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8 Nights Sydney and Port Douglas

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

November 8-16, 2012

 

Day 1- Nov 8, 2012 Arrive Sydney

Arrive Sydney. Check-in to your hotel. (Check-in time is 2.00pm, but front office can store your luggage if you arrive early).

Tonight meet your tour leader and enjoy a short briefing about the tour. Overnight at your hotel in Sydney.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney – 5*

 

Day 2 -Nov 9, 2012 Sydney (B / L)

Sydney, capital of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and is Australia's oldest city. Sydney sits astride Port Jackson, one of the most beautiful deep water harbours in the world. With a population of just over 4 million, Sydney is also Australia's largest city. The city boasts famous landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as well as a fine array of restaurants, theatres, shopping complexes and some of Australia's best surfing beaches.

Meet your Local Guide in the hotel lobby then board your private coach to commence a Full Day Sydney City Tour including Mrs Macquarie Chair, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, The Gap, Sydney Opera House (1 Hour Tour included) + Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour. Tour terminates at your hotel accommodation.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney– 5*


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Day 3 - Nov 10, 2012 Sydney (B/L)

Full breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Local Guide in the hotel Lobby then board your private coach for to commence a Full Day Blue Mountains Tour including Featherdale Wildlife Park (Koala Photo not included at your own expense) + Scenic World (2 Rides) + Lunch at Local Restaurant. Tour terminates at your hotel accommodation.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney – 5*


 

Day 4 – Nov 11, 2012 Sydney (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a free day at leisure to explore Sydney on your own.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney- 5*

 

Optional Tour Suggestion:

Tour Name: Bridge Climb – Based on Day Climb

Cost: The additional charge for this tour would be AUD 247:00 per person including gst (nett cost) this is based on Monday to Friday.

 

Sample Itinerary (may change with out notice):

Please make your own way to BridgeClimb at No. 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Please arrange to check in 15 minutes prior to your climb. An alcohol breathalizer test will be done prior to climbing.

This is the opportunity to climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. A comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration is conducted as well as being provided with a bridge-suit, communications equipment and a bridge harness that is linked to a static line throughout the climb. You will be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders, on a 3.5 hour guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a complimentary photograph of your climb group and personalised commemorative climber certificate. Tour concludes at the BridgeClimb office.

Note: Do not bring cameras, video recorders or other loose articles. Please wear suitable enclosed rubber soled shoes such as runners or hiking shoes. PVC and leather soled shoes are unsuitable. Do not forget to bring your sunscreen!

 

Day 5- Nov 12, 2012 Sydney / Cairns / Port Douglas (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day in Sydney to enjoy the city on your own. Transfer from hotel to airport to board our late afternoon flight to Cairns. Upon arrival, meet your Local Guide then board your private coach for transfer to your hotel accommodation at Port Douglas for check in.

 
Port Douglas, 70 kilometres north of Cairns, is one of the closest towns to the Great Barrier Reef - at low tide it is possible to walk to the edge of the reef from Four Mile Beach. The township was settled in 1877 as the main port for the Palmer River goldfields. Today it is a centre for professional and amateur fishermen, and is a popular, lazy resort town.
Hotel: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas – 5*

 

Day 6– Nov 13, 2012 Port Douglas (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast a Quicksilver coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 9.30am board Quicksilver's 45.5 metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran to commence a full day cruise. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense). Enjoy lunch on board. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

***Please ensure you take with you on your cruise: swimwear, hat, sunscreen, shirt for sun protection, beach towel, camera, cash or credit card for purchases.

*** Please note that there is No Local Guide included today

 

Hotel: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas – 5*


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Day 7 – Nov 14, 2012 Port Douglas (B/D)

*********TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE**************

Meet your private coach at the hotel for an early morning departure at approximately 400am.

You will be treated to a BBQ style breakfast at the Palmer River Roadhouse.

Then on to our private viewing spot off of the Mulligan Highway. An exclusive spot that will feature a tent, complimentary beverages, and portable restroom facilities.

 

Eclipse viewing starts.

 

5:44am ----------- Start of Partial eclipse

6:38:03am ------- Start of TOTAL ECLIPSE

6:40:07am -------- End of TOTAL ECLIPSE

7:40 am --------- End of Partial ECLIPSE

 

**If it is your pleasure to view the Eclipse from the beach at the Hotel, then your morning will be open for your personal arrangements.

 

After the eclipse, board your private coach to return to the hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure to exchange eclipse photos, or explore the unique Village Markets of Port Douglas.

 

Tonight enjoy a Gala Eclipse Celebration Dinner at local Restaurant !

Hotel: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas - 5*


Day 8 – Nov 15, 2012 Kuranda Scenic Railway tour (B / L)

Full breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Local Guide at the hotel then board your private coach to commence a Full Day Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai tour. Transfer to Freshwater Railway Station to board the 8.45am Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey to the village of Kuranda. Enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Kuranda Station. Free time (Short amount) is available to explore the "Village in the Rainforest". Board Skyrail at the scheduled time advised by the driver, and glide above the rainforest canopy to Caravonica Lakes. Take a short walk to the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Enjoy lunch before being greeted by an indigenous guide who will escort you through the park to discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and demonstrations. Tour concludes at your hotel back at Port Douglas.

Hotel: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas - 5*

 

 

Day 9 – Nov 16, 2012 Depart from Cairns (B)

After breakfast , check-out and end of our tour.

 

** End of Australian Tour Arrangement **

 


Hotels:

 

  • Sydney: Shangri-La Sydney Hotel (5*)

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  • Port Douglas: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas (5*)

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    Tour Includes:

    • Arrival and departure transfers if your international tickets are issued by Eclipse Traveler on group flights
    • Hotel accommodations as listed in the itinerary
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)
    • Lectures by an Astronomy professor
    • Special eclipse celebration full cocktail before dinner on Nov 14th
    • Special eclipse celebration party on Nov 14th
    • Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
    • English speaking tour guide during tours
    • Experienced tour leader throughout the itinerary
    • Private motor coach for transfers
    • All admission fees to the sights and parks mentioned in the itinerary
    • All local taxes and service charges
    • Porterage at the hotels
    • GST (Goods and services tax %10)
    • Solar Eclipse glasses
    • Eclipse Traveler Travel Documents Kit

     


    Tour Excludes:

    • Trip Insurance (Highly recommended)
    • International Airfare
    • Domestic Airfare
    • Airport transfers if you deviate from the group arrival/departure times
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • Any other items not mentioned in ”Tour Includes”

     


     

     

    Booking Info:

    • Land only (without any flights): $ 5,295 per person in double room
    • Single Supplement: $ 1,395
    • Deposit : $ 1500 - due at the time of booking
    • Second payment : $ 1500 – due on May 18, 2011
    • Final payment : due on March 12, 2012

    Please send "Reservation form" and copies of travelers' passports along with your deposit to 1-888-514-7070.

    We accept credit card payments. Please fill-out and fax the "Credit Card Authorization form" and fax to 1-888-514-7070.

     

    IMPORTANT: All tour prices and airfares quoted in this brochure are based on tariffs, costs, and exchange rates of the United States dollar that were in effect at the time of publication. Consequently, prices herein are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee. Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.

     


     

     

    Cancellation Policy:

    • For cancellations made before May 18, 2011 there will be a $500 per person cancellation penalty unless you find another passenger to replace your seat.
    • For cancellations made on or after May 18, 2011 through March 14, 2012 there will be a $1000 per person cancellation penalty.
    • There are no refunds after March 12, 2012.

     

    Trip cancellation, health, and accident insurance is highly recommended , but not required.

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