WEA: Adult Learning

 

 

(Travel license TTA 183)

For details of these and other tours please contact the Tours Office:
Telephone: 8223 1272 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 5:00pm)
Fax: 8232 3690 Email: [email protected]
Interstate participants can usually fly internationally from their
capital city to join WEA tours.

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Italian Gardens Lakes and Villas 2024 : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 28th April - 18th May 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Indulge in a magical exploration of some of Italy’s most beautiful gardens, villas and lakes and with your horticulturalist tour leader Carolyn Travers who divides her time between Adelaide and Tuscany. Beginning in Rome and ending in elegant Milan you travel in relaxed style with four nights in the eternal city, four nights on exquisite Lake Maggiore and stays in Siena, Florence, Venice and on Lake Garda. Visit the two thousand year old Roman amphitheatre in Verona, fabulous Tuscan Hilltop towns, the astonishing Romanesque Abby of Saint Antimo, the masterpiece of Italian gardens Villa D’este and the Pope’s summer residence Castel Gandolfo. Enjoy boat trips to jaw droppingly beautiful islands on exotic Lakes Garda and Como and eat in local Italian trattorias with your friendly leader. A wonderful appreciation of the cultural and architectural integrity Italy has gifted humankind.

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Newcastle and Hunter Valley 2024 : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 8th May - 15th May 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Fly direct to Newcastle on the beautiful NSW Pacific Coast with Qantas and relax, unpack and unwind in your beautiful, superbly located waterfront hotel. Newcastle is Australia's second oldest city which has undergone a vibrant urban revival but is underpinned by its fine historic architecture. Enjoy leisurely daily touring with your historian tour leader exploring the bountiful treasures this rich and picturesque region has to offer. Take a lunch cruise on Lake Wallis with magnificent bird and dolphin sightings and enjoy idyllic Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay, Forster and Tuncurry. Ride on the historic Richmond Valley Railway, explore charming hamlets, breathtaking gardens and the vineyards and wineries of the famous Hunter Valley. A carefully planned tour in the same luxury accommodation for the week.

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Spain and Portugal

Dates: 24th May - 13th June 2024

This carefully crafted tour combines the warmth, distinctive character and cultural treasures of Portugal with those of its exotic neighbour Spain. Savour phenomenal artworks of the grand European masters in Madrid, the exquisite Moorish architecture, gardens and white washed villages of Spanish Andalucia, Flamenco and the intoxicating beauty of the Al Hambra in Granada. Be delighted by an unspoiled Europe and authentic charm in Portugal as you explore medieval towns, sumptuous Baroque architecture and romantic palaces. Indulge in delicious gastronomic pleasures, cruise down the fabulous Douro River, enjoy traditional Portuguese folk music and journey through history with expert guides. Staying in stylish hotels, this is perfect combination of guided exploring and opportunity to relax and immerse yourself at your own pace.

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Tropical Townsville : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 26th June - 1st July 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Escape the winter cold to the sunshine of Far North Queensland and beautiful Townsville. Flying nonstop from Adelaide to Townsville return with Qantas join historian Denis Binnion on this exploration of regional history and heritage architecture, galleries, gardens and quintessential landscapes. Visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland and James Cook University’s art collection at the Eddie Mabo Library. Enjoy guided day tours to the sugar cane town of Ingham, the wet tropics, Hinchinbrook Island Visitors Centre, scenic TYTO wetlands and to the heritage icon of Charters Towers. Ride a ferry to picture perfect Magnetic Island for a full day of wonder and discovery and watch the sun set from Castle Hill. Staying in one quality, central hotel with full buffet breakfasts daily plus welcome and farewell dinners there’s no need to pack and unpack just settle in, relax and relish something different.

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Ceduna Far West Coast and Great Australian Bight : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 27th August - 1st September 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Ceduna on our remote and beautiful Far West Coast is the eastern gateway to the famous Nullabor Plain and the Great Australian Bight. On the Norfolk Island Pine lined shores of Murat Ba, it has a rich indigenous culture and European settlement history, breathtaking National Parks and magnificent dunes, cliffs and coastlines within easy reach. Flying with Regional Express Airlines and staying at the lovely Ceduna Foreshore Hotel you enjoy quality food and accommodation as you explore the region’s natural phenomena, quirky outback delights, historic ruins and museums with your historian tour leader. Experience a feeling of wonder under vast blue skies with highlights including cruising from Fowlers Bay in search of whales, dolphins and sea lions and an oyster cruise in Smoky Bay.

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Treasures of the Adriatic : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 10th September - 30th September 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Slovenia is surely one of Europe’s most unspoiled travel destinations. It boasts pristine alpine landscapes, revered Lake Bled and Venetian heritage on its tiny coast. Croatia offers the magnificent coastlines of Istria and Dalmatia, picture perfect islands and ancient red-rooved towns where Roman amphitheatres, colossal palaces and ruined cities sit beautifully preserved alongside colourful harbours. Bosnia Herzegovina reflects an Ottoman culture, ethnic diversity and a sobering history while neighbouring Montenegro has some of the oldest walled enclaves on the Adriatic with 3500 year old Budva and ancient Kotor unsurpassed in age and beauty. Discover the treasures of the Adriatic on this thoughtfully crafted tour flying into the elegant Croatian capital of Zagreb and departing from Dubrovnik.

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Newcastle and Hunter Valley 2024 : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 11th September - 18th September 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Fly direct to Newcastle on the beautiful NSW Pacific Coast with Qantas and relax, unpack and unwind in your beautiful, superbly located waterfront hotel. Newcastle is Australia's second oldest city which has undergone a vibrant urban revival but is underpinned by its fine historic architecture. Enjoy leisurely daily touring with your historian tour leader exploring the bountiful treasures this rich and picturesque region has to offer. Take a lunch cruise on Lake Wallis with magnificent bird and dolphin sightings and enjoy idyllic Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay, Forster and Tuncurry. Ride on the historic Richmond Valley Railway, explore charming hamlets, breathtaking gardens and the vineyards and wineries of the famous Hunter Valley. A carefully planned tour in the same luxury accommodation for the week.

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In the Shadow of the Himalayas - North Eastern India FULL : taking waitlist

Dates: 5th October - 24th October 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

This unrivalled tour to the beautiful states of Assam, Sikkim, West Bengal and Meghalaya, which nestle in the Shadow of the mighty Himalayas offers wondrous surprises at every turn. Bordered by Tibet to the north, Bhutan to the east and Nepal to the west this region is a pure delight with Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, mosques and churches coexisting harmoniously side by side. Taking a path less travelled explore genteel hill towns of the British Raj, colonial heritage, Tibetan, Bhutanese and diverse ethnic cultures, museums, art and dance, tea plantations, wildlife on safaris, spectacular mountain scenery, spicy bazaars, colourful village life and delicious food. With several nights in most destinations, accommodation in good hotels and travel in private vehicles, experience this enchanting corner of India in comfort, with no compromise on authentic culture and experiences.

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Leaf fall in Japan : FULL taking waitlist

Dates: 12th - 30th October 2024

Tour Status: Waitlist

Traditionally Momijigari means ‘maple hunting ’. Appreciating the highly revered spectacle of Japan’s magnificent autumn foliage this sophisticated and delightful journey to the islands of Hokkaido and northern Honshu has been thoughtfully designed to flow with the change of colour as you travel from north to south. With a perfect balance of exquisite gardens, national parks, boat cruises, cable car rides, breathtaking scenic drives and cultural sights and experiences you bypass the crowds of busy Japan and immerse yourself in a truly inspiring wonderland of colour and ancient Japanese grace and culture.

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Sri Lanka

Dates: 29th December 2024 - 13th January 2025

Tour Status: Available

Sri Lanka is steeped in a history dating back over 2,000 years and is home to some of the best preserved ancient monuments in all of Asia. Here a centuries old heritage lives on in the culture and daily lives of the Sri Lankan people encompassing a rich tapestry of cultural practices, beliefs and traditional ways of life. Join WEA Travel touring the island’s surprising north to discover the beauty, history and cultural richness of this Indian Ocean jewel and its welcoming people. Explore a path less travelled, UNESCO World Heritage sites, old arts and crafts, vibrant bazaars, charming colonial architecture, tea plantations and fabulous cuisine on this niche cultural tour.

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Historic Hobart and Bruny Island

Dates: 12th - 18th February 2025

Tour Status: Available

Join your historian tour leader Dr Denis Binnion AM on this unique tour of historic Hobart, the idyllic east coast of Tasmania and breathtaking Bruny Island. Staying in one of Hobart’s finest hotel on the Constitution Dock waterfront for the duration of your stay, highlights include a fabulous Bruny Island Wilderness cruise, the Cascade Female Factory a UNESCO designated site of cultural significance, a private tour of opulent Government House, one of the finest Vice-Regal residences in the Commonwealth and a full day tour along the spectacular Great Eastern Scenic Drive. Explore surprising museums and the legacy of some of our earliest European settlement, including fine Georgian architecture, picturesque villages and convict- built cottages, bridges and churches. Enjoy relaxed daily touring, quality inclusions and leisure time to discover new delights.

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Tours for 2024

Dates: Exciting programme of tours by the WEA

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