Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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15 day Australian Treasures Sydney • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Kings Canyon • Alice Springs • The Ghan • Darwin • Cairns • Port Douglas

Day 1: Arrive Sydney On arrival at Sydney Airport, you will be met and transferred to your central hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this bustling city. Standard: Mercure Sydney; Superior: Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour; Deluxe: Intercontinental Sydney (4 nights) Day 2: Sydney sightseeing Today, you will enjoy a guided tour of Sydney’s iconic sights. Your day starts with a visit to Milsons Point where you can enjoy incredible views of the world-famous harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Travel past stunning lookout points over the Pacific Ocean before arriving at Manly Beach where you will have some free time to explore to local area. Then savour a delicious buffet lunch on a short cruise of Sydney Harbour before heading out to the world-famous Bondi Beach where surfers, beach-goers and tourists congregate to relax and unwind in one of the many cosmopolitan cafes or restaurants. Your evening is at leisure back in the city - why not take some time to explore the many bars and restaurants in the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct? (L) Days 3 & 4: Sydney your way The next two days are at leisure for you to enjoy Sydney at your own pace or to pre- book one of the fantastic optional tour experiences on offer. Marvel at the city views and feel the adrenaline take over as you scale the heights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb; take in the spectacular panoramic vistas and meet the local wildlife on a full day tour to the Blue Mountains; or perhaps you’d prefer to take it easy and indulge your palate on a Gourmet Wine tour in Hunter Valley. Please call for details of the full range of sightseeing experiences available and pricing. Day 5: Sydney - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel before later visiting the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about the cultural importance of the local sacred sites for the traditional owners, the Anangu. Then embark on an afternoon guided tour around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide and learn about the native flora and fauna. Take a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and discover the true meaning of the fascinating Aboriginal rock paintings with your

interpretative guide before ending your day with a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset and the stunning changing colours of Uluru. This evening you can add on an optional Uluru Barbecue Dinner and dine under the stars with complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks. Please call for pricing. Standard: Outback Pioneer Hotel; Superior: Desert Gardens Hotel; Deluxe: Sails In The Desert Day 6: Uluru - Kings Canyon Rise early to catch the first rays of sun bathe Uluru in that famous red glow. Then, travel past panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. You will have some time to explore the unusual rock formations in the ancient gorge before continuing to your overnight accommodation at Kings Canyon. Standard & Superior: Kings Canyon Resort (Standard Room); Deluxe: Kings Canyon Resort (Deluxe Spa Room) Day 7: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs This morning you might choose to join your Driver Guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for amazing views across Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, you can explore the canyon creek bed for those seeking an easier walking experience. Later in the day, continue your journey through the red desert landscape to the town of Alice Springs. Check-in at your hotel and then your evening is free to relax, or perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the town’s many restaurants. Standard: Desert Palms Alice Springs; Superior: Mercure Alice Springs Resort; Deluxe: Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs Day 8: Board the Ghan to Darwin Enjoy a morning and afternoon at leisure in Alice Springs before boarding the Ghan train to commence your journey north to Australia’s Top End. Relax in the Outback Explorer Lounge with your fellow passengers before freshening up for a gourmet dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. The expert chefs have created a wonderful menu using locally sourced ingredients and wines from South Australia to give you a dining experience to remember. Upgrades to Platinum Class are available, featuring a larger cabin with full double bed and access to the exclusive Platinum Club car with self-serve bar and flexible dining space. Please call for more details. (D) Overnight: Gold Twin Cabin

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