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Royal Escorted


Tour Code: E22
Tour Duration: 22 Days

Royal Escorted is a 22 Day tour from North America that is Fully Escorted in Australia and New Zealand. Your APT Tour Director will meet you on arrival "Downunder", introduce you to your fellow travelers, and escort you from beginning to end on your unforgettable South Pacific adventure.

Cities you will visit while on tour include Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Dunk Island and more.

 
Tour Highlights
 
Sightseeing Highlights
Explore the island paradise of Dunk Island
Cross the Southern Alps on TranzAlpine Train
View spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
Cruise majestic Milford Sound
Tour the geo-thermal sites of Rotorua
Take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Visit Mt Cook National Park
City sights tour of Auckland
Tour Uluru (Ayers Rock), viewing caves, sacred sites and ancient rock paintings
Enjoy Royale Service as you travel through rain forest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
City sights tour of Melbourne
Sydney sights and southern surf beaches
Cruise on Sydney Harbour viewing the landmarks of the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and the Harbour Bridge
Enjoy a guided tour of Sydney Opera House
Visit the giant domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
Opportunity to cuddle a koala, Kuranda
Take a guided boat tour of Waitomo Caves
See the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers perform

Superior Accommodation
Stay two nights on tropical Dunk Island
Three nights at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, with Opera House views from your room
Stay at the Royal Lakeside Novotel in Rotorua, on the shores of Lake Rotorua
Country Homestay, enjoy the hospitality of a New Zealand rural family
Two nights in stunning Queenstown
Stay at Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort's premier accommodation
Two nights at Sheraton Towers, Melbourne
Centrally located hotels in key locations
All hotel porterage and tipping included

Finest Dining - 40 Meals Included
Dine Around Dinner, Queenstown
'Sounds of Silence' dinner, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Dine in style on Sydney's stunning harbor
Be welcomed as a guest at a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Melbourne
Welcome dinner in Auckland
21 hot breakfasts (B); 5 lunches (L)
14 dinners, Freedom of Choice Dining - multi-choice menus or buffets (D)
Restaurant tipping included

Feature Benefits
Tour prices include all touring as listed plus all air from North America and within Australia and New Zealand
Friendly and professional Tour Director and Driver/Guide at your service
Luxury motorcoaches featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats with foot rests and rest room
Cultural Touring Experiences
Free travel kit including stylish travel bag

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Legend:
   B = Breakfast    L = Lunch    D = Dinner 

Itinerary
(Departure dates and pricing below itinerary)
 
Day 1 Sat. Los Angeles
This evening, board your flight bound for Auckland, New Zealand. (D)

Day 2 Sun. In Flight
Cross the international dateline and 'lose' a day.

Day 3 Mon. Auckland
You are met by your Tour Director on arrival in Auckland, a city situated between two harbors, the Waitemata and Manukau. We have arranged for an early hotel check-in so there's time to relax or explore before our afternoon sightseeing tour. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at our special Welcome Dinner, hosted by your Tour Director.
Accommodation: Auckland, Crowne Plaza. (BD)

Day 4 Tue. Rotorua, Traditional Feast
This morning, take a guided boat tour of the glow-worm grotto at Waitomo Caves, then continue to the dynamic thermal region of Rotorua, where we are guests at a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori cultural performance.
Two Night Stay: Rotorua, Royal Lakeside Novotel. (BD)

Day 5 Wed. Country Homestay Option
We tour Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, viewing its boiling mudpools, hot springs and steaming geysers. See an agricultural show and sheep shearing display at the Agrodome, then continue to Rainbow Springs to view the rare flightless Kiwi bird. Later, you can choose to experience the charms of rural living with a genuine New Zealand country family. After sharing stories over a hearty home-cooked dinner, you can enjoy their hospitality for the night. Or, choose to stay and dine at the hotel. (BD)

Day 6 Thur. Rotorua, Christchurch
Enjoy free time to relax before joining a flight to Christchurch on New Zealand's scenic South Island. The friendly city of Christchurch is renowned for its elegant gardens, grand architecture and charming English heritage.
Accommodation: Christchurch, Crowne Plaza. (BD)

Day 7 Fri. Southern Alps, Franz Josef
Board the TranzAlpine Train for a journey through spectacular alpine scenery in the Southern Alps. We continue down the rugged west coast, where there's the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight, landing on Franz Josef Glacier (own expense).

Accommodation: Franz Josef Glacier Hotel, in a spectacular alpine setting. (BD)

Day 8 Sat. Queenstown, DINE AROUND
Witness truly magical alpine scenery as we drive over Haast Pass, then along the picturesque shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea, to the stunning lakeside resort town of Queenstown. This evening, experience the dining freedom of APT's unique Dine Around Dinner, where you choose from a selection of Queenstown's finest restaurants.
Two Night Stay: Queenstown, Queenstown Gardens Hotel, right on the lakefront. (BD)

Day 9 Sun. Milford Sound Cruise
Absorb the beauty of Fiordland National Park today on our journey through beech forests surrounded by snow-capped mountains to beautiful Milford Sound. On arrival, enjoy a guided cruise along the full length of the sound, passing beneath sheer cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and viewing the dominant grandeur of the famous mile-high Mitre Peak. The optional return flight to Queenstown provides a truly unforgettable aerial perspective of this untamed region (own expense). (BL)

Day 10 Mon. Queenstown, Mt Cook
This morning is at leisure before our afternoon journey to Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. To one side is the mighty Tasman Glacier. Weather permitting, you can take in this spectacular sight during a ski-plane flight (own expense).
Accommodation: Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage. (BD)

Day 11 Tue. Fly to Sydney, Australia
We travel via Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Burkes Pass, then through the picturesque plains of Canterbury to Christchurch, where we board our international flight bound for Sydney, Australia.
Three Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. From your room, you have guaranteed views over Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. (BL)

Day 12 Wed. Sydney Sights, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Guided Tour
See Hyde Park, Kings Cross and Bondi Beach as we tour the city and its southern beaches. At midday, board a luncheon cruise on stunning Sydney Harbour, viewing the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The rest of the day is free before another special treat this evening, a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House followed by dinner in a fine restaurant. (BLD)

Day 13 Thur. At Leisure in Sydney
Relax and enjoy cosmopolitan Sydney at your own pace today. Perhaps take an optional sightseeing tour to Canberra or the Blue Mountains (own expense). Stroll the famous Rocks area or visit the exclusive Queen Victoria Shopping Complex. Dinner tonight has been left free for you to further explore Sydney. (B)

Day 14 Fri. Melbourne, Fitzroy Gardens, Colonial Tramcar Dinner
A short flight brings us to Melbourne, the 'Garden City'. On arrival, we take in the attractions, including Victoria Market, Parliament House and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Experience the sights and tastes of Melbourne this evening as we dine aboard the 1927 Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Melbourne, Sheraton Towers Southgate, luxury on the vibrant riverfront. (BD)

Day 15 Sat. At Leisure in Melbourne
You may choose a leisurely breakfast before stepping out to explore Melbourne. Stroll down to Southgate on the Yarra River, visit the city's shopping arcades or take a tour to the Great Ocean Road or the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island (own expense). (B)

Day 16 Sun. Alice Springs, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station
Join your morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival, take a tour of this famous Outback town, located close to the very center of the vast Australian continent. Visit the base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, see the old Telegraph Station and enjoy views of the town from Anzac Hill. Dine as you please this evening in one of the many restaurants close to the hotel.
Accommodation: Alice Springs Resort. (B)

Day 17 Mon. Camel Farm, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (Olgas), 'Sounds of Silence' Dinner
Try riding a camel this morning at a camel farm (own expense). Continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where we visit Kata Tjuta (Olgas), 36 giant rocky domes dominating the western skyline. As the sun sets on Uluru (Ayers Rock), listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo during the 'Sounds of Silence' dinner - an unforgettable desert experience dining on gourmet Australian delicacies. After dinner, an astronomer guides you through the stars of the great southern skies using powerful telescopes.
Accommodation: Ayers Rock Resort, Sails in the Desert. Absolute luxury in the heart of Australia. (BD)

Day 18 Tue. Base Tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Aboriginal Art, Tropical Cairns
Tour the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), viewing the many caves and fascinating Aboriginal rock art. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery, where you can purchase Aboriginal artifacts. This afternoon, we board a flight to the tropical city of Cairns.
Accommodation: Cairns, the superb Radisson Plaza Hotel at the Pier, situated right on the beautiful waterfront at Trinity Bay. (B)

Day 19 Wed. Dunk Island
We take a short drive south passing lush rain forest and pristine sandy beaches to Mission Beach, where we join a cruise to Dunk Island. Located in the clear blue waters of the Coral Sea, tropical Dunk Island is our home for the next two nights. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort. Enjoy time to explore the island's palm-fringed beaches and lush rain forests, which teem with exotic flowers and birdlife.
Two Night Stay: Dunk Island, Garden Cabanas, on this idyllic tropical island. (BD)

Day 20 Thur. Great Barrier Reef Cruise
The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is a sight to behold as we spend the whole day at beautiful Beaver Cay. You have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the crystal waters or perhaps join the semi-submersible vessel to view colorful coral, giant clams and schools of tropical fish. (BLD)

Day 21 Fri. Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers, Kuranda Railway, Cairns
Back on the mainland, we travel north along the scenic coastline and join the Skyrail Cableway, gliding over the canopy of the World Heritage-listed rain forest to Kuranda. See a performance by the renowned Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers, cuddle a koala at the wildlife enclosure and browse the Kuranda Markets. In the afternoon, step aboard the Scenic Kuranda Railway for a train ride down the range, enjoying Royale Service all the way. Take in views of waterfalls and rain forest back to Cairns.
Accommodation: Cairns, Radisson Plaza Hotel. (BD)

Day 22 Sat. Los Angeles
Transfer this morning to the airport to board your morning flight to the United States, arriving in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. (B and BL)

 

Departure Dates and Price (Back to beginning of itinerary)
 
Royal Escorted
Tour Code: E22

Fully inclusive air/land tour prices include all international and domestic airfares in Australia and are based on flights starting and  finishing in Los Angeles (US$) and Vancouver (Cdn$).
 

 Departure Dates US$ Cdn$
2004 Feb 7;

Please call or email for current prices.

Feb 28;
Mar 13, 27;
   
Jul 10;
Sept 18;
Oct 9 23;
Nov 6, 13, 20;
   
Dec 18.    
2005 Jan 8;
Feb 5, 12;
   
Feb 26;
Mar 05, 12, 26.
   

-Many dates are guaranteed - ask when booking.

-For departures after March 2005 please inquire.
-Single Supplement may apply.
-Land Only tour prices available upon request.
-Special add-on airfares from US and Canadian cities available upon request.
-Air taxes and departure taxes not included.
Additional Information

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