Lifestyle Tours presents…
including the Barossa Valley Wine Region
with Optional 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
January 18 – February 4, 2019
18 Days ● 23 Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Book Now & Save $500 Per Person:
Double $9,299; Double $8,799*
Single $10,999; Single $10,499;
Triple $9,199; Triple $8,699
For bookings made after Jul 28, 2018, call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $385 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
Alternate gateways are available upon request
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Additional rate of Premium Economy $2,390; Business Class $9,990 † Refer to the reservation form to choose your upgrade option
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)
The “Collette Foundation” is an employee-run, global initiative connecting Collette employees, its vendors, and travelers like you with partner communities worldwide in our mission to improve the quality of life for children worldwide – one project at a time.
Collette’s Flagship: Collette’s tours open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. These itineraries offer an inspiring and easy way to experience the world, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.
- Come to know the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.”
- Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
- Tour Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” (Ayers Rock).
- Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
- Tour Sydney, the birthplace of modern-day Australia.
- Traverse the "Red Centre" on your drive to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
- Delight in a bush dinner in the Australian Outback.
- At sunset, enjoy a champagne toast while gazing at Uluru.
- Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
Highlights: Melbourne, Barossa Valley, Hutton Vale Farm and Winery, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Choice of Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea
Day 1 – 2: January 18 – 19, 2019 Depart from Home The adventure of a lifetime awaits. Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead as you set out to see Australia’s vibrant cities, coastal gems, captivating Outback, and so much more!
Day 3: Sunday, January 20, 2019, Melbourne, Australia - Tour Begins Arrive today in Melbourne,* a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. You’re in for a treat tonight as you dine aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant,** the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world! (D)
Day 4: Monday, January 21, 2019, Melbourne Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Later, you may join an optional tour to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Melbourne - Adelaide - Barossa Valley Fly to Adelaide and explore this lovely coastal city before proceeding to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Barossa Valley Set out for the 19thcentury Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th generation working farm and winery set on 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside. Caretakers John and Jan Angas will welcome you and share their family’s story that extends back to the founding of Australia. Tour the farm’s historic buildings, see their livestock and one of the many vineyards before partaking in some tea and homemade specialties. Perhaps you’ll give their sweet crisp Riesling a try. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield winery for a private tour, followed by a tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs. (B)
Day 7: Thursday, January 24, 2019 Barossa Valley - Alice Springs Welcome to the Outback. Your Alice Springs tour highlights the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with amazing panoramas of the area. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme.*** Supported by the Collette Foundation, Drum Atweme is a musical organization comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, savor a memorable bush dinner set against the desert backdrop. (B, D)
Day 8: Friday, January 25, 2019 Alice Springs Come to know the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. Later, gain insight into the educational system in the Outback at the School of the Air; you may even see a class in session. Take the rest of the day to explore this quintessential Outback town. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock). This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying a champagne toast. (B)
Day 10: Sunday, January 27, 2019, Uluru - Cairns Set off in the cool of the morning for Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” to learn about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Later, fly to Cairns – the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO World Heritage site). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds. (B)
Day 11: Monday, January 28, 2019, Cairns Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy. There are two stops where you may get off and experience the forest floor’s diversity of plants, birds and animals from specially designed boardwalks. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tropical surroundings. (B, D)
Day 12: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Great Barrier Reef Hop aboard a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the reef’s fascinating underwater world. The choice is yours! Relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or, for the more adventurous, go snorkeling, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to learn from a marine biologist. Maybe you will opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island. (B, L)
Day 13: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Cairns This morning, explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. Later, set out for Hartley’s Croc Farm. Get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying an authentic Aussie barbecue. (B, D)
Day 14: Thursday, January 31, 2019, Cairns - Sydney After a leisurely morning, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, where British settlers first dropped anchor in 1788. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice as you choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour. (B, D)
Day 15: Friday, February 1, 2019, Sydney Join a local resident for a tour of Sydney. Begin on a driving tour of the landmarks of Sydney before disembarking for a walking tour. See Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and fashionable Paddington. Then it’s time for a stroll through the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest district. Next, discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later, uncover the wonders of Sydney during free time. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. (B)
Day 16: Saturday, February 2, 2019, Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea The choice is yours! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO). Come to know its countless geological wonders – sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness. See the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction. Or, further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass. Travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour. Visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise. (B)
Day 17: Sunday, February 3, 2019, Sydney Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will explore more of Sydney’s fascinating attractions, do some shopping or find yourself relaxing at a local café. This evening, say farewell to Sydney and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. (B, D)
Day 18: Monday, February 4, 2019 Sydney - Tour Ends You depart for home with wonderful memories of this inspiring country. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Days 1, 2 Overnight Flight
Days 3, 4 The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure, Melbourne
Days 5, 6 Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Barossa Valley
Days 7, 8 Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs, Alice Springs
Day 9 Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock
Days 10 – 13 Pacific Hotel Cairns , Cairns
Days 14 – 17 Hyatt Regency Sydney, Sydney
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Barossa Valley
Find a warm, welcoming culture reminiscent of days-gone-by in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. The quiet landscape with vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see gives way to traditional villages with stone cottages dating back to the 19th century. The region is best known for its Shiraz, but there are hundreds of wine producers, from tiny specialty wineries to world renowned wine estates. Barossa Valley will captivate you with its old-world traditions, thriving farming culture and inspiring sense of community.
US and Canadian citizens: An ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is required for your travel to Australia. Travel Agents that have access to a CRS system can process your ETA at no charge or they may call the guest's airline no earlier than 30 days prior to departure (credit card is required). If you do not have access to a CRS system, you will be supplied with an ETA form and asked to fax this information back to us 45 days prior to departure. Please send the fax in care of the Australian ETA Coordinator at fax 401-727-2933 for US guests or 888-882-5820 for Canadian guests. Please include the (required) Reservation Number, Passport Number, Expiration Date, Nationality, Country of Birth, Gender, Family Name Given, First Name Given, Middle Name Given, and Arrival Date.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed with the exception of visits to wildlife parks.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
Many departures of this tour can be combined back-to-back with Exploring New Zealand for one completely comprehensive tour of the South Pacific! Please inquire at time of booking.
*Due to early arrival times in some cities, rooms may not always be ready for immediate check-in.
**Arrival dinner on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant starts at 5:45 p.m.; therefore, due to some flight arrival times, this dinner will not be available; instead, you will enjoy dinner at the hotel.
***Please note that Collette Foundation sites may not be available for visits due to school holidays, weekends or programming challenges.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Due to changes in air schedules while on tour, the order of days in the itinerary may change.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.
The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase air through us.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of July 13, 2018 are based upon availability. Final payment due by November 19, 2018. Deposits are refundable up until July 20, 2018.
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