Experience the incredible red centre of Australia and Ayres Rock followed by time at the Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane.
DAY 1 – SUNSET AT THE OLGA’S
You’ll fly from Sydney directly to the red centre of Australia, touching down in Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, board your coach for a tour of the Olga’s and the mighty Monolith. Kata Tjutu (The Olga’s) is a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and part of the Uluru – Kata Tjutu National Park. View the flora and fauna that thrive in this harsh environment and the imposing sight of the monoliths before transferring to the Sails in the Desert Hotel where you will have dinner.
DAY 2 – SUNRISE AT THE OLGA’S
Rise early to witness the beauty of sunrise over the famous landmark of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its magnificent presence. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing stone mass. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. Return to the resort for luncheon and time at leisure in the afternoon.
In the evening, you will have an experience like no other as you indulge in the "Sounds of Silence" - the quietest restaurant on earth. Transfer to a desert dune to sip sparkling wine and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as a magnificent sun sets over Kata Tjuta. When the sun has finally set, lanterns are lit and a delicious Northern Territory gourmet barbecue is served. After dinner the lights go down revealing a star filled sky, clearer and brighter than most city dwellers will ever see. The resident Astronomer will then introduce the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
DAY 3 – TRAVEL TO BRISBANE
After breakfast, bid farewell to the rugged outback of Australia as you transfer to the airport.
Board you afternoon flight to Brisbane, with a brief layover in Sydney. A light snack luncheon will be offered during your flight. From Brisbane Airport you will transfer directly to The Mariott Hotel where dinner will be served.
DAY 4 – BRISBANE
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you become acquainted with the tropical city of Brisbane, enjoying the highlights of Queensland’s capital city en route to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic native animals in their natural environment. Lone Pine Sanctuary is the largest of its kind and is home to more than 130 Koalas. You can cuddle one of these endearing creatures, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a vast array of Aussie wildlife. Re-board your coach for the transfer to the pier where you will rejoin the ship in time for luncheon.
Note: Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2012. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD800A, Single = SYD801A). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Sydney on 23 February and returns in Brisbane on 26 February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.
The fare includes: transport by coach, plane and train, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Meals include water, tea and coffee. Evening meals include one glass of wine, additional beverages will be charged to guests own account.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, liquor, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.
What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should take closed walking shoes and a lightweight jacket/ jumper for the cool temperatures in the evening. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also advised.Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.