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8 Days/5 nights: Don’t miss the spectacular showcase that is Vivid Sydney - a celebration of light, music and ideas from 25 May to 16 June 2018. The city transforms into a night time wonderland through large-scale illuminations, laser lightshows and 3D-mapped projections.
The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails in the evening is the moment when the spectacular Vivid Sydney light show begins. Follow the series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installation trails through the spectacular waterside precincts of the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and The Rocks.
If you have traveling for the first time or looking for a reason to return, this 5-night Vivid package showcases the very best of Sydney including special airfare nonstop from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney with United Airlines, free hotel nights and discounted touring to bring amazing value. Throughout your time in Sydney enjoy a city sights tour, evening harbor cruise and tour & dine at the Sydney Opera House.
Day 1 - Depart San Francisco or Los Angeles
with United Airlines non-stop to
United offers daily nonstop service to Sydney from its hub at San Francisco International and Los Angeles onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.
United Polaris business class features flatbed sets and a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience. Consider upgrading your flight for an additional $3,749 per person round trip
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 -
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbour. The harbour provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sightseeing at the Sydney Opera House. On arrival into Sydney transfer by shuttle service to the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central.
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 5 nights In the heart of central Sydney, opposite Central Railway Station, the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central is located minutes from Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel features 116 rooms and suites with modern decor and clean simple lines. Convenient to the transport hub of central Sydney and with secure on-site parking facilities guests can easily explore Sydney's iconic destinations and venues. All rooms feature flat screen LCD televisions, IPOD docking stations, wireless and broadband internet access and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Or, for additional $250 per person upgrade to the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 5 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 4 - Sydney - Half
Day City Sights tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Sydney Sights tour. First stop is Observatory Hill which has a beautiful view of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney 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 Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Bondi Icebergs Club, 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 skyline. 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.
Day 5 -
Explore the Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour Vivid Sydney
See inside the world's most recognizable 'sails' and experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building, your guide will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. After your tour, please proceed to the Opera Bar and enjoy a three-choice menu. Sit back and be spoilt for choice as you relish some of Sydney's best cuisine and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. The perfect way to experience one of the world's most stunning icons.
At 6:30pm be a part of Vivid Sydney on a private 52-foot Motor Cruiser, with maximum 16 passengers on board. Enjoy light canapes and unlimited beverages as you cruise the magnificent Sydney Harbour marveling at the shoreside projections along the foreshore from Fort Denison, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour from the water. Cruise duration is approximately 2 hours. .
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Day 6 -
Sydney at your leisure or Optional Sydney
Enjoy a full day to explore Sydney at your own pace. Consider hopping on a ferry to Manly and enjoy al fresco dining in this scenic beach community or visit Iconic Bondi Beach and walk the Bondi to Bronte coastal trek or take a surfing lesson.
This evening consider adding an optional (additional cost
applies) Vivid Sydney BridgeClimb:
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.
Wearing your flashing Vivid Sydney Climb Vest, you’ll climb the Bridge above the bright, bold and beautiful Vivid Sydney lights before dancing under the stars on our illuminated 70’s style multi-colored flashing dance floor.
The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 meters 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 Sydney Harbour surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalized commemorative climber certificate and climber cap.
Day 7 -
Sydney at Leisure or add World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains day
tour for $140 per person
Consider enhancing your Sydney experience by adding a full day tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. 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 Sydney Harbour Bridge and pass the Sydney Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude at approximately 4.30 -5.00pm.
Day 8 -
Depart Sydney to San Francisco or Los Angeles
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle service to Sydney International airport. Fly to San Francisco or Los Angeles with United Airlines, arriving the same day.
|Costing||01 Apr – 31 Aug 2018|
For the $1,749 package the single supplement is from $350
For the $1,999 package the single supplement is from $600
Upgrade to Polaris lie flat business class bed for an additional $3749 per person
Upgrade to 5* Amora Hotel Jamison for an additional $250 per person
Terms & Conditions:
Package pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel 01 April – 31 August for purchase by 30 June 2018; Note: Vivid Sydney festival takes place 25 May – 16 June, for travel outside of these dates a Sydney harbor day time cruise will be substituted in the package. 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.
An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can process the ETA on your behalf for a processing fee of $25 per person. A valid passport with at least six months validity is required.