I just returned from a 20 day tour of New Zealand and Australia and had a fantastic experience. My wife and I book a Holiday Vacation tour that was a 20 day highlight tour. I had never heard of Holiday Vacations and neither had any of my friends. They market their tours to the Midwest region of the United States and are not well known on the West Coast. The tour checked off everything thing I wanted to see in the two countries. I really liked that they required on a $200 refundable deposit and you could cancel within 90 days. All airfare was included in the price which is not the norm for a tour to that region. Our tour director joined us in our flight from LAX and returned to LAX with us so if you have any trepidation about trying to get to your first night’s lodging in New Zealand you didn’t have to worry. The tour officially started at the airport in LAX where you were introduced to your tour members. Like RS tours, we only had 28 people, yet we had a big bus on most days. Everything thing was included as far as sightseeing went. The only tipping was for our tour director and our bus drivers. They stay in very nice hotels and all luggage handling is included.
We couldn’t have had a better tour. Our tour director, Judy, was excellent and I couldn’t recommend her enough.
If you do decide to visit New Zealand and Australia, be aware you will be flying a lot if you are going to see the highlights of the two countries because of the size of Australia and the fact that New Zealand consists of two islands. . We had a total of 10 airplane flights on our tour.
In short, I cannot recommend Holiday Vacation enough if you are going to Australia and New Zealand. I don’t know if I would recommend them going to Europe as I don’t like their itineraries in Europe and I would rather stay in the smaller hotels in Europe. The larger 4 star hotels were great in Australia and New Zealand. I don’t think you would want to stay in the more quaint hotels there as you are not really visiting those countries for their historic charm.
Here is a link to their website on Australia and New Zealand tours.