Doha & Australia

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Travel 10 Oct 2019 - 25 Jun 2020
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  • 3 nts Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha, Qatar - in a standard room
  • 3 nts Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney - in a standard room
  • 5 nts DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns - in a standard room
  • 3 nts Mercure Welcome, Melbourne - in a standard room
  • Flights to Doha and onwards to Sydney with Qatar Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout and prepayable taxes.
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3 nts Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha, Qatar

in a standard room

Nestled within the heart of the historic Souq Waqif this truly fantastic location allows you to fully immerse in Arabian tradition and culture, whilst enjoying Tivoli Hotels’ luxury service and personal attention. Ideal for a stopover option, this collection of nine boutique hotel buildings, housing between 10-80 rooms, are spread throughout the alleyways and vibrant nightlife of the souq.

3 nts Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney
PLUS

in a standard room

Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated close to many of Sydney's wonderful attractions.

5 nts DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

in a standard room

Superbly located overlooking the Cairns Esplanade and boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea.

3 nts Mercure Welcome, Melbourne

in a standard room

This great value property enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Melbourne.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Doha and onwards to Sydney with Qatar Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout and prepayable taxes.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £65, Birmingham from £65, Edinburgh from £65, Cardiff from £65. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.



The small Gulf state of Qatar may be a deeply traditional country, but in the last 40 years, it has developed at breakneck speed, with shopping malls, five star hotels and football stadiums (in preparation for the 2022 World Cup) all springing up along the desert floor.

Yet amongst all the modern skyscrapers and expansive boulevards, Doha maintains its Arabic roots, particularly in the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif. In this maze of small shops there's a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies to ornate jewellery, clothing and souvenirs. In addition, the souq has an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes serving regional dishes and treats from Asia and North Africa, while music and cultural shows add to the ambience.

For a glimpse of Qatari heritage, visit the Falcon Souq where you can admire these revered birds; check out Al Koot Fort (Doha Fort) or head to the fabulous Museum of Islamic Art, which rises from its own purpose-built island and includes 14 centuries of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world. At the purpose-built developments of Katara you'll find impressive theatres, galleries, performance venues, top restaurants and a well-maintained public beach.

Also not to be missed is the magnificent Doha Waterfront Promenade, which stretches four miles along Doha Bay and is where you'll find cafes and restaurants along with the dhow harbour, which evokes echoes of Qatar's great seafaring past.

Invitingly described as the 'Arabian Riviera' the Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island off the West Bay coast and has Mediterranean-style yacht marinas, internationally-renowned hotels with private beaches, luxury shopping at top named boutiques and dozens of restaurants serving every taste.

For something more thrilling, head to the desert for some dune bashing, or perhaps visit the impressive Khor Al Adaid or 'Inland Sea', a UNESCO recognised natural reserve with its own eco-system. This is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert and can only be reached across the rolling dunes. Another UNESCO World Heritage site can be found on Qatar's north-coast, namely the immaculately restored Al Zubarah Fort, which is one of the most extensive and best-preserved examples of an 18-19th century settlement in the region.

If you're keen to discover what makes Qatar unique, let Premier Holidays create the perfect Doha holiday for you…

3 nts Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney
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in a standard room

The view of Sydney Opera House against a backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge is reputed to be one of the most recognised sights in the world. Relatively small, as great cities go, with a population of around 4 million, this is a city which has it all: iconic structures, fantastic beaches, stunning vistas, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous weather. It is most definitely on the must-see list for any visitor to Australia and even if you have visited before, you will want to return again and again.

First time visitors should head straight to Sydney Harbour. It's one of the most photographed locations in the world, and nothing compares to seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Be sure to book a BridgeClimb for the opportunity to scale the summit and enjoy unbeatable views!

The main hub of the harbour is Circular Quay, where ferries arrive and depart continuously linking the various areas of Sydney. Circular Quay also has some of Sydney's best restaurants and is home to the Queen Victoria Building, another must-see attraction which dats back to 1898 and now houses a shopping mall. Adjacent to Circular quay is The Rocks, an historic part of Sydney which saw the first colonial settlement in 1788. Carefully restored buildings house shops and galleries, as well as cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs.

From Sydney Harbour, cross the pedestrianised Pyrmont Bridge to lively Darling Harbour, one of the city's largest dining, shopping and entertainment districts, which has a full calendar of outdoor events, as well as plenty of indoor activities.

For a bird's eye view of Sydney, head to the summit of Sydney Tower Eye and enjoy panoramic vistas stretching across the city to the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains to the west. At the top of the tower is the Sydney Skywalk, a moving, glass-floored viewing platform.

Additional city attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, a true oasis in the heart of the city, home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas; Hyde Park, which is Australia's oldest park and contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre along with nearly 600 mature exotic and native trees; and the award-winning Taronga Zoo, where admission includes daily keeper talks and shows and access to Sky Safari, Sydney's only cable car.

Also not to be missed are Sydney's picturesque beaches, Bondi and Manly. Lying east of the city, Bondi Beach has something for everyone: surf and sand, glitzy bars and cafes, a farmers market, boutique street stalls and not forgetting a carefree, sun-drenched lifestyle. Head north and you'll Manly Beach, a popular playground whether you are looking to surf, swim, shop or wine and dine.

5 nts DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

in a standard room

Capital of the Tropical North the cosmopolitan city of Cairns is framed by a backdrop of rainforest mountain ranges and is the perfect base for every activity you could imagine – on land, in the air or below the sea.

No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. Numerous day cruises head out and give you the opportunity to snorkel and dive among vivid coral gardens and colourful fish. Underwater viewing stations and glass bottom boats also offer a window into this astounding wonderland.

In the heart of Cairns is the Esplanade, a scenic 2.5km expanse home to parklands, playgrounds and recreational facilities, as well as the spectacular, man-made swimmable lagoon. The city has shopping precincts and local markets for picking up regional produce and handicrafts as well as a thriving café scene with many trendy eateries dotted along Grafton and Spence Streets while The Esplanade is also brimming with great restaurants.

Outside of the city there is much to see and do. The mountain village of Kuranda is tucked within the tropical rainforest and is known for its vibrant arts community with local markets open daily. It is however the journey to and from Kuranda that is arguably the highlight. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides above the rainforest canopy then descends deep into its heart while on your way back to Cairns you can travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. This two jour train journey traverses dense rainforest, winding past rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the stunning Barron Gorge.

At Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, just 20 minutes outside Cairns, guests have the opportunity to experience authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through live performances, guided bush walks and activities such as boomerang throwing and didgeridoo playing.

South west of Cairns are the Atherton Tablelands, home to cooler climes, volcanic craters and deep blue lakes, endless waterfalls, quaint villages, gourmet food producers and an abundance of rare wildlife.

3 nts Mercure Welcome, Melbourne

in a standard room

The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is the younger, more refined and eclectic cousin of Sydney. With its famed combination of culinary excellence inspired by its diverse migrant influences, art galleries, home grown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Melbourne is regarded as the world's most liveable city.

The city centre is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush still stand. This is Melbourne's heart and easily explored at a leisurely pace in a couple of days. If walking becomes tiresome, why not hop aboard one of the iconic trams that traverse the city. A definite highlight of the centre are the character-filled cobbled laneways, which are lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques.

Melbourne's main public square, Federation Square, sits on the edge of the Yarra River, opposite Flinders Street Station and contains a mix of art galleries, a museum, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars. At Flinders Station be sure to stand beneath the clocks of this iconic terminus, as tourists and Melbournians alike have done for generations.

For unique bird's eye vistas across the city, take a 30 minute ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel or, head to the Eureka Skydeck 88, where you can teeter on The Edge, a switchable glass cube that slides you out from the building's 88th floor for unsurpassed views of the city and beyond. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground you may wish to stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens, recognised as one of the world's finest gardens. It displays more than 50,000 plants within the 87 beautifully landscaped gardens and it's the perfect place to relax and perhaps enjoy a picnic.

In Southbank, one of the city's newer precincts, is the sprawling Crown Entertainment Complex. Once a blighted stretch of factories and run-down warehouses, this vibrant area now boasts a wide variety of shops, eateries, nightclubs, live shows and a glittering casino.

Discover Melbourne's rich history and walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook's family through their 18th century cottage and garden or experience Victoria's oldest surviving prison, the Old Melbourne Gaol, which was home of the outlaw Ned Kelly until he was hanged here on 11 November 1880.

Melbourne is a sports mad city and its many sporting venues are legendary around the world. The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) hosts cricket matches in the summer and the Australian Football League in the winter, although tours are available on non-match days throughout the year. A stone's throw away is Melbourne Park, home to the annual Australian Open tennis grand slam (late January-early February). Fabulous Flemington is the home of the Melbourne Cup horse race, held on the first Tuesday in November, while Albert Park heralds the start of the Formula One Grand Prix season every March.

Melbourne's inner suburbs have a character all their own. Stroll along the seaside Esplanade in colourful St Kilda, enjoy the quirky shops and cafés of bohemian Fitzroy, rub shoulders with locals at the open-air Queen Victoria Market, or hire a canoe at Studley Park to paddle along one of the prettiest stretches of the Yarra—and you may discover Melbourne's soul as well as its heart.

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