Treasures of Australia

Duration: 14 nights escorted tour

Price from: £5199pp

Sydney 3 nights
Hamilton Island 2 nights
Port Douglas 2 nights
Cairns 1 night
Uluru 1 night
Alice Springs 2 nights
Melbourne 3 nights

Day 1: Fly to Sydney.

Day 2 Sydney: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel which lies in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Day 3 Sydney: Awake to a day at leisure in Sydney. Wrapped around a spectacular harbour, this city is home to the instantly recognisable Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Perhaps you might enjoy a bird’s eye view of Sydney’s coast aboard a seaplane or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (both additional expense). This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and Tour Director during a Sydney Harbour cruise.

Day 4 Sydney: Discover a selection of Sydney’s most incredible sights on a guided tour today which includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House and a traditional fish ‘n’ chip lunch on Bondi Beach.

Day 5 Sydney/Hamilton Island: This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hamilton Island. The remainder of the day is at leisure to do whatever you like in this slice of paradise. Perhaps snorkel off the beach, enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore the island (all additional expense).

Day 6 Hamilton Island: Day at leisure. Why not book a cruise and be mesmerised by the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands (additional expense).

Day 7 Hamilton Island/Port Douglas: Bid farewell to Hamilton Island as you fly to Cairns and then travel onwards by coach to the tropical town of Port Douglas.

Day 8 Port Douglas: A holiday highlight today as you cruise aboard a wavepiercer catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. At Agincourt Reef you have the option to dive or snorkel, or perhaps stay dry and view the colourful marine life from a semi-submersible vessel.

Day 9 Port Douglas/Cairns: Later this morning you are transferred back to Cairns. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, so you may wish to wander the many cafes and bars along the Esplanade.

Day 10 Cairns/Uluru: Rise early and fly to Uluru. On arrival, delight in a walk around the base of Uluru and discover the diverse plants, geological features and wildlife of the area. Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), an impressive set of domed rock formations. As darkness falls over Uluru, watch as thousands of lights illuminate the vast expanse in a kaleidoscope of colour.

Day 11 Uluru/Alice Springs: Another early start today as you savour the once-in-a-lifetime moment of witnessing a magnificent sunrise over Uluru. Later, travel onwards to Alice Springs and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 12 Alice Springs: Begin by visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service where you can sit inside an aircraft and see historic radios used by the medical teams. Continue to the School of the Air, which uses satellite technology to teach students scattered over 300,000 square miles.

Day 13 Alice Springs/Melbourne: Enjoy some free time before you head to the airport for the flight to Melbourne. Arrive into this thriving metropolis late in the afternoon.

Day 14 Melbourne: Explore Melbourne on a guided tour this morning and discover the must-see sights and hidden gems, plus there’s a chance to step inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The afternoon is left free so you can explore the city your way.

Day 15 Melbourne: A full day at leisure. Options include taking a cruise on the Yarra River for a different city perspective (additional expense). Perhaps browse Queen Victoria Market, slurp up noodles in Chinatown or admire the blooms at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This evening, a farewell drink and dinner is the perfect opportunity to bid farewell to new-found friends.

Day 16 Melbourne: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: In 5* Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney; 5* Reef View, Hamilton Island; 5* Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Port Douglas; 5* Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns; 4* Voyages Desert Gardens, Uluru; 4* Mercure Alice Springs; 5* Pullman on the Park, Melbourne.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 4 & 8; dinner is also included on days 3, 5 & 15.

Tour price: The price shown for this APT tour includes international flights, onward flights within Australia as outlined, accommodation as stated, sightseeing as outlined, airport transfers and services of a Tour Director.

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