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31 day Sample itinerary

Australasia Encompassed

Explore the best of Australasia

Our Australasia Encompassed tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those wanting to experience the highlights of Singapore, New Zealand and  Australia before finishing in Los Angles. The recommended itinerary takes 31 days and combines spectacular natural sights with famous cities.

Begin the tour in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore, where you can enjoy gourmet dining and designer shops, as well as famous sights like the Gardens by the Bay and Raffles Hotel. Fly to Auckland where you can admire the harbour and Bay of Islands, before travelling to the relaxed island of Waiheke where you can enjoy activities, quiet beaches and wine tasting. Next is Queenstown, New Zealand’s centre of adventure, and the spectacular Milford Sound before you head to Sydney where you can admire the famous harbour and opera house.

Head to the Cook Islands for a change of pace, with boat trips, snorkelling and cultural village excursions. Spend two days in a luxury beach resort before flying to your final destination – the glitzy city of Los Angeles. Immerse yourself in the glamour of Hollywood and Malibu Beach or learn about the city’s film industry at the famous Universal Studios.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Auckland Harbour
  • Waiheke Island vineyard tour
  • Sydney Opera House

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
31 days
Guide Price
£8,969 per person
Price based on
Based on September 19 departures from London Heathrow, flying with Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines & Virgin Atlantic, staying 3 nights room only in Singapore, 9 nights room only in New Zealand, 8 nights room only Australia, 7 nights bed & breakfast Cook Islands & 2 nights room only Los Angeles
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
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Itinerary Breakdown

Start your tour in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore. Spend your days exploring the city at your own pace. Shop in designer shops along Orchard Road or visit sprawling markets selling trinkets and souvenirs, as well as fresh local produce and delicious street food. Wander through the tranquil Singapore Botanic Gardens to the Gardens by the Bay, which are home to futuristic structures housing waterfalls and a variety of native flowers and plants.

Gourmet dining is a must in Singapore, with a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants located on the top floors of towering skyscrapers. Visit the colonial Raffles Hotel and try the Singapore Sling in the bar where it was created.

Visitors can also opt to join the night safari, which will allow you to see the animals come to life in Singapore Zoo.

Points of Interest

  • Raffles Hotel
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Singapore Zoo night safary
  • Orchard Road shopping

Fly from Singapore to Auckland and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere in its harbour, before a trip to the Sky Tower. From the top you can take in views of the harbour and city below. Listen to fascinating anecdotes and wander through the city’s most historic streets on a guided tour before stopping off at the Auckland Museum. Here you can immerse yourself in the history of Maori culture and explore this unique civilisation, which dates back thousands of years.

If you prefer to head out into the sea, discover the Bay of Islands and its thriving sea filled with dolphins, seals and other marine creatures which you may be lucky enough to spot. See the hole in the rock and admire the uncrowded beaches. Wine tours and wilderness experiences will allow you to see another side to the beautiful countryside which lies just beyond the city.

Points of Interest

  • Sky Tower
  • Bay of Islands
  • Auckland Harbour
  • Auckland Museum

Take the two hour ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke Island and admire the views of the bay. This beautiful island is a hot spot for water sports and activities, as well as offering golden sandy beaches where you can simply spend a day of relaxation. Explore the island by bike or on foot and immerse yourself in the views and laid back way of life.

The verdant hills and countryside are home to some excellent winelands. Book our Cable Bay Vineyards tour for sunset views, exquisite cuisine and a fascinating tour ending in a wine tasting.

Points of Interest

  • Explore by bike
  • Vineyard tour
  • Golden sandy beaches

A ferry will take you back to Auckland from Waiheke Island from where you will catch a flight to Queenstown. This small town is surrounded by majestic countryside and offers a world of adventure, from glacier hiking and skiing in winter to white water rafting and exploring underground caves. We recommend a trip to the Onsen Hot Pools, which are the ideal place to take in mountain views as you soak in mineral rich hot water.

To see the landscapes from a different angle, book a helicopter tour and admire the rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes from above.  

Points of Interest

  • Onsen Hot Pools
  • Helicopter tour
  • Milford Sound

Board a Milford Mariner boat and spend the day admiring the spectacular views before spending the night on board. Take in the clear waters of Milford Sound, a fiord with rugged cliffs to one side and crystal clear waters running between. The area was carved out by glaciers in the ice age and was said to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Rudyard Kipling.

Dive and swim in the water, or take a kayaking trip. You may even see the dolphins, penguins and whales which frequently swim and play in the waters. 

 

Points of Interest

Next head to Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Spend your days enjoying its many famous sights, wandering along the Circular Quay to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Here you can relax in one of the award winning restaurants, or enjoy a glass of wine in the chic bars.

Book a luxury yacht trip and take in the city views from the sea before enjoying a gourmet lunch on board. The Royal Botanic Gardens provide a serene respite from the bustling city, while Taronga Zoo is perfect for families. Adventurers will love climbing the Pylon Tower and taking in views of Sydney Harbour below, or heading into the Blue Mountains. Named after the blue haze caused by the native eucalyptus, watch as it rises above the trees before taking the Scenic Railway train past the Three Sisters rock.

Points of Interest

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Luxury yacht trip
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Blue Mountains

Take in the tranquillity and unique wildlife in Hamilton Island, which can be found close to the Great Barrier Reef. Here you’ll find opportunities to enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world, as well as soft sandy beaches and excellent restaurants.

Book the Reef Sleep Cruise and watch the beautiful sunset before the clear skies come alive with bright stars at night. The underwater viewing chamber allows you to see the nocturnal creatures. Spend the night sleeping in the open air on the boat’s deck before seeing the colourful underwater creatures with the snorkelling equipment on board in the morning.

Points of Interest

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef Sleep Cruise
  • Underwater viewing chamber
  • Dine beneath the stars

Fly to the Cook Islands today and admire Rarotonga, the country’s capital. This rural paradise is home to volcanic peaks, crystal clear waters and coral reefs teeming with activity and wildlife. You will be transferred to your hotel, the Little Polynesian Hotel, which is in the pastoral village of Titikaveka. Here you can hike through jungle walking trails and snorkel in the protected lagoon.

Those wanting to learn more about the culture and history of the Cook Islands should visit the Te Vara Nui Cultural Village. Watch expert local craftsmen create dance costumes before watching a dance show as you enjoy a delicious overwater dinner.

 

Points of Interest

  • Coral reefs
  • Rural village of Titikaveka
  • Natural lagoons
  • Local dance show

Board a scenic flight over the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean from Rarotonga to Aitutaki island. Here you’ll find a luxury hotel with beautiful views of a sparkling lagoon and a relaxing spa where you can fully unwind.

Adventurous guests should book the Te Vaka Cruise. Explore the crystal clear waters of the lagoon by boat, see the tropical fish and underwater world with snorkelling trips and visit pristine white sandy beaches on deserted islands.

Points of Interest

  • Te Vaka Cruise
  • Deserted island beaches

A short flight will take you back to Rarotonga, the main island, before you board your flight to Los Angeles.

Finish your tour in the glamorous city of Los Angeles. Explore its busy streets and famous sights. Glitzy Hollywood is home to the Walk of Fame and beautiful views from its hillsides, as well as the lights of the Sunset Strip. Celebrity spot in Malibu or explore the bohemian atmosphere of Venice Beach before taking a studio tour of Universal Studios.

For spectacular views of the Hollywood sign and the city below it, head to Lake Hollywood Park with a picnic. This quiet park provides a serene respite from the lively atmosphere of Los Angeles.

Points of Interest

  • Hollywood Hills
  • Malibu Beach
  • Lake Hollywood Park
  • Universal Studios
  • Singapore

    Itinerary Highlights

    • The Long Bar at Raffles
    • Gardens by the Bay
    • Singapore Zoo by night safari
    • Orchard Road shopping
  • Auckland

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sky Tower
    • Bay of Islands
    • Auckland Harbour
    • Auckland Museum
  • Waiheke Island

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
    • Golden sandy beaches
  • Queenstown

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Onsen Hot Pools
    • Milford Sound
  • Sydney

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sydney Opera House
    • Luxury yacht trip
    • Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Blue Mountains
  • Hamilton Island

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Great Barrier Reef
    • Reef Sleep Cruise
    • Underwater viewing chamber
  • Rarotonga

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Coral reefs
    • Rural village of Titikaveka
    • Natural lagoons
  • Aitutaki

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Te Vaka Cruise
    • Deserted island beaches
  • Los Angeles

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hollywood Hills
    • Malibu Beach
    • Lake Hollywood Park
    • Universal Studios