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Reviews Of From the Outback to the Glaciers

From the Outback to the Glaciers

Starting From $9,159 pp*

19-22 Days • 28-32 Meals

  • Slow down the pace.

    • Service
      4star
      In general, I enjoyed the tour & felt it lived up to everything advertised. The tour manager, Toni Ray-Ingram was fantastic & did an outstanding job. However, I think the tour is a bit too fast-paced. By the beginning of the third week I was feeling exhausted. My recommendation is to re-structure it slightly. Eliminate Melbourne & use that time to have one add’l “free” day in Sydney (where an optional day trip to some animal or marine life place could substitute for “the little penguins” option offered in Melbourne), and, one add’l night in Christchurch. The “home visit” with a NZ family was one of the best highlights of the tour, but it should NOT be left until the final night. By that time everyone’s thoughts were on leaving for home the following day ( some of us VERY early the following day) and most of us were VERY tired. I would have enjoyed the home visit much more if it was not left until the final night. So having one add’l night in Christchurch would allow for that. As currently structured, the tour leaves very little time to really enjoy Melbourne (& no free time there at all if you do the penguin option as most people do), so I don’t think it would adversely affect the tour if that was eliminated. Having an extra day each in Sydney & Christchurch would allow for a slightly slower paced tour & make it much more enjoyable. I would have given this tour five stars except for that.
    • Tour
      4star
      As I said earlier, it would have been better if the tour was a bit slower paced, which could be accomplished by eliminating Melbourne & using the time gained for an add’l day each in Sydney & Christchurch. Move the NZ home visit to some night OTHER THAN the final night! Can’t emphasize that one enough! My favorite experience was the Sydney Opera House tour.

    Thank you for traveling with Collette to Australia & New Zealand. Your feedback has been forwarded to the Product Development Team. Your comments on the pacing and layout of the itinerary will be used to enhance this tour for our future guests.

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  • Cross another trip off the bucket list

    • Service
      4star
      This was our second Collette tour, and it was very well planned and executed. Our tour manager, Denise, was extremely knowledgeable, well organized, and ensured that the group's needs were met by all of the local vendors. This trip was a "bucket list" item for us, and Collette did not disappoint.
    • Tour
      4star
      The tour hit the high points for us, and the most memorable were the Australian outback, the city of Sydney, and the south island of New Zealand. Getting up close and personal with Uluru (Ayers Rock), meeting a few aboriginal artists, and experiencing a "bush dinner" were especially fun. New Zealand's south island is simply stunning in its natural beauty and mountainscapes. The only downside was our final few days in Fiji. While a beautiful setting, the heat and humidity were oppressive. The resort was very accommodating and provided nice amenities, including a spacious guest room, but the only respite from the temperature and humidity were our guest room and the retail shops. The water on the "beach", which itself was very pebbly, was very cloudy, brown and unappealing. Because we had already checked out and did not leave for the airport until early evening, the hotel did provide the complimentary use of their spa to shower and change clothes, which we very much appreciated.
  • Australia and New Zealand - a trip of a lifetime!

    • Service
      5star
      This tour encompassed such a variety of experiences! We had an excellent tour guide who was with us from our arrival in Cairns, Australia, until we left for home from Christchurch, New Zealand. She was very knowledgeable about the tour and kept all 40 of us up to speed and pretty much on schedule! We felt we could have stayed longer in a couple places, but understand one can't see everything!! We also had excellent bus drivers who explained a lot about our destinations.
    • Tour
      5star
      So many memorable things, but learning about the Aborigines of the Australian Outback was a real highlight.

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