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Sydney Discovery tour

Sydney Discovery

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 689 $ 138 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Aboriginal Welcome & Rock Art
  • Manly Beach
  • 3 Sisters Sunset
  • Blue Mountains
  • Wentworth Falls
  • Wine & chocolate tasting
  • Seafood tasting
  • Wine & chocolate tasting
  • See the Three Sisters at sunset
  • Visit the Blue Mountains
  • Aboriginal welcome
  • Visit Manly Beach
  • Visit the Hunter Valley with wine school and grape stomping

Short Description

All the glam. Much sparkle. Sure Sydney has a lot to offer, but get out of the urban jungle and discover the other side to this glorious harbour city. Visit areas around Sydney you wouldn’t otherwise reach, take in a natural wonder or two and get your clink on in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Then we’ll bring you back to the bright lights for one more glimpse of that famous bridge and opera house.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

Sydney

Activities

Culture

N/A
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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 4 nights in motel, lodges & hostels
  • Modern air‐conditioned vehicle with Wi‐Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Driver Guide

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Itinerary

Day 1

You don't need telling that Sydney has some pretty iconic sights to see. But we'll take you to a spot in Kirribilli to get the very best views. After a short walking tour of the area, it's up onto the Harbour Bridge, then beach time! We'll check out the laidback lifestyle of Manly Beach before heading up the freeway to meet some local Aboriginal people. Think Rock Art and bush tucker tastings. After a jam-packed day we'll relax in Port Stephens for a filling feast and maybe even a 'coldie' at the local bar.

Included today:
-Kirribilli
-Manly Beach
-Brisbane Water National Park
-Aboriginal Welcome and Rock Art

Meals:
- Dinner

Day 2

Port Stephens is practically horizontal, it's so laid back. You could take it easy today on an optional dolphin cruise with a swim and boomnet ride. Feeling more energetic? You could hike to the top of Tomaree Head for sensational views, or for exploring further there are options for sand dune quad biking and sand boarding. Whatever you do you'll work up an appetite. Thankfully this place is known for its seafood, so we'll have a taste of the local catch.

Included today:
-Seafood tasting

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sand boarding
-Dolphin cruise / swim
-Quad biking

Day 3

Hunter Valley is synonymous with wine. Visit a local vineyard, a brewery, and a chocolate tasting. You'll get to hop in an oak barrel and have a go at grape stomping, then take a walk through the vines and into the Hunter Wine Theatre to learn about the grape's journey from vine to bottle. Round off the day with
a glass of something in hand as you overlook the rolling vine striped hills of the area.

Included today:
-Wine & chocolate tasting
-Grape stomping
-Wine school

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Glenbrook might be small but it's big on good coffee. We'll stop off here before heading up to the Blue Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and head towards the magical Wentworth Falls, check out the huge drop waterfall of Govetts Leap, Narrow Neck lookout, and Katoomba Falls, before seeing the '3 Sisters' at sunset.

Included today:
-Wentworth Falls
-Blue Mountains Lookouts
-3 Sisters Sunset

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Sure the Blue Mountains are gorgeous to just gawp at, but there a whole load of activities on offer to try too. Optional abseiling take your fancy? Or if you're more of a speed fiend you could opt for a local Harley Davidson ride. Slower-paced options include the Scenic World Cable Car and walk in the rainforest. In fact there are lots of walks close by that you can pick from. Say goodbye to the Blue Mountains mid-afternoon, we'll be tracking back to Sydney. If you want to carry on the adventure, Topdeck has all sorts of trips across Australia and New Zealand. Jump onto www.topdeck.travel for more info.

Included today:
-National Park walks

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Half day abseiling
-Harley Davidson ride
-Scenic World

Day 1

It comes as no surprise that Sydney has some pretty iconic sights to see. We’ll take you to a spot in Kirribilli to get the very best views. Cue awesome photos of the local surfers as we check out the laidback lifestyle of Manly Beach before heading up the road to meet some local Aboriginal people. Think rock art and traditional stories. After a jam-packed day we’ll relax in Port Stephens for a filling feast and maybe even a ‘coldie’ at the local pub..

Included today:
-Visit Kirribilli
-Visit Manly Beach
-Aboriginal Welcome

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Port Stephens is pretty laid back. You could take it easy today on an optional dolphin cruise to catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals. Feeling more energetic? Hike to the top of Tomaree Head for sensational views, or take up some optional sand dune quad biking and sandboarding. Whatever you do, you’ll work up an appetite. Thankfully this place is known for its seafood, so be sure to check out one of the local restaurants for dinner.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sand boarding
-Dolphin cruise
-Quad biking

Day 3

Hunter Valley is synonymous with wine, so we’ll visit a local vineyard, a brewery, and get a chocolate tasting ticked off the list. You’ll even get to hop in an oak barrel and have a go at grape stomping. Talk about an awesome day! Make sure to leave enough space in your suitcase for some foodie souvenirs.

Included today:
-Wine & chocolate tasting
-Grape stomping
-Wine school

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Brace yourself: some stunning scenery will be scrolling past your window today as we roll through the Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps and tick off Govetts Leap, the Narrow Neck lookout and Katoomba Falls before watching a sunset that’ll leave you lost for words at Three Sisters. One word: wow.

Included today:
-Blue Mountains
-Visit the Three Sisters at sunset

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Sure the Blue Mountains are gorgeous to just gawk at, but there are a whole load of activities on offer to try too. Optional abseiling take your fancy? For something a little less extreme, but still bound to get your heart racing, there’s the Scenic World Cable Car and a walk in the rainforest. Say goodbye to the Blue Mountains mid-afternoon, we’ll be tracking back to Sydney to round off our trip. Cue hugs and farewells to your fellow Topdeckers. Get planning that next adventure!

Meals included:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Abseiling
-Scenic World Cable Car & walks

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Sydney Discovery

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

On your trip you will stay at a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hostels, motels, cabins, lodges, and camping out in tents and even a traditional Aussie swag! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a multi-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation will be used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge (not available while in the Northern Territory). Should this be required, you can select this at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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