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AUSTRALIA 
The Spectacular Australia - Overview
DATES & COST 

April 1 - 11, 2020
11 Days / 10 Nights
Tour starts in Melbourne and ends in Sydney

$6,160 per person/double occupancy
$1,480 optional single supplement
Early arrival $360 (single or double), including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with the North Island and South Island tour to New Zealand (March 22 - 31, 2020)


Australia’s unique allure is boundless. Its mystical splendor emanates from the timeless land and sea, dynamic scenery and majestic wildlife, captivating flavors and enchanting culture. A giant island afloat in the Great Southern Ocean, cut off from the rest of the world for millennia, this most ancient of continents has long hidden its startling beauty and remarkable native wildlife from the rest of the world. Inhabited by Aboriginal people who have coexisted with the land for more than 40,000 years, it was into this pristine wilderness that the British first arrived in 1788, and for the next 100 years, this beguiling land remained the haunt of convicts, explorers and spirited free settlers, who along with growing bands of intrepid gold-miners, pearlers, farmers and traders, forged an Australian spirit that is characterized by independence, irreverence, and a good dose of humor. Today, Australia dazzles with its contrasting landscapes and its extraordinary diversity. This vast, pristine land is affluent, sophisticated, multicultural and laced with natural splendor: from tropical rain forests to fiery red deserts in the vast Outback, from scenic vineyards, producing excellent Cabarnet Sauvignon and Shiraz to gleaming modern and funky cities, and from idyllic underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef to the Aboriginal culture and art.

Journeying through Australia could last a lifetime and choices have to be made. The Spectacular Australia tour will immerse us in the radiance of the world Down Under, letting us experience the essence of the continent's unparalleled diversity and beauty of its unforgettable landscapes. This tour will combine experiencing the breathtaking scenery and cultural achievements with the indigenous Aboriginal heritage stretching back for tens of thousands of years.

  • In the artsy, livable Melbourne, we'll explore its arts scene and historical highlands, study the juxtaposition of styles between colonial leftovers and gleaming futuristic buildings, we'll marvel at the city from the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere, dine onboard a vintage streetcar restaurant, and drive the iconic Great Ocean Road enjoying encounters with kangaroos and koalas in eucalyptus forests leading to the Twelve Apostles Rocks.
     
  • In the arid expanse of the Outback, we'll be left speechless by the timeless mystique of the spiritual Uluru, as it rises from the parched desert with an otherworldly presence. We'll visit this extraordinary natural monument, learn about the Aboriginal culture, ride camels to the unique Sounds of Silence dining experience, a night of stargazing and a tour of the Field of Lights art installation. We'll take an easy hike to explore the startlingly beautiful Kata Tjuta, with its vividly colored and steep-sided domes rising out of the desert floor.
     
  • In Cairns, we'll snorkel among the pristine soft and hard corals and marine life rich waters in the Michaelmas Cay of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest structure on Earth made by living organisms, and one of the seven wonders of the natural world; we'll take the Skyrail gondolas to Kuranda Village to explore the primeval rainforest, walk among thousands of fluttering butterflies, cuddle a koala bear, and maybe pet a kangaroo.
     
  • In the architecturally breathtaking city of Sydney, we'll explore the wealth of cultural attractions, from its modern skyline to a private tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, we'll follow the Story of Sydney, relax at Bondi Beach, learn about the Aboriginal Rock Dreaming, tour vineyards that made Australian wines famous worldwide, and enjoy an elegant night-time dinner cruise in the Sydney Harbor.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 10 nights in modern, upscale hotels in Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns and Sydney
     
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, including drinks; all restaurant gratuities
     
  • 3 domestic flights: Melbourne to Uluru, Uluru to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney, including all airline fees and taxes
     
  • If combining this tour with the New Zealand tour, Sights and Soul Travels arranges for and covers the cost of the Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne, Australia flight
     
  • Private, comfortable bus transportation when touring
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival in Melbourne and on departure in Sydney
     
  • Guided tours of Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Story of Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming with private guides
     
  • Full day catamaran tour of the Great Barrier Reef with snorkeling and a semi-submersible with marine biologists' lectures
     
  • Tour of Kuranda rain forest (koalas, kangaroos, parrots, butterflies) by Skyrail gondolas and Golden Class Scenic Railway
     
  • Rock Dreaming Aboriginal Experience
     
  • Exclusive dinner cruise in the Sydney Harbour
     
  • Southern Highlands wine tour, visiting two award-winning vineyards
     
  • Experienced tour director throughout the tour
     
  • Hotel porterage and all gratuities for drivers, guides, and servers
     
  • All activities and attractions described in the itinerary, admissions, fees and tourist taxes
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, hotels' early arrival check-in charges, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not included in the itinerary, optional tour director gratuities, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses. 

The cost does not include airfare to and from Australia.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • The artsy city of Melbourne
  • The Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles Rocks
  • Kangaroos in eucalyptus forests
  • Sounds of Silence dinner on camelback
  • Sunrise at Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta domes and the Great Outback
  • Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Koalas, kangaroos, parrots and butterflies in Kuranda rainforest
  • The Story of Sydney tour with Bondi Beach
  • Aboriginal Rock Dreaming Experience
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Southern Highlands Australian wine experience 
  • Exclusive night time dinner cruise in Sydney Harbour
  • Enjoying local Australian food and excellent wines
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Australia experiences
  • Knowledgeable private guides and award winning tours
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Dining at upscale restaurants, including drinks
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • Experienced, professional tour director
  • Inclusion of all tips and gratuities
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

Tour was great. Lots of good activities, tour guides were great. Food experiences were great. Especially enjoyed the 5 course Captains Gold dinner on Day 9. – Liz from Texas

Trip of a lifetime! Thoroughly enjoyed meeting women with diverse interests, discussing our travels, books we’ve read, and adventures we have taken or hope to take. I would travel with this same group and our tour leader Marta again – loved it! – Lisa from California

Loved the opportunities to do adventure activities during the tour – camel ride, snorkeling and the Sydney Bridge climb! – Kathleen from Michigan

What a terrific adventure! Trip of a lifetime. Sights and Soul always does a wonderful job planning different activities. Kudos to everything on this Australian trip. - Sydney from Alabama

I wouldn’t leave a single thing out of this perfectly outstanding trip. I have been on 7 of your trips now and all of them have been terrific! - Linda from Massachusetts

I have the highest regard for S&S. They care about meeting all our needs and giving us the best experiences, the most opportunities, highest quality restaurants and hotels, and the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff. - Amy from New York

This is a note to all older women who may consider travel with this wonderful tour group.  My "travel buddy" and I recently returned from the Spectacular Australia tour.  We are both in our late 70's, curious, active, and enthusiastic travelers. This tour was so well planned and organized  that we could participate in every activity at our own pace and level.  We never felt that we had to do everything scheduled.  Our co-travelers were social, enthusiastic, and much younger, and that was fine. Hotels were carefully selected for locale, size, and quality.  Our tour leader made everyone feel special.  Such attention had been paid to detail before we even got there, so days were full and seamless in the flow of activity. Our views were listened to daily.  So if you are in doubt about whether or not this tour group is for you, doubt no more.  We have traveled all over the world for many years, and this tour was the best!  Hands down! Now if someone could just shorten the flight time, it would be perfect! Pack and go! Do it! - Lois from New Mexico

The sights were all equally fabulous. What I enjoyed the most were all the other people and how we all hit it off so fast & easily, the dinners and accommodations were fantastic. The trip seemed to be for the correct length of time. I would have liked some more free time for shopping, although I really did like the flexibility shown by Yolanta. - Gayle from Hawaii

I had a great trip and it was REALLY hard to go back to work. The trip was everything I wanted it to be - a real escape, lots of variety, land and water, some good conversations, Judaic sites, immersion in a foreign culture, and a chance for me to spread my wings a bit and remember that, when I'm not working all the time, I can have a good time. - Robin from Pennsylvania

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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