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Globus Australia Adventure(PX2)

19 days from Melbourne to Sydney 
From its spectacular scenery and fascinating wildlife to its vibrant cities, see the best of Australia on this vacation from Melbourne to Sydney with overnights along the way in Hobart, Adelaide, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Darwin, Kakadu National Park, and Cairns. Start in Melbourne with a city tour along with lunch on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a unique and unforgettable way to experience the city—a local favorite offered by Globus. End your Australia tour in Sydney with sightseeing, a visit to the famous Sydney Opera House, a Sydney Harbour cruise, and free time to explore on your own.

Tour highlights include an excursion to Kangaroo Island, where you’ll get up close and personal with sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. It is sure to be a day you’ll never forget! This is another out-of-the-ordinary adventure arranged by Globus to make your vacation unique. Another special experience is a cruise through Kakadu National Park’s most famous wetland, where you’ll have an opportunity to see crocodiles and to see ancient Aboriginal rock petroglyphs. In Cairns, cruise to the spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef, an experience of a lifetime! You’ll even get to snorkel or take a watercraft tour! Plus, in Cairns, you’ll visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for a guided tour to see native animals, including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and Crocodiles.

You’ve heard of Australia’s Outback, and now’s your time to spend two nights there. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset at Uluru and take a tour around its base, learning of its significance to the Aboriginal people. You’ll also enjoy views of amazing Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). As a special treat, Globus has included an Outback Barbecue featuring a typical campfire meal and Outback ambiance.

Vibrant cities, amazing scenery, enthralling wildlife, special experiences…all are offered on this fun-filled Australia tour.

Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

MELBOURNE
Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; [LF] Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

HOBART
[LF] Walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

ADELAIDE
Orientation tour; [LF] excursion to Kangaroo Island

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; [LF] Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

DARWIN
Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour; [LF] wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre & Bowali Visitor Centre

CAIRNS
Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

SYDNEY
Sightseeing; visit the Opera House; botanic gardens; and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club, [LF] lunch at the North Bondi Returned & Servicmen’s League Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at a Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Melbourne, Australia.
 Welcome to the “Land Down Under” and Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2Melbourne.
 Start your day with a city sightseeing tour including such landmarks at Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, FITZROY GARDENS, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, and more. Today’s lunch is served aboard the historic [LF] COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT. Enjoy fine food and drink as you wind your way through the streets of Melbourne, a truly unique experience. In the evening, you may wish to take an optional excursion to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade. (B,L)
Day 3Melbourne.
 A full day to explore more of this cosmopolitan city. You may wish to shop for a favorite souvenir at Queen Victoria Market, stroll along the Yarra River, see the city from new heights at the Eureka Skydeck, or explore the many lanes and alleys of this city. You may also want to consider a day tour to see the “Twelve Apostles” along the Great Ocean Road or visit the nearby Yarra Valley to sample the region’s award-winning wines. (B)
Day 4Melbourne–Hobart.
 Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided [LF] WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur.
 Our first stop this morning is at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see and learn about the famous Tasmanian devil, once almost extinct. You’ll also have a chance to interact with some of Australia’s other native animals, like kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, and parrots. Next, we visit some of the Tasman Peninsula’s famous features, such as the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch. On to PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE. Originally designed as a timber camp, the town grew in importance as it began housing convicts. On a guided tour, hear stories of former prisoners, and see the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary—a grim reminder of Australia’s days as a penal colony. (B,L)
Day 6Hobart–Adelaide.
 Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of this colonial city. During your free time today, you may wish to stroll Adelaide’s bustling streets, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, or enjoy al fresco dining at one of the city’s many restaurants. (B)
Day 7Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island.
 This morning, take a ferry to [LF] KANGAROO ISLAND, home to unspoiled white-sand beaches, barking sea lions, dozing koalas, and amazing scenery. At SEAL BAY, there’s a chance to get up close to these magnificent creatures and learn more about them from a park ranger. Have your cameras ready as we visit REMARKABLE ROCKS with its stunning views, and ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Our last stop on the island is FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. (B,L)
Day 8Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock).
 Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a cool DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an [LF] OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance. (B,D)
Day 9Uluru (Ayers Rock).
 Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. There is time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. This evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 10Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Darwin.
 For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Later, fly to Darwin (via Alice Springs). Tonight, why not explore Darwin’s waterfront, lined
with restaurants, shops, and walking trails? (B)
Day 11Darwin–Kakadu National Park.
 Travel to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia’s largest national park covering almost 20,000 square kilometers. Spend time at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE to learn more about the natural and cultural features including the abundant wildlife and the European and Aboriginal history of this region. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 12Kakadu National Park.
 Time to explore more of this massive park today. Spend time at the BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to learn more about the flora, fauna, and geology of the park. Then, enjoy a [LF] CRUISE through Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. An Aboriginal guide will share the history of the region and point out wildlife, which could include crocodiles, water buffalo, and an abundance of bird life. A short walk on an ancient trail takes us to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Take a hike, join in an optional scenic flight over the park, or just relax at your hotel. (B,L)

NOTE:
During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.
Day 13Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns.
 Return to Darwin and enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and ART GALLERY. There’s time to explore, stroll the relaxed streets of Darwin, and take in the historic colonial architecture and buildings. Later this evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (B)
Day 14Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
 Prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world—a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. (B,L,D)
Day 15Cairns.
 A full day to explore more of this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit the Daintree Rainforest, considered to be the oldest rainforest in the world, stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, take a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, enjoy a scenic sunset cruise, or shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to make the most of your day. (B)
Day 16Cairns–Sydney.
 This morning, enjoy a special visit to HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy a talk by a wildlife keeper and the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to vibrant Sydney. (B)
Day 17Sydney.
 Today’s sightseeing includes the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of the interior and theaters. Then, travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping view of the harbor. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of [LF] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB. Meet with one of the lifesavers and learn about the history of the club and the training needed to become a lifeguard. Lunch today is at the [LF] North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (B,L)
Day 18Sydney.
 Enjoy a full day at leisure. Why not reach new heights on the thrilling Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb or take in amazing views from atop Sydney Tower? Ferry across the harbor and explore Taronga Zoo, take a walking tour along the cobblestone lanes of the Rocks, or relax on beautiful Manly Beach. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney. (B,D)
Day 19Sydney.
 Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

American breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Sydney

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Globus Pricing Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,327. Required intra-vacation air segments: Melbourne/Hobart; Hobart/Adelaide; Adelaide/Ayers Rock; Ayers Rock/Darwin; Darwin/Cairns; Cairns/Sydney. Air prices were effective on August 17, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher. Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase. Any gratuities for extensions cannot be pre-paid.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,985

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$280

Extra Nights per person in Melbourne:
February & October-November: in single room $279; in twin room $146; in triple room $120
March: in single room $364; in twin room $188; in triple room $149

Extra Nights per person in Sydney:
in single room $333; in twin room $180; in triple room $141

2018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2017.

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