Escorted Australian Highlights Tour [IMSE]
13 Days: Escorted Australian Highlights Tour [IMSE]
Starting at
$4,225

Available Tour Dates

2018

Oct 14*, 28*
Nov 4*, 11*, 18*, 25*
Dec 2*, 16*

2019

Jan 6*, 13*, 20*, 27*
Feb 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*
Mar 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*
Apr 14, 28
May 19
Jun 2, 30
Jul 21
Aug 11
Sep 1*, 15*, 29*
Oct 13*, 20*, 27*
Nov 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*
Dec 1*, 15*, 29*
*Seasonality supplements apply

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Luxury coach travel
  • 3 – 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Experienced and professional Travel Director

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 Nights), Alice Springs – Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1), Ayers Rock – Desert Gardens Hotel (2) Cairns – Hilton Hotel Cairns (3), Sydney – Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (3)
  • Meals – 12 Full buffet breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, 2 Dinners with wine, 1 Farewell dinner
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Internal Flights – Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Melbourne: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant dinner, City Sights tour, Hidden Secrets tour; Alice Springs: School of the Air Tour, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Uluru & Kata Tjuta tour, Intro to Western Desert Art; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Opera House tour
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Elegant décor and silver-service dining as you glide through city streets in a vintage W-class tram makes for a memorable introduction to Melbourne, frequently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 nights)

Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You might like to take an optional trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade, or simply relax, explore the galleries, or experience some of the city’s celebrated eateries.

Breakfast included

Day 3: Melbourne

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional journey along the renowned Great Ocean Road to discover a stunning coastline and the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles. In the evening, you might like to take in a production at one of Melbourne’s renowned theaters.

Breakfast included

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning and visit the unique School of the Air to learn how this school-with a-difference delivers education to children living in remote outback areas. Pause at the headquarters of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service, renowned for providing a ‘mantle of safety’ in the Outback for almost a century. This evening, join the Falzon family for a home-cooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture.

Hotel Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Breakfast & Be My Guest Dinner included

Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru

Travel through the red quartzite peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnell 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 (Ayers Rock).

Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel (2 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This morning, witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art to be found there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

Breakfast included

Day 7: Uluru – Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon, board your flight to Cairns. A tropical city in Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel Hilton Hotel Cairns (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 8: Cairns

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. You may choose to gain some insights into Indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest’ on the historic scenic railway. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Breakfast included

Day 9: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your traveling companions for a delicious evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine included

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure. Our Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll around this famous harbour city.

Hotel Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 11: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide this morning before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, then spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, you may choose the option of attending an opera or theater production under the world-famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 12: Sydney

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. The energetic might tackle the iconic Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, or perhaps you’d prefer to take an excursion to the majestic Blue Mountains just outside the city. Spend your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water.

Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Day 13: Farewell Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Breakfast included

 

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.