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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown provided by Air Milford

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
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Free cancellation
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Tour snapshot
An ideal tour for photography and nature enthusiasts
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
150
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    150
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
This easy half-day tour of Milford Sound allows you to see and experience the best of Fiordland in a short time. With convenient round-trip transfers from Queenstown, even travelers on a tight itinerary can do a lot. Enjoy a sightseeing flight over the glacial fiords, and then get a close-up view on a catamaran cruise. The sound is beautiful in any weather, and you may even spot dolphins, penguins, and seals.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn about the area from live commentary
  • Transfers from central Queenstown hotels are included
  • Get the best views with reserved seating on board the cruise
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about the area from live commentary
  • Transfers from central Queenstown hotels are included
  • Get the best views with reserved seating on board the cruise
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38244P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We provide a pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out the front of our base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We provide a pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out the front of our base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Coronet Peak
    Skippers Canyon
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Routeburn Track
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Milford Sound
  • 2
    Milford Sound
    See details
  • 3
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Bowen Falls
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Sutherland Falls
  • 6
    Cruise Milford
    Stop: 105 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Lake Wakatipu
    Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 7
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Benjamin T
1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Sarah in the front office was super friendly and great for organizing pickups around town and providing details about the trip beforehand. Our pilot, Alex, was excellent and flew us over some of the coolest landscapes imaginable. Milford Sound itself was like something out of a dream; we can hardly believe we got to cruise around there for the afternoon. If this isn't on your bucket list, it should be. Can't recommend this trip highly enough!! We are so thankful we had this opportunity.

FWIW we did this with our 5 month old and despite one meltdown on the cruise we would still recommend this trip for those with young children. The 10 min nature walk from the runway to the docks was not to be missed and short enough that we just carried him - no need for a stroller/pram. Air Milford was very accommodating, giving us the back seats on the plane, which had more legroom/space for baby stuff.

Thank you again for a truly wonderful experience!
Written 23 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Companion, This is a beautiful review to have the pleasure of responding to. It is a real highlight of my role when I get to relay this onto staff, so I will be sure to pass this onto Sara & Alex. You cover a lot of detail, and as a family business I love nothing more than candid feedback on how the trip goes travelling with little ones. Four hours of perfection can be too much to ask for many toddlers, however the smooth tune of the Cessna engine regularly puts them to sleep during the flight, which is welcome for any parent! The walk between airport and cruise is also a highlight, to take photos and learn more about the native flora and fauna from your Pilot. On behalf of the team, thanks for putting the time into this comprehensive response. We hope to have you return with grown up family, who with a bit of luck will shout Mum & Dad! :) Best Regards, Antony Sproull
Written 8 June 2022
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William W
3 contributions
Jan. 2022
We did the fly/cruise/fly option and the flights both ways were the most amazing views and scenery I've ever seen - got some great photos from the plane. It was fun going in a little 6 seater Cessna, it felt safe and well maintained. All the staff and the pilot at Milford Air were very friendly and accommodating. Our pilot Tom was very knowledgeable and a great guide, he even waited and took some photos of us next to the plane when it was time to fly back. The cruise was great too, highlights were getting close views of some seals and getting splashed by the Sutherland falls.

Would definitely recommend the fly/cruise/fly option with Milford Air - you can't beat the views from the plane, and you save *a lot* of time not having to drive to Milford Souind.
Written 30 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi William, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford to the TripAdvisor community. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the most amazing views and best scenery on your flights to-and-from Milford Sound! We absolutely prioritize maintaining our 100% safety rating, so it is excellent to hear that you felt self and well looked after with the experienced and knowledgeable Tom as your pilot. He certainly has a passion for aviation and this stunning region, and he loves to share that with each and every passenger. We have to agree, you just can't beat the views from the plane when cruising over the spectacular Southern Alps! On behalf of the entire Air Milford family, we thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your strong endorsement of this experience to future travellers. Wishing you all the best on your next adventure, Sara
Written 13 February 2022
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Jasmine
2 contributions
Mar. 2022
An absolute highlight of our trip! Our pilot Tom was a great host, he shared so much valuable information and showed us some incredible spots during our flights to and from Milford Sound. We felt so well looked after. Eveyrthing was organised for us, including a reserved table on the top deck of the cruise. My partner was stoked after playing co-pilot on the return trip, he was blown away by the whole experience - so much so, he decided to propose when we got home from our amazing day. Thank you Air Milford!
Written 7 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Jasmine, Firstly, congratulations! We are happy to be part of this special milestone :) Thank you for taking time to review your experience with Air Milford. Tom is outstanding in his profession and passionate in sharing his deep knowledge of our beautiful backyard. It is quite special to take the co-pilot seat seeing the spectacular scenery from a pilot's perspective. We are glad you have had a memorable trip and we look forward to the next opportunity of hosting you. On behalf of the Air Milford Team, it has been a pleasure flying with you. Best regards, Jo
Written 31 March 2022
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Cassienicholson
2 contributions
Jan. 2021
We had a spectacular flight with a great pilot - stunning views. Then had the delight of a pod of dolphins following us for our cruise. Air Milford were great to deal with - recommended a change in our flight time to make sure we caught the good weather.
Written 16 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Cassienicholson, Thank yo for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We couldn't be prouder to receive your gracious feedback and know that you had a spectacular time visiting Milford Sound aboard our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip. How fortunate to see dolphins in the fiord too - that certainly puts a cherry on the top of the day! The weather is one of our greatest challenges, we fly about 70% of the time, because flying to Milford Sound is weather dependent. Milford Sound receives over 7 meters of rain annually and is one of the wettest places in the world, so we try our very best to communicate with our guests if the weather is looking bad, so that they don't miss out on experiencing Milford Sound during their visit. On behalf of the whole Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 17 January 2021
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SeonieNZ
Papamoa, New Zealand126 contributions
From Hank (the CEO), to Ants (Hanks’ son), to Alex (Superb Pilot), to Mary & Jo (FOH contacts)- these guys are pure “Class”!!!

They work with you tirelessly and consistently to ensure you have The Best flight experience possible.

It becomes screamingly clear that these guys are the best at what they do, and they just go about their work quietly and with no fuss- until it’s time to make a fuss- of you, to make you feel special and valued, after they’ve just given you an epic flight experience.

If you’re thinking of flying, I’d say anywhere, in this Southern region, then stop hesitating or comparing, and book with these guys today. Before you miss out.
Written 9 October 2020
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Dear SeonieNZ, Thank you for sharing your fabulous review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are blown away with your positive feedback and are so pleased to know that you had a BRILLIANT time visiting Milford Sound with us! We try our best to provide a personalised experience and make everyone's visit to Milford magical, we love showing the region off and as you have discovered, Fiordland National Park is a stunning part of the world. On behalf of the whole "class" team here, thank you for your awesome endorsement to future travelers, it was our pleasure to host you. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 9 October 2020
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Jill M
Gore11 contributions
Jan. 2022
Such a stunning day to fly to Milford Sound, all staff were very professional and happy to help, Tommo our pilot was amazing, very informative and professional. Stunning trip on Southern Discoveries boat down the sound, bit windy but you can't pick the weather. Seen seals, got wet under waterfall which was an amazing experience. Staff on boat were lovely. Would recommend to anyone wanting to do this trip
Written 16 January 2022
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Hi Jill, Thank you for sharing your 5-star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor Community. We are thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing time on your Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip to Milford Sound and that the friendly and professional Air Milford and Southern Discoveries teams only served to enhance the experience! We are always working to provide our guest with incredible and unforgettable memories, so it is great to hear that you so highly recommend this experience to others. On behalf of your pilot, Tomo, and the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for choosing to fly with us and wish you all the best on your future adventures. Sincerely, Sara
Written 23 January 2022
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SSB
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
Simply amazing…..

It truly is a once in a lifetime bucket list of must do’s whilst in Queenstown and priced well within budget, an awe inspiring flight with Hank over the mountain ranges in the pictured Cessna , filled with natural beauty and breathtaking views before descending into Milford sound then onto a nature walk before cruising the sound, filled with wondrous waterfalls (some of which you can touch if your game) fur seals and natural beauty aplenty. Back on the plane to Queenstown on a different route overlooking more wondrous beauty that only this part of the world can offer. It truly is hard to put into words the breath taking views throughout the journey to and from Milford Sound. Highly recommend over a 10hr return winding coach tour, there and back in just hours and looked after by true friendly professionals in Hank, Kerry and staff. Thank you air Milford for not only an unforgettable afternoon but also for a very very safe experience ….. no wonder you are voted number 1 for this trip. 👍
Written 7 June 2021
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Hi SSB Thank you so much for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. And thank you for such an amazing review! We are so happy to hear that you had such an amazing time. We may be biased, but seeing Milford by air is definitely the way to go! We appreciate you recognizing our staff and our 100% safety record which we are very proud of. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we cannot wait to host you again in the future. Sincerely, Kris
Written 5 July 2021
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Lockomotive
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Jan. 2020
This is the best thing I’ve ever done on my travels, and I’ve been a few places. Firstly, the organisation was excellent with great comms. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, our captain for the day - Tom - was wonderful. He was fantastic with all passengers, full of interesting information and had a natural, calming manner that put everyone at ease. And the trip itself? It was amazing. Both flights were absolutely spectacular, and the cruise on Milford was breathtaking. Get your wallet out and do this trip the right way.
Written 15 January 2020
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Dear Lockomotive, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor! We try our best to exceed our guest's expectations, so are incredibly proud to hear that you had an 'absolutely fantastic' time with us on your recent Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion. Tom is an awesome pilot and conscientious guide, he has been flying in our local region most of his adult life and is always eager to share his wealth of knowledge with his guests aboard. It is wonderful to hear that Tom's hosting enhanced your experience of our wonderful destination Milford Sound &the wider Fiordland National Park, now you know why Rudyard Kipling called it the 8th wonder of the world ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬 On behalf of the whole team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high endorsement to future travelers, All the best, Mary, Air Milford.
Written 31 January 2020
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Bbartz
10 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The entire experience was magical, made even better by the amazing service we received the moment we stepped through the door to the pilot who was informative and friendly and made the whole trip so much more memorable for myself and my girlfriend. Planes were brand-new and beautiful inside with great viewing opportunities through the large windows and spacious fuselage when compared to the other planes we saw from other companies once we landed in Milford. The cruise and the cruise crew were also hilarious informative and super friendly. I shall step up from the other service industry types we encountered in Queenstown. At the time the road was closed but this was never an option for us as we wanted the scenic flight which went above and beyond our expectations. At the time the road was closed but this was never an option for us as we wanted the scenic flight which went above and beyond our expectations. Would highly recommend.
Written 19 February 2020
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Dear Bbartz, Thank you for sharing your review with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased that we were able to exceed your expectations and take you above and beyond (awesome pun)!! Our pilots love flying our state of the art Cessna Caravans in the mountains and with their high wings, they make for incredible machines for flight seeing in the Southern Alps. So, we are really pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the experience of soaring above snow capped peaks, from the comfort of your leather seat, in an airconditioned cabin. It is awesome to hear the you had a great time on the cruise in Milford too, we are very proud to work with the best cruise providers in Milford Sound and we absolutely agree that they provide an excellent service. On behalf of both the Southern Discoveries (cruise provider) and Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Air Milford.
Written 13 March 2020
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Ingrid V
Auckland, New Zealand44 contributions
This tourist activity rates as one of the best we have been on. Air Milford were so professional and easy to deal with.
We actually went a day earlier than we had booked as they rang us to advise the weather was closing in and did we want to go a day earlier. I am so glad we did. We flew in beautiful clear skies and it was a treat to to Milford Sound bathed in sunshine. Tomo our pilot was experienced and informative.
Bring plenty of warm clothing as it gets very cold and windy on the boat if you want to go outside on the deck.
I totally recommend Air Milford if you are considering this trip.
Written 8 February 2021
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Dear Ingrid V, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are buzzing with pride, knowing that you thought our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip was one of the best tourist activities you have been on - WOW! The weather plays a huge part in our operations, flying to and from Milford Sound is weather dependent, we fly about 70% of the time. We try our very best to communicate with our guests and make the best of the weather conditions, endeavoring to not have guests miss out on visiting this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are so pleased to hear that you were able to be flexible with your itinerary and take us up on the offer of going flying a day early. Thank you for your recommendation to future travelers to bring a jacket and wrap up warm. In my opinion, while on the cruise boat, the best viewing of the fiord is done from the open air decks, but, even in summer it can be chilly outside. We have plenty of space aboard the plane for guests to bring a jacket, or a bag with extra layers and we defiantly recommend brining them along with you. On behalf of your pilot Tomo and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 11 February 2021
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cameronmJ272IK
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Must do
Absolutely must do if ever in Queenstown. Awesome staff, knowledgeable pilot, and just overall an epic day to remem
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Nothing to be nervous about.
Absolutely one of the best experiences. I’m a nervous flyer but not any more. I felt so relaxed and calm in their c
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Just book it now!
Worth every cent. Fabulous day. Thank you. The return flight detour via Sutherland falls was a bonus
Rob H
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Milford Sound fly and cruise.
We decided to treat ourselves to a trip to Milford Sound while staying in Queenstown. We chose to fly down with Air
damiankZ4224MV
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Fantastic Flight
An excellant way to round off the completion of the Milford Track. Flight back over the Milford Track allowed a gr
Coastal63447597927
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This is a trip you will never forget
Wonderful experience. New Zealand's best scenery. Very professional company with experienced pilots, excellent safe
NewZealander80yrs
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A "must-do"
Stunning scenery and informative commentary. A must when you're in Queenstown. The Walter Peak flight, BBQ and Earn
henrygrayson
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Just wow.
Great experience flying over the southern alps into Milford Sound. Just amazing scenery and so cool to get so close
Rebecca F
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Flight from Milford to Queenstown
Our flight was fantastic. Anthony our pilot, gave us a commentary of the valley's and peaks and pointed out the gl
JeanW455
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Memorable trip
Hank was very knowledgeable and provided us with detailed explanations of the area. The weather was great which mad
kiwi_travellers_nz
kiwi_travellers_nz
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Stunning
We don't normally splash out on such things, but this was an amazing experience and worth the price! Because of Cov
V3870IXwaynes
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A start-to-finish existential challenge - the world is big, we are small.
We were in Queenstown, were keen to visit Piopiotahi/Milford Sound but didnt want to spend hours each way in a bus.
Vlado-kvart
Vlado-kvart
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Quick and esay!
Quite a unique experience! Nature, scenery... From Queenstown and back - it was quick and easy. The whole thing la
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Trip of a lifetime
Brilliant trip. Well done Milford Air!! A memory that will live with us forever. Safe, professional and perfectly m
pittadventures
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Absolutely Awesome!
An amazing experience! We were picked up in a vehicle and taken to the airport where we were checked in and briefed
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