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Wonders of Australia Tour

Wonders of Australia Tour

There’s little that’s not included in The Wonders of Australia Tour. This all-encompassing tour of Australia ensures you experience all of its highlights and hidden gems under the expert local guidance of your Tour Manager. On your tour to Australia, you can look forward to an overnight journey on board the legendary Ghan Railway; visiting the cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne; witnessing the sun set and rise over the natural wonder that is Uluru (Ayers Rock), and a day exploring the mysterious Outer Barrier Reef during your time in Cairns.

Special Offer – Save up to £492 per couple

If you book a Wonders of Australia tour now, you will be able to enjoy a two night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy). This offer saves you up to £492 per couple and ends on the 30th June 2017.

 

Wonders of Australia itinerary

There are so many wonders of Australia just waiting for you to discover. And that’s what our Wonders of Australia Tour is all about – exposing you to them all. From the stunning sights of The Great Barrier Reef to the mysterious landscapes of the Outback.

This Australia tour holiday includes a choice of stopovers on your journey out, an enchanting overnight rail journey on board the legendary Ghan, and the expert guidance of an experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager.

 

22-day Wonders of Australia (2017/18), from only £4,495pp

To find out more information about a particular hotel or destination, please click on any orange text.

Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas / Emirates, at no extra cost: London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2 – Singapore, 2 nights
All flights to Singapore will travel via Dubai. Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four star Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative Stopover – Dubai

We have based days 2 – 4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. Alternatively you may choose to stop in Dubai for the same price. All stopovers include transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. If choosing Dubai, flight timings vary – please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 3 – Singapore
Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where east meets west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. This morning enjoy a tour of this wonderful city. Included is a stop at Merlion Park and the impressive views of Marina Bay, the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.
Breakfast included

Day 4 – Depart Singapore
A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Melbourne. Possibly enjoy high tea at Raffles or explore the wonderful Gardens by the Bay.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5 – Melbourne, 3 nights
After clearing customs and collecting our luggage this morning, we take a city tour of Melbourne. Sights include Captain Cook’s Cottage (optional entry at own expense), Victoria Markets, Federation Square, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. We also head out of the city to see the waterside suburbs of St. Kilda and Port Melbourne. We spend our first three nights in Australia at the four star Mercure Treasury Gardens, situated in a wonderful location, just opposite Fitzroy Gardens.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6 – Melbourne Freedom Day
This is our first Freedom Day, where we can choose to relax or explore as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to help with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. For example, we have the opportunity to take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, to view the Penguin Parade. Alternatively, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges, explore the city’s most famous sporting landmarks or take dinner on the city’s historic tramcar.
Breakfast included

Day 7 – Melbourne Freedom Day
With so much to do and see in and around Melbourne, a further Freedom Day is an opportunity to enjoy an optional tour along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road. The full day optional tour begins in Torquay (home to the surfing paradise of Bells Beach) and meanders along the dramatic southwest coastline of Victoria to the impressive Twelve Apostles.
Breakfast included

Day 8 – Adelaide, 2 nights
Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, we shall take a sightseeing tour of the city. We will be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, historic buildings and the attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Included is a drive along Brabham Straight, a section of Australia’s first international grand prix circuit. Later, we arrive at the excellent Stamford Plaza for our next two nights.
Breakfast included

Day 9 – Adelaide Freedom Day
A Freedom Day to spend as you please. Take a look around Adelaide on foot or perhaps take an optional tour to the famous wine growing region of the Barossa Valley. Alternatively visit Kangaroo Island, situated off the Fleurieu Peninsula, which offers a unique touring experience combining friendly, native wildlife with natural, unspoilt wilderness.
Breakfast included

Day 10 – The Ghan, Overnight
A morning at leisure until it’s time to make our way to Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal in time for a magnificent overland journey to Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s outback. Known for being one of the world’s most iconic train journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service, air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. Single travellers will stay in single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst on board, all meals are included as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. During lunch, marvel at the ever changing landscape as we journey north. This evening, following dinner, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected on-board drinks included

Day 11 – Alice Springs, 2 nights
Awake this morning to notice the contrast between the fiery red earth and the cobalt blue skies before enjoying an off train experience as The Ghan makes a short stop in Marla – in the middle of the Australian Outback. In just 25 hours aboard The Ghan we will have covered 1,555 kilometres and passed golden wheatfields, vast sheep stations, rugged mountain ranges, salt lakes and the fierce Simpson Desert. Upon arrival into Alice Springs we will board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the outback’s largest town. Visits include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Old Telegraph Station, now a museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name. Later in the afternoon we arrive at the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 12 – Alice Springs Freedom Day
Our day is free to relax or explore the outback. You may wish to take an optional hot air balloon trip over the outback landscapes. Alternatively an excursion to the Western MacDonnell Ranges is an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full day tour takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap, and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.
Breakfast included

Day 13 – Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight
Leaving Alice Springs, we head west through amazing outback landscapes as we travel along the scenic Stuart and Lasseter Highways and make our way to Uluru, the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. Rising from the flat surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. Relax and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 14 – Cairns, 4 nights
For early risers, a dawn visit to the rock has been arranged. Seeing Uluru at sunrise, from a different position and a different light, offers a totally new perspective on the changing colours and character of the rock. We return to the hotel for breakfast, prior to a gentle stroll around significant areas of the rock to learn more about its historical and cultural importance. Later, we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Afterwards we leave for the airport in time for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the centrally located four star DoubleTree by Hilton, which will be our home for the next four nights.
Breakfast and in-flight drinks included

Day 15 – Great Barrier Reef
A holiday to Australia would not be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Its vibrantly coloured marine life and breathtakingly beautiful coral make this World Heritage site a must see for all visitors. During our full day Great Barrier Reef excursion, we board our high-speed catamaran and journey out to the Marine World platform located on the Outer Reef. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, or if you prefer to stay dry, view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. With five hours at the reef there is plenty of time to do it all. For the more adventurous, there are a number of activities available at an additional cost, including scuba diving (no experience necessary), joining the marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari, or soaring above the reef on a spectacular scenic helicopter flight.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 16 – Cairns Freedom Day
Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda.  To begin the day, guests are able to immerse themselves in traditional aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Cultural Centre, with authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people.   We then take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a beautiful experience gliding over the rainforest canopy, to the picturesque market town of Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’.  Kuranda is a lovely place to while away a few hours visiting the daily markets, the butterfly sanctuary or the Koala Gardens. The tour returns to Cairns by a scenic railway journey.
Breakfast included

Day 17 – Cairns Freedom Day
Another free day to enjoy and relax in tropical northern Queensland. Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, Cairns boasts over 200 walking tracks; there are also numerous interesting museums and art galleries to explore, as well as the option to take a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. If you prefer to venture further afield, a day trip to the nearby World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest in the world, is a fascinating experience. The tour gives a wonderful insight into rainforest’s unique flora and fauna, including a guided walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.
Breakfast included

Day 18 – Sydney, 3 nights
This morning we make our way to Cairns airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival we head to the four star North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add to this the excellent restaurants and cafes, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Breakfast and in-flight drinks included

Day 19 – Sydney – Sightseeing & luncheon cruise
This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner city suburbs en route to Bondi Beach. Travel by Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. We journey via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We complete our tour in the best possible way – enjoying a luncheon cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour. The views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the many dream homes nestled along the edge of the water are truly amazing. The afternoon has been left free to spend as we please.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 20 – Sydney Freedom Day
Today has been left free, but for those that so desire, we shall be taking an optional trip to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are a perfect example of native Australian bushland, with gum trees, majestic peaks and deep gorges stretching as far as the eye can see. Experience the panoramas from a series of lookouts, including Echo Point – the prime position to view the Three Sisters rock formation. The excursion also visits Wentworth Falls and the pretty village of Leura, famous for their annual garden festivals and playing host to many of the region’s local artists.
Breakfast included

Day 21 – Depart Sydney
The day is yours until it’s time to depart for the airport, early afternoon. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE UP TO £492 PER COUPLE

If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing offer on a selection of stopovers for you to choose from: Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.

The price is only £99 per person if sharing a twin or double and £198 for single occupancy.
Included are return airport transfers and two nights accommodation in a four or five star hotel with full daily breakfast. See the departure dates and prices for full details. All you need to do is book by 30th June 2017.

Day 22 – Arrive UK
This morning we arrive into our chosen airport (London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow) bringing to an end our incredible adventure.
In-flight meals and drinks included

 

Why not combine with the Magnificent New Zealand tour?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, combining the Wonders of Australia and Magnificent New Zealand tours makes perfect sense.

Please see our Aus & NZ combination tours for more details.

 

Departure dates & prices

At Distant Journeys, we offer a great range of tours of Australia all of which include so much in the price. And our Wonders of Australia holiday is no exception. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides, an overnight rail journey on The Ghan and many amazing excursions are all included.

And don’t forget, you can also save up to £492 per couple on a homebound stopover.

2017 / 18 Wonders of Australia departures

 

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2017
04 August£4,995ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT £99 stopover
04 August**£5,095ON REQUEST** £99 stopover
22 SeptemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
06 OctoberSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
20 October£4,795ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT £99 stopover
27 October£4,795ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT £99 stopover
03 November£4,795ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT £99 stopover
10 November£4,795ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT £99 stopover
2018
12 January*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
19 January£4,895ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT £99 stopover
19 January**£4,995NEW DATE £99 stopover
26 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
02 February*£4,795HALF FULL £99 stopover
09 February£4,795ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFT £99 stopover
16 February£4,795ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT £99 stopover
23 February*£4,795ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT £99 stopover
02 MarchSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
09 March£4,745ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT £99 stopover
13 AprilSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
20 April£4,495HALF FULL £99 stopover
03 August£4,995HALF FULL £99 stopover

* Please note, these tours spend two nights in Ayers Rock and one in Alice Springs. Everything is included as usual. Please call for details,

** Please note, this tour includes a two night stay in Darwin instead of Adelaide, plus an extra night in Sydney.  Please call for details.

Prices:
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single supplement – £995

Single supplement for 4 August 2017 departure: £1,095

When travelling overnight on The Ghan, passengers booked in a room for single use will be accommodated in single sleeper cabins with wash basin. Showers and toilets are available at the end of each compartment.

Happy to Share: Single Travellers taking our Happy to Share option will share a room on holiday with a single traveller of the same gender and will avoid paying a single occupancy supplement. Simply choose our Happy to Share option at the time of booking, and if there isn’t another single traveller of the same gender on your departure, you’ll enjoy a room on your own at no extra cost. Happy to Share guests may be accommodated in a single or twin share cabin on the The Ghan.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Visa: £25 per person. To enter Australia, you need an ETA (electronic travel authority).We will obtain this on your behalf and the cost will be added to your confirmation invoice.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Qantas / Emirates
  • Depart from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow at no additional cost
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are available on selected international routes for a supplement

Great choice of included stopovers

  • Your choice of two night outbound stopover in Singapore or Dubai
  • Your stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation, full daily breakfast and a sightseeing tour

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All-inclusive overnight accommodation on-board The Ghan

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £301 per person
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour

All-inclusive on the Ghan

  • Lunch, dinner and breakfast included
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore, Melbourne, Adelaide (on 2017/18 tours), Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

We include even more…

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

 

 

Hand-picked hotels

Here at Distant Journeys, we take great pride in choosing the hotels and accommodation you’ll be staying in during your Australia group tour. Our Directors personally take charge of finding the hotels that have a great location and are high quality too – the two most important considerations on any touring holiday to Australia. These are the four-star hotels we’ve chosen for you…


ADL Stamford Plaza

Adelaide, Stamford Plaza Hotel

Set in the city centre, the imposing Stamford Plaza Hotel is located close to Adelaide's beautiful parks, stylish shopping and lively entertainment facilities. Food and drink options at the Stamford Plaza Hotel include La Boca Bar and Grill featuring flame… Find out more >
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Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

Alice Springs, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Situated between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club, the DoubleTree by Hilton is a luxury resort awarded for its environmentally friendly innovations, offering stunning views of the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance… Find out more >
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Ayers Rock, Desert Gardens Hotel

Welcome to the Desert Gardens Hotel – a magnificent sanctuary surrounded by towering ghost gums and flowering native shrubs among the red dunes. During your time at the Desert Garden Ayers Rock Resort, relax in the comfort of your own… Find out more >
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Cairns, DoubleTree by Hilton

Centred around a unique rainforest atrium, the charming DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns offers the most incredible views. Set within tropical gardens, the oceanfront hotel is just a short walk away from the city centre and entertainment districts. In your free time,… Find out more >
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Darwin, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade

Enjoy a wonderful stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin. Centrally located in Darwin, the hotel is within walking distance of many popular attractions, including Bicentennial Park, Darwin Convention Centre, downtown Darwin and Smith Street Mall. Should you have… Find out more >
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MEL Mercure Treasury Gardens Exterior Day

Melbourne, Mercure Treasury Gardens Hotel

Overlooking Treasury Gardens in the centre of Melbourne, the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens is only 400 metres from Parliament House, 600 metres from Federation Square, and a 15-minute walk to the MCG. Each room in the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens… Find out more >
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SYD North Sydney Harbourview

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

As the name suggests, the North Sydney Harbourview hotel boasts an excellent location overlooking the Harbour Bridge on the north side of Sydney Harbour and is just minutes away from the main shopping areas, the Botanic Gardens, the Opera House… Find out more >
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Freedom Days

Throughout your Australia tour holiday, we want you to enjoy a good mix of visits to must-see landmarks and time to experience your destinations in a way that suits you. For example, you might like to try an adventurous activity like climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge or a hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs, or if you prefer, a more relaxing experience like sampling exquisite wines in The Barossa Valley. Thanks to our Freedom Days, you’ll have the chance to choose an experience to enjoy depending on what interests you most.

 

Find out more about the excursions available by clicking on the descriptions below.

Price pp in Australian Dollars (AUD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Melbourne
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1830hrs)$200£116
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$179£103
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$206£119
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine*$85£49
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun, Thu*$130£75
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Fri – Sat *$145£84
Sportslovers’ Tour – full day tour including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£78
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$440£254
Adelaide  ** IF TRAVELLING ON A 2017 – 2018 ITINERARY **
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting $129£75
Kangaroo Island, including lunch (full day tour 06.45-2200hrs) $283£164
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$295£171
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$390£225
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, Drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$159£92
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1700hrs)
$132 – $172£76 – £99
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$230£133
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£165
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$199£115
Field of Light Pass (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$39£23
Field of Light Star Pass (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$85£49
A Night at the Field of Light (Available from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) *$245£142
Darwin** IF TRAVELLING ON A 2016 – 2017 ITINERARY **
Litchfield National Park – Including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Lunch 0720-1800hrs$179-$189£103-£109
Darwin City Sights Explorer incl World War II Tunnels, Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, Qantas Hangar 0900-1400hrs$110£64
Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise incl buffet dinner, welcome drink incl, (transfers extra $16 pp). 1730-2030hrs$104£60
Kakadu Adventure incl. Yellow Water cruise, tropical buffet lunch, guided walks and National Park entry 0620-1930hrs$292£169
Fixed wing flight Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Touring within National Park, park entry fee included$750£434
Cairns
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs$290£168
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$208£120
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park pax own cost) 0800-1730hrs$211£122
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330$199£115
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$77£45
Great Barrier Reef
10 minute helicopter flight from the pontoon$175£101
One way helicopter flight from Cairns to the pontoon$395£228
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$45£26
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$125£72
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$125£72
Sydney
Sydney Floatplane plus 3 course lunch at Cottage Point in Kuringai National Park from 1130hrs, allow 4 hours$625£361
Sydney Secrets Floatplane 30 minute flight from Rose Bay. Coastal flight up to Palm Beach and return $315£182
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$199£115
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
$200-$269£116-£155
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings $189£109
Bridge Climb, twilight (peak time, other times of day less)* $378£218
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating $238 to $455£136 to £261
Sydney Opera House tour with 3 tiered tasting plate $80£46
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing 1300-1600hrs from Darling Harbour, no transfers included $129 to $169£74 to £97

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Optional excursions for stopover destinations

If you’ve taken advantage of one of our two night stopovers on your journey home from Australia you may want to make the most of your short stay in these exciting destinations by taking an optional excursion or two.

After all, who could visit Singapore without a trip to the world-famous and historic Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea or a Singapore Sling? Or if you’re in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with its beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must-see. And if Dubai is where you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari?

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Price pp in Thai Baht (THB)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Bangkok
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half Day) 1,100£24
Grand Palace (half day)1,200£27
Temples & City (half day) tour1,150£26
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai – Sightseeing tours
Traditional Dubai City Tour$45£35
New Dubai City Tour$96£76
Dubai – Excursions
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$136£107
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$163£128
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore
Singapore Night Safari$96£54
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£21
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles *  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$109£61
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018)$65£37
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour *$400£41
Lantau Island tour with lunch *$850£87
Macau Tour with lunch *$995£102
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£77

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Early booking offer – save up to £492 per couple

Travelling to the other side of the world naturally means you have a long journey ahead. So to help break up your flights, we’re pleased to include a two-night outbound stopover in either Dubai or Singapore. And when we say included, that means your airport transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and a comprehensive city tour are already taken care of.

In addition to your included stopover on the way out, right now we’re offering two-night homebound stopovers for only £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy). This amounts to a saving of up to £492 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 30th June 2017.

The offer is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking. Your special offer homebound stopovers are Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. The offer includes return transfers and accommodation for two nights including full breakfast. The Happy to Share option is not available on the homebound stopover, and guests will be charged the single occupancy price of £198.


Wat Arun temple is the famous sightseeing place in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Offer, Arnoma Hotel

Welcoming more visitors than any other city in the world, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through…

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Camel at the urban background of Dubai.

Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaff

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaff when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Hong Kong Temple

Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you simply need to look across the harbour to see the…

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Singapore Skyline and view of Marina Bay

Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Choosing Distant Journeys was the best decision we have ever made. Could they have done any better? Not in our opinion. They are a first class long haul travel company.
Mr & Mrs Bridge, Wonders of Australia
We would not hesitate recommending Distant Journeys to anyone wanting a flexible trip to Australia - this is a fantastic tour with an excellent tour company, at a good price.  Thank you Distant Journeys.
Mr Thomas, Wonders of Australia
You enabled me to achieve a lifetime's ambition and it exceeded my expectations.  I did some research into choosing which company to travel with, and I am so pleased I selected you, because it was faultless.
Sheila Hughes, Wonders of Australia
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  • Choosing Distant Journeys was the best decision we have ever made. Could they have done any better? Not in our opinion. They are a first class long haul travel company.
    Mr & Mrs Bridge, Wonders of Australia
  • We would not hesitate recommending Distant Journeys to anyone wanting a flexible trip to Australia - this is a fantastic tour with an excellent tour company, at a good price.  Thank you Distant Journeys.
    Mr Thomas, Wonders of Australia
  • You enabled me to achieve a lifetime's ambition and it exceeded my expectations.  I did some research into choosing which company to travel with, and I am so pleased I selected you, because it was faultless.
    Sheila Hughes, Wonders of Australia
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