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The Land Down Under awaits you on this hand-crafted Story adventure.

Story's Australia Tour

Traveling the Story Way® Down Under Includes:

    • Select Story departures feature exclusive charter flights
    • Story Exclusive: Winery Visit in Hunter Valley
    • Story Exclusive Reception: Wine & Antipasti in Melbourne
    • Sunset in Ayer's Rock - Sunrise at Ayer's Rock in the Outback
    • Full Day VIP Cruise Experience on the Great Barrier Reef with VIP Lunch
    • Stay in the Rainforest in our Luxury Tree House Hotel
    • World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail
    • Crocodile Farm: Look at those choppers!
    • Story Exclusive Reception: Wine & Plates Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Story's Australia: The Adventure Begins

Story Land & Sea's Australia Tour begins in metropolitan Melbourne and then we're off to the very heart of Australia: The Outback, home to Ayer's Rock or Uluru (the world's largest monolith). Discover this itinerary for incredible cuisine and wine, exceptional beauty, rugged wilderness and tropical rainforests brimming with green. Finally discover true 'technicolor' with the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

We've found the right hotels throughout Australia and now you have a choice of style:

• Our Story Deluxe hotels feature 5-Star boutique properties in locations where you want to be! Located a few minutes away are Story's Super Budget hotels –  a less costly way to explore Australia in the company of Story's small group tour experience.
•  Customary gratuities are included for our Expert Guides, wait staff at included dinners and our exceptional Aussie drivers. Tour Captain / Story Local Host® gratuities are optional and at your discretion.
• Select Dinners with regional wine included per the itinerary. Super Budget guests may opt to upgrade their dining plan.
•  Unique Perspective Experiences —  Story Land & Sea® exclusives perfectly placed throughout the itinerary.
• Daily Breakfast, Select Lunch and Dinners Included per itinerary.

Story Land & Sea® Tours extends a personal invitation to you on Story's Australia Tour — it's the trip of a lifetime, and one journey you won’t soon forget. From the time you arrive Ayer's Rock, in the rugged Australian Outback, to the rainforests of Queensland, to the metropolitan city of Sydney —  Australia has it all.

Your satisfaction and sense of real discovery is what we consider as priority with your Australia Tour vacation. Please sit back and review our tour itinerary, and then let us know how we might be able to help you book your "Dream Time" vacation with us, down under!

Australia Mate! It's Great!

More on Story's Super Budget Travelers
Now enjoy Australia for less with Story's Super Budget Traveler option: Enjoy budget hotel accommodation within minutes of Story's hotels including continental breakfast, select sightseeing (review itinerary tab for optionals) along with the great services of your Story Tour Captain®.


Daily Itinerary

  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Kangaroo, Australian Outback
  • Sydney Opera House
Gone Down Under
Australian Small Group Tour

Day 1: Your Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Pacific flight to Australia ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 3 (Day 2 is lost crossing the international dateline) upon arrival into Melbourne, Australia (airport code: MEL).

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the STORY Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether STORY Land & Sea has arranged your air.

 Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.



Cross the International Dateline

Day 2

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

Extend your vacation with an optional pre-tour excursion to Darwin and Kakadu National Park

From USD:
$1,837.00 PP
Based on Double occupancy.
Solo supplement $549.00

Inquire at 1 (877) 865-6711

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G'day Australia!

Day 3: Welcome to Sydney, Australia

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included Welcome Dinner. All guests will enjoy a wonderful dinner in Australia.

WELCOME TO STORY'S AUSTRALIA TOUR. One of Story Land & Sea® 's most popular itineraries commences this afternoon at our 5-Star hotel in Sydney, Australia.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: At 4:00 pm, join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walkabout in this amazing city and historic heart.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Sydney Australia



Story Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives under the Southern Hemisphere.

WELCOME DINNER
Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner —  welcome to Australia! Tonight's dinner is included for all guests.

About the Story Way® of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic local food and wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For most included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." Certain dining experiences will feature designed menus and experiences.

Tonight is an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience and breath deeply in the very heart of Australia. Cost-Savers Travelers - enjoy tonight's included welcome dinner - inquire about how to upgrade to include our special dining package for the balance of your itinerary: 1-877-865-6711.

Lodging in the Heart of the City
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Story Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel, Intercontinental or similar, 2 Nights
Cost-Savers Accommodation: Travelodge Wynyard or similar, 2 Nights

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Sydney | Sightseeing Immersion

Day 4: Tthe Story of Sydney

star icon   Exclusives: Sunset Cruise Dinner. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

After breakfast, meet the Tour Captain and then enjoy our included sightseeing experience of Sydney, Australia. The Story of Sydney begins in the heart of the city and the historic "Rocks District." The original settlement of Australia, we learn all about the amazing past. We enjoy an immersion in everything Sydney with our Panoramic drive.

Sydney-Siders, as they're called, are a warm people for such a cosmopolitan city. We return early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

Story Exclusive: AN AUSTRALIAN WELCOME
Tonight enjoy a Story Exclusives®' Welcome Experience with your Tour Captain onboard our sunset cruise via our private yacht on beautiful Sydney Harbour at night. These are the experiences life-time memories are made of ~ enjoy and welcome to Sydney!

There's a beauty here, that's fresh, raw, untamed. It's real. It's 'fair dink.'

Welcome to the land down under! Enjoy the balance of the evening after our event at leisure.

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The Outback
Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

Day 5: Ayer's Rock and the Australian Outback

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included
star icon  
 Story Exclusive: Sounds of Silence Dinner. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add this fantastic experience.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the heart of the Australian Outback, the "red center," and home to Ayer's Rock. See required on-tour air flight details on Dates & Pricing tab.

City: Ayer's Rock
State/Territory:
Northern Territory

WELCOME TO THE OUTBACK
This afternoon you will meet Australia's Aboriginal people, learn to paint Outback-style, taste fair-dink (genuine) bush tucker and experience a rare glimpse into the indigenous way of life that has carried on for thousands of years.

Story Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, 1 Night
Cost-Savers Accommodation: Desert Gardens or similar, 1 Night

We return to the hotel and enjoy the balance of day free until our included experience tonight:

TONIGHT: UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE EXPERIENCE: The Award-Winning SOUNDS OF SILENCE dinner under the Southern Hemisphere.
Prior to sundown, we will transfer to a truly unique experience under the stars.

It all starts at Sunset with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

We return to the hotels for a good night's rest.

Cost-Savers Travelers: Expand your experience and enjoy the Sounds of Silence for a supplement which includes round-trip transfers. Inquire: 1-877-865-6711.

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Sunrise in the Outback —  Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Pinnacle in the Australian Outback
A pinnacle rock in the Outback

Day 6: Sunrise to Sunset in the Outback
& then on to Cairns

food icon   Story Way® Dining Included Tonight. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add tonight's dinner experience.

THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
At dawn, we arrive the literal "Red Center of Australia." Get ready for something unlike anything you've experienced from the Rock to the Southern Hemisphere.

SUNRISE AT THE ROCK
We depart before sunrise for Ayer's Rock, Uluru to the Aboriginal people. Enjoy an impressive display of color as the sun rises. It's a brisk morning, but well worth it to experience Ayer's Rock up close with its own brilliant display of colors. Enjoy a continental breakfast in a brown paper bag this morning as we navigate to the Rock.

Then, an optional climbing of Ayer's Rock may be in order, or simply watching. Note, climbing the rock is potentially hazardous and you will do so at your own risk.

You may opt to climb the world's largest monolith, but be warned: Many have tried and succeeded, while a few have failed and gave up their lives. Do you have medical conditions that may inhibit you from climing Ayer's Rock? Then we suggest you enjoy a lovely walk around the base of the rock with your Tour Captain. Absolutely stunning.

After our experience at the Rock, we then continue to the airport and our onward flight to Queensland.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef today. See required on-tour air flight details on Dates & Pricing tab.

Sunny Queensland & Cairns
Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland. Welcome to Cairns, where the rainforest meets the reef. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel and freshen up before a Queensland welcome dinner with your Tour Captain.

CAIRNS: GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF
QueensLander, now Story Land & Sea, Tours' name was inspired as a result of the adventures our founder experienced while exploring Queensland's natural beauty and delightful people.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner in Cairns with your Tour Captain.

Story Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Harbour Club Rooms or similar, 3 Nights
Cost-Savers Accommodation: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort or similar, 3 Nights

You've got to earn the right to live up here.
~ AB "Banjo" Paterson, The Man from Snowy River


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The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 7: The Story of the Reef

food icon   Included Dining: Lunch on the Reef
star icon   Exclusives: Private Sailing & Snorkeling on the Outer Reef


After breakfast, on our first full day in Queensland, we are all off to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. This is one of the most stunning experiences on our tour and we enjoy it from our private boat.

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef - complete with glass bottom boats and snorkeling - get up close to the technicolor banks of coral reef teeming with tropical fish. This experience is one which makes a lasting impression on Story Land & Sea patrons - if at all possible, you must try snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

The day is highlighted with a smorgasbord lunch on the water and ample free time for relaxing and soaking in the sun. We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Australia, Mate. She's great!



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Cairns | Exploring tropical Queensland

Day 8: Kuranda Rainforest

Kuranda Rain Forest

This morning enjoy our included full-day experience to the Kuranda Rainforest.

On some departures we may enjoy a trip aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway (dependent upon season and not every tour will be on the train). Enjoy this breathtaking journey that features the rainforest clad mountains and stunning Barron River Gorge, the tropical Kuranda Village Station with time to explore the quaint village like atmosphere including the world famous Kuranda markets – entry and a guided tour of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is included - of course!

After enjoying your free time inclusion in Kuranda Village, it’s on to Rainforestation Nature Park, boasting 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest set amidst World Heritage Rainforest. Here a collection of unique experiences awaits you. Ride an amphibious Army Duck through the rainforest, where an experienced driver/guide will explain the mysteries of the ancient ferns and trees and spot a variety of native fauna normally difficult to see. Meander through the Tropical Fruit Orchard featuring over 40 local and international exotic, tropical fruit trees. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with Crocodiles, hand feed Barramundi, Kangaroos and Wallabies. There is also the opportunity to view other native species, including Rainforest Pythons, Cassowaries and Dingoes. You may also take the opportunity to cuddle a Koala and have your photograph taken (optional extra).

Kangaroo

In the rainforest amphitheatre witness the dynamic performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers. The amphitheatre is a totally natural setting - no special effect or lighting is used - the rainforest serves as the theatre walls and the sounds of the forest and the didgeridoo create the backing music! The Dreamtime Walk provides a comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal and Island culture and history with practical experiences including boomerang lessons and spear throwing.

Included in your day is a delicious tropical BBQ lunch, which includes a hot buffet selection as well as a wide selection of salads, cheeses and tropical fruits.

At the end of your fun filled experience at Rainforestation Nature Park we will return to Cairns from Kuranda Village via the amazing Skyrail ‘Rainforest Cableway’! Here you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with two stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak stations. At each stop the friendly Skyrail staff will help you disembark your Gondolas to enjoy the spectacular boardwalks that descend into the pristine rainforest. At the end of your journey we transfer back to the hotel.

Tour Includes
  • Kuranda Village with free time to explore Kuranda Markets
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary with a guided tour through the landscaped gardens
  • Transfer to award winning Rainforestation Nature Park 
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience 
  • BBQ Lunch, enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses & fruits
  • Koala & Wildlife Park - join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies with the opportunity to have your photograph taken cuddling a koala (optional extra)
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glide over the canopy of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak Stations before returning to Cairns
  • Select Tours will feature Kuranda Scenic Railway including tunnels, bridges, Stoney Creek & Barron Falls
  • Return transfers from Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodation

Tonight, your Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

A man can be hard to find in the mountains.
You're welcome at my fire anytime.

~ Character Jim Craig from The Man from Snowy River.

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To Melbourne
Ayer's Rock

Day 9: Welcome to Melbourne

food icon   Story Way® Dining: Included Dinner.

We board our on-tour flight from Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival, we make our way to the heart of the city, check-in, freshen up and then enjoy a walking tour with our Expert Guide.

Sightseeing Experience
Today our Story Expert Guide immerses us in the history and culture of Melbourne on and included half-day tour.s

Highlights include:

- Learn about arts and history at the the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and see the Arts Centre -Melbourne
- Snap photos of the city and port from Bolte Bridge
- Stroll around the vibrant suburb of St Kilda, perhaps purchasing a treat at one its famous European-style patisseries
- Drive through the fashionable Elwood and Brighton areas and stop for photo ops at the Brighton bathing boxes

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

We return to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

Story Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives.

WELCOME DINNER
Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner.

Story Accommodation: 5-star hotel, The Westin Melbourne or similar Deluxe King room (1 king bed) – with Juliet balcony or Bay window, 3 Nights
Cost-Savers Accommodation: Breakfree on Collins Apartments, 3 Nights

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Discovering Melbourne

Day 10: Melbourne

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

City: Melbourne
State/Territory:
Victoria

Story Exclusive®
Today enjoy our special experience in the Yarra Valley wine district complete with tour, tasting and paired with plates – delectable!

The exceptional Yarra Valley
Famous for it’s Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir, the Yarra Valley producers provide a stunning selection of Sparkling wines and innovative savoury Rosés.

Tonight Optional Penguin Sunset Parade
Extend your day in the wilds and arrive the visitor's centre about one hour before the planned penguin arrival time.

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The Great Ocean Road
Ayer's Rock

Day 11: The Story of the Great Ocean Road

After breakfast, we make our way along the amazing coastline of southern Australia.

Travel down the Great Ocean Road and see the amazing limestone formation, the Twelve Apostles. Be mesmerized by the natural beauty as you explore the Surf Coast of Victoria.

We will visit historic Split Point Lighthouse and stop at some of the seaside villages. Walk down the Gibson Steps and view them from down on sea level before visiting Loch Ard Gorge and learning the tale of the famous ship wreck.

We return late afternoon/early evening. Note: The sequence of today's experience may be changed with the Wildlife Experience from Day 10.

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Melbourne: Departure

Day 12: Homeward Bound

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast

OPTIONS TODAY:
DEPARTURE TO USA
EXTENSION MELBOURNE: ADD A DAY
EXTENSION TO NEW ZEALAND'S BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ISLAND
—  See this complete itinerary by clicking here.

## Tour Ends ##

Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


 


Melbourne Hotels - 2 Nights



Ayer's Rock Resort - 2 Nights



Cairns Hotel - 3 Nights



Sydney Hotels - 3 Nights

 

Story's Australia Tour

Small Group Touring Down Under

Story's Small Group advantage means you are not waiting to get on and off big traditional sized tour buses, and you get to interact with our Story Tour Captain®'s and local Expert Guides more easily (not to mention our boutique hotels, skip-the-line sightseeing experiences and Story's signature 'unique perspective experiences'). See the world more easily and continue your Story of Travel with our small groups in the South Pacific.

2018 South Pacific Departures
Published Date

Story Deluxe Hotels:

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Super Budget Hotels: Small, Simple, Clean with Continental Breakfast

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Apr 13
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
May 18
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Jun 28
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Jul 6
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Sep 10
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Oct 3
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Nov 4
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
 

2019 South Pacific Departures
Published Date

Story Deluxe Hotels:

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Super Budget Hotels: Small, Simple, Clean with Continental Breakfast

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Feb 16 $6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Mar 16 $6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Apr 13
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
May 18
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
June 14
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Sep 21
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Oct 5
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Nov 4
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
 
2020 South Pacific Departures
Published Date

Story Deluxe Hotels:

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Super Budget Hotels: Small, Simple, Clean with Continental Breakfast

Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per Person

Feb 15 $6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Mar 14 $6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Apr 11
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
May 16
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
June 12
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Sep 19
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Oct 3
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
Nov 2
$6,879 + $1649 = $8,528 $5,879 + $1649 = $7,528
 

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

Or do these dates not work for your schedule?

Call us: 1 877 865 6711

Take over a departure for your own private group.

Inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you?
Inquire for our Private Journey option.

Note: Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is:https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

 

Story's Australia Tour
A world-class tour of Australia in the company of a few new friends and travelers...Why Story Land & Sea Tours for Australia?
  • Story Deluxe Series includes:

    • 5-Star Deluxe Hotel Accommodation:
      • 2 Nights Melbourne featuring the 5-Star The Westin Melbourne
      • 1 Night Ayer's Rock featuring the 5-Star Sails in the Desert
      • 3 Nights Cairns featuring the 5-Star Shangri-La Hotel or Similar
      • 2 Nights Sydney featuring the 5-Star Harbour Rocks Hotel, Intercontinental Sydney or Similar
    • Services of our Professional Story Tour Captain®
    • Services of our local Expert Guides
    • Comfortable Small Group Touring Vehicle with air-conditioning (no big buses)
    • All admissions and sightseeing in Ayer's Rock the Outback as defined on the itinerary including:
      • Orientation Walk in Ayer's Rock Resort
      • Special Story Reception in Ayer's Rock
      • Ayer's Rock Outback Tour
      • Sunset Canapés
      • The Field of Light Award-Winning Experience under the Southern Hemisphere or the
      • Morning Sunrise at the Rock Experience
    • All admissions and sightseeing in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef as defined on the itinerary including:
      • Orientation Walk in Cairns
      • Story Exclusive: Great Barrier Reef Private Sailing & Snorkeling on the Outer Reef
      • Smorgasbord Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef Craft
    • All admissions and sightseeing in Sydney as defined on the itinerary including:
      • Sydney Orientation Walk
      • Story Exclusive: Reception and Dinner on our Private Boat on Sydney Harbour
      • Sightseeing Immersion Tour of Sydney: From the Rocks to Bondi and Back
    • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
      See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to Australia and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
    • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
    • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary.
      Unique restaurants that are designed for discerning diners, not big tour groups.
    • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, Wine Experience at the Rock, and 5 Dinners per itinerary. Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
      • Enjoy a special Reception at Ayer's Rock
      • Welcome Dinner in Ayer's Rock
      • Welcome Dinner in Cairns
      • Smorgasbord Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
      • Special Onboard Reception on Sydney Harbour
      • Onboard Small Plates Reception on Sydney Harbour
    • Story Exclusive Wine Experience
    • Story Exclusive Sydney Harbour Sunset Dining Experience with our private boat.
    • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
    • Not Included on your Journey
      • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
      • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
      • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.

       

      Super Budget Series includes:

      • Superior Tourist Budget Hotel Accommodation:
        • 2 Nights Ayer's Rock featuring the Desert Gardens Hotel
        • 3 Nights Cairns
        • 2 Nights Sydney
      • Services of our Professional Story Tour Captain®
      • Services of our local Expert Guides
      • Comfortable Small Group Touring Vehicle with air-conditioning (no big buses)
      • All admissions and sightseeing in Ayer's Rock the Outback as defined on the itinerary including:
        • Orientation Walk in Ayer's Rock Resort
        • Special Story Reception in Ayer's Rock
        • Ayer's Rock Outback Tour
        • Option: Upgrade to experience The Field of Light Award-Winning Experience under the Southern Hemisphere: $425.00 per person.
        • Morning Sunrise at the Rock Experience
      • All admissions and sightseeing in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef as defined on the itinerary including:
        • Orientation Walk in Cairns
        • Story Exclusive: Great Barrier Reef Private Sailing & Snorkeling on the Outer Reef
        • Smorgasbord Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef Craft
      • All admissions and sightseeing in Sydney as defined on the itinerary including:
        • Sydney Orientation Walk
        • Option: Upgrade to experience this Story Exclusive: Reception and Dinner on our Private Boat on Sydney Harbour: $375.00 per person.
        • Sightseeing Immersion Tour of Sydney: From the Rocks to Bondi and Back
      • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
        See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to Australia and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
      • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
      • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary.
        Unique restaurants that are designed for discerning diners, not big tour groups.
      • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner per itinerary. Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
        • Enjoy a special Reception at Ayer's Rock
        • Welcome Dinner in Ayer's Rock
        • Option: Upgrade to our Welcome Dinner in Cairns
        • Option: Upgrade to our Onboard Dinner on Sydney Harbour for $365 per person.
      • Upgrade to Five (5) total dinners included for $595 per person.
      • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
      • Not Included on your Journey
        • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
        • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
        • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. 

INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
On Tour Airfare is not included and is required.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD50 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED 
International Airfare is not included.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is:https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe class categories (4 and 5-Star) you choose based on your preferences.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.


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Guest Reviews

"...loved our 'story host' and was blown away each day by what we experienced. thanks!"


We were impressed with our story host's knowledge and your service attitude on the tour. In a world where customer service seems to have fallen by the way side, Story has delivered. We loved our 'story host' and was blown away each day by what we experienced. thanks!

~ Bill and Cindy, February 2016

 



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