Ultimate Round the World

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Duration: 4 months or longer

Trip code: URTW

Get the ultimate globe-trotting adventure with this incredible Round-the-World trip! Tick off four fantastic continents as you hop from country to country in a whirl of adventure, exploration and relaxation! Take care of animals at a game reserve in South Africa, enjoy glittering seas and dazzling nightlife in Thailand, follow the sun-soaked East Coast of Australia, take your time with a flexible travel pass around New Zealand, and explore buzzing cities and dramatic landscapes in the USA. What are you waiting for? Make a dent in that travel bucket list with this unforgettable Round-the-World adventure!

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

  • Unforgettable wildlife encounters at a game reserve in South Africa
  • Hill treks, beach parties, and elephants in beautiful Thailand!
  • Glorious seas and sands on Australia’s East Coast
  • Build your own adventure with flexible travel across New Zealand
  • Get the classic American experience with a west coast road trip!
Further trip information

SOUTH AFRICA

Volunteer & Safari Adventure: 15 days

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation.

Day 2-14: Two weeks of wildlife conservation, safaris and adventure in South Africa! Stay on a private game reserve, enjoy game drives, and see animals up close as a member of a wildlife conservation team. Volunteer with kids at local community projects, experience horseback safaris, and go on guided bushwalks through gorgeous South African landscapes. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable 2-night camping adventure in world-famous Kruger National Park! This unique South African adventure will take your breath away!

Day 15: Volunteer & Safari Adventure ends.

THAILAND

Thai Adventure: 29 days

Travelling with your group from Bangkok, you’ll mix city adventure with temple exploration on this fabulous four week trip. Uncover worlds of culture, have an elephant experience and go adventure trekking, as well as volunteering with communities! You’ll also spend time on the idyllic islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, an experience not to be missed!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Park and Hill Trekking!

Kicking off in the buzzing city of Bangkok you'll explore temples and palaces and take a boat ride in this lively Thai capital city, before enjoying a VIP bus journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and a full day at an amazing Elephant Home. Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek!

Week 2: Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Volunteering with a Thai Community on Koh Samui

Spend some time enjoying all the wonderful sights and sounds of charming Chiang Mai, where you can climb the Doi Suthep Mountain and see its majestic temples, shop for bargains at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and enjoy optional activities such as ziplining, white water rafting, night safaris and mountain biking. Travel back to Bangkok for more fun and nightlife in the city. Then it's time to lend a helping hand as you head to the idyllic Thai island of Koh Samui for a day of volunteering and some down time in this wonderful beach paradise. 

Week 3: Chill out on Koh Tao Island

Relax and soak up the sun with a few amazing days on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Staying a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach, you also have all the best bars and restaurants on your doorstep during your stay on the island. The beaches and coastline hide a vast array of activities, such as snorkelling, quad biking, abseiling, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and other water sports. Try Muay Thai boxing, relax with some yoga or enjoy a Thai massage. You can also take the added option of a 4-day PADI certified scuba diving course in the paradise waters off Koh Tao. Please note that all optional activities will be at an extra cost.

Week 4: Party on Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi

This final, fabulous week is a chance to laze your days away on stunning beaches or hang out at the local bars. Your guide can advise you about some awesome optional activities on the island: Try a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling, sail around the islands, or just soak up some rays with a well deserved cocktail. This laid-back paradise island is famous for hosting the world famous Full Moon and Black Moon parties. We try our best to plan most of our start dates to coincide with a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon party but please note that this is not always possible. Have fun on Koh Phangan and then transfer to the equally beautiful and buzzing Koh Phi Phi to round off the adventure!

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.

AUSTRALIA

Sun, Sea, Sail, and Surf: 2 weeks

Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head. Surf lesson and stay at surf camp at Crescent Head.

Day 2: Crescent Head & Byron Bay: BBQ lunch. Travel to Byron Bay.

Day 3: Byron Bay: A free day to discover the delights of laid-back Byron Bay. 

Day 4: Gold Coast: Stop off at the ‘Natural Arch’ en route to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Free afternoon.

Day 5: Brisbane & Fraser Island: River boat cruise in Brisbane & free time in the city, followed by a ferry to fabulous Fraser Island.

Day 6: Fraser Island: See the rainforests, beaches and lakes of the world’s largest sand island today on a guided 4-wheel drive trip around Fraser Island. 

Day 7: Outback Farm: Head outback into the bush to stay on a family-run cattle station. Try horse riding or take a motorbike tour. 

Day 8: Outback Farm: Campfire breakfast followed by optional activities.

Day 9: The Whitsundays: Journey to Airlie Beach and hop on board a private yacht and sail overnight around the wonderful Whitsunday Islands. 

Day 10: Magnetic Island: Spend another day in the Whitsundays before heading to your resort on idyllic Magnetic Island.

Day 11: Magnetic Island: Relax and explore Magnetic Island. 

Day 12: Cairns: Travel along the East Coast into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. 

Day 13 & 14: Cairns: Free time to enjoy all that Cairns has to offer! 

NEW ZEALAND

Kiwi Discovery Pass: Minimum 28 days, valid for 12 months

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.

USA

Los Angeles to San Francisco Adventure (USA): 7 days

Day 1 – Los Angeles - Arrival
Day 2 – Joshua Tree NP/Los Angeles (Dinner included)
Day 3 - Lake Havasu (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 4 – Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (Breakfast included)
Day 5 – Las Vegas/Death Valley NP (Lunch and dinner included)
Day 6 – Yosemite NP (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 7 – Yosemite NP/San Francisco (Breakfast and lunch included)

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.

Please Note: All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.

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