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  • With stunning natural beauty, the World Heritage region of the Blue Mountains is an Australian highlight just begging to be experienced.

    Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on this 3-day adventure that takes you to the heart of one of Australia’s most mesmerising region. Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glasstopped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heartstopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley;  take a bushwalk along clifftops to spectacular lookouts on a full-day tour of the Blue Mountain region; discover unique cultural experiences, from ancient Aboriginal sites to modern street art in Katoomba, and much more.

    Scenic World's spectacular Scenic Cableway
    Scenic World's spectacular Scenic Cableway
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    PHYSICAL LEVEL
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    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many fantastic opportunities on this trip, but the highlight is the Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains day tour; this fantastic experience highlights some stunning Australian landscapes and features the Three Sisters rock formation, Govett's Leap, and Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $369pp twin-share [+ $217 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Hinterland towns
    • Rural towns
    • Sightseeing
    • Learning
    • Wildlife

    The Lookout Echo Point wine & food tasting experience

    Perched on the edge of the Blue Mountains Echo Point escarpment, with breath-taking views of the Jamison Valley, The Lookout Echo Point is a world class food and wine destination. Take in these world class views while savouring a shared antipasti or grilled meat platter with award winning wines and beers from New South Wales.

    Visit the spectacular Scenic World

    Scenic World, located in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, offers a range of experiences found nowhere else on Earth; walk through rainforests on the scenic walkway, descend the mountain on the scenic railway and scenic cableway, and take in the region's gorgeous views from the scenic skyway.

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    Full-day Jenolan Caves & Blue Mountains tour

    Travel across the Blue Mountains to reach the Jenolan Caves, an extensive and stunning network of natural caves on the western side of the mountains. With scenic stops along the way - including to see wild kangaroos - this terrific day highlights some stunning Australian landscapes and features.

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    Marvel at Katoomba's colourful street art

    The Katoomba Street Art Walk is a dynamic, community-driven outdoor gallery in the Blue Mountains. The Street Art Walk displays world standard street art from international, national and local artists of varying experience and is a sight to not miss.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $369pp twin-share [+ $217 GCash credits]
    • 3 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 3 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 2 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 3 excellent excursions and activities
    • 2 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • 2 restaurant dinners

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $779pp quad-share [+ $384 GCash credits]
    • 3 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 3 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 2 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 3 excellent excursions and activities
    • 2 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • 2 restaurant dinners

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Inclusions

     

    Our aim with this trip is to give you and your group a taste of UNESCO's World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and provide exceptional value while keeping the dollars as low as possible. Ideally this might be a trip you could do more than once a year.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $369pp twin-share [+ $217 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Explore the spectacular Blue Mountains region; discover iconic lookouts and waterfalls, historic walking tracks, mountain biking, Aboriginal culture, adventure sports, and camping - right on Sydney's doorstep."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    3 days standard car hire

    If you have your own transport this component can be removed to reduced the price.

    Hyundai Accent 4 Door or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; 4-door, Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
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    2-nights lodge accommodation in Katoomba

    Gorgeous views from your room

    Located in Blackheath, Kalimna Spa Room is in a national park. Echo Point Lookout is nearby, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Blue Mountains National Park and Leura Cascades. Mount Victoria Railway Museum and Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum are also worth visiting.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+.
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    Visit the spectacular Scenic World

    Scenic world

    Scenic World, located in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, offers a range of experiences found nowhere else on Earth; walk through rainforests on the scenic walkway, descend the mountain on the scenic railway and scenic cableway, and take in the region's gorgeous views from the scenic skyway.

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    2 breakfasts

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 2 breakfasts are included on this trip.

    2 breakfasts

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Exclusions and options:

    • Flights can also be arranged including transfers to and from the airport
    • A professional tour director is available for larger groups

    Other:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours
    • Tour organiser notes for a smooth trip experience and more fun
    • Can be self-guided or for larger groups (flexible group size)

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants. Flights can be arranged from almost anywhere to Brisbane and you pay the lowest possible price.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    The world heritage listed Blue Mountains are one of the most accessible areas of relatively unspoilt highland natural beauty in NSW and is renowned for its unique majestic scenery and cultural attractions. This 3-day Blue Mountains Explorer introduces you to nature at its best with fabulous lookout points, wildlife viewings, historic rock formations, beautiful waterfalls, and much more.

    "A person susceptible to "wanderlust" is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation." - Pico Iyer

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $369pp twin-share [+ $217 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    SYDNEY - BLUE MOUNTAINS (2 NIGHTS)

    Home to some of Australia's most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains are world famous. Discover lookouts with sensational views over million-year-old valleys, hike or bike through lush rainforest, and much more.

    Your hire car:

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    3 days standard car hire

    If you have your own transport this component can be removed to reduced the price.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Three Sisters rock formation

    Journey into the heart of NSW's Blue Mountains

    Join us as we journey 1h 45m west of Sydney and arrive in Katoomba, a vibrant and historic town at the heart of the Blue Mountains. This scenic getaway spoils its guests with spectacular walks and lookouts, rich cultural heritage and great restaurants and bars. After checking-in to the accommodation, we will head to The Lookout Echo Point to enjoy a decadent Blue Mountains beer/wine & food tasting experience with spectacular views. After, the rest of the day is yours to explore. Near Echo Point, there are countless fantastic bushwalking tracks. The town centre also has a variety of cultural hotspots such as Katoomba’s Street Art Walk for you to enjoy. Reunite with the group in the evening for dinner.

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    Your lodge in the Blue Mountains
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    2-nights lodge accommodation in Katoomba

    Located in Blackheath, Kalimna Spa Room is in a national park. Echo Point Lookout is nearby, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Blue Mountains National Park and Leura Cascades. Mount Victoria Railway Museum and Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum are also worth visiting.

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    The Lookout Echo Point wine & food tasting experience

    Perched on the edge of the Blue Mountains Echo Point escarpment, with breath-taking views of the Jamison Valley, The Lookout Echo Point is a world class food and wine destination. Take in these world class views while savouring a shared antipasti or grilled meat platter with award winning wines and beers from New South Wales.

    (Optional AUD $61 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    BLUE MOUNTAINS

    About today:

    Govett's Leap

    Tour all the area's highlights

    Today you will enjoy a full day to explore all the Blue Mountains have to offer. After breakfast, we will embark on a full-day Jenolan Caves & Blue Mountains day trip, taking us on an adventure through the Blue Mountains to see Govett's Leap, the Three Sisters rock formation, Carrington Valley, before heading down into Jenolan Caves for a tour of the Imperial Diamond cave. In the evening, enjoy a group dinner at Katoomba RSL followed by some independent time to relax.

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    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
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    Full-day Jenolan Caves & Blue Mountains tour

    Travel across the Blue Mountains to reach the Jenolan Caves, an extensive and stunning network of natural caves on the western side of the mountains. With scenic stops along the way - including to see wild kangaroos - this terrific day highlights some stunning Australian landscapes and features.

    (Optional AUD $153 Adult price)
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    DAY 3
    BLUE MOUNTAINS - BLACK TOWN - SYDNEY

    About today:

    Scenic World's gorgeous Scenic Railway

    Enjoy an unforgettable experience at Scenic World

    Enjoy your morning further exploring Katoomba and its surrounds before heading to the spectacular Scenic World for an unforgettable experience; walk through rainforests on the scenic walkway, descend the mountain on the scenic railway and scenic cableway, and take in the region's gorgeous views from the scenic skyway.

    In the afternoon, begin your journey back to Sydney, stopping in at Blacktown to enjoy a late lunch at the Royal Cricketer’s Arms pub.

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    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.

    Activities:

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    Visit the spectacular Scenic World

    Scenic World, located in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, offers a range of experiences found nowhere else on Earth; walk through rainforests on the scenic walkway, descend the mountain on the scenic railway and scenic cableway, and take in the region's gorgeous views from the scenic skyway.

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    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $369pp twin-share [+ $217 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Katoomba

    Quaint spa room

    Your lodge in the Blue Mountains

    Located in Blackheath, Kalimna Spa Room is in a national park. Echo Point Lookout is nearby, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Blue Mountains National Park and Leura Cascades. Mount Victoria Railway Museum and Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum are also worth visiting.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in Katoomba for 2 nights. It will be hotel style rated Bronze Standard or above. This means, high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tours are flexible. In this case the base tour package has been designed for a club or other group of 20 or more on an "Exclusive group charter" basis. However it can be modified to suit a "Small group charter" to suit groups of as few as 6 people. Couples or small groups of say 3 to 6 could do this trip as a self-guided holiday.

    This tour includes two attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. In addition, when you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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