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Aspire Down Under offers travelers unique experiences in each location. Our philosophy is to engage visitors in the culture of Australia, and allow them to see the country through the eyes of a local.

Arrive into Sydney, a location blessed with a temperate climate. Spend 6 nights exploring Sydney, Australia's favorite city with the world's most beautiful harbor, where travelers will feel like a local by cruising on a well- appointed yacht. Fly onward to Tasmania - the best driving destination in Australia. On arrival into the port city of Hobart, you’ll begin your Tassie adventure. Enjoy a three-hour coastal wilderness eco cruise, exploring the coastline of the Tasman National Park, an island inhabited by thousands of fur seals. Departing Hobart, you’ll meander your way up to Launceston, home to many great restaurants, wineries, and brew pubs.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart the US
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia to Brisbane or Sydney, on to Cairns, down to Sydney then back home again. Our price includes options in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class – you choose! 

Day 2 - Cross the Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Cairns airport. Fly Cairns to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will be met and transferred by seat in coach  shuttle from Sydney airport to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney.

Accommodation - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
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Beautifully blending the heritage listed sandstone façade with a contemporary interior, the building dates back to the 1800’s and was once home to Fairfax Newspapers and the Bank of New South Wales. Opening as a hotel in 2000, the property has retained many original features, including the old lift and the office of Sir Warwick Fairfax has been impeccably restored. The boutique hotel also features an indoor lap pool and gym.
Special Value Add – Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 nights!

 

Day 4 - Sydney - Half Day Harbour Cruise
If there is one thing you should do in Sydney, that is to experience Sydney Harbour like a local. On board the luxurious Calypso motor yacht you will experience the harbour like you would if you had your own boat. As well as fabulous sightseeing, you can swim, fish, kayak, relax and sunbake at your leisure after your gourmet barbeque lunch served with local wine and beer.
Our exclusive offer – second person gets 50% off their cruise! Must be booked by 31 December 2014

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Day 5 - Sydney - Blue Mountains Day Tour
Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Head out of Sydney and visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience Scenic Skyway with the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, then visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and watch artists perform traditional song and dance whilst playing the didgeridoo. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look into Aboriginal Art & Culture which dates back 40,000 years and listen as they explain their way of life and living off the land. Enjoy a hot lunch, then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.
Our exclusive offer – second person gets 50% off their tour! Must be booked by 31 December 2014

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Day 6 - Sydney
At your leisure or speak with an Artisan expert to discuss activity options - some suggestions:

Tour Sydney differently! Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.
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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on this climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
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Surfing at Bondi Beach is about as ‘Aussie’ as you can get. Take a shared lesson no matter what your skill level and you can become part of the local beach culture. This is a fun way to meet locals and enjoy the beach lifestyle Australia is famous for. 

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Day 7 - Sydney to Hobart
After breakfast, make your way to the airport where you will depart for Hobart. On arrival, collect your rental car and head to your Hobart accommodations at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, where you will spend three wonderful nights.

Day 8 - Eco Cruise
Today enjoy a three-hour coastal wilderness eco cruise, exploring the coastline of the Tasman National Park between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania.

Day 9 - Hobart
Spend today at your leisure. Perhaps if in town on the weekend check out the vibrant market scene  in Salamanca Square. Stop at a cafe for a glass of terrific local cool-climate wine. Or head to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. The largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh has described the museum as a "subversive adult Disneyland.

Day 10-Launceston
After breakfast, drive to Launceston, where you will find your gorgeous accommodations at the Sebel Launceston. Rest and relax in your suite or pop on by Boags Brewery for a pint.

Day 11- Depart
After breakfast, drop your rental car off at the Airport. Board your flight and begin your journey home to the US.

Inclusions:

  • Flights Los Angeles-Sydney-Hobart//Launceston-Melbourne-Los Angeles
  • 4 nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
  • Half-Day tour - Sydney harbour cruise aboard a luxurious 52 foot Motor Yacht.
  • Blue Mountains small group tour
  • 3 Nights at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Mountain View Room
  • Hertz rental car for 6 days including unlimited kilometres
  • 2 nights accommodations in Launceston at Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Tasman Island Full Day Tour from Hobart, including 3 hours at Port Arthur Historic site
  • Treetop Adventure amongst the canopies

Value Add Ons:

  • 1 Free night Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
  • Buy 1 / 2nd person 50% off Sydney Harbour Yacht Cruise
  • Buy 1 / 2nd person 50% off Blue Mountains Day Trip

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ASK about our GREAT SAVINGS
on PREMIUM ECONOMY and BUSINESS CLASS airfares for this itinerary
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International Economy
Economy cabins on all long haul flights contain luxury leather seats 18.5 inches in width, with a pitch of 32 inches. Long haul flights also include all meals and beverages as well as individual entertainment systems for all passengers. Short haul flights offer a seat pitch of around 31 inches and a width of at least 17 inches. Personal entertainment units are available for hire on short haul flights, while meals and drinks are either included or available for purchase depending on the type of fare purchased.

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International Premium Economy
Premium Economy seats on long haul flights are 19.5 inches wide and have a pitch of 38 inches. Short haul seats are at least 18 inches wide with a pitch of up to 38 inches. All Premium Economy passengers enjoy their own personal entertainment units, and all meals and drinks are included. Premium Economy passengers may also access the lounges of Virgin Australia and its partner airlines.

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International Businss Class
Eating in Business Class is luxurious and spacious, with a generous 77 inch pitch on long haul seats, which convert into fully horizontal flat beds. Seats on short haul flights are also spacious but have a pitch of 38 inches and do not fully recline. Passengers have unlimited access to the Luke Mangan designed menu and premium Australian wines, as well as personal seat-back entertainment. Other benefits include priority check-in, lounge access and extra baggage allowance.

 

Blackout Dates: 09 December - 31 January 2014

Book by Date: 31 December 2014

Booking Code: VA006

 

Terms & Conditions:

  • Departs daily
  • Price is per person and based on twin share/2 adults traveling together Subject to availability
  • Price is USD based at today's exchange rate

Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. 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.