Sydney & Cairns w/Air from $1,649

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 11 days/8 nights
  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney & Cairns  (Add on fares from your departure city by calling a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829)
  • Four nights Sydney, choice of hotel grade
  • Four nights Cairns, choice of hotel grade
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee
Sydney & Cairns w/air

Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most recognizable icons – a picture-perfect harbor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House!  Vacations in Sydney boast a delightful mix of culture, heritage and cuisine with world-class restaurants around every corner. Head to The Rocks, a restored historic precinct of cobblestone streets and sandstone terraces, where you can explore the city’s intriguing convict history. Visit the Museum of Sydney with its artifacts dating back to when the settlers first arrived.Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for stunning views of the city or perhaps learn how to surf on Bondi Beach.

Cairns is the bustling hub of Tropical North Queensland.  With the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest on your doorstep, Cairns is the idyllic destination to be right in the heart of the action. With more than 1,500 species of fish and rainbow-colored coral, visitors have the option to snorkel, dive or stay dry and view from the glass bottom boat to see this amazing natural habitat. Hike the rainforest, journey by rail or soar high above the canopy on a gondola or zip line!  Wander through the local markets or dine on exceptional locally grown seafood and produce.

This itinerary can be traveled in reverse.

 

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VIEW ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart USA

This evening make your way to the Los Angeles International Airport for your overnight flight to Sydney.

 

Day 2: International Date Line

During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.  You will lose a day but get it back on your return flight,

 

Day 3: Arrive in Sydney

On arrival in Sydney, you will clear Customs and Immigration then make your way to your selected accommodation.

 

Day 4 – 6: Sydney

Spend the next three days exploring Sydney at your leisure. Talk to our Destination Experts about various touring options in and around Sydney.

 

Just a few of our optional Tours (not included but we can easily book)

 

Sydney Bridge Climb – Climbs starting at $125 USD per person – Optional Not included

 

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Blue mountain Tours (Tours starting at $115 USD per person) – Optional Not included)

 

  • Travel over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Discover the quaint mountain village of Leura – free time to wander the streets
  • Enjoy breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley
  • Visit Scenic World where you will have the opportunity and plenty of time to enjoy the rides (rides at own expense)
  • You can ride the steepest incline Railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley below. Or gently ascend on the Cableway taking in panoramic views and ride on the Skyway which glides between cliff tops 270 metres above ancient ravines and the rainforest canopy (own expense)
  • Walk on the valley floor boardwalk under a canopy of tall tree ferns
  • Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation up-close
  • Embark on a unique local experience at award winning Featherdale Wildlife Park which has the world’s largest collection of over 1,700 Australian native birds and mammals in a lush bushland environment
  • “Walk through Koala Sanctuary” – plenty of photo opportunities with these furry favourites
  • Capture an ‘all important Roo selfie’ in one of the walk-in enclosures whilst handfeeding Kangaroos, Wallabies and Pademelons!
  • Observe numerous other ‘Aussie’ favourites such as Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Echidnas, Emus, Penguins, Crocodiles and Dingos!
  • Miss the peak hour Sydney traffic and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour.

 

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Hunter Valley Tours (Tours starting at $145.00 per person) – Optional Not included)

 

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and most renowned commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. Famous wine styles include Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and earthy Pinot Noirs.

  • Great views as we cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Hawkesbury River
  • Learn about the wine-making process – a truly informative and educational experience
  • Stroll amongst the vines
  • Enjoy a number of private award winning wine tastings
  • We focus on boutique wineries that provide a personalised intimate feel and meet the people for whom wine making is a passion and a way of life
  • Enjoy a two course lunch
  • An opportunity to sample locally made cheese paired with their premium wines – an informative fun experience!
  • Enjoy a “behind the scenes” guided winery tour*
  • Our last stop enables you to sample and purchase yummy locally handmade chocolates

 

 

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Morning Sydney City Tour with Bondi Beach (Tours from $48 USD per person- Optional Not included)

 

  • A brief walking tour of the historic Rocks area – the birthplace of Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Conservatorium of Music
  • Hyde Park
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Parliament House
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Sydney Town Hall
  • Sydney Tower
  • Darling Harbour
  • Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – great photo opportunity of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House!
  • The Royal Australian Naval Base – Garden Island
  • Lively Kings Cross and the affluent homes in the eastern suburbs
  • A visit to famous Bondi Beach
  • Historic, trendy Paddington
  • Bustling Chinatown plus much, much more!

 

 

 

Day 7: Sydney- Cairns

Today you will fly from Sydney to Cairns. On arrival you will check in to your Cairns hotel for four nights.

 

Day 8 – 10: Cairns

The next three days are yours to explore the Cairns region at your leisure. Talk a travel team agent  about adding other touring options to your vacation.

 

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise (Tours from $185 USD per person- Optional Not included)

 

 

  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes
  • FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings.
  • On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef
  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms
  • Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
  • Access to reference materials on the reef
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors

Available at additional cost, optional activities may be pre-booked or you may prefer to wait until the day and speak with our crew who can suggest the best activities to suit your swimming ability.

  • Introductory Scuba Diving – no experience necessary. Small group, max 4 students per instructor. Minimum age is 12 years with parental consent required for those under 18 years. Opportunity for up to 3 dives in a day.
  • Certified Scuba Diving – all dives fully guided at no extra charge, include use of dedicated dive tender to access pristine and varied dive locations. Up to 3 dives in a day.
  • Helmet Diving.  A scuba-style experience without even getting your head wet!
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tours (beginner and advanced level)
  • Reef-Scenic Helicopter flights 5, 10 & 30 minutes scenic flights from Marine World or fly/cruise, cruise/fly and fly/fly options to/from Cairns.
  • Relax on the sundeck and enjoy the regions only reef-based massage therapist! (bookings recommended)
  • Lockers are available on board Reef Magic for just $2 per use & are suitable for small personal items such as phones, jewellery or wallets. While theft is very rare on board we suggest valuables are better off left in your hotel room or with the concierge rather than brought to the reef.

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Big Cat: Green Island Reef Cruise – Half Day (AM) Another Barrier Reef Choice

(Tours from $79 USD per person- Optional Not included)

 

Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from the coral viewing tours, explore Green Island National Park or just relax on the sandy beach.

Green Island coral cay is readily identified from the air by its emerald rainforest surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs.

“Reef Rocket” is a modern comfortable air-conditioned highspeed catamaran with a relaxed atmosphere. Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. Passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. Our friendly crew will help you to organise your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island.

 

Cruise to Green Island aboard “Reef Rocket” a modern catamaran

9am Departure allows 2 hours on Green Island

Choice of Snorkelling Gear or Glass Bottom Boat tour

Snorkelling demonstration & reef presentation en route to Green Island

Use of Big Cat vessel during time at island as an air-conditioned base

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Kuranda, SkyRail and Scenic Rail (Tours from $79 USD per person- Optional Not included)

 

This morning our driver will greet you, collect your voucher and issue your Kuranda Boarding Pass. We will then transfer you to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Smithfield, where you proceed directly to the boarding line – there is no need to queue as your Skyrail tickets are already on your Boarding Pass.

Once aboard, be amazed as you journey over and through World Heritage protected Rainforest. Your Boarding Pass is your ticket for this iconic rainforest experience that includes time at both Red Peak and Barron Falls stations, both with spectacular lookouts. Or visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Complimentary guided boardwalk tours are offered throughout the day at Red Peak Station.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, it’s time to explore this fascinating village. The Heritage Markets operate 7 days a week and are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens [at own expense]. Your Kuranda Boarding Pass also offers discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions.

10 minutes before your scheduled departure time, board the train and take your seats – your tickets are already on your Boarding Pass so no need to check in. After boarding the train, your journey winds through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is.

Upon arrival at Freshwater Station, our coach will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. Your Boarding Pass will tell you which coach to look for.

 

 

Day 11: Return to USA – Ask your Travel Team agent about extending your vacation.

Your great Australia vacation concludes today.

 


Pricing & Departures

 

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures November 1, 2019 – December 10, 2019
Double Occupancy 1849 2199 2369
 Single Occupancy 2499 3199 3549
 Triple Occupancy 1799 1999 2099
Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel

Based on departures December 11, 2019 – January 11, 2020
Please call for pricing and availability

 

 

Based on departures January 12, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Double Occupancy 1849 2199 2369
 Single Occupancy 2499 3199 3549
 Triple Occupancy 1799 1999 2099

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Double Occupancy 1649 1829 1999
 Single Occupancy 2099 2449 2829
 Triple Occupancy 1569 1739 1899

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures May 1, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Double Occupancy 1649 1829 2049
 Single Occupancy 2099 2449 2889
 Triple Occupancy 1569 1739 1949

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures June 29, 2020 – July 23, 2020
Double Occupancy 1899 2049 2399
 Single Occupancy 2439 2699 3149
 Triple Occupancy 1799 1949 2079

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures July 24, 2020 – September 17, 2020
Double Occupancy 1729 1859 2179
 Single Occupancy 2249 2499 3149
 Triple Occupancy 1629 1769 2079

 

Price per person from:* Standard Hotel First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Based on departures September 18, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Double Occupancy 1999 2399 2499
 Single Occupancy 2599 3449 3639
 Triple Occupancy 1899 2199 2399

 

 

 

Round-trip gateway add ons start from:
 $190 Phoenix (AZ), Las Vegas (NV), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA)
$250 Dallas (TX), Seattle (WA)
$285 Portland (OR)
$310 New York (NY)
$330 Austin (TX), Chicago (IL),  Cleveland (OH), Denver (CO), Houston (TX) Indianapolis (IN), Milwaukee (WI), Minneapolis (MN), Salt Lake City (UT), St Louis (MO)
$405 Nashville (TN), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Charlotte (NC), Detroit (MI), Jacksonville (FL), Memphis (TN), Miami (FL), Orlando (FL), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Raleigh Durham (NC)
$485 Atlanta (GA), Baltimore (MD), Washington (DC)


For travel dates after Oct. 31, 2020 call 1-800-788-0829 for pricing

 

Your Travel Team agent can easily add extra days, different departure dates or even cities to this package. Ask a Travel Team Agent for details 1-800-788-0829

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Notes:
  • Round-trip International Airfare from LAX included
  • Add on fares from your departure city by calling a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829)
  • All airline taxes, fuel surcharges & fees are included
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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