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Country Travel Discoveries 2021-2022

Country Travel Discoveries 2022

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timber-framed cafes and boutique shops. B, L DAY 10—THE GHAN Pack an overnight bag for the Outback experience of a lifetime! Enjoy Gold Service aboard the Ghan, traveling through the Outback past some of the oldest rock formations on the planet from Adelaide to Alice Springs on what TrainReview Magazine described as "one of the world's great passenger trains." Overnight aboard the Ghan: cabins feature private en suite bathrooms and upper and lower sleeping berths. B, L, D DAY 11—ALICE SPRINGS Arise early for a spectacular Outback sunrise, enjoy brunch on the Ghan, and meet your guide for a visit to Alice Springs, named after the wife of the telegraph surveyor who plotted an Overland Telegraph Station next to the fortuitous waterhole. Ascend Anzac Hill for a panoramic view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges. Check into Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel, Yulara, for a two-night stay. Brunch, D DAY 12—YULARA Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, providing emergency care to people over an of 7.7 million square kilometers, then transfer to Alice Springs airport for a flight to Ayers Rock. For 25 years, the Sounds of Silence experience features an unforgettable dinner under the Outback sky and the sounds of a digeridoo with a guided viewing of the night sky of the southern hemisphere. B, D DAY 13—AYERS ROCK Arise early for a drive to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku — the Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) viewing area. Learn the history and significance of Ayers Rock to aboriginal people and an incredible sight as the sun rises from your vantage point among the colorful sand dunes. After a relaxing afternoon at the hotel before returning to watch the sun set over Ayers Rock, the penultimate photo op at this world-famous site. B, D DAY 14—CAIRNS After another spectacular sunrise fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, for a three-night stay at the Pacific Hotel Cairns. B, D DAY 15—GREAT BARRIER REEF Cruise aboard Ocean Freedom for a full day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Upolu Cay Reef and the Outer Edge, hear a reef talk by a marine interpreter, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour and take a dip or snorkel for an even closer look. B, L DAY 16—KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY The Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way through a tropical mountain range from Cairns to Kuranda, located amidst a World Heritage Rain Forest. See the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show and venture into the rain forest aboard a WWII era Army Duck. B, L DAY 17—MELBOURNE Fly to Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia and capital of the state of Victoria and enjoy a local guided tour before checking into the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for a four night-night stay. B DAY 18—PHILLIP ISLAND Visit the The National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Just outside Melbourne lies Phillip Island, home to the Koala Conservation Centre and the Penguin Parade, a nightly sunset parade of one of the largest little penguin colonies in the world! B, D DAY 19—SURF COAST Travel the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles, a spectacular rock formation of limestone stacks in Port Campbell National Park. B, L DAY 20—YARRA VALLEY Explore the Yarra River Valley, an important agricultural region of Victoria, and visit Rayner's Orchard, a family owned and operated farm producing over 450 varieties of fruit! Enjoy a wine tasting with lunch and spend the evening at Docklands, a bustling entertainment hub of Melbourne for a scenic farewell dinner. B, L, D DAY 21—FLY HOME x Discoveries Experience ____________________ 21 Days • 36 Meals Feb 10-Mar 2, 2022 Price Per Person From: Double: $7,497; Single: $10,297 plus airfaire* Depart/Return: Los Angeles, CA *Air pricing is approximated at $3500. Schedules and fare will be available in Spring 2022. Highlights & Inclusions ____________________ • Travel in luxury on The Ghan, one of the world's great passenger train • Spend 4 days in the metropolitan city of Sydney • Cruise to Kangaroo Island, the Great Barrier Reef & Phillip Island • See koalas, penguins, kangaroos, wallabies and more • Visit the largest monolith in the world, Ayers Rock, long revered by the Aboriginal people • Enjoy three nights in Cairns, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef • Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the tropical forests • Be enthralled by an Aboriginal Dance Show • Savor 36 meals, and quality wines at most dinners • Baggage Handling (1 per person) at hotels • Welcome dinner, 24-hour emergency call service, 3 Inter-country flights Quality Accommodations ____________________ We've chosen a variety of 4-star and 5-star accommodations described in the accompanying itinerary. You'll find that our overnight stays are stops in themselves! THE GHAN Originally dubbed the Afghan Express, The Ghan train was named for the pioneering cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the Red Centre of Australia more than 150 years ago. Over almost 3,000 km of track, the Ghan carves a path through the spectacular and diverse landscapes of South Australia, the MacDonnell Ranges, and the tropical greens of Katherine and Darwin. 855-744-TRIP (8747) | 91 SOUTH PACIFIC | AUSTRALIA

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