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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Melbourne, Australia

On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the sophisticated 5-star Sofitel on Collins. This evening, you’re invited to gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome drink and some light hors d’oeuvres. Afterwards, you can dine on your own here at the Sofitel or at one of the many fine restaurants that are located within a few blocks of the Sofitel; of course, General Tours in-the-know guide will be happy to offer assistance recommendations.

Day 2 - Discover Melbourne

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take this free morning to relax or explore as you wish. Early this afternoon, you’ll join General Tours engaging Australian guide for a morning sightseeing tour, starting with an orientation walk to get a feel for the city’s lively spirit. As your tour continues, you’ll discover that Melbourne’s bustling streets are home to handsome Victorian buildings, lovely gardens and inviting cafes, boutiques and galleries. Along the way, General Tours expert guide will enhance your experience with insightful stories about Melbourne and its multi-cultural residents. After a guided stroll through the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens, we’ll stop at the Shrine of Remembrance where you can learn about Australia’s wartime history as you explore on your own. Then visit the charming coastal enclave of St. Kilda and stroll with your guide along the beachside promenade. Back in the city, delight in the light-filled elegance of the Royal Arcade that opened in 1870, and stop by a local patisserie to sample their delicate French-style macarons.

This evening, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at Berth. Here in this casually elegant, waterfront setting, your wonderful 3-course meal offers a chance to sample their modern presentation of traditional fare including just-caught seafood, locally-sourced meats and farm-fresh produce, all accompanied by some fine Australian wine.  Meals B+D

Day 3 - The Beautiful Mornington Peninsula

Today’s full-day excursion takes you outside the city to explore the dramatic coastal scenery, quiet fishing hamlets, picturesque farms, and award-winning vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula. Discover the friendly town of Mornington and then continue to Green Olive, a 27-acre family farm. After a tour of the property including its olive groves, vineyards and kitchen gardens, you’ll sit down to a delightful farm-to-table lunch featuring fresh produce, quality meats and fine wines – all produced on the property!
 
After lunch, we’ll take you up to Arthurs Seat; from the top of this 1,000-foot summit, you’ll have spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay and the Peninsula’s coastal towns and golden beaches. On a clear day, you can even see the Melbourne skyline in the distance! The return drive usually takes just over an hour, so back at the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne, you’ll have time to refresh and relax for a bit before dining on your own tonight. General Tours in-the-know guide will be happy to make personal recommendations for dining and evening entertainment. Meals B+L
 

Day 4 - Onward to Cairns, the Queensland Rainforest + Palm Cove

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Cairns. On arrival, you’ll be met by General Tours resident North Queensland guide to begin your adventures – starting in Kuranda, a mountain village surrounded by the vast expanse of pristine rainforests that extend for more than 300 miles along the tropical coast of North Queensland. Next up is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a 4.5-mile adventure that takes gliding just a few yards above the treetops before descending through the lush canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience. At the conclusion of your 1.5-hour cableway adventure, General Tours motorcoach will take you to Palm Cove, a charming beach community just north of Cairns, where you’ll enjoy a 3-night stay at Peppers Beach Club & Spa; A+R guests will stay in spacious 1-bedroom accommodations with a private balcony overlooking the unique lagoon-style swimming pool or lush tropical gardens. The restaurants, boutiques and galleries of Palm Cove are just a short stroll away along the town’s shaded beachfront esplanade.   Meals B

Day 5 - The Great Barrier Reef

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the Cairns Marina to embark your full-day cruise adventure to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Situated nearly 25 miles off the coast and close to the pristine outer reef systems, Michaelmas is the largest of the uninhabited coral cays in the Cairns region. It’s home to 35 unique species of sea birds and its gently sloping beach offers comfortable entry into the sheltered waters that surround the cay. With complimentary snorkeling equipment, you’ll discover a colorful undersea realm teeming with colorful marine life – including sea turtles, hundreds of species of tropical reef fish, mollusks, and other invertebrates. The reef surrounding Michaelmas Cay is particularly renowned for its abundance of giant clams! Throughout the day, General Tours engaging and knowledgeable marine biologists are on hand to answer questions and enrich your exploration. In addition to snorkeling, the reef lagoon offers excellent swimming and you can always take some time to explore the flora and fauna of the Cay. You can also join an available guided snorkeling tour - or stay dry as you explore the reef world from a semi-submersible vessel! A smorgasbord luncheon and roundtrip transfers between General Tours resort and the Cairns marina complete this unforgettable Great Barrier Reef adventure.  Meals B+L

Day 6 - A Free Day in Paradise

This entire day is yours to enjoy the amenities and beachfront setting of General Tours tropical resort. You can also wander into Pam Cove to shop, dine, explore and just enjoy its inviting ambience. Throughout the morning, General Tours in-the-know guide will be in the hotel lobby to answer questions, suggest activities and provide assistance.  Meals B
 

Day 7 - Fly to Ayers Rock + Discover Kata Tjutu

We’ll schedule a very early wake-up call and provide you with a simple boxed breakfast so General Tours can make General Tours morning flight into the Outback – the only one of the day. On arrival in Ayers Rock, you’ll be met by General Tours Outback guide and escorted to Sails in the Desert, General Tours striking 5-star resort. After storing your bags with the bell staff, an indigenous storyteller will provide a fascinating introduction to the region’s Aboriginal history and culture. 
 
Then venture through these captivating landscapes as General Tours guide offers more insight into the flora, fauna and unique geology of the region. Your destination is Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park where a guided walk in Walpa Gorge promises spectacular views of the 36 towering red-rock domes that comprise Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). You’ll learn about the importance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and gaze in wonder upon the scale of the rock walls that surround you.
 
As the sun dips towards the horizon, we’ll take you to a prime vantage point to witness the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and experience the shifting moods of Uluru as darkness begins to fall.  Back at Sails in the Desert, check in to your guestroom and enjoy the rest of this evening to dine and relax as you wish.  Meals B

Day 8 - Sunrise at Uluru + Sounds of Silence Dinner

Arise early this morning for a delightful picnic breakfast in an al fresco setting that offers dramatic views of Uluru at sunrise – its vast presence seeming to emerge from the desert landscape as the day brightens. Enjoy a morning walk to a nearby waterhole as General Tours guide shares the Creation stories of the region’s indigenous inhabitants and points out the native flora. View Aboriginal rock paintings and then stop by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center to learn more. Back at Sails in the Desert, you can take a dip in the pool, relax on your private balcony or patio, or join one of the activities offered by the resort.
 
This evening you’ll gather for an unforgettable experience – starting with canapés and sparkling wine on a viewing platform overlooking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun casts its waning glow over the Outback and the dominating presence of Uluru, the evocative strains of the didgeridoo will summon you to dinner. Featuring locally-sourced ingredients, you’ll savor a wide variety of dishes inspired by the region’s early settlers, enhanced by a free-flowing selection of Australian wines and beer. As the darkness deepens after dinner, settle back and stare up into the star-filled sky as General Tours resident expert helps you to locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the Zodiac, and other constellations of the Southern Sky. Meals B+D
 

Day 9 - Onward to Sydney

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your included flight to Sydney. On arrival, you’ll be met by General Tours resident Sydney-based guide and transferred to the deluxe Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel, ideally located close to the waterfront in the heart of this vibrant city. Meals B

Day 10 - Out and About in Sydney

Arise early this morning for General Tours insiders-access tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a stunning architectural landmark with a dramatic harbor-front setting. Taking you behind the scenes, you may have the opportunity to stand on the Concert Hall stage, take up the conductor’s baton in the Opera Theater orchestra pit, or even peek inside the stars’ dressing rooms. The Green Room is usually the private domain of performers and crew, but this is where we’ve arranged for you to enjoy a hearty breakfast – a highpoint of General Tours backstage tour!
 
[Please Note: The Opera House is very much a working center for the performing arts; as such, the specifics of General Tours exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and breakfast will be determined by rehearsal and performance schedules on the day of General Tours visit.]
 
From the Opera House, you’ll continue your guided tour with some of the city’s other well-known landmarks, including the Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens. From Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Bridge and Opera House. A guided walk through the historic Rocks district is enlivened by colorful tales of the convicts, sailors and rogues who were among the city’s earliest settlers! See the Parliament House and St. Mary’s Cathedral and drive through some of Sydney’s most vibrant districts including Kings Cross and Paddington. Strolling along Bondi Beach, you’ll see surfers and world-famous Aussie lifeguards! Then take in the view from Sydney Heads, situated at the mouth of the harbor, before enjoying lunch and a glass of wine at the charming Watson Bay Hotel. After lunch, a private water taxi is a delightful way to make the return journey to Circular Quay where a short stroll brings you back to General Tours hotel. Meals B+L

Day 11 - At Leisure in Sydney

This day is yours to enjoy as you wish! Take advantage of General Tours hotel’s heart-of-it-all location to explore more of this friendly city at your own pace. This evening, make your way down to the Circular Quay Wharf to embark General Tours Captains Dinner Cruise on one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. General Tours comfortable motor yacht offers panoramic picture windows and an open Top Deck so you can take in the views as you enjoy a selection of complimentary Australian wines, beers and juices. As you make your way past iconic landmarks like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, a 3-course dinner will be served in the air-conditioned dining room. After this delightful experience, you’ll step off General Tours ship and stroll back to your hotel. Meals B+D

Day 12 - Depart Sydney

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey. 
Meals B

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Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours

Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts

  • All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
  • All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
  • Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
  • Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
  • Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
More Space + Extra Care While Touring
  • Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
  • Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
  • Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
  • Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
  • Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
More Space + Extra Care While Dining
  • Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
  • No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
  • Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
Extra Care at Luxury Hotels
  • Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
  • OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
  • Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
  • Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
And Always... Alexander Roberts' Distinctive Style

In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Alexander Roberts Tours Customer Reviews

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3.8
Value for Money
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