The Endless Shores

Uncover geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Maori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land. Embrace the Hongi touch of your Māori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this journey. Experience natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave and the native forests’ redwood giants, to the fantasy-land of The Lord of the Rings’ ‘Shire’.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Wellington

Upon arrival at Wellington Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 2: Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

Day 3: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Hawkes Bay

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 5: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6: Rotorua
Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 7: Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Day 8: Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 22$4,895.00$6,465.00
February: 05, 12, 19$4,895.00$6,465.00
March: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,895.00$6,465.00
April: 02$4,895.00$6,465.00
October: 22$4,920.00$6,215.00
November: 19$4,920.00$6,215.00
December: 17$4,920.00$6,215.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vietnam Insight

Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in-depth journey through its historic cities, provincial culture and glistening coastline. Be enchanted by the smiling locals you meet throughout your journey, on the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or the tranquil villages of the Mekong Delta. Explore the relics and living history in Vietnam’s ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and absorb the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing and
welcome drinks with your fellow travellers.

Hotel: The Ann Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Hanoi

Spend the day discovering Hanoi’s must-visit sites including the infamous Hoa Lo Prison and Don Xuan Market. Walk through the crowded streets of the city’s Old Quarter, pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the historical St Joseph’s Cathedral before stopping by Hoan Kiem Lake, situated in the heart of the city and enjoying a wonderful afternoon nearby.

Day 3: Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. With its natural beauty, shadowed by the many jungle covered karsts, visit the vine-covered structures of Hoa Lu. Venture through the expansive network of caverns and grottos in Trang An, as you glide along in a paddle boat. Enjoy your stay for the coming evening at the Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel.

Hotel: Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel or similar

Day 4: Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Drive from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s stunning natural wonders. Board abeautifully appointed junk boat and begin to cruise the impressive emerald waters of Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch before stopping to explore the many secluded corners of the bay. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar.

Cruise: Bhaya Cruises or similar

Day 5: Halong Bay To Hue

Rise early to enjoy a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, or choose to relax before feasting on a
delicious buffet brunch. After disembarkation, drive back to Hanoi for your onwards flight to the former imperial capital of Hue, situated on the banks of the Perfume River.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa or similar

Day 6: Hue to Hoi An

Explore Hue city’s sites including Emperor Tu Duc’s elaborate tomb, Imperial Palace, the Ancient Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. From Hue, drive to Hoi An. This beloved ancient town will steal your heart with its breathtaking landscapes, unique culture and friendly locals.

Hotel: Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa or similar, 2 nights

7: Hoi An

Visit the technicolour Tam Thanh village that explodes with colour around every corner. Experience local life with a visit to the Thanh Dong Organic Farm and learn the traditional farming methods adopted by this village. Chat with the local farmers, take part in farming activities and gain a deeper understanding into the farm-to-table concept with ingredients for their meals harvested directly from the farm. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour to some of the main sites of Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An to Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast, take a short drive to Danang to fly to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon continue your journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover the vast network of underground tunnels and their importance during the war. Return to Saigon and spend the evening at leisure.

Hotel: The Hotel Equatorial or similar

Day 9: Saigon to Can Tho – Mekong Delta

From Saigon, travel south to the Mekong Delta and experience the vibrant scenes and rural villages of Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’. Further explore the vast maze of rivers, canals and islands and the riverside villages as you make your way to Can Tho, the main city of the Mekong Delta.

Hotel: TTC Hotel Premium

Day 10: Can Tho to Saigon

Rise early to marvel at the vibrant scenes with a trip to visit the floating markets. Enjoy the leisurely boat trip along the river and get a glimpse of life along the shore line and the busy market stalls. Return to Saigon by mid-afternoon for check in to your hotel. This evening, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Hotel: The Hotel Equatorial or similar

Day 11: Depart Saigon

Take part in a morning Saigon city guided walking tour. Uncover the rich history of this spirited city as you visit some of its main attractions – Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office,
the Reunification Palace and the Municipal Theatre just to name a few. Enjoy these last moments in Saigon before you transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 19$2,955.00$4,045.00
May: 03, 17, 31$2,855.00$3,845.00
June: 14, 28$2,855.00$3,845.00
July: 12, 26$2,855.00$3,845.00
August: 09, 23$2,855.00$3,845.00
September: 06, 20$2,855.00$3,845.00
October:04, 18$2,955.00$4,045.00
November: 01, 15, 29$2,955.00$4,045.00
December: 13$2,955.00$4,045.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03, 17, 31$2,955.00$4,045.00
February: 14, 28$2,955.00$4,045.00
March: 14, 28$2,955.00$4,045.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Hanoi / Hue - Danang / Ho Chi Minh City
Rail: Rail Ticket: Hue / Danang
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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