Enjoy a luxurious Christmas getaway to the cool Southern Highlands as you travel in Opulent 'Diamond Class'. Unrivalled in style and class this tour takes in South West Rocks, the Hunter Valley, 3 nights in old-world grand country-house charm at Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest, and a 5 star finish in Sydney's Circular Quay. With a Gala Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day cruise on Sydney Harbour, this will be a very Merry Christmas indeed!
20th December 2023 - Diamond Class
24 Meals Included 4 Eco Experiences 3 Cultural & Heritage Experiences
POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
1 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)
• One way economy class carbon neutral flights ex Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 1 additional night room only at Meriton Suites Brisbane
• One way Airtrain ticket from Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station
Plus $499pp Twin Share Plus $590 Sole Use
$1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 100 days prior to departure.
N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.
‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited).
We depart Brisbane on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach travellng responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. We travel via the Tweed River, breaking at Kingscliff, then our journey takes us through the picturesque Northern Rivers, arriving at the Scottish township of Maclean, breaking here for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to Port Macquarie where we bed down for the night.
This morning we head for the Hunter Valley, breaking for a cuppa at the township of Buladelah. We continue on into the Hunter Valley arriving at Amanda’s on the Edge where we indulge in the fine food and wine that is on offer, all the while enjoying the magnificent view. Our afternoon takes us to McGuigans Wines for a behind the scenes tour and wine tasting session. Next we make our way to our resort accommodation.
This morning we head to Maitland to join a guided tour of the heritage listed Maitland Gaol, once housing some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals. Next enjoy lunch at Twine Restaurant before returning to the resort for a leisurely afternoon. Tonight, get into the Christmas spirit with a night visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens, superbly lit up with thousands of Christmas lights.
Departing the Hunter Valley, we make our way to Broken Bay Pearl Farm. Follow the story of the Australian pearl from its ancient Indigenous beginnings through to modern farming and grading techniques, all the way to the finished piece of unique pearl jewellery. Experience a tour of the Shellar Door, a cruise to a pearl oyster lease, and an immersive pearl grading session inside the restricted-access Pearl Room. Our afternoon takes us into the Southern Highlands finishing our day at Sutton Forest where we check into historic Peppers Manor House.
This morning we head to Knights Hill to visit the award-winning Illawarra Fly. Take a walk through the treetops on the 1.5km track through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20–30 metres above the ground. From here we venture on to have a lovely lunch at Centennial Vineyards, then onwards to spend time at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame.
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, we take a morning scenic drive overlooking the tranquil Kangaroo Valley where you are free to take a short walk to explore the lush escarpment country and see the magnificent Fitzroy Falls. We return to Peppers to get ready for Christmas Day celebrations and festive feast. Enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas, taking time to enjoy every moment of this special day, savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare.
We make our way to Sydney Harbour to witness an iconic Australian event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts, and enjoy a special 3-hour lunch cruise. There will be radio commentary of the race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks to see the maxi yachts in action. Following the cruise we re-board our coach and check in to our Sydney CBD Hotel.
This morning we join a privately guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera House. Learn what makes this building a World Heritage listed masterpiece and discover the magic beneath the sails. We then make our way to Sydney Tower to enjoy lunch at SkyFeast, boasting 360-degree views. As you dine on a delicious buffet lunch, large picture windows frame iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and, in the distance, the Blue Mountains. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy farewell dinner at our hotel restaurant.
Enjoy a lie in this morning with no set time for breakfast. Take a free morning to explore before meeting back at the hotel where local transfers will take you to the airport for your respective Carbon Neutral flights home.
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The National Cherry Festival is on the first weekend of December, traditionally at the height of the cherry picking season. This iconic regional produce event showcases the famous Cherry which has been part of the landscape around Young for over 150 years. Travel in style on our Luxury 'Gold Class' coach, discover the town and its harvest, delicious fruit, wine, food and festival! Will the longest Pip Spit record be broken again this year? Who will be the 2023 Cherry Pie Eating Champion? Come with Fun Over Fifty and visit this lovely rural community and have FUN! Following the festival we make our way to the Hunter Valley for the famous Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular!
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To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.
Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.
Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you. Our fitness ratings are:
Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.
In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.