Enjoy a luxurious Christmas getaway to the cool Southern Highlands as you travel in Diamond Class aboard beautiful ‘Diamond-Tina’! Unrivalled in style and class this tour takes in Port Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, 3 nights in old-world grand country-house charm at Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest, and a 5 star finish in Sydney’s Circular Quay. With a Gala Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day cruise on Sydney Harbour, this will be a very Merry Christmas indeed!
20th December 2019
Departing Brisbane on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach we travel south along the Pacific Highway crossing the Tweed River into New South Wales, breaking at Kingscliff for morning tea. Continuing south, we travel through the picturesque Northern Rivers to the pioneering district of New Italy, an area settled by Italian immigrants in the early 1880s. After lunch we continue south, breaking at Coffs Harbour for a leg stretch, finishing our day at the coastal town of Port Macquarie.
1 Night Stay: Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges
Leaving Port Macquarie we continue south via a cuppa at Buladelah, arriving at Nelson Bay for early lunch and free time. Our afternoon takes us boarding Moonshadow Cruises for a dolphin watch cruise before continuing into the Hunter Valley. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
A later start today where firstly we visit the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour with commentary through parts of the 25 hectares of International garden. From here we follow a food and wine trail on a progressive lunch where our main course is enjoyed at The Cellar Restaurant.
We then spend the afternoon grazing and sipping on the area’s finest delicacies and delicious wine, visiting a local winery for a tasting and cheese platter, finishing our day treating our palettes with a sweet treat at the local artisan chocolate shop. Tonight, get into the Christmas spirit with a night visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens superbly lit up with thousands of Christmas lights. A sight to be seen.
Departing the Hunter Valley we make our way to the Southern Highlands today. We take a cuppa break at Gosford before taking a scenic drive to Panorama House, our lunch venue with an view! From here its a short journey to Sutton Forest where we check into our Manor House.
3 Night Stay: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest
This morning we head to Knights Hill to visit the award winning Illawarra Fly, Take a walk through the treetops on the 1.5km track through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20-30 metres above the ground. The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor. Our next venture takes us to Bowral breaking for lunch before given free time downtown for shopping or take a guided tour at Bradman Museum.
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, we take a morning scenic drive overlooking the tranquil Kangaroo Valley. On arrival, we take a short walk to explore the lush escarpment country and see the magnificent Fitzroy Falls, where water plunges over 80 metres to the valley below. We return to Peppers to get ready for a Gala Christmas Day celebration and festive feast. We dine in style and enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas. We are in no rush today enjoying every moment of this special day savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare. Tonight, a light dinner will be supplied. Please note: There will be no room service on Christmas Day due to all staff assisting with Christmas Day lunch arrangements
Departing Peppers Manor House, we make our way to Sydney Harbour to witness an Australian iconic event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Be part of the Sydney Harbour Boxing Day yacht race celebrations and feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts. Enjoy a special 3-hour lunch cruise on the luxury Clearview Glass Boat, with an hour of canapes and drinks on the Sky Deck followed by a 3-course table service lunch and beverage package for the duration of this adults only cruise. There will be radio commentary of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks and Sky Deck
to see the majestic maxi yachts in action. Our afternoon takes us to our accommodation at Circular Quay. **Please note: Restrictions are in place regarding proximity to the start of the race. Cruise operator does not cater for dietary needs.
1 Night Stay: Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before boarding an AAT Kings coach where a local coach captain will give an interesting gossip tour of some Sydney’s iconic area’s such as Kings Cross; Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; visit the famous Bondi Beach; stroll around The Rocks; and take in the views from Mrs Macquarie’s Point. We are then transferred to the airport for our respective flights home.
PRE TOUR EXTENDER OPTION 1 additional day (TOTAL 9 DAY TOUR)
One way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
1 additional night bed & breakfast pre-tour at Sofitel Brisbane Central
One way Airtrain ticket ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
Plus $450pp Twin Share Plus $519 Sole Use **Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components. Price includes flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide at time of printing. Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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