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Hunter Valley: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting Tour

1. Hunter Valley: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting Tour

Taste some of the finest wines produced in Australia on an amazing tasting tour of the Hunter Valley. Sample the best of the region's produce including cheeses, chocolates and other culinary treats. Quench your thirst with a local beer and sample distilled spirits and liqueurs. Travel in a small group with a great music playlist for a relaxed style and pace. Get inside knowledge about the boutique wineries and other producers of this extraordinary region. Take part in 3 fun and educational wine tastings to sample both red and white varietals with local gurus. Enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine or more. Try organic vodka, schnapps, gin and liqueurs served in test tubes along the way. Choose from different flavors, such as mango, chocolate mint, or chili if you are feeling brave.

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The Sydney Opera House Tour

2. The Sydney Opera House Tour

More than 60 years ago, a young Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. It is a work of art that came in existence against impossible odds and went on to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, putting Sydney on the map forever. On the Sydney Opera House tour, you will discover the stories, history, and magic of Sydney Opera House as you follow your friendly guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. The opera house is home to 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year, and learn how Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s groundbreaking design and vision for a world-class performing arts came into existence. You might catch a rehearsal in action, or the crew working on a set.

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Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

3. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

Hop on a tall ship and discover the sights and sounds of Sydney on a unique historic-meets- modern harbor cruise. Sail past the Opera House and Fort Denison, as well as under Harbour Bridge, as you enjoy a 90-minute sailing experience on board the 1850s style wooden tall ship. Get involved and make the most of this interactive, unique cruise. Try your hand at steering, or help with the sails. If you'd like to heave on a rope, you can. Otherwise, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment provided by your friendly crew. You will get to hear some of Sydney’s rich history and tales of Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ships. You will feel like you are being transported back to days gone by, and will be able to say you know what it was like for the sailors of yesteryear. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the best of Sydney Harbour. And expect to be the subject of many a happy snapping tourist, delighted at the sight of your tall ship in Sydney Harbour.

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Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

4. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of the 3-course a la carte meal Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantasic cuisine on offer, enjoy the wonderful tunes provided by the live band and singer onboard from your seat or out on the dance floor! The Captains Dinner is truly the perfect choice for celebrating a special occasion or a night out for dinner in the city.

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Sydney: True Crime Tour

5. Sydney: True Crime Tour

Uncover Sydney's disturbing criminal past as you take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements. Marvel at the stories of your knowledgeable guide, and discover the mysteries that lie beneath the streets of historic Sydney. Set off from the meeting point, and amble through some of Sydney's hidden alleyways and nooks, enjoying incredible photo and sightseeing opportunities along the way. Learn about stories that did not make it into the official history books, but which remain 100% true, if not also almost 100% unbelievable. Join an investigation into a dark and crime-ridden history, and see if you can put the facts together for yourself. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, this tour will engross you with tales of infamous crimes that unfolded right where you stand, and show you the dark side that Sydney has tried to forget.

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Sydney: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Music & Tapas Menu

6. Sydney: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Music & Tapas Menu

Embark on a 90-minute cruise and experience a relaxed way to see the iconic Sydney Harbor. Get stunning views of the city skyline, taste tasty tapas and cocktails from the bar lounge, and enjoy the festive ambiance of live music on board.  Depart from the King Street Wharf and benefit from the offering flexibility to disembark at either Circular Quay or back at King Street Wharf. Take in the 360-degree waterfront bar views from the various observation decks as you cruise past iconic Sydney sites, including Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Listen to live music and visit the bar lounge to try the unique cocktails and tapas available to purchase from a Sydney-inspired menu that was designed especially for the 90-minute cruise duration.

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Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

7. Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House, the city’s most famous building. And what better to do when visiting the Sydney Opera House than to spend a pleasant evening inside enjoying an opera performance. The season features some of the world’s favorite operas from composers such as Puccini, Verdi and Halévy. No matter what sort of entertainment you're in the mood for, there's always an opera to fit the bill. Typically, performances start at 07:30 PM and run for 2-3 hours, with an interval or 2. All performances have full English subtitles projected on a screen above the stage. Attila - October 29. November 1, 3, and 5.Il Trovatore - July 15, 19, 23, 25, 28, and 30.La Bohème - January 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 29, and 31. February 4.La Juive - March 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, and 26.La Traviata - July 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, and 29. October 22, 26, 28, and 31. November 2 and 4.Madama Butterfly - June 29. July 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 20, 22, 26, and 30.Otello - February 19 and 25. March 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, and 19.The Marriage of Figaro - January 27 and 29. February 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18.Turandot - January 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, and 28. February 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, and 26. March 5, 10, and 14. The Sydney Opera House has a range of eateries for all price types, including Bennelong and the Opera Kitchen.

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Sydney: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

8. Sydney: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

Step aboard a historic tall ship for a 2-hour twilight sail from Sydney Harbour. You will travel on one of our two tall ships; the Southern Swan, the flagship of the celebrated First Fleet Re-Enactment, or the graceful Søren Larsen, a beautifully maintained Brigantine ship that sailed from Denmark to Greenland, and through the South Pacific to Sydney. You will depart from Campbell’s Cove, and sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Luna Park, and the Admiralty House before returning to stunning Sydney Harbour glistening in the twilight. On board, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, splendid views, and an authentic sailing experience. This Tall Ship Cruise gives you the opportunity to get involved. You are welcome to help hoist and set the sails, and even take a turn steering the ship! Or, if you prefer, sit back, relax, let the others do the work and enjoy the scenic views of Australia from the sea. Tall Ship Dinner Cruise Menu Starters • BBQ Chorizo Slices • Spinach and Cheese Triangles Salads • Roast pumpkin, zucchini, mixed bean with sultanas, sunflower seeds & coconut salad • Mixed Leaves Salad • Potato Salad Main Dishes • Mild spiced chicken with mushroom, capsicum, baby spinach & Spanish onion – Gluten Free • Sweet potato, eggplant & tomato with lentils – Vegetarian and Gluten Free Dessert • Chocolate brownies Please note, the menu is subject to change, to ensure fresh produce of premium quality.

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Sydney: The Rocks 90-Minute Walking Tour

9. Sydney: The Rocks 90-Minute Walking Tour

Join a specialist local guide and visit The Rocks, a historic area that features some of the oldest buildings in Sydney and some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Hear stories about the early days of British Australian settlement on a 90-minute guided walk. Your tour group is limited to a maximum of 25 participants and you’ll walk at a leisurely pace along a 2-kilometer route. Tour highlights include: • The shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove • Views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge • Cadman's Cottage, Sydney’s oldest surviving cottage, built in 1816 • Campbell's Cove, offering fantastic views of the Sydney Opera House • Harbour Bridge and Campbell’s Cove wharves • Foundation Park, one of The Rocks’ best-kept secrets • The awe-inspiring Argyle Cut • George Street, Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk

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Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

10. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

The SCG Guided Walking Tour is fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and the SCG Museum. The precinct is Sydney’s home of sport where international sporting heroes play cricket, rugby union, rugby league, football/soccer, and Australian Football League (AFL). Her entertaining stories of players, spectators and events as you take in the sporting architecture and ambience of the SCG. Venture behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground and see the field of play, the player’s dressing rooms, the historic members reserve, the media centre, the Walk of Honour, and the SCG Museum. With exclusive entry to the SCG Museum, you can see sporting treasures such as prized bats, balls and other cricket memorabilia: rugby league, football and AFL sporting treasures: and various featured temporary museum exhibits.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,696 reviews

Absolutely fantastic, wonderful crew, food was great , really interesting info on the site seeing and the harbour was magnificent!!! When the sails were lowered it was just an incredible experience sailing back under the harbour bridge and Luna Park ... highly recommend it .. way better than expected and nothing like just doing a ferry ride ... no comparison.

Our guide Kate was great. Very entertaining. Good history and good puns. Would highly recommend and will look at their other tours.

Very experienced guide. Lots of great information and knowledge of the area. Easy walk. Loved it!

Friendly staff, a beautiful, relaxing cruise on our lovely harbour.

quick walk through .. little tough on the oldies with a few stairs.