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Floriade & the Festival of Flowers Diamond Class

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Duration Duration:

10 days

Price From From

$3,920pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

6th October 2020

Location Departure Location:
Brisbane Transit Centre

Location Return Location:
Brisbane Transit Centre

Pricing

Twin Share
$3920pp
Sole Use
$4990pp
$600pp non-refundable

Save $20pp Sole Use or $40 Twin Share

Itinerary (Brisbane Transit Centre - Brisbane Transit Centre)

Day 1    (MT,L,D) Port Macquarie

Departing on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach from the Brisbane CBD, we travel south to New Italy for lunch. Our afternoon takes us through Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie where we stay overnight.

1 Night Stay: Sails Resort, Port Macquarie Bowral

Day 2    (B,MT,L,D) Bowral

This morning we leave Port Macquarie, take a break at Bulahdelah, and then continue on, arriving at Gosford for lunch. Travelling through Sydney’s western suburbs we head up in to the Southern Highlands.

2 Night Stay: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

Day 3    (B,L,D) Bowral

eco heritage

Today we visit Corbett Gardens, displaying a huge array of tulips, as well as other bright and vibrant springtime bulbs, followed by a guided tour of the Bradman Museum. Enjoy a casual lunch before our afternoon takes us to Fitzroy Falls, situated at the head of the escarpment leading down to the tranquil Kangaroo Valley.

Day 4    (B,MT,L,D) Canberra

eco heritage

Travelling via Goulburn, we arrive at Tulip Top Gardens, offering 10 acres of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creating a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Our afternoon takes us to Cockington Green Gardens, showcasing a delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Continuing south, this afternoon we arrive at Canberra.

3 Night Stay: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Day 5    (B,D) Canberra

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We start our day with a visit to Canberra’s iconic event Floriade. Showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout springtime, it is the biggest flower festival in Australia. At 2pm we visit the War Memorial, touring through the Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, finishing with a moving closing ceremony. Before returning to our hotel, we take a drive up to Mount Ainslie lookout for magnificent views over Canberra. **Lunch is at your own expense today.

Day 6    (B,L,D) Canberra

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We start our day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, taking a walk with a knowledgeable guide, to appreciate the beauty and clever adaptations of Australian plants, and the research and effort involved in creating and maintaining the gardens. Next we take a guided tour of the National Arboretum to explore the forests of endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. After breaking for a picnic lunch here, we finish our day taking a driveby tour of Canberra’s International Embassies and High Commissions en-route to Parliament House. Here our tour gives us access to the Chambers and historic documents like Magna Carta. The unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions.

Day 7    (B,L,D) Blue Mountains

eco heritage

Departing Canberra we journey north passing through Yass to Cowra, where we break for lunch at the Cowra Japanese Gardens. After lunch you can enjoy a self-guided tour that will introduce you to the symbolic nature of the gardens. The Cowra Japanese Garden covers 5 hectares – the largest in the southern hemisphere. It was built because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese. The unique relationship of Cowra and Japan originated on a cold night in August 1944, when more than a thousand Japanese prisoners of war broke out of the local prison camp. Departing Cowra, pass through Bathurst and take an exhilarating lap of Mount Panorama. We continue our journey on to the Blue Mountains, where we ride the heritage Zig Zag Railway before checking-in:

Fairmont Resort, Leura

Day 8    (B,L,D) Hunter Valley

eco heritage train

This morning, we depart the Blue Mountains for Pokolbin stopping for lunch at The Cellar Restaurant which offers rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine in an elegant yet relaxed surrounding. After lunch, we head to the Hunter Valley, arriving at the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour and commentary through parts of the 25 hectares of International Garden.

1 Night Stay: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley

Day 9    (B,L,D) Armidale

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Leaving the resort after breakfast we travel through the Hunter wine region to the Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman, where we spend time with a local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. Enjoy an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing industry and enjoy a very interesting introduction to the equine industry. During spring the mares start giving birth to the foals and it truly is a sight to be seen. We make our way to Scone, breaking for lunch before travelling to Tamworth, visiting the Big Golden Guitar. Our afternoon takes us through to Armidale.

1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale

Day 10    (B,L) Return to Brisbane

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Discover the Celtic heritage of Glen Innes, visiting the Standing Stones, a famous national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers, and recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans. Next we cross the border back into Queensland and make our way past the grape growing districts of Ballandean, breaking for lunch at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, experiencing the Medley of Mains luncheon, matching food with wine. Return to the Brisbane CBD at approximately 4:30pm.

Tour Inclusions

TOUR OVERVIEW & INCLUSIONS

  • Choice of opulent ‘Diamond Class’ or luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel
  • 1 night Port Macquarie
  • 2 nights Bowral; Corbett Gardens
  • Fitzroy Falls; Kangaroo Valley
  • Tulip Top & Cockington Green Gardens
  • 3 nights Canberra; Embassy drive tour
  • National Arboretum
  • Floriade; War Memorial; Parliament House
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens guided tour; Mount Ainslie lookout
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens; Zig Zag Railway
  • 1 night Blue Mountains
  • 1 night Hunter Valley with gardens train tour
  • Upper Hunter thoroughbred stud tour
  • Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
  • 1 night Armidale
  • 27 meals
  •  ‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)

Additional Information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 12 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
  • Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
  • Plus $860pp Twin Share Plus $1025 Sole Use **Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**
Rail Travel
Heritage
Festival/Event
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food &/or Wine Experience

Moderate

Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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