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Experience Australia’s most exciting city, Sydney, and the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine producing region in Australia with the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine clad hills

  • Arrival small vehicle shuttle airport transfers in Sydney
  • 5 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison Hotel with guaranteed early check in day of arrival
  • Half day Sydney city sights small group tour
  • Sydney Fish market tour
  • Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
  • Sydney harbour cruise including gourmet lunch
  • Half day Gourmet South Sydney Tour
  • 2 Nights at the 4* Hunter Valley Resort in a Vineyard Room including breakfast daily
  • 3 days Hertz full-size automatic car rental
  • Outstanding Dining suggestions

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 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australias favorite city with the worlds most beautiful harbor. You will be transferred by small vehicle shuttle to to the Amora Jamison Hotel, where you will stay for SEVEN nights.

Relax, acclimatize and this afternoon if you feel like some exercise take a ferry or taxi to Milsons Point to Ripples, where the harbour view is just as special and the food is Italian and designed to share. It's right next door to Luna Park.

syd_amora_jamison_650.jpgThe hotel is in the heart of Sydney and is only a few minutes walk from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and the historic Rocks area. The rooms are well-appointed, contemporary in style with warm earthy tones and marble clad bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms are located on floors 4 29 with views overlooking either the city skyline, Jamison Street or Wynyard Park.

This afternoon experience a delicious tour and tasting plate package that combines The Sydney Opera House Tour with world-class delicious alfresco dining at Opera Kitchen. Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour taking you inside one of the worlds greatest buildings of all time. You will see inside the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and learn of how architect Jorn Utzons heritage-listed masterpiece came to life. You can also decide when to take your Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate or Bento Tower, before or after your tour as lunch or return for dinner at dusk or a late supper. Theres nothing more to do than sit back at Sydneys newest dining spot and indulge in our famous oysters, mini wagyu burgers, or fresh sushi and sashimi on the Bento Tower and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. Opera Kitchen is home to Sydneys best chefs, food artisans and producers that will tantalise your tastebuds and leave you spoilt for choice.

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Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 2 - Half Day Harbour Cruise
Board your Sea Sydney Cruises vessel at the Commissioner Steps Circular Quay to commence a 4 hour guided harbor cruise with commentary. Be engulfed by the beauty of Sydney as you 'cruise like a local' aboard Calypso, a 52 foot motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour past world famous, iconic landmarks before dropping anchor in a secluded cove to enjoy a three course Australian BBQ lunch accompanied by regional wines and local beers. Then there is the opportunity to go for a swim, row into the beach, try your luck at fishing or just relax. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm at the Commissioner Steps.

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This evening we recommend heading over to Surry Hills. Crown Street is home to some of the city's most innovative restaurants one to try is Marque, a meal here is a culinary performance you won't soon forget and there are plenty of atmospheric small bars for a nightcap (cost of dinner not included in package):

5/355 Crown St, Surry Hills
+61 2 9332 2225+61 2 9332 2225
A salon, a den of gastronomic indulgence, a canvas for the quirky humour and military skills of Sydney chef Mark Best. The menu is predominantly French influenced that delivers highly intelligent and original flavour combinations. New age techniques are used but without ego and only when relevant to amplifying the best aspects of an ingredient in a dish.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 3 - Half Day City Sights tour
An Ultimately Sydney Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to commence a morning Story of Sydney Tour. Introducing the citys iconic attractions, hidden gems and picture perfect photo (deletes the s) opportunities, including the Sydney Opera House, Bridge and Harbour. This tour unveils Sydneys unique culture, contemporary lifestyle and fascinating past. View some of the most exclusive suburbs, fashionable shopping strips and hip dining precincts including the historic Rocks precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Woollahra, Double Bay, Paddington, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Visit famous Bondi Beach and soak up the atmosphere of this beachside mecca. Rather than transferring back to Sydney downtown we recommend you bid farewell to your tour and spend the remainder of your afternoon at Bondi.

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For an outstanding lunch we recommend Icebergs (cost of lunch not included in package):

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Level 3/1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Phone +61 2 9365 9000+61 2 9365 9000
Icebergs is an icon for its perspective on Bondi Beach, its crashing surf below and wow views. Fortunately, despite an Italian accent, the place runs like a Swiss watch, if we may mix metaphors. Superb service, excellent Italian-ish food, people-spotting par excellence and a unique taste of the town. What else is there?

This afternoon consider a learn to surf lesson with our partners Lets Go Surfing or simply browse the boutiques & shops that line the main beach parade. Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 4 - Sydney at your leisure
Now you are orientated enjoy a day at leisure or seek out more culinary experiences - Sydney has a proliferation of amazing places and spaces to enjoy breakfast and brunch: from iconic restaurant bills, where a seat around the communal table represents prime real estate to the sprawling cantina that is Kitchen by Mike, which has a cache of cult followers who dont mind queuing at the counter for service. If your free day falls on a Saturday head east to Eveleigh Farmers Market and you will find on-the-go options such as steamed free range pork dumplings with ginger and tamari dressing from the Billy Kwong stall or the much-talked-about Oh My Goshlette omelette from Bird Cow Fish.
bills, 433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, +61 2 9360 9631+61 2 9360 9631
Kitchen by Mike, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, +61 2 9045 0910+61 2 9045 0910
Eveleigh Farmers Market, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, +61 2 8571 9099+61 2 8571 9099

Tonight bid farewell to Sydney by blowing the budget with dinner at Quay or enjoy Asian fusion at Rockpool


Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, 5 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Phone +61 2 9251 5600+61 2 9251 5600
Talk about the whole package. The site (Overseas Passenger Terminal), the views (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge) the service staff and the food. Peter Gilmores name is known internationally for his light, imaginative cuisine inspired by nature. Possibly Australias best chef, if there is such a thing, this is almost certainly one of Australias best restaurants.

11 Bridge Street, Sydney
Phone +61 2 9252 1888+61 2 9252 1888
In Neil Perry, we have one of the countrys true great chef/restaurateurs and Rockpool is his empires flagship, his first child. Recently moved to new, heritage-listed premises, Rockpool is darkly elegant, moody and dramatic, while chef Phil Woods modern Australian food, often with a faint Chinese inflection, is truly his own. An uncompromising, special restaurant.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 5 - Hunter Valley
Pick up your Hertz full size automatic rental car at the Sydney City Depot and commence your drive to the Hunter Valley 110 miles (175 Kilometers), approx. 2.5 hours

CESSNOCK was named after Cessnock Castle in Scotland by pioneer Scots settler John Campbell, who received a land grant of 2,560 acres in 1826 from Governor Darling. His estate was subdivided in 1853 and a village developed. In 1856 coal was discovered and by the turn of the century this had brought prosperity to the district and a security of employment. The Cessnock area, once a favorite haunt of bushrangers as it was close to Sydney but backed onto wild bush, now encompasses over 20 towns and villages. Now, while the coal is still important, local industries include dairying, cattle breeding, mixed farming, timber milling, pottery and clothing manufacture.

HUNTER VALLEY - The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine producing region in Australia, with the first vines being brought here in the 1820's. It is one of Australia's more scenic wine growing areas, with the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine clad hills. Renowned for the production of top quality table wines, the Valley has wineries ranging from very large, more commercial estates to the smaller boutique style wineries.

Check into the Hunter Valley Resort for your two nights stay in a Vineyard View Room

hunter_valley_resort650.jpgThe much loved Hunter Valley Resort is a truly unique property of the region. They offer a choice of four star lodgings with views of forty year old vineyards including spa cottages to help you unwind and feel truly at home. There are a range of experiences available at the resort, including the Hunter Wine Theatre and Wine School, San Martino Restaurant, the Hermitage Road Wine Tasting Cellars, horse riding, and Sally Margans Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre. Nearby is the Binnorie Dairy Cheese factory.

Tonight enjoy dinner at The Hunter Resort onsite San Martino Restaurant a Fine dining restaurant serving Australian cuisine OR drive the short distance to Esca Bimbadgen Estate:


San Martino Restaurant
An authentic Italian dish always starts with the best flour, garden fresh tomatoes, and the best quality local produce. Then of course matched to a great wine. Sound simple ... We make all our own pasta and sauces from scratch , in the traditional Italian way. Our restaurant also features a glass fronted air-conditioned wine cellar where we have wines from all over the world including some rare vintage wines from local private cellars


Esca Bimbadgen
With terrific views of the Brokenback Ranges via the vineyards of Bimbadgen Estate, Esca pays more than lip service to the notion of locally sourced produce. It prides itself on being a regional restaurant and its reflected in an earthy, intelligent menu built around local suppliers and traditional provincial techniques such as curing and smoking. This is a down-to-earth restaurant with very solid cooking youll find both familiar and rewarding paired with the estates wines.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 6 - Hunter Valley
Day at leisure to explore the Hunter Valley


Over the past three decades this once sleepy agricultural region has been transformed into an internationally recognised wine region boasting world-class cellar doors, award-winning restaurants and sophisticated accommodation. Today, there are 60 cafes and restaurants and almost 120 tasting facilities. The Hunter is home to some of the most famous names in Australian wine, including regular winners of national and international awards. Visitors are encouraged to sample the regions famous Semillons and Shirazes at cellar doors including Tyrrells, McWilliams Mount Pleasant, Hungerford Hill, Tulloch, Draytons, Brokenwood, Wyndham Estate, Tempus Two and Lindemans which should make for quite a busy day. See

While several big-name wineries are must - see destinations, The Hunter is also home to dozens of small, family-owned boutique wine producers, many of whom are enjoying success with alternative grape varieties.

Tintilla Estate, for example, specialises in Italian varieties, while Margan, Allandale, Briar Ridge, Gundog Estate, Piggs Peake, Mistletoe, Thomas Wines, Pepper Tree, Scarborough, Meerea Park, Glandore Estate, Whispering Brook and De Iuliis all produce excellent wines that exemplify the boutique ethos.

If you need a break from wine tasting, other attractions include several outstanding cheese producers and merchants. Try Binorie Dairy, the Hunter Valley Cheese Company and the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, while golf enthusiasts will be in their element with resort courses including the Greg Norman-designed The Vintage, Cypress Lakes, and the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club at the Crowne Plaza. Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin features 60 acres of superb gardens, surrounded by vineyards. There are 10 different themed gardens along with a boutique shopping village and an Irish pub.

This evening we recommend dinner at:


Muse Restaurant & Cafe
In an elegant, contemporary building overlooking the vines at Hungerford Hill Vineyard, Muse is what you might call a proper restaurant. White linen, a traditional menu structure, food that looks spectacular on the plate an experience that strives for the special rather than replicating domestic dining. Chef Troy Rhoades-Brown has cultivated an extensive kitchen garden, providing both inspiration for his unshackled style and unique produce.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 7 - Hunter Valley to Sydney
Return to Sydney at your leisure and return your vehicle to the Hertz Depot

Enjoy a final night in Sydney at the Amora Jamison Hotel

Day 8 - Depart Sydney
Make your way to Sydney airport and flight to US

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy for travel until 31 March 2015. Mardi Gras and other blackout periods will have surcharges. Hotels and tours are subject to availability. Restaurant recommendations are not included in the package price. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.