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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.
Equipment Requirements
Your bathing suit is a must! A long-sleeve sun-protection cover-up are highly recommended for your day out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary for Nov 20 — Dec 6, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, November 20 - Departure
Evening: Depart the USA on overnight flight to Australia.

Day Two: Friday, November 21 - In Flight - Crossing the International Date Line
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.
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Three: Saturday, November 22 - Arrive in Sydney / Course Overview / Orientation ...
Morning: Welcome to Sydney! Sydney’s stunning natural harbour forms the centrepiece of a dynamic city that has grown dramatically since its beginnings as a prison colony. Situated in the temperate area of Australia, Sydney is surrounded by National Parks and has a beautiful range of flora and fauna. It is Australia’s largest city with nearly 5 million citizens thriving in a multi-cultural society in a congenial climate. Sydney is dominated by Sydney Harbour, of which Port Jackson is only a small part. The city covers a large area, twice the size of London with half the population, and has large parks and sparkling sandy Pacific Ocean beaches, such as the well-known and very popular Bondi and Manly. Upon your arrival in Sydney you are met by our Sydney Site Coordinator. We transfer to our hotel in Sydney's Darling Harbour precinct, having an orientation to the city en route. After unloading our luggage, we go on a walking tour of the central business district with our local Site Coordinator.

Lunch: We have lunch with our Site Coordinator at local cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch we return to our hotel and check in. We have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we have an overview of our Australian course and a brief introduction to Sydney.

Lodging: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

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


Day Four: Sunday, November 23 - Introduction to Australia / Sydney's Colonial His...
Introduction to Australia / Sydney's Colonial History / Sydney Opera House tour

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning a local professor gives us a lecture introducing us to the history of Sydney and, by extension, Australia.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have a walking tour of The Rocks area giving us an insight to Sydney’s colonial past. The Rocks was the area of Sydney first settled by the British and it has a fascinating history and wonderful Sydney sandstone buildings. We walk across Circular Quay to the magnificent World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Here we have a guided tour of this truly wonderful, iconic building, a masterpiece of late modern architecture. We return to our hotel and have some free time before dinner.

Dinner: This evening we take a short walk along the western fringe of Darling Harbour where we have dinner at a local restaurant in the 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.
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Five: Monday, November 24 - Orientation to Beachside Suburbs / Cruise on Sydn...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we have an orientation to Sydney's sought-after eastern beach-side suburbs and South Head to see the narrow entrance to the harbour. We return to the central business district and board a vessel for a cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour. On our coffee cruise we take in the stunning scenery and learn how the modern Sydney Harbour has evolved.

Lunch: We disembark our cruise vessel and walk to a restaurant in The Rocks for lunch.

Afternoon: The afternoon and evening is free to allow you to explore this wonderful city at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements this evening allowing you 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.
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Six: Tuesday, November 25 - Taronga Park Zoo / Performance at the Sydney Oper...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we coach across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo, located on the north shore with delightful views across the harbour to the city. Here we begin our study of Australian fauna. As well as meeting kangaroos, koalas & wallabies and hoping for a glimpse of the rather more elusive wombat, echidna and platypus, we will have a lecture introducing us to some of Australia’s more dangerous inhabitants – its spiders and snakes.

Lunch: We have lunch at Taronga Park Zoo.

Afternoon: You are given a ferry ticket for the journey back across the harbour to the city centre. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure allowing you to perhaps linger and explore the zoo further or to head back across to the city to investigate more there.

Dinner: We come together back at the hotel for an early dinner allowing us to get to tonight's performance at the Opera House in plenty of time.

Evening: 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: 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, November 26 - Flight to Melbourne / Course Overview / Introduct...
Flight to Melbourne / Course Overview / Introduction & Orientation to Melbourne / Eureka SkyDeck 88 / Shrine of Rememberance / Evening Video

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our Sydney hotel and coach to Sydney Domestic Airport for our flight to Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is the capital of Victoria, a state in the south-eastern corner of Australia. During the gold era Melbourne possessed great wealth and many of the city’s fine buildings were built during this period of prosperity. Its magnificent streetscapes and extensive parks and gardens provide an ideal setting for its many elegant buildings. In the past Melbourne was a larger business centre and city than Sydney and today the two cities continue a friendly rivalry. Both are cosmopolitan and multi-cultural and Melbourne has many strong ethnic communities from three major periods of migration including: Chinese and German (after the gold rushes), Italian, Greek, southern European (1939 – 1945) and, more recently, Asian. Melbourne is reputed to have the largest Greek population outside Athens. We will be met by our local Site Coordinator and transferred into the city.

Lunch: We have lunch in a cafe set in one of Melbourne’s parks.

Afternoon: After lunch, we visit the Shrine of Remembrance. We then head up to the top of the Eureka 88 Skydeck offering panoramic views over the city, giving us an understanding of the layout of Melbourne. We then head to our hotel and check in. We come together again for a lecture introducing us to Melbourne and the State of Victoria before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: This evening we can watch a video - "Australia: The Big Country" - educating us on Australia's unique environment.

Lodging: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: 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, November 27 - 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: This morning we have a lecture introducing us to Australia’s Economy and Health System. We then hop aboard Melbourne’s famous tram system and visit Melbourne's well-known and quirky Queen Victoria Market, where we soak up the vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Lunch: At Queen Victoria Markets

Afternoon: We return to our hotel to board our coach bound for Phillip Island. En route we pause for a comfort stop at a local wildlife conservatory where we again have the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s most recognisable residents – kangaroos, koalas and maybe a wombat or two. We continue on to Phillip Island Nature Park in time for the Penguin Parade. Our Site Coordinator will get us an ideal location, from which we can watch the gorgeous little penguins come ashore at dusk after their day out fishing.

Dinner: We will have dinner at a quintessential Australian local country pub bistro in San Remo near Phillip Island. Please note that, depending on when dusk is due to fall, we may have dinner before or after our Phillip Island penguin experience.

Evening: At the conclusion of our Phillip Island penguin experience we board our coach and return to Melbourne.

Lodging: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: 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, November 28 - 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: This morning we can walk or take the tram to the National Gallery of Victoria for an introduction to Australian art. A local art historian will give us a lecture and a guided tour of the Aboriginal art exhibition.

Lunch: Lunch today is at leisure in the city.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore this cosmopolitan city.

Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements giving participants 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: 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, November 29 - 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: This morning we check out of our hotel and coach to Melbourne Domestic Airport for our flight to Alice Springs. Alice Springs is located almost exactly at the geographic centre of Australia and has been a home for Aborigines for 30,000 years. Many of the physical features of the land have great cultural significance. Originally established in 1888 as Stuart, the town developed through the need for an overland telegraph line to assist Australia with its communications to the world. Today, “The Alice” is a pleasurable, modern town and is a major access point for the many tourist attractions of central Australia. On arrival we are met by our Red Centre Site Coordinator and are given an overview of Alice Springs and the Red Centre.

Lunch: We transfer to our hotel and check in in time for lunch in the restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the School of the Air to gain an understanding of the techniques of delivering education across the vast isolated and remote expanse of the Australian outback. We return to our hotel and have a lecture introducing us to the culture, art and heritage of the Aborigines of the Red Centre.

Dinner: This evening we have dinner at the local botanical garden. As we dine we are entertained with ballads and yarns of the Australian bush.

Evening: After dinner a local astronomer will introduce us to the stars of the southern sky – we can 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: Chifley 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: 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, November 30 - Alice Springs Desert Park / Western MacDonnell Ra...
Alice Springs Desert Park / Western MacDonnell Ranges / Royal Flying Doctor Service / Aboriginal Bush Foods

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we visit Alice Springs Desert Park where we gain an understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Australian desert and the life that exists there.

Lunch: At Alice Springs Desert Park.

Afternoon: After lunch we travel to Simpson’s Gap in the Western McDonnell Ranges where we view the permanent waterhole in its stunning location under the towering cliffs of the Simpson Range. We return back into Alice Springs where we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how aircraft and the radio are used to deliver medical services in the huge distances of central Australia.

Dinner: We then head to a local restaurant where a local indigenous caterer introduces us to native Aboriginal bush foods, their traditional use and how they are being incorporated into contemporary cuisine. We have dinner at the local restaurant where our taste buds get to discover for themselves just how contemporary Australian cuisine is utilising traditional Aboriginal flavourings.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Chifley 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, December 01 - Uluru - Ayers Rock / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Pa...
Uluru - Ayers Rock / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / Sunset viewing

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out and board our coach for the journey to Uluru with an excursion to a camel farm en route. We will pause for morning tea at a typical Outback roadhouse. Rising from the arid heartland of Australia are the haunting geological marvels of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). They lie within Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which is owned by the local Aborigines. Uluru is a red sandstone monolith, the world’s second largest at 5.5 miles around, with smooth slopes rising to 1,098 feet. For thousands of years this rock has been the focus for religious, cultural, territorial and economic inter-relations among the Aboriginal peoples of the Western Desert. Caves around the base of the rock were used by Aboriginal people for shelter and were decorated with their paintings. Kata Tjuta is a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks that are very captivating. The tallest rock, Mt Olga, is nearly 656 feet higher than Uluru.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore Uluru by coach and on foot. This sacred Aboriginal site is truly awe-inspiring. Our leader will explain something of the significance of the Rock to the local Aborigines. In the late afternoon we will take in a sunset viewing of Uluru, watching the amazing colours of the Rock as the sun sets.

Dinner: We have a typical Australian BBQ at our hotel tonight where we have the opportunity to sample some of Australia's more "interesting" native foods.

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, December 02 - 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: This morning we check out and head across for breakfast at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.

Morning: After breakfast we travel out to Kata Tjuta, the spectacular formation of 36 rounded domes. Kata Tjuta means "many heads" in a local language. Here we will take the short walk in Walpa Gorge, affording us wonderful views across the Outback.

Lunch: We return to Yulara for lunch at the Outback Pioneer.

Afternoon: We coach to Ayers Rock airport for our flight to Cairns. Cairns, on the east coast of Australia, is the most northerly city in the state of Queensland. It is always green and lush with abundant tropical plants and flowers. It is also one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities and, in addition to its role as a regional centre for dairy, timber and sugar production, it is an important tourist destination. Cairns is uniquely situated between two World Heritage-Listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Dinner: On board flight to Cairns.

Evening: Upon our arrival we we are met by our Cairns Site Coordinator and transfer to our hotel in Cairns. We will have an introduction to Cairns and our program en route to the hotel. A local marine biologist will give us a lecture this evening on the Great Barrier Reef and the issues endangering its existence. He will give us an insight into what we might see tomorrow on our cruise out to this World Heritage-listed icon.

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, December 03 - 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: Today we have a full-day cruise on the Great Barrier Reef where we can view the World Heritage-listed coral reefs in the company of our dedicated marine biologist. We will be able to snorkel among the spectacular coral reef and/or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel.

Lunch: Seafood buffet on board cruise.

Afternoon: Our cruise continues this afternoon. We return to Cairns in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is free.

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, December 04 - Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda / SkyRail / Tj...
Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda / SkyRail / Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park / Program Review

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we have a lecture introducing us to the second of Cairns’ World Heritage-listed features – the Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland. We gain an understanding of the abundance of life in the tropical rainforest. We then coach to the village of Kuranda, a mountain retreat surrounded by rainforest. We have time to explore before lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Kuranda.

Afternoon: We then walk to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to take the stunning cableway journey sweeping above the canopy of World Heritage-listed rainforest. En route to the cableway terminus at Caravonica, we stop at the Rainforest Interpretive Station where our guide will lead us on a rainforest walk teaching us more about this special environment. From the teminus we then walk to Tjapukai Aboriginal Park where we learn about the lifestyle of the northern coastal Aborigines. Here we will have the opportunity to see if we can make our boomerang come back.

Dinner: We have our farewell dinner tonight in our hotel.

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


Day Sixteen: Friday, December 05 - 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: We have this morning and early afternoon free to explore Cairns at leisure.

Lunch: At leisure in Cairns.

Afternoon: We transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney.

Dinner: On board flight to Sydney.

Evening: Upon our arrival in Sydney this evening, we coach to our Sydney Airport hotel in the safe hands of our Program Leader. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Saturday, December 06 - Departure for the USA.
Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and transfer to Sydney Airport. We check in to our flight to Los Angeles and home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Included
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14 nights of accommodations
39 meals: 14 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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