Day 01-02 : Group Convenes & Departs from Los Angeles
Travel by individual arrangement to Los Angeles.  Depart from Los Angeles and make your way to Sydney, Australia. 


**Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line.
 
Day 03: Arrival & Welcome to Sydney
Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide who will travel with you throughout this program. Transfer to your local hotel where early check-in has been confirmed for your comfort. In the heart of Sydney business district, the Amora Jamison Hotel is a 5-10-minute walk from the popular Circular Quay and The Rocks districts.

This afternoon the group will depart the hotel for your lunch cruise. Enjoy superb seafood buffet dining while taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbor from the upper deck of the ship. Kick back, relax and marvel at the incredible views!

Return to your hotel for an afternoon orientation and welcome briefing. All travelers will gather this afternoon with your national guide and receive further information on the program and the week's activities.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) allowing for an early evening chance for a good night’s sleep!


Overnight:  Amora Jamison Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Blue Mountain Exploration and Welcome Dinner

The group will depart early this morning for the ultimate scenic experience in Kottomba, Australia’s World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Your explorations will include unlimited rides on the railway, skyway, cableway and access to the walkway.

Your first stop today will be to see one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife at Featherland Wildlife Park. Enjoy a walking tour to get up close and personal with the koalas or feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu.

Upon arrival at the Blue Mountains, glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the scenic skyway, which is suspended 270 meters above the ancient ravines. Discover the thrill of a 52-degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the scenic railway. This unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest and Jamison Valley. Stroll along the tranquil scenic walkway of the ancient rainforest on the valley floor.

Lunch will be provided at the Hydro Majestic Hotel.

After your return to Sydney, you will have some time to shower and change for your welcome dinner a short walk away at the nearby Waterfront Restaurant. It's located in the Rocks area with incredible views over Sydney Harbor and the Opera House.


Overnight:  Amora Jamison Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch












Day 05: Sydney – Professional Interaction
Today’s activities will focus on interaction with financial planning professionals at various facilities. Discussions are in the works with the Financial Planners Association of Australia to assist with the coordination of the professional elements of the program.

The primary professional objective of this journey is to seek a better understanding of the practice of personal financial planning and the development of the financial planning profession in Australia through conversation with local financial planners.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner by individual arrangement (own expense).

Accompanying guests today will visit the historic Rocks area and hear about early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach to explore the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink. See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to Circular Quay.

**For those interested, your guide can assist in coordinating an unforgettable twilight or night Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb (additional expense). **


Overnight: Amora Jamison Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Professional Interaction & Cultural Exploration
This morning you will meet with local financial planners. Continue your discussion about the most prevalent financial challenges facing Australian families and the decisions they must make to plan for their future. You will also seek to gain an understanding of the financial institutions (bank, securities firms, insurance companies) serving Australia’s citizens.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Accompanying guests will enjoy a walking tour of the Royal Botanic Garden with your Aboriginal guide. Learn about the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal People of Australia as they share how the gardens were an important ceremonial site for many of the Sydney Aboriginal Nations, and home to the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation. Experience Wogganmagule (Farm Cove) and its environs while learning about traditional lifestyles including a diverse array of bush foods, the ample fresh water and a plentiful supply of seafood from the harbor. From Circular Quay take a ferry across Sydney’s sparkling harbour to Watsons Bay to enjoy lunch at Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant. Return via Ferry to the Opera House.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. You will explore the hallowed theaters and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year. Your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history.

Dinner will be by individual arrangement (own expense).


Overnight: Amora Jamison Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Cultural Exploration - Melbourne
Say goodbye to Sydney and head to the airport this morning for your short flight to Melbourne.

Immediately after arrival, you will depart for an afternoon visit to the Yarra Valley. Travel through a cross section of suburbs to the rich greenness of Yarra Valley with over 50 wineries, varying in size from small family vineyards to large international establishments. Stops today will include wineries such as Fergusson’s Winery, Oaks Ridge and DeBertolis. This afternoon you will have a chance to enjoy wine tastings along with a local lunch.

Return to Melbourne for hotel check-in and dinner on your own arrangements.


Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 08: Professional Interaction
This morning you will meet with local financial planners. Continue your discussion about the most prevalent financial challenges facing Australian families and the decisions they must make to plan for their future. You will also seek to gain an understanding of the financial institutions (bank, securities firms, insurance companies) serving Australia’s citizens.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant.

Accompanying guests - Late this morning accompanying guests will walk with their guide north along the Yarra River to take in many of the historical locations including Enterprise Park which was the founding site of Melbourne in 1835. Take in the site of the “Turning Basin” and learn about the Aboriginal Heritage of the area. Moving on from the river take in the site of the former Western Market and the statues of Melbourne's Founders. Finish the morning with a look at the Theatre District including the 1929 Regent Theatre picture palace and 1839 Athenaeum Theatre. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner is on your own this evening.


Overnight:  Sofitel Melbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Great Ocean Road
Leave the city behind and head down to Corio Bay, a wonderful mix of old wharves, wool stores and a fully restored 1930’s sea bathing complex. See wonderful examples of century old housing and the 100 brightly painted bollards dotted around the bay. At Torquay the Great Ocean Road starts. Known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, we follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests, to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast.

At Lorne visit a lookout perched high on the hillside where you really get to see the Great Ocean Road from a bird- like perspective. This will be followed by morning tea where you may possibly see some of the local surfers 'ripping it up.' Another highlight of the day is a stop at Kennett River. In this area, high in the trees is a colony of wild koalas. See these creatures in their natural habitat, hanging from trees and looking after their young.

A sumptuous lunch will be served at Apollo Bay before you make your way to the Shipwreck coast area of the Great Ocean Road to stop at The Twelve Apostles. The mighty Twelve Apostles are world-recognized icons. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park.

Venturing further west we arrive at Loch Ard Gorge. Your first view will be of towering cliffs, sparkling blue-green sea and a small, sandy beach. It’s hard to imagine that the drama of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks was played out at this very spot more than 120 years ago, giving its name to the gorge.

Return to Melbourne arriving back around 7:30 pm. Share memories of Australia at a farewell banquet this evening at your hotel. ​


Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Australia and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. 


Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Financial Planners Journey to Australia, led by Dan Moisand & Nick Nicolette

Great Barrier Reef 

Day 01: September 1, 2018
Fly to Cairns today where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your local hotel. Hilton Cairns is the ideal base to access the Great Barrier Reef. They are within walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, Cairns Convention Center, gourmet restaurants and the city’s main shopping district. Cairns International Airport is only a 10-minute drive away from the property. Enjoy the afternoon and evening free to explore independently with lunch and dinner by individual arrangement.


Overnight:  Hilton Cairns (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: September 2, 2018 - Explore the Great Barrier Reef

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a 2-3 minute walk to the reef terminal this morning. Depart with Reef Magic Cruises to the Marine World activity platform. Please note the travel time is approximately 90 minutes from Cairns on the catamaran. Upon arrival you will spend five hours enjoying the outer Great Barrier Reef from the platform. Return to the hotel around 3:30pm where you will be dropped back off at your hotel.


Your excursion today will include access to all snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices. There will also be an on-board marine biology presentation talk while in route to the reef. While there you will have access to semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary, glass bottom boat tours with commentary, fish feeding and identification sessions with the marine biologist, access to an underwater observatory, use of sun-deck, fresh water showers and changing rooms, morning and afternoon tea plus a full hot and cold buffet lunch. You will have access to reference materials on the reef, and complimentary tea, coffee and water throughout the day.


There will be some optional activities (additional cost) that they offer including introductory scuba diving (no experience necessary), helmet diving, certified dives, marine biologist guided snorkel tours, helicopter tours, rental of wet suites and massage services. They also rent small lockers for a nominal fee to store phones and valuables.


What to bring: Extra cash or a major credit card for onboard purchases including optional activities, souvenirs, professional on-board photos and bar items. Also bring swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen and dry clothes
for your trip home.


**The Reef Magic catamarans are very stable and transfer times to the reef quick, but if you are prone to seasickness it is recommended to take preventative measures around 30 minutes prior to the boat departing.


Overnight:  Hilton Cairns (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 03: September 3, 2018 - Kuranda
Today your guide will collect you from the Hilton and check you in for your tour using the Kuranda Boarding Pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, preallocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, a map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected attractions.


Your first stop of the day will be the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. On arrival, you have free time to explore the remainder of the Park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations, Circle of Life and Bundarra Cassowary Egg theaters, and both the Tjapukai and Torres Strait Island dance shows.


Enjoy lunch in the Boomerang Restaurant. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Proceed directly to the boarding line – there is no need to queue as your Skyrail tickets are already on your Boarding Pass. Once aboard, be amazed as you glide silently over the rain forest. There are two stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rain forest to enjoy their spectacular lookouts. You might opt to visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.


Upon arrival in Kuranda, you have free time to do your own exploring – why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass! Board the famous Kuranda rail train for an amazing journey, as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.


Return via coach to Cairns where you will return to the hotel for dinner on your own arrangement.


Overnight: Hilton Cairns (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Australia and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. 


Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Our Financial Planners Journey will take us to Australia for a 10 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand the role of financial planners in Australia?  The primary professional objective of this journey is to seek a better understanding of the practice of personal financial planning, as well as the development of the financial planning profession in Australia, through conversation with local financial planners.  The program is being coordinated in conjunction with Financial Planning Association (U.S.) and the Financial Planning Association of Australia. And, let's not forget, you will have the opportunity to explore the artistic and iconic Sydney Opera House along with other well-known locales including the Blue Mountain World Heritage Site and Great Ocean Road.


**For those wishing to snorkel the Great Barrier Reefplease review the optional extension opportunity below.**

Skyrail & Kuranda

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest and energized by nature, Cairns is the
place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to
last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer’s market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a
summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Australia: Sydney, Melbourne | 10 days | August 23 - September 1, 2018 | $6,499

Tjapukai - Aboriginal Experience

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Australia: Cairns | 3 nights|  September 1-4, 2018 | $1,699

Nick Nicolette, CFP​®

Mr. Nicolette is a Founder and Principal of Sterling

Financial Planning, Inc. an Independent SEC RIA in Sparta, NJ. He has been a CFP® professional since 1984. Nick served as the 2007 President of FPA. 

He was honored in 2011 by both

the National FPA and FPA-New Jersey

with the Heart of Financial Planning

Award.  


He currently serves as the Chair

of the FPA Member Advisory Council.

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International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


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​​​​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dan Moisand CFP​®

Dan Moisand is a Principal in the Melbourne, FL office of Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC.

​​He has been featured as one of America’s top independent financial advisors by several publications, is a past President of FPA, and is a popular speaker on all things related to retirement advice and the profession of financial planning. 


He has previously led

delegations

of financial planners to

Russia,

China, and India. 

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