Distant Journeys
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10 reasons to choose Distant Journeys

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1. True Australasian experts

With over 50 years combined experience our Directors are true Australian experts. Plus all our travel experts are fully qualified Australian Specialists, so you can be confident you are speaking to the experts.

2. Fully protected holidays

Book in confidence in the knowledge that your holiday is fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913) and your money is 100% safe.

Australia: a land so vast and timeless, where ancient Aboriginal cultures blend with modern life to create one of the most cosmopolitan and friendly nations on earth. An Australia tour is a holiday of great contrasts and immense beauty and a Distant Journey Australia holiday offers a fabulous way to explore this amazing country at a relaxed pace.

3. Uncompromising quality and exceptional value

We aim to give you incredible value without compromising on the quality of your holiday experience. We take bookings directly from you, our customers, which means we avoid travel agency commissions, and permits us to pass those savings back to you.

4. Hand-picked superior hotels

Hotels on our holidays typically have an official four star rating and have been selected with great care for their great location, high quality and the level of comfort.

5. Single traveller savings when ‘Happy to Share’

We’re delighted to offer holidays to Australia and New Zealand with no single room supplements, through our ‘Happy to Share’ option.

6. Freedom Days – create your perfect holiday

Whether you like food and drink, nature and wildlife, history and culture or active adventure, you have the flexibility to create a holiday which is tailored to your interests.

7. A selection of UK airports

We are pleased to work with the Qantas and Emirates partnership, which offers you a wide choice of UK departure airports; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow.

8. Flexible stopover options

To make your journey to Australia even more of an adventure, you may an included two night stopovers on your outward journey in either Singapore or Dubai.

9. Experienced Tour Managers

Our Tour Managers in Australia and guides in all the places you visit have an in-depth knowledge and passion for their native country. Plus, they all have one aim - to create the perfect holiday for you.

10. Exceptional offers

On top of the unbeatable value and flexibility of a Distant Journeys Australia escorted tour, if you book early you will also enjoy a great saving on a two night homebound stopover.

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The best way to explore Australia…

Is with Distant Journeys. Our escorted tours to Australia not only ensure you experience all of the country’s highlights, but packages them together perfectly to make the most of your time Down Under.

On our Australian touring holidays, you can tick Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide off your to-do list as we explore all their best bits. Not forgetting the remote outback, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock whose incredible landscapes will stay with you for a lifetime. And of course, the enchanting sights of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Australia tour packages also include a choice of stopovers on the way out, an overnight journey onboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific, and guided tours throughout Australia by your experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager. Whether you choose the 22-day Wonders of Australia or Visions of Australia tour, our holidays are designed to ensure you see and do the very best.

The true Australasian experts

Proof that our tours to Australia are of the highest standard comes from the Directors’ combined experience of over 50 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re true Australasian experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best tours of Australia from the UK.

All our Australia touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Don’t miss out on New Zealand

You’re already thinking of traveling to the other side of the world on an Australia tour holiday, so why not nip over to New Zealand while you’re there? The 28-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand Tour combines all the countries best bits – making the most of your trip down under. If this sounds like a great idea, we’re sure to have an escorted tour to Australia and New Zealand to suit you.

Australia’s amazing special offers

Just when you thought our Australia escorted touring packages couldn’t get any better, we’re offering a two night stopover of your choice on the way home for only £75pp (£150 for single rooms).

You can book this special offer on any of our Visions of Australia or Wonders of Australia tours featured in our new 2016/17 brochure by 30th June 2016. This Australia special offer has a value of up to £590 per couple and is in addition to the two night stopover included on the way out!

What you can look forward to…

Take a look at our pick of our favourite highlights from our Australian tour holidays:

Australia holiday highlights

Escorted tours of Australia have many contrasting highlights, and below are just some you may experience on Distant Journeys Australia tours.

  •    Melbourne with opportunities to see the Great Ocean Road and the Fairy Penguin Parade on Philip Island
  •    Adelaide a wonderful garden city with the beautiful Barossa Valley and fascinating Kangaroo Island within easy reach
  •    The Ghan or Indian Pacific two iconic rail journeys through Australia’s outback
  •    Alice Springs – home of the Flying Doctor Service
  •    Uluru (Ayers Rock) the world’s largest and most impressive monolith
  •    Darwin – the capital of the Northern Territory
  •    Cairns surrounded by tropical rainforest, experienced perfectly with the Kuranda rail journey
  •    Great Barrier Reef – our guests spend a full day on the outer barrier reef, including lunch
  •    Sydney, with Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge it’s little surprise this is one of the world’s favourite cities.

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Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Superb Hotels

We know that your accommodation in Australia is an extremely important part of your holiday, which is why we generally use hotels with a four-star rating. Not only that, but we carefully select hotels in Australia which offer the best locations for you to explore.

All aboard an iconic, all-inclusive rail journey

Just another highlight on our escorted tours of Australia is an overnight rail journey on either The Ghan or Indian Pacific. You can watch the country’s incredible landscapes unfold before you as you relax in complete all-inclusive comfort where all your meals and drinks are included.

Singles can save with Happy to Share

Embarking on an escorted tour of Australia from the UK as a single traveller is exciting – it gives you the chance to meet many others who share the same interests as you, while still exploring the country independently. And now, with our Happy to Share option, you needn’t pay a single supplement if you’re happy to share a room with a person of the same gender.

So many experiences included

Visit Australia with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From hopping into a ship for a sumptuous lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour or adventuring to the more elusive areas of the Outer Barrier Reef, they’re all included in the price of your Australian tour.

Our Australia tours include

  •    Scheduled flights with Qantas / Emirates
  •    A selection of UK departure airports
  •    A choice of two night outbound stopovers
  •    Airport transfers overseas
  •    Superior hotels, with great locations
  •    Daily breakfast, worth £230 per person and some extra meals
  •    Experienced local tour managers
  •    Incredible excursions
  •    All pre-payable airport taxes
  •    All hotel porterage
  •    No single supplements if opting for Happy to Share
  •    ATOL protection for your holiday

When it comes to finding fantastic accommodation for our Australia tour holidays, we know where to look! All of your hotels have been personally chosen by our Directors because of their superb location and superior quality.

It’s all about location

Great hotel locations make exploring your destinations so much easier. For example, in Melbourne, the Mercure Treasury Gardens is our hotel of choice because it’s perfectly located – overlooking Fitzroy Gardens and only minutes’ walk away from Flinders Street Station.

Uncompromising quality at no extra cost

With so many of our hotels in Australia boasting an official four-star rating, you can rest assured that they’re of a high standard. Why not take a look at their websites before you go? We think you’ll approve!

A relaxing and iconic rail journey

Adding another amazing experience to your tour of Australia is a journey onboard the Ghan Railway or the Indian Pacific. Relax in your air-conditioned private sleeper, and take advantage of all meals and a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available at no extra cost.

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility, every escorted tour of Australia needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! On our 22-day Wonders of Australia Tour or 22-day Visions of Australia tour, you can choose to travel with the Qantas and Emirates partnership from any of the following airports; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow. Just pick which is most convenient.

Where would you like to stop over?

You can choose to break up your travel with a two night outbound stopover in Dubai or Singapore. Whichever sounds best to you, we include it in the price of your Australian tour package.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility and freedom to spend time as you please and enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Freedom Days allow you to do exactly that. So be it a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House or dinner under the stars at Uluru, it’s all about what you want to do.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? So why not extend your holiday to visit family and friends? Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service.

We currently have some fantastic special offers on all of our Australian holiday packages. For just £75 per person (£150 for singles), we’re offering a two night inbound stopover when you book any of our touring holidays in Australia by the 30th June 2016.

Our Australia packages special offer is worth up to £295 per person! Book you’ll need to book now as it has limited spaces available. This offer only applies to tours featured in our new 2016 / 17 brochure.

22-day Wonders of Australia tour

Treat yourself to a two night homebound stopovers for only £75 per person. (£150 for singles) on the 22-day Wonders of Australia tour.

Choose from:
Singapore | Sentosa Island | Hong Kong | Bangkok | Dubai

This fantastic price includes airport transfers, accommodation in a twin / double room for two nights and full daily breakfast.

Don’t delay – these special offers will expire on 30th June 2016, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. This offer only applies to tours featured in our new 2016 / 17 brochure.

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22-day Visions of Australia tour

If you book the 22-day Visions of Australia by the 30th June 2016, you can enjoy a two night homebound stopover of your choice for only £75 per person. (£150 for singles).

Choose from:
Singapore | Sentosa Island | Hong Kong | Bangkok | Dubai

Your stopover is inclusive of airport transfers, accommodation in a twin / double room for two nights and full daily breakfast. Your choice of stopover depends on your choice of airline.

This special offer is sold on a first come, first served basis and only applies to tours departing May 2016 onwards.

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28-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour

To enjoy a two night homebound stopover For just £75 per person (£150 for singles) on the 28-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour you simply need to book by 30th June 2016.

Choose from:
Singapore | Sentosa Island | Hong Kong | Bangkok | Dubai

This two night stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation in a twin / double room for two nights and full daily breakfast.

This two night stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation in a twin / double room for two nights and full daily breakfast.

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