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This nine day itinerary to Melbourne & Tasmania takes you to Australia's most livable city with its laneways and arcades ideal for exploring and onto coastal Victoria to see the natural phenomenon of the Little Penguins coming to shore each evening on Phillip Island. A short flight over the Tasman Sea takes you to the Island state of Tasmania and its capital, the stunning harborside city Hobart. Explore Hobart by half day tram tour and consider an optional full day tour to the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur historic site, a symbol of Australia's 19th century convict system. Enjoy free hotel nights and special touring offers as we transport you around Australia with Virgin Australia.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
  • Virgin Australia Internal Australia flights – Melbourne to Hobart round trip
  • 3 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Metropol – Luxe King Room
  • Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
  • Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
  • 3 Nights at the Rydges Hobart in a Manor King Suite
  • Half day tramcar tour of Hobart
  • Airport shuttle transfers Sydney & Hobart
  • All hotel & airport taxes
  • 24-hour local support whilst traveling from our affiliate office in Sydney

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles non-stop to Melbourne with Virgin Australia
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 Melbourne. Considering upgrading your flight? For a limited time you can upgrade to Virgin Australia's Premium cabin from $499 each way or Virgin Australia's "The Business" cabin from $1,999 each way

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 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.

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Australian Tennis Open Championship
If your visit to Melbourne takes place between 15 - 28 January 2018, consider adding tickets to the Australian Tennis Open which takes over the city for two weeks of tennis action and world class entertainment.

Schedule of play:
15 & 16 January - First Round
17 & 18 January - Second Round
19 & 20 January - Third Round
21 & 22 January - Fourth Round
23 & 24 January - Quarter Finals
25 & 26 January - Semi Finals
27 & 28 January - Finals

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Ask an Aspire Down Under consultant about adding a Ground Pass or Rod Laver Arena ticket for a day or night session. Even if you are not huge tennis fans we encourage you to spend the day or night at the Open and soak in the atmosphere whilst enjoying concerts, entertainment and several restaurants at this uniquely Australian event.

Day 4 - Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades 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.

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Day 5 - Melbourne - Phillip Island
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.

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Day 6 - Melbourne - Hobart, Tasmania.
You will be collected and transferred by shuttle service to Melbourne airport. Fly from Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania. Transfer by shuttle service to accommodation.

Hobart and the surrounding area offer a fantastic contrast. Cruise the Derwent river, sip coffee under the sun umbrellas of Salamanca Square or soak up the seafaring vibe of Hobart’s first suburb, Battery Point. Just 20 minutes from Hobart’s 19th century sandstone warehouses lies windswept Mount Wellington. A little further to the south-east, wind past the Coal Valley’s cool-climate wineries to the historic towns of Huonville and Richmond. In the coastal hamlet of Kettering, you can take a car ferry to Bruny Island or a wildlife cruise past crags, caves and sea cliffs. From crescent-shaped Cockle Creek, you can sense the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Southwest National Park even if you never step beyond the beach. Learn about life as a mid-19th century prisoner at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.

 

ACCOMMODATION - Rydges Hobart is a place where the charm and grace of the old blends with the polish of the new. This hotel provides guests with intimacy and attention that only a small boutique property can offer. Rydges Hobart's heritage listed buildings and antique suites capture the essence of historic Hobart and provide the perfect base for exploring this cities spectacular sights.

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Day 7 - Half day tramcar tour of Hobart
The city sights historic tour is nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the most enjoyable and informative historical tours in Tasmania. Experience a comprehensive commentary of Hobart's city and suburbs' history, features and attractions, provides a view of the city and Tasmanian Life style. The tour includes 5 stops, live commentary, historic sights and attractions, explorer Coach Tram tour.

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Day 8 - Optional tour - Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian Devils
Consider the following optional tour from $110 per person

After a short drive to the Tasman Peninsula, visit some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, with stops at the Tasman Arch, the Devils Kitchen and the amazing Waterfall Bay. Continue down the Devil Conservation Park, where you can witness the Devils feeding, followed by the excellent Kings of the Wind free flight bird show. The afternoon is spent at Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore the site, feel the isolation of the convicts, discover the grim and violent history. Enjoy an afternoon of discovery with plenty of time to explore ruins and spooky corners. The afternoon includes a guided walking tour and a short harbor cruise. Finish the day with spectacular views from a local Hobart lookout and a stroll through Tassie's prettiest historic village Richmond; with Australia's oldest bridge, hand built by convicts.

Day 9 - Depart Hobart for the US
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle service to Hobart airport. Board Virgin Australia for your flight back to Los Angeles via Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane (daily schedule varies).

 

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Costing

6 - 30 Nov 17 $1,999
15 Jan - 21 Jun 18 $1,999
24 Jul - 17 Sep 18 $1,999

 

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 are outside of the above date bands.

Single Supplement $549

Child package price sharing same room $1,299

Additional adult package price sharing same room $1,749

Additional Charges ETA to enter Australia $25 per person 

Additional departure gateways & pricing Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $190 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, Add $300 from NYC, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Add $380 from Boston, Miami, 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 premium economy from $499 per person each way*
  • Upgrade to "The Business" from $1,999 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 travel - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday

 

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On Board Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia launched over a decade ago and instantly changed the way people fly. Today, Virgin Australia represents a new level of style, sophistication and professionalism. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, superior products and award-winning service set them apart and lets you enjoy a world-class experience on every flight.

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Terms & Conditions:

$1999pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday 06-30 November 2017 & 15 January – 21 June & 24 July - 17 September 2018 for purchase by 15 December 2017; $60pp air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sundays. $40 per person supplement applies for a Saturday night at the Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne. $175 per person per night supplement applies for stays at the Crown Metropol Melbourne over the following dates: 26-28Jan18; 02-05, 09-12 Mar18; 15-19 Apr18. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities.

Certain blackout 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. Full payment is required at the time of booking.

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.