The Global 360

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Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Trip code: G360

Welcome to our most popular around-the-world trip: The Global 360!  We have come up with four incredible Global 360 packages, which include all of our most popular destinations and amazing activities in an epic world tour: 

The Basic: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + Canyon, Coast and Casinos (USA)

The Standard: Thai Adventure + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + Canyon, Coast and Casinos (USA)

The Standard Plus: Thai Adventure + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + San Francisco to New York Road Trip (USA)

The Complete: Thai Adventure + Indochina Discovery (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos) + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + San Francisco to New York Road Trip (USA)

Choose from one of these four suggested Global 360 packages or tailor-make this global trip to suit you, adding in or subtracting tours to create your own ideal itinerary. You will be allocated an experienced Travel Advisor who will help you organise your dream trip exactly to your specifications. All  of our Global 360 trips include a four-week Thai Adventure, our Absolute Oz paid work programme in Australia, a hop-on-hop-off bus pass in New Zealand and one of two possible road trips in the USA. Depending on the 360 option you choose, you could also have unforgettable experiences exploring Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and/or Bali on a mind-blowing round-the-world adventure! The Global 360 offers a round-the-world odyssey bursting with the planet’s best and most breathtaking experiences – don’t miss out, plan your ideal Global 360 gap adventure today!

Please note: If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow a new updated Thai Adventure itinerary. Please see the further trip information for more details.

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

Trip highlights

  • Soak up some Asian culture on a Thai Adventure; experience Bangkok, Chiang Mai, an Elephant Home and a hill trek, plus volunteer, party and soak up the sun on Thailand’s idyllic islands
  • Discover beautiful Bali on an action-packed 12-day tour!
  • Have a week of fun in Sydney and Beach Camp and then earn money on a paid work programme in Australia. 12 months inclusive job support so you can work and travel when you like!
  • Soak up stunning scenery and make friends with the New Zealand Kiwi Discovery Pass, valid for 12 months!
  • Explore some of America’s finest and most famous destinations, and hit the open road on a choice of awesome roadtrips!
Further trip information
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Here are our four suggested Global 360 packages:

The Basic: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + Canyon, Coast and Casinos (USA)

The Standard: Thai Adventure + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + Canyon, Coast and Casinos (USA)

The Standard Plus: Thai Adventure + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + San Francisco to New York Road Trip (USA)

The Complete: Thai Adventure + Indochina Discovery (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos) + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + San Francisco to New York Road Trip (USA)

You can choose from one of these suggested around-the-world packages, or you can design your own Global 360 by adding in or taking out any combination of these packages, or any of our other gap travel programmes.

The Basic

The Standard

The Standard Plus

The Complete

The Basic – A whistle-stop tour around the world!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work

Thai Adventure (4 weeks)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Start your 4 week Thai Adventure by exploring buzzing Bangkok.
  • Day 3: Overnight bus/train to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 4: Free time in Chiang Mai and Thai cookery class.
  • Day 5: Full day Elephant Home experience.
  • Day 6 & 7: 2-day adventure trek in the Thai hills. 
  • Day 8: Free day in Chiang Mai.
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Chiang Mai's temples and famous Night Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Return to Bangkok.
  • Day 11: Free day in Bangkok. Overnight bus/train journey to Koh Samui.
  • Day 12: Arrive on Koh Samui. Evening volunteer orientation session.
  • Day 13: Volunteer at a dam-building project on the island of Koh Samui.
  • Day 14: Chill out on the beaches of Koh Samui.
  • Day 15: Visit Beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Day 16-20: Chill out on the idyllic island of Koh Tao. Option to learn to dive.
  • Day 21-25: Have fun and party on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Phangan - live it up in paradise!
  • Day 26-28: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi for more party and beach vibes.
  • Day 29: Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi.

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party, which takes place on stunning Haad Rin beach, is the most famous party on Koh Phangan. People travel from all across the globe to attend this unforgettable night; and you could be one of anywhere between 10,000 – 30,000 people! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest music party on Koh Phangan. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia (8 Days)

  • Day 1, Sunday - Arrive in Sydney.
  • Day 2, Monday - Sydney walking tour and welcome dinner.
  • Day 3, Tuesday - Sydney. 9.15am orientation. Sydney Harbour boat cruise and walk to Darling Harbour.
  • Day 4, Wednesday - Day 6, Friday - 2-night Beach Camp adventure. See the rainforest and wildlife, go swimming & dolphin spotting, try night-time possum spotting, go on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park and go on a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat cruise.
  • Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
  • Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

At this point you will be eligible and prepared to take on paid work in Australia with 12 months job support from the Sydney jobs team and access to an exclusive jobs database. We recommend you allow around 6-7 months if you want to do paid work.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

Canyon, Coast & Casinos, USA 14 days)

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles/San Diego. Tour of Hollywood. Free time in San Diego.
  • Day 3: Colorado River. Drive through the Mojave Desert. Camp near the Colorado River.
  • Day 4-5: Lake Havasu & Grand Canyon. Swing by Lake Havasu. Sunrise or sunset by the Grand Canyon.
  • Day 6-7: Las Vegas. Included party ride experience.
  • Day 8: Death Valley. Discover impressive Death Valley.
  • Day 9-10: Yosemite National Park. Hike the gorgeous trails of Yosemite.
  • Day 11-12: San Francisco. Tour the cool city streets of this awesome city.
  • Day 13: Pacific Coast. Drive back down the coast towards L.A.
  • Day 14: Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Return to L.A. via beachy Santa Barbara.

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

Programmes on this trip are all subject to change and availability.

 

 

The Standard – See five amazing countries worldwide!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work

Thai Adventure (4 weeks)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Start your 4 week Thai Adventure by exploring buzzing Bangkok.
  • Day 3: Overnight bus/train to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 4: Free time in Chiang Mai and Thai cookery class.
  • Day 5: Full day Elephant Home experience.
  • Day 6 & 7: 2-day adventure trek in the Thai hills. 
  • Day 8: Free day in Chiang Mai.
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Chiang Mai's temples and famous Night Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Return to Bangkok.
  • Day 11: Free day in Bangkok. Overnight bus/train journey to Koh Samui.
  • Day 12: Arrive on Koh Samui. Evening volunteer orientation session.
  • Day 13: Volunteer at a dam-building project on the island of Koh Samui.
  • Day 14: Chill out on the beaches of Koh Samui.
  • Day 15: Visit Beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Day 16-20: Chill out on the idyllic island of Koh Tao. Option to learn to dive.
  • Day 21-25: Have fun and party on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Phangan - live it up in paradise!
  • Day 26-28: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi for more party and beach vibes.
  • Day 29: Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi.

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party, which takes place on stunning Haad Rin beach, is the most famous party on Koh Phangan. People travel from all across the globe to attend this unforgettable night; and you could be one of anywhere between 10,000 – 30,000 people! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest music party on Koh Phangan. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel.

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

Bali Intro (12 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Travel on to Australia for the next stage of your adventure!

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia (8 Days)

  • Day 1, Sunday - Arrive in Sydney.
  • Day 2, Monday - Sydney walking tour and welcome dinner.
  • Day 3, Tuesday - Sydney. 9.15am orientation. Sydney Harbour boat cruise and walk to Darling Harbour.
  • Day 4, Wednesday - Day 6, Friday - 2-night Beach Camp adventure. See the rainforest and wildlife, go swimming & dolphin spotting, try night-time possum spotting, go on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park and go on a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat cruise.
  • Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
  • Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

At this point you will be eligible and prepared to take on paid work in Australia with 12 months job support from the Sydney jobs team and access to an exclusive jobs database. We recommend you allow around 6-7 months if you want to do paid work.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

Canyon, Coast & Casinos, USA (14 days)

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles/San Diego. Tour of Hollywood. Free time in San Diego.
  • Day 3: Colorado River. Drive through the Mojave Desert. Camp near the Colorado River.
  • Day 4-5: Lake Havasu & Grand Canyon. Swing by Lake Havasu. Sunrise or sunset by the Grand Canyon.
  • Day 6-7: Las Vegas. Included party ride experience.
  • Day 8: Death Valley. Discover impressive Death Valley.
  • Day 9-10: Yosemite National Park. Hike the gorgeous trails of Yosemite.
  • Day 11-12: San Francisco. Tour the cool city streets of this awesome city.
  • Day 13: Pacific Coast. Drive back down the coast towards L.A.
  • Day 14: Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Return to L.A. via beachy Santa Barbara.

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

Programmes on this trip are all subject to change and availability.

 

 

The Standard Plus – A round the world adventure with that little extra!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work, road trips

Thai Adventure (4 weeks)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Start your 4 week Thai Adventure by exploring buzzing Bangkok.
  • Day 3: Overnight bus/train to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 4: Free time in Chiang Mai and Thai cookery class.
  • Day 5: Full day Elephant Home experience.
  • Day 6 & 7: 2-day adventure trek in the Thai hills. 
  • Day 8: Free day in Chiang Mai.
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Chiang Mai's temples and famous Night Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Return to Bangkok.
  • Day 11: Free day in Bangkok. Overnight bus/train journey to Koh Samui.
  • Day 12: Arrive on Koh Samui. Evening volunteer orientation session.
  • Day 13: Volunteer at a dam-building project on the island of Koh Samui.
  • Day 14: Chill out on the beaches of Koh Samui
  • Day 15: Visit Beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Day 16-20: Chill out on the idyllic island of Koh Tao. Option to learn to dive.
  • Day 21-25: Have fun and party on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Phangan - live it up in paradise!
  • Day 26-28: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi for more party and beach vibes.
  • Day 29: Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi.

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party, which takes place on stunning Haad Rin beach, is the most famous party on Koh Phangan. People travel from all across the globe to attend this unforgettable night; and you could be one of anywhere between 10,000 – 30,000 people! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest music party on Koh Phangan. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

Bali Intro (12 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Travel on to the next stage of your adventure!

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia (8 Days)

  • Day 1, Sunday - Arrive in Sydney.
  • Day 2, Monday - Sydney walking tour and welcome dinner.
  • Day 3, Tuesday - Sydney. 9.15am orientation. Sydney Harbour boat cruise and walk to Darling Harbour.
  • Day 4, Wednesday - Day 6, Friday - 2-night Beach Camp adventure. See the rainforest and wildlife, go swimming & dolphin spotting, try night-time possum spotting, go on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park and go on a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat cruise.
  • Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
  • Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

At this point you will be eligible and prepared to take on paid work in Australia with 12 months job support from the Sydney jobs team and access to an exclusive jobs database. We recommend you allow around 6-7 months if you want to do paid work.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

San Francisco to New York Road Trip, USA (23 days)

  • Day 1: San Francisco. Arrive at any time.
  • Day 2 & 3: Yosemite NP (1B,1L,2D). San Francisco city orientation tour. Hiking and exploring in spectacular Yosemite National Park.
  • Day 4: Bishop (1B,1L,1D). See sensational scenery along the Tioga Pass & awe-inspiring tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Soak in secluded hot springs.
  • Day 5 & 6: Death Valley NP/Las Vegas (1B,1L). Visit the hot, dry landscape of Death Valley, before hitting Las Vegas and the legendary strip. Optional VIP ride experience.
  • Day 7 & 8: Grand Canyon National Park (1B,2L,2D). Trek in the breathtaking landscape of the Grand Canyon. Optional helicopter flight or Grand Canyon movie.
  • Day 9 & 10: Monument Valley/Mesa Verde NP/Durango (2B,2L,1D). Hike in Mesa Verde National Park. Take an optional 4x4 excursion with a Navajo guide.
  • Day 11 & 12: Santa Fe/Carlsbad (2B,1L,1D). Discover the stunning city of Santa Fe. Take a guided tour of the Carlsbad Caverns.
  • Day 13 & 14: San Antonio/The Alamo/Houston (2B,2L,2D). Dip in the clear waters at Paradise Canyon, spend time in the historic city of San Antonio and visit the Alamo.
  • Day 15 & 16: New Orleans (2B). Enjoy an orientation tour of New Orleans, plus an optional swamp tour, plantation tour, or Mississippi steamboat cruise.
  • Day 17 & 18: Memphis/Nashville (2B,2L,1D). Visit rocking Memphis and then travel to Nashville, the home of country music.
  • Day 19: Appalachia (1B,1L,1D).Trek through trails in the amazing Appalachian Mountains and soak up some sensational scenery.
  • Day 20 & 21: Shenandoah NP/Washington DC (2B,1L,1D). Stop off in stunning Shenandoah National Park, before seeing America's capital city, Washington DC.
  • Day 22: Washington DC/New York City (1B,1L). Drive up to the Big Apple and enjoy an orientation tour. See all the famous sites of New York City and sample the lively nightlife. Your epic American road trip ends today and you can depart at any time.
Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

The Complete – Our round-the-world adventure epic!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work, road trips

Thai Adventure (4 weeks)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Start your 4 week Thai Adventure by exploring buzzing Bangkok.
  • Day 3: Overnight bus/train to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 4: Free time in Chiang Mai and Thai cookery class.
  • Day 5: Full day Elephant Home experience.
  • Day 6 & 7: 2-day adventure trek in the Thai hills. 
  • Day 8: Free day in Chiang Mai.
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Chiang Mai's temples and famous Night Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Return to Bangkok.
  • Day 11: Free day in Bangkok. Overnight bus/train journey to Koh Samui.
  • Day 12: Arrive on Koh Samui. Evening volunteer orientation session.
  • Day 13: Volunteer at a dam-building project on the island of Koh Samui.
  • Day 14: Chill out on the beaches of Koh Samui.
  • Day 15: Visit Beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Day 16-20: Chill out on the idyllic island of Koh Tao. Option to learn to dive.
  • Day 21-25: Have fun and party on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Phangan - live it up in paradise!
  • Day 26-28: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi for more party and beach vibes.
  • Day 29: Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi.

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party, which takes place on stunning Haad Rin beach, is the most famous party on Koh Phangan. People travel from all across the globe to attend this unforgettable night; and you could be one of anywhere between 10,000 – 30,000 people! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest music party on Koh Phangan. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

Indochina Discovery: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos (30 days)

Four countries, four capitals, four weeks, 1 experience. This epic 30-day Indochina Discovery tour begins and ends in Bangkok. The route runs as follows:

Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam – Laos – Thailand.

  • Day 1: Bangkok. Arrive at any time.
  • Day 2-3: Siem Reap/Angkor Wat (2B,1D). Discover stunning Siem Reap, enjoy a guided tour of Angkor Wat and enjoy a delicious inclusive Khmer lunch.
  • Day 4-5: Phnom Penh (2B). Arrival and orientation walk. Optional visits to the Killing Fields, Central Market, National Museum and Royal Palace.
  • Day 6-7: Sihanoukville (1B). Chill out in this coastal town, and laze on the beautiful beaches, swim in gorgeous seas or take an optional snorkelling boat trip.
  • Day 8: Mekong Delta (1D). Travel from Sihanoukville to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Spend the night in a local village in a homestay.
  • Day 9-10: Ho Chi Minh City (2B). Street food crawl. Optional visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, Colonial Quarter, Ben Thanh market. Overnight train to Nha Trang.
  • Day 11-12: Nha Trang (1B). Beach time, optional snorkelling boat trip, visit a mud baths or just soak up the sun. On day 12 take an overnight train to Hoi An.
  • Day 13-14: Hoi An (1B). Try a cooking class, explore the Chinese quarter, bike to the beach, choose an optional motorbike tour or shop ‘til you drop!
  • Day 15-16: Hue (2B). Optional visits to Royal Citadel, Imperial Tombs, Tien Mu Pagoda or Perfume River. Overnight train to Hanoi.
  • Day 17: Halong Bay/Bai Chai Harbour (1L). See heavenly Halong Bay, take a cruise on a sailing junk and enjoy a seafood lunch before visiting a cave.
  • Day 18-19: Hanoi (2B). Orientation walk. Optional visits to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake & Water Puppet show.
  • Day 20: Vientiane (1B). Fly to Laos. Optional visits to temples, the National Museum or Phat That Luang, or stock up on souvenirs in the all-day market.
  • Day 21-22: Vang Vieng (2B). Try some optional hiking, biking, caving or swimming in this out-of-the-way spot.
  • Day 23-24: Luang Prabang (2B). Witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks. Optional activities include a cookery class, elephant trek, bike ride, or visits to the Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Waterfall and Bear Rescue Centre.
  • Day 25: Mekong River (1B,1D). Take a slowboat along the magical Mekong River before spending the night in a traditional village homestay.
  • Day 26: Chiang Khong (1B,1L). Your second day lazing on board a boat up the Mekong River before crossing over the border into Thailand.
  • Day 27-28: Chiang Mai. Optional visit to Doi Suthep or the Chiang Mai Zoo. Shop at the unforgettable Night Bazaar. On Day 28, board an overnight train to Bangkok.
  • Day 29: Bangkok. A final, free day to explore Bangkok.
  • Day 30: Bangkok. Tour ends, depart at any time.

Bali Intro (12 days)

  • Day 1: Arriving into Denpasar Airport you’ll be picked up and taken to your gorgeous guesthouse in Kuta to meet the rest of your group.
  • Day 2: Visit a stunning temple, set on a cliff edge and relax on famous Padang Padang beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner and Kuta nightlife!
  • Day 3: Make tracks for the laid-back surfing spot of Canggu. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations – awesome!
  • Day 4: See 2 of Bali’s ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Swim at a waterfall and stay in spectacular mountains.
  • Day 5: Traditional outrigger boat ride; snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for a cultural experience.
  • Day 6: A fast ferry takes you to the idyllic Gili Islands, a real slice of paradise. Enjoy some free time and make the most of the amazing island nightlife.
  • Day 7: Take a biking tour of this gem of an island, snapping photos of the breathtaking views and lazing on white sand beaches.
  • Day 8: Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!
  • Day 9: Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud.
  • Day 10: Visit Ubud’s most famous attraction, Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.
  • Day 11: Head out early for an unforgettable sunrise Volcano trek. Hike back to Ubud, arriving mid morning and easing your muscles with an inclusive massage.
  • Day 12: Your amazing Bali adventure ends today in Ubud and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and head home (airport transfer not included).

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia (8 Days)

  • Day 1, Sunday - Arrive in Sydney.
  • Day 2, Monday - Sydney walking tour and welcome dinner.
  • Day 3, Tuesday - Sydney. 9.15am orientation. Sydney Harbour boat cruise and walk to Darling Harbour.
  • Day 4, Wednesday - Day 6, Friday - 2-night Beach Camp adventure. See the rainforest and wildlife, go swimming & dolphin spotting, try night-time possum spotting, go on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park and go on a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat cruise.
  • Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
  • Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

Fiji Adventure (8 days)

  • Day 1: Welcome to Fiji! Included airport transfer. Welcome dinner and drinks. 
  • Day 2: The Central Coast. Cruise around the Vatulele and Yanuca Islands. Enjoy a tasty beach BBQ and chill out with sunset yoga and kava around the bonfire.
  • Day 3: Learn to Surf. Included surf lesson. Discover the Novala Falls. 
  • Day 4: Yasawa Islands. Boat trip to the Yasawa Islands. 
  • Day 5: Local Village Experience. Visit some stunning limestone caves and meet local people at a nearby village.
  • Day 6: Mantaray Island. Hop across to Mantaray Island, home to over 1,000 species of marine creatures. Play beach volleyball and relax by the sea.
  • Day 7: Sunset Cruise. Explore Mantaray Island and then enjoy a sunset boat cruise! 
  • Day 8: Tour ends. We recommend you book an extra night of accommodation in Nadi tonight (extra cost) and fly out tomorrow.

San Francisco to New York Road Trip, USA (23 days)

  • Day 1: San Francisco. Arrive at any time.
  • Day 2 & 3: Yosemite NP (1B,1L,2D). San Francisco city orientation tour. Hiking and exploring in spectacular Yosemite National Park.
  • Day 4: Bishop (1B,1L,1D). See sensational scenery along the Tioga Pass & awe-inspiring tufa rock towers at Mono Lake. Soak in secluded hot springs.
  • Day 5 & 6: Death Valley NP/Las Vegas (1B,1L). Visit the hot, dry landscape of Death Valley, before hitting Las Vegas and the legendary strip. Optional VIP ride experience.
  • Day 7 & 8: Grand Canyon National Park (1B,2L,2D). Trek in the breathtaking landscape of the Grand Canyon. Optional helicopter flight or Grand Canyon movie.
  • Day 9 & 10: Monument Valley/Mesa Verde NP/Durango (2B,2L,1D). Hike in Mesa Verde National Park. Take an optional 4x4 excursion with a Navajo guide.
  • Day 11 & 12: Santa Fe/Carlsbad (2B,1L,1D). Discover the stunning city of Santa Fe. Take a guided tour of the Carlsbad Caverns.
  • Day 13 & 14: San Antonio/The Alamo/Houston (2B,2L,2D). Dip in the clear waters at Paradise Canyon, spend time in the historic city of San Antonio and visit the Alamo.
  • Day 15 & 16: New Orleans (2B). Enjoy an orientation tour of New Orleans, plus an optional swamp tour, plantation tour, or Mississippi steamboat cruise.
  • Day 17 & 18: Memphis/Nashville (2B,2L,1D). Visit rocking Memphis and then travel to Nashville, the home of country music.
  • Day 19: Appalachia (1B,1L,1D).Trek through trails in the amazing Appalachian Mountains and soak up some sensational scenery.
  • Day 20 & 21: Shenandoah NP/Washington DC (2B,1L,1D). Stop off in stunning Shenandoah National Park, before seeing America's capital city, Washington DC.
  • Day 22: New York City (1B,1L). Explore the Big Apple on an orientation tour and see all the famous sites of New York City and sample the lively nightlife. Your epic American road trip ends today and you can depart at any time.
Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.
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