The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Uluru and much more awaits you on this once-in-a-lifetime tour down under.
Savour Sydney and its world-famous landmarks, discover the Great Barrier Reef and see the sun set over Uluru. This unforgettable tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the highlights of Australia, from the dynamic cities of a modern nation to the ancient heartland of Aboriginal culture.
This tour includes two nights aboard aircraft.
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly to Perth.
Arrive in Perth where you'll be met by your Saga tour manager and taken to the Rendevous Grand Perth (3Q) for a two-night stay.
Located 10 minutes from major attractions including Kings Park and Perth Arena, the hotel has a restaurant and lobby bar. All 336 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer and safe. Look forward to enjoying a welcome dinner this evening. D
Embark on a cruise along the Swan River, then discover the attractions of this 'new frontier city' during an included sightseeing tour which takes in the Botanical Gardens, King’s Park, the magnificently restored His Majesty’s Theatre and the unique Forrest Chase Mall area.
Afterwards, you continue to the port of Fremantle. Although close enough to be a suburb, the town has its own unique maritime character. B
Perhaps join an optional excursion before flying inland to Alice Springs where you’ll stay for two nights at the locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza Alice Spring’s Lasseters (4Q+).
Facilities at the hotel include a choice of restaurants and bars, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa (charges apply). Each of the 205 air-conditioned bedrooms is equipped with a telephone, television, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.
This evening look forward to travelling from your hotel for an authentic barbecue dinner – a unique experience not to be missed as you become immersed in the spirit of the Australian outback. For smaller groups, dinner will be provided at the hotel. B, D
Alice Springs was originally founded as a staging point for the overland telegraph line in the 1870s. Today 'The Alice' is a bustling town with numerous shops and restaurants.
Look forward to enjoying today at leisure here with the chance to explore independently or perhaps joining an optional excursion.
This morning enjoy a tour of Alice Springs, which includes a visit to the historic Old Telegraph Station, the halfway point of the Overland Telegraph Line between Adelaide and Darwin.
Before the wires were strung, a message could take three months to reach London from Adelaide! You also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service before setting out on a six-hour journey overland to Uluru. Travelling through the Outback, you pass Mount Conner, vast cattle stations and Mount Ebenezer Road House, one of just a handful of refuelling stops en route. As you approach the Red Centre you'll have the chance to see the Olgas, a group of domed rocks rising from the plains and named after Queen Olga of Wurttemberg. The aboriginal name of Kata Tjuta is perhaps more descriptive, since it means ‘many heads’.
You'll arrive in time to see the sunset at Uluru, the official and Aboriginal name for this imposing monolith, also known as Ayers Rock after the five-times Premier of South Australia. Enjoy canapés and sparkling wine as you watch this vast natural wonder change colours with the dwindling light.
You'll stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Desert Gardens Hotel (3Q), which has a restaurant and swimming pool. All air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and a minibar. B, D
ravel to the airport for your flight to Cairns, located in tropical North Queensland. You'll spend the next four nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Cairns Oasis (4Q), which is situated on the waterfront within walking distance of the city's art galleries and shops.
The hotel has a Brazilian-themed restaurant, bar and outdoor pool. All 176 bedrooms are air conditioned and feature a balcony, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and internet connection (extra charge).
Cairns is a modern, vibrant city and in your free time you might like to get your first taste of it with a stroll along the scenic esplanade to The Pier with its many restaurants. Afterwards, you could visit the popular night market which opens at 5pm. B
You have a full day to do as you please, or you might be tempted to join an optional trip into the rainforest. B
Today is sure to be a highlight of your tour as you'll travel by catamaran to Green Island for your first glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef.
Take the opportunity to go snorkelling or see the marine life on a trip by glass-bottom boat and learn all about the largest marine park in the world. After a buffet lunch, you might then want to simply relax on the idyllic sandy beach before heading back to the mainland. B, L
You have another full day at leisure, allowing you to explore independently or perhaps join another optional excursion – your tour manager will give you details of what's available. B
It's time to head south for Sydney, where you'll stay for four nights at the locally rated 4-star Vibe Hotel (4Q).
Situated in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is a short drive from Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy Spanish cuisine at the hotel restaurant and bar. All 191 air-conditioned rooms have a television, hairdryer, safe and free Wi-Fi. B, D
You will see the very best of Sydney on today's included full-day excursion.
Sights include the elegant quarter of Paddington and the Rocks, a beautifully-restored area of cobbled streets where the first European settlers stepped ashore on January 26, 1788. Continue onto the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour, then it's on to Circular Quay for an included sightseeing cruise on Sydney harbour.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant. B, L
There's still lots to see in Sydney, so you won't be short of things to do during your day at leisure.
Alternatively, you could always head into the countryside for a spot of wine tasting. B
You have the freedom to explore more of Sydney at your own pace, or perhaps you will want to take the opportunity to explore further afield. B
This morning your tour continues with a short flight to Melbourne, where you will spend the last four nights of your trip at the locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza Melbourne (4Q), Melbourne.
Located in the bustling Southbank, Crown Plaza delivers stylish, modern luxury accommodation and features a restaurant, bar, and fitness centre. All air-conditioned rooms have a telephone, television, safe, minibar/refrigerator (extra charge), tea and coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. B
Melbourne is an intriguing blend of skyscrapers, elegant Colonial-style public buildings, stately churches and leafy avenues. Settled by British explorer John Batman in 1835, its British heritage has been kept alive in the Victorian buildings and beautiful parks.
Today's included full-day tour will reveal more of Melbourne’s history, with visits to the Queen Victoria Market and Captain Cook's cottage. After some free time for lunch (not included), you continue through South Melbourne to see the city’s oldest swimming beach at Port Melbourne, before crossing Westgate Bridge for panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay and historic Williamstown. B
Today is free for you to spend as you please – perhaps go shopping, do a bit more sightseeing or join an optional excursion. B
Spend more time exploring independently or join another tempting excursion.
Later, there will be a special farewell dinner cruise on the Yarra River. B, D
Travel to the airport for your overnight flight. B
You arrive in the UK to take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
17 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
24 meals: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
Excursions and visits
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
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