Today we feature one of our exceptional, preferred vendors: Qantas Vacations.
Qantas Vacations is a specialized tour operator who arranges tours and trips in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. They can arrange a number of tours: from premium style with superior facilities, to cost saver tours, small group tours, 1-4 day tours that you can add on to an existing itinerary, and more.
Their tours are been carefully designed to ensure you get the most out of your trip—and include must-see sights such as Uluru, Milford Sound or the Great Ocean Road. Fully escorted tours are led by expert Tour Directors who share their local knowledge and insight; yet you still have plenty of free time to stretch your legs Take an Air Safari Scenic Flight over Mount Cook or book a day of sailing off the coast of Australia. Some escorted tours feature a special “You are Invited” program, unique meal experiences that welcome you into family homes and restaurants and speak with your hosts.
Qantas Vacations also offers customized air and land packages, as well as land-only packages. Willamette Intl Travel agents work side by side with Qantas Vacations to make sure that you get the best deal for your trip. Want extra comfort on your long flights Down Under? Book business class on Qantas Airlines, equipped with their new service upgrades: specially blended tea, nighttime mattress, quilted duvets, and pre-ordered dining options! Pam, one our agents here at WIT, flew with Qantas Airlines and had this to say about it:
I enjoyed my flight on Qantas – although it is a very long flight, the service was excellent and there was good on-board entertainment options with an individual screen at my seat and a vast selection of films, tv shows, music and games. There was a good choice of meals, served with Australian wines, and snacks were available throughout the flight.
Now let’s take a look at some sample Qantas Vacations itineraries that tap into the natural beauty and cultural highlights of New Zealand and Australia:
Premium Tour: 9 Day Discover Australia. Tour through the highlights of Australia by luxury air-conditioned coach and prearranged domestic flights. Arrive in Sydney and take a guided tour to the beaches, botanical gardens, and Opera House. Board a cruise on Sydney Harbour. After you’ve had your fill, head to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, during sunset and view the spectacular colors with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Stay at the Desert Gardens Hotel and wake up in time to view the sunrise dancing on the rock. In the afternoon, visit the Olgas, massive domes of red conglomerate rock, and hike through the Walpa Gorge between two of the tallest domes. Next, jet over to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Board a high speed catamaran for an unforgettable day with a marine naturalist. Snorkel in the colorful paradise and watch the wildlife glide by.
Small Groups: 3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield. Travel in the company of just 15 other travelers, enjoy the best of outback luxury—boutique accommodation, special dining, and 4WD vehicles. Start out from Darwin towards Litchfield National Park and swim in Wangi Falls. Explore the Meridian Termite Mounds, Buley Rock Hole, and the peaceful Batchelor Butterfly Retreat. You’ll stay at the beautiful Wildman Wilderness Lodge in permanent safari tents. The next day, travel to Kakadu, Australia’s largest National Park. Admire the beauty of Jim Jim Falls and chance upon a dozing crocodile. Explore to your heart’s content before retiring to the Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn in Jabiru. On the third day, explore more of Kakadu’s wetlands and woodlands, check out important indigenous sites, and learn about the park’s history at the Bowali Visitor Center. Continue to Ubirr, home to ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries.
Day Tours: Melbourne. Travel to the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges. Visit Grants Reserve and ride through the forest aboard Australia’s oldest operating steam train, Puffing Billy. Enjoy a lunch at Fergusson Winery before wandering around a wildlife park, spotting koalas, kangaroos and birds of prey.
Want to find out more? Wittravel is hosting a public event at their office in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday Nov 14, at 6pm. Michael Powers from Qantas Vacations will be there, so here’s your chance to hear about the exciting new opportunities Down Under! Spend an evening chatting Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific! Bring your friends. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and refer to code Q14. See you there!