Luxury Down Under: Culture, Landscapes & Paradise Islands
17 Days from $ 21,890 / person
Uncover a wealth of experiences in the land Down Under while you travel in pristine rainforests and protected, paradise islands. Also explore vibrant cultural hubs Sydney and Melbourne, and the millennia-old bastion of Aboriginal Australia – Uluru. With luxury accommodation, gourmet dining experiences, exclusive access and our best guides available for you, this is Australia at its finest!
Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks – Fireworks over Harbour Bridge to ring in the New Year, the Opera House, the Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach.
Gourmet Seafood Cruise and Market Visit Brace yourself for an exciting day touring the busy Sydney Harbour and other famous landmarks, followed by a guided tour of one of the world’s biggest seafood markets by an insider. Climb aboard your cruise at Sydney Harbour for an exclusive private tour, reveling in the sights and sounds of the fabulous harbor. Glean interesting details from your guide about the important landmarks around you. Sail over to the third largest seafood market in the world and the biggest of tis kind in Australia, for a guided behind-the-scenes tour. Visit the seafood auction floors and the live seafood tanks, and watch fascinating displays of the fishmongers filleting skills. After an enlightening hour, return onboard to a sumptuous gourmet hamper of the freshest local seafood, washed down with a selection of delicious beverages. Spot more of Sydney’s iconic landmarks from the sea, as you relish your meal with sparkling wine. (Half Day; Time of the day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Seafood hamper & beverages; Fitness level: Easy; In case of special dietary requirements, please inform ahead of tour. Free WiFi access is available onboard.)
Essential Sydney City Tour Discover the best of Sydney on this private guided tour. After a hearty breakfast, drive through the historic Rocks precinct and learn about the origins of this great city. Explore old cottages and pubs, as well as Australia’s very first church, which were all built by convicts ages ago. Drive past Macquarie Street, named after the fifth Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, before reaching the Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city. Visit the country’s first Parliament House, the mint, the Hyde Park Barracks and St Mary’s Cathedral. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the waterfront area and take a walking tour around the scenic harbor with its great views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Make a pit stop for lunch at the posh Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and afterwards, drive through the tony neighborhood of Darling Point. You’ll pass by scenic bays before reaching the famous Bondi Beach, were you can enjoy ice creams and stroll down the esplanade like locals do. Return to the city past Oxford Street and Paddington, admiring the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the neighborhoods. (Half Day; Time of day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Meals included: Lunch; Note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Sydney Opera House Exclusive This is your chance to get a peek inside the world’s most recognizable sails and experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. Understand how this work of art came into existence against impossible odds and went on to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building, experienced guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story that will rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You will visit at least one of the venues, where live performances are held every day. Around 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. (Duration: 1 hrs; Private Activity)
Home to abundant populations of its namesake animal, the wild kangaroo, and myriad animal and bird species, Kangaroo Island is a sparsely populated and pristine island located near Adelaide in South Australia.
With its hip restaurants, avant-garde fashion and eclectic street and performing art scene, Melbourne is constantly buzzing with events and life.
Melbourne: Town & Country Tour Enjoy a day discovering the best that Melbourne has to offer with its distinctive culture and character. Meet your friendly local guide at your hotel before setting out for the day. Enjoy a delicious spread of gourmet morning tea, as you learn that almost every neighborhood in Melbourne displays its own charming quirks through a diversity of ethnic communities, festivals, local eateries and pubs. Head off to the countryside in the afternoon to spend a day amid the region’s picturesque wineries and farmlands. Home to some of Victoria’s best wine and produce, this is the ideal location for a marvelous tasting session. Extend your Arcadian escape with a visit to a wildlife park and spot native Australian animals and birds, including the continent’s remarkable marsupials. Drop by a popular local pub to sample some of Australia’s quintessential beer and wine, as you gaze out to catch sight of some of the city’s beloved landmarks. Relish a tasting menu of the delicious pub fare afterwards – all in a day’s trip! (Full Day; Time of the day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Wine tasting and pub fare; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
A millennia-old monolith, Ayers Rock rises dramatically from the flat desert landscape and forms the heartland of Aboriginal Australia or the ‘Red Centre’.
Sunset and Bubbly at Uluru Explore the wild Australian outback and the mighty Ayers Rock inside Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. First, visit the cultural center that houses ancient artifacts showcasing the region’s rich history. Next, marveling at this magnificent rock up close, listen to expert commentary about its significance to its aboriginal owners. Circumnavigating Uluru, enjoy the Kuniya Walk, browsing caves with vibrant rock art that give an insight into the indigenous Anangu people and their lifestyle. Listen to Tjukurpa – a local creation of dreaming stories and mythological incidents that are believed to have shaped Uluru’s landscape. Traverse a section of bush fruits and vegetables, and river red gum trees to arrive at the mouth of Mutitjulu waterhole. Sit on benches and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of this dramatic landmark. Later, head to the viewing area and enjoy a selection of Australian wines and canapes as you witness a magical sunset with Ayers Rock as your backdrop! (Half Day; Time of Day: Afternoon; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Pick-up & Drop-off at the hotel; Drinks & Snacks included; Please note the activity includes national park entry fees)
Bush Breakfast at Kata Tjuta Explore the wild Australian outback and the dramatic Kata Tjuta nestled within Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Made up of 36 red rock domes featuring conglomerate rocks, marvel at this sacred ceremonial site of Anangu men, spread across 12.5 miles. Head to the viewing area that boasts a spectacular vantage of Kata Tjuta, and enjoy a scenic sunrise, which enhances the natural beauty of the unique desert landscape. Settle down for a picnic breakfast at this landmark location. Post your meal, follow your guide on the Walpa Gorge walk, which includes a superb experience on a walkway between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest domes replete with sacred and culturally sensitive sites. Listen to whistling winds and Pitjantjatjara legends that have shaped the lifestyles of the indigenous communities here. Learn about the region’s geology, and how the rock formations have evolved over centuries and, see wildflowers, wallabies, seasonal streams, and a spearwood grove along the way. (Half Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Pick-up & Drop-off at hotel; Breakfast included; Please note this activity includes national park entry fees.)
The Daintree Rainforest is the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites sit right next to each other – the oldest surviving rainforest in the world, the 110 million-year-old Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef!
Rainforest Wonders at Kuku Yalanji Immerse yourself in a rainforest getaway with the Kuku Yalangi Dreamtime package. Journey into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge where you can experience the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. Spend two nights in a luxury treehouse where you can be at one with nature. Begin your days with a gourmet breakfast amid the sylvan surroundings after which you can set out to explore the region. Experience the Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge with knowledgeable guides to learn more about the rainforest. Return to your resort for afternoon tea at the Jungle Perch, high above the river. Begin your second day with a spot of yoga, under the tutelage of a trained master. You can spend your second day with a spot of tennis, or explore the area on river canoes or bikes. End your day with a meal crafted with the freshest of local produce and fine wine. (2 Nights/3 Days; Meal Included: Breakfast; Two course dinner in the Treehouse restaurant; Afternoon Tea for two in the Jungle Perch ; Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge)
Lizard Island is part of a group of islands about an hour north of Cooktown, on the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Much of the island forms Lizard Island National Park, which gets its name from the giant monitor lizards that call it home.
You will be transferred from your hotel to Sydney Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 21,890 /person
Option 2 From $ 27,390 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Sydney – Adelaide
Adelaide – Kingscote
Kingscote – Adelaide
Adelaide – Melbourne
Melbourne – Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock – Cairns
Cairns – Lizard Island
Lizard Island – Cairns
Cairns – Sydney
All activities as listed :
Sydney: Gourmet Seafood Cruise and Market Visit
Sydney: Essential Sydney City Tour
Sydney: Sydney Opera House Exclusive
Melbourne: Melbourne: Town & Country Tour
Ayers Rock/ Uluru: Sunset and Bubbles at Uluru:
Ayers Rock/ Uluru: Bush Breakfast at Kata Tjuta
Daintree rainforest: Rainforest Wonders at Kuku Yalanji
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary