Australia in 16 Days
Get to know Eastern Australia's vibrant cities and explore the most important sights in Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide and Melbourne!
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An action-packed journey filled with paradise beaches and natural beauty across the length and breadth of Eastern Australia. Soak up the atmosphere of stylish Sydney and discover the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns in Queensland. Head to South Australia to experience the charms of cosmopolitan Adelaide before exploring the trendy art scene and diverse cultures of Melbourne in Victoria.
16 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
NYC - SYD
NYC - SYD
NYC - SYD
MEL - NYC
MEL - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
It's time for an adventure Downunder! Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Sydney. Night on board.
Continue your journey to Sydney. Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on your outward journey but will gain it back on your return journey. You are not in-flight for two days.
Arrive in Sydney, one of Australia's biggest cities, known for its Opera House and vibrant culture. Transfer to the hotel by coach and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing after your journey or exploring the city.* A drink in one of the cafes and bars by the harbour waterfront is the perfect way to begin your holiday! Overnight stay in Sydney.
* You will have the option to upgrade to a private car airport transfer service in the next step of the booking process.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure. Why not indulge in some shopping or make like a local and head down to Bondi Beach to watch the surfers and kick-back on the beach. We recommend an optional panoramic tour to get to know the city better.* In the evening, don't miss out on the brilliant and varied cuisine on offer in Sydney's wide range of restaurants, or opt for an incredible sunset dinner cruise to discover the city from a different perspective!** Overnight stay in Sydney.
* Optional Panoramic Sydney Tour: Get picked up from your hotel and set off on a panoramic tour of the city, starting with the historic Rocks areas before soaking up the views of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the city centre and the charming neighbourhood of Paddington before arriving at the Pacific Coast to visit Bondi Beach promenade. Spend some time soaking up the views at your leisure before heading back to the city via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquaries's Point. Please note: This tour does not operate on Anzac Day, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
* Optional Sydney Sunset Dinner Cruise: Board the ship at King Street Wharf/Circular Quay Wharf to embark on an unforgettable sunset cruise. Tuck into a delicious 3-course al la carte menu against the backdrop of the setting sun, and enjoy the onboard bar to purchase drinks. Please note: This tour does not operate on Easter, Australia Day, Valentines Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, sampling the many varied and delicious cuisines of the city or enjoying more sightseeing at the city's numerous museums and galleries. We recommend an optional excursion to the Blue Mountains to explore this incredible region of natural beauty!* Overnight stay in Sydney.
*Optional Full-Day Blue Mountains Canyons & Wildlife Excursion: Set off on an unforgettable full-day excursion to the breathtaking Blue Mountains! Pay a visit to Calmsley Hill Farm to enjoy an interactive animal experience and a morning tea break. Your journey continues as you travel on the Blue Mountain circle route, taking in the dramatic landscapes of this rugged region before visiting Eaglehawk Lookout for views of the famous Three Sisters Rock Formation. Stop for at the prestigious Hydro Majestic Hotel (own expense) before spending the afternoon visiting a selection of scenic lookouts such as Fovett's Leap waterfall. The final stop of the day is Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before heading back to the city. Please note: This tour does not operate on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Sydney behind as you transfer to the airport by coach to catch a flight to Cairns, the famous gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and a haven of beaches, culture and laid-back living. Arrive and transfer by coach to the hotel. If time allows, enjoy the rest of the day discovering Cairns at your own pace. Why not get involved with the city's thriving cafe culture and spend the afternoon sampling some of the best coffee and barista creations at any number of trendy cafes that are dotted around the city, particularly around Grafton and Spence streets. A stroll along the coastal promenade is the perfect way to end the day. Overnight stay in Cairns.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure to get to know Cairns at your own pace, exploring the local museums and art galleries or simply relaxing. To experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef up close, we recommend an optional Silverswift Day Cruise.* Overnight stay in Cairns.
* Optional Silverswift Day Cruise: Board Silverswift, a 29-metre catamaran for an exciting full-day cruise. Visit 3 different sites on the Outer Barrier Reef to discover the rich underwater world up close! A guided snorkel tour is included, along with lunch on board. Drinks can be purchased at the onboard bar. Please note: This tour does not operate on Christmas Day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to relax at your leisure, perhaps doing some shopping in the city centre. If you're blessed with warm weather, why not pay a visit to Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon, a popular local swimming and leisure spot with beautiful sea views. Whatever you choose to do, Cairns is all yours to discover. Why not explore the tropical rainforests of Kuranda on an optional full-day excursion?* Overnight stay in Cairns.
* Optional Full-Day Kuranda Rail & Skyrail Excursion: Set off on the scenic Kuranda Railway for spectacular views of the mountains, forested hillsides and Baron Gorge. Spend some time exploring Kuranda, a charming mountain town known for its relaxed, bohemian atmosphere where you can enjoy discounted entry to several attractions, including Rainforestation Nature Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Finally, enjoy an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy on the scenic Skyrail Cableway! Please note: This tour does not operate on Christmas Day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your adventure as you transfer to the airport by coach for a flight to Adelaide. Arrive in Adelaide, a cosmopolitan coastal capital, and meet Hughes Leisure Limousines Services who will transfer you to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Why not discover one of the city's panoramic rooftop bars, where you can enjoy a relaxed drink and enjoy a birds-eye view of Adelaide. Overnight stay in Adelaide.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at leisure. With a vibrant culture built on world-famous festivals, food and wine, Adelaide is an elegant city with a rich past and a passion for fine living. Get to know the city further with an optional walking tour of Adelaide or take a day tour to the beautiful Barossa Valley Wine Region.* Overnight stay in Adelaide.
*Optional Guided Heritage Walking Tour: Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing along Adelaide's North Terrace, the cultural heart of the city. Follow an expert local guide as you discover this splendid thoroughfare, home to government buildings, museums, monuments and important contemporary and historic public statues. Children (11+ years)
*Optional Barossa Wine Region & Hahndorf Highlights: Travel to the world-renowned Barossa wine region, Southern Australia’s premium wine district. Your first stop is at the multi-award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, to sample their famous wines in a structured tasting and enjoy a tour of the surrounding vines and cellar door. Stop for tea overlooking the vineyards before continuing to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley. Visit Lambert Estate in Angaston for wine tasting and a 2-course lunch. Pass by the Herbig Family Tree at Springton, a famous hollow tree trunk house, and continue to the picturesque Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf, one of the oldest German settlements in Adelaide. Here, visit Beerenberg Farm Shop to explore the range of products and take some free time to stroll through the town. Children (5-11 years).
Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions today.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy the city at your leisure. We recommend visiting the famous Art Gallery of South Australia, which displays a huge collection of indigenous art pieces. We recommend an optional excursion to Kangaroo Island to discover Australia's most famous animal species in the wild!* Overnight stay in Adelaide.
*Optional Full-Day Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery: Set off early this morning to enjoy a scenic coach drive to Cape Jervis, taking in the views of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, meet a local guide and tour several island habitats to see incredible Australian wildlife in its natural home. Visit Seal Bay, home to a sea lion colony, to get up close to these wonderful, endangered creatures. Stop for lunch at a natural bush property to enjoy a gourmet picnic with local wine and take a bushwalk or stroll along the beach. Afterwards, head into the island's interior to look for koalas, echidnas, wallabies and cockatoos. Later, see the iconic kangaroos of Kangaroo Island grazing on the open pastures before returning to the port to catch the return ferry back to the mainland. Please note: this tour is not suitable for children under 7 years old.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your adventure as you take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne, the garden city of Australia. Arrive, transfer to the hotel by coach and spend the day enjoying cosmopolitan Melbourne at your leisure. We suggest visiting its lively centre to discover its cafes, bars and boutiques. At dusk, why not enjoy a delicious Chinese meal in Little Bourke Street or Italian specialities in a trattoria and listen to live jazz in one of the many jazz bars. Overnight stay in Melbourne.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore the atmospheric streets and cultural sights of Melbourne. We recommend an optional excursion to Phillip Island and the Moonlit Sanctuary.* Overnight stay in Melbourne.
*Optional Full-Day Phillip Island & Moonlit Sanctuary Excursion: Set off for Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and adorable koalas. After meeting the adorable animals, continue to Phillip Island and, depending on the weather, admire the skill of local surfers at Woolamai Surf Beach. During the summer months, you will enjoy some free time in the town of Cowes. Next, head to the amazing Penguin Parade, where you can watch the playful colony of penguins enjoying the waves and stroll along the boardwalk. Please note: This tour does not operate on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure in Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria. We recommend exploring the Melbourne Arts Precinct, home to the National Gallery of Victoria, or kicking back on the city's golden sand beaches. To explore further afield, we recommend an optional excursion to the famous Great Ocean Road or a Yarra Valley Wine Experience, an unmissable opportunity for wine lovers!* Overnight stay in Melbourne.
*Optional Full-Day Great Ocean Road Excursion: Take a journey of a lifetime today as you discover the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most spectacular and naturally stunning coastal drives. Take in all the famous sights of the Great Ocean Road and look out for local wildlife. Visit the striking Split Point Lighthouse and the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay where you can enjoy some free time to eat. Stroll through pristine forests before arriving at the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formation and Loch Ard Gorge. Return to Melbourne along the dramatic Shipwreck Coast. Please note: this tour does not operate on Anzac Day, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
* Optional Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience: Visit four premium wineries in the Yarra Valley for a full day of wine tasting! Enjoy the views from Greenstone Vineyard, nestled in the base of the Christmas Hills. Travel to Balgownie Estate to indulge in a guided tasting session followed by lunch including a glass of wine. After lunch, visit Yering Farm, a fantastic environment to enjoy superb wines made with traditional winemaking techniques. The final stop is Soumah of Yarra Valley, known for its fantastic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties. Please note: The wineries visited on this tour are subject to change. Children (5-11 years).
Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions today.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bid farewell to Australia after an unforgettable journey of a lifetime. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport by coach to catch a flight back to the US. Night on board.*
* Depending on your return flight schedule, you may not be able to enjoy breakfast this morning.
Arrive back in the US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Vibe Sydney.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 4 in Sydney
Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 / 17:30 Approx
Sydney Sunset Dinner Cruise
Embark on an unforgettable sunset cruise! Tuck into a delicious 3-course al la carte menu against the backdrop of the setting sun accompanied by live music. Enjoy the onboard bar to purchase drinks.
What's included: 3 course Australian a la carte dinner and live music Not included: Return transfers, drinks and window seat supplement.
Suggested activity for day 4 in Sydney
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Panoramic Sydney Tour
Set off on a panoramic tour, starting with the historic Rocks area before soaking up the views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the city centre, visit Bondi Beach and head back via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquaries's Point.
What's included: Hotel pick-up, small group panoramic tour ticket, transport in an air conditioned vehicle with a professional guide and entrance fees. Not included: Transfer back to the hotel, meals and drinks.
Suggested activity for day 5 in Sydney
Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
Full-Day Blue Mountains Canyons & Wildlife Excursion
An amazing journey through the Blue Mountains circle route! Visit Calmsey Hill Farm for a morning tea break, discover the rugged landscapes of Mount Tomah, toast the occasion with a glass of sparkling wine and stop for lunch (own expense) at a local hotel.
What's included: Hotel pick-.up and drop-off, English-speaking guide, morning tea, entry to Calmsey Hill Farm, Blue Mountain N.P, Mt. Tomah Botanic gardens, glass of sparkling wine and transport in an air conditioned vehicle. Not included: Lunch and drinks (pay at the destination)
Suggested activity for day 9 in Cairns
Duration 08:15h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Full-Day Kuranda Rail & Skyrail Excursion
Set off on the scenic Kuranda Railway to discover the forested hillsides and Baron Gorge. Spend some time exploring Kuranda before enjoying an unforgettable ride over the rainforest canopy on the scenic Skyrail Cableway!
What's included: Kuranda Scenic Railway train ticket, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Not included: Hotel pick-up, meals and drinks.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departure from the main US airports.
- International flights: US - Sydney, Melbourne - US.
- Internal flights: Sydney - Cairns, Cairns - Adelaide, Adelaide - Melbourne.*more information
- 12 nights hotel accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.See hotels included
- 12 breakfasts.
- Transfers between airports and hotels by shared coach.**more information
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- This itinerary is independent and you will not be accompanied by a guide.
Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
** Shared coach transfers are included between the airports and hotels in Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne. In Adelaide, private airport transfers are included. You'll have the option to upgrade to private airport transfers in Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne in the next step of the booking process.
Please note: if you are interested in visiting Ayers Rock, please contact our Customer Service Department to request a special itinerary.
- Entry requirementsValid passport with at least six months validity and a return ticket.
- VisaAn ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) must be obtained online before traveling: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit
- CurrencyAustralian Dollar.
- Electricity220 V and 240 V. Adapter required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the USA.
- Time zoneUTC + 08:00 to UTC + 10:00.
- Other useful informationPeople drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.australia.com/en-us
Flights are non-refundable and non-amendable. Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children: 3 - 11 years old.
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