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Australian Highlights Tour (16 or 22 days)

AN UNFORGETTABLE TOURING EXPERIENCE INCLUDING:

  • The sights of Melbourne including the famous Botanic Gardens

  • Alice Springs tour

  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and Telegraph Station

  • Sunrise and sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • A walk through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (Olgas)

  • Australian barbecue dinner under the stars

  • Coral and tropical marine life at the Great Barrier Reef

  • Time to explore Cairns

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

  • Luncheon cruise on spectacular Sydney Harbour

  • A day at leisure to explore Sydney  

  • Scheduled flights with drinks and meals provided

  • Optional stopovers on outward and return journeys

  • First class accommodation throughout

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel with knowledgeable driver guide

Best of Australia Tour

Day 1: Depart UK  Board your scheduled overnight flight from London, Manchester or other regional airport for Australia.

Day 2: Touch Down Far EastTime for duty free shopping as you break your flight in the Far East for approximately 2 hours before onward flight to Melbourne.

Day 3: Arrive Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions.
Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel, Melbourne, 3 nights.

Day 4: City Sights
Enjoy a morning tour of Melbourne including the Royal Botanic Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance. This afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional tour to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade. (B)

Day 5: Melbourne at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. You may like to join an optional tour and ride on Puffing Billy followed by wine tastings in the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road. (B)

Day 6: Melbourne – Alice Springs
You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs. Enjoy a tour of this unique outback town. Visit the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and enjoy panoramic views of Alice Springs from the top of Anzac Hill.
Accommodation: Alice Springs Resort.

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can try your hand riding ‘a ship of the desert’ (own expense). This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a glass of wine this evening while watching sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the special viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. The subtle colour changes are truly amazing.
Accommodation: Deser Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. (B)

Day 8: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
Rise early to view Uluru at sunrise. There is the opportunity to climb to the summit (optional). Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Later, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. This afternoon travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (Olgas). The size and grandeur of these 36 massive domes of conglomerate red rock will amaze you. Take a walk through Walpa Gorge following the natural creek bed between two of the domes. After sunset with sparkling wine, enjoy a delicious Australian barbecue dinner and stargazing. (B) (D)

Day 9: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns
This morning enjoy free time at Ayers Rock Resort. You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns (flights anytime, airfare not included). On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. (B)

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef
Cruise on the Great Adventures high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral and fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkelling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on-board the pontoon. Return to Cairns. (B) (L)

Day 11: Cairns at leisure
Today is at leisure in Cairns to relax by the hotel pool or go shopping. You may like to join an optional tour to Kuranda including a scenic rail journey on the Kuranda Train, Skyrail Cableway ride above the canopy of the rainforest and visit the famous Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. (B)

Day 12: Cairns – Sydney
You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, 3 nights. (B)

Day 13: City – Harbour Cruise
This morning, tour Sydney and see the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. Visit famous Bondi Beach, with time to stroll along the beach, then return to the city for a Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise. The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not visit the historic Rocks area at Circular Quay, which dates back to the time of the early settlers. (B) (L)

Day 14: Sydney at leisure
Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney further today. Perhaps take an optional tour to the Blue Mountains to see the spectacular Three Sisters or enjoy some wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. (B)

Day 15: Depart Sydney
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your journey home. (B)

Day 16: Arrive UK - Arrive back in the UK with memories of Australia that will last a lifetime!!

      16 day 4-centre Highlights Tour, including flights, from £2,949 per person + taxes per person

      

Or add Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island, Kings Canyon, Darwin and Kakadu National Park        for a comprehensive 22 day tour to Australia.

      22 day Highlights Plus Tour, including flights, from £3,898 + taxes per person

 

NB:- Tour price is based on 2 passengers sharing and includes meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Seasonal and single supplements apply. Accommodation shown is subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard.