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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 one-off itinerary in 2021 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 with enjoy the perfect position to enjoy this amazing New Year’s Eve spectacle – from the comfort of an exclusive dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour!

 

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: SAVE up to £632 per couple! Book by 1st March 2021 on our Christmas & New Year in Australia tour and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £29 per person.

 

£99 LOW DEPOSIT: On top of our Special Launch Offer, if you book your Christmas & New Year in Australia tour by 15th December 2020 your deposit will be only £99 per person. See the offers tab for full details.

Christmas & New Year in Australia itinerary

This 27-day escorted holiday to Australia over the Christmas and New Year festive season includes so many highlights along with a special Christmas spent in tropical Cairns and Sydney’s iconic New Years Eve firework celebrations.

 

A shorter 21-day tour departing on 14th December 2021 is also available. Prices from £6,295. Please call for details

27-day Christmas & New Year in Australia, from £6,995

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights
  • Day 3: Singapore
  • Day 4: Perth, 3 nights
  • Day 5: Perth
  • Day 6: Perth
  • Day 7: Kangaroo Island, 2 nights
  • Day 8: Kangaroo Island
  • Day 9: Adelaide, 2 nights
  • Day 10: Adelaide
  • Day 11: Melbourne, 3 nights
  • Day 12: Melbourne
  • Day 13: Melbourne
  • Day 14: Alice Springs, 2 nights
  • Day 15: Alice Springs
  • Day 16: Uluru, overnight
  • Day 17: Cairns, 5 nights
  • Day 18: Cairns
  • Day 19: Cairns
  • Day 20: Great Barrier Reef
  • Day 21: Cairns
  • Day 22: Sydney, 4 nights
  • Day 23: Sydney
  • Day 24: Sydney
  • Day 25: Sydney
  • Day 26: Depart Sydney
  • Day 27: Arrive UK

Tuesday 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

 

Wednesday 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 Copthorne Kings Hotel, 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.

 

Thursday 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?

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Friday 11th December: Perth, 3 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 Pan Pacific Hotel.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

 

Saturday 12th 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Sunday 13th 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!

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Monday 14th December: Kangaroo Island, 2 nights

After breakfast, we leave Perth behind as we fly to Adelaide, capital of South Australia. Upon arrival, we continue by coach to the Fleurieu Peninsula, from where we board a ferry to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Our busy day of travel ends at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge Hotel, located in a prime position in bushland overlooking American River Bay, and our home for the next two nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Tuesday 15th December: Kangaroo Island

Tour Highlight

Our full day tour on Kangaroo Island starts with a visit to Seal Bay Conservation Park where we will be taken on a beach walk with an experienced guide and enjoy being among a colony of rare Australian sea lions, watching them play and relax on the beach. After lunch, our afternoon will be spent at the Flinders Chase National Park, home to some of Australia’s best-known native wildlife. During our tour of this park, we’ll be able to spot wallabies, echidnas, koalas and the kangaroos which give the island its name. We’ll also take in some incredible scenery at the Remarkable Rocks, offering spectacular sea views and photo opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk, where we will head down to the unique rock archway to spot the happy Long-Nosed Fur Seals which call this part of the island home. After a truly unforgettable day on Kangaroo Island, packed with incredible wildlife and scenery, it’s time to head back to our hotel for a second night.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Wednesday 16th December: Adelaide, 2 nights

After getting up close to an amazing variety of Australia’s wildlife it’s time to make our way back to the mainland by ferry. Our journey into Adelaide, includes a visit to the quaint village of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement with its tree-lined streets and original Fachwerk, timber-framed buildings. Adelaide has a lovely location, surrounded by parkland, rolling hills and the Mount Lofty Range, and during this afternoon’s sightseeing tour we will get our first view of Adelaide’s pretty streets, grand Victorian buildings and the leafy parks and gardens that encircle the city. Lastly today, we arrive at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, situated just around the corner from Rundle Street, home to Adelaide’s best shopping opportunities.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Thursday 17th December: Adelaide Freedom Day

Today is a Freedom Day to spend as we please. Lovers of good wine can take an optional tour to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, with plenty of tastings included. Alternatively, idle away a few hours with a leisurely cruise along the Murray River or just enjoy a stroll around Adelaide.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Friday 18th December: Melbourne, 3 nights

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, Captain Cook’s Cottage (which we can also enter at our own expense), 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 three 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Saturday 19th December: Melbourne Freedom Day

Tour Highlight

Enjoy a Freedom Day in Melbourne, where one of the optional tours on offer is a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, to view the Penguin Parade. The Fairy 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Sunday 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. 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Monday 21st December: Alice Springs, 2 nights

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 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, home for the next two nights.

 

This evening, there’s the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Aussie 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Tuesday 22nd December: Alice Springs Freedom Day

Our day is free to relax or explore as we wish. Choose to join a popular excursion to the Western MacDonnell Ranges; a great opportunity to get a true taste of life in the outback. The full-day tour takes us through the stunning scenery of Simpson’s Gap, home to various plants and wildlife, including the black-footed rock-wallaby. The excursion also visits Standley Chasm, one of the ‘must see’ spectacular geological and cultural icons of Central Australia.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Wednesday 23rd December: Uluru, 2 nights

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 visit Kata Tjuṯa, also known as the Olgas, a group of large, domed sandstone rock formations. The domes of Kata Tjuta are sacred to the local Anangu Aboriginal people, and are believed to be over 500 million years old.  We then make our way to the Desert Gardens Hotel, our overnight accommodation.

 

Tour Highlight

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Thursday 24th December: Cairns, 5 nights

Wake up on a Christmas Eve like no other as early risers have the option of viewing Uluru at sunrise, for a different perspective on this ancient and sacred monolith. After breakfast, we depart for a tour of the base of Uluru, getting as close as is allowed to the Rock. Learn more about its historical and cultural importance to the indigenous people of this area of Northern Territory. 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 5 nights, and the scene of the Christmas festivities to come.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Friday 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.

 

Saturday 26th December: Cairns Freedom Day

Today is another of our Freedom Days to spend however we wish in Cairns, and we are offering a very popular optional excursion to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Our tour begins with a visit to the Tjapukai Cultural Centre to enjoy a performance of dance, music and storytelling by members of the local Tjapukai Aboriginal community. Next, we travel to Kuranda village via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soaring above the treetops with astounding views over the rainforest. In Kuranda, there are several enjoyable ways to spend the next few hours. Browse the craft markets, visit the butterfly sanctuary or explore the Koala Gardens, where we can even cuddle a Koala if we wish. Kuranda has plenty of laid-back coffee shops with outdoor seating, perfect for indulging in some people-watching along with a flat white and some cake! We will then head back 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Sunday 27th December: Cairns, 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 Marine World platform on 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 or maybe have a go at scuba diving. There is also the option to 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 a trip in the underwater observatory and 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

 

Monday 28th December: Cairns Freedom Day

Another Freedom Day in tropical Far North Queensland. For 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 walk with an Aboriginal guide 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.

 

If you prefer to stay in Cairns today, there’s so much to see and do, including numerous shops and art galleries, as well as Cairns’ famous Night Markets. Featuring over seventy different shops and stalls selling authentic local crafts and souvenirs, as well as a food court offering street food from around the world, the Night Markets are the perfect place to enjoy dinner and hunt for some souvenirs.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

 

Tuesday 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 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Sydney Opera House with blue water and cruise boat travelling past

Wednesday 30th December: Sydney

Tour Highlight

This morning we will view the most essential sights of Sydney with a comprehensive sightseeing tour and lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour. We begin by travelling through some of the city’s coolest inner-city suburbs to the iconic Bondi Beach, with time to enjoy a stroll on its famous golden sands, before passing the beautiful Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay on our way back to the city centre. Our tour will then bring us to Hyde Park, Australia’s oldest park, whose 40 acres contain the ANZAC Memorial; Parliament House and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. This unique ‘chair’ is a Sydney landmark made of exposed sandstone rock, cut into a bench shape by convicts in 1810 as a gift to Governor Macquarie’s wife. This location is also the perfect spot for a group photo, with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge behind. The sightseeing tour will then lead us to Circular Quay, where we board the MV Sydney 2000 for our fabulous lunch cruise around stunning Sydney Harbour. The delicious two-course lunch is the perfect accompaniment to the unrivalled views as we cruise past the Opera House; the perfect way to end our first morning in Sydney.  After disembarking, our afternoon is free to spend soaking up the atmosphere around the harbour. Maybe enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House, or even take in a show in one of the world’s most famous performance venues?

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Thursday 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 The Blue Room, 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

 

Friday 1st January: Sydney Freedom Day

Tour Highlight

Welcome to 2022, and a final Freedom Day in Sydney. Shake off the cobwebs with an optional visit to the Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park; just 90 minutes from downtown Sydney, the park encompasses coastline, rainforest, bushland and a portion of the Hawkesbury River.  Or those with a head for heights may want to do the ultimate in New Year’s Day walks with a climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! However you choose to spend your final full day in Sydney, relax and enjoy it as this wonderful Very Best of Australia tour draws to a close.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Saturday 2nd January: Depart Sydney

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 LAUNCH OFFERSAVE up to £632 per couple!

If you would like to stopover on your way home we have an amazing stopover offer available from £29 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Dubai. Alternatively, if you prefer, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £199 per person. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is select a departure travelling from September 2021 onwards and book by 1st March 2021.

 

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

Sunday 3rd January: Arrive UK

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

Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £632 per couple on a homebound stopover, if you take a tour departing after September 2021. Just make sure you book by 1st March 2021. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy).

 

What’s more, if you book the Christmas & New Year tour by 15th December 2020 your deposit will be only £99 per person. See the offers tab for full details.

 

Christmas & New Year in Australia departure

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2021
 8 December £6,995 JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE up to £632 Per Couple

A shorter 20-day tour departing on 15th December 2021 is also available. Prices from £6,295. Please call for details

 

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

Single occupancy supplement: £1,595

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: 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.

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.

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, add two nights to the beginning of your stay in Perth

Carefully selected hotels

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

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £462 per person
  • Lunch on Kangaroo Island
  • Christmas Dinner with selected alcoholic drinks in Cairns
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour
  • New Years Eve dinner cruise with selected alcoholic drinks in Sydney

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Dubai), Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Full day touring Kangaroo Island
  • Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Christmas Day celebrations in Cairns
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour
  • Spectacular New Years Eve Fireworks & Dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour

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
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid-19 Guarantee

Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore

Standing proud on the historic and picturesque Singapore River, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore is close to a dazzling array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Its central location means Orchard Road, Chinatown and Central Business District are all just a… Find out more >
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Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth

Just a short stroll from the famous Swan River is your hotel for your stay in Perth. The Pan Pacific Perth Hotel manages to remain charming and serene while being located right in the heart of Perth’s main shopping and… Find out more >
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Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Kangaroo Island Lodge has been designed to blend in with its unique wilderness location and natural surroundings, and is situated on a hillside amidst native bushland.   The hotel is steeped in history, as it was the first guesthouse built on Kangaroo… Find out more >
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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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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs

Situated between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is a luxury resort, offering stunning views of the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown and enjoys… 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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Adelaide – Murray River Highlights Tour

Relax on this lunch-time cruise along the Murray River aboard the Proud Mary boat. Enjoy the spectacular views of this unique river system with its historic cliffs and stunning landscapes....

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Kangaroo Island Tour from Adelaide

Kangaroo Island Australia is South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Your Kangaroo Island tour from Adelaide begins early morning when you take a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis taking...

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Adelaide – Barossa Valley Wineries Tour

Travel from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills with a stop at the Whispering Wall, famous for its acoustic qualities. Visit the beautiful and historic winery of Château Yaldara, one of...

AUD $139 / GBP £78 Read More >
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Melbourne – Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste Tour

Explore Victoria’s enormous food and wine scene with this wonderful Melbourne food and wine tour. From Melbourne, you’ll to travel around and taste your way around the nearby Bellarine and...

AUD $199 / GBP £112 Read More >
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Melbourne: Around the Bay Sightseeing & Bay Cruise

Escape from the city for a day and discover the beauty of Melbourne Bay, also known as Port Phillip Bay, with a guided Melbourne Bay tour, taking in the stunning...

AUD $189 / GBP £106 Read More >
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Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Express Tour

Our evening tour from Melbourne will take you directly to Phillip Island to witness the evening ritual of the Penguin Parade. During your journey to Phillip Island, take in the panoramic...

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Puffing Billy Steam Train Morning Tour with Morning Tea

This morning tour begins with the lush rain forest of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, before we make our way in to Sherbrooke Forest with its tall eucalyptus and chatting kooaburras....

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Sunrise Balloon Flight, Melbourne

Enjoy a truly remarkable experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - a world-class experience. Your day will begin with an early start, as your ballooning adventure...

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Melbourne – Puffing Billy with Yarra Valley Wineries

The Puffing Billy Yarra Valley Tour is a tour for those with an appreciation for food, wine and a little history. The Puffing Billy Steam Train is an icon in...

AUD $218 / GBP £121 Read More >
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Melbourne – Phillip Island and Penguin Parade

Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Visit Churchill Island where you can explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean...

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Melbourne – Great Ocean Road

A Great Ocean Road Day Trip introduces one of the world’s most stunning coastlines, offering ocean vistas, crashing surf, dramatic coastal cliffs and endless long sandy beaches. Your Great Ocean...

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Alice Springs Desert Park Tour

Perfect for those who wish to visit Desert Park without taking the full day Western MacDonnell tour, this morning excursion includes return transfers from your hotel plus admission to Alice...

AUD $64 / GBP £36 Read More >
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Alice Springs Sunset Camel Tour

The dazzling and unique sunsets that pass over Australia’s Red Centre each day are not to be missed during any visit to Australia, and during your time in Australia, you...

AUD $89 / GBP £50 Read More >

Alice Springs – Outback Bush BBQ

Alice Springs - Original Outback Bush BBQ Dinner Show A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian...

AUD $185 / GBP £104 Read More >
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Alice Springs – Western MacDonnell Ranges

Our Australia Tour Packages give you the opportunity to visit the Western MacDonnell Ranges during your stay in Alice Springs. Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured Western...

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Alice Springs – Hot Air Balloon Flight

Visit Alice Springs and you’ll get to enjoy an amazing hot air balloon flight. Get to know your friendly crew as you journey to the launch site in the cool...

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Ayers Rock – A Night at Field of Light

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...

AUD $265 / GBP £149 Read More >
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Ayers Rock – 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...

AUD $95 / GBP £53 Read More >
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Ayers Rock – Field of Light

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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Ayers Rock – Sounds of Silence Dinner

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling...

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Ayers Rock – Sunrise Helicopter Flight

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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Ayers Rock – Scenic Fixed Wing 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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Cairns Dinner Harbour Cruise

Enjoy an evening of calm water cruising, taking in the sights and sounds of Cairns by night.  The evening includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a delicious buffet featuring some...

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Cairns – Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour

Immerse yourself in Tropical Far North Queensland with the Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour.  Enjoy a visit to Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls. The tour includes lunch in Innisfail, a cruise...

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Cairns, Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Learn about Australia's indigenous Aboriginal people in the timeless and spiritual setting of the world's oldest living rainforest. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, connect with two local indigenous brothers whilst...

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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 – Rainforest Dinner in Port Douglas

Port Douglas’ Flames of the Forest is an exclusive, intimate and romantic experience. The Rainforest Restaurant in Port Douglas will transport you into a world beyond your imagination. Completely surrounded...

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Cairns – Kuranda Scenic Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai

You begin the day with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, to meet your indigenous guide who will show you through the park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations,...

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Cairns – Daintree National Park

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 – 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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Great Barrier Reef – Optional activities during included full day tour

Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you...

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Sydney: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is Australia’s second oldest National Park, and amongst the variety of flora and fauna you’ll also find over 1,000 Aboriginal heritage sites, the most concentrated collection in the...

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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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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 – Red Carpet Package

The ultimate way to experience the most famous Sydney icon – the Sydney Opera House – is the Red Carpet Package. This includes an informative guided tour of the public...

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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 – Hunter Valley

A flexible boutique wine tour of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Relax in comfortable small-group vehicles for the 2 hour drive north to the Hunter Valley. Along the way your guide...

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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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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 – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalised service and a contemporary...

USD $172/ GBP £137 Read More >
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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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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...

USD $51 / GBP £41 Read More >
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Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...

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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 by Night tour

The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...

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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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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

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Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Lantau Island tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

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...

USD $56 / GBP £46 Read More >
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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...

USD $66 / GBP £55 Read More >
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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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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...

USD $67 / GBP £55 Read More >

Special Offers

Book now with only £99 per person deposit and SAVE up to £632 per couple!

 

Our most popular Special Launch Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy) – on all our Australia tours.

 

There are several options for your £29 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 (£398 for single occupancy) per person.

 

These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.

 

We are also pleased to offer our new £99 per person deposit offer. Just make a new booking to Australia between 13th November and the 15th December 2020 to take advantage of this special low deposit.

 

Special Offers: terms and conditions

Special Launch Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £632 per couple is available on tours departing from September 2021 and is on the price of the homebound stopover.

 

The £99 low deposit is per person and is available for all new bookings made between 13th November 2020 and the 15th December 2020. This offer is available on tours of Australia and New Zealand departing after September 2021 and is non-refundable. Please note, the £99 deposit is not available for passengers who have booked prior to 13th November 2020, or for those passengers transferring their booking from the 2020/21 season. The balance of the deposit is payable by the 15th February 2021.


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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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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

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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Bangkok 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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Bali 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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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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The Christmas & New Year in Australia tour is a new itinerary departing December 2021 and as yet there are no direct reviews for this tour. We suggest in the meantime, to look at the reviews for our Very Best of Australia tour.  We’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

 

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‘Great holiday, we had the freedom to do our own thing when it suited as well as a range of excursions when we needed them. The Ghan train and the Great Barrier Reef experiences were first class’ Mr & Mrs Parry, Cheshire
Mr & Mrs Parry, Wonders of Australia
The organisation and skill devoted to making this special was exceptional. From the tour managers down to the coach drivers and the choice of hotels there is really nothing I could fault. One big, perfect adventure from start to finish. Thank you!
Mr & Mrs Waters, Wonders of Australia
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


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