Spotlight on Australia Tauck Tours

Spotlight on Australia

This 11 day Tauck tour is called Spotlight on Australia including some of the top hotels in the most desirable destinations Australia has to offer. Your tour will take you from Melbourne via private charter around to Ayers Rock on to Cairns and wrapping up in Sydney. You’ll cruise the Great Barrier Reef, see the top landmarks and truly get to experience Australia.

You guided sightseeing expeditions on this Tauck tour will make you feel right at home whether your in the desert or on one of Australia’s great beaches. Tour the famed Sydney Opera House, stay in a beachfront resort in Queensland and even experience the best restaurants in Sydney on a special foodie tour. Your 11 day Spotlight on Australia tour will be a stunning experience from start to finish.


11 Daysfr. $12,990

  • Private charter flights throughout Australia
  • Full-day swimming, snorkeling and marine life exploring on an eco-cruise to Agincourt Reef in the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • “Foodie Tour” in Sydney featuring visits and tastings at some of the city’s local eateries and culinary landmarks
  • Overnight stay in the Outback with daytime exploration of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Private luncheon cruise of stunning Sydney Harbour
  • On-Tour Air (3 exclusive charter flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All customary gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff, and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director is not included. Gratuitites should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • The Langham, Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia (2 nights)
  • Sails in the Desert in Ayers Rock, Australia (1 night)
  • Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Port Douglas, Australia (3 nights)
  • InterContinental Sydney in Sydney, Australia (4 nights)

Tauck's Australia Tours Begin in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Tauck's most comprehensive of Australia tours begins at 5:30 PM at The Langham, Melbourne. A transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to The Langham, Melbourne. Welcome to Tauck's Australia, where friendly g'days greet you from arrival to departure! Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight as you meet your traveling mates.

Dinner

THE LANGHAM HOTEL, MELBOURNE

Melbourne’s Victorian Charms

Melbourne, Australia

ou’ll see a lot of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour of the city – a guided walking tour discovers the real city (and its amazing coffee) along its distinctive laneways where you'll view sights such as the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Melbourne.

Breakfast

THE LANGHAM HOTEL, MELBOURNE

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Outback

Ayers Rock, Australia

Take a morning flight to the heart of Australia’s desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert in the country’s “Red Centre." Following a free afternoon at the resort, enjoy champagne and canapés this evening as you watch the light of the setting sun bathe mystical Uluru with a palette of ever-changing color.

Breakfast, Lunch

SAILS IN THE DESERT

From Uluru to the Coral Sea in Queensland

Ayers Rock, Australia

Aboriginal traditions define life in the Outback, especially at Uluru (Ayers Rock); learn about the "dreamtime" legends associated with this massive monolith on a guided tour.

Port Douglas, Australia

After lunch, fly to Cairns in Queensland, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef, via a private charter flight. After a stop for sightseeing in Cairns, continue on to Thala Beach Nature Reserve, your beachfront eco-resort on the Coral Sea, for a three-night stay; enjoy dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE

Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Spend a full day exploring one of Earth's most incredible "living" sites, the Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. You’ll cruise to the Agincourt Reef today, at the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. Enjoy unbelievable swimming, snorkeling and marine views with superb underwater visibility. Spend the evening at leisure back at your beachfront resort.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE

Fun in Queensland's Rainforest

Kuranda, Australia

Have an amazing day in and around Port Douglas in tropical North Queensland! Head to the mountain village of Kuranda and experience the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you over and through the rainforest canopy, including time with Skyrail's Ranger guides.

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know (and more) about crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures... have a meet and greet with a crocodile and blue tongue lizard and snake... visit a private enclosure where you might come across Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies, Pademelons, Koalas, Wombats and more.

You'll also have an opportunity to hold a Koala and have your photo taken... attend a tour and feeding presentation... and take an exclusive boat cruise on the lagoon. . After some time to relax back at your beachfront resort, enjoy a "dine-around" dinner this evening in Port Douglas.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE

Optional Balloon Ride and on to Sydney

Sydney/Australia, Australia

Soar over the Atherton Tablelands on an optional early morning balloon ride* (additional cost per person applies); or spend the morning at the resort at your leisure. Everyone takes off for Sydney late this morning for a four-night stay in the heart of the city. Your hotel overlooks Sydney Harbour, near the Sydney Opera House and within walking distance of the Royal Botanic Gardens, shopping and restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY

Sydney Opera House & a Harbour Cruise

Sydney/Australia, Australia

One of Australia's most famous iconic sights takes center stage today when you visit the amazing Sydney Opera House on a personally guided tour. A private luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour is a fabulous way to unwind and relax, while getting a good look at some of this extraordinary city's landmark sites from the water. Sydney sightseeing continues as you view The Rocks, Kings Cross and other highlights on a city tour; spend the rest of the day and evening exploring on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY

A Sydney "Foodie Tour"

Sydney/Australia, Australia

Accompanied by an informative, knowledgeable local guide, taste your way through some very cool culinary nooks and crannies on a Sydney “Foodie Tour” focusing on cultures that have emigrated to Sydney over the past decades, presenting their history through food. Check out (and sample) a variety of local eateries including an Italian deli, chocolate shop, fish market, a post-WWII pie-cart-turned-café, and a 150-year-old pub (with a craft beer tasting). Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY

Sydney as You Please

Sydney/Australia, Australia

Today is yours to explore more of Sydney, your way. There is so much to see and do here – from museums to shopping, from Aboriginal art to an array of historic sites that tell the story of Australia's earliest days, Sydney's got it all! Cap the day – and this most memorable of Australia tours – with a farewell reception and dinner tonight.

Breakfast, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY

Farewell Australia

Sydney/Australia, Australia

Tauck's Australia tours end in Sydney. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the InterContinental Sydney to Sydney Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in; ask about booking additional hotel nights.

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Fri, Mar 13, 2020
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Fri, Apr 03, 2020
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Fri, Sep 25, 2020
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Hot Air Balloon Option, Day 7 – add $239 per person (ask at booking)

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $1250.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $600 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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