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EXOTIC GUIDED VACATIONS From the Outback to the Glaciers CAIRNS, ULUR U, ALICE SPRINGS, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA CHRISTCHURCH, FRANZ JOSEF, QUEENSTOWN AND MOUNT COOK, NEW ZEALAND Milford Sound Explore the diverse wonders of the lands ‘Down All this makes it AAA Vacations AAA Vacations ® Amenities n n n n ® Under.’ From the rugged Outback to the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef to sophisticated Sydney and its Opera House, Australia is a wonder to behold. In New Zealand, be amazed by snow-capped peaks, gorges and waterfalls, Milford Sound, the Franz Josef Glacier and the majestic Mt. Cook region. 24/7 Member Care Best Price Guarantee Member Benefit: $25 savings per person AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Embark on a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet of the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. reefs. H Engaging Experience: Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride* , then walk along the trails, snorkel or just watch the sea turtles swim past. Optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Meals B,L DAY 4 -Uluru (Ayers Rock) Fly to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Outback. Tour the Kata Tjuta sandstone domes and base of “the Rock,” learning about the geology and its Aboriginal significance. Witness the changing colors of Uluru at sunset with a champagne toast. Meals B Desert Gardens Hotel DAY 1 -Arrive in Cairns Your tour begins in Cairns, the gateway to spectacular natural attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life. Meals D Pacific International Hotel Engaging Experiences DAY 5 -Alice Springs Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Alice Springs in the middle of the Outback. Tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with its views of Alice Springs and surrounding area. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme, a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Meals B Crowne Plaza Hotel H The origins of the Aboriginal people are conveyed through enchanting stories as you walk through the bush on a “Dreamtime Tour” H Discover the underwater rainbow of coral and fish when you explore the Great Barrier Reef from aboard a glass-bottom boat H Enjoy a sheep-herding and sheep-shearing demonstration on a New Zealand farm visit H Engaging Experience: Journey north to the ancient Daintree Rainforest where the Yalanji tribe, the original Aboriginal people of the area, introduce you to their traditional lifestyle, ancestral lands and ancient ways. Meals B DAY 3 -Great Barrier Reef Board a high-speed catamaran for the Great Barrier Reef, an immense series of 2,800 coral DAY 2 -Cairns DAY 6 -Alice Springs Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour,” where your guide and members of the Walpiri tribe share stories of creation and everyday Aboriginal 52

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All this makes it AAA Vacations®<br /> <br /> AAA Vacations® Amenities<br /> <br /> 24/7 Member Care <br /> <br /> Best Price Guarantee <br /> <br /> Member Benefit: $25 savings per person <br /> <br /> AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Embark on a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet of the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads.<br /> <br /> Engaging Experiences<br /> <br /> The origins of the Aboriginal people are conveyed through enchanting stories as you walk through the bush on a “Dreamtime Tour” <br /> <br /> Discover the underwater rainbow of coral and fish when you explore the Great Barrier Reef from aboard a glassbottom boat <br /> <br /> Enjoy a sheep-herding and sheepshearing demonstration on a New Zealand farm visit<br /> <br /> Explore the diverse wonders of the lands ‘Down Under.’ From the rugged Outback to the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef to sophisticated Sydney and its Opera House, Australia is a wonder to behold. In New Zealand, be amazed by snow-capped peaks, gorges and waterfalls, Milford Sound, the Franz Josef Glacier and the majestic Mt. Cook region.<br /> <br /> DAY 1 - Arrive in Cairns <br /> <br /> Your tour begins in Cairns, the gateway to spectacular natural attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life. Meals D Pacific International Hotel <br /> <br /> DAY 2 - Cairns <br /> <br /> Engaging Experience: Journey north to the ancient Daintree Rainforest where the Yalanji tribe, the original Aboriginal people of the area, introduce you to their traditional lifestyle, ancestral lands and ancient ways. Meals B<br /> <br /> DAY 3 - Great Barrier Reef <br /> <br /> Board a high-speed catamaran for the Great Barrier Reef, an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs. Hengaging Experience: Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, then walk along the trails, snorkel or just watch the sea turtles swim past. Optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Meals B,L <br /> <br /> DAY 4 - Uluru (Ayers Rock)<br /> <br /> Fly to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Outback. Tour the Kata Tjuta sandstone domes and base of “the Rock,” learning about the geology and its Aboriginal significance. Witness the changing colors of Uluru at sunset with a champagne toast. Meals B Desert Gardens Hotel<br /> <br /> DAY 5 - Alice Springs <br /> <br /> Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Alice Springs in the middle of the Outback. Tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with its views of Alice Springs and surrounding area. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme, a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Meals B Crowne Plaza Hotel <br /> <br /> DAY 6 - Alice Springs <br /> <br /> Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour,” where your guide and members of the Walpiri tribe share stories of creation and everyday Aboriginal life. Discover modern Outback life when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across vast Central Australia. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner. Meals B,D <br /> <br /> DAY 7 - Melbourne<br /> <br /> Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Meals B Rendezvous Hotel<br /> <br /> DAY 8 - Melbourne <br /> <br /> Visit Fitzroy Gardens and the bustling Victoria Market. Next, learn firsthand how raw opals are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. Later, an optional tour travels to Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of little penguins. Meals B<br /> <br /> DAY 9 - Christchurch <br /> <br /> Leave Australia as you fly to the historic city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city is recreating itself. Meals B Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch <br /> <br /> DAY 10 - Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier <br /> <br /> Take in the snowcapped peaks and river gorges as you travel across the Southern Alps. An optional TranzAlpine Express train ride through this glorious scenery is available. End your day in the Franz Josef Glacier Region, which offers a rare opportunity to experience a living glacial landscape in a temperate environment. Meals B,D Scenic Franz Josef Hotel<br /> <br /> DAY 11 - Franz Josef to Queenstown <br /> <br /> Before departing Franz Josef, opt to see this beautiful glacier region from a bird’s-eye view during a flightseeing tour. En route to Queenstown, pass through a rainforest bordered by the Southern Alps and the twisting coastline. After crossing the Haast Pass, arrive in Queenstown. Enjoy a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant where you will enjoy spectacular views overlooking Queenstown. Meals B,D Novotel Lakeside Hotel <br /> <br /> DAY 12 - Milford Sound <br /> <br /> En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and ancient beech forests. During a cruise of beautiful Milford Sound, see rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side. Following the cruise, return to Queenstown. Opt to return via a short flight for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Meals B,L <br /> <br /> DAY 13 - Queenstown <br /> <br /> Enjoy an optional jet boat ride on the Shotover River or join the optional “Journey through Middle Earth” tour, which takes you through the Remarkable Mountains and Queenstown countryside where parts of the The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. N AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Take the steamship TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a farm visit and dinner. Meals B,D<br /> <br /> DAY 14 - Queenstown to Mt. Cook <br /> <br /> Visit the 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, a boomtown during the 1860s gold fever. Next, enjoy a tasting tour‡ at one of New Zealand’s famous wineries. Arrive in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook, with time to enjoy this Alpine paradise. Choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour, or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. Meals B,D The Hermitage <br /> <br /> DAY 15 - Christchurch <br /> <br /> Engaging Experience: As you return to Christchurch, visit a working farm to watch a skilled New Zealand ‘strong eye’ sheepherding dog at work, followed by a sheepshearing demonstration and a home-cooked morning tea. Tonight, dine with a New Zealand Kiwi family in their home, who will share their culture, traditions and home with you. Meals B,D Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch<br /> <br /> DAY 16 - Christchurch to Sydney <br /> <br /> Learn why Christchurch is known as the ‘Garden City’ during a tour of the city’s magnificent gardens and park district, then learn its recent history at the Quake City exhibition at the ReStart Mall. Upon arrival in Sydney, sample the cuisine of Australia during an epicurean tour, with each course in a different restaurant. Meals B,D All Seasons Premier Menzie Hotel<br /> <br /> DAY 17 - Sydney <br /> <br /> See where the English explorer James Cook first dropped anchor in 1770 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, the fashionable suburb of Paddington and the iconic Sydney Opera House. Then pursue your own interests in Sydney during your free time. Meals B <br /> <br /> DAY 18 - Sydney <br /> <br /> This morning, visit Koala Park to learn about wallabies, indigenous birds, kangaroos, dingoes and other creatures. Experience the koala habitat where you can take your picture with a koala! Return to the city for an afternoon of leisure. Tonight, say farewell to Sydney and Australia during a delightful dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas including the magnificent skyline, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Meals B,D <br /> <br /> DAY 19 - Sydney <br /> <br /> Your tour ends today after breakfast. Meals B<br /> <br /> From $4999 land only<br /> ONLY $263 per day!<br /> 19 Days • Guided • 29 Meals<br /> <br /> The Details<br /> <br /> • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners<br /> • 18 nights’ accommodations<br /> • Comprehensive sightseeing<br /> • Services of a tour manager<br /> • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling<br /> • Round-trip home-to-airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per reservation. (Restrictions apply)<br /> <br /> * If you purchase the outer reef option in the Great Barrier Reef, the glass bottom boat ride will be replaced by a semi-submersible boat on the outer reef pontoon.<br /> <br /> Tour Dates<br /> <br /> 2014<br /> <br /> May 3 - Aug 23 $4999<br /> Sep 5 - Sep 27 $5149<br /> Oct 4 - Nov 22 $5299<br /> <br /> 2015<br /> <br /> Jan 3 - Mar 28 $5299<br /> Apr 11 - Apr 25 $5149<br /> <br /> Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only. Single supplement from $1900.<br /> <br /> International airfare is additional.<br /> <br /> Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability.<br /> <br /> Tour operated by Member Choice Vacations<br /> <br /> HOTEL INFORMATION<br /> <br /> CAIRNS<br /> <br /> Pacific International <br /> <br /> Pacific International Hotel, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, boasts a stunning Cairns Esplanade location, personalized service and award-winning hospitality. The property offers beautifully appointed guest rooms that are tastefully decorated and have a balcony with amazing views.<br /> <br /> ULURU<br /> <br /> Desert Gardens <br /> <br /> Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for the Desert Gardens Hotel in Ayers Rock. This property is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities.<br /> <br /> ALICE SPRINGS<br /> <br /> Crowne Plaza <br /> <br /> Experience eco-friendly luxury at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs with views of the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. Guests can enjoy the views of the peaceful garden or red quartzite mountains from their private balcony.<br /> <br /> MELBOURNE<br /> <br /> Rendezvous Hotel <br /> <br /> Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, located in the very heart of the city, is one of the grand hotels still remaining in Australia. Built in 1913, this heritage listed hotel has been meticulously restored to retain the feel and style of the classical 1900’s era, while at the same time providing guests with leading 21st century technology and facilities.<br /> <br /> CHRISTCHURCH<br /> <br /> Rendezvous Hotel <br /> <br /> At Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, the friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and superb facilities are all designed to provide guests with superior comfort and value. From 24-hour in-room dining to the well-equipped gym, the guests’ comfort always comes first.<br /> <br /> FRANZ JOSEF<br /> <br /> Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel <br /> <br /> Franz Josef Glacier Hotel sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier.<br /> <br /> QUEENSTOWN<br /> <br /> Novotel Lakeside <br /> <br /> The Novotel Hotel is located on the picturesque shore of Lake Rotorua. The contemporary rooms feature wood furnishings and modern décor to ensure a relaxing stay. The restaurant provides delicious options for every guest.<br /> <br /> MOUNT COOK<br /> <br /> The Hermitage <br /> <br /> Surrounded by the silent splendor of the Southern Alps, the Hermitage Hotel is within arms reach of the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The Hermitage Hotel is made up of the main Hermitage Hotel plus the Hermitage Motel and Chalets.<br /> <br /> SYDNEY<br /> <br /> Menzies Hotel <br /> <br /> The Menzies Hotel-Sydney offers warm hospitality and the traditional friendly service of yesteryear with modern comfort and style. This hotel overlooks Wynyard Park and is conveniently located in close proximity to Sydney’s famous attractions and the financial district.<br /> <br /> Extend Your Tour<br /> <br /> Optional 4-Day, 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension<br /> <br /> $1249 per person, double, land & air inclusive 4 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner<br /> <br /> Day 21: Sydney - Nadi, Fiji <br /> <br /> Today 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. Meals B<br /> <br /> Day 22: Fiji <br /> <br /> Today is free to explore everything that the resort has to offer. Relax by the beach and pool, or choose one of the many fun, adventurous activities available from the hotel activities desk. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner. Meals: B,D<br /> <br /> Day 23: Fiji <br /> <br /> Enjoy another day of rest and relaxation. The friendly concierge and activities staff will help you get the most out of your time. Meals: B <br /> <br /> Day 24: Fiji - Tour Ends <br /> <br /> Before the tour ends today in Fiji, an optional island tour is offered. Meals: B<br /> <br /> Please Note: Extensions not purchased at time of deposit are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request. This extension is hosted by a local representative who will provide all included services.<br /> <br /> Due to flight schedules, on some departures the optional Fiji extension is 2 nights and is slightly lower priced. Air inclusive rate is valid for passengers who have purchased the air package for the full tour. Rate will vary for passengers who have purchased their own air.

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