Where to next for your vacation? A tropical island getaway? Or maybe an iconic once-in-a-lifetime destination? Combine both with a 16-day getaway that will provide a revered combination in fusing Australia’s famous experiences with the private escapism of Bora Bora, a volcanic island of exotic colors in the Pacific. For the first week, you will explore Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Great Barrier Reef, Aboriginal culture, Uluru and Melbourne, and kangaroos and other wildlife. After you have seen...
Sydney – Welcome to Australia
Australia stands in the world’s lost corner, an immense island where everything is bigger and more dramatic than elsewhere with mountains, a desert that covers a continent, rainforest and reefs, beaches and beautiful cities on the edge of the world. Regardless of where you fly from, reaching Australia requires a long journey. And even when you touch down in a bustling city, you can sense the promise of the wild. You are chauffeured to a stylish five-star hotel in Darling Harbour and the day is at your leisure. You can find many excellent restaurants and bars within walking distance, along with a cluster of sights in the heart of the city. You will find yourself in Sydney’s most illustrious neighborhood, and it is all at your fingertips.
Sydney – The Harbor Bridge, Opera House, and Other Sydney Icons
Sydney – Exploring the World Heritage Blue Mountains
Cairns – Finding a Tropical Retreat in Australia’s Empty North
Cairns – Snorkeling and Helicoptering the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns – Authentic Aboriginal Encounters Including Making Your Own Art
Uluru – The Color Changes of the Great Rock in the Desert
Uluru to Melbourne – Kata Tjuta at Sunrise and the Melbourne Riverfront
Melbourne – Finding Koalas and Kangaroos in the Wild
Papeete via Auckland – Full Day Travel to French Polynesia
Bora Bora – The White Sand Awaits
Bora Bora – Complete Tranquility and Endless Views of Mount Otemanu
Bora Bora – Sailing the South Pacific Archipelago to Uninhabited Beaches
Day 14 - 15
Bora Bora – Completing the Tropical Island Getaway With Various Included Activities
Bora Bora – Departure
- Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Sydney, including climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, cruising along the Parramatta River, and escaping into the World Heritage Blue Mountains
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and then helicopter above it, admiring both the intricate details and the inspiring scale
- Visit the world’s great monolith and spend the whole afternoon with Uluru, watching its red facade change hue as the sun crosses the sky
- Explore Aboriginal culture, as told by those that continue ancestral practices including an artist and a spear fisher in Daintree
- Admire the art and architecture of Melbourne, a city that is perfect for exploring at leisure
- Search for wild kangaroos and koalas, moving quietly to enjoy a wonderful proximity to the marsupials
- Remove your shoes and delight in the barefooted escapism of Bora Bora with nearly a week on this remote island paradise
- Sail the waters of the South Pacific, spending a day cruising to uninhabited white sand beaches
- Customize your getaway on Bora Bora with many activities to select from as you peel yourself away from the sand for hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and a tour to Mount Otemanu
It is always a challenge to choose a vacation destination as nearly everything is possible. You can opt for culture, city, cuisine, the island getaway or the iconic country that seems so far away from everything else, but this handcrafted luxury tour is a combination of two very different vacations to offer it all. After days packed with adventures around Australia’s iconic sights, you will then experience the tranquility of doing nothing on a tropical Pacific island. A mesmerizing menu of experiences fills the first part of the tour, from famous landscapes like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef to the unmissable cities and authentic encounters with Aboriginal culture. You can do and see a lot as you hop between the four destinations on this giant island of the Pacific. When you are done exploring, fly across the ocean blue to a tiny volcanic island, where the best thing to do is lie back and soak up the serenity.
Touch down first in Sydney, climbing the Harbour Bridge an excellent introduction to the cityscape. Check out Sydney Opera House, take a cruise on the Parramatta River, spend a day amongst the strange scenery of the Blue Mountains, and then fly north to Cairns. This is your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as you combine snorkeling and a helicopter flight to experience the natural wonder from complementary angles. Spend a day following ancestral Aboriginal practices, and then fly to the sacred rock of Uluru, a monolith as spiritual as it is beautiful. Nearby, the pinnacles of Kata Tjuta reveal that Uluru is not just one giant red rock in the desert. A couple of nights in Melbourne will bring your Australian leg to a close, as wild koalas and kangaroos are amongst those that enchant in Australia’s south.
It will then be a full day of travel to Tahiti with a change of planes in Auckland before soaring out into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The next morning, a short flight will bring you to the even more remote island of Bora Bora. Bora Bora is an island of pleasure, where what could be done today can be put off until tomorrow. Tropical colors swirl with the turquoises and sapphires and the shimmering whiteness of the sand. Your suite stands over a lagoon, accessed only by a bamboo walkway and for the best part of a week, you can indulge in simple pleasures as you soak up the equanimity and enchantment of one of the world’s great island escapes. Various activities are included in your package, but you do not have to do anything. When you can forget about time, these days will provide a balance to the exploration that has gone before. Looking for the best Bora Bora travel ideas? Consider browsing our Bora Bora travel reviews page.
$6,395 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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