A True Blue Christmas

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4 days | Departs 23 Dec 2019 –
Join us for the most unique Christmas ever! This year, Santa will be helped by Anne (Santa’s helper) who will ensure that you have a wonderful Christmas to remember.

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Highlights
  • Indulge in a wonderful buffet-style Christmas Lunch with cold cuts, prawns, delicious fresh salads & fabulous desserts
  • Enjoy entertainment & activities on offer at the Desert Cave Hotel
  • Stop at the Arid Lands Botanical Garden in Port Augusta
  • Explore the colourful Breakaways
  • See breathtaking scenery used in Australian-made movies such as Mad Max & Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Special Aussie BBQ dinner at Umberto’s
  • Christmas celebration service at the famous St Peter & Paul’s Underground Catholic Church
  • Visit the multi award-winning Umoona Mine & Museum
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned luxury coach travel from Adelaide
  • Accommodation at the 4-star Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy
  • 4 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D)
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Pre-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

Fly from your homeport to the city of Adelaide, South Australia on the day before your tour begins. A transfer will take you to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city.

There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide – why not take a tour of the famous Adelaide Oval, a stroll down Rundle Mall or take a short tram ride to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. If you are arriving in Adelaide in the morning, you may also wish to take a half day tour to the McLaren Vale wine region or to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Tonight, we recommend dining at one of the many restaurants in the city or in the seaside suburb of Glenelg.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 1 – Adelaide to Coober Pedy Express, Welcome Dinner (BLD)

Adelaide travellers will be met at home and transferred to the Central Bus Station to join the tour. Interstate travellers will be picked up from the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Our tour departs early at 7.00am this morning. Board your luxurious air-conditioned, toilet equipped coach and travel express-style to Coober Pedy, arriving at around 5.30pm this evening.

Sit back and relax onboard as you begin your journey with a delicious boxed breakfast onboard. We stop at the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens for a short break and a tasty picnic style lunch.

We continue north in the afternoon with a refreshment break at Glendambo before continuing to the unique Outback town of Coober Pedy, a town that is world renowned for its fabulous opals. The town is also famous as the local population live mainly underground due to the hot weather during most summers.

Our stay is at the 4-star Desert Cave Hotel, a modern unique resort complex that is also built partly underground. Enjoy some time at the hotel before joining your fellow travellers for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

❱ Hotel stay: Desert Cave Hotel (3 nights)

Day 2 / Christmas Eve – The Breakaways & Aussie BBQ Dinner (BLD)

Enjoy breakfast complimented by a beautiful Outback sunrise before we set off for the colourful Breakaways. The beauty of the Breakaways have been captured in several Australian-made movies including Mad Max and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. We take in the views with a tasty snack and drink before travelling back to town for lunch at the Crystal Cafe.

Enjoy sometime at leisure to visit the shops in town or have a quiet drink at the hotel’s famous underground bar before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at Umberto’s Aussie BBQ!

Tonight, you will have an opportunity visit the famous St Peter & Paul’s Underground Catholic Church for a special Christmas service. This extraordinary & unique Church also been built underground!

Day 3 / Christmas Day – Coober Pedy, Christmas Celebration Lunch (BLD)

After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the multi award-winning Umoona Mine & Museum. We also pay a visit to an underground home and an old Opal Mine. Browse through the Opal Mine Shop and experience the temperature control the underground provides for relief from the hot summers.

Indulge in a delicious Christmas Celebration Lunch today with a special buffet featuring platters of cold cuts, prawns, garden salads & sweets including pavlova! Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided during your meal in the hotel’s air-conditioned function room.

In the afternoon, enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, or join in the fun with water aerobics or a selection of card & board games. Later, enjoy a light meal at Umberto’s – a perfect end to a wonderful Christmas Day.

Day 4 / Boxing Day – Coober Pedy to Adelaide (BL)

After an early breakfast, we depart Coober Pedy at 7.45am and travel again by luxury air-conditioned coach for the journey back to Adelaide. Stop for a light lunch which is provided along the way at Port Augusta before arriving in Adelaide at approximately 6.00pm.

Adelaide travellers will be met on arrival at the Adelaide Central Bus Station and transferred home by chauffeured vehicle. Interstate travellers will be dropped off at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Post-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

You will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide at the end of your tour for your overnight stay.

The next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Adelaide and South Australia. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills or the McLaren Vale wine region. Alternatively, you may wish to take a stroll down Rundle Mall or visit the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. Later today, a chauffeured car will take you from your hotel to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight back to your homeport.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Economy Class group airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • Please note that flights are weather dependent and delays may occur due to but not limited to unfavorable weather conditions.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    Within 60 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.

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