Take advantage of a complimentary flight to the Outback when you purchase this package including international flights with Qantas! Commence your Australia journey in cosmopolitan Sydney, fly free to Alice Springs - in the heart of the Red Centre of Australia, continue to Uluru National Park and be awe inspired by the majesty of Ayers Rock before ending your adventure in cosmopolitan Melbourne.
While at Uluru, take in the limited time only Field of Light art installation by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. See 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres that will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Pathways will draw viewers into the installation, which will come to life under a sky brilliant with stars.
- Roundtrip International Qantas Economy Class Flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas or New York JFK (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- 3 nights accommodation Sydney at 4.5* Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
- 1 night accommodation Alice Springs at 4* Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Hotel
- Half day a "town like Alice" tour
- Alice Springs to Ayers Rock coach tour
- 2 nights Ayers Rock at the 3.5* The Lost Camel Hotel - Standard Room
- Field of Light Star Pass
- Uluru highlights sunrise tour
- 3 nights accommodation Melbourne at 4* Vibe Savoy Hotel
- Airport transfers by seat in coach shuttle in Sydney, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock & Melbourne
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Discounted Sightseeing packages available in Sydney & Melbourne
Day 1 - Depart
Qantas is the number one way to travel to Australia and your vacation begins the second you step onboard a Qantas flight with Australia just a movie, meal, sleep away. With over 95 years of experience in long haul travel, Qantas strives to ensure every passenger in every cabin has the most comfortable and authentic experience. Qantas offers direct service from Los Angeles, San Francisco Dallas Fort Worth & New York JFK (add $200) - add on fares with American Airlines available from other cities.
The Qantas onboard experience has a class for every passenger from First suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins and offers the best in comfort, Australian food and wine, amenities and exceptional service. All cabins experience the latest in inflight entertainment and technology including premium content from HBO, new movie releases, TV programs and an extensive music library with over 1500 entertainment choices.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive
On arrival in Sydney shuttle service transfer to the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park for your three nights stay.
ACCOMMODATION - Located directly on Hyde Park with its picturesque fountains and ponds and just minutes from the central business and shopping districts, the hotel offers 241 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites plus two exclusive Executive Floors. All rooms feature high-speed internet access, remote control LCD televisions, individual climate control air conditioning, convenient mini-kitchenette including microwaves, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities and luxuriously large corner baths. Windows on the Park Restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Bar 36 opens each evening. The hotel is complimented by the rooftop recreation deck with a well equipped fitness centre, heated outdoor pool, steam room featuring views over the city and park.
Days 4 & 5 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $270 per person
- Panoramic City Sights small group half day
First stop is Observatory Hill which has a beautiful view of the Harbour and Harbour Bridge from the Gazebo Platform. Learn about the arrival of the first fleet and convicts, and see the historic Rocks area. Drive through the city to view iconic buildings on the way to Mrs Macquarie's Chair with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Icebergs Restaurant South Bondi around the Esplanade to North Bondi. Then head to Watsons Bay for views of the city and shimmering water, and South Head. Travel back into the city and cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to North Head to view Balmoral Beach and enjoy a leisurely walk. Visit a secret location in Middle Head with amazing panoramic views of all of the Sydney region from North Head to the South including the City. Tour concludes at Taronga Zoo Ferry Wharf with an option of taking the ferry back to Circular Quay or enjoying the rest of the day at Taronga Zoo (entry at own expense). Or re-join your vehicle for transfer back to the city with drop off at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.
- Sydney Harbour small group Harbour
Board your Sensational Sydney Cruises vessel at Circular Quay to commence a morning two hour Harbour Highlights cruise. 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.
- Blue Mountains Day small group day Tour
Enjoy a small group tour to the Blue Mountains and see hidden locations and beautiful views of the region. This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, travelling in the luxury of a Mercedes Benz minivan. 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.
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Day 6 - Enjoy your complimentary flight to the
Outback! - Sydney - Alice Springs
Depart Sydney for Alice Springs and you be transferred on arrival to by shuttle service to the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
The outback town of Alice Springs is the gateway for exploring the Red Centre. Perhaps visit the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station and the School of the Air.
Accommodation - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is the centre of entertainment in Alice Springs with two bars, three restaurants including Juicy Rump bar and grill, Tali featuring contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of the Outback, and Tempo an exclusive tapas, wine and cocktails bar, as well as an international standard casino, 24-hour health and fitness facility, Lavish beauty salon and day spa, 205 four and a half star hotel rooms and adjoins the Alice Springs Convention Centre. Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters enjoys picture-perfect surroundings beneath the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, alongside the banks of the Todd River, and adjoining the Alice Springs Golf Course.
This afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel for your afternoon tour of Alice See the sights of 'The Alice' including the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. It features the original buildings of stone which have been restored with house furnishings and artefacts from the early 1900's. At the Royal Flying Doctor Service see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback', and at the School of the Air learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio. There may be an opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. A stop is made at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close some of the lizards and snakes that frequent Central Australia's semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
Day 7 - Alice Springs to Ayers
Travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Your friendly Driver Guide will provide comprehensive commentary of your surrounds. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short camel ride (own expense). Later you will have the opportunity to purchase a light lunch at Erldunda Road House. Marvel at majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Check into the Lost Camel Hotel.
Accommodation - Contemporary, studio-style accommodation, The Lost Camel features 99 guest rooms decorated in bright colors and crisp, clean whites. Stylishly framed photographs based on Aboriginal themes, such as hands weaving baskets or sifting through berries, adorn the walls to enhance this new hotel's distinctive, modern ethos. The lobby features modern furnishings, bright open spaces and an intimate bar and the resort offers a swimming pool and deck. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel brings a fresh, exciting feel to the Resort.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Center, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
This evening enjoy sunset over Uluru & “The Field of Light”. The Field of Light Star Pass experience begins with a convenient pick-up from the Desert Gardens Hotel and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. A knowledgeable host will provide you with insights and background to the art installation. You are welcomed at a raised viewing area from which you can watch as the last sun rays hit Uluru as the sun slowly sets behind you. As darkness gradually falls and the colored lights of the glass spheres come to life you are invited to walk through and interact with Field of Light. You are then welcomed back at the raised viewing area 30 minutes prior to departure for sparkling wine and canapés whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.
Day 8 - Ayers Rock - Uluru Sunrise
This morning you will be picked up from the Desert Gardens Hotel for your small group Uluru Highlights sunrise tour. Travel towards Uluru where its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Stop at a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith and enjoy a picnic breakfast. Travel to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python). Then drive around the base of Uluru hearing the cultural stories of the Mala people before returning to the resort.
This afternoon consider adding an afternoon camel ride through the desert (additional cost applies) Catch the camel train and ride the good-natured camels for 45 minutes through beautiful sand dune country with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your stunning backdrop. The knowledgeable cameleer describes the landscape around you on your ride. Back at the farm explore the camel museum and learn about the importance of camels to the history of the Red Centre.
This evening consider the Sounds of Silence Dinner (additional cost applies) Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, eating beautifully prepared food under the sparkling outback sky. The journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes participants to an uninterrupted, 360 degree view of this vast landscape. In front is the fabled Uluru; behind are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, feast on a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as the resident astronomer takes diners on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As dinner winds down, select from a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine.
Day 9 - Ayers Rock -
Enjoy 3 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.
ACCOMMODATION - Blending the zest of the Vibe brand with the beautiful facade and internal grandeur of an art deco heritage building, Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is opposite Southern Cross station and a couple of blocks from the hub of Collins Street. The exciting Melbourne CBD is made up of precincts, each with their own flavor, which makes Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne the perfect base.
Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades, intimate spaces and mystery, as well as home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Melbourne also has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. With a range of galleries and museums, the city provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art. Melbournians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone, see live music, go to a football match or join in at a festival! Melbourne’s multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere – and more importantly, the city’s incredible dining scene. With a vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is sure to find something for all visitors to enjoy.
Days 10 & 11 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $220 per person.
- Morning Lanes & Arcades Tour
Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades, intimate spaces and mystery, as well as home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Melbourne also has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. With a range of galleries and museums, the city provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art. Melburnians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone, see live music, go to a football match or join in at a festival! Melbourne’s multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere – and more importantly, the city’s incredible dining scene. With a vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is sure to find something for all visitors to enjoy.
- Phillip Island Ultimate Ecotour
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. Visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action, with time to explore the historic buildings. Next, visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas in their natural environment. Take a stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies and Seal Rock Centre, before arriving at Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria's largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night.
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Day 12 - Melbourne
Depart Melbourne on Qantas for your return flight to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas or New York (addon flights available to local airports)
|26 Jul – 15 Sep 2018||$2,849|
|16 Sep – 24 Sep 2018||$2,949|
|25 Sep – 31 Oct 2018||$3,249|
|01 Nov – 10 Dec 2018||$3,199|
Note: Daily departures, this
package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a
group tour), the above costs apply for travel within each date band
when you depart & return within these dates, ask an Aspire Down
Under consultant for a quote when your travel dates cross over the
Single Supplement: From $749
Additional Charges: ETA to enter Australia $25 per person
Additional departure gateways & pricing
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $200 from New York JFK, Add $250 from Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Add $380 from Boston, Miami, Add $450 from Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
- Upgrade to premium economy from $700 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $2,000 per person each way*
- Upgrade to International First Class suite from $6,900 per person each way*
- Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Based on Monday through Thursday travel 01 Apr - 21 Jun & 24 Jul - 17 Sep - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday and for other dates.
On Board Qantas
On Board Dining - On selected international flights, you’ll be treated to a continuous refreshment service every 60-90 minutes and, to add variety, a third main meal option for long haul flights. On the A380s and refurbished B747s you’ll find a self-serve snack bar.
Entertainment - personal on-demand, in-flight entertainment system* throughout your journey. Access over 1500 options using your in-seat control or touch screen monitor. Options include a variety of movies, TV programs, CD playlists, moving maps, interactive games and radio channels.
Amenities - Complimentary comfort kit to help you stay refreshed. Your handy zip lock pouch contains eyeshades, toothbrush and toothpaste. Socks are available on request. Enjoy a soft blanket and cotton pillow to keep you cozy throughout your flight
Consider adding one of these Australian experiences to your package
Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Dallas on Qantas (add $200 for Qantas JFK flight) for purchase by 31 July 2018; $60 supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sunday. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout 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.
A passport with extended validity past your travel dates and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can issue your ETA for a processing fee of $25 per person. A copy of the picture page of your passport and payment for your ETA is required at the time of booking.