Handcrafted for senior travelers, this will be a relaxing 14-day vacation that includes Port Douglas, Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch, New Zealand’s West Coast, and Queenstown. Australia and New Zealand can provide you with a bit of everything, even when you travel slow and only have two weeks. Some of the exclusive experiences include tropical beaches, lazy days, dramatic fjords, glaciers, artistic cities, enchanting histories, indigenous wildlife, and cruising down a river at sunset.
Day 1 - 2
Port Douglas – Easing Into Your Surroundings
After landing at Cairns Airport, you will be privately transported to Port Douglas, where your boutique accommodation will be located on the beachfront. Nothing will be planned for these two days, so you can check-in to the Australian atmosphere, indulge in a stroll on the beach, visit the nearby rainforest, and prepare yourself for all the other destinations that are yet to come. It can be difficult to fly halfway around the world and then dive straight into activities and exploration. Port Douglas will offer you a beautiful place to recover from any travel fatigue and jet lag. After these two days are finished, you should be fully settled into your vacation.
Port Douglas – Discovering the Great Barrier Reef
Melbourne – Exploring Art and Architecture
Melbourne – Encounters with Kangaroos and Koalas
Sydney – History Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise
Sydney – Performance at the Sydney Opera House
Day 8 - 9
Christchurch – Highlights of a Revitalized City
Franz Josef Glacier – New Zealand’s Wild West Coast
Queenstown – Through the Southern Alps
Queenstown – New Zealand’s Prettiest Town
Queenstown – The Wonder of Milford Sound
Queenstown – Departure
- Explore the mystic wonder of Milford Sound before flying over Fiordland and touching down on a glacier of natural ice sculptures
- Spend an enchanting morning with kangaroo mobs and sleepy koalas in an accessible wilderness that is close to Melbourne
- Savor Sydney in a laid-back style, including a sunset dinner cruise on the Parramatta River and a dinner performance at Sydney Opera House
- Embrace your journey with a spectacular TranzAlpine train trip across New Zealand’s South Island in addition to a private transfer through the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Ease into your experience down under with three nights in tropical Port Douglas, which is the finest, beachside destination in Australia
- Fly in a helicopter to a glacier and experience walking on the ice, which is an activity that is possible for all ages
- Explore Sydney and Melbourne with expert guides to learn about the history and to admire all the spectacular art
- Culminate your vacation in Queenstown, which is a charming Kiwi town that is nestled beneath beautiful mountains
Magnificent landscapes will set the scene for your Australia and New Zealand vacation. These countries are full of golden beaches that seem to stretch on forever, blue rivers that divide iconic cities, snowy mountains that stand majestic above pristine lakes, and the sight of kangaroos and koalas. You will explore both countries and a stunning range of settings from beach to city and from mountain to fjord. You can do everything at a laid back pace, even if you only have two weeks. This adventure to Australia and New Zealand is handcrafted for senior travelers and will offer a bit of all the experiences that make these countries so exciting. You can travel at your own pace and feel entirely immersed in the local atmosphere.
Your week in Australia will be split across three distinctive destinations. Port Douglas is a longstanding favorite of all senior travelers, and it is a charming, beachside town that will be perfect for recovering from jet lag and discovering the Australian vibe. Here, you can also explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet. Then, you will spend two nights in Melbourne and two nights in Sydney with local guides that will customize your city exploration. Melbourne will also be your base for an incredibly intimate morning with wild marsupials. In Sydney, you can sit back and cruise the Parramatta at sunset. Then, the following night, you will dine at the Sydney Opera House before indulging a live performance.
Your New Zealand experience is also split into three parts. Two nights in Christchurch will provide you with a serene introduction and insight into a city that has been revitalized after an earthquake. Afterward, you will embrace the South Island’s wild landscapes on a two-day journey to Queenstown and the Franz Josef Glacier. With a combination of trains, private cars, and helicopters, you will discover a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of the world’s most scenic locations. Then, you will stop to soothe your muscles in a spa before enjoying three nights in Queenstown. A day trip to Milford Sound will continue your breathtaking sights, and you do not need to expect anything strenuous. This is New Zealand, which will provide you with a relaxing journey through a continent of highlights.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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