Auckland is New Zealand's largest, most culturally diverse and cosmopolitan city. Its European, Pacific and Asian influences make it a destination unlike any other. But its urban credentials—a flourishing cultural life and abundant commerce—are often upstaged by its breathtaking geography. Sprawled across an isthmus, the city envelops more than 40 extinct volcanoes, several of which stand in green, pastoral parks overlooking a broad harbor, gulf islands and a seemingly endless shoreline.
Auckland's residents appreciate the city's two-sided personality: They view nature as one of life's privileges rather than a barrier to development, and the city's population is dispersed into neighborhoods of manageable size. All in all, Auckland is a gateway to nature and outdoor adventure, with fine dining and culture there for the asking, too.
MUST SEE - MUST DO
Sights—Panoramic views of the city and harbor from the Auckland Harbour Bridge and SkyCity and Sky Tower; a ferry trip to Devonport, Rangitoto Island or Waiheke Island; a drive through the Waitakere Ranges to the vast, wild west-coast beaches of Piha and Muriwai.
Museums—Cultural and natural-history exhibits at the Auckland Museum; New Zealand and international art at the Auckland Art Gallery; maritime history exhibits at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum; Navy history and exhibits at the Navy Museum.
Memorable Meals—Savor meals with panoramic views at Orbit atop Sky Tower; quick bites at Federal Delicatessen below on Federal Street; fresh seafood at Sails Restaurant overlooking Westhaven Marina; fabulous food and fun at Libertine in the revitalized Victoria Park Market; Italian fare at Prego in Ponsonby.
Late Night—Dancing at Ink Bar; local rock bands and good beer at dive-y King;'s Arms; fantastic, interesting cocktails with a Japanese twist at Fukuko.
Walks—Visiting plant exhibits in the Auckland Domain Wintergardens or Auckland Botanic Gardens (Manurewa); strolling along Tamaki Drive or through Cornwall Park; hiking in the Waitakere Ranges; walking or cycling the Coast to Coast trail; wandering through historic Devonport, along beaches or on Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke islands.
Especially for Kids—Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World; Rainbow's End; Butterfly Creek; SheepWorld; the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT); interactive children's exhibits at Auckland Museum; Auckland Zoo; Crystal Mountain; Stardome Observatory and Planetarium.
An AmaWaterways river cruise is an excellent option for people looking to explore on their own without paying any additional fees for being a solo traveler. You won’t have to deal with hauling luggage from place to place, finding good company during meals or navigating an unfamiliar environment alone. And there are plenty of opportunities to meet new friends on our intimate ships!
If you are thinking of traveling solo, book any 2016 or 2017 river cruise in Europe or Asia and pay no single supplement in select categories. Please ask us for details.
Now is the time to visit or return to Africa, with some of the most favorable exchange rates in history. In addition to the views of giraffe on the vast plains, we encourage you to visit the Stellenbosch region outside of Cape Town, which offers culinary experiences that will delight your palette.
Discount/Offer: Book a Travcoa Africa Escorted or Private Journey and receive 4 free nights at the Taj Cape Town.* Spend time at leisure or let us arrange private turning including a great 'dine with a local' experience in the wine region of Stellenbosch.
*Terms & Conditions: Valid for new bookings only. This offer is only valid on new bookings when confirmed simultaneously with any 7-night or longer Escorted or Private Journey. Both journeys must be booked and deposited by March 31, 2016 for travel between April 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016. This offer only includes 4 nights in a deluxe room and one round-trip transfer to/from CPT airport to Taj Cape Town. Airfare, additional nights, private touring, and upgraded categories are supplemental in cost. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer is subject to availability; is not transferable and not redeemable for cash or other accommodations. Other restrictions may apply - please call for details.
A voyage with Seabourn begins on board your intimate Seabourn ship, where a blend of ultra-luxurious accommodations, genuine personal service and superb dining create a transcendent journey. You’ll sail to the heart of iconic cities and to secluded locales in search of experiences beyond the ordinary. At the end of each glorious day, you’ll be welcomed back to your ship, where you’ll share your day’s adventures and dream of the wonders tomorrow has in store. This is what it means to cruise, Seabourn-style.
RECEIVE THESE COMPLIMENTARY BENEFITS WITH EACH FINE HOTELS & RESORTS BOOKING:
** Complimentary In-Room Wi-Fi is not available in all locations. See terms for details.
Monograms all-in-one packages are a cut above going on your own. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, Local Host service, exclusive VIP sightseeing, and transportation, which includes first-class trains.
Call one of our travel consultants and we can take care of the details while you take care of the things that are on your 'to-do' list. Ahh, the joys of have a travel consultant working for you.
The Ultimate In Flexibility
A vacation designed around you, for you. It starts at the airport with your chauffeur, who is with you every step of the way as you travel in your luxury vehicle. Choose your accommodations and sightseeing, all personally tailored. Your chauffeur brings the destination to life, sharing everything from the known landmarks to local favorites and personal stories for an exclusive perspective.
What's Always Included:
Popular Sample Itineraries:
Here are a few popular Private Chauffeur Vacation itineraries to get you started - remember, your travel consultant can help you customize your own trip any way you'd like.
Irish Cities, Landscapes & Castles, 7 days from $4419* Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Dromoland Castle
Family Adventure on the Emerald Isle, 7 days from $5009*
Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Ashford Castle
Scottish & Irish Highlights, 13 days from $9570*
Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Killarney and Dromoland Castle
Bonnie Scotland, 6 days from $4799*
Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond & Glasgow
*Sample pricing in per person, land only and based on double occupancy.
With over 25 years' experience, Back-Roads Touring are the original experts in small group and tailor-made touring. Back-Roads is proud to offer a unique range of fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. We believe that it is important for you to understand that Back-Roads is different than most tour companies if you are looking for an experiential journey. While others simply take passengers to the important sights and major cities, Back-Roads give you an experience to be remembered for a life time.
The Back-Roads Difference:
• MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE OF 18
• SCENIC BACK ROADS, NOT FREEWAYS
• AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES
• LEISURELY PACED ITINERARIES
• CHARMING ACCOMMODATION
• CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Classic Antarctica (2015-16)
Luxury Expedition Cruises: Expert-led expeditions to exotic locales, with shore excursions
Limited to 199 guests
December 9, 2015 - Days: 12 | From: $13,995
Join a world-renowned Expedition Team on a voyage to the southern edge of the globe, timed to feature the best weather as well as an ocean and shorelines teeming with magnificent wildlife.
Curator of Adventures in the Art of Travel
Exquisite journeys for those with a yearning to experience what a destination has to offer in a soft adventure experience.