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Southern Capitals City Meets Bush

5 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Discover two sides of Australia on one fascinating trip that explores city and country life.

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Southern Capitals City Meets Bush

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    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
    • Stay in boutique country-style accommodation in an historic gold-rush town. (Day 2)
    • For me, the Sydney Bridge Climb in Australia is a must. It's a safe and exhilarating climb to the top of this iconic structure where you will experience one of the most beautiful vistas in the word! Travel Director - Christin Niederle
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    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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      • *Travel to Australia requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for your flight to arrive into Sydney prior to Day 1.
      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Stay in boutique country-style accommodation in an historic gold-rush town. (Day 2)
      • For me, the Sydney Bridge Climb in Australia is a must. It's a safe and exhilarating climb to the top of this iconic structure where you will experience one of the most beautiful vistas in the word! Travel Director - Christin Niederle
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Explore the wonder Down Under side by side with high-spirited hosts who'll share their sheep-shearing lifestyle, gold rush heritage and sizzling good fun and food at a real Aussie Barbie.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: ESBM

      4 Nights

      accommodation

      6 Meals
      • 4 hot buffet breakfasts (including Connect with Locals)

      • 1 lunch

      • 1 dinner

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne

        • Orientation of Canberra and Beechworth.

        • Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, a sheep farm.


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      Dining

        • 4 hot buffet breakfasts
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 1 lunch

        • 1 dinner


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Sydney - Canberra

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      Canberra - Beechworth

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      Beechworth - Melbourne (2 Nights)

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      Melbourne Free Time

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      Depart Melbourne

      Day 1

      Sydney - Canberra Day 1 - Sydney - Canberra

      Journey through Australia's Southern Highlands bound for Canberra, purpose-built with the goal of creating the finest capital in the world. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture, then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer and 'Local Specialist'. Gain a deeper understanding of life on the farm before joining the Starr family for an authentic Aussie barbecue lunch. On arrival in Australia's modern capital, you'll embark on a tour through Parliament House with a 'Local Specialist'. Later, 'Dive into Culture' and visit the Australian War Memorial to pay tribute to the brave Australian servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the past century in armed conflicts. Stay to hear an evocative lament, then join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner with wine.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Canberra - Beechworth Day 2 - Canberra - Beechworth

      Admire a city designed for a young nation as you ascend to the summit of Mt. Ainslie for panoramic views of Canberra with its man-made lake Burley Griffin and award-winning architecture. Cross the mighty Murray into Victoria and visit its best-preserved gold rush town, historic Beechworth. We overnight in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', immersing ourselves in the town's country-style gold rush heritage. Delve into the history of Australia's heady gold rush days after a brief orientation, with free time thereafter to explore its antique shops, galleries, the museum and the legendary Beechworth Bakery, self-proclaimed as 'Australia's Greatest Bakery'.

      Hotel

      Boutique Country Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Boutique Country Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Beechworth - Melbourne (2 Nights) Day 3 - Beechworth - Melbourne (2 Nights)

      'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest breakfast, then journey through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to cosmopolitan Melbourne for a city sightseeing tour, where you'll discover why Melbourne is frequently touted as one of the world's most liveable cities. Spend the evening at leisure immersing yourself in this capital of cool, reflected in its elegant arcades, grand civic buildings and stylish shopping and dining options lining the banks of the Yarra.

      Hotel

      Vibe Savoy

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Vibe Savoy

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Melbourne Free Time Day 4 - Melbourne Free Time

      Enjoy a full day at leisure to connect with Melbourne's sophisticated cityscape. Wander the narrow lanes in search of edgy street art or consider an Optional Experience touring the Great Ocean Road past lush forests and golden beaches to see such highlights as the Bay of Islands, London Bridge and of course the Twelve Apostles, which rise from the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean. On your last evening in Melbourne, embrace your inner gourmand and seek out one of Melbourne's laneway restaurants to sample the cuisine for which the city is so famous.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Phillip Island Penguins Kangaroos And Koalas

      Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

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      Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

      Travel the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at golden sandy beaches. Visit Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). The limestone rock formations of the incredible Twelve Apostles are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck survival story of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.

      Adult Price: $152.10
      (Price is subject to change)

      Puffing Billy Steam Train And Wine Country In Style

      Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy tea and coffee at Grant’s Reserve and hand-feed crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. In the Yarra Valley have time to find a delicious lunch (own expense), before visiting two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tasting and wine appreciation. (Operates Mon, Wed. Fri & Sun)

      Adult Price: $152.10
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Depart Melbourne Day 5 - Depart Melbourne

      Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/southern-capitals-city-meets-bush?tripcode=esbm for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Enjoy true Australian hospitality with a stay in a country home. You'll get to know your host over a freshly-cooked breakfast as they share the stories and traditions of their community, giving you a deeper experience of local life. (Day 3)

      • Dive into Culture
        Commemorate the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces of Australia who fought and died in wars. (Day 1)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Canberra. (Day 1)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne

        • Orientation of Canberra and Beechworth.

        • Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, a sheep farm.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 4 hot buffet breakfasts
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 1 lunch

        • 1 dinner


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      Meet

      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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