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8 Days/5 nights: Australia in a week? Yes please! Any time of year is a great time to spend 5 nights in the stunning harbour city of Sydney and take advantage of our special airfare values with United Airlines that make this Australia vacation package unbeatable value. Throughout your time in Sydney you will experience a comprehensive Sydney city sights tour, an in-depth tour of the Sydney Opera House followed by a casual meal overlooking Sydney Harbour and enjoy cruising like a local in a small boat Sydney harbour cruise. Optional addons to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy a full day tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains also available.
Day 1 - Depart San Francisco or Los Angeles
with United Airlines non-stop to
United offers daily nonstop service to Sydney from its hub at San Francisco International and Los Angeles onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.
United Polaris business class features flatbed sets and a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience. Consider upgrading your flight for an additional $3,749 per person round trip
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 -
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbour. The harbour provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sightseeing at the Sydney Opera House. On arrival into Sydney transfer by shuttle service to the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central.
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 5 nights on the edge of the CBD, Travelodge Sydney is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney. Superb restaurants, theatres, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops from designer stores to funky boutiques are all within close walking distance. Major attractions including Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium are all easily accessible, as well as being close to more family orientated attractions with the Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Imax Cinema.
Or, for additional $250 per person upgrade to the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison
ACCOMMODATION - Stay 5 nights in the Heart of Sydney This award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney features stylish accommodations, along with 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks. It is a 15-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The city’s best shopping, dining and nightlife are on the hotel’s doorstep.
Day 4 - 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 Sydney Harbour and Sydney 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 Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Bondi Icebergs Club, 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 skyline. 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.
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Day 5 -
Explore Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera
This morning board your Sensational Sydney Cruises vessel at Campbell's Cove Pontoon, Circular Quay, to commence a 2 hour morning Harbour Highlights cruise. 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 a one hour tour of the Sydney Opera House, one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Step inside and discover the extraordinary stories of this vibrant performance space, steeped in culture and history. Then relax by the harbour in true Sydney-sider style, as you enjoy Australian-inspired cuisine at Opera Bar.
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Day 6 -
Sydney at your leisure or Optional Sydney BridgeClimb for $200 per
Enjoy a full day to explore Sydney at your own pace. Consider hopping on a ferry to Manly and enjoy al fresco dining in this scenic beach community or visit Iconic Bondi Beach and walk the Bondi to Bronte coastal trek or take a surfing lesson.
This evening consider adding an optional (additional cost
applies) Vivid Sydney BridgeClimb:
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.
Wearing your flashing Vivid Sydney Climb Vest, you’ll climb the Bridge above the bright, bold and beautiful Vivid Sydney lights before dancing under the stars on our illuminated 70’s style multi-colored flashing dance floor.
The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 meters 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 Sydney Harbour surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalized commemorative climber certificate and climber cap.
Day 7 -
Sydney at Leisure or add World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains day
tour for $140 per person
Consider enhancing your Sydney experience by adding a full day tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. 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 Sydney Harbour Bridge and pass the Sydney Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude at approximately 4.30 -5.00pm.
Day 8 -
Depart Sydney to San Francisco or Los Angeles
This morning you will be transferred by shuttle service to Sydney International airport. Fly to San Francisco or Los Angeles with United Airlines, arriving the same day.
Terms & Conditions:
Package pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Addon 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.
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.