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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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5 Days, 1 Country, 3 Cities

Southern Capitals City Meets Bush

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Sydney, Australia

Ends

Melbourne, Australia

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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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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
    • Seasonal Surcharge: Applies to 09 May 2017 departure.
    • *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.
    • *Travel to Australia requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for your flight to arrive into Sydney prior to Day 1.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
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  • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

About this trip

Discover two sides of Australia on one fascinating trip. Thoroughly modern Canberra and hip colourful Melbourne meet gold mining and sheep farming roots - to reveal city and country life.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… enjoying a barbecue at the Starr's sheep farm, meeting the family and watching the skills of sheepdog and shearer. And supping Australian ale in a historic gold rush pub, as the locals tell their story.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ESBM

4 Nights

accommodation

6 Meals
  • 4 hot buffet breakfasts (including Be My Guest).

  • 1 dinner.

  • 1 lunch.

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 and a sheep farm in Canberra.


What's Included

Dining

    • 4 hot buffet breakfasts (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 dinner.

    • 1 lunch.


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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


Southern Capitals City Meets Bush

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Sydney - Canberra

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Day 2

Canberra - Beechworth

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Day 3

Beechworth - Melbourne (2 Nights)

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Day 4

Melbourne Sightseeing

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Day 5

Depart Melbourne

Day 1

Sydney - Canberra Day 1 - Sydney - Canberra

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 Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr, a Local Specialist. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie barbecue lunch. Your destination is Australia's capital city, where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a passionate Local Specialist. Later visit the Australian War Memorial for a Cultural Insight and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over dinner with wine.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Day 1

Day 2

Canberra - Beechworth Day 2 - Canberra - Beechworth

Before leaving Canberra this morning you'll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Then, journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria. Your destination is historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town. Your unique overnight stay is in one of the town's quaint local properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. 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! Tonight, if you're feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicholas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush days and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Hotel

Boutique Country Accommodation Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Boutique Country Accommodation Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

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

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 sightseeing tour, where you'll hear all about Melbourne's wonderful history, its 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.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Meals

  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 3

Day 4

Melbourne Sightseeing Day 4 - Melbourne Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it's the southern hemisphere's highest viewing platform; join a Hunt and Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market's seemingly endless food stalls or take a guided walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways, where you'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. This evening, why not indulge in dinner at one of Melbourne's laneway restaurants? These hidden laneways house some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. You're in for a treat!

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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/usa/tours/southern-capitals-city-meets-bush for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Boutique Country Accommodation - Beechworth You'll enjoy true Australian hospitality with a stay at this unique Authentic Accommodation. 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.

  • Be My Guest
    in a family home in Beechworth, country Victoria.

  • Cultural Insights
    at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Meet a local sheep farmer and learn about Australian politics with an expert. 

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

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 and a sheep farm in Canberra.


What's Included

Dining

    • 4 hot buffet breakfasts (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 dinner.

    • 1 lunch.


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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


Why Trafalgar?

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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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


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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 5 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent itinerary. Tour guide Delma and driver Mark were great: informative and helpful. We made the mistake of checking into the Vibe (an inferior hotel) because we thought there would be a "meet and greet" the night before the tour began. We were not the only ones who made

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    Service rating : The Southern Capitals City Meets Bush tour was excellent. Our tour guide was a Sydney native and very informative. Through this tour my family got to experience things we would never have found on our own. My daughter got to help herd sheep, visit a neat little town (Beechworth)

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    Service:

    Service rating : Great experience with Delma the Tour director (very Knowledgeable) and Stuart the driver (safe and excellent driving)Product : great experience in seeing areas of Australia I had not seen

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Overall good but 2 particular issues made the trip less than what I expected. We had a Tour Director who had no interest in touring, and the size of the group was way too large.Product : Could have been better. The Tour Director gave us no information along the way on what we

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    Service:

    Service rating : Included (chosen) hotels could have been better in terms of provision of basic amenities in the room.Product : More engagement by the tour director in terms of reaching out to all guests as possible to encourage participation.

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