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12 Day Classic Australia 2019-2020 (Monday Departure)

12 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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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. (Dinner)

DAY 4, Thursday - Green Island
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. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (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. (Breakfast)

Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch
Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner

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. (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. (Breakfast)

Optional: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park

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. (Breakfast)

Optional: Aboriginal Barbecue Dinner

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Rainbow Valley Tour

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. (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. (Breakfast)

Optional: Melbourne Culinary Walking Tour
Optional: Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Australia
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)


Map
All This Included
  • All intra-flights: Cairns-Sydney, Sydney-Alice Springs, Alice Springs-Melbourne
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 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
 
Highlights
  • 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

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Cairns: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Sydney: Rydges World Square
Alice Springs: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs
Melbourne: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne or The Vibe Savoy Hotel
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Cairns-Sydney, Sydney-Alice Springs, & Alice Springs-Melbourne.
  • This moderately paced program features some group touring highlights, with ample time to participate in a variety of optional tours that are available, or to explore on your own. City to city transfers are via flight. There may be a couple of early mornings, dependent upon your group's flight schedule. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time and walking over uneven terrain. This is a Classic program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.