Tasmanian Wonders

If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state. Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, it takes you to unforgettable locations and ensures memorable encounters. Step back in time at Port Arthur, and visit the wild Gordon River, Cradle Mountain and the pristine Tarkine Wilderness.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart

Your Tasmanian holiday begins with an afternoon tour of Hobart. You’ll see historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, the destination of yachts participating in the Sydney to Hobart race each year, and Mt. Nelson, which affords panoramic views over Australia’s southernmost city. Enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Wrest Point

Day 2: Hobart – Strahan

This morning, you’ll head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Here, you’ll take a walk through lush rainforest to the many-tiered cascade of picturesque Russell Falls. Then enjoy the scenic drive to iconic Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and continue through the rainforest to the coastal town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Hotel: Strahan Village

Day 3: Gordon River Cruise – Cradle Mountain

Today’s highlight experience is a lunch cruise on the Gordon River. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters. Stained amber by buttongrass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s lesser-known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the mining towns of Rosebery and Tullah on your way to your hotel.

Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton

This morning, marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons along the way. Travel on through rolling green hills to Table Cape for spectacular views of Bass Strait. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west. Enjoy views of the sheer-sided Stanley bluff known as ‘The Nut’ and take some time to explore. Your destination is Smithton.

Hotel: Tall Timbers

Day 5: Smithton – Launceston
Travel through the picturesque coastal townships of Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone before heading inland to Sheffield, home to over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history. You’ll learn about dairy production methods and indulge in a cheese tasting at the award-winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm on your way to Launceston, Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston, 2 nights

Day 6: Launceston

This morning, visit the unique natural formation of the Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world, followed by an orientation tour of the city. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, exploring all that Launceston has to offer. Consider an optional experience on a Cataract Gorge River Cruise.

Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop. Later, visit the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site, then follow the picturesque east coast to Bicheno. This evening you might like to take an optional experience tour to see either Bicheno’s wild penguins as they emerge from the ocean (seasonal), or the iconic Tasmanian Devil.

Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart

Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that affords astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. On your way to Hobart, you’ll travel through Swansea and Orford and make a lunch stop in historic Richmond. The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating to the 1820s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

Day 9: Port Arthur

Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site today, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.

Hotel: Wrest Point

Day 10: Farewell from Hobart

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 08, 15, 18, 29$3,525.00$4,380.00
February: 05, 08, 15, 19, 26$3,525.00$4,380.00
March: 04, 14, 18, 21, 25$3,525.00$4,380.00
April: 04, 08, 15, 22$3,525.00$4,380.00
May: 02, 13$3,525.00$4,380.00
September: 09, 30$3,475.00$4,360.00
October: 10, 24, 28$3,475.00$4,360.00
November: 04, 07, 18, 28$3,475.00$4,360.00
December: 02, 09, 26$3,475.00$4,360.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 06, 13, 16, 27$3,475.00$4,360.00
February: 03, 06, 13, 17, 24$3,475.00$4,360.00
March: 03, 13, 17, 20, 24$3,475.00$4,360.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Secrets of Cambodia

Discover the Secrets of Cambodia. Embrace the timeless charm and generous spirit on this Hidden Journey through ancient lost capitals, remote rural villages and extraordinary natural wonders. Peeling back the layers of centuries-old culture and heritage through beautiful choreographed performances and traditional cooking customs and superstitions.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

A riot of colours, smells and swarm of scooters on Phnom Penh’s busy streets signal the start of our Hidden Journey. An Indochina gateway to the spiritual heart of Cambodia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers.

Hotel: Sokha Phnom Penh, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Exotic flavours are yours to explore this morning on an in-depth City Tour with a Local Specialist. Begin with a visit to Wat Phnom temple from which the city takes its name. Delve into the legend of Lady Penh who discovered the four statues of Buddha deposited on this tree-covered hill. The golden spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda with its bountiful national treasures are our next stop on this exploration of Cambodia’s capital. Visits includes the National Museum, where we gain a unique insight into Khmer art and sculptures from different periods throughout Khmer history. Delving deep into the turbulent, terrifying history of the Khmer Rouge years, we travel along a dusty road to the outskirts of the city to visit the former school turned torture, interrogation and execution centre of Tuol Sleng. The history of that time is depicted in the thousands of S-21 portraits of victims that are on display at the Museum of Genocide, providing an insight into the horrors of Cambodia under Pol Pot’s rule. Our journey back in time continues on to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

A leisurely start to your morning gives you an opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent temples of the lost city of Angkor. Spend the afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s busy streets on a walking tour. Visit to the labyrinthine Old Market where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls. See authentic Khmer soups and freshly baked baguettes. a remnant of the country’s French heritage. Tonight, we watch enthralled by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm of the talented Phare performers who use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 nights

Day 4: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap

Venturing deep into the Cambodian jungle and through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the stone causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. Enjoy a rare opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the fascinating ancient empire of the Khmer. Join a renowned scholar and Local Specialist who will bring to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. We leave the mystical lotus-shaped temple towers behind us for your choice of activities. Visiting the National Museum to explore the history, art and culture of the Khmer civilisation. Collections date as far back as the 9th century. Or learning about the delicate traditions of silk making at a local silk farm. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience.

Day 5: Angkor & Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today. Uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. Explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and mischievous monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Begin our day with a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom. Seeing such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon. With its giant smiling faces of Buddha that have watched over the heart of the lost city for centuries. Venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm. Featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. Exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. The fresh flavours of Khmer cuisine are explored during a Cultural Insight cooking class in Siem Reap. Amble through the vibrant local market and learn about cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions. Joining a local chef at his restaurant, learn how to craft and cook various peppery Khmer specialities. After the class, share your creation with your travel companions over dinner.

Day 6: Angkor & Peak Sneng village

The terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple are our first stop today. A red sandstone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, whose 10th century delicate carvings of women with lotus flowers are said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man. Hence its name, “Citadel of the Women”. Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we come face-to-face with the rich Khmer culture. Join a local family in their 80-year-old wooden house. Located on their dragon fruit farm for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional dishes freshly cooked with locally grown produce. Our interaction with the local Khmer villagers continues as we visit their local school. Chat to some of the children who join us on our rambling through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn some of the time-honoured craft traditions. Weaving is Cambodia’s national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art, a Cultural Insight. Our in-depth interaction with Cambodia has sadly come to an end. We return to our hotel later and join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell dinner.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 14$2,095.00$2,615.00
April: 18$1,995.00$2,395.00
May: 16$1,995.00$2,395.00
June: 27$1,995.00$2,395.00
July: 25$1,995.00$2,395.00
August: 22$1,995.00$2,395.00
September: 26 $2,095.00$2,615.00
October: 24$2,095.00$2,615.00
November: 28 $2,095.00$2,615.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Gulf Savannah Wanderer

Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cairns – Chillagoe

Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Barrine before today’s highlight, Historic Village Herberton, with over 50 original buildings, interior displays plus thousands of antique items. Stay tonight in Malanda.

Please note: As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation you will need to pre-book for the previous night (not included in cost)

Hotel: Malanda Lodge Motel

Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown

An early start sees us travel to Mount Surprise for lunch. Then board the ‘Savannahlander’ train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is time for a beer in the pub before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel to Georgetown.

Hotel: Latara Motel

Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba

Enjoy a morning ‘smoko’ on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton see landmarks like the ‘Purple Pub’, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba for a Gulf sunset cruise.

Hotel: Karumba Lodge

Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove

Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove.

Hotel: Adels Grove – Basic cabins, 2 nights

Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park

Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise of Lawn Hill Gorge, a haven for bird and wildlife.

Day 6: Adel’s Grove – Normanton

Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. Enjoy lunch at Gregory, then call in at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.

Hotel: Gulfland Hotel

Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge

Take the Gulflander RM93 train through the savannah landscape and across the Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth en route to Cobbold Gorge.

Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara

Cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Visit the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner, then retire to faithfully restored antique rail carriages.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge

Day 9: Undara – Cairns

Breakfast in the bush, then take a tour of the 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle. Visit Ravenshoe and the Atherton Tableland’s Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to Cairns where your adventure comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 20, 27$3,950.00$4,760.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,950.00$4,760.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,950.00$4,760.00
August: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,950.00$4,760.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 30$3,950.00$4,760.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
Rail:Journey on Savannahlander & Gulflander trains
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Safari Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cape York Frontier

Your Cape York Frontier starts en route to the Daintree rainforest. See historic Cooktown and the farm district of Lakeland. In Quinkan Country view Aboriginal art. Explore Lakefield National Park, the gold town of Coen and the Archer River. Delve into Weipa and go off-road in Bramwell. Explore ancient Cape York and cruise to Thursday Island.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cairns – Cooktown

Your adventure begins on the coastal route to the Daintree Rainforest. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry to Cape Tribulation. Next is the rugged 4WD Bloomfield Track (conditions permitting). Cross the Bloomfield River near the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. You’ll visit Lion’s Den Hotel and eerie Black Mountain en route to Cooktown.

Please note:  As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation you will need to pre-book for the previous night. (Not included in price)

Hotel: Sovereign Resort Hotel

Day 2: Cooktown – Musgrave

Travel through the agricultural district of Lakeland to Quinkan Country near Laura. Climb the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view Aboriginal rock art dating more than 13,000 years depicting traditional activities and culture (suitable footwear and reasonable fitness required; uneven surfaces). Discover Lakefield National Park’s waterlily covered billabongs and teaming wildlife. The day ends at Musgrave’s century old Telegraph Station.

Hotel: Musgrave Roadhouse

Day 3: Musgrave – Weipa

Cross the Great Dividing Range to visit the old gold mining town of Coen. Cross the Archer River and head to the bauxite mining town of Weipa, where you can enjoy a sublime sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: Albatross Bay Resort

Day 4: Weipa – Bramwell Station

This morning you have ample time to explore the township of Weipa or join a Wildlife Eco River Cruise (own expense). After lunch (own expense), we head to our overnight accommodation on a true blue Aussie cattle station.

Hotel: Bramwell Cattle Station

Day 5: Bramwell – Cape York

Head north along part of the Old Telegraph Track to Fruit Bat Falls for lunch. Relax, swim, and enjoy this unique area with its enchanting waterfall. Cross the mighty Jardine River by cable ferry, then travel on to the northern-most settlements on mainland Australia.

Hotel: Seisia Holiday Village, 2 nights

Day 6: Cape York – Somerset

Stand at the very top of mainland Australia. We then visit Somerset (conditions permitting), once the home of the famous Jardine family. We have lunch on palm fringed Anchorage Beach overlooking the Albany Passage.

Day 7: Seisia – Thursday Island – Cairns

Board a boat to cruise to Thursday Island, in the Torres Straits for a guided tour. Later, transfer by ferry to Horn Island to board your aircraft to fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns Airport, ending your fascinating safari of adventure and discovery in Australia’s far north.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 16, 22, 26, 30 $3,995.00$4,845.00
June: 01, 05, 09, 13, 15,19, 23, 27, 29, $3,995.00$4,845.00
July: 03, 07, 11, 13, 17, 21, 25, 27, 31$3,995.00$4,845.00
August: 04, 08, 10, 14, 18, 22, 24, 28$3,995.00$4,845.00
September: 01, 05, 07, 11, 15, 19, 21, 25, 29$3,995.00$4,845.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
Flight: Flight between Horn Island & Cairns
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Safari Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Reef, Islands & Beaches

Explore Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns and enjoy idyllic island stays on Fraser Island and Hamilton Island. A Great Barrier Reef cruise is a wonderful highlight to this tropical adventure.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Gold Coast

Fly to the Gold Coast where you’ll transfer to your hotel for the night and meet your Tour Director.

Hotel: Voco Gold Coast

Day 2: Gold Coast – Australia Zoo – Sunshine Coast

Depart Gold Coast and head to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Continue to the Sunshine Coast for the night.

Hotel: Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Day 3: Noosa – Fraser Island

Spend some time this morning exploring the resort before travelling north to beautiful World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Hotel: Kingfisher Bay Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Fraser Island

Today you’ll discover this beautiful island with a half-day guided tour. Then, with an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visit the historic wreck of the Maheno – a trans-Tasman liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1932 (own expense). Alternatively, make the most of the island’s many walking tracks, or simply relax on a peaceful stretch
of white sand with a good book.

Day 5: Fraser Island – Hervey Bay – Rockhampton

This morning, enjoy a ferry crossing to Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine life. Rejoin your coach for the journey north, travelling through sugar cane country. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton, known as the beef capital of Australia, farming more than 2.5 million head of cattle within a 250-kilometre radius of the city. Wide streets and fine Victorian architecture reflect the region’s wealthy 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, as well as the successful cattle industry.

Hotel: Central Park Motel

Day 6: Rockhampton – Hamilton Island

This morning, travel to Airlie Beach, which is known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Here, you’ll board a ferry for your journey through this tropical archipelago, before arriving for your two-night stay at the picturesque resort of Hamilton Island. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this small island is one of the only inhabited islands in the Whitsundays. Settle into your hotel and relax this evening.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Hamilton Island

Today is yours to spend at leisure on spectacular Hamilton Island. Perhaps snorkel off the beach and discover the region’s many species of tropical fish, or simply take the time to relax by one of your resort’s swimming pools.

Day 8: Hamilton Island – Townsville – Mission Beach

Transfer from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie where you’ll reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. Here, tour this tropical city, surrounded by rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Then depart Townsville for Mission Beach.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Day 9: Mission Beach – Atherton Tablelands – Cairns

Rolling green hills, open farmland and tropical rainforest characterise the Atherton Tablelands, which form part of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounded by tranquil rainforest, experience the peaceful oasis of Millaa Millaa Falls. You’ll also visit the Curtain Fig Tree. Later, at the scenic village of Kuranda, you’ll board the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This afternoon, arrive in Cairns and enjoy views of the city skyline from your spacious room at the Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel.

Hotel: Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef

Cruise from Cairns by catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy hours amid the colourful coral and marine-life. Later, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. Discover Dreamtime stories and take part in a corroboree.

Day 11: Port Douglas – Depart Cairns

Drive to Port Douglas for a tour. Later, transfer to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 07, 18$4,495.00$5,945.00
October: 05, 16$4,495.00$5,945.00
November: 02, 13$4,495.00$5,945.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 11, 22$4,495.00$5,945.00
February: 08, 19$4,495.00$5,945.00
March: 08, 19 $4,495.00$5,945.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and an experienced Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Capital Blooms

Indulge your inner gardener on a journey that combines Canberra’s spectacular Floriade event and the Bowral Tulip Time Festival with an exploration of the verdant Southern Highlands, Parliament House Canberra and the moving Australian War Memorial. You’ll also enjoy lunch on a working pastoral property.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Depart Sydney at 7.30am with your experienced Driver Guide and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima to see its convict-era sandstone gaol, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local grazier and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Gold Creek is a working pastoral property that currently runs merino sheep and beef cattle. On arrival in Canberra, join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, the seat of the nation’s government. Built almost entirely of Australian materials, 10,000 people worked its construction. Visit the Australian War Memorial, which brings together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive. Hear an evocative lament before departing for your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your hotel with your travelling companions.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra, 2 nights

Today, enjoy the spectacle and festivities of Floriade 2020. Originally developed as a floral display to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th birthday, this month long festival attracts more than 480,000 attendees per year. Start the day with a guided walk of the grounds. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy not only over a million flowers but also markets, sculptures, workshops and live music.

Discover the Southern Highlands at the outset of the Tulip Season in Bowral. Enjoy a leisurely stroll among the garden beds blooming with colour. This afternoon, a Devonshire Tea of hot scones with jam and cream awaits you in the quaint town of Mittagong. Your colourful weekend concludes on arrival in Sydney this evening at approximately 6.00pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 18, 21, 25$850.00$1,105.00
October: 02, 09$850.00$1,105.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 Devonshire Tea
Transport: Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation:2 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Essence of the Outback

Join an epic Outback 4WD adventure and journey deep into Queensland’s Savannah Country to discover fascinating geological wonders and historic mining tours. Wander through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes, travel aboard the Legendary Gulflander Train, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River and explore spectacular Canarvon Gorge.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Be met on arrival in Cairns and transferred to your hotel. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 2: Woodleigh Station – Undara

Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for lunch, which has been family-owned for five generations. Continue to Undara Volcanic National Park and set out on a guided discovery of the intriguing lava tubes. The mysterious lava tubes and caves are the result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 190,000 years ago. The Undara tubes are some of the longest in the world, and are home to a unique array of native Australian plants and animals.

Hotel: Undara Experience

Day 3: Undara – Karumba

Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area rich in pioneering history and heritage. From grasslands and wetlands to barren Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside rarely seen by the average traveller. Afterwards, travel to Karumba and tuck into fresh local prawns as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria

Hotel: End Of the Road Motel

Day 4: Mt Isa

Set off for Mt Isa, commonly referred to as the ‘oasis of the outback’. En route, stop to see the Purple Pub, one of the most iconic hotels in the north of Australia.

Hotel: Red Earth Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Mt Isa

Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mt Isa is a melting pot of culture and industry. A tour of Hard Times Mine reveals its history as you enter the Alimak Cage with your guide and descend into the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you have a go at using the air-leg drill.

Day 6: Cloncurry – Winton

Embark on a drive to the outback town of Cloncurry. After some time here, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, which also includes a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette. Later, arrive in Winton in time for dinner.

Hotel: Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Day 7: Lark Quarry – Longreach

Travel to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition.  As part of your exclusive experience with APT, enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world.

Hotel: Kinnon and Co. Outback Accommodation, 2 nights
Day 8: Longreach – Thomson River Cruise

Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, an award-winning museum that tells the story of Qantas through interactive exhibits and original and replica aircraft. Then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, dedicated to the custodians of the bush and Australia’s pioneering history. This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before savouring a three-course drover dinner and an entertaining performance.

Day 9: Carnarvon National Park

Set off for Carnarvon National Park. Along the way, stop at the famed Tree of Knowledge, known as the founding site of the political movement that helped to create the Australian Labor Party. Arrive in Carnarvon Gorge, set beneath a canopy of gum trees.

Hotel: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 10: Carnarvon Gorge

During a half day exploration, take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including a scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife.

Day 11: Minerva Hills National Park – Emerald

View Minerva Hills National Park, keeping an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, continue on to Emerald. Established in 1879 as a base for building the western railway, the town is a gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields.

Stay: Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn

Day 12. Charters Towers

Travel to Charters Towers today. Established as a gold rush town in 1871, it quickly grew to become the second-largest town in Queensland. Admire its heritage buildings on your way to the Heritage Lodge Motel.

Hotel: Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn
Day 13. Paronella Park – Cairns

On the way back to Cairns, stop at the stunning Paronella Park on the banks of the pristine Mena Creek. Home to 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest and heritage gardens, this unique and eco-friendly attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After some time exploring these beautiful grounds, continue on to the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina for a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 14. Depart Cairns

Your holiday comes to an end after a final breakfast this morning. Bid farewell to your Tour Director, Driver-Guide and new-found friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveller From
May: 06, 20$8,295.00$9,895.00
June: 19$8,295.00$9,895.00
July: 01, 15, 17, 29$8,295.00$9,895.00
August: 01, 17$8,295.00$9,895.00
September: 10$8,295.00$9,895.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 12 lunch, 13 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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East Coast Islands & Rainforest

Explore the epic Eastern Australian coastline on a journey that takes you from spectacular Sydney to the glamorous Gold Coast. Cruise to pristine Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, and head to tropical Cairns to discover the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. There are hinterland experiences too – you’ll taste premium wines in the Hunter Valley and tour a remote Rockhampton cattle station.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consult

Start discovering the landscapes of Australia’s east coast as you travel northward to the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. From your accommodation nestled amongst sprawling tropical gardens, you’ll have the opportunity to wander down to Little Diggers Beach and Diggers Head. Enjoy the early evening sea breeze just like the locals do. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

Please note: Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Hotel: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

Journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse for superb views from Australia’s eastern-most point over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards spend time discovering the relaxed bohemian vibe of Byron Bay. For lunch we recommend fresh fish and chips on the beach, there’s nothing more Australian. Continue to the famous holiday destination, the Gold Coast.

Hotel: Novotel Surfers Paradise, 2 nights

Today you have the freedom to enjoy the Gold Coast in your own style. Nature lovers may head to Mt. Tamborine, foodies explore the growing culinary culture or those needing relaxation just stroll down to the sand and salt of Surfers Paradise Beach.

This morning visit Australia Zoo made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and see how AAT Kings works with the Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at the hospital, the country’s largest and busiest wildlife facility. This afternoon the ferry will take you across to the World Heritage listed K’gari, also known as Fraser Island.

Hotel: Kingfisher Bay Resort, 2 nights

A day of discovery lies ahead as your 4WD tour takes you for a ride around the island’s must-see sites. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek with its huge satiny, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Across the island to 75 Mile Beach, the sand highway will take you up the eastern coast to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands; cooling, calm waters of Eli Creek and the famous sinking Maheno Shipwreck.

Visit Langmorn Station, a fully operational family run cattle station. Meet the Creed family and take a guided tour of the property including the original family homestead, built in 1873. Enjoy afternoon tea in the garden in the company of the pet kangaroo! Cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you arrive in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Your night is free so why not try some local beef at one of the town’s steakhouses.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Regent

Travel north to Sarina today for a guided tour of its unique miniature sugar mill and distillery. At Airlie Beach you’ll catch the ferry to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 2 nights

Today is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – consider an optional experience. Perhaps cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, take a scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef or sit back with a good book by one of the resort’s stunning pools.

Take the ferry back to the mainland this morning, from where you’ll head north to the seaside town of Mission Beach. Nestled between World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, your accommodation offers superb views over the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Castaways Resort & Spa

Today’s journey takes you to the Atherton Tablelands, with its lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the heritage listed 500-yearold Curtain Fig Tree, and keep an eye out for the magnificent Ulysses butterfly. Spend some free time in Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, before travelling on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your six-person gondola will provide spectacular views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Board a high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the only living organism that can be seen from the moon. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board, before you return in the late afternoon for a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 06$4,825.00$6,105.00
July: 27$4,825.00$6,105.00
September: 21$4,825.00$6,105.00
October: 19$4,825.00$6,105.00
November: 16, 27$4,825.00$6,105.00
December: 14$4,825.00$6,105.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 11$4,825.00$6,105.00
February: 08, 19$4,825.00$6,105.00
March: 08, 19$4,825.00$6,105.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 lunchs, 3 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of the Kimberley

Begin your magnificent Kimberley experience with a spectacular sunset over Broome’s Cable Beach, then enter a magical world of rich waterways, plunging gorges, stunning rock formations and prolific wildlife. Meet local Indigenous artists and tour the world’s principal source of rare pink diamonds. Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner, and end your trip in tropical, cosmopolitan Darwin.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Broome

Meet your Travel Director in the former pearling outpost of Broome, and relax over a drink before dining in your resort’s bar and grill with its sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, 2 nights

Day 2: Broome Free Time

Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pristine sands of Cable Beach and swim in its turquoise waters, or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls. At Gantheaume Point, dinosaur tracks are revealed in the beach’s red rocks at low tide.

Day 3: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing

Tour the city of Broome this morning before travelling on to Geikie Gorge for a scenic cruise on tranquil waters bordered by the gorge’s towering limestone walls. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats and wallabies, then continue your journey east to Fitzroy Crossing.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek

As you move on today through stunning landscapes, you’ll visit an art gallery for the chance to meet Indigenous artists. Continue to Halls Creek, a town rich in both Aboriginal and European history and culture.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel

Day 5: Halls Creek – Emma Gorge

Today join a local Indigenous guide for a tour of the famous Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest source of coloured diamonds. In the afternoon, continue to your tented cabin nestled in an oasis of native pandanus and palms in the El Questro Wilderness Park.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, 2 nights

Day 6: El Questro

Awake to the calls of native birds, and after breakfast, explore El Questro Wilderness Park followed by a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, an extensive waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and soaring escarpments. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps taking a dip in the pool, relaxing with a good book on your cabin’s veranda, or joining your Travel Director for a hike to Emma Gorge and a dip in its crystal-clear waterhole.

Day 7: Emma Gorge – Kununurra

This morning, travel on to Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. Take a guided tour of an Ord River rum distillery, and visit the historic Durack Homestead, built in 1895. Later, cruise along the Ord River, a permanent waterway that supports an abundance of native birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset over the water before your arrival in Kununurra.

Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, 2 nights

Day 8: Kununurra

Today you may choose to take an optional experience early-morning scenic flight over the spectacular beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle Range or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. If you don’t choose one of these, you’ll tour Kununurra, a hub for agriculture, tourism and mining. Dine this evening on locally-grown produce at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations.

Day 9: Kununurra – Katherine

Witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape today as you journey to the northeast across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the river floodplains and grasslands of the Northern Territory’s stunning Top End. Later on you’ll meet Tom Curtain during his entertaining show at the Katherine Outback Experience.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 10: Katherine – Darwin

This morning, travel to Nitmiluk National Park, where a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge will allow you to sense the spirituality of the land. Catch glimpses of wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Later, travel north along the Stuart Highway, stopping at Adelaide River’s poignant War Cemetery. On arrival in Darwin, tour the sights of Australia’s only tropical state capital before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant overlooking the waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin

Say farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
May: 12, 22, 26$5,795.00$7,455.00
June: 05, 09, 23$5,795.00$7,455.00
July: 03, 07, 10, 21, 31$5,795.00$7,455.00
August: 04, 07, 11, 18, 21$5,795.00$7,455.00
September: 01, 04, 11, 15, 18$5,795.00$7,455.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of the Pilbara & West Coast

This epic 13 Day Wonders of the Pilbara and West Coast journey takes you from cosmopolitan Perth along the rugged West Australian coastline and through the remote outback to laid-back Broome. You’ll marvel at the endless blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the incredible natural phenomenon of Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins. See the startling landscape of Karijini, and top it all off with a fabled Cable Beach sunset.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Perth

Meet your Travel Director this afternoon and set off on a tour of the city, visiting Kings Park and its Botanic Garden on the broad expanse of the Swan River. This evening, enjoy the company of your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Day 2: Perth – Geraldton

Travel north along the stunning Western Australian coastline, stopping in Yanchep National Park for an Aboriginal Cultural Experience with Derek Nannup, a member of the local Nyoongar people. Continue along the coast past the seaside hamlet of Lancelin and see the marvellous Pinnacles, a stunning series of intriguing limestone formations. Explore the seaside township of Geraldton and visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 3: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth and you’ll have the chance to admire some of them on your way to the blue waters and pristine beaches of Monkey Mia.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Monkey Mia Included Choice

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the bay, watch as the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Later today, choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. You may like to join an evening Indigenous experience or unwind on a sunset cruise.

Day 5: Monkey Mia – Carnarvon

Travel to Hamelin Pool to discover a unique colony of stromatolites, described as the earliest record of life on earth. Close by is Shell Beach, formed from billions of tiny white cockles. Then make the scenic journey north to Carnarvon, visiting the town’s interactive Space and Technology Museum.

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 6: Carnarvon – Exmouth

Your destination today is Exmouth, in the spectacular Cape Range National Park. Cruise over World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef in a glass-bottom boat at Coral Bay, and visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay. Tonight’s accommodation is just metres from the pristine waters of beautiful Exmouth Gulf.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights

Day 7: Exmouth Free Time

Today is yours for exploration of the Exmouth area at your leisure. Perhaps take an optional experience and swim alongside gargantuan Whale Sharks in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Reef (seasonal). Or stroll along the beach or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the Gulf.

Day 8: Exmouth – Karratha

Take one last look over Lighthouse Bay before journeying north to Western Australia’s famous Pilbara region. Known for its rich cultural heritage, brilliant red earth and vast mineral deposits, the region’s diverse landscapes will fascinate you.

Hotel: ibis Styles Karratha

Day 9: Karratha – Karijini

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Tinto’s massive open-cut iron-ore mine, then journey into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. Located in the majestic Hamersley Ranges, Karijini is famous for the beauty of its deep gorges, secluded emerald rock-pools and towering waterfalls. Relax on the deck of your safari-style eco-tent this evening and watch the sun set before drifting off to sleep to the calming soundtrack of the wilderness.

Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat

Day 10: Karijini National Park – Port Hedland

You’ll discover more of Karijini. Explore majestic Fortescue Falls at Dale’s Gorge, and perhaps take a walk to one of the park’s magnificent rock-pools. Later, take the road to Port Hedland, a natural deep-water harbour and hub for major resource activity.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland

Day 11: Port Hedland – Broome

Head north this morning, skirting the fringes of the Great Sandy Desert and travelling on to the former pearling outpost of Broome, set on the Indian Ocean. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking famous Cable Beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Broome Free Time

Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Cable Beach or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls.

Day 13: Farewell from Broome

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 17 3026 $6,150.00$8,250.00
July: 15, 28$6,150.00$8,250.00
August: 12, 25, 26$6,150.00$8,250.00
September: 08, 23$6,150.00$8,250.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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