8 Night Darwin & Timor Leste Scenic Drive Package from $2,395.00* per person
Experience two spectacular destinations with our double destination package to Darwin and Timor-Leste. In Darwin, Travel past former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. Stop briefly at the War Cemetery, and continue to Edith Falls for a swim in the waterhole beneath (conditions permitting). After lunch join a two hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge. Explore the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. Discover the unique and diverse history and landscapes of Timor-Leste with an escorted scenic drive; uncover remnants of historical buildings, beautiful churches, famous religious statues and traditional houses.
Our package includes:
- Return economy class airfares flying Virgin Australia & Air North
- 20kg checked baggage
- 3 nights accommodation in Darwin
- Return seat in coach airport/hotel transfers in Darwin
- Full Day Escorted AAT Kings Katherine Gorge Cruise & Edith Falls Tour
- Half Day Escorted AAT Kings Darwin City Tour
- 6 Day Scenic Drive from Dili, Timor Leste
Full Day Escorted AAT Kings Katherine Gorge Cruise & Edith Falls Tour:
Travel past former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. Stop briefly at the War Cemetery, and continue to Edith Falls for a swim in the waterhole beneath (conditions permitting). After lunch join a two hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge. Explore the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
Highlights: Adelaide River War Cemetery, Nitmiluk National Park, Leliyn (Edith Falls), Buffet lunch in the park, Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, Katherine Gorge Cruise
Half Day Escorted AAT Kings Darwin City Highlights Tour:
Learn about Darwin’s colourful history. Visit Darwin Aviation Museum. View East Point Military Precinct. Explore the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Stroll through the Botanic Gardens. See the famous landmarks and sites.
Highlights: Darwin Aviation Museum, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin Botanic Gardens
6 Day Scenic Drive Timor Leste:
Day 1: Dili – Maubara (D)
Upon arrival at Nicolau Lobato International airport, be met by our Island Explorer staff and transfer to hotel. Enroute to the hotel, the drive will take you from the north coast to the west heading to Liquica via Tasitolu (famous for its 3 small lakes), a stop at Pope John Paul II monument then continuing the drive through Tibar We will stop at the ruins of Aipelo; a former Portuguese Prison, before arriving at the fishing village of Liquica. From here the drive will continue to Maubara to visit the old garrison Laloran Maubara. Overnight Laloran Maubara.
Day 2: Maubara – Maliana – Bobonaro (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel Drive downhill of Carimbala to Loes with a stop at The Bemalae Lagoon before arriving at the Batugade, the border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Visit the ancient Portuguese garrison before heading south to the mountain ranges of Balibo, where a group of Australian’s journalist were murdered by Indonesian troops in October 1975. Drive through constant winding road to Maliana with few stops at a few scenic spots, one being the hidden lake just off the side of the road. If you are lucky you may spot pelican and Timor’s almost extinct pigeon. Next stop is the Marobo hot spring, built by the Japanese during the WWII. Hotel Funan Buras
Day 3: Bobonaro – Atsabae – Gleno – Maubisse (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel The journey begins as we head to Atsabae, famous for its distinguish Tais, driving pass the well known waterfall, Bandeira, through coffee plantations at Gleno. The drive is rough as it goes through the Mt Kablak and Mt Ramelau areas to Maubessi. The traditional cone shaped houses built with bamboo or mud can be spotted throughout the drive. We will stop at Poussada de Maubesse, a former Portuguese house to rest. The view from here is spectacular of fertile fields and vallys. Take a walk to this beautiful little village, visit the Maubessi Church which has 3 pointed wooden totem at the entrance, the evidence of traditional animism intertwined with devout Catholicism,
Day 4: Maubessi – Aileu – Dare – Dili (B/L)
Depart to Dili via Historical town of Aileu, the centre of Fretilin activity after Indonesian occupation. Here we will visit the large monument commemorating a massacre of local Portuguese citizens by the Japanese in 1942. After lunch, continue the jorney with a stop at Dare War Memorial built originally by Sparrow Force the Australian guerrilla unit, which held out against the Japanese in 1942-1943
Day 5: Dili (B)
Breakfast at hotel Morning Dili City Tour The tour begins with a stop at the JESUS STATUE (CRISTORAE) located atop Cape Fatucama at the eastern tip of Dili. Stop at Areia Branca known as the best beach in Dili. A short detour will take you to see the residents of former President, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta. Then drive pass the Palacio de Govierno, Casa Europa, Motael Church, the Farol Lighthouse and the Presidential Palace. Next stop is at the ALOLA FOUNDATION, take the opportunity to purchase traditional handwoven material, Tais and other handicrafts. Visit CHEGA! Exhibition to learn about the struggles of the Timorese then a visit to SANTA CRUZ CEMETERY, the site of one the worst outrages of the Indonesian occupation. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free at leisure
Day 6: Dili (B)
Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to airport for your departure
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Terms & Conditions: *Prices are subject to availability and quoted in AUD and include all pre-payable taxes. Prices are per person twin share unless advised. Prices are valid for travel from 01 Oct 16 to 31 May 17. Black out periods apply during school holiday periods in each departure state. Tours and added inclusions are subject to weather conditions. Offer expires 31 Mar 17 unless sold out prior. Timor Leste visa on arrival USD$30 and departure tax of USD$10 payable locally. Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of $300 per person required within 7 days and full payment of airfares at time of confirmation. Final Payment: Required 90 days prior to departure or immediately if travel is within this time. Add On’s: Additional accommodation, car hire or touring options can be added upon request. Island Explorer Holidays Terms and Conditions apply. All prices correct as of 26 Oct 16.