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AUST RA LI A & NEW ZEALAND 2018-2019 Inspiring Journeys Guided Vacations Short Breaks Day Tours Small group Our signature 2-19 day breaks One day boutique fully-guided vacation with your choice of or half day journeys experiences accommodations sightseeing tours p20 p34 p68 p81
Discover the enchanting beauty and soul of Australia and New Zealand. Your unforgettable, effortless exploration is brought to life by the guided vacation experts, AAT Kings, who have been sharing their passion, unrivaled knowledge and exceptional service with guests since 1912. Explore. Connect. Smile. Delve into the fascinating stories of the Anangu people in Australia or explore the unique and captivating culture of the Maori in New Zealand. Proud of our roots and the traditions of our people, we enjoy showcasing their spellbinding stories – made possible through the strong relationships we have forged with indigenous communities across these diverse lands.
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5 Contents The AAT Kings Difference 6 A Family Affair 14 Travel Essentials 85 Traveling with us 8 TreadRight Foundation 16 Booking Conditions 86 2 styles of travel 10 Smart ways to save 18 How to book back cover Where you’ll stay 12 Pre & Post Hotels 84 Guided Vacations From 6 to 22 days, AAT Kings Guided Vacations fully explore FIRST CHOICE vacations offer premium hotels in central locations, each destination, to immerse yourself in its landscape, history more meals & sightseeing inclusions, plus Be My Guest dining and culture. They feature quality accommodations, with experiences. porterage and all breakfasts included, plus other meals. There BEST BUYS vacations offer great value, comfortable hotels with are 2 styles of Guided Vacation (see page 9 for more details). easy access to city centres and more free time. Tour type Tour Days Code Page Tour type Tour Days Code Page FIRST CHOICE Highlights of Australia & New Zealand 22 IMZB 36 BEST BUYS Western Wonderland 16 WEMP 52 FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 18 QCANA 38 FIRST CHOICE Best of New Zealand 18 ZABC/ZCBA 54 FIRST CHOICE Discover Australia & New Zealand 15 CANZQ 40 FIRST CHOICE New Zealand Splendour 15 ZAAC/ZCCA 56 FIRST CHOICE Australian Highlights 13 IMSE 42 FIRST CHOICE Contrasts of New Zealand 10 IZANB 58 FIRST CHOICE Outback Adventure 11/15 NUAD/NAAD 44 FIRST CHOICE Southern Spectacular 10 ZCQR/ZRQC 60 FIRST CHOICE East Coast Islands and Rainforest 10/13 QBC/QSC 46 BEST BUYS Kia Ora New Zealand 17 LABC/LCBA 62 FIRST CHOICE Perfect Tasmania 6/7/12 TLHH/THHL/THLH 48 BEST BUYS New Zealand Marvel 14 LCCA/LAAC 64 FIRST CHOICE Tastes of Southern Australia 11 ESMA 50 BEST BUYS Southern Spotlight 9 LCQR/LRQC 66 Inspiring Journeys Short Breaks On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with Ranging from 2 to 19 days in length, AAT Kings Short Breaks immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting of up to combine the must-see highlights of a destination with your 20 like-minded travelers. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD choice of accommodations standard, plus selected meals. Ideal vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts. Best of all for the independent-minded traveler, travel with different Driver our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of Guides each day to benefit from their combined experience. everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey. Tour Days Code Page Tour Days Code Page The Long White Cloud 11/12/22 NZNI/NZSI/NZIJ 22 Sydney & the Blue Mountains 4 SS11 69 Inspiring New Zealand 10 NZFLY 24 Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road 4 MM11 69 Inspiring Australia 13 IJFLY 26 Best of Australia 19 MS19 70 Victoria’s Hidden Gems 7 IJVIC 28 Australian Icons 13 MS12 72 Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets 5 MNDD 30 Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef 4 CC11 74 Outback Australia – The Colour of Red 5 CRUA/CRAU 32 Port Douglas & Reef Retreat 6 PDCE 74 Kakadu & East Alligator River 2 DK40 75 Kakadu & Katherine Gorge 3 DG42/52 75 Uluru Highlights 2 YY43 76 Day Tours Uluru & Kings Canyon Explorer Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery 3 3 YK41 AK43 76 77 Alice Springs to Uluru Explorer 2 AK20 77 Kangaroo Island Discovery 2 ZZ22 78 Do you have a day or half a day to spare? See the must-see sights, learn about a specific destination’s history and culture with our Perth & Rottnest Island 4 PP11 78 Day Tours. Rotorua Discovery 4 ZR5 79 Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed 7 ZBR5 79 Region/Tour Page Fiordland Experience 5 ZFE5 80 Field of Light 81 Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine 5 ZWC5 80 Red Centre Piti & Ochre Sightseeing Passes 81 Sightsee ‘n’ Save Day Tours Pass 81 Red Centre 82 Sydney 82 Melbourne 82 Queensland 83 South Australia 83 Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys in this brochure are definite departures!* *With the exception of Discover Australia & New Zealand (CANZQ) and Victoria’s Hidden Gems (IJVIC).
6 Indulge in an unforgettable voyage of discovery with AAT Kings. From the shimmering Blue Mountains to the untamed Red Centre of Australia, and from the majestic glacial fiords to the lush rolling hills of New Zealand, our vacation experiences ensure you encounter the regions’ extraordinary sights and stories – including the ‘Hidden Gems’ you would not discover on your own. The AAT Kings Difference 100 years of experience Crafting unforgettable vacations in Australia for over 100 years, AAT Kings’ story begins with the Pyke family, whose spirit for adventure and passion for their homeland saw them launch coach touring in Australia as far back as 1912. Starting with self-drive car hire 7-seater vehicles, we expanded to guided tours, becoming Sydney’s largest tour operator by the 1960s. In the 1980s, we joined pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris to create what has become AAT Kings today.
7 Authentic experiences AAT Kings has the inside track on Australia and New Zealand and we delight in sharing it with our guests. Join the thousands of guests who have traveled these great countries, enjoying the life- changing travel experiences we have created with passion, focus and first-hand experience. Our friendly and experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides delight in revealing their insider tips to the real Australia and New Zealand – the characters, the special spots and that inimitable Aussie and Kiwi verve you’ll carry in your heart forever. Extensive range of vacations Enjoy an effortless, authentic holiday experience, quality hotels and the best value-for-money with over 35 unique itineraries packed with easy adventure, great flavours, and some surprises along the way – all finely crafted to ensure you’ll never worry about a thing. With AAT Kings, you have a friend in every destination, sharing experiences that will make your visit so memorable. Enjoy time to explore the sights at your leisure – your Travel Director is on hand to recommend the best in town. See what’s on offer from page 20 > Unrivaled service Trust AAT Kings to guide your journey through Australia and New Zealand. Our team of dedicated and experienced staff have been delivering hassle- free and unforgettable vacations for decades, taking care of every little detail along the way. With the perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation, your adventure through Australia and New Zealand is made that much more special with the knowledge that travelers have been choosing AAT Kings to share mesmerizing travel experiences for over a century.
8 Traveling with us Our experts connect you to Australia & New Zealand. Tony Nellie ‘I love the people you get to meet in this job! ‘My must-see place is the west coast of I love our history, culture and our ancient Tasmania. The region is truly Australia’s last landscape! I love the Australian sayings... it’s untamed frontier. It’s raw and rugged, yet so ‘just down the road’ which could be 100 yards mesmerizing and majestic.’ or 1000 miles. You gotta love that!’ OUR FLEET AIRPORT TRANSFERS With the most modern fleet in the business, you can You will receive free transfers between designated relax in air-conditioned comfort. AAT Kings’ fleet of airports and your AAT Kings hotel on scheduled start 70 vehicles features reclining seats with footrests, an and end days of your vacations and with pre and post on-board restroom, PA and road camera technology, and vacation accommodations booked through AAT Kings. panoramic windows to ensure you won’t miss a thing.
9 Experienced. Friendly. Passionate. Let our talented Travel Directors take you on a life-changing vacation – a journey filled with fascinating tales, in-depth insights and fond memories made possible by a team of passionate local guides and operations experts who work tirelessly together to ensure your dream vacation is stress-free and seamless, from start to end. Mark Manuela ‘I feel very proud being able to share with our ‘I’m deeply passionate about Australia’s guests a deeper understanding of our Maori beautiful, unique and ancient environment; culture. The evening at Tamaki Maori Village, its Indigenous people are the world’s oldest where they get to experience, taste and feel the continuous culture. Sharing my knowledge warm hospitality of our people, is truly magical.’ with guests fuels this passion.’ MORE WAYS TO TRAVEL FREE WIFI & USB Leave the comfort of your coach behind and Stay connected and charged during your vacation as enjoy a scenic train ride and flight, helicopter, our entire fleet is equipped with WiFi* and in-seat boat ride and river cruise, or see the sights over USB ports. Charging facilities are also available in all the hump of a camel, depending on the itinerary our off-road vehicles. or optional experience you have selected. *Speed and reception may vary in remote areas.
10 Breaking the boundaries of one-size-fits-all travel experiences, AAT Kings offers two unique travel styles to suit your dream vacation desires. Whether you wish to get under the skin of the destination, are traveling in a small group or simply seek a budget escape, our travel styles all reveal the must-see sights, sounds and flavours of Australia and New Zealand. 2 styles of travel Guided Vacations 6-22 day fully guided experiences Enjoy a rare opportunity to delve deeper into your vacation destination with AAT Kings’ 6 to 22 day fully guided experiences, immersing yourself in its fascinating culture, heritage and exquisite beauty. Our quality hotels with breakfast and porterage included, Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner tick all the boxes, with two styles of Guided Vacations on offer to suit your needs: FIRST CHOICE Stay in premium hotels in central locations, and enjoy more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unforgettable Be My Guest dining experiences to indulge in delicious local flavours. BEST BUYS Enjoy great value, comfortable hotels with easy access to city centres and more free time to explore and engage with the destination on your own terms. Start exploring on page 34 >
11 Inspiring Journeys 5-22 day small group boutique journeys Venture off the beaten track and into the depths of these diverse lands in an intimate small-group setting where every detail has been taken care of. Join AAT Kings’ 5 to 22 day small group journeys by luxury coach or 4WD vehicle, staying in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts and savouring gourmet cuisine. Explore our portfolio on page 20 >
12 Millbrook Resort Inspiring Journeys > Queenstown, NZ Where you’ll stay AAT Kings’ accommodations are selected for comfort, location and facilities. Our range includes brands like Crowne Plaza, Millennium, Mantra and Stamford Plaza, and feature resorts like Hamilton Island, Cradle Mountain Hotel, Te Waonui Forest Retreat and Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, to name a few. Hotel Grand Chancellor FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Hobart, TAS The Langham Inspiring Journeys > Sydney, NSW Stamford Plaza FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Adelaide, SA
13 Crowne Plaza FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Melbourne, VIC Castaways Resort & Spa FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Mission Beach, QLD Hamilton Island FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Whitsundays, QLD Punakaiki Resort FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Punakaiki, NZ Copthorne Resort BEST BUYS Guided Vacations > Bay of Islands, NZ Ayers Rock Resort Cicada Lodge FIRST CHOICE Guided Vacations > Yulara, NT Inspiring Journeys > Nitmiluk National Park, NT
14 A Family Affair AAT Kings is part of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a 4th generation, family-owned business with over 100 years of travel expertise and passion. With a multi award-winning portfolio ranging from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent vacation package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences, TTC offers something for everyone. We are worldwide experts with 30 travel and tourism brands spanning over 70 countries, managed by 40 sales offices and over 10,000 team members, serving over 2 million customers a f a m i ly o f br a n d s annually. We pride ourselves on taking a long-term view, with an ethos of attention to detail in all areas of the company. ttc.com Our Commitment Our Passion We are committed to establishing lasting relationships We show pride, energy and determination in with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first all that we do. We are committed to creating time and every time, through consistently delivering exceptional experiences for our guests, outstanding quality of service, experience and value. employees and Travel Directors.
15 Discover the Travel Corporation. Our Customers Our Responsibility We put our guests at the heart of everything we Through our TreadRight Foundation, we strive to do in order to secure their engagement, loyalty enhance and protect the communities we work in and recommendation. and to be a good corporate citizen.
16 TreadRight Foundation Encouraging global sustainable tourism. An initiative supported by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. The foundation has helped support some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide including Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica, Shark Savers in Ecuador and The Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. Within Australia and New Zealand we are also proud to support a number of important projects with a focus on wildlife conservation. Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings encourage the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation.
17 AAT Kings Cares Our local projects Kiwis Rainbow Springs in New Zealand Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings support the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. • We contribute to the Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring • D onations assist with funding research into incubation and rearing • T he aim is to help raise awareness of the protection of the kiwi and act as a pivotal role in their survival Tasmanian Devils Save the Tasmanian Devil Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) threatens the existence of this internationally-recognized icon. • I n some areas, more than 80% of the Tasmanian devil population has been wiped out • T he threat to the devil due to DFTD continues to spread • S ignificant advances in the Insurance Population and protecting isolated populations, are enabling a new phase in the species’ conservation and recovery in the wild Koalas Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo in Queensland, is dedicated to saving Australia’s many native species. • It is the largest and busiest wildlife facility of its kind in the world • Caring for one koala costs an average of $1,500 • The facility treats about 800 koalas each year • T he hospital helps rehabilitate and care for injured and orphaned koalas in addition to other animals • D onations contribute to an eco-friendly facility to house them For more information and details on how you can support the foundation, visit TreadRight.org
18 Smart ways to save Save by combining the discounts below: Early 10% saving 7.5% saving 5% saving Payment when you pay in full by when you pay in full by when you pay in full by Discount 31 January 2018 27 April 2018 29 June 2018 Available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys – see itinerary pages. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For more info visit aatkings.com/booking-conditions for returning Kings Club 5% saving AAT Kings guests Kings Club is for guests who have previously traveled with AAT Kings and our family of companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld. It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty. Kings Club Membership is free and you’re automatically entitled to our Kings Club Past Guest Discount of 5% off your next Guided Vacation. Adds Ons 2.5% saving 10% saving 5% saving When you book 2 or more When purchasing an Book a triple room vacations at the same time AAT Kings operated and we’ll give you 5% Short Break or Day Tour off the twin price with a Guided Vacation
19 And even more ways to save: Groups 5% saving 1 person free When 5-16 people travel When 17 people travel together, together, everybody saves 5% one person travels for free AAT Kings can also tailor an itinerary for you and your group of 15 people or more. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org Young travelers Children 5-15 years get a discount when sharing a room with an adult (limit of one discount per room), and receive a discount off the adult price of AAT Kings operated Day Tours. Traveling alone? If you don’t want to pay the single supplement on Guided Vacations you can share with a guest of the same gender in a non-smoking twin room, at no extra cost. If we can’t pair you up, we’ll accommodate you in a single room. Conditions apply. See page 86 for more information >
20 Inspiring Journeys 5-22 day small group boutique journeys On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of vacation planning, with the flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. You’ll share your vacation with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travelers. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.
21 Incredible Stories Traveling has the power to enrich our lives in many ways. It’s not just the places you go, it’s the people you’re with, the experiences you share and the stories you write along the way. Everyone has a story. Start your next chapter on an Inspiring Journey through Australia and New Zealand. Creating moments Create moments you’ll remember all your life, by connecting with interesting people, amazing places, diverse cultures and unique environments. Cultural immersion We all dream of traveling the world and discovering ourselves in different cultures. But it’s one thing to hear someone else’s story and another to create yours. At Inspiring Journeys we don’t just show you places, we create immersive experiences you’ll never forget. The 4 pillars Our Inspiring Journeys allow you to enjoy a cross section of exciting, interesting and enriching experiences. This is why our itinerary highlights have been grouped to cover a number of areas. Discover These experiences allow you to be observational, to take a step back and take it all in. Explore These highlights are much more interactive and gives you the opportunity to connect with your surroundings. Learn/Do Take your vacation to another level as you learn something new through active participation. Relax Enjoy some down time to simply unwind and appreciate your destination or indulgent experience. Accommodations On an Inspiring Journey, you will stay in hand-picked accommodations that are situated in both beautiful and unique locations, where there is a real sense of connection. Milford Sound Lodge, award-winning Royal Mail Hotel and Cicada Lodge, feature in our itineraries.
22 Lake Pukaki & Mt. Cook The Long White Cloud 22/12/11 DAYS | CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND | NZIJ/NZSI/NZNI HIGHLIGHTS Discover the scenic majesty of the North and South Discover Islands of New Zealand with a small group of fellow- • Stunning Milford Sound in the heart explorers, combining natural beauty with a touch of of Fiordland National Park luxury as you overnight in the Franz Josef rainforest • New Zealand’s capital Wellington in the foothills of Mount Cook, and in magical Milford • Experience Franz Josef Glacier Sound, slumber amidst the treetops in the Coromandel • The Waitomo Glowworm Grotto Ranges, and journey into the deep south to the wild Explore and pristine landscapes of remote Stewart Island. • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train • Historic goldrush Arrowtown Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch Day 5: Queenstown Free Time • Untouched Stewart Island On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be Today is free for you to explore New transferred by private car to your hotel. Zealand’s adventure capital. Ride the Learn/Do This evening meet your Travel Director Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a • A jade factory & see artists at work for a welcome drink and dinner. Hotel: Wine Tour. Tonight you’ll dine at Bob’s Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. DW Peak overlooking Queenstown. B HD • Walk the rainforest Treetop Walkway Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki Day 6: Queenstown Free Time • Experience the Agrodome Farm Show This morning, take one of the world’s Make the most of your extended • Gain an insight into Maori life at great scenic railway journeys on the stay in Queenstown. Why not sit Whakarewarewa Living Village famous TranzAlpine train. Travel back and enjoy a peaceful cruise through the spectacular Southern Alps, across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Relax and spend the night in an eco-friendly Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS waterfront resort at Punakaiki. Hotel: Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. B • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B DW • Cruise the Bay of Islands Day 7: Queenstown – Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Milford Sound • Stay in chalets & cruise on Visit Hokitika for a demonstration by a Travel to Lake Te Anau, then Fiordland stunning Milford Sound greenstone (jade) carver, then ascend to National Park to the Milford Sound. a treetop walkway to view the canopy Tonight, stay at magical Milford Sound • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu of the lush nearby rainforest. Continue Lodge. Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, aboard the TSS Earnslaw to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier for Fiordland National Park. B DW a tour to the viewing area with an Taste expert glacier guide. Hotel: Te Waonui Day 8: Milford Sound – Stewart Island • A BBQ at Morelea Farm Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. B DW A breakfast cruise to the spectacular • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Tasman Sea begins your day. Later, at Take an optional scenic flight over the Invercargill, travel by ferry to remote • 21 Full buffet breakfasts B glacier this morning, then travel along Stewart Island, keeping a lookout for • 1 Be my Guest lunch BG the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. seals, dolphins and albatross. Stewart Explore the historic gold-mining village Island is arguably the best place to • 1 Lunch L of Arrowtown en route to Queenstown. spot a kiwi in the wild. Hotel: Bay • 10 Dinners with wine DW Nestled on the shores of crystal- Motel, Stewart Island, 2 nights. B clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s • 2 Highlight Dinners HD scenery is inspiring. Hotel: Millbrook Day 9: Stewart Island A guided tour and cruise today reveals • 1 Farewell Dinner FD Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B DW an unspoiled, a beautiful haven, steeped
23 Bay of Islands 2 l Russell l l Whangarei From $9525 per person twin share land only 1 Coromandel DEPARTURES & PRICES 1l Auckland l 1 l All dates are Definite Departures NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland | 22 days Waitomo Caves l 2 Rotorua l $9525 $10425 Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share Huka Falls l $12705 $14135 Mt. ll1 Taupo Single* Single* Ruapehu 2018 2019 Start End Start End Jan 15 Feb 05 Jan 14 Feb 04 Jan 22 Feb 12 Jan 21 Feb 11 Feb 12 Mar 05 Feb 04 Feb 25 Mar 05 Mar 26 Feb 11 Mar 04 Mar 19 Apr 09 Feb 18 Mar 11 Picton Mar 04 Mar 25 2 Wellington l $10425 l Mar 18 Apr 08 Punakaiki l 1 Per Person Twin Share $10625 $14135 Per Person Twin Share Arthur’s Pass l Kaikoura Single* $14375 Oct 15 Nov 05 Single* Hokitika l l TranzAlpine Dec 10 Dec 31 Oct 14 Nov 04 Franz Josef Glacier l Mt. Cook Train 1 Dec 09 Dec 30 l 1l l 1 Christchurch Haast l l1 Church of the Good Shepherd NZSI: Christchurch return | 12 days Milford Sound l 1 l Lindis Pass $5195 $5850 3 l Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share l Oamaru $6785 $7840 Te Anau l Queenstown l Start Single* Single* l End 2018 2019 Start End Start End l l Overnight stays Jan 15 Jan 25 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan Jan 24 31 Stewart Island l 2 Bluff Sightseeing stops Jan 22 Feb 01 Feb 04 Feb 14 l Feb 12 Feb 22 Mar 05 Mar 15 Feb 11 Feb 21 Mar 19 Mar 29 Feb 18 Feb 28 Mar 04 Mar 14 $5850 Mar 18 Mar 28 Per Person Twin Share $5950 in stories of Maori legend. Stewart Day 17: Rotorua – Coromandel $7840 Per Person Twin Share Island is a destination for those who An exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm Single* $7975 yearn to go beyond the ordinary. B L experience awaits you today in the Oct 15 Oct 26 Single* famous Waitomo Caves. Later, travel Dec 10 Dec 21 Oct 14 Oct 25 Day 10: Stewart Island – Mt. Cook through the dairy-farming district of Dec 09 Dec 20 Cruise back to the mainland and travel Waikato to the Coromandel Peninsula, though lush Southland pastures on NZNI: Wellington to Auckland | 11 days famous for pristine beaches and native your way to Aoraki (Mt. Cook). Hotel: $4495 $5075 forests. Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Hermitage, Mount Cook. B DW Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share Park Resort, Coromandel. B DW Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch $6140 $6790 Travel to tranquil Lake Tekapo, visit the Day 18: Coromandel – Auckland Single* Single* Travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s 2018 2019 Church of the Good Shepherd. Later largest city. Take a city tour, and then Start End Start End you’ll be welcomed to Morelea Farm by Jan 26 Feb 05 Jan 25 Feb 04 explore, relax and dine at your own Feb 02 Feb 12 Feb 01 Feb 11 your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor for Feb 23 Mar 05 Feb 15 Feb 25 pace. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B lunch in their 600-acre garden. Hotel: Mar 16 Mar 26 Feb 22 Mar 04 Mar 30 Apr 09 Mar 01 Mar 11 Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. B BG Day 19: Auckland – Mar 15 Mar 25 Day 12: Christchurch – Bay of Islands $5075 Mar 29 Apr 08 Wellington Travel north to the Waipoua Forest, Per Person Twin Share $5175 Guest depart this morning in home to the 2,000-year-old Tane $6790 Per Person Twin Share Christchurch (Code: NZSI). Explore Mahuta. A Maori guide will explain the Single* $6900 legend behind the largest Kauri tree Oct 26 Nov 05 Single* Christchurch at your leisure, then Dec 21 Dec 31 in existence. Spend tonight at your Oct 25 Nov 04 you’re off to New Zealand’s capital Dec 20 Dec 30 waterfront resort in the heart of the city, Wellington. Enjoy a city tour and Visit aatkings.com/nzij or nzsi or nzni for additional glorious Bay of Islands. Hotel: Copthorne visit Te Papa, the Museum of New departure dates. *Single traveller must pay the single Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights. B DW price. Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may Zealand. Guest join this afternoon in change from 01/10/18. Wellington (Code: NZNI). Hotel: Sofitel Day 20: Bay of Islands Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. B DW Take a ferry to historic Russell for a tour of the first European settlement Day 13: Wellington in New Zealand. The rest of the day WAYS TO SAVE Explore Wellington at your own pace. B is free for relaxing or exploring. B Early payment discount Day 14: Wellington – Taupo Save up to $1050pp Travel through verdant dairy country to Day 21: Bay of Islands – Auckland Experience spectacular scenery See page 18 for more great savings < Tongariro National Park, a near-desert today as you cruise through world- Kings Club discount Save up to $525pp with three active volcanoes, Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. renowned game-fishing waters to DINING Cape Brett and, weather permitting, 21 Full buffet breakfasts B 10 Dinners with wine DW Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Taupo. B DW through the famous ‘Hole in the 1 Be my Guest lunch BG 2 Highlight Dinners HD Day 15: Taupo – Rotorua Rock’ formation. The return cruise to 1 Lunch L 1 Farewell Dinner FD Travel to nearby Rotorua via the Paihia meanders through picturesque FLIGHT INFORMATION spectacular Huka Falls. Tonight, islands – see deserted sandy beaches an evening of Maori history, culture and secluded bays and keep your eyes NZIJ: Christchurch to Auckland Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch and traditional food awaits you at peeled for the marine life. Celebrate Airport the Tamaki Family Marae. Hotel: this evening at a Farewell Dinner with Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD your Travel Director and new-found NZSI: Christchurch return friends. Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland. B FD Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Day 16: Rotorua Airport Enjoy the entertaining Agrodome Day 22: Farewell from Auckland Day 12 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport Sheep Show and a visit to Say farewell to your fellow travelers NZNI: Wellington to Auckland Rainbow Springs Nature Park. when your journey comes to an end Day 12 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport Gain an insight into Maori life at this morning after breakfast. B Day 22 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport Whakarewarewa Living Village. B Flights are not included in the vacation price
24 Doubtful Sound Inspiring New Zealand NEW VACATION 10 DAYS | AUCKLAND TO QUEENSTOWN | NZFLY HIGHLIGHTS This epic New Zealand journey spans both islands revealing Discover cosmopolitan cities, majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the coastlines, as you indulge your taste buds along the way. heart of Fiordland National Park In the North Island, explore vibrant Auckland, experience • Beautiful Lake Rotorua the history and traditions of Maori culture in Rotorua, and • Stunning scenery in ‘Adventure discover cosmopolitan Wellington. And in the spectacular capital’ Queenstown South Island, let your hair down in alpine adventure capital Explore Queenstown and marvel at awesome Doubtful Sound. • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park • Historic goldrush Arrowtown • Queenstown Included Day 1: Welcome to Auckland at the home of Lance and Bridgette Choice experiences Upon arrival in Auckland spend some O’Sullivan – New Zealand horse racing time at leisure to relax or explore on your royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country Learn/Do own. This evening meet your Travel style lunch at the Red Barn on their Director for dinner and a welcome drink. beautiful Waikato Farm. After lunch we • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand Hotel: Sofitel Auckland, 2 nights. DW travel to Rotorua, for an orientation tour • Experience Maori culture at the with views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight Day 2: Auckland enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience at Tamaki Maori Village A city sights tour will start your morning Tamaki Maori Village; you’ll gain an • Zealandia, the world’s first in Auckland. Travel around the city insight into local Maori culture and waterfront to Mission Bay. Prepare fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary history with our special Maori show and your camera for Bastion Point and traditional Hangi. Experience the heart- Relax the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori with stunning shots of Auckland, • In cosmopolitan Auckland & Wellington warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial the North Shore and the Waitemata Maori welcome. In the village, see • Rotorua Included Choice experiences Harbour. Next up we take a ferry over how Maori lived prior to European to Waiheke Island. At Stonyridge settlement. Experience customs like the Taste Vineyard, enjoy a tour and tastings, Hongi greeting, as well as learn some plus a light lunch over views of the • On Waiheke Island sample olive vineyard. Depart for Rangihoua Estate, customary phrases. Feast on succulent oils & visit 3 vineyards meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive the Maori method of cooking in the • Join the O’Sullivans for lunch growing industry, including tasting earth with geothermal steam. Hotel: on their Waikato farm award winning olive oils. A stop at Princes Gate, Rotorua, 2 nights. B BG HD Casita Miro will leave you enchanted • A Maori Hangi with the Tamaki family with the tastes of the Mediterranean. Day 4: Rotorua • 9 Full buffet breakfasts B Your tour finishes with wine tastings Included Choice at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, Today choose one from a range • 1 Be my Guest lunch BG with spectacular views of the Hauraki of Included Choice sightseeing Gulf, before returning to Auckland by experiences. Perhaps unwind with a • 2 Lunches L ferry. Tonight enjoy a free evening; why spa treatment at the Polynesian Spa, • 4 Dinners with wine DW not try one of the many restaurants in take a tour of the Hobbiton movie Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct? B L set, or why not try zip lining with • 1 Highlight Dinner HD Canopy Tours. Tonight, dinner is at Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua • 1 Farewell Dinner FD Follow the meandering Waikato your restaurant of choice – ask your Travel Director for more details. B DW River to our Be My Guest Experience
25 2 l Auckland The Red Barn l 2 Rotorua l 2 Wellington l 3 l Queenstown Doubtful Sound l l Start l End l Overnight stays l Sightseeing stops Day 5: Rotorua – Wellington your coach and travel to the delightful From $5810 per person twin share land only This morning visit Rainbow Springs gold rush village of Arrowtown, on Nature Park. Discover native flora that the sparkling Arrow River, once one of DEPARTURES & PRICES grows around the crystal clear mineral the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards All dates are Definite Departures water springs. You might even spot a you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and kiwi! Next visit Whakawerawera surrounds on an orientation tour. $5810 $5810 Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share Living Village, where a local guide See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables will show you New Zealand’s biggest mountain range and home of the $7315 $7315 Single* Single* geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge. Hotel: springs before flying to Wellington. Heritage Queenstown, 3 nights. B 2018 2019 Start End Start End This evening why not venture down Nov 18 Nov 27 Feb 17 Feb 26 to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and Day 8: Doubtful Sound Mar 17 Mar 26 Travel to an untouched world deep in dine at one of Wellington’s tucked the heart of Fiordland National Park. $5935 away bars or quirky cafés? Hotel: Per Person Twin Share The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights. B Sound will take your breath away as you $7460 Single* Day 6: Wellington experience its deep wilderness. Your Nov 24 Dec 03 This morning venture out into day begins in Manapouri with a cruise Wellington’s laneways, enjoy culinary across the picturesque Lake Manapouri Visit aatkings.com/nzfly for additional departure dates. *Single traveller must pay the single price. experiences as well as the city’s history followed by a trip across New Zealand’s Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change and architecture. Discover fresh tastes most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, from 01/10/18. in New Zealand’s cafe and culinary pausing along the way to experience capital, as we introduce you to local the dense Fiordland rainforest and tastes, products and people. With a view Doubtful Sound glistening far personal guide to tell the local stories, below. In Doubtful Sound cruise you will taste gourmet products such through this pristine fiord; look out for as coffee, chocolate, gelato, cheeses and the varied wildlife you may encounter other specialties in top food places the like dolphins, fur seals and the rare locals know. This afternoon we travel to Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced enjoy dinner at your hotel. B L DW urban ecosanctuary. The 225 hectare Day 9: Queenstown Included park is a ground-breaking conservation Choice WAYS TO SAVE project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six Today choose one from a range Early payment discount of Included Choice sightseeing of which were previously absent from Save up to $595pp experiences. You have the option to join mainland New Zealand for over 100 See page 18 for more great savings < a wine tour, take a guided walk through years. Tonight it is dinner of your choice Kings Club discount Save up to $295pp native beech forest or travel on a 4WD at one of the local restaurants – ask your Travel Director for details. B DW minibus tour through spectacular DINING Skippers Canyon. Your Travel Director 9 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Highlight Dinner HD Day 7: Wellington – Queenstown will assist you in booking all of your 2 Lunches L 4 Dinners with wine DW 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Farewell Dinner FD A visit to Te Papa, the Museum of chosen Included Choice experiences. New Zealand will complete your time This evening join your AAT Kings FLIGHT INFORMATION here in Wellington. Discover New Travel Director and your new-found Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Zealand’s nature, history, art and friends for a Farewell Dinner with Airport heritage on a guided walk through wine at a local restaurant. B FD Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport its many exhibitions. Later we travel to New Zealand’s adventure capital Day 10: Farewell from Flights are not included in the vacation price Queenstown Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the Queenstown. Airfare is not included following internal-vacation flights to be purchased Say farewell to your fellow travelers separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: and must be booked by you or your when your journey comes to an end Day 5 – Rotorua to Wellington: NZ 8235 travel agent. Upon arrival you’ll board this morning after breakfast. B Day 7 – Wellington to Queenstown: NZ 605
26 Kings Canyon Inspiring Australia 13 DAYS | CAIRNS TO SYDNEY | IJFLY HIGHLIGHTS This classic Australian journey takes the traveler from the Discover Tropical North to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland • The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and on to cosmopolitan Sydney. Pristine beaches, dense • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & rainforests, endless red desert and rugged coastlines await Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) you each day. Experience ancient culture and stunning • Spectacular Sydney Harbour & beaches landscapes, gourmet produce and warm-hearted local • The Great Barrier Reef characters as you visit iconic highlights and venture off the Explore beaten track to discover the magic of this vast continent. • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta Day 1: Welcome to Palm Cove Day 4: Cairns – Alice Springs Learn/Do This afternoon, join your Travel Fly today from tropical Cairns to Director for a Welcome Reception remote Alice Springs. Visit the School • Enjoy an Indigenous experience and dinner overlooking the stunning, of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor in the Daintree Rainforest waters of the Coral Sea. Dine on Service. An exceptional Be My • Sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour award-winning modern Australian Guest dining experience in a natural cuisine at the ultimate tropical bush setting awaits you this evening. • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef beachfront restaurant. Hotel: Enjoy a drink and take some time Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights. DW to explore your surroundings and Relax watch the sun set while your host • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine Day 2: Daintree & Culture cooks a delicious 3-course meal in Today, enjoy an exclusive a bush oven. Dine under the Milky • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley journey to the World Heritage listed Way as he shares his knowledge of Daintree Rainforest. Your Aboriginal Taste traditional Indigenous bush foods guide will share insights into the and stories of the land. Hotel: Crowne • Experience an exclusive Be My relationship between the local Kuku Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. B BG Guest dinner under the stars Yalanji people and their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush Day 5: Alice Springs – • Indulge your taste buds under foods and medicine, and traditional Kings Canyon the magical southern stars at the hunting techniques. Enjoy lunch in Travel off the beaten track later today to Sounds of Silence Dinner a tranquil rainforest setting. B L the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. This afternoon, enjoy a • Enjoy an indulgent dinner at chef Peter Day 3: Great Barrier Reef relaxed walk along the creek-bed of Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant Discover the magic of the Heritage spectacular Kings Canyon, and gaze under the sails of the Opera House listed Great Barrier Reef today on a up at the sheer red rock walls that cruise to three secluded outer-reef • 12 Full buffet breakfasts B tower above you. Hotel: Kings Canyon dive sites, on the Quicksilver Silver Resort, Deluxe Spa Room. B L DW • 1 Be my Guest dinner BG Series catamaran. Spectacular coral formations and an underwater world Day 6: Kings Canyon – • 5 Lunches L of unique marine creatures await Ayers Rock you beneath the turquoise waters. This morning at sunrise you have • 4 Dinners with wine DW Snorkel through coral gardens or the opportunity to take the iconic • 1 Highlight Dinner HD bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a 6 kilometer Rim Walk around delicious tropical lunch on board magnificent Kings Canyon. Highlights • 1 Farewell Dinner FD your air-conditioned vessel before include the domed ‘Lost City’ and returning to Palm Cove. B L Cotterill’s Lookout, for spectacular
27 Daintree National Park l Palm Cove 3 l l Great Barrier Cairns Reef Cruise Curtin Springs 1 Alice Springs Station Kings Canyon l 1 ll Ayers Rock Resort l 2 l l Kata Tjuta Uluru l Start l Overnight stays l End l Sightseeing stops Hunter Valley l1 Blue Mountains l 1 l 1l2 Sydney views across the plains. Travel on to Hotel: Parklands Country Garden From $7225 per person twin share land only vast Curtain Springs Station, where and Lodges, Blackheath. B DW you can join a unique paper-making Day 10: Blue Mountains – DEPARTURES & PRICES workshop, then sit down and chat Hunter Valley All dates are Definite Departures to the locals over a barbecue lunch. Good food, great wine and beautiful $7225 $7225 This afternoon you’ll enter Uluru – scenery await you today in the Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share Kata Tjuta National Park to witness renowned Hunter Valley, one of $9600 $9600 the truly spectacular Uluru sunset. Australia’s major wine regions. Single* Single* Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Experience exclusive private wine- 2018 2019 Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B L tastings at boutique vineyards, and sit Start End Start End Apr 10 Apr 22 Feb 05 Feb 17 Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta down to an exceptional lunch before Oct 09 Oct 21 Mar 05 Mar 17 Venture to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta returning to your country retreat Nov 06 Nov 18 Cultural Centre to gain an insight into for an afternoon at leisure. Hotel: $7395 Per Person Twin Share the history and culture of the Anangu, Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley. B L DW the traditional owners of this land. $9790 Then, walk amidst the sheer rock-walls Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney Single* Take to stunning Sydney Harbour Apr 09 Apr 21 of Walpa Gorge, following the creek Oct 08 Oct 20 this afternoon aboard an authentic Nov 12 Nov 24 bed between two of the largest domes. America’s Cup yacht. You can take This afternoon, explore the base of the helm, work the grinders or simply Visit aatkings.com/ijfly for additional departure Uluru. Afterwards, meet the magical dates. *Single traveller must pay the single price. sit back and relax as you sail past the stars of the Southern Hemisphere Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change architectural marvel of the Sydney from 01/04/19. this evening at the sensational Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Sounds of Silence Dinner. B HD Rocks district and the many secluded Day 8: Ayers Rock – Sydney coves surrounded by multi-million- Rise with the creatures of the desert dollar waterfront homes. After an to view the soul-stirring sunrise over unforgettable day, this evening is free Uluru. Afterwards, fly from Ayers Rock for you to dine at your leisure. Hotel: in the Red Centre to cosmopolitan The Langham, Sydney, 2 nights. B Sydney. Easing back into city life upon your arrival in Sydney, your Travel Day 12: Sydney Today, explore the cosmopolitan city Director will be able to give you hints of Sydney. Visit the Eastern Suburbs, on the best places to eat this evening. for a stroll along the coastal walk for WAYS TO SAVE Hotel: The Langham, Sydney. B magnificent views over the Pacific Early payment discount Day 9: Sydney – Blue Mountains Ocean. Later, join a VIP guided tour Save up to $740pp Today you’ll explore the World Heritage of the iconic Sydney Opera House, See page 18 for more great savings < listed Blue Mountains National Park, followed by a Farewell Dinner at chef Kings Club discount Save up to $370pp a pristine environment extending Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong over a million acres. See the soaring Restaurant under the billowing DINING Three Sisters rock formation at Echo sails of the Opera House. B FD 12 Full buffet breakfasts B 4 Dinners with wine DW Point, and spectacular Bridal Veil 5 Lunches L 1 Highlight Dinner HD Falls. Then, traveling off the well-worn Day 13: Farewell from Sydney 1 Be My Guest dinner BG 1 Farewell Dinner FD Say farewell to your fellow travelers track, you’ll discover secluded when your journey comes to an end FLIGHT INFORMATION lookouts and enjoy peaceful short Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport this morning after breakfast. B bushwalks. Journey on this afternoon Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport through spectacular landscapes to Flights are not included in the vacation price your hotel, where there’ll be time to Internal-vacation flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-vacation flights to be purchased relax before dinner, a delicious meal separately in order to fulfil the vacation itinerary: designed around produce sourced Day 4 – Cairns to Alice Springs: QF1949 from local Blue Mountains suppliers. Day 8 – Ayers Rock to Sydney: JQ661
28 The Twelve Apostles Victoria’s Hidden Gems NEW VACATION 7 DAYS | MELBOURNE RETURN | IJVIC HIGHLIGHTS Discover the secrets of Victoria’s charm on this eclectic sojourn. Discover In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy • The eclectic village of Daylesford, with cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries and unique cottage industries. Experience a Welcome to • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground Country ceremony with indigenous people in the spectacular Explore Grampians, and take one of Australia’s iconic road trips on the • Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades Great Ocean Road, while staying in boutique accommodations • Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula and indulging your taste buds with gourmet cuisine on the way. Learn/Do • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic colored woollen spinning mill in Australia On arrival in Melbourne there’s Gardens overlooking Daylesford town • Call in at the high-tech Museum of free time to relax or explore. This for a lovely morning stroll, or take Australian Democracy in Ballarat evening meet your Travel Director at the ‘Peace Mile’ Walk around Lake your hotel for a Welcome Reception Daylesford. After exploring, you’ll head • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony before departing for a magical to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for with indigenous people in the Grampians evening aboard the famous Colonial morning tea. See their manicured • Browse Torquay’s Australian Surfing Museum Tramcar Restaurant. Hotel: Sofitel vegetable, herb, lavender and olive Melbourne on Collins. DW plots, set amongst stone farm buildings Relax Day 2: Melbourne – Daylesford dating back to 1850 and friendly farm animals. Next stop, we visit the family- • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the After a leisurely breakfast at the owned and operated Creswick Woollen historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant Mills, the only remaining colored overlooking the city, explore • The Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles woollen spinning mill in Australia. Melbourne’s vibrant walkways and In a private tour, learn how luxurious arcades with a knowledgeable local Taste guide. Enjoy morning tea at one of the natural fibers are processed into designer garments. A little way down • Enjoy a magical dining experience aboard local Melbourne cafés. You’re free at the road is the historic town of Clunes. the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunchtime, then we’re bound for the Step back in time and wander along the eclectic village of Daylesford, notable • Enjoy a Highlight Dinner & main street where you’re free to grab not only for its mineral spring baths, Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or at but antique shops, bazaars and various the country pub, the National Hotel. • Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed cottage industries. This afternoon Because of its historic main street Royal Mail Hotel in the Grampians enjoy a relaxing mineral spa at the façade, the town has been the setting historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa • Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch & wine tasting at for well-known films including Heath which has been welcoming visitors Ledger’s Ned Kelly, Mad Max 1 and the the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery since 1895. Tonight you’ll stay at 1950s classic On the Beach. On our way the beautifully appointed Peppers • Morning tea at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm to Dunkeld, we’ll visit The Museum Mineral Springs Hotel. Dinner this of Australian Democracy at Eureka • 6 Full buffet breakfasts B evening is at an award-winning in Ballarat. Using the latest digital restaurant, The Argus, in Hepburn • 1 Be my Guest lunch BG Springs. Hotel: Peppers Mineral technology coupled with historic iconic objects, visitors can immerse • 4 Dinners with wine DW Springs Hotel, Daylesford. B DW themselves in a sensory experience • 1 Highlight Dinner HD Day 3: Daylesford – Dunkeld on the birth of Australian democracy. After breakfast, why not visit Located at the base of the Grampian • 1 Farewell Lunch FL
29 Clunes 1 Daylesford Halls Gap l l l Start The Grampians l l Ballarat l End 1 l Melbourne l l Overnight stays 1 Dunkeld l l Sightseeing stops Queenscliff Torquay l l l l 1 Red Hill 1 Port Warrnambool l Campbell l 1 Sorrento l l Lorne l The Twelve Apollo Bay Apostles Mountains, enjoy dinner at the Royal in Apollo Bay before arriving in From $3225 per person twin share land only Mail Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. picturesque Lorne late afternoon. Enjoy Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld. B DW a free night to dine wherever you wish DEPARTURES & PRICES among the beachfront restaurants. Day 4: Dunkeld – Warrnambool Hotel: Cumberland Resort, Lorne. B $3225 $3225 This morning you might like to sleep Per Person Twin Share Per Person Twin Share in and enjoy leisurely breakfast. Or Day 6: Lorne – $4340 $4340 for the early riser, join the ground’s Mornington Peninsula Single* Single* gardener for a guided walk through We continue this morning along 2018 2019 Start End Start End their kitchen garden, which supplies the last leg of the Great Ocean Road, Sep 14 Sep 20 Jan 18 Jan 24 most of the hotel’s produce. Set on just passing stunning coastline until we Oct 12 Oct 18 Feb 08 Feb 14 Nov 09 Nov 15 Mar 01 Mar 07 over an acre, it’s Australia’s largest arrive in the town of Torquay. It’s a Dec 07 Dec 13 Mar 22 Mar 28 and most productive organic kitchen mecca for Australian surf life, so it’s garden. We’ll head to the top of the only fitting that we visit the Australian Visit aatkings.com/ijvic for additional departure dates. *Single traveller must pay the single price. Grampians today at Halls Gap for a Surfing Museum, for a guided tour to Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change Welcome to Country ceremony by the learn of the culture and much-loved from 01/04/19. local indigenous people at the Brambuk pastime as we leave the Great Ocean Cultural Centre. The traditional people Road behind. Then onwards to the of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Bellarine Peninsula a wine-growing Jardwidjari, will teach you how to region where we’ll indulge our taste throw a boomerang and then gather buds in a Be My Guest lunch and local bush tucker for you to taste. See wine tasting at the award-winning spectacular natural rock formations, Jack Rabbit Winery. A vehicle ferry waterfalls and panoramic views over will then take us from Queenscliff to the Grampian Mountain range. Then the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. we head down the mountain to coastal Here we’ll visit the Green Olive farm Warrnambool. Tonight it’s a Highlight for some hands-on experience with Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff assistance from the farmers, enjoying Hill, where you’ll not only learn about a taste of farm life and fresh produce the region’s maritime history, but with a local guide before heading to will experience it! Hotel: Deep Blue our accommodations. Tonight enjoy a Spa & Resort, Warrnambool. B HD sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant at your hotel. Hotel: Day 5: Warrnambool – Lorne Lindenderry at Red Hill. B BG DW Our departure today will be leisurely, so why not take advantage of the Day 7: Mornington Peninsula – resort’s spa and massage services? Farewell from Melbourne WAYS TO SAVE Be sure to have your camera ready as This morning after breakfast we head Early payment discount we take one of Australia’s most iconic back towards Melbourne and the road trips along the Great Ocean Road. famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, Save up to $330pp We’ll visit all the must-see sights and the MCG, affectionately referred to See page 18 for more great savings < Kings Club discount Save up to $165pp stop at vantage points along the way, by locals as the ‘G’. Explore its inner including the Bay of Islands, London sanctum, walk on the hallowed arena DINING Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course and experience where legends play 6 Full buffet breakfasts B 1 Highlight Dinner HD the Twelve Apostles. There will be some with your guide. Your Inspiring Journey 1 Be My Guest lunch BG 1 Farewell Lunch FL free time for you to grab a bite for lunch is now coming to an end. Enjoy a 4 Dinners with wine DW in the seaside town of Port Campbell Farewell Lunch with your fellow travel FLIGHT INFORMATION and for the adventurous, perhaps companions where you can look back Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne a helicopter flight over the Twelve on the past week and raise a glass or Airport Apostles may appeal (own expense). two to the wonderful memories and Day 7 – flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or Stretch your legs this afternoon great friends that have been made. B FL 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport Flights are not included in the vacation price
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