What do New Zealanders think of Singapore
Australia-New Zealand to get to know with Singapore
Day 1: Departure
Day 2: Stop in Asia
Afternoon landing with Singapore Airlines from Frankfurt. Guests on an alternative flight from Munich, Düsseldorf and Zurich land in Singapore in the morning (rooms can be booked on arrival as an option). Your Studiosus tour guide will welcome you to the hotel and give you tips for the evening off. In the restaurants on the Singapore River you can taste the culinary diversity of Singapore. (F)
Day 3: Singapore - modern multicultural metropolis
Today you can look forward to an exciting day in the tropical metropolis of Singapore. In the mornings, immerse yourself in the tropical flora in the botanical garden. Contrast: women in colorful saris in Little India and glowing incense sticks in the temples of Chinatown - in Singapore peoples and religions mix. Finally, take a look at the mega-city from the observation deck of Marina Bay Sands, one of the most outstanding structures in the world, from a lofty 200 m height. The afternoon remains free. View from the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world or marvel at the flowers in the Gardens by the Bay? The hotel room is booked until 6 p.m. Late evening non-stop flight with Singapore Airlines to Auckland (flight time approx. 10 hours). (F)
Day 4: Welcome to New Zealand!
At noon arrival in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. The afternoon remains free. How about a latte at the marina or a swim in the hotel pool? Two nights in Auckland in a centrally located hotel.
Day 5: Auckland - City of Sails
On our city tour we look out over the Bay of Auckland from a vantage point and get a fantastic insight into the natural and cultural history of New Zealand in the War Memorial Museum. Free afternoon. Keep the "Kiwis" company at a picnic in one of the many parks or take the ferry to the pretty harbor town of Devonport! We enjoy dinner in the revolving restaurant of the Sky Tower - the impressive view over the illuminated metropolis and the Pacific is also free. (F, A)
Day 6: Auckland to Rotorua
On the way south, your guide will tell you about the national sport of rugby. The beefy players of the All Blacks are true folk heroes! At noon we reach the seaside resort of Mt. Maunganui. You have the choice between swimming or a walk (1 hour, easy, ↑ 0 m ↓ 0 m) around the mountain lying on a headland. In Te Puke we are guests on a kiwi plantation and learn a lot about New Zealand's most famous fruit. 220 km. Two nights in Rotorua. (F)
Day 7: Rotorua - Maori and geysers
In the Te Puia thermal park we discover hissing geysers and bubbling mud pools and discover the working techniques of the indigenous people in the Maori arts and crafts school. In the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park we see rare and strange animals: three-eyed Tuatara lizards, kiwi birds and colorful mountain parrots. You can organize the afternoon freely. How about soothing hot thermal baths at the Polynesian Spa? (F)
Day 8: Volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park
While walking through the Waimangu Valley, steaming rivers, hot springs and green-blue lakes will be intoxicating us. The smell of sulfur is in the air. In the afternoon we reach the Tongariro National Park (UNESCO World Heritage). 190 km. Free time in this magnificent landscape. If you like, you can go on a hike at the foot of the Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe volcanoes. (F)
Day 9: The capital Wellington
We continue to the capital Wellington, where we inspect St. Paul's Church and the government district in the afternoon. The modern Te Papa National Museum then provides a great opportunity to learn more about natural disasters that haunt the country and to gain deeper insights into Maori culture. What is the situation of the indigenous people like today? Are you now integrated into society? Your tour guide reports. 330 km. (F)
Day 10: Flight to the South Island
In the morning we fly with Air New Zealand to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. Out of the airport and straight into country life! On a farm, a sheep farmer shows us around her lands and reports on wool prices, agriculture and the position of farmers in New Zealand society. After lunch with typical home-style cooking, it goes over the rough Mackenzie plateau to the turquoise Lake Tekapo, which spreads majestically against the backdrop of the southern Alps. 270 km. (F, M)
Day 11: From Lake Tekapo to Te Anau
In the morning we continue through the impressive mountains of the South Island. On the way a view of Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, awaits us. At the Kawarau Bridge, we are in awe of the height from which you can plunge into the depths while bungee jumping - this is where A. J. Hackett made jumping on a rubber rope a global success. We spend the night in Te Anau, picturesquely situated on the lake of the same name. 390 km. (F)
Day 12: Boat trip in Milford Sound
Rugged mountains, thundering waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, spectacular fjords. We pay homage to the "Prince" of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park (UNESCO World Heritage), the Milford Sound, on a boat trip. Back on land, we then enjoy the scenery on the drive to Queenstown, the beauty of which has impressed cinema-goers from the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" films around the world. Bus route 400 km. Two nights in Queenstown. (F)
Day 13: In Queenstown
High above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu we float up Bob's Peak in the gondola. There is no better view of the city, the lake and the grandiose mountain ranges. In the afternoon you will direct the program. Visit one of the region's small wineries, or sit in a pavement café in Queenstown like New Zealanders do! (F)
Day 14: Flight to Australia
There is still time in Queenstown in the morning. How about a stroll along the shores of Lake Wakatipu? In the afternoon we say goodbye to New Zealand and fly to Australia with Air New Zealand in just three and a half hours. First stop: the lifestyle and sports metropolis Melbourne, which has been voted one of the most livable cities in the world several times. If you like, you can jump into the city bustle at Federation Square. Two nights in Melbourne in a centrally located hotel. (F)
Day 15: Melbourne - a metropolis with a heart
Today we explore Melbourne on foot and by bus. Wide parks, chic cafés and wide avenues give the city a European flair. We mingle with the big city shoppers at Queen Victoria Market, see the tennis mecca of the Rod Laver Arena from the outside and explore the Royal Botanic Gardens. In the afternoon there is time for an individual stroll through the city. Stroll along the banks of the Yarra River or see the city from above from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower. (F)
Day 16: Flight to the outback
At noon we fly with Virgin Australia via Adelaide to Alice Springs into the dry heart of Australia. In the open-air museum of the telegraph station, we immerse ourselves in the pioneering days of white outback settlement. Then there is still time for a dip in the hotel pool. Two nights in Alice Springs. (F)
Day 17: Around Alice Springs
In the cool morning hours we explore the Simpsons Gap in the MacDonnell Ranges National Park and look out for black-footed kangaroos. In the Desert Park we then see how the desert plants and animals can survive in this arid wilderness. In the afternoon we visit a real outback icon: In the Flying Doctor Service we learn how medical care works in the vastness of the Northern Territory. (F)
Day 18: Red rock in sight - Ayers Rock
On the way through the red semi-desert we talk about the fascinating culture of the Aborigines, but also about the trauma of the stolen generations. A few years ago the government apologized for the injustice committed - is that enough for a harmonious future? In the afternoon we reach Ayers Rock (Uluru) and discover rock paintings on small walks that tell of the myths and dream paths of the indigenous people. For the finale of the day we stay right at Ayers Rock, which glows in different shades of red from minute to minute in the sunset. 500 km on well-developed roads. (F)
Day 19: From the outback to Sydney
Sunrise at Ayers Rock - a sublime experience. Today you get up early, follow your guide into the desert in the dark and feel the morning freshness of the outback on your skin in the light of the rising sun. Back at the hotel, breakfast awaits us to strengthen us. After visiting the cultural center of the indigenous people, we say goodbye to the desert and at noon we fly with Virgin Australia to Sydney, the "secret capital" of Australia. Three nights in Sydney in The Rocks Old Town and within walking distance of the Opera House. (F)
Day 20: View of Sydney
In the morning we take a look behind the scenes of the famous opera house (UNESCO World Heritage) and take the Aussie quiz on the city tour: Who knows the most cultural exports? From AC / DC to zinc cream against sunburn. In Manly we meet a life saver in his "office" on the beach. Australia's lifeguards are among the best and always cut a fine figure. At the barbecue we learn more about wild waves, hungry sharks and the ozone hole. Back in the city we go up to the observation tower, where the skyscrapers and the port of Sydney are at our feet. (F, M)
Day 21: Sydney - cosmopolitan city with pep
Spectacular perspectives await us on our harbor tour. From the boat we see the sails of the yachts, the skyline of Sydney and the many bays in one of the largest natural harbors in the world. In the afternoon everyone does what they want. Go shopping in the Queen Victoria Building or take the ferry to Taronga to the zoo! (F)
Day 22: Flight to tropical Queensland
In the morning there is time to stroll through the Sunday market in the Rocks. Contrast program: In the afternoon we fly with Virgin Australia to the humid tropics to Cairns. Three nights in a comfortable hotel in Cairns. (F)
Day 23: The Great Barrier Reef
On the catamaran trip to the reef, we let the sea breeze blow around our noses. Your guide reports on the endangerment of the UNESCO World Heritage and the measures taken to protect it. A fascinating underwater world awaits us. Explore the colorful world of corals and marine animals by snorkeling, swimming or dry-footed in a semi-sub-boat! We enjoy the lunch buffet on board. (F, M)
Day 24: Tjapukai and Kuranda
In the Tjapukai Cultural Park we get a little closer to the culture of the Aborigines. We learn more about the dream time story, let ourselves be enchanted by the dances of the indigenous people and can try our hand at boomerang throwing. In the gondola we then float over the canopy of the rainforest to the former hippie village of Kuranda. Free time: The butterfly farm, the zoo, markets and hip boutiques - Kuranda has something for everyone. Later on, we take a nostalgic train back down to the coast. In the evening we meet for a stylish farewell dinner in a tropical evening atmosphere in a restaurant on the waterfront. (F, A)
Day 25: Goodbye, Australia!
You can relax and organize the morning according to your own ideas. In the afternoon it's time to say goodbye to Australia and your tour guide. Flight with Silkair, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, from Cairns to Singapore (flight time approx. 7 hours, transfer time approx. 1 to 2.5 hours) and further with Singapore Airlines. (Flight time approx. 13 hours). (F)
Day 26: Back home
Arrival in Europe in the morning.
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