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Explore Floriade, Tulip Top Gardens and the Highlights of Canberra (Sydney roundtrip)

Dedicated over-60 group getaway
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    DURATION
    4 days, 3 nights
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    DURATION DAYS
    4 days
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    DURATION NIGHTS
    3 nights
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    DEPARTS
    27 September 2024
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    RETURNS
    30 September 2024
  • E​njoy Australia's most iconic annual floral event
  • Visit the gorgeous Tulip Top Gardens in Sutton
  • Tour the highlights of Canberra and the ACT

This 4-day tour combines Canberra’s spectacular Floriade event and Tulip Top Gardens with an exploration of the verdant Southern Highlands, Parliament House Canberra and the moving Australian War Memorial.

  • Spend four days with like-minded travellers
  • Meet a sheep farmer and enjoy a barbecue lunch on his farm
  • Tour Parliament House with a local expert
  • Explore the Australian War Memorial
  • E​xperience the Last Post Service at the Australian War Memorial
  • Become enveloped in masses of blooms at Floriade
  • Stroll through the Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • W​onder around the 4 hectares, Tulip Top Gardens the creation of Pat & Bill Rhodin

Call our local travel team today on 1300 414 198 for more information.

Photos

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Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. With over one million blooms on display Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

Inclusions/Exclusions

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  • 1 night accommodation at Rydges World Square
  • Welcome 3 course dinner in Sydney
  • 2 nights accommodation at Crowne Plaza Canberra
  • Breakfasts daily + 1 lunch + 1 dinner
  • Entry into Floriade
  • E​ntry into Tulip Top Gardens
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Driver Guide
Your fare excludes:
  • T​ravel insurance
  • M​eals not listed in the below itinerary
  • A​irfares to and from Sydney

Itinerary

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27 September 2024 - Arrive Sydney
Today make your way to the Rydges World Square for a pre-tour night's accommodation before you start your journey to Canberra early tomorrow morning. This evening meet your fellow guests for a "Welcome 3 Course Dinner".

  • Overnight - Rydges World Square
  • Included Meals - Dinner (drinks own expense).

28 September 2024 - Sydney - Canberra
After breakfast, you'll depart the hotel and head to the Southern Highlands. Later arrive at Gold Creek Station, meet a local grazier and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Gold Creek is a working pastoral property that currently runs merino sheep and beef cattle. On arrival in Canberra enjoy a Parliament House tour (90 minutes) followed by a visit to the Australian War Memorial to take in the history of this site (free time to explore the grounds). Take in the Last post service commencing at 5pm. Arrive at your hotel in time to freshen up before a group 3 course dinner.

  • Overnight - Crowne Plaza Canberra
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (drinks at own expense)

29 September 2024 - Canberra - Floriade
Today is free for you to enjoy Floriade at your Leisure. See not only over a million flowers but also markets, sculptures, workshops and live music. Depart after breakfast from the hotel to Floriade for your drop off to enjoy your day. The evening is at leisure.

  • T​wo pick up times to transfer from Floriade back to hotel have been arranged, 12noon or 3pm depending on how much time you would like to explore Floriade.
  • Overnight - Crowne Plaza Canberra
  • Included Meals - Breakfast

30 September 2024 - Canberra - Sydney
After Breakfast depart the hotel to Canberra's beautiful Botanical Gardens (Enjoy some free time to explore the grounds). Nestled in the foothills of Black Mountain, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is the perfect retreat from the rush of city life. Enjoy the Gardens, breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, and watch the trees sway with the breeze. Take a stroll beneath the canopy of the Rainforest Gully, enjoy a coffee or a massage, and leave feeling rejuvenated (Own expense). With over 4,500 species on display, the Gardens is the only place where you can see the true variety of native Australian plants in one location.

Nestled in the oasis of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, lies Pollen, known as much for its stunning interior as its delicious menu. Enveloped in fresh florals, abundant bouquets, and flooded with natural light, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a good friend’s home who happens to have exquisite taste. The Menu Options include an all-day breakfast menu, fresh juices, and a selection of lunches along with beer, cider, and local wines. For serious coffee devotees and food lovers, you’ll want to try everything on the menu. Enjoy the perfect waffles, the renowned eggs benedict, or the veggie patch salad. Stay for the caffeine or a glass of chilled bubbles. (Lunch at own expense at Pollen Cafe).

After lunch and your visit to Botanical Gardens it time to re-board the coach for your visit to Tulip Top Gardens. Spread over four glorious hectares, Tulip Top Gardens is the creation of Pat and Bill Rhodin, which they commenced in 1994. Having lived in nearby Canberra for 20years, where they created two award-winning gardens, the Rhodins were looking for a new challenge. And the valley farmland they purchased certainly was that! Today, this beautifully created landscape features 1000 blossom trees, including crabapples, peaches, plums and weeping cherries fringed by massed beds of annuals, tulips and many other spring flowering bulbs. Arching shade trees frame the landscape and a watercourse meanders through the scene, complete with a waterfall constructed from local rock. There’s even a 70m high lookout, carved out of the property’s natural hills, providing sweeping views of the valley beyond.

After visiting Tulip Top - It is time to re-board the coach and depart back to Sydney for your drop off at (Central Station or within the city drop-off point). Take home some amazing memories from your adventures in Canberra and Floriade.

  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Please note flights cannot depart Sydney before 8pm - Ask us about an additional nights accommodation.

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Dates and Prices

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24 - 30 September 2024 - ONE DEPARTURE ONLY!

  • Twin share - from $1,949 per person
  • Sole use - from $2,549 per person

Call our local travel team today on 1300 414 198 to book.

Accommodation

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Superior Rooms - Crowne Plaza Canberra

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Rydges World Square
  • Crowne Plaza Canberra

FAQs

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Flights:
Please note that the tour commences in Sydney at the Rydges World Square and you can arrive anytime before 5:00pm on Day 1. Due to the late return to Sydney Central Station on day 4, please ensure that when booking flights home they do not depart before 8:00pm or you may prefer to stay an additional night in Sydney which we can arrange for you.

R​ydges World Square - Deluxe rooms feature a King Bed or Two Double beds & ensuite with separate shower and full size bath.

C​rowne Plaza Canberra - Standard rooms feature King a King Bed or Two Double beds & ensuite with Shower over Bath combination.

Arrival & Departure Transfers:
If you are arriving or departing in Sydney on a flight, transfers from/to the airport are an additional cost, which our friendly travel team can arrange for you. Alternatively the hotel in Sydney is a 4 minute walk from Sydney Central Station should you wish to use public transport.

Luggage Allowance:
Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56”) plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the coach. Maximum weight of all luggage is not to exceed 20kg (40lbs).

T&Cs

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due no later than 1 August 2024. If cancelled 0-31 days prior to travel nil refund.

Travel documents will be sent to you 2 weeks prior to departure.

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