Kangaroo Island & Reef Road Trip [ST-RT2031]
15 Days: Kangaroo Island & Reef Road Trip [ST-RT2031]
Starting at
$2,930
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Rose Gums (2), Port Douglas (3), Melbourne (2), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (2)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Melbourne, Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Brisbane
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Adelaide Accommodation to Airport
  • Car Hires - 5 Day Car Hire for pick-up and drop-off at Cairns Airport, 2 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Adelaide Airport and drop-off at Adelaide City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Tour; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 2 nights in your Sydney accommodation, perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city center.

Sydney’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are only minutes away with public transport right on your doorstep. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney’s fringe suburbs such as Surry Hills or discover the downtown entertainment precinct offering live theater and music all year round.

Your spacious and modern guest room features inviting queen or twin beds, spotless shower over bath with amenities, and free WiFi to stay connected. Check in is a breeze at the friendly 24-hour reception, with room service available at certain hours. Venture to the top floor to access the rooftop pool and gym, and tuck in to a selection of delectable share plates and with a glass of wine at the onsite café and bar.

Feeling a little adventurous? Located within walking distance to over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, your hotel is an ideal base for discovering Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

Inclusions
– Work desk with lamp
– In-room safe
– Shower over bath
– Bathroom amenities
– Hair dryer
– Iron and ironing board
– Tea and coffee making facilities
– Free WiFi
– Flat screen TV

Day 3 - Day Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise (2-Day Pass)

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2-day pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.

Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbor. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary.

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.

Times

Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

Day 3 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

Insider's Tip: Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Want to see Sydney’s spectacular beaches but don’t know where to start? Lace up your walking shoes and hit up the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, threading along five of Sydney’s sunniest beaches. This paved track runs along seaside clifftops, dappled and eroded by the exfoliating salt water, connecting the beaches together.

With the backdrop of stunning azure waters and the relaxing sound of rhythmic waves, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike get their steps in at the Bondi to Coogee Walk. This track is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, and is often broken up into sections: Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, Tamarama to Bronte Beach, Bronte to Clovelly Beach, and Clovelly to Coogee Beach.

Start with a morning swim and beachside breakfast at Bondi before capturing your glam beach photos at Tamarama, fondly known as “Glamarama” by the locals. Then head to Bronte where surfers like to catch the barreling waves, and take a dip in the oceanside Bogey Hole and Rock Pools. Afterwards head to Coogee, where you can snorkel and dive at Gordon’s Bay.

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Day 4 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 4 - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.

Days 4 to 9 - 5 Day Car Rental, for Cairns

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for five days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 4 - Self Drive from Cairns to Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Begin your self-drive in Cairns. You will drive along the Great Tropical Drive headed towards Yungaburra, Australia.

After picking up your rental car in Cairns, travel along Bruce Highway, the Green Way and Palmerston Highway to Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat.

Choose a Few of Our Suggested Stops:

  • Mamu Tropical Skywalk Take a walk in the clouds in Wooroonoon National Park just 15 minutes out of Innisfail. Elevated walkways, a cantilever, and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy, along with providing spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes.
  • Mungalli Creek In the rolling green hills of the Southern Atherton Tablelands, 10 minutes from Millaa Millaa Falls, visitors will find Mungalli Creek Dairy, North Queensland’s only Biodynamic Farmhouse Cheesery and Cafe. A must for lovers of fine food! All products served are made on premises with their own produce as well as locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy some fresh mountain air and stunning views as you relax on the cafe verandah which looks out to Mt Bartle Frere – Queensland’s Highest Mountain.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the most photographed in all of Australia, so make sure you bring your camera. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus!
  • Australian Platypus Park @ Tarzali Lakes The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. These wonderful creatures can be found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. This magnificent setting draws in enthusiastic visitors from all over the globe. They also offer Fish Feeding, Fishing, Bird Watching, and dining through the Smokehouse Cafe.
  • Nerada Tea Rooms Nerada Visitor Centre serves beverages and snacks. It also sells merchandise related to tea and the Nerada brand. Tours around the factory and a viewing platform to see the plantation. There are also Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos that live in the surrounding trees.
  • Malanda Falls The Malanda Falls are part of the waterfalls and volcanic craters circuit on the Atherton Tablelands. They are known as Tutamonlin by the traditional owners of the area, Ngadjon-Jii. There is an information centre at the falls, which are within the Malanda Falls Conservation Park.

Upon reaching Rose Gums, you will be adjoining World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park – a nature lover’s paradise. Rose Gums itself has 230 acres of private tropical forest offering an unforgettable bush experience.

If your flight does not arrive until the afternoon we suggest you upgrade your rental to include a GPS unit (or Download the area to your smart phone’s map app) and contact your travel specialist about an alternate driving route.

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Image Credit: The Great Tropical Drive Tourism Image Gallery

Days 4 to 6 - 2 Nights Accommodation at Rose Gums

Travel to your accommodation in Cairns Highlands, Australia, where you will be staying for 2 nights.

Your luxury vacation accommodation is a nature lover’s paradise, and an award winning and advanced eco accredited Wilderness Retreat. Situated on approximately 230 acres of land uniquely located next to World Heritage acclaimed Wooroonooran National Park, the luxury vacation retreat features the finest wilderness lodging available.

Guests enjoy private accommodation in one of the nine timber tree houses. Each tree house has been designed not just to blend into the environment but to also be an important interactive part with the rainforest ecology. All accommodations have their own large spa bath, wood burning fireplace, self-contained kitchen and private elevated verandas with dual view of the tree canopy and forest floor. A leisurely stroll on one of the many rainforest walking trails will lead you to an environment filled with exciting bird and animal life. Perhaps even see a platypus! Relax from your travel in front of a cozy wood fire or with a cup of locally grown coffee on your private balcony. An array of outstanding nature and wildlife tours entice you to fill your days with your favorite activities. Enjoy morning wildlife viewing to see stunningly beautiful Australian parrots and the world’s smallest kangaroo. Please ask your hosts for tips on wildlife spotting, they will help you find walks, trails & creeks where you will be most likely to find some of Australia’s unique creatures.

Within 30-min are 2 volcanic crater lakes if you fancy a swim, picturesque waterfalls, tea farms where you could see tree kangaroos, quaint villages, national parks, and the awesome Curtain Fig Tree.

Meal Inclusions: A generous breakfast hamper is included for the first morning’s breakfast for all treehouses. Additional breakfast supplies can be purchased at reception.

Image Credit: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Day 5 - Free Day to Explore Rose Gums

Free time to rest, relax or explore.

You don’t have to venture far to have amazing adventures at Rose Gums!

Walking Trails
Explore rainforest walking trails to rainforest creeks, a charming waterfall & through the reforestation plots where 25,000 native rainforest trees were planted since 1995. Options include:

  • Creek Walk – 90 minutes return -moderate grade Look for platypus in the pristine rainforest creek which borders World Heritage Wooroonooran National Park
  • Waterfall Walk – 90 minute return – moderate grade Venture down to a hidden 5 metre (16 Foot) waterfall, a peaceful walk through remnant Wet Sclerophyll forest; perhaps see the Musky rat-kangaroo and unique birdlife
  • Reforestation Walk – 40 minute return – easy grade Enjoy a relaxed walk though the new forest and study the Mullunburra Bush Medicine Trail
  • Giant Rose Gums Walk – 20 minutes return – easy grade Admire one of nature’s giants, a 45 metre (148 foot) 600 year old gum tree, home to much wildlife

Wildlife
As Rose Gums itself has 230 acres of private tropical forests, the retreat offers its guests an unforgettable bush experience. There is a unique mix of endangered wet sclerophyll and rainforest which makes for a large diversity in the plant & animal life.

  • Every morning at 8am food will be put out for the parrots beside reception and the musky rat-kangaroo’s behind reception. A Wildlife information sheet is in your room for you to self guide at this time.
  • Platypus inhabit the large rainforest creeks and are often seen.
  • A wild Southern Cassowary often saunters through the forests, particularly when the rainforest fruit trees such as the quandong are dropping their fruit. Cassowaries are only found in the rainforests of north Queensland and their conservation status is endangered.
  • Another endangered animal that can be found in the rainforest areas of the Atherton Tablelands is the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
  • At Rose Gums over 160 species of birds have been recorded. Your hosts Jon & Peta are keen naturalists and are more than happy to explain the uniqueness of this special place.
  • For those of you seeking a Kangaroo experience ( all wild, not fenced in), why not follow the Kangaroo Trail during your stay here at Rose Gums! Ranging from the oldest and smallest, the Musky Rat-kangaroo, to one of the biggest, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. The self-drive Kangaroo Trail provides something for all ages and interests.
  • Join a Nature Photo Workshop with Internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Juergen (Yogi) Freund (Additional Cost)

Inquire at the front desk for help planning the perfect itinerary for your interests!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Day & Nighttime Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

Visit the scenic Atherton Tablelands, an area rich in biodiversity that features a range of habitats including lush World Heritage Listed Rainforest and volcanic crater lakes.

Meet your tour and enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the world renowned, Lake Barrine, before an afternoon walk through the rainforest to see two massive Bull Kauri Pine Trees. During our adventure by day we may see the Musky Rat Kangaroo, Boyds Forest Dragon, a selection of rainforest birds, butterflies and Flying Foxes.

After a quick stop at Lake Eacham we head to a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra where we have a 90% success rate of seeing platypus – one of the most unique mammals on earth. After dinner at a local country restaurant, our night time spotlighting adventure begins. As we walk under the night stars, and into the World Heritage Rainforest, we may be lucky enough to spot a Lumholtzs Tree Kangaroo, Northern Leaf Tailed Gecko, Ringtail Possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more (most are endemic to the region). Every night is full of discoveries.

Later, on the trip home, we can reflect on what we have seen, and return with an increased appreciation of Australian Wildlife and the World Heritage Rainforests of North Queensland.

Includes:
Pickup and return from Lake Barrine (approx 30 min from Rose Gums)
Afternoon tea at Lake Barrine
Dinner at a country restaurant in Yungaburra
Wet weather gear if required
Expert Guide with commentary throughout

Pick-up: 3:15pm: Return: 8:30pm

Photo Credit: Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Day 6 - Self-Drive, Rose Gums to Port Douglas

Depart the Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat and the World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park and head north through Mareeba to tropical Port Douglas.

As you journey through the Atherton Tablelands, be certain to make time to explore the region. Here are a few ideas:

  • Curtain Fig Tree This is the most amazing tree you are ever likely to see. It is a picture of a century of natural history – a unique example of nature’s unpredictability and power.
  • Tableland Regional Gallery Since 2008, the Tableland Regional Gallery has showcased a diverse array of artistic talent from the Atherton Tablelands, and provided an excellent venue for touring exhibitions, art workshops and cultural events.
  • The Crystal Caves Journey through 300 square metres of tunnels and grottos that Rene built to feature his million year old natural crystals and prehistoric fossils. Take a self-guided tour and marvel at the interactive displays which allow you to touch and photograph the crystals, you can even crack your own!
  • Hasties Swamp Bird Hide A birdwatcher’s delight, this swamp is a valuable refuge for resident and migratory birds. Enjoy the birds and views from the two-storey bird hide.
  • Rocky Creek War Memorial Park During World War II, the Tablelands area became the largest military base in Australia with camps at Tinaroo, Kairi, Atherton, Wongabel, Herberton, Wondecla, Ravenshoe and Mt.Garnet. This was the site of the largest military hospital.
  • Mareeba A multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine, with clear blue skies perfect for flying, Mareeba has a rich history going back to the gold mining days. Coffee lovers will want to make stops at Coffee Works, complete with a coffee museum and Skybury plantation, the oldest coffee planation in Australia.

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Photo courtesy of Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Days 6 to 9 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

Included Meals: Breakfast selection on arrival including fresh fruit, yoghurts, juice, cereals, toast and spreads (sufficient to provide daily breakfasts for 3 days)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

Day 7 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

One of the best things to do in Port Douglas is a day trip to Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this major wonder of the world with a friendly and professional crew on a new custom-built luxury dive and snorkel vessel.

With the reef being just a few meters away from the waters’ surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating! Relax, breathe in your snorkel and be ready to discover a multitude of fishes, corals and other wildlife populating the reef.

Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don’t worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkeling gear. All of the snorkeling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

With exclusive access to 9 mooring sites, you will visit 2 sites on the Great Barrier Reef at Agincourt, St Crispins and/or Opal reefs. The use of a wide variety of these ensures a minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations. These sites are frequented by myriads of tropical and Palegic Fish, Rays, Turtles, (friendly) Sharks and the ever friendly Maori Wrasse.

Divers can enjoy swim-throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience. The dive sites are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions. Up to 3 dives are available per day.

Operates

Daily

Need to Know

Bring along: Hat, towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, Cert-Card & logbook (if diving) and approx. $7AUD per person for EMC (Environmental Management Charge, subject to change).

Times

Approximately 8:00am to 4:30pm from Port Douglas Marina.

Inclusions

– 4 hours on the outer reef
– Visit two exclusive dive locations
– Morning tea including pastries with choice of tea or coffee
– Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
– Hot fresh water showers
– Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
– Free guided snorkeling tour and safety spotters
– Free professional certified diver guides (optional)
– Free use of dive / snorkel equipment (including masks, snorkel, fins and flotation devices)
– Free use of wet and stinger suits
– Free prescription mask (deposit required)
– Transfers from your Port Douglas Accommodation

Upgrades

Certified Divers can add 1, 2, or 3 dives. 1st Time divers can add an Introductory Dive to their tour. Available PADI Dive Course are: PADI Nitrox Course, PADI Advance Course, PADI Open Water Referral Courses.

Extras Onboard

– Snacks (choc, chips etc)
– Alcoholic beverages
– Photo purchases
– Digital camera hire
– Souvenirs

Day 8 - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Daintree Dreaming Tour

This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
never forget!


Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours: Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.



The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day.

Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.

Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavours.

Mossman Gorge: Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beauLful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.

What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water.
Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.

Day 9 - Self Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns

Enjoy your self drive from Port Douglas to Cairns.


On this section of the Great Barrier Reef Drive, stretching from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, you’ll enjoy the spectacular coastal road that is surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea. If you have time, make a few stops along the way:

  • Rex Lookout provides a pristine viewpoint of Trinity Bay below, and pairs as a perfect backdrop to any photo.
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the area. Ask your Destination Specialist to pre-book your tickets.
  • Boarderline Beach is a local favorite, less busy than Trinity Beach or Palm Cove. This is a lovely stop for a stroll on the sand.
  • Palm Cove is a tiny enclave of luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants beside a beautiful palm-fringed beach. The walk down the Jetty is a great opportunity to stretch your legs.
  • Trinity Beach is a family friendly beach and the kids will love the sandy beach and shady trees with year round safe swimming.
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience taking guests on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. We have a variety of touring options at this location. Please ask your Destination Specialist for details.
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is Australia’s most accessible venue to experience authentic Aboriginal culture, see dance performances, throw a boomerang and more! We have a variety of touring options at this location. Please ask your Destination Specialist for details.

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Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 9 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Melbourne

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Melbourne.

Day 9 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

Day 10 - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not included) - Hidden Secrets, Lanes & Arcades

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic half day, small group, guided walking tour!

Join your passionate local guide as they take you around the art, music, food and style capital of Australia.

Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!

On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques.

After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne!

Operates

Daily except Sundays.

Need to Know

  • Minimum of 2 guests required.
  • Maximum of 8 guests allowed.
  • Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case.
  • Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required.
  • General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way.
  • Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking.
  • Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.

Times

Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Inclusions

  • Morning coffee & tea.
  • 3 hour guided walking tour.
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guide.
  • City map.

Upgrades

Include a stop for lunch on your tour (additional cost).

Alternate Tours Available

  • Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers.
  • Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues.
  • Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks.
  • Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots.
  • Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.
Insider's Tip: Federation Square

Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the centre of the city known as Melbourne’s meeting place, Federation Square! Showcasing a creative mix of attractions it boasts 15 restaurants, cafes and bars and over 2000 events annually making this a must see in Melbourne!


Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards, Federation Square embraces some of the world’s most stunning architecture with a wide array of attractions. Situated on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation the Square supports the nation’s contemporary expression and values the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people of this area. Be sure to check out the Atrium, a major challenge made of glass, steel and zinc.



Flanked by Zinc, this centre provides access to The Square which features the paved sandstone cobbles from Western Australia and spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River. Don’t forget to make a stop off at the Wharf which offers up the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service.

If you just happen to be in Melbourne on a Thursday night be sure to take advantage of the late night program! Open until 9pm, the Ian Potter Centre is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art which showcases a spectacular array of over 20 galleries housed within this landmark architectural complex. Also open until 9pm, don’t miss the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which is the first centre of its kind in the world with its dedication to the moving image in all its forms – from early cinema to the latest digital media – it certainly offers a unique experience for visitors from around the globe.

Tours can be booked via the Melbourne Visitors Centre onsite at Federation Square: Tours depart daily, Monday – Saturday at 11am (50 minutes duration) Group limit: 15 people Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Federation Square

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.

Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.

Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.

Day 11 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Days 11 to 13 - 2 Day Car Rental, for Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 2 days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 11 - Self Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis

Self Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island.


For your trip to Kangaroo Island, you can drive straight down the coast to Cape Jervis. But if you have the time, we recommend taking the long way through Adelaide Hills to see some of the sights. Click Here for the fastest route (1hr 30min)

  • Mount Lofty summit, rising over 710m above sea level, provides a picturesque panoramic view over Adelaide’s city skyline, as far as Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula on clear days. For a more accessible view, check out Mount Lofty House.
  • The Lane Vineyard offers one of Adelaide Hill’s most unqiue wine experiences with 360 degree Hilltop Tasting. Work your way through a flight of seven premium wines and chef-prepared goodies in The Lane’s unique tasting room with retractable walls, opening-up to stunning 360-degree views of the rolling Adelaide Hills.
  • Hahndof Main Street is a contemporary village proud of its German heritage still visible in its traditional streetscape with smallgoods, bakeries, cuckoo clocks, wooden folk art and German-style pubs. Stroll the tree-lined main street and discover shops, galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leathersmith, jeweller, candle makers, a craft brewery, winery cellar doors, gin distillery, chocolatier, traditional sweet shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Days 11 and 13 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 11 to 13 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.

Day 12 - Free Day to Explore Kangaroo Island

Rest, Relax or Explore Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.

Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kangaroo Island Life Tour

Enjoy a small group tour blending a range of wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island.

Your full day tour of Kangaroo Island begins with morning tea and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees. Spot koalas snoozing overhead or perhaps as they wake briefly for a feed.

Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park, walk quietly through the bush with your guide. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.

Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, drinks and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.

Operates: On request.

Times:
This tour departs in the morning and concludes late afternoon, times TBD

Inclusions:
– Full day touring with enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guides.
– Morning tea served with traditional Australian treats.
– Alfresco lunch with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water.
– Access to field guides, binoculars and maps.
– All entrance fees.

Need to Know:
– Please bring your own binoculars, camera and film to capture the beauty of the island.
– Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain.
– Wear pants to protect your legs in the bush.
– Bring a warm jacket to counter the ocean breeze. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
– Private Transfer from Adelaide can be included for an additional charge.

Upgrades
Private Tour

Insider Tip: Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

This is an opportunity to get up close and interact with the wildlife on Kangaroo Island. There is no other place like the Wildlife Park. It is a must see!

Day 13 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)

This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!

Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.

Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.

The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.

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Normanville
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.

The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.

The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.

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Day 13 - Taxi from Adelaide Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 13 to 15 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD. Overlooking Victoria Square, the beautifully restored UNESCO recognized renovation is reflective of Adelaide’s architectural beauty. Opposite the Town hall and GPO, the former treasury building is minutes away from Adelaide’s Central Market and Rundle Mall.

The hotel seamlessly combines the building’s historic charm with modern comforts and is well equipped with first-class amenities. Relax in the delightfully heated indoor pool. Work out in the fully equipped gym or take care of your wellbeing by unwinding in the indulgence of the sauna. You can arrange a grocery delivery to your fully-equipped kitchen, or you may prefer to dine in one of Adelaide’s renowned fresh produce restaurants. A step outside the front door will transport you to Adelaide’s food and wine heaven. Whether you’re exploring the stalls of the city’s famous Central Market, sampling creative tapas at one of the cozy wine bars, or venturing further afield to one of the many cellar doors.

Your choice of culture is also at your fingertips with the state’s Art Gallery, Festival Theatre and local institution Rhino Room all just a few blocks away.

Only a short 6-minute drive from Adelaide Airport, Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury offers a convenient off-site parking located 3 minutes away on Gawler Place. The hotel is well equipped with free WiFi.

Day 14 - Free Day to Explore Adelaide

Rest, Relax or Explore Adelaide

This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated “eat streets” or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or fish from the jetty in Henley or take the tram to Glenelg Beach and learn to sail. Glenelg Beach is also a fabulous area to explore and full of terrific restaurants. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.

Photo Credit: South Australia

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Barossa Boutique Wine Tour (6 Hours)

What better way to experience the history and charm of the Barossa Valley than on an intimate wine tour with a local expert?

Discover hidden boutique wineries with world class wines while soaking up the architecture of historic Chateau’s and exclusive wine tastings produced from some of the oldest vineyards in the world.

This chauffeured tour allows you to sit back and relax as you sample the best of the Barossa. This is your chance to get behind closed doors and see the local point of view for the best wine tasting tours. You will meet winemakers and friendly cellar door staff of small boutique wineries, through to seeing hidden secret locations. Test your palate with Shiraz, Riesling, Tawnys and Sparklings.

Your small group tour will drop into 5 or 6 selected wineries, with a stop at Maggie’s Beer Pheasant Farm or the Barossa Cheese Factory to get a full taste of the Barossa.

Operates Daily by appointment from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Need to Know Minimum of 2 people required for tour departure. Maximum number of passengers is 6.

Inclusions Pick up and drop off at Barossa accommodation. Boutique winery tours. Wine tastings. Gourmet lunch.

Insider's Tip: Adelaide Central Market

Be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Adelaide Central Market is a community of people: traders, artisans and shoppers, who share a passion for food. It buzzes with life and colour all year round.

The range of fresh food is extensive! You can find fruit & vegetables, meat & poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and more all under one roof. People love to return again and again for the delicious aromas, vivid colours and atmosphere of this international and cultural melting pot.


Hours of Operation: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesdays – 7:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesdays* – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Thursdays – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Fridays – 7:00am to 9:00pm; Saturdays – 7:00am to 3:00pm

*Be sure to visit their website for their most update to date hours and current events: https://adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/

Photo Credit: Adelaide Central Market

Day 15 - Private Transfer, Adelaide Accommodation to Airport

Travel by private luxury sedan from your vacation accommodation to the airport in Adelaide, Australia.

Day 15 - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Brisbane.

Day 15 - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $2,930 $4,733 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $3,914 $5,717 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $4,866 $6,668 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $5,073 $6,875 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $5,590 $7,393 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $7,842 $9,645 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,451 $11,253 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.