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Australia Highlights (OASD)

Australia / Pacific Australia

Let’s be honest: All of Australia is a highlight. However, if you’re looking for a trip that’ll give you a little bit of everything, then this 27-day tour is right up your alley. There’ll be no lack of culture and tradition – everything from sheep-shearing to 3 days of sailing in the Whitsundays to 4x4 off-roading on Fraser Island – as well as immersing yourself in Aborigine culture in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With a variety of both accommodations and transport at a stellar price, our Australia Highlights trip will guarantee one great “g’day” to the Outback.

Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky, witness the majesty of Uluru at sunset, ride the route of Afghan cameleers on The Ghan Train.

27 days
From $5999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Australia Encompassed (OAAE)

Australia / Pacific Australia

Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 24 days’ time, you’ll head up the east coast (and participate in wine tastings, gem mining and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south for Kings Canyon, Uluru and Adelaide just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.

Highlights: Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset

25 days
From $5299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

East Coast Encompassed—Sydney to Cairns (OAEC)

Australia / Pacific Australia

Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, spend the night in a teepee, snorkel the Whitsundays, catch a few wave and spearfish with local Aborigines. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”

Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.

Highlights: Explore bustling cities, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia

28 days
From $2849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand

It dosen’t look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you’re there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip—our longest in this part of the world—delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. 24 days? You’ll wish it was longer.

Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, explore the Bay of Islands, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot.

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $2804
$3299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID)

Asia Indonesia

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’ top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches, chill out on Lake Samosir.

28 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Outback to the Top End - Adelaide to Darwin (OAAD)

Australia / Pacific Australia

You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve turned to trains, 4x4s, buses and boat for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 14 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

Highlights: Bed down outside under the Outback sky, experience a night underground in Coober Pedy, catch the sunset at Uluru, hike the Red Centre, ride the route of Afghan cameleers on the Ghan Train, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakadu National Park

14 days
From $2599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC)

Australia / Pacific Australia

The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia—the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of atypical activities—everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier you’ve been looking for? Here it is.

Highlights: Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $2479
$3099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Best of New Zealand (ONNS)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand

Compared with their enormous western neighbour, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much, much, much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves and hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.

Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2399
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.

Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.

9 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Australia South to North - Melbourne to Darwin (OAMD)

Australia / Pacific Australia

You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve turned to trains, 4x4s, buses and boats for this itinerary. From the cobblestones of charming Melbourne, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 18 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

Highlights: Bed down at a traditional sheep station and outside under the Outback sky, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, experience a night underground in Coober Pedy, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru, hike through gorgeous natural rock formations in the Red Centre, ride the route of Afghan cameleers on the Ghan Train, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kakadu National Park

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2239
$2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)

Australia / Pacific Australia

If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia’s highlights without feeling rushed, you’ll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation—swags to underground hostels and even a traditional sheep station.

Highlights: Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional outback station, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset, explore the Red Centre

13 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (OAQE)

Australia / Pacific Australia

This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We’ve got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we’re north of Cairns, we’ll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.

Highlights: Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht, spearfish and cook what you catch with Aboriginals, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local host.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public bus, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.

11 days
From $1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, kayaking, cycling and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

Highlights: Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1599
$1999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC)

Australia / Pacific Australia

You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once you’re there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal. Employing a diverse range of transport—yachts, trains, 4x4s and buses—you’ll visit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling and camp out under the stars in an authentic Australian 'swag.' Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.

Highlights: Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1519
$1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Outback to the Red Centre—Adelaide to Alice Springs (OAAR)

Australia / Pacific Australia

Forego the typical coach tour and get off the beaten track from Adelaide to Alice Springs and explore some of the most remote areas on Earth. From Adelaide, hit the Flinders Ranges and cut through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll meet some of the locals, experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into regional Aboriginal and European history. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers looking to hit the Outback’s highlights, this itinerary features lots of inclusions at a great price.

Highlights: Bed down at a traditional Outback station, live life underground in the historic mining town of Coober Pedy, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, enjoy the sunset over Uluru, sleep in a swag under the stars of the Outback sky

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

Asia Indonesia

Home to 136 million people, the Indonesian island of Java is the most densely populated region on Earth. But while the teeming rivers of humanity that flow through Jakarta’s streets at rush hour can feel overpowering, there’s still a surprising amount of room to stretch out and explore. Travelling with other young travellers eager to experience this unique place, you’ll make your way from big cities to the calming beaches of Bali, soaking up culture and excitement along the way. And as your expert CEOs will be only too happy to show you, there’s plenty more to taste here than just stellar coffee.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches.

15 days
From $1449
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

Asia Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore

Bliss out on world-class beaches in exotic southern Thailand before cooling off in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. This 2-week tour will introduce you to three diverse nations—and three of the region’s most vibrant cities. Sample street food or hit Bangkok’s clubs with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with those that’ll keep up. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure: pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don't.

Highlights: Explore the streets of bustling Bangkok, stop by Penang's Chinese shop houses, glimpse beautiful green vistas in the the Cameron Highlands, dive into multicultural Kuala Lumpur, visit three diverse countries in two weeks.

14 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

New Zealand - North Island Encompassed (ONNE)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand

New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This 10-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you’ll learn Maori culture (and try your hand at bone-carving) straight from the source while bunking in villages in the bush and pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm. Elsewhere, you’ll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert and overnight on a houseboat. There’s much more, but we’ve gotta leave some surprises, right?

Highlights: Snorkel in the beautiful Bay of Islands, surf world famous waves, learn about the Maori culture in a village homestay, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek, dance the night away in Wellington.

10 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
27 days
From $5999

Australia Highlights (OASD)

25 days
From $5299

Australia Encompassed (OAAE)

28 days
From $2849

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $2804
$3299

New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2399
$2999

Best of New Zealand (ONNS)

9 days
From $2349

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

13 days
From $2199

Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)

11 days
From $1749

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1519
$1899

Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC)

15 days
From $1449

Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

14 days
From $1399

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

10 days
From $1349

New Zealand - North Island Encompassed (ONNE)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Australia Highlights (OASD) 27 days Yolo Basic
From $5999
Australia Encompassed (OAAE) 25 days Yolo Basic
From $5299
East Coast Encompassed—Sydney to Cairns (OAEC) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $2959
$3699
Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2849
New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ) 24 days Yolo Basic
From $2804
$3299
Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Outback to the Top End - Adelaide to Darwin (OAAD) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $2599
Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $2479
$3099
Best of New Zealand (ONNS) 21 days Yolo Basic
From $2399
$2999
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $2349
Australia South to North - Melbourne to Darwin (OAMD) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $2239
$2799
Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR) 13 days Yolo Basic
From $2199
Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (OAQE) 12 days Yolo Basic
From $2079
$2599
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1749
New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1599
$1999
Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1519
$1899
Outback to the Red Centre—Adelaide to Alice Springs (OAAR) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $1499
Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1449
Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
New Zealand - North Island Encompassed (ONNE) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1349