Aussie Southern Explorer
starting at $2,689.00 per person

Adelaide, Australia, Hobart, Melbourne, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria
Architectural, Arts and Culture, Culinary, Historical Travel, History Tours, Shopping, Sightseeing, Wild Life, Wine Tours

Ideal for a second trip to Australia, or for those just keen to see a different side of the country, this 14-day air-inclusive trip focuses on the southern states, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia, showcasing the country’s culture, its colonial history, and its best wine regions.

Book this trip by Oct. 31, 2017 and you could save up to $244!

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Itinerary

Day 1
Depart North America

Depart from North America on board award winning Qantas Airways.

Day 2
Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey.

Day 3
Arrive Melbourne

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your Melbourne hotel, your home for the next 2 nights. Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining on an Australia vacation. We have included in your vacation an i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass giving you access to 7 top attractions on both Melbourne and Sydney. The touring suggestions in this itinerary are ideas for you when using this pass.

This afternoon, visit the Eureka Skydeck – 85 metres above ground, 38 seconds to get there, the fastest elevator trip in the Southern Hemisphere . This is Melbourne sightseeing at its finest. Shoot to the dizzying heights of Eureka Skydeck and enjoy the most spectacular floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views in Australia. See Melbourne’s finest views from almost 300 metres in the sky – Albert Park Lake, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and beyond. There are 30 viewfinders around the Skydeck, take a look at some of Melbourne’s favourite attractions and landmarks, such as the MCG, Federation square and Flinders Street Station

Day 4
Melbourne Sightseeing using I-Venture Card

Experience the beautiful sights of Melbourne with a Melbourne sightseeing tour; enjoy the shopping, sports complexes and universities. Visit Fitzroy Gardens and see Captain Cook’s Cottage. Captain Cook discovered the east coast of Australia. His parents’ cottage was sent here and reassembled in these gardens. See Parliament House, Windsor Hotel, Queen Victoria Market, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena, Flinders Street Station, Young & Jackson’s Hotel and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Stop for morning tea in the Botanic Gardens Café (own expense) and see the famous Shrine of Remembrance. Travel past the Grand Prix race track, the Westgate Bridge and over the Bolte Bridge for great views of Melbourne. View Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra River and Victorian Arts Centre and see the Melbourne Aquarium. Tour concludes at Federation Square. Later, enjoy a Yarra River Cruise.

Cruise past Melbourne’s major attractions including the Botanical Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and sporting precinct, Federation Square, Southbank, Docklands and also further to Williamstown. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise on the Yarra River. Choose from the ‘River Gardens’ or ‘Port & Docklands’ cruises. As you view the City from this unique river perspective, you will see why Melbourne is one of the “Most Livable Cities in the World”.

Day 5
Melbourne Sightseeing using I-Venture Card

Visit 2 great attractions today, choose 2 from the following ideas: Old Melbourne Gaol, The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the SeaLife Aquarium. Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court. Home to our oldest prison, historic Magistrates’ Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct.

Melbourne Star invites visitors to experience Melbourne in a whole new way, giving visitors and locals alike a new way to engage with Melbourne’s vibrant cityscape. Day or night you’ll feel on top of the world as the star glides on its gentle arc through the sky. From the tranquil gardens, to the glitzy fashion strips, to the bustling sporting precincts, all the unique attractions of Melbourne are laid out beneath you.

No trip to Melbourne is complete without visiting Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium. Situated on the riverside, just opposite of the Crown Casino, the aquarium is home to thousands of animals including sharks, turtles, stingrays, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more. You will find amazing exhibits such as the bay of rays, mangroves and rockpools, coral caves, mermaid garden, rainforest adventure and the penguin playground!

Day 6
Day at Leisure in Melbourne

Today is free to explore Melbourne, we suggest a sightseeing excursion – perhaps visit the Little Penguins on Phillip Island, enjoy spectacular views along the Great Ocean Road or visit the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

Day 7
Depart Melbourne for the Hobart

You will be transferred today from to the airport for your flight to Tasmania. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your next hotel. Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, located amid the exciting beauty of Southern Tasmania with Mount Wellington as a backdrop, is a charming waterfront city where Australia’s heritage can be viewed on an Australia vacation. In fact, it is Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney. European beginnings are everywhere – in quaint settlers’ cottages and colonial mansions. Note the many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Around the harbour, the area is lively and colourful. Disused warehouses have been converted into dockside cafes, artists’ studios and restaurants. Try the fresh seafood at one of Hobart’s waterside restaurants while watching the colourful spinnakers bobbing on the water.

Day 8
Hobart Sightseeing with I-Venture Card (Hop on Hop Off Red Decker Tour)

The best way to experience the architectural and cultural beauty of Hobart. The Red Decker company operates the Hobart city loop bus, providing a first class service to both interstate & international travellers. With live commentary and over 20 stops on its Hop on/Hop off tour, you’ll receive a 90-minute summary of the best Hobart has to offer. Departs hourly.

Day 9
Hobart Sightseeing with I-Venture Card (Afternoon Richmond Coach Tour)

Tour the highlights of Hobart then travel to Richmond, one of Australia’s most original historic villages. Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days more alive than in the village of Richmond. Fare includes coach touring and live commentary.

View Hobart City highlights & the historic village of Richmond – one of Australia’s most unique and historic towns dating from 1820s.

Cross Richmond Bridge – oldest convict road bridge in Aus. Time to explore Richmond – the bridge, gaol, convict built homes, classic Georgian mansions & small cottages, shops, galleries & restaurants.

Day 10
Hobart at Leisure

A day at leisure in Hobart. Today we suggest a full day tour to Port Arthur, one of the most historic sites in Tasmania and a fascinating insight to the penal colony history of the island.

Day 11
Depart the Hobart for Adelaide

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 12
Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour

Travel through the city of Adelaide northwards to the world renowned Barossa wine region. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia’s premium wine region. Your first stop is TeAro Estate, located in the main street of Williamstown in a heritage listed 1850’s barn. In the intimate Tasting Room, you will be treated to morning tea sourced from the local bakery and wine tastings while hearing stories from 4 generations of family vignerons. The next stop is a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, an absolute must whilst visiting the Barossa. Here you can browse amongst her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books or simply sit back and take in the view. On arrival at Lambert Estate at Angaston, you will enjoy a structured wine tasting whilst sampling local seasonal produce from gourmet platters. Main course follows, and is a feast for the senses, with two signature dishes, salad and vegetables. You may wish to purchase a glass of wine from the impressive wine selection, or enjoy a coffee accompanied with their popular Chocolatier (Chocolate Port). Leaving Lambert Estate, travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley and then onto your final stop for the day will be Pindarie, a multi-tourism award winning cellar door, which feels more like an Australian Homestead than a cellar door. The friendly staff don’t just pour the wine; they share the stories behind the wines and Pindarie, a great way to finish off your Barossa Food & Wine Experience.

Day 13
Adelaide at Leisure

A day at leisure in Adelaide, perhaps experience a walking tour of Adelaide or Dolphin Swim (seasonal).

Day 14
Depart Adelaide

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight on Qantas Airways from Adelaide enroute to North America, of course if you have time, why not stay longer?

Includes

  • Round trip airfare from North America to Melbourne/Hobart/Adelaide on Qantas Airways
  • Airport transfers throughout your vacation
  • Accommodation for 4 nights at the Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure in Melbourne
  • Accommodation for 4 nights at the Travelodge Hobart Hotel
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in at the Breakfree Adelaide Hotel
  • I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass – for 7 top attractions