Living Lessons in
CANBERRA & NEW SOUTH WALES
2014 - 15 EDUCATIONAL TOURS PROGRAM
Why travel to Canberra & NSW with G.E.T Educational Tours? 99 With over 50 years experience in providing “Living Lessons” to Australian students, G·E·T Educational Tours sets the benchmark for educational tours 99 We offer the confidence of travelling with Australia's leading educational tours specialist and support you with a highly knowledgeable, innovative and experienced educational tour consultant 99 “Living Lessons” in Canberra & NSW are designed by experienced teachers to engage students in the unique culture and environment of the National Capital and our most populous state 99 Our philosophy is to offer learning through a broad range of exciting and fun activities. Above all, our tours serve to promote each student’s own and others’ worth, dignity and rights as individuals and as members of groups, and to further develop self-awareness and a sense of personal identity 99 The aim is to develop students knowledge and understanding of Australian society, making use of the disciplines drawn from geography, history, civics and politics 99 G·E·T Educational Tours Service Quality Commitment for Canberra & NSW tours includes flexible group size, flexible tour dates, personalised itineraries reflecting individual curriculum requirements and interests, and assistance with planning 99 Prices based on groups of 44 students and 4 teacher/escorts 99 Flexible group sizes, tour dates and itineraries (1:10 teacher/escort ratio)
99 Quality coach with air-conditioning, DVD and seat-belts 99 Tour costs for groups travelling from other capital cities and regional areas on application Meals Key: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Airfares We are able to include this as an option, either as a one-way or return flights. This will be an additional cost and able to be quoted at time of booking. GET Educational Tours is committed to obtaining the best possible airfare for your group. Airfare quotes will vary depending on group size, the day and time of departure and the date of purchase. While our specialist educational tours consultants can arrange for a "best price" airfares quote, please be aware that the lowest priced airfares may require full payment within a limited time period or be subject to other restrictions. More flexible airfares may be available at extra cost. When comparing quotes inclusive of airfares, we recommend requesting confirmation that the airfare is valid for your travel date, time of departure and group size. Travel Insurance Available through G.E.T. from $36.00 per person.
From the awesome National Capital to pristine Tasmania, Victoria's wild Shipwreck Coast and historic goldfields, Queensland's stunning coastline, exciting cities including the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, and the vast Outback, there is no better destination to engage students in the cultural and environmental aspects that affect them than Australia. G·E·T Educational Tours specialist consultants have developed a unique program of 'Living Lessons' over 50 years to perfectly integrate with and complement the Australian Curriculum and respond to the unique requirements of Australian schools. Tours are carefully designed to provide maximum value and benefits in the time available. Highlights include tours that focus on the changing environment, introduce students to the ancient indigenous culture, bring Australia's colourful history to life, encourage students appreciation of the diversity and vastness of the continent and pinpoint the significance of its major institutions. G·E·T Educational Tours is delighted to extend the highest degree of personal attention to each of our groups. We help and advise both in the planning and execution of your tour and we are always happy to incorporate individual detail into an itinerary to meet your specific requirements.
G•E•T Educational Tours proudly supports The Smith Family "Learning for Life" program The Smith Family is a national, independent, social enterprise that supports disadvantaged Australian children to create a better future through education.
Amongst our most popular itineraries are tours tailored to meet your specific focus including Art visiting the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, History visiting the Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House, and Sport visiting the Australian Institute of Sport and Ski fields.
Canberra: Heart of the Nation Day 1
School – Canberra (D)
Early morning departure from school for travel by coach to Canberra with dinner on arrival at your bunkhouse style accommodation. Day 2 Canberra (B, L, D) Following breakfast begin your exciting tour of the National Capital. Today’s program to include; Mt Ainslie Lookout, Regatta Point – National Capital Exhibition Centre, the National Gallery of Australia, High Court and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Day 3 Canberra (B, L, D) Following breakfast continue your tour of the National Capital by visiting the Australian Institute of Sport, Electoral Education Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy, and Parliament House (guided tour) where students will participate in an education and hospitality program. Day 4 Canberra (B, L, D)
Accommodation G·E·T Educational Tours has selected a variety of accommodation options and styles to suit specific requirements and budgets. Linen included at all venues. Bunkhouse: Large budget style 10–12 students per room. Private en-suite in each room. Teachers in twin/triple share*. Large Dining Room. Rec. rooms available for hire for low cost evening activities. Apartments: Self contained single level 4-6 students per room. Private en-suite. Teachers in twin/triple share*. Large Dining Room. Rec Room available for hire facilitating low cost evening activity. Motel: 5-6 students per room. Private ensuite. Teachers in twin / triple share*. Large Dining room. Cabins: 4-8 students per room. Private Ensuite. Teachers in twin / triple share*. Large Dining room. * Single rooms available at additional cost.
Following breakfast enjoy your final day’s touring of the National Capital. Highlights today include the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the popular Embassies Drive Tour. Day 5 Canberra – School (B, L) Early breakfast before the return journey back to school. from $472 ex MEL* from $524 ex ADL* from $480 ex BNE* from $442 ex PER, Tasmania and regional airports* 99 Lodge accommodation 99 Cafeteria style breakfast and dinner, packed lunch 99 Quality coach with air-conditioning, DVD and seat-belts 99 Entry fees included:
Australian Institute of Sport tour (guided tour)
Questacom - Science and Technology Centre
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: To provide a towel & toiletries OPTIONS: •
2 day program with return flights
3 day program with flight one direction & coach one direction
4 day program with return coach travel
Same day return flight Budget special for VCE politics students
Return flights in conjunction with any itinerary
* Land only price: Contact G·E·T Educational Tours for the best available airfares.
Canberra Options Other Activities
Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex
Ten Pin Bowling, Mini Golf, Zone 3. Evening Swim & Waterslide Enjoy 1.5 hours of swimming and sliding at Canberra's largest indoor fitness and aquatic venue - The Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre. National Botanic Gardens Twilight Forest Adventure Feel the Rainforest come alive. Q by Night Visit the Questacon galleries for any two hour period between 5.00pm to 9.00pm (min. 45 students available April to December). Dinosaurs at Night Find out about the conditions dinosaurs faced after dark. National Library Night Program Includes a guided tour or School Screen featuring historic and contemporary Australian films viewed in the theatre. Disco Train (Evening) Do the LoCoMotion on the LoCoMotive as you travel along from Canberra to Queanbeyan and back. The train has a purpose fitted ‘dance car’ with multi-coloured lights and a sound system with CD player. Indoor Rockclimbing (Evening) Take part in this fun activity suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
A working scientific facility, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex places Australia at the cutting edge of Space Exploration. National Library of Australia Collections constitute a unique destination for learners of any age. Australian Institute of Sport (Sports Experience Program) In addition to a tour of the AIS, students participate in a 90 minute program learning the rules, skills and drills for three different sports. Sports Merchandise packs available to pre-book. Snow Visit with Ski Hire & Ski Lessons The National Capital provides an excellent base to explore the nearby Snowy Mountains. Variety of options available. Cockington Green Acclaimed as one of the best miniature displays in the world. Night-time viewing available on Tuesday and Wednesday. CSIRO Discovery Students participate in the facilitated hands-on exploration of the CSIRO discovery exhibition set within a working research environment. Enjoy hands-on experiments in the OPTUSlab, view a 3D show and observe stick insects, turtles and mice.
* Options available at extra cost.
Black Mountain Tower Evening or day time activity giving a panoramic view of the capital. A futuristic landmark that plays a vital role in Australia’s telecommunications network. Bike Hire Fun and active accompanied ride around the lake. Bike/Gelato and Bike/hot chocolate packages available. National Dinosaur Museum Sink your teeth into some science and discover the Amazing Animals that once roamed the earth. National Zoo & Aquarium Australia’s only ‘Zooquarium’ features animals from Australia and around the world, land and sea. Huge landscaped enclosures, largest collection of big cats in Australia plus monkeys, sharks, bears, snakes, frogs and a whole lot more. Guided tours National Museum of Australia & Australian War Memorial. National Portrait Gallery The gallery displays portraits of people who have, and continue to shape our nation. Education programs available. National Film & Sound Archives Explore Australia’s radio, film, television and sound recording treasures dating from the late 1800’s to the present day. See Australia’s first Oscar, the FX car from Malcolm, fabulous newsreels and radio from cat’s whisker to ghetto blaster. Play with the interactive equipment and catch the live presentation. (Evening sessions also available)
PARLIAMENT AND CIVICS EDUCATION REBATE (PACER) Designed to provide a subsidy for schools travelling more than 150 kilometres to visit the national capital as part of a civics and citizenship education excursion. Schools must visit Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House or the Electoral Education Centre and the Australian War Memorial. Where possible participate in an education programme at these institutions. The rebate is available for year 4 to year 12 students and is paid on a per student basis at rates varying from $20 to $260 per student* with funds to be used to reduce the costs for individual students. Please talk to your G·E·T Educational Tours consultant about PACER.
The Icons of Sydney Day 1
School – Sydney (D)
Early morning departure on your coach to Sydney. Early evening arrival for four nights accommodation at the Woolbroker’s Hotel, Darling Harbour (or similar) Day 2
Sydney (B, L)
Today start the day with a Captain Cook Harbour Cruise around Sydney Harbour. Next visit the pylon lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge and walk across the bridge. The coach will pick you up and take you to Manly. Explore the Manly area and have a fish and chips dinner (at your own expense). This evening take part in the quarantine station ghost tour. It is known as one of the most haunted places in Australia. Day 3
Sydney (B, L, D)
This morning start with a visit to the Power House Museum. It has changing exhibitions and a technology special effects exhibition. Next visit the famous Madame Tussauds. Have your photo taken with your favourite celebrities and historical figures. This afternoon you have free time to explore Darling Harbour. (You may decide to include an activity such as a walk around the Watson’s Bay area and The Gap, an Opera House Tour, a ferry ride or a visit to Wet n Wild.) This evening visit the Sydney Tower to experience views from 250 metres above the city. You will also experience Skytour for a 3D virtual adventure. Day 4
Sydney (B, L, D)
Today your coach will take you on a Blue Mountains discovery day trip, including the scenic railway and cable car. When you return this evening you will have your dinner in Chinatown at the Nine Dragons restaurant. Day 5
Sydney – School (B, L)
Up early for your trip home with arrival early evening.
from $617 ex MEL* from $698 ex ADL* from $606 ex BNE* from $615 ex PER, Tasmania and regional airports* 99 Hotel accommodation 99 Continental breakfast, dinner and packed lunch 99 Quality coach with air-conditioning, DVD and seat-belts 99 Entry fees included:
Captain Cook Harbour Cruise
Power House Museum
Quarantine Station Ghost Tour
Sydney Tower and Skytour
Sydney Aquarium Sydney Aquarium is one of Sydney's most popular school excursion venues displaying the largest and most comprehensive collection of aquatic life in Australia, housing over 12,000 animals representing 650 different species. Darling Harbour Options (IMAX Theatre & Chinese Garden of Friendship) Add on a visit to one or more of the attractions developed following the reclamation of the old docks around Darling Harbour including the IMAX Theatre to see a spectacular multi-level film or the Chinese Garden of Friendship which recreates a traditional Chinese garden. Sydney Wildlife World The largest variety of Australia’s unique and bizarre plants and animals in the world, with over 130 species of all Australian animals, all under one roof. It provides an amazing, educational and entertaining experience and it's conveniently located in the heart of the city at Darling Harbour. Taronga Zoo Taronga Zoo Education aims to engage and positively influence attitudes to wildlife, encouraging positive behaviour changes towards protecting the environment and wildlife. The Education team provide quality learning experiences and unique wildlife encounters through curriculum based education programs and workshops and Indigenous education programs. Chinatown, Paddy’s Market Visit to Haymarket area and one or more of Sydney's unique precincts including the centre of Chinese community life in the city and Australia's original market. Historic Rocks Guided walking tour of the historic "old-town" of Sydney. Oceanworld For a fabulous learning experience we recommend Oceanworld Manly. Students enjoy a fun, interactive educational opportunity. What better way to inspire wonder and curiosity in your students by diving into the colourful world of marine animals or by coming face to face with snakes and crocodiles! Blue Mountains Full day touring the famous barrier to the inland west of the city. Fort Denison Includes the ferry to this famous fort built in the 19th century to protect Sydney Harbour. Hyde Park Barracks Experience Australia's military establishment as it was in the days of the NSW Corp. and the Rum Rebellion. Vaucluse House, Government House Opportunity to visit one or more of the famous Sydney properties where many of the decisions that influenced the establishment of Australia were made. Wet ‘n’ Wild Surfing lesson at Bondi Beach Snorkelling at Coogee Beach
Meals Key: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
* Land only price: Contact G.E.T Educational Tours for the best available airfares
Luna Park * Options available at extra cost.
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Booking Conditions • Prices are not final until full payment is received • Amendment & cancellation fees and charges will apply • Student & escort/s names must be exactly the same as the passenger’s Birth Certificate Once we have confirmed your itinerary, G•E•T Educational Tours will make payments on your behalf which may incur cancellation and other charges, which we will pass on to you. Prices Prices are based on your quoted itinerary including coach transfers, ferry travel, economy class airfares (where applicable) and multi-share accommodation as indicated in your personalised itinerary. All prices in this brochure were correct on 01 October 2013. We will amend the price to reflect our costs at the time you request a quote. Pre-payable charges including airport charges, insurance levies and fuel surcharges are included in the total package price, subject to change. The tour price does not include the cost of travelling to or from departure and arrival ports, travel insurance, personal expenses and excess baggage charges. When comparing prices, we advise that you ensure that airport transfers and other standard G•E•T Educational Tours inclusions are included in the comparative price. •
Coach, airline, rail and ferry fares are subject to change without notice at any time prior to full payment.
Statutory charges and levies are subject to change at any time without notice.
All prices are subject to flight schedules.
Airlines may amend fuel surcharges at any time prior to departure.
$500 and $300 per student for itineraries valued at $501 or greater. Bookings may be automatically cancelled if payment is not received and a cancellation fee applies until 30 days (65 days for air, rail & sea sectors) prior to departure. Cancellations within 30 days of departure (65 days for air, rail & sea sectors) will incur a minimum cancellation fee of 100% of total arrangements. Cancellations will only be accepted in writing. In order to confirm seats some discount airfares may require immediate non-refundable payment in full. We will not refund any unused part of your itinerary including accommodation, transfers, tours, and airfares. The price of your tour is not guaranteed until full payment has been received. Changes & Amendments If you change your booking after final payment we will charge a $55 amendment fee for each change plus any additional pre-payable taxes, levies or charges. Requests for an individual to travel outside the group’s designated dates or destination will incur an additional charge of $55 per person plus any charges that our suppliers may make. As prices are indicative only, details of particular tours or hotels in our brochures may have changed since publication date on 01 October 2013. Cancellations & Refunds A cancellation fee equal to 50% up to 100% of the deposit will apply until 30 days prior to departure (65 days for air, rail & sea sectors). Bookings cancelled within 30 days of departure will be charged a fee equal to 100% of the land content price. •
All verbal quotes are only an estimate of the price and written quotes are indicative with final price subject to advice on full payment and receipt of a signed G•E•T Educational Tours booking form. Mandatory Booking Requirements We are not liable for any loss or expenses caused by your failure to comply with these requirements. Flight, rail and ferry reservations cannot be confirmed without passenger names. You must, at the time of booking, advise the correct names for all passengers including students and escorts. Name changes after tickets have been issued will result in the issue of new tickets and incur amendment charges, and may require a higher fare to be paid. G·E·T Educational Tours can accept no responsibility for any additional charges, or inability to travel as a result of incorrect notification of passenger names. Deposits & Payments A non refundable deposit is payable within 30 days of confirmation with final names lists required 30 days prior to departure. Full payment for air, rail and sea travel is required 65 days prior to travel. GST will be charged on the full payment. A deposit of $20 per student is required for itineraries valued at $200 or less, $50 per student for itineraries from $201 to
Airlines, ground handling companies, hotels, hostels, restaurants and tour operators may impose additional cancellation fees within 65 days of departure. Airline discount booking classes are subject to cancellation fees at any time following confirmation.
In order to confirm seats some discount airfares may require immediate non-refundable payment in full.
We will not refund any unused part of your itinerary including accommodation, transfers, tours, and airfares. Airline refunds following cancellation will be made when the airline completes the refund transaction (this may be in excess of 60 days). Cancellations will only be
accepted in writing. In order to confirm seats some discount airfares may require immediate non-refundable payment in full. The price of your tour is not guaranteed until full payment has been received.
Travel Insurance We strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance for students & escorts. This should be valid for the full duration of your itinerary. Luggage When travelling by air free luggage allowances will be strictly enforced with excess baggage carried by airlines at their discretion and at passengers own expense. Note most full service airlines offer a 20kg free baggage allowance. Some low cost airlines may offer a lower allowance or levy an additional charge for baggage.
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