Sydney – Canberra – Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley

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Day 1 : Sydney city tour

Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to help you to explore the highlights of Sydney on a half day tour that can be the perfect kick-start to your time in the city. See the hot spots and tourist icons with an expert guide who will provide you with all the information you need as a first time visitor.

  • The Sydney Opera House – the great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design
  • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (best look-out onto Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge)
  • Royal Botanic Garden – a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney
  • The Rocks – the oldest part of Sydney

Day 2: Essence of Canberra

Completely immerse yourself in the Australian culture by taking a Canberra day trip from Sydney, and venture into the heart of Australia itself, Canberra. You will learn about Australian history and Australian government, and see some of the most important sites in the country. You can expect to see Mt Ainslie and the National Museum of Australia, to have a private guided tour of Parliament House, see the Canberra residence of the Prime Minister, and view the embassies of foreign countries. You’ll also visit the National Library, the High Court, and the Australian War Memorial to learn the history of the ANZACs, and more!

Day 3: Blue Mountains

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Blue Mountains National Park offers a spectacular natural playground just 2 hours from Sydney. Your tour begins with an 8 a.m. pickup at your Sydney hotel. Visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park to see native Australian animals. Snap pictures of kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting. After lunch, visit Scenic World, at the edge of the park near Katoomba, where you can ride the world’s steepest passenger railway, and get an aerial park view from a gondola skyway. Take in panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters rock formation, and hear the Aboriginal legends associated with the awe-inspiring landscape. Afterward, relax on the scenic return drive to Sydney, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening around 6 p.m.

Day 4: Hunter Valley – wine tasting

Get comfortable on your air-conditioned coach for the two-hour scenic drive to the Hunter Valley. Your guide points out the sights and explains their history as you travel through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and over the Hawkesbury River. When you arrive in the valley, your guide takes you to some of the favorite small producers in the region. Go wine tasting at celebrated wineries such as Iron Gate Estate, Tempus Two Wines and McGuigan Wines. During your visit, you’ll taste as many as 20 different wines, including the Hunter Valley’s famous semillon and shiraz varieties. If you’d like to bring some home, you can purchase bottles from the wineries. In addition to the wine, food has become a star of the Hunter Valley. Your tour includes a stop at an artisan cheese shop to sample a variety of delicious cheeses. For lunch, a delicious cafe lunch is included with hot and cold options available. Return to Sydney in the evening after a wonderful day in the Hunter Valley.

Day 5: Depart Sydney

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.