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trip #3 lead with EF... best yetThe South Pacific with Cook Islands was the most culturally authentic experience yet. I made new friends in Australia, experienced the Maori culture, and checked off bucket list items that weren't on my bucket list before I got there. Best trip ever. Our tour director... well... we consider him family now. There were many obstacles, but the group didn't know. The trip just ran smooth as can be thanks to him. Beautiful scenes and the friendliest cultures. We will return.
GreatOur tour guides were really informative. I really really enjoyed NZ and the Cook Islands, but my only complaint was were we spent our time in Australia. We nearly visited Darling Harbor everyday to eat and for our free afternoon. It is pretty maybe once, but there isn't a whole lot to do in that area. Most of the restaurants were bars and didn't really feel "cultural". I would have also liked to visit the country side of Australia, so another day or two would be great on the tour.
Smashing Southern Hemisphere ExperienceAustralia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands was an amazing experience. There were so many activities included like: snorkeling, boat trips, zoo visits, ride up the Sydney Tower and 4-D movie, visits to Geothermal Area, Maori Culture visit and dinner, and visiting a Cook Island school. We had great walking tours, time for optional excursions like climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Whale Watching. We even had some time to enjoy the beach, pool, grottos, and play pool/card games with each other! What a great trip.
Excellent!First our Tour Guide/Director was Awesome!, knew their "stuff" throughout the trip; kept us entertained; very professional.
Sydney and the surrounding areas were great; food, people, culture, sights, activities, and shopping.
New Zealand, beautiful picture-perfect; again, great food, people, culture, sights, activities, and shopping.
Cook Islands, lovely awe...!, culturally rich, friendly and cheerful people; the weather was AWESOME - hot!; great food, and sights.