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Road Scholar
Program #20134RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Apr 18 — May 4, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, April 18 - Departure
Evening: Depart the USA on overnight flight to Australia.

Day Two: Friday, April 19 - In Flight
In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: On form in Prep.
The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Day Three: Saturday, April 20 - Arrive in Sydney / Course Overview / Orientation ...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Arrive in Sydney. Orientation to city en route to hotel.

Lunch: At local cafe.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Course Overview and Introduction to Sydney.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: On form in Prep.
The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Day Four: Sunday, April 21 - Introduction to Australia / Sydney's Colonial His...
Introduction to Australia / Sydney's Colonial History / Sydney Opera House tour

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Introduction to Australia; its early discovery & settlement.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Sydney's Colonial Past featuring The Rocks area and Macquarie Street. Excursion: Guided tour of the beautiful, World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, a masterpiece of late modern architecture.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Sydney's Darling Harbour precinct.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: On form in Prep.
The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Day Five: Monday, April 22 - Orientation to Beachside Suburbs / Cruise on Sydn...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Orientation to Sydney's sought-after eastern beach-side suburbs & the central business district. Field Trip/Class: Cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour and learn how Sydney Harbour has evolved.

Lunch: At local restaurant in The Rocks, the historic area where Sydney began.

Afternoon: Time to explore Sydney at leisure.

Dinner: At own arrangements to taste what Sydney's restaurant scene has to offer.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.

Contact info:
17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: On form in Prep.
The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Day Six: Tuesday, April 23 - Opal Discovery Centre / Taronga Park Zoo / Perfor...
Opal Discovery Centre / Taronga Park Zoo / Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Australia's precious stone - the opal. Field Trip/Class: Taronga Park Zoo: meet some of the unique fauna of Australia at this iconic zoo boasting splendid views across Sydney Harbour to the city.

Lunch: At Taronga Park Zoo.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class Continued: Taronga Park Zoo: time for personal exploration. Ferry return to Circular Quay. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: EnrichActivity: This evening we enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House - one of the world's great pieces of architectural design. Definitely something to tell the folks back home about!

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Melbourne, close to major attractions and adjacent to major tram routes.

Contact info:
195 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC, NA 3000 Australia
phone: +61 3 9663 4711
web: www.theswanstonhotel.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, cable television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include laundry, gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool, foreign exchange, safety deposit box facilities and internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 24 - Flight to Melbourne / Course Overview / Introduct...
Flight to Melbourne / Course Overview / Introduction & Orientation to Melbourne / Evening Video

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Sydney Domestic Airport for flight to Melbourne.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture: Course Overview and Introduction to Melbourne. Field Trip: Orientation to the city: Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne's newest attraction - Eureka Skydeck 88.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enrichment Activity: Video - "Australia: The Big Country"

Lodging: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Melbourne, close to major attractions and adjacent to major tram routes.

Contact info:
195 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC, NA 3000 Australia
phone: +61 3 9663 4711
web: www.theswanstonhotel.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, cable television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include laundry, gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool, foreign exchange, safety deposit box facilities and internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, April 25 - Australia's Economy and Health System / Melbourne...
Australia's Economy and Health System / Melbourne's famous Queen Victoria Markets / local wildlife park - meet the wombat & friends / Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Australia's Economy & Health System. Enrichment Activity: Explore Melbourne's famous & quirky Queen Victoria Markets.

Lunch: At Queen Victoria Markets

Afternoon: Field Trip: Coach to Phillip Island to visit a local wildlife park and the Penguin Parade.

Dinner: At quintessential Australian local country pub bistro near Phillip Island.

Evening: Field Trip continued: Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

Lodging: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Melbourne, close to major attractions and adjacent to major tram routes.

Contact info:
195 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC, NA 3000 Australia
phone: +61 3 9663 4711
web: www.theswanstonhotel.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, cable television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include laundry, gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool, foreign exchange, safety deposit box facilities and internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, April 26 - Introduction to Australian Art at the National Ga...
Introduction to Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria / Remainder of day at leisure

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Tram to the National Gallery of Victoria - Introduction to Australian Art.

Lunch: At leisure in the city.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Own arrangements - an opportunity to explore and sample Melbourne's renowned restaurant scene.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, with its magnificent river red gums, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the town centre.

Contact info:
34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
phone: +61 8 8951 4545
web: http://www.chifleyhotels.com.au/alice-springs/chifley-alice-springs-resort/

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house movies, telephone, radio, internest access, iron/ironing board hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, internet kiosk, foreign currency exchange and safety deposit box facility.

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


Day Ten: Saturday, April 27 - Fly to Alice Springs / Course Overview / School o...
Fly to Alice Springs / Course Overview / School of the Air / Aboriginal Culture / Olive Pink Botanical Garden BBQ / Stars of the Southern Hemisphere

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Melbourne Domestic Airport for flight to Alice Springs. Lecture: Course Overview.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: School of the Air - providing education to students in isolated communities. Lecture: Aboriginal Culture, Art & Heritage in Central Australia.

Dinner: BBQ at Olive Pink Botanical Garden.

Evening: Performance: Outback Ballads & Yarns - stories and songs of life in Australia's Red Centre. Lecture: Stars of the Southern Hemisphere - look for the Southern Cross and other southern constellations in the clear air of Australia's Red Centre, free of the lights of the big city.

Lodging: Alice Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, with its magnificent river red gums, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the town centre.

Contact info:
34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
phone: +61 8 8951 4545
web: http://www.chifleyhotels.com.au/alice-springs/chifley-alice-springs-resort/

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house movies, telephone, radio, internest access, iron/ironing board hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, internet kiosk, foreign currency exchange and safety deposit box facility.

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


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 28 - Alice Springs Desert Park / Western MacDonnell Ra...
Alice Springs Desert Park / Western MacDonnell Ranges / Aboriginal Bush Foods

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Alice Springs Desert Park - desert landscapes, flora & fauna.

Lunch: At Alice Springs Desert Park.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Western MacDonnell Ranges & Simpson's Gap - unique desert landforms. Field Trip: Royal Flying Doctor Service - learn how medical services are dispensed across Australia's vast Red Centre. Lecture at local restaurant/caterer: Aboriginal Bush Foods - Traditional & Contemporary

Dinner: At local restaurant - contermporary Australian cuisine utilising traditional Aboriginal flavourings.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Alice Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located as a part of the Ayers Rock Resort.

Contact info:
Yulara Drive
Yulara NT, 0872 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8957-7605
web: www.voyages.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a guest laundry, swimming pool and safety deposit box facility.

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


Day Twelve: Monday, April 29 - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / ...
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Sunset watching.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Uluru (Ayers Rock) with an excurion to a camel farm en route.

Lunch: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Guided tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre. Field Trip: Guided tour around Uluru (Ayers Rock), one of the world's largest monoliths. This sacred Aboriginal site is truly awe-inspiring. EnrichActivity: Watch the sun set over Uluru.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The resort-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of the stunning waterfront esplanade and the compact city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870, Australia
phone: +61 7 4080 1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, April 30 - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / Orientat...
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / Orientation to City / Course Overview / Great Barrier Reef lecture

Breakfast: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.

Morning: Field Trip: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a collection of 36 rounded rock domes aptly named as Kata Tjuta means "many heads" in a local language.

Lunch: At restaurant in Ayers Rock Resort.

Afternoon: Coach to Ayers Rock Domestic airport for flight to Cairns. Orientation to Cairns en route to hotel.

Dinner: On board flight to Cairns.

Evening: Lecture: Course Overview. Lecture: The Great Barrier Reef.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The resort-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of the stunning waterfront esplanade and the compact city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870, Australia
phone: +61 7 4080 1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, May 01 - Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's ...
Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to marina. Field Trip/Class: Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, enjoying the opportunity to snorkel and view the reef from a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible.

Lunch: Seafood buffet on board cruise.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class continued: Cruise on Great Barrier Reef.

Dinner: Own arrangements.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The resort-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of the stunning waterfront esplanade and the compact city centre.

Contact info:
122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870, Australia
phone: +61 7 4080 1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Thursday, May 02 - Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda / SkyRail / Tj...
Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda / SkyRail / Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park / Program Review

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland. Coach to the village of Kuranda, a mountain retreat surrounded by rainforest

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: SkyRail Rainforest Cableway - ride over the treetops and down from the edge of the Atherton Tablelands escarpment. Field Trip/Class: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - Northern Queensland Coastal Aborigines and their social organisation and culture. Lecture: M.A.S.H. - final program review.

Dinner: In the hotel - Farewell.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated next to riverfront parkland and overlooking an 18 hole golf course, the hotel is located only 1.2 miles from Sydney’s International and Domestic Airports but is away from the direct flight path.

Contact info:
20 Levey Street
Wolli Creek, Sydney NSW 2205, Australia
phone: +61 2 9518 2000
web: www.mercuresydneyairport.com.au

Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, pay-to-view movies, telephone, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry/valet service, computer centre, outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and squash courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: On form in Prep.
The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Day Sixteen: Friday, May 03 - A chance to relax, explore Cairns at leisure, pac...
A chance to relax, explore Cairns at leisure, pack and prepare for the flight home.

Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: At leisure in Cairns.

Lunch: At leisure in Cairns.

Afternoon: Coach transfer to Cairns airport for flight to Sydney.

Dinner: On board flight to Sydney.

Evening: Coach to accommodation. Remainder of evening at leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Saturday, May 04 - Departure for the USA.
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: Coach transfer to Sydney Airport. Departure to the USA on a flight to Los Angeles.

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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14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 11 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
4 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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