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ITINERARY FOR DAVID & PENNY and DOMINIC & MARLYS

Friday, September 09, 2011

Transfer Sydney International Airport to City Private Car

Transfer for Dominic and Marlys Only

On arrival to Sydney, you will collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration before entering the arrivals hall. Here, look for your driver holding a sign with your name on it, and transfer to the city by private vehicle.

Transfer Sydney International Airport to City Private Car

Transfer for Merrill Only On arrival to Sydney, you will collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration before entering the arrivals hall. Here, look for your driver holding a sign with your name on it, and transfer to the city by private vehicle.

Friday, September 09, 2011 - Sunday, September 11, 2011

2 Nights The Grace Hotel 2 x Superior - Double Room

The Grace Hotel is Sydney's elegantly restored, heritage-listed art deco hotel right in the heart of the Central Business District. There is a fully-equipped rooftop fitness centre, spa, sauna, steam room and lap pool. There's a sophisticated wine bar, superb buffet and a la carte dining at The Grace Brasserie, and the Deli & Cafe Co offers excellent coffee and informal meals and snack items.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Spectacular Sydney Afternoon - Lunch & Sights Small Group Excursion

Sydney truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its spectacular harbour setting, fascinating convict history, bustling downtown area and an exciting blend of architecture, ranging from convict built early colonial style reflecting our heritage, through to the world famous Sydney Opera House. This is a very special small-group tour designed to give you a feel for this great city by showing you more than just the normal must-see 'tourist sites' Because we only use small luxury mini-vans, we will get behind the scenes to some fascinating city and suburban areas. Your driver is a very experienced private guide able to answer questions and discuss things of interest, with the knowledge and flexibility to cater for most interests.

You will be collected late morning from your hotel to see the highlights of downtown Sydney before venturing into some of the exclusive harbourside residential areas where we stop for a 2-course lunch at the Vaucluse House Tea Rooms (alternative venue will be used on Mondays when Vaucluse is closed).

Vaucluse House is one of Australias most historic houses and was home to the father of the Australian Constitution. From lunch we continue our sightseeing including the famous areas of Bondi Beach and Paddington before returning to the city.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Transfer Sydney City to Airport Private Van

You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to Sydney Airport.

Fly Sydney to Queenstown Please see flight itinerary for details.

Transfer Queenstown International Airport to City Hotel Private Van

You will be met as you exit customs & immigration, by a representative of 'Limousines of New Zealand' & transferred to your accommodation.

Nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown is a year round resort, where you can be as active as you want, or just leisurely enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - Thursday, September 15, 2011

4 Nights Central Ridge Boutique Hotel 2 x Standard - Double Room

Central Ridge Boutique Hotel offers the discerning traveller comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in Queenstown. Spacious guest rooms and friendly hosts add to the special atmosphere of this unique and intimate boutique lodging, with a hearty breakfast included. Rooms and suites offer every facility and the attention to detail you expect of a 4-star Boutique Hotel.

Adjacent to the peaceful Queenstown Gardens, Central Ridge Boutique Hotel is conveniently located right in the heart of Queenstown - internationally acclaimed as the premier year-round destination for visitors to New Zealand, and the skiing capital of New Zealand.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Milford Sound Nature Cruise (Coach/Coach) Full Day - Coach & Cruise Picnic Lunch

On boarding the 'Real Journeys' luxury glass roofed coach in Queenstown (hotel pick-up included), you are treated to a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option to purchase refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way, and the coach driver provides an informative commentary.

On reaching Milford Sound, board the vessel to cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea with a nature guide. The vessel provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Complimentary tea and coffee are available during the cruise. Return to Queenstown is again by luxury coach, providing passengers with time to reflect on the beauty of the afternoon scenery. Fly back options are available with all daytime and overnight cruises (weather permitting) for additional cost. You may book this on the day or ahead of time prior to leaving for your trip.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dart River Wilderness Safari Afternoon Excursion

Transfer from Queenstown by coach to Glenorchy and the mouth of the Dart River to board the 18 foot specially prepared jet boat . The Wilderness Safari takes you on a spectacular 90 minute jet boat journey through the Dart's ever-changing braided river system, where you'll be surrounded by snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys and waterfalls. It includes an easy guided 30-40 minute walk through the 'Heritage Trail' at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with an informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You'll also journey by coach via a scenic back-road route, while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside and stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Trip duration is 6 hours, and wear warm clothing for this excursion - even in summer shorts may not be adequate. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must ! Please note, this excursion operates only with a minimum of 4 people. If they do not reach minimum numbers, the tour will not operate.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Queenstown - Day at Leisure At your leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. Set between the towering Remarkable Ranges and the bottomless Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown has it all.

Originally settled by the gold miners and station owners, it is now home to all the adrenaline filled adventures such as bungy jumping, the Canyon Swing, jetboating, rafting, amazing scenic helicopter flights. Take a more sedate gondola ride to Bob's Peak for great views or the 110 year old steamer, The Earnslaw as she cruises around Lake Wakitpu.

You may wish to visit Milford or Doubtful Sound or the old gold mining town of Arrowtown. There are some interesting wineries such as Amisfield (great for lunch or early dinners) which is just outside the town. You will find all the souverniers you need here for your New Zealand visit.

Queenstown is home some superb restaurants that cater for all your apetite desires. The Cow (great pizzas), The Botswana Butchery (the name says it all), Bella Cuccini for Italian and Les Alpes for French cuisine. For the ultimate burger, visit Fergberger!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Transfer Queenstown City Hotel to Airport Private Van

Please wait in the lobby area of your hotel for your transfer driver from 'Limousines of New Zealand' for your transfer to the airport.

Fly Queenstown to Rotorua (via Christchurch) Please see flight itinerary for details.

Transfer Rotorua Airport to City Hotel Private Van

Please meet your driver who will be holding a sign with your name on it, in the baggage claim area for your transfer to your accommodation in Rotorua.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - Saturday, September 17, 2011

2 Nights Novotel Rotorua Lakeside 2 x Novotel Guest Room - Double

The Novotel Rotorua Lakeside rooms and suites are well appointed and offer views over lake Rotorua or the city and surrounding hills. The hotel is located on the edge of Rotorua's central business district, in the heart of Rotorua's restaurants quarter,10 minutes walk to the city centre and only 100 metres to Lake Rotorua. All rooms are large with air conditioning, a desk unit, a television satellite, mini bar, a direct dial telephone, computer plug and restaurant room service and en suite bathroom. The Restaurant Atlas Brasserie is open from 6 am to midnight. Novotel Rotorua Lakeside also has their very own geothermal spa Facility and health management centre. A wonderfully unique alternative to rest and relaxation in New Zealand.

Mitai Maori Cultural Experience Evening Experience - With Dinner

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don't miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.

Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked Hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you'll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You'll be amazed by the spine tingling haka finale. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other.

Transfers and dinner included. Wear comfortable shoes for the guided bush walk to the glow worms and the sacred Fairy Springs.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Half Day Eco Thermal Park Tour Morning Excursion - Small Group

Depart from your Rotorua city accommodation for this small group half day tour of Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks. Today's tour will visit Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The two parks offer a variety of thermal activity; at Wai-o-tapu the colourful hot springs are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley the guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this now spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park.

The local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand, while you have the opportunity to view the volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs. Half day tour operates 8.30am to 12.30pm with hotel pick-ups prior to departure.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Transfer Rotorua City Hotel to Airport Private Van

Please wait for our driver from 'Limousines of New Zealand' in the hotel lobby area. You will be transferred to the airport.

Fly Rotorua to Cairns (via Auckland) Please see flight itinerary for details.

Transfer Cairns Airport to Northern Beaches Area Private Van

Your driver will be waiting for you in the baggage claim area. You will be transferred directly from Cairns Airport to your accommodation in the Northern Beaches area (approx 30min drive). Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4 Nights Paradise On The Beach Resort 2 x Beachfront Studio - Double Room

Across the street from the beach in Palm Cove, just 20 minutes north of Cairns airport, the Paradise On The Beach Resort is a moderate 3.5 star property ideally situated in the heart of all activities that Northern Queensland has to offer. A range of shopping & restaurants are within an easy walk. There is a range of room types, from studio rooms with balconies, up to the two bedroom apartments, some of which are equipped with kitchenettes.

Please note reception hours are from 7.00am-7.00pm. If you will be checking in outside these hours, we will need to arrange for and provide instructions on key collection.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Michaelmas Cay Reef Excursion Day Cruise Return Transfers From Nth Beaches

Depart Cairns wharf on board the 'Ocean Spirit', a luxury 105ft sailing vessel - the largest of her kind in the world. Sail to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. Its spectacular coral reef, which thrives in the ideal conditions of clear, shallow, sunlit water, is home to a variety of marine life including giant clams and brilliant fish. Because Michaelmas Cay is a National Park the fish are so tame you can feed them from the beach and birds know they are safe to wander among you with their chicks.

Lunch is a buffet of seafood, hot and cold meats, roasted potatoes, salads and tropical fruit, freshly prepared in the spacious galley. We spend four hours at the reef with time for a variety of activities. You may wish to do a guided snorkeling tour with a graduate marine biologist, scuba dive with a qualified instructor (extra cost), or just laze on the beach.

Enjoy a leisurely sail back to Cairns and afternoon tea, arriving back at the wharf late afternoon. Don't forget to take a hat, towel, sunscreen, sun protective clothing, camera, swimsuit and cash/credit cards for any on-board purchases.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Palm Cove - Day at Leisure Palm Cove, is a glorious beachside community bursting with fun activities for holiday makers, yet still retaining a relaxed seaside atmosphere with sensitive levels of development. Located only 25 minutes north from the hustle and bustle of Cairns, and 40 minutes from the presidential holiday town of Port Douglas, Palm Cove is situated in the perfect location to explore the many attractions of Far North Queensland. Escape to a forest-fringed oasis where you will find peace and plenty instead of people

and plans. Immaculate beaches, succulent cuisine and a heritage all its own, Palm Cove is a beacon of tropical paradise.

For some great Asian inspired meals, visit the Beach Almond Beach House right on the Esplanade.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai Full Day Excursion

Down Under Tours will transfer you from your Hotel to Freshwater Station, where you will board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for a breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic operational rail journeys. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the 'Village in the Rainforest'. Lunch is at your own expense. Your departure time for Skyrail is 1:30pm, where you glide above the rainforest canopy, experiencing amazing views. There is the opportunity to deisembark en route for a short walk to a lookout. Skyrail ends at Caravonica Lakes, where you will take a short walk to the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Discover this ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations, providing an insight to Aboriginal culture & history, before boarding the coach for the return to your accommodation.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Transfer Northern Beaches to Cairns Airport Private Van

You will be met by your driver in the lobby/driveway area of your hotel and transferred by private vehicle from the Northern Beaches area to Cairns Airport (approx 30min drive).

Fly Cairns to Ayers Rock Please see flight itinerary for details.

AAT Kings Shuttle to Ayers Rock Resort All flights into Ayers Rock are met by an AAT Kings courtesy shuttle, which will transfer you from the airport to your property at Ayers Rock Resort. A voucher is not required for this service.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Friday, September 23, 2011

2 Nights Desert Gardens Hotel 2 x Standard - Double Room

Just a short drive from Ayers rock, and only 3 miles from Connellan Airport, the Desert Gardens is a stylish hotel set among flowering native shrubs and eucalyptus trees. Stroll down shaded walkways to spacious poolside rooms or walk through the gardens to the deluxe rooms, all of which have private courtyards or verandahs. At sunset, unwind and listen to the silence of the desert in one of these peaceful enclaves.

SEIT Package - Uluru Sunset Tour Small Group Tour

Departing your accommodation at Yulara resort, today's excursion will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectre of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence - our first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front, your guide journeys toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquillity. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realisation of the sheer size of this monolith.

As you drive around the base, your guide takes you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi- permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here, learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and their battle for control of Uluru as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. See the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. We then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background.

Your guide will return to your accommodation at Yulara Resort - tour duration is around 5 hours, travelling in a small group of up to just 12 people. It is recommended you wear covered shoes, and bring bottled water, fly nets, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. Tour inclusions: Sparkling wine and nibbles.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SEIT Package - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Small Group Tour

Departing from your accommodation at Yulara resort, todays excursion will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there it is a 40km journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun's morning glow as the desert comes alive. We then make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a picnic breakfast.

As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men's sacred ceremonial site. We take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years.

Your guide will return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort - tour duration is around 5 hours, travelling in a small group of up to just 12 people. It is recommended you wear covered shoes, and bring bottled water, fly nets, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. Tour inclusions: Gourmet picnic breakfast.

Friday, September 23, 2011

AAT Kings Shuttle to Ayers Rock Airport Refer to your hotel for schedule departure times of the AAT Kings courtesy shuttle to the airport. Please ensure that you will arrive at Ayers Rock Airport at least 1 hr prior to your flight departure time. A voucher is not required for this service.

Fly Ayers Rock to Sydney Please see flight itinerary for details.

Transfer Sydney Domestic Airport to City Private Van

Your driver will meet you in the baggage claim area, holding a Swain Tours sign with your name on it. You will transfer by private vehicle from the airport to the city.

Friday, September 23, 2011 - Sunday, September 25, 2011

2 Nights The Grace Hotel 1 x Superior - Double Room

Room for The Grace Hotel is Sydney's elegantly restored, heritage-listed art deco hotel right in the heart of the Central Business District. There is a fully-equipped rooftop fitness centre, spa, sauna, steam room and lap pool. There's a sophisticated wine bar, superb buffet and a la carte dining at The Grace Brasserie, and the Deli & Cafe Co offers excellent coffee and informal meals and snack items.

Friday, September 23, 2011 - Monday, September 26, 2011

3 Nights The Grace Hotel 1 x Superior - Double Room

Room for David and Penny Only The Grace Hotel is Sydney's elegantly restored, heritage-listed art deco hotel right in the heart of the Central Business District. There is a fully-equipped rooftop fitness centre, spa, sauna, steam room and lap pool. There's a sophisticated wine bar, superb buffet and a la carte dining at The Grace Brasserie, and the Deli & Cafe Co offers excellent coffee and informal meals and snack items.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bridge Climb- Day Climb Small Group - Guided Climb

Costed for David Only. If anyone else woudl like to do the bridge climb, please advise us.

The Bridge Climb is a 3 ½ hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour.

In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world's most recognisable Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over!

The Bridge Climb is the ultimate Sydney experience.

The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the Climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all Climbers in the group receiving an identical photo. For safety reasons Climbers cannot take up personal items onto the Bridge (including cameras). Please note that refunds are not provided for voluntary cancellation.

Sydney - Day at Leisure It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the harbors endless and beckoning bays.

It is Sydney's manmade wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails.

See the Harbor Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith and enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an

early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions. There are many ways to enjoy the harbour; on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, to ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly, or the harbour suburbs.

Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants, attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX theatre and the Naval Museum.

For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann & Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sydney - Day at Leisure

Transfer Sydney City to Airport Private Car

Transfer for Dominic and Cuzzocrea Only

You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to Sydney Airport.

End Arrangements Dominic and Marlys

Monday, September 26, 2011

Transfer Sydney City to Airport Private Car

Transfer for David and Penny Only

You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to Sydney Airport.

End Arrangements

 


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