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With dramatic limestone formations, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and subterranean river, New Zealand's Waitomo Caves hold adventure at every turn. This network of underground caverns is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot glowworms, and the glittering creatures provide a magical backdrop to the caves' natural wonders.

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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
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  • 11 hours
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$189.18
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.19
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.01
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$320.01

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

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The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travelers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus round-trip transport from Auckland included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$223.81
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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Come visit a New Zealand attraction that’s sure to have you ‘glowing’ during this 45-minute small-group guided boat ride through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide by boat through this underground complex, enjoying a light show put on by the millions of tiny bioluminescent insects hanging above. As an added bonus, many of the trip guides are of Maori descent, adding unique historical context to your visit.
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  • 45 minutes
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$35.27
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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour
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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

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Go Waitomo black-water rafting (cave tubing) for a memorable adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Choose a 3-hour Labyrinth experience that takes you floating underground on an inner tube, including a small waterfall jump. Or upgrade to the 5-hour Black Abyss for an exhilarating abseil (rappel) down limestone walls; instruction and equipment included. The resident glowworms, stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you! Finish with a hot shower, soup and bagel.
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  • 5 hours
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$96.19
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

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This convenient day trip visits two of the North Island’s most popular attractions from Auckland in a single day, which would be difficult if traveling independently. The small-group, fully guided mini-bus tour takes you to several natural wonders, such as rivers, natural geothermal pools, and glow-worm caves. Your guide will tell you all about the natural and cultural history, to help you better understand what you’re seeing.
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  • 13 hours
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$191.75
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Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

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Experience the thrill of black-water rafting and caving in a safe yet challenging environment. Choose among several exhilarating underground adventures at Waitomo Caves. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can go cave tubing among glowworms, rappel down into the labyrinth, or do both. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind tour with an option to suit any adventurous spirit. Travel round-trip from either Auckland or Rotorua, with hotel pickup available.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.10
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Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

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Make the most of your trip from Rotorua to Auckland with a tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a fascinating network of flooded caverns lit by bioluminescent glowworms. You’ll travel by comfortable minibus from your hotel in Rotorua to your centrally-located Auckland hotel, pausing in Waitomo for a boat tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This 6-hour tour includes all transport and entrance fees, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.84
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13-Day 'Epic South' Winter Tour for 18-30s!

13-Day 'Epic South' Winter Tour for 18-30s!

Winter is coming... So let's make it one hell of a party!! New Zealand’s South Island is a place of breathtaking beauty, and there’s no better time to explore it than a Kiwi winter. Snow-covered mountains, crisp blue lakes, unbeatable nightlife… You’ll spend two weeks exploring it all with us and making memories you’ll never forget. On your Kiwi Vibes tour, we guarantee you the time of your freakin’ life as you experience NZ’s ‘Epic South’
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  • 13 days
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$1,512.14
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$699.01
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$699.01
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3-Day Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, Bay of Islands and Auckland Full Day Tour

3-Day Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, Bay of Islands and Auckland Full Day Tour

This Tour encompassing 3 consecutive days enables you to maximize your time in the Upper North Island of New Zealand with this global multi award-winning Tour Company. It takes you to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand (Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves ) plus also the idyllic Bay of Islands with the Dolphin Boat Tour to the “Hole in the Rock”, a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds plus also the most comprehensive Signature Full Day 8-Hour Tour of Auckland available.
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  • 3 days
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$529.07
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland

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Experience two of the North Island’s highlights the easy way on a day trip from Auckland. After a handy CBD hotel pickup, head to the Hobbiton film set, where you’ll learn all about The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Continue to the Waitomo Caves and be amazed by the underground caverns of twinkling glowworms. Take it all in without the stress of having to drive yourself.
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  • 12 hours
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$241.13
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Cave on this full-day tour from Auckland. Experience an important Middle-earth and ‘Lord of the Rings’ location on the guided tour of Hobbiton, and sip a refreshment at The Green Dragon Inn. Afterward, take in the twinkling light of glow worms at Waitomo. Ensure your admission to two of New Zealand’s top destinations by booking this tour in advance.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.75
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Waitomo Glowworm & Ruakuri Twin Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm & Ruakuri Twin Cave Experience

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Experience the best of the Waitomo Caves with this combined tour of the Glowworm Caves and the Raukuri Caves. Learn all about the remarkable geology of the caves while taking a boat tour and two walking tours of the underground caves and walkways. Be amazed by the thousands of sparkling glowworms, jagged stalactites and stalagmites, acoustics in the vast Cathedral Cave, and underground rivers. You won’t forget this experience in a hurry.
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  • 10 hours
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$255.88
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

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Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this shore excursion from Tauranga. Walk through the caves to see stalagmites and stalactites before boarding a small boat to the incredible Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms. Then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
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$169.30
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Private Luxury Tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie set & Waitomo caves- couples

Private Luxury Tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie set & Waitomo caves- couples

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This private tour has been designed for couples that require privacy and flexibility. You can make stops for photo shoots or spend extra time on locations. Travel in luxury with chauffeurs with 25 years of experience in Tours & Transfers!
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  • 9 hours
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$841.91
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Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch from Auckland
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Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch from Auckland

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The Hobbiton movie set and the Waitomo glow-worm caves are two of the most popular attractions on New Zealand’s North Island. Visit both in one day and enjoy a more personalized experience on this small-group tour. Discover behind-the-scenes of the legendary LOTR films during a guided tour of Hobbiton, then cruise the underground river of the Waitomo Caves, beneath a glittering canopy of glow worms.
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  • 12 hours
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$237.28
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
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$224.45
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Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour to Waitomo Caves. Your dedicated guide will lead you around the caves, home to thousands of glowworms. Learn about the glowworms biology and behavior through your guide's commentary, then explore the scenic reserve's free walking tracks, lush green hills, and pristine rivers.
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  • 7 hours
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Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Experience the Waitomo Glowworm Caves plus the Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set all in one day. This unforgettable combo tour takes you to the top tourist attractions in the North Island. Highlights: • Waitomo Glowworm Caves • Hobbiton & Alexander Family Sheep Farm • Secret Animal Viewing Stops • Waikato Farming Region While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember. This tour is less rushed than others, making it the ultimate Auckland day tour, and is led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.19
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Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

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Design your perfect New Zealand trip and feel like a VIP with every detail taken care of on this custom-made tour. Where you go and what you do is completely up to you, so you could visit the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the North Island; discover Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Fox Glacier on the South Island; or tour LOTR sites such as Tongariro and Hobbiton.
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  • 12 days
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$769.55
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

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The day tour is the easy way to visit the Waitomo Caves from Auckland. Save yourself the hassle of self-driving the 2.5-hour trip on a small-group guided tour. Admire the glowworms, stalagmites, and stalactites of the glowworm cave, go on an underground boat ride, walk through Cathedral Cave, and learn all about the history and geology of the natural marvel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.75
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.
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  • 11 hours
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$221.89
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Waitomo Caves hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.