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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.

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

The Grace Hotel

3 Nights

Sails in the Desert

4 Nights

Hotel Lindrum

4 Nights

The Henry Jones Art 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

Tour Price

Year Round

From $5,898 per person

Your 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.

"Trip to Big Sky"

Shelly G.

PA

This trip was a dream! Amanda A helped us book a trip to Big Sky, MT and it was the most amazing vacation ever. The whole trip was smooth sailing and we honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. The hotels were sooo nice, all of the activities she planned out were so fun. I will never book a trip another way, Authentic Vacations is the ONLY way to go! Already looking forward to booking my next trip!

"Family vacation"

Kristy M.

SC

Amanda A. is the best travel agent I have ever worked with! She is friendly, nice and really cares about her clients. I will always recommend her to my family and friends. The places we stayed and activities she recommended were all terrific. We are looking forward to planning our Ireland/Scotland vacation with Amanda's help for next September. We love her!

"Couple's Vacation in Wales"

Kellie H.

Texas

We have just booked our 3rd trip with Lauren to Wales next summer and we expect that as usual it will be amazing. Lauren has previously sent my husband and I to Ireland and Scotland and we know that with her everything will go absolutely perfect. She really goes above and beyond to tailor our trips to our personalities and she knows what we like to do. Every hotel or B&B we've stayed in have been perfect. We have never worried about logistics etc... It is so wonderful to go on a trip and know that when you get there absolutely everything is taken care of and all there is left to do is enjoy! We will continue to call upon Lauren for future vacations and cannot wait for our next adventure!

"Awesome Yellowstone Vacation"

Duane K.

Thank you, Josi! What a wonderful trip it was. I cannot tell you how happy we are you made dinner reservations. We ate at all the best spots, but we watched them turn away customer after customer because they were over booked. Great weather! It snowed a bit the day we arrived, and was in the 70’s/80’s and sunny the rest of the time. Just beautiful. Did you order the weather too? Spring Creek was great. The Yellowstone tour was awesome (Bison, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Elk, Moose). Paddleboard company was great. Also, the Hotel in Salt Lake is 5 star. I’ve stayed in the nicest hotels in New York, Chicago, LA and this one is a classic. My appreciation to you!

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"

Ed

Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"

William

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea O.

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

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