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Fly in style and comfort to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, also known as Australia's most stylish city, with a passion for food and wine, a vibrant arts scene and home to the nation's major events and festivals. On Melbourne's doorstep you'll discover a microcosm of Australia, from wildlife to vineyards, and beaches to national parks. Whilst in Melbourne, cine at one of the city's internationally acclaimed restaurants, explore the labyrinth of laneways which are the heart of Melbourne's cafe culture and meet unique Australian wildlife on Phillip Island. Purchase this package including 4 nights accommodation at the 5* Crown Metropol for less than the cost of a business class ticket alone!

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Business class Airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Melbourne (Addon flights from your local airport can be added at an additional cost)
  • 4 nights Melbourne at the at the 5* Crown Metropol
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary 

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Day 1 - Depart US 
'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.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Melbourne
On arrival into Melbourne you will be transferred to the Crown Metropol by shuttle service. Enjoy 4 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.

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Days 4 - 6 - Melbourne
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $599 per person

  • Lanes & Arcades walking tour
    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.
  • Phillip Island Penguins Eco tour
    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.
  • Great Ocean Road
    Commence the scenic drive south west of Melbourne and onto spectacular views of the Southern Ocean known as the Surf Coast. Arrive at Split Point Lighthouse for a photo opportunity and coffee break (own expense). Wildlife in the area depending on the season may include whales, dolphins, kangaroos, echidnas and many different birds. Arrive at Apollo Bay for lunch then see koalas and kangaroos up close on the Eucalyptus Forest Walk at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge. Then visit the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck.
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Image: Tourism Australia / Visions of Victoria

Day 7 - Depart Melbourne to Los Angeles
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Melbourne International airport. Fly to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia.

 

Start Planning Your Trip

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

 

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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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Terms & Conditions:

$4999pp package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursdays. 50 Day advance booking required, if booking within 50 days of travel a supplement applies.

$550 supplement each way applies for travel Fri-Sun. 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.