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Arrive Sydney, blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. 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. Fly direct into Uluru (Ayers Rock)in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. And finally south to the countryside of the famous Barossa Valley renowned for its excellent wines and local produce and fabulous Kangaroo Island – you will be spoiled with an abundance of unique Australian wildlife in the wild and amazing natural wonders. Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Inclusions:

  • Flights Los Angeles - Sydney – Cairns – Ayers Rock - Adelaide - Sydney – Los Angeles.
  • (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
  • Private car transfers airport – hotel – airport, Cairns/Port Douglas and Sydney
  • 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
  • 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
  • Uluru - shared transfers airport - hotel - airport
  • 2 nights at the Sails in the Desert Resort, Superior Room
  • 'Tali Wiru' - Dining under the Southern Desert Sky
  • Afternoon Tour - Kata Tjuta
  • Sunrise Tour - Uluru
  • Roundtrip airfare from Adelaide to Kingscote on Regional Express
  • Private car transfers on Kangaroo Island airport – hotel – airport
  • 2 nights at Stranraer Homestead, Kangaroo Island
  • 2 days or touring with Exceptional Kangaroo Island in small 4WD vehicle
  • 2 days of car rental - Intermediate 4 door sedan Automatic with air-conditioning.
  • 2 nights at Kingsford Homestead, Barossa Valley
  • Day Tour - Barossa Valley
  • 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 Sydney
Private car and driver transfer from airport to hotel

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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 -  Sydney to Cairns
Private car and driver transfer from hotel to Sydney 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 Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta afternoon tour, Tali Wiru dinner
Private car and driver transfer from Port Douglas to Carins airport. Fly Cairns to Uluru. Complimentary resort transfer from Uluru airport to accommodation.

Ayers Rock/Uluru is in the center of Australia. The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the Australia. Uluru is sacred to the people of the area and on this vacation an Aboriginal guide to give you a firsthand account of the stories and importance of this sacred place.

Accommodation - Sails in the Desert Resort
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Spend 2 nights at Sails Resort. In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert hotel, shading luxury five star rooms and suites.

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.

This evening 'Tali Wiru', meaning 'Beautiful Dune' in local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky. Instead of walls, this open-air restaurant has magnificent views of Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, and for music there's the stillness of the desert at night and the classic sounds of the didgeridoo. After dinner, a local storyteller will captivate you with stories of Aboriginal history, language, spirituality, land and culture.

Day 12 - Uluru Sunrise tour
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.

Rest of day at your leisure

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Day 13 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Complimentary resort transfer to Uluru airport. Fly Uluru to Adelaide. Fly on Regional Express Adeliade to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Private transfer to accommodation.

Accommodation - Stranraer Homestead, Kangaroo Island
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If you want to enjoy extraordinary wildlife encounters, excellent local produce and warm hospitality, then Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia is a destination without peer. The Island's diverse landscapes provide habitat for sea-lions, fur seals, endemic kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 260 bird species (many rare or endangered), 4 species of possums, bandicoots and even whales. Spend 2 days and 2 nights at the 3.5 star Stranraer Homestead in this sanctuary!!

Day 14 Kangaroo Island
Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Stroll through a eucalypt forest spotting koalas snoozing overhead. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the North Coast. Visit the habitat of the world’s rarest cockatoo and seek out wallabies and kangaroos in the wild. After a delicious seafood barbecue lunch, visit Seal Bay where you can walk amongst the Australian Sea Lions with your guide.

Day 15 Kangaroo Island - Adelaide - Barossa Valley
Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Travel to Flinders Chase National Park, which provides a breeding habitat for the rare Cape Barren Goose and is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and a myriad of bird species. Visit Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, Admirals Arch a spectacular coastal grotto and a New Zealand fur seal colony before enjoying an elegant picnic lunch in the bush.

Transfer to Kingscote and flight to Adelaude on Regional Express. Collect rental vehicle. Drive from the airport to the Barossa Valley (about 45 mins). The distances are short, the roads excellent and well signposted and the scenery changes at every turn.

Accommodation - Kingsford Homestead, Barossa Valley
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Spend 2 nights in a luxury country retreat on the edge of the Barossa Valley. 4 star Kingsford Homestead has been home to a wealthy pastoralist and then the set of the TV Series McLeod’s Daughters. Now you too can stay in this stylish home and wine and dine in style!!

Day 16 Barossa Valley 
Meet MaryAnne Kennedy, a local wine buff who knows everyone! To really get to know South Australia and enjoy yourself it helps to meet interesting people and learn by experiencing the best food and wines that this wondrous place has to offer. MaryAnne offers quality niche tours.

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Day 17 Depart Adelaide
Return rental vechile. Flights to US.

Costing
Per Person (from) Los Angeles
Now - 31 March 2016 $8,975 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.