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Australian Highlights

13 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

See and taste the best of Australia, taking in Alice Springs, Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney, Cairns and more.

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13 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Australian Highlights

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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil 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. 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.
    • All prices are per person, double share.
    • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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.

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    15 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

    Departure date

    Melbourne, Australia

    Return date

    Sydney, Australia

    Book by:

    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

    Was: PP

    Save: PP

    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call 866 513 1995

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
      • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil 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. 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.
      • All prices are per person, double share.
      • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.
      • 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 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.

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      About this trip

      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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      Trip code: IMSE

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      18 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

      • 2 lunches.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney.

        • Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

        • View spectacular outback sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

        • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

        • 2 lunches.


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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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      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)

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      Melbourne - Alice Springs

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      Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

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      Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

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      Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney Sightseeing

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      Depart Sydney

      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 2

      Melbourne Sightseeing Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing

      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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 3

      Melbourne Free Time Day 3 - Melbourne Free Time

      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 theatre production or indulge in some world-class fare at one of the city's famous eateries.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Melbourne - Alice Springs Day 4 - Melbourne - Alice Springs

      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 Centre. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

      Hotel

      Chifley Alice Springs Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Chifley Alice Springs Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights) Day 5 - Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

      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 colour as the sun dips below the western horizon.

      Hotel

      Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Day 6 - Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

      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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 7

      Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights) Day 7 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Great Barrier Reef Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef

      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 metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 9

      Cairns Free Time Day 9 - Cairns Free Time

      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 theatre, 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights) Day 10 - Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 11

      Sydney Sightseeing Day 11 - Sydney Sightseeing

      A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour 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 harbour 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 harbour front. Maybe even take an Optional Experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 12

      Sydney Free Time Day 12 - Sydney Free Time

      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 Harbour 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 13

      Depart Sydney Day 13 - Depart Sydney

      This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/usa/tours/australian-highlights for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Desert Gardens Hotel - Ayers Rock You'll discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from this Authentic Accommodation. Revealing the natural beauty of this unique landscape, the hotel offers incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs, glowing red dunes and legendary Uluṟu.

      • Be My Guest
        at an Aussie Barbecue in the Outback.

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

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

      • #JoinTrafalgar
        Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park - Red Centre Northern Territory You'll explore the park and discover how your visit helps support not only the environment, but the traditions of the native Mutitjulu community.

      • Local Specialists
        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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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney.

        • Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

        • View spectacular outback sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

        • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

        • 2 lunches.


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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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      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Enjoy

      Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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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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      Taste

      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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      Unwind

      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 64 Reviews

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        Service rating : Every part of the tour was well executed. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and a great personality.Product : This particular tour gave you a little bit of everything in Australia, desert, tropical and city scape.

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        Guides are extremely knowledgable

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        Service rating : The tour guide, Tony, was absolutely fabulous. We had a wonderful group who all got along without problems, which I realize was just lucky, but still---.Product : There wasn't much to do in Melbourne. Everything was a long drive.

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        Service rating : Attention to detail, quality of included tours, no questions left unanswered. Tour Director, Tony, was the best, he made the trip and was so knowledgeable!Product : Always places to see and experience!

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        Service rating : Excellent tour guide, very good accommodations, transportation very good, slection of options very good but at little too expensiveProduct : Didn't purchase much other than a hat and a few trickets

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