You will have many of Australia's tour experiences, such as Sydney tours, a Harbor cruise, Blue Mountains, Adelaide city tour, Melbourne city tour, Great Ocean Road and more. There are also some delightful options, such as Kangaroo Island where you can encounter Australian wildlife; including rare birds, faery penguins, sea lions, kangaroos, wallabees and more.
Day 1: Fly to Sydney. Today you will leave for Sydney. The adventure begins!
Day 2: In flight. The flight does not actually take two days, but you lose one day because of the International Date Line. You will regain it at the end of your trip.
Day 3: Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will be met by your driver. Since it is too early to check into your hotel, you will have a morning city sights tour provided by your driver. You can have some time to rest at your hotel. In the afternoon you can have a tour of the Sydney Opera House. The rest of the day is free to walk around the various areas, from Circular Quay, or the Rocks area or even Darling Harbor.
Day 4: Sydney. The day can begin with a guided walking tour through the historic Rocks area. The Rocks is one of the most visited parts of Sydney. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical significance.
Afternoon Option: This afternoon make your way to Bridgeclimb, located at The Rocks, where you suit up for the ‘climb of your life’. The climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is moderate and you can enjoy informative commentary from your guide as you ascend the bridge. This is a ‘must do’ for all visitors to Sydney and the views from the top of the Bridge are spectacular. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
A special Opera House Dinner Cruise: Evening option. 2000 Opera Dinner Cruise: Join us for an evening of quality dining and entertainment featuring a programme of the world's most popular arias, performed by principal Australian opera singers. A unique dining and entertainment experience that will make your evening an event.
Evening Jazz Cruise Option: Dine and Unwind on the World's most spectacular Harbour. Enjoy the backdrop of the sparkling city lights whilst dining on your choice of a 3 course contemporary Australian menu. Our lively jazz band will entertain, or enjoy the romance of Sydney Harbour by night from our large alfresco foredeck. A fine selection of beverages is also available from our licensed bar. This option includes an upgrade to the Captain’s Lounge, which is the top deck, including a more intimate dining option and if you want, time to personally interact with the skipper.
Multiple Options: Sydney Opera House Tour, Fine Dining and Opera Performance Tours. If you like fine dining, great wine, an insider’s tour of the Opera House and an Opera performance, we have various options which we believe will make this afternoon and evening a very special one.
Day 5: Sydney – Hunter Valley. You will be picked up for your Hunter Valley Wine Tour. Leaving your hotel, you will wind your way through the leafy Northern Suburbs & then escape through the brilliant sandstone outcrops of Ku-ring-gai National Park to reach the mighty Hawkesbury River. You will stop for morning tea deep in the bush & then continue on to the historic township of Wollombi, famous for its local brew called Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice.
We stroll through the villages before departing for the Broken Back Range & climb the escarpment to Mt View before descending into the Hunter Valley to begin our wine tasting at a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. We chat to the owners, admire their cottage locations & let them show off the best of their vintages. In the foothills of the Broken Back Range, we enjoy a gourmet lunch & spend the afternoon visiting some of the larger vineyards for more superb wine tastings. As the afternoon approaches we return to Sydney via the scenic freeway to conclude this relaxing and enjoyable day.
Notes: This is designed to be a small group tour (6-12). If you want a personal tour exclusively for your private party, we can arrange this as well for an additional expense.
Day 6: Sydney – Blue Mountains. This fantastic Ecotour in a quality 4WD vehicle* begins at your hotel & the historical Rocks area of old Sydney. Heading westwards across the coastal plain we make our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. It is here we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist behind & enter the National Park to unlock a piece of Australia you would never have known existed. We visit an ancient Aboriginal site & outstanding lookouts; examine rock formations & the unusual plants & wildlife that abound the area.
From the quaint little village of Leura we skirt around Cliff Drive to Katoomba where you will find yourself looking out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley (Australia’s Grand Canyon) & the Three Sisters. We enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch including a selection of fine Australian wines with a cheese platter under the canopy of the Australian bush. Before returning to Sydney we drop into a hidden valley where we roam the area, seeking out the many kangaroos that graze in the wild (conditions permitting). Reluctantly we leave the National Park passing through the Olympic 2000 site, arriving at your hotel around 5.30pm.
Notes: This vehicle seats 8-10. If you want your own private tour, we can arrange this as well. For an additional cost.
Day 7: Sydney – Adelaide. Today you will fly from Sydney to Adelaide upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will have a city highlights tour. This tour also includes visiting the charming German influenced suburb of Handorf.
Day 8: Adelaide – Barossa Valley. You will be collected from your city hotel in a luxury, air conditioned touring vehicle and, with a maximum of 6 people, take you on the famous “Classic Times Amongst the Vines” day tour. Hosted by an experienced Wine Tour Guide, the day is full of surprises, none the least the vineyards themselves – the oldest continually working vineyards in the world! Visit small, family wineries that provide a special experience. Cellar door tastings and sales from wineries whose wines have earned top awards from around the world. Lunch included.
Notes: If you have more time, we HIGHLY recommend that you add at least two days to go to Kangaroo Island. Here you can have some interaction with the wonderful wildlife of Australia close-up as well as stay at a beautiful boutique hotel (The Wanderer’s Rest) and enjoy the fine wines and gourmet home-cooked meals of the hosts. The wildlife experiences include many rare birds, wallabies, kangaroos, wombat, koalas, faiery penguins, sea lions and much, much more.
Day 9: Adelaide – Melbourne. Today you have a free morning in Adelaide. You have an early afternoon flight to Melbourne. You arrive in the evening. Tonight you can relax, Melbourne is a great place to walk around the city, and there are many trams that run throughout the city. There is even a free tram that goes around the main city circle. Some special places to visit is the Queen Victoria Market, the St. Kilde Street area near Phillip’s Harbor or the Fish Market area.
Day 11: Melbourne. Today you will see the famous Great Ocean Road and the beautiful pastural land on this intimate 4WD tour. You will have a coach tour along the Great Ocean Road, where you will be able to see the Twelve Apostles, Island Arch, Razorback and the rugged coastline. You will have lunch at a delightful boutique restaurant, with your choice of fine Australralian wines. Afterwards you will drive back via an inland route in which you will see some of the georgeous rural, rancher lands and rolling lush hills. You will be returned to your hotel in the late evening.
Evening: The Colonial Tramcar. Travel through the city and fashionable suburbs whilst enjoying an elegant and delicious dinner. The 1927 tram has been converted to burgundy furnishings reminiscent of a bygone era. Enjoy the white linen and silver service, fine wines and food.
Day 12: Melbourne – Yarra Valley. Today you will visit the Yarra Valley one of the major wine regions in Australia. You will have the opportunity to visit some boutique wineries and experience a fabulous lunch.
Note: Once again, this can be a small group tour or your own private tour for an additional expense.
Day 13: Melbourne. You will fly from Melbourne with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
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