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Fly in style and comfort selecting from Premium or The Business on Virgin Australia to the Great Barrier Reef gateway of Cairns. Explore the only place on earth where two World-Heritage areas meet, adventures are as diverse as gliding above the ancient rainforest one day, to snorkeling on the world's largest coral reef the next. Enjoy free hotel nights & special values as we transport you around Australia with Virgin Australia.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Premium or Business class Airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Cairns (Addon flights from your local airport can be added at an additional cost)
  • 4 nights Cairns at the new only opened 5* Riley hotel
  • 2 Nights Daintree Rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge in a Garden Treehouse including breakfast daily
  • 2 Days medium automatic car rental
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary 

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Day 1 - Depart US 
What makes Australia truly special is not just the accents, iconic destinations and the wildlife, but the warmth of its people. You’ll experience this warmth with Virgin Australia when you fly direct from LA to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne in your choice of Premium cabin or "The Business"

International Premium - With more legroom than any other Australian airline and an intimate cabin you'll arrive at your destination feeling on top of the world. Breeze through the airport with dedicated Premium Check-in and Priority Boarding; indulge in A La Carte cuisine and enjoy the finest wines and liquers carefully selected to complement your menu.

'The Business' - Stretch out in your private cocoon-like suite as you enjoy the luxurious comfort of a fully flat bed and the convenience of direct aisle access. Request a turn down service while you refresh with a Mandarina Duck amenity kit and REN skincare products. Relish in the surrounds of The Bar as you enjoy a drink with other guests of 'The Business', or retreat for a quiet moment of reflection. Dedicated Cabin Crew are on hand to ensure that you're taken care of as your journey is every bit as important as your destination..

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Cairns
Connect via Brisbane or Sydney. Arrive Cairns and enjoy 4 nights in Tropical North Queensland. Get set for all that Cairns can throw your way. This tropical city is bustling with nightlife, restaurants, shopping and great places to stay. The majority of day tours depart from Cairns making it an ideal base to explore the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

ACCOMMODATION - Opening in November 2018, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, promises a fresh approach to hospitality. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design and a splash of fun. Residing in a prime location at the northern end of the iconic Cairns waterfront boardwalk, Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites, most with spacious balconies. Add to this a lagoon swimming pool spanning over 1,000 square metres with a private manmade beach, a day spa and a 24-hour fitness centre and you're on your way to a truly great stay.

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Image: Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Days 4 - 6 - Cairns
Explore Cairns at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $399 per person

  • Full day Great Barrier Reef tour
    Transfer to Port Douglas via one of Australia's most scenic highways. Travel aboard Quicksilver's 45.5-meter-high speed wave piercing catamaran in air-conditioned comfort to a spacious reef activity platform moored in protective lagoons at the renowned Agincourt Reef, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has facilities to enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, the underwater observatory or by snorkeling. A range of optional activities are available including up to two dives for certified divers, and novices can experience the magic of scuba with a qualified dive instructor or an Oceanwalker helmet dive. Also available are guided snorkeling tours with a marine biologist and scenic helicopter flights over the reef (all optional activities at own expense).
  • Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk
    This half day tour includes a transfer to Mossman Gorge Centre where you commence the Dreamtime Gorge Walk. Experience the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and discover pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna. Your experienced Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush soaps and ochre paints. After your guided walk, spend time browsing through the center's contemporary Indigenous art gallery, visit the gift shop or relax at the Mayi Cafe.
  • Full day Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail tour
    Heard the saying its as much about the journey as the destination? Nowhere proves this better than the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Tour. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for this breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes, taking you through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges with amazing views, including a stop at Barron Gorge. After arriving in Kuranda, your Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into selected attractions as well as a detailed map of Kuranda. Depart Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, for the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. Glide over and through the rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops enroute.
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Image: Tourism Australia / Tourism Queensland

Day 7 - Cairns to Daintree Rainforest
This morning collect your rental car and drive north towards the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, approx. 1.5 hours drive north of Cairns along one of the most scenic highway drives in Australia. Enroute consider a stop at Mossman Gorge to experience the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest and discover pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna. Continue your drive to Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, perched at the edge of the Daintree Rainforest for your two nights stay.

ACCOMMODATION - Experience the ancient wonders of the Daintree at Silky Oaks Lodge, an oasis of elegance and beauty, nestled on the edge of a World Heritage-listed rainforest. The Lodge blends contemporary design and casual sophistication, where the sights and sounds of the rainforest surround you. 36 stylish Treehouses and 4 Treehouse Suites. Only 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Silky Oaks Lodge provides the perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree River.

Day 8 - Silky Oaks Lodge
Relax and explore Silky Oaks Lodge. Take a guided rainforest walk, maybe book a spa treatment or take a 4WD safari through the Daintree Rainforest and up to Cape Tribulation (additional costs apply)

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Image: Tourism Australia

Day 9 - Depart Silky Oaks
This morning depart Silky Oaks for your drive back to Cairns Airport to board your Virgin Australia flight to Los Angeles (via Brisbane or Sydney) or your next destination within Australia

 

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Additional departure gateways & pricing 
Add on airfares available from most major airports

Premium Air addons (travel in coach to LA): 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.

Business Class addons: Add $250 from San Francisco, Add $300 from Dallas, Seattle, Add $500 from NYC, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Add $600 from Boston, Miami, Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.

* Based on Monday through Thursday travel - ask an Aspire consultant for the add-ons for travel Friday through Sunday

 

On Board Virgin Australia in 'Premium'

There are times when a journey warrants that something special: a touch of indulgence that takes you to another place. For these times, there's Virgin Australia's new Premium experience on-board our Boeing 777 aircraft.

With more legroom than any other Australian airline and an intimate cabin that enhances our award-winning service, you'll arrive at your destination feeling on top of the world.

Breeze through the airport with dedicated Premium Check-in and Priority Boarding; indulge in A La Carte cuisine, plated on fine dining crockery and hand-delivered to your seat; and enjoy the finest wines and liqeurs carefully selected to complement your menu, served in elegant glassware.

During your flight, call on your dedicated Virgin Australia Cabin Crew for a perfectly brewed Nespresso coffee, refreshing Madame Flavour tea or help yourself to our abundant self-service Premium Pantry featuring a range of beverages and light refreshments.

Relax back with luxurious pillows and blankets, as you settle in for a cosy night's sleep. And when you wake, refresh with REN skincare products and a luxury Mandarina Duck amenity kit.

Inspired by 'The Business', you'll find Virgin Australia's new Premium experience is a class apart from anything you've experienced before.

Additional benefits enjoyed by Premium guests include:

  • Generous 41 inch pitch and 9 inch recline
  • Champagne cocktail and canapes served after take-off
  • 10.6 inch Seatback In-flight entertainment screen and noise cancelling headsets
  • In-seat electrical power and USD connectivity

 

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Image: Virgin Australia

 

On Board Virgin Australia in 'The Business'

Stretch out in your private cocoon-like suite as you enjoy the luxurious comfort of a fully flat bed and the convenience of direct aisle access. Request a turn down service while you refresh with a Mandarina Duck amenity kit and REN skincare products.

At any time during your flight, you can adapt the environment to suit your mood with multiple lighting options, spaces to work, and as 18-inch screen to keep you entertained. For those traveling in pairs, our center suites provide retractable privacy screen allowing you to enjoy the in-flight experience together.

Relish in the surrounds of The Bar as you enjoy a drink with other guests of 'The Business', or retreat for a quiet moment of reflection. Dedicated Cabin Crew are on hand to ensure that you're taken care of as your journey is every bit as important as your destination.

From your welcome champagne and bespoke Luke Mangan designed dining options, to your Nespresso coffee, you'' discover your every need catered for. Indulge in A La Carte cuisine, plated on fine dining crockery and served on-demand to your suite. Create your own dish with our Breakfast Australia dining option, or if you would like to dine as soon as you're in the air, you can with Express Dining.

With the unparalleled, award-winning service Virgin Australia is famous for, you can immerse yourself in the experience as you're transported into a world unlike any other.

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Image: Virgin Australia

 

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Terms & Conditions:

$3299pp Premium Air or $6,199 business class air package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursdays. $125 supplement each way applies for travel Fri-Sun for Virgin Australia premium class. $550 supplement each way applies for travel Fri-Sun in Virgin Australia business class.

50 Day advance booking required for business class special package, if booking within 50 days of travel a supplement applies. . Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates apply - 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 check/wire transfer, 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.