UNESCO Down Under, Sydney

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Discover the Wonders Down Under in Sydney, Australia for Six Days & Five Nights at the Swissôtel Sydney for Two, Including a Guided Backstage Tour of the Sydney Opera House and a Day Trip to the Blue Mountains with a River Cruise (Land Only)

From the talented musicians and performers who've graced the stage of the Sydney Opera House, to the natural marvels of the Blue Mountains, this trip to Sydney, Australia will highlight some of the most captivating landmarks. You'll get an exclusive experience at the Sydney Opera House on backstage tour as your expert guide shares stories about the the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Your full-day tour of the Blue Mountains park visits popular landmarks including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Jamison Valley, all before a river cruise back to Sydney!

Meet your small-group tour guide in the morning to hear the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, as well as the insider stories and industry secrets that play out behind the curtain. Get started early in order to ensure that you can access rehearsal areas, dressing rooms and concert stages; access is restricted later in the day. You'll get an opportunity to step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section, then walk onstage to see the majesty of the opera house where countless artists have performed. After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room —.

Take in the sights during the scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Stretch your legs and meet amazing native Australian animals during a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Once you reach the Blue Mountains, stop at Echo Point to admire one of the Blue Mountains' most heralded sights: the Three Sisters. Take a nature hike to stunning Wentworth Falls. Stop at Olympic Park, where the Olympic Games were held in the year 2000. Then hop on board a comfortable boat for a cruise along the Parramatta River. Once you pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, it's not long before your boat docks at Circular Quay where your full-day Blue Mountains tour ends.

The luxurious five-star Swissotel Sydney is also within easy reach of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and the Opera House. Relax in the sanctuary of your room, where the style is a marriage between Sydney glamour and Swiss precision, offering an ideal retreat in the heart of the central business district. Explore "the town", as it's known locally, then return to the Swissotel Sydney where you can relax and unwind while taking in dazzling views of the city skyline, indulge in the sumptuous breakfast buffet.

Your trip for two includes:
• 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Swissôtel Sydney
• Daily complimentary breakfast
• All room-related taxes
• Sydney Opera House guided backstage tour, including breakfast
• Small-group Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney, including a Parramatta River cruise
• Free concierge reservation service

Terms and Conditions
Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Due to safety requirements, fully covered enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn for the duration of the Sydney Opera House tour. Minimum age for Sydney Opera House tour participants is 10 years old. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.