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Sydney to Perth via the Indian Pacific Rail
November 9 - 23, 2012

AUSTRALIA Total Solar Eclipse 2012

A full day on the Great Barrier reef filled with water sports or bask on deck as you float gently on the clear, turquoise waters; adventure into the oldest living rain forest before experiencing the total eclipse. After four nights in Cairns, spend two nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, board the famous Indian Pacific for a gentle 3-night ride, Gold Service, including all meals, to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth, spend 3-nights with inclusive sightseeing, including the Tree Top Walkway and a full day cruise on the Swan River to the wine region of Western Australia.

Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from Los Angeles & Australia domestic airfare
  • First-Class Accomodations
  • Meals:  All breakfasts, Eclipse Bar-B-Que, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners with wine
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Welcome Reception in Cairns
  • Astronomical lectures, eclipse glasses, star parties
  • English speaking meet and greet guides
  • Air-Conditioned, deluxe coach with professional commentary driver
  • Document packet
  • Great Southern Rail – Indian Pacific – Sydney to Perth
  • All sightseeing and transfer services as specified
    • Cairns: Daintree River Excursion, Full day Great Barrier Reef Excursion, Cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, Glass bottom boat on Upolu Cay, Snorkel drift with a Marine Naturalist
    • Sydney: Half-day guided sightseeing
    • Perth: Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Freemantle, Treetop Walk, Afternoon cruise to Fremantle – Perth, Full day Swan Valley Wine Cruise

INDIAN PACIFIC Itinerary with Cairns
Friday/Sunday, November 9/11, 2012 — USA – Cairns, Australia
Depart from your USA gateway for your flight to Australia.  Cross the International dateline and lose a day but you will gain it on the return.  Upon arrival at Cairns, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for four nights.
Novotel Oasis Cairns or Pacific International Cairns
Monday, November 12, 2012 — Cairns
Depart the hotel for the Great Barrier Reef vessel.  Enjoy the one and half hour cruise to Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef of turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, cucumbers, and sea stars.  Snorkel and dive here.  Assistance is provided to ensure all guests enjoy the reef. Lunch is served as we cruise to our second site, the "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef.  View many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, and a huge diversity of reef fish of all sizes. 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — Cairns
This morning we depart our hotel with Adventure North. Learn about our area's rich Aboriginal history and culture with the Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours combined with the oldest living rainforest on the planet including the spectacular Niau Falls.  Walk with brothers, Brandan and Linc Walker on pristine Cooya Beach and learn to how observe wildlife through the mangroves.  Enjoy morning tea as the Walker boys show and explain artifacts, tools, or how to play a didgeridoo.  We continue north to the Daintree Village for an hour Daintree River Cruise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — ECLIPSE - Green Island Resort
Early preparations are made for the eclipse viewing.  A typical Australian Bar-B-Que will celebrate the day.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 — Cairns - Perth
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Perth. Upon arrival you will be met by the local guide giving insight into the city and the alfresco lifestyle. Starting in Perth, the tour begins with Kings Park botanical gardens, where you have time to experience a walk through the trees’ canopies on the Tree Top Walkway. In Fremantle enjoy lunch at local restaurant Char Char Bull. Free time in the historic port before departing on our afternoon coffee cruise taking us back to Perth. Relax in air-conditioned comfort, or take a stroll out on the spacious open decks. Tea and coffee is included or enjoy a selection of fine West Australian wines for tasting.
Novotel Langley
Friday, November 16, 2012 — Perth and Swan Valley
Enjoy a full day Swan Valley Wine Cruise upstream into the picturesque Swan Valley. Enjoy morning tea after you board, followed by cheese and biscuits and premium tasting of both Houghton wines and our premium “Wines of the Month” from local West Australian vineyards. Disembark directly at the prestigious Sandalford estate to sample and have the opportunity to purchase some of their excellent wines. Then reboard the boat and cruise back downstream, sampling more premium wines from the Swan Valley. On arrival at Waters Edge Winery, enjoy a delicious three-course lunch at the riverside restaurant. Following lunch there is an opportunity to sample more wines at the underground cellar at Waters Edge, the oldest in Western Australia. Your cruise is all inclusive including the wines throughout the day. We arrive back into Perth at Barrack Square.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 — Perth
Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at leisure.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 — The Indian Pacific
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from your hotel to the Perth train station to board the Indian Pacific. Enjoy the ride in Gold Glass Service including all meals.
The Indian Pacific – Gold Class Service
Monday, November 19, 2012 — The Indian Pacific
Enjoy the ride in Gold Glass Service including all meals.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 — The Indian Pacific
Enjoy the ride in Gold Glass Service including all meals.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — Sydney
Breakfast at hotel. A special guided tour of Sydney this morning followed by lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Sydney’s art galleries, shops and quaint areas.
The Grace Hotel
Thursday, November 22, 2012 — Sydney
Full Day at leisure to explore Sydney and its surrounding areas independently.
Friday, November 23, 2012 — Sydney - USA
Transfer to Sydney International Airport, including airport departure assistance.