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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

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 (Inclusions)

  • 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.

"Christmas in Ireland"

Julia H.

Shreveport, LA

This Ireland trip was amazing, and Jennifer did a wonderful job planning it! We booked it fairly last minute (booked the experience Nov 1st for a departure date of Dec 20th), but despite that, Jennifer was able to create an itinerary that covered everything we wanted to do and stay in amazing locations. All of the pre-booked events worked out flawlessly, never ran into any issues! Jennifer was super helpful and answered all my questions; she made traveling during these Covid times way less stressful. Thank you, Jennifer and Authentic Vacations for an amazing Christmas in Ireland!

"Ireland Anniversary"

Paige C.

Milwaukee, WI

This trip exceeded our expectations on every single level. Adina planned the absolute PERFECT Irish experience that enabled us to celebrate our third wedding anniversary better than we ever could have imagined. Every single step of the planning and booking experience was straight-forward, and we were always able to contact her if we had a question or concern. Michaela was also another agent we worked very closely with and her kindness is something I will always remember. I have already recommended AV to everyone I know, and we will absolutely be taking more trips through this agency in the future. This was the trip of our lives!!

"Experience family roots in Scotland"

Sue O.

Muskegon, MI

It took a while to get there after dealing with multiple delays because of Covid, but we finally made it to Scotland. Authentic Vacations worked with us so well for the initial plan and with all the necessary revisions. Our hearts were happy to see where my husband's grandmother was born. The accommodations were just right for us, and the experiences that they arranged were great and helped us to enjoy the beautiful country. Thank you!

"Beautiful Florida Vacation"

Marti L.

Florida

I had never used Authentic Vacation before. They were great my trip was exceptionally well planned.  Lonna was excellent to work with, she had all my answers and put us in beautiful hotels, she had also arranged all of our outings. Things went extremely smoothly. They are an exception to the rule.

"California Getaway/Wedding"

HOWARD N.

NY

After the cancelation of our Ireland trip, we were supposed to do just as everything closed down, I thought we would never get away. It took a while to get things figured out with this company but in the end, they came through and help me plan a trip to California. The hotels were perfect and everything else went as planned. Thanks, Lauren for helping us figure this all out.

"Worth The Wait - Birthday In Ireland"

Jennifer S.

IN

After two reschedules due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we were thrilled to finally be able to make it to Ireland. It exceeded our wildest expectations. From quaint seaside B&Bs to a night in a castle to lovely boutique hotel, we had a varied and beautiful experience. We loved the ability to modify our itinerary as we went so that we could discover things on our own time. But, the planned pre-booked events all worked out flawlessly. Couldn’t Recommend Michele more. She helped us select a location for a return Covid PCR test and was available for any questions.

"Fantastic 46th Anniversary In Ireland"

Ed & Marie C.

Florida

Finally, after postponing our trip twice due to COVID-19 we were finally on our way! Michelle, our Authentic Expert, was fantastic & everything was perfect! Our hotels were magnificent & everything was in order. We had absolutely no issues.


After our 3 nights stay at the luxurious Shelbourne, we set out for the following for a magnificent, unforgettable 12 days with Jimmy. We traveled 2058km through Galway, Connemara, Derry, Bushmills, Belfast, Trim & back to Dublin.


The highlights of the trip, besides the grand Jimmy, were the Wild Atlantic Coast, Connemara area, and the coast of Antrim which was absolutely incredible, some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. The bonus was Jimmy’s audible historic narrations throughout our trip. We consider Jimmy a friend & will keep in touch.


Succinctly stated the only way to see Ireland is bypass. Having a personal driver was the only way to travel Ireland.


Ashford Castle was beyond our expeditions! So elegant and absolutely beautiful! The spa is a must. Walking the ground was stunning! I did the Hawk walk! I had my own Hawk, walked through the woods & let him go, a few minutes the Hawk flew back & landed on my arm. I cannot say enough about this experience. Afternoon Tea was certainly a must!


All the hotels recommended by Authentic Vacations were a very high standard.

"Hawaii Honeymoon & Birthday"

Kristy S.

7

Considering All, and COVID messing up a Scottish trip. Hawaii was lovely. Although the Hotel had troubles with their book keeping and no meals (continental breakfasts) were served due to Covid mandates. We did enjoy the place and getting a room on the water side with a lanai was key. Otherwise you would have a view of a parking lot or local road. Lots of wild roosters crowing around 3am. Very rustic and local.

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