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Tastes of Southern Australia

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Great Ocean Road
Tour Style: First Class
13 Days from $3,416 per person

Buckle up for the ultimate Aussie road trip, skirting the magnificent Southern Ocean through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of the Barossa, sharing the Twelve Apostles' spectacular coastal views and exploring the tree-lined streets of Australia's oldest German settlement – tastes of Aussie BBQ, bush tucker, premium wines and sumptuous seafood are never far.

 

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

  2. Cross the international date-line.

  3. This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture, then visit a working sheep farm where you'll meet Local Specialist Craig Starr, to get a taste of life on his farm. Join Craig and his family for a Welcome Reception and Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is Australia's capital city, for a guided tour through Parliament House with a Local Specialist. Later visit the Australian War Memorial for a Cultural Insight. You'll hear an evocative lament before departing for your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers tonight and get to know each other over dinner with wine.
    meal(s):WR, L, DW
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  4. Before leaving Canberra this morning you'll visit Mt. Ainslie Lookout to take in views of this unique city and surrounding ranges. Journey over the Murray River into Victoria. Your destination is historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town, for your unique overnight stay in one of the quaint local properties. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not enjoy a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery!
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Boutique Country Accommodation Authentic Accommodation
  5. This morning join your host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Later, travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a city sights tour, where you'll hear all about its wonderful history, famous buildings and sensational shopping. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will be able to point you in the direction of some of Melbourne's hottest eateries.
    meal(s):BG
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  6. Today Melbourne is yours to enjoy. Consider an Optional Experience to the Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. Or perhaps a Hunt and Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of this historic marketplace. Or take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to see the famous Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. Ask your Travel Director for details.
    meal(s):BB
  7. Hold on to your seats for one of the world's great road trips – the Great Ocean Road! Spectacular scenery and quaint towns await on this gorgeous coastal drive and you're sure to have plenty of photo opportunities. You'll stop along the way at Lorne and the seaside vacation destination of Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles, fascinating limestone formations that tower 45 meters above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool, the whaling capital.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Quality Suites Deep Blue
  8. This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Reserve. A Local Specialist will provide you with insight into flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices from an Aboriginal perspective. Journey across the South Australia border to Mt. Gambier to visit the Blue Lake then travel to the Coonawarra, one of Australia's finest wine regions, where you'll join a Local Specialist for a tasting at a local winery. The Naracoorte Caves date back 800,000 years and are one of the world's most important fossil sites. You'll hear the fascinating story of how this came to be when you're taken on a guided tour through one of the caves.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:William MacIntosh Motor Lodge
  9. Journey to the Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. This afternoon board your ferry at Cape Jervis and cross to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and fresh local produce. Join a Local Specialist at South Australia's only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Aurora Ozone
  10. Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park, where you may even spot koalas and kangaroos. Later at Andermel Marron Farm, meet a Local Specialist for an experience that captures much that is very special about the island. You'll see the marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of their own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron at a Regional Meal lunch. Afterwards join a Local Specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a breeding colony of Australian sea lions as they doze in the sun.
    meal(s):BB, RM
  11. Board your ferry to the mainland and travel on to Adelaide. You'll enjoy an orientation tour of the 'City of Churches' with your Travel Director. Today your choice of sightseeing: visit historic Adelaide Zoo including entry to the Panda enclosure and bamboo forest attractions; hear fascinating stories about the early history of Adelaide and its colonial characters on an Adelaide guided walking tour or tour the Art Gallery of South Australia to see its old and new art.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Stamford Plaza
  12. The rolling Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf and the Barossa lay ahead of you today and you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines. On arrival in the Barossa, you'll enjoy lunch at The South Australian Company Store, before visiting Jacob's Creek, the award-winning winery, where you can sample their famous wines in a structured tasting with a Local Specialist. Return to Adelaide through South Australia's lush countryside. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.



    meal(s):BB, L, FD
  13. Bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you take home many special memories. You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
    meal(s):BB
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasures

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Authentic Accommodations

  • Boutique country-style stay in an historic gold-rush town

Be My Guest

  • Stay with the locals in a beautifully preserved Victorian gold-rush town and enjoy a wholesome breakfast shared over stories about the region and life in a small country town

Cultural Insight

  • Commemorate the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces of Australia who fought and died in wars

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Canberra, Tower Hill, the Coonawarra, Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay and the Barossa

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Adelaide
  • Visit Parliament House, a sheep farm, a marron (crayfish) farm and wineries in South Australia
  • View the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Sea-lions and Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island
  • See Australia's premier wine-making regions
  • Definite Departure
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5 Nov 17 17 Nov 17 checkmark $3,825pp Request Quote
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28 Jan 18 9 Feb 18 checkmark $3,825$3,443pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
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4 Mar 18 16 Mar 18 checkmark $3,825$3,443pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
18 Mar 18 30 Mar 18 checkmark $3,825$3,443pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
15 Apr 18 27 Apr 18 checkmark $3,795$3,416pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
6 May 18 18 May 18 $3,875$3,488pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
2 Sep 18 14 Sep 18 checkmark $4,095$3,686pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
23 Sep 18 5 Oct 18 checkmark $4,095$3,686pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
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Note: Departures between Oct 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification. 

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 $975.
Triple Room Discount from $205.

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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 repellent 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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