Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne, the stunning harbor city of Sydney and then journey to the Fijian island of Taveuni and the Matangi Island Resort. Inclusive of flights and premium 4.5-5 star accommodations. Itinerary customization available as well as recommended Australian touring and air upgrade options
- Roundtrip International Economy class flights from Los Angeles (addon flights from your local city available)
- 3 nights Melbourne at the 5* Crown Metropol
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
- Optional recommended touring includes: Half Day Melbourne Walking Tour, Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour, Sydney half day sightseeing tour, Sydney harbor cruise, Sydney Opera House tour, private car service transfers in Melbourne & Sydney
- Internal roundtrip Fiji flights from Nadi to Taveuni and return
- Round trip airport transfers Taveuni - Matangi
- 5 nights in an Oceanview Bure bure Matangi Island Resort
- All meals including morning & afternoon tea
- Complimentary activities include: all non motorized watersports, equipment including sea kayaking, wind surfers, sailing, use of snorkeling equipment throughout stay, nature walks on Taveuni Island
- All air and hotel taxes
Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles non-stop to Melbourne
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 -
Enjoy 3 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.
ACCOMMODATION - Crown Metropol offers fresh, vibrant, modern and stylish accommodation. From the moment you take in the hotel's elegant form and enter the uniquely designed reception area, you will feel a sense of peace and calm that makes every visit to Crown Metropol a welcome escape from day-to-day life. Crown Metropol is conveniently located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, home to a 24 hour casino, more than 50 restaurants, cinemas, luxury and general fashion shopping and entertainment.
Day 4 - Recommended Optional Touring:
Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades tour
This morning Indulge with a casual small group guided walking tour through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafes and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
Image: Tourism Australia
Day 5 - Recommended Optional Touring:
Melbourne - Phillip Island Wildlife tour
Your animal adventures will start with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you won't even have time to take photos as there will be fascinating Australian animals at every turn. You have up-close encounters with animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, we will travel to Phillip Island where will head to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. (weather permitting). We then cross the island to reach the dramatic west coast and the Nobbies where you will be awe-struck by the crashing waves. And finally, it's time for the main event, the Penguin Parade. There is a reason that this is one of Australia's top attractions and the little penguins will not disappoint! You will be seated in the upgraded Penguins Plus viewing area, enabling you better viewing. As the sun fades in the sky, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.
Image: Visions of Victoria
Day 6 - Fly Melbourne to
This morning depart Melbourne for your flight to Sydney.
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. On arrival into Sydney you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 nights in the Heart of Sydney This award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney features stylish accommodations, along with 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks. It is a 15-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The city’s best shopping, dining and nightlife are on the hotel’s doorstep
Day 7 -
Recommended Optional Touring: Sydney - Half Day City Sights
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street district and travel through Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade with time to enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See 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 harbour before returning to the city center.
Image: Destination New South Wales / Tourism Australia
Day 8 -
Recommended Optional Touring: Explore Sydney Harbour and Sydney
This morning, enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice and water.
This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year.
Image: Destination New South Wales / Tourism Australia
Day 9 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains day tour
This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, travelling in the luxury of a Mercedes Benz minivan. Explore the Blue Mountains and see hidden locations and beautiful views of the region. From Echo Point, the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, you will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. Take a 1.5 hour hike down the Furber Steps walking track which offers scenic views and waterfalls, to the bottom of the valley. Visit a beautiful waterfall with great photo opportunities at Katoomba Falls Cascade and see breathtaking views of either Jamison Valley or Megalong Valley away from the crowds in a private location. Enjoy a hot filling lunch including a glass of beer, wine or soft drink. After lunch visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to see some of Australia's native wildlife. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour. You will travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude.
- BridgeClimb Sydney
This is the opportunity to climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. A comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration is conducted as well as being provided with a bridge-suit, communications equipment and a bridge harness that is linked to a static line throughout the climb. You will be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders, on a 3.5 hour guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalised commemorative climber certificate and climber cap
- Fly Sydney to Fiji
Depart Sydney for your flight to Nadi and connecting flight to Taveuni. On arrival into Taveuni you will be met by Matangi Private Island Resort representatives and transferred to the resort by boat.
An exclusively privately owned 240-acre unique horseshoe shaped island paradise, boasts virgin tropical rainforest and white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs. Horseshoe Bay listed in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Matangi Private Island Resort is the perfect South Pacific destination for couples seeking an exclusive Fiji private island hideaway for an intimate beach wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Matangi Private Island Resort’s Ocean Spa is a unique facility with over-water deck relaxation area, gift shop and two couple treatment rooms, one complete with a outdoor lava rock rain shower.
11-14 - Matangi Private Island Resort
Choose from a wide selection of complimentary shows, tours, hikes and much, much more, including Snorkelling Excursion, Kayaks, Sailing, Kava Session, Meke (Traditional Fijian Dance), Village Tour, Village Church Service, Island-Style Volleyball, Coconut Show, Cocktail Challenge, Guided Island Trek.
Also, choose from this selection of alternative activites for the more adventurous: (additional cost applies)
- Scuba Diving
The reefs off Matangi have superb diving with a great choice of sites offering the underwater scenery that made Fiji famous: excellent underwater visibility, warm water temperatures walls, caves, soft and hard corals, reef fish and pelagic fish. Each site possesses a unique character with colourful marine life and pristine coral reefs that appeal to both beginners and seasoned divers. We have an impressive range of treasures to be found from soft corals to dramatic drop-off wall sites, to drift dives and underwater caves.
- Somo Somo Straits Dive Day Trip
Remotely situated 20 miles (32km) west of Matangi; along the southeast coast of Vanua Levu, The Rainbow Reef, in the Somo Somo Straits represents spectacular tropical diving. This barrier reef structure stretching over 3 miles (4.8km) is continually fed by microorganisms washed in by the currents. The Somosomo Strait almost single-handedly earns Fiji its title as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”.
- Horseshoe Bay Picnic
There isn’t anything quite like a romantic picnic in the breathtaking Horseshoe Bay. Listed in “1,000 Places to See Before you Die” by Patricia Schultz, Horseshoe Bay is situated on the untouched western coast of Matangi Island and only accessible by boat. Picnic in your waterfront beach Bure, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and the most picturesque turquoise ocean views. This is an experience you will treasure for a lifetime!
Owing to the topography of the seabed off Matangi and neighbouring islands; remarkable fighting fish like Giant Trevally, Yellow fin, Dogtooth, Skipjack, and Wahoo are plentiful. Light tackle sport fishing and trawling charters are available. Ideal fishing times are in the mornings and late afternoons. Bookings required. Deep-sea game fishing is not available at Matangi. Saltwater flyfishing is available but anglers are required to bring their own gear.
- Civa Pearl Farm & Tavoro Waterfall
Join us for a one-of-a-kind tour that will acquaint you with Taveuni’s abundant natural environment. Fiji is a relative infant in the international pearl industry but it has made its mark; Civa Pearl Farm located in beautiful Vurevure Bay, on the eastern side of Taveuni Island, offers visitors a unique glimpse into aquaculture. Civa salt-water cultured pearls are pearl concretions that are secreted inside the Black-lipped Oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). On the guided two-hour tour you are able to snorkel around the pearl beds, where the pearl oysters are hung from lines growing to their desired size. Loose pearls are available for sale.
- 180 degree Meridian & Waitavala Waterslide
One of Taveuni Island’s most unique and long standing attractions is that it is dissected by the 180° Meridian, because of this Taveuni is one of only five places in the world where you live your two days in one! The International Dateline was adapted to keep the isles within one time zone. Nearby is the Waitavala Water Slide, a cascading series of small natural waterslides that the Taveuni locals like to use. The Waitavala Waterslide is a natural slippery dip ride over large polished rocks, where the lava has been smoothed by the water and with a slight covering of moss, which allows you to slalom down quite easily. The waterslide is located in a rainforest setting that is picturesque as well as thrilling.
- Lavena Coastal Walk
If you’re looking for a bit of adventure that’s definitely off the beaten track, then look no further! This tour is a 4- hour return walk down the scenic Lavena coastline, along a well maintained trail, with several rest stops with benches and picnic tables strategically placed in the shade; ending with two incredible waterfalls. Along the way you can enjoy the various coastal habitats, sand beaches, rocky shores, and estuarine mangroves. There are no roads that go to where the coastal trail leads; in fact the only other way to explore the far south-eastern side of Taveuni is by boat!
- Waitabu Marine Park
Located on Taveuni Island, Waitabu Marine Reserve was established by seven Taveuni village communities in 1998. This was done to protect their coral reefs for future generations; a ‘tabu’ or no-take reserve was set up to replenish marine life and fish stocks, as well as introduce snorkel tourism and environmental education. The Park offers two 2-hour guided tours; the Cultural Experience Tour which is a guided snorkelling excursion on a ‘bilibili’ or traditional bamboo raft, with refreshments and local entertainment or the Backpackers Tour, which is a guided snorkelling trip on a powered skiff.
Image: Matangi Island Resort
- Depart for US
Transfer to Taveuni airport by boat. Fly Taveuni to Nadi and connect with flight to Los Angeles.
Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
Single Supplement: Ask an Aspire expert
ETA to enter Australia $25 per person. Before committing to your trip please ensure you hold a valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date you plan to return to the USA.
Add on airfares (coach) available from most major airports - Add $200 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, add $300 from New York, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, add $400 from Boston, Miami, Add $450 from Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
- Upgrade to premium economy from $700 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $2,000 per person each way* Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Starting from pricing based on Monday through Thursday departures - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday
Terms & Conditions:
Starting from prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.