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Magnificent New Zealand Tour

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New Zealand is a very special place. Its stunning, other-worldly landscapes, its rich Maori culture and laid-back outdoors lifestyle, its unique wildlife and fertile terrain; the list is endless. For that reason, if you’re going to make the journey to the other side of the world, you need to allow plenty of time to appreciate everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Discover New Zealand in all its glory on The Magnificent New Zealand tour. The essential tour of New Zealand, we visit all the must-see attractions during our comprehensive 24-day escorted holiday. We explore the country’s breath-taking scenery of high mountain peaks, deep fiords, lush rainforests and ancient glaciers. And we discover its vibrant, modern cities, learn about traditional Maori customs and enjoy an unforgettable cruise on magnificent Milford Sound – all at a leisurely pace.

From the harbourside city of Auckland to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands; from Rotorua’s unique geothermal landscape to the charming city of Christchurch; from the glacier of Franz Josef to the lively lakeside town of Queenstown and quirky Dunedin with its Victorian architecture and Scottish heritage: this 24-day tour really does encompass Magnificent New Zealand.

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Day 1

Depart UK

path to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, overlooking the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas & Emirates. Choose from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. Alternatively, fly direct to Singapore with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Singapore, 2 nights

Merlion Statue at twilight with Singapore skyscrapers in background

Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four-star M Hotel City Centre, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Alternative stopover

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you are flying with Qantas  & Emirates, you may choose to stop in Bangkok or Dubai for the same price. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary and will be advised at the time of booking.

Day 3


Aerial view of Marina Bay, Singapore at dawn, with the famous Art Science museum in foreground

Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where east meets west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. This morning, enjoy a tour of this wonderful city. Included is a stop at Merlion Park with impressive views of Marina Bay. See the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.

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Day 4

Depart Singapore

Photo looking up at the Gardens By The Bay light show in Singapore at night, vibrant pinks and purples paired with deep blues of the night sky

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Auckland. Perhaps explore the impressive Gardens by the Bay or enjoy high tea at Raffles.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Day 5

Auckland, 2 nights

Bright photo of Auckland skyline at daytime, with boats sailing in the harbour

If flying with Qantas & Emirates, your flight will transfer via Australia before arriving into Auckland. On arrival, transfer to the centrally located Grand Millennium Auckland, where we spend our first two nights in New Zealand. At the hotel, we meet our local Coach Captain, who will be our driver and guide during our time in New Zealand.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 6


The wave-like architecture of the Queens Wharf in Auckland, with skyscrapers in the background

This morning, we take an orientation tour of the city. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city, with a beautiful waterside setting and a landscape dotted with volcanic hills. We drive along the stunning coastline of the famous Waitemata Harbour. In the distance see Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano, dominating the horizon. We continue to the stylish Viaduct Harbour, host to many America’s Cup celebrations. Your afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps take a trip to the top of Sky Tower; the panoramic views from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere are truly breathtaking.

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Day 7

Bay of Islands, 3 nights

Aerial of Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Our travels today commence with a drive over the impressive Waitemata Harbour Bridge. Journey past dairy farms and rolling hills as we make our way north. We continue to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, where we stop to view the gigantic kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest.’ We then travel across the country to the beautiful Bay of Islands and our home for the next three nights, the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, located in the picturesque seaside town of Paihia.

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Day 8

Bay of Islands

Group of tourists on Hole in the Rock cruise in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Tour Highlight

Visiting this stunning area wouldn’t be complete without a cruise around the Bay of Islands, no doubt one of your tour highlights. Cruise via Red Head Passage to Cape Brett and Piercy Island and on to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. In these world-famous deep-fishing grounds dolphins and schools of fish are frequently seen. Our return trip travels via historic Russell, once known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, but now a peaceful and picturesque township. Our free afternoon provides an excellent opportunity (at an additional cost) to visit the grounds of the Waitangi National Reserve where, in 1840, the British and Maori chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty.

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Day 9

Bay of Islands Freedom Day

Cape Reinga, top of the North Island, New Zealand

Although our day has been left at leisure, we have the opportunity to join a fantastic optional trip to Cape Reinga. This full day excursion visits the northern tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. The area holds special spiritual significance in Maori tradition, as the place where Maori spirits return to their traditional homeland, Hawaiiki-A-Nui, via the roots of a lone (and still standing) 800-year-old pohutukawa tree. Highlights of today’s tour include magnificent coastal landscapes, the Te Paki sand dunes and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach.

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Day 10

Rotorua, 2 nights

Maori men and women performing the famous war dance; the Haka

We travel south this morning via Auckland as we make our way to the world-famous thermal region of Rotorua. The next two nights are spent at the four star Distinction Hotel. Rotorua is the heart of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and this evening, at our hotel, we attend a concert featuring traditional song and dance, including the world famous war dance – The Haka. Also included is a buffet dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 11


Thermal Pools at Polynesian Spa, Rotorua, New Zealand

Our sightseeing this morning takes us via Rotorua’s famous Bath House, a Tudor-style building within the Government Gardens. We continue to Te Puia, home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax. For those that so wish, optional activities include a floatplane flight over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps an afternoon visiting the world-renowned
Polynesian Thermal Pools for a soak in their therapeutic geothermal waters.

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Day 12

Christchurch, Overnight

centre of Christchurch, with classic shops on the high street

This morning we make our way to Auckland Airport for our Jetstar flight to Christchurch. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour, prior to our arrival at the centrally located  Distinction Hotel, Christchurch.

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Day 13

Franz Josef, 2 nights

Famous TranzAlpine train travelling through the Canterbury Plains

Today we embark on one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. Travel through the Canterbury Plains, heading towards the imposing Southern Alps. We climb the mighty Southern Alps, where at every turn, spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape take our breath away. There is also an opportunity to take an optional journey on the TranzAlpine, arguably one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. On board, you will enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as we travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. From Arthur’s Pass, we make the spectacular descent down the western side of the Southern Alps by coach, through thick native beech forest. Our travels continue southbound taking us alongside striking wild scree scarred terrain with forests of Crimson Rata and Kahikatea. Just a few miles further south we pass Lakes Ianthe and Mapourika before entering the Westland National Park and reaching the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier for our next two nights.

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Day 14

Franz Josef Freedom Day

Helicopter landed on the top of the Franz Josef Glacier, with people hiking through the deep snow

Today is left completely free to absorb the beauty of Franz Josef. For those that so wish, we shall drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where we will have the opportunity to walk through the rainforest and enjoy views of the glacier valley. Weather permitting we may also take an optional scenic flight (at an additional cost) over the glacier and the awe-inspiring Alpine region.

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Day 15

Queenstown, 3 nights

Waterfront Dining on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Incredible scenery today as we travel across the Haast River Bridge and via Clark Bluff along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea as we enter New Zealand’s Central Otago region. We continue via Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam in 1994. Later in the afternoon we reach beautiful, cosmopolitan Queenstown, and our home for the next three nights, the four star Millennium Hotel, situated only a short walk from the centre of town.

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Day 16

Queenstown Freedom Day

TSS earnslaw steamboat travelling through the lakes of Queenstown

Queenstown smiles south across Lake Wakatipu into an incomparable alpine scene. Poplars and willows surround the lakefront and the lake seems to glisten every shade of blue. Today has been left free to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. For a relaxing experience, follow Queenstown’s wine trail, an enjoyable day excursion of wine tasting and sightseeing. There is also an opportunity to take an optional leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. The cruise includes a visit to Walter Peak Homestead and a sheep shearing show, before returning to Queenstown aboard Earnslaw.

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Day 17

Queenstown Freedom Day

Lookout point over the entirety of Queenstown and surrounding lake

This morning we take a tour to visit the nearby historic mining town of Arrowtown. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Be sure to try a cream tea in one of the quaint tea rooms. In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy this wonderful alpine setting. The thrill-seekers amongst us may wish to try the Shotover Jet – an exhilarating boat ride amongst the crags and boulders of the Shotover River canyon. For a more serene experience maybe stroll by the lakeside or take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a magnificent panoramic view of Queenstown.

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Day 18

Te Anau, Overnight

Milford Sound Cruise

Tour Highlight

Today we travel to the magnificent Fiordland National Park and to Milford Sound, which will undoubtedly prove to be one of our tour’s many highlights. The scenic drive takes us through a variety of landscapes – farmland, native tussock grasslands, lush beech forests and impressive glacial valleys – before arriving at Milford Sound to begin our cruise. Only when out cruising on Milford Sound can the sheer scale of the dramatic scenery be fully appreciated: towering peaks rise all around and spectacular waterfalls cascade into the calm waters below. Our cruise takes in the impressive Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Remember to keep a look out for  dolphins as well as seals and penguins. We spend tonight at the Distinction Hotel and Villas.

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Day 19

Dunedin, 2 nights

Dunedin railway station, with victorian era architecture

This morning after a hearty breakfast we say goodbye to Fiordland. A morning drive takes us via Mossburn and Lumsden to Gore. Fresh, green farm scenery will accompany us to Balclutha, which has a distinctive arched concrete bridge. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin is South Island’s second largest city and is considered New Zealand’s architectural heritage capital, with its lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings. On arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres, and other 19th century buildings. We have time to admire the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula and Harbour before we return to our hotel. Our next two nights are spent at the Distinction Hotel Dunedin.

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Day 20


Penguin in Dunedin, with greenery surrounding the animal

A day at leisure to spend as we please. Perhaps join the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour – a perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. The tour includes an Otago Harbour cruise to Taiaroa Head, home of the world’s only mainland nesting place of albatross, and a visit to Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve for the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin.

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Day 21

Twizel, Overnight

Magnificent NZ - Day 21 - Twizel, Overnight

This morning, our travels take us north once more. We stop at Hampden Beach to witness the geological curiosities known as the Moeraki Boulders, huge spherical boulders which are scattered along the beach, whilst others can be seen emerging from the sandstone cliffs. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres in diameter. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago and waves, wind and rain are uncovering them one by one. Our next stop is Oamaru, where we stroll through New Zealand’s best preserved Victorian streets. Later in the day we arrive at the Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel in Twizel.

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Day 22

Christchurch, Overnight

Magnificent NZ - Day 22 - Christchurch, Overnight

On leaving Twizel, we head northeast to the turquoise-tinted Lake Pukaki, which gains its colour from the melting water of a glacier. We also stop at The Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, where there is also an opportunity to make an optional visit to the Dark Sky Project, an interactive journey delivering thought-provoking insight into the world of tatai aroraki (Maori astronomy). Later, we descend from Mackenzie Country to the Canterbury Plains and to Christchirch, where we spend our final night in New Zealand at the Distinction Hotel.

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Day 23

Depart Christchurch

All good things must come to an end, and this morning we transfer to Christchurch Airport. Dependent on your choice of airline your flight will either connect via Australia and Dubai, if flying with Qantas & Emirates, or Singapore if your chosen airline is Singapore Airlines.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

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Day 24

Arrive UK

maori greeting new zealand blue skies

Breakfast is served shortly before our arrival, bringing an end to our Magnificent New Zealand tour.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Why not combine with a tour of Australia?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, why not combine the Magnificent New Zealand tour with either the Wonders of Australia or Very Best of Australia tour?  Please see our Australia & New Zealand combination tours for more details.

Departure dates & prices

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Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £1,445 (November 2023 to March 2024) £1,145 (19 April 2024) £1,595 (November 2024 to March 2025) £1,225 (20 April 2025)

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy on selected routes from £2,295 per person return. Upgrade to Business Class from £4,995 per person return.

New Zealand Visa: Travellers to New Zealand are required to obtain a visa (NZeTA). The cost for this is $12NZD ($9NZD if applying via the smartphone app). An International Visitor Levy fee of $35NZD is also payable and will be charged when applying for the NZeTA.

Important Information: Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include a lot in your tour. And the great news is that on the Magnificent New Zealand tour, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local coach captains, and many amazing excursions, already paid for. All you need to do is bring a bit of spending money.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas & Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester on certain days of the week
  • Domestic flight within New Zealand
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Two-night outbound stopover. Choose from Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai (dependent on choice of airline)

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Meals worth £440 per person
  • Daily breakfast
  • A dinner in Rotorua

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Bangkok or Dubai), Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch
  • ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori concert
  • Morning cruise on Milford Sound

On the ground

  • Services of experienced Coach Captains
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

M Hotel City Centre, Singapore

Occupying a great location in Singapore city centre, M Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel offering a warm welcome and a range of services alongside comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Your Stay The spacious guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV… Find out more >
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Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

You’re in prime position to explore when you stay at Grand Millennium Auckland. Its city centre location puts you close to both Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour, meaning you really are surrounded by the vibrancy and hustle and bustle of… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands

This resort-style hotel, complete with sub-tropical gardens, is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands and only a stroll away from the main wharf. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, the Scenic Hotel… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Imagine waking up with the most enchanting forest on your doorstep. Well, that is exactly what will happen when you stay at The Distinction Rotorua Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel is the Whakarewarewa Forest which is home some of the… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

The Distinction Hotel Christchurch is newly refurbished and located right in the heart of the famous Cathedral Square. Described as ‘an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth’ the hotel was renovated following the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. Its… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

Situated on the edge of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an accommodation highlight. Staying in the Douglas Wing in a light and airy room, you’ll enjoy… Find out more >
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Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Timeless elegance meets luxury accommodation at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. The hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after an exciting day sightseeing in New Zealand's adventure capital. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located on top of a hill… Find out more >
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Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

This hotel is right in the hustle and bustle of Te Anau Town, but only a short stroll from the serene Lake Te Anau and its picturesque surroundings. Te Anau is known by many as the walking capital of the… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and home to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most spectacular heritage architecture. An interesting fact about this lovely hotel which you’ll stay in while you’re visiting Dunedin is that in the 1930s, it was… Find out more >
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Singapore: Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night Safari.

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Hong Kong: Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

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Hong Kong: Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Hong Kong: Lantau Island Tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong: Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Bali: Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Bali: Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali: Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Bali: Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Bali: Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Special  Offers – SAVE up to £492 per couple!

Enjoy a homebound stopover from as little as £99 per person when you book one of our Australia and/or New Zealand tours departing after September 2024. Choose a city stay in bustling Bangkok, fashionable Dubai or the cosmopolitan Singapore, or opt to relax beachside in Bali, or Sentosa Island.

It really does pay to book early, as these stopovers usually cost up to £690 per couple for two nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers.

Destinations and prices as follows:

  • Two-night stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai for just £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy).
  • Three-night stopover in Bali for only £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy).
  • Two-night stopover on Sentosa Island for £179 per person (£358 for single occupancy).

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The savings quoted on Australia & New Zealand tours are off the price of a homeward stopover which normally costs up to £690 per couple. Special offers are for tours featured in our 2024/25 Australia & New Zealand brochure, departing from September 2024. All offers are based on specific flights and booking classes and are subject to availability at the time of booking. If choosing to fly with Singapore Airlines your homebound stopover options are limited to Singapore or Sentosa Island. All offers must end 1st July 2024

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Bangkok Stopover Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through floating markets. Make sure…

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Merlion in Singapore

Singapore Stopover Offer, M Hotel City Centre

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Dubai Stopover Offer, Marriott Al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Bali - Merusaka Nusa Dua

Bali Stopover Offer, Merusaka Nusa Dua

The beachfront Merusaka in Nusa Dua is an oasis of calm surrounded by tropical beauty, where turquoise waters lap white-sand shores and swaying palm trees. Guests can expect modern, comfortable rooms with elements of Balinese design; three outdoor pools and…

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Sentosa Stopover Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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