• Pricing From $5,595 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 6 Days
  • Max Group Size 12
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 11 Aug 2021
  • Returns 16 Aug 2021

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas set against the backdrop of the spectacular Harbour City which is transformed by this unique colourful, creative canvas. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the immersive light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in and around the city. Discover the history of The Rocks Precinct by day and marvel at this incredible city as it comes to life under breathtaking lights. Each evening return to the comfort of your centrally located luxury accommodation, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

We then head north to explore another harbour city, Newcastle. Here we will learn about its industrial and convict past and discover the impact world conflicts had on the city. Other highlights include a private cruise on Sydney Harbour to view Vivid, a guided tour of the NSW Art Gallery, discover the world’s finest Akoya Pearl at NSW’s only pearl farm, cruise sparkling Lake Macquarie and indulge in exquisite dining. Don’t miss out!

Highlights

  • Spend 3 nights at the multi award winning Four Seasons Hotel Sydney with harbour views
  • Private cruise on Sydney Harbour viewing the bright lights of Vivid Sydney
  • Historical private tour of The Rocks and Art Gallery of NSW
  • Discover the world’s finest Akoya Pearl while cruising the scenic lower Hawkesbury River
  • Discover Newcastle’s convict and industrial past
  • Cruise the spectacular Lake Macquarie
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner including a harbourside welcome dinner at Matt Moran’s Aria and farewell dinner at renowned Quay
  • Explore the Vivid highlights of Sydney with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
  • All touring and transfers included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code VN2100
Departs 11 Aug 2021
Returns 16 Aug 2021
Price From $5,595 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Sydney

Transfer from Sydney Airport to the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, the perfect base for our upcoming Vivid touring. Enjoy the many facilities of this exceptional hotel and take advantage of its incredible location as it places you among the city’s vibrant shopping and business precincts and next to the popular historic Rocks district and harbourside, Circular Quay. Your welcome dinner this evening at Matt Moran’s renowned Aria will be hosted by your Journey Director.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Day 2: Sydney & Vivid

We begin this morning in appreciation of the spectacular “Emerald City” magnificently perched on breathtaking Sydney Harbour. We will stroll the shoreline then explore The Rocks, wandering down hidden alleyways, into shady courtyards, along cobbled lanes and discover the living history and heritage of Australia’s first British settlement. Hear tales of the plague, Suez Canal, Nurses Walk, the Argyle Cut, the green bans that saved The Rocks and the characters and rogues who called it home. This afternoon, we visit The Art Gallery of NSW, one of Australia’s leading art museums. Enjoy a guided tour in a gallery housing a collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.

This evening we board our private cruise on Sydney Harbour to enjoy the spectacular visual feast that has become Vivid Sydney. Marvel as Vivid transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’. Vivid engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces through their creative vision.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Day 3: Sydney - Newcastle

Departing Sydney this morning we head to Newcastle past Peats Ridge and Mooney Mooney set on the rocky foreshore of the Hawkesbury River. Upon arrival, we enjoy a historical tour of the city. We will learn about the city’s colonial heritage and industrial past viewing the rock pool carved by convicts and the Convict Lumber Yard they built. We discover the local indigenous people’s deep connections with the land and delve into the city’s European heritage. We learn about the impact of war on Newcastle and how it shaped its character including a visit to Fort Scratchley, the only coastal fortification in Australia to return fire on an enemy vessel during                World War II.

Overnight: Novotel Newcastle

Day 4: Lake Macquarie

Today we enjoy the spectacular Lake Macquarie, the largest permanent coastal saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere. It is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and home to 30 kilometres of pristine coastline. Lunch on the waterfront at Trinity Point before returning to Newcastle where we will enjoy dinner along the wharf.

Overnight: Novotel Newcastle

Day 5: Newcastle - Sydney

After breakfast, we visit Broken Bay Pearl Farm which grows the world’s rarest and most valuable Akoya pearls. Here we enjoy a cruise upon the oyster punt “Rose” where we will discover the colourful history of pearling in Australia. After lunch, we transfer back to Sydney this afternoon. Tonight we indulge in a special harbourside farewell dinner at Quay, where we will savour a progression of rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Day 6: Depart Sydney

Saying a fond farewell to new friends, the journey concludes and you will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight home.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from exploring Australia’s Top End to world-class events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Sydney are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Sydney, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Sydney, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)

* Free Single Supplement Offer – Conditions apply, please contact Bill Peach Journeys for details.

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.