Australia: Get Yourself Outside, Mate!

Picturing yourself in Australia is bound to conjure images of vast, dramatic, rugged landscapes, friendly people, unusual animals and exotic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences-- the likes of which you can’t experience anywhere else on the planet.  While the continent is indeed large, so much can be accessed in a matter of days along its beautiful eastern seaboard in 3 distinct regions:  Sydney, the Gold Coast, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Most likely you will arrive in Sydney and don your walking shoes to explore this most beautiful of urban landscapes.  The harbor is the heart of the city graced with two architectural icons:  the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. Set sail on a harbor cruise, relax, and let the soft Pacific breezes tousle your hair.

The Gold Coast offers some of the world’s best beaches, boutique hotels, and bustling marinas where sidewalk cafes will tempt you with aromas of the day’s specialty. A mere 30 miles west are rainforests, bushwalks, and sparkling waterfalls.

Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef with its extraordinary blue waters and stunning marine life.  Flippers and a face mask are all you will need to enter this underwater kaleidoscope of colorful coral varieties and brilliant fish.


Discover New Zealand

New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island that together, are roughly the size of Colorado with a population of 4 million. The indigenous Maori represent about 15 percent of the population. If you think you’ll love the scenery, wait until you meet the people! New Zealanders, or Kiwis, as they call themselves, are among the friendliest people on earth.

Imagine a culture that draws you to the very heart of the Maori people. Where you’ll witness a deep connection to their ancestry. Where you will experience a Powhiri, or Maori welcome, and you’ll be intrigued to know more about this powerful culture. Where the wine is internationally acclaimed and the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is rated throughout the world as the definitive benchmark style.

Where you can tee off to your hearts content with average green fee prices at under $50USD and some of the most celebrated golfers have designed courses upon clifftops and oceans.
And then there’s the water. Whether you prefer to shoot class 4 rapids, or to kayak slowly across a tranquil bay accompanied by a pod of dolphins, New Zealand has the right place to dip your paddle.
Wait until you sit down for dinner! With the abundance of organic produce, export quality meat and the freshest of seafood available from local suppliers, even a simple meal is a culinary epiphany.

Did You Know?

Australia’s animals are a major attraction to visitors. Just count them!   There are 378 mammal species including the dingo and Tasmanian Devil; 140 species of marsupials including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and wombats; 300 species of lizards including the spectacular Frilled Lizard and Bearded Dragon; 828 bird species including kookaburras, emus, parrots, and cockatoos and 4000 fish species.  Larger marine species include the migratory gentle whale shark, humpback, southern and orca whales, plus numerous dolphin and shark varieties.

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Sydney, Ayers Rock and Cairns

10 Nights from $2999 per person*
Air & Land Inclusive Vacation

Enjoy the iconic sights and sounds of Australia - from the architectural delights of the Sydney Opera House to the jaw-dropping colors of the Australian outback and the amazing allure of the Great Barrier Reef.

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INCLUSIONS: Round-trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney, Ayers Rock & Cairns ● Four nights Sydney, choice of hotel grade ●Two nights Ayers Rock, choice of hotel grade ● Four nights Cairns, choice of hotel grade  ● Applicable fuel surcharge ● US/foreign taxes & fees including Sep 11 Security Fee

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Experience Sydney & Perth

9 Nights from $2899 per person*
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Experience Australia’s east and west coasts on this nine night vacation to Perth and Sydney. 

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INCLUSIONS: Round-trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney and Perth ● Five nights Ibis Style Perth, Standard Room ● Four nights Vibe Rushcutters Sydney, Guest Room ● Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Perth and Sydney ● US/foreign taxes and fees including Sep 11 Security Fee ● Applicable airline fuel surcharge

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Auckland & Queenstown Getaway

8 Nights from $1899 per person*
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Experience New Zealand’s iconic cities of Queenstown & Auckland on this fabulous 8-night vacation.

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INCLUSIONS: Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland & Queenstown ● Four nights Auckland, choice of hotel grade ● Four nights Queenstown, choice of hotel grade ● Applicable fuel surcharge ● US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee

Book by April 30 for travel May 1, 2013 – June 8, 2013

Rarotonga Getaway

5 Nights from $1589 per person*
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Offering a great airfare, accommodation and transfers, the vacation offers the essential starting kit to build your own Cook Islands vacation.

INCLUSIONS: Round-trip Airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Rarotonga ● Five nights accommodation Rarotonga, choice of hotel grade ● Round-trip airport/hotel transfers ● Early check-in ● Tropical breakfast daily ● Applicable airline fuel surcharge ● US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee

Book by April 30 for travel April 13, 2013 – June 30, 2013

Book 3 Nights In The Northern Territory & Receive A Free Tour*

Book a Northern Territory stay before April 28, 2013 and qualify for the following deals:

  1. Stay 3 nights in Darwin - receive a FREE AAT Kings Litchfield National Park Tour
  2. Stay 3 nights in Alice Springs - receive a FREE AAT West MacDonnell Ranges and Town Tour
  3. Stay 3 nights in Ayers Rock - receive a FREE AAT Kata Tjuta & Valley of the Winds Tour

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*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply. Advertised price reflects low season pricing. Black-out dates may apply. Prices apply only to the travel dates listed, otherwise seasonal supplements will apply. Transportation to the Great Barrier Reef is not included from Cairns. Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices are current at time of posting (3/18/13) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Cancellation penalties apply for all land products. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. Packages must be booked by April 30, 2013. All offers, prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.