[NASAFACS] FW: Trip to Australia and New Zealand in July - everyone is welcome! - RSVP NOW!

Peggy Wild pwild at doe.in.gov
Thu Mar 8 13:44:03 MST 2012

From: joan mcfadden [mailto:jmcfadden100 at sbcglobal.net] 
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:17 AM


The FCS Group presents¡­ 

South Pacific Wonders 

July 2012 

South Pacific Wonders 

15 Days ¡ñ 20 Meals : 

12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners 

Per Person Rates: Double $5,749, Single $7,049 

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Indianapolis Intl Airport, Internal flights, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $300 (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers 

Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $260 per person

Update: I¡¯ve been working with Collette Vacations, a major travel agency, since early Fall 2011 to arrange a trip to AU/NZ for us that would include a tour of both of these great countries and the opportunity to attend the IFHE being held in AU during July 16-21, 2012. They have put a ¡°15 day¡± tour together for us. Do you want to go on this tour with Collette Vacations? If so. will you let me know preferably by email or by my cell phone by March 15? I¡¯ll send an email or call you by March 18 to or phone those who want to go listing how to send your deposit/reservation if there is a response of 24. 

E-mail jmcfadden100 at sbcglobal.net 

Call cell phone, 281-513-8666


The departure date will be July 1 with the tour ending on July 15. If you are going to IFHE (and have paid the additional $250 for air to Melbourne  available with Collette) you will go to Melbourne by air. If you are not going to IFHE, you will return to the US/Indianapolis on this date. If you are planning to attend AAFCS to help celebrate Peggy Wild¡¯s election as President of AAFCS (among other things), you can catch the departure flight from Indy after the AAFCS conference there.


Call cell phone, 281-513-8666,  or send email  to jmcfadden100 at sbcglobal.net Joan McFadden, Chair, International Committee for the Indiana Affiliate of AAFCS.  Group Reservation Number 488807; District Sales Manager Tracy Edwards, Collette Vacations

Included Meals Key: 

B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner; in daily description below. Optional excursions for extra costs listed on page 2.

Day 1 ¨C 2: July 

Travel Day Traveling you lose a full day. 

Day 3: July 

Arrive Queenstown, New Zealand Your tour begins today in Queenstown, the gateway to New Zealand¡¯s south island. Don't forget to look up at the Southern Hemisphere's different star pattern this evening after you join your mates for a welcome dinner. (D) 

Day 4: July 

Queenstown A leisurely day in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your vacation. Shop or people watch in the village or perhaps take the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour, which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. (B, D) 

Day 5: July 

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You¡¯ll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you¡¯ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand¡¯s Southern Alps. (B, L) 

Day 6: July 

Queenstown With the multitude of activities to do in Queenstown, enjoy a day on your own. You may want to take a walk along Lake Wakatipu or sit at a caf¨¦ and sip a latt¨¦ while looking out on the lake. (B) 

Day 7: July 

Queenstown - Mt. Cook Region Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand¡¯s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world with its jagged contours and nearly vertical slopes. You may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountain top terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or perhaps enjoy the park during a nature walk. (B) 

Day 8: July 

Mt. Cook Region - Christchurch This morning visit a Canterbury farmyard where you¡¯ll enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration and see the herding of the farm¡¯s animals! It¡¯s a great opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. This afternoon you are free to explore Christchurch independently before a truly special evening. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner! This is sure to be an unforgettable evening during which you will make new friends, learn about the customs of the ¡°Kiwi¡¯s¡± and enjoy a home-cooked meal. (B, D) 

Day 9: July 

Christchurch, New Zealand - Sydney, Australia Your morning is at leisure for independent exploration. Later today, fly to the Land of Oz, Australia! Start in its most famous bustling city, Sydney. (B) 

Day 10: July 

Sydney This morning enjoy a city tour of Sydney where the English explorer James Cook first weighed anchor in 1770. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable Paddington suburb. Then, discover one of the world¡¯s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Next, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how raw opals are transformed from the dark mine shafts to beautiful works of art. This evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. Maybe try one of Sydney¡¯s eclectic restaurants! (B) 

Day 11: July 

Sydney Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Sydney your way. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. The cruise takes in the beauty of Sydney¡¯s skyline and passes by Australia¡¯s two most famous icons: the renowned Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D) 

Day 12: July 

Sydney - Cairns Today you leave Sydney and head to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. One of the world¡¯s most spectacular natural attractions, the reef was established as a marine park in 1975 and is a collective haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. In 1981 the United Nations designated the Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage Site. (B, D) 

Day 13: July 

Great Barrier Reef Board a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. From your base on Green Island, you are able to explore the reef in many ways. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, a stroll on the walking trail to take in the rain forest, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you¡¯ll see some of the world¡¯s most fascinating marine and plant life. (B, L) 

Day 14: July 

Cairns Today visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. You¡¯ll see traditional Aboriginal dances, learn about the Aboriginal lifestyle, and even throw a boomerang or play a didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center, which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. This afternoon a great experience awaits as you search for crocodiles in their natural habitat during a visit to Hartley's Croc Farm! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, an exciting cruise in the lagoon looking for crocodiles before a delicious Aussie barbecue. (B, D) 

Day 15: July Cairns - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B) 


Please Note: 

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. 

Due to the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake, hotel capacity in and around Christchurch is very restricted. Due to this, on certain departures, there will be re-routing around the city and alternate hotels and routes may be used. Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change. 

Previous clients have indicated that a small gift from your area is appropriate and appreciated the night of your home hosted dinner in N. Zealand. 

Due to early arrival times in some cities, rooms may not always be ready for immediate check-in. 

*If you purchase the outer reef option in the Great Barrier Reef, the glass bottom boat ride will be replaced by a semi-submersible boat on the outer reef pontoon. 

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks. 

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

Option Excursions (2 listed in bold text in day tours)

Price Per Person ($, USD) Complete descriptions available before you complete registration

A Taste of Australia 


The Outer Reef Experience (day 13)


Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy 


Aboriginal Cultural Experience After Sunset 


A Blaze of Glory on The Shotover River 


Journey through Middle Earth (day 4)


The Maori Haka Ceremony 


Lady of the Lake, Dinner, and Entertainment 



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