- Sydney sightseeing tour
- Luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour
- Guided tour of the Sydney Opera House
- Enjoy the unique chance to have breakfast with the koalas at a wildlife park in Sydney
- Visit Melbourne’s famous Victoria Market
- Absorb Melbourne’s sights during dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
- Visit the giant domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
- Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through lush rain forest to Cairns
- Guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole
- Outstanding Places to Stay.
Day 1: Los Angeles. Board an evening international flight bound for Australia. Includes: (D).
Day 2: In Flight. Cross the international dateline and ‘lose’ a day.
Day 3: Arrive Sydney. Arrive in Sydney and tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner. 3 Night Stay: Sydney, Shangri La Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Sydney. Breakfast with the Koalas, City Sights, Harbor Cruise. This morning, enjoy a truly unique breakfast with the koalas at a wildlife park. Then see Sydney’s iconic sights on a tour of the city and its surrounding beaches. Later take a luncheon cruise on Sydney’s harbor for great views of the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, then enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Sydney. With free time today, perhaps join an optional tour to the Hunter Valley or visit the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters rock formation (own expense). Maybe stroll the famous Rocks area or head to the fabulous shopping precincts of Oxford Street, Pitt Street Mall or Queen Victoria Building. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Melbourne, Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. A short flight this morning takes us to Melbourne. On arrival, take a tour of one of the world’s most livable cities. Be tempted by the local produce on offer at the Victoria Market, see Parliament House and stroll through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens before a gourmet dinner while taking in the sights of Melbourne aboard the unique Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. 2 Night Stay: Melbourne, Hotel Sofitel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: At Leisure in Melbourne. Today is a free day to enjoy the delights of Melbourne. Perhaps step out to discover its art galleries and museums, stroll down to Southbank on the Yarra River, visit the city’s elegant shopping arcades or catch a tram to the seaside suburb of St Kilda for ice cream and a walk along the beach. Alternatively, take an optional tour to see the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or drive along the famous Great Ocean Road to see the magnificent Twelve Apostles (own expense). Includes: (B).
Day 8: Alice Springs, Outback Dinner. Join your morning flight to Alice Springs. On a tour here, visit the base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, see the Old Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs and enjoy views of the town from Anzac Hill. Tonight enjoy our special Outback Dinner and an Aboriginal performance. Stay: Alice Springs, Crowne Plaza Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Camel Farm, Kata Tjuta (Olgas). Perhaps take a camel ride in the morning when you stop at a camel farm (own expense). Continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and visit Kata Tjuta, a cluster of 36 domes that dominate the park’s western skyline. Learn of Aboriginal legends surrounding this sacred place then tonight you may wish to dine at the Sounds of Silence desert dinner (additional US$120 per person). Stay: Ayers Rock Resort, Sails in the Desert. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Cairns. Tour the base of Uluru this morning, viewing rock art, caves and sacred sites. Learn the history of this ancient monolith then take a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole and hear of the ancient Aboriginal legends of the region. After a visit to the Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery, board a flight to the tropical city of Cairns, gateway to Far North Queensland and the start of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. On arrival, take in the local sights. Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La The Marina. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Dunk Island. Drive to Mission Beach then cruise to Dunk Island, the Island of Peace and Plenty and your home for the next two nights. The afternoon is free for you to explore the lush rain forest, wander the golden beaches or just relax and enjoy the warm tropical sun. 2 Night Stay: Dunk Island, Garden Rooms. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: Great Barrier Reef Cruise. Today cruise the turquoise waters over the Great Barrier Reef before mooring at Beaver Cay, the longest established Green Zone (Marine Sanctuary) on the reef. Here, swim, snorkel and view the colored coral, giant clams, fish and other marine life on a glass-bottom boat. Or just relax on the white sandy beach and soak up the tropical atmosphere. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns. Departing Dunk Island, follow the coastline north to Cairns. Journey to Kuranda, a picturesque mountain rain forest retreat. Enjoy some time to explore the lush surroundings and perhaps wander through the local markets then ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the rain forest and back down the mountain range to Cairns, where tonight you’ll say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in Cairns.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La The Marina. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 14: Cairns, Los Angeles. Today after breakfast, your Royal Escorted vacation in Australia and New Zealand comes to an end, and you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Los Angeles. Includes: (B), (L).
Prices are per person, based on double-occupancy. Single Supplement is $1948 in addition to the pricing above.
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