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The Complete South Pacific
October 3 - 29, 2021 - 24 Nights

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Day 1 - 2: October 3 - 4, 2021 Overnight Flight
Cross the International Dateline as you begin a comprehensive adventure through Australia and New Zealand.

Day 3 - Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions - the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). 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.

Day 4 - Cairns
Rise high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up close with access to specially designed boardwalks. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B/D)

Day 5 - Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns
Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island*, located along the outer reef. Or, consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island. (B/L) *There will be minimal amenities on the island, so be sure to bring everything you may need for the day including water and a change of clothes.

Day 6 - Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Fly to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta and the beautiful area surrounding the base of “The Rock.” As the day draws to a close, sip a glass of champagne as Uluru’s hues change dramatically with the setting sun. (B)

Day 7 - Uluru - Adelaide - Barossa Valley
Fly to Adelaide and make your way to Barossa Valley, Australia’s beloved wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. (B)

Day 8 - Barossa Valley
Set out for Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th-generation farm and winery from the 1800s. Caretakers John and Jan Angas share their family’s story, which extends back to Australia’s early days. Tour historic buildings, visit the livestock, and see one of the vineyards before sampling tea and homemade snacks. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield Winery for a private tour and tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards. (B/D)

Day 9 - Barossa Valley - Melbourne
Head to the Adelaide airport and fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Situated on the natural bay of Port Philip, this city is often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital as it’s a major center for the performing and visual arts. Enjoy time to get acquainted with the city on your own. (B)

Day 10 - Melbourne
Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and the bustling lanes. After, enjoy time to explore the lively city on your own before heading to Phillip Island, where you’ll visit koalas in their natural setting at a conservation center. Continue to the nature reserve that houses the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows. Learn more about these inquisitive birds at the interpretation center. (B)

Day 11 - Melbourne - Hobart
A flight to Hobart, Tasmania brings you to Australia's second oldest city. An island state of Australia, Tasmania is surrounded by more than 300 scattered isles. The rugged and pristine beauty of Tasmania provides the backdrop to your 3-night stay. (B/D)

Day 12 - Hobart
Today, it’s your choice! Embark on an early morning walking tour of the city -OR- take the morning to relax and enjoy a walking tour in the afternoon. No matter how you start your day, visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center and learn about this unique marsupial, its fight for survival, and the plan to save it from extinction. Tour the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies. En route, witness the coastal rock formations of Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Blow Hole. (B)

Day 13 - Hobart
Enjoy a free day to explore Tasmania’s capital city on your own. Perhaps you’ll indulge in the city’s up-and-coming café culture, meander along the lively harbor, or just take some time to relax. (B)

Day 14 - Hobart - Sydney
Return to mainland Australia today and arrive in the dynamic city of Sydney. Personalize your culinary experience with Diner’s Choice - choosing from a variety of local restaurants for an included dinner along bustling Darling Harbour. (B/D)

Day 15 - Sydney
See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. You’ll have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the famous Sydney Opera House. ** **The Sydney Opera House show will be a symphony, ballet, or opera. Show schedule to be confirmed closer to departure (B)

Day 16 - Sydney
Enjoy a day at leisure. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbor showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. As the most populous city in Australia, Sydney is full of endless ways to spend your day. (B)

Day 17 - Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly to New Zealand and arrive in Queenstown, nicknamed the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Nestled on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. This evening, gather for dinner and enjoy a local paddock-to-plate meal. (B/D)

Day 18 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through a beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the breathtaking Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following your cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (B/L)

Day 19 - Queenstown
A free day in Queenstown offers limitless activities set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Today, you have the opportunity to choose from two exciting optional tours, an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River and a tour through the charming Queenstown countryside, showcasing the filming locations of many blockbuster movies. (B)

Day 20 - Queenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Par
k Set out for the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Revel in the Alpine paradise of Mt. Cook - a larger-than-life experience. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (B/D)

Day 21 - Mt. Cook National Park - Christchurch
Travel to the historic city of Christchurch, the “Garden City”. Enjoy some free time to explore. Perhaps you’ll stroll through the city’s gardens or learn about its more recent history at the Quake City exhibition. This evening, join a local Kiwi family for a home-hosted dinner. (B/D)

Day 22 - Christchurch - Picton - Wellington
As you make your way to Picton, admire the coastal views, scenic river valleys and vineyards. Experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world” as you sail across Cook Strait. Your destination is Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. (B/D)

Day 23 - Wellington
Come to know Wellington on a tour that includes the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament; historic St. Paul’s Church; and the Old Government Building - the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. (B)

Day 24 - Wellington - Rotorua
Head to Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscape. Find culture behind every corner - over one-third of its population boasts Maori roots, making it known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. (B/D)

Day 25 - Rotorua
Discover Te Puia - New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching traditional carving and weaving. See the Kiwi bird and learn about the preservation efforts to remove this creature from the endangered species list. At the Agrodome, see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu - New Zealand greenstone - at a jade factory. (B)

Day 26-- Rotorua - Auckland
Travel through the countryside of the North Island, arriving in New Zealand's largest city - Auckland, "The City of Sails." A city tour features the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and spectacular views from the harborside. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a fabulous trip. (B/D)

Day 27- Auckland - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Auckland. (B)



Departure From:
Buffalo
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Philadelphia
Pittsburgh



Price Includes:



Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $3,500.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $399.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.



Hotels (subject to change):
Cairns, Australia - Pullman International - 3 nights
Ayers Rock, Australia - Desert Gardens - 1 night
Barossa Valley, Australia - Novotel Barossa Valley Resort - 2 nights
Melbourne, Australia - Crown Promenade Melbourne - 2 nights
Hobart, Australia - Hadley’s Orient Hotel - 3 nights
Sydney, Australia - The Tank Stream - 3 nights
Queenstown, New Zealand - Heritage Queenstown Hotel - 3 nights
Mount Cook National Park - The Hermitage - 1 night
Christchurch, New Zealand - Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square - 1 night
Wellington, New Zealand - Novotel Wellington - 2 nights
Rotorua, New Zealand - Millennium Hotel Rotorua - 2 nights
Auckland, New Zealand - Rydges Auckland - 1 night



Notes:



Final Payment:
July 26, 2021



Cancellation Penalties: (in days, prior to departure):
$3,500.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after July 26, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($399.00 per person).


Travel Insurance:
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:

  Single Double Triple
Buffalo On Request $11,699.00 On Request
Cleveland On Request $11,699.00 On Request
Columbus On Request $11,699.00 On Request
Louisville On Request $11,699.00 On Request
Newark On Request $11,599.00 On Request
Philadelphia On Request $11,599.00 On Request
Pittsburgh On Request $11,599.00 On Request

Airfare, taxes, surcharges, gratuities, transfers and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, other surcharges and deposit, payment and cancellation terms/conditions are subject to change without notice at any time. Rates quoted are per person, based on adult double occupancy unless otherwise stated. Cruise rates are capacity controlled. Rates, terms, conditions, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Other airline restrictions, including, but not limited to baggage limitations and fees, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines without notice. Please contact the airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Certain restrictions may apply. AAA members must make advance reservations through AAA Travel to obtain Member Benefits and savings. Member Benefits may vary based on departure date. Unless otherwise stated, rate is accurate at time of printing and is subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions. AAA East Central acts only as an agent for the various cruise and tour providers listed.


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