Explore the land down under, walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the set of the Lord of the Rings.
DAY 1: Depart home and travel to Australia
Day 2: Travel to Australia (due to the International Dateline, this day is lost to a timezone change).
DAY 3: Arrive in Sydney, explore the Sydney Harbour area with visits to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, and relax on Bondi Beach before checking-in to your hotel.
DAY 4: Learn about Australia’s early harsh history of convict settlement at the Rocks, walk alongside the Botanic Gardens, tour Sydney Opera House, and, perform a concert in one of Sydney’s incredible venues.
DAY 5: Walk across the Sydney Bridge and sail to Manly on Sydney Harbor. At Manly, walk from the Harbour to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a dinner of fish and chips before heading back to Sydney for the evening.
DAY 6: See koalas, kangaroos and other Aussie animals at a wildlife park. Meet and perform an exchange concert with a local ensemble in the afternoon.
DAY 7: Fly to Auckland and take an orientation tour of the city.
DAY 8: Explore Auckland with a guided city tour, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, and meet and perform a concert with a local ensemble.
DAY 9: Travel to Rotorua, tour shooting locations from the Lord of the Rings, and spend an evening learning about Maori culture.
DAY 10: Discover the bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers at Whakarewarewa Thermal Park, and transfer to Auckland to begin your journey home.