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See the diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders that Australia has to offer. Arrive into Cairns and journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. On to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. You will have the opportunity to interact with the Aboriginals, one of the oldest known surving cultures on earth. Finish with 4 nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, a city with something for everyone. Travelers will feel like a local by crusing on a well-appointed yacht in the harbour.

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This itinerary can be fully customized; to tailor this package to your specific requirements please call an Artisan specialist at 1-800-576-4812

Day 1 - Depart US
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia to Brisbane or Sydney, on to Cairns, across to Ayers Rock and down to Sydney then back home again. Options include Economy, Premium Economy and Business class – you choose!

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Cairns
On arrival you will be met by Exemplar Transportation for your seat in coach transfer from Cairns airport to Thala Beach Resort (approximately 50 minutes)

Accommodation - Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas
Stay 4 fabulous nights at Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas in a Coral Sea View Bungalow - A true eco tourist resort; the main building is designed to embrace all the elements of the tropics. Built from local timbers, it is open and spacious, allowing the cool sea breezes to flow. A circular guest lounge and reading room sits amongst the Poplar Gums with beautiful views over the Coral Sea. Forest paths weave amongst wispy eucalyptus with chalk white bark, linking the bungalows with the main building. A path leads onto a private beach where hours can be spent discovering secluded coves. Great sensitivity has been applied to the design of the bungalows, which are individually built high on timber poles, looking out through the canopy of trees. Each has air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans and bathrooms feature a separate shower and bath. All Bungalows have a private verandah with generous windows allowing guests to enjoy the tropical surroundings in comfort.

Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef
Travel aboard Quicksilver's 45.5 metre high speed wavepiercing catamaran in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkelling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense)

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Day 5 - Port Douglas - Optional tour to Discover the Rainforest (additional cost to your package price)
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Depart Mossman and journey to Cape Tribulation where time is allowed for a beach walk to admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout. Enjoy lunch in a rainforest setting. After lunch, a stop is made at the Alexandra Lookout for panoramic views over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea, followed by a cruise to observe the fauna and flora of this region. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas

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Day 6 - Port Douglas
At your leisure

Day 7 -  Cairns to Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta afternoon tour
Transfer by shuttle service from Port Douglas to Carins airport. Fly Cairns to Uluru. Complimentary resort transfer from Uluru airport to accommodation.

Ayers Rock/Uluru is in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. Uluru is sacred to the people of the area and on this vacation an Aboriginal guide to give you a firsthand account of the stories and importance of this sacred place.

Accommodation - Sails in the Desert Resort
Spend 2 nights at Sails Resort. In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert hotel, shading luxury five star rooms and suites.

In the afternoon visit Kata Tjuta by small group tour – a place where unique floras and fauna thrive. Learn about the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal’s ceremonial site. Listen to the wind, wonder at the dome walls and embrace the spirituality of this amazing location.

Day 8 - Uluru Sunrise tour
As the sun rises over the desert walk around the base of Uluru. Enjoy a picnic breakfast and explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Visit water holes and rock art sites and embrace the culture and stories of the Anangu people.

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Day 9 -  Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Sydney
Complimentary resort transfer to Uluru airport. Fly Uluru to Sydney. You will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to from Sydney airport to accommodation.

Accommodation - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Beautifully blending the heritage listed sandstone façade with a contemporary interior, the building dates back to the 1800’s and was once home to Fairfax Newspapers and the Bank of New South Wales. Opening as a hotel in 2000, the property has retained many original features, including the old lift and the office of Sir Warwick Fairfax has been impeccably restored. The boutique hotel also features an indoor lap pool and gym.

Day 10 - Sydney - Half Day Harbour Cruise
If there is one thing you should do in Sydney, that is to experience Sydney Harbour like a local. On board the luxurious Calypso motor yacht you will experience the harbour like you would if you had your own boat. As well as fabulous sightseeing, you can swim, fish, kayak, relax and sunbake at your leisure after your gourmet barbeque lunch served with local wine and beer.

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Day 11 - Sydney - Blue Mountains Day Tour
Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Head out of Sydney and visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience Scenic Skyway with the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, then visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and watch artists perform traditional song and dance whilst playing the didgeridoo. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look into Aboriginal Art & Culture which dates back 40,000 years and listen as they explain their way of life and living off the land. Enjoy a hot lunch, then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.

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Day 12 - Sydney
At your leisure or speak with an Artisan expert to discuss activity options - some suggestions:

Tour Sydney differently! Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on this climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
Surfing at Bondi Beach is about as ‘Aussie’ as you can get. Take a shared lesson no matter what your skill level and you can become part of the local beach culture. This is a fun way to meet locals and enjoy the beach lifestyle Australia is famous for. 

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Day 13 Depart Sydney
Transfer by seat in coach shuttle from Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney to Sydney International airport for your return flight to the US.


    • Flights Los Angeles- Sydney-Cairns-Ayers Rock-Sydney-Los Angeles. (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
    • Seat in coach shuttle transfers aiport-hotel-airport, Cairns/Port Douglas
    • 4 fabulous nights at Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas, Coral Sea Bungalow
    • Port Douglas day tour- Cruise to the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef
    • Uluru- shared transfers airport- hotel- airport
    • 2 Nights at the Sails in the Desert Resort, Superior Room
    • Afternoon Tour - Kata Tjuta small group tour
    • Sunrise Tour - Uluru small group tour
    • National Park Entry Fees
    • 4 Nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Atrium Room
    • Sydney Half Day Tour- Sydney harbour cruise aboard a luxurious 52-foot Motor Yacht
    • Sydney Day Tour- Blue Mountains small group tour


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Terms & Conditions:

Book by 30 April 2015. Prices are per person based on double occupancy for travel as listed in the pricing panel above. $2899 package blacked out for stays in Sydney August 13-16, 2015. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. Hotels and tours are subject to availability. Restaurant recommendations are not included in the package price. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.