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    Paradise awaits in gorgeous Norfolk Island. Spend 5 days soaking in the sun on sandy beaches, cruising tranquil waters, indulging in delicious food, and learning about the island's history with a range of activities. This short getaway has been perfectly crafted to maximise fun and relaxation; the experiences and memories you will create after 5 days on this beautiful island will be unforgettable.

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    Trip Highlights

     

    We've perfectly crafted this getaway to have a mix of activities and down time for you to enjoy at leisure. With the included activities, you'll learn about the history and hear the stories of the island by day, and relax with delicious dinners and newfound friends by night. The standout activity is an unforgettable glass-bottom boat cruise on the tranquil waters surrounding the island.

    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 $1,799pp twin-share [+ $1,103 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
    • Beach-side
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Learning
    • Wildlife

    Glass Bottom Boat

    Christian’s Glass Bottom boat will take you on a cruise within the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays. Norfolk Island has the second southernmost coral reef in the world and attracts a diversity of marine life. View beautiful coral gardens as you cruise the crystal-clear pristine waters of the lagoon. There’s also a wide variety of species of colourful fish on display.

    Island Fish Fry

    This fantastic event has been operating for over 40 years. Imagine - a feast of local dishes, salads and homemade coconut bread, alongside mouth-watering fried fish that you won’t forget. Overlooking breathtaking coastal scenery as the sun sets - with live music in the background, this acivity will certainly be unforgettable.

    More trip highlights:

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    Convict Settlement Tour

    Embark on an in depth tour of the World Heritage Listed Georgian settlement of Kingston. This whole area is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history. We take you through the cemetery, where you will hear the history of the colonial headstones, as well as the old houses along Quality Row. You will also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill - all of which has to be seen to be believed. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Half-Day Norfolk Island Tour

    On this tour, you will visit some of Norfolk's key historic areas, including Kingston, Cascade and Longridge. This is your chance to learn all about the fascinating history of Norfolk Island. See the famous convict buildings for yourself and enjoy the stories told in the full commentary as you visit each new place. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Progressive Dinner

    If you’re looking for an experience that gives you a first hand insight into Norfolk Island living, the Progressive Dinner is a must. You will join a group of other Norfolk Island visitors to enjoy a 3 course meal, progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. This activity makes for a fun night and a great way to meet the local people. You will come away with a true insight on life on Norfolk Island and our beautiful people. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Sound & Light Show

    Nightfall at Kingston brings a completely different mood to the Convict Settlement on Norfolk Island. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were, when the original settlers arrived in 1788. However, with the dramatic use of real-life sounds, theatrical lighting and costumed actors, the stillness is broken as you are taken through the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)


    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 $1,799pp twin-share [+ $1,103 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Norfolk Island International Airport (NLK)
    • 5 days car hire included
    • 5 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 5 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 4 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 2 excellent excursions and activities

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $2,199pp twin-share [+ $1,291 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Norfolk Island International Airport (NLK)
    • 5 days car hire included
    • 5 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 5 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 4 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 6 excellent excursions and activities

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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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    Inclusions

     

    Experience Norfolk Island and have lots of fun on this planned, yet flexible package. Enjoy the island's natural beauty, join in the fun of the included activities and dinners, and immerse yourself in the history of this remarkable island.

    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 $1,799pp twin-share [+ $1,103 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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    "Norfolk Island is a quiet paradise, often overlooked yet unforgettable once found. Discover for yourself why visitors return time and time again."

    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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    Return flights to Norfolk Island

    Enjoy the ease of return flights to the gorgeous Norfolk Island.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    4 nights accommodation on Norfolk Island

    Enjoy spectacular views from your balcony

    Spend 4 nights, 5 days exploring picturesque Norfolk Island. After action-packed days of tours and exciting dinners, your accommodation is a great place to settle down at. This comfortable, private home meets gorgeous scenery for an unforgettable trip.

    House rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 5.0+.
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    Champagne or chocolates on arrival

    Free champagne or chocolates on arrival

    One of the finer things in life is enjoying a glass of sparkling wine or chocolates on arrival at your hotel. You can enjoy either sparkling wine or chocolates. It will be a nice treat.

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    5 days car hire

    Explore the island at your own pace with 5 days of car hire.

    Toyota Corolla 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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    Island Fish Fry

    Island Fish Fry

    This fantastic event has been operating for over 40 years. Imagine - a feast of local dishes, salads and homemade coconut bread, alongside mouth-watering fried fish that you won’t forget. Overlooking breathtaking coastal scenery as the sun sets - with live music in the background, this acivity will certainly be unforgettable.

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    Glass Bottom Boat

    Glass Bottom Boat

    Christian’s Glass Bottom boat will take you on a cruise within the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays. Norfolk Island has the second southernmost coral reef in the world and attracts a diversity of marine life. View beautiful coral gardens as you cruise the crystal-clear pristine waters of the lagoon. There’s also a wide variety of species of colourful fish on display.

    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 director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Flexible group size

    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

    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

     

    Spend 5 days relaxing in gorgeous Norfolk Island. With a perfect mix of downtime and immersive activities, pass the time cruising on tranquil waters, exploring rugged cliffs and sandy, enjoying delicious seafood, and learning about new cultures with knowledgable guides. You won't want to forget your camera!

    "A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

    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.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $1,799pp twin-share [+ $1,103 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 - NORFOLK ISLAND (4 NIGHTS)

    UNESCO World Heritage convict buildings, breathtaking scenery and a unique culture with an intriguing past combine to make Norfolk Island, located roughly halfway between Australia and New Zealand, one of Australia's most fascinating destinations.

    Your hire car:

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    5 days car hire

    Explore the island at your own pace with 5 days of car hire.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Gorgeous Norfolk Island welcomes you

    Picturesque Norfolk Island welcomes you

    Fly to Norfolk Island and instantly transition into relaxation mode. Disembarking, grab your hire car and journey to your private accommodation and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    In the evening, we reccommend you enjoy a wonderfully social, three-course "progressive dinner" between different Norfolk Island family homes. It will be a fun night and a great opportunity for you to meet some locals and other island visitors. Note: This activity is optional.

     

    Enjoy a gorgeous entire home to yourself
    Relaxing gardens surround the property
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    4 nights accommodation on Norfolk Island

    Spend 4 nights, 5 days exploring picturesque Norfolk Island. After action-packed days of tours and exciting dinners, your accommodation is a great place to settle down at. This comfortable, private home meets gorgeous scenery for an unforgettable trip.

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    Progressive Dinner

    If you’re looking for an experience that gives you a first hand insight into Norfolk Island living, the Progressive Dinner is a must. You will join a group of other Norfolk Island visitors to enjoy a 3 course meal, progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. This activity makes for a fun night and a great way to meet the local people. You will come away with a true insight on life on Norfolk Island and our beautiful people.

    (Optional AUD $84 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    NORFOLK ISLAND

    About today:

    Explore the area

    Get to know the area with an exciting tour

    One of the best ways to get your bearings and begin to understand the rich history of the island is on a tour. After breakfast, consider jumping on board the tour bus and enjoy a half-day of exploring. Your guide will take you to the island’s main points of interests, including key historic places and incredible lookouts. With rich commentary on history and local life today, you will begin to understand that there is so much more to Norfolk Island. Note: this activity is optional for the Sapphire package.

    For dinner tonight, visit the popular island fish fry for a chance to taste fresh fish in crispy batter alongside traditional dishes like ‘Pilhi’ (a banana slice) and coconut dessert pie. Dessert is always served with cream, referred to as Norfolk gravy. The evening includes Tahitian dancing entertainment by the Baunti Byuutis.

    Activities:

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    Island Fish Fry

    This fantastic event has been operating for over 40 years. Imagine - a feast of local dishes, salads and homemade coconut bread, alongside mouth-watering fried fish that you won’t forget. Overlooking breathtaking coastal scenery as the sun sets - with live music in the background, this acivity will certainly be unforgettable.

    (Included)
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    Half-Day Norfolk Island Tour

    On this tour, you will visit some of Norfolk's key historic areas, including Kingston, Cascade and Longridge. This is your chance to learn all about the fascinating history of Norfolk Island. See the famous convict buildings for yourself and enjoy the stories told in the full commentary as you visit each new place.

    (Optional AUD $45 Adult price)
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    DAY 3
    NORFOLK ISLAND

    About today:

    Learn about Norfolk's rich convict history

    Learn more about the life of Norfolk's convicts

    Today we recommend exploring the island further including the remains of the convict settlements which are free to visit.

    If you'd like to learn more about Norfolk's convict history, consider embarking on an optional tour of the World Heritage Listed Georgian settlement of Kingston. Alongside a knowledgable guide, learn about Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history as you explore the ruins of the New Gaol, visit the cemerary, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill - all of which has to be seen to be believed. After your tour, enjoy lunch and relax with some free time.

    Tonight, experience Kingston at night with an optional light and sound spectacle, watching re-enactments of convict history under the stars.

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    Sound & Light Show

    Nightfall at Kingston brings a completely different mood to the Convict Settlement on Norfolk Island. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were, when the original settlers arrived in 1788. However, with the dramatic use of real-life sounds, theatrical lighting and costumed actors, the stillness is broken as you are taken through the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era.

    (Optional AUD $58 Adult price)
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    Convict Settlement Tour

    Embark on an in depth tour of the World Heritage Listed Georgian settlement of Kingston. This whole area is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history. We take you through the cemetery, where you will hear the history of the colonial headstones, as well as the old houses along Quality Row. You will also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill - all of which has to be seen to be believed.

    (Optional AUD $51 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    NORFOLK ISLAND

    About today:

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise

    Cruise the lagoon's crystal blue waters

    Today you could be enjoying the pristine waters off the coast of Norfolk Island on an optional glass bottom boat tour. See the beautiful reef and watch the colourful fish from the boat as your tour guides share their knowledge of the marine life unique to Norfolk Island.

    In the evening, enjoy some time to relax at leisure. Dinner is by your own arrangement at the RSL club and bistro or one of the local restaurants.

    Activities:

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    Glass Bottom Boat

    Christian’s Glass Bottom boat will take you on a cruise within the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays. Norfolk Island has the second southernmost coral reef in the world and attracts a diversity of marine life. View beautiful coral gardens as you cruise the crystal-clear pristine waters of the lagoon. There’s also a wide variety of species of colourful fish on display.

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    DAY 5
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    An unforgettable Norfolk getaway

    Return home after an unforgettable getaway

    Unfortunately your Norfolk Island getaway comes to an end today. Spend your morning soaking up last minute experienes before returning your hire car to the airport and flying home.

    After such an unforgettable trip, we're sure you'll be back soon!

    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.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $1,799pp twin-share [+ $1,103 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:

    Norfolk Island

    Enjoy a gorgeous entire home to yourself

    Relaxing gardens surround the property

    Spend 4 nights, 5 days exploring picturesque Norfolk Island. After action-packed days of tours and exciting dinners, your accommodation is a great place to settle down at. This comfortable, private home meets gorgeous scenery for an unforgettable trip.

    Example Property Type:
    Guest House
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    5.0 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    House

    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

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    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 Norfolk Island for 4 nights. It will be resort style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very 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 very 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 tour packages are flexible. Base tour packages are typically priced initially for a club or other group of 20 or more on a "Single group" charter basis. Others are priced as a "Multi-group" charter where more than one group can join, sometimes with their own group leader. Most trips can be priced for groups of as few as 6 people. Singles or couples or small groups of say 3 to 5 friends can join a tour that is listed as either a "Shared tour" or "Multi-group" charter. Group sizes mainly affect bus or coach type and whether or not a tour director is supplied.

    This tour includes a range of attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is 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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