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If immersing yourself in the most incredible natural beauty on earth, while relaxing in comfortable accommodation sounds like your idea of a dream holiday, then our tours to Australia and New Zealand are perfect for you.

Australia is a whole new world, where ancient Aboriginal cultures contrast with cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne to create a deliciously diverse experience. The unique and unrivalled landscapes of the outback, Alice Springs and Uluru – combined with the tropical treats of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef – are just some of the highlights you can expect on a tour of Australia. Now picture yourself standing below magnificent mountain peaks and ancient volcanoes, unable to even imagine the top; admiring the vast fjords stretching as far as the eye can see; being enveloped in the amazing colours and sounds of a rainforest; and unwinding on beaches so pristine, they’re almost too good to be true. Well, it’s what you can look forward to on one of our escorted tours to New Zealand.

Find our more about our 30-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour
Find our more about our Australia & New Zealand combination tours

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of Australia & New Zealand (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). Please see the offers tab for more details.

 

Visit Australia and New Zealand with Distant Journeys

At Distant Journeys, we ensure that our escorted tours of Australia and New Zealand offer you the complete package. On the 30-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand holiday, not only will you visit all the must-see destinations, but you’ll do so at a relaxed and enjoyable pace. Often, you can look forward to two or three nights in each destination, allowing you lots of time to fully discover all it has to offer.

If you have the time, why not consider one of our combination tours? These represent the ultimate trip down under, combining either the Very Best of New Zealand or Magnificent New Zealand tour with either the Wonders of Australia tour or the Very Best of Australia tour.

Our Australasian tours are Award-Winning

We consider ourselves true Australasian experts, and this was officially confirmed in November 2016, when Distant Journeys won the award for ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the British Travel Awards. We then went on to win for a second year running in 2017 and won two further awards in 2018. Understandably, we are very proud to call ourselves award winners, so why not book your tour to Australia and New Zealand and find out for yourself what it is that makes our tours the best?

We’re true Australasian experts

As well harbouring the knowledge and experience only 60 combined years in the travel industry can gift you, our Directors have first-hand, in-depth knowledge of Australia and New Zealand holidays. All our Australia and New Zealand travel packages are fully-bonded by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority – ATOL no. 10913), so you can be sure that your money is 100% secure when you book one of our Australia and New Zealand tours!

At Distant Journeys, we’re proud that our Australia and New Zealand tours provide unmatched value for money, while still remaining of superb quality. Here’s the proof…

Superior Hotels

For your pleasure, hotels are generally rated four star and offer superior standards and facilities. Plus we make sure all hotels in Australia and New Zealand are in great locations for you to relax in or explore your surroundings.

 

Our Australia and New Zealand tours include

  • International flights with Qantas / Emirates
  • A selection of UK departure airports
  • A choice of two night outbound stopovers
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, superbly located
  • Daily breakfast and some extra meals
  • Experienced local tour managers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise

 

 

When we’re creating our holidays to Australia and New Zealand, our aim is to offer an escorted tour that provides real freedom and flexibility, without costing you any more.

Fly from the airport you want

We believe that the best way to start your holiday is having the option to fly from the airport that’s most convenient for you. With this is mind, Distant Journeys allows you to choose to fly from Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow for your international flights. Even better, whichever airport you choose, it’s included in the price of all our holidays to Australia and New Zealand.

Choose your included stopover

To break up your travel on the way out, you can choose to enjoy a two night stopover in either Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore – dependent on your choice of tour. You decide and we’ll take care of it. And again, whichever you choose, it’s included in the price.

Free days to do as you please

To help tailor your holiday to your interests, we offer Freedom Days for you to spend as you please. The more adventurous might enjoy activities like a jet boat ride through Shotover Canyon, while for others, a behind the scenes tour of Sydney Opera House is more their style.

Extend your holiday

Why not make the most of your holiday and extend your Australia and New Zealand tour to spend time with friends and family? We will be happy to make flight arrangements for you as part of the service.

Book your place on one of our escorted tours of Australia and New Zealand by the 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two night stopover for the very special price of only £29 per person, based on two sharing. Stopover options include Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Bangkok.  Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a four star hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £58 for this offer.

Option 2

If you prefer, you may wish to have a relaxing three night stay on the tropical island of Bali for the amazing price of only £199 per person. This second Special Launch Offer includes includes three nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the Melia Hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £398 for this offer.

For specific details on the offers related to you preferred itinerary, please click on the appropriate links below:
30-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour
42-54 day combination tours of Australia & New Zealand

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020.

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What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does an escorted tour involve? As escorted tour specialists, we’ll explain how this immersive way of travelling works, and also dispel some of the myths about escorted tours which simply aren’t true.

 

The main selling point of an escorted tour is that your entire trip is arranged for you, perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours booking flights, hotels and activities. From your departure from the UK to your return, every aspect of your holiday is taken care of, so all you need to do is pack your bags and show up at the airport.

Each escorted tour often covers an entire country, with the itinerary including time for travelling between various cities and destinations. Escorted tours are therefore perfect for large countries such as Australia, China, India and New Zealand, where the country’s highlights and top destinations can be spread out hundreds of miles apart. You may spend multiple days in the same destination, with some days planned out for you with activities included in the price, and other days (which we call ‘Freedom Days’) free to spend as you wish. Hotels, breakfasts and often evening meals are also planned out for you as part of the package.

Another plus of choosing an escorted tour is that all of the items in your holiday itinerary will have been tried, tested and approved by experts. Rather than spending hours finding the perfect hotel or excursion and trawling through TripAdvisor reviews, you can simply choose an escorted tour for the country or countries you’d like to visit, safe in the knowledge it’s been put together by someone who knows the entire experience inside out.

This reassurance also extends to the tour itself, as you’ll be accompanied by a tour manager throughout your trip. Tour managers have had years of training and experience of the country you’re in, and are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly, as well as to share their wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to eat and drink in the local area.

The first reason why you may wish to take an escorted tour is one we’ve touched upon already: they minimise the hassle of travelling. With all of the best bits of a country picked out for you and compiled into one special itinerary, all you need to do is choose your tour, pack your bags and get to the airport! With a tour manager on hand, you can relax during your tour too, meaning you don’t need to get stressed about travelling between your various destinations.

Escorted tours also help to relieve any anxieties travellers may have about visiting foreign countries, especially those where they don’t speak the local language. It’s not just the language that can make things difficult – navigating the public transport systems in other countries can also be a worry. Fortunately on an escorted tour, a tour manager is always on hand to make sure you get where you need to be, and may also be able to help you overcome any language barriers.

For more intrepid travellers, escorted tours can also be a great way to experience the road less travelled. Many tour operators now offer escorted tours in lesser-visited countries and destinations – a great way to see somewhere totally different (and perhaps not safe to travel in alone/as a couple) while still remaining in safe hands.

Finally, escorted tours may be a great option for single travellers. They can not only travel more safely as part of a group, but also meet new friends to share their travels with. Some escorted tours accommodate for single travellers at no extra cost, while others may add a small extra charge.

Escorted tours are just one long coach trip – while some UK and Western Europe tours may be carried out by coach, escorted tours with longer distances between destinations often include quicker, and more scenic, methods of travel. Coaches may be used for places just a couple of hours apart, but domestic flights are also included to get you from place to place quicker. Scenic railways may also form part of your tour, such as the TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and for travelling from the south to the north of Australia, there’s no more spectacular way than on the incredible Ghan railway.

Escorted tours are expensive – because everything is included all in one package, people often dismiss escorted tours as incredibly expensive. However, part of the reason for this is that you are paying for the vast majority of your holiday upfront, whereas on a regular holiday you may not pay for eating out and activities until you arrive. As escorted tour operators often regularly arrange holidays for large groups, they are also often able to arrange hotels, transport and entry to attractions at a cheaper rate.

There isn’t enough time to explore – many escorted tours last two, three or even four weeks at a time purely because they like to give you plenty of time in each of the destinations you’ll be visiting, so you can really soak up everything about the country you’re visiting and explore at a leisurely pace. You’ll often spend two, three or four nights in each town or city, depending on how much there is to see and do in the local area.

Escorted tours have no flexibility – flexibility and the ability to customise your experience are both things that are becoming more and more common in escorted tours. This starts with getting to and from your destination; these days you often have a choice of UK airports you can fly from, rather just the one, and if you are flying long-haul, a choice of cities for a stopover. While the travelling between each destination and the time you spend there are normally fairly fixed, what you do while you’re there isn’t. Some experiences are included in the price of your tour, while others are completely optional, meaning if you don’t wish to do them you can spend the day how you please.

We hope you agree that an escorted tour sounds like a brilliant way to discover some of the world’s most fascinating countries! If you’re intrigued to find out more about where you can go on an escorted tour, take a look at our choice of escorted tours across Asia, Africa and Australasia – there is bound to be a perfect tour for you.


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