Travel company offers weekend trip to other side of planet

By Barry Neild for CNNPublished 19th May 2014
For those with too much money but not enough time or common sense -- here's the perfect travel solution.
A weekend trip to the other side of the planet.
A UK-based tour operator has begun offering whistle-stop sightseeing excursions from London to Australia that depart Friday afternoon and return "just in time for work" on Tuesday morning.
Austravel -- a specialist in Down Under destinations -- says the 33,800-kilometer (21,000 mile), 46-hour round trip is ideal for anyone trying to maximize vacation time.
Tickets starting at $1,840 include airfare, two hotel nights and rental car for three days.
You'll need the car because as well as the time spent cooped up in a jet, there's a 12-hour drive from Sydney to Melbourne to make the return flight.
Austravel's Naomi Moreno-Melgar concedes traveling to Australia for a weekend is "extreme" but insists it's "do-able."
"A trip to the land Down Under does not need take up all of your holiday allowance, but with four time zones, three million square miles and 22 million people, it would be nice," she says.
Forget about sleep
The itinerary sees passengers depart London on Friday afternoon, arriving in Sydney on Saturday evening.
Melbourne at dusk. Or dawn. Travelers won't know the difference.
Melbourne at dusk. Or dawn. Travelers won't know the difference.
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After a night in a four-star hotel and visits to Sydney's Opera House, Harbour Bridge and tower, they bundle themselves into their rental car and hit the coastal road south.
There's a night and morning in Melbourne, before a return flight that lands in London at 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
If that's not enough, Austravel says passengers willing to forgo all sleep can buy "bolt-on" trips to see attractions such as the Great Ocean Road (more driving) or Melbourne's Yarra Valley wine region.
A spokesperson for the tour operator tells CNN it's received "a number of enquiries" about the trip, but was unable to share actual booking figures.
The world may just have gotten a little smaller.
Also, a little more nuts.
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