This Ultimate honeymoon/romance luxury package is chock full of special values and free nights! Commence your 17 day itinerary in style traveling Virgin Australia International Premium in your dedicated cabin whilst enjoying a la carte cuisine, fine wines and generous legroom. Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. With 24 powdery-white beaches, it is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable trip like no other. Spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River, Silky Oaks Lodge is the ideal location to appreciate the natural tropical environment with a choice of Tree House accommodation. The open sided Tree House Restaurant perches high above the surrounding rainforest and river. Onto the stunning harbor city of Sydney and the InterContinental Sydney; enjoy small group Sydney sightseeing tour, Sydney harbor cruise and Sydney Opera house tour. A short 90 minutes flight to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne where you will collect a rental car and drive the short distance to the Mornington Peninusla and the fabulous Jackalope Hotel positioned on a working vineyard. End your Australian adventure in Melbourne and enjoy a walking tour of the city's laneways and arcades as well as a full day tour to see the Penguins coming to shore at Phillip Island.
- Roundtrip Virgin Australia International Premium flights from Los Angeles (addons available from your local city
- Economy class Internal Australia flights
- 3 Nights at 5* Lizard Island Resort in a Gardenview Room including Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including selected alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Catamarans, glass bottom boat trips, gymnasium, motorized dinghies, nature slide presentations, paddleskis, picnic hampers for beachside lunches, self guided island walks and nature trails and tennis.
- 2 Nights 5* Silky Oaks Lodge in a Treehouse including Full breakfast daily, Morning Yoga, One Guided Rainforest Walk, One return scheduled shuttle to Port Douglas per day, Use of river kayaks, mountain bikes, fitness center and tennis court.
- 4 nights Sydney at the 5* InterContinental Sydney
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
- Sydney Opera House tour
- 2 Days Full size car rental including daily insurance
- 2 Nights Mornington Peninsula at the 5* Jackalope Resort including full breakfast daily
- 3 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Metropol
- Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
- Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
- Car service airport transfers in Cairns & Melbourne
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
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 Brisbane. 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 in Sydney 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. Considering upgrading your flight? Consider "the business" - a life flat bed in business class from $1,400 each way.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
Arrive Brisbane & connect to Cairns
On arrival into Cairns you will be met and transferred to the Hinterland Aviation terminal for your scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island.
ACCOMMODATION - Australia's northern most resort, Lizard Island Resort is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, fringed with coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. Outstanding in every respect, the unique pleasures of Lizard Island have created an idyllic retreat known as 'one of one'. Spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole, where you'll come face to face with a massive, yet curious Potato Cod swimming right up to inspect you with child like curiosity. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorised dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try bushwalking, sailing, fishing, glass bottom boat trip (additional cost), or perhaps indulge in a pampering treatment at the luxurious Azure Spa. Dining is another of the many pleasures here. The menu, which changes daily, is fresh and creative, showcasing the finest local produce. Each of the 40 villas is elegant and spacious, with either ocean or beach views. All meals, beverages and many island activities are included.
Days 4 & 5 -
Experience Lizard Island on the reef, on land or in the tranquility of the spa. Guided and self-guided activities include snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, visits to the Research Centre, tennis under night lights, morning yoga on the beach and indulgent spa treatments.
Image: Lizard Island
Day 6 -
Lizard Island - Silky Oaks Lodge
This afternoon depart Lizard Island for Cairns, on arrival you will be met and transferred by car service to Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa in the Daintree Rainforest.
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.
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Day 7 - Silky Oaks
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)
Day 8 - Silky Oaks -
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Cairns Airport to board your Virgin Australia flight to 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. On arrival in Sydney you will be met by your driver for car service transfer to the InterContinental Hotel Sydney for your four nights stay.
ACCOMMODATION - The InterContinental Sydney is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's best hotels and a true expression in luxury and style, positioned on the edge of the world's most stunning harbour, InterContinental Sydney overlooks the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens. This premium smoke free accommodation pampers its guest with its comfortable 509 guest rooms including 28 suites which have been home to world leaders, heads of state and visiting celebrities from across the globe and Club InterContinental- Sydney's only rooftop club lounge with a wrap-around terrace. Each room contains high speed internet access, air conditioning, mini bar, digital LCD TV, pay per view movies, in room safe, work desk, free morning newspaper delivered to room, private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, luxury window seat and a picture frame view of the city skyline, Royal Botanic Gardens, Opera House or Harbour Bridge.
Day 9 -
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 Harbour and 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 Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Icebergs Restaurant 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. 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.
Image: Destination New South Wales / Tourism Australia
- Explore Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera
This morning, enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice and water.
This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year.
Image: Destination New South Wales / Tourism Australia
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):
- World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains day
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 Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude.
- BridgeClimb Sydney
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. The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres 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 the Harbour city surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalised commemorative climber certificate and climber cap
Day 12 - Sydney -
This morning you will be transferred to Sydney airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival into Melbourne collect your rental car and travel south towards the Mornington Peninsula - the playground of Melbourne's rich and famous, where the coast meets the countryside. A great option close to Melbourne and a favourite among locals for its wine, produce and miles of stunning coastline. Take a beach walk, feel the sand between your toes, encounter local wildlife... all before lunch. Taste stunning local wines and beer before soaking in the beautiful peninsula hot springs. Check into the Jackalope Resort for your two nights stay
ACCOMMODATION - The Jackalope is a luxe, modern hotel on a working vineyard just 4km from the Balbirooroo Wetlands Walk and 10km from Somers Beach. Sleek, contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows feature WiFi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add kitchenettes, private terraces and indoor/outdoor fireplaces. Choose from two upscale on site restaurants and a winery. Relax in the infinity pool overlooking the vineyards.
Day 13 - Mornington
Peninsula at leisure
Attracted by the gentle hills, kilometres of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer, not least the food and wine. The Peninsula is a glorious tapestry of changing topography, vegetation and cultivation lending itself to be one of Victoria's leading food and wine regions. Some of the most picturesque wineries in Victoria can be found throughout this area. Regarded highly as a quality cool climate wine-growing region, you will find some of the best Australian examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Enjoy seated private tastings, mouth-watering farm grown produce and meet a variety of artisans throughout this pristine coastal wine region.
Day 14 - Mornington
Peninsula - Melbourne
At your leisure today make your way to Melbourne and return your rental car to the city depot. Enjoy 3 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.
ACCOMMODATION - Crown Metropol offers fresh, vibrant, modern and stylish accommodation. From the moment you take in the hotel's elegant form and enter the uniquely designed reception area, you will feel a sense of peace and calm that makes every visit to Crown Metropol a welcome escape from day-to-day life. Crown Metropol is conveniently located adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, home to a 24 hour casino, more than 50 restaurants, cinemas, luxury and general fashion shopping and entertainment.
Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades, intimate spaces and mystery, as well as home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Melbourne also has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. With a range of galleries and museums, the city provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art. Melburnians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone, see live music, go to a football match or join in at a festival! Melbourne’s multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere – and more importantly, the city’s incredible dining scene. With a vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is sure to find something for all visitors to enjoy.
Day 15 - Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades
This morning Indulge with a casual small group guided walking tour through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafes and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
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Day 16 - Melbourne - Phillip
Late morning depart Melbourne on your small group tour for Phillip Island. Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala (small fee applies) and learn about the conservation of these amazing animals. This Eco-certified sanctuary showcases the famous and endangered faces of Australias wildlife, including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and rare fluffy gliders. From here we travel to historic Churchill Island, where you will see sheep shearing and working dogs in action. On Phillip Island we visit the stunning Cape Woolamai surf beach, see the Nobbies and Seal Rocks before arriving at the Penguin Parade where you will view the penguins from the "Penguins Plus" viewing platform; Home to Victorias largest colony of little penguins, Summerland Beach provides the backdrop to the world famous Penguin Parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and return to their sand dune burrows.
Image: Visions of Victoria
Day 17 - Depart
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Melbourne International airport. Board Virgin Australia for your flight back to Los Angeles.
Additional Charges ETA to enter Australia $25 per person
Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour), the above costs apply for travel within each date band when you depart & return within these dates, ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for a quote when your travel dates cross over the date bands.
Additional departure gateways & pricing
- Add on airfares (coach) available from most major airports - Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, Add $300 from Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Add $450 from 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
Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
- Upgrade to business class from $1,400 per person each way*
Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Based on Monday through Thursday departures for travel 01 May - 10 July 2019 - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday and for other travel periods.
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Terms & Conditions:
Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday. $125 air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday - Sundays. $50 per person supplement applies for a Saturday night at the Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates may 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.