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Classic Antarctica and Captivating Galapagos – The Last Frontier
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Canada & Alaska
20 days departing 4th May
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Kimberleys Ultimate Wilderness Experience
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Broome to Broome 14 days
Starting in Broome 18th June

The Kimberley – Ultimate Wilderness Experience
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Starting in Broome 24th July including 12 night camping safari
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Africa Safari - East Africa, Kenya & Tanzania
18 days departing 8th August
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Spain, Portugal & Morocco
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27 days departing 5th September
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UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Republic of Ireland
30 days departing 24th October.
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Classic Antarctica and Captivating Galapagos – The Last Frontier

27 days departing 3rd February, 2014




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Date Details
Monday 3rd Feb 2014 Travel Day Arrival Transfer: - Arrival into Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Amerian including breakfast.
Tue 4th Buenos Aires: LIVE City Tour
A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets.

You will explore the busy centre, including the Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace is located; the aristocratic North, including Recoleta Cemetery, best-known for holding Eva Peron’s grave; and the working-class South, such as the famous La Boca and San Telmo districts, heartland of the Tango.

This evening you will be transported back in time thanks to the La Ventana tango show. Enjoy the dancers, orchestras and local singers, while dining from the impressive menu that offers both local and international cuisine as well as an extensive list of Argentinean wines.

At the conclusion of the show a bus will transfer you back to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Amerian including breakfast.
Wed 5th Buenos Aires - HD Tigre Tour LIVE AM
This morning we set out to explore the Tigre Delta, a delightful riverside retreat some 30 kilometres north of the city. Tigre’s maze of waterways and islands make it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. We visit the Port of Olivos, the Cathedral and the national football stadium before boarding a boat to discover the Parana Delta, a huge area of subtropical jungle formed by thousands of islets.

Includes regular transfers to central hotels.

Overnight at Hotel Amerian including breakfast.
Thur 6th Ushuaia - City Tour
Departure Transfer: - Transfer to the airport or port for your journey from Buenos Aires.

Arrival Transfer: - Arrival into Ushuaia airport and transfer to your hotel.

This short tour allows you to see the sights while learning the history of the world’s most southern city. You will travel through Ushuaia’s old neighbourhoods visiting historical buildings and taking in the incredible views provided by the natural landscape and surrounding mountains. A visit to the old prison and the End of the World Museums are two of the tour’s highlights.

Includes entrance to End of World Museum

Overnight at Hotel Ushuaia including breakfast.
Fri 7th Tierra del Fuego NP Tour
Today you will explore the only National Park on the island, Tierra del Fuego, home to a variety of wildlife including beavers, foxes and rabbits as well as some beautiful native flora.

A collection of short walks will take you to Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay.

Includes National Park entrance fee with Regular Transfers.

Overnight at Hotel Ushuaia including breakfast.
Sat 8th Embark on ship
Departure Transfer: - Private transfer to Cruise Ship Pier for outward journey from Ushuaia.

Today we will embark on the expedition ship. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier.

The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.

Overnight in a C3 - Antartica Classic with all meals and activities included.

Sun 9th &
Mon 10th
Crossing Drake Passage
Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.

As we make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Overnight in a C3 - Antartica Classic with all meals and activities included.
Tue 11th
to
Fri 14th
Antarctic Peninsula & S Shetland Is
This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Overnight in a C3 - Antartica Classic with all meals and activities included.
Sat 15th
&
Sun 16th
Return Drake Passage Crossing
Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Overnight in a C3 - Antartica Classic with all meals and activities included.
Mon 17th Disembark in Ushuaia
And so our adventure comes to a close. We'll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

Transfer to the airport or your hotel.

Departure Transfer: - Arrival into Ushuaia Cruise Ship Terminal and private transfer to the airport.

Arrival Transfer: - Arrival into Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Amerian including breakfast.
Tue 18th Travel Day
Arrival Transfer: - Upon arrival to Quito's international airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.

Departure Transfer: - Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Buenos Aires.

Overnight in a Standard Room at Hotel Quito including breakfast (Superior Category Accommodation).
Wed 19th Quito: City Tour and Middle of the World
Quito colonial city tour exploring the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas. Visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco which have stunning multi-ethnic designs and cultural heritage.

We then take you to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Km (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact middle of the World, Latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. A certificate for having crossed the Equator is issued to each guest!

The surrounding, volcanic scenery is good and you can also visit the Ethnographic Museum, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador’s native groups, inside the monument, and a Colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and gift shops, beside the monument.

Overnight in a Standard Room at Hotel Quito including breakfast (Superior Category Accommodation).
Thu 20th Quito Private Cotopaxi NP & Market Excursion
Depart south from Quito to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi (5,943 m) is the highest active volcano in the world. Despite the altitude, the Park is home to numerous birds and varied plant life. Northeast lies Rumiñahui (4,557 m) and between the two mountains the plain and lagoon of Limpiopungo (3800m approx.). If weather permits, from the north face we may have spectacular views of the mountain. The surrounding scenery also includes volcanoes like Pasochoa, Ruminahui and Sincholagua, Lunch not included at a restaurant at the base of the mountain. The tour also includes a visit to an indigenous market nearby. Return to Quito.
Fri 21st Quito - Baltra/Santa Cruz
Early flight to Baltra, in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival meet our naturalist guide who will assist with the transfer across Santa Cruz Island to our boat. In the afternoon we will visit the Charles Darwin Station

The Galapagos Islands are located about 1000 km (620 miles) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist. Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.

Covering nearly 5000 square km (3100 square miles), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. The Galapagos National Park is the institution that controls the preservation of this environment, assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training centre for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.

The National Park charges a visitor fee of $100 USD, payable on arrival, which funds Park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

**Please note due to flight scheduling to the Galapagos, flight details to and from the islands will be confirmed at a later date.

Overnight in a 7 Day Standard Lower Deck with all meals and activities included.
Sat 22nd Rábida / Bachas Beach
In the morning we will take an excursion to Rabida Island, where we will land on a red sand beach. From here a short trail leads to a salt water lagoon, often home to wading flamingos. Another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes. Back on the beach among low-lying bushes nest the prehistoric-looking pelicans. This is the best area for close viewing of these nesting birds, and it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.

Overnight in a 7 Day Standard Lower Deck with all meals and activities included.
Sun 23rd Floreana
Make our way to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. The landing is on a beach of green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, volcanic-derived silicates of magnesium and iron. The trail leads to a lake normally inhabited by flamingos and other shore birds and continues to a beach of fine white sand particles known as “Flour Beach”, an important nesting site for turtles. Around the point, Devil's Crown derives its name from the broken remains of a partially submerged volcanic cone. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling from the boat, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please make sure you are a comfortable swimmer, however, as despite the protection from the open sea provided by the

Overnight in a 7 Day Standard Lower Deck with all meals and activities included.
Mon 24th Española
Head to Punta Suarez on Española Island. The southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities.

Punta Suarez on the western side of Española Island (also called Hood) is spectacular: gargantuan waves break on jagged cliffs and large bird colonies thickly populate the interior of the island; there is a distinct feel of desolate wilderness here. The Waved Albatross is seen here from April to December during its mating/nesting season. This bird leaves land between January and March each year to make its annual odyssey far out to sea. Amazingly, Española is the nesting site to virtually the entire world population of this species, with more than 12000 pairs residing here. Large numbers of Masked and Blue-footed Boobies are also found here, Red-billed Tropic Birds dash madly through the air, and both Marine Iguanas and sea lions are common. A huge blowhole, where the surf is forced through a natural rock formation spouting seawater 15 to 20 m (49 – 66 ft) into the air, adds to the island’s impression of untamed beauty.

Follow the trail through a rookery and learn the geological history of the island from our naturalist, including its dramatic volcanic features, climate, flora and fauna. Sail in the afternoon to Garner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkeling site.

Overnight in a 7 Day Standard Lower Deck with all meals and activities included.
Tue 25th San Cristobal - Return to Quito
Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and one of the oldest. Its principal town is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos. Disembark after breakfast, visit the interpretation center and transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito. Transfer to our group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

Overnight in a Standard Room at Hotel Quito including breakfast (Standard Category Accommodation).
Wed 26th Final Day Quito
We bid farewell to Quito and check out of our hotel.

Departure Transfer: - Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Quito.

Arrival Transfer: - Arrival into Santiago and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in a Standard Room at Hotel Panamericano including breakfast.
Thu 27th Travel Day
Departure Transfer: - Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Santiago.
Fri 28th In flight
Sat 1st March Arrive Brisbane (or other capital cities if applicable)


Please Note: This itinerary and/or hotels quoted within this itinerary may change due to local operating conditions or availability at the time of booking. Please note that all flights are non- refundable and non-changeable unless advised otherwise. Chimu Adventures Pty Ltd accepts no responsibility for flight delays and subsequent delays on tours.

Please note comprehensive pre tour departure information will be provided shortly after confirming your booking. This pack is an invaluable source with information on visas, tipping, what to pack and much more.

Cabin Accommodation

7 Day Standard Lower Deck – Galapagos Cruise (5 days cruising plus 1 night pre and post cruise)
The spacious boat has both covered and open outdoor seating areas with sun chairs. The 2-level wrap-around deck is ideal for ocean views and relaxing in the sun, and there is both a bar and a dining room where all meals are provided.
The cabin has twin beds, private bathroom, air conditioning and window.

C3 - Antartica Classic – MS Expedition

Twin room with two single beds. Private ensuite. Full window views.

Pricing:
$19,922pp twin share (ex Brisbane)* based on a minimum touring party of 10pax, includes $100 National Park visitor fee payable on entry to the Galapagos Islands, visa/reciprocal fees approx. $195 and hire of Antarctic parka & trousers if required approx. US$80. It also includes International airfares and domestic airfares within South America, all accommodation as shown, breakfast daily, other meals where stated, tours with professional English speaking guide, airport transfers where stated, entrance fees as shown on itinerary, 11 day Classic Antarctica Cruise on-board MS Expedition and 5 day Galapagos cruise vessel. *Please note departure from other capital cities may be available on application and may incur additional costs.

Exclusions:
Any meals not mentioned in the above itinerary. Travel Insurance and tips. Any flights or services not mentioned in this itinerary.


If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.




Canada & Alaska in Spring

20 days departing 4th May, 2014




(Open Brochure for Full Pricing)

Date Details
Sunday 4th May 2014 AUSTRALIA to VANCOUVER

Fly with Air New Zealand (from BNE, SYD, MEL) via Auckland direct to Vancouver, arriving early afternoon (same day, due to time difference). We will be met on arrival and transferred to our central hotel.
Mon 5th VANCOUVER

Four hour city highlights tour including Gastown, Stanley Park, Granville Island and Klahowya First Nations Village. (B)
Tue 6th VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA

Today we start our Gardens, Grapes and Glaciers tour travelling towards the beautiful interior of British Columbia. (B,L)
Wed 7th To BANFF

Travel eastward along the Trans Canada Highway through Monte Creek, Shuswap Lakes and on to Revelstoke National Park. We climb the Rockies through Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Pass and view the continental Divide before crossing into the Province of Alberta. (B, L)
Thu 8th BANFF

A tour today to visit Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout and Surprise Corner before enjoying a gondola ride up to the top of Sulfur Mountain for great 360o views. Free afternoon before enjoying a boat ride on Lake Minnewanka (weather permitting). (B)
Fri 9th BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE

After checkout we journey towards Lake Louise via Johnstone Canyon and the falls. After checking in there is free time to explore the hotel environs and walk along the lake. (B, D)
Sat 10th LAKE LOUISE to JASPER

Morning departure along the Icefield Parkway passing Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake to the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier. Here enjoy a drive on the Glacier and lunch. Further north see the spectacular Athabasca Falls before arriving in Jasper. (B)
Sun 11th ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a spectacular train journey from Jasper to Vancouver (Red Leaf). There are plenty of wildlife sightseeing opportunities today. Overnight in Kamloops Hotel. (You will not have access to your luggage during the two day rail tour, so have an overnight bag ready). Enjoy dinner & show (included) tonight. (B, L)
Mon 12th ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

Early morning transfer back to Kamloops railway station to continue our rail tour through Hell’s Gate, the Fraser Canyon and the Coastal Mountains to Vancouver. We will arrive in Vancouver late in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel. (B, L)
Tue 13th VANCOUVER TO VICTORIA

Morning tour of Victoria including Butchart Gardens, 19th century stone buildings, Chinatown, Antique Row and the Rockland area. Travel along Marine Drive and view the Olympic Mountains (Washington, USA) and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Afternoon free to browse boutiques, visit galleries or stroll through Beacon Hill Park. (B)
Wed 14th EMBARK CRUISE

Transfer to the Vancouver Pier to board our cruise ship the MS Volendam to experience the real Alaska. Our Holland America ship departs Vancouver at 5.00pm. (B, L, D)
Thu 15th CRUISE

Cruising the Inside Passage. (B, L, D)
Fri 16th CRUISE (JUNEAU)

Scenic cruising through Tracy Arm to Juneau, Alaska. (B, L, D)
Sat 17th CRUISE (SKAGWAY)

Skagway, Alaska. (B, L, D)
Sun 18th CRUISE (GLACIER BAY)

Scenic cruising Glacier Bay National Park. (B, L, D)
Mon 19th CRUISE (KETCHIKAN)

Ketchikan, Alaska. (B, L, D)
Tue 20th CRUISE

Cruising the Inside Passage. (B, L, D)
Wed 21st VANCOUVER

Cruise back into Vancouver this morning. Disembark cruise boat and meet coach for morning tour of Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge before afternoon transfer to Vancouver Airport for our flight home. (B)
Thu 22nd In FLIGHT

In flight (cross the date line again).
Fri 23rd Arrive AUSTRALIA early morning.


Cost - $11,447 plus air and port taxes approx $680 (subject to change). Single Supplement $2,695

Inclusions:

  • Flights from Australia with Air New Zealand
  • Full time tour escort
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 7 night Inside Passage cruise on Holland America “MS Volendam” in outside cabins
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Train (Red Leaf)
  • Banff Gondola ride
  • Athabasca Icefield Explorer
  • Lake Minnewanka Boat trip (weather permitting)
  • All touring and transfers in Air-conditioned coach
  • All entries and National Park fees
  • Information Kit and pre-departure advice.

Exclusions:
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Port and air taxes approx. $680
  • Other meals not on itinerary
  • Personal items




If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.


Kimberley Region - Broome To Broome

14 days starting 18th June, 2014




(Open Brochure for Full Pricing)

Date Details
Wed 18th June 2014 Arrive in Broome and transfer to hotel to join the group for your Ultimate ‘Kimberley Wilderness Experience’. Check in and meet for briefing before our departure tomorrow.
Thu 19th Departing Broome, your coach travels along Highway One and across the mighty Fitzroy River for morning tea at Willare Bridge Roadhouse. Next stop is the famous Prison Boab tree at the start of the Gibb River Road near Derby. From here we continue on to explore Windjana Gorge. As the sun sets and touches the sides of the gorge an amazingly beautifully photo opportunity is yours for the click. Relax and enjoy your first night under canvas at the well-equipped campsite. (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner)
Fri 20th It’s an early morning start to explore Tunnel Creek and experience a 750 metre cave walk through the ancient Devonian reef system. Your tour then follows ‘The Gibb’ crossing rugged King Leopold Range and heading into ‘cattle country’. After a mouth-watering lunch, the walk into breathtaking Bell Gorge and a refreshing swim will amaze you! Enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Silent Grove campsite. (B,MT,L,D)
Sat 21st The morning is a charming trip and a pleasant stroll into the picturesque Galvan’s Gorge. After a delicious lunch your tour settles at Mt Barnett where you camp for the night next to the tranquil pools of the lower Manning. The afternoon is a walk into Manning Gorge where you can admire ancient Aboriginal rock art and swim in clear pools near the falls. (B,MT,L,D)
Sun 22nd Your tour continues east along Gibb River Road arriving at Home Valley Station on the banks of the Pentecost River. Following recent refurbishment, Home Valley Station is a beautiful ‘oasis’ in the middle of the harsh outback environment. Put your head down and sleep soundly after another exceptional day in this beautiful part of the world. (B,MT,L,D)
Mon 23rd Continue the adventure as we make our way down Gibb River Road to famous El Questro Station. After crossing the Pentecost River and exploring the gorges, a relaxing evening of laughter and shared experiences rounds out another perfect day on your ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’! (B,MT,L,D)
Tue 24th Today you have an extra special opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the magnificent Mitchell Falls and Kimberley countryside or just enjoy the spectacular natural gorges and walks around El Questro. (B,MT,L,D)
Wed 25th We start the day at Zebedee Hot Springs where you can soak your traveller body in warm, crystal clear water beneath tropical palms. Today we explore the unspoilt territory of Emma Gorge for a swim in natural rock-pools or an exhilaratingly refreshing swim in the alluring waterfall. It’s our last trip on Gibb River Road before arriving in Kununurra for the evening. (B,MT,L,D)
Thu 26th Relax or explore Kununurra and its abundance of natural wonders. Canoeing, fishing, swimming in the pool or perhaps an optional scenic flight or fabulous Ord River Cruise. This ‘free’ day is blissfully yours to enjoy. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Fri 27th Back on the road and we’re ready to explore the world famous Bungle Bungles. As part of our journey we may visit Ivanhoe Crossing or stop at Warmun Art Centre to view the creative artwork of local indigenous artists. The track into Purnululu National Park is four wheel drive only. Our slow but scenic trip is the perfect approach to the wonder of the Bungle Bungles. An evening of drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungles is a vision you will never forget. (B,MT,L,D)
Sat 28th The Domes Walk, Picinniny Creek, Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm are on the ‘list’. We are in the midst of the Bungle Bungles and there is almost too much to see and do. You might also want to take an optional scenic helicopter flight to experience the magic from the air. (B,MT,L,D)
Sun 29th Our journey today leads us through some of the most scenic areas of the Kimberley with plenty of opportunities for photos that will make family and friends very jealous indeed! The tour continues to China Wall at Halls Creek on our way to Fitzroy Crossing where we set up camp for your final night under the clear outback sky. (B,MT,L,D)
Mon 30th The perfect start to our last day is a river cruise exploring the Geike Gorge, just outside Fitzroy Crossing. Our final destination is lovely, tropical Broome where sadly we all say goodbye. On our approach you will see the Fitzroy River again, huge Boab trees and finally the shores of the Indian Ocean. (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch)
Tue 1st Check out from our hotel and transfer to airport for homeward journey.


Note 1: This itinerary is to be used as a guide only. All times and locations are subject to change without notice at the sole discretion of the tour operator. Please also note that if minimum numbers are not achieved, operator may sell remaining places and group may no longer be a private women-only tour. In this case clients will be given the choice to continue or receive a refund of deposits paid. To this end we request that you do not purchase airline tickets unless you are happy to proceed with the tour if it should become a ‘mixed’ or non-private tour.

Note 2: Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required to take part in this tour.

Cost - $3,515* per person twin share
Single supplement $200 Broome hotel only.
* based on group of 14 travellers

INCLUSIONS:

  • 1 night twin share hotel accommodation pre and post Safari in Broome including breakfast
  • Broome to Broome camping in swags and safari tents
  • All camping equipment
  • All Park Entry Fees
  • All meals on Safari
  • Full time escort ex Broome, subject to minimum numbers
  • Single use tent at no extra cost
  • Information Kit

EXCLUSIONS:
  • Meals in Broome hotel other than breakfast.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items, travel insurance

If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.


Kimberley Region - Broome To Broome

14 days from 24th July – 6th August 2014




(Open Brochure for Full Pricing)

Date Details
Thu 24th July Arrive in Broome and transfer to hotel to join the group for your Ultimate ‘Kimberley Wilderness Experience’. Check in and meet for briefing before our departure tomorrow.
Fri 25th Departing Broome, your coach travels along Highway One and across the mighty Fitzroy River for morning tea at Willare Bridge Roadhouse. Next stop is the famous Prison Boab tree at the start of the Gibb River Road near Derby. From here we continue on to explore Windjana Gorge. As the sun sets and touches the sides of the gorge an amazingly beautifully photo opportunity is yours for the click. Relax and enjoy your first night under canvas at the well-equipped campsite. (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner)
Sat 26th It’s an early morning start to explore Tunnel Creek and experience a 750 metre cave walk through the ancient Devonian reef system. Your tour then follows ‘The Gibb’ crossing rugged King Leopold Range and heading into ‘cattle country’. After a mouth-watering lunch, the walk into breathtaking Bell Gorge and a refreshing swim will amaze you! Enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Silent Grove campsite. (B,MT,L,D)
Sun 27th The morning is a charming trip and a pleasant stroll into the picturesque Galvan’s Gorge. After a delicious lunch your tour settles at Mt Barnett where you camp for the night next to the tranquil pools of the lower Manning. The afternoon is a walk into Manning Gorge where you can admire ancient Aboriginal rock art and swim in clear pools near the falls. (B,MT,L,D)
Mon 28th Your tour continues east along Gibb River Road arriving at Home Valley Station on the banks of the Pentecost River. Following recent refurbishment, Home Valley Station is a beautiful ‘oasis’ in the middle of the harsh outback environment. Put your head down and sleep soundly after another exceptional day in this beautiful part of the world. (B,MT,L,D)
Tue 29th Continue the adventure as we make our way down Gibb River Road to famous El Questro Station. After crossing the Pentecost River and exploring the gorges, a relaxing evening of laughter and shared experiences rounds out another perfect day on your ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’! (B,MT,L,D)
Wed 30th Today you have an extra special opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the magnificent Mitchell Falls and Kimberley countryside or just enjoy the spectacular natural gorges and walks around El Questro. (B,MT,L,D)
Thu 31st We start the day at Zebedee Hot Springs where you can soak your traveller body in warm, crystal clear water beneath tropical palms. Today we explore the unspoilt territory of Emma Gorge for a swim in natural rock-pools or an exhilaratingly refreshing swim in the alluring waterfall. It’s our last trip on Gibb River Road before arriving in Kununurra for the evening. (B,MT,L,D)
Fri 1st Aug Relax or explore Kununurra and its abundance of natural wonders. Canoeing, fishing, swimming in the pool or perhaps an optional scenic flight or fabulous Ord River Cruise. This ‘free’ day is blissfully yours to enjoy. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Sat 2nd Back on the road and we’re ready to explore the world famous Bungle Bungles. As part of our journey we may visit Ivanhoe Crossing or stop at Warmun Art Centre to view the creative artwork of local indigenous artists. The track into Purnululu National Park is four wheel drive only. Our slow but scenic trip is the perfect approach to the wonder of the Bungle Bungles. An evening of drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungles is a vision you will never forget. (B,MT,L,D)
Sun 3rd The Domes Walk, Picinniny Creek, Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm are on the ‘list’. We are in the midst of the Bungle Bungles and there is almost too much to see and do. You might also want to take an optional scenic helicopter flight to experience the magic from the air. (B,MT,L,D)
Mon 5th Our journey today leads us through some of the most scenic areas of the Kimberley with plenty of opportunities for photos that will make family and friends very jealous indeed! The tour continues to China Wall at Halls Creek on our way to Fitzroy Crossing where we set up camp for your final night under the clear outback sky. (B,MT,L,D)
Tue 5th The perfect start to our last day is a river cruise exploring the Geike Gorge, just outside Fitzroy Crossing. Our final destination is lovely, tropical Broome where sadly we all say goodbye. On our approach you will see the Fitzroy River again, huge Boab trees and finally the shores of the Indian Ocean. (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch)
 Wed 6th Check out from our hotel and transfer to airport for homeward journey.


Note 1: This itinerary is to be used as a guide only. All times and locations are subject to change without notice at the sole discretion of the tour operator. Please also note that if minimum numbers are not achieved, operator may sell remaining places and group may no longer be a private women-only tour. In this case clients will be given the choice to continue or receive a refund of deposits paid. To this end we request that you do not purchase airline tickets unless you are happy to proceed with the tour if it should become a ‘mixed’ or non-private tour.

Note 2: Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required to take part in this tour.

Cost - $3,950* per person
Single tents at no extra cost
* based on group of 14 travellers

INCLUSIONS:

  • 1 night twin share hotel accommodation pre and post Safari in Broome including breakfast
  • Broome to Broome camping in swags and safari tents
  • All camping equipment
  • All Park Entry Fees
  • All meals on Safari
  • Full time escort ex Broome, subject to minimum numbers
  • Single use tent at no extra cost
  • Information Kit

EXCLUSIONS:
  • Airline Travel
  • Meals in Broome hotel other than breakfast.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items, travel insurance

If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.


Africa Safari - East Africa, Kenya & Tanzania

18 days departing 8th August, 2014




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Date Details
Friday 8th Aug 2014 DEPART AUSTRALIA

Depart Australia for Nairobi, Kenya.
Sat 9th ARRIVE NAIROBI-KENYA

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya and the start of your Africa Safari! Purchase your Kenya visa (have USD50 cash ready), and go through immigration to arrivals together. Here you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred to the hotel. You can change money here. Tonight, there is a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
Sun 10th AMBOSELI

Today you make an early start and drive south-east 240km to Amboseli National Park. This park is situated in Kenya right on the border to Tanzania, and in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,995m) which is in Tanzania. The Serena lodge is built to resemble “manyattas” which are typical Masai villages. This afternoon enjoy your first Game drive. (B, L, D)
Mon 11th AMBOSELI

You have two Game drives today, departing at approx 6:30am and again at 4:00pm. You can now move into a typical daily routine of breakfast around 8:30am after the morning game drive, then free time and lunch until 4:00pm. The hotels usually have a swimming pool, a hotel shop, internet, and game viewing from locations within the hotel environs. Look out in some hotels for cultural activities such as nature walks (often free), lectures and displays from local tribesmen or naturalists. At Amboseli, you are also invited to participate in an Acacia Tree Planting (Eco-Participation Program) to assist preserve the local environment. Although Amboseli is a relatively a small park, it contains virtually every common species of East African wildlife: lions, giraffes, wildebeests, wart hogs, zebras, gazelles, topi, hyenas, ostrich, hippos and baboons. But, against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s the Elephants that play the leading role (the most accessible viewing anywhere in the world). (B, L, D)
Tue 12th LAKE MANYARA-TANZANIA

After an early Game drive, check out of the lodge and drive to the border town of Namanga. Proceed through Kenya and Tanzania Immigration at the border, (have USD50 cash ready for your Tanzania visa), change money, and drive to Arusha, Tanzania for lunch. Then drive to the Great Rift Valley and to Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara occupies 320 sq. km, but most of it is made up of its vast alkaline lake, which attracts wide flocks of pink flamingos. Afternoon Game drive. The hotel stands high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters -- it commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. (B, L, D)
Wed 13th NGORONGORO

Morning Game drive Lake Manyara. Then you drive on to Ngorongoro Crater. You have a picnic lunch today. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano) in an exceptional geographical position, forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 sq km with sides up to 600m deep. It is the stalking ground of 20 - 30,000 wild animals at any one time. Late this afternoon you will transfer to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for check in. (B, L, D)
Thu 14th SERENGETI

Early Nature walk option. After check out, you will have boxed lunches to collect before driving west to Olduvai Gorge for a museum visit. Olduvai is commonly referred to as "The Cradle of Mankind." Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution. Excavation work there was pioneered by the Leakey’s in the 1950s. You continue your long game drive today to the vast National Park of Serengeti (14,763 sq. km). During the day, you will have countless stops for new wildlife. The accommodation tonight is in a Tented Camp. The camp has no outside fence, so you need to be observant of the instructions you will be given about movement around the camp after dark. (B, L, D)
Fri 15th SERENGETI

As usual, there will be two game drives today. This is the place especially for cats, but more than 1 million Wildebeest and 200,000 Zebra annually migrate through here to Mara and beyond. Before and after the game drive this afternoon, you may enjoy the pool, and later a real Sundowners! (B, L, D)
Sat 16th MASAI MARA-KENYA

Game drive en-route to Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (1,510 sq. km). You follow the Wildebeest Migration path from Serengeti north into Kenya again (you already have a visa). Here are open savannas which provide the staging ground for the annual Wildebeest Great Migration making the Mara one of the natural wonders of the world with the densest population of predators, herbivores and birdlife. Again, this is the place for cats... (B, L, D)
Sun 17th MASAI MARA

Enjoy two game drives today. This morning, you have a Special Bush Breakfast after the game drive. And, be sure to enjoy the pool at this hotel. Tomorrow morning, instead of the game drive, you may take the opportunity for a Balloon Ride over the vast Mara plains. Please let your guide know if you are interested. (B, L, D)
Mon 18th MASAI MARA

Morning and afternoon Game drives to see the wildlife of this world famous reserve. Tonight, we will have a Special Bush Dinner. (B, L, D)
Tue 19th LAKE NAKURU

This morning you are transferred to the local Mara Serena Airport for your flight to Nairobi. We will have lunch today in a restaurant in Nairobi (Jacaranda Hotel), before proceeding 140km north-west to Lake Nakuru National Park. Game drive on the way in. (B, L, D)
Wed 20th LAKE NAKURU
This park is 188 sq. km, and mainly features the alkaline lake covering 62 sq. km. Here we will see many Flamingos, and this is the best opportunity to see Rothschild’s Giraffe, and Rhino. (B, L, D)
 Thu 21st NAIROBI

Check out from the lodge after the morning game drive. Drive back to Nairobi. (B)
Fri 22nd NAIROBI

A free day to rest and relax by the pool or visit points of interest in Nairobi such as a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum of “Out of Africa” fame. (B)
Sat 23rd DEPART FOR HOME

Breakfast at the hotel this morning and day use of your room before check out and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
Sun 24th IN FLIGHT

In transit via Hong Kong.
Mon 25th ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Arrive into Brisbane International or other capital cities.


Cost $13,917* per person twin share (ex Brisbane) plus approximate airline taxes $210. Single Supplement $1,700
Departures from other capital cities available on request.
*Each vehicle based on minimum AND maximum touring party of 6 plus escort and subject to currency fluctuations. Strictly first come basis.

Deposit required $1,500 (non-refundable after confirmation of booking unless tour cancelled by Girls On Tour as per booking terms and conditions)
Balance due by 20th May 2014.


** Minor changes may be made to itinerary if necessary. Hotels and lodges may be substituted for similar if necessary prior to finalisation of itinerary. International flight carrier may be changed if numbers not available as bookings are received.

Please note that this tour involves long distance driving in long wheel base vehicles over sealed and unsealed roads. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Inclusions:

  • Return international flights - Economy class (ex Brisbane)
  • Internal flight Lake Nakuru to Nairobi
  • All transfers as shown
  • All touring by deluxe 4WD with driver/guide
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as shown on itinerary
  • Luxury hotels, lodges and tented camp
  • All park entrance fees
  • Full time Australian escort (ex Brisbane)
  • Information Kit and pre-departure advice

Exclusions:
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Airline taxes, approx. $210 and visas on entry $55 Kenya, $95 Tanzania
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)




If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.


Spain, Portugal and Morocco

24 days departing 6th September, 2014

SOLD OUT!!




(Open Brochure for Full Pricing)

Date Details
Saturday 6th Sept 2014 BARCELONA
Arrive Barcelona Airport where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. As evening falls, the group will come together to enjoy a Welcome Tapas Dinner at a Tapas Restaurant. (D)
Sun 7th BARCELONA
Morning free. Afternoon tour of Barcelona. Bus tour to visit Park Guell, declared an artistic monument and mankind's heritage by the UNESCO. Continue to the Sagrada Familia, an unfinished masterpiece of the world famous architect, Gaudi. We'll pass by Barcelona's Monumental Bullring and then go on to visit Santa Maria del Mar. We will end with a panoramic tour of Passeig de Gracia to see the Lleo Morera, Ametller, and Gaudi's famous buildings Casa Batlo and Casa Mila, the last being better known as the Pedrera. (B)
Mon 8th MADRID
Today transfer to the train station for your AVE high speed train to Madrid. Arrival and transfer to your hotel for check- in. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Tues 9th MADRID
This morning enjoy a tour of Madrid. Tour where you will enjoy the most important buildings and monuments in Madrid. You will also visit the inside of the impressive Royal Palace, a magnificent building of the XVIII century, one of the most beautiful of Europe, and former residence of the Spanish Kings. Here H.M. The king of Spain celebrates the official Acts, The Palace was built in 1755, and hosts a selected art Gallery. Afternoon free. (B)
Wed 10th SALAMANCA Today our travels take us westward out of Madrid to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Avila to see the impressive medieval walls and city tour. Continue to Salamanca. Salamanca is a wonderful University town with great traditions and a magnificent old quarter. Salamanca is called La Dorada in Spanish, or the Golden One, owing to the colour of its sandstone buildings. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Salamanca. (B)
Thu 11th PORTO
Today travel across the border towards the beautiful Douro Region to Vlila Real for a visit of the beautiful Casa Mateus. Built in the first half of the 18th century , this palace set in beautiful gardens on a vast farm is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque civil architecture in Portugal. The palace is owned by the Mateus Foundation, which has sponsored a great number of cultural activities, particularly in the areas of music, literature, sculpture and ceramics, organising festivals, courses, seminars and exhibitions. Continue to Porto. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Porto today presents the face of a 19th century commercial port - full of granite-trimmed buildings, few more than three stories high. The heart of the city is the wide, grass-lined, Av dos Aliados, which runs five blocks inland from the river. All of the sights lie south of this landmark. (B)
Fri 12th LISBON
Departure south to Obidos, Portugal’s whitewashed town surrounded by a castle wall for free time to visit. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Sintra for a visit of the National Palace before continuing to Lisbon. (B)
Sat 13th LISBON
A morning tour today to the suburb of Belem, where you will visit the Torre de Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries. A gourmet highlight today is a stop at the famous “Casa Pasteis de Belem” to sample a delicious ‘pastel de nata’ or Portuguese custard tart. Afternoon/Evening free. (B)
Sun 14th SEVILLA
Today we travel to Sevilla, which is capital of 'Andalucia', is an energetic city with charming, tiny cobbled streets and beautiful, colourfully tiled patios. (B)
Mon 15th SEVILLA
Morning walking tour of the city including the impressive Moorish-Renaissance Alcazar and the vast and proud Gothic Cathedral, with its beautiful, iconic Giralda tower. Free afternoon to continue exploring at your leisure, perhaps towards the Maria Luisa park and the Plaza de España, the exuberant centerpiece of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. In the late afternoon, your on board guide will take you on an exploration of the labyrinthine streets of the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz before a tapas dinner - for which Sevilla enjoys great fame. (B,D)
Tue 16th GRANADA
A pleasant run south toward the area of the White Towns of Andalucia, to pretty Ronda . Free time. Ronda is the Queen of the White Towns. Its main feature is the immense Tajo or Chasm - a geological cleft in the rock that plunges about 100m deep. Due to its location, it was one of the last Moorish bastions, finally falling to the Christians in 1485. Ronda is ideal for those who enjoy walking, as the town offers many tiny and winding streets with great discoveries at every corner. Continue to Granada. Granada is Spain's great Moorish city and is lively and vibrant. This evening you will enjoy a special dinner at the charming restaurant with views of the Alhambra Palace. (B,D)
Wed 17th MALAGA
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. The beauty of Granada is encapsulated in the legendary Alhambra, the last bastion of the Moors in Spain. The adjacent gardens of the Generalife - the name derives from Yannat al Arif meaning 'the garden of lofty paradise' - are also stunningly beautiful. After lunch travel towards the coast to Malaga. Rest of the day at leisure. This evening you will all enjoy dinner at Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro offering lovely views over the city. (B,D)
Thu 18th CASABLANCA
Today, transfer to the airport.
For those not continuing onto Morocco we say farewell as you will fly to Barcelona for your flight back to Australia. For those who are continuing onto Morocco, you will fly to Casablanca. Upon arrival in Casablanca you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Assistance with check-in. Casablanca is the financial capital of the country, with a bustling commercial activity and is an important African seaport. (B,D)
Fri 19th MARRAKESH
You are collected at your hotel in the morning and taken to see the central market, Mohamed V square, the Habous district, the residential area of Anfa, the outside of the Hassan II Mosque, and the exterior of the Royal Palace. Begin your journey to Marrakesh. Tonight enjoy Dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant with oriental show. (B,D)
Sat 20th MARRAKESH
A full day to discover the charms of this impressive ‘Imperial’ city and its monuments. You will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia palace, the gardens and orchard basin of the Menara, the Saadian Tombs and the Museum Dar Si Said. An enchanting afternoon will be spent in the souks of the Medina and the intriguing Djemaa El Fna Square. (B,D)
Sun 21st MARRAKESH
Today you have a most interesting drive through the High Atlas Mountain range visiting villages of Asni and Ouirgane. These villages are located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains (about 90 minutes drive from Marrakesh) with a gentle winter climate, moderate in summer. This is the heart of Berber countryside with picturesque villages and hamlets, forests, fruit trees (orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit), and rose gardens. The extraordinarily colourful rose gardens bloom from April to December. Local colour can also be seen at the nearby souks at Ouirgane on Thursdays and Asni on Saturdays. Return to Marrakesh and rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Mon 22nd OUARZAZATE
After a hearty breakfast and a final check of all baggage and belongings, we leave Marrakesh and we enter the 'other Morocco'. To start, we will travel through the High Atlas, travelling via the Tizi n Tichka pass and then on to the Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou. We stop here for an optional lunch. The village of Ait Ben-Haddou has one of the most exotic and best preserved kasbahs in the whole Atlas region. The town has been the setting for as many as 20 films, notably Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth. Much of the village was rebuilt for the filming of the movies. A little later we continue on to Ouarzazate. (B,D)
Tue 23rd TINERHIR
Between Ouarzazate and Tinerhir, we will see the most beautiful of all the valleys: The Dades Valley. The journey to Tinerhir is short but entertaining given its great variety of landscape. It's like this all the way up to the Todra Gorge, with its canyon walls over 300m high. A spectacular sight and well worth the experience! We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the gorge. Continue to Tinerhir. (B,L,D)
Wed 24th ERFOUD
Today travel to Erfoud along the Tinejdad road with its spectacular Kasbahs via Rissani to visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar. Arrival at Erfoud. (B,D)
Thu 25th FES
Up early today to visit the Dunes of Merzouga. This excursion will require you to rise early in order to witness the 'Sunrise over the Desert'. It’s well worth It!! Those who do not opt for the Dunes excursion can relax before we commence the journey to Fes, via Midelt and Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Arrival in Fes, the intellectual, religious and artistic capital of the kingdom. (B)
Fri 26th FES
Fes is classified under World Heritage listing by UNESCO. The Medina of Fes with its XIII century origins, is the largest of the Islamic world. On our full day tour, we visit the Christian and Jewish quarters. Through the labyrinth of streets, we will encounter the first university of the western world, the Nejarrine fountain and the Tanners quarter plus other important monuments. We will discover a truly fascinating world within the walls of the Medina. Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant in the Medina. (B,D)
Sat 27th FES
Full excursion to Chefchaouen a pretty little white and blue town in the Rif Mountains. It has a Hispanic feel to it as it has pretty whitewashed houses, blue painted doors, tiny balconies, tiled roofs and patios. (B).
Sun 28th RABAT
Departure to Meknes via Volubilis, the Roman ruins for a visit. Continue on to Meknes. City tour of Meknes with local guide including El Hdim square, Bab El Mansour, the massive gate which is the entrance to the old city and the Jewish quarter, the Royal Granaries and the city ramparts. Continue to Rabat. City tour of the political capital of the Kingdom including a visit to the Mechouar of the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the and the Hassan tower - an historic minaret which is the city's landmark. You will also stop at the Kasbah Des Ouadayas, built out on the bluff overlooking the estuary and ocean. (B)
Mon 29th IN-FLIGHT
After breakfast we farewell Morocco as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)


Cost - $12,087pp twin share* + approx Taxes $200 @ 15/08/13 (subject to change).
Single supplement $1,515

* based on minimum group of 10 and subject to currency fluctuations

Deposit/Payment:

$1,500pp deposit is required and a completed and signed booking form. Please read terms and conditions before completing form and paying deposit.

Final payment due on or before 27th June 2014.

Please note that this tour involves quite a lot of walking and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Inclusions:

  • Economy class airfares ex Brisbane (other capital cities on application)
  • All transfers and internal flight
  • Transport in air-conditioned coaches
  • Breakfast daily. 11 dinners, 1 lunch.
  • Four Star hotels and Riads
  • All entries and touring as shown on itinerary
  • Professional guides
  • Full time Australian escort ex Brisbane
  • Twin share on first come basis
  • Info Kit and pre-departure advice

Exclusions:
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airline taxes approx $200
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Anything not specified above




If you would like more information on this tour please email Judy via the Contact Us page.


United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland

30 days departing 24th October, 2014




(Open Brochure for Full Pricing)

Date Details
Friday 24th October 2014 Depart Australia for Birmingham via Dubai.
Sat 25th Arrival Birmingham – Coventry (2 nights)
A warm welcome will be extended to you by your Tour Director upon your arrival at Birmingham’s International airport. Please look for a welcome sign that reads 'GIRLS ON TOUR'. Now you will set off for Coventry to enjoy a guided tour of the historic city and the Cathedral before checking in to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. (D)
Sun 26th Coventry
After a hearty breakfast you will join a full day excursion to Shakespeare's Stratford as well as the Norman era Warwick Castle. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. A very special night out! (BD)
Mon 27th Coventry – York (1 night)
A special treat awaits you when you visit Chatsworth House and Gardens on route to York. Described as 'le second Versailles' this opulent palace is unashamedly Baroque. The grandness of the gardens owes much to the genius of Capability Brown. Later you will arrive in ancient York where you can visit the Minster, explore the Shambles or make your way to the Jarvis Viking Centre and the Castle Museum. (B)
Tue 28th York – Lake District (1 night).
This morning you will journey from York to the Lake District in Cumbria. A popular haunt for Britain’s best loved artists and poets, the Lake District really is a jewel in the English crown. Lofty peaks, idyllic villages, tranquil lakes and award winning gardens confirm why the Lake District is often referred to as the ‘most beautiful corner of England’. This afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. (B)
Wed 29th Lake District – Edinburgh (2 nights)
On route to Edinburgh visit Chester’s Roman Fort and discover the best visible remains of a cavalry fort in Britain. The fort was built to guard the Roman bridge carrying Hadrian’s Wall over the River North Tyne in Northumberland. Edinburgh is one of the world’s finest cities. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty buildings of its medieval Old Town, as they tumble down the Royal Mile, to the graceful houses of the Georgian New Town. This afternoon you will enjoy an orientation tour of this historic city. (BD)
Thu 30th Edinburgh
This morning you will depart with your guide for a visit of Edinburgh Castle, the medieval fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Fri 31st Edinburgh – Loch Ness (1 night)
This morning you will head northwards to the Scottish Highlands .On the way you will stop at the tempting House of Bruar. Later you will climb down to Urquhart Castle situated strategically on a natural trade route. Depart for your on-going journey to Loch Ness. (BD)
Sat 1st Nov Loch Ness - Loch Lomond (1 night)
There is another day of stunning highland scenery today as you travel via Fort Williams to the evocative Loch Lomond. There will be ample opportunity for photograph taking and exploring. (BD)
Sun 2nd Loch Lomond – Belfast (2 nights)
A fast ferry will cover the distance between Scotland and Northern Ireland so as to allow you to enjoy a guided tour of the capital of this region – Belfast – before checking in to your hotel. (BD)
Mon 3rd Belfast
This morning you will join an excursion to the Antrim Coast. Here you will visit the most famous natural wonder of Ireland and a UNESCO World Heritage site – The Giant's Causeway. Legend has it that it was built by a Giant! Later, the more adventurous in the group will dare to cross over the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. (B)
Tue 4th Belfast – Dublin (2 nights)
The drive from Northern to Southern Ireland will take you through the Boyne Valley where some of the oldest burial sites in this part of Europe are to be found. They are 500 years older than the pyramids and 1000 years earlier than Stonehenge. Here you will visit the one of the best examples of a 'passage tomb' in Europe. (B)
Wed 5th Dublin
Today you will be taken on a panoramic sightseeing tour of lively Dublin. Your tour will include a visit to Trinity College to view the Book of Kells and the magnificent Library. The afternoon is at leisure for further exploring. In the evening it's all about Irish fun. Enjoy the craic at a Highlight Evening including dinner and Irish entertainment! (BD)
Thu 6th Dublin – Galway (2 nights)
Depart for Galway, via Clonmacnoise, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. St. Ciaran founded this great monastery in 548-9. In Galway enjoy a panoramic City Tour that will include St. Nicholas Church, Old Quays and the Claddagh. (B)
Fri 7th Galway
Depart for a full day tour of Connemara, land of lakes and rivers and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language. Connemara is a vast peninsular bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south – a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On the northern side the land is harsh and secluded, with views of the Ocean and the fjord of Killary Harbour, this nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in Western Ireland. Here you will board your vessel for a scenic cruise. (B)
Sat 8th Galway – Kerry (2 nights)
Depart for Kerry by driving through The Burren region, which forms 100 square kilometres of National Park. Also on route, stop at the Cliffs of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Standing 230 metres above the sea at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views of Ireland. Continue to Killarney. (B)
Sun 9th Kerry
Depart for the Ring of Kerry tour, which will include the Ivreagh Peninsula. You take in spectacular scenery – mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as you travel along the coast road. (B)
Mon 10th Kerry – Waterford (1 night)
Depart for Waterford via Macroom. Visit Blarney Castle one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. It is famous for its Blarney stone – the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Spend some time shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue to Waterford where you will visit the city and the Waterford Crystal visitor centre. (B)
Tue 11th Waterford – Cardiff (2 nights)
You will be transferred to Rosslare for the ferry crossing as a foot passenger to Pembroke. Here you will transfer to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It is a vibrant city with world class attractions, a thriving cultural scene, and a diverse mix of entertainment and restaurants. (B)
Wed 12th Cardiff
Join in on an orientation tour of the capital city of Wales. Once the world's principal coal port Cardiff today has a wealth of sites to visit as you would expect to find in a cosmopolitan city. The sightseeing tour will include a visit to the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans. (B)
Thu 13th Cardiff – Cornwall (2 nights)
Board the coach for the journey to Cornwall. On route you will stop in the Georgian town of Bath, the site of Britain's only hot springs. Here you will visit the famous Roman Baths. You will then be driven on to Cornwall where you will spend two nights. (BD)
Fri 14th Cornwall
Penzance is the regional centre of West Cornwall. This attractive town stands on the south facing shores of Mounts Bay. The bay itself is dominated by the granite heights of St. Michael’s Mount. Penzance is an ancient market town which has kept much of its character and originality. Our day in this popular holiday area will also take in the picturesque fishing village of St Ives – a popular hangout for artists – where you may wish to visit the Tate Gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum. (BD)
Sat 15th Cornwall - Portsmouth (1 night)
Board the coach for the journey to Portsmouth. On route stop to marvel at the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the midsummer solstice. Arrive at your hotel for check-in. (B)
Sun 16th Portsmouth – London (5 nights)
Visit to the Portsmouth History Dockyard, before continuing on to London. Discover the world famous historic ships - HMS Victory, the Mary Rose & HMS Warrior – that have shaped British history. This is home to the Royal Navy. A cruise as well as an inclusive ticket to all ships has been arranged. On route to London you will visit England's largest castle and the largest inhabited stronghold in the world – Windsor Castle. (BD)
Mon 17th London
Board the coach for a full day sightseeing tour of all the major sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. You'll visit Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece which has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and contains the tombs of many Kings and Queens. Then you will move on the Old City of London. Although now largely commercial, the city is packed with history and noteworthy buildings. You’ll visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Then your final visit of the day will be the Tower of London, ancient London’s most historic monument and home to the priceless Crown Jewels. (B)
Tue 18th London
Depart with your guide for an excursion to Oxford. Oxford is known as the city of dreaming spires as it has been home to the many colleges of the world famous university of Oxford for over 700 years! Over this time many of the world’s most influential writers, statesmen and thinkers have passed through the university. Your guided tour will introduce you to the history, traditions and anecdotes of this hallowed place of learning. (B)
Wed 19th London
Set off this morning to visit Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. This grand Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey but was soon appropriated by King Henry the VIII. Your visit to the palace will include the wonderful State Apartments as well as the kitchens. Later you can wonder through the famous gardens and then why not try finding your way in and out of the triangular Maze? (B)
Thu 20th London
A full day at leisure in London! Samuel Johnson wrote: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. The day is yours to do as you please. (B)
Fri 21st London
Check-out of your hotel and store luggage until late afternoon transfer to the airport. (B)
Sat 22nd Arrive home in Australia at times to be advised.


Cost $13,277* per person twin share (ex Brisbane) plus approximate airline taxes $280.
Single Supplement $2,085 (Double for single use).

Departures from other capital cities available on request.
*Based on minimum touring party of 10 and subject to currency fluctuations. Maximum group number will be 14 + escort. Strictly first come basis.

Deposit required $1,500 (non-refundable unless tour cancelled by Girls On Tour as per booking terms and conditions) Balance due by 6th August 2014

** Minor changes may be made to itinerary if necessary. Hotels may be substituted for similar hotel if necessary prior to finalisation of itinerary. International flight carrier may be changed if numbers needed for group booking are not achieved.

Please note that this tour involves quite a lot of walking and climbing and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

INCLUSIONS
  • Return international flights - Economy class (ex Brisbane)
  • All transfers as shown
  • All ferry crossings as foot passenger as shown
  • All touring in modern air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily. Other meals as shown on itinerary including special dinner with entertainment in Dublin.
  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation with private facilities
  • Professional driver and UK Tour Manager
  • Full time Australian escort (ex Brisbane)
  • Information Kit and pre-departure advice
  • Hotel portage 1 bag per person per hotel
  • Tips for driver, UK Tour Manager and local guides.
EXCLUSIONS
  • Tips and gratuities other than shown above
  • Airline taxes (approx. $280)
  • Personal items.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory).
  • Anything not specified above.




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