Tour OverviewFive, four, three, two, one! The countdown is on Down Under for the most uplifting New Year kickoff. This aspirational tour of Australia and New Zealand gets the party started with a celebratory cruise on Sydney Harbor complete with beats, bites, and bubbly – and one of the world's most famous fireworks displays. The colorful sights keep coming for 21 days as you snorkel over the rainbows of coral at the Great Barrier Reef, savor an Outback barbecue in Australia's fiery red desert, and delight in the kaleidoscope of blossoms at Melbourne's famous Fitzroy Gardens. Say farewell to the koalas, kangaroos, and other party animals as the festivities continue in New Zealand with a breathtaking cruise through the thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound, a silent boat ride through the glowworm-lit Waitomo Caves, a traditional cooked-beneath-the-ground hot stone Hangi dinner in Rotorua, and a high-in-the-sky farewell celebration atop Auckland's rotating Sky Tower. Did you know the koala sleeps an average of 20 hours a day? Why not add a 3-night Globus vacation to Fiji to your tour of Australia and curl up in a beachside hammock yourself? Between naps, you'll enjoy a Sigatoka River safari and the sun, fun, and genuine warmth of the islanders.
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Itinerary OverviewNew Year's Eve Down Under
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Welcome to Sydney! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner. (D)
Day 2 SYDNEY. SYDNEY Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide. See the financial district, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, the Botanic Gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Guided walk around the historic Rocks District. Remainder of day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 SYDNEY. SYDNEY Free day. This evening, a special New Year's Eve Harbour Cruise with a 4-course dinner, music, dancing, and champagne toast at midnight while admiring the world-famous fireworks. It will be a night to remember! (B,D)
Day 4 SYDNEY. SYDNEY Free day. (B)
Day 5 SYDNEY–CAIRNS. Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”CAIRNS Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
Day 6 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF. OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)
Day 7 CAIRNS. CAIRNS Free day. (B)ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a ride on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for the time on your GlobusGo mobile app.
Day 8 CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK). Fly to Australia's red center.ULURU Guided tour of the base of Uluru includes commentary on its meaning to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), followed by a sunset drink at Uluru. (B)
Day 9 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS. Fly to Alice Springs.ALICE SPRINGS Guided sightseeing includes the School of the Air and the Old TelegraphStation. Outback barbecue and campfire this evening includes music, stargazing, and a boomerang demonstration. (B,D)
Day 10 ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE. Fly to Melbourne.MELBOURNE Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
Day 11 MELBOURNE. MELBOURNE Morning sightseeing includes Federation Square, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. A ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel includes a sparkling drink, appetizers, and views of Melbourne and the bay. Free time the remainder of the day. (B,L)
Day 12 MELBOURNE. MELBOURNE Free day. (B)ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with a scenic day trip to see the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Day 13 MELBOURNE–QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND. Fly to Queenstown.QUEENSTOWN Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
Day 14 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND. MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 15 based on weather and road conditions today. (B,L)
Day 15 QUEENSTOWN. QUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak includes dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu,and Queenstown. (B,D)
Day 16 QUEENSTOWN–MOUNT COOK. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,D)ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Mount Cook National Park with a helicopter flightseeing tour over the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Day 17 MOUNT COOK–CHRISTCHURCH–ROTORUA. Travel to Christchurch and then fly to Rotorua. ROTORUA Free time this evening. (B)
Day 18 ROTORUA. ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife, including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Traditional Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones) followed by a Mбori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance. (B,D)
Day 19 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND. WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Auckland. AUCKLAND Free time this evening. (B)
Day 20 AUCKLAND. AUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland's oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Free time this afternoon. Farewell dinner at Sky Tower. (B,D)
Day 21 AUCKLAND. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Dates & Pricing
- Thursday December 29th, 2022 - Wednesday January 18th, 2023