Virginia Tech Alumni Association Presents...
South Pacific Wonders
with optional Fiji extension
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February 5th, 2008
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- Capture the amazing scenery of the fjords of New Zealand on a cruise of Milford Sound.
- Experience the magic of the Sydney Opera House as you enjoy a captivating performance.
- Visit a Canterbury farmyard to see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn how this New Zealand family farm works.
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Day 1 & 2: Depart From Home
Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you lose a full day.
Day 3: Arrive Cairns, Australia
Your tour begins today in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Don't forget to look up at the Southern Hemisphere's stars this evening after you join your mates for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 4: Great Barrier Reef
uBoard a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.u This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. From your base on Green Island, you are able to explore the reef in many ways. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, a stroll on the walking trail to take in the rain forest, relax on the beaches, or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving, snorkeling and an outer reef tour are also available*. Whichever way you choose, you'll see some of the world's most fascinating marine and plant life. (B, L)
Day 5: Cairns
Today visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. You'll see traditional Aboriginal dances, learn about the Aboriginal lifestyle, and even throw a boomerang or play a didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. This afternoon a great experience awaits as you search for crocodiles in their natural habitat during a visit to Hartley's Croc Farm! While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and kangaroos! Your evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Cairns - Sydney
Fly today to the bustling city of Sydney. This evening, dine atop the city at Sydney's Revolving Restaurant enjoying the spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House at night! (B, D)
Day 7: Sydney
Enjoy a city tour of Sydney where the English explorer James Cook first weighed anchor in 1770. Highlights of your exploration include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable Paddington suburb. Discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. uLater, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how raw opals are transformed from the dark mine shafts to beautiful works of art.u This evening you may enjoy Sydney at leisure or take an optional excursion. (B)
Day 8: Sydney
Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. uChat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour during which you'll pass by two of Australia's most famous icons: the renowned Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.u After the dinner cruise, return to the Opera House, acclaimed for its architecture and acoustics, to enjoy a spectacular performance! (B, D)
Day 9: Sydney - Christchurch, NZ - Queenstow
You leave Australia behind and fly to New Zealand en route to beautiful Queenstown. uEnjoy a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant which overlooks Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.u (D)
Day 10: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You'll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. uDuring a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you'll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away.u Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. (B, L)
Day 11: Queenstown
A leisurely day in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your vacation. Shop or people watch in the village or perhaps take the optional "Safari of the Rings" which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. (B)
Day 12: Queenstown - Mt. Cook - Christchurch
Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand's most famous national park, Mt. Cook. En route, enjoy a stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world. You may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountain top terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or perhaps enjoy the park during a nature walk. This evening arrive in the historic city of Christchurch. (B)
Day 13: Christchurch
This morning enjoy a short sightseeing tour of "the most English city outside of England", Christchurch. Highlights include magnificent gardens, the Neo-Gothic Cathedral and the downtown park district. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. This evening you are invited to dine and make friends with a New Zealand family in their home. uThis is sure to be an unforgettable evening during which you will learn about the customs of the "Kiwi's" and enjoy a home cooked meal.u (B, D)
Day 14: Christchurch
Visit a Canterbury farmyard to see the workings of the farm including a sheep shearing demonstration, herding, and learn first hand how this New Zealand family farm operates. This afternoon, you may choose to participate in an optional tour of the International Antarctic Center, the gateway for both American and New Zealand Antarctic expeditions. uTonight, dine inside the restored Riccarton House mansion and learn the history of the first family of Christchurch.u (B, D)
Day 15: Christchurch - Tour Ends
Explore the city of Christchurch this morning. Your tour ends today. (B)
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
*Air prices now include fuel surcharges. Taxes and fees additional.Click here for details.
*Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change.
Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home hosted dinner in New Zealand
Taxes/fees to be paid in local currencies upon exiting New Zealand are approximately $25 NZD (appx. $15 USD).
*If you purchase the outer reef option in the Great Barrier Reef, the glass bottom boat ride will be replaced by a semi-submersible boat on the outer reef pontoon.
Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks.
15 days, 19 meals
October 2, 2008
Double $4,849 pp
Triple $4,749 pp
Round Trip Air* from Washington Dulles Intl, Hotel Transfers, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $420 (subject to increase until paid in full).
Not Included In Price:|
Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $225 per person.
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Your Itinerary at a Glance
||Grand Mercure Swanston, Melbourne
||Pacific International or Oasis, Cairns
||Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour, Sydney
||Mercure Resort, Queenstown
||Rydges or Chateau on the Park, Christchurch
|*On some dates alternate hotels may be used|
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Born of the need to portray Aboriginal culture with dignity and pride, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a stunning theatrical and symbolic interpretation of a 50,000-year-old society.
Five theatres, a museum, an art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give you a complete and meaningful glimpse into this rich and ancient culture. The Fine Art Gallery features paintings and works by local Aboriginal artists available for purchase.
In the tribal encampment area, the most interactive area of the park, you can interact with Tjapukai people as they teach you the art of throwing a boomerang or playing a didgeridoo. After watching a short demonstration on bush food and medicine, you can even taste their edible samples!
Optional 2-Night* Fiji Post Tour Extension
Rate: $349 USD per person, Double, Land Only, Air add-ons apply
1 Meal: 1 Dinner
Day 16: Christchurch - Nadi, Fiji
Today you will arrive in the beautiful paradise island of Fiji. Fiji retains all the primitive cultural fascination of the South Pacific. The expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters are world-famous. (B) (from base tour)
Day 17: Fiji
Your day is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings. An optional island tour is offered. This evening you will enjoy a lovely dinner. (D)
Day 18: Fiji - Los Angeles - Depart for Home
Today you depart Fiji and recross the International Dateline, regaining the day you lost at the beginning of your trip, arriving in Los Angeles on Day 18.
Please Note: For all passengers visiting Fiji, there is an additional $40 USD per person in taxes and fees to be paid with final payment.