Royal Travel Inspiration
Sep 20, 2022 · By Vacations By Rail
Queen Elizabeth II was the most well-traveled British monarch in history, cultivate some vacation inspiration from some of these notable trips.Read more
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the South Pacific in an adventure Down Under. Trips to Australia and New Zealand feature some of the world's most incredible sights and experiences, from miles of white sand beaches and winding fjords to awe-inspiring marvels of nature and an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the makings of bucket list-worthy vacation packages.
Australia and New Zealand tours introduce travelers to iconic cities and authentic experiences. In Australia, highlights can include guided tours of Sydney and its iconic Opera House, the seaside city of Cairns, or Melbourne near the country's southern coast. Popular excursions visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world's most extensive coral reef system and natural wonder of the world; the protected nature and wildlife reserves on Kangaroo Island; the mystical red rock domes known as the Olgas; and the bountiful Barossa Valley, one of Australia's most famous wine regions. Popular excursions on New Zealand's two main islands include Wai-O-Tapu to see the colorful pools and Lady Knox Geyser volcano; the magical glow worm grotto in Te Anau; and the impressive Franz Josef Glacier.
Escorted tours to Australia and New Zealand also offer refreshing adventures aboard some of the region's iconic railways. From an overnight journey on Australia's legendary sleeper train, the Ghan, to scenic daylight excursions on New Zealand's TranzAlpine across the South Island's width, vacationers can admire rainforests, river valleys, and changing pastoral landscapes. With more than ten iconic trains between the two countries and countless unique sites to see, adventures abound on combined Australian and New Zealand tours.