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Program #21098RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Dec 28 — Jan 4, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, December 28 - Depart Los Angeles on overnight flight bound for ...
Evening: Depart Los Angeles on overnight flight bound for Sydney.

Day Two: Sunday, December 29 - Cross International Date Line
In Transit: Cross the International Date Line.

Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in the midst of Sydney's business district, The Menzies is just a short walk from Circular Quay and is very convenient to all public transport. Famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens all a short stroll away.

Contact info:
14 Carrington Street
Sydney, Australia
phone: +61 2 9299 1000
web: http://www.sydneymenzieshotel.com.au/

Room amenities: All rooms have bathrooms, television with cable channels, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, irons and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The Menzies Sydney Hotel boasts 446 spacious accommodation rooms, 14 flexible conference rooms and an array of dining experiences including two restaurants, two cafes and four bars. Also on offer to guests are an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, on-site newsagent, internet centre and 24 hour room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, December 30 - Bondi & Sydney's eastern beach suburbs / Walking ...
Bondi & Sydney's eastern beach suburbs / Walking exploration of Sydney's harbourside area

Morning: After arriving off your flight from Los Angeles you will be met by your program staff and have an excursion to Sydney's eastern suburbs including the chance to stretch your legs on one of Sydney's pristine beaches.

Lunch: We will have our welcome lunch at The Bucket List restaurant overlooking Sydney's famous Bondi beach.

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will transfer to the central city and check in to our hotel. We will have a lecture introducing us to our program and to Sydney. We will then embark on a walking field trip to explore the historic Rocks area and Circular Quay.

Dinner: We will come together for time to get to know each other and have dinner at our accommodation. The remainder of the evening is free.

Lodging: The Menzies Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in the midst of Sydney's business district, The Menzies is just a short walk from Circular Quay and is very convenient to all public transport. Famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens all a short stroll away.

Contact info:
14 Carrington Street
Sydney, Australia
phone: +61 2 9299 1000
web: http://www.sydneymenzieshotel.com.au/

Room amenities: All rooms have bathrooms, television with cable channels, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, irons and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The Menzies Sydney Hotel boasts 446 spacious accommodation rooms, 14 flexible conference rooms and an array of dining experiences including two restaurants, two cafes and four bars. Also on offer to guests are an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, on-site newsagent, internet centre and 24 hour room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, December 31 - Sydney Aquarium / Wildlife World / Sydney Tower /...
Sydney Aquarium / Wildlife World / Sydney Tower / NEW YEARS EVE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.

Morning: This morning you will be issued with a pass allowing entry to Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World (famed for its collection of unique Australian fauna) and Sydney Tower. With your leader's guidance you will be able to explore these three attractions at your own pace throughout the day.

Lunch: Lunch is at own arrangements.

Afternoon: The afternoon is unscheduled allowing you to maximise the use of your attraction pass as you see fit.

Dinner: We come together in the early evening and walk the short distance to King Street Wharf where we board our vessel for the evening. We will have a sumptuous dinner on board as we wait for the New Year to come around.

Evening: We continue cruising Sydney soaking up the atmosphere among the flotilla enjoying one of the most special dates on Sydney's social calendar. We will have a wonderful view of both the mid-evening fireworks and the amazing display that heralds the arrival of our New Year. At the end of our cruise, we will disembark our vessel at King Street Wharf for the short stroll back to our hotel.

Lodging: The Menzies Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in the midst of Sydney's business district, The Menzies is just a short walk from Circular Quay and is very convenient to all public transport. Famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens all a short stroll away.

Contact info:
14 Carrington Street
Sydney, Australia
phone: +61 2 9299 1000
web: http://www.sydneymenzieshotel.com.au/

Room amenities: All rooms have bathrooms, television with cable channels, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, irons and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The Menzies Sydney Hotel boasts 446 spacious accommodation rooms, 14 flexible conference rooms and an array of dining experiences including two restaurants, two cafes and four bars. Also on offer to guests are an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, on-site newsagent, internet centre and 24 hour room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, January 01 - Free Morning / Botanical Gardens walk
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: Today is a free day to allow you to recover from your late night and explore Sydney at your leisure. You can utilise your transport pass to explore at your own pace.

Lunch: At own arrangements.

Afternoon: Although today is a free day, those who wish can meet up with our leader this afternoon for a walk around the harbourside and through Sydney's beautiful botanical gardens.

Dinner: At own arrangements.

Lodging: The Menzies Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in the midst of Sydney's business district, The Menzies is just a short walk from Circular Quay and is very convenient to all public transport. Famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens all a short stroll away.

Contact info:
14 Carrington Street
Sydney, Australia
phone: +61 2 9299 1000
web: http://www.sydneymenzieshotel.com.au/

Room amenities: All rooms have bathrooms, television with cable channels, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, irons and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The Menzies Sydney Hotel boasts 446 spacious accommodation rooms, 14 flexible conference rooms and an array of dining experiences including two restaurants, two cafes and four bars. Also on offer to guests are an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, on-site newsagent, internet centre and 24 hour room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Thursday, January 02 - Art Gallery of New South Wales
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Over one million visitors a year enjoy the Gallery’s collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. It is located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. We will walk to the Art Gallery from our hotel and have a guided tour of the main collections.

Lunch: At own arrangements.

Afternoon: The remainder of the day is free to allow you to explore at leisure.

Dinner: At own arrangements.

Lodging: The Menzies Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in the midst of Sydney's business district, The Menzies is just a short walk from Circular Quay and is very convenient to all public transport. Famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour Precinct and The Royal Botanic Gardens all a short stroll away.

Contact info:
14 Carrington Street
Sydney, Australia
phone: +61 2 9299 1000
web: http://www.sydneymenzieshotel.com.au/

Room amenities: All rooms have bathrooms, television with cable channels, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, irons and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The Menzies Sydney Hotel boasts 446 spacious accommodation rooms, 14 flexible conference rooms and an array of dining experiences including two restaurants, two cafes and four bars. Also on offer to guests are an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, on-site newsagent, internet centre and 24 hour room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, January 03 - Sydney harbourside walk to Manly
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: This morning we will hop on a public bus and journey to the Spit Bridge crossing Sydney's Middle Harbour. From here we will embark on the Spit Bridge to Manly walk, a walk of approximately 6 miles that will take around 4 hours. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour, the main Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Heads. Along the way we will see historic Aboriginal rock art and must stay alert for sightings of local flora and fauna.

Lunch: We will have a farewell lunch together at Hugo's restaurant located on the waterfront at Manly Wharf.

Afternoon: The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. You will be given a ferry ticket to allow you to travel back to Circular Quay when you see fit. The 30-minute ride back to the centre of the city provides stunning views of the Heads and Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Dinner: At own arrangements.

Lodging: The Menzies Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Eight: Saturday, January 04 - Fly home to the USA or across to Auckland in New ...
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Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: After breakfast you will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flights home or across to Auckland.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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