January 21 - February 4, 2020
South Pacific Wonder
All non-members must add $60 to above rate.
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
- Airfare - Philadelphia to Cairns, Australia and Queenstown, New Zealand to Philadelphia
- Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
- 12 night’s hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of Professional AAA Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- YOUR CHOICE: Kiwi Birdlife Park or Skyline Gondola
- Cairns, Australia
- Great Barrier Reef
- Sydney, Australia
- Sydney Opera House
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Queenstown, New Zealand
- Milford Sound
- Merino Sheep Farm
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Depart for Cairns, Australia
You’re on your way to experience the wonders of the South Pacific!
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - Cross the International Date Line
While inflight you will cross the International Date Line and skip a day ahead.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Welcome to Cairns, Australia!
Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site - the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, Cairns (Dinner)
Friday, January 24, 2020 - Cairns
Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. Here you’ll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and interpretation center’s artifact collection. At Hartley’s Croc Farm, get up-close with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, Cairns (Breakfast, Dinner)
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - Great Barrier Reef
Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, an outer reef tour is also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life. Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, Cairns (Breakfast, Lunch)
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - Cairns - Sydney
This morning, create your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney. Hotel: Novotel Sydney Darling Square, Sydney (Breakfast)
Monday, January 27, 2020 - Sydney
Tour Sydney and discover where the original English colonists first settled in 1788. Other highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later this evening you may choose to take in an optional dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House. Hotel: Novotel Sydney Darling Square, Sydney (Breakfast)
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Sydney
Embrace the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, say farewell to Australia by chatting with new friends and taking in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Hotel: Novotel Sydney Darling Square, Sydney (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as "the Garden City" is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Make new friends, learn about the customs of the "Kiwis," and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Hotel: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch (Breakfast, Dinner)
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region
Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. Hotel: Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel (Breakfast, Dinner)
Friday, January 31, 2020 - Mt. Cook Region - Arrowtown - Queenstown
Traverse the spectacular countryside as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to stroll its quaint, historic streets. Arrive in Queenstown and have time to explore independently. Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown (Breakfast)
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. 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. Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - Queenstown
A free day offers a variety of optional activities to enhance your tour. Shop or people- watch in the village; partake in an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Gold Seeker - Metal and Movie Discovery" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown (Breakfast)
Monday, February 3, 2020 - Queenstown
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During an exclusive, behind the scenes visit to this authentic family run merino sheep farm, you will follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer’s lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it’s your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park - OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Depart for USA
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure. (Breakfast)
Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s). All guests are required to obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) for travel to Australia. Please see your AAA travel professional for additional information.
Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by November 8, 2019. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From July 23 - November 21, 2019 $500 per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From January 6 - January 20, 2020 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After January 20, 2020 NON REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is nonrefundable after final payment
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.
Temperatures for Australia and New Zealand in January vary depending on your location and average between the 60s and 80s with cooler mornings and evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best and comfortable walking shoes.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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