12 day Classic Australia

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday – Depart for Australia

Depart for Australia

DAY 2, Tuesday – En Route

Cross the international date line en route to Australia and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Wednesday – Arrive in Cairns

Arrive in Cairns, the tourist capital of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight: Cairns

Meals: Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday – Green Island or Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Today, travel to the beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay of Green Island in a high speed catamaran, just a 45-minute journey across the Coral Sea, located in the inner Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This beautiful island is a one-stop tropical experience with its unique reef and rainforest, home to 126 native plant species, colorful birds and magnificent coral gardens. Stroll through the magical rainforest, snorkel at the inner reef, or laze on the white coral sands, there are many activities to choose from. You may also choose to upgrade* your day’s sightseeing with the optional Outer Great Barrier Reef Excursion that takes you along Agincourt Reef, a jewel -like ribbon on the edge of the Great Barrier reef to a multi-level reef activity platform. You’ll be able to snorkel among some of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life on the larger outer reef where they are more abundant, or stay dry and embrace the natural wonderland below via an underwater observatory and spacious, air-conditioned semi-submersible vessel. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience

*Upgrade to this optional requires advance purchase and will not be available locally

Optional: Upgrade to Outer Great Barrier Reef Excursion available at $ 125 per person (AM)

Overnight: Cairns

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday – Full Day in Cairns

Enjoy all of the delights of this resort city on your day at leisure or, join the optional Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch. Depart Cairns and head north to explore an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia’s incredible wildlife and discover the park’s five different ecological zones. Enjoy lunch before your return to Cairns. In the afternoon, participate in the optional Skyrail Experience with dinner. Ride the Kuranda Skyrail for great views of the rainforest canopy. Along the way, stop for a Ranger guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner

Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch

Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner

Overnight: Cairns

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday – Flight to Sydney

Depart Cairns and head south to Sydney, one of Australia’s largest cities. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour of the city. View the celebrated Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House located on the water’s edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, head to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working parties of convicts. Arrive at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure

Overnight: Sydney

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday – Full Day in Sydney

Spend your last day in Sydney at leisure for individual explorations. Perhaps, participate in the optional full day excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia’s diverse wildlife. Here, you may cuddle a Koala (a must-do for everyone visiting Australia!), feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful Parrots, Cockatoos and Lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush to Katoomba Scenic World. Returning to Sydney in the late afternoon

Optional: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park

Overnight: Sydney

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday – Flight to Alice Springs

Depart Sydney this morning by flight to Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, join the not to be missed optional Aboriginal Barbecue Dinner, a truly unique and authentic experience. Get a true taste of the Australian Outback and learn about the local people’s life and survival in this harsh environment. Savor your tasty barbecue dinner while listening to authentic Australian bush songs

Optional: Aboriginal Barbecue Dinner

Overnight: Alice Springs

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday – Full Day in Alice Springs

A full day to independently explore Alice Springs, or join the optional Rainbow Valley Tour. Your guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular Rainbow Valley with its scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. View ancient engravings and experience Aboriginal rock art. This afternoon meet with Warlpiri Aboriginal people of the Outback and learn about their history, culture and traditions. After dinner, return to Alice Springs

Optional: Rainbow Valley Tour

Overnight: Alice Springs

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday – Flight to Melbourne

This afternoon, fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Upon arrival, take an orientation tour that highlights the mingling of the city’s cultures, monuments and scenic delights, from the magnificent gardens to the riverside complexes, with elegant 19th century architecture. Check into the hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, get together for dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Melbourne

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday – Full Day in Melbourne

Today is free to explore Melbourne on your own, or participate in the optional Melbourne Culinary Walking Tour. Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia. On this walking tour, discover the city’s foodie hot spots and get introduced to Melbourne’s gastronomic scene. In the afternoon, join the optional tour to Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade. Depart the busy city and suburbs, and travel out into the rural countryside to visit Australia’s most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world. Afterwards, return to Melbourne for an evening at leisure

Optional: Melbourne Culinary Walking Tour

Optional: Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade

Overnight: Melbourne

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday – Depart Australia

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

Pricing: $4,499/person

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Cairns, Melbourne-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cairns-Sydney, Sydney-Alice Springs, Alice Springs-Melbourne
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Cairns
    • 2 nights Sydney
    • 2 nights Alice Springs
    • 2 nights Melbourne
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef at Green Island
  • View many of Sydney’s highlights, including the famous Opera House
  • Discover Alice Springs, of the Northern Territory in central Australia
  • Explore Melbourne’s lively and cosmopolitan neighborhoods

Get A Quote

We can make planning your tour easy – all you need to do is complete the following information. An agent consultant will get in touch with you to provide you a quote on your escorted tour. You can also call us at 281-530-4979 to speak to someone right away.