Travel By Lisa
21 Days • 28 Meals
Alice Springs, Outback Ballooning
Drift over the Outback on the gentle winds in the welcome cool of the morning. The landscape erupts into color as the sun’s rays strike the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Watch as balloons slowly inflate and gracefully rise into the sky. Float aloft and enjoy the spectacular Australian scenery below you. Kangaroos and wallabies love the early mornings, so keep your eyes open for them as you glide over the bush. Return to the ground and enjoy a light breakfast as you toast your airborne experience! Actual balloon flight time is 30 minutes. This option
operates on a weather permitting basis only. Time is seasonal and will begin approximately one hour before sunrise. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Cairns, Over and Through the Rainforest
Glide over and through the lush rainforests of Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest gondola cableway. The comfortable gondola carries you 4½ miles through the rugged beauty of Barron Gorge National Park, part of the Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage area. The gondola dips through the layers of the canopy to bring you deep into the rainforest, stopping at two viewing platforms along the way. Experience the sights , sounds and scents of this vibrant ecosystem up close and see the dramatic Barron gorge and
waterfalls. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Christchurch, Tranz Alpine Train
All aboard the TranzAlpine Express, one of the Southern hemisphere’s most scenic railway journeys! The train pulls out of Christchurch and into the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, passing through lush fields grazed by sheep and cattle. It follows the beautiful Waimakiriri River gorge, passing over bridges and through tunnels as you climb the spectacular Southern Alps to your destination at Arthur's Pass National Park. If this option is not purchased prior to tour departure, space may
not be available once on tour. Due to the nature of this optional item, once purchased it will be non-refundable. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Lake Tekapo, Southern Alps Grand Traverse
Set out on the flight of a lifetime! The “Grand Traverse” of the majestic Southern Alps offers you an incomparable perspective on this incredible area. This route takes you over both the Mt. Cook and Westland National Parks. Take off at the foot of Mt. Cook itself, then cross the Alps to fly above the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. See New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers, all spilling down to the lush rainforest of the West Coast. This family-run company has been flying in the region for over 40 years, and their veteran pilots provide a running commentary
as you take in the breathtaking vistas. Flights are weather-dependent and flight time is approx. 50 minutes. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Please note a minimum of 4 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Mount Cook, Mt. Cook Glacier Flight
Fly over the pristine wilderness of Mt. Cook National Park for once in a lifetime views of the mountain range surrounding Mt. Cook – named Aoraki by the Maoris. New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt. Cook soars to 12,316 feet. Nineteen peaks in the park climb to over 9,800 feet and 40% of its surface is covered by glacial ice. The ski plane carries you over the Tasman Glacier and gently lands on the ice field. Capture remarkable photos of this extreme environment. Spectacular! Flight Time: 40 minutes (including 10 minute glacier landing). This option is only available
to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Melbourne, Footsteps of the Little Penguins
Each night at sunset the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from a day’s fishing at sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. Travel to Phillip Island, home to one of the world’s largest of Little Penguins and see the Penguin Parade for yourself. Observe the busy penguin rookeries from elevated boardwalks, so as not to disturb the nests. Take advantage of exclusive "Penguins Plus" access to have the best viewing possible. Explore the Visitor Centre and learn all there is to know about the lives of the Little Penguins and their daily commute. This option
must be purchased in advance. Duration: Approximately 9 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier by Helicopter
A mantle of pure white snow awaits you as you fly over thick forest toward two of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. Lift off from Franz Josef and travel south over glacial rivers and meandering streams. Soar over the Fox Glacier and continue on for a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef Glacier. With its ability to fly and hover, a helicopter provides a fantastic way to explore these inaccessible areas of dramatic and unspoiled beauty. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. This option operates on a weather permitting basis
only. Front seat weight limit totals 330 lbs. Back seat weight limit totals 792 lbs. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Queenstown, Blaze of Glory on Shotover River
Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling ride. Shotover Jet boats race along in mere centimeters of the glacial water which flows down from the Southern Alps, providing an exhilarating, but safe and enjoyable ride for all ages. You may get a little wet, but it is a unique and fun way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand and absorb a little of the spirit that has made Queenstown a world center for adventure tourism. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Guests on these jet boats consistently
illustrate otherwise – this adventure is perfect for the young at heart! Weather may be cold (boat has heated handlebars) and you may get wet during this option. Actual high speed boating time is 25 minutes. Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Queenstown, Take a Steamship to Dinner
Step back in time when you board the TSS Earnslaw, the beloved steamship that has been transporting goods and people on Lake Wakatipu since 1912. Nicknamed "The Lady Of The Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the pristine waters to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house
dessert specialties hard to resist! An after-dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along. This option is only available from July through April as it is drydocked during the other months of the year. When the TSS Earnslaw is undergoing maintenance, the Cruise Lake Wakatipu to Dinner option will be made available to purchase. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Queenstown, Gold Seeker – Metal and Movie
Embark on a 4WD adventure through the primeval, mystical landscapes of the New Zealand high country. In the vastness of an unspoiled wilderness, become lost in the grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island – a world immortalized on film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Trek to the place where the word “otherworldly” was tailor-made, the Remarkable Mountains, and the entrance to Skipper Canyon. Across roads created by pioneers 150 years ago, follow the miner’s old wagon trail along the Arrow River, and stop to try your hand at panning gold. Discover something incredible
around every dramatic turn, narrow and twist of this thrilling safari tour. Please Note: If you choose to cancel this option within 48 hours of the excursion date, payment is non-refundable. Duration: Approximately 4 hours.Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
A Camel Ride, the Rock and a Sunrise
Experience the majesty of sunrise on Ayers Rock from a unique vantage point – the back of a camel! A peaceful one-hour camel ride brings you across the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air. Watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock bring the warm hues of the monolith alive. Learn about the flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage site from your friendly cameleer. After the ride, enjoy fresh-baked damper bread and hot, fresh tea and coffee. During winter months this option may not be available due to timing of sunrise. Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.
Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Dinner and Performance- Sydney Opera House
Enjoy a world-class experience featuring a 3-course dinner at a waterfront restaurant with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour. Following dinner, take in a dazzling performance at the famous Sydney Opera House – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most distinctive buildings built in the 20th century. Must be pre-booked. Performance will be a Symphony, Opera or Ballet, but specific show will not be available until closer to departure date. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 10 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Sydney, A Sydney Foodie Safari
Join your expedition leader for a tasty experience and come to know the culinary culture of one of the world’s great food cities. Explore some of the iconic restaurant venues that have made Sydney a foodie favorite and learn how international influences continue to transform local cuisine. Meet the families behind local businesses and see first-hand how they are a part of the fabric of life here. When you return from your ‘safari,’ your thirst for a truly unique foodie experience will be satisfied (both literally and figuratively). Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours. Please
note a minimum of 10 passengers is required. Transportation is included.