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Enjoy the best of Australia with twelve nights in Sydney, Melbourne and Port Douglas - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. If you like to be where the action is, you can't beat Sydney and Melbourne. Vibrant cities with something for everyone: adventure, shopping, beaches each with it's own distinct character. Fly to 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. Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Inclusions:

  • Flights Los Angeles - Melbourne – Cairns – Sydney – Los Angeles. (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
  • Private car transfers airport – hotel – airport, Sydney/Melbourne/Cairns/Port Douglas
  • 4 nights at the Crown Metropole
  • 3 hour Lane & Arcades Walk
  • Day Tour - Australia's famous Birds & Animals
  • Day Tour - Phillip Island and 'Little Penguins'
  • Stay 4 fabulous nights at the 5 star Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Spa & Resort
  • Port Douglas day tour - Cruise to the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Port Douglas day tour - Discover the rainforest
  • 5 star Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney during your 4 nights stay.
  • Half Day tour - Sydney harbour cruise aboard a luxurious 52 foot Motor Yacht.
  • Sydney Half Day tour options - select one of these three tours:
  • Sydney tour bike OR Sydney highlights tour OR Bondi Beach surf lesson
  • Sydney Day tour option - Sydney tour options - select one of these two tours:
  • Blue Mountains OR Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb
  • SPECIAL OFFER YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR ITINERARY (at additional cost) Port Douglas - zip-line through the rainforest canopy

Itinerary
This itinerary can be fully customized; to tailor this package to your specific requirements please call an Aspire specialist at 1-877-727-7473

Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 -  Arrive Melbourne
Private car and driver transfer from Melbourne airport to accommodation.

Accommodation - Crown Metropole
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OK so the Crown Metropole is really cool. It features an unparalleled luxury hotel experience with modern and unmistakably stylish accommodation. In a city renowned for its cuisine, Crown offers some of Melbourne's finest and most cosmopolitan dining.

Days 4-6 - Melbourne touring
Every evening at sunset the ‘Little Penguins’ come out of the surf and return to the beach. They waddle up to their burrows, just as their ancestors have done for thousands of generations. They meander straight past eager visitors who wait in anticipation of the night’s performance. Watch this miracle unfold in front of you, from a raised platform as they return to their nests in the sand dunes.

The best way to get to know Australia’s famous mammals and birds in the wild is in natural bushland close to Melbourne. See wild Kangaroos, Koalas, Emus, Cockatoos, Wallabies... and so much more with your passionate field guide! While on tour you will have the chance to participate in voluntary activities that actually help the wildlife you see.

Enjoy a 3 hour walk through the beautiful lanes and historic shopping arcades to discover local designers, specialty retailers along with a little history and amazing architecture. Your guide will dazzle you with local stories and will reveal a whole new side of Melbourne.

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Day 7 -  Melbourne to Cairns
Private car and driver transfer from hotel to Melbourne airport. Fly Melbourne to Cairns. Private car and driver transfer from Cairns airport to Port Douglas accommodation.

Accommodation - Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Spa & Resort
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Stay 4 fabulous nights at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Spa & Resort – located on the secluded beach front of Four Mile Beach, this resort has been designed with your relaxation in mind. The resort centers around an expansive lagoon pool, lush tropical gardens or tranquil rolling fairways of the golf course.

Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef
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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Day 9 - Discover the Rainforest
Discover the rainforest though 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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Day 10 - Port Douglas
At your leisure or consider this SPECIAL OFFER YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR ITINERARY (at additional cost) please speak with an Artisan specialist.

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 11 - Cairns to Sydney
Private car and driver transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns airport. Fly Cairns to Sydney. Private car and driver from Sydney airport to accommodation

Accommodation - Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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Be bedazzled by Sydney! One of the most famous sights in the world greets you as you awake from the soothing comforts of your luxurious bed. The stunning Opera House glows a pearlescent white against the blue of the sky and the sea, while the Harbour Bridge stands majestically for all to see. The city is a palette of exuberant colors, all vying for your attention. Such is the spectacle from your room at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney during your 4 nights stay.

Day 12 - Sydney - Half Day Touring
A choice - select one out of the following three activities:

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.
OR
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.
OR
Surfing at Bondi Beach is about as ‘Aussie’ as you can get. Take a private lesson no matter what your skill level and you can become part of the local beach culture. This is a fun way to meet locals and enjoy the beach lifestyle Australia is famous for.

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Day 13 - Sydney - Half Day Harbour Cruise
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 14 - Sydney - Blue Mountains Day Tour or Sydney Harbour Night Bridgeclimb
A choice - select one of these very different activities:

Enjoy a tour to the stunning Blue Mountains that includes time for a 3 hour bushwalk through the National Park! Start the day by seeing kangaroos in the wild and the Katoomba ‘Three Sisters’ before doing you choice of 2 – 4 mile self guided bush walk with a picnic lunch.
OR
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on this climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.

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Day 15 Depart Sydney
Private car and driver transfer from Sydney accommodation to airport. Flight to US.

Costing
Per Person (from) Los Angeles
Now - 31 March 2016 $5,249 pp

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Conditions

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