A Christmas Extravaganza
A Christmas Extravaganza
9 days

A Christmas Tour Featuring Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley and Boxing Day Harbour Cruise

Overview

Enjoy Sydney and its surrounds including a paddle wheeler cruise on the Hawksbury River. In the evenings witness Sydney and the Hunter Valley Gardens sparkle with spectacular festive light displays, for Christmas Day be treated to a grand experience at the Hydro Majestic Hotel then join us on Sydney Harbour to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Australian Destination New South Wales
International Destination
Tour Date 19 to 27 December 2017
Number Of Days 9 days
Tour Price From (per person twin share) $4,925
Tour Cost Adult$0
Tour Price Single Option $880

Holiday Activity Level High
 
 
 
 

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highlights
  • Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Spectacular
  • Sydney Christmas Lights and Festivities
  • Christmas Lunch at Hydro Majestic Hotel
  • Boxing Day Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Hawkesbury Riverboat Postman Cruise
  • Sydney Observatory Tour
  • Hyde Park Barracks
  • Scenic World
  • Blue Mountains Galleries and Museums
  • Maitland Goal Tour
  • Tourist Drive 33
  • Sydney Museum
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Pre/Post Tour Transfers (ex Perth, WA)

  • Airfares and Taxes (ex Perth, WA)

  • Travel Insurance*

  • 20 Meals

  • 8 Nights Accommodation

  • Tours and Attractions

  • Professional Villa Tour Leader

Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
 
Day 1. Perth to Sydney (D)
Your extravagant Christmas holiday commences with courtesy transfers to the Perth Airport for your flight to Sydney.  Overnight: Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
 
Day 2. Sydney to the Hunter Valley (BLD)
Today we head to the beautiful Hunter Valley but first, the morning is spent leisurely cruising the Hawkesbury River aboard the famous Riverboat Postman’s cruise.  Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower Hawkesbury River as they deliver the mail and other essentials to the river access only settlements.  Next, aboard your coach travel the Tourist Drive 33 for a scenic drive through beautiful NSW countryside.  Along the way there will be time to explore the historic village of Wollombi.  This evening a special night is planned at the Hunter Valley Gardens.  The Christmas spirit will be on display at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display of over two million lights, all set amongst the Hunter Valley Gardens. Overnight:  Wine Country Motor Inn, Hunter Valley
 
Day 3. Hunter Valley Gardens (BLD)
We return to the stunning Hunter Valley Gardens to witness the spectacular display which is nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards.  By daylight spend time discovering over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens that will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures. Next the Maitland Gaol with a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years is a former maximum security prison.  On a guided tour be immersed in the history of the gaol discovering stories about all sorts of heroes and villains.  In the afternoon following a visit to William Dobel House we return to Sydney.  Overnight: Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
 
Day 4. Sydney History and Gardens (BD)
Sydney shines today with some amazing museums and significant historic sites.  Begin at the Museum of Sydney which protects the fragile remains of the first Government House and today tells ongoing stories of Sydney and its people.  Nearby a tour of the Sydney Observatory unravels the stories of this heritage-listed site and visits the exhibitions and the Signal Station.  Lunch is at your leisure at the iconic destination of “The Rocks” followed by Hyde Park Barracks which will showcase one of the most important convict sites in the world.  A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation.  In the afternoon visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for a leisurely ride through the stunning harbour side setting.  Tonight a special night is planned for you at Cockle Bay.  Overnight: Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
 
Day 5. Sydney Christmas Festivities (BD)
Aboard your coach, relax as your coach captain and villa tour leader take you on a scenic tour of the Harbour city.  Admire stunning harbour views and visit some of the iconic suburbs and beaches.  Returning to the hub of the city, a history tour of the QV Building will give you an insight into the past and present of this famous building.  There will be time at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations, do a spot of shopping and purchase lunch at your leisure.  The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy.  Tonight come together to experience Sydney’s Lights of Christmas and Carols in the City at Martin Place. Overnight: Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
 
Day 6. Sydney to Blue Mountains (BD)
On the journey to the Blue Mountains, the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge is our first stop for the day and the home of the Magic Pudding and works of artist and writer Norman Lindsay.  Next at Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum, relive your youth and discover the largest collection of 20th century toys and trains in the Southern Hemisphere.  Famous trains and model railways and favourites such as Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are housed in an historic mansion set on 12 acres of award-winning gardens.  From the moment you enter you will be captivated and entertained.  At Katoomba in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains of Australia, Scenic World offers a range of experiences found nowhere else on earth.  Overnight: Waldorf Leura Gardens, Leura

Day 7. Christmas Day in the Blue Mountains (BLD)
Today celebrate Christmas with an indulgent Christmas lunch in the Grand Hydro Majestic Hotel whilst enjoying the magnificent historical ambience.  The Hydro Majestic is the iconic historical hotel stretching 1.1 kilometres along the escarpment edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, overlooking the picturesque Megalong Valley.  There will be an amazing range of fresh seafood, Charcuterie selections, Carvery and traditional Christmas desserts complete with Christmas decorations, bon bons and even a visit from Santa. Overnight: Waldorf Leura Gardens, Leura 

Day 8. Blue Mountains to Sydney (BLD)
For Boxing Day, we make the return journey to Sydney.  Descending the Blue Mountains, relax aboard the coach to enjoy the wonderful scenery.  Back in Sydney we have a wonderful harbour cruise experience waiting for you. Today Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centred around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which is one of the world's greatest ocean races.  Aboard your cruise witness this magnificent spectacle. Overnight:  Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney
 
Day 9. Sydney to Perth (B)
Today bid farewell to Sydney as we transfer you to the Sydney Airport for your return flight to Perth.  On arrival, our courtesy small charter vehicles will see you safely home.
 
Itinerary subject to changes.  Terms and conditions apply.  FreeCall 1800 066 272 for details.

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