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Sydney & Great Barrier Reef with Virgin Australia

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,469

Explore Australia’s largest city and the world’s largest coral reef with Virgin Australia. Cruise Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht before heading north to Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore the surrounding rainforest.


This 11-day tour takes you to Sydney, Cairns, and the Great Barrier Reef with Virgin Australia. International airfare and domestic transfers are included in the price.

Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney, the nation’s largest city and a natural and cultural icon. Its massive harbour is one of the largest on earth and over a third of its residents were born overseas. Visit the Harbour Bridge and tour the unforgettable Sydney Opera House to take in the icons, but don’t limit yourself to the tourist sights. Take a hike in the nearby Blue Mountains or say “G’day” to kangaroos, koalas, and other marsupials at the Taronga Zoo. Immerse yourself in the nightlife by dining in some of the world’s best restaurants or dancing in the country’s most electric clubs. Relax on famous Bondi Beach to work on your tan or try out windsurfing on the harbour.

A highlight of your stay in Sydney is a Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise on Sydney Harbour. Ride a luxury yacht alongside a small group of fellow passengers and learn about the history of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before enjoying a 3-course BBQ lunch. Close out your cruise by kayaking, swimming, or fishing out on the harbour.

After exploring Sydney’s cultural and natural sites, head up to the north of Queensland to Cairns. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system and home to over 1,500 species of fish. Cruise out to Agincourt Reef to snorkel through underwater gardens and marvel at the colourful sea life, spotting everything from dolphins to jellyfish to octopuses. Swim with the friendly minke whales or dive beneath the waves alongside turtles.

While Cairns is famous for its access to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s worth exploring on its own. Stroll down the Promenade to get a taste for tropical urban life before heading to the nearby Kuranda Rainforest to learn about the Pamagirri people or ride the Skyrail for a bird’s eye view of the mountain jungle. Be sure to take an excursion to Port Douglas, with its quaint resort town and surfer’s paradise at Four Mile Beach, before ending your stay in Australia.

This trip to Australia with Virgin Australia combines the cosmopolitan pleasures of Sydney with the grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,469

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia .

Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home.

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.   Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

Alternative Accomodation:

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

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    Holiday Inn Darling Harbour



    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to ...

    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to some of Sydney's best restaurants, theatres and shopping complexes from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Offsite Paid Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Days 4-5

Sydney at leisure

Sydney is located on the east coast of the country in the state of New South Wales. It is Australia’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city and an essential stop on any traveller’s itinerary. Surrounding the city is a wonderland of national parks, forests, mountains, river valleys and historic riverside towns.

We have included an i-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass in your vacation, this includes entry to 3 top Sydney attractions.

Day 6

Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise

Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, luxury four hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a gourmet 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking - or sit back, relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Day 7

Depart Sydney for Cairns

You will be transferred today from to the airport for your flight to Tropical North Queensland.  On arrival you will be met and transferred by coach to your Cairns hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort



    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and ...

    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and cabana. Each guest room has a balcony overlooking the gardens or across the city.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swim-up Bar

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Day 8

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Enjoy the freedom of snorkelling or diving at the very best outer reef sites... Poseidon takes you to 3 spectacular sites on the very edge of the Outer Barrier Reef, at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, renowned as the place to go for crystal clear water, spectacular coral gardens and a huge variety of marine life. Poseidon has one of only 3 day permits to swim with Dwarf Minke Whales (in season). By providing both snorkelling and scuba diving, Poseidon is able to offer any combination of activities for family and friends that may have different interests and with a maximum group size of just 90 passengers guests are never crowded and can enjoy first class service and amenities. Your day includes morning and afternoon teas, buffet luncheon, reef talk, all snorkelling gear and guided snorkel tour.

Days 9-10

Cairns at leisure

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. Explore the picturesque coastal drive towards Port Douglas and board a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city.

To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling and, why not travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.

Day 11

Depart Cairns for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for flight back to North America, connecting via Brisbane or Sydney.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

 

Pricing in USD from Los Angeles

Moderate Class Hotels

First Class Hotels

1 - 10 Sep '17 $ 2,469 $ 2,519
11 - 30 Sep '17 $ 2,679 $ 2,859
 1 - 31 Oct '17 $ 2,679 2,869
1 - 30 Nov '17 $ 2,559 $ 2,859
1 - 10 Dec '17 $ 2,559 $ 2,859
11 Dec '17 - 11 Jan '18 $ 3,579 $ 3,539
12 Jan - 31 Mar '18 $ 2,559 $ 2,859

 

From Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco add $180 per person, from New York City, Austin, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City add $285 per person or from Chicago, Cleveland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, St Louis, Indianapolis, Charlotte add $325 per person.

 

Pricing in CAD from Vancouver

Moderate Class Hotels

First Class Hotels

1 - 10 Sep '17 $ 3,469 $ 3,529
11 - 30 Sep '17 $ 3,719 3,929
 1 - 31 Oct '17 $ 3,719 3,929

1 - 30 Nov '17

$ 3,579 $ 3,929

1 - 10 Dec '17

$ 3,579 $ 3,929

11 Dec '17 - 11 Jan '18

$ 4,949 $ 4,899

12 Jan - 31 Mar '18

$ 3,579 $ 3,929

 

For departure from Toronto add $375 

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) to Sydney and Cairns
  • Arrival meet and greet with round trip airport – hotel car transfers in Melbourne and Sydney
  • iVenture Multi City Attraction Pass – includes entry to 3 top attractions in Sydney
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (Moderate) or Pier One Hotel Sydney (First Class)
  • Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Harbour Cruise in Sydney 
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (Moderate) or the Pacific Hotel (First Class)
  • Outer Barrier Reef Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 30 Sep. ‘17.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) on Virgin Australia. Add on airfares are available from cities throughout the USA and also from Toronto. Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays. If flying on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday a surcharge of $50USD/$70CAD each way will apply.
Virgin Australia fly daily between Los Angeles & Sydney or Brisbane.

Hotels in Australia do have dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below a surcharge will be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour: 29 Dec - 10 Jan
Pier One Sydney: 29 Dec - 2 Jan
Novotel Cairns Oasis 8 - 11 Jun, 31 Dec - 1 Jan, 10 - 20 Feb, 29 - 31 Mar

  • Any Great Barrier Reef Cruise booked for travel 24 Jun – 16 Jul or 16 Sep – 8 Oct ’17 will attract a surcharge of $110US/$146CA per person
  • Package can start in Cairns and end in Sydney depending on flight schedules.
  • Virgin Australia fly daily between Los Angeles & Sydney or Brisbane plus have 5 flights a week from Melbourne.

10 Sep 2017
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