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Australia 12 Day Classic Itinerary


Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday
Depart Omaha, Ne USA, for Australia

DAY 2, Tuesday - En Route
Cross the international date line en route to Australia and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Wednesday - Arrive in Cairns
Arrive in Cairns, the tourist capital of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 3 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Michaelmas Cay
Today, travel to beautiful Michaelmas Cay, a Great Barrier Reef sand island encircled by a spectacular fringing reef. The island is also a protected bird sanctuary. Enjoy snorkeling, a semi-submersible tour of the underwater world or simply relax on the boat admiring the view. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Cairns
Enjoy all of the delights of this resort city on your day at leisure or, join the optional Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch. Depart Cairns and head north to explore an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia's incredible wildlife and discover the park's five different ecological zones. After lunch, return to Cairns. In the afternoon, participate in the optional Skyrail Experience with dinner. Ride the Kuranda Skyrail for great views of the rainforest canopy. Along the way, stop for a ranger-guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner
Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch
Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Flight to Sydney
Depart Cairns and head south to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour of the city. View the celebrated Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House located on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, head to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working parties of convicts. Arrive at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Sydney
Spend your last day in Sydney at leisure for individual explorations. Or, participate in the optional full day excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia's diverse wildlife. Admire the koalas, feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush to Katoomba Scenic World. Return to Sydney in the late afternoon with the evening to enjoy at leisure
Optional: The Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Flight to Alice Springs
Depart Sydney this morning by flight to Alice Springs, in the heart of remote Central Australia. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation walk and view key sites of this Outback town, including panoramic views from Anzac Hill. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, join the not to be missed optional Outback Barbecue Dinner, a truly unique and authentic experience. Get a true taste of the Australian Outback and learn about the local people's life and survival in this harsh environment. Savor your tasty barbecue dinner while listening to authentic Australian bush ballads under the great expanse of the Outback sky
Optional: Outback Barbecue Dinner
Overnight: Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Dreamtime and Bushtucker Tour
This morning, meet Aboriginal people of the Outback and learn about their history, culture, and traditions on the Dreamtime and Bushtucker tour. Rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Rainbow Valley Tour. Your guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular Rainbow Valley with its scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. View ancient engravings and experience Aboriginal rock art.
Optional: Rainbow Valley Tour
Overnight: Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Flight to Melbourne
This afternoon, fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city mingles elegant 19th-century architecture with eclectic street art, lively laneways, and magnificent gardens. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, get together for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Full Day in Melbourne
Today is free to explore Melbourne on your own, or participate in the morning optional Melbourne Culinary Walking Tour. Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia. On this walking tour, discover the city's foodie hot spots and get introduced to Melbourne's gastronomic scene. In the afternoon, join the optional tour to Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade. Depart the busy city and suburbs, and travel out into the rural countryside to visit Australia's most popular wildlife attraction and home to one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world
Optional: Melbourne Culinary Walking Tour
Optional: Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday
Depart Australia - Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home
Meals: Breakfast

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