Day 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.
Welcome to beautiful Sydney. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.
Day 2 SYDNEY.
Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 3 SYDNEY.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Day 4 SYDNEY–CAIRNS.
Fly to tropical Cairns.
Day 5 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where the evening is at leisure.
Day 6 CAIRNS.
A full day at leisure to explore Cairns. Perhaps select an optional excursion to visit a zoo to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Day 7 CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK).
Fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 8 ULURU (AYERS ROCK).
This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta. Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.
Day 9 ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–ALICE SPRINGS.
Today, fly to Alice Springs. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing that includes visits to the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, ANZAC HILL, SCHOOL OF THE AIR, and the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE. (B)
_From December through February, the included sightseeing in Alice Springs (Royal Flying Doctors, School of the Air, Anzac Hill & Telegraph Station) will only be offered on Monday, Thursday & Saturday due to operational changes with our vendor. Those arriving in Alice Springs on non-operational dates will visit Desert Park for a closer look into Australia’s deserts and enjoy a 2-course dinner at a local restaurant. _
Day 10 ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE.
Today, fly to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 11 MELBOURNE.
Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), the Italian Quarter, the Shrine of Remembrance, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour ends at the EUREKA SKYDECK for awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 12 MELBOURNE.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent activities. You may want to join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne.
Day 13 MELBOURNE.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.