Experience an outback adventure like no other! Begin your adventure in Ayers Rock, known as Australia’s Red Center. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the iconic and majestic monolith that is Uluru, the magic of Kata Tjuta, and the broad landscapes of King’s Canyon. From there, you’ll fly down to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. There is a lot to love in Melbourne – from it’s fascinating laneways, cafes, word-class restaurants, and sporting events, to the many boutiques that make this a pure shopper’s delight.
Artisan Traveler offers travelers unique experiences in each location. Our philosophy is to engage visitors in the culture of Australia, and allow them to see the country through the eyes of a local.
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Day 1 – Depart the United States
Depart the United States for Australia.
Day 2 – Cross International Dateline
Day 3 – Arrive in Australia
On arrival into Ayers Rock, meet your driver for your shared transfer to the Hotel.
Ayers Rock/Uluru is in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, along with the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. Uluru is sacred to the people of the area and on this vacation you’ll have the chance to explore with an Aboriginal guide, giving you a firsthand account of the stories, folklore and importance of this sacred place.
|Accommodation – Desert Gardens Hotel
|Spend 2 nights at Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel, a superior 4.5-star hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It’s only a short stroll to the Resorts’ numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at Arnguli Grill and savour an a la carte flame grilled menu.
Day 4 – Sunrise Kata Tjuta and Sunset Uluru Tours
Today’s inclusions: An outback Australia guide, touring to Kata Tjuta and Uluru, National Park entry ticket, outback picnic breakfast, refreshments at sunset, including sparkling wine, and a buffet dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 – Ayers Rock to King’s Canyon Resort
After you check out of your hotel, you will be transferred over to King’s Canyon Resort.
Spend 1 night at the King’s Canyon Resort.
Today’s excursion includes your Outback Australia guide, touring from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon via Kathleen Springs including either Kings Canyon Rim walk or Kings Creek Walk. It also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 6 – King’s Canyon to Alice Springs
Today’s adventure includes your Outback Australia guide, touring from King’s Canyon to Alice Springs, and includes breakfast.
After your arrival back into Alice Springs, your accommodations for the night is at the lovely Aurora Alice Springs hotel, where you can relax overnight before continuing your journey to Melbourne.
Day 7 – Alice Springs to Melbourne
After checking out of your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for you flight to Melbourne. On arrival, make your way to the hotel in cosmopolitan downtown Melbourne.
|Spend 2 nights at the famous Hotel Lindrum, right in the heart of spectacular downtown Melbourne. Ideally located in Flinders Street, Hotel Lindrum is known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel and is nestled in the heart of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, providing easy access to all this world-famous city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance to world-class theatres and restaurants, sporting venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne & Olympic Parks and major attractions such as Federation Square.
Enjoy elegant dining in the Felt restaurant, a cocktail by the fireplace in the back bar or simply relax with a drink while enjoying a game of billiards.
Day 8 – In Melbourne
Day at Leisure to enjoy and explore the city.
Touring Idea: Lanes & Arcades walking tour and Eureka Skydeck 88
This morning join your Hidden Secrets tour at the Time Out Café at Federation Square (café opposite Flinders Street Station), to commence a half day Lanes and Arcades Tour. Indulge with a casual walk through Melbourne’s lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafés and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Lunch is included. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure. Tour concludes at approximately 2.00pm, at Caboose Restaurant.
At conclusion of tour make your way to Skydeck 88, one of Australia’s newest must-see attractions. Located next to the Yarra River, the building’s two elevators propel visitors to the 88th floor in less than 40 seconds. Once at the top, you’re at the “Edge Experience”—a switchable glass cube that slides out from the building with you inside! The cube walls and floor of the Edge start off fully opaque and change to clear once the cube is fully extended. The breathtaking effect is accompanied by a dramatic soundtrack which varies with each experience. Moving at a speed of 3 feet (1 m) per second, the cube moves in 5-minute sequences until extended to its full distance high above Melbourne.
Day 9 – Melbourne to the United States
Make your way to the Melbourne airport. Board your return flight home to the US. Arrival back into the US the same day.
- Round trip International airfare from Los Angeles in Economy class
- Domestic Australia airfare in Economy class
- 2 Nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel, Deluxe Rock View Room, Twin Share
- 1 Night at King’s Canyon Resort, Deluxe Room, Twin Share
- Professional Australia Outback guide for your touring at Ayers Rock and King’s Canyon
- 1 Night at the Aurora Alice Springs Hotel, Standard Room, Twin Share
- 2 Nights at the Hotel Lindrum in Melbourne, Superior Room, Twin Share
- Transfer from your hotel in Alice Springs to the airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges to package inclusions
- Save $300 per person. Normally $4,799 per person. Limited time offer, valid if booked by 30 November 2014.
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- Price is per person and based on twin share/2 adults traveling together.
- Must book by 30 November 2014.
- Subject to availability of airfare and hotels/tours at time of booking.
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- Add-on fares are available from other cities.
- Departs Tuesday and Saturday each week.
- Packages are valid from 15 October 2014 to 31 March 2015. Travel to be completed by 31 March 2015.
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