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  • Australia Great Barrier Reef & Atherton Tablelands

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    Great Barrier Reef & Atherton Tablelands Tour (6 days/5 nights)

    This 6-day Queensland adventure includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Kuranda Rainforest rail, and 3 days in the wildlife rich habitats of Atherton Tablelands.  

  • Australia Great Ocean Road

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    Great Ocean Road Australia

    A heritage coast road between Adelaide and Melbourne to see unique scenery, small towns and wildlife along the Great Ocean Road.

    This 3-day journey starts with the discovery of ancient Australian animals, visits to some of our best wineries and continues through to Australia's famous coastal road. Along the way you will enjoy great food, stunning views and memorable experiences with a small group, and experienced local escort.


    2021 - 2022 Departure Dates & Cost

    Adelaide to Melbourne: departures every Wednesday
    Reverse itinerary Melbourne to Adelaide: departures every Saturday

    Tour cost: $ 1,495 CAD / $ 1,225 per person based on twin share

    NOTE: Wildlife emphasis for the above tour Mondays and Thursdays
    Add $ 100 CAD /$ 80 USD per person 

    Consider an add-on Sydney to Melbourne
    Other add-ons available in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific


    Itinerary

    Day 1: Adelaide to Mt Gambier (D)

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    8:30 am you will be picked up at your hotel and start by traveling into the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith, where we have lunch and turn south towards wine country.

    We travel through a relatively new wine region of Padthaway towards the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna that make this site so internationally important. We then travel into the scenic Coonawarra wine region recognized as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions of the world. After sampling some local wines from this highly awarded region we continue on to out overnight destination, Mt Gambier. Tonight we are accommodated in luxurious rooms at ‘The Commodore’ which also houses an award winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast.

    Day 2: Great Ocean Road (B,D)

    After breakfast we travel on toward the Shipwreck coast. We start with a visit to the ‘blue’ crater lake in Mt Gambier then drive on to Port Fairy before visiting Tower Hill Reserve where we are likely to see Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Echidnas. Our journey then takes us through Warrnambool and Allansford in the heart of diary country and home of Australia’s oldest diary processing plant.

    We then start the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We then visit London Bridge and ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests.

    We then discover one of Australia’s icons, the Twelve Apostles. We explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Load your camera – there will be plenty of photo opportunities! You will also have the opportunity to fly high above the coastline, viewing the apostles from a helicopter (own expense).

    Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay. Here we have dinner at the Apollo Bay Hotel. This is a very popular restaurant with a very extensive menu. We then arrive at your 4 star accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind.

    Day 3: Great Ocean Road to Melbourne (B)

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    The third day sees us leave our tranquil overnight setting to have breakfast at the Bay Leaf café in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is within the Otway National Park at ‘Maits Rest’. This is a 1km walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns that date back millions of years to times when dinosaurs roamed this part of the world. We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en-route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road. We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. This popular tourist town is full of restaurants and cafes and boasts great shopping and swimming beaches. After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. We also visit Anglesea Golf Club where we will hopefully see Kangaroos in their natural environment. Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong. We have some afternoon tea along the re-designed waterfront before turning to Melbourne. Our journey into Melbourne takes us from the west over the ‘West Gate Bridge’, famous for its grandeur and checkered history. We will then escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne. Trip ends approximately 5:00 pm. 

    Hotel in Melbourne not included but can be requested


    Tour includes

    • 3.5 - 4 star accommodation
    • 2 dinners
    • 2 breakfasts
    • Entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Cave tour
    • Driver / guide for small group
    • Transportation in Tour van
  • Australia Wildlife Tour

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    Australia Wildlife Tour

    Join our annual Australia Natural History Adventure. Australia, a country that is a continent, offers visitors a wealth of natural, cultural and adventure activities.

  • China Railroad to Tibet

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    China Railroad to Tibet (11 days)

    Experience the highlights of rail to Lhasa, Tibet.

  • China Silk Road - Beijing to Tashkent

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    China The Silk Road - Beijing to Tashkent

    This extraordinary journey follows the ancient silk route from its source in Xian, China, through an ever changing landscape to the fabled city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

  • Churchill Polar Bears with VIA RAIL train

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    Churchill Polar Bears with VIA RAIL train

    For millennium, the Arctic's most magnificent animals have gathered along the western shores of Hudson Bay each October and November to wait for the ice to freeze to begin their annual seal hunt.

  • Churchill Whales and Wildlife

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    Churchill Whales and Wildlife

    Churchill summer wildlife adventure! The excitement of being on the water in open air boats amongst the whales is unparalleled.

  • Italy Amalfi Explorer

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    Italy Amalfi Explorer

    Gentle trek through the spectacular scenery and quaint villages of Italy’s Amalfi coast.

  • Japan Experience

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    Japan Experience

    Ancient traditions and rituals contrast vividly with modern day living in Japan. Experience this on our Japan experience.

  • Peru Classical & Northern Peru

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    Peru Classical & Northern Peru

    Travelling in Peru is an unforgettable adventure to a land steeped in the history of ancient civilizations, filled with spectacular geography and rich in present day culture.

  • Peru Trekking

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    Peru Trekking

    Trek along the stunning mountain valleys, through cloud forests and between Andean peaks. Multi-day treks to explore this fascinating region.

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