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Treasures of Australia Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,015

Discover the icons of Oz on this luxury vacation to Australia. As you cross the country and stay in premium accommodations, you’ll see Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Red Centre, cruise the Great Barrier Reef at Port Douglas, and explore the urban wonders of Melbourne and Sydney.


This 15-day Australia vacation takes you from the country’s Red Centre to tropical Queensland to the largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney, while staying in premium accommodations.

Your trip to Australia begins in Alice Springs, the definitive Outback town in the Northern Territory. Situated halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, Alice Springs is an eccentric desert town, where camels roam the desert and airplane doctors are the norm. Visit Todd Mall to take in some of the best Indigenous art galleries in the country before climbing Anzac Hill for a gorgeous panoramic view of the town and the MacDonnell Ranges. You can also opt for a dawn balloon flight or a camel ride at sunset to experience the magic of the landscape. Continue along to Kata Tjuta and Uluru/Ayers Rock, the sandstone formations that define the Outback. Spend a day exploring Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, ending with a Sounds of Silence dinner in the evening, where you’ll experience the haunting and beautiful sounds of the Outback. The next day, explore Uluru at sunrise and see the massive sandstone monolith glow a deep read before flying to Cairns in the afternoon.

Cairns is Australia’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It might be small, but it has an incredible tropical atmosphere. Shop along the Promenade and take a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon before continuing on to Port Douglas. In Port Douglas, you’ll take a cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. Snorkel beneath the waves for an up-close view of the reef’s amazing sea life. Afterwards, visit Cape Tribulation, where you can dip in the crystal-clear streams of Emmagen Creek and stroll along the pristine beach. You’ll also visit the Daintree Rainforest, the mystical home of the “dreamtime” that has been a significant part of Indigenous Australian culture for thousands of years.

Our Australian tours continue south from Queensland to Melbourne, the country’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts, culture, and high living standards anywhere else in the country. Your time in Melbourne will be at leisure. Head to Federation Square to hang out in laneway bars and rooftop restaurants and experience ground zero for the city’s trendsetters. Get in touch with the city’s history in St. Kilda’s or ride a rollercoaster at Luna Park. While in Melbourne, you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of nearby highlights. Head to Phillip Island to witness the adorable Little Penguin Parade, where up to a hundred Little Penguins waddle onto land at sundown. Head to the Yarra Valley to enjoy some of Australia’s best wines, or drive along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles and other natural icons of Australia.

Close out your Australia vacation in Sydney, the largest city in Australia and the most beautiful. Blessed with a massive natural harbour, Australia is one of the world’s true urban highlights. There are a lot of ways to spend your time in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northerly countries grow cold. Say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats at Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums, world-class restaurants, and thumping nightclubs, you’ll find a lot to keep you occupied.


 

 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,015

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

Upon arrival into Sydney Airport late this evening, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After your flight, you'll appreciate a good night's sleep in your hotel located in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Amora Jamison Sydney

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    Amora Jamison Sydney



    In the heart of this dynamic city, this award winning hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure. The warm earthy tones are accentuated by luxurious furnishings, and enhanced by extensive in-room amenities. Wine, dine, relax, meet, explore ...

    In the heart of this dynamic city, this award winning hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure. The warm earthy tones are accentuated by luxurious furnishings, and enhanced by extensive in-room amenities. Wine, dine, relax, meet, explore or play... it's up to you.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Sydney

Awake to a day at leisure in Sydney. Wrapped around a spectacular harbour, this city is home to the instantly recognisable Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Perhaps you might enjoy a bird's-eye view of Sydney's coast aboard a seaplane or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (both at own expense).

Insider Experience
This evening, take to the water for a cruise on the Sydney Harbour. As you cruise, savour a memorable Welcome Dinner where you will to get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers over a delicious meal.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Sydney

Discover a selection of Sydney's most incredible sights on a guided tour today. Then, step inside the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour of this world-renowned theatre.

Insider Experience
Relish a traditional fish 'n' chip lunch on Bondi Beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Sydney, Hamilton Island

Following breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hamilton Island. You have the remainder of the day at leisure to do whatever you like in this slice of paradise. Perhaps snorkel off the beach, enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this beautiful island (all at own expense). Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

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    Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel



    The 386 room Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel is a wonderful destination for families, groups, couples and singles. It is a perfect place for those seeking an escape from the mainland life. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the private outdoor lap pool along ...

    The 386 room Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel is a wonderful destination for families, groups, couples and singles. It is a perfect place for those seeking an escape from the mainland life. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the private outdoor lap pool along with full use of Hamilton Island's 6 other swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, water-sports, fully equipped gymnasium and much more.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Hamilton Island

Wake up this morning to a day at leisure. Perhaps choose to be mesmerised by the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands on an optional cruise (own expense). A collision of colours - aquamarine, emerald, gold - make up the landscape. Scattered like jewels across the sea, many of the Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited and boast some of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Day 6

Hamilton Island, Cairns, Port Douglas

Bid farewell to Hamilton Island as you board your flight to Cairns and board your coach for Port Douglas, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival in this tropical town, check in to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

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    Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas



    Award-winning Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas is situated on Davidson Street, just steps to the seemingly endless sands of Four Mile Beach. Beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites, complete with private swim-up pool decks are certain to please even the most discerning traveller.

    Award-winning Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas is situated on Davidson Street, just steps to the seemingly endless sands of Four Mile Beach. Beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites, complete with private swim-up pool decks are certain to please even the most discerning traveller.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 7

Port Douglas

Experience the colourful coral and marine life at Agincourt Reef, where you will have the option to dive or snorkel, or perhaps stay dry from a semi-submersible vessel. Visit a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory to watch the fish feeding, or even take a scenic helicopter flight over the reef (additional expense).

Insider Experience
Experience a holiday highlight as you cruise aboard Quicksilver's technologically advanced Wavepiercer catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Port Douglas, Cairns

Later this morning, be transferred back to Cairns. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps wander the many cafes and bars along the Esplanade.

Insider Experience
Relax in the open spaces and lush gardens of Peppers Beach Club.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Pullman Cairns International

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    Pullman Cairns International



    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 9

Cairns, Kata Tjuta, Uluru

Rise early and board your flight to Uluru. Watch as the scenery dramatically changes from the palm-fringed beaches of the tropical north to the rugged landscapes of Australia's red centre. On arrival, delight in a walk around the base of Uluru and discover the diverse plants, geological features and wildlife of the area. Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), an impressive set of domed rock formations. Later, a spectacular experience awaits at the Field of Light. As darkness falls over Uluru, watch as thousands of lights illuminate the vast expanse in a kaleidoscope of colour. See the desert come alive as the lights create a gentle rhythm. This is sure to be a holiday highlight.

Insider Experience
This evening, enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the sun begin its descent over Uluru.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock ...

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Uluru, Alice Springs

Later, travel onwards to Alice Springs. Arrive late in the afternoon and enjoy the day at leisure.

Insider Experience
Rise early today and savour the once-in-a-lifetime moment of witnessing a magnificent sunrise over Uluru. Watch as this famous monolith changes colours as the sun steadily climbs higher into the sky.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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    Mercure Alice Springs Resort



    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. ...

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Alice Springs

This morning is dedicated to exploring Alice Springs. Here, a variety of museums and art galleries featuring Indigenous artwork celebrate the Indigenous community that live here. Begin your day with breakfast before setting off to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Sit inside a RFDS aircraft, see historic radios used by the doctors and discover how the doctors operated in 1928. With no navigational aid and no radio, the first flying doctor, Arthur Affleck, operated using only a compass and map. At sunset, you may like to take a memorable camel ride alongside the West MacDonnell Ranges (own expense). Become well acquainted with these gentle creatures during your tour across the red-desert sand.

Insider Experience
Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Insider Experience
You'll then enjoy the opportunity to visit the School of the Air. With students scattered over 800,000 square kilometres, the School of the Air uses satellite technology to teach at the world's largest classroom.

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Day 12

Alice Springs, Melbourne

Following breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before you head to Alice Springs Airport for your flight to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Arrive late in the afternoon to this thriving metropolis, famed for being Australia's sporting and cultural capital, and be transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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    Pullman Melbourne on the Park



    Located just 24 Kilometres or 15 miles from Melbourne Airport, Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel is in the heart of East Melbourne within the city's main sports and entertainment district. It is directly opposite Melbourne Cricket Ground and enjoys stunning views of Fitzroy Gardens, ...

    Located just 24 Kilometres or 15 miles from Melbourne Airport, Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel is in the heart of East Melbourne within the city's main sports and entertainment district. It is directly opposite Melbourne Cricket Ground and enjoys stunning views of Fitzroy Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service

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Day 13

Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a guided tour this morning and discover the must-see sights and hidden gems. This afternoon is left free so you can explore the city your way.

Insider Experience
Stand on the outskirts of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the largest cricket stadium in the world.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 14

Melbourne

With a full day at leisure, perhaps take a cruise on the Yarra River to enjoy unique views of the Melbourne skyline; or enjoy lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (all at own expense). You might prefer to wander the city. Hear the hollering of market merchants at the Queen Victoria Market. Slurp up noodles in Chinatown or stop to smell the flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This evening, a Farewell Drink and Dinner is the perfect opportunity say goodbye to your Tour Director and new-found friends.

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Day 15

Depart Melbourne

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Nov 20
2019: Jan 29; Feb 19; Mar 12; Sep 10; Oct 15; Nov 19
2020: Jan 28; Feb 18; Mar 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia
  • Travel aboard spacious, luxurious coaches
  • Dedicated Tour Director and professional Drivers
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

TB AUSTRALSYD19CODIS: TMAUS15
18 Feb 2020
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