Visit seven very different but equally spectacular countries on this eight week trip of a lifetime! Witness the power of the mighty Iguazu Falls, watch a tango dance in Buenos Aires and take a spectacular cruise through Patagonia’s wild landscape on the lookout for glaciers and penguins. Heading over to New Zealand, you’ll hike over a glacier and cruise through the stunning Milford Sounds, before shifting gear and heading for Australia’s tropical north. Stroll through the Daintree rainforest, find Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef then enjoy the solitude at the important Aboriginal site of Uluru in the Red Centre. End your diverse trip with two different city breaks; on in Hong Kong and one in Dubai.
This trip showcases the highlights of two main continents, South America and Australasia. Experience fast-paced cities with stops in exciting Rio and vibrant Buenos Aires. Sail through the silent seas and magnificent landscapes of Patagonia, spotting the local wildlife as you go. Explore key highlights of Australia, the rainforests and beaches of tropical Queensland, iconic Ayers Rock and the Great Ocean Road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne. This trip will inspire and awe you at every turn as well as tick some popular destinations off your list!
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Your trip begins on a high with 3 nights in a colourful Brazilian city on our Rio stopover package. We’ve included a day trip that takes you to the Corcovado, Tijuca Forest and Sugar Loaf Mountain. You’ll visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Mountain, take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain for exceptional views over Rio’s peaks and bays and experience Tijuca Forest National Park which is a paradise of lush vegetation and wild animals. On your free day why not head to Copacabana Beach or head over to Ipanema for a cheeky Caipirinha for some relaxation to complete your trip?
After your city break, get ready to see the mighty Iguazu Falls. Arriving into the Brazilian side but staying on the Argentine side this 4 day Iguazu Falls package includes 3 nights’ accommodation, shared transfers and 2 tours. Witness these magnificent falls with views from both countries including the famous ‘Devil’s Gorge’ in Argentina, arguably the most spectacular of the 275 waterfalls that make up this complex.
Your next stop in South America is Argentina. Spend 3 nights in the capital city of Buenos Aires, home to colonial architecture, great food and of course, the tango. We’ve included our 4 day Buenos Aires stopover package with 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, private transfers and two tours - including an evening tango and dinner experience, complete with delicious food, wine and of course the iconic Argentine tango. This trip is designed to ensure you get a taste of what this energetic and seductive city has to offer!
The next part of your trip includes a very special cruise from Argentina to Chile, via the spectacular Patagonia region at ‘the end of the world’. Australis is an expedition cruise company that specializes in exploring Patagonia. This wilderness region reaches to the southernmost tip of South America, an area shared by both Argentina and Chile. Patagonia’s remoteness promises spectacular untouched landscapes and a tranquil silence that stretches for miles. With jagged peaks, gushing rivers and isolated backwaters you’ll come so close to the natural world. Explore glaciers, meet colonies of Magellanic Penguins and visit the mystical Cape Horn.
After your Australis cruise, it’s time to head north to Santiago, to explore the capital Santiago and its surrounds.
With 3 nights in this cosmopolitan capital you’ll have plenty of time to explore, shop in the designer boutiques, sample the local tipple in the Lastarria district and admire the museums and grand architecture as you stroll. From Santiago, you will journey through one of the most important wine valleys in Chile, home of the ‘Huasco’ (Chilean cowboy). You’ll be able to sample award-winning wines and see the vines for yourself as you spend 2 nights in the region. Your final night will be spent in Valparaiso, a port city with colourful clifftop houses.
New Zealand is the next stop on your trip and brings with it an exciting road trip. Here, we’ve included two of our favourite itineraries to help you make the most out of your time in this beautiful country.
Picking up your car in Christchurch for your South Island with Glaciers Road Trip you will head to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand – well known for its spectacular scenery and extreme sports. A popular trip from Queenstown is a Milford Sounds Cruise, which we’ve also included - be sure to bring your camera as you pass by dense forests, glacial valleys and cascading waterfalls on this stunning nature cruise.
Next, spend 2 nights over on the West Coast in Franz Josef, home to the famous Franz Josef glacier. We’ve included a glacier walk with an experienced guide who will tell you how the glacier came to be as you walk along the glaciers path of retreat. After this, make a beeline for the glacier hot pools, the perfect way to unwind after your walk. The trip finishes where it began in Christchurch, from where you will take a domestic flight over to Auckland.
From Auckland, you’ll fly over to Australia. We’ve included 3 nights in Sydney with this Sydney stopover package that also includes daily breakfast, transfers and an IVenture Pass for access to a host of activities in the city. You have two full days to explore here, so why not head down to Sydney Harbour and see the big sights, including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge?
Heading north, you now have a week to explore Port Douglas and the tropical north. Arriving into Cairns, we’ve included a car hire so you can reach Port Douglas, a relaxed seaside town known for its beautiful beaches and local boutiques, just an hour north of Cairns. Port Douglas is an ideal jumping off point for trips out to the Great Barrier Reef, so we’ve included a full-day boat cruise out to the reef.
This part of your trip takes you into the heart of the tropical north with stays in both the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where you will experience a farm stay, complete with secluded eco-cabins and a whole host of available activities. Hike to spectacular lookout points, spot crocs in the waterways and join night bushwalks to encounter the local wildlife that call this place home.
The next highlight on your trip is the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, home to the most culturally significant site in the country, Uluru. This giant sandstone monolith holds great significance to Aboriginal culture and is located in the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. We’ve included a 5 day package here encompassing Alice Springs, Uluru and Kings Canyon. Your trip includes accommodation in hotels or permanent tents, all transport and experienced guides to ensure you make the most of your time here.
Landing in Adelaide, you have the perfect opportunity to explore the magnificent coastlines of South Australia and Victoria with our Great Ocean Road self-drive. With a night in laid back Adelaide first you can head down to Glenelg for a stroll, with a lovely beach and a chilled out vibe this is the perfect introduction to South Australia. Your self-drive takes you all the way to Melbourne stopping in Mount Gambier with its captivating Blue Lake, Port Fairy, a quirky coastal town where you can check out the fisherman unloading their catch and finally to Apollo Bay. Be sure to stop off at the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park on the way for some fabulous photographs; time your visit around sunset and you will be rewarded! Two nights in Melbourne complete this trip, make sure you head up the Eureka Skydeck for 360 views of the city.
Explore the diverse city of Hong Kong with our 4 day stopover package. To make things easy, we've included 3 nights’ accommodation, return airport transfers and the iconic 'Symphony of Lights' cruise. So whether you plan to shop in the malls or markets, stroll through the streets that are brightly lit by neon signs, or take the Peak Tram up to Mt Victoria for panoramic views over the city's tallest towers - you'll find this tour offers everything you need to enjoy this Asian city.
Your last stop is the United Arab Emirates and the popular hub of Dubai, where we’ve included our Dubai Stopover with 3 nights’ accommodation, private transfers and a desert safari adventure complete with traditional Arabian welcome, 3 course BBQ dinner and even a camel ride if you wish! Relax on the beach or hit the shops, make sure to keep some luggage space for the rest of your adventure though!
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.