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WELCOME ASTOUNDING BEAUTY – CAREFREE EXPERIENCES Studded with special, instinctive touches that make all the difference, our journeys throughout New Zealand and Australia have been specially crafted to provide the most insightful and diverse experience possible. Exploring the far reaches of these remarkable countries becomes almost effortless as you travel between majestic destinations in comfort. MOMENTS TO TREASURE Slipping into the ocean and swimming with colourful fish. Discovering a magnificent 7,000 year-old glacier. Watching cliffs rise skyward from the waters of Milford Sound. Our extraordinary experiences not only indulge your curiosity, they enhance each incredible attraction. NOTHING QUITE COMPARES Delicious cuisine, unforgettable sightseeing, stunning accommodation and the highest levels of personal attention – we have considered every last detail. Nothing compares to the new experiences and fresh perspectives that await when you discover New Zealand and Australia with APT.


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Darwin Darwin Darwin

Katherine Katherine Katherine Kununurra Kununurra Kununurra

Port Port Port Douglas Douglas Douglas Cairns Cairns Cairns Mission Mission Beach Beach Mission Beach

Purnululu Purnululu Purnululu National National National Park Park Park

Bell Bell Gorge Gorge Bell Gorge Geikie Geikie Gorge Gorge Geikie Gorge Broome Broome Broome

NORTHERN NORTHERN NORTHERN TERRITORY TERRITORY TERRITORY

Port Port Hedland Hedland Port Hedland

oo Reef gal Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo Reef Nin

Exmouth Exmouth Exmouth

Townsville Townsville Townsville

Fitzroy Fitzroy Fitzroy Crossing Crossing Crossing Alice Alice Springs Springs Alice Springs

Daydream Daydream Island Island Daydream Island Airlie Airlie Beach Beach Airlie Beach Rockhampton Rockhampton Rockhampton Fraser Fraser Fraser Island Island Island

Kings Kings Canyon Canyon Kings Canyon

Uluru-Kata Uluru-Kata Uluru-Kata Tjuta Tjuta Tjuta

Kata Kata Tjuta Tjuta National Kata Tjuta National National Park Park Park Uluru Uluru Uluru

AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

WESTERN WESTERN WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

Monkey Monkey Mia Mia Monkey Mia

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QUEENSLAND QUEENSLAND QUEENSLAND

Karijini Karijini National National Park Park Karijini National Park Tom Tom Price Price Tom Price

ee r R e rrie R e Barri e r e e R Barri e r Ba

ElEl Questro El Questro Wilderness Wilderness Park Park Questro Wilderness Park

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Mitchell Mitchell Plateau Plateau Mitchell Plateau

Kakadu Kakadu Kakadu National National National Park Park Park

Hervey Hervey Hervey Bay Bay Bay Noosa Noosa Noosa Brisbane Brisbane Brisbane Gold Gold Coast Coast Gold Coast

Bay Bay Bay ofof Islands of Islands Islands

Auckland Auckland Auckland

SOUTH SOUTH SOUTH AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA

Kalbarri Kalbarri Kalbarri National National National Park Park Park

Rotorua Rotorua Waitomo Waitomo Waitomo Rotorua Taupo Taupo Taupo

NEW NEW NEW SOUTH SOUTH SOUTH WALES WALES WALES

Nambung Nambung Nambung The The Pinnacles Pinnacles The Pinnacles National National National Park Park Park

Tongariro Tongariro Tongariro National National National Park Park Park

Sydney Sydney Sydney

Perth Perth Perth Fremantle Fremantle Fremantle

NEW NEW NEW ZEALAND ZEALAND ZEALAND

Picton Picton Picton Blenheim Blenheim Blenheim Wellington Wellington Wellington

AUSTRALIAN AUSTRALIAN AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CAPITAL CAPITAL TERRITORY TERRITORY TERRITORY VICTORIA VICTORIA VICTORIA

Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne

Cradle Cradle Cradle Mountain Mountain Mountain TASMANIA TASMANIA TASMANIA

Hobart Hobart Hobart

NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA An unforgettable journey with APT. Lofty mountainscapes, heavenly fiords and dazzling bays to make up what we know as the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. Then across the sea, there’s Australia's amazing wildlife, white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and the rugged red Outback.

Even more impressive is that beyond these natural wonders there are cities built to inspire, Indigenous cultures entwined with contemporary life, gorgeous home-grown produce and, perhaps above all, friendly locals who are always ready to say kia ora or g’day. Similar though they may be, these wonderful trans-Tasman neighbours provide an intriguing contrast for travellers – as you’ll discover when you journey to Australasia with APT.

Napier Napier Napier

Arthur’s Arthur’s Arthur’s Pass Pass Pass

Kaikoura Kaikoura Kaikoura

Christchurch Christchurch Christchurch Franz Franz Franz Josef Josef Josef Glacier Glacier Glacier MtMt Cook Mt Cook CookLake Lake Lake Tekapo Tekapo Tekapo Milford Milford Milford Sound Sound Sound Queenstown Queenstown Queenstown TeTe Anau Te Anau Anau Dunedin Dunedin Dunedin Fiordland Fiordland Fiordland National National National Park Park Park

CONTENTS TOURING WITH APT NEW ZEALAND

6 20

AUSTRALIA 54 KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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THE APT DIFFERENCE FAMILY-OWNED SINCE 1927

AWARD-WINNING TOURING

APT is a leading travel company with origins dating back an incredible 90 years. Over this time we have established a clear understanding of what makes the perfect vacation and enjoy going the extra mile to ensure our travellers have a life-enriching experience.

Among many awards and accolades, APT is proud to have gained regular recognition from the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. APT has been voted Best Domestic Tour Operator in consecutive years from 2012 to 2016, Best International Tour Operator in 2014 and 2015, and Best River Cruise Operator in 2015 and 2016. This is proof that when you travel with APT, you’re travelling with the very best.

EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE Our years of touring experience in New Zealand and Australia have given us the expertise that few others possess. Our intimate knowledge of these destinations mean that you gain a local insight into every location you visit.

FULLY-INCLUSIVE & GUARANTEED Our prices cover everything, including sightseeing, accommodation and meals as detailed in your itinerary; plus arrival and departure transfers, airport taxes, port charges and all tipping.

98% SATISFACTION RATING We are proud of the 98% satisfaction rating we receive from our travellers, and are committed to maintaining it.

PEACE OF MIND You will always enjoy complete peace of mind when you book with us, as APT are registered members of both the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), and the California Seller of Travel program.

THE APT CLUB Once you have booked with APT, we invite you to join the APT Club, which offers a range of exclusive member-only benefits. See page 18 for further details.


8 | CHOOSE YOUR DREAM VACATION

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Clockwise from top left: Scenes of beauty await cruising New Zealand's Milford Sound. Head off the map on a Kimberley Wilderness Adventure. Travel in premium air-conditioned coaches with ample legroom and panoramic windows. New Zealand's powerful Maori culture comes to the fore throughout your journey.

CHOOSE YOUR DREAM VACATION At APT, we offer a choice of touring styles to suit different tastes.

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATIONS Our Premier Escorted Vacations take care of every detail from the very moment you book your vacation. You’ll enjoy superb accommodation, a host of unforgettable culinary experiences, enriching sightseeing and exceptional service. But it’s the details that tell the real story – the added extras such as view rooms in key locations and a comprehensive range of included sightseeing covering all the iconic highlights, as well as the lesser-known attractions unique to each region. Best of all, there are no hidden extras. You will enjoy a varied range of Signature Experiences, as well as our Freedom of Choice concept, which allows you to tailor your sightseeing and dining options at no additional cost. Also available are our astounding Kimberley Wilderness Adventures, designed to take you to some of the most remote and magical Australian destinations.

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS Offering superior comfort at a price that represents outstanding value, our Value-Plus Escorted Vacations provide the perfect balance of inclusions and leisure time. Enjoy included sightseeing, accommodation in central locations and quality meals, all delivered with exceptional service. Plus, with a collection of unique special stays, local insights and memorable meals, our thoughtfully selected Insider Experiences give you the chance to gain a greater insight into each remarkable region without additional expense. While many experiences are included during your journey, you are guaranteed that there will always be ample leisure time for you to further explore at your own pace. Our Value-Plus Escorted Vacations are operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT Group.


10 | SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

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Clockwise from top left: You will be spoilt with New Zealand's finest produce from paddock to plate. Board the TranzAlpine Train for one of the world's most beautiful rail journeys. See New Zealand's highest peak, the breathtaking Aoraki (Mt Cook).

IGNATURE EXPERIENCES Venture into a world of unique moments.

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MOMENTS An included feature on all Premier tours, our Signature Experiences represent once-in-a-lifetime moments that no amount of words or pictures could adequately describe.

LOOK FOR THIS LOGO Throughout itineraries, Signature Experiences are presented in bold, coloured text and are highlighted by this logo.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ INCLUSIONS

Personalise your vacation with a choice of included sightseeing and dining options.

On our Premier tours, in many locations you can personalise your journey thanks to the huge choice of sightseeing and dining experiences on offer. What’s more, they are included at no additional cost. For example, in Queenstown you can visit key filming locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy or taste the region's famous wines on a wine tour. Thrill-seekers will love the Shotover jet boat ride, a Dart River safari or an adventure into Skippers Canyon. More leisurely options include a 4WD tour through the high country, a bird walk or a cruise over Lake Wakatipu. See pages 78-81 for a comprehensive list of all available Freedom of Choice Inclusions on our Premier tours. Freedom of Choice Inclusions are not available on our Value-Plus tours.


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Clockwise from top left: Plunge into a colourful underwater world at the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day cruising the Bay of Islands, stopping to see the Hole in the Rock. Reach the spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru.

VALUE-PLUS INSIDER EXPERIENCES Explore the heart and soul of each destination through authentic local experiences.

EMBRACE THE WONDERS OF NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA On all Value-Plus tours, an exciting range of Insider Experiences are included to allow you to be truly immersed in the culture, history and unparalleled beauty of each destination. You will enjoy in-depth discoveries of local culture, take in sights of incredible natural wonders, and come face-to-face with stunning wildlife, all at no extra cost.

SPECIALLY-SELECTED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Offering you a window into each exciting destination, our Insider Experiences treat you to some truly engaging opportunities. These are just a sample of those that may await, at no extra cost, on our Value-Plus tours. Discover the beauty of the Bay of Islands and cruise the shimmering waters to Cape Brett aboard a catamaran. Keep an eye out for dolphins and admire the scenery, including the famous Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting). Stay overlooking the cerulean shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort. With architecture that echoes the spectacular surrounds, the inexhaustible beauty of the nearby lake and wilderness areas truly shine. Set off on an enchanting cruise over the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef to Reef Magic’s activity platform, where you’ll enjoy hours viewing coral and marine life. Amid the vast expanses of Australia’s Red Centre, a magical exploration of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park culminates with sunset drinks over the rugged landscape.

LOOK FOR THIS LOGO Throughout itineraries, Insider Experiences are presented in bold, coloured text and are highlighted by this logo.


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Clockwise from top: Absorb the majestic alpine setting of the Hermitage Hotel. Lush rainforest is but a few steps away at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Enjoy the superb waterfront location of Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands.

PREMIER HOTELS Stay in some of New Zealand's leading properties on our Premier tours, hand-picked for their distinctive character, unrivalled personal service and spectacular settings.

THE HERMITAGE HOTEL, AORAKI MT COOK NATIONAL PARK At the base of snow-capped Mt Cook the iconic Hermitage Hotel boasts sophistication, luxury, magnificent views and superb dining. From your vantage point high up in Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Village, you’ll enjoy stunning panoramas from your balcony or patio. Relax while you take in the silent splendour of the majestic Southern Alps – this is an accommodation highlight to be remembered.

TE WAONUI FOREST RETREAT, FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER Constructed in harmony with the surrounding wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is at the forefront of sustainable accommodation, offering a luxurious eco-retreat experience. Unwind in complete peace and tranquillity at this exclusive five-star property, boasting spacious guest rooms nestled amid the lush Franz Josef rainforest.

COPTHORNE HOTEL AND RESORT BAY OF ISLANDS Surrounded by the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands enjoys a superb waterfront location and uninterrupted bay views. Your room will feature calming decor inspired by nature, evoking an irresistible sense of serenity as well as boasting wonderful views of the glittering harbour.

NOVOTEL QUEENSTOWN LAKESIDE Queenstown’s beautiful, tranquil lake provides a picturesque setting for the modern Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. This contemporary hotel situated in the centre of town offers the very best in comfort. You will simply adore the uninterrupted lake, garden and mountain views right at your doorstep.


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Clockwise from top: Watch the sky melt into the glacial waters of Lake Tekapo from Peppers Bluewater Resort. Stay on the edge of Sydney Harbour at the Amora Hotel Jamison. Surrender to the tropical Whitsunday paradise of Daydream Island Resort and Spa.

VALUE-PLUS HOTELS Hotels selected for our Value-Plus tours exude an authentic regional charm and are perfectly positioned in central or unique locations.

PEPPERS BLUEWATER RESORT, LAKE TEKAPO The breathtaking surrounds, waterfront location, innovative architecture and light, airy guest rooms at Peppers Bluewater Resort make for a truly memorable stay. It’s where nature, adventure and relaxation co-exist, providing the perfect base from which to explore the infinite beauty of the Mackenzie Country.

COPTHORNE HOTEL & APARTMENTS QUEENSTOWN LAKEVIEW Stay in spacious and comfortable surrounds at the Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview. Here, your room boasts sublime views of Lake Wakatipu and the spectacular snow-capped peaks of The Remarkables. Located just a stroll from Queenstown’s centre, make the most of all that this iconic resort-town has to offer.

DAYDREAM ISLAND RESORT & SPA Experience a wondrous two-night stay at Daydream Island Resort and Spa, located within the idyllic Whitsunday archipelago on the tropical coast of Queensland. It is both a haven for those seeking peace, beauty and tranquillity, and a playground for adventure seekers. On one hand you’ve got stretches of deserted beaches, indulgent beachside accommodation and tropical-inspired fare; on the other, rugged bushland, exotic wildlife and the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

AMORA HOTEL JAMISON SYDNEY Boasting one of the city’s best central locations, just a short stroll from the iconic attractions of Circular Quay and the shimmering waters of Darling Harbour, you’ll find yourself perfectly placed to explore the wonders of Sydney during your stay. This contemporary hotel offers comfort and convenience, as well as fantastic service, style and warmth.


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SPECIAL OFFERS | 19

SPECIAL OFFERS EARLYBIRD SAVINGS Discover the world with APT and become the centre of ours.

From the moment you book your first unforgettable journey, we welcome you to the APT Club. As part of the APT family, you will enjoy exclusive privileges each time you travel with us and you can be certain that you will always be treated as a prestigious guest.

Book your dream vacation early and you will enjoy great savings on Premier and Value-Plus Escorted Vacations of New Zealand and Australia. Book and pay deposit by 31 March 2017. UP SAVE TO $800*

PER COUPLE on APT Premier Vacations

UP SAVE TO $800*

PER COUPLE on APT Value-Plus Vacations

SUPERDEAL SAVINGS – BOOK EARLY, PAY NOW & SAVE! Book now for travel in 2017/18 and save when you book and pay early for your escorted vacation.

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Exclusive member communications Be among the first to learn about our latest offers and new destinations

Travel kit Complete with a travel bag and luggage labels, a ticket wallet, a personalised itinerary and touring information

Receive the following

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$100 credit per person towards your booking One night’s complimentary accommodation before or after your tour

SAVE 10%

SAVE 7.5%

SAVE 5%

Save 10% if you book and pay in

Save 7.5% if you book and pay in

Save 5% if you book and pay in

full 12 months before your tour departure date*.

full 10 months before your tour departure date*.

full 6 months before your tour departure date*.

EXTRA TOUR DISCOUNT*

SOLO TRAVELLERS SAVE!

SAVE $100*

UP SAVE TO $2,900*

APT will reward you when you book more than one tour from this brochure at the same time. For your second or subsequent tour, you’ll save $100 per couple or $50 per person.

If you’re happy to share a room with a solo traveller of the same gender, you won’t pay a supplement. If we then can’t find you a room-mate, we’ll give you a single room at no extra cost. Not valid for NZCRU25/NTCRU25, TQC17/TQC17R, TQK20/TQK20R or Kimberley Wilderness itineraries.

PER COUPLE

PER PERSON

SAVE MORE WHEN YOU BECOME A CLUB MEMBER! From the moment you book your first vacation of seven days or more, we welcome you to the APT Club. Membership will entitle you to further savings on future tours and to a night’s complimentary accommodation.#

 *All discounts shown apply to APT escorted vacations, Premier or Value-Plus escorted vacations and to Kimberley Wilderness Adventures as shown in this brochure. They do not apply to Pre and Post Accommodation. All savings shown are per couple (except Solo Travellers offer), and based on twin share for travel 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Earlybird and Early Payment discounts may not be combined. All offers subject to availability at time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn at any time. Earlybird Savings – book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2017. Earlybird Savings based on the following tours: Premier Escorted Vacation tour NZCAN23; Value-Plus Escorted Vacation tour TWN18. Solo Travellers save up to $2,900 based on Premier Escorted Vacation tour NZCAN23, all meals per itinerary price. #Applicable to Platinum membership. For further information, see our website at www.aptouring.com/APTClub.

*See pages 82-83 for further information and conditions.


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NEW ZEALAND From rolling green hills to glacial lakes and exuberant cities full of charm, adventure is at the very heart of this stunning country. Gloriously uncrowded, New Zealand allows its spectacular landscapes to take centre stage. See snow-capped alps, tranquil fiords and luscious rainforests. Visit river-laced lowlands, towering volcanoes and pristine beaches. Studded between these wilderness areas are cities sporting first-class eateries and architectural marvels. By nature, New Zealand is both a peaceful haven and a playground for the adventurous. So join us and experience the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ for yourself.

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATIONS NEW ZEALAND WONDERLAND - 17 DAYS

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NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTER - 14 DAYS

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SCENIC SIGHTS - 12 DAYS

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SOUTHERN TOURER - 9 DAYS

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GREAT NORTHERNER - 9 DAYS

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MAGNIFICENT NEW ZEALAND - 23 DAYS

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MARVELS OF THE NORTH ISLAND - 10 DAYS

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SOUTH ISLAND EXPLORER - 12 DAYS

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GREAT NEW ZEALAND RAIL & CRUISE EXPERIENCE - 16 DAYS

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NEW ZEALAND VOYAGER - 25 DAYS

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VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS NEW ZEALAND GETAWAY - 15 DAYS

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SOUTHERN ESCAPE - 8 DAYS

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NORTHERN EXPLORER - 8 DAYS

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NEW ZEALAND RAIL ADVENTURE - 15 DAYS

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NEW ZEALAND NAVIGATOR - 25 DAYS

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NEW ZEALAND WONDERLAND 17 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION Ride the TranzAlpine Train, one of the world’s greatest rail adventures

Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Look out for dolphins on a magical Hole in the Rock cruise

Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua

Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound

Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the opportunity to discover the ‘City of Sails’ as you choose from a range of exciting sightseeing inclusions, before enjoying the evening at leisure. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland. Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Cross Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views.  BD Day 3. Bay of Islands. Today, decide how you would like to discover this spectacular region with our range of included sightseeing activities on offer to you. Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point or experience life on the high seas aboard a resplendent tall ship. Alternatively, embark on a dolphin-watching adventure, take a mini-tour of Russell or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour.  B Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy

beaches and rocky outcrops, then spend some time in a secluded bay. Back at your hotel in Auckland tonight, enjoy a Pacificthemed dinner with New Zealand produce. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland. B, FD Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua. Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance. Two Night Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.  B, FD

Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway and view the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park all the way to Wellington. This evening, choose from three tempting restaurants in which to dine. Two Night Stay: Amora Hotel Wellington. B, FD Day 8. Wellington. After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to Wellington’s best-loved

landmarks and sights. Afterwards, ride the iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective and fantastic vistas of this coastal city.  B Day 9. Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel to the coast as you head for the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura. Continue travelling along the central east coast, to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel.  BD

Day 6. Rotorua. Choose your sightseeing activity. Perhaps explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide; experience the Agrodome Farm Show; make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve; experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set; head to New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool; or visit Rotorua Museum. B

COUNTRY HOMESTAY OPTION On Day 6, you can experience New Zealand hospitality at its most charming on a Rotorua Country Homestay. Enjoy home-style cooking and a few good yarns. Replaces Day 6 accommodation. From $25 per person, twin share. Embark on a sightseeing tour of cosmopolitan Wellington

Day 10. Christchurch, Tranz-Alpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef, where you will take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort in time for a delicious four-course degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD


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2 Bay of Islands

2 AUCKLAND Coach

2 Rotorua

Waitomo

Cruise

Taupo

TranzAlpine Train National Park

NEW ZEALAND

No. of Nights Stay

Picton Arthur’s Pass Hokitika Franz Josef Glacier 1 Haast

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2 Wellington

Kaikoura 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Tekapo Mt Cook

Milford Sound

Oamaru

2 Queenstown 1 Dunedin Te Anau 1

Journey to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Day 11. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown, the country’s ‘adventure capital’. Tonight, choose from four dining options. Sample the freshest South Island produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for stunning panoramic views. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant. Two Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. B, FD

Day 12. Queenstown. Choose your included sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit several local sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the Dart River. A tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu. B

Head to Dunedin’s beautiful station to board the Taieri Gorge Railway

Day 13. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Journey along the Milford Road into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera ready as you wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, the iconic backdrop to Milford Sound. Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Afterwards, arrive at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. B, FD

Day 16. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch. Leaving the snow-capped peaks of Mt Cook behind, travel to Lake Tekapo. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a tantalising Farewell Dinner at your hotel. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. B, FD

Day 14. Te Anau, Dunedin. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the Edinburgh of the south. This afternoon, choose your activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. BD

Day 17. Depart Christchurch. Today, your tour draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.B

Day 15. Dunedin, Mt Cook. Drive north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your included sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel. BD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 16 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) and 7 feature dinners (FD) APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES All Breakfasts with 7 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 7^, 11^, 16^, 20^, 25^; Feb. 1^, 6^, 11^, 18^, 22^, 27^.

$5,795

$5,995

Mar. 8^, 22^; Apr. 5^, 22^.

$5,795

May 12^; July 8; Aug. 5.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE All Breakfasts with 7 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 6^, 10, 20^, 24, 26^, 31.

$6,045

$6,295

$5,995

Feb. 5^, 10, 17^, 21, 26^; Mar. 3^, 7, 10, 21^, 28.

$6,045

$6,295

$5,195

$5,395

Apr. 7^, 14, 21^.

$5,745

$5,995

Sept. 2^, 9^, 23^.

$5,495

$5,695

May 12; July 7^; Aug. 4.

$5,445

$5,695

Oct. 7^, 14, 21^, 28^.

$6,045

$6,295

Sept. 1, 8^, 15, 22^.

$5,745

$5,995

Nov. 4^, 8, 18^, 25; Dec. 2, 9^, 16^.

$6,045

$6,295

Sept. 29.

$6,045

$6,295

17 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCC17) 2017

17 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCC17) 2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 7 Oct. 2017 – 29 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for terms and conditions.


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NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTER | 27

1 AUCKLAND

NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTER

Coach

2 Rotorua

Waitomo

Cruise

Taupo

TranzAlpine Train National Park

NEW ZEALAND

No. of Nights Stay

14 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

Picton Arthur’s Pass Franz Josef Glacier 1

Te Anau 1

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

Kaikoura 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Tekapo 1 Mt Cook

Haast Milford Sound

2 Wellington

2 Queenstown 1 Dunedin

Perhaps visit the magical setting of Hobbiton

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua

Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound

Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland.FD Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua. Travel to the Waitomo Caves, then continue to Rotorua and enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast and cultural performance. Two Night Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua. B, FD Day 3. Rotorua. In Rotorua, enjoy the opportunity to choose from a range of activities today, including the Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide; an eco-thermal tour, a visit to Hobbiton; a trip to the Rotorua Museum, or a Rotorua tour with a kiwi encounter.  B Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the North Island. Gaze out over Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, then cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park to Wellington, where you’ll choose where to dine this evening. Two Night Stay: Amora Hotel Wellington. B, FD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 5. Wellington. Set off on a tour taking you to a selection of the city’s landmarks, including the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa. Later, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car.  B Day 6. Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and on to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel via Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel. BD

Day 7. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Take a journey aboard the TranzAlpine. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika. Onwards, view the ancient glacial scenery of the Franz Josef Glacier. Tonight at your luxury eco-resort, enjoy a four-course degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD Day 8. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel along the rugged west coast to Queenstown. Tonight, choose where to dine. Two Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. B, FD Day 9. Queenstown. Personalise your experience today with your preferred sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit several local sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the Dart River. B Day 10. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau, where you’ll sample the flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. B, FD Day 11. Te Anau, Dunedin. Travel to Dunedin and choose your activity, including choices of Larnach Castle and Olveston House or the Taieri Gorge Railway. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. BD

Day 12. Dunedin, Mt Cook. Drive north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your included sightseeing activity. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel.  BD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 13 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) and 7 feature dinners (FD) APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides

Day 13. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch. Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. B, FD

Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

Day 14. Depart Christchurch. Today, your tour draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.B

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 14 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCA14)

All Breakfasts with 7 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

2017 Jan. 10^, 14^, 19^, 23^, 28^; Feb. 4^, 9^, 14^, 21^, 25^.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

14 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCA14)

All Breakfasts with 7 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

2018 $5,045

$5,195

Jan. 9^, 13, 23^, 27, 29^.

$5,345

$5,495

$5,345

$5,495

Mar. 2^, 11^, 25^; Apr. 8^, 25^.

$5,045

$5,195

Feb. 3, 8^, 13, 20^, 24; Mar. 1^, 6^, 10, 13, 24^, 31.

May 15^; July 11; Aug. 8.

$4,545

$4,695

Apr. 10^, 17, 24^.

$5,145

$5,295

Sept. 5^, 12^, 26^.

$4,795

$4,945

May 15, July 10^; Aug. 7.

$4,845

$4,995

Oct. 10^, 17, 24^, 31^.

$5,345

$5,495

Sept. 4, 11^, 18, 25^.

$5,145

$5,295

Nov. 7^, 11, 21^, 28; Dec. 5, 12^, 19^.

$5,345

$5,495

Oct. 2.

$5,345

$5,495

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 10 Oct. 2017 – 2 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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SCENIC SIGHTS | 29

1 AUCKLAND

SCENIC SIGHTS

Coach

2 Rotorua

Waitomo

Independent Touring

Taupo

Cruise TranzAlpine Train

9 DAYS PREMIER VACATION & 3 DAYS INDEPENDENT TOUR AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

NEW ZEALAND

National Park No. of Nights Stay

Picton

Kaikoura

Arthur’s Pass Franz Josef Glacier 1 Haast Milford Sound

2 Wellington

2 CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Tekapo Mt Cook

3 Queenstown

Te Anau

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION Enjoy a stunning full length cruise along Milford Sound

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua

Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland.FD Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua. Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Take a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto before continuing to Rotorua. This evening you’ll be treated to an unforgettable cultural experience – a traditional Maori Hangi Feast and a cultural performance of song and dance. Two Night Stay: Rotorua, Holiday Inn.  B, FD Day 3. Rotorua. In Rotorua, perhaps explore the Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide; take a 4WD Bush Safari; join an eco-thermal tour; visit the set of ‘Hobbiton’; or take in Rotorua Museum. Ask about our country homestay option. B

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the heart of the North Island. See Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, then cross Tongariro National Park to Wellington. This evening enjoy a choice of fantastic restaurants for dinner. Two Night Stay: Wellington, Amora Hotel. B, FD Day 5. Wellington. Discover the city’s beloved landmarks on a guided sightseeing tour today. Later, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective on this coastal city.  B

Day 6. Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait through to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel to Kaikoura, then continue to beautiful Christchurch through the Marlborough region. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel.  BD Day 7. TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for New Zealand’s greatest rail adventure. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and journey to Hokitika. Continue into Westland National Park and take in the dramatic terrain of Franz Josef Glacier. Later, check in to your luxury eco-resort and be treated to a four-course degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD Day 8. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown, the country’s ‘adventure capital’. Tonight, choose from four dining options. Sample the freshest South Island produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for stunning panoramic views. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant. Three Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. B, FD Day 9. Queenstown. Perhaps enjoy a bird-life tour or take a jet boat ride. Other options are also available. B PLEASE NOTE: Days 10-12 are Independent Touring. Join local guides on day tours as per the itinerary.

Day 10. Milford Sound, Queenstown. Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. On arrival, cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown for dinner. BD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 11 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) and 5 feature dinners (FD)

Day 11. Queenstown, Christchurch. Travel through Otago then enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire Mt Cook. Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel. B

APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

Day 12. Depart Christchurch. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.B

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 12 DAY PREMIER VACATION (NCH12)

All Breakfasts with 5 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

2017 Jan. 10^, 14^, 19^, 23^, 28^; Feb. 4^, 9^, 14^, 21^, 25^.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE 12 DAY PREMIER VACATION (NCH12)

All Breakfasts with 5 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

2018 $4,295

$4,395

Jan. 9^, 13, 23^, 27, 29^.

$4,595

$4,695

$4,595

$4,695

Mar. 2^, 11^, 25^; Apr. 8^, 25^.

$4,295

$4,395

Feb. 3, 8^, 13, 20^, 24; Mar. 1^, 6^, 10, 13, 24^, 31.

May 15^; July 11; Aug. 8.

$3,895

$3,995

Apr. 10^, 17, 24^.

$4,395

$4,495

Sept. 5^, 12^, 26^.

$4,095

$4,195

May 15; July 10^; Aug. 7.

$4,195

$4,295

Oct. 10^, 17, 24^, 31^.

$4,595

$4,695

Sept. 4, 11^, 18, 25^.

$4,395

$4,495

Nov. 7^, 11, 21^, 28; Dec. 5, 12^.

$4,595

$4,695

Oct. 2.

$4,595

$4,695

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 10 Oct. 2017 – 2 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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GREAT NORTHERNER | 31

Coach Cruise

SOUTHERN TOURER

GREAT NORTHERNER

TranzAlpine Train

NEW ZEALAND

National Park No. of Nights Stay

Arthur’s Pass

9 DAYS CHRISTCHURCH RETURN

2 CHRISTCHURCH

Franz Josef Glacier 1

Lake Tekapo

Haast Milford Sound

2 Bay of Islands

1 Mt Cook

Coach

2 AUCKLAND

Cruise National Park

9 DAYS AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON

No. of Nights Stay

Waitomo Caves NEW ZEALAND

2 Rotorua

Tongariro National Park

2 Queenstown 1 Dunedin

Te Anau 1

2 WELLINGTON

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch. Arrive in Christchurch and be met at the airport. Tonight, enjoy dinner. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel. 

D

Day 2. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Continue to Franz Josef and take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy a four-course degustation dinner at your luxury eco-resort. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD Day 3. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel along the Haast River to Queenstown and choose from four restaurants for dinner. Two Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. B, FD Day 4. Queenstown. Choose your preferred activity.B Day 5. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau. Enjoy the Taste of Fiordland Dinner. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. B, FD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

Day 6. Te Anau, Dunedin. Travel to Dunedin and choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. BD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes

Day 7. Dunedin, Mt Cook. Enter Mt Cook National Park and admire Mt Cook. Here, choose your activity. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel.  BD

Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

Day 8. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch. Travel to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. B, FD Day 9. Depart Christchurch. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.B

and 4 feature dinners (FD) Tour Director and local guides Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand, porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 9 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCC09)

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

All Breakfasts with 4 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

2017 Sept. 10^, 17^; Oct. 1^.

$3,195

$3,345

Oct. 15^, 22, 29^; Nov. 5^, 12^, 16, 26^; Dec. 3, 10, 17^, 24^.

$3,545

$3,695

Jan. 14^, 18, 28^; Feb. 1, 3^, 8, 13^, 18, 25^; Mar. 1, 6^, 11^, 15, 18, 29^.

$3,545

$3,695

Apr. 5, 15^, 22, 29^.

$3,400

$3,550

May 20; July 15^; Aug. 12.

$3,245

$3,395

Sept. 9, 16^, 23.

$3,400

$3,550

Sept. 30^; Oct. 7.

$3,545

$3,695

2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 15 Oct. 2017 – 7 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Arrive in Auckland and select your activity. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland. Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum then continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views. BD Day 3. Bay of Islands. Choose how you would like to explore the region with your preferred activity.B Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Tonight, enjoy a Pacific-themed dinner. Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland. B, FD Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua. Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves. Continue to Rotorua and immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast.  Two Night Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua.  B, FD Day 6. Rotorua. Choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Ask about our country homestay option. B

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway and view the Wairakei Steam Valley. Visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across Tongariro National Park. In Wellington, choose from three restaurants in which to dine. Two Night Stay: Amora Hotel Wellington. B, FD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions

Day 8. Wellington. After breakfast, set off on a tour, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Then, ride the iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective of the city.  B Day 9. Depart Wellington. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.B

8 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) and 3 feature dinners (FD) Tour Director and local guides Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand, porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

All Breakfasts with 3 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Sept. 2^, 9^, 23^.

$2,795

$2,845

Oct. 7^, 14, 21^, 28^; Nov. 4^, 8, 18^, 25; Dec. 2, 9^, 16^.

$3,095

$3,195

Jan. 6^, 10, 20^, 24, 26^, 31; Feb. 5^, 10, 17^, 21, 26^; Mar. 3^, 7, 10, 21^, 28.

$3,095

$3,195

Apr. 7^, 14, 21^.

$2,945

$3,045

May 12; July 7^; Aug. 4.

$2,795

$2,895

Sept. 1, 8^, 15, 22^.

$2,945

$3,045

Sept. 29.

$3,095

$3,195

9 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NCW09) 2017

2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 7 Oct. 2017 – 29 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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MAGNIFICENT NEW ZEALAND | 33

MAGNIFICENT NEW ZEALAND 23 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION Uncover Te Anau’s exquisite beauty

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Look out for dolphins on a magical Hole in the Rock cruise

Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua

Dine at Longlands Farm and learn about local farming

Enjoy a delicious Art Deco high tea in Napier

Cruise to the North Island aboard the Interislander ferry

Savour local produce during a Taste of Marlborough Dinner

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FHT) Feature High Tea (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. On arrival in Auckland this morning, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to relax or begin exploring this wonderful city. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers. Two Night Stay: Auckland, Crowne Plaza Hotel.  FD Day 2. Auckland. Enjoy your chosen activity today. Board one of the yachts in the Pride of Auckland fleet and take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Or, you may prefer to discover the artistic legacy and cultures of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum. Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; or delight in a Waiheke Wine Tour. Other options available to you include a visit to the quaint and picturesque Devonport and a remarkable wilderness adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. B Day 3. Auckland, Bay of Islands Cruise. From Auckland, enjoy a scenic drive to Paihia. Upon arrival, step aboard a catamaran and cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. In these deep-sea fishing grounds, dolphins and schools of fish are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the picturesque sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then relax in a secluded bay. Return to Paihia then transfer to your hotel. Two Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. BD Day 4. Bay of Islands. The stunning 144 atolls that create the Bay of Islands is a sight to behold. Known as

‘the birthplace of New Zealand’, this aquatic wonderland is teeming with history. After breakfast, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tall ship sailing adventure or take a dolphin watching eco-cruise. Alternatively, embark on a tour of Waitangi, cruise to Russell or visit stunning Cape Reinga.  B Day 5. Bay of Islands, Rotorua. Admire the view over Waitemata Harbour as you travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge today. Continue through lush Waikato farmland to Cambridge, then south to Rotorua. Later, enjoy a taste of New Zealand rural life with a tour and dinner at Longlands Farm. Two Night Stay: Millennium Rotorua. B, FD

Discover the unique landscapes of Rotorua

Day 8. Napier, Wellington. Today’s drive takes us through scenic Waipukurau and Woodville and over the Rimutaka Ranges. Travel past the historic towns of Greytown and Masterton then arrive in New Zealand’s capital city – Wellington. This evening, discover the flavours of New Zealand with a choice of three restaurants in which to dine. Two Night Stay: InterContinental Wellington. B, FD Day 9. Wellington. After breakfast today, choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Learn about New Zealand’s incredible natural history at Zealandia, or take in the city’s highlights.

Day 6. Rotorua, Hangi Feast. Today, choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a Kiwi Encounter and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve; see some of the sets from the ‘Lord of the Rings’; or visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Alternatively, visit the Rotorua Museum. Tonight, the Tamaki Maori Village welcomes you to experience Maori culture at a traditional Hangi Feast. B, FD Day 7. Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown. Depart Rotorua and stop at the town of Taupo, alongside New Zealand’s largest lake. Continue through Esk Valley and Te Pohue to the seaside city of Napier. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city and a delicious Art Deco High Tea. Perhaps explore this coastal town at your leisure, before dinner at your hotel. Stay: Napier, Scenic Hotel Te Pania. B, FHT, D

Board the TranzAlpine Train for a picturesque journey

Perhaps see some of the exquisite areas of Wellington that feature in the popular Lord of the Rings movie trilogy or tour the studio behind Avatar. 

B

Day 10. Wellington, Blenheim. Board the Interislander ferry and cross Cook Strait. This ferry journey is one of the most picturesque cruises in the world. Disembark in Picton on the South Island and traverse the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region to Blenheim where you’ll delight in fresh regional flavours during a special Taste of Marlborough Dinner this evening. Two Night Stay: Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough. B, FD

Day 11. Blenheim. Choose from three sightseeing inclusions in Blenheim today. Perhaps learn about historic aircraft on a tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. You may like to enjoy the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds during a greenshell mussel cruise, or visit some of region’s best wineries on a tour. B Day 12. Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch. Follow the east coast of the South Island to Kaikoura, where the combination of mountains and ocean creates a stunning contrast. Here, perhaps take in a scenic whale watching flight (own expense). Continue to Christchurch. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. BD


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Rotorua 2

Coach Cruise

Taupo

Flights

1 Napier

NEW ZEALAND

TranzAlpine Train National Park No. of Nights Stay

Picton Blenheim 2

2 Wellington

Kaikoura

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika

2 CHRISTCHURCH

Franz Josef Glacier 1

Lake Tekapo 2 Mt Cook

Milford Sound

Oamaru

3 Queenstown 1 Dunedin Te Anau 2

Stay in the heart of Queenstown, with its stunning backdrop of The Remarkables

Day 13. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for New Zealand’s greatest rail adventure. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika to see how Pounamu (jade) is carved into jewellery. Continue into Westland National Park and take in the dramatic terrain of Franz Josef Glacier. Check in to your luxury eco-resort before a superb four-course degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD

Day 14. Franz Josef Glacier, Wanaka, Queenstown. Cross Haast Pass and skirt the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Travel through Kawarau Gorge and Cromwell, then pass orchards and vineyards before arriving in Queenstown. Three Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Queenstown.BD Day 15. Queenstown. Choose your sightseeing, then tonight, choose your restaurant for dinner. B, FD Day 16. Queenstown. Enjoy a day at leisure.

B

Day 17. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Embark on a scenic drive along the Milford Road. Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Travel to Te Anau and enjoy a special dinner featuring produce sourced from the surrounding Fiordland region. Two Night Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotels & Villas. B, FD

Day 19. Te Anau, Dunedin. Arrive in Dunedin and choose your activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House; or visit Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and journey along the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can embark on an off-road tour of the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.  BD

Day 18. Te Anau. Today, you will choose from an exciting range of included sightseeing activities.  B

Day 20. Dunedin, Mt Cook. Today, travel north via the Waitaki Valley and Oamaru. Admire Victorian-style architecture as you follow the coast to view the mysterious Moeraki Boulders along Koekohe Beach. Skirt the shores of blue Lake Pukaki before entering Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. During your stay here, appreciate the sheer magnitude and grandeur of Australasia’s highest mountain, the stunning Aoraki (Mt Cook). Two Night Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage. BD Day 21. Mt Cook. Among the sightseeing choices available today, perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre or embark on a guided nature walk. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. B, FD Day 22. Mt Cook, Christchurch. Travel to beautiful Lake Tekapo and visit the Tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, return to Christchurch. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch. B Day 23. Depart Christchurch. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. 

Be astounded by the natural geysers in Rotorua

B

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Maximum of 40 guests Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 22 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) and 10 feature meals (FD, FHT) APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

23 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NZACS23)

With meals as stated

2017 Jan. 11^, 20^; Feb. 3^, 8^, 10^, 17^, 22^; Mar. 3^, 10^, 24^; Apr. 5^; May 5.

$7,995

Oct. 6^, 18^; Nov. 2^, 10, 15^; Dec. 1, 13.

$8,495

2018 Jan. 10, 17, 19^, 26, 30; Feb. 7, 9^, 14, 16, 21^, 28; Mar. 2, 9^, 16^, 23.

$8,495

Apr. 4^.

$8,095

May 4.

$7,695

Sept. 18.

$8,095

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate tour operates in reverse direction (NZCAN23). ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Dates and prices above are for land tour only. Flights are not included in tour price. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. Itinerary effective 6 Oct. 2017 – 18 Sept. 2018. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Please see pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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Coach National Park No. of Nights Stay

SOUTH ISLAND EXPLORER

TranzAlpine Train

Taupo NEW ZEALAND 1 Napier

Day 2. Wellington. Choose your sightseeing activity today. B Day 3. Wellington, Napier. Travel to the seaside city of Napier. On arrival, enjoy an Art Deco High Tea. Stay: Napier, Scenic Te Pania Hotel. B, FHT, D Day 4. Napier, Taupo, Rotorua. Depart Napier and stop at Taupo. Head to Longlands Farm for a tour and a special dinner, then continue on to Rotorua. Two Night Stay: Millennium Hotel Rotorua.  B, FD Day 5. Rotorua. In Rotorua, choose from a range of activities. This evening, enjoy traditional Maori culture with a Hangi Feast.  B, FD Day 6. Rotorua, Bay of Islands. Admire the view over Waitemata Harbour as you cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Follow the Pacific Ocean Drive to Paihia in the spectacular Bay of Islands. Two Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands.BD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE TM

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

TM

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

– Sightseeing – Dining

(B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FHT) Feature High Tea (FD) Feature Dinner

S

Arthur’s Pass 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Franz Josef Glacier 1 Haast

Lake Tekapo

2 Mt Cook 3 Queenstown

1 Dunedin

Te Anau 2

2 WELLINGTON

Day 1. Arrive Wellington. Be met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, choose where to dine. Two Night Stay: InterContinental Wellington.FD

ER GR

No. of Nights Stay

Milford Sound

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

GUESTS

NEW ZEALAND

National Park

12 DAYS CHRISTCHURCH RETURN

2 Rotorua

40

LL

UP

Cruise

MAX.

O

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2 AUCKLAND

Cruise

GU

S

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GUESTS

UP

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LL

Coach

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ED

10 DAYS WELLINGTON TO AUCKLAND

MAX.

SMA

MARVELS OF THE NORTH ISLAND

SMA

2 Bay of Islands

ANTE AR

ED

GU

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PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

Day 7. Bay of Islands. Choose your activity from a range of options including a tall ship adventure.  Day 8. Bay of Islands Cruise, Auckland. Enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, return down the coast to Auckland. Two Night Stay: Crowne Plaza, Auckland.

B

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Maximum of 40 guests Enriching Signature Experiences

B

Day 9. Auckland. Choose your preferred sightseeing activity. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. B, FD

and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 9 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) and 5 feature meals (FD, FHT)

Day 10. Depart Auckland. After breakfast, transfer to Auckland airport.B

APT Tour Director, plus arrival and departure transfers

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch. Be met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch.

Day 9. Queenstown. Enjoy the day at leisure.

Day 2. Christchurch, Mt Cook. View Mt Cook. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Two Night Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel. B, FD Day 3. Mt Cook. Enjoy your chosen activity today. 

BD

Day 4. Mt Cook, Dunedin. Travel to Dunedin and choose your activity. Stay: Distinction Dunedin. BD

Day 10. Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier. Travel to Franz Josef Glacier. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Day 11. Franz Josef Glacier, TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch. Experience the TranzAlpine train. Stay: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch. Day 12. Depart Christchurch. Be transferred to the airport.

B

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Maximum of 40 guests Enriching Signature Experiences

B, FD

and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) BD

B

and 3 feature dinners (FD) APT Tour Director, plus arrival and departure transfers

Day 5. Dunedin, Te Anau. Travel through mountain scenery to Te Anau. Two Night Stay: Distinction Te Anau. BD

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

10 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NZWAN10)

With meals as stated

2017 Jan. 24^; Feb. 2^, 8^, 16^, 17^, 22^, 23^, 28^; Mar. 10^, 16^; Apr. 6^, 18^; May 5.

$3,195

Oct. 18^, 19^; Nov. 2^, 23, 28^; Dec. 13, 14.

$3,395

2018 Jan. 17, 23; Feb. 1^, 7, 8, 12, 16, 21^, 22^, 27; Mar. 9^, 13, 15, 16^.

$3,395

Apr. 5, 17^.

$3,195

May 4.

$2,995

Oct. 1.

$3,395

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse (NZAWS10) ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 18 Oct. 2017 – 1 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.

Day 6. Te Anau. This morning, choose your activity. 

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

12 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NZCCN12)

With meals as stated

B

Day 7. Te Anau, Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Three Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Queenstown.BD Day 8. Queenstown. Choose from a range of activities. This evening, select your dining experience. B, FD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

2017 Jan. 11^, 20^; Feb. 3^, 10^, 15^, 19^, 28^; Mar. 3^, 5^, 21^, 24^; Apr. 5^; May 16.

$4,395

Oct. 6^, 29^; Nov. 10, 13^, 15^; Dec. 1, 24.

$4,695

2018 Jan. 10, 19^, 26, 28, 30; Feb. 9^, 14, 18, 27, 28; Mar. 2, 4^, 20^, 23, 27^.

$4,695

Apr. 4^.

$4,495

May 15.

$4,195

Sept. 18.

$4,495

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse (NZCCS12) ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 6 Oct. 2017 – 18 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


38 | VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS

NEW ZEALAND GETAWAY | 39

NEW ZEALAND GETAWAY 15 DAYS OR 12 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION Explore the vibrant city of Auckland

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Look out for dolphins and other marine life on a Hole in the Rock cruise Visit the mesmerising glowworm caves at Waitomo Experience the vibrancy of Maori culture at a traditional Hangi Feast and performance Take a scenic cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait Unwind during a two-night stay at the Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview Enjoy a full-length cruise along the magnificent Milford Sound Discover the rugged landscapes of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort Enjoy a dinner of fresh, local produce in Lake Tekapo

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Be met on arrival into Auckland and be transferred to your hotel. Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel. Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Here, see the giant kauri tree, called Tãne Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’, the largest and most celebrated kauri tree known to stand today. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with garden views. B, FD Day 3. Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is home to 144 atolls providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. After breakfast today, you’ll enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds. Perhaps relax on a pristine beach, explore the stunning wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town and dine at a local restaurant.  B Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the scenery. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, which defines this remarkable coast. Later, return to Auckland by coach, where 12 Day (NTA12) New Zealand Discoverer guests join the tour in Auckland. Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel. BD

Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua. Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves. Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You’ll also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Two Night Stay: Rydges Rotorua. B, FD

A visit to Te Puia in Rotorua will leave you breathless

The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene on your own. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you’ll see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington. Stay: Travelodge Wellington. B Day 8. Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch. Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined

by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura. Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms. BD Day 9. Christchurch, Fox Glacier. Commence your ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier. BD

Day 6. Rotorua. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).  B

COUNTRY HOMESTAY OPTION On Day 6, you can experience New Zealand hospitality on a Rotorua Country Homestay. Enjoy home-style cooking and a few good yarns. Replaces Day 6 accommodation. From $40 per person, twin share. Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritagelisted Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Embark the Interislander ferry as you traverse Cook Strait

TRANZALPINE TRAIN On Day 9, perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Departing from Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains and traverse the deep gorges and river valleys of the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. From $110 per person.


40 | VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS

NEW ZEALAND GETAWAY | 41

2 Bay of Islands

2 AUCKLAND Coach

2 Rotorua

Waitomo

Cruise

Taupo

TranzAlpine Train (optional) National Park

NEW ZEALAND

No. of Nights Stay

Picton

Kaikoura

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika Fox Glacier 1

1 Wellington

1 CHRISTCHURCH

1 Lake Tekapo

Mt Cook Milford Sound Te Anau 1

2 Queenstown 1 Dunedin

Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo

Day 10. Fox Glacier, Queenstown. Journey through Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the wonderful alpine resort of Queenstown. Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene and energetic nightlife. This evening, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview. B

Day 11. Queenstown. With an entire day at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting optional experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Alternatively, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently – one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas. B

Enjoy a tour of Larnach Castle, the only castle in New Zealand

Day 12. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, on one of the world’s best alpine drives. Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau. BD Day 13. Te Anau, Dunedin. Enjoy a tour of Dunedin, then head to the nearby hills to take a tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. BD Day 14. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo. Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19thcentury architecture. Later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aroki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery. Arrive this afternoon at your wonderful hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This evening, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort. B, FD

Day 15. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch. Awake to vistas of Lake Tekapo just beyond your window. Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Transfer to Christchurch airport, arriving at 3pm. You must book your international flights to depart after 5pm, or 4pm for domestic flights. B

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences 14 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) and 3 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES All Breakfasts with 3 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 6^, 15^, 24^; Feb. 3^, 7^, 12^, 19^, 26^; Mar. 3^, 14^, 28^; Apr. 9^.

$3,495

$3,695

May 7.

$3,095

Sept. 3^, 17^.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE All Breakfasts with 2 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 9^, 18^, 27^; Feb. 6^, 10^, 15^, 22^; Mar. 1^, 6^, 17^, 31^; Apr. 12^.

$2,795

$2,995

$3,295

May 10.

$2,495

$2,695

$3,295

$3,495

Sept. 6^, 20^.

$2,645

$2,845

Sept. 29^; Oct. 10, 15^, 22, 27^.

$3,695

$3,895

Oct. 2^, 13, 18^, 25, 30^.

$2,995

$3,195

Nov. 5^, 12, 19^, 24, 26^; Dec. 3, 17^.

$3,695

$3,895

Nov. 8^, 15, 22^, 27, 29^; Dec. 6, 20^.

$2,995

$3,195

Jan. 5^, 9, 14, 16^, 23, 26^; Feb. 2^, 7, 11, 13^, 18, 25^; Mar. 2, 6^, 11, 13, 20^, 27.

$3,695

$3,895

Jan. 8^, 12, 17, 19^, 26, 29^; Feb. 5^, 10, 14, 16^, 21, 28^; Mar. 5, 9^, 14, 16, 23^, 30.

$2,995

$3,195

Apr. 8^, 22.

$3,495

$3,695

Apr. 11^, 25.

$2,795

$2,995

May 6^.

$3,295

$3,495

May 9^.

$2,695

$2,895

Sept. 2, 9^, 16, 23^.

$3,495

$3,695

Sept. 5, 12^, 19, 26^.

$2,795

$2,995

15 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NT15) 2017

12 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NTA12) 2017

2018

2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 29 Sept. 2017 – 26 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Please ensure departing flight from Christchurch leaves no earlier than 5pm. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. See pages 82-83 for terms and conditions.


42 | SOUTHERN ESCAPE

NORTHERN EXPLORER | 43

Coach Cruise

SOUTHERN ESCAPE

TranzAlpine Train (optional) National Park

NEW ZEALAND

No. of Nights Stay

Arthur’s Pass Hokitika

8 DAYS CHRISTCHURCH RETURN

1 CHRISTCHURCH

Fox Glacier 1

1 Lake Tekapo

2 Bay of Islands

NORTHERN EXPLORER

Coach Cruise No. of Nights Stay

8 DAYS AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON

Mt Cook Milford Sound

2 AUCKLAND

National Park

Waitomo Caves

2 Rotorua

Taupo NEW ZEALAND

2 Queenstown 1 Dunedin

Te Anau 1

1 WELLINGTON

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch. Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner. Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms.

D

Day 2. Christchurch, Fox Glacier. Travel to Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier. BD Day 3. Fox Glacier, Queenstown. Travel through Haast Pass to the alpine resort town of Queenstown. Settle in for a two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains over Lake Wakatipu. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview. B Day 4. Queenstown. Enjoy the day at leisure.B Day 5. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Afterwards, continue by coach to Te Anau. Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau. BD Day 6. Te Anau, Dunedin. Enjoy a tour of Dunedin taking in the city’s most significant landmarks, then head to Larnach Castle. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City. BD

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes

Day 7. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo. Admire Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, then arrive at the your hotel on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort. B, FD

Immersive Insider Experiences

Day 8. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch. Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Transfer to Christchurch Airport, arriving at 3pm. You must book your International flights to depart after 5pm, or 4pm for Domestic flights.B

7 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) and 1 feature dinner (FD) Expert Tour Director Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 8 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NTCC8)

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

All Breakfasts with 1 Feature Meal

With meals as stated

2017 Jan. 13^, 22^, 31^; Feb. 10^, 14^, 19^, 26^; Mar. 5^, 10^, 21^; Apr. 4^, 16^.

$1,845

$1,995

Sept. 10^, 24^.

$1,745

$1,895

Oct. 6^, 17, 22^, 29; Nov. 3^, 12^, 19, 26^; Dec. 1, 3^, 10, 24^.

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Be met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel.

the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble. Later, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast. Two Night Stay: Rydges Rotorua. B, FD

Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Travel to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve and see the kauri tree. Later, continue to the stunning Bay of Islands for a Welcome Dinner. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands. B, FD

Day 6. Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome, with its sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery.  B

Day 3. Bay of Islands. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic surrounds of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps explore via one of the many walking tracks. B Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett. Onwards lies pristine Motukokako Island, home of the fabled Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, return to Auckland. Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel. BD Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua. Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves. Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to Rotorua. At Te Puia, enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, during which you’ll see

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences 7 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington. Stop on the shores of Lake Taupo and see Huka Falls. Continue to Wellington. Stay: Travelodge Wellington.B

and 2 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director

Day 8. Depart Wellington. Transfer to the airport this morning.B

Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

All Breakfasts with 2 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 6^, 15^, 24^; Feb. 3^, 7^, 12^, 19^, 26^; Mar. 3^, 14^, 28^; Apr. 9^.

$1,795

$1,845

Sept. 3^, 17^.

$1,695

$1,745

Sept. 29^; Oct. 10, 15^, 22, 27^; Nov. 5^, 12, 19^, 24, 26^; Dec. 3, 17^.

$1,945

$1,995

Jan. 5^, 9, 14, 16^, 23, 26^; Feb. 2^, 7, 11, 13^, 18, 25^; Mar. 2, 6^, 11, 13, 20^, 27.

$1,945

$1,995

8 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NTAW8) 2017

$1,945

$2,095

Jan. 12^, 16, 21, 23^, 30; Feb. 2^, 9^, 14, 18, 20^, 25; Mar. 4^, 9, 13^, 18, 20, 27^.

$1,945

$2,095

Apr. 3, 15^, 29.

$1,845

$1,995

Apr. 8^, 22.

$1,845

$1,895

May 13^.

$1,745

$1,895

May 6^.

$1,745

$1,795

Sept. 9, 16^, 23, 30^.

$1,845

$1,995

Sept. 2, 9^, 16, 23^.

$1,845

$1,895

2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 6 Oct. 2017 – 30 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

2018

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 29 Sept. 2017 – 23 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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CRUISE & RAIL ADVENTURES | 45

Clockwise from top left: Enjoy a fantastic cruising experience of Auckland’s icons aboard Hauraki Blue. Board the TranzAlpine Train for one of the world's most beautiful rail journeys. Experience the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges aboard the Coastal Pacific Train.

CRUISE & RAIL ADVENTURES All aboard for the trip of a lifetime.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’S MS NOORDAM APT’s coastal cruising experience combines an escorted land journey followed by a cruise on board Holland America Line’s ms Noordam between Auckland and Sydney. Enjoy exceptional facilities, outstanding entertainment, superb accommodation, sumptuous dining and incredible service.

HAURAKI BLUE OVERNIGHT CRUISE Your overnight cruise aboard Hauraki Blue will showcase Auckland’s iconic sights from a unique viewpoint. See the Harbour Bridge and Bean Rock Lighthouse as you cruise towards the Hauraki Gulf. From there, you have the option of taking to the waters in a kayak or going snorkelling.

GLENBROOK VINTAGE STEAM TRAIN Lovingly restored, this vintage steam train offers a journey back in time as well as through the region’s scenery. Take in sights of the rural Franklin countryside and make a stop at the Pukeoware Depot to explore the workshop, see other historic regional locomotives and enjoy a morning tea.

COASTAL PACIFIC TRAIN Take in the breathtaking landscapes of the South Island’s rugged east coast aboard the Coastal Pacific Train. You’ll wind through the wine-growing region of Blenheim to the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges.

TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY Journey through scenes of Southland countryside beauty, looking out onto changing landscapes as your train takes you through the picturesque Taieri Plains and navigates the deep Taieri Gorge with ease.


46 | PREMIER ESCORTED VACATIONS

GREAT NEW ZEALAND RAIL & CRUISE EXPERIENCE | 47

1

AUCKLAND 1

GREAT NEW ZEALAND RAIL & CRUISE EXPERIENCE

Hauraki Blue Cruise

Glenbrook Vintage Railway Coach Cruise Train National Park No. of Nights Stay

2 Rotorua Taumarunui Forgotten World Railway 1 Tongariro National Park NEW ZEALAND Featherston Picton 2 Wellington

TranzAlpine Train

Coastal Pacific Train

Greymouth Franz Josef Glacier

16 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

2

Te Anau 1

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION

1 CHRISTCHURCH

2 Mt Cook

Queenstown Milford Sound

1

Pukerangi

Palmerston Seasider Train 1 Dunedin Taieri Gorge Railway

Explore Auckland your way with a choice of included sightseeing

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Journey aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Embark on a sensational overnight cruise aboard the Hauraki Blue

Ride a self-drive rail cart through glorious landscapes of the historic Forgotten World Railway

Explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum

Chug past idyllic scenery aboard the Coastal Pacific train

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Embark on a cruise along the picturesque Milford Sound

Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner in Te Anau

Journey aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway

Travel up the Pacific coast on the Seasider train

View magnificent Aoraki (Mt Cook)

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your preferred sightseeing activity before a Welcome Dinner this evening. Stay: Amora Hotel, Auckland. FD Day 2. Auckland, Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Hauraki Blue Overnight Cruise. Travel to Glenbrook today where you’ll board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train for a lovely journey through the beautiful Franklin countryside. Arrive back in Glenbrook and travel by coach to Viaduct Harbour. This afternoon, step aboard Hauraki Blue on an overnight cruise. Discover highlights including the Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and Devonport. You will also glide through the stunning waters of the Waitemata Harbour and into the Hauraki Gulf. Stay: Hauraki Blue overnight cruise. BD Day 3. Auckland, Rotorua. Disembark your ship and travel to Rotorua. This evening you’ll be treated to a traditional Maori Hangi Feast and a cultural performance of song and dance. Two Night Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua.  B, FD Day 4. Rotorua. In Rotorua, choose from a range of sightseeing today, including a Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide; and more. 

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

B

Day 5. Rotorua, Forgotten World Railway, Tongariro National Park. Ride your self-drive rail cart over historic bridges and through hand-dug tunnels along the Forgotten World Railway, an iconic piece of New Zealand’s rail history. Stay: Chateau Tongariro Hotel. BD

Day 6. Tongariro National Park, Wellington. Travel to the town of Featherston where you will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum. Delight in a relaxing afternoon tea before travelling to Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant capital city by the water. Arrive at your hotel and choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants. Two Night Stay: Amora Hotel Wellington. B, FD Day 7. Wellington. Enjoy a guided city tour of Wellington, then ride the city’s iconic Cable Car.B Day 8. Wellington, Picton, Coastal Pacific Train, Christchurch. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across the Cook Strait. Afterwards, board the Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel.BD Day 9. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Later, travel by coach to Franz Josef Glacier. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef. BD Day 10. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel to Queenstown then tonight, choose from four dining options. Sample the freshest produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for stunning panoramic views. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, or dine at Elements Restaurant. Two Night Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside or similar. B, FD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes

Day 11. Queenstown. Choose from a range of exciting sightseeing activities in Queenstown today. B

Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions

Day 12. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Travel to Milford Sound and enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Afterwards, arrive at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner. Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. B, FD

15 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) and 6 feature dinners (FD) APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

Day 13. Te Anau, Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin. Travel to Dunedin on the east coast and step aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. BD Day 14. Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook. Board the Seasider train. Rejoin your coach to continue to Oamaru. Travel north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Later, continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Aoraki (Mt Cook). Two Night Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel. BD

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 16 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NRC16)

Day 15. Mt Cook. Today, choose your included activity. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.  B, FD

2017

Day 16. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch. Travel to Lake Tekapo and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, continue to Christchurch airport where your tour ends. B

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE With meals as stated

Jan. 10^; Feb. 7^, 21^.

$6,495

Oct. 10^, 24; Nov. 14^, 21.

$6,795

2018 Jan. 9, 16^, 23.

$6,795

Feb. 6^, 20^, 27.

$6,795

Mar. 13, 27.

$6,795

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 10 Oct. 2017 – 27 Mar. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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NEW ZEALAND VOYAGER | 49

15

2

Bay of Islands

SYDNEY

Auckland 2

AUSTRALIA Melbourne Eden

NEW ZEALAND VOYAGER

Holland America Line’s ms Noordam

Tauranga Rotorua NEW ZEALAND

25 DAYS CHRISTCHURCH TO SYDNEY

Napier

Picton

Hobart

Wellington Arthur’s Pass Franz Josef Glacier

1

1

Coach Cruise Flights (included) TranzAlpine Train National Park

1

CHRISTCHURCH

Akaroa Lake Tekapo

Fiordland Mt Cook National 2 Port Chalmers Park Queenstown Dunedin

No. of Nights Stay

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION Cruise New Zealand’s spectacular coastline aboard Holland America Line

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train

Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Explore the stunning Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch. Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening. Stay: The Commodore Christchurch. FD Day 2. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train, then continue along the west coast and take in the icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier. Continue to your hotel and enjoy a degustation dinner. Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. B, FD Day 3. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. In Queenstown, choose where to dine. Two Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Queenstown or similar.  B, FD Day 4. Queenstown. Choose your preferred activity.  Day 5. Queenstown, Mt Cook. Journey north to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and choose your activity. Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel.

B

BD

Day 6. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, Auckland. Travel to Lake Tekapo. Later, travel to Christchurch airport for your flight to Auckland. Stay: Hilton Hotel Auckland. BD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Sightseeing FREEDOM OF CHOICETM – Dining (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 7. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum, then continue to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands.  BD Day 8. Bay of Islands. Choose your sightseeing activity. B

Day 9. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphinwatching cruise. Return by coach to Auckland and enjoy a special dinner at your hotel. Stay: Hilton Hotel, Auckland. B, FD Day 10. Auckland, Embark Holland America Line Ship. 10 Day (NZCRU10) guests depart the tour after breakfast. Enjoy a city tour and select your activity (time permitting). Farewell your Tour Director and board your ship. 15 Night Cruise: Holland America Line’s ms Noordam in a Verandah Stateroom.  BD Day 11. Tauranga, Rotorua. Dock in the port of Tauranga and choose to transfer to Rotorua where you can select from various optional sightseeing tours. BLD Day 12. Napier. Arrive in the town of Napier. Optional shore excursions include a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries or an Art Deco tour.  BLD Day 13. Wellington. Arrive in Wellington and select from a range of optional excursions.  BLD Day 14. Picton. This morning your ship berths on the South Island for the very first time, in the port of Picton, which lies in the upper reaches of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.  BLD Day 15. Akaroa, Christchurch. Arrive in the port town of Akaroa, known for its historic French and English colonial architecture and vibrant café culture. Here you will have the option to choose from a range of optional shore excursions. BLD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes

Day 16. Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Port Chalmers is located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Its Victorian heritage is still proudly on display.  BLD

Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions

Day 17. Fiordland National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the spectacular scenery of Fiordland National Park.  BLD Day 18. At Sea. Relax on board.

15-night Holland America Line cruise in a Verandah Stateroom 24 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L), 18 dinners (D) and 4 feature dinners (FD)

BLD

APT Tour Director (Days 1-10 only), plus expert local guides

Day 19. At Sea. Enjoy another day to relax and unwind.  BLD

Transfers, luggage porterage, port charges and tipping

Day 20. Hobart. By the morning, your ship will have crossed the Tasman Sea and arrive in Tasmania’s capital Hobart, on the Derwent River.  BLD Day 21. At Sea. Enjoy a day at leisure. 

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

BLD

Day 22. Melbourne. Having crossed Bass Strait overnight, this morning you will be docked at Station Pier in Melbourne. You could take in the views of the city from the Eureka Skydeck or visit the famous Queen Victoria Market.  BLD Day 23. At Sea. Enjoy the day at leisure.BLD Day 24. Eden. The ship will make its last port of call, before arriving in Sydney. BLD Day 25. Disembark Ship, Depart Sydney. Today your voyage ends as the ms Noordam enters Sydney Harbour. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. B

(US$) PER PERSON

25 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION & CRUISE (NZCRU25) Twin Share

Solo Trav.

Oct. 28.

$8,495

$13,195

Nov. 27.

$7,995

$12,195

$895

$1,790

$4,995

$6,795

2017

Prices are based on a Verandah Stateroom.

SUITE UPGRADES Verandah Suite from:

10 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (NZCRU10) Oct. 28; Nov. 27.

PLEASE NOTE: Includes flight from Christchurch to Auckland in land price. All other international/domestic flights not included in tour price. All itineraries commence in Christchurch and conclude in Sydney. Share Twin match up not available on this package. Please note all shore excursions during cruise are at guests’ own expense. See page 76 for Deck Plans. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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NEW ZEALAND RAIL ADVENTURE | 51

AUCKLAND 2

NEW ZEALAND RAIL ADVENTURE

Rotorua Rail Cruising

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

2 Rotorua

Otorohanga

Coach

Northern Explorer Train Ohakune

Cruise

NEW ZEALAND

Train National Park

Picton

No. of Nights Stay

15 DAYS AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

TranzAlpine Train Greymouth Fox Glacier 1 Queenstown Milford Sound

2 1

Te Anau Pukerangi

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION

2 Wellington

Coastal Pacific Train Kaikoura 2 CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Tekapo Mt Cook Oamaru Palmerston Seasider Train 1 Dunedin Taieri Gorge Railway 1

Experience the incredible landscapes of the Taieri Gorge Railway

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Take a ride aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train Experience a unique self-drive Rail Cruise Experience the vibrancy of Maori culture at a traditional Hangi Feast Travel on The Northern Explorer train  ee the South Island’s rugged S east coast on board the Coastal Pacific Train Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound Enjoy the journey to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway Ride the Seasider Train along the Pacific coast Discover the rugged landscapes of Mt Cook National Park Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Auckland. Be met at the airport by a Travelmarvel representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Two Night Stay: Rydges Auckland. FD Day 2. Auckland, Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. Travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. Stop at the Pukeoware Depot and explore the workshop, view other historic locomotives and enjoy a delightful morning tea. Re-board the train and travel back to Glenbrook before returning to Auckland by coach. B Day 3. Auckland, Rotorua. Board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua for a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. Later in Rotorua, pay a visit to Te Puia and see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast. Two Night Stay: Rydges Rotorua.  B, FD Day 4. Rotorua. Your sightseeing here continues today with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery.  B Day 5. Rotorua, The Northern Explorer Train, Wellington. At Otorohanga, board The Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey past the volcanic plateau within Tongariro National Park. Continue to Ohakune where your coach will take you to Wellington. Two Night Stay: Travelodge Wellington. BD

Day 6. Wellington. This morning, set off on a sightseeing tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city.  B Day 7. Wellington, Picton, Coastal Pacific Train, Christchurch. Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise from Wellington Harbour across the Cook Strait to Picton. Here, board the Coastal Pacific Train and enjoy a thrilling journey past the picturesque landscapes of the enchanting South Island’s rugged east coast. In Kaikoura, re-board your coach to travel to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms. BD Day 8. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Fox Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine train for what is considered one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Follow the Waimakariri River and traverse the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Greymouth then travel by coach to Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier. BD Day 9. Fox Glacier, Queenstown. Enjoy a day of truly beautiful scenery as you wind your way through unspoiled countryside to Queenstown. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview.

B

Day 10. Queenstown. Today, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of our exciting optional experiences (own expense).  B

Day 11. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau. Follow along the base of The Remarkables mountain range to Milford Sound. Here, board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with stunning views of cascading waterfalls. Stay: Kingsgate Te Anau. BD

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences 14 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) and 3 feature dinners (D) Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations

Day 12. Te Anau, Dunedin. Travel through the Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway. The train snakes through the world-famous Central Otago wine region. Later, arrive in the town of Dunedin. Stay: Scenic Hotel, Dunedin City. BD Day 13. Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo. Board the Seasider Train for a journey along the edge of the Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers and along the pacific coast. Disembark at Palmerston and continue to Oamaru, then view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery. Arrive at your hotel situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This evening, dine on fresh local produce for dinner. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort. BD Day 14. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch. Today visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, then head back to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel.  B, FD Day 15. Depart Christchurch. Be transferred to the airport.

B

Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

15 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NTR15) With meals as stated 2017 Oct. 8^; Nov. 5, 19^.

$4,795

2018 Jan. 21; Feb. 11.

$4,795

Mar. 11.

$4,795

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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NEW ZEALAND NAVIGATOR | 53

15

Bay of Islands 2

Holland America Line’s ms Noordam

SYDNEY Auckland

AUSTRALIA Eden Melbourne

NEW ZEALAND NAVIGATOR

2

Tauranga Rotorua NEW ZEALND

25 DAYS CHRISTCHURCH TO SYDNEY

Napier

Picton

Hobart

Wellington Arthur’s Pass

CHRISTCHURCH

Coach Cruise Flights (included) TranzAlpine Train (enhance your journey) National Park

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION

No. of Nights Stay

Fox Glacier 1 Akaroa 1 Fiordland 1 Lake Tekapo National Park Mt Cook 2

Queenstown Dunedin

Port Chalmers

Cruise around the stunning Bay of Islands to Cape Brett

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Set off on a half-day cruise to the Bay of Islands in search of friendly dolphins and other spectacular marine life Travel through the dramatic alpine landscapes of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and stop to admire the breathtaking views of Aoraki (Mt Cook), Australasia’s highest peak The breathtaking surrounds, waterfront location and innovative architecture at Peppers Bluewater Resort make for a memorable stay The Rakinui Restaurant at Peppers Bluewater Resort is known for its excellent cuisine that showcases Mackenzie Country’s finest produce

Day 1. Arrive Christchurch. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch. FD Day 2. Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier. Ascent into the Main Divide. Continue along the coast to Westland Tai Poutini National Park and see Fox Glacier. Stay: Heartland Fox Glacier. BD

TRANZALPINE TRAIN On Day 2, perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train. From $110 per person.

Day 3. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown. Travel through Haast Pass to Queenstown. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview, or similar.B Day 4. Queenstown. Enjoy Queenstown at your leisure.B

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 5. Queenstown, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo. This morning, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Mt Cook, before travelling on to Lake Tekapo. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo and enjoy a special dinner showcasing the local produce. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort. BD Day 6. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, Auckland. Head to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, then travel to Christchurch airport for your afternoon flight to Auckland. Stay: Amora Hotel, Auckland. B

Day 7. Auckland, Bay of Islands. Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, then continue to the Bay of Islands. Two Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with garden views. BD Day 8. Bay of Islands. After breakfast today, you’ll enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic Bay of Islands.B Day 9. Bay of Islands, Auckland. Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise around the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett. Later, return to Auckland and enjoy a special Farewell Dinner. Stay: Amora Hotel Auckland. B, FD Day 10. Auckland, Embark Holland America Line Ship. 10 Day (NTCRU10) guests depart the tour after breakfast. Enjoy a city sights tour, then transfer to your Holland America Line ship. 15 Night Cruise: ms Noordam staying in an Ocean-view Stateroom.BD Day 11. Tauranga, Rotorua. Dock in the port of Tauranga and choose to transfer to Rotorua where you can select from various optional sightseeing tours. BLD Day 12. Napier. Today the ship arrives in the town of Napier. Optional shore excursions include a tour of Hawke’s Bay Wineries or an Art Deco tour. BLD Day 13. Wellington. Perhaps choose an optional excursion.

BLD

Day 14. Picton. Berth in the port of Picton, which lies in the reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound.  BLD

Day 15. Akaroa, Christchurch. Arrive in the port town of Akaroa, known for its historic colonial architecture. BLD

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions

Day 16. Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Port Chalmers is located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Its Victorian heritage is still proudly on display.  BLD

24 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L), 18 dinners (D) and 2 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director (Days 1-10 only), plus local guides

Day 17. Fiordland National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the incredible landscapes of Fiordland National Park.  BLD Day 18. At Sea. Relax on board.

Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand Luggage porterage and tipping

BLD

Day 19. At Sea. Enjoy another day to relax and unwind.  BLD Day 20. Hobart. By the morning, your ship will have crossed the Tasman Sea and arrive in Tasmania’s capital of Hobart, on the Derwent River.  BLD Day 21. At Sea. Enjoy a day at leisure. 

BLD

Day 22. Melbourne. Having crossed Bass Strait overnight, you will be docked at Station Pier in Melbourne. Here, choose from optional shore excursions.  BLD

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

25 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION & CRUISE (NTCRU25) Twin Share

Solo Trav.

Oct. 28.

$5,995

$8,745

Nov. 27.

$5,595

$8,095

$275

$1,020

$3,195

$4,145

2017

Prices are based on an Ocean View Stateroom.

Day 23. At Sea. Enjoy the day at leisure.BLD Day 24. Eden. Eden is the last port of call, before Sydney. BLD Day 25. Disembark Ship, Depart Sydney. Enter Sydney Harbour and after breakfast, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

STATEROOM UPGRADE Verandah Stateroom

10 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (NTCRU10) Oct. 28; Nov. 27.

B

(US$) PER PERSON

PLEASE NOTE: Includes flight from Christchurch to Auckland in land price. All other international/domestic flights not included in tour price. All itineraries commence in Christchurch and conclude in Sydney. Share Twin match up not available on this package. Please note all shore excursions during cruise are at passengers own expense. See page 76 for Deck Plans. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


54 | AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA | 55

AUSTRALIA Discover great contrasts and culture, where Mother Nature flaunts her finest work. From the Outback to tropical rainforests and miles of unspoiled beaches, Australian landscapes are wonderfully diverse. It is a vibrant and friendly country with a rich multicultural heritage, and the stunning contrast of cities and remote wilderness is enhanced by the superb food and wine. Witness some of the world’s most picture-perfect panoramas in an ever-changing landscape, and discover Australia’s Indigenous population, with their rich storytelling culture and inherent values that are characterised by a reverence for the land. Experience life on tropical islands and gain an insight into a prosperous nation with visits to Australia’s famous cities. Glorious natural wilderness areas provide ample opportunities for wildlife encounters – and not just on the land. Below the surface of the Great Barrier Reef lies a bustling centre of colourful marine life just waiting to be discovered.

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS EAST COAST ADVENTURE - 13 DAYS

56

GRAND AUSTRALIAN DISCOVERY - 17 DAYS

60

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA - 16 DAYS

62

WEST COAST ADVENTURE - 18 DAYS

66

PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION ROYAL TASMAN - 12 DAYS

68


56 | VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATIONS

EAST COAST ADVENTURE | 57

EAST COAST ADVENTURE 13 DAYS SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION Discover the sheer beauty of Australia’s east coast

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour Engage with an incredible array of native Australian wildlife at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast Enjoy two wonderful nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island Unwind during two nights amid the tropical haven of Daydream Island Resort and Spa Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over Cairns’ World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy Experience two nights in Tropical North Queensland at the Pullman Cairns International, with mountain views Travel by catamaran to an exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef Take part in a traditional corroboree and indulge in delicious regional delicacies at Tjapukai By Night

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Sydney. Be met on arrival and be transferred to your hotel. Explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, soaking up the world-renowned landmarks, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy fantastic views during a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight. Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour.FD

Day 5. Noosa, Fraser Island. After some time in Noosa, travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritagelisted Fraser Island. Here, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort. This evening, enjoy dinner at your resort. Two Night Stay: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort.  BD

Day 2. Sydney, Gold Coast. Transfer to the airport and fly to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline. After settling in to your hotel located within the heart of the city, perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of the popular Surfers Paradise Beach. Two Night Stay: Gold Coast, Mantra on View Hotel. B

Day 6. Fraser Island. Discover Fraser Island today with a half-day tour and some time at leisure this afternoon. Slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of fantastic walking trails that criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935.  B

Day 3. Gold Coast. Today you have a full day to explore the Gold Coast at your leisure. Perhaps grab a board and learn to surf, explore the culinary scene at one of the restaurants along the waterfront or head into the hinterland for a day amidst the subtropical wilderness. This afternoon, 11 Day (TQ11) guests join the tour.  B Day 4. Gold Coast, Noosa. Head north to the Sunshine Coast and visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa where you’ll enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers tonight. Stay: Sebel Noosa. BD

See Sydney’s renowned icons sparkle during your Welcome Dinner cruise

Day 8. Rockhampton, Daydream Island. Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays and realise your dreams of a tropical island paradise as you arrive at picturesque Daydream Island Resort and Spa. Two Night Stay: Daydream Island Resort and Spa. BD

Day 9. Daydream Island. Do as little or as much as you like with the day at leisure. Perhaps snorkel off the beach or take stroll through the tropical jungle to the highest point of the island (own expense).  B

WHITEHAVEN BEACH EXCURSION On Day 9, enjoy a half-day to explore the never-ending pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach (from $70 per person).

Day 7. Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton. A morning ferry takes you across spectacular Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, where you will enjoy dinner this evening. Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton. BD Immerse yourself in the splendid paradise of Fraser Island

Day 10. Daydream Island, Townsville, Mission Beach. Take an early morning ferry transfer to the Port of Airlie, where you will re-board your coach and travel to Townsville for a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your haven, Castaways Resort & Spa. Stay: Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach. BD


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EAST COAST ADVENTURE | 59

Mission Beach 1 Wet Tropics of Queensland

Flights (included) National Park

Re ef

No. of Nights Stay

Townsville

Airlie Beach

QUEENSLAND

Cruise

r ie

2 CAIRNS

Coach

r Ba r eat Gr

Port Douglas Kuranda

Outer Reef Cruise

2 Daydream Island

Rockhampton 1 Hervey Bay

2 Fraser Island 1 Noosa

AUSTRALIA

2 Gold Coast

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 SYDNEY Get up close to colourful marine life of the Great Barrier Reef

Day 11. Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns. Discover the lush Atherton Tablelands. This region is part of the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia. As you journey towards Cairns, you will visit the Curtain Fig Tree, an iconic natural Australian icon. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. Arriving in Cairns this afternoon, you will enjoy mountain views from your spacious room at the Pullman Cairns International. Two Night Stay: Pullman Cairns International. B

Day 12. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef. Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life. Enjoy the unique chance to snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon; walk through the underwater observatory; learn about the delicate ecosystem and view the reef during a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat; or relax on the sun deck of your ship. This is one of the most perfect destinations on the Great Barrier Reef for viewing the unique and vibrant species of coral and fish that call the reef home. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes

By Night this evening in Cairns. During this Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance you will discover the spiritual concept known as the Dreamtime, take an interactive part in a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of delicious local produce. BL, FD Day 13. Port Douglas, Depart Cairns. Drive to the pretty coastal township of Port Douglas for a guided tour. This patch of tropical paradise is the meeting point of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. After some time here to relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds, return to Cairns and transfer to the airport. 

Immersive Insider Experiences 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D) and 2 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia Luggage porterage and tipping

B

2017/18 DATES & PRICES All Breakfasts with 2 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 22^; Feb. 3^, 19^; Mar. 3^, 19, 31.

$3,345

$3,495

Apr. 23; May 6.

$3,895

Sept. 17^, 30^.

All Breakfasts with 1 Feature Meal

With meals as stated

Jan. 25^; Feb. 3^, 22^; Mar. 3^, 22, 31.

$2,545

$2,695

$3,995

Apr. 25; May 6.

$3,095

$3,195

$3,895

$3,995

Sept. 19^, 30^.

$3,095

$3,195

Oct. 15^, 28^.

$3,895

$3,995

Oct. 17^, 28^.

$3,095

$3,195

Nov. 12, 25; Dec. 10, 23.

$3,895

$3,995

Nov. 14, 25; Dec. 12, 23.

$3,095

$3,195

13 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TQ13) 2017

EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY

Stroll along the iconic shores of the spectacular Gold Coast

Why not extend your adventure Down Under and explore New Zealand too? Escorted by our expert Tour Directors, you’ll visit the highlights and hidden gems across Australia & New Zealand over 31 days. Take advantage of our seamless connections and inquire for itinerary details and pricing.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE 11 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TQ11)

2017

2018

2018

Jan. 21^; Feb. 3^, 18^.

$3,895

$3,995

Jan. 23^; Feb. 3^, 20^.

$3,095

$3,195

Mar. 3^, 18.

$3,895

$3,995

Mar. 3^, 20.

$3,095

$3,195

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate tour operates in reverse direction (TQ13R/TQ11R). ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price, except the flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast. Itinerary effective 23 Apr. 2017 – 18 Mar. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow different 12-day and 9-day itineraries respectively – please inquire for details. Please ensure your flight into Sydney arrives no later than 10am. Pre-tour accommodation is available in Sydney. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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GRAND AUSTRALIAN DISCOVERY 17 DAYS SYDNEY TO ALICE SPRINGS

AUSTRALIA Coach Cruise

NEW SOUTH WALES

Flights (included)

1 SYDNEY

National Park No. of Nights Stay Optional (TQK20) Flights (not included)

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION Discover the ancient landscapes of Kings Canyon

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour Engage with an incredible array of native Australian wildlife at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast Enjoy two wonderful nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island Unwind during two nights amid the tropical haven of Daydream Island Resort and Spa Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns Experience two nights at the Pullman Cairns International Travel by catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life Take part in a traditional corroboree at Tjapukai By Night Enjoy a glass of wine as you witness sunset over Uluru

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Sydney. Be met on arrival, then explore Sydney on an afternoon tour. Tonight, enjoy a stunning dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Stay: Sydney, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour.FD Day 2. Sydney, Gold Coast. Board your included flight to the Gold Coast. Two Night Stay: Gold Coast, Mantra on View Hotel. B Day 3. Gold Coast. Explore the Gold Coast at your leisure today.B Day 4. Gold Coast, Noosa. Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, then continue to the resort town of Noosa. Stay: Sebel Noosa. BD Day 5. Noosa, Fraser Island. Travel to Hervey Bay and join your cruise transfer to Fraser Island. Here, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Two Night Stay: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort.  BD Day 6. Fraser Island. Enjoy a half-day tour of Fraser Island, followed by some leisure time in the afternoon. B

Day 9. Daydream Island. Enjoy the day at leisure. B Day 10. Daydream Island, Townsville, Mission Beach. Board a ferry back to Airlie Beach. Tour Townsville then journey to Mission Beach. Stay: Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach. BD Day 11. Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns. Explore the lush Atherton Tablelands then ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Cairns, stay at the Pullman Cairns International. Two Night Stay: Pullman Cairns International. B Day 12. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef. Cruise to Reef Magic’s exclusive platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid beautiful coral. Back in Cairns, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.  BL, FD Day 13. Cairns, Alice Springs. Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today (flight not included). Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort.

Day 16. Kings Canyon, Alice Springs. Explore Kings Canyon today, where you can choose between two guided walks here. Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort.

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences

Day 17. Depart Alice Springs. Transfer to Alice Springs airport for your onward flight.

12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) 5 dinners (D) and 2 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia

TOP END EXTENSION (TQK20)

Luggage porterage and tipping

Perhaps extend your vacation to Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Please enquire for further details.

2017/18 DATES & PRICES All Breakfasts with 2 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Jan. 22^, 30^; Feb. 19^, 27^; Mar. 19, 27.

$4,645

$4,795

All Breakfasts with 2 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Mar. 19.

$5,545

$5,695

Apr. 23; May 2.

$5,295

$5,395

Apr. 23, 29.

$6,295

$6,395

Sept. 17^, 26^.

$5,295

$5,395

Sept. 17^, 23^.

$6,295

$6,395

Oct. 15^, 24^.

$5,295

$5,395

Oct. 15^, 21^.

$6,295

$6,395

Nov. 12, 21; Dec. 10, 19.

$5,295

$5,395

Nov. 12, 18.

$6,295

$6,395

Jan. 21^, 30^; Feb. 18^, 27^.

$5,295

$5,395

Mar. 18.

$5,295

$5,395

17 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TQC17) 2017

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Day 7. Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton. A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay. Back on land, travel to Rockhampton. Stay: Central Park Motel Rockhampton. BD

Day 14. Alice Springs, Uluru. Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense). Head to your resort and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset at a viewing platform overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock). Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel.

Day 8. Rockhampton, Daydream Island. Join a ferry through the Whitsundays to picturesque Daydream Island Resort and Spa. Two Night Stay: Daydream Island Resort and Spa. BD

Day 15. Uluru, Kings Canyon. Rise early to tour the base of Uluru at sunsrise. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge before travelling to Kings Canyon. Stay: Kings Canyon Resort.

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

20 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TQK20) 2017

2018

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate tour operates in reverse direction (TQC17R/TQK20R). ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price, except the flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast. Please note that days 13–17 are operated by our travel partner. Itinerary effective 23 Apr. 2017 – 18 Mar. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow different 16-day and 19-day itineraries respectively – please inquire for details. Please ensure your flight into Sydney arrives no later than 10am. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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DISCOVER AUSTRALIA 16 DAYS ROUND AUSTRALIA

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION Dive into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef

See the ancient domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air

START YOUR TOUR IN FREMANTLE

Experience two nights at the Pullman Cairns International

Perhaps make a start to your amazing vacation with a three-night stay in Fremantle in beautiful Western Australia. Situated at the mouth of the Swan River, discover this exquisite city. You will then fly directly to Alice Springs, where you will join Day 2 of this magnificent itinerary. Please inquire for further details. Tour Code: TMUK18

Travel by catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform

COMMENCE ON THE GOLD COAST

Enjoy a glass of wine as you witness the sunset over Uluru Take in a majestic sunrise over Uluru followed by a guided tour

Soak in the lush setting of Peppers Beach Club in Port Douglas Enjoy lunch in the stunning wine region of the Yarra Valley Enjoy four nights at Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney Set off on a leisurely sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour, taking you past the city’s famous icons Step inside the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour Indulge in a traditional fish ‘n’ chip dinner on Bondi Beach

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (FD) Feature Dinner

Alternatively, why not commence your vacation soaking up the sun on Queensland’s spectacular Gold Coast beaches. Enjoy a two-night stay in the heart of Surfers Paradise at Mantra on View Hotel, just seconds from the beach. Please inquire for further details. Tour Code: TMUK17 Day 1. Arrive Brisbane. Be met on arrival in Brisbane and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Stay: Pullman Brisbane King George Square. Day 2. Brisbane, Alice Springs. Fly to the red heart of Australia, Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Nestled between the MacDonnell Ranges, this iconic Outback town is the geographical centre of Australia made famous by its rich pioneering history and enchanting ancient Indigenous culture. A major hub in Australia’s Red Centre, Alice Springs also acts as the main access point for Uluru. Two Night Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort.  B

Day 3. Alice Springs. Perhaps take a balloon flight over the desert at sunrise (own expense), before enjoying panoramic views of the town and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air this afternoon. At sunset, maybe take a camel ride (own expense).  B Day 4. Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta, Uluru. The Australian Outback comes to life today as you travel through rugged landscapes to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Discovered by explorers in 1872, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of Australia’s most famous and sacred sites. Visit the rock domes and peaks of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge. Enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset over Uluru. Tonight, there is the opportunity to join a unique optional experience – the Sounds of Silence Dinner – where you’ll dine on Australian fare whilst seated under the stars in the desert (own expense). Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel.  B Day 5. Uluru, Cairns. Marvel at the magnificent sunrise over Uluru and take a guided tour around the base of this famous monolith, viewing ancient caves and fascinating Indigenous rock art sites. Afterwards, fly from Australia’s Red Centre to the sparkling blue waters and lush green rainforests of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy a two-night escape at the Pullman Cairns International in a stylish room with mountain views. After time to settle in, the evening is yours at leisure. Two Night Stay: Pullman Cairns International.  B

Day 6. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef. Experience a real holiday highlight today as you cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef, where you will enjoy five hours to experience the colourful coral and marine life. Here you can snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a guided tour on the semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat, or simply relax on the spacious sun deck and enjoy the sunshine.

A delicious lunch featuring local specialties will be served on board. On return to beautiful Cairns late this afternoon, enjoy the evening at leisure.  BL

lush gardens of Peppers Beach Club.  Two Night Stay: Port Douglas, Peppers Beach Club.

Day 7. Cairns, Port Douglas. Farewell Cairns this morning and take a short drive north to idyllic Port Douglas. This patch of paradise is the meeting point of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and a popular vacation destination. Relax in the open spaces and

UPGRADE IN PORT DOUGLAS

The lively cosmopolitan city of Melbourne awaits your discovery

Upgrade to a One Bedroom Suite at Peppers Beach Club for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. Two nights from $35 per person, twin share.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

3 FREMANTLE

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Coach Cruise

VICTORIA

Flights (not included)

Melbourne

National Park

SYDNEY 3

No. of Nights Stay Optional (TMUK17, TMUK18)

Witness the magic of Sydney come to life at night on its beautiful harbour

Day 8. Port Douglas. Today is yours to relax. Perhaps explore Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park, home to the world’s oldest living rainforest, or ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda (both at own expense). B Day 9. Port Douglas, Cairns, Melbourne. Return to Cairns and fly to the lively cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. With its cutting-edge designs and heritage architecture, spacious parks and diverse suburbs, fabulous arts and world-class sporting action, you’ll quickly understand why Victoria’s vibrant capital is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world. Three Night Stay: Rydges Melbourne. B

Day 10. Melbourne. Explore the city’s highlights on a tour, including the quaint Cook’s Cottage, lively Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Venture outside of the city to the renowned Yarra Valley wine region where lunch awaits amid the vine-covered countryside. Later, perhaps see the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island (own expense). BL Day 11. Melbourne. Today is yours at leisure. You may wish to take a sightseeing cruise on the Yarra River to enjoy unique views of the Melbourne skyline; discover the breathtaking coastal scenery, native flora and fauna, and intriguing towns along the Great Ocean Road on a full-day

tour; or enjoy a memorable dinner aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (all at own expense). B Day 12. Melbourne, Sydney. Enjoy one last morning to take in the sights of Melbourne at your leisure before heading to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Transfer to your hotel, which is located just a short stroll from Circular Quay. Wrapped around a spectacular harbour, this glamorous city is home to the instantly recognisable Opera House and iconic Harbour Bridge. The evening is yours at leisure to get acquainted or simply relax. Four Night Stay: Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.  B

Day 13. Sydney. Discover a selection of Sydney’s most incredible sights on a guided tour. During the day you’ll take to the water for a relaxing cruise on Sydney Harbour, then step inside the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour. Your day culminates with a traditional fish ‘n’ chip dinner on Bondi Beach tonight. B, FD

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences 15 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 2 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia

Day 14. Sydney. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore as you choose. Or, head to the Blue Mountains National Park, or savour fine wines and explore the Hunter Valley (both at own expense).  B Day 15. Sydney. Appreciate a further day at leisure, or join one of our optional experiences. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Sydney’s coast aboard a seaplane, or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (both at own expense). This evening, enjoy a Farewell Drink and Dinner.  B, FD Day 16. Depart Sydney. Following some time at leisure, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. 

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Luggage porterage and tipping

2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

16 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TMUK16) With meals as stated 2017 Jan. 27^.

$4,295

Feb. 10^, 19^; Mar. 24^.

$4,295

Sept. 29^; Oct. 27^; Nov. 17^.

$4,595

2018

UPGRADE YOUR STAY IN SYDNEY

Venture to the tropical haven of Port Douglas

Upgrade to a Deluxe King Corner Room at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney in the heart of the city. Four nights from $80 per person, twin share.

Jan. 26^.

$4,595

Feb. 9^, 23^.

$4,595

Mar. 11^.

$4,595

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Please speak to your travel consultant to arrange the best available airfares. Itinerary effective 29 Sept. 2017 – 11 Mar. 2018. Tours departing prior to this date follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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WEST COAST ADVENTURE | 67

DARWIN 1 Kununurra 1 El Questro 2

WEST COAST ADVENTURE

Geikie Gorge Broome 2 1

Nitmiluk National Park

1 Katherine

Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine 1 Halls Creek

NORTHERN Fitzroy Port Hedland TERRITORY 1 Crossing Karratha 1 Karijini National Park Exmouth 1 1 Tom Price Ningaloo Reef Coral Bay WESTERN 1 Carnarvon Shark Bay AUSTRALIA Monkey Mia 1 AUSTRALIA Kalbarri 1 Kalbarri National Park

18 DAYS PERTH TO DARWIN

The Pinnacles

Coach Cruise National Park No. of Nights Stay

Nambung National Park

PERTH 1

VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION Discover the crystal-clear waters of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef

YOUR INCLUDED INSIDER EXPERIENCES Discover incredible beauty as you sail across Shark Bay on a sunset cruise After an enchanting day of discovery in Monkey Mia, relax and enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner Experience Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort – the only destination in Australia where dolphins visit daily Cruise the stunning waters of Ningaloo Reef aboard a glass-bottom boat Stay overnight in tented cabins with private ensuites at Emma Gorge Resort within El Questro Wilderness Park Savour an authentic home-style gourmet dinner under the stars at El Questro Wilderness Park

ALSO AVAILABLE: MORE TOURS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA We have a wide range of tours available in Western Australia. Please enquire for further details.

KEY INSIDER EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Perth. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Stay: Crowne Plaza Perth. FD Day 2. Perth, Nambung National Park, The Pinnacles, Kalbarri. Travel to Nambung National Park and wander about the bizarre limestone pillars known as the Pinnacles, then continue to Kalbarri. Stay: Kalbarri Edge Resort. BD Day 3. Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia. Set out for World Heritage-listed Shark Bay. Visit the township of Denham, then continue to Monkey Mia. Embark on a cruise across Shark Bay and watch for dolphins playing in the falling light. Afterwards, feast on delicious local seafood for dinner. Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. B, FD Day 4. Monkey Mia, Shell Beach, Carnarvon. Stroll to Dolphin Beach to see the wild dolphins (subject to appearance). Later, travel to Shell Beach, Hamelin Pool and then Carnarvon. Stay: Carnarvon, Fascine Lodge. BD Day 5. Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Exmouth. Arrive in Coral Bay. Board a glass-bottom boat and cruise the waters of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and discover more than 500 species of fish. See Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then head to Exmouth. Stay: Exmouth, Pot Shot Hotel. BD Day 6. Exmouth, The Pilbara, Tom Price. Pass through the fiery red Outback landscapes of the Pilbara to the remote town of Tom Price. Here, enjoy a tour of a mine before dinner. Stay: Tom Price Hotel.  BD

Day 7. Tom Price, Karijini National Park, Karratha. Today, explore Karijini National Park, where wide-open plains conceal emerald gorges, cascading falls and crystalline rock pools. Visit Dale and Fortescue falls and Oxers Lookout before continuing to Karratha. Stay: Ibis Styles Karratha. BLD Day 8. Karratha, Port Hedland. Tour Karratha today, then journey onwards to Roebourne before arriving in Port Hedland. Stay: Ibis Styles Port Hedland.  BD Day 9. Port Hedland, Great Sandy Desert, Broome. Travel to Broome for a tour of this historic pearling town. Broome’s history is as colorful as its landscape and its Cable Beach is named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, connecting this remote region to the world. Two Night Stay: Oaks Broome. BD Day 10. Broome. Today is yours to spend at leisure in Broome. Relax on the beach or head into town.B Day 11. Broome, Fitzroy Crossing. With your sights set on the Kimberley region, head inland to the remote Fitzroy Crossing. Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge. BD Day 12. Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge, Halls Creek. Cruise the stunning Darngku (Geikie Gorge) and admire its unique bleached walls before traveling to Halls Creek. Stay: Halls Creek, Kimberley Hotel.  BD

Day 13. Halls Creek, Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine, El Questro Wilderness Park. Tour the Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine today. Stay at Emma Gorge Resort, located in the heart of El Questro Wilderness Park with the backdrop of the Cockburn Range. Two Night Stay: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with ensuites. BL, FD

Your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation Includes Immersive Insider Experiences 17 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) and 5 feature dinners (FD) Expert Tour Director and local guides in select locations

EL QUESTRO UPGRADE

Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia

Upgrade for a stay at the luxurious El Questro Homestead. Please enquire for details.

Luggage porterage and tipping

Day 14. El Questro Wilderness Park. Take a dip at pristine Zebedee Springs, cruise the Chamberlain Gorge and hike to Emma Gorge. Tonight, be rewarded with a home-style dinner at your resort.B, FD Day 15. El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra. See Lake Argyle and cruise the Ord River, keeping watch for resident crocodiles. Arrive at your accommodation in Kununurra. Stay: Kununurra Country Club. B Day 16. Kununurra, Katherine. Pass through Timber Creek on the way to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Stay: Ibis Styles Katherine.

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Day 17. Katherine Gorge, Darwin. Cruise Katherine Gorge. Later, arrive in Darwin for a memorable Farewell Dinner. Stay: Novotel Darwin CBD. B, FD Day 18. Depart Darwin. Tour Darwin then transfer to the airport.

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2017/18 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

18 DAY VALUE-PLUS ESCORTED VACATION (TWN18) All Breakfasts with 5 Feature Meals

With meals as stated

Apr. 23^.

$6,395

$6,895

May 11^, 14.

$6,395

$6,895

June 1, 4^, 22, 22^.

$6,395

$6,895

July 10, 16^.

$6,395

$6,895

Aug. 1, 4^, 19, 27^.

$6,395

$6,895

Sept. 1^.

$6,395

$6,895

2017

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate tour operates in reverse direction (TWS18). ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Please speak to your travel consultant to arrange the best available airfares. Itinerary effective to 1 Sept. 2017. Please ensure your flight into Perth arrives no later than 12pm. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Please see pages 82-83 for further information, as well as terms and conditions.


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12 DAYS LAUNCESTON RETURN

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Cradle Mountain

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Gordon River

LAUNCESTON Woolmers Estate Ross

Coles Bay

Richmond

Freycinet National Park

Great Lake

Lake St Clair

Strahan 1

1

Queenstown

Russell Falls Coach

Hobart

Cruise

2

Eaglehawk Neck 1

National Park

Port Arthur

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Bridestowe Lavender Farm

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Uncover the magical Russell Falls

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

EXCLUSIVE! Visit the beautiful Bridestowe Lavender Estate

See APT’s Tasmanian devil at East Coast Natureworld

Discover Freycinet National Park

Cruise down the mighty Gordon River

Explore Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

EXCLUSIVE! Take a guided walk through the wilderness of the Tarkine

EXCLUSIVE! Delight in a Tasmanian Fare Dinner in Smithton

Visit Woolmers Estate and the magnificent National Rose Garden

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE TM

– Sightseeing

TM

– Dining

FREEDOM OF CHOICE FREEDOM OF CHOICE

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (FL) Feature Lunch (FD) Feature Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Launceston. Transfer to your hotel, then embark on a guided city tour. Afterwards, select from one of five sightseeing activities. Later, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Drink at your hotel. Stay: Launceston, Hotel Grand Chancellor. FD Day 2. Bicheno, Freycinet National Park. Visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm and sample the lavender-enhanced fare. Continue to East Coast Natureworld to meet a rare Tasmanian Devil. In Freycinet National Park, walk along Cape Tourville. Later, enjoy a gourmet BBQ (weather permitting). Stay: Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge. B, FD Day 3. Freycinet National Park, Richmond, Tasman National Park, Port Arthur. Explore Freycinet National Park then stop in Richmond on the way into Tasman National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner in Port Arthur. Stay: Port Arthur Motor Inn. BD Day 4. Port Arthur, Hobart. Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, once Australia’s most notorious convict prison, on a guided tour, followed by a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. Later, arrive in Hobart and visit the city’s charming Botanical Gardens. Tonight, choose to dine at one of four fantastic restaurants. Two Night Stay: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor, harbour view room. B, FD Day 5. Hobart. Explore the vibrant Salamanca Market and peruse the treasures of Tasmania at more than 300 stalls. Afterwards, select your preferred sightseeing activity.

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Day 6. Russell Falls, Cradle MountainLake St Clair National Park, Strahan. Discover the magic of Russell Falls, then continue to World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Travel via Queenstown to Strahan. Tonight, dine at View 42° Restaurant and Bar. Stay: Strahan Village, harbour view room. BD Day 7. Gordon River, Cradle Mountain. Board the luxurious Lady Jane Franklin II for a cruise along the Gordon River. From the Captain’s Premier Upper Deck, glide across Macquarie Harbour and enter the FranklinGordon Wild Rivers National Park. Enjoy lunch on board before heading to Cradle Mountain. Two Night Stay: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. B, FL, D

Day 11. Ross, Launceston. Travel to the historical township of Ross, once the home of a female penitentiary in the 1800s. Travel around the vast Great Lake on your return to Launceston, before enjoying a special Farewell Dinner and Drink this evening. B, FD

Your Premier Escorted Vacation Includes Maximum of 40 guests Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions 11 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) and 6 feature meals (FL/FD)

Day 12. Cataract Gorge, Depart Launceston. Discover the unique rock formations of Cataract Gorge, then transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia Luggage porterage and tipping

Day 8. Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake. Today set out to explore Dove Lake with a local guide. Later, visit Waldheim Chalet then enjoy your chosen activity.BD Day 9. Stanley, The Nut, The Tarkine, Smithton. Travel to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut. Journey through the Tarkine region and stop at Sumac Lookout. Continue to the Julius River Forest Reserve for a walk and afternoon tea. Later in Smithton enjoy an exclusive Tasmanian Fare Dinner. Stay: Smithton, Tall Timbers Hotel.  B, FD Day 10. Sheffield, Launceston. Enjoy a chocolate tour at the House of Anvers. Visit the town of Sheffield, then later, enjoy a guided walk around the historic Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden. Two Night Stay: Launceston, Hotel Grand Chancellor. B

2017/18 DATES & PRICES 12 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (RT12)

(US$) PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

With meals as stated

2017

12 DAY PREMIER ESCORTED VACATION (RT12)

With meals as stated

2018

Jan. 3^, 17, 31^; Feb. 14^, 28^.

$4,250

Jan. 2^, 9, 16, 30^.

$4,595

Mar. 14^, 28^; Apr. 11^, 25^.

$4,250

Feb. 6, 13^, 20, 27^.

$4,595

Sept. 12^, 26; Oct. 10^, 24^.

$4,595

Mar. 6, 13^, 27.

$4,595

Nov. 7^, 21^; Dec. 5, 19^.

$4,595

Apr. 10^, 24.

$4,595

May 8^, 22.

$4,595

PLEASE NOTE: ^Indicates guaranteed departures. Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective until 25 April 2017. Tours departing after 1 May 2017 follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details. Supplements for solo travellers are available on application. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. See pages 82-83 for further information as well as terms and conditions.


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KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS ADVENTURES Discover Australia’s final frontier. An immense yet remote region, the Kimberley spans over 420,000 square kilometres – housing fewer than one person for every 1,000 square kilometres. With a history of pioneers, aristocrats and cattle drovers, these are the landscapes made famous by Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia. When APT first began escorting travellers to the Kimberley more than 40 years ago, there was no permanent accommodation or network of staff – so we created our exclusive network of wilderness lodges, with respect for local communities and the natural environment. Today, no one is better equipped to take you here, which is why more people choose APT than any other premium tour operator in the Kimberley.

4WD ADVENTURES KIMBERLEY, KAKADU & ARNHEM LAND EXPLORER - 16 DAYS

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KIMBERLEY COAST CRUISE - 11 DAYS

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APT’s Exclusive Wilderness Lodge

Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

BROOME 1 Cruise along spectacular Yellow Water Billabong

Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art

Enjoy an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, as you take in the natural phenomena from above

Discover the impressive sights of El Questro Wilderness Park, including soaking in the thermal Zebedee Springs

After a day’s exploration of the Bungle Bungle range, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes

Enjoy a Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River

Day 1. Arrive Broome. Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Perhaps relax on Cable Beach as you enjoy a free day to explore the area. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Day 2. Broome, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge. Turn off the Gibb River Road to visit Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above white sands. Continue to Tunnel Creek and arrive later at APT’s Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. BLD Day 3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming. Head to Bell Gorge for a relaxing dip above the cascading waterfall that feeds the lower pool, and a spot of bird-watching. Or, hike to the lower pool of the gorge for a swim or to visit some superb lookout spots. BLD Day 4. Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Admire the rock art on the gorge walls and enjoy a swim. Continue Manning Gorge where you can spot bird-life as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a boab tree. Stay: Drysdale River Station. BLD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

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Day 5. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion). Ascend the Mitchell Plateau to explore the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art galleries, then take a swim in the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at APT’s exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. BLD

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight. Hike to Little Mertens Falls and to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Take a dip in the river and enjoy a helicopter flight over the falls back to the vehicle. Or, hike back with your guide. BLD Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park. Rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost Rivers to the amazing one million-acre El Questro Wilderness Park. Two Night Stay: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort.  BLD Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park. With a local ranger, explore the landscapes of El Questro Wilderness Park. Cruise along Chamberlain Gorge, then after lunch, head to Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. BD Day 9. El Questro Wilderness Park, Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm. Travel to Purnululu National Park. Enjoy a memorable hike to Echidna Chasm. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. BLD Day 10. Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Visit Cathedral Gorge as your guide brings the natural history to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun goes down on the Bungle Bungle massif.BLD

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Durack River

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Katherine River

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Kalumburu Road

Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge

Kakadu National Park

King Edward River

Drysdale River Station

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Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

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Purnululu National Park

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Your Wilderness Adventure Includes

Day 11. Purnululu National Park, Ord River, Kununurra. Travel to Kununurra, which is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley. Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort. BLD

All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 25 locations APT’s exclusive network of wilderness lodges

Day 12. Kununurra, Nitmiluk National Park. Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to your accommodation in Nitmiluk National Park, the award-winning Cicada Lodge. Enjoy canapés and drinks on arrival, then feast on a superb dinner. Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge. BD

Small group travel with a maximum of 20 travellers Expert Driver-Guide & additional guides on selected walks Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle All meals, national park fees and airport transfers

Day 13. Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Nourlangie Rock. Cruise through Katherine Gorge then travel to Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park. View Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock then take in the scenery as you cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Two Night Stay: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge.  BLD Day 14. Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill. With a local guide, experience the ancient art and natural beauty of Arnhem Land, a region inaccessible to most travellers. Back in Kakadu, discover Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. BLD Day 15. Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin. Explore the ancient Aboriginal art at Ubirr then join a Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. Arrive in Darwin later and enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade. BLD Day 16. Depart Darwin. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.  B

2017 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON

16 DAYS BROOME TO DARWIN (GKB16) Twin Share

Solo Trav.

May 2, 6, 19, 28.

$8,995

$11,595

June 1, 13, 18, 20, 22, 28.

$8,995

$11,595

July 7, 11, 15, 21, 27, 28.

$8,995

$11,595

Aug. 4, 10, 15, 20, 24, 29.

$8,995

$11,595

Sept. 4, 21.

$8,995

$11,595

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse (GKB16R). Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations. Tours at the start of the season are more susceptible to changes due to seasonal rain. APT highly recommends travel insurance. Please see pages 82-83 for terms and conditions. Please note this tour contains some longer, more challenging walks. There are a wide range of tours available in the Kimberley, including coastal cruising and air tours along with many other touring options. Visit www.kimberleywilderness.com or please enquire for further details.


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10 MS Caledonian Sky

Cruise Scenic Flight No. of Nights Stay

KIMBERLEY COAST CRUISE

Vansittart Bay

DARWIN

Jar Island

Bigge Island Koolama Bay Naturalist Island King Prince Frederick Harbour Mitchell Falls George Careening Bay Falls

11 DAYS DARWIN TO BROOME – MS CALEDONIAN SKY

Montgomery Reef

Adele Island

Doubtful Bay

Buccaneer Archipelago Talbot Bay

King Edward River

NT

Raft Point Horizontal Falls

Cone Bay

WA

BROOME

WILDERNESS ADVENTURE

Fitzroy River

Explore picturesque Cyclone Creek by Zodiac

YOUR INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia

Marvel at the incredible wildlife and Indigenous art of Bigge Island

Explore the tidal phenomenon and marine life of Montgomery Reef

Take an exhilarating high powered fast boat ride through the spectacular Horizontal Falls

See the seabird breeding location of Adele Island

Day 1. Arrive Darwin, Embark Ship. Arrive in Darwin and be transferred to your boutique ship, the MS Caledonian Sky, for what promises to be an epic journey. Enjoy dinner on board as you set sail. 10 Night Stay: MS Caledonian Sky. D Day 2. At sea. Today you have the opportunity to become familiar with your expedition ship with a full day at sea. Relax and enjoy the many public areas available to you including the Sun Deck and the Panorama Lounge which features a bar and floor-to-ceiling windows. You also may like to enjoy some engaging presentations from your Expedition Team. BLD Day 3. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls. Wake up in Koolama Bay, named after a merchant ship bombed by the Japanese in World War II. Arriving at King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, the highest single drop falls in Western Australia, plunging approximately 80 meters over a magnificent sandstone cliff. BLD

KEY SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Day 4. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island. With your Expedition Team, walk across salt flats to view the fascinating wreckage of a US Air Force DC3, which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. Marvel at examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. The art consists primarily of human figures wearing tassels and headdresses, and there are many theories as to who exactly created these fascinating paintings. BLD

Day 5. Bigge Island. Off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is filled with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. The island is well known for its Indigenous Australian rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, you will have the chance to discover this incredible art for yourself, with many examples of paintings including fascinating first contact art and mysterious Wandjina figures. Return to your ship for dinner. BLD Day 6. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls. Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs, green rainforest and mangroves. With its extreme tide and pristine eco systems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and birds. Explore the Hunter River and visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense). BLD Day 7. Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George’s Basin. Visit Careening Bay, the home of the Mermaid boab tree, and where Phillip Parker King was forced to beach his damaged ship HMC Mermaid in 1820. You’ll explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area, and cruise St George’s Basin. BLD Day 8. Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point. Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters

Your Wilderness Adventure Includes

cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. Later, travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina art site with a local guide. BLD

All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 16 destinations 10-night cruise aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky Expert 10-member Expedition Leader and Team Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels

Day 9. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls. Head to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, embark on an exhilarating ride through the falls on a high powered fast boat. You may also get to see Tawny Nurse Sharks. Later, take a Zodiac cruise through stunning Cyclone Creek, and be sure to keep an eye out for the many unique species of native birds that call this special place home. BLD Day 10. Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island. En route to Adele Island, cruise the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 stunning islands. Arrive at Adele Island, and explore this important location for breeding seabirds including the Lesser Frigatebird and the Brown Booby. Later this evening, bid farewell to new-found friends and your exceptional crew as you savour a Farewell Dinner. BLD Day 11. Disembark Ship, Depart Broome. After breakfast, be transferred to either Broome airport or your Broome hotel.

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Port charges, sightseeing and park fees All meals and exclusive all-day beverages package

2017 DATES & PRICES

(US$) PER PERSON

11 DAYS DARWIN TO BROOME (GKCS11R) Solo Trav.

Twin Share Ship MS Caledonian Sky

Porthole Suites

Window Suites

Forward Standard Superior Premium

Balcony Suites Deluxe

Porthole Suites

Premium Owner’s Forward

July 10, 20, 30.

$9,495

$9,740

$10,690

$11,090

$11,390

$11,690

$12,240

$12,945

Aug. 9†, 19†.

$9,495

$9,740

$10,690

$11,090

$11,390

$11,690

$12,240

$12,945

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse (GKCS11). †Indicates whale migration season. Solo traveller pricing based on a Standard Suite (Forward). Please enquire for solo upgrade prices. Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship. Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries. Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises. See pages 82-83 for terms and conditions. Please note this tour includes mainly easy walks, with some optional more challenging hikes. There are a wide range of tours available in the Kimberley, including coastal cruising and air tours along with many other touring options. Visit www.kimberleywilderness.com or please enquire for further details.


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PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION | 77

ms Noordam ms Oosterdam ms Zuiderdam

MS NOORDAM Sports Deck Observation Deck Lido Deck Navigation Deck Rotterdam Deck Upper Verandah Deck Verandah Deck Upper Promenade Deck Promenade Deck Lower Promenade Deck Main Deck

PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION Stunning locations, unparalleled indulgence.

Holidays can’t last forever, but they can last a little longer. Before or after your tour, extend your adventure with a stay in one of New Zealand or Australia’s fascinating cities.

(US$) PER PERSON, FROM*

Twin Share

Solo Trav.

Crowne Plaza Auckland

$125

$230

Grand Millennium Auckland

$95

$170

Amora Hotel Auckland

$90

$160

• Casino

Rydges Auckland

$110

$195

• Sport Courts

CHRISTCHURCH Quality Hotel Elms

$80

$140

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

$95

$170

Sudima Christchurch Airport

$100

$180

The Commodore

$110

$200

Amora Hotel Wellington

$105

$185

InterContinental Wellington

$100

$175

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

$170

$340

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

$125

$220

$85

$150

$90

$155

$100

$180

Novotel Darwin CBD

$110

$200

Mantra on the Esplanade

$145

$265

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

$180

$325

Oaks Broome

$95

$170

$105

$185

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS & FACILITIES

AUCKLAND

• 1,972 Guests

• 6 Restaurants & Cafes

• Suite Lounge

• 811 Crew

• 7 Entertainment Venues

• Duty-free Shops

• 82,318 Gross Tons

• 10 Lounges/Bars

• Library/Internet Cafe

• 936 Feet Long

• 2  Outdoor Swimming Pools (one with sliding glass roof)

• Onboard Wi-Fi Access

• Automatic Stabilisers • 11 Guest Decks • Wraparound Promenade Deck

• Spa & Salon • Fitness Centre

TECHNICAL DATA MS NOORDAM • Length: 936ft • Guest Decks: 11 • Max. Passengers: 1,972 • Crew: 811 • Lounges/Bar: 10

Ocean-view Stateroom

Verandah Stateroom

From top: Stay in the stylish Crowne Plaza, Auckland. Relax at the Pullman Cairns International. Enjoy coastal dining at the Sunset Bar & Grill, Broome.

WELLINGTON

Verandah Suite

SYDNEY

CAIRNS Pullman Cairns International ALICE SPRINGS Chifley Alice Springs Resort PERTH Crowne Plaza Perth DARWIN

BROOME

Approx. 174-180 Sq.ft

Approx. 212-359 Sq.ft

Approx. 372-384 Sq.ft

LAUNCESTON Hotel Grand Chancellor

*All pre/post accommodation availability and rates include breakfast, are indicative only and may vary depending on trade fairs and seasonal events. Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.


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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ SIGHTSEEING

DUNEDIN

On our Premier Escorted Vacations, personalise your vacation with a choice of sightseeing at no extra cost. Further details will be available through your APT Tour Director. NEW ZEALAND BAY OF ISLANDS

AUCKLAND

Cape Reinga Day Tour Enjoy a day tour to the very top of New Zealand. Drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach and visit the lighthouse at Cape Reinga with lunch included.

+ Auckland City Sights Cruising the harbour, enjoy views of Ponsonby, Parnell Village and the Rose Gardens. See other sights including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin and The Strand.

Pride of Auckland Sail where the wind takes you on Auckland’s harbour, enjoying views of volcanic peaks and the city from the best vantage point – a relaxed 1.5 hour cruise.

Tall Ship Sailing Step back in time and experience the romance of years gone by aboard the R. Tucker Thompson. A BBQ lunch is also included.

Auckland City Sights Cruising the harbour, enjoy views of Ponsonby, Parnell Village and the Rose Gardens. See other sights including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin and The Strand.

Russell Mini-Tour Be guided through New Zealand’s earliest European history, as you visit sites such as the Giant Sundial, Long Beach, Queen’s View, Tapeka Point and the Flagstaff.

+ Auckland City Sights Cruising the harbour, enjoy views of Ponsonby, Parnell Village and the Rose Gardens. See other sights including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin and The Strand.

Auckland Museum Receive a guided introduction to New Zealand’s must-see Auckland Museum, which houses a wondrous array of interesting exhibits and displays.

BLENHEIM Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Take a guided tour of this world-class destination for historic aircraft, including Sir Peter Jackson’s WW1 collection.

Bush & Beach Wilderness Adventure* Experience the real landscapes of New Zealand with a guided exploration of lush rainforest and black sand beaches.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise Soak up the beauty of Marlborough Sounds while enjoying freshly steamed mussels. Learn about the local history and visit a mussel farm.

Waiheke Wine Tour* Head out across Hauraki Gulf to the picturesque Waiheke Island. On arrival, savour the delightful regional flavours during a wine tour.

Half-Day Wine Tour This wonderful tour takes you right to the heart of the country’s renowned Marlborough wine country, with visits to several of the region’s premier wineries.

Also available: Devonport Explorer*.

Safari of the Scenes Marvel at the beautiful scenery of this region. This tour is based around several sites where the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed.

Taieri Gorge Railway Depart from Dunedin’s railway station on a journey into the rugged countryside for views of scenery not available from the road.

Shotover Jet Boat Ride Queenstown’s most famous jet boat ride, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1970. Take a spin in the iconic ‘Big Reds’ through the River Canyons.

Otago Peninsula Travel to the Otago Peninsula and choose from three activities – visit an albatross colony, see penguins or enjoy an off-road nature tour.

Mt Nicholas Experience Venture into the heart of New Zealand’s high country as your 4WD takes you to remote and beautiful areas rarely visited by tourists, including a mountain farm. Lakeshore Forest & Bird Walk This walk is a unique experience through beech forests and includes morning tea by Lake Wakatipu.

MOUNT COOK Alpine Centre & Stargazing Visit the state-of-the-art Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before learning about the stars of the southern night sky with an expert astronomer.

Million Dollar Cruise Glide across the mystical waters of Lake Wakatipu, keeping an eye out for local bird life as well as the enormous trout who call the lake home.

Glacier Explorer Cruise Step aboard a MAC boat for an up-close encounter with brilliant blue icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake (summer months only).

Waitangi Guided Tour Delve deeper and learn more to the story of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on this guided tour, which includes a visit to the new, award-winning Museum of Waitangi.

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium Be amazed by New Zealand’s only colony of Antarctic penguins, watch in awe as huge sharks and stingrays swim overhead.

Larnach Castle & Olveston House Explore two of Dunedin’s most stunning properties. Discover New Zealand’s only castle, and wander through a sprawling family home built in the 1900s.

Also available: Speight’s Brewery Tour & Tasting.

Dolphin Adventures Dolphins are one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. On this adventure you will enjoy the chance to get right up close to them in the wild.

+

QUEENSTOWN

Guided Nature Walk On this guided nature walk, you will discover the native wildlife, flora and beautiful scenery that characterises the dramatic Mt Cook landscape.

ROTORUA Rotorua Icons Embark on a Rotorua adventure. Experience the Agrodome Farm Show, enjoy a Kiwi Encounter and visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Hobbiton Movie Set Tour This tour is a must for any ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan. Explore locations where some of the scenes were filmed.

Eco-Thermal Tour Drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Maori Experience Enjoy access to Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide who will share cultural insights. Visit the Ohinemutu Village, stopping at St Faiths Church for morning tea. Also available: Rotorua Museum.

Wine Tour This Queenstown wine tour offers a personalised sightseeing experience through the wineries in New Zealand’s foremost wine region. Also available: Skippers Canyon and Dart Wilderness Jet.

TE ANAU Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Explore the beauty of this vast fiord on a cruise and soak up the serenity of this untouched wilderness area.

Luxmore Jet Boat Ride Learn about the history of the area during a scenic jet boat ride along the Upper Waiau River, flowing between Lake Te Anau and beautiful Lake Manapouri. Also available: Glow worm Caves.


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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ DINING

HOBART Wellington City Tour Take a city tour of Wellington, including a tour of Te Papa, the Parliament Buildings, and Old St Paul’s Cathedral.

Tahune AirWalk Travel to the picturesque Huon Valley and experience the thrill of nature during a guided walk among the tree tops on the Tahune AirWalk.

‘Lord of the Rings’ Tour Discover seven of the most famous locations from north and south Wellington on this half-day tour (upgrade to full-day available at an additional cost).

Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) Cruise the Derwent River to the Museum of Old and New Art. Here, you’ll view magnificent collections of ancient, modern and contemporary art.

Weta Workshop Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the award-winning design studio behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar.

History of Alcohol Walking Tour A fun way to get to know the state’s capital, your guide will take you to various iconic hotels and pubs. You’ll also enjoy tastings of Tasmanian beer, wine and spirits.

Walking Tour of Wellington Hit the streets with a local guide to take in the city sights and get your bearings on foot. See the waterfront, downtown area and a host of historic buildings.

History of People & Places Walking Tour Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Hobart on a locally guided walking tour. Along the way you’ll hear iconic stories from the city’s past.

Also available: Zealandia and Zealandia Night Tour.

AUSTRALIA CRADLE MOUNTAIN Wine & Cheese Tasting Enjoy the taste of Tasmania’s finest cheeses and gain an insight into the art of wine appreciation.

Night Spotlight Tour Experience the wonder of stunning Cradle Mountain wilderness at night, searching for native animals by torchlight (limited availability). Guided Walk Join a leisurely afternoon stroll through the pristine alpine scenery surrounding Cradle Mountain, learning about the native flora and fauna from your naturalist guide.

Enjoy a tantalising selection of dining experiences in the following locations. NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA

QUEENSTOWN

HOBART

LAUNCESTON Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre In a building that dates back to 1904, learn about the history and heritage of the region, as well as a recent story of survival.

Beer Lover’s Tour Learn about the brewing process on a tour of the historic James Boag’s Brewery. In the Centre for Beer Lovers, sample three beers matched with three varieties of local cheese. Seahorse World Gain a glimpse into the magical underwater home of seahorses at one of the world’s first seahorse farms, and learn about the preservation of these mystical creatures. Platypus House Visit Platypus House, where you are guaranteed to see the elusive and unique Tasmanian platypus, as well as other Tasmanian wildlife. High Tea at Hotel Grand Chancellor Enjoy a delicious selection of scones, cakes and sandwiches as you sit down for an indulgent high tea at Launceston’s Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Walter Peak Cruise aboard a vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Farm and enjoy dinner at The Great Kiwi Carvery.

Mures Upper Deck With sweeping views across Hobart’s harbour, exceptional service and awardwinning seafood, Mures Upper Deck provides diners an experience to savour.

Skyline Restaurant Take a magical gondola ride up to the Skyline Restaurant. Enjoy stunning views and an extensive buffet.

Drunken Admiral Restaurant Situated on Hobart’s picturesque waterfront, this delightful restaurant offers fresh local seafood and exudes a certain nautical nostalgia.

Finz A fresh seafood and rotisserie restaurant on Steamer Wharf, Queenstown’s Finz offers relaxed dining and a great menu.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel Enjoy a refreshing take on some truly classic dishes in one of Hobart’s oldest hotels, located right on the waterfront.

Your Hotel Restaurant Enjoy a contemporary fusion of local and international cuisine conveniently located at your hotel.

Restaurant Tasman Enjoy relaxed dining and friendly service at the Restaurant Tasman, where you’ll choose from a menu of modern cuisine created from fresh Tasmanian produce.

WELLINGTON Hummingbird Eatery & Bar This multi-award winning restaurant offers a relaxed feel and delicious cuisine.

Lido Café This iconic venue serves up exquisite meals in a casual setting, along with friendly hospitality.

Arizona Bar and Grill Arizona has been a Wellington institution for more than 24 years and serves quality American-themed cuisine.

Also available: Your Hotel Restaurant.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – NOTES Due to venue closures on some dates, some options may not be available as listed. In select locations, some inclusions must be prebooked. Minimum and maximum numbers may apply on some activities for them to operate. Dining options are subject to availability and seasonal opening times of restaurants. Limited numbers and dining times apply. *Indicates activity cannot be combined with Auckland City Sights. Arizona Bar and Grill is only available on the following itineraries: NZCAN23, NZACS23, NZWAN10 and NZAWS10.


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GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS The following terms and conditions (“Booking Conditions”) form the basis of your contract with Australian Pacific Touring (North America) Limited (“APT”, “Travelmarvel by APT”, “KWA”, “we” or “our”), of #530, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, which is registered in Canada under company number AA073478. Please read them carefully as they set out your and our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, that you agree to them and that you agree to them applying to your holiday arrangements that you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. References in these booking conditions to your “Tour” are references to the tour you have booked with APT. References to “Excursions” are references to short trips or tours included or available as part of your Tour. BEFORE YOU BOOK Prices – Deposits – Discounts – Payments The tour price will be confirmed to you at the time of booking. We endeavour to ensure that the most up to date and accurate prices are in our brochure and on our website. However, in the event that an incorrect price is advertised, due to an unfortunate error, we will endeavour to notify you at the time of the booking (if we are aware of the error at that time), or within seven days of the booking or as soon as reasonably practicable. We reserve the right to cancel the booking if you do not wish to accept the correct price applicable to your holiday. In such circumstances you will be given the choice of amending your booking to an alternative holiday. Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However, once we have received your deposit, your tour price is guaranteed. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required for land only tours. For tour/cruise holiday packages a $2,000 per person nonrefundable deposit is required within seven days of booking. For East Coast Adventure and Grand Australian Discovery tours, a non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is required within seven days of booking. An additional deposit is required when booking an El Questro Homestead upgrade. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. For Kimberley land and cruising packages, a security deposit of 10% of the tour price per person is required within 7 days of receipt of booking confirmation. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure unless stated in the terms of a special offer. Payment in full is required for bookings made for Reservations made less than 100 days before departure. If APT is unable to confirm your booking, all monies will be refunded in full. APT reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by APT within the specified time. All fares are in US Dollars. Prices are per person twin share (unless specified.) Travelling with Minors Children less than twelve years of age are not recommended on our tours/cruises. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and share their room with an adult. Included in Price As indicated in individual itineraries – all transport, accommodation, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, excursions, meals, admissions, and the services of a Tour Director on land tours (if minimum numbers are not met, the Tour Director's duties may be covered by a Driver-Guide), Driver-Guide for Kimberley 4WD adventures and an APT Expedition Leader on Kimberley Cruising). For New Zealand tour/cruising, a Tour Director will escort the tours for the land portion only, with no escort on the Holland America Line cruise. On Kimberley Cruises complimentary beverages served during lunch and dinner aboard your cruise do not include French Champagne, premium spirits or selected wines – these are offered at additional cost. Not Included in Our Tour Price Airfares, airport taxes, laundry, passport and visa fees, food not on the regular table d’hôte menu, drinks may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, and optional excursions not specified in your itinerary. Gratuities Tipping for hotel, ocean cruising staff and restaurant staff is included in your tour price. Please note that tipping for individual purchases and for staff on APT tours is not included and is at your discretion. Transfers at Your Destination Arrival transfers are included on Day 1 of your Tour or with APT pre-tour accommodation. Return transfer is included on the last day of your Tour or with post-tour accommodation booked through APT. All flight information must be provided to APT 60 days prior to your departure date, if this information is not received we are unable to guarantee the transfer/s. No refund will be given for any unused transfers. If you miss your pre-arranged transfer/s you are responsible for making your way to the destination at your own expense.

accommodation available in each destination to ensure that passengers enjoy high levels of cleanliness, comfort and service. If a change is necessary for any reason, APT will endeavour to ensure that alternative accommodation is of an equivalent standard to that shown. Twin or Double Rooms Accommodation, regardless of rating, is in standard rooms and based on twin beds or a double bed unless otherwise stated. Solo Travellers A limited number of single rooms/suites/cabins may be available on request at the time of booking your Tour. Solo supplement must be paid with your final payment. Passengers Needing Special Assistance APT welcomes passengers with disabilities or special needs provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance. Any disability or medical condition requiring special attention must be reported to APT at the time of booking. A Health, Fitness & Mobility Questionnaire will be provided and requested to be completed at the time of booking if you advise of any health, fitness or mobility issues. APT will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of mobility impaired passengers, but is not responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, trains, restaurants or other independent suppliers, or for any additional associated expenses. Coaches and minibuses are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be carried on coaches, due to space limitations. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on. APT is unable to provide individual assistance to any passenger for walking, dining, boarding or alighting coaches or other transportation vehicles or other personal needs. Visa & Passports All passengers must have a valid passport with at least six months validity beyond the conclusion of your trip. At time of printing, visas are required for passengers travelling from North America to Australia but not for New Zealand. Requirements are subject to change and should be verified at time of booking. Each passenger must ensure that visas have been secured as required and the cost is solely the responsibility of the passengers. The Company accepts no responsibility if you do not have the correct documentation for your vacation. APT Freedom of Choice™ Sightseeing & Dining Minimum and maximum group numbers apply to some Freedom of Choice™ inclusions. If your first choice of Freedom of Choice™ inclusion is unavailable you may be asked to choose an alternative. Optional Tours, Room Upgrades On selected tours there is an opportunity to undertake additional optional sightseeing tours. These are booked on tour with the Tour Director and are payable direct to the provider. Room upgrades should also be booked at the time of making your reservation and paid for at the time of final balance. Excursions and room upgrades are subject to availability at the time of booking. Minimum and maximum numbers may apply. These are an additional cost to your Tour price. Late Bookings & Special Offers Late booking promotions and special offers do not apply to existing bookings unless otherwise stated. Health & Fitness A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on APT’s Tours. In some destinations and particularly in the Kimberley, there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot, which include the climbing of stairs, walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases climbing over rocks and walking through shallow streams and rivers. Kimberley cruising holidays require several wet landings, whereby feet and legs may be fully immersed in water during embarkation and disembarkation of zodiacs. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches. We recommend a visit to the doctor and dentist before travelling to remote destinations. It is your responsibility to advise APT of any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the normal conduct of a Tour and the enjoyment of other passengers. A Health, Fitness & Mobility Questionnaire will be provided and requested to be completed at the time of booking if you advise of any health, fitness or mobility issues. APT is not liable for any injury, illness, or loss of enjoyment which could have been reasonably prevented had we been made aware of a pre-existing condition and been provided an opportunity to review it. We will not be responsible for any costs associated with cancellation penalties or the return of passengers from a tour, and a refund for lost touring cannot be claimed. BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR VACATION

Choosing Your Vacation Tours contained within this brochure are for departures between 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018. To maximise your enjoyment of your vacation and to ensure that it lives up to your expectations, it is important that you choose the right tour for you.

Your Contract When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws applicable in British Columbia, Canada. The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of British Columbia and any courts competent to hear appeals from those courts. If your booking is made through a travel agent we will address all communications to that travel agent, who will act as agent for you in regard to all communications from us to you.

Hotels In more remote places, hotel standards may not be quite as high as in major centres. APT endeavours to utilise the most suitable

Travel Insurance Travel Insurance is not included in your Tour. You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes

(without limitation) coverage for the cost of your holiday package, medical expenses, loss and or damage to luggage, land and airfare charges that may occur due to cancellation, impossibility of performance or other frustration, personal liability, delay, cancellation curtailment, missed departure, legal expenses, disruption, loss of deposit or strikes, and provide a copy to us. Travel Information and Documents After booking you will receive an invoice with all important information relevant to your Tour. We strongly recommend you check the details carefully and read the included information. Please ensure that you check your flight timings carefully on your tickets, particularly early am departures. Special Requests Where a special request (e.g. diet, room location, twin or double bedded room, a particular facility at a hotel, and/or particular meals) is an important factor in your choice of holiday, you must advise us when your booking is made. APT will pass your request onto the hotel or other supplier, but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated. The provision of any special request does not constitute a term of your contract with us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. Other Special Offers Special Deals and Special Offers other than those advertised in the brochure may be promoted by APT after the brochure is released. These new special deals/offers do not apply to existing bookings unless otherwise stated. Deposit requirements may vary when booking a special offer. Savings Offers – Book By 31 March 2017 A limited number of savings offers are available as indicated on page 19. Offers are available until 31 March 2017 unless sold out prior. Offers apply to new bookings only and may be withdrawn at anytime. Only one offer per person applies and cannot be combined with any other offer, unless specified. IF YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR VACATION If you want to change any part of your holiday arrangements after the invoice has been issued, we will do our best to make the change, but it may not be possible. Any request for changes must be made in writing by the person who made the original booking, or his or her travel agent. If it is possible to make the change, it will be subject to an administration charge of $50 per person and payment of any further costs incurred as a result of the change. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Cancellation Policy for Premier and Value-Plus Escorted Vacations Days of Notice: Fee Per Person: 61 days or more Loss of deposit 60-46 days 25% of Vacation Package price 45-22 days 75% of Vacation Package price 21 days or less 100% of Vacation Package price Cancellation Policy for Kimberley Wilderness Adventures Days of Notice: Fee Per Person: 100 days or more Loss of deposit 99-61 days 20% of Vacation Package price 60-15 days 50% of Vacation package price 15 days or less 100% of Vacation Package price Cancellation Policy for Kimberley Coast Cruising Days of Notice: Fee Per Person: 100 days or more Loss of deposit 99-61 days 50% of Vacation Package price 60 days or less 100% of Vacation Package price All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full Tour price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the Tour are missed. Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect of accommodation reserved outside the Tour dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss and are otherwise reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of APT. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you an administration and processing fee of $50 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees. IF WE CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR VACATION Brochure Accuracy APT has endeavoured to ensure that the information given in this brochure about accommodation, itineraries etc., is correct to the best of its knowledge at the time of going to print. However, advertised descriptions, facilities and prices may change after publication. We recommend that you confirm the details of your chosen Tour at the time of booking. Tours or Excursions may change or be different from those described in the brochure, or on the website, as a result of, by way of example but not limited to, local conditions, weather conditions, annual events or similar. APT can give no guarantee as to exact arrival and departure times for carriers and operators used on the tour. APT will endeavour to notify you of any significant changes prior to your departure. Changes Due to Weather Sometimes due to elements beyond APT’s control, it may be necessary to make alternations to your itinerary. A number of Freedom of Choice™ Sightseeing Inclusions are also weather dependent.

If We Change or Cancel Your Vacation APT endeavours to provide you with all the services confirmed to you at the time of your booking. However, we plan arrangements a long time in advance of your departure date using independent suppliers such as hotels etc., over whom we have no direct control. On occasion changes do have to be made, and APT reserves the right to cancel or amend Tours/Excursions accordingly. If we make a major change to your vacation, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (if you choose an alternative which is more expensive you must pay the difference but we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your vacation and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 100 days before your departure date, except for reasons of Force Majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. We may cancel your holiday before this date if, e.g., the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, of which you will be informed in writing (“Low Bookings”). If your holiday is cancelled you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (if you choose an alternative which is more expensive you must pay the difference but we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). Force Majeure Force Majeure means the occurrence of an event that is beyond APT’s reasonable control and which could not have been reasonably prevented by APT, which includes, but is not limited to: (a) war, armed conflict, criminal damage, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity or the threat of any such acts; (b) natural disaster (including but not limited to flooding, fire, earthquake, landslide), adverse weather conditions, high or low water levels; (c) nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental pollution or contamination; or (d) change in law, meaning, enactment, amendment (including repeal) in the law or the law in any jurisdiction or territory relevant to the booking contract, which includes changes in statute, regulation, determination, by-law, declaration, licence and the common law as applicable from time to time. Termination of Booking Contract or Change of Travel Arrangements due to Force Majeure If APT, in its reasonable opinion, considers that any Force Majeure event prevents APT (whether directly or through its employees, contractors, subcontractors and agents) from lawfully or safely providing any products or services the subject of the booking contract with you, APT may immediately by written notice: (a) terminate the booking contract (in whole or in part); or (b) change your travel arrangements as reasonably practicable to ensure your safety and invoice you for any additional costs. Limitation of Liability in the Event of Force Majeure In the event that APT cancels or changes your travel arrangements in any way due to a Force Majeure event, APT  will not be liable to you in contract, tort, statute or restitution for any loss (including, but not limited to, loss of deposit or purchase price and loss of enjoyment), damage, costs, charges, expenses or injury resulting from or in connection with (whether directly or indirectly):(a) the cancellation or change to your travel arrangements; or (b) the Force Majeure event. APT is not liable to refund any part of the deposit or purchase price paid by you if APT subsequently changes or cancels your travel arrangements in connection with a Force Majeure event. Force Majeure events are unpredictable and beyond APT’s control. As you are required to purchase travel insurance to adequately protect yourself against these risks, your policy needs to respond to these risks. You acknowledge and accept that these terms are reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of APT based on expected non-recoverable costs and expenses to be incurred by APT, including but not limited to overhead expenses and works or services performed personally by APT, leading up to the commencement of the holiday package, alternatively prior to the Force Majeure event. ON VACATION Local Purchases APT is not responsible for any items you may purchase locally i.e.: jewellery/furniture etc. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any import duty or freight costs. Personal Belongings & Lost Items For security reasons valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with your medicines, camera, film, electrical or battery-operated appliances. It is your responsibility to look after your property at all times and you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance in the event of any loss. Disruption to Itinerary or Cruising Arrangements Itineraries are intended as a guide only and are subject to alteration without notice. Alternations may be necessary for various reasons including, without limitation, road, river or weather conditions, strikes or airline schedule changes, and other reasons beyond APT’s control. If conditions render any routes unsafe for navigation, APT reserves the right to provide alternative services including, but not limited to, accommodation on the docked ship or substitute land arrangements. Sometimes for reasons beyond our control, it may be necessary to make alterations to your itinerary. APT will not be liable for any direct or indirect costs that you incur as a result of any event or other factor beyond our control which necessitates a change in your itinerary. Additionally, you are not entitled to any refund for any alterations to your itinerary that are caused or contributed to by any flood or water levels or such other events, which are beyond our control.

Complaints If you have a problem during your vacation, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and our representative immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our office at #530, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1 giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services as well as to our representative without delay and complete a report form while on holiday. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. Arbitration: Any and all disputes concerning this contract, the brochure or other material for your trip or the trip itself shall be resolved solely and exclusively by binding arbitration according to the then current commercial rules of the Commercial Arbitration Act of British Columbia. In any such arbitration, the costs will be shared equally between the parties. Costs shall not include costs by a party for representation by counsel. Unless the parties otherwise agree the rules of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre shall apply. GENERAL INFORMATION Data Protection Policy Any personal information (including sensitive information and health information) that APT obtains and retains from you or about you is necessary for our business purposes. Our Privacy Policy details why we collect this information, who we may disclose it to (including overseas recipients), and the main consequences if we do not collect it. Our Privacy Policy also contains information about how you may seek access to, or correction of, the personal information held about you, and our complaint resolution procedures. Our Privacy Policy is available at www.aptouring.com/privacy or by request to us. We will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes unless you notify us that you do not wish to receive future marketing material by writing to APT. #530, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1. By providing personal or sensitive information to us, you are agreeing to the terms of our Privacy Policy. Limitation of Liability 1. APT agrees that the vacation arrangements it will make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of the contract with you will be made, performed and provided, as applicable, with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. We will only be responsible for what employees do or do not do if they were acting within the course of their employment and we will only be responsible for what agents or suppliers do or do not do if they were at that time carrying out work that we had asked them to do. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that reasonable care and skill has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. 2. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies’ contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices – APT, # 530, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out above. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted. NB this clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on holiday. 3. The optional excursions are not operated by or at the direction or on behalf of APT or its employees or agents or  any other persons or companies associated with APT. By taking bookings for these cruises/tours, APT acts as each optional tour operator’s agent. 4. On cruises/tours including activities such as but not limited to trekking, quad-biking, horse riding, electric bikes and swimming, passengers accept that there is a material element of risk involved. 5. In the event that you wish to make a claim or complaint against us, both the services that we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of the contract between you and us and the laws and regulations of the country in which the claim or complaint occurred will be taken into consideration in determining whether or not the services were properly provided. If the services provided comply with local laws and regulations, the services will be treated as having been properly provided, even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK, unless the claim or complaint relates to the failure to provide a safety feature which may cause a reasonable holiday maker to refuse the particular arrangements. 6. If you, or any member of your party have a medical condition or disability which may affect your cruise/tour, please tell us before you confirm your tour booking so we are able to advise as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. In any event, you must provide us with full details in writing at the time of

booking. If we reasonably feel we are unable to properly accommodate particular needs of the person concerned, we reserve the right to decline the booking or ask for the person to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to them throughout their tour. If, in the opinion of any representative of APT, your mental or physical condition, or general behaviour is such as to affect your own health and safety, render you incapable to care for yourself, cause you to became a hazard to yourself or other passengers or result in you becoming objectionable to other passengers or staff, you will not be permitted to embark or continue on the whole or any part of the holiday package. Abuse or harassment of any kind toward crew, contracted suppliers or other guests may result in immediate removal from the tour or cruise. APT is not liable to you for any costs associated with such decision and you will not be refunded for any part of the holiday package. Medical Assistance APT does not employ medical staff on our tours. If you require medical attention, local medical services can be contacted immediately. You are responsible for all charges that result from a visiting a medical facility, or for a medical practitioner visiting you. APT is not responsible for the type or quality of the medical services you may receive. Your Operators APT and Travelmarvel by APT. Red Centre tours are operated by AAT Kings. Seat Rotation Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so everyone enjoys front and window seating. In fairness to all passengers, no exceptions can be made. Luggage Limits Each passenger is entitled to take one piece of luggage that does not exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kg (44 pounds). Dimensions for checked baggage are calculated by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage. Extra bags: An extra charge will be imposed to cover handling of any additional bags. Your Tour Director will advise the additional charge. For KWA tours, Touring is conducted in small 4WD vehicles with limited luggage capacity. Each passenger must limit their luggage to one small/medium soft bag or suitcase weighing no more than 16kg (35 lb approx) and with dimensions of no more than 68cm length x 35cm width x 32cm height. Cameras, etc., should be carried separately. Should you have excess luggage, it is your responsibility to organise for this to be forwarded to your final destination. For Kimberley cruises, there are no luggage restrictions. Weight restrictions also apply to passengers – weight details are required upon booking. Horizontal Falls has a weight limit of 120kg per person. APT Club Details including the full range of benefits and conditions may be viewed on our website at www.aptouring.com/APTClub/ MemberBenefits. Smoking For other passengers’ comfort there is no smoking on coaches or in hotels, except in designated external areas. Triple Rooms Triple Room prices are subject to availability and based on existing room sizes and hotel bedding (twin/double beds, normally max. 2 beds per room). Third bed will be a single rollaway. Triple rooms are not available on Kimberley Wilderness Adventures and cruises. Registration The Company is registered in British Columbia, Canada (A0073478). The company is also a member of ACTA and ASTA. The APT Group of Companies also proudly offers: Captain’s Choice – Exotic Vacations. United States Tour Operators Association $1 Million Travellers Assistance Program: APT, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travellers Assistance Program, the advance payments of APT customers in the unlikely event of APT bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by APT may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by APT. More details of the USTOA Travellers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.

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