Fly free to the Outback with Virgin Australia from $2,999 per person

Posted on Friday, 10 Feb 2012 03:01 AM

Purchase the following package to Sydney, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs & The Great Barrier Reef and your flight to Ayers Rock at a $175 per person value is on us!
Book by September 15, 2015

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See the diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders that Australia has to offer with cosmopolitan Sydney, the Red Centre at Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs & then onto Cairns and journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest.

Inclusions

  • Round trip International airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles in Economy class
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Internal Australian flights
  • 4 nights accommodation Sydney at the 4* Mercure Sydney Potts Point
  • 2 nights accommodation Ayers Rock at the 3.5* Outback Pioneer Hotel
  • Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon to Alice Springs coach tour including breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation Alice Springs at 4* Lasseters Hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation Port Douglas at 4* Mantra Aqueous on Port
  • Airport transfers from Cairns to Port Douglas round trip
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart US

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive 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. 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.

Enjoy Four nights in this stunning harbour city at the 4* Mercure suydney

Day 4 - 6 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one or more of our great value day touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

Exclusive - Our favourite Small Group touring - Buy 1 tour get the 2nd 50% off
Blue Mountains Day Tour with Diamond Tours
Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Head out of Sydney and visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience Scenic Skyway with the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, then visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and watch artists perform traditional song and dance whilst playing the didgeridoo. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look into Aboriginal Art & Culture which dates back 40,000 years and listen as they explain their way of life and living off the land. Enjoy a hot lunch, then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.
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Other Sydney touring options to consider (additional cost applies):

Tour Sydney differently! Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.

Not feeling so energetic? See Sydney’s best spots on an air-conditioned luxury mini coach tour with full commentary from an expert driver / guide. See the historic Rocks area, the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s shopping heart! Visit trendy local suburbs and famous beaches. See fabulous views of the city from many great vantage points that allow you time to get a real feel for the city.

If there is one thing you should do in Sydney, that is to experience Sydney Harbour like a local. On board the luxurious Calypso motor yacht you will experience the harbour like you would if you had your own boat. As well as fabulous sightseeing, you can swim, fish, kayak, relax and sunbake at your leisure after your gourmet barbeque lunch served with local wine and beer.

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Day 7 - Fly Sydney - Ayers Rock 
Enjoy your complimentary flight to the Outback!

Depart Sydney for Ayers Rock and take the courtesy shuttle transfer on arrival to the Outback Pioneer hotel - your base for two nights.

Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Centre, 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 located Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to the Resorts' 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 consider adding the Sounds of Silence Dinner  - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing:

A gourmet desert barbecue under the stars, Sounds of Silence is a unique outback experience. The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of Kata-Tjuta (Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock), the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo, sumptuous outback fare and the star filled heavens.

Day 8 - Ayers Rock - Morning Sunrise or Afternoon Kata Tjuta
Consider adding one or more of our great value touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

As the sun rises over the desert walk around the base of Uluru. Enjoy a picnic breakfast and explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Visit water holes and rock art sites and embrace the culture and stories of the Anangu people.

In the afternoon visit Kata Tjuta – a place where unique floras and fauna thrive. Learn about the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal’s ceremonial site. Listen to the wind, wonder at the dome walls and embrace the spirituality of this amazing location.

Enjoy a camel ride amongst the red sand dunes to watch the sunset over Uluru and the surrounding plains. After the ride, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and snacks at the camel farm. Or Enjoy a camel ride amongst the red sand dunes to watch the sunrise over Uluru and the surrounding plains. After the ride, enjoy billy tea at the camel farm.

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Day 9 - Kings Canyon & Alice Springs
An AAT Kings coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Kings Canyon and Outback Panorama tour. Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at lookout points. Time permitting, stop at the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor is available. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort for lunch (own expense), then commence the journey to Alice Springs. Tour concludes between 7.30pm - 8.30pm depending on the time of year, at which time you will be dropped off at Lasseters Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 10 - Alice Springs to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Alice Springs - 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. Join the optional "A Town Like Alice" tour this afternoon to take in the main sights of this Outback town (additional cost applies)

This afternoon take a taxi to Alice Springs airport & fly to tropical North Queensland. Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Take the Skyrail gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal Park is a must to learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. An hour north of Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches.

Upon arrival into Cairns you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Port Douglas & 4* Mantra Aqueous on Port Hotel for your four nights stay

Days 11 - 13 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one or more of our great value day touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

Cruise to the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, to find superb, completely unspoiled reefs. Snorkel or dive in small groups at 3 different sites to see a spectacular array of fish, sea creatures and coral in the clear waters. Float in this amazing aquatic world a million miles from your office.

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Discover the rainforest through the eyes of the 60,000 year old indigenous culture of Australia. Spend the day with local Aboriginal guides as they take you wandering through the coastal mud flats in search of lunch, teach you the art of dot painting, then talk about the magic and magnificence of the rainforest. View the world in a totally new way…

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Find you inner child and challenge your need for the predictable as you zip-line through the rainforest canopy above the bustling forest floor. Fly through the trees, rediscover your sense of adventure, and take away a new understanding and appreciation of the vibrant and intricate life of the rainforest.

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Day 14 - Depart Cairns for US (via Brisbane or Sydney)   

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Costing for travel (starting from*) 3-star
1 May - 17 September 2015 $2,999
18 September 2015 - 31 March 2016 Contact Us

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Additional departure gateways & pricing: 

    • Upgrade to premium economy from $600 per person each way
    • Upgrade to business class from $2,300 per person each way
    • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
    • Addons available from most major airports sample fares include – Add $350 from NYC region, $320 from Chicago, $260 from Seattle, $200 from San Francisco – ask an Artisan consultant for a quote from your local airport

Conditions

From pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2016 for purchase by 31 July 2015. 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.