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From Cyprus to Melbourne

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Early evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.  As you cruise the the city streets of Melbourne, you’ll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.  Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. DW

Day 2: Melbourne 

Explore Melbourne on a City sights tour then discover it’s electric little laneways, arcades, café society and fascinating street art on your private walking tour.  The rest of the day is free for you do to as you please. You may like to take an optional experience to Philip Island to see the famous penguin parade on Summerland Beach or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well-known food and culture. B

Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries. B

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll learn how this facility provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. This evening join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.  They’ll share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy, your’ll hear about their sustainable lifestyle, and they may even lead you on a sing-a-long with didgeridoo and guitar.  It will be a night to remember.  Hotel: Mercure  Alice Springs Resort.  B, BG

 

Day 5: Alice Springs Uluru

Travel through the red quartzite  peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnel Ranges today , then spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying your resort’s facilities . Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind the massive sandstone monolith of Uluru Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru . Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock resort, 2 nights.  B

Day 6: Uluru – Kata Tjunta (the Olgas)

This Morning experience the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime.  Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).  Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta , enjoy sparkling wine as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta  B

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns

Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.  Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. B

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef 

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you’ll dine at Dundee’s Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B L DW

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

Today you’ll fly to Sydney. This evening is free for  you to do as you wish.  Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront. Hotel: Intercontinental  3 nights.   B

Day 11: Sydney 

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a local guide for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbour front. Maybe even take an optional experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.    B, L

Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains. You’ll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife park, where you can pat a cuddly Koala.  You’ll also see our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos and crocodiles. Of if you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘BridgeClimb’. Tonight celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant in Sydney by the water. B FD

Day 13: Depart Sydney

This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. B

B=Full Buffet Breakfast,  HL=Highlight Lunch,   L=Lunch,   BG=Be my Guest dinner,   DW=Dinner with wine,   FD=Farewell Dinner.

 

Tour Departs on       Tour Returns on
 
2019
01 SEP                       13 SEP
15 SEP                       27 SEP
29 SEP                      11 OCT
13 OCT                      25 OCT
03 NOV                    15 NOV
10 NOV                     22 NOV
17 NOV                     29 NOV 
24 NOV                    06 DEC 
15 DEC                     27 DEC
2020
05 JAN                        17 JAN 
12 JAN                        24 JAN
19 JAN                        31 JAN
26 JAN                        07 FEB
02 FEB                        14 FEB
09 FEB                        21 FEB
16 FEB                        28 FEB
23 FEB                        06 MAR
01 MAR                       13 MAR
08 MAR                      20 MAR
15 MAR                       27 MAR
12 APR                        24 Apr 
26 Apr                        08 MAY
31 MAY                       12 JUN 
28 JUN                       10 JUL
30 AUG                       11 SEP
123 SEP                      25 SEP
27 SEP                        09 OCT
11 OCT                        23 OCT
01 NOV                       13 NOV
08 NOV                      20 NOV 
15 NOV                       27 NOV
22 NOV                      04 DEC
13 DEC                       25 DEC    
Prices valid from
September  2019 - December 2020 from:
Twin:  €3650 per person. Single Room Supplement:  €1420

Tour Includes

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seat belts, reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (12)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Be My Guest Dinner (1)
  • Dinners with Wine (2)
  • Farewell Dinner (1)

Plus

  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
  • Hotel porterage included

Flight Information:

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price. International flights are also extra.

Day 1     Flight to arrive prior to 1200 noon into Melbourne Airport
Day 4     Flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs - QF796
Day 7     Flight from Ayers Rock to Cairns - QF1854
Day 13   Flight from Cairns to Sydney - QF925

Melbourne - Crowne Plaza Hotel

Alice Springs - Mercure  Alice Springs Resort

Ayers Rock - Desert Gardens Hotel

Cairns - Hilton Cairns Hotel

Sydney -  Intercontinental ,Sydney 

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