United States, Australia, Melbourne, Hobart, Coles Bay, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island
12 days/11 nights
With its distinctive and diverse natural environments brimming with a wealth of native animals in their natural habitats, discover Australia. From scenic coastlines, ancient landmarks and lush landscapes, to unique wildlife, protected sanctuaries and lively sea life, experience it all in the remarkable regions of the Land Down Under.
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Day 1: USA/Melbourne, Australia
Upon arrival in Melbourne, Australia, relax in your private chauffeured limousine to Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for a stay of three nights in a Luxury Club Sofitel guestroom. With an outstanding location on stylish Collins Street, privileged club guests enjoy infinite city views from the 46th floor or above and club amenities including Club Lounge access, daily breakfast, refreshments, evening drinks and canapes. Spend the rest of your day exploring the vibrant laneways of this dynamic cosmopolitan.
Day 2: Melbourne
Embark on a full-day excursion along the Great Ocean Road and discover the roaring surf, white-sand beaches, rocky outcrops and towering cliffs. Catch a glimpse of koalas and kangaroos as you stroll the eucalyptus forest before a stop for lunch in Apollo Bay, with time for shopping. Following a visit to the Great Otway National Park, an ancient forest with towering trees and cascading waterfalls, head to Port Campbell National Park to view the picturesque 12 Apostles rock stacks, the collapsed London Bridge formations and Loch Ard Gorge, the site of the most famous 19th- century Australian shipwreck.
Day 3: Melbourne
In the morning, get ready for a full day of wildlife and adventure on the Koalas and Kangaroos in the Wild Excursion. Walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then join the kangaroos on ths plains and in open forest. An animal lover's dream, visit with parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies, lizards and more; plus savor a picnic lunch.
Day 4: Hobart
Upon arrival in Tasmania, pick up your full-size Avis car and head to the capital city of Hobart and The Henry Jones Art Hotel for two nights in a Deluxe spa harbor view guestroom. A former warehouse musingly reimagined, this historic, industrial chic dedicated art hotel showcases modern artworks and features curated-guided tours, events and exhibitions.
Spend the afternoon exploring Hobart and Tasmania at leisure. Travel to Port Arthur Historic site, admiring all the natural wonders along the way including scenic coastlines, dramatic views, the notable polygonal blocks of Tessellated Pavement and rock formations of Devil's Kitchen. Wander the waterfront to Battery Point for a sweet treat or fish and chips. Opt to visit Richmond Village and its elegant Georgian architecture, galleries and shops or wander the three acres of heritage gardens of Cascade Brewery at the foot of Mount Wellington.
Day 5: Hobart
Catch your transport early this morning for a full day of discovery on the Mount Fields, Wildlife and Mount Wellington excursion. Discover some of Tasmania's most unique treasures, highlighting Mount Field National Park, the Tall Trees, Horseshoe Falls and Bonorong Wildlife Park, including a close up visit with Tasmanian Devils. Wander beneath the world's tallest hardwood trees and marvel at the three-tiers of Russell Falls. Hike the Pandani Grove Trail around Lake Dobson before a lunch break at Mount Fields, followed by a visit to a wildlife park and views from the summit of Mount Wellington, for the ultimate Tasmanian experience.
Days 6 - 8: Hobart/Coles Bay
With so many picturesque regions to explore, take time to immerse in the captivating wilderness of this spectacular peninsula, starting with the Tasman Island Sightseeing Cruise. Sip your morning tea as you view the spectacular coastlines between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur, vertical sea cliffs, deep-sea caves and a variety of wildlife including seals, dolphins and birds of prey, with time for lunch on the peninsula.
Overlooking the Great Oyster Bay with a backdrop of The Hazards mountain range within Freycinet National Park, check into the Freycinet Lodge this evening for a two-night stay in a stylish Premier spa cabin guestroom. Revel in the inviting king size bed and balcony views, or soak in your spa bath with a glass of the region's best wine while listening to the sweet sounds of nature. Immerse in the environment with days of bushwalking, biking, kayaking, and more, and delight in area attractions such as Wineglass Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse and whiskey tastings
Days 9 - 10: Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide, board your private limousine transfer the InterContinental Adelaide where you will stay for two nights in an InterContinental suite. Perched on the River Torrens adjacent to nearby shops, arts and entertainment centers, unwind in a spacious, well-appointed suite with luxe amenities including elegant high tea to authentic Japanese and acclaimed seasonal cuisine, heated outdoor pool and concierge services.
The next day, embark on an Adelaide City Highlights experience to explore this charming city on a guided adventure through the heart of the city. Be captivated at the region's distinctive squares and gardens as your travel past North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through historic North Adelaide, its tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings before a visit to the iconic Saint Peters Cathedral. Then arrive at Haigh's Chocolates Visitor Centre for tastings and a tour.
Days 11 - 12: Kangaroo Island
A fantastic full-day adventure awaits on the Kangaroo Island Highlights extended tour excursion. Widely acclaimed as Australia's Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife and spectacular natural attractions. Begin with a scenic trip to Cape Jervis to board SeaLink's ferry for a short crossing to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, travel to Seal Bay for a walk on the beach amongst friendly Seal Lions, then savor a two-course lunch at Vivonne Bay followed by a visit to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Then, wander amid the Remarkable Rocks with time at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas.
After an exciting day in this breathtaking destination, check into your boutique accommodation this evening for two relaxing nights to recharge for the outstanding day ahead discovering the wonders of Kangaroo Island at your leisure. Following your final day on the island, depart to Adelaide for your comfortable flight home to the United States and begin planning your next Aussie vacation.
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