Highlights of Australia: Great Barrier Reef and Sydney from $3,195 pp (Regular Rate: $4,642 - SAVE $1447 per person)
Posted on Saturday, 9 Mar 2013 04:45 AM
Artisan Traveler offers travelers unique experiences in each location. Our philosophy is to engage visitors in the culture of Australia, and allow them to see the country through the eyes of a local.
Escape the humdrum routine of work and ignite your senses. You will visit 2 amazing Australian destinations and uncover a vacation that reminds you how invigorating it is to go off and explore the globe. Indulge in this 4-star customized vacation package that takes you into some of the magnificent highlights of Australia! Upon arrival into Cairns, journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Continue onto Sydney, the jewel of the Southen Hemisphere, offering something for everyone: adventure, shopping, theatre, beaches, you name it. You’ll feel like a local by crusing on a well-appointed yacht in the harbour. This package will give you a great highlight of Australian culture, and will certainly leave you with the desire to return.
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This itinerary can be fully customized; to tailor this package to your specific requirements please call an Artisan specialist at 1-800-576-4812
Day 1 - Depart US
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia down to Sydney then back home again. Our package price includes flights in coach class with options to upgrade to Premium Economy, Business or first class – you choose!
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive Cairns
On arrival you will be met by Exemplar Transportation for your seat in coach transfer from Cairns airport to Thala Beach Resort (approximately 50 minutes)
|Accommodation - Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas
|Stay 4 fabulous nights at Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas in a Coral Sea View Bungalow - A true eco tourist resort; the main building is designed to embrace all the elements of the tropics. Built from local timbers, it is open and spacious, allowing the cool sea breezes to flow. A circular guest lounge and reading room sits amongst the Poplar Gums with beautiful views over the Coral Sea. Forest paths weave amongst wispy eucalyptus with chalk white bark, linking the bungalows with the main building. A path leads onto a private beach where hours can be spent discovering secluded coves. Great sensitivity has been applied to the design of the bungalows, which are individually built high on timber poles, looking out through the canopy of trees. Each has air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans and bathrooms feature a separate shower and bath. All Bungalows have a private verandah with generous windows allowing guests to enjoy the tropical surroundings in comfort.|
|Our exclusive offer - Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 nights!
Free upgrade Coral Sea Bungalow - must book by 30 June 2014
Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef
Travel aboard Quicksilver's 45.5 metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense).
Our exclusive offer – second person gets 50% off their cruise! Must be booked by 30 June 2014
Day 5 - Port Douglas - we recommend an optional Discover the Rainforest full day tour (not included in your package price)
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Depart Mossman and journey to Cape Tribulation where time is allowed for a beach walk to admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout. Enjoy lunch in a rainforest setting. After lunch, a stop is made at the Alexandra Lookout for panoramic views over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea, followed by a cruise to observe the fauna and flora of this region. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas
Day 6 - Port Douglas
At your leisure
Day 7 - Cairns to Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Cairns airport. Fly Cairns to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will be met and transferred by seat in coach shuttle from Sydney airport to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney.
|Accommodation - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney|
|Beautifully blending the heritage listed sandstone façade with a contemporary interior, the building dates back to the 1800’s and was once home to Fairfax Newspapers and the Bank of New South Wales. Opening as a hotel in 2000, the property has retained many original features, including the old lift and the office of Sir Warwick Fairfax has been impeccably restored. The boutique hotel also features an indoor lap pool and gym.|
|Special Value Add – Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 nights!
Deal Stay 4/Pay 3 - must book by 30 June 2014
Day 8 - Sydney - Half Day Harbour Cruise
If there is one thing you should do in Sydney, that is to experience Sydney Harbour like a local. On board the luxurious Calypso motor yacht you will experience the harbour like you would if you had your own boat. As well as fabulous sightseeing, you can swim, fish, kayak, relax and sunbake at your leisure after your gourmet barbeque lunch served with local wine and beer.
Our exclusive offer – second person gets 50% off their cruise! Must be booked by 30 June 2014
Day 9 - Sydney - Blue Mountains Day Tour
Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Head out of Sydney and visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience Scenic Skyway with the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, then visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and watch artists perform traditional song and dance whilst playing the didgeridoo. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look into Aboriginal Art & Culture which dates back 40,000 years and listen as they explain their way of life and living off the land. Enjoy a hot lunch, then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.
Our exclusive offer – second person gets 50% off their tour! Must be booked by 30 June 2014
Day 10 - Sydney
At your leisure or speak with an Artisan expert to discuss activity options - some suggestions:
Tour Sydney differently! Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on this climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
Surfing at Bondi Beach is about as ‘Aussie’ as you can get. Take a shared lesson no matter what your skill level and you can become part of the local beach culture. This is a fun way to meet locals and enjoy the beach lifestyle Australia is famous for.
Day 11 Depart Sydney
Transfer by seat in coach shuttle from Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney to Sydney International airport for your return flight to the US.
- Round trip Economy class air from Los Angeles to Sydney with Virgin Australia
- All internal flights within Australia with Virgin Australia
- Seat in coach transfer Cairns airport to Thala Beach Lodge round trip
- 4 Nights at Thala Beach Lodge in Coral Sea Bungalow
- Full Day Great Barrier Reef
- 4 Nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
- Sydney half-day tours- Blue Mountains small group tour
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges to package inclusions
- Free upgrade Coral Sea bungalow at Thala Beach Lodge
- 1 Free night at Thala Beach Lodge
- Buy 1 / 2nd person 50% off Great Barrier Reef Day trip
- 2 Free night at Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel Sydney
- Buy 1 / 2nd person 50% off Sydney Harbour Yacht cruise
- Buy 1 / 2nd person 50% off Blue Mountains Day Trip
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Booking Code: VA002
Book by Date: 31 July 2014
Blackout Dates: 9 December 2014 - 31 January 2015
Terms & Conditions:
- Black out dates apply
- Departs daily
- Price is per person and based on twin share/2 adults traveling together
- Subject to availability of airfare and hotels/tours at time of booking
- Price is USD based at today's exchange rate
Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.