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Australia & New Zealand: From Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef & Beyond - 2022

Melbourne • Ayers Rock • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney • Queenstown • Auckland
  • Australia and New Zealand Land Tour including Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Queenstown and Auckland
    DISCOVER THE SPLENDOR OF ULURU/AYERS ROCK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Tropical fish and coral, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    OBSERVE VIBRANT MARINE LIFE ON A FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF
  • Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand
    TAKE IN THE SCENIC SPLENDOR OF THE PRISTINE MILFORD SOUND
  • Sydney Harbor Opera House, Australia
    EXPLORE THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE ON A GUIDED, SPECIAL-ACCESS TOUR
  • Captain Cook Sydney Harbor cruise, Australia
    VIEW SYDNEY HARBOR’S ICONIC SKYLINE AND BE REGALED WITH TALES OF THE CITY ON A SCENIC COFFEE CRUISE
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Australia & New Zealand: From Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef & Beyond

Simply think of Australia and New Zealand and your mind will likely conjure up these iconic scenes: the vast Outback, with Uluru at its heart; the kaleidoscopic coral kingdom of the Great Barrier Reef; the pearlescent “sails” of the Sydney Opera House; and the velvet mountains rising from sapphire waters, at Milford Sound. Venture with us on this epic journey, and you’ll see all of this — and much, much more.

Bird’s-eye view of Uluru

These spectacular birds-eye views of Uluru, offering a never before seen perspective of the 600 million year old monolith, were captured by the first drone to ever operate under permit inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Video courtesy of Ayers Rock Resort.

Aboriginal Dreamstime

Join a local Aborigine for a fascinating and enlightening cultural tour in Mossman Gorge.

The Outer Great Barrier Reef

While most travel companies visit the inner reef, the more spectacular views of this underwater wonderland are from the outer reef, where the coral meets the open sea. Vantage is among the rare travel companies that journeys to the very edge of this dazzling environment.

Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise

See one of the world’s most beautiful cityscapes from the water during a Sydney Harbor coffee cruise.

Sydney’s Stunning Opera House

Sydney is best known for its iconic Opera House, which is regarded as a marvel of modern architecture. During your visit to Sydney, you’ll enjoy a visit to this world-famous landmark, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. With its concrete flying sails on the harbor, the Sydney Opera House is surely one of the greatest architectural wonders of the world.

Queenstown & Milford Sound

Queenstown, a scenic resort town and New Zealand's adventure capital, is the base for most visits to Milford Sound, the Southern Hemisphere's greatest fjord, located in stunning Fiordland National Park.

Stunning Milford Sound

Take in the scenic splendor of this pristine wonderland during a full-day excursion with lunch./

Welcome to Gibbston Valley Wines!

New Zealand is renowned for its wines, so you’ll get the chance to visit a local wine producer: the Gibbston Valley Winery, home of New Zealand’s largest wine cave and today's lunch spot.

Maori Culture & Concert

Experience traditional Maori culture at the Auckland museum. During our visit, we glimpse a bit of Maori tradition and costume as we attend a lively Maori concert.

Pan Pacific Melbourne

Located on the bustling Yarra River, these chic accommodations offer a premiere experience in style, indulgent amenities and comfort. Sink into cozy rooms, many that boast sweeping cityscape views and Port Phillip Bay, while delighting in large flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, a fully stocked min bar, and tea/coffee. You can also enjoy a cocktail and nibble at the elegant Dock 37 bar or a fresh cappuccino and pastry at Cafe Orr onsite.

Sails in the Desert

The First-Class Sails in the Desert is a three-story hotel located at Ayers Rock Resort. The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, room service, business center, currency exchange, concierge services, laundry/dry cleaning, barber/hair stylist, gift shop, outdoor pool, health club, and lighted tennis courts. Guest rooms have air conditioning, balcony/terrace, telephone, cable/satellite TV with VCR/DVD, minibar, coffee maker, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, and private bathroom.

Hilton Queenstown

Set against a mountainous background along the shores of picturesque Lake Wakatipu, the award-winning Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is an ideal location from which to launch your discoveries of the “Adventure Capital of the World.”  With 178 rooms that each feature a balcony, 32-inch LCD TV, lounge area (including fireplace), and private bathroom, you’ll enjoy the comfort you’d expect in a postcard-perfect setting you’ll love. If you’re looking to exercise, head to the on-site fitness center, where you can do laps in the heated indoor pool. Looking to relax? Head to the eforea spa for a massage, or simply sit by the lounge fireplace and soak up the views of snow-capped peaks. If you’re looking forward to some victuals after an exciting day of adventure, be sure the onsite restaurant and bar, which both traveler favorites.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

One of Sydney’s grand hotels, the Deluxe Sofitel Wentworth Sydney is located just minutes away from the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Rocks, and the Botanic Gardens. Shopping is also nearby, or visit the two-level shopping arcade within the hotel, featuring boutiques and specialty shops, plus a newsstand, pharmacist, hairdresser, and barber. To add convenience to your Australian vacation, a gym, four restaurants, five bars, and a coffee shop are also available. The well-appointed guest rooms include air conditioning, TV, radio, telephone, minibar, and private bath with hair dryer.
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Solo Travel with Vantage

You can count on the best value in the industry when you travel solo with Vantage, beginning with one free Single Supplement on each departure of most Small Ship Cruises and Escorted Land Tours. We also offer among the lowest Single Supplements available. And you’ll enjoy single-occupancy staterooms on our fleet of deluxe river ships.

Vantage's Referral Program

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Vantage Deluxe Travel Air Upgrades

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SmartPay Discount Plan

Optional pre-trip extensions. Exclusive optional tours. Upgraded business class seats. These things can be yours — virtually for free — when you use SmartPay to pay for your trip in advance. That’s because you can save an average of up to $600 per person — a full 10% — when you reserve your trip and pay in full 12 months or more prior to your journey!

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