Ultimate Round the World

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: URTW

Duration: 4 months or longer

Explore 5 different countries!
See beaches, jungles & cities
Flexible travel & group tours

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: 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

South Africa Wild 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: 25 days

Enjoy 25 days of group exploration with an expert tour guide, immersed in the fascinating culture and beauty of Thailand. Uncover hidden city treasures in Bangkok, visit temples, explore National Parks, go adventure trekking, meet elephants, and laze on sun-drenched sands on idyllic islands. This experience is designed to show you all the sides of Thailand’s personality and is the ideal way to meet new people in amazing Asia.

Our travellers on this programme get access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go. Plus, all your accommodation and travel are included! Brilliant!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Elephant Home!

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 bus or train journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and 2 full days at an amazing elephant home, helping feed, bathe and care for these majestic creatures.

Week 2: Hill Trekking, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi

Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure and then fly down south and laze in the sunshine on the famous Railay Beach. Transfer over to the white-sands of Koh Phi Phi and enjoy awesome nightlife, a viewpoint hike, and a stunning island boat trip.

Week 3 Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Journey east to Koh Samui and enjoy beach bliss and an excursion to beautiful Angthong National Marine Park. Then, transfer over to Koh Phangan. This laid-back paradise island is famous for hosting the world famous beach parties and we try our best to plan most of our start dates to coincide with one of these. You’ll then enjoy a much-needed detox with a unique temple steam experience.

Week 4 (days 21-25): Koh Tao

Round off the adventure with a few amazing days on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Staying a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach, you’ll 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 optional activities, such as snorkelling, quad biking, abseiling, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and other water sports. You’ll also enjoy a spectacular included snorkeling boat trip around the island on day 24, before your tour comes to an end on day 25.

Please note: Optional activities will be at your own cost.

Thai Adventure 2018 - If you are travelling in 2018 you will follow a slightly different Thai Adventure itinerary. Your tour will last 29 days ending on Koh Tao. Contact a travel advisor for more information.

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 30 days, 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 30 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

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!

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.

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. 

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. 

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)

Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.

Hahei to Rotorua. Journey through the rolling hills of the Waikato region. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set. Free day to relax and explore in geothermal Rotorua.

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).

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. 

Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.

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.

Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.

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. 

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.

Marahau to Franz Josef. Journey along the rugged west coast. See the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.

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).

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Mount Cook to Rangitata (via Tekapo). Journey through ‘Lord of the Rings country’ and stop off at the sparkling waters of Lake Tekapo. Take an optional hike up to Mt John observatory for a killer view. Tonight, stay in an original sheep station in Rangitata Peel Forest.

Rangitata to Christchurch. Optional white water rafting or horse riding this morning. Spend the night in the wonderful city of Christchurch.

Christchurch to Kaikoura. Journey up the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 

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. 

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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