No. of days: 5 Days / 4 nights
There’s plenty to do in Sydney and this itinerary manages to hit the key areas in 5 days. Tour the city in a small group tour to orientate yourself to the city. Visit the Sydney Opera House with behind the scenes access to this iconic building. Cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour for dinner as the sunsets on the city enjoying stunning views and the city from the water. Head off to the Hunter Valley for a day trip and wine tour in one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Taste award winning wines, tour wineries and learn about the wine making process. Just one hour Sydneyfrom Sydney is the Blue Mountains. Here you can explore the mountain views and rock formations, visit an Aboriginal cultural center and wildlife park for a hands on wildlife encounter before taking a river cruise back to Sydney.
DAY BY DAY:
Day 1: You’re off to discover Sydney on your small group tour. In this comprehensive 5-hour tour you will learn all about Sydney, see iconic landmarks, gardens, harbor areas, famous beaches, visit affluent suburbs, and lunch at Australia’s premiere yacht club. This Sydney tour covers all the essentials in one tour.
Day 2: This morning you have a tour of the Sydney Opera House. Learn about the history and unique architectural design. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. This afternoon explore the city at your leisure. Revisit areas of interest from your tour the previous day. Tonight, you get to experience Sydney Harbour on a Captains Dinner Cruise. Enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour whilst feasting on a 3 course a la carte dinner. After dinner, enjoy live music and dancing or star gaze from the open deck as the lights of Sydney city twinkle in the background.
Day 3: You’re off on a wine lovers adventure tour today exploring the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley is a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Your first visit is to a 5 star Mount View winery, followed by Leogate Estate with a wine and cheese pairing followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn the wine making process. Enjoy a leisurely lunch followed by a visit to Keith Tulloch Winery where you will finish your tour with a wine and chocolate tasting experience.
Day 4: You’re off to see the Blue Mountains today as they should be seen - from secluded lookouts and short bushwalks. Take in the beauty and fresh mountain air exploring the sites. Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Culture Centre for an insight into this fascinating ancient culture with a dynamic dance and didgeridoo performance. Enjoy a 2-course restaurant lunch in the mountain village of Katoomba which is also a great place to wander to enjoy the shops and galleries. In the afternoon, head to Featherdale Wildlife Park for a hands on Australian native wildlife encounter and the chance to pat a koala and feed kangaroos. Return to the city in style by River Cruise, a relaxing way to see this beautiful Harbour city.
Day 5: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The Essential Sydney Tour
Sydney Opera House Tour
Sydney Harbour Captains Dinner Cruise
Hunter Valley wine tour
Blue Mountain Tour
Featherdale Wildlife Park, pat a koala and feed kangaroos
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As an idea for a 2-week vacation to Australia or New Zealand we recommend a budget of around $8,000-10,000 (including economy airfare), this would be for a 4 star and above itinerary, a little cheaper if we did more moderate accommodations.