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See the spectacular country of Australia in the best possible way with Distant Journeys. We have the very best experiences in Australia covered with our collection of escorted Australia  tours, all packaged together so you can still take in the country at a relaxed pace.

During your time Down Under on our Australia touring holidays, you’ll visit the wonderful cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns, as well as taking in the highlights of the surrounding areas such as Bondi Beach and the rainforests of northern Queensland. During your time in Cairns, our tour will also take you to the incredible Great Barrier Reef to see the amazing sights in store both above and below the water. You’ll also journey inland to visit Alice Springs and the iconic Ayers Rock, where you’ll be sure to be mesmerised by the desert landscapes, with some of our tours offering this journey on board The Ghan, one of the world’s very best railways.

Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to spend your time in several of our destinations as you wish with our Freedom Days, while a whole host of optional excursions mean you can discover even more of Australia. During your holiday, our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will always be on hand to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Whether you choose our 17-day Discover Australia tour, 19-day Essential Australia tour, 22-day Wonders of Australia tour, or 29-day Very Best of Australia tour, you’re guaranteed the adventure of a lifetime Down Under with Distant Journeys and our expertly arranged Australia tour packages.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of Australia (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). Please see the offers tab for more details.

The true Australasian experts

Proof that our tours to Australia are of the highest standard comes from the Directors’ combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re true Australasian experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best Australia tours from the UK.

They are four-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Gold Trusted rating.

All our Australia touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Award-winning tours

If more proof were needed about the quality of our Australian tours, Distant Journeys was delighted to win the British Travel Awards’ ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ award in November 2016 and again in 2017. We know how good our tours are, and people who have already travelled with us know this too, but to have our tours to Australia officially recognised by such a prestigious organisation makes us very proud.

Don’t miss out on New Zealand

You’re already thinking of travelling to the other side of the world on an Australia tour holiday, so why not nip over to New Zealand while you’re there? The 30-day Highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour combines all the countries’ best bits – making the most of your trip down under. And if you want to make the ultimate trip down under you can combine our full Australia and New Zealand tours to create one of three itineraries of between 40 and 54-day durations.

 

Australia holiday highlights

Escorted tours of Australia have many contrasting highlights, and below are just some you may experience on Distant Journeys Australia tours, dependent on your choice of tour.

  • Melbourne – with opportunities to see the Great Ocean Road and the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
  • Adelaide – a wonderful garden city with the beautiful Barossa Valley within easy reach
  • Kangaroo Island – experience the unique native wildlife and spectacular scenery
  • The Ghan – an iconic rail journey through Australia’s outback
  • Alice Springs – home of the Flying Doctor Service
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) the world’s largest and most impressive monolith
  • Perth – a laid back city on the Indian Ocean
  • Darwin – the capital of the Northern Territory
  • Cairns – surrounded by tropical rainforest, experienced perfectly with the Kuranda rail journey
  • Great Barrier Reef – our guests spend a full day on the outer barrier reef, including lunch
  • Sydney – with Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge it’s little surprise this is one of the world’s favourite cities.

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Superb Hotels

We know that your accommodation in Australia is an extremely important part of your holiday, which is why we generally use hotels with a four-star rating. Not only that, but we carefully select hotels in Australia which offer the best locations for you to explore.

All aboard an iconic, all-inclusive rail journey

Just another highlight on some of our escorted tours of Australia is an overnight rail journey on The Ghan. You can watch the country’s incredible landscapes unfold before you as you relax in complete all-inclusive comfort where all your meals and drinks are included.

So many experiences included

Visit Australia with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From hopping into a boat for a sumptuous lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour or adventuring to the more elusive areas of the Outer Barrier Reef, they’re all included in the price of your Australian tour.

Our Australia tours include

  • Scheduled flights with Qantas / Emirates
  • A selection of UK departure airports
  • A choice of outbound stopovers
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast, worth up to £462 per person and some extra meals
  • Experienced local tour managers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of Australia needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! On our 22-day Wonders of Australia tour, 29-day Very Best of Australia tour and 19-day Essential Australia, you can choose to travel with the Qantas and Emirates partnership from any of the following airports; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow. Just pick which is most convenient. For our 17-day Discover Australia tour, you can choose to fly from Manchester of London Heathrow with Etihad Airways.

Where would you like to stop over?

You can choose to break up your travel with an outbound stopover in Dubai or Singapore on our  Wonders of Australia tour and Very Best of Australia tour . Whichever sounds best to you, we include it in the price of your Australian tour package.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility and freedom to spend time as you please and enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Freedom Days allow you to do exactly that. So be it a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House or dinner under the stars at Uluru, it’s all about what you want to do.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? So why not extend your holiday to visit family and friends? Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service.

Book your place on one of our escorted tours of Australia by the 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two night stopover for the very special price of only £29 per person, based on two sharing. Stopover options depend on your choice of tour itinerary and include Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Bangkok.  Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a four star hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £58 for this offer.

Option 2

If you prefer, you may wish to have a relaxing three night stay on the tropical island of Bali for the amazing price of only £199 per person. This second Special Launch Offer includes includes three nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the Melia Hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £398 for this offer.

For specific details on the offers related to you preferred itinerary, please click on the appropriate links below:
19-day Essential Australia
22-day Wonders of Australia
29-day Very Best of Australia

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020.

 

Take a look at what makes a leisurely and flexible tour with Distant Journeys so special. Our unhurried tours generally spend two or three nights in each destination, we include superior hotels and you are guided throughout by your experienced and friendly Tour Manager.

Award-Winning Holidays

Over 60 years in the industry

What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does an escorted tour involve? As escorted tour specialists, we’ll explain how this immersive way of travelling works, and also dispel some of the myths about escorted tours which simply aren’t true.

 

The main selling point of an escorted tour is that your entire trip is arranged for you, perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours booking flights, hotels and activities. From your departure from the UK to your return, every aspect of your holiday is taken care of, so all you need to do is pack your bags and show up at the airport.

Each escorted tour often covers an entire country, with the itinerary including time for travelling between various cities and destinations. Escorted tours are therefore perfect for large countries such as Australia, China, India and New Zealand, where the country’s highlights and top destinations can be spread out hundreds of miles apart. You may spend multiple days in the same destination, with some days planned out for you with activities included in the price, and other days (which we call ‘Freedom Days’) free to spend as you wish. Hotels, breakfasts and often evening meals are also planned out for you as part of the package.

Another plus of choosing an escorted tour is that all of the items in your holiday itinerary will have been tried, tested and approved by experts. Rather than spending hours finding the perfect hotel or excursion and trawling through TripAdvisor reviews, you can simply choose an escorted tour for the country or countries you’d like to visit, safe in the knowledge it’s been put together by someone who knows the entire experience inside out.

This reassurance also extends to the tour itself, as you’ll be accompanied by a tour manager throughout your trip. Tour managers have had years of training and experience of the country you’re in, and are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly, as well as to share their wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to eat and drink in the local area.

The first reason why you may wish to take an escorted tour is one we’ve touched upon already: they minimise the hassle of travelling. With all of the best bits of a country picked out for you and compiled into one special itinerary, all you need to do is choose your tour, pack your bags and get to the airport! With a tour manager on hand, you can relax during your tour too, meaning you don’t need to get stressed about travelling between your various destinations.

Escorted tours also help to relieve any anxieties travellers may have about visiting foreign countries, especially those where they don’t speak the local language. It’s not just the language that can make things difficult – navigating the public transport systems in other countries can also be a worry. Fortunately on an escorted tour, a tour manager is always on hand to make sure you get where you need to be, and may also be able to help you overcome any language barriers.

For more intrepid travellers, escorted tours can also be a great way to experience the road less travelled. Many tour operators now offer escorted tours in lesser-visited countries and destinations – a great way to see somewhere totally different (and perhaps not safe to travel in alone/as a couple) while still remaining in safe hands.

Finally, escorted tours may be a great option for single travellers. They can not only travel more safely as part of a group, but also meet new friends to share their travels with. Some escorted tours accommodate for single travellers at no extra cost, while others may add a small extra charge.

Escorted tours are just one long coach trip – while some UK and Western Europe tours may be carried out by coach, escorted tours with longer distances between destinations often include quicker, and more scenic, methods of travel. Coaches may be used for places just a couple of hours apart, but domestic flights are also included to get you from place to place quicker. Scenic railways may also form part of your tour, such as the TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and for travelling from the south to the north of Australia, there’s no more spectacular way than on the incredible Ghan railway.

Escorted tours are expensive – because everything is included all in one package, people often dismiss escorted tours as incredibly expensive. However, part of the reason for this is that you are paying for the vast majority of your holiday upfront, whereas on a regular holiday you may not pay for eating out and activities until you arrive. As escorted tour operators often regularly arrange holidays for large groups, they are also often able to arrange hotels, transport and entry to attractions at a cheaper rate.

There isn’t enough time to explore – many escorted tours last two, three or even four weeks at a time purely because they like to give you plenty of time in each of the destinations you’ll be visiting, so you can really soak up everything about the country you’re visiting and explore at a leisurely pace. You’ll often spend two, three or four nights in each town or city, depending on how much there is to see and do in the local area.

Escorted tours have no flexibility – flexibility and the ability to customise your experience are both things that are becoming more and more common in escorted tours. This starts with getting to and from your destination; these days you often have a choice of UK airports you can fly from, rather just the one, and if you are flying long-haul, a choice of cities for a stopover. While the travelling between each destination and the time you spend there are normally fairly fixed, what you do while you’re there isn’t. Some experiences are included in the price of your tour, while others are completely optional, meaning if you don’t wish to do them you can spend the day how you please.

We hope you agree that an escorted tour sounds like a brilliant way to discover some of the world’s most fascinating countries! If you’re intrigued to find out more about where you can go on an escorted tour, take a look at our choice of escorted tours across Asia, Africa and Australasia – there is bound to be a perfect tour for you.


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