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Australian Highlights Summer 2020

Australian Highlights Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Australia at its best - from the golden beaches of Bondi and shared stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, to an astounding underwater wonderland and fiery Uluru sunset lighting up the Outback sky.

Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)
On arrival in the stylish Victorian capital of Melbourne, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Later, you'll join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Regional Dinner at a restaurant by the waterfront.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: Welcome Reception,

Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing and At Leisure
'Dive into Culture' and wander through the labyrinthine laneways, arcades and grand boulevards that reveal some of the world's most edgy street art and well-preserved Victorian architecture. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, strolling along the banks of the Yarra, or consider an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Melbourne At Leisure
A full free day awaits to sample the cosmopolitan flavours of Melbourne - its coffee culture and farm-to-table food experiences at the bustling Queen Victoria Market. Or, consider an Optional Experience following one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road with its famous Twelve Apostles.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Fly from Melbourne - Alice Springs
Journey to the heart of the Outback and the gateway to Australia's Red Centre. On arrival in Alice Springs, join a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the School of the Air and learn how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Your next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' and delve into the emergency support that this facility provides to the people of the Outback. Later, 'Connect With Locals' at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where you'll meet the celebrated Outback Paramedic Falzon brothers for dinner and hear about the sustainable lifestyle they've established.
Accommodation: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Alice Springs - Uluru (2 Nights)
Cross rugged landscapes to Ayers Rock Resort, located just a stone's throw from the sacred, ancient monolith that is known as Uluru by its traditional caretakers - the Anangu people. Journey to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park in time for sundowners and a chance to witness first-hand how its rusty red walls change colour as the sun dips below the horizon. We spend the night in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', which blends seamlessly into its splendid natural surrounds. Tonight, consider an optional authentic Aussie BBQ Dinner under the glittering southern-night sky.
Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Watch as the desert awakens - the rising sun lighting up Uluru in a spectacular golden hue. 'Dive Into Culture' next and gain insights into the culture, history, art and traditions of the Aboriginal caretakers of the land on a tour of the base of Uluru. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Your Travel Director will take you on a walk deep into Walpa Gorge, where you'll hear about the area's distinct geological and cultural history. Toast to a mesmerising Outback sunset over the rusty red domes of Kata Tjuta with sparkling wine.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Fly from Uluru - Cairns (3 Nights)
Rise early to experience the ethereal Field of Light art installation before sunrise. As the sun rises, join your fellow travellers on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awakening over Uluru.'Dive Into Culture' with an Aboriginal artist this morning, gaining insights into the ritual of Dreamtime and the meanings of the Anangu totems in indigenous art. Tell your very own Outback story as a memento of your experience, putting paint to canvas, then fly from Ayers Rock to the tropical city of Cairns.
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Cairns At Leisure
Ease into laidback living in the spirit of the locals or consider an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park on this full day at leisure to explore this east coast gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You could discover the secrets of ancient Aboriginal culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an up-close encounter with the resident crocs. Perhaps take a trip to Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail and return to the lowlands through some of the oldest rainforest in the world - the choice is yours.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Great Barrier Reef
An underwater wonderland awaits as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Take to the tropical waters and snorkel alongside a dazzling array of colourful marine-life (equipment provided) or explore the sparkling blue coral sea from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on the water before returning to Cairns, where this evening you'll enjoy a Regional Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 10 - Fly from Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)
A leisurely start to your day means there's time for a final exploration of Cairns before flying south to Sydney. Wine and dine in the city's famous Rocks District, visit China Town for some tasty yum cha or take a stroll around Circular Quay.
Accommodation: InterContinental
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Sydney Sightseeing
Visit Bondi Beach then head to the Sydney Opera House for a privately guided tour with a 'Local Specialist' and 'behind-the-scenes' look at the building's inner workings. Prime your sea legs next as you board a lunch cruise, sailing past parklands, waterfront homes and the iconic sights for which Sydney Harbour is so famous. Spend the rest of the day on your own or consider an Optional Experience and ascend the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 12 - Sydney At Leisure
Get your final Sydney fix today as you enjoy a full free day to explore the city on your terms. Consider an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains whose eucalypt haze you'll see looming in the distance as you depart Sydney en route to the village of Leura, the famous Three Sisters rock formation and Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia's cuddly, and not so cuddly, creatures. Your effortlessly delivered journey nearing its end, you'll join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 13 - Depart Sydney
Say farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast as your memorable Australian holiday concludes. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Sydney
  • CRUISE on Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef
  • VIEW spectacular outback sunsets at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru.
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners (Including Connect with Locals)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

This trip couldn't have gone better. The hotels were first rate and centrally located. The included meals, experiences, and tours were excellent, and the optional tours made for a complete experience. The tour director was the best and the transportation and logistics were delivered efficiently. This was our best land tour ever.

I can't decide if Trafalgar is worth the extra money. We often travel with Gate 1, and I find that they are far more organized as a company for before travel information. Trafalgar is slow to release information, such as optional tours, whereas Gate 1 has them listed when you book. Perhaps this is a practice of AAT Kings rather than Trafalgar? It came home to us when the one really important optional experience we wanted was filled because we could not book until we arrived in country. We might have booked ahead with another company offering a similar experience, but Trafalgar was not forthcoming about the times. We were afraid we would make it hard for the rest of the tour. In addition, Trafalgar gives no guidelines about things like tipping the tour manager, bus driver, etc. Overall, it was a good tour with the world's best tour manager (Nellie), and the hotels were all very nice if you like the large luxury chains; they were in great locations. But the business model needs improvement to help the customer. Again, this might be AAT Kings and not Trafalgar. We may go back to Gate 1, which costs less and is very good.

Hotel Rooms were more like 3 star & we were always put in rooms at lower levels.

I have booked tours with Affordable Tours.com before and have received good service. While on vacation, I did recommend Affordable Tours.com to one of the other people in my tour group who had booked through someone else. She didn't have nearly the information available that I did and had taken the time and trouble to research and book some things that were made available to us through the tour operator.


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