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Wonders of Australia Tour

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

Special Offer – Save up to £632 per couple

If you book a Wonders of Australia tour now, you will be able to enjoy a two night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). This offer saves you up to £632 per couple and ends on the 30th November 2018. Please note, this offer is only available on tours departing after 1st August 2019.

 

Wonders of Australia itinerary

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

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

 

22-day Wonders of Australia, from only £4,995pp

Please note, the itinerary below refers to our 2019/2020 departures. Please click the departures tab for departure dates and itineraries for 2018/19.

Day 1: Depart UK

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

Day 2: Singapore, 3 nights

Flights from London Heathrow may travel direct to Singapore. All UK regional flights will travel via Dubai. Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four star Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative stopover: Dubai

We have based days 2-5 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you prefer, you may choose to stop in Dubai for the same price. Your stopover includes transfers, accomodation, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary. Please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 3: Singapore

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

Day 4: Singapore Freedom Day

A Freedom Day in Singapore to further explore the city. Possibly visit historic Raffles for high tea or to savour a Singapore Sling. Discover the wonderful Gardens by the Bay, visit Singapore Zoo or maybe indulge in some of the amazing shopping opportunities that can be found around the city.
Breakfast included

Day 5: Melbourne, 3 nights

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne. With a late arrival into Melbourne we transfer directly to our hotel, the four star Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, situated in the heart of the city.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6: Melbourne

A leisurely start this morning before our city tour of Melbourne. Sights include Captain Cook’s Cottage (optional entry at own expense), Victoria Markets, Federation Square, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. We also head out of the city to see the waterside suburbs of St. Kilda and Port Melbourne, returning to our hotel later in the day. This evening there is the option to enjoy dinner on an historic tramcar.
Breakfast included

Day 7: Melbourne Freedom Day

Today we can choose to relax or explore as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to help with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. For example, we have the opportunity to take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of little penguins, to view the ‘Penguin Parade’. Alternatively, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges, explore the city’s most famous sporting landmarks or tour along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road.
Breakfast included

Day 8: Cairns, 4 nights

Late in the morning, we make our way to the airport for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the centrally located four-star DoubleTree by Hilton, which will be our home for the next four nights.
Breakfast included

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

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

Day 10: Cairns Freedom Day

Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda. Our tour begins with traditional Tjapukai aboriginal culture including authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people. We ascend to Kuranda by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a beautiful experience gliding over the rainforest canopy. ‘The village in the rainforest’ Kuranda awaits. It’s a lovely place to while away a few hours visiting the markets, butterfly sanctuary or the Koala Gardens. Travel back to Cairns along one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. See how the track clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip. During our journey we encounter no fewer than 40 bridges and 15 tunnels as we make our way back to Cairns.
Breakfast included

Day 11: Cairns Freedom Day

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

Day 12: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight

Leaving Cairns on an early flight, we head to Uluru, the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. Rising from the flat surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. Relax and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Alice Springs, 2 nights

This morning there’s an opportunity to see the sunrise over Uluru for those of us who wish to do so. A little later, we take a tour of the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. This afternoon we travel east through amazing outback landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to the outback town of Alice Springs. Our home for the next two nights is the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 14: Alice Springs Freedom Day

Our day is free to relax or explore the outback. You may wish to take a trip to the Western MacDonnell Ranges; an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full day excursion takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.
Breakfast included

Day 15: The Ghan, Overnight

This morning, we board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs. Visits include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Old Telegraph Station, now a museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name.

Then it’s time to make our way to Alice Springs Rail Terminal ready for our magnificent overland rail journey to Adelaide, on Australia’s southern coastline. Known for being one of the world’s iconic rail journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service cabins, featuring air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold Service single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair by day, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst on board, all our meals are included, as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. During lunch, marvel at the everchanging landscape as we journey south. Later enjoy an off-train experience as The Ghan makes a short stop in Manguri. This evening following dinner, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks included

Day 16: Adelaide, 2 nights

In 25 hours aboard The Ghan we will have covered 1,555 kilometres and passed golden wheat fields, vast sheep stations, rugged mountain ranges, salt lakes and the fierce Simpson Desert. Following breakfast this morning, we arrive into Adelaide. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. We shall take a sightseeing tour and be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, fine Victorian buildings and attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the excellent Stamford Plaza for our next two nights.
Breakfast included

Day 17: Adelaide Freedom Day

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

Day 18: Sydney, 3 nights

This morning we make our way to Adelaide Airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival we head to the fourstar Novotel Darling Square Hotel, or North Sydney Harbourview Hotel.

Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add to this the excellent restaurants and cafés, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.<
Breakfast and in-flight drinks included

Day 19: Sydney

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

Day 20: Sydney Freedom Day

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

Day 21: Depart Sydney

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

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE UP TO £632 PER COUPLE

If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing offer on a homebound stopover in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.

The price is only £29 per person if sharing a twin or double and £58 for single occupancy.
Included are return airport transfers and two nights accommodation in a four or five star hotel with full daily breakfast. See the departure dates and prices for full details, but remember, to take advantage of this special offer, you must book by 30th November 2018 and travel on a tour departing after 1st August 2019.

Should you prefer a relaxing stay on your way home, then as part of our special offer, you may choose Bali for a three night stay at the reduced price of £199 per person in a twin or double and £398 for single occupancy. Again, this only applies to our Wonders of Australia tours departing after 1st August 2019.

Day 22: Arrive UK

This morning we arrive into our chosen airport; London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Why not combine the Wonders of Australia with one of our New Zealand tours?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, combining the Wonders of Australia and either the Magnificent New Zealand or Very Best of New Zealand tour makes perfect sense.

Please see our Australia & New Zealand combination tours for more details.

 

Departure dates & prices

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

And don’t forget, you can also save up to £632 per couple on a homebound stopover on tours departing after 1st August 2019.

 Wonders of Australia departures

For details of the 2018/19 itinerary, please click here

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2018
25 October£5,195ON REQUESTCall for details
01 NovemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
02 November*SOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
08 NovemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
12 December*^£6,495ON REQUESTCall for details
2019
11 January*£5,195ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFTCall for details
17 January£5,195SMALL GROUP TOUR, 30 GUESTS MAX, ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
25 January*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
07 February£5,195ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
22 February£5,195ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
08 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
15 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
12 April*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
19 AprilSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
02 August*£5,495HALF FULL£29 stopover
04 October*£5,195HALF FULL£29 stopover
17 October£5,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
31 October£5,195HALF FULL£29 stopover
14 November£5,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
11 December^£6,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
2020
23 January£5,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
13 February£5,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
06 March*£5,195NEW DATE£29 stopover
03 April*£4,995NEW DATE£29 stopover
31 July*£5,495NEW DATE£29 stopover

*These dates operate a variation of the tour as shown and may use alternative hotels of the same standard. Please call for details.

^Christmas departure: An altered 24 day itinerary included Christmas dinner and drinks in tropical Cairns and New Year’s Eve dinner, drinks and live music overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Ghan does not operate on this date. Please call for full itinerary and details.

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

Single supplement for tours: £1,195 (£1,995 for the 12th December 2018 tour & £1,795 for the 11th December 2019 tour)

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

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.

So much included

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

  • Three night outbound stopover; choose from Singapore or Dubai
  • Carefully selected hotels
  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • Overnight train journey onboard the legendary Ghan
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

 

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £334 per person
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

 

All-inclusive on The Ghan

  • All meals
  • Selected alcoholic and soft drinks

 

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Dubai), Melbourne, Alice Springs, Adelaide and Sydney
  • Full day on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Lunch cruise around 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

 

 

Hand-picked hotels

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


Ayers Rock resort + Uluru

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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Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs

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

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

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

Melbourne, Mercure Treasury Gardens Hotel

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

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

When it comes to staying in the heat of the action, with views of some of the country’s most famous landmarks, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is the place to stay in Sydney – the views of the harbour make its… Find out more >
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Novotel Darling Square

Novotel Darling Square, Sydney

In the heart of Darling Harbour, sits your hotel, Sydney Novotel Darling Square. Here, you’re just walking distance from the Darling Quarter, central business district and Chinatown. During your stay you can take a leisurely sunset cruise on the harbour,… Find out more >
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ADL Stamford Plaza Exterior Night

Stamford Plaza, Adelaide

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city’s North Terrace, the Stamford Plaza Adelaide puts all of the area’s top attractions right on your doorstep. So many of Adelaide’s best places to visit are just minutes’ away, including Adelaide Festival… Find out more >
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Lobby at The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne

Vibrant, culturally diverse, and excitingly enchanting, Melbourne is a fascinating city to explore and the Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne is the perfect base from which to discover it all. Situated in Carlton North and surrounded by Royal Park… Find out more >
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Freedom Days

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

 

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

 

Price pp in Australian Dollars (AUD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Melbourne
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1930hrs)$202£115
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$187£107
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$215£123
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine*$90£51
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun, Thu*$130£74
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Fri – Sat *$150£86
Sportslovers’ Tour – full day tour including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£77
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$480£274
Adelaide
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting$139£79
Kangaroo Island, including lunch (full day tour 06.45-2200hrs)$296£169
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$295£169
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$390£223
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, Drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$165£94
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1730hrs)
$132£75
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$240£137
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£163
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$210£120
Field of Light Pass *$42£24
Field of Light Star Pass *$90£51
A Night at the Field of Light *$250£143
Cairns
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs$290£166
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$214£122
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park at own cost) 0800-1730hrs$215£123
Rainforest dining experience incl drinks in Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) with Aboriginal Cultural programme, incl transfers (Tue, Thu only), 1830-2300hrs  **Not recommended for vegetarians **$235£134
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330*$202£115
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$80£46
Great Barrier Reef
5 minute scenic helicopter flight$113£65
10 minute scenic helicopter flight$189£108
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$45£26
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$125£71
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$125£71
Sydney
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$199£115
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
$215 to $295£123 to £169
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings$194£111
Bridge Climb, dawn (peak time, other times of day less)*$388£222
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating*$346 to $585£210 to £338
Sydney Opera House tour with 3 tiered tasting plate $82£47
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing 1300-1600hrs from Darling Harbour, no transfers included$129 to $169£74 to £97

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

Please note, if paying by Visa or Mastercard in Australia there will be an additional 2.2% card charge applied.

Optional excursions for stopover destinations

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

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

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

Price pp in Thai Baht (THB)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Bangkok
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half day)$1,300£31
Grand Palace (Half day)$1,250£29
Temples & City tour (Half day)$1,150£27
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£39
New Dubai City Tour*$101£78
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£83
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£133
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£150
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore
Singapore Night Safari$96£54
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£21
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles*  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel* Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$98£55
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Smoke & Mirrors$65£37
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour*$400£40
Lantau Island tour with lunch*$850£85
Macau Tour with lunch*$995£100
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£75
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Bali
Kecak at Uluwatu & BBQ seafood dinner$67£52
Mengwi Temple, Monkey forest & Tanah Lot$58£45
Bali Hai dinner cruise$66£51
Jatiluwih & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour$48£37
Balinese Purifying$56£43

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

Special offer – save up to £632 per couple

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

In addition to your included stopover on the way out, right now we’re offering two-night homebound stopovers for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). This amounts to a saving of up to £632 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 30th November 2018.

The offer is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking. Your special offer homebound stopovers are Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. The offer includes return transfers and accommodation for two nights including full breakfast. Please note this offer is only available on tours departing after 1st August 2019.

If a relaxing beach stay in Bali is of interest, we can also arrange a three night stay at the reduced price of £199 per person in a twin and £398 for single occupancy.

 


Melia Hotel Bali

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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Amari Watergate Hotel Exterior

Bangkok Offer, Amari Watergate 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…

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Singapore Skyline

Copthorne Kings Hotel in Singapore - Stopover Offer

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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Camel

Dubai Offer, Marriott 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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Hong Kong Temple

Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

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

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

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