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Prepare for adventure and your guides will handle the rest. Let Down Under Endeavours take you on a luxury expedition. Breathe the rushing air from the open window of your handsome compartment as you ride on an epic rail journey across the Outback or the South African bush. Dive every morning and fine dine every night on a live-aboard Great Barrier Reef voyage. Go deeper into the wilderness on guided hikes in Tasmania and New Zealand’s Milford Sound. Skip from island to island in Tahiti with Paul Gauguin cruises. Or sail along the world’s last great frontier, the remote western coast of Australia. Down Under Endeavours handcrafts luxury vacations designed around your wants, needs, timeframe and budget. To get a taste of what’s possible, check out these sample itineraries. Have a look, see what catches your eye, then chat to the Down Under team to custom-create your itinerary. Occasionally, we offer traditional “package” vacations focused on a special event. But those are the exception, not the rule. The itinerary of your trip of your lifetime will be unique to you.
Gear up for the adventure of a lifetime... it’s time to visit the Amazon! You’ll have two days in the bustling port city of Manaus at the confluence of the two great rivers that form the Amazon. Then six days on a private boat to get into the heart of the jungle, with have plenty of time for snoozing in a hammock as well as adventurous excursions off the boat. A private expert Amazon guide (our mate, Herman), a private chef, and a ship captain will give you the chance to see pink dolphins, caymans (Amazon alligators), piranhas (some in the water and some on your menu), anacondas, jaguars, sloths, brightly-colored toucans, “bird eater” tarantulas and plenty of other flora and fauna. The itinerary is yours, so you can relax as much as you like or spend your time out hiking and exploring. The following itinerary is just a guide. Note that there are very few luxurious options here, with old-model transfer vehicles, humble basic hotels in the city center, and a boat where you’ll be shocked to find air conditioning in your cabin. For something well off the beaten tourist path, visit the Brazilian Amazon, caipirinha cocktail in hand!
Experience the highlights of South Africa in a small group adventure. Watch for Africa's Big Five - buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard, and rhinoceros while visiting the 6 game parks in custom-built 4WDs with an expert guide and a game tracker. Please note, this tour has set departure dates.
Enjoy the highlights of Australia and New Zealand unpacking your bags only once. Silversea’s South Pacific cruises sweep across these two countries in a breathtaking succession of dazzling sights. Start in Australia with a visit to two great Australian cities, chic Melbourne and wonderful Sydney. Then make a stop in unique Tasmania before crossing the Tasman Sea. New Zealand sets out to impress with its geysers and glaciers, sub-tropical rain forest and spectacular Lord of the Rings landscapes.
The Indian Pacific is one of the greatest train journeys in the world. Traveling from Sydney to Perth, it takes you across the entire southern part of the continent with stunning Outback views, plenty of opportunities to stopover at major city locations en route (Melbourne, Adelaide) and divine service. Combine the Indian Pacific with time in Sydney and Perth on either end for the cross-country journey of a lifetime.
The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. This luxury vacation includes a 7-night cruise aboard a small luxury cruise ship, perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience. Call on Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha'a, it's companion island, where you'll enjoy a full day of exploration. Then sail to Bora Bora, and her siren sister, Moorea. There's a reason these islands are world-renowned - their beauty is unmatched. Complete your trip with an overwater bungalow for 3-nights.
This vacation was created for a couple on a babymoon that wanted adventure in South Africa and Victoria Falls but didn’t want to eliminate the luxury. So we created this ultimate and truly luxurious rail expedition through South Africa to Zamibia. This vacation began in Cape Town. Then they traveled through the diverse South African landscape, and enjoyed a 2-night African safari in Kruger National Park. The Rovos Rail luxury train tour then carried them on to Zimbabwe. They spent a night at the Victoria Falls and then crossed over the mighty Zambezi River into Zambia. They descended into the Great Rift Valley and enjoyed spectacular scenery as the luxury train tour continues on to Dar es Salaam. Suggested Length: 14 Days
This guided tour combines the best of Outback Australia with a taste of the tropics. From the remote majesty of Uluru to the wetland splendor of Kakadu, this is adventure travel at its luxurious best. Cruise the mighty chasms of Katherine Gorge, Photograph steely-eyed crocodiles in Kakadu, Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the ancient Bungle Bungle Range, remote Mitchell Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago on Australia's far northwest coastline, Watch the sun set on the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach, Broome, In Kakadu National Park marvel at ancient rock art and cruise the Yellow Waters Lagoon. Several luxury vacations departures available.
We had one couple that wanted to travel throughout New Zealand on board a private 15 seat aircraft. So we gave them this New Zealand luxury vacation allowing them access into some of New Zealand's most remarkable natural wilderness regions - from the majestic Mount Cook to the picturesque Bay of Islands. They decided that this luxury New Zealand adventure is the very best way to experience the true beauty of New Zealand's endless rural plains and spectacular Southern Alps. Travel in luxury by private aircraft providing unsurpassed aerial views of New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes. Suggested length: 12 Days
This luxury vacation package was planned for a large, extended family. Twelve of them wanted to enjoy a guided luxury tour of New Zealand. We wanted to give them options to enhance their time in enchanting New Zealand. This itinerary truly delivered the very best each region has to offer - natural wonders, beautiful private gardens and warm country hosts. The fun of this New Zealand guided tour is the journey from each destination to the next from the north island to the south island. Their driver and guides gave them fresh and personal insights into the beautiful country and its wonderful culture. Suggested Length: 14 Days