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Tailor Made Australia: The Essential Down Under


11 Days from $10,295

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Experience Australia's essential destinations as you stroll the urban oases of Melbourne and Sydney, soak in the awe-inspiring Red Center of the Outback, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and venture into the canopy of the Daintree Rainforest.

A&K Advantages

Set out on a far-reaching adventure ideally suited to first-time visitors as you discover six iconic destinations that embody Australia's unique appeal

Take in some of the world's most thrilling coastal vistas as you drive the Great Ocean Road

Experience the majesty of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta in the Red Center of the Outback

Snorkel among the Great Barrier Reef's dazzling array of corals and fish on a day of offshore adventure

Marvel at the remarkable biodiversity of the Daintree Rainforest as your local guide leads the way

Enjoy insider access to Sydney's iconic Opera House and Harbour with a revealing private walking tour and shared cruise

Ascend into the slate-colored haze of Blue Mountains National Park as you picnic beside wild kangaroos

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Day 2
Melbourne | The Great Ocean Road
Day 3
Uluru | Kata Tjuta Sunset
Day 4
Uluru | The Desert Awakens
Day 5
Uluru/Port Douglas | Gateway to Adventure
Day 6
Great Barrier Reef | Offshore Exploration
Day 7
Daintree Rainforest | Beneath a Vast Living Canopy
Day 8
Sydney | Pulse of a Nation
Day 9
Sydney | Icons of the Harbor
Day 10
Sydney | Blue Mountains National Park
Day 11
Depart Sydney

Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
Arrive Melbourne, Australia

Upon arrival into Melbourne, you are met by an A&K representative and transferred to your accommodations for a morning at leisure. Later, embark on a private walking tour of the city. Continue on via tram, exploring Melbourne’s labyrinth of arcades and alleyways lined with edgy art galleries, trendy cafés and funky boutiques, pausing to tour the iconic Gothic Bank and Block Arcade. After your city tour, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

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Day 2
Melbourne | The Great Ocean Road

Travel southwest from Melbourne to experience one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives. The Great Ocean Road stretches along the southern coast of Victoria, spanning charming towns, huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches. Next, head inland through towering forests toward Port Campbell National Park, pausing to take in the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles, a formation of giant limestone columns towering dramatically from the sea. Return to Melbourne and spend the evening at leisure.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Uluru | Kata Tjuta Sunset

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and transfer to your hotel for two nights in the heart of the Outback. Set out on a privately guided tour to marvel as the sun sets against the backdrop of Kata Tjuta's domes. Delve into the geology of this diverse environment as you walk along the mighty rock walls with your guide. Finally, enter Walpa Gorge to learn how the 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Return to your hotel where the evening and dinner is at your leisure.

Sails in the Desert
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Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
Uluru | The Desert Awakens

Rise before the dawn to experience Uluru at its most compelling with a privately guided sunrise tour of Australia's iconic monolith. Marvel as Uluru’s silhouette meets the dawn, strikingly framed against the blazing horizon. Next, explore the waterholes and rock paintings where the local indigenous people have shared their tradition of dreaming stories for thousands of years. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at your leisure. This evening, experience the Field of Light, a unique art installation that harnesses the beauty of an Uluru sunset. Marvel as the installation’s 50,000 frosted-glass spheres bloom in the ebbing twilight, mirroring the brilliant starlit sky as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Enjoy a special dinner under the night sky before returning to your accommodations.

Sails in the Desert
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Uluru/Port Douglas | Gateway to Adventure

After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast en route to your resort in Port Douglas.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
Great Barrier Reef | Offshore Exploration

Embark aboard a beautiful vessel for a full-day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rivaling any marine landscape imaginable. Spanning more than 1,000 miles of Queensland’s seaboard, this massive coral treasure is the largest living thing on earth — so big in fact, it’s visible from outer space. If you wish, dive in and snorkel with the colorful schools of fish that swirl among this dazzling wonder of the natural world. Enjoy lunch on the reef before making your way back to port.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Daintree Rainforest | Beneath a Vast Living Canopy

Travel north toward the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with a stunning diversity of ecosystems. Begin at Mossman Gorge, a rugged valley carved by a meandering river. Learn about the traditions of the local indigenous people as you trace the twisting riverside trail. Next, encounter a staggering array of rare tropical plants at the Botanical Ark, a private ethno-botanical garden in the heart of the rainforest. Relax over lunch, conversation and a very exotic fruit tasting with the garden’s founders. Rejoin your vehicle to cross the Daintree River by ferry, continuing on to stroll the rainforest beneath a towering canopy of palms and ferns on the Jindalba Boardwalk. Follow along as your guide explains the intricate workings of this unique tropical ecosystem. Cap your excursion off with a stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Factory before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Sydney | Pulse of a Nation

Transfer to Cairns and connect with your flight to Sydney. Check in to your luxurious hotel near picturesque Sydney Harbour and the city’s historic Rocks area to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Sydney | Icons of the Harbor

This morning, tour the star of every Sydney postcard, the world-renowned Opera House. More than just a pretty picture, the Opera House is a true masterpiece of late modern architecture. Feel the grandeur of its soaring “sails,” taking in the groups of locals that congregate to relax on the welcoming steps of the quayside. Next, embark on a shared-basis lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour. Your captain and host guides the way as you take in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and other sights nestled among the harbor’s myriad of coves and bays. Enjoy a three-course barbecue lunch complete with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. After lunch, feel free to fish, kayak, swim, or simply sit back and relax in one of the boat’s inviting sunbeds.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Sydney | Blue Mountains National Park

Venture northward to the Blue Mountains National Park, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site of rugged peaks and cavernous valleys bathed in a slate-colored haze. Pause for morning tea in a peaceful clearing among wild kangaroos and birdlife. Continue on to Wentworth Falls, strolling down a misty path flanked by flora and fauna. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your cliff-hugging drive toward Katoomba, pausing to take in a scenic overlook of the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and the Jamieson Valley beyond. Next, pass farm markets and orchards en route to Mount Tomah botanical garden. Finally, raise a toast with Champagne and cheese before driving back to Sydney, passing through the historical towns of Windsor and Richmond along the way.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Depart Sydney

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Accommodation Options

Alternate hotels and room upgrades are available for this journey.

Melbourne | Flying the Great Ocean Road

Take off aboard a light aircraft for one of the world's most scenic flights. Hug the rugged coast for a bird's-eye view of the Twelve Apostles, Moonlight Head, Cape Otway Lightstation, Gibson's Steps and Loch Ard Gorge.

Sydney | Private Harbor Cruise

Book the shared-basis lunch cruise as a private charter, treating you and your travelling companions to the ultimate Sydney Harbour experience.


Priced from $10,295 from April 1 - September 30, 2017.

Priced from $10,595 from October 1- Dec 20, 2017.

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,325 (Melbourne/Uluru/Cairns/Sydney)

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy for 2017. Please call for 2018 pricing. Additional supplements may apply for travel during holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability.

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