8 Day Sydney Special (Chicago Special)

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Ibis World Square
Ibis World Square Sydney
Mercure Hotel Sydney
Mercure Hotel Sydney Sydney

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Optional tours, transfers and gratuities.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Keep in mind that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Chicago-Sydney, Sydney-Chicago
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Breakfast daily

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Keep in mind that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
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  • Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
  • Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
  • Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
  • Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Half Day Sydney City Tour with Bondi Beach 8:00 AM

Experience the rich colonial history, stunning architecture and superb waterways of cosmopolitan Sydney. Begin with a walking tour of The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working party of convicts. View striking Sydney Opera House poised majestically on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, it’s onto the Conservatorium of Music before you admire the beautiful architecture of the city, as you pass by the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Discover the rich art scene of Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW and stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Elsewhere in the city, you’ll have the chance to view the impressive façade of the Sydney Town Hall and Sydney Tower before heading to Darling Harbour. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, offering extraordinary views of celebrated Sydney Harbour, and the Harbour Bridge. Head to world-famous Bondi Beach, where you spend time at leisure. On your return journey to Sydney, pass by the historic and fashionable district of Paddington and bustling Chinatown.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $55.00
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Full Day Blue Mountains Tour, Australian Wildlife & River Cruise 8:00 AM

Explore the magnificent Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that gets its name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalyptus forests. Depart the city and travel over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then, head west over the mountains ranges. For a taste of mountain culture, visit the charming village of Leura with free time to browse antique shops and wander the streets. Afterward, continue into the heart of the Blue Mountains. Here, walk to a cliff lookout that offers panoramic views of the breathtaking Jamison Valley with its sheer sandstone cliffs colored rust and pink, and lush subtropical rainforest beneath. Perhaps visit Scenic World home to Scenic Railway*, Skyway*, Cableway* and Rainforest Walkway. Stroll along the Rainforest Walkway and stop at Echo Point where you can stand beneath the unique Three Sisters rock formation. In the afternoon, visit the award winning Featherdale Wildlife Park where you see friendly Koalas, feed kangaroos, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. Walk through the reptile area, the native bird aviaries and see other unique Australian wildlife. Conclude the tour with a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour.

*Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway are at an additional cost, payable locally.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $135.00
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Full Day Hunter Valley Food and Wine Lovers Tour 8:00 AM

Depart Sydney and travel to the stunning Hunter Valley Region, Australia’s oldest and most renowned commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. Visit boutique wineries that provide an intimate feel and learn about the wine-making process from the people for whom wine making is a passion. Enjoy tastings of many wine varietals, such as Semillon, Shiraz, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, earthy Pinot Noirs and listen to expert commentary to enhance your experience. After a 2 course lunch, opportunity to sample locally made cheese paired with their premium wines - an informative fun experience! The last stop on the tour allows you to sample and purchase delicious locally handmade chocolates.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $165.00
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Full Day Port Stephens, Wildlife Dunes & Dolphins Tour 8:00 AM

Departing the city via Sydney Harbour Bridge, travel through leafy and affluent North shore suburbs to Port Stephens. En route, stop at the Australian Reptile Park. Walk through informative displays that showcase a variety of species, including Australian native animals, such as Tasmanian devils, platypus, wallabies, and wombats. Afterward, continue your scenic drive to Port Stephens. Here, board your cruise that takes you to the best spots for bottlenose dolphin sightings. Learn about these playful creatures and marvel at the spectacular views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Back on land, get on 4WD vehicle for an adventure at the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Experience the grandeur and tranquility of the expansive landscape of Australia's biggest sand dune system. Perhaps try sandboarding to experience the thrill of gliding down the dunes. Later return back to Sydney.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $169.00
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Half Day Sydney City Tour with Bondi Beach 8:00 AM

Experience the rich colonial history, stunning architecture and superb waterways of cosmopolitan Sydney. Begin with a walking tour of The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working party of convicts. View striking Sydney Opera House poised majestically on the water's edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, it’s onto the Conservatorium of Music before you admire the beautiful architecture of the city, as you pass by the Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Discover the rich art scene of Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW and stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Elsewhere in the city, you’ll have the chance to view the impressive façade of the Sydney Town Hall and Sydney Tower before heading to Darling Harbour. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, offering extraordinary views of celebrated Sydney Harbour, and the Harbour Bridge. Head to world-famous Bondi Beach, where you spend time at leisure. On your return journey to Sydney, pass by the historic and fashionable district of Paddington and bustling Chinatown.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $55.00
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Full Day Blue Mountains Tour, Australian Wildlife & River Cruise 8:00 AM

Explore the magnificent Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that gets its name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalyptus forests. Depart the city and travel over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then, head west over the mountains ranges. For a taste of mountain culture, visit the charming village of Leura with free time to browse antique shops and wander the streets. Afterward, continue into the heart of the Blue Mountains. Here, walk to a cliff lookout that offers panoramic views of the breathtaking Jamison Valley with its sheer sandstone cliffs colored rust and pink, and lush subtropical rainforest beneath. Perhaps visit Scenic World home to Scenic Railway*, Skyway*, Cableway* and Rainforest Walkway. Stroll along the Rainforest Walkway and stop at Echo Point where you can stand beneath the unique Three Sisters rock formation. In the afternoon, visit the award winning Featherdale Wildlife Park where you see friendly Koalas, feed kangaroos, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. Walk through the reptile area, the native bird aviaries and see other unique Australian wildlife. Conclude the tour with a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour.

*Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway are at an additional cost, payable locally.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $135.00
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Full Day Hunter Valley Food and Wine Lovers Tour 8:00 AM

Depart Sydney and travel to the stunning Hunter Valley Region, Australia’s oldest and most renowned commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. Visit boutique wineries that provide an intimate feel and learn about the wine-making process from the people for whom wine making is a passion. Enjoy tastings of many wine varietals, such as Semillon, Shiraz, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, earthy Pinot Noirs and listen to expert commentary to enhance your experience. After a 2 course lunch, opportunity to sample locally made cheese paired with their premium wines - an informative fun experience! The last stop on the tour allows you to sample and purchase delicious locally handmade chocolates.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $165.00
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Full Day Port Stephens, Wildlife Dunes & Dolphins Tour 8:00 AM

Departing the city via Sydney Harbour Bridge, travel through leafy and affluent North shore suburbs to Port Stephens. En route, stop at the Australian Reptile Park. Walk through informative displays that showcase a variety of species, including Australian native animals, such as Tasmanian devils, platypus, wallabies, and wombats. Afterward, continue your scenic drive to Port Stephens. Here, board your cruise that takes you to the best spots for bottlenose dolphin sightings. Learn about these playful creatures and marvel at the spectacular views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Back on land, get on 4WD vehicle for an adventure at the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Experience the grandeur and tranquility of the expansive landscape of Australia's biggest sand dune system. Perhaps try sandboarding to experience the thrill of gliding down the dunes. Later return back to Sydney.

Passengers staying at the Ibis World Square Hotel have pick-up from Rydges World Square Hotel main entrance, 389 Pitt Street, at 7:10 AM. Passengers staying at the Mercure Hotel Sydney have pick-up at 7:00 AM from the hotel lobby. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the pick-up time. Alternatively, there is a meeting point location on Wheat Road, at the Sydney Aquarium at 7:30 AM. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $169.00
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8 Day Sydney Special, April 2019
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Had a wonderful time in Sydney Australia. Weather was perfect for taking in the many incredible sights. Flights were on time and everything clicked. Looking forward to booking again with Gate 1 travel for my next trip.

Dennis M. Rio Rancho, NM
8 Day Sydney Vacation, March 2018
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It was great! The people are so genuine and kind and it's a beautiful place full of history, culture, and animals. 2 thumbs up!

Bonnie L. Riverside, CA

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