Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is 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. Must do’s whilst in Melbourne? Dine at one of the city’s internationally acclaimed restaurants, explore the labyrinth of laneways which are the heart of Melbourne’s café culture, meet unique Australian wildlife on Phillip Island and take in the coastal scenery along the Great Ocean Road.
- Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles
- 6 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Metropol – Luxe King Room
- 24-hour local support whilst traveling from our affiliate office in Sydney
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 -
Enjoy 6 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.
image: Crown Metropol
Days 4 - 8 - Melbourne
Add this suggested touring package for $220 per person
- Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking
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.
- Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco
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 9 -
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Melbourne International airport. Fly to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia.
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.
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
- 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
Consider adding one of these Australian experiences to your Melbourne package
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.
Terms & Conditions:
$1599pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday now – 21 June, 24 July - 17 September & 01-30 November 2018 for purchase by 15 February 2018; $60pp air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sundays. Special package offer is blacked out: 22-25 March 2018. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities.
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..