Long hot days with cooling tropical breezes and the friendliest hosts in the world make the island nation of Fiji the perfect stopover enroute to the Land Down Under. The spirit, culture and beauty of Fiji and its people will captivate you. Castaway Island, one of Fiji's most popular resorts is set on a private island with beautiful white sand beaches and surrounded by vibrant coral reefs. Your home for the next five nights is a spacious and secluded traditional thatched Fijian style bure nestled in lush tropical gardens. Relax and unwind in true island style.
Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The white-sailed Sydney Opera House over the waters of Sydney Cove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy. Situated in the heart of the city center, the Radisson Blu Plaza hotel is close to the Sydney Opera House and stunning Sydney harbour.
- Round trip flights on Fiji Airways from Los Angeles to Fiji & Sydney
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- 5 Nights accommodation 5*
Radisson Blu Sydney
- 4 Nights accommodation 4.5* Castway Island in an Island Bure
- Seat in coach airport transfers in Fiji & Sydney
- Launch transfers to Castaway Island in the air-conditioned Captains Lounge
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- All hotel, local and VAT (Goods & services taxes)
- Additional sightseeing options available
Day 1 - Depart US
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive
Transfer to Castaway Island, or by its traditional Fijian name "Qalito", a small reef-ringed island in the Mamanuca Group a leisurely 2 hour cruise. Enjoy the warm Fijian breeze or inside in the air-conditioned Captains Lounge.
Days 4 - 7 - Castaway
Castaway provides a unique South Pacific island experience - a great way to relax, unwind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures: comfortable accommodations, great food and a host of day and night time activities from which to choose. The island's 174 acres are covered with lush tropical vegetation, surrounded by white sand beaches and encircled by vibrant coral reefs. The moment you come ashore you sense the difference, for Castaway is not just an island – it is people – the warmest, friendliest bunch of Fijians you are ever likely to meet.
Whether you decide to windsurf, paddleboard, or sail a catamaran around the lagoon, it's all in a day's activity at Castaway. View the living coral reef by snorkeling or through a glass bottomed boat – all with our compliments. Use of water sports equipment is available free of charge. At Castaway Island scuba diving is an activity for the whole family. There is something for everyone no matter what level of experience you have. For those that have never tried scuba diving there are introductory courses – a great way to discover the underwater world. Even children as young as age eight can try diving under the supervision of our PADI accredited instructors. For certified divers there is shark and moray eel encounters and exploratory dive trips as well as a whole range of diver’s gadgets to try out.
Castaway buffet breakfast - Fiji's tropical fruits and juices, cereals, a selection of hot dishes and accompaniments including bacon, sausages, eggs any style, fresh baked croissants, hotcakes and Danish pastries, tea selection and fresh brewed coffee. An all day casual dining menu features light snacks and meals throughout the day to early evening.
At night, dine alfresco under a canopy of Castaway stars overlooking the clear waters of the Pacific. The a la carte menu features the freshest Fijian seafood and crustaceans, with prime grade beef, poultry and local Fijian specialties together with fresh vegetables, crisp salads and crusty home baked breads - complemented by a hand selected wine list. Additionally gourmet wood fired pizzas are available in the Sundowner Bar.
Castaway offers sixty six spacious, traditionally thatched Fijian style bures (bungalows) with a choice of beach front, ocean view or island location. All bures feature one king size bed and most include two additional single beds in their configuration, with those bures comfortably sleeping up to four persons. In the interests of maintaining the quality of the Castaway Island experience, our policy is set to limit a maximum of four persons per bure (or up to ten persons in our one family beach bure). Each traditionally thatched bure features a high vaulted "tapa" lined ceiling with overhead fans. In most bures, sleeping and living quarters are separate with the emphasis being on privacy and comfort. All bures feature quality island style furnishings, fabrics and linen. Additionally a refrigerator together with tea and coffee making facilities are provided. All bures have a large ensuite bathroom including separate shower, toilet and vanity area complete with hairdryer and toiletries with a Fijian flair.
Day 8 - Fiji -
On arrival into Sydney meet your shuttle driver for a seat in coach transfer to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney.
ACCOMMODATION - Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of the city.
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. Take a stroll through The Rocks, the site of the first European settlement. Don’t miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight.
Days 9 - 11 -
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- Panoramic City Sights Tour
Commence your morning Panoramic Sydney Sights tour with a visit to the historic Rocks area, followed by magnificent views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street, then travel through elegant Paddington with its Victorian terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte, then travel to famous Bondi Beach. See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquaries Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city center.
- Hop On, Hop Off Harbour Cruise
Commence your Hop On Hop Off cruise from Darling Harbour and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary from your Captain. Sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at harbourside attractions including Darling Harbour, Fort Denison, Garden Island (including admission to the Naval Heritage Museum), Shark Island, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Circular Quay and Manly, where you are able to hop on and off over a 24 hour period. Alternatively stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90 minute round trip journey.
- Blue Mountains Day Tour
Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the world with spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. Go through the quaint village of Leura showing the beautiful stores, houses and gardens along the way to Reids Plateau. A picturesque view of the Jamison Valley, taking in the rear view of the Three Sisters away from the crowds. Return to Sydney by way of Featherdale Wildlife Park, with a chance to cuddle up to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a cruise on Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour Circular Quay.
- Boutique Harbour Lunch Cruise
Depart Circular Quay to commence a scenic lunch cruise. Your personal 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 the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot yacht with swimming, kayaking and fishing, or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all. Included is a three course barbecue lunch with local beers and regional wines.
- Taronga Zoo
This small group tour led by an expert guide offers an excellent introduction to Australia's wildlife and brings you close to the animals. There are plenty of photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, echidnas and reptiles. Another fantastic offering from Taronga Zoo is Roar & Snore – Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. Nestled on the cliff top edge of Sydney’s stunning harbour, Taronga Roar and Snore’s is the only opportunity to camp overnight with views of Sydney Harbour and the city on one side and lions, leopards and meerkats on the other.
- Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Relax and enjoy fabulous food and wine in Australia's oldest wine growing region. Located just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley combines world renowned wines, gourmet produce and stunning countryside. The flexible itinerary gives you access to a range of boutique wineries and the opportunity to meet the wine makers. Take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the wineries, then enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the Hunter's best restaurants.
Image: Tourism Australia
Day 12 - Depart for
Transfer to Sydney International Airport by seat in coach transfer. Depart Sydney for your flight back to Los Angeles.
Note: Peak Season December, January, February pricing - Availability very restricted, package pricing may be higher Dec-Feb period, depending on availability
* Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2019 for purchase by 31 December 2018. 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.
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.