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Discover Pace 2

Australian and New Zealand Adventure for Solo travellers

Australia and New Zealand


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Discover some of the highlights of these two great countries with other solo travellers

See the sun dazzle on the Sydney Opera House and watch it descend over Uluru… learn about the ancient heartland of Aboriginal culture and of the Maori's homeland… explore national parks and discover an abundance of intriguing wildlife, from koalas to kiwis. This extensive tour for solo travellers encompasses over a month's worth of wonderful sites and experiences, and reveals the attractions of three very different islands.

Including...

32 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

47 meals: 32 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 11 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Perth city tour and Swan River cruise
  • Alice Springs guided tour
  • Sunset drink at Ayers Rock
  • Catamaran trip to Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided tour of Sydney, the Opera House and a harbour cruise
  • Melbourne city tour, including Captain Cook's cottage
  • Dinner cruise on the Yarra River
  • Christchurch city tour and River Avon punting
  • Scenic drive to Lake Tekapo
  • A ride on Queenstown's Skyline Gondola with dinner
  • Tour of Fiordland National Park and cruise across Milford Sound
  • Glacier Valley walk
  • Visit Hokitika Gorge and town
  • Abel Tasman National Park cruise
  • Wellington city tour
  • Scenic drive around Lake Taupo
  • Huka Falls visit
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Maori village visit and hangi dinner
  • Waitomo Caves walking tour and cruise
  • Auckland city tour

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Day 1 UK to Perth

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly to Perth.


Day 2 Perth

Perth skyline

Arriving in the afternoon you'll be met from the airport and taken to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth Scarborough (3Q) for a three-night stay.


Day 3 Perth

Fremantle

Join an included sightseeing tour of this 'new frontier city', then take a short cruise to Fremantle. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. B, D

Fremantle Western Australia Australia Oceania Perth

Day 4 Perth

Explore Perth at your leisure or or take the chance to venture further afield. B



Optional excursions

This small, sandy island was given its name because of the king-sized rats discovered there, but before you recoil in horror, the ‘king-sized rats’ turned out to be quokkas! The island has a chequered past – it was used as a prison for Aborigines in the 19th century, then as a military stronghold in the Second World War. These days it justifiably attracts visitors with its superb beaches. There's a journey of about 80 kilometres and a short ferry ride to reach Rottnest Island.

Look out for quokkas on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Rottnest Island Western Australia Australia Oceania

Travel to Nambung National Park to see the amazing pillars of natural limestone formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, which rise out of the sand to create a surreal lunar-like landscape. Other highlights of the day include off-road driving, seeing koalas and kangaroos close up, spotting wild flowers (seasonal) and perhaps even strolling along the lovely beaches. You'll need comfortable shoes, a sun hat and definitely your camera! A picnic lunch is included.

Pinnacles Desert
Pinnacles Desert Western Australia Australia Oceania

Day 5 Perth to Alice Springs

Aboriginal paintings

Fly to Alice Springs. Stay overnight at Doubletree by Hilton (4Q). Dinner is included at a local restaurant tonight. B, D


Day 6 Alice Springs-Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Journey through the outback to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Stay overnight at the Desert Gardens Hotel (3Q). B, D



Optional excursions

Make the most of your time in the desert and take to the skies for a memorable flight taking in the magnificent sight of Ayers Rock and the surrounding desert landscape.

Uluru
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Northern Territory Australia Oceania

Day 7 Ayers Rock to Cairns

Cairns

Fly to Cairns where you spend four nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns (4Q), situated on the waterfront within walking distance of the city's art galleries and shops. B

 



Optional excursions

Make the most of your time in the desert and take to the skies for a memorable flight taking in the magnificent sight of Ayers Rock and the surrounding desert landscape.

Uluru
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Northern Territory Australia Oceania

Day 8 Cairns

Kuranda cable car

You have the day to spend as you please, or you may decide to head deeper into the rainforest… B



Optional excursions

Travel into The Wet Tropics World-Heritage listed rainforest to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. From here you'll be able to ride on the Historic Scenic Railway or journey aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Kuranda itself has many historic buildings and a tempting array of restaurants, shops and markets.

Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Queensland Australia Oceania

Day 9 Great Barrier Reef

Tropical fish

Travel by catamaran to Green Island on today's included excursion. Take the opportunity to go snorkelling or see the marine life on a trip by glass-bottom boat. After a buffet lunch, you can relax on the beach before heading back. B, L

Great Barrier Reef Queensland Australia Oceania

Day 10 Cairns

Cairns

A variety of optional excursions will be available – your Tour Manager will be able to provide details. B


Day 11 Cairns to Sydney

Fly to Sydney where you stay for four nights in the heart of the city at the Rydges World Square Hotel (3Q). B, D


Day 12 Sydney

Sydney Opera House

You will see the very best of the city on today's included full-day tour. Discover the elegant quarter of Paddington and the Rocks, a beautifully-restored area of cobbled streets where the first European settlers stepped ashore in 1788. Continue to the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour, and then on to Circular Quay for a sightseeing cruise around Sydney harbour. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L

The Rocks district Sydney New South Wales Australia Oceania Sydney harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House

Day 13 Sydney at leisure

There's still lots to see in Sydney, so you won't be short of things to do during your day at leisure. Alternatively, you could always head into the countryside for a spot of wine tasting. B



Optional excursions

Travel into the fertile Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine-producing region, to explore among the private vineyards and take in the beautiful countryside. Head to the world-famous Lindemans winery for a tasting, then move on to the Hunter Resort. Here, enjoy a presentation on the wine-making process followed by a delicious two-course luncheon which is, of course, accompanied by wine specially selected to compliment the meal.

Before heading back to the hotel you can look forward to further tastings at McGuigans Winery and a visit to Hunter Valley Gardens – a charming township framed by grapevines and dotted with colourful flower beds and themed gardens.

Huner Valley vineyards
Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia Oceania

Day 14 Sydney

Explore more of Sydney at your own pace, or perhaps go further afield. B



Optional excursions

A long but scenic coach journey will take you into the Blue Mountains where you'll be greeted by magnificent vistas and some intriguing features, such as the sandstone formation towering over the Jamieson Valley.

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains New South Wales Australia Oceania

Day 15 Sydney to Melbourne

Melbourne beach

Fly to Melbourne for four nights at the Radisson On Flagstaff Gardens (4Q). B


Day 16 Melbourne

Melbourne at night

Melbourne is an intriguing blend of skyscrapers, elegant colonial-style buildings, stately churches and leafy avenues. Today's included full-day tour will encompass Queen Victoria Market, Captain Cook's cottage, historic Williamstown and more. B

Captain Cook's Cottage Melbourne Victoria Australia Oceania Queen Victoria Market

Day 17 Melbourne

Federation Square in Melbourne

Spend the day at leisure, perhaps by soaking up the atmosphere of Federation Square, or you could join an optional wildlife excursion. B

Melbourne Victoria Australia Oceania


Optional excursions

As well as the little penguins, Phillip Island is home to a surprising array of wildlife, including fur seals and koalas. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre where you can walk along treetop boardwalks to see the animals in their natural habitat (they're difficult to spot from ground level, and since they sleep for around 20 hours a day, they rarely move!).

Continue to the far south-western tip of the island to Nobbies, a narrow strip of land with boardwalks and lookout points offering spectacular coastal views and the chance to view Australia's largest colony of fur seals. You then move on to Summerland Beach to see the penguins returning at dusk.

Phillip Island
Phillip Island Victoria Australia Oceania

A special Koala Research Project ensures that there are often multiple sightings of these delightful creatures and you also have the opportunity to walk among free ranging ‘mobs’ of kangaroos. Other wildlife to keep an eye out for includes emus, wallabies and parrots. During this trip into the billabongs of Melbourne’s Western Plains you'll discover the significance of this region to the Aboriginal people, and you'll also stop for a delicious bush lunch.

See koalas in the wild
Melbourne Victoria Australia Oceania

Day 18 Melbourne

The Twelve Apostles

You have more free time to explore the many highlights of this exciting city today. 

Enjoy a dinner cruise this evening on Melbourne's Yarra River. B, D



Optional excursions

Travel the length of one of the world's greatest coastal drives past towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and the famous limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. You'll also explore some of Port Campbell National Park, and hear tales of the many ships wrecked along this rugged coast. Your journey continues beyond Port Campbell to London Arch – once known as London Bridge until one of its two arches collapsed in 1990. There will be plenty of photo opportunities today, so be sure to remember your camera.

The Twelve Apostles
Victoria Australia Oceania

Day 19 Melbourne to Christchurch

Yarra River in Melbourne

Travel to the airport for your flight to New Zealand and stay the next two nights at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel (3Q). B, D


Day 20 Christchurch

Learn the ingenious ways the city is recovering from the earthquake of 2011 with an included tour that visits the Cardboard Cathedral, the innovative Re:START shopping area and New Brighton Pier. Enjoy a punting trip on the River Avon, then spend the afternoon at leisure. B


Day 21 Christchurch to Mount Cook

Mount Cook

Take a scenic drive to Mount Cook, passing through Mackenzie Basin, enclosed within mountain peaks, pausing at beautiful Lake Tekapo. Stay at the Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook (3Q+) tonight. B, D


Day 22 Mount Cook to Queenstown

Bobs Peak

Head to Queenstown, the self-styled adventure capital of the world! You'll step aboard the Skyline Gondola and ride it to the summit of Bob's Peak, where views over the mountain tops, the lake, and the city await, along with dinner. Spend two nights at the Copthorne Lakefront Resort (4Q). B, D


Day 23 Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

Discover the wilderness of Fiordland National Park, characterised by soaring green mountains, tumbling waterfalls and peaceful fjords, on an included trip. Take a cruise on Milford Sound in the shadow of Mitre Peak and enjoy a picnic lunch B, L


Day 24 Queenstown to Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Drive alongside the Karawua Gorge, past glacial lakes to the village of Franz Josef, at the foot of the glacier of the same name. Spend the night at the Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel (3Q). B


Day 25 Franz Josef to Greymouth

Hokitika Gorge

Join the Glacier Valley Walk this morning, which follows the glacier's retreat through dense woodland, accompanied by a local guide. Then head to Hokitika Gorge, divided by the bright bluegreen waters of the river, en route to Greymouth. Check in to the Kingsgate Hotel (3Q). B


Day 26 Greymouth to Nelson

Travel to Nelson, a beachside city on the shores of Tasman Bay, and spend two nights at the Heritage Rutherford Hotel (4Q). B


Day 27 Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Take an included trip to this glorious coastal region where the curving shore creates a network of secluded coves, bays and white-sand beaches. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Nelson. B, L


Day 28 Nelson to Picton to Wellington

Cook Strait

Transfer to Picton and board the Interislander Ferry for your three-hour crossing to the North Island. The ship sails through the sheltered waterways of Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take an included sightseeing tour of the city and spend the night at the Novotel Wellington (3Q). B


Day 29 Wellington to Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Travel to Whakapapa Village in the heart of Tongariro National Park. This diverting, barren and beautiful landscape is dominated by three active volcanoes, one of which doubled as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings! Spend the night at the Chateau Tongariro (4Q).B, D


Day 30 Tongariro National Park to Rotorua

Huka Falls

Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Taupo and visit Huka Falls, where water from the lake plunges into the Waikato River. Continue to Rotorua and visit the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the Pohutu, or 'big splash', geyser. You'll also see a replica Maori village and visit an arts and crafts centre. Spend two nights at the Rydges Hotel Rotorua (3Q+). B


Day 31 Rotorua

Spend the day at leisure. Tonight you'll visit the Tamaki Maori village to experience the culture of New Zealand's first settlers, with a ceremonial performance and a traditional hangi dinner.B, D


Day 32 Rotorua to Waitomo to Auckland

Waitomo Caves

Visit Waitomo Caves and take a short boat ride on the subterranean river there, where blue glow-worms dangle from the ceiling. Continue to Auckland for two nights at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel (3Q).B


Day 33 Auckland

Auckland

Look forward to a half-day tour of Auckland, which includes a visit to the Pukekawa volcano and the Auckland Museum. You'll also head to the west coast, where you can paddle in the surf and relax on the beach. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D


Day 34 Auckland to UK

Auckland

Enjoy a final day at leisure then travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 35 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.


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