Classic Sun, Sea and Sand Tour, Australia


Destinations: Melbourne, Yarra ValleyGreat Ocean Road, Port DouglasGreat Barrier Reef, Cairns, Sydney

Destination Services: All excursions and activities as mentioned, Meals as specified in the itinerary, 8 nights accommodation

Stars: 4-5 Stars

Days: 10 days

RMB:From 14,990


D1Shanghai - Melbourne

Board your international flight from Shanghai to Melbourne.

Reference Flights: MU737 PVG-MEL 2005/1000+1

Meals: Nil

D2Melbourne

After your pick up from the airport, your first stop is lunch at a local restaurant.

After a satisfying meal, take a trip along the Yarra River and observe the city’s famous Victorian style architecture. Melbourne has been named among the world’s most liveable cities many times, and is known for its endearing European vibe. In fact, American and European visitors have described it as “more European than Europe”. It is a peaceful, elegant and vibrant city, both in terms of its buildings as well as its people.

There will be a chance to visit the city’s great cathedrals, Captain Cook’s Cottage, home of the British captain who discovered Australia, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. After that, visit the famous Little Italy, a street food paradise where you will find Melbourne's best smoked ham, lasagne, cheese, and chicken salads, as well as acclaimed Ferrari-themed restaurants Café Cavallino and Café Corretto.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins or similar (4*)

D3Melbourne - Yarra Valley

Today, you will visit the famous Yarra Valley winery region (35 kilometres/ 1 hour journey). But first, you will stop at Rayners Orchard to taste some deliciously fresh local fruits.

Lunch will be arranged at the Rochford Winery where you may taste some of their wines, as well as a delicious two-course meal, whilst enjoying breath-taking views of the vineyard.

After lunch, discover one of the region’s oldest vineyards at Yering Station winery and sample their terrific specialty and dessert wines. Follow a small path up to the viewing deck which overlooks the beautiful Yarra Valley with its hills topped with dreamy clouds. The winery also has a gallery displaying a wide range of art for sale. An impressive showcase displays vintages and fine wines that mark important milestones in the winery’s history. 

Enjoy your next drink at De Bortoli, a third-generation Italian winery. If time permits, you will make one more stop at the Yarra valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery where you may watch some chocolate being made, as well as shop for a wide variety of chocolates and sweet treats.

The tour will return to Melbourne in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins or similar (4*)

D4Melbourne - Great Ocean Road

Today you will visit one of the world's top ten most beautiful drives: the Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road runs along a coastal cliff. One side of this road hugs the land while the other opens up to the sea. Each turn reveals a different, stunning view. Along the way you will encounter several small yet charming fishing towns, and will stop at each one to experience their tranquil lifestyle.

The return journey along Great Ocean Road runs a total length of 600 kilometres, so the tour will stop for the night here. At night, you will stay along Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, BBQ Dinner

Hotel: Apollo Bay Lodge (5*)

D5Great Ocean Road - Melbourne

Today you will continue to enjoy the stunning coastline views of the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you might be lucky enough to encounter some of the area’s sleepy wild inhabitants: koalas.

At the end of the Great Ocean Road is the famous Twelve Apostles: twelve broken rock walls that were formed over millions of years of changing weather and erosion. Standing independently in the deep blue ocean reef, each rock has a unique shape and pattern, resembling human shapes which explains the name “Twelve Apostles”. You may also choose to take a helicopter tour for a breath-taking bird’s eye view of these natural wonders.

Returning back to Melbourne in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Novotel Melbourne on Collins or similar (4*)

D6Melbourne/Cairns - Port Douglas

In the morning you will fly to the home city of the Great Barrier Reef: Cairns.

Reference flights: MEL-CNS DJ1293 0920-1145.

Upon arrival, you will travel along the coastal roads, stopping for lunch at Palm Bay (20 kilometres/ 30-minute journey). Palm Bay is known as Australia's most luxurious holiday destination.

After lunch, we will visit the famous tropical rainforest in the Mossman Gorge, part of Daintree National Park (34 kilometres/ 50-minute journey). Into the rainforest, you will see the hanging bridge, experience the marvels of this pristine natural treasure, and observe ancient and endangered species of flora and fauna in their native habitat.

At the Wildlife Habitat, we can get a closer look at unique Australian animals and birds such as the koala, kangaroo and the precious cassowary bird, and even pose for pictures with them.

Tonight we will stay in a hotel in Port Douglas (14 kilometres/ 30-minute journey). In the evening, you will have free time to explore this charming town and even visit one of its vibrant bars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Ramada Resort Port Douglas or similar (4*)

D7Great Barrier Reef

Hop aboard the Quicksilver, the Great Barrier Reef’s most luxurious cruise. The further out to sea you travel, the more gorgeous the view becomes as the reef slowly unfolds before you. The boat stops at Agincourt, the most ancient and beautiful part of the reef where only a limited number of visitors are permitted each day. If you will only see the Great Barrier Reef once in a lifetime, this cruise is definitely the way to do it.

An English breakfast will be served after boarding at 9:30, and we will arrive at the Agincourt Reef Platform at around 11:30. Here we can choose from a range of activities to view the reef, such as a semi-submersible tour, snorkeling, scuba diving, underwater observatory, ocean walking, scenic helicopter tour and more. Another benefit of taking the Quicksilver is they have experienced oceanographers on board to answer any questions you might have to help you learn more about this precious wonder of nature. A delicious lunch of fresh seafood, salads and more will be served.

At around 17:30 you will return to Cairns and check-in to a seaside hotel. We recommend having dinner at the hotel, which is famous for its steaks and lamb chops and perfectly complemented by your choice of fine wines from Melbourne. After that, you may choose to enjoy a pleasant walk along the esplanade cooled by the mild Pacific winds, the perfect formula to put you in a relaxing holiday mood.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside or similar (4*)

D8Cairns/Sydney

Today you will take a fight to the biggest city in Australia: Sydney.

Reference Flights: CNS-SYD JQ681 0645/1040.

Once in Sydney, our first stop will be the Sydney Fish Market at noon, where you may enjoy a sumptuous seafood Lunch. After that we will visit classic Sydney attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sydney Opera House.

Come nightfall, hop onto a cruise boat to take in the night-time views of Sydney Harbour.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour or similar (4*)

D9Sydney

Today you will have a free day to discover the city, which is conveniently within reach from your hotel. There is plenty to do here, whether you love shopping, sightseeing or simply exploring.

We recommend a visit to Darling Harbour for dinner, often referred to as the home of “the world’s first twilight" due to its Eastern location.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour or similar (4*)

D10Sydney - Shanghai

In the morning, a transfer service will bring you to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Reference Flights: MU562  SYD-PVG  1200 - 1920

Meals: Breakfast

Package price includes the following:

  • Accommodations throughout the trip in 4-star hotels or similar (standard room)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation as specified in the itinerary
  • All excursions and activities specified in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide – other languages available, contact us for more information

 

Package price excludes the following:

  • International air fare
  • Early check-in/ late check-out and other chargeable activities at the hotels
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for local guide(s) and driver(s) at your discretion
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance fee
  • Other expenses not mentioned as included