Australian Highlights

Great Barrier Reef
14 Days from $3,825 per person

A chance to explore Australia's must-sees: from the Great Barrier Reef to Aboriginal culture, the sights and sounds of Sydney, pleasures of arty Melbourne and Western Desert art.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... discovering the beauty and meaning of Aboriginal dot painting, then creating your own to take home. And going under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House on a private tour of this historic site.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Australia (not included).

  2. Cross the international date-line.

  3. Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Early evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  4. Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and fascinating street art on your Cultural Insight private walking tour. The rest of your day is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach or maybe you'd prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne's well-known food and culture.
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  5. Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. Consider a full day Optional Experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theater production or indulge in some world-class fare at one of the city's famous eateries.
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  6. Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit School of the Air and hear from a Local Specialist how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll join a Local Specialist to learn how this facility provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. This evening join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.
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    hotel:Chifley Alice Springs Resort
  7. Journey across rugged outback landscapes to Ayers Rock Resort. On arrival, travel to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park to see the spectacular sunset. Enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as Uluru (Ayers Rock) changes color as the sun dips below the western horizon.
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    hotel:Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodations
  8. This morning, view the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine.
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  9. Join your Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.
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    hotel:Hilton
  10. Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one meter underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.
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  11. Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theater, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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  12. Today you will fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront.
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    hotel:Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
  13. A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbor city awaits! Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal, sailing around the glistening harbor while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbor front. Maybe even take an Optional Experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.
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  14. Enjoy a free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. You'll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pat a cuddly koala. See our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos and crocodiles. Or if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbor Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'. Tonight celebrate your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant by the water.
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  15. This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your memorable vacation throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts

12 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

Hidden Treasures

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Authentic Accommodations

  • at Ayers Rock Resort.

Be My Guest

  • at an Aussie Barbecue in the Outback.

Cultural Insight

  • Visit Melbourne's hidden laneways and discover ancient rock art at the base of Uluru.

Local Specialist

  • with a teacher at School of the Air, a guide at Royal Flying Doctor Service and Sydney Opera House and an Aboriginal artist in Uluru.
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31 Mar 17 14 Apr 17 checkmark $4,250pp
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14 Apr 17 28 Apr 17 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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5 May 17 19 May 17 $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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11 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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3 Nov 17 17 Nov 17 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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10 Nov 17 24 Nov 17 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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17 Nov 17 1 Dec 17 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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1 Dec 17 15 Dec 17 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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29 Dec 17 12 Jan 18 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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2 Mar 18 16 Mar 18 checkmark $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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23 Mar 18 6 Apr 18 $4,250$3,825pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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 Important Note: Departures between November 1 2016 - March 31, 2017 operate as per the 2016 itinerary.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,255.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intratrip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs: QF796; Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns: QF1854; Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney: QF925. Grand European Tours guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia is innovative and diverse. As an island nation with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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