A LUXURY TOUR BY PRIVATE JET
Wonders of Australia
and New Zealand
Go “down under” to discover the dramatic landscapes and vibrant cultures of Australia and New Zealand on a private jet journey across this spectacular continent.
21 Days, 1 Stunning Continent
- 1 Sydney, Australia
- 2 Hobart, Tasmania
- 3 Adelaide, Australia
- 4 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
- 5 Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- 6 Daintree Rainforest, Australia
- 7 Lake Taupo, New Zealand
- 8 Queenstown and Milford Sound, New Zealand
- 9 Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
- 10 Auckland, New Zealand
Sydney, AustraliaView details
Your adventure starts in Sydney
Fly independently to Sydney, Australia's cosmopolitan hub. Originally a penal colony, the city’s position on one of the world’s largest natural harbors guaranteed its future success. Today, Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most diverse in the world. Meet fellow guests and your expedition staff for a festive welcome dinner at the Park Hyatt Sydney. We depart for Tasmania in the morning.
Park Hyatt SydneyThe Park Hyatt Sydney offers an elegant harborside experience with views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy international cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients at the hotel restaurant or take a refreshing swim in the rooftop pool. The property’s luxurious spa features a steam room and a fitness center.
September 11 - 12
Hobart, TasmaniaView details
Uncover the rich history of this southern sea port
The jet delivers us to Tasmania, where we explore Hobart, the island's thriving cultural capital. Established as a penal colony for British convicts, the city’s deepwater port led to rapid growth during the 1800s, as Hobart became a center for the Southern Ocean whaling and sealing trade. From its history of imprisonment and industry, Hobart has developed a distinctive artistic community.
Take an adrenaline-filled journey to beautiful Bruny Island by jet boat. Enjoy a full-day culinary excursion by jeep where you will delight in the area's noteworthy seafood, fresh fruit and chocolate along with hand-crafted cheese and wines.
Take in the natural beauty of Maria Island, with its rare wildlife, crystal-clear waters and impressive scenery of Mt. Maria, Mt. Bishop and the Clerk Peaks.
Freycinet National Park
Wander through the forests of great blue and white gum trees, some over 400 years old. Encounter endangered species like the swift parrot and Cape Barron goose, wombats, kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. Unwind with a sumptuous lunch of local Tasmanian seafood and wine.
The Henry Jones Art HotelAustralia’s first dedicated art hotel, the Henry Jones features a continuously changing collection of more than 500 original works of art. The distinctive five-star hotel on Hobart’s waterfront was once a jam factory, and each room is uniquely decorated. The hotel also offers exceptional food and wine service.
September 13 - 14
Adelaide, AustraliaView details
Adelaide charms with its robust arts scene and tasty culinary traditions
On September 13 we fly from Hobart to Adelaide where we split into two groups. One group will continue on to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park while the other half will disembark in Adelaide to explore this vibrant city and the nearby Barossa Valley, Australia’s most prestigious wine region. On September 15 our groups switch, and those who visited Adelaide will travel to Uluru. Everyone will spend two nights at each location.
Penfold’s Magill Estate Winery Dinner
Enjoy a wine experience of grand proportions and expand your palette with celebrated wine and food at the spiritual birthplace of some of Australia’s most famous winemaking stories, dating back to 1844.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Located in the heart of the city, the Adelaide Botanic Garden showcases the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and the world.
Barossa Valley Wine Tasting
Soak in the charming towns and rolling vineyards of the Barossa Valley, South Australia’s renowned wine region. Visit the Hutton Vale winery, a family-owned estate and farm that was established in 1843. Learn about the area’s agricultural history before sitting down to lunch in this rustic setting. Afterward, a short transfer brings you to Torbeck, a more modern winery to sample the wines straight from the barrels and enjoy a tasting of their premium wines.
Explore the Adelaide Hills wine region, famed for its cool-climate wines. Take part in a masterclass with an expert cheesemaker and visit the Shaw & Smith winery, renowned for its varieties of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, for a tour and tasting. Visit the Cedars, home and studio of renowned landscape artist Hans Heysen.
Mount Lofty HouseEnjoy Mount Lofty House, a boutique hotel and historic property located in the Adelaide Hills. Explore the pristine grounds, including the nearby botanical garden, and dine on award-winning cuisine at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant. We will stay in the hotel’s newly constructed Sequoia Suites, which offer breathtaking views, sandstone fireplaces and are removed from the main hotel, lending itself to a more private experience.
September 15 - 16
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, AustraliaView details
Marvel at Australia's most iconic natural landmark
On September 15, those who spent two nights in Adelaide will board the jet and fly to Ayers Rock airport to experience the magnificent red sandstone dome of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Those in Uluru will board the jet and fly to Adelaide for a two-night stay.
Walpa Gorge and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Take in the ethereal red domes of Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas) on a guided hike through Walpa Gorge, a natural formation carved between two of the site’s 36 monumental rocks. Walpa means “windy,” a name derived from the refreshing breeze that often passes through the gorge.
Field of Light
As the sun sets over Uluru, witness the illumination of Field of Light, the desert art installation created by internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro. Covering more than seven football fields, the exhibition is Munro’s largest work to date. Watch in awe as the landscape transforms with a shifting spectrum of colors created by a glass fantasy garden composed of more than 50,000 bud-like stems.
Time at Leisure
From the home base of your luxury tented camp, enjoy a variety of activities that immerse you in the natural wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, from a sunset camel safari to a culinary experience to learn about local cuisine. You may opt to simply relax at the spa.
Longitude 131˚This luxury tented camp features 15 richly furnished tents perched at the edge of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The sweeping canopies are an ideal frame for the expansive desert landscape and the dramatic red sandstone of Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Nighttime views include a host of constellations unique to the southern sky.
September 17 - 19
Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaView details
Immerse yourself in the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef
The private jet takes us to the coastal city of Cairns, located in northern Queensland. On a charter flight to remote Lizard Island, take in the best of Australia’s spectacular coastal views. From the secluded luxury of the island's only hotel property, enjoy unparalleled access to the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Great Barrier Reef Boat Cruise
Embark on a cruise of the Great Barrier Reef, gliding across the crystal-clear waters. Keep an eye out for exotic marine life such as sea turtles, clown fish, feather stars and reef sharks.
Choose to snorkel or scuba dive beneath the blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef and encounter a striking underwater terrain home to a diversity of marine life.
Lizard Island Research Station
Visit the Lizard Island Research Station to learn from coral reef researchers about ongoing conservation campaigns to protect the Great Barrier Reef's fragile ecosystem.
Lizard Island ResortThis secluded resort is located in Lizard Island National Park on the Great Barrier Reef. On-site dining features fresh, seasonal cuisine served at the resort's restaurant, and Australian wines, beer and spirits can be found at the bar and wine cellar. The resort offers a wide range of water sports, along with a spa and gym to help guests relax.
September 20 - 21
Daintree Rainforest, AustraliaView details
Venture into one of Australia's last pristine areas
We depart Lizard Island on a charter flight to Cairns, where we embark on an expedition into the Daintree Rainforest, a natural wonder considered the world’s oldest living rain forest.
Discover the botanical riches of the Daintree Rainforest by foot or on horseback. You may also opt to explore on a mountain bike, or paddle through the wilderness in a canoe or kayak. Admire diverse foliage that includes giant ferns, palms and ancient, towering trees, keeping an eye out for native inhabitants such as the electric-blue Ulysses butterfly.
Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk
Participate in a Dreamtime Walk through the Mossman Gorge with an Aboriginal guide of the Kuku Yalanji people. The gorge is a rain forest sanctuary of rare and exotic fruit trees and wildlife facing extinction. After the walk, discuss rain forest flora and fauna with your guide and learn more about traditional Aboriginal culture.
Silky Oaks LodgeThe luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge places you in the middle of the ancient rain forest. From your elegant guest room, enjoy beautiful views and the sounds of the jungle. Dine in the open-sided Treehouse Restaurant, perched high above the river, and relax at the Healing Waters Spa.
September 22 – 23
Lake Taupo, New ZealandView details
New Zealand's largest lake is a hotbed of geothermal activity
From Cairns we re-board the jet for Lake Taupo, with a tech stop in Brisbane en route. For the next few days we will take in the dramatic landscape of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera sacred to the Maori.
Explore Lake Taupo by kayak. As you glide into the waters of the Waikato River, learn from your guide about the landscape's spiritual significance to the local people, and stop at some hot springs for a dip in the geothermal waters.
Huka Falls Walk
The shore town of Taupo is located on the banks of the expansive lake. Explore the resort town or stroll along the Huka Falls Spa Park Walk, a path that follows the Waikato River above the falls.
Maori Village Visit
Delve deep into Maori culture on a visit to a local village. Encounter community leaders and artisans who demonstrate the long-standing traditions of their ancestors, such as repurposing geothermal resources for use in their daily lives.
Discover the natural wonders of Lake Taupo by exploring the shore and paths on foot or by mountain bike. Aspiring fly fishers can spend time on the nearby Waikato River, which offers world-class brown and rainbow trout.
Huka LodgeFounded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is an iconic New Zealand resort set in the heart of the North Island offering tranquil river views. Spacious guest rooms are designed to allow the beauty of the landscape to dominate.
September 24 – 25
Queenstown and Milford Sound, New ZealandView details
Experience Queenstown, adventure capital of the world
Queenstown and the surrounding area offer something for everyone, from cosmopolitan cities and sleepy towns to remarkable landscapes and exquisite wines.
Milford Sound Flightseeing
Take a helicopter ride over world-famous Milford Sound and its surrounding fjords, mountains and lakes. The Maori believe the stunning terrain was shaped by the hand of a powerful god. A brief stop on a glacier provides a close-up look at the natural processes that carved this landscape.
Shotover River by Jet Boat
Take an exciting jet-boat ride out on the Shotover River, once the location of one of the world’s richest gold mines.
Sample the region’s vintages on a small-group vineyard tour followed by a wine tasting with local vintners.
Hotel St MoritzSet against the stunning backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Hotel St Moritz reflects the idyllic nature of its surroundings. Elegantly furnished interiors are decorated with inspired works of art. Take in the tranquility of the mountain scenery from outdoor hot tubs, rejuvenate at the gym and sauna, or sample local wine varieties at the Lombardi Dining Room and Bar.
September 26 – 28
Hawke’s Bay, New ZealandView details
Explore the headlands at Cape Kidnappers
A quick private jet hop takes you to Hawke’s Bay and Cape Kidnappers. Enjoy the variety of activities from our luxury boutique lodge.
Opt to taste local wines, explore on foot or by 4x4 vehicle, or ride horses through the rolling hills of the estate.
Art Deco Tour
Explore Napier, New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, with a guided tour of the city’s various Art Deco buildings.
The Farm at Cape KidnappersPerched on rugged cliffs with striking sea views, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a destination resort with generous suites decorated in comfortable, rustic-luxe style. With a wide variety of activities including golf, an on-site vegetable garden and relaxing spa, the resort allows you to be as active or relaxed as you choose.
September 29 – 30
Auckland, New ZealandView details
Depart from Auckland
Finish up this spectacular trip in Auckland, enjoying the activities of the region and bidding goodbye to your fellow guests at a farewell dinner. Depart the morning of September 30 on your independent flight home.
Ponsonby Food Tour
Taste and learn about Ponsonby’s history through its cuisine on this heritage walking food tour. Enjoying a different course at each stop, you will discover interesting facts about Ponsonby’s food history over the decades.
America's Cup Sailing Adventure
Enjoy a hands-on sailing adventure on a former America's Cup sailing yacht for an unforgettable experience on Waitemata Harbor.
Park Hyatt AucklandPark Hyatt Auckland is a luxury retreat along the city’s bustling waterfront. Situated on the water’s edge, the hotel offers expansive views over Wynyard Quarter and Waitemata Harbour. Guests can effortlessly transition from their spacious rooms to restaurants featuring locally sourced cuisine, the spa or the 25-meter infinity pool.
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Our Dedicated Staff and Knowledgeable Experts
An experienced team takes care of all the logistics before, during and after your trip. Your dedicated guest services manager prepares you for your trip of a lifetime and a veteran team of expedition leaders travels with you, taking care of all the details throughout your journey. We also invite a knowledgeable lecturer, as well as local experts, to join us on our expedition to bring each destination to life with real-time insights into culture, history and daily life.
The Private Jet Experience
The moment you board the private jet, you can breathe deep and leave your worries at the door. The hidden costs of international travel, such as transit time and airport delays, cut into quality vacation time. Flying direct to most destinations reduces overall travel time, maximizing the time spent exploring each iconic destination.
Throughout your flight, you’ll have highly trained staff and crew at your service. They’ll know your name, likes and dislikes, so you can have the most personalized experience possible. All inflight meals and beverages are included, as well as a selection of beer, wine and spirits. In addition, we can accommodate your food allergies or special dietary requirements.
Plane Type: Alliance Fokker 70
Number of Seats: 46
Type of Seats: Business-Class
Aircraft operated by Alliance Airlines Pty Limited
Relax, discover and explore on an expertly curated journey, meticulously produced by a passionate team of seasoned world travelers. Learn more about the services we offer—before, during and after your trip, as well as what to expect on our expeditions.
This once-in-a-lifetime trip is the perfect way to spend quality time with your partner or to treat yourself to an adventure you’ll never forget. Adults of all ages take our trips, sometimes with a companion and sometimes by themselves. You will meet fellow guests with a curiosity about the world and come away with unforgettable memories and special friendships. It can also help you memorably mark a special occasion, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon or other milestone.
The minimum age to take our expeditions is 12, but we will consider younger guests on a case-by-case basis.
Shortly after booking, your guest services manager will mail you more details about your trip. This dedicated professional will be your main point of contact. He or she will provide you additional information leading up to your departure and is available to answer any questions via phone or email.
Prior to departure, you will receive a set of amenities for your trip. These may include a wheeled bag, a backpack, packing cubes and other useful travel items.
Our trips are a unique opportunity for like-minded travelers who are interested in learning and exploring to come together. The strong friendships forged on our trips continue long after guests return home and open the door to more travel adventures.
On expeditions with 50 or more travelers, daily activities will be divided into intimate groups of 6 to 12, so you never feel like you’re part of a crowd. On all trips, we offer numerous activity options at each destination such as: guided small-group sightseeing, curated shopping, and exclusive visits to museums and landmarks. Other examples include more active options like hikes or snorkeling, as well as unforgettable moments like an intimate guided exploration of Angkor Wat and our hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.
TCS World Travel is committed to maintaining the quality and safety of the expedition for all participants. Overall, our trips give you the freedom to set your own pace. Each destination on every itinerary offers a variety of options with different activity levels. In some, you may only be walking for short periods of time and have more downtime between excursions, while in others, you may spend the entire day touring or walking over uneven terrain. You may, of course, choose to have a day off and relax at any location.
On all our expeditions, you can expect the following:
- Uneven ground/frequent walking up to one mile at any given time
- Walking up the steps to the jet, as many foreign airports do not have jetways
- Trip pace—only one to three nights in each stop with some late-night activities and early-morning departures
- Time zone changes
- High altitude (some expeditions)
- Changes to your ‘normal’ routine: unique cuisine, frequent packing/unpacking
We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate participants with special needs; however, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements can be made for private touring at each destination. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the participant.
Trip Pace Definitions
These icons refer to the overall pace of the trip and not to specific activities at each destination. For example, an expedition classified as moderate or relaxed in overall pace can still offer active options such as hiking or snorkeling.
- Active Pace: Almost every day fully scheduled, and/or longer flight durations; expedition crosses multiple time zones
- Moderate Pace: Downtime opportunities every three or four days, and/or shorter flight durations; crosses fewer time zones
- Relaxed Pace: Many opportunities for relaxation, and/or three-night minimum stays in most destinations
Before TCS travels to any destination, we vet it for safety. We and our consultant medical advisors, Dr. Thomas Burke and the BostonMD team, closely monitor all health situations. We monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the US Department of State, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other third-party destination experts, and are consulting with our trusted local suppliers to evaluate travel to all locations featured on our expeditions.
The beauty of private jet travel is the ease of pivoting. If we need to change an itinerary for any reason, we can use our contacts in countries worldwide to assist us with making alternate arrangements for our group. These changes could be made well in advance of arrival or even while we are in the air en-route to a given location.
On many expeditions, a trip physician will be available to consult with you at your request about general medical health issues such as upper-respiratory infections or gastro-intestinal upsets, which are not uncommon on this type of trip. Should you become seriously ill en route, the trip physician will be able to liaise with local physicians at your request and, if necessary, your medical providers back home, to assist in determining what further care you may require.
On-Trip Activity Level
This is an active program which requires a serious health assessment. There will be walking excursions at nearly every location, and you will need to climb stairs at some of the sites, as well as when you board and disembark the aircraft. There are some airports where you will be responsible for transporting your small wheeled overnight bag. We will have some early-morning departures and late-night activities, and may travel through multiple time zones.
Our luggage allowances are based on the type of aircraft on which the expedition is offered. On the custom Boeing 757 or Airbus A321 planes, luggage typically is limited to two checked bags: the wheeled bag we mail you and one additional large suitcase of your own. On expeditions on smaller aircraft like the Fokker 70, guests are allowed the wheeled bag we mail you and one additional smaller bag due to weight restrictions. Bags will be stored in the hold of the jet during our flights, but you will be allowed to take your backpack and another small personal item, such as purse or camera bag, along with you in the cabin.
On many trips, a dedicated expedition staff member handles your luggage throughout the journey. In many destinations, our staff will transfer your luggage directly from the plane to your hotel room. In others, you may be required to walk your bags through customs before handing them over to our staff, but we take over from there. Secure vehicles accompanied by a dedicated expedition staff member are used to transfer luggage between the airport and the hotel on arrival and departure. Often times, your bag is in your room by the time you’re checked into the hotel.
We suggest you bring comfortable clothing that can be layered. One of your most important items is a pair of comfortable shoes for walking. Our guests generally dress up a little for the welcome and farewell dinners, but this is their choice and is certainly not required. Also, you will find slightly more formal dining options at many of the hotels where we stay. For this reason, you may want to bring a few nicer outfits. A more detailed packing list with specific clothing recommendations will be sent to you closer to the departure date. While you’re packing, please keep in mind that laundry services are available at most of our hotels. We also recommend you leave extra space in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs of your journey.
TCS World Travel is committed to safeguarding the security of its guests on every expedition. The company has implemented a set of security processes throughout the journey – from before guests depart to when they touch down in a destination. These processes have been fine-tuned over two decades and more than 300 private jet expeditions and thousands of custom trips to help ensure peace of mind for everyone involved.
All guests must have valid passports to participate in this program. Passports must be valid at least six months beyond the end date of your expedition. If visas are required for the expedition, a visa kit will be sent to you approximately five months before departure. We work with an expediting service that helps make getting your required visas easier. Although you’re still required to fill out your visa forms and cover the application costs, they will review the application to make sure it’s complete and liaise with the necessary consulates and embassies to process your visas.
We pre-fill your customs and immigrations forms at every stop—all you have to do is sign. Where possible, our guests enjoy special privileges, such as expedited customs and immigration formalities. We may have a dedicated customs counter for our group and are occasionally allowed to go through without individual clearance.
The price of your expedition incorporates large items like the jet, hotels, transportation and meals, but it also includes many other things, such as activities, top-of-the-line guides, private dinners in restaurants, beverages and every single tip (guides, restaurants, hotel staff, drivers, etc.). In addition, we give you some “walking around money” in the local currency at each stop. We also supply you with all the bottled water you can drink all day every day. We even provide you with postcards that we mail for you—all you have to do is write.
Your expedition includes:
- Travel on a privately chartered jet
- First-class accommodations
- Ground transportation
- All meals and beverages, including select beer and wine
- All sightseeing activities, from guided small-group excursions and private shopping to more active options such as snorkeling and hikes
- Special events and private access
- Top local guides and/or on-trip experts
- A veteran expedition team who handles all logistics
- On some itineraries, a trip physician who accompanies you throughout your journey
- All gratuities
- Luggage handling
- Bottled water
Your expedition does not include:
- Commercial airfare between your home city and departure/arrival destination
- Optional and additional accident/baggage/cancellation insurance
- Passport and visa fees
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone and fax fees
- All beverages not mentioned above as included
- Hotel minibar charges
- Meals not scheduled by TCS World Travel
- Inoculation and medication costs of any kind
To reserve your place on the expedition, complete and sign a reservation form and return it with your deposit. The deposit can be made by check, wire transfer, or by a major credit card such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard. If you pay your initial deposit by credit card, it is fully refundable until you sign the reservation form. Subsequent payments are payable by check or wire transfer, made out to the account indicated on the reservation form.
If you cancel your reservation or change your plans, your right to receive a refund is limited, as set forth in the trip payment schedule. All cancellations will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email receipt. All requests for refunds must be sent to TCS World Travel in writing via mail, fax or email.
If you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room, you will be charged a solo traveler supplement. This ensures that individual travelers will get the same type and size rooms as our double occupancy travelers.
The Jet tour is operated by TCS World Travel, dedicated to delivering immersive, worry-free travel experiences for the globally curious and modern luxury traveler. The aircraft is operated by Alliance Airlines Pty Limited.