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Dive into Australian culture on this 15-night Modern and Ancient Culture tour. With a few nights each in Australia’s most iconic cities - Sydney and Melbourne - the Outback, and Tasmania, this culture-centered Australia vacation is sure to awaken the history buff in everyone.

Your tour begins in Sydney where you will to join an aboriginal guide and explore the home of the Cadigal people - the traditional owners of Sydney, take an intimate cruise with gourmet lunch around Sydney harbour and escape the city on a luxury small group tour to explore the UNESCO Blue Mountains region,  Next you will head to the Outback, where you will explore Uluru and the ancient aboriginal culture that has shaped the famous monolith and the land surrounding it. You will get hands-on experience in the technique of dot painting with local indigenous artists and spend the day with an aboriginal family in their homelands. Your next stop is Melbourne, known for its lanes and arcades, incredible street art, food, and cultural diversity. Here you'll spend some time with a local guide exploring the hidden parts of the city gaining insiders knowledge! You'll drive Australia's most famous strip of coastline; the Great Ocean Road, and explore Phillip Island with its iconic penguin parade. Wrap up your tour in Tasmania - Australia’s only island state. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site - a World Heritage listed, preserved convict site - discover downtown Hobart, and hike around Freycinet National Park (home to the crystal clear waters of Wineglass Bay). With a wide range of cultural activities and tours, you will leave the land down under knowing you have had a truly authentic cultural experience.

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Included Unique Activities

Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Botanic Gardens

Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Botanic Gardens

Local Experience Lunch Cruise

Local Experience Lunch Cruise

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop

Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop

Morning Uluru Highlights Tour

Morning Uluru Highlights Tour

Aboriginal Homelands Experience

Aboriginal Homelands Experience

Morning Lanes and Arcades Tour with Lunch

Morning Lanes and Arcades Tour with Lunch

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Accommodation

4 Nights

Luxurious 4-Star Hotel

3 Nights

5-Star Destination Hotel

4 Nights

Vibrant Boutique Hotel

4 Nights

5-Star Waterfront Hotel

Transportation

  • Transfers to/from Airports in Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne and Tasmania

Dining Options Included

  • 15 Full Australian Breakfast, including an Outback Breakfast Picnic Experience
  • 7 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners, including a Dining Experience under the Outback sky

Points of Interest

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Eureka Tower
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Tasman National Park
  • Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay)
  • Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)
  • Mona Museum and Art Gallery

Darling Harbour, Australia

Chinatown, Australia

George Street, Australia

Sydney Royal Botanic Garden, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

The Rocks, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Federation Square, Australia

YEAR ROUND 

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $7,078 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 15 Nights Authentic 4 and 5 Star Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transfers to/from Airports in Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne and Tasmania

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 15 Full Australian Breakfast, including an Outback Breakfast Picnic Experience
  • 7 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners, including a Dining Experience under the Outback sky

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Begin your Cultural Experience with an Engaging Walk through the Botanicals Gardens with a Local Aboriginal Guide, learn about the Cadigal People, the Traditional Owners of Sydney
  • Embark on a Local Small Group Cruise of Sydney Harbour, Enjoy a Gourmet BBQ with Regional Wines and Local Beers
  • Visit a Working Farm Also Home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas
  • Journey into the Heart of the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Enjoy Lunch With Magnificent Views During Your Small Group Tour
  • Enjoy a Dining Experience under the Sparkling Outback Stars, Listening to the Sounds of The Digeridoo and Resident Star Talker
  • Explore Australia’s Most Famous Monolith, Head to the Base of Uluru with a Park Ranger And Learn about the Geology, Natural Environment, and the Aboriginal Mala People
  • Spend the Day with a Traditional Uluru Family in their Homelands and Learn about Their Sacred Lands. 
  • Enjoy the Sunset over Uluru Whilst Enjoying Sparkling Wine and Appetizers 
  • Join Local Indigenous Artists for an Introduction to Dot Painting 
  • Watch the Sunrise over the Desert as you Enjoy an Outback Picnic
  • Discover the Secrets of Melbourne with a Locally Led Tour through its Lanes and Arcades
  • Take a luxury Small Group Coastal Drive down the Iconic Great Ocean Road
  • Witness the Awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles and Be on the Lookout for Kangaroos And Koalas in the Wild!
  • Spend the Day with Australian Native Animals on Phillip Island and Witness the World-famous Penguin Parade.
  • Follow Your History Guide on  Walking Tour of Downtown Hobart - Discover Landmarks and Heritage Buildings.
  • Spend the Day Discovering Some of Tasmania’s Famous Landmarks Including the Port Arthur Historic Site - the Convict Settlement Site. 
  • Travel from Hobart to Freycinet National Park and Spend the Day Hiking Around Wineglass Bay!

**Please note: the days your activities fall on may vary depending on the start date of your tour as activities take place on certain days of the week**

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Eureka Tower
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Tasman National Park
  • Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay)
  • Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)
  • Mona Museum and Art Gallery

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

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Debbie

Texas

We had a wonderful experience visiting Ireland for the first time. All of the scheduled accommodations, sites and activities, golf courses and suggested restaurant were excellent. The people we met were very helpful and welcoming.

"Ireland Business/Vacation"

Harold

Cape Cod

Our agent, Jennifer, did an outstanding job organizing our trip. We had originally planned for 4 days, but hiring a driver was too expensive, and there were no rental cars available. She planned a train trip from Dublin to Kilkenny (absolutely great town- highly recommend a visit there) and then back to Dublin to stay in the Clontarf Castle. Everything went very smoothly and her recommendations were perfect. The Irish were/are the friendliest people we've ever met, and we can't wait to return. When we do, we will use Authentic Vacations again!

"Ireland Birthday Celebration"

Candace

MN

I cannot say enough great things about Authentic Vacations! My husband and I had an amazing time in Ireland. They set up everything for us, from staying in 4-star hotels to amazing castles. They had sites to see included in our package and suggestions for other places to go. From the day we landed in Dublin, to getting our rental car and navigating the southern coast of Ireland, it went smoothly. It was a trip of a lifetime! We are already talking about our next adventure and we will definitely go through Authentic Vacations!

"Scotland our New Second Home"

JoAnne

Texas

What began four years ago, this trip had several stops and starts. But when we finally boarded the plane it was a perfect vacation.

Rosslyn Chapel, Glamis Games, Cauloudian and the Amazing William Wallace Monument, Loch Ness, and the Jacobite Train did not disappoint. Finding more information about my family topped the list.

We had a couple of issues with lodging but was worked out. We are already looking forward to going back.

Liz, at Atholl House, in Inverness. is my new best friend

Scotland is my new second home!

Thank you, Lonna, and the whole team at Authentic Vacations for taking this journey with us.

"Game of Thrones Family Vacation"

Laura R.

Ireland

We had a great time on our 6-day Game of Thrones sightseeing tour. We appreciated that they took care of setting us up with 4 different hotels and a rental car, plus a couple of site-seeing reservations and suggestions on other things to do. 

"Wonderful Ireland Vacation"

Rowanne

Ohio

Authentic Vacations gave my agency and me exceptional service, support, and knowledge base from all team members!  

"Brothers trip to Ireland for ancestry search and golf"

Sharon L.

NV

Adina did an excellent job of making our dream trip come true after 2 years of rescheduling. All of the accommodations, especially Harvey's Point, the most beautiful, were convenient and offered wonderful breakfasts. We were greeted at the airport in Dublin by a driver even though our flight was very late getting in. Our 11-day tour had very professional drivers, especially Patsy who was with us for 8 days. 3 days of golf were booked for us, afternoon tea at Ashford castle, and entrance to Kylemore abbey. We loved Bushmills Inn in Northern Ireland and the Giant's Causeway. There were little hiccups along the way but Authentic always came through. This is the 2nd trip I have booked with Authentic Vacations and I am getting ready to plan a 3rd! I would definitely recommend this company!

"Long delayed Ireland Anniversary (thanks covid)"

Owen W.

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Absolutely wonderful anniversary vacation. We didn't really look at packages, we just gave Authentic Vacations some general desires and they delivered!

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