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Discover the 'Lands' Down Under on this hand-crafted Story adventure.

The Story of
Australia & New Zealand


THE STORY OF
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Your Adventure Begins


The Story of Australia & New Zealand Tour begins cosmopolitan Melbourne –  and then we're off to the very heart of Australia: The Outback, home to Ayer's Rock or Uluru —  the world's largest monolith. Discover this itinerary for incredible cuisine and wine, exceptional beauty, rugged wilderness and tropical rainforests brimming with green. Finally discover true 'technicolor' with the stunning Great Barrier Reef and Cairns, Queensland! We continue our journey to the South Island of New Zealand, without question one of the most beautiful places in the world. Enjoy a special luncheon cruise on Milford Sound among the sheer cliffs and stunning beauty, then we're off to Fiordland National Park and our finale in Queenstown.

We've found the right hotels throughout Australia & New Zealand.

• Our Story Deluxe hotels feature 5-Star boutique properties in locations where you want to be —  located a few minutes away are Story's Super Budget hotels –  a less costly way to explore Australia and New Zealand in the company of Story's small group tour experience up to around 20 guests.
•  Customary gratuities are included for our Expert Guides, wait staff at included dinners and our exceptional Aussie and Kiwi drivers. Tour Captain / Story Local Host® gratuities are optional and at your discretion at $12 to $15 per person per day. Opt to pre-pay your Tour Captain gratuities at $195 per person.
• Select Dinners with regional wine included per the itinerary. Super Budget guests may opt to upgrade their dining plan.
•  Unique Perspective Experiences —  Story Land & Sea® exclusives perfectly placed throughout the itinerary.
•  Story Exclusive Winery Visit with Tour, Tasting and Lunch: Enjoy local varietals paired with plates.
• Daily Breakfast, Select Lunch and Dinners Included per itinerary.

Story Land & Sea® Tours extends a personal invitation to you on the Australia & New Zealand Tour — it's the trip of a lifetime, and one journey you won’t soon forget. From the time you arrive in Melbourne, make our way to Ayer's Rock in the rugged Australian Outback, to the rainforests of Queensland, to the metropolitan city of Sydney —  Australia has it all. And then continue to the 'other down under,' New Zealand. Queenstown delights and the Milford Sound truly immerses you in all that is the south island.

Your satisfaction and sense of real discovery is what we consider as priority with your South Pacific tour vacation. Please sit back and review our tour itinerary, and then let us know how we might be able to help you book your "Dream Time" vacation with us, down under!

Let's Go Down Under!

More on Story's Super Budget Travelers
Now enjoy Australia for less with Story's Super Budget Traveler option: Enjoy budget hotel accommodation within minutes of Story's hotels including continental breakfast, select sightseeing (review itinerary tab for optionals) along with the great services of your Story Tour Captain®.

Add to Your Tour: Interested in seeing Adelaide, Perth, Darwin or other exotic locales? No worries, mate! Inquire with our experts at 1-877-865-6711.


Your Daily Itinerary

  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Kangaroo, Australian Outback
  • Sydney Opera House
The South Pacific: Gone Down Under!
Day 1: Your Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Pacific flight to Australia ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 3 (Day 2 is lost crossing the international dateline) upon arrival into Melbourne, Australia (airport code: MEL).

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the STORY Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether STORY Land & Sea has arranged your air.

  Protect Your Vacation: We require trip cancellation and interruption insurance and recommend Travelex®.



Cross the International Dateline
Day 2

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

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G'day Australia!

Day 3: Melbourne

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included Welcome Dinner. All guests will enjoy a wonderful dinner in Australia.

WELCOME TO THE STORY OF AUSTRALIA
One of Story Land & Sea® 's most popular South Pacific itineraries commences at 4:00PM at our 5-Star hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: At 4:00 pm, join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walkabout of this cosmopolitan city.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Story Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives.

WELCOME DINNER
Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner in Melbourne — this city is river-centric as it was the lifeblood of the region —  welcome to Australia! Tonight's dinner is included for all guests.

About the Story Land & Sea® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic local food and wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item.

For most included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." Certain dining experiences will feature designed menus and experiences.

Tonight is an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience and breath deeply in the land down under, Australia. Super Budget Travelers - enjoy tonight's included welcome dinner - inquire about how to upgrade to include our highly-recommended special dining package for the balance of your itinerary: 1-877-865-6711.

Lodging in the Heart of the Resort
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Story Accommodation: The Westin Hotel Melbourne, 2 Nights
Super Budget Accommodation: Melbourne, 2 Nights

Super Budget hotels are located just a few minute's walk from our Deluxe hotels and portage is included.


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Exploring Melbourne

Day 4: The Charm of Melbourne

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: DISCOVERING THE STORY OF MELBOURNE
Discover the iconic sites of Melbourne on this tour, specially designed to avoid the crowds and maximize your time in the wonderful city.

Join our Tour Captain in the lobby this morning and meet our local Expert Story Guide who will introduce us to the main attractions of the city, but also her charm!

See Melbourne's famous trams and visit the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings, inspiring Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanical Gardens and beautiful Block Arcade, known for its interesting laneways and exciting street art.

Learn about the history, unique features and interesting stories of each site as you discover the Story of Melbourne.

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light to Moderate.

Tonight, enjoy a free evening or opt to join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner.

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The Outback

Day 5: The Red Center of Australia

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included Deluxe Welcome Dinner.

FLIGHT TO AYER'S ROCK
After breakfast we make our way to the airport for a short hop to Ayer's Rock and our home for the night.

ORIENTATION TO THE RED CENTER
Upon arrival, we take in a bit of a drive-about while we orient ourselves to the unusual landscape of the center of the Australian continent.

Story Exclusives®
We arrive our resort hotel and enjoy the balance of day free until our included experience tonight.

TONIGHT: A STORY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE EXPERIENCE
The Award-Winning SOUNDS OF SILENCE: FIELD OF LIGHT dinner under the Southern Hemisphere with Camel Riding Tour

Prior to sundown, we will transfer to the Uluru Camel Farm for a meandering tour through red sand dunes on your friendly camel with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as the incredible backdrop. Meanwhile our experienced cameleer describes the unique flora and fauna of the landscape you are exploring.

As the peaceful ride comes to a close, we are greeted with sparkling wine as our arrival at the sand dune viewing platform kicks off ‘A Night at Field of Light' experience. Select your dining choices from the A Night at Field of Light menu. This experience will last about 5.5 hours including 45min camel ride and transfers. You may opt out of this evening's dining experience for a credit if you so desire but we heavily recommend experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime tour.

It all starts at Sunset.
Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset and evening sky you have ever seen. But that's not all...enjoy the magical "field of Light" presentation.

We return to the hotels for a good night's rest.

Super Budget Travelers: Expand your experience and enjoy the Sounds of Silence for a supplement which includes round-trip transfers. Inquire: 1-877-865-6711.

Lodging in the Heart of the Resort
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Story Accommodation: Sails in the Desert at Ayer's Rock Resort, 1 Nights
Super Budget Accommodation: Desert Gardens, 1 Night


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Sunrise in the Outback —  Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

Day 6: TO SUNRISE TO SUNSET IN THE OUTBACK
& then on to CAIRNS


food icon   Story Way® Dining Included Tonight. Super Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's dinner experience.

THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
At dawn, we arrive the literal "Red Center of Australia." Get ready for something unlike anything you've experienced from the Rock to the Southern Hemisphere.

SUNRISE AT THE ROCK
We depart before sunrise for Ayer's Rock, Uluru to the Aboriginal people. Enjoy an impressive display of color as the sun rises. It's a brisk morning, but well worth it to experience Ayer's Rock up close with its own brilliant display of colors. Enjoy a continental breakfast in a brown paper bag this morning as we navigate to the Rock.

We will enjoy a lovely walk around the base of the rock with the Tour Captain and local Expert Story Guide. Absolutely stunning.

FLIGHT TO CAIRNS, GATEWAY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
After our experience at the Rock, we then continue to the airport and our onward flight to Queensland.

KURANDA SKYRAIL
We make our way to Kuranda, where you'll board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (included) as we soar over the rainforest canopy. We then make our way to our unique lodging for the next 3 days, Silky Oaks Lodge.

Sunny Queensland & THE RAINFOREST
Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland. Welcome to where the rainforest meets the reef. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel up in Mossman and the rainforest to freshen up before a Queensland welcome dinner with your Tour Captain.

OUR OWN STORY OF QUEENSLAND
QueensLander Tours' (now Story Land & Sea®) name was inspired as a result of the adventures our founder experienced while exploring Queensland's natural beauty and delightful people. The Great Barrier Reef is one of these amazing natural beauties.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner at our speical hotel with your Tour Captain.

Story Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge (Deluxe Treehouse category), 3 Nights
Super Budget Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge (Daintree Treehouse category), 3 Nights


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The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 7

food icon   Included Dining: Lunch on the Reef
star icon   Exclusives: Private Sailing & Snorkeling on the Outer Reef


After breakfast, on our first full day in Queensland, we are all off to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. This is one of the most stunning experiences on our tour and we enjoy it from our private boat.

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef - complete with glass bottom boats and snorkeling - get up close to the technicolor banks of coral reef teeming with tropical fish. This experience is one which makes a lasting impression on Story Land & Sea® patrons - if at all possible, you must try snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

The day is highlighted with a smorgasbord lunch on the water and ample free time for relaxing and soaking in the sun. We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Optionally, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at leisure.

Australia, Mate. She's great!

You've got to earn the right to live up here.
~ AB "Banjo" Paterson, The Man from Snowy River



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Sunny Queensland

Day 8: Explore

Enjoy a completely free day in Queensland today. Perhaps a spa treatment, a hike, a river rafting experience or more Reef is in store for you today!

Take your time. Enjoy just being in this amazing country. We have some optional activities that you may want to consider:

Optional Experiences to Consider Today

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
INQUIRE
Imagine sailing over the Atherton Tablelands and soaking in all fhat Captain Cook could only see from sea!

SPA TREATMENT AT SILKY OAKS
Many options to choose from:
Click here to visit the Spa Menu Page

SILKY OAKS LODGE SAFARI
INQUIRE
Cross the Daintree River and explore the ancient pristine rainforests of Cape Tribulation with our experienced guide. Your day will include lunch, crocodile and bird spotting cruise on the Daintree River, guided walks through the Rainforest and lookouts along the way. Available as a group tour, private charter or personalised/custom designed.

Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge The true rainforest people live in harmony with their environment and invite you to share it with them. During your 1.5 hour walk your experienced interpretive guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, take you to another world with their dreamtime legends in an enchanting narrative of the rainforest people.

KUKU YALANJI DREAMTIME WALK AT MOSSMAN GORGE
INQUIRE
Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge The true rainforest people live in harmony with their environment and invite you to share it with them. During your 1.5 hour walk your experienced interpretive guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, take you to another world with their dreamtime legends in an enchanting narrative of the rainforest people.

Tonight, your Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

A man can be hard to find in the mountains.
You're welcome at my fire anytime.

~ Character Jim Craig from The Man from Snowy River.



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All Things Crocodile
Sydney Australia

Day 9: Saltwater Crocs & Sydney

star icon   Exclusives: Crocodile Experience

HARTLEY'S CROCODILE ADVENTURE
Today, we will enjoy learning about the saltwater crocodile in a very interseting location at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure. We will enjoy a tour, an amazing feeding presentation as well as a boat cruise on the lagoon –  keep fingers and toes inside the boat! 

FLIGHT TO SYDNEY
We then make our way to the airport for our flight to Sydney.
Sydney, Australia

star icon   Exclusives: Sunset Cruise Dinner.
Super Budget
Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

State: New South Wales
City: Sydney

Morning air flight from Cairns bound for Sydney. Our hotel is located on Circular Quay on beautiful Sydney Harbour.

THE ROCKS
After check-in, join our Tour Captain for a walkabout of the Circular Quay and historic Rocks district. Your Tour Captain is knowledgeable on local customs, history and shoppes. The historic Rocks district comes alive as you walk where the original Sydney settlers and convicts walked.

Story Exclusives®
PRIVATE SUNSET CRUISE
Tonight enjoy a Story Exclusives®' Welcome Experience with your Tour Captain onboard our sunset cruise via our private yacht on beautiful Sydney Harbour at night. These are the experiences life-time memories are made of ~ enjoy and welcome to Sydney!

Story Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel or Four Seasons, Intercontinental or similar, 3 Nights
Super Budget Accommodation: Travelodge Wynyard or similar, 3 Nights

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Sydney Sights

Day 10: EXPLORING SYDNEY

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
After breakfast, meet the Tour Captain and then enjoy our included sightseeing experience of Sydney, Australia.

From the "Rocks District" to Bondi Beach, we enjoy an immersion in everything Sydney. Sydney-Siders, as they're called, are a warm people for such a cosmopolitan city.

Story Exclusives®
BEACH & LUNCH WITH VIEWS
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Enjoy a history of the Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club and an included lunch with stunning views.

We return to the Rocks for the balance of the day free.

Tonight, explore on your own for dinner, or join the Tour Captain to an optional but unique, distinctly Australian dining experience.

There's a beauty here, that's fresh, raw, untamed. It's real. It's 'fair dink.'


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Sydney

Day 11: SYDNEY AT LEISURE

Enjoy exploring Sydney at leisure. Options include:

Optional Experiences to Consider Today

BLUE MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE
INQUIRE
The Blue Mountains outside of Sydney are worth the time investment.

CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
$298 PER PERSON
Imagine Sydney Harbour from atop the Harbour Bridge!

ENJOY A TOUR OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
$57.00 PER PERSON
The Opera House in all of her glory.

Tonight, explore on your own for dinner, or join the Tour Captain to an optional but unique, distinctly Australian dining experience.

There's a beauty here, that's fresh, raw, untamed. It's real. It's 'fair dink.'


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South Island, New Zealand

Day 12

food icon   Included Story Way® Dining tonight. Super Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

FLIGHT TO QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
After breakfast, we make our way to the Sydney airport for the flight to the South Island of New Zealand.

Welcome to the South Island.

Queenstown New Zealand

We airhop to Queenstown on the South Island and make our way to our hotel, our home for the next three evenings.


food icon   Unique Perspectives Experience: Zealand Winery

Story Exclusives®
WINES OF ZEALAND
After landing Queenstown we make our way to a Zealand winery to tour and taste the varietals from the South Island paired with delicious morsels from the region. Exquisite!

DRAMATIC SCAPES & TASTES
After we continue to Queenstown to check in, freshen up and enjoy time at leisure until our included dinner tonight.

Story Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 Nights
Super Budget Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside or similar, 3 Nights

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Milford Sound Experience

Day 13: Amazing Day of Beauty


SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
MILFORD SOUND BY CHARTERED FLIGHT
This morning we make our way to enchanting Milford Sound via our chartered flight (included).

Just when you thought it couldn't get more awe-inspiring, you arrive to some of the most majestic scenes found in the world via the Fiordland National Park. This area of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MILFORD SOUND EXPERIENCE
Make our way to Milford Sound for our special onboard cruise complete with lunch among the magnificent cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of the Sound.

We board our return chartered flight to our hotel in Queenstown for the night.

Tonight, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner.

 

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Glenorchil Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour


Day 14: Lord of the Rings


food icon   Included Dinner: Enjoy dinner with the Tour Captain tonight. Super Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.
food icon   Unique Perspectives Experience: TSS Earnslaw. Super Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special cruise experience.

4WD AWESOME ADVENTURE TOUR
We tour the countryside in specially-fitted 4 wheel-drive vehicles while visiting the locations where the Fortress of Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and other famous Peter Jackson scenes were filmed. Find out why New Zealand is the movie directors’ choice for film locations. We return to our hotel around mid-day for the balance of your day at leisure.

Special Dining: We step aboard the TSS Earnslaw for a nostalgic cruising and dining experience. We enjoy a cruise of the lake on the way to the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. Please NOTE: This is a seasonal experience. Alternate activity will be provided during off-season.

Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style dinner featuring the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads.

An entertaining after dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life. We return to our hotel for the balance of day at leisure. Your Farewell to the South Pacific dinner is with the Tour Captain onboard.

It is a night of fun, great cuisine, wine, and memories! Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes, and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!

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Departure Day

Day 15

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast

After breakfast, opt for our transfer to the Queenstown Airport to catch flights bound for North America, or perhaps our extension to the North Island. Inquire for details.

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To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


 


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Melbourne Hotels - 2 Nights



Ayer's Rock Resort - 1 Night



Cairns/Port Douglas Hotels - 3 Nights



Sydney Hotels - 3 Nights

Queenstown Hotels - 3 Nights

North Island Extension

 

The Story of
Australia & New Zealand Tour

Small Group Touring Down Under

Story's Small Group advantage means you are not waiting to get on and off big traditional sized tour buses, and you get to interact with our Story Tour Captain®'s and local Expert Story Guides more easily (not to mention our boutique hotels, skip-the-line sightseeing experiences and Story's signature 'unique perspective experiences'). See the world more easily and continue your Story of Travel with our small groups in the South Pacific averaging about 20 Story guests.

2018 South Pacific Departures.
Note: You will need a Visa for entrance! Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

Published Date

Story Deluxe Hotels:

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Super Budget Hotels: Small, Simple, Clean with Continental Breakfast

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Apr 13
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
May 18
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Jun 28
$8,167 + $2329 = $10,496 $7,167 + $2329 = $9,496
Jul 6
$8,167 + $2329 = $10,496 $7,167 + $2329 = $9,496
Sep 10
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Oct 3
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Nov 4
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
2019 South Pacific Departures.
Note: You will need a Visa for entrance! Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

Published Date

Story Deluxe Hotels:
5-Star Luxury.

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Super Budget Hotels: Small, Simple, Clean with Continental Breakfast

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Mar 15
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Apr 8
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
May 22
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Jun 26
$8,167 + $2329 = $10,496 $7,167 + $2329 = $9,496
Jul 2
$8,167 + $2329 = $10,496 $7,167 + $2329 = $9,496
Sep 12
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Oct 7
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596
Nov 2
$8,267 + $2329 = $10,596 $7,267 + $2329 = $9,596

 


 

The Story of Australia & New Zealand Tour
A world-class tour of Australia and New Zealand in the company of a few new friends and travelers.

Story Deluxe Series includes:

  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to Australia & New Zealand and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary.
    Unique restaurants that are designed for discerning diners, not big tour groups.
  • Daily Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 1 Winery Experience in New Zealand, and 6 Dinners (includes Sydney Harbour Experience) per itinerary
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • Story Exclusive Wine Experience
  • Story Exclusive Sydney Harbour Sunset Dining Experience with our private boat.
  • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements).You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
  • Services of professional tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Expert Story Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the tour.

Super Budget Series includes:

  • Super Budget Hotels are located in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town. Enjoy our cost-saver approach to accommodation in the South Pacific. Hotels will include air-conditioning where season dictates.
  • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
  • Unique Restaurants for included dinners.
    Restaurants that are unique and designed for the discerning diner, not big groups.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner per itinerary
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels). Upgrade to five (6) total dinners included for $700 per person.
  • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements).You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
  • Services of professional tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Expert Story Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the tour.

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. 

INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
On Tour Airfare is not included and is required.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD50 per bag. STORY Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED 
International Airfare is not included.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is:https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe class categories (4 and 5-Star) you choose based on your preferences.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

TRIP PROTECTION

  • Airfare is not included but it can be quoted by emailing here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Italian land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

  • Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

Travel protection companies, such as Travelex, plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Click here to get a quote and purchase on their website.


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