Australia: Icons, Reef and Rainforest13 days & 12 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Sydney
Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Elite: Park Hyatt Sydney
Preferred: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney - 2 Nights
This morning, explore the highlights of Sydney on a private tour. See the botanical gardens and Hyde Park. Then take a private tour of the Sydney Opera House, which has become a symbol of the city.Elite: Park Hyatt Sydney
Preferred: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (B)
Day 3To Brisbane
Fly north to Brisbane this morning. Upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.Elite: Sofitel Brisbane
Preferred: Spicers Balfour Hotel - 1 Night (B)
Day 4To Fraser Island
Depart Brisbane this morning and drive to the Glasshouse Mountains to learn about the Irwin family and how their humble little park became the world renounced Australia Zoo. Filled with hundreds of unique amazing animals from around the world, the zoo also focuses on Australia's unique fauna. Continue to River Heads where you board the ferry and cross Hervey Bay en route to Fraser Island.Kingfisher Bay Resort - 2 Nights (B, L)
Day 5Fraser Island
Embark on a private 4WD tour through the sand dunes and forests of Fraser Island. Drive along one of Australia's prettiest beaches, see the sparkling turquoise waters and volcanic rock of the Champagne Pools, watch for sharks and sea turtles off Indian Head and marvel at a giant dune sweeping down into the emerald Lake Wabby.Kingfisher Bay Resort (B, L)
Day 6To Yeppoon
Continue your off-road explorations of Fraser Island, including visits to the clear waters of Lake McKenzie, the rainforest of Central Station and the sandy forests of Pile Valley. Return to the dock for your ferry ride back to the mainland and on to your beachfront resort.Elite: Oshen Apartments
Preferred: Capricorn Resort - 1 Night (B, L)
Day 7To Airlie Beach
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your resort. Stroll along the beaches or out around the headlands of Bluff Point, which offers beautiful views of the Pacific.
This afternoon, embark on a scenic journey to Airlie Beach along the coast road.Coral Sea Resort - 3 Nights (B, L)
Day 8Airlie Beach
Relax and recharge amid the pristine natural landscape of your Airlie Beach resort, which sits directly on the beach and is just a short walk away from charming Airlie Beach village.Coral Sea Resort (B)
Day 9Airlie Beach
After breakfast this morning, head to Whitsunday Airport and take to the skies on your half-day air tour to Whitehaven Beach, an idyllic four-mile stretch of white sand bordering the cerulean waters of a lagoon.Coral Sea Resort (B)
Day 10To Port Douglas
Enjoy a day of transport on the sea and in the air en route to Cairns and short drive to Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.Elite: Pullman Sea Temple Resort
Preferred: Peninsula Boutique Hotel - 3 Nights (B)
Day 11Port Douglas
Take a full-day guided excursion into the oldest rainforest in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest is considered a time capsule of the earth's evolution as it contains several of the most ancient and extinct ferns and plants.Elite: Pullman Sea Temple Resort
Preferred: Peninsula Boutique Hotel (B, L)
Day 12Port Douglas
Enjoy the day at leisure.Elite: Pullman Sea Temple Resort
Preferred: Peninsula Boutique Hotel (B)
Day 13Depart Port Douglas
You will be escorted to the Cairns airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Australia: Icons, Reef And Rainforest
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