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Australia | Reef and Land Immersion in Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne

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Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne

Trip Duration

10 nights / 11 days

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Days 1 - 2: USA / Cairns |

Board your flight for your overnight journey to Cairns, Australia. Relax in a private transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns for three nights in a Horizon Club room, complete with Horizon Club Lounge access with daily breakfast, all-day beverages, evening cocktails and appetizers. In the morning, discover ancient culture, rainforest views and a scenic railway ride on the Kuranda Gold Class Excursion. Learn about the local tribe at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park though theater, demonstrations and interactive experience, followed by a rainforest canopy ride on your way to Kuranda. Stop along the way at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls, then explore this charming village. Conclude your day on the Kuranda Scenic Railway in a gold class cabin, completed with spectacular views, hand-cut tunnels and a visit to see the spectacular falls at Barron Gorge.

Day 3:  Cairns |

Celebrate Australia's colorful water world upon a luxury catamaran with a full day of coral reef exploration on the Ocean Freedom Cruise Upolu Cay and Reef Snorkeling Excursion, complete with swimming, snorkeling and diving for all levels. Savor a tropical buffet lunch before joining a marine naturalist for an adventurous and informative afternoon on the outer edge of Upolu Reef, boasting the amazing Wonder Wall, teeming with sea life.

Days 4 - 5:  Sydney |

Arrive in Sydney via private transfer and settle into to your club deluxe room at the Four Seasons Resort Sydney for four nights. Delight in Executive Club lounge access with daily breakfast, evening appetizers and cocktails. The next day, head out to Sydney's beautiful waterfront with the Darling Harbour Experience. Navigate the harbor with the Captain Cook cruise pass featuring up to nine stopovers, plus enjoy admission to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye or Madame Tussauds, followed by an al fresco lunch or dinner at Nick's Seafood.

Day 6 - 7: Sydney |

The day is yours to explore Sydney and its many attractions on the Sydney Highlights by Bike Excursion. Experience the sights and sounds of the famous Circular Quay and pedal through the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens. This evening, toast to stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House views, fine dining, premium wines, live music and dancing on the Captains Club Dinner Cruise.

Days 8 - 9:  Melbourne |

Fly in to Melbourne and enjoy your private transfer to Park Hyatt Melbourne for three nights in a club deluxe guestroom, with daily breakfast and private lounge access serving evening cocktails and appetizers. The next day, savor city highlights on the Great Ocean Road Excursion visiting famous Bells Beach, the Otways Rainforest, Port Campbell National Park, the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge.

Day 10: Melbourne |

Immerse in Gippsland region's finest cuisine and breathtaking fauna on the Phillip Island VIP Event. Delight in distinctive area varietals and cheeses with a stop at a boutique winery, followed by a guided bush tucker tour at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and wildlife visit to the Koala Conservation Center. For the grand finale, journey to Summerland Beach for the famous penguin parade along the boardwalk. Your close-up look will be accompanied by a ranger guide for a private ecotourism experience with priority seating.

Day 11: Melbourne / USA |

Savor your Club Lounge breakfast and coffee, then, enjoy your private transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to the United States.

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