Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef

  • 11 Days
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Depart

Overnight Flight

2 2 Nights

Sydney

5 5 Nights

Cairns

3 3 Nights
Return
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What's Included

Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

All Local Transportation

Public transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Surfing Lesson on Bondi Beach

Surfing Lesson on Bondi Beach

Connect with an important part of the Aussie culture as you learn to ride the waves at Bondi Beach. An experienced instructor will guide you through the techniques for getting up on your board in the crystal clear waters off Sydney's most famous stretch of sand.

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Connect with an important part of the Aussie culture as you learn to ride the waves at Bondi Beach. An experienced instructor will guide you through the techniques for getting up on your board in the crystal clear waters off Sydney's most famous stretch of sand.

Australian Bush Walkabout

Australian Bush Walkabout

Get closer to nature and wildlife as you experience firsthand what makes Australia so special. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, dingoes, emus, kookaburras and bearded dragons galore—you’ll meet a lot of native animals during our tour. You’ll also get to touch, taste and learn a lot about the native flora with an interactive experience of bush medicine. Have a cold or headache? You will taste different types of bush nectar and discover which native Australian plants can be used to cure common ailments. Learn how to repel insects using sap from a plant and more. Your ranger will also take you for a short walk to visit the ancient Aboriginal sites of the Darkinjung people who once hunted and lived in the area. You will be taken back to the Dreamtime with stories of their culture and lifestyle.

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Get closer to nature and wildlife as you experience firsthand what makes Australia so special. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, dingoes, emus, kookaburras and bearded dragons galore—you’ll meet a lot of native animals during our tour. You’ll also get to touch, taste and learn a lot about the native flora with an interactive experience of bush medicine. Have a cold or headache? You will taste different types of bush nectar and discover which native Australian plants can be used to cure common ailments. Learn how to repel insects using sap from a plant and more. Your ranger will also take you for a short walk to visit the ancient Aboriginal sites of the Darkinjung people who once hunted and lived in the area. You will be taken back to the Dreamtime with stories of their culture and lifestyle.

Snorkeling Exploration of the Great Barrier Reef

Snorkeling Exploration of the Great Barrier Reef

Ready to enjoy 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral and over 30 types of whales and dolphins? The Great Barrier Reef is definitely one of the greatest wonders you’ll ever see. In fact, it’s the only living structure visible from the moon. Join us as we travel to Marine World to explore the reef and get our snorkel on. Marine World makes it easy to relax and view their underwater observatory. They also provide easy access to the water for snorkelers. There’s even a moon pool for divers and fresh water showers. Students will enjoy 5 hours at Marine World to experience unlimited snorkeling—all snorkeling equipment and instruction is provided.

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Ready to enjoy 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral and over 30 types of whales and dolphins? The Great Barrier Reef is definitely one of the greatest wonders you’ll ever see. In fact, it’s the only living structure visible from the moon. Join us as we travel to Marine World to explore the reef and get our snorkel on. Marine World makes it easy to relax and view their underwater observatory. They also provide easy access to the water for snorkelers. There’s even a moon pool for divers and fresh water showers. Students will enjoy 5 hours at Marine World to experience unlimited snorkeling—all snorkeling equipment and instruction is provided.

Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sydney Rocks District Tour with Guide

Sydney Rocks District Tour with Guide

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant

Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant

Sydney-Cairns Flight

Sydney-Cairns Flight

Rainforestation Nature Park with Guide and Amphibious Vehicle Tour

Rainforestation Nature Park with Guide and Amphibious Vehicle Tour

Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show

Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show

Kuranda Skyrail Cableway

Kuranda Skyrail Cableway

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: Overnight Flight

Cross the International Dateline en route. Don't worry—the day that escapes you now is recovered on your return!

Day 3: Sydney

Welcome to Australia! Arrive in Sydney and meet your ACIS Tour Manager. Enjoy an orientation sightseeing tour of this seaside city, including Watson's Bay and ending at Bondi Beach. There you will experience the thrill of catching a wave (hopefully!) at Australia's most famous beach during a surfing lesson. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 4: Sydney

This morning visit Darling Harbour, a waterfront leisure park with food, shopping, and entertainment on every corner! We also visit the Sydney Aquarium, where you'll learn about sharks, seals, crocodiles and penguins among other aquatic species. This afternoon see Sydney Harbor from a new perspective, aboard a luxury ferry on a harbor cruise. Enjoy a fish and chips dinner tonight.

Day 5: Sydney

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Rocks district, a historic area famous for its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings. An afternoon tour of Australia's most famous building, the Sydney Opera House, introduces you to this architectural wonder. At the Opal Discovery Center, you will be greeted by a member of the Costello mining dynasty and learn about the process of mining for gems. Enjoy a free evening after a pizza dinner.

Day 6: Sydney

After a free morning to explore more of Sydney's treasures at your own pace, head on an Australian Bush Walkabout Tour for an interactive experience of bush tucker, bush medicine, friendly native animals and ancient Aboriginal sites. After an Australian BBQ dinner and bonfire, take a walk to meet Australia’s fascinating nocturnal creatures.

Day 7: Sydney

Today is free to shop for souvenirs, check out the Royal Botanic Garden, or chat with a local Sydneysider to get a taste of Australian culture. Tonight enjoy dinner as you take in the breathtaking views of the Harbor from Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant.

Day 8: Cairns

Depart Sydney on a flight to Cairns, a vibrant city on the northeast coast of Australia. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour before checking into your hotel.

Day 9: Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef, stretching 1,258 miles down Australia's coast, is one of the most stunningly beautiful natural attractions in the world. Today you’ll take a luxury catamaran cruise through the islands of the Outer Reef. Once the boat anchors, you’ll have a chance to snorkel up to the reefs to examine their beauty more closely. Lunch on board is included instead of dinner.

Day 10: Cairns

Travel to the mountain town of Kuranda and explore the Rainforestation Nature Park with a local guide. First experience the tropical rainforest from both land and water while riding aboard their amphibious WWII army duck vehicle before getting a close-up look at some of Australia's famous wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and crocodiles. You'll also learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people as you enjoy a Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance. Then enjoy a birds-eye view of the rainforest aboard the Skyrail Cableway, an hour and a half long trip skimming just above the canopy and broken up by two mid-station stops. Tonight's highlight is a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $330

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Comprehensive Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $275

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