Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Sydney, Australia
Shangri-La Sydney None

Arrive Sydney, Australia

Land in Sydney and transfer to your hotel in the Rocks district. Now brimming with cozy cafés and galleries, this historic neighborhood marks the spot of the first European settlement in Australia. Set out on a guided walk through this waterfront area, located at the foot of the colossal Harbour Bridge, and enjoy a tour of the famed Sydney Opera House with a private guide.

Day 2
Sydney, Australia
Shangri-La Sydney Breakfast, Lunch

Sydney

Take to the water on a charter boat this afternoon for a cruise across Sydney Harbour. Catch spectacular views of the city’s iconic Opera House as you make your way to the sandy beaches of Watson’s Bay. Along the way, uncover hidden coves and refreshing swimming spots, and go fishing if you wish. Sit down to lunch on deck, savoring grilled specialties from the “barbie,” and then return to the city for an evening at leisure.

Day 3
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Resort Breakfast, Dinner

Lizard Island

Fly via Cairns to Lizard Island, a pristine national park of sugar-white beaches and mangrove forests bordered by the Great Barrier Reef, giving visitors unparalleled access to its extraordinary marine ecosystem. Your destination is Lizard Island Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Settle into your villa with views of the sea, and get familiar with the surrounding beaches and nature trails. Take in stunning seascapes from the restaurant patio tonight.

Day 4
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lizard Island

Delve into an underwater world of brilliant coral formations and neon-colored fish living among the reefs that surround Lizard Island. Discover the wonders of this aquatic world in a variety of ways, snorkeling amid diverse marine life or riding across crystalline waters on a catamaran, motorized dinghy, or a pair of glass-bottom paddle skis. A wide range of optional diving trips and lessons are also available for those who seek to explore the underwater world further. This evening, enjoy local seafood and refreshments on a private sunset cruise exclusively for National Geographic guests, and watch for marine life as twilight hues illuminate the barrier reef.

Day 5
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lizard Island

Spend another day on the water, seeking out new coral patches or boating to a secluded bay for swimming and stunning sea views. Or opt for a land-based excursion and explore some of Lizard Island’s many nature trails on foot. You may also wish to take an optional trip to the Lizard Island Research Station—a coral research facility sponsored and operated by the Australian Museum.

Day 6
Cairns, Australia
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Breakfast

Cairns

Fly to Cairns and spend an evening at leisure, strolling the waterfront boardwalk or relaxing at your hotel, located next to the marina.

Day 7
Yulara, Australia
Longitude 131° Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Uluru

This morning, swap the coast for the desert and fly to the heart of the vast Australian outback. Settle into your luxury tented pavilion at Longitude 131°, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection poised at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From your window-walled bedroom, relish magnificent views of the sacred red monolith of Uluru. Enjoy dinner with panoramic views in the Dune House, or opt for a special meal under the stars at Table 131°.

Day 8
Yulara, Australia
Longitude 131° Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Uluru

Choose from an array of guided adventures into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, immersing yourself in the mysticism and beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Visit a centuries-old watering hole at the base of Uluru, learn about the spiritual significance of the monolith's ancient cave paintings, and hear the creation stories of the area's traditional custodians. Walk into the Walpa Gorge, which cuts between two of the 36 domed-rock formations of Kata Tjuta, and visit the park’s cultural center. As a National Geographic guest, you’re invited to join the lodge’s chef in the kitchen this afternoon for an exclusive introduction to outback cuisine, known as bush tucker. Later in the day, take an optional excursion to the interior crevices of Uluru and sip champagne in Kantju Gorge as you watch the descending sun set its red rock walls ablaze.

Day 9
Kingscote, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Kangaroo Island

Fly via Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and spend the next three nights at the elegant Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge perched on a rugged stretch of coastal cliffs, offering sweeping views of the turquoise waters below. Take an afternoon walk along the bluff, keeping an eye out for unusual wildlife, or relax on the lodge’s terrace and soak in the spectacular scenery. As a guest of National Geographic, you’re invited on a private “back-of-the-house” tour of this magnificent property to learn about its innovative design and cutting-edge sustainable technology.

Day 10
Kingscote, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kangaroo Island

Delve deeper into Kangaroo Island’s pristine landscapes, encountering the rare plant and animal species that inhabit “Australia’s Galápagos.” Choose from a variety of naturalist-guided activities, each designed to immerse you in this unique ecosystem. Explore the island’s coastal landscapes on a tour featuring its maritime history, unique rock formations, and diverse marine life. Or, spend time with the hundreds of sea lions that live along Seal Bay. In the evening, enjoy sundowners and canapés as you watch colonies of kangaroos and wallabies graze in surrounding fields.

Day 11
Kingscote, Australia
​Southern Ocean Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kangaroo Island

Enjoy a final day of excursions on Kangaroo Island. Join a naturalist for a walk along coastal cliffs, or journey into Flinders Chase National Park to see some of the island’s natural icons: the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony. Or opt to explore these rugged landscapes on your own, setting out on foot or mountain bike across the island nature trails. Your lodge also offers a host of optional excursions, including kayaking, beach fishing, nocturnal tours, and more. Cap off your experience with an incredible locally sourced meal in the elegant dining room or on the terrace, overlooking the waves below.

Day 12
Sydney, Australia
Shangri-La Sydney Breakfast

Sydney

Return to Sydney for an evening at leisure.

Day 13
Sydney, Australia
None Breakfast

Sydney/Depart

Transfer to the airport and catch your international flight home.

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Description

Private Expedition: Australia

From the rock domes of the Red Center to the intricate corals of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy an intimate perspective on some of Australia’s grandest treasures. Get an insider’s view of Sydney with a private guide; discover remote stretches of the world’s largest barrier reef from secluded Lizard Island; and sleep within sight of sacred Uluru, where you’ll learn about the Aboriginal traditions that infuse the outback. Then fly to Kangaroo Island to experience close encounters with the unique species that inhabit “Australia’s Galápagos."

Trip Highlights

- Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, and Southern Ocean Lodge.

- Wake up to views of the sunrise over Uluru, and examine its ancient rock paintings with a guide.

- Sip sundowners alongside grazing kangaroos and wallabies on Kangaroo Island, known as “Australia’s Galápagos.”

- Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater world of sea turtles and schooling fish while snorkeling, diving, or glass-bottom boating.

About Us

National Geographic Expeditions offers a broad array of travel experiences to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents, each led by a National Geographic expert, a dynamic trip guide, or an expedition team. National Geographic taps into their vast network of resources around the world when designing trips to create authentic and transformative travel experiences. The official travel program of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Expeditions aims to fulfill the organization’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it.


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By: Howie


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2015

Wonderful and busy tour.

Very Well done and professional

By: Judd


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2016

Our 14 day Antarctica adventure was wonderful: the National Geographic team were extremely knowledgeable and very much enjoyed their jobs! All were really in to teaching and conveying their devotion to Antarctica and their particular area of expertise. We are already planning our next adventure with NG!
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart
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Outstanding

By: The ayotollah


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

She has helped me with a number of trips and always shines. I know I can rely on Linda to be certain that all of the details are taken care of, and her recommendations are well though out. She is a superstar.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Rainwater

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By: Ron


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

This was my third trip with National Geographic and, like the others, it was interesting, professional, and well managed.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Galapagos/ Nat Geo 2017

By: Sree


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

National Geographic was on my bucket list for an expedition to the Galapagos. The Islands are amazing and Nat Geo had great programs in place to highlight this ecological paradise. The partnership with Lindblad was a plus. My kids had a blast with the ships young explorers program which was the kind of quality education I expect from Nat Geo. The naturalists were real professionals. The entire team succeeded in making it a memorable trip.

Wild and Windswept, for sure!

By: RobinBG


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

Always the best trip out there if you want history, culture and adventure. We learned so much about the places we visited, were able to hear local musicians play, and went to places that are hard to reach any other way than by a small ship. And - the food and service is beyond compare.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald

Morocco Private Expeditions

By: Morocco Traveler


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Good trip. Fair amount of driving but most of it is on the autoroutes which are good roads. Going to the south the road is under construction so it is longer. Good representation of the various areas of Morocco. Our private guide, Ali was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Morocco

By: Jud


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Outstanding in every respect except Casablanca Sofitel and some of the guest on the tour
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

NatGeo Photo Workshop

By: Lance R


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

The NatGeo photo workshop was a great experience. Myrna was wondering to work with. Can't wait for my next trip through her!
Travel Advisor:  Myrna Arroyo

The White continent - Antarctica

By: Anissia


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Absolutely amazing! They ran a tight ship literally. Everyone was so pleasant to deal with, all naturalists were so knowledgeable. Expedition Leader Lucho had all zodiac outings running smoothly. I would repeat this trip if it was not so expensive though it is worth the money!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

excellent

By: oh my


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Natalie was excellent. Very good to work with and very helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

Yellowstone

By: Dana


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2018

Nat Geo hosted a wonderful tour of Yellowstone in winter. We would use Nat Geo again in a minute!
Travel Advisor:  Loni Truitt

Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands

By: Lin


Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

The Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands trip exceed my expectations. Travelling on the National Geographic Orion provided an exceptional experience which included spacious well appointed accommodation, delicious food, attentive good natured staff and interesting daily presentations and outings with knowledgeable experts. I can not think of a better way to explore and enjoy the incredible beauty of this pristine and its abundant wildlife. I now understand why there were a number of returning visitors on this fabulous trip.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Exploring Patagonia

By: Greg


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Nat Geo Expeditions is awesome! This particular expedition provides an excellent overview of this unique area of the world. Our tour manager Sylvina and expert Constanza Ceruti were excellent guides for our expedition providing high-level insights into the culture, history and ongoing research of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia. We would highly recommend this expedition!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Great guides

By: Beverly


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018

Good job in every way. National Geographic has a tendency to over schedule activities, leaving no down time. I believe photographers need a little time each day, or every other day to organize photographs. The only time we have on National Geographic trips is bedtime when we are wiped out from a full day of activities.
Travel Advisor:  Meg Harrison

Churchill Wild

By: Island Bell


Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

This was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

National Geographic Expeditions

By: Fred


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

I thought the guides were really worthwhile. Their end-of-day recaps were quite interesting and presented in a professional manner as were the activities they guided us to. I was struck by their very obvious love for the work they were doing in their individual fields.
Travel Advisor:  Deb Velli

Tanzania and Rwanda

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2018

As always first class-the itinerary was perfect for us and the expert was very informative and helpful. Travelling with NatGeo is a real experience and having travelled 4 times with them, can't say they need to improve anything just keep up the great work.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Rende

Great Apes and Uganda & Rwanda

By: Nikki D


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

National Geographic Expeditions tour of Uganda and Rwanda was amazing. Whilst the main purpose was to see the great Apes, the game drive we did was a real highlight as well. The tour leaders were great and fun to be with and our Nat Geo Expert was a real delight and so informative. Really added to the trip. The trip is extremely busy with not a lot of time to yourself. Accommodations we stayed at were fabulous and all meals were excellent.

train trip

By: Camilla


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Beautiful, and worth every penny. The tour leader took care of everything. The entire trip went on schedule and smoothly. Our archaeologist was very enthusiastic which was contagious. Each area a guide familiar with that area was used to show the highlights.
Travel Advisor:  Nora Elzy

Provence Hiking Tour

By: World Traveler


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Nat Geo provide a great travel experience. Amazing to hike on centuries old trails through vineyards, orchards and forests with a gourmet picnic lunch every day. Highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan