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Small Group Essential Sydney Tour Including Lunch

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    What to Expect
    Welcome to Sydney, one of the most vibrant and panoramic cities in the world. Your sightseeing tour starts with pickup at your hotel, where you'll meet your guide for your introduction to the best the city has to offer.

    Your first destination is the historic Rocks precinct, the birthplace of Sydney, home to convict-built cottages, pubs, and the first church in Australia. Then head east to the Royal Botanic Gardens, passing by Macquarie Street, named after the fifth Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. Here you will see Australia’s first Parliament House, the Mint, Hyde Park Barracks, and St Mary’s Cathedral. Continue to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair situated on the water’s edge, where you can take a walking tour of the harborfront with views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

    Return to your tour vehicle to continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, and into Rushcutters Bay, where you'll stop for lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the country’s premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting’s ‘Everest’—the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

    After lunch, head through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, and see some of the city's most sought-after addresses. Pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, and Watsons Bay before traveling along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, Bondi Beach. Here you have some time to soak up the atmosphere of this coastal hotspot; stroll down the esplanade with the locals, and maybe enjoy an ice cream (own expense) before re-boarding your vehicle. Return to the city via vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington, a boutique shopping precinct known for the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of its homes.

    Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Sydney hotels
    Departure Time
    10:30 AM
    • Bottled water
    • National Park fees
    • Beverages
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - The Rocks
    • Entry/Admission - Bondi Beach
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
    • Entry/Admission - Macquarie Street
    • Entry/Admission - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA)
    • Entry/Admission - Mrs Macquarie's Chair
    • Entry/Admission - Oxford Street
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The Sydney tour was exceptional. The history, the sites, the buildings, the gardens, all of it great. Hugh made us feel welcome and it was a great time. I was blown away by Gap Bay and thought lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club was over...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hello again, Thank you again for another amazing review of your tour with Australian Luxury Escapes, this time on your Essential Sydney Tour with our guide Hugh. I am so glad that you got to learn all about Sydney and her rich history as well...More

    Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

    Picked up at hotel on time, nice tour of Sydney and many views of bridge and Opera House. Great value, great lunch, great guide. Goog job

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    Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

    Hello there, Thank you for your feedback about your recent Essential Sydney Tour, I am so glad that you had such a nice day out with us. We look forward to seeing you on another Australian Luxury Escape soon. Kind Regards, Grant.

    Reviewed December 23, 2018

    Our driver Hugh had excellent local knowledge and did an excellent job in getting us around the city. Went out of his way to ensure our lunch was served as expected and it was served on time. Would recommend this guide service to others who...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank TeekyK
    Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

    Hello there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the recent Essential Sydney Tour you did with our guide Hugh. Hugh is a passionate Scotsman who loves his adopted home town of Sydney. In fact Lachlan Macquarie who I am sure you learned...More

    Reviewed July 17, 2018

    Sydney is Sydney. Historic. Cultured. Inspiring. It's not a hard sell. And of course, our Essential tour captured this. But our guide, Hugh, elevated it from enlightening to sublime. FYI: he's Scottish! Admittedly, at first I thought, "Whoa. What's some Scottish dude know about a...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

    Hello Robert, Thank you so much for such a great review of your Essential Sydney Tour with Hugh. His enthusiasm for his adopted city is contagious and like so many other visitors to Sydney Hugh decided to stay. So glad you had a great day...More

    Reviewed March 24, 2018

    This tour was a very good companion to the harbor excursion, essentially the flip side, tracing the outline of the harbor through the byways of the sprawling city. We saw historic sights a-plenty, interesting suburbs and parks and an amazing array of beautiful beaches within...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
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    Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

    Hello there, Thank you for your great feedback regarding your recent Essential Sydney tour with our tour guide Neil. I am glad that you found it so interesting and were able to explore some of Sydney's hidden gems. Neil does have a very Australian dry...More

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