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15 days in Australia with Dave
Anderson* and Roger Walck

 

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Feb 5– Depart Los Angeles for Adelaide   (B:  Breakfast  D:  Dinner)

 

Feb 6 – Cross the International Dateline – lose a day

 

Feb 7 – Arrive Adelaide after Customs in Melbourne and Travel to Glenelg  D

On arrival into Adelaide we will be transported to the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg.

Glenelg is Adelaide's most popular seaside destination and historical landmark. The Bay Tram, synonymous with Glenelg, has been operating since 1929. You can walk on the jetty, stroll along the beach or simply take in the atmosphere as you browse in the shops and sidewalk cafes on Jetty Road.

Adelaide is a dignified city, boasting an orderly layout, graceful parklands and distinctive bluestone architecture. Known locally as the Festival City, Adelaide hosts a Festival of Arts every year that attracts a major gathering of international and local creative personalities and performers. Situated at the foot of the Mt. Lofty Ranges the city is surrounded by extensive parks and green hills beyond. The Barossa Valley, home of the Australian wine making industry, is located just 70 kms from the city.  Adelaide is also known as the City of Churches.

The rest of the day is at own leisure.

This evening take a walk to a local Bistro for dinner - (beverages at own expense).

Accommodation: Stamford Hotel - Standard Rooms (2 nights)

Includes: Breakfast each morning

 

*This is Dave’s 26th visit to Australia since 1974.

 

Feb 8 – Glenelg/ Adelaide Sightseeing B D

This morning board your coach for your Adelaide highlights tour.

Your Driver Guide will introduce you to this delightful city, which is surrounded by parklands, with a blend of grand historic buildings, wide streets, churches, cafés and restaurants. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct – North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through historic North Adelaide. See tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings.

We start the tour with a visit to the popular Adelaide Central Markets. Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 148 years. With over 70 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest under cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round.

The Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, small goods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.

Later we continue our sightseeing with a visit to Montefiore Hill, Colonel Light’s Lookout, for some of the best views of Adelaide and the world-famous Adelaide Oval. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct - North Terrace, St Peters Cathedral and Victoria Square before returning to the hotel and dinner.

 

Feb 9 – Glenelg to Nuriootpa B/L

Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf & Barossa Valley Tour

This morning we depart Glenelg for Nuriootpa including sightseeing to Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf and Barossa Valley. We commence with a scenic drive to Mount Lofty Summit, Adelaide’s highest peak. Take in the spectacular views of the city and the coastline - a perfect photo opportunity. Wind your way through the villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater before arriving at the charming village of Hahndorf, South Australia’s oldest German settlement. Enjoy some free time to explore the main street, with many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts, produce and pubs where you can

sample some German Beers (own expense). Later we continue onto South Australia’s premium wine region, to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines.

The Barossa Valley produces over half the country’s wine and is Australia's largest wine-growing area offering over 50 cellar door outlets. Discover the rich cultural legacy of its specialty foods, festivals, historic architecture and antique galleries. The Barossa Valley was originally settled by German Lutheran farmers in the 1830s and you can see their imprints everywhere including in the classic wine, the traditional bakeries, the churches and the houses. Enjoy wine tasting at 2 local wineries and lunch before continuing onto Nurioopta to meet with your host families for the next couple of nights.

Our tour will conclude at 5pm at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa  We will meet host families and either have a community tea (pot luck dinner) at church or go to host homes for dinner and overnight

Feb 10 – Nuriootpa

Today worship at St. Petri and other host families churches.  Spend the afternoon with hosts including possible private tours of the Barossa Valley.  Back to St. Petri this evening for a concert presented by Dave Anderson and Roger Walck.

 

Feb 11– Nuriootpa to Horsham

Travel Nuriootpa to Horsham including stops along the way.  Horsham is a regional city in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. Located on the Wimmera River, Horsham is approximately 300 kilometres north-west of the state capital Melbourne.

We will meet host families at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  We will home with hosts for dinner and a relaxing evening.

 

Feb 12 – Horsham

Sightseeing around Horsham, center of a great agricultural area.  We will spend some time in the beautiful Grampian Mountains.  It’s likely that we will see a koala or two + lots of kangaroos and emus in the wild.  A little time for shopping.  Back to Holy Trinity for a community tea and a concert by Dave Anderson and Roger Walck.  Back to host homes.

 

Feb 13 – Horsham / Melbourne D

Travel Horsham to Melbourne via Ballarat and Soverign Hill….a fantastic recreated gold rush town with shop workers speaking to you as though conversations were taking place in the 1840’s.  Make note of the poster which announces that “ice will be here on Thursday from Lake Mary”.  You will want to spend more time at Soverign Hill…but onwards to Melbourne. 

Dinner at local restaurant – Beverages at own expense (walk to/from Restaurant)

 

Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank Hotel - Guest Rooms (2 Nights)

Includes:  Breakfast both mornings + Porterage

 

Feb 14 – Melbourne B

Meet your coach captain at the hotel for your Full Day City Tour.

Melbourne is a blend of magnificent gold-rush heritage architecture and ultra-modern skyscrapers. It is surrounded by lush parkland, beautiful waterways and charming urban suburbs.

This tour is a discovery of Melbourne's past and present. The drive will take in the central business district with its eclectic architecture, past the 170 million dollar Victorian Arts Centre and on to fashionable Toorak with its luxurious homes. View Captain Cook's Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens with avenues of huge English elms planted along gently contoured lawns.

Pass by the Botanical Gardens and make a stop for free time to observe the hustle and bustle of the famous Queen Victorian Markets. Later we continue along taking in views of the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral and on to the Melbourne Zoo for the afternoon before returning back to the hotel.

At Melbourne Zoo, you can meet over 300 different species from around the world, only minutes from the city centre. Enjoy seeing the koalas and kangaroos in the Australian bush setting.

Note: Each day, the zoo offer opportunities to hear our expert keeper talks about the animals in their care and the conservation work being done with various species.

Talks are subject to special timetables that are provided for specific animals.

This evening you are on your own for dinner.  The restaurant choices are incredible.  Make your way back to our hotel at your own pace.

Feb 15 – Melbourne / Wagga Wagga B

Travel Melbourne to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, including stops along the way.  We will arrive at Bethlehem Lutheran in time for a community tea and concert by Dave and Roger.  Bethlehem members will host us in their homes this evening.  This is our last home-stay.

 

Feb 16 – Wagga Wagga / Canberra  D

After breakfast we board our coach for the journey to Canberra, Australia’s capital city and a unique Australian city with an entirely planned urban landscape. 300 kilometres south west of Sydney, the site was chosen as Australia’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between the two largest Australian cities, Sydney and Melbourne. It’s the nation’s political heart and home to some of Australia’s best historical and cultural institutions.

Your tour will give you a fantastic insight into the rich history and culture of Australia. Visit the Australian War Memorial, a deeply touching shrine to commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who’ve lost their lives serving their country, the National Museum of Australia and the distinctly designed Parliament House.

Travel to the summit of Mt Ainslie for a terrific view of Canberra and surrounds.

At the end of the tour we make our way to the hotel for the evening.

 

Accommodation: Mercure Canberra Hotel - Standard Rooms (1 Night)

Includes: Porterage, Dinner and breakfast in the morning.  (Beverages at own expense)

Feb 17 – Canberra / Sydney B/D

Travel Canberra to Sydney.  But first—worship at Belconnen Lutheran Church followed by our last “community tea” with church members.  Dave and Roger…and tour members…will help lead the service.  Early afternoon depart by our private coach to Sydney.

Dinner at local Bistro – Beverages at own expense

 

Accommodation: Great Southern Hotel Sydney - Standard Rooms (4 Nights)

Includes: 4 x Full Breakfast

 

Feb 18 – Sydney Sightseeing B

This morning board our coach for a city tour. We start with a visit to the Sydney Opera House for a private walking tour.  This tour (approximately 45 minutes) offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation.  Visitors are guided into theatres, given a fascinating account of the history and architecture of the House and introduced to the magic of performance. With its white, sculptural 'shells' rising from the harbour foreshore at Bennelong Point, the Opera House is Sydney's most recognizable building and, officially, one of the seven wonders of the 20th century. Joern Utzon, the Danish architect who designed the Opera House, ascribed the inspiration for his masterpiece to the sails of yachts on the harbour. As the Opera House is first and foremost a performing arts centre, some areas may be restricted for viewing due to rehearsals and performances. At the end of the tour make your way back to the coach and continue with your city sights.

Drive through the historic 'Rocks' area where Australia was first founded with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Continue through the commercial area of the city passing the historical buildings of Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. We make a stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Enjoy free time for lunch at the famous Bondi Beach before returning

back to the city via Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace. The tour will end at Circular Quay where you will have free time for lunch (own expense) before your afternoon Harbour Cruise.

This afternoon's Coffee Cruise of Sydney Harbour departs at 2.15pm and we recommend that your board no later than 2.00pm. Enjoy your cruise of Sydney Harbour which most travel experts agree is one of the most scenic harbours in the world. You will see spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Opera House, Fort Denison, Point Piper, and Watson’s Bay. See Sydney's foreshore parkland and many stately homes. A live commentary is provided along with coffee refreshment. Cruise returns to Circular Quay at 4.15pm. At the end of the cruise board our coach for the transfer back to the hotel.

Note: Some of the routing is subject to change due to traffic conditions or road changes.

 

Feb 19 --Day at Leisure.  Today you can “shop ‘til you drop”.  We recommend a visit to Centre Point Tower which allows you to rise 1000 feet to the observation area.  What a view!  Consider a visit to at least one museum.  If you have time, please pay a visit to St. Andrew’s Cathedral on George Street.  An option:  book a day tour to the Blue Mountains.

This evening board our coach for the transfer to Darling Harbour for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Feb 20—After breakfast, board our coach for transfer to the airport for our flight back to Los Angeles.

 

NOTE:  Tour departs in the evening from LAX, arrives in Melbourne in the morning 2 days later.  We will transfer to another flight to Adelaide.  We arrive back at LAX on Feb 21.  Departure/arrival times will be announced soon.  It will be necessary to arrive at LAX three hours before departure.

 

Tour price inclusive of airfare to/from LAX + all arrangements in Australia:  $4,825 p/person double occupancy. Tour price includes all breakfasts, most dinners, all sightseeing, porterage.  Single room supplement:  $855.  $300 deposit to Fellowship Tours upon receipt of reservation (refundable until Oct 1).  Travel insurance recommended but not required.

 

If you are interested in this exciting Down Under adventure, please write to Dave Anderson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at 480-838-8500.  Text to 602-538-4066.  A deposit is not required at this time. 

 

This tour has been arranged by Heritage Tours.  Heritage Tours, Inc. serves only as an agent of the supplier of land and air reservations, and other tour arrangements, and is not responsible for any errors or omissions.