2024: Highlights of Australia (3350)
12 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney
Stunning natural attractions, vibrant cities, remote regions, and friendly people?this is Australia, and on this Australia tour, you'll experience all of this and more. Start in Melbourne, end in Sydney, and overnight along the way in Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), and Cairns. No vacation to Australia is complete without seeing the incomparable Great Barrier Reef. On this Australia tour, you'll take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and have the chance to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. With the radiant colors and fish swimming by you, it is nothing short of spectacular! But that's not all. You'll also witness the spectacular geological wonders of Uluru, the iconic monolith and symbol of the Outback, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), with its red rocks and 36 brilliant domes. Tour the base of Uluru with its caves and Aboriginal paintings and enjoy a champagne toast while watching Uluru change colors at sunset--an amazing sight indeed! Also visit some of Australia's most famous cities. In Alice Springs, learn about life and medical services in the remote regions of the Outback. In Sydney, cruise along the world-famous Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy guided sightseeing of the city's landmarks. In Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney, you'll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore and discover on your own. From the remote Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef, this Australia tour-designed for value-minded, savvy travel lover-is a dream vacation!
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2023
- 12 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Melbourne||Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4pm for a welcome meeting.|
|Day 2||Melbourne||This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then, enjoy a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the botanic gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)|
|Day 3||Melbourne||A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the 'Twelve Apostles' or travel to Phillip Island and witness the famous Penguin Parade. (B)|
|Day 4||Alice Springs||Today, fly to the Outback and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the Old Telegraph Station to discover how early settlers developed communications. (B)|
|Day 5||Uluru||Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as 'Brumbies.' Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a champagne toast while experiencing one of the world's greatest spectacles--Uluru at sunset. (B)|
|Day 6||Cairns||Enjoy a tour at the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, 'Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.' (B)NOTE: Due to this remote location and limited flights, you may be booked on a connecting flight from Uluru to Cairns. Arrival in Cairns may be late in the evening. Luggage restrictions may apply to this flight. Please speak to your Tour Director for full details.|
|Day 7||Cairns||The world's largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet's most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a glass-bottom-boat tour, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Cairns||Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amid lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia's World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)|
|Day 9||Sydney||Board your flight to Sydney, Australia's largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B)|
|Day 10||Sydney||Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder--the Sydney Opera House. Go inside the Opera House, one of the most well-known buildings in the world, and learn about the history, architectural design and be awed by the acoustics. Later, your sightseeing tour will take you through the heart of Sydney. End the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline. (B)|
|Day 11||Sydney||Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney's Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a festive farewell dinner. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Sydney||Your vacation ends this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Sydney and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. (B)|
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