Tanzania * Thailand * Peru * Australia * New Zealand

In each country we visit, we'll have 2 days of adventurous excursions totally unique to the part of the country we visit.

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Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha is Tanzania's gateway to the northern circuit of stellar national parks and the starting point of many a memorable safari. Arusha, also known as "A" Town by the locals, is situated at the foot of Mount Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain. The altitude gives the city a pleasant climate and lush green environment.

Safari * Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1: After an amazing early breakfast, we'll depart Arusha for the Ngorongoro Crater where we will check into our rooms at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar lodge.) The lodge sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater from where you get incredible views of the collapsed volcano.

After a short break, we’ll proceed for an afternoon tour of the crater. The drive commences with the 600 meter descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, as well as many species of plain animals such as wildebeest, zebra, reed buck, Thompson gazelle, and many more. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos, and other water birds can usually been seen here.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4.5-star Ngorongoru Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Safari * Tarangire National Park

Day 2: After our breakfast, we will visit Tarangire National Park, one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. In the dry season, between June and October, there is an incredible concentration of elephants. Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, giraffe, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. The park's dominant feature is the Tarangire River, but most memorable are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 3.5 -star Impala Lodge (or similar)

Day 3: Global Treasure Quest competition around Arusha

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 3.5 -star Impala Lodge (or similar)


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Phuket Island, Thailand

Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, palm-filled, white beaches, small surrounding islands, a diverse and fascinating island to explore, hospitable people and great seafood.  Phuket is ideal for sailing, diving, snorkeling, all kinds of water sports, shopping, and so much more.

Patong Beach

Day 1: After we fly into Phuket International Airport, we'll shuttle to our accommodations at the beachside, 4-star Impiana Resort. The day will be spent enjoying the beach activities of boating, snorkeling, para-sailing, indulging at the hotel's exotic spa, swimming, or lounging under an umbrella with a frozen coconut drink, to name a few. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Impiana Resort (or similar)

 

James Bond & Beyond Tour with Canoeing and Cave exploration

Day 2:  After breakfast we'll get picked up at our hotel and head to a private pier, (where a live band plays) before we hop onto a speedboat to be whisked off to Phang Nga Bay. Once we arrive in this spectacular natural setting, we'll trade the powerboat for paddles as you grab a seat in a canoe. As your guide propels us along, we'll take in the scenery of Talu Island with its hidden caves and secluded lagoons.

We'll cruise across the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay on our way to discover the famous caves and limestone formations of Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island. We'll hop out of our canoes and grab a helmet and flashlight to walk among massive stalactites in the caves, checking out subterranean halls with names like Mangrove Cave and Ice Cream Cave. Afterwards, we'll refuel with a tasty lunch of fresh local seafood at the captivating floating village of Ko Panyi before cooling off with a swim at stunning Naka Island.

Day 3: Global Treasure Quest competition around Phuket Island

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Impiana Resort (or similar)


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Cusco, Peru

Cusco sits over 11,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes. This Peruvian city is widely considered the archaeological capital of the Americas thanks to its incredible mix of colonial and ancient Incan architecture. Once the center of the Inca Empire, Cusco remains a mecca of sorts for adventure-minded travelers touring South America. Cusco's stunning mountain setting, traditional handicrafts and vibrant festivals make it an absolutely essential destination to visit.

Maras * Moray * "The Flight of the condor" Zip-line

Day 1: Our ATV excursion of he Maras salt mines and the archaeological, Inca ruins site of Moray is considered one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes of the region of Cusco. Our ATV tour will be combined with the most breathtaking and exciting zip-line experience called the “The Flight of the Condor,” which has 4 zip-lines of full adrenaline!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 3-star Pakaritampu Hotel Ollantaytambo (or similar)

 

Machu Picchu * Aguas Calientas

Day 2:  After breakfast we'll take the Inka Rail to Aquas Calientas where we'll travel by bus to World Heritage site of Machu Picchu for a private, guided tour. A visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the long-anticipated highpoint of our Peru trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. The site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must see on our itinerary!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Novotel Cusco (or similar)

Day 3: Global Treasure Quest competition around Cusco

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Novotel Cusco (or similar)


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Cairns, Australia

Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Cairns is renowned nationally and internationally as a premier tourism destination. Cairns = the perfect gateway to explore both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests. These two World Heritage sites are areas of captivating natural beauty, each renowned for different features, both equally remarkable.

Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Excursion

Day 1: We'll board a classic sailing schooner with its friendly crew and hoist the sails. the sails are hoisted. You can lend a hand or just relax and watch. We'll enjoy the journey of a lifetime as our full-day excursion begins and Cairns disappears in the distance. Within 2 hours, the schooner will arrive at the exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring that’s just 1km off Green Island. From there, Pinnacle Reef awaits, and it’s just a step off the boat. After a snorkeling briefing, you’ll receive full snorkeling equipment, including a wet suit or lycra suit and snorkeling jacket. Our first snorkeling adventure of the day.

Pinnacle Reef is a coral garden featuring several outcrops coming up from 10-12m to just under 1m for easy viewing. Expect to see hard and soft corals and numerous schools of colorful reef fish meandering through the coral garden.

Stingrays, turtles and black-tipped reef sharks (very shy and perfectly safe) are also a common sight. The crew will conduct many small, personal snorkeling tours that can be enjoyed throughout the day or you can snorkel with your buddy if you prefer. After a morning of snorkeling and/or diving at this exclusive site, you’ll enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch back on board the boat. Feast on fresh Tasmanian salmon, prawns, mixed meats, chicken and 3 different salads!

Enjoy some land time on Green Island and relax on the beach or enjoy island activities. The short transfers to the island are by dinghy. You can opt to enjoy a cocktail at the island’s resort, walk across the island along an interpretative trail, or visit Marine Land Melanesia where you can see crocodiles (in captivity) and other marine life. We’ll have 4.5 hours to enjoy the reef and island.  After a day of reef and island activities, the schooner sets sail for our return trip to Cairns. Enjoy fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, a glass of wine and finally, a piece of cake to end on a sweet note.  You’ll arrive back in Cairns in time to freshen up, have a happy hour drink and relax until dinner.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns (or similar)

 

Chillagoe Caves and Outback excursion

Day 2:  After breakfast we'll safari to the Chillagoe Caves and Outback, a day tour that is a sensational, genuine Australian Outback experience that showcases an abundance of natural attractions including the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetlands Reserve and Chillagoe Caves.  The Chillagoe Caves and Outback day tour is a real four wheel drive adventure, and with access to private roads makes for a unique adventure through the outback Savannah Land of Cairns Northern Queensland.

Wildlife is prolific on the Chillagoe Caves outback Queensland adventure tour, and kangaroos, wallabies, lizards, emus and an abundance of birdlife can be easily spotted from the comfortable seats of your air-conditioned overland vehicle.  Areas of immense natural beauty are discovered and explored, along with areas of cultural and historic Australian significance. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton (or similar)

Day 3: Global Treasure Quest competition around Cairns

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton (or similar)


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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. The New York Times's 52 Places to Go in 2014, Christchurch ranked no. 2. 

Real New Zealand wilderness adventure...Rangitata Gorge rafting

Day 1: Our full day Rangitata Gorge rafting trip is definitely the most popular in New Zealand. There's a little something for everyone as we'll divide into small teams depending on the "Grade" of rafting you'd like. From a leisure 3 hour (Grade 1) rafting tour, to hitting an adrenalin pumping Grade 5. From starting at the foot of the majestic Southern Alps to tackling some of the best white water rapids in New Zealand, this is a trip you're guaranteed to remember for a lifetime.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Hotel Ibis Christchurch (or similar)

Christchurch: Unique City excursion

Day 2:  Christchurch city tram tour, Punting tour of the Avon (boating), Botanical Gardens tour, and Gondola ride. We'll hop on and off our Trams for a day, eat some great local cuisine for lunch, take a relaxing Punt ride along the Avon River, board a Caterpillar shuttle for an informative guided tour through the beautiful Botanic Gardens, and visit the Gondola for amazing views from the summit station! We may also have the chance to discover the passion and talent of local thespians at The Court Theatre.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Hotel Ibis Christchurch (or similar)

Day 3: Global Treasure Quest competition around Christchurch

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: 4-star Hotel Ibis Christchurch (or similar)