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Round The World Australasia

One of the most popular backpacking routes for good reason. The round the world Australasia trip incorporates Thailand, Australia and New Zealand taking in beautiful surroundings lots of action and plenty of backpackers to hang out with in these three very different countries. With most of your activities taken care of, all of your transport and a large amount of accommodation, you know your trip will be well-organised and enjoyable from day one.

 Round The World Australasia!

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The best parts of Thailand, Australia & New Zealand

This is a classic trip to some of the most popular backpacking locations. Stopping off in Thailand enroute is the perfect way to start, with rich culture incredible beaches and a great backpacker party scene you will do it all the Thailand Entourage.

Your next stop will be Australia, were we have an amazing first week planned for you, with job assistance if you want it.
Plus after that we include a flexible hop on hop off East coast pass so you can spend as little or as long as you like travelling from Sydney to Cairns doing some amazing activities en route.

Finally you finish up in New Zealand. Your first 2 nights and airport transfers are taken care off as we include the Auckland arrival pack. With a hop on hop off pass on the Kiwi experience (funky chicken) you’ll see both North and South Islands while spending five incredible the trembling days doing it all in the capital of adrenaline, Queenstown! 5 nights on the Queenstown Adrenaline Overload!

Remember you can alter these itineraries, add things or take them out. Just get in touch with us with your questions and we will put together the perfect trip for you.

The 4 week Thailand Experience

The Sydney ConneXion & Bruce Pass

Kiwi Experience & Queenstown Adrenaline Overload

Xtreme Gappers (4)

Xtreme Sydney Connexion (5)

Queenstown Adrenaline Kick (18)

 

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So What is included and in what order?

  • Thailand: The Xtreme Thailand experience: 4 weeks (set start date)
  • Australia: Sydney ConneXion: 7 nights (set start date)
  • Australia: OzExperience Bruce Pass, bus pass. Min 10 days, advised 2.5 weeks
  • New Zealand: Auckland Arrival Pack 2 nights
  • New Zealand: Queens Town Adrenaline Overload. 5 nights
  • New Zealand: Kiwi Experience, Funky Chicken: Flexible. Min 20 days, advised 25

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      This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach [...]


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      The perfect mix of action, adventure, fullmoon parties and new mates in the best paradise Islands. This 4 week trip is a great way to see the many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife, fun in the sun on some of the worlds best beaches and taking in stunning sites of Thailand. All of this with amazing guides and an epic group of new mates, perfect for solo and first time travellers.


      Adrenaline Overload

      The perfect bolt on to any Hop on hop off pass. The mother of all adrenaline adventures. The Xtreme Gap New Zealand Adrenaline Tour. You will have the time of your life travelling through the country jumping off high things, out of flying things and doing dare devil adventures that will make you go weak at the knees. You can relax in the knowledge that because it is pre booked, you will get to do all the things you set out to do, before drinking your budget away at the bar.


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      Legendary Kiwi experience backpacker bus passes offered with our Price beater, meaning we guarantee you will get your pass for the best price. Explore all of New Zealand with the Kiwi experience, a hop on hop off bus pass with loads of extra activities included. We love the Kiwi experience, it is hands down the best way to get around this exciting, stunning and adrenaline packed country.


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      The Kiwi Auckland Arrival Package includes all the basics for your first few days in New Zealand - accommodation at a top backpackers in Auckland, arrival airport transfer and a half day city tour to introduce you to this fantastic city! Not only will you love the hostel, located just steps from all of Auckland most famous sights, you'll get extra benefits such as a free rooftop sauna, and spa on our sun-deck.


      Sydney ConneXion

      This is the ultimate beginning to an epic adventure in Australia. The Sydney conneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you're out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!


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Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can take parts out or add more in, everything is customisable so just ask us for suggestions. Remember we have been on all of the trips so we can tailor make the best itinerary for you and your budget.

Simply ask us! We have travelled extensively to these destinations can give you first-hand advice as to what to do expect.

The cost of your airline travel is not included in the trip, we can put you in touch with our preferred round the world flight partners who can help with booking the necessary flights to complete the trip. Expect to pay in the region of about £1300 for a standard round the world flight….

With the exception of the start date for the Thailand Entourage, and the Sydney connection everything else is flexible so you can spend as long as you like on this trip. This is quite handy to combine with Australia working holiday Visa programs.

Special payment conditions

On round the world bookings we   can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.

Payment Schedule

  • Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
  • At 16 Weeks until departure – 50% of the balance
  • 12 weeks before departure – the remaining 25% balance.

This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.

Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle depends on the group size.

Why is this important?

Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.

Not the best way to spend your precious time.
By using private transfers we can:
• Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
• Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
• Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting ages for another bus to come
• Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
What transport do we use?
For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.

Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
For long distances with larger groups we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin in particular is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minvan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.

All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.

Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand, but don’t really!

Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.

They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.

Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe. 

Price in GBP

  • £3159

Please note this price is indicative of the standard (most popular) option, but due to the nature of this itinerary being flexible we can make the trip cheaper or more expensive depending on what you want to include.

Please note flights and not included in the price you should budget around £800 to £1500 for flights. Our flight partners can help you arrange your tickets.

Included Thailand

  • Airport pick up
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers within the programme
  • Exploring the history and culture of Bangkok by visiting various temples
  • The boat trip down the Chao Praya River
  • Legendary night out on Koh San Road
  • Shipwrecked adventure on bottle beach in Koh Pha Ngan
  • Breathtaking sunsets in bar infinity pool
  • Guided full moon party, with a much-needed hangover day and free massage
  • Total wipeout course (also known as the late challenge)
  • Koh Tao adventure day
  • Koh Tao activity option week inclusions (Muay Thai or Yoga)
  • Island introduction: on arrival we will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal (own expense) and introduce you to other Xtreme Gappers  on the island. In Koh Tao there are plenty of Xtreme Gappers doing other programmes as well (Xtreme Thailand Experience, Thailand Divemaster, yoga courses etc.)
  • Stand Up Paddling
  • Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive session
  • Plenty of beach time on one of the most beautiful tropical paradise islands of the world
  • Free Wi-Fi at most resorts
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Included Australia

  • Airport transfer
  • 7 nights accommodation in a dorm in Sydney
  • Breakfasts
  • Guided Sydney city tour
  • Harbour cruise day trip
  • 2 night beach escape
  • Sand dune off roading
  • Sandboarding
  • National park bush walk
  • Dolphin trip
  • Sydney party bus pub crawl
  • Sydney beaches tour
  • Just landed info session
  • Online RSA for QLD, NT,WA,SA
  • Bar skills course
  • Job search assistance for 12 months
  • Cv review
  • Australian Bank account
  • Mail forwarding for 12 months
  • Sim Card activated number given on arrival
  • Tax file number arranged
  • Medicare organised
  • Tax refund advice
  • Travellers Discount Card
  • Free in Sydney offices
  • 24 hour emergency number
  • Assistance form the locally based team
  • Detailed pre departure pack before you leave
  • Oz experience Bruce pass
  • One way travel, hop on hop off, between Sydney and Cairns
  • Surf lessons in Byron Bay
  • 1N Magnatic Island stop over
  • Atherton Tablelands (Cairns)

New Zealand Queenstown Adrenaline Overload (adrenaline option) & Bus Pass:

  • Two nights in a dorm in Auckland with arrival transfer
  • Five nights dorm accommodation in Queenstown
  • The Shotover Jet
  • The Shotover Canyon Swing.
  • A 15,000 ft Skydive
  • One backpacker bus pass that brings you from North to South or the other way around (the funky chicken)

Excluded

  • Flights (although we can help arrange – budget up to £1800)
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money
  • Meals other than those included on the itineraries
  • Accommodation unless stated in the included section.

Included: The inclusions on the programme pages detail the exact inclusions this is an overview.

Dates

Start dates 2015

  • Sunday 11 January
  • Sunday 08 February
  • Sunday 15 March
  • Sunday 12 April
  • Sunday 10 May
  • Sunday 07 June
  • Sunday 05 July
  • Sunday 09 August
  • Sunday 06 September
  • Sunday 29 November

Start dates 2016

  • Sunday 03 January to 30 January
  • Sunday 31 February to 27 February
  • Sunday 28 February to 26 March
  • Sunday 27 March to 23 April
  • Sunday 24 April to 21 May (with this date full moon party is on the day of departure May 21st)

Please contact us for dates after, combining trips and other travel ideas.

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