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Australian Grandeur with Naturally New Zealand

Itineraries

Day 1

Welcome aboard Smart travel’s ‘Australian Grandeur’ tour. Depart for Brisbane. Bon voyage! Today, you are off on your exciting tour of Australia – “The Land Down Under”. Embark on your overnight flight to the vast island which has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, cityscapes, islands, rainforest or reef. It is a haven of natural beauty, relaxation, adventure, wonderful sights and great shopping.

Day 2

Arrive into Brisbane and then proceed towards Gold Coast – Australia’s entertainment capital. A unique amphibious ride touring Gold Coast on the Adventure Duck has been arranged for you. Later, a grand night out at the spectacular music and dance extravaganza of Conrad Jupiter’s. On arrival at Brisbane airport, you will be greeted by your friendly and experienced Thomas Cook Tour Manager/ Local Representative outside the baggage hall. Proceed and check into your hotel (normal check in at 1400hrs). The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Post lunch get ready for some fun and excitement as we take you on a great land and water adventure with Gold Coast’s Adventure Duck ride. It is a great way to see what the glitzy Gold Coast is all about. After an early delicious dinner at a local Indian restaurant, we take you to experience Gold Coast’s most famous glamour and entertainment theatre at Jupiters. Here, take an awe-inspiring journey through an exotic world of breathtaking colour, mesmerizing global rhythms and explosive energy at this live stage show.

Day 3

Today get set to meet your aquatic friends at ‘Sea World’. What’s more, enjoy an exciting helicopter ride – truly an exhilarating experience. Also join us on a fun-filled day to Movie World - Hollywood in Gold Coast. Today after an American breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at Gold Coast’s most spectacular theme park – Sea World. Get up close and personal with marine life wonders and experience a hole world of exciting rides, shows, laugh along with the crowd as the clever sea lions solve an environmental crime in a wonderful new adventure – Fish detectives. Experience Imagine, an enchanting new interactive Dolphin Show. Be enthralled by some of the most spectacular sights as you fly over stunning Gold Coast beaches – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience on a scenic helicopter ride! Also, visit Sea World’s attraction – the Polar Bear shores. Today enjoy lunch. Later proceed to Warner Brothers ‘Movie World’ where movie magic happens every day. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the scene actions, comedy stunts along with exhilarating rides, shows and attractions like the new Superman Escape, the suspended roller coaster ‘Lethal Weapon’ – where you will see your feet against the sky, encounter five complete upside down experiences. Experience a hair-raising ogre time at DreamWorks Shrek 4D Adventure. Also have a chance of meeting and taking off on the ultimate Batman adventure ride. Continue your fun-filled day with your favourite Looney tunes characters at ‘Looney Village’. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 4

Today, the day is free at leisure OR enjoy Dream world which provide a one stop shop for thrills, spills and family fun. Option of visiting the Sky Point observatory deck. Today after an American Breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore Gold Cost on your own OR you have an option to Enjoy DreamWorld. Get set for as we proceed to Dream World. Enjoy the tallest and fastest thrill rides, interactive shows and unique animal attractions; there’s something for everyone at Dream World. Rides that are stomach losing, packed with adrenalin, and give you a big dose of fear such as the Giant Drop, Tower of Terror, Wipe out, Cyclone roller coaster and Dream World’s latest scream machine - The Claw! Experience some more wonderful rides and attractions at Nick Central Wiggle’s World, Flowrider and IMAX Theatre. Later you have an option of visiting the Sky Point observatory deck. Sky Point takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast on top of Q1 and offers spectacular 360 degree view from the surf to hinterland and beyond. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 5

Onto Cairns – The Tropical Paradise. Today, get set for a day of fun and excitement as you visit Kuranda – a village in the rainforest. After an American breakfast at the hotel, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival enjoy lunch. Later proceed to Kuranda – a World Heritage Rainforest. Experience the Skyrail - the world’s most beautiful Rainforest experience. The Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you will relax and enjoy the stunning rainforest scenery, panoramic views of the Cairns’ tropical region and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea. Explore the amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic lookouts in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. After a day of excitement and fun, we return to Cairns. You can relax in the comfort of your hotel or you can visit some of the exciting shops at the ‘Cairns Night Market’ on your own. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 6

Join us on an unforgettable experience to the outer Great Barrier Reef – the only living structure visible from the moon! A chance to enjoy Hot Air Ballooning. This morning you have an option to go for hot air ballooning. Later after an early American breakfast at your hotel, we proceed to board the cruise liner to the Great Barrier Reef – most spectacular underwater experience imaginable. The cruise will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental shelf, to an underwater world that has a dazzling kaleidoscope of colours. Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. There is an abundance of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy. A chance to Snorkel and dive, visit the underwater observatory or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of an air-conditioned semi-submersible. Savour a delicious lunch on board the cruise liner. Return to your hotel with fantastic memories of this living natural wonder. Tonight, a delicious dinner awaits you at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 7:
Arrive in to Melbourne – the Victorian Capital. Explore the charm, history and character of Melbourne on an exciting city tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After an American breakfast at the hotel, we transfer you to the airport for your flight toMelbourne. Today enjoy packed lunch. On arrival proceed to discover the breathtaking landmarks and monuments of Melbourne on your city tour, which includes a visit to the famous and beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, Town Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, National Tennis centre, the 1956 Olympic venue, the Shrine of Remembrance, Bourke Street Mall and some beautifully restored Victorian houses. Also, enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular Melbourne Cricket Ground – one of Australia’s greatest assets. Tonight, proceed for a sumptuous dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 8:
Visit Philip Island where we enjoy the Penguin Parade. Enroute also visit the Koala Centre.
After a leisurely American breakfast at the hotel, morning is free at leisure. After lunch sit back & relax in the coach as we proceed to Philip Island – the island featuring spectacular coastal scenery, charming heritage and an abundance of wildlife. Each night at sunset, the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. This is a truly memorable natural wildlife experience. We also take you to visit the Koala Centre, where you can see koalas at close range. Today enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 9:
Welcome to Sydney – one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. Have the time of your life as you get set for the most exciting, entertaining and fun night on a dinner cruise along Sydney Harbour!
After a delicious American breakfast at the hotel, the morning is at leisure for you to explore this chic and stylish city on your own. Later we check out and proceed to the airport to board your flight to Sydney. Today enjoy lunch. Arrive into the Harbour City. Tonight, get set for a lifetime experience on a board the spectacular Showboat dinner cruise. Be captivated by the breathtaking scenery as you sail through the shimmering Sydney Harbour with its mesmerizing panorama of bright city lights, Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge. Delight on a three – course Indian dinner followed by a dazzling sensational theatre cabaret featuring professional Australian showgirls in their glamorous costumes! Join in on the choruses with the immensely talented and charming songstress!

Day 10:
Explore the landmarks of Sydney – the Rocks area, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach on your exciting city tour. Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of the world-renowned Sydney Opera house. Discover stunning underwater life at the Sydney Aquarium and visit the famous Sydney Tower and Oz Trek. Visit the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Visit Wildlife World.
After an American breakfast at the hotel, we proceed on an exciting and interactive city tour of Sydney which includes highlights like the Darling Harbour, one of the world’s greatest waterfront destinations, experience a slice of the city’s history at the Rocks area, the busy CBD area, Hyde Park, the Harbour Bridge, Mrs. Macquarries Chair, Eastern suburbs – home to the city’s rich and famous and the world famous Bondi beach. We also take you on a guided tour of one the world’s most spectacular landmark – the Sydney Opera House. See inside the world’s most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. Today enjoy a hot lunch. Later take a journey through the world famous Sydney Aquarium. Also, visit the famous Sydney Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Sydney. Here you enjoy a visit to the observatory deck for the most spectacular 360° aerial view of the beautiful harbour city and embark on a journey across Australia’s landscapes, history and terrain to explore Australia’s national treasures at the Oz Trek. Later experience the world of glamour, glitz, sport, politics and music when you visit the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum where you will see the life size wax statues of the famous personalities from around the world. We later visit the WildlifeWorld. Find yourself on an amazing animal adventure as you journey into Australia’s most famous locations. Walk through iconic Aussie habitats and encounter some of the most loved and feared animals that call Australia home. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 11:
Day at leisure at the most happening city of Australia. You can enjoy the many adventures in Sydney on your own or take an optional day trip to the Blue Mountains.
After a delicious and leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you have the opportunity to spend time at your own pace by exploring some of the good cafes and restaurants, gardens and parks, museums galleries, dazzling beaches and many more tourist attractions. You can shop at the classic Queen Victoria building – the most beautiful shopping centre in Sydney or you can experience the spectacular blue-hazed beauty, dramatic cliffs and deep canyons of the Blue Mountains on a full day excursion. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local Indian restaurant.

Day 12:
Depart for Auckland. Welcome to Auckland – “The city of Sails”
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed to the airport for your flight to Auckland. On arrival at Auckland airport, you will be greeted by your friendly and experienced Thomas Cook Tour Manager / Local representative outside the baggage hall. Proceed and check into your hotel. Later the evening is at leisure for you to explore this city on your own. Tonight a delicious Indian dinner awaits you at a
local restaurant.

Day 13:
Enjoy a city tour of this beautiful and pristine city. Proceed to Rotorua – “The Thermal city”
After an American breakfast at the hotel, check out and get set for a day of fun as we take you for a city tour of Auckland. See the West Haven Marina, the War Memorial Museum and drive through the Parnell, onto Bastion Point amongst Auckland’s most expensive residential area. See the view of Waite Mata Harbour and beaches that are unmatched. Later proceed to Rotorua via the beautiful Cambridge. With its unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture and natural hot springs, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most famous destinations. On arrival check into the hotel. Tonight a delicious Indian dinner awaits you at a local restaurant.

Day 14:
See the sheep shows at Agrodome followed by a visit to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Enjoy a Maori Cultural Show. Later be enthralled by the bird show at Rainbow Springs.
After a delicious breakfast, proceed to Agrodome which will give you a chance to see through the eyes of a true New Zealand farmer. Witness the Agrodome Sheep Show an exciting and informative insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture, featuring different breeds of sheep, sheep shearing, cow milking, lamb feeding and dog demonstrations. Also visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you can wander around the bubbling mud pools and see the famous ‘Pohutu’ Geyser. Also discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions, experience thrilling song and dance at a traditional Maori Cultural show. Later continue onto Rainbow Springs to enjoy a bird show and be wowed by the birds’ ability to fly to different points on command and interact with the trainers. Later visit Enjoy an Indian Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15:
Onto Auckland, en route visit to the beautiful Waitomo Caves and the stunning Hamilton Gardens.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Auckland. Enroute visit the Waitomo Caves in the lush Waikato region. Marvel at Mother Nature’s light display, as you glide silently through the starry wonderland caves of Glow-worm situated underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow-worm lights that make up the Glow-worm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you will immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glow-worms that light your way. Enjoy Indian lunch. Also enjoy a stop at the Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand’s first traditional Maori garden. With a stunning Paradise Garden Collection, you also have a chance to see the Indian Char Bagh Garden right there in New Zealand. Enjoy delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16:
Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday.
This morning after an American breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport, where your memorable Thomas Cook tour comes to an end. Do spare a few minutes to fill in the feedback form and hand it over to your Tour Manager. Your valued suggestions will be most appreciated. Arrive home with pleasant memories of your “New Zealand” tour.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for Australia