Additional Information for Outback to the Glaciers Tour
Visa Requirements: US and Canadian citizens: An ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is required for your travel to Australia. Travel Agents that have access to a CRS system can process your ETA at no charge or they may call the guest's airline no earlier than 30 days prior to departure (credit card is required). If you do not have access to a CRS system, you will be supplied with an ETA form and asked to fax this information back to us 45 days prior to departure. Please send the fax in care of the Australian ETA Coordinator at fax 401-727-2933 for US guests or 888-882-5820 for Canadian guests. Please include the (required) Reservation number, Passport Number, Expiration Date, Nationality, Country of Birth, Gender, Family Name Given, First Name Given, Middle Name Given, and Arrival Date.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change.
Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home-hosted dinner in New Zealand.
Due to early arrival times in some cities, rooms may not always be ready for immediate check-in.
Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times.
*Please note that the Collette Foundation site may not be available for visits due to school holidays, weekends or programming challenges.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.
The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase air through us.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. If you purchase our Travel Protection Plan, the deposit is only $250 per person plus the cost of the Insurance. Second deposit of $3250 per person due by August 21, 2017. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of August 21, 2017 are based upon availability. Final payment due by December 27, 2017. Deposits are refundable up until August 28, 2017.CST#2006766-20 UBN#601220855 Nevada Sellers of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279
Extend your vacation with
Optional 4 Days 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
Rate: $1,399.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive
4 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
Day 21: Christchurch - Nadi, Fiji
Today you will arrive in the beautiful tropical paradise of Fiji. Fijians are warm and friendly, with a welcoming, vibrant South Pacific culture. The expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters draw visitors from around the world.
Day 22: Fiji
Your day is free to explore everything that your resort has to offer. Relax by the beach and pool, or choose one of the many fun, adventurous activities available to you from the hotel activities desk. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 23: Fiji
Enjoy another day of rest and relaxation. The friendly concierge and activities staff will help you get the most out of your time. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 24: Fiji - Tour Ends
Late checkout is included so that you can enjoy all the resort facilities until your departure. Today breakfast will be included.
Due to flight schedules, on some departures the optional Fiji extension is 2 nights and is slightly lower priced.
Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
A very leisurely pace, this tour involves minimal physical activity, such as climbing some stairs, boarding a motor coach, and walking from the hotel reception area to hotel rooms and dining areas.
A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this extension to operate.
During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.
Air inclusive rate is valid for guests who have purchased our air package for the full tour. Rate will vary for those who have purchased their own air.
Outback Ballooning in Alice Springs
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.
TranzAlpine Express Train Journey
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.
A Blaze of Glory on the 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.
Journey through Middle Earth – “Safari of the Scenes”
Embark on a 4WD adventure into the primeval, mystical landscapes where the powerful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien was filmed. The vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness and awesome grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island provided the ideal setting to bring these beloved adventures to life. Trek into the Remarkable Mountains and travel to the entrance of Skipper Canyon. As well as locations where scenes from the movies were filmed, this safari will introduce you to the gold mining heritage of the area – you can even try your hand at gold panning as you enjoy morning refreshments by the Arrow River. Option to cancel is available up until 24 hours before start date of tour. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, you will still be liable for payment. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
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.
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.
Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy
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.
The Outer Reef Experience
Jump in and explore the vibrant, colorful world teeming with life at the Agincourt Reef at the very edge of the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef. This massive reef system, the largest in the world, can actually be seen from space. Cruise across the water by catamaran to the Quicksilver pontoon where a diverse, bountiful ecosystem is yours to discover. You may enjoy the fish feeding from the unique underwater platform. You’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Duration: Approximately 9 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
In the 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 colonies 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. Timing of this option varies throughout the year based on the time of sunset. Duration: Approximately 9 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
A Sydney Night Out
Meet the fascinating denizens of the deep at the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium allows you to experience the enormous diversity of 14 unique Australian aquatic zones. Over 13,000 animals are found here, including huge sharks, rays, platypuses, crocodiles, and more! Australia’s marine diversity will astound you – from the weedy sea dragon of the Southern Oceans to the wiggly sea cucumber found in tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Later, enjoy dinner at a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the city's renowned cuisine and picturesque waterfront location. Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Collette’s Elite Airfare allows you to travel in ultimate comfort and convenience. Treat yourself to a wealth of amenities that come with a business, premium economy, or first-class ticket. Land rested, refreshed, and ready for your adventure.
Join Travel Loyalty by Collette (TLC) through a simple online process after booking a trip. Once you depart, receive a $150 credit per person towards your next trip! It’s our way of rewarding our loyal travelers.† Learn more at www.gocollette.com/guided-travel#loyalty_program
You Are Protected
Travel the world, worry-free with Collette’s Travel Protection Plan. If you need to cancel for any reason right up until the day prior to departure, you’ll get a full refund (less the cost of the plan). Plus, you are covered on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay, or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you're covered. It’s the kind of peace of mind you cannot put a price tag on. Learn more at www.gocollette.com/guided-travel#no_worries_waiver
The Collette Gateway
After you make your reservation, we will email you an invitation to the Collette Gateway. This online hub allows you to track your travel experience. On your personal profile page, tell us where you’ve been; enjoy a countdown to your tour, see information about the destinations you’ll visit, connect with fellow travelers, check out popular travel tips and sign up for Travel Loyalty by Collette (TLC). The Gateway makes your travel experience easy and fun. Learn more at gateway.gocollette.com
† Full credit is valid for travel within 12 months of the original trip. $100 of the credit remains valid for travel within 13-24 months and the entire credit expires after 24 months.
TOUR: From the Outback to the Glaciers
DEPARTURE DATE: Feb 25, 2018
GROUP NAME: Lifestyle Tours
BOOKING NUMBER: 794038
Available Prepaid Options
Personalize your tour by adding an optional activity below. Our recommended options have been carefully chosen to help enhance your individual experience. Complete the provided Prepaid Options Form to reserve your options.
Availability is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be received no later than 15 days prior to departure. Prices are subject to change. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
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Price Per Person
Outback Ballooning in Alice Springs – 3/5/2018
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.
TranzAlpine Express Train Journey – 3/11/2018
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.
A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River! – 3/14/2018
Weather may be cold (boat has heated handlebars) and you may get wet during this option. Actual high speed boating time is 25 minutes.
Journey through Middle Earth – “Safari of the Scenes” – 3/14/2018
Option to cancel is available up until 24 hours before start date of tour. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, you will still be liable for payment.
Take a Steamship to Dinner – 3/14/2018
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.
A Camel Ride, the Rock, and a Sunrise – 3/7/2018
During winter months this option may not be available due to timing of sunrise.
Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy – 3/1/2018
The Outer Reef Experience – 2/28/2018
In the Footsteps of the Little Penguins – 3/3/2018
Timing of this option varies throughout the year based on the time of sunset.
A Sydney Night Out – 3/8/2018