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Christmas & New Year in Australia Tour

Home Icon 27-day Christmas & New Year in Australia starting at £8,395pp

Enjoy your Christmas and New Year celebrations in a country known for its year-round warming sunshine, on Distant Journeys’ very special 27 day Christmas & New Year in Australia tour.

This unique itinerary has been designed to include not only all of Australia’s incredible highlights such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, but also some hidden gems like the amazing wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Over 27 days, we experience the contrast of Australia’s modern cities alongside its rugged outback, and discover Australia’s diverse culture and traditions.

It goes without saying that both Christmas and New Year will be celebrated in style, with Christmas spent in the lush tropical surroundings of Cairns and New Year’s Eve spent experiencing Sydney’s iconic firework celebrations. The world-renowned fireworks on Sydney’s harbour are truly unforgettable, and our guests have the perfect position to enjoy this amazing New Year’s Eve spectacle – from the comfort of an exclusive dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour!

SAVE up to £592 per couple! Book any tour to Australia and/or New Zealand departing from September 2024 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £49 per person. Offer ends 29th February 2024.

Day 1

Sunday 8th December: Depart the UK

Our Christmas adventure begins with a flight with Qantas & Emirates from the airport most convenient to you. Your options are from Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle – regardless of your choice, there’s no extra cost.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Monday 9th December: Singapore, 2 nights

The next two days of our itinerary are based on a stopover in Singapore. On arrival into this wonderful city state we will transfer to the four-star M Hotel City Centre, situated close to the banks of the scenic Singapore River and a perfect location from which to explore everything Singapore has to offer.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Alternative stopovers: Dubai or Perth

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you prefer, you may choose to stopover in Dubai or head straight to Perth for an extra two nights before the tour starts, all at no additional cost. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast, and if choosing Dubai, a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary. Please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 3

Tuesday 10th December: Singapore

Singapore is a truly cosmopolitan city whose Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures have over the years blended with Western influences from its colonial past, making it one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia. This morning we head out on a sightseeing tour taking in the main highlights of the city, such as the waterfront Merlion Park, home to the famous Merlion Statue which is a national symbol of Singapore; the various ethnic quarters such as Little India and Chinatown, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens – the first and only tropical botanic gardens on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Our tour ends back at the hotel, and we can relax and enjoy the rest of our day at leisure.  For a quintessentially Singaporean experience, why not treat yourselves to Afternoon Tea at the elegant Raffles Hotel?

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Day 4

Wednesday 11th December: Perth, 4 nights

A day free to spend as we please in Singapore until it’s time to head to the airport for our evening flight to Perth, our first stop in Australia. We can recommend some suggestions for your second day in Singapore, such as a visit to the Gardens by the Bay, or a trip to nearby Sentosa Island, with its host of attractions including wildlife parks, cable cars and light shows. Once we arrive in Perth, our Tour Manager will greet us and our coach will whisk us to the Duxton Hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Day 5

Thursday 12th December: Perth

two standing kangaroos in field Australia

Despite being the world’s most isolated city, Perth is known for its friendly locals and welcome. Following a delicious breakfast, we meet up with our Tour Manager and the rest of our group to discuss our day. Later on, we head to Caversham Wildlife Park to meet some of Australia’s native wildlife, such as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats and possums.

Included meals:

Breakfast included

Day 6

Friday 13th December: Perth

Perth, in Western Australia, is one of the world’s most isolated cities. Our day begins with a sightseeing tour of the city and its surrounding areas. We start at King’s Park, which is larger than New York’s Central Park and has some 400 hectares of bushland and pretty wildflowers, offering stunning views over the city’s skyline. Next, we travel to the nearby port town of Fremantle to visit to the fascinating Shipwreck Galleries. The galleries have hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along the treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia, wrecked in 1629. The tour will end with a gentle cruise along the Swan River back to the city centre, passing some jaw-dropping millionaire’s mansions along the way.

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Day 7

Saturday 14th December: Perth Freedom Day

Today is the first of several Freedom Days in Australia, where we can spend the day however we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance on things to do and recommendations of places to eat. They can also help book additional excursions we may wish to do, including two optional tours to some of the spectacular natural landscapes close to the city.

The first is to Nambung National Park, home to hundreds of striking limestone pillars known as the Pinnacles. It’s believed the Pinnacles were created millions of years ago as seashells were broken down into sand and then eroded by water and wind. Alternatively, you can take a trip to Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth. A protected nature reserve with a coastline of hidden coves and white sandy beaches, Rottnest is the only place in the world to spot Quokka in their natural habitat. This friendly, wallaby-like marsupial is the world’s most photogenic animal and has no fear of humans, so have your camera at the ready!

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Day 8

Sunday 15th December: Adelaide, 3 nights

elevated view of an Adelaide street with people sat outside restaurants and on a balcony

In the morning, we make our way to Perth Airport in time for our flight to Adelaide. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. On arrival, we will be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, fine Victorian buildings and the attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later we transfer to the centrally-located Crowne Plaza Hotel, where we will stay for the next three nights.

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Day 9

Monday 16th December: Adelaide

View over winery at Barossa Valley

During this morning’s sightseeing tour we leave the city to visit Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in the quaint village of Hahndorf, with its tree-lined streets and original ‘Fachwerk’ buildings. We continue to the famous wine growing region of the Barossa Valley where, after a visit to a working blacksmith museum, we enjoy wine tasting and lunch in one of the picturesque wineries.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch

Day 10

Tuesday 17th December: 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 Kangaroo Island, situated off the Fleurieu Peninsula, which offers a unique touring experience combining rare, native wildlife with natural, unspoilt wilderness.

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Day 11

Wednesday 18th December: Melbourne, 3 nights

Melbourne Skyline

This morning we transfer to the airport for our short flight to Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria. It’s an elegant and impressive city, as seen in the stunning and extremely well-preserved Victorian architecture of its public buildings and grand houses. On arrival, we’ll enjoy all these sights and much more with a tour of the city. Among the places we will visit are the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Treasury Gardens, the Victoria Markets, the Rod Laver Arena (home to tennis’ Australian Open every January) and Federation Square. We will also head out of the city centre to see two of Melbourne’s waterside suburbs: Port Melbourne and St Kilda. Our hotel for the next two nights is the four-star Pullman on the Park. This contemporary hotel was built on the site of the 1887 Cliveden Mansion, alongside Fitzroy Gardens.

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Day 12

Thursday 19th December: Melbourne Freedom Day

A Freedom Day in Melbourne. Why not take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins, to view the Penguin Parade. The Little Penguins spend most of their day swimming and foraging at sea, then at dusk they waddle back to their nests on land.  It’s a sight not to be missed. Alternatively, take a morning excursion to ride on the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges, with an Aussie-style elevenses of Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers served beforehand. If you’re remaining in the city, today is a great opportunity to explore Melbourne’s quirky laneways, whose street art provides fabulous photo opportunities.

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Day 13

Friday 20th December: Melbourne Freedom Day

Today has also been left free to spend as we please. For those looking to explore the region surrounding Melbourne, there’s the opportunity of an optional tour along what consistently features in the Top 10 of the world’s greatest scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. Departing from Torquay, home to the world-famous Bells Beach, our tour will take us through laid-back beach resorts along Victoria’s dramatic coastline to our end destination, the iconic stone monoliths known as the Twelve Apostles.

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Day 14

Saturday 21st December: Alice Springs, Overnight

Alice Springs welcome sign with blue sky and singular flower in focus

Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight to Alice Springs, in Australia’s Red Centre, whose red earth and blue skies so typify Outback Australia. On arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing tour, visiting the Old Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which has been saving lives in rural and isolated parts of Australia for more than 90 years, and the School of the Air, which provides an education remotely to children living in the most far-flung areas of the Outback. Later, we check in to the Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel, our overnight accommodation.

This evening, there’s the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Outback bush BBQ. Huddle around a cosy campfire under the desert skies at the traditional cattle camp, whilst tucking into a superb barbecued steak. Enjoy a cold beer or chilled wine from the bar while a bush balladeer sings timeless Australian songs.  Finally, the camp lights are switched off and a knowledgeable star guide will decode the night skies as we bathe in the velvety darkness of an Outback night.

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Day 15

Sunday 22nd December: Uluru, 2 nights

Sunset at Ayers Rock

Tour Highlight

After breakfast we board our coach for the drive along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways to Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. Upon arrival we make our way to the Desert Gardens Hotel, our home for the next two nights. After freshening up at the hotel we will be taken to a viewing area to witness the sun setting behind Uluru. Sparkling wine and nibbles will be served whilst you and your travelling companions watch the remarkable changing colours of Uluru as the sun sinks below the horizon.

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Day 16

Monday 23rd December: Uluru

FLAG An early start as we journey back to Ayers Rock during dawn, for spectacular views as we enjoy a Sunrise Tour. Admire Uluru from a new position in a different light, displaying Ayers Rock in a totally new perspective with changing colours and character of the rock. We return back to our hotel for breakfast, before discovering more of Uluru’s cultural history with a tour of the rock followed by a visit to the captivating Kata Tjuta, (The Olgas), an intriguing series of rounded ochre-coloured sandstone domes. Enjoy an optional Sounds of Silence Dinner, and experience canapes and chilled sparkling wines, served overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy the cultural sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun sets and darkness falls as you join your table for an unforgettable dining experience before our flight to Cairns the following day.

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Day 17

Tuesday 24th December: Cairns, 5 nights

Open stretch of road towards Kaja Tjuta, (also known as The Olgas). The red rock stands out against a vivid blue sky

Wake up to a Christmas Eve like no other. We will then leave the Red Centre behind as we take an afternoon flight to Cairns, in Tropical Far North Queensland. We’ll head straight to our hotel, the Hilton Cairns, on arrival. Situated in a prime spot right on Cairns’ Esplanade, this superior hotel is our home for the next five nights, and the scene of the Christmas festivities to come.

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Day 18

Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day, Cairns

Tour Highlight

Merry Christmas! Begin the day with a hearty breakfast to set you up for the celebrations ahead. Our day is free to spend as we please, perhaps with a stroll along the Esplanade followed by a picnic on the grass in the sunshine or even a swim in Cairns’ lagoon pool. This evening we gather in the hotel to enjoy a celebratory Christmas buffet dinner and drinks with our new-found friends.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner, including selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Day 19

Thursday 26th December: Cairns Freedom Day

Skyrail travelling over forest with people looking out, Coastline in the background

After our day of festivities, today is another of our Freedom Days to spend however we wish in Cairns. A very popular optional excursion is our tour to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Our tour begins as we travel to Kuranda village via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soaring above the treetops with astounding views over the rainforest. There is plenty of time to browse the craft markets, visit the butterfly sanctuary, or enjoy one of Kuranda’s many laid-back coffee shops. We begin our afternoon with a visit to meet the Pamagirri Aboriginal people at Rainforest Station. Enjoying nothing more than sharing their culture and traditions, we join a Yarning Circle, where we can listen to stories and ask questions. After a traditional dance performance and trying our luck at boomerang throwing, we return to Cairns on the unique Kuranda Scenic Railway. Passing over 40 bridges and through 15 tunnels, the railway is a feat of engineering and a railway journey to remember.

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Day 20

Friday 27th December: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Vivid colours of coral on the Great Barrier Reef

Tour Highlight

No holiday to Australia can be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most enduring natural wonders, the Reef’s stunningly beautiful coral and colourful marine life is a place like no other. Our exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef begins with a journey aboard a high speed catamaran as we zip across the Coral Sea to the Outer Reef.

We spend several hours at the Outer Reef for you to enjoy as you wish. The more active among us can snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon or, for an additional cost, join the marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari. There is also the opportunity to have a go at scuba diving (introductory or certified), join a Seawalker Helmet dive, or see the reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight. Those who would rather not get wet can still experience the underwater world of the reef with a ride in a glass-bottomed boat, or semi-submersible reef viewer. A buffet lunch is served on board the platform.

We return by catamaran to Cairns later in the afternoon, bringing our thrilling Great Barrier Reef day to a close

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch

Day 21

Saturday 28th December: Cairns Freedom Day

Our final day in Cairns has been left free for you to choose how to spend your day.  A last opportunity for some shopping, or maybe just a day relaxing by the hotel pool. For those interested in further activities and the chance to explore one of the world’s most ancient tropical rainforests, dating as far back as 180 million years, come with us on our optional tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. During the excursion, we’ll see dramatic jungle-clad gorges, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls while taking a guided walk as well as a cruise to spot saltwater crocodiles. At Cape Tribulation, an isolated headland, stroll on the beach where the rainforest meets the reef.

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Day 22

Sunday 29th December: Sydney, 4 nights

This morning we leave Cairns and fly to Sydney our final port of call on this wonderful tour of Australia, with the promise of an extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration ahead. We will be taken speedily to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, an excellent hotel set in an historic building just a short walk from Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour, home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House. The city centre itself is packed with world class restaurants, a lively arts culture and some remarkable museums and galleries. Beyond the harbour and the iconic bridge, however, Sydney has pristine sandy beaches and native bushland, sprawling parks and leafy gardens. Our 4-night stay in Sydney allows us plenty of time to enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer.

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Day 23

Monday 30th December: Sydney

Sydney Opera House with blue water and cruise boat travelling past

Our tour of Sydney includes all the famous highlights: Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and iconic Bondi Beach. Also included are three special treats: a guided tour of Sydney’s Opera House; a stroll through Sydney’s famous Botanic Garden with an Aboriginal guide; and a glimpse into the convict origins of Sydney at the interactive Hyde Park Barracks Museum – a world heritage site.

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Day 24

Tuesday 31st December: New Year’s Eve, Sydney

Tour Highlight

The eyes of the world fall on Sydney on New Year’s Eve, and today you are among the privileged few who are at the epicentre of the celebrations. Our day is left free, and your Tour Manager will be happy to help and offer their recommendations or make any arrangements for you. This evening, the excitement builds as we make our way to King Street Wharf to board Clear View, our luxury cruise vessel. The glass boat offers amazing 360-degree views around Sydney Harbour and will be positioned in an exclusion zone giving a prime position for viewing the fireworks.  We will be welcomed aboard with a glass of finest Australian sparkling wine, before settling into our reserved seat to be served a fabulous 5-course dinner of restaurant-quality, locally sourced favourites. The conversation and the drinks will flow, and after dinner we’ll be entertained by a live band, plus a DJ whose selection of music will be bound to have you up on your feet and dancing the evening away. As midnight strikes, Sydney’s annual firework spectacular bursts into life, and we’ll truly feel at the heart of the festivities as we view the stunning display from the comfort of our boat. Happy New Year!

Included meals:

Breakfast and celebration dinner including selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Day 25

Wednesday 1st January: Sydney Freedom Day

Welcome to 2024, and a final Freedom Day in Sydney. Shake off the cobwebs with an optional climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Or maybe take a trip to the fabulous Blue Mountains. However you choose to spend your final full day in Sydney, relax and enjoy.

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Day 26

Thursday 2nd January: Depart Sydney

Sydney Harbour from above, green park with boats in harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge

Our last day in Sydney is yours to spend as you please until we leave for the airport with suitcases full of memories: the end of an unforgettable adventure in Australia. Flights to our chosen UK airport all stop in Dubai or Singapore for a change of aircraft before the second leg back home.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £592 per couple!
If you would like to stopover on your way home we have a sensational stopover offer available from £49 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. Alternatively, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £199 per person, or if you prefer stay on Sentosa Island, from £149 per person. All you need to do to take advantage of this huge saving is book any departure after September 2024 by 29th February 2024.

Day 27

Friday 3rd January: Arrive UK

Sunset of Kangaroo Island, vibrant orange skies with silhouettes of Kangaroos hopping in front of the sun

This morning we arrive back into the UK at our chosen airport: either Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle, bringing our unforgettable journey to an end.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Departure dates & prices

Book your place on Christmas & New Year in Australia before 29th February 2024, and SAVE up to £592 per couple on tours departing from September 2024. Enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey for just £49 per person (£98 single occupancy) in either Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. The price includes two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, full breakfast each morning and return airport to hotel transfers. Also available is a three-night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 single occupancy) or a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for only £149 per person (£298 single occupancy).

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
08 December*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTPlease call to be added to the waiting list
14 December*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTPlease call to be added to the waiting list
08 December£8,395HALF FULL Two-night stopover from £49 per person


*These dates operate with a slightly different itinerary. Please click here for details.

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

Single occupancy supplement: 08 December 2023: £1,845 • 14 December 2023: £1,495 • 08 December 2024: £1,995

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.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy on selected routes from £2,295 per person return. Upgrade to Business Class from £4,995 per person return.

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

Important Information: Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Join our waiting list: From time to time we will receive cancellations, if you would like to be added to our waiting list for this years Christmas & New Year in Australia departure dates, please contact us.

Exceptional value inclusions

Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And our Christmas & New Year tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas & Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Two-night outbound stopover. Choose from Singapore or Dubai
  • Alternatively, spend two extra nights in Perth add at the beginning of your tour

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior and first class hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Meals worth £2,235 per person, with daily breakfast
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Celebratory Christmas dinner & drinks
  • An absolute highlight: New Year’s Eve dinner cruise in Sydney

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Dubai), Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Explore Caversham Wildlife Park
  • Wine tasting in the Barossa Valley
  • Experience Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Incredible festive highlights include a celebratory Christmas Day dinner in Cairns and magical New Year’s Eve dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • A behind the scenes tour of the Opera House
  • Aboriginal guided tour of Sydney’s Botanic Garden

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

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Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Adelaide

The Crowne Plaza Adelaide is a new hotel in a great location in the heart of Adelaide city centre. Situated close to Rundle Mall, home to many high-end shops and restaurants, the Crowne Plaza Adelaide offers stylish, modern and comfortable… Find out more >
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Pullman on the Park, Melbourne

Located in East Melbourne, Pullman Melbourne On The Park puts you within the city’s main sports and entertainment district. Sports fans will be pleased to know that directly opposite the hotel is Melbourne Cricket Ground, while Rod Laver Arena and… Find out more >
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Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs

In picture-perfect surroundings beneath the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel lazes along the banks of the Todd River and backs onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your Stay Throughout each of the rooms at the Crowne Plaza Lasseters… Find out more >
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Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock

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 Hilton Hotel, Cairns

After a day of exploring Cairns and its many nearby attractions, the Hilton Cairns is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your evening. Set in a wonderful waterfront location, the Cairns Hilton Hotel is located just a short walk… Find out more >
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney

With its vintage sandstone façade and traditional architecture, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is an historic hotel in the bustling heart of central Sydney. Formerly home to a newspaper empire and the Bank of New South Wales, the building has… Find out more >
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Uluru: Scenic Flights

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, out to Lake Amadeus, Kings Canyon and Gosses’ Bluff on an Ayers Rock scenic flight. During this exhilarating experience, you...

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Uluru: Scenic Helicopter Flights

One of the best ways to experience Uluru and the sprawling domes of Kata Tjuta is on an Ayers Rock Helicopter tour. Your aerial view will take in Uluru and...

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Uluru: Field of Light Self Guided Walk

Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...

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Uluru: Field of Light Star Pass

Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway travelling over the rainforest canopy and Barron Gorge waterfalls, Cairns, Australia

Cairns: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Distant Journeys are proud to offer some of the world’s best rail holidays. Join us on a day of discovery into the stunning rainforest clad mountains that surround tropical Cairns....

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Cairns: Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area. In the morning visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by...

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Cairns: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Queensland and is situated just 40 minutes’ drive north of Cairns. Your excursion price includes return transport...

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Cairns: Sunset Dinner Cruise

The tropical city of Cairns has so much to see and do. So much so, that in addition to including a full day on the Great Barrier Reef, all our...

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Cairns: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Hot air ballooning in Cairns, Australia, is a popular and exhilarating experience. The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, is a much-admired destination for visitors from all around...

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close view of a Maori Wasse on a guided snorkelling tour at Moore Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef: Guided Snorkel Tour

Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s many ‘must-see’ attractions. World Heritage listed, it is the worlds largest coral reef. All of Distant Journeys Australian itineraries (excluding Australia’s...

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Great Barrier Reef: Seawalker Helmet Dive

If you travel to Australia with Distant Journeys on any of our Australian itineraries, you’ll find a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef is included (apart from Australia’s East...

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Great Barrier Reef: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Join Distant Journeys on a tour of Australia and you will find a full-day excursion to visit the wonderous Great Barrier Reef, included in all our Australian itineraries (excluding Australia’s...

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Great Barrier Reef: SCUBA Diving

Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef (excluding Australia’s East Coast Jewels). You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral...

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Great Barrier Reef: Scenic Helicopter Transfer

A tour of Australia is highlight after highlight and none more so than the full-day excursion to visit the world’s largest coral reef, the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. If you...

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Blue Mountains scenic view

Sydney: Blue Mountains

Explore this million-acre World Heritage-listed area. This tour takes you away from the obvious tourist traps to show you the Blue Mountains from an insider’s perspective – from secluded lookouts,...

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Sydney: Bridge Climb

Prepare to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on this exhilarating excursion. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘The Coathanger’, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch...

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Sydney: Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House is a must-see landmark during your time in Australia. On this tour, you can take in all the mystery and majesty of the Australian icon on...

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Sydney: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy Sydney from the best possible vantage point – by air. You will take a spectacular 20 minute flight in a luxury helicopter, including return transfers from your hotel. The...

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Bali: Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Bali: Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali: Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Bali: Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Bali: Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Bangkok: City and Temples Tour

Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...

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Bangkok: Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...

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Bangkok: Floating Markets

A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...

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Dubai: Helicopter Flight Tour

All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...

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Dubai: Desert Safari and Dinner

For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...

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Singapore Afternoon tea in Grand Lobby Raffles elegant dining

Singapore: Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...

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Singapore: Nightout at Chinatown & Bugis Village

This enclave of Singapore was home to Chinese immigrants, and our evening begins by exploring the myriad of shops and eateries, bursting with colour and excitement set against a backdrop...

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...

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Singapore: Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...

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Early Booking Offers – SAVE up to £592 per couple!

Enjoy a homebound stopover from as little as £49 per person when you book one of our Australia and/or New Zealand tours departing after September 2024. Choose a city stay in bustling Bangkok, fashionable Dubai or the cosmopolitan Singapore, or opt to relax beachside in Bali, or Sentosa Island.

It really does pay to book early, as these stopovers usually cost up to £690 per couple for two nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers.

Destinations and prices as follows:

  • Two-night stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai for just £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy).
  • Three-night stopover in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy).
  • Two-night stopover on Sentosa Island for £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy).

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The savings quoted on Australia & New Zealand tours are off the price of a homeward stopover which normally costs up to £690 per couple. Early booking offers are for tours featured in our 2024/25 Australia & New Zealand brochure, departing from September 2024. All offers are based on specific flights and booking classes and are subject to availability at the time of booking. If choosing to fly with Singapore Airlines your homebound stopover options are limited to Singapore or Sentosa Island. All offers must end 29th February 2024.

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Singapore Stopover Offer, M Hotel City Centre

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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Bangkok Stopover Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, 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 floating markets. Make sure…

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Dubai Stopover Offer, Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf 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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Melia Hotel Bali

Bali Stopover Offer, Meliá Hotel

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of the Balinese people await you in this blissful beachfront sanctuary.…

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Sentosa Stopover Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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