayers Rock

Brisbane

Cairns

Darwin

Australian hotels Twin

Single

Chifley South Terrace

76

126

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

197

373

Stamford Plaza

101

197

The Langham

265

530

Aurora Alice Springs Room Only

53

105

Rydges Sydney Central

123

223

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Room Only

74

148

Rydges World Square

152

275

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (Premium)

98

179

Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour (City View)

193

382

Travelodge

84

146

Mercure Alice Springs Resort Room Only

80

159

Outback Pioneer Hotel Room Only

136

218

Desert Gardens Room Only

180

360

Desert Gardens

222

402

Sails in the Desert Room Only

232

463

Sails in the Desert

276

507

Mercure

87

150

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

92

166

Hilton Hotel

122

214

Alamanda Palm Cove

223

416

Pacific Hotel

105

198

Travelodge Darwin Resort (Motel) Room Only

81

164

Travelodge Darwin Resort (Standard) Room Only

94

188

DoubleTree Esplanade Room Only

117

234

City

Sydney

Perth

Hotel

Twin

Single

New Zealand hotels City

Auckland

Christchurch

Hotel

Twin

Scenic Hotel

122

Single 190

VR Queen Street

118

186

The Langham

253

464

Sofitel

166

332

Stamford Plaza

166

332

Ibis Hotel

83

166

Novotel

135

270

Mantra on the Esplanade Room Only

95

191

Montreal

252

463

Mantra on the Esplanade

123

218

Distinction

119

210

Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor

151

265

Copthorne Resort

115

216

Launceston

Hotel Grand Chancellor

118

206

Millennium Hotel

121

242 406

Melbourne

Port Douglas

Queenstown

Mercure Hotel Welcome

95

174

Heritage Queenstown

217

Crowne Plaza

126

227

Travelodge

97

177

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

182

330

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

129

233

QT Port Douglas

102

184

Sofitel

169

338

Wellington

All prices for these hotels are based on High Season. Low Season prices are available on request. Important: Breakfast is not included in pre/post tour accommodations on Northern Territory Short Breaks. Only AAT Kings clients qualify for the above accommodations and prices. Surcharges may apply.

Travel Essentials Activate your registration Register online from the comfort of your home to save time at the beginning of your vacation. This will help us gather all the essential information so we can better anticipate your needs during your vacation. Please have the following information ready: • Your AAT Kings booking number and last name • Emergency contact details including email (should an unlikely event arise) • Passport details for international travelers for each guest on your booking)

It’s quick & easy to register online

1. Go to aatkings.com/checkin 2. Enter your booking number & last name 3. Answer each question & click submit

We recommend checking in as soon as possible after receiving your travel documents and more than 15 days prior to departure. Please note, if you check-in after this time we can’t guarantee your Travel Director will receive your details. Instead, please print your completed registration form and give it to your Travel Director at the start of your vacation. All of your details will be kept secure.


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Booking Conditions

All references to tours in these booking conditions refer to all Guided Vacations, Short Breaks, Day Tours and Inspiring Journeys.

Payments

Deposit required Final Payment

$200 per person per tour 45 days prior to departure

Disclaimer

Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ, AAT Kings will not be bound by, or liable for any description, photograph, representation or warranty made by or provided by any independent third party sales representative, Travel Agent, or other person or entity relating to any vacation offered by AAT Kings.

General Information & Conditions

Vacation prices are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure. All are subject to change. For up-to-date pricing contact your travel agent or visit www.aatkings.com. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuation will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total vacation price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the vacation within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in US and Canadian Dollars unless specified.

Fees & Taxes

Other fees and taxes are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed at time of booking. Any additional fees charged by airlines such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are at the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply.

Tour Participation, Exclusion and Release

Children under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Clients with disabilities are welcome on AAT Kings tours provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from AAT Kings personnel. You must advise AAT Kings at the time of booking if you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect your enjoyment of the tour or its enjoyment by others. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your travel arrangements without any liability on the part of AAT Kings. • Guests must advise AAT Kings, at time of booking of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. AAT Kings will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • A AT Kings may impose safety requirements. AAT Kings may exclude an individual from participation in a vacation or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a threat to the health or safety of others. The decision, made solely by AAT Kings, to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment and reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policy, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. No refunds will be given if the decision is made to exclude the guest. • A AT Kings does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveler who requires services of a personal nature should strongly consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that the other travelers, Travel Director and AAT Kings staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on any AAT Kings vacations. • A AT Kings does not employ medical personnel; any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. AAT Kings is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical service, or medical services obtained while on vacation, or for the quality of the care or services received. Medical care in other countries is not always comparable to care that you may receive in your local area. You are encouraged to purchase medical insurance that will cover you while on vacation. Your regular health insurance may not apply abroad. • In purchasing your vacation, you attest that you are physically fit for it, if you have concerns please request additional details about your journey from your travel agent or AAT Kings. • Some vacations include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps, and/or locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the vacation, AAT Kings may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which AAT Kings does not control. Accommodations in international vacations may differ from those in North America. AAT Kings cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guest traveling on international vacations. Many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not AAT Kings. These are not part of the vacation package provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the experience. We are not responsible for providing of the experience, or anything that happens during the experience. Some experiences involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about experiences and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability; we suggest that you speak with your medical providers if you have questions about your abilities. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. AAT Kings may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guests or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with AAT Kings’ terms and conditions. If this occurs, you are responsible for the cost of travel back to your hometown and AAT Kings shall not be liable for your losses and no refund shall be provided. You agree that AAT Kings is released from all liability for, and you agree not to hold AAT Kings responsible for termination of your tour arrangements in accordance with the previous conditions, or any decision made by AAT Kings or by any service provider who refuses to provide you with special accommodations facilities or services that are not available or who refuses to carry you by reason of any disability or medical condition. You agree that our AAT Kings’ Travel Director or Representative may take photographs and videos of you while you are on vacation and that these may be used in our brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.

Passports, Visas and other Entry/Exit Requirements

To enter and leave Australia and New Zealand, all guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Some countries require multiple entry visas. Please refer to www.aatkings.com ‘All You Need To Know’ section. For Australia, Canadian and US passport holders require an ETA prior to departure. Please consult AAT Kings or your travel agent for further details. Due to government imposed security/ immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is

required for all guests prior to release of travel documents. It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, affidavits, immunizations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into each destination. In some countries you may be subject to (reciprocity) fees and or departure taxes/exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. Please note that entry to any country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete and, if this occurs, no refund is due. For up-to-date detailed information on travel documents and visas, entry/exit taxes and further information on entry and exit requirements please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. AAT Kings bears no responsibility for such information and will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your vacation related to improper documentation.

Air Arrangements

Special airfares for travel within Australia and New Zealand are available to international visitors, in conjunction with their international air tickets. Your travel professional will have details. Reservations/Ticketing: Air-inclusive bookings require an additional non-refundable deposit at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit, your airfare, taxes and surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided vacation including flight, you will be required at the time of booking to provide us with the full name as detailed on the passport, date of birth, passport number, date and place of issue and expiration date for each guest. For published airfare bookings, a $75 per person processing fee will be charged. Changes to flight itineraries, name changes and/or corrections may either not be allowed or may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers, including AAT Kings) change prices and routes from time to time. All air routings are in the sole control of the airline and are subject to change at any time. Air Cancellation: Cancellations prior to airline ticketing incur a service fee of $50 per person plus air deposit or after airline ticketing service fees of $75 per person plus deposit is charged. This is in addition to any airline imposed penalties, which may be up to 100% of the air ticket price, will be charged for cancellation. Some airfares including published fares booked by AAT Kings are non-changeable and non-refundable. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. AAT Kings does not hold block spaces on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided vacation departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre-assigned seats. Some may charge for pre-assigned seats. Any additional charges imposed by airlines will be at the guest’s expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired guests must contact the airline(s) directly to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. AAT Kings reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment flight delays, flight cancellations and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. AAT Kings will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including AAT Kings) change pricing and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airline Fuel Surcharges and Air-Related Taxes, Fees and Restrictions Airfares will be provided at time of booking, will be based on round-trip purchase, and will include air-related taxes, fees and fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling, seat selections and/or any other services are at the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. AAT Kings does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage are not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by AAT Kings. It is the guest’s responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. AAT Kings shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Please be advised that due to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight Program, airlines must collect required information from guests. For more information regarding TSA’s Secure Flight Program, please visit www.tsa.gov

Booking Changes, Cancellations & Refunds

A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further costs we incur, will be charged for any revisions or alterations made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed with payment unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and changes may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of Guided Vacation date or itinerary within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when changing to an earlier departure date and the vacation price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation and fees may apply. You must also pay any charges or fees imposed by airlines for any changes, including name and date changes. This can be up to 100% of the value of the ticket.

Smart Ways to Save

1. Early payment discounts apply only to the land component of the vacation (do not apply to pre or post accommodations, vacations incorporating rail or cruise components, or third party operated vacations/day tours). 2. Kings Club Past Guest Discount – one discount will be available per person, per Guided Vacation. You must have traveled with us before you can redeem the discount. Please advise previous vacation details at time of booking. 3. 2nd vacation discount applies to AAT Kings operated Guided Vacations (First Choice, Best Buys) & Inspiring Journeys. Vacations must be booked at the same time and the discount is per person off the Land Only portion of the vacation with the shortest duration. 4. The triple share discount is available when 3 guests share a twin or double room with an extra bed (foldaway, sofabed or rollaway). Triple share is not available at all hotels. 5. Traveling alone discount applies only to AAT Kings operated Guided Vacations (First Choice, Best Buys). It does not apply to Inspiring Journeys & Short Breaks. 6. Group Travel option applies only to AAT Kings operated vacations. Please refer to aatkings.com/combined or call AAT Kings for a full list of which discounts can be combined.

Cancellations & Cancellation Fees

• Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If the notice of cancellation is received by AAT Kings more than 45 days prior to the vacation departure date, deposit will be returned along with any Travel Protection payment.

• If full payment is not received 45 days prior to departure date AAT Kings has the right to cancel your reservation. AAT Kings will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to AAT Kings or through your travel agent. • If a person in a party cancels and there is a room change caused by this cancellation (such as a Twin/Double to Single, or Triple to Twin/Double), changes for the new room type will be the responsibility of the remaining party. • The charges detailed in the Summary Information Table will be applied when notice of cancellation is given after the booking is confirmed. • If a guest fails to join the vacation on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100% (unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the vacation later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees applied to additional accommodations and/or chargeable transfers, prior to and after the vacation reserved through AAT Kings, are additional to any cancellation or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent. • Additional hotel accommodations and/or chargeable transfers cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booking date the following fees will be charged. AAT Kings Guided Vacations, Short Breaks & Inspiring Journeys PERIOD OF NOTICE

CANCELLATION FEE

45 days and over

Deposit forfeited

44-22 days

25% of tour price

21-8 days

30% of tour price

7-1 days

50% of tour price

Departure day (no show)

100% of tour price

AAT Kings Day Tours PERIOD OF NOTICE

CANCELLATION FEE

Less than 6 days prior to departure

50% of tour price

24 hours or no show

100% of tour price

Hotel and/or Chargeable Transfer Cancellation Fees PERIOD OF NOTICE

CANCELLATION FEE

45 days and over

$35 per person

44-22 days 25% of the price for the accommodations and or chargeable transfers 21-15 days 30% of the price for the accommodations and or chargeable transfers Travel agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any changes prior to airline ticketing incur a $35 service fee per person or if after ticketing a $75 service fee per person. This is in addition to any airfare rate increase and any additional change fees imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by AAT Kings are non-changeable and non-refundable. See Air Cancellation Section above. AAT Kings is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside AAT Kings that are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You and your Travel Agent are responsible to make this claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence Early return expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a vacation, included but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. AAT Kings makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim.

Quad Share Rooms

Quad share rooms are not available and clients are required to book two twin rooms. Inter-connecting rooms are available on request and subject to availability.

Solo Travelers

Where single rooms are available, an additional charge applies. Refer to individual programs. Single rooms in some remote locations cannot always be guaranteed and in some cases, the single charge is obligatory. Triple rooms are available on request and a discount per person applies. The third bed may be a ‘fold-away’, ‘sofa-bed’ or ‘roll away’. If you are traveling alone on a vacation and do not wish to pay the single supplement, AAT Kings will ensure that you share a room with a person of the same gender. If we are unable to match you, we’ll provide a single room at no additional charge. Please request at time of booking. Does not apply to Small Group Tours and Short Breaks.

Hotel Check-in/Check-out

Check-in time at most hotels is 3pm. If you are arriving early into a city, you may wish to request an early check-in to your hotel room, so as to allow for immediate check-in. An additional nights charge will apply.

Extended Stays

If you arrange with AAT Kings to remain at a destination before or after your vacation, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Why not stay a little longer’ section of this brochure for a list of pre and post vacation accommodations. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each vacation. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. If your extra night/s accommodations is not the hotel where your vacation begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense.

Refunds and Penalties

Illness or absenteeism: in the event of your withdrawal from a tour after commencement for reasons of illness you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to, missed meals or sightseeing. AAT Kings makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement of funds paid by you under any insurance claim.

Travel Insurance

AAT Kings recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason.

Vacation Inclusions

Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruise prices as per itinerary, services of a Travel Director and Tour Driver and meals as specified. Accommodation on a twin share basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients, AAT Kings reserves the right to operate touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide. On some occasions coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.


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Itinerary Variations

AAT Kings strives to improve vacation itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order, hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On vacations which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons and on Milford Sound may be shared. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We will try to notify you or your travel agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your travel agent before making a reservation. AAT Kings ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome AAT Kings guests, AAT Kings will attempt to find an alternative experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience.

Vacations & Changes

During local or regional vacations, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by AAT Kings seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary and no compensation will be payable to guests. Vacations, closing days and other occurrences may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, regional meals, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national, state or territory tourist office before selecting a specific departure date.

Airport Transfers

Where indicated in this brochure, complimentary arrival and departure transfers are provided between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour only. Complimentary transfers are only included with pre/post tour accommodations booked with AAT Kings, and where flight arrival and departure details are advised.

Special Meals

Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that any special meal requirements will be on a request basis only. AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

Not Included in Your Tour Price

Any items and matters not referred to above, including airlines to and from your destination, air-related taxes and fees (except where specified); additional fees charged by airlines such as checked and/or excess baggage, seat selections and any other services, passport and visa fees, insurances or all kinds, tips/gratuities to Motorcoach Driver, Local Host, Local Specialists and Travel Director; laundry; phone calls; minibar; beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary; Optional Experiences; and all items of a personal nature. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-governmental entities. The price does not cover costs and expenses, including your return home, if you leave the guided vacation whether of your own volition, our decision based on behavior that disrupts the trip, due to illness, action by any government or other reason. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included.

Luggage Allowance

One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on board the coach. Please note that hand luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments of the vehicle and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase is not to exceed 50lbs (23kg). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airlines/s directly for their most current baggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers in regard to luggage. All luggage and personal effects are at all times, and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Smoking and Seat Rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches, including e-cigarettes. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, guests change seats daily during the course of the tour.

What to Bring

We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget a hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toiletries and a bottle for drinking water. Note that regular laundry facilities may not always be available. Dress is usually casual, so bring comfortable clothing. In Central Australia, Southern Australia and New Zealand nights in winter (May to August) can be cold, frosts and snow do occur and occasionally cold winds blow, so bring warm clothing to suit. Days are usually sunny and mild. In Northern Australia warmer conditions apply, so come prepared.

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many hotel guest rooms and/ or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wi-Fi on coaches uses a mobile/ cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available in some areas. Please note that Wi-Fi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

Independent Touring

Companies other than AAT Kings operate some touring in this brochure.

Third Party Suppliers

IMPORTANT: Scenic Flights, Boat Cruises, Helicopter Flights, Cable Car Rides, some 4WD Tours, White Water Rafting, Camel Rides, Hot Air Ballooning, Rail etc. These excursions are not operated by AAT Kings Tours, or by persons or companies associated with AAT Kings Tours. These activities may involve inherent risk of injury, death, accident, delay and loss, and guests assume all such risk with regard to any misadventure, death, injury, delay or loss which occurs during, or as a result of any such activity.

Complaints

If an issue arises or you need assistance, you should immediately inform the relevant supplier (for example the hotel) and your Travel Director or our local representative who will endeavor to assist you. Prompt action will assist the supplier of the services to rectify the situation and ensure enjoyment of your vacation. It is a legal requirement that you advise the supplier of any issues you may have whilst on tour. If you fail to give the supplier and/or AAT Kings the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint at the time, this may affect your rights under this contract if your complaint cannot be resolved locally or through our office (detailed below). You should make contact with the travel agent with whom you booked your vacation who will contact us to advise of the problem so that

we may endeavor to resolve it. Should a problem remain unresolved, we request that a complaint be made in writing within 28 days of completion of your tour to: Guest Relations Department, AAT Kings Tours (USA), 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA 92805

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park & Kakadu National Park Entry Fees

The entry fee for Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park is USD21/CAD30 per adult and USD11/CAD15 per child and is valid for a period of 3 consecutive days. The fee for Kakadu National Park is USD34/CAD46 per adult (April-October), USD21/CAD30 per adult (November-March), USD17/ CAD23 per child (April-October), USD11/CAD15 per child (NovemberMarch) and is valid for 7 consecutive days. The entry fee is included on all Short Breaks. The entry fee is not included on any Day Tours and must be pre-purchased at time of booking or on day of travel. This is an additional compulsory government charge and is subject to change without notice. You must carry your entry ticket with you every time you enter the National Parks or you will be required to purchase another ticket. Child age is 5-15 years. These prices are subject to change without notice.

Protection of Funds

AAT Kings shares coverage under Trafalgar Tours’ USTOA Active Membership and $1 million letter of credit, posted with the United States Tour Operators Association, in the unlikely event of the company’s insolvency AAT Kings Tours (USA) Inc., is a registered seller of travel with the Attorney General of the State of California pursuant to section 17550.20 of the California Business and Professions Code CST#201995720

Disclaimer for Warranties

The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, through in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to change and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof.

Responsibility

1. This brochure represents the entire agreement between the Guest and AAT Kings Tours International Ltd., who is the product owner. 2. A AT Kings and its agents (collectively ‘AAT’) act only as agent for the guest and upon express condition that AAT Kings shall not be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act, or omission of any third party (including without limitation, any act, inaction or breach of contract of any third party which is to, or does supply any goods or services for this tour). Without limiting the foregoing, AAT Kings does not own or operate any third party suppliers of services such as hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, sightseeing companies or local tour operators. It is not responsible for any injury, death, loss or expense due to overbooking of accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, government/s, acts of terrorism, criminal activity, war, quarantine, force majeure events or any other cause beyond its control. All such risk, loss and expense must be borne by the guest. 3. Most coach tours are subject to a minimum number of guest bookings. Where this is not reached, we endeavor to give ample notice and suggest suitable alternatives. Any additional costs incurred are the responsibility of the guest. 4. Legal proceedings against the company may be instituted only in a State or Federal Court within the State of California, or in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The applicable law shall be the law of the State of California. 5. We reserve the right to change the hotels and vehicles used, if operational considerations require this. 

Additional Risks

Additional risks and damages may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas, hazards of travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft and other means of conveyance , animal interactions, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, hazardous local customs and practices, differing levels of sanitation, differing standards of safety, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and differing animal regulation, accident or illness in areas lacking means of rapid evacuation of medical facilities and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there are significant dangers involved and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with AAT Kings to participate in such trips and activities you agree you will not make a claim against AAT Kings or its related companies or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or on any and every other way participating in the trip. You release AAT Kings, its related companies and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a trip. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors accompanying you. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.

Safety

Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither AAT Kings nor the operator nor its agents or co-operating organizations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being used at the time of such an accident or incident. The exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances.

International Treaties

Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention 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 and 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 and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liabilities in relation to any claim of death, injury, loss, damage and delays to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a vacation shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by and office of the Company.

AAT Kings Limited Role

AAT Kings, a California corporation, serves only as a sales representative, and is not responsible for any activity beyond its limited role in arranging reservations and ticketing. AAT Kings shall not be responsible or liable for any acts, omission or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of any other entity whether or not affiliated with the operator.

Choice of Law and Venue Selection

This Agreement is deemed to be entered into in Orange County, California. The exclusive venue for any action concerning the interpretation,

enforcement, or breach of any term, obligation, or duty as contained or related to these Terms and Conditions shall be solely in the Superior Court of California in or for Orange County or the United States District Court for the Central District of California. This Agreement shall be construed according to the internal laws of California without regard to conflicts of law principles, all guests claims must be submitted in writing and received by AAT Kings no later than 60 days after completion of the AAT Kings vacation. GUEST CLAIMS NOT SUBMITTED AND RECEIVED WITHIN THIS TIME SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE WAIVED AND BARRED.

Errors and Omissions

In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to press however AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Moreover, photographs and descriptions of locations or attractions are merely representative of conditions that existed at time of brochure printing and conditions may not be the same at the time of your journey. The airline(s) featured or nominated in this brochure do not by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure commit or represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a vacation from AAT Kings or as having any other legal relationship with them. All bookings made within any provider of any transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions and exclusions and/or limitations and liability imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with AAT Kings. If you decide that you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit because of any law, condition or requirement of any government or governmental authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred as a consequence and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the AAT Kings group of companies, or any other servants or agent, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances.

Guests who purchase from within California

Transactions entered into with AAT Kings are covered by the California Travel Consumer Resolution Fund (TCRF) if the guest is located in California at the time of payment. Eligible guests may file a claim with TCRF if the guest is owed a refund of more than $50 for transportation or travel services with the seller of travel failed to forward to a proper provider or such money was not refunded when required. The maximum amount which may be paid by the TCRF to any one guest is the total amount paid on behalf of the guest to the seller of travel, not to exceed $15,000. A claim must be submitted to the TCRF within 12 months after the scheduled completion date of travel. A claim must include sufficient documentation to prove your claim and a $35 processing fee. Claimants must agree to wave their rights to other civil remedies against a registered participating seller of travel for matters arising out of a sale of which you file a TCRF claim. You may request a claim form by writing to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, P.O. Box 6001, Larkspur, CA 94977-600; or faxing a request to (213) 897-8846

Guests purchasing from outside of California

Transactions entered into with AAT Kings are not covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund.

Data Protection

To process your vacation booking, AAT Kings will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guests name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g. sending mail, providing marketing assistance, etc.). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive). In making your booking you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set above. We may also use personal information you provide us to review and provide the vacations and services we offer, and to contact you (by post, email, telephone or other means) about other vacations and services offered by AAT Kings that may interest you, if you do not want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at AAT Kings 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92805. AAT Kings may charge a fee for supplying you this information as permitted by law.

Photography

A selection of images in this brochure have been supplied by Hamilton Island, South Australia Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia, Destination New South Wales, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Visions of Victoria, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Wildlands Wetlands Cruises, Wildman Wilderness Lodge, The Puia, Real Journeys, Tamaki Maori Village, Destination Queenstown, Destination Rotorua. Images in this brochure are indicative only and may not reflect specific destinations visited. Front cover: Sydney Harbour, Australia Back Cover: Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand

Brochure Validity

01 April 2018 – 31 March 2019 For tour pricing and itineraries departing before 01 April 2018, refer to our 2017 brochure. Please note surcharges and minimum night stays may apply, and itineraries may vary due to special events, New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Easter etc. The tours advised in this brochure are operated by AAT Kings Tours Pty. Ltd., on behalf of AAT Kings Tours International Ltd. AAT Kings Tours Pty. Ltd. ABN 97 079 722 464 82-86 Bourke Road Alexandria NSW Australia 2015  Website: aatkings.com

Financial Protection US$20 MILLION – your peace of mind guarantee

The traveling public has always been concerned about protection of advance bookings. As part of AAT Kings’ commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with AAT Kings, Travcorp Financial Services Ltd has provided a letter of credit to Trafalgar of US$20Million in respect of all customers traveling with AAT Kings.

The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

AAT Kings 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, according to the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payment of AAT Kings customers in the unlikely event of The Travel Corporation bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 million posted by the Travel Corporation may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by AAT Kings. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www. ustoa.com


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Down Under Answers Guided Vacations Australia & New Zealand 2018-2019  

Explore Australia and New Zealand on a your choice of luxury, adventure or budget expert lead vacation.

Down Under Answers Guided Vacations Australia & New Zealand 2018-2019  

Explore Australia and New Zealand on a your choice of luxury, adventure or budget expert lead vacation.