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This 10 Days/7 night itinerary highlights the stunning harbour city of Sydney alongside the best beaches of Australia at Byron Bay with four nights in Sydney before continuing on to the iconic coastal beach town of Byron Bay. This special package offers exceptional values including bonus free nights & touring.

Inclusions:

  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles to Sydney & Byron Bay from Los Angeles (addon flights available from local airport)
  • 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison in a Deluxe King Room
  • Half day small group city sights of Sydney
  • Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
  • Full day small group tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
  • 3 nights 4.5* Elements of Bryon Bay in a Botanica Villa
  • Byron Bay Surf lesson
  • Private car service airport transfers in Sydney & Byron Bay

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles non-stop to Sydney 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? Consider premium economy from $700 per person additional each way or a life flat bed in business class from $2,000 each way.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 -  Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. On arrival into Sydney you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

ACCOMMODATION - Stay 4 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 Harbour and 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 Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Icebergs Restaurant 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. 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
This morning, 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 at your leisure.

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Image: Destination New South Wales / Tourism Australia

Day 6 - World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains small group day tour
Enjoy 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 Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude at approximately 4.30pm-5.00pm.

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Day 7 - Fly Sydney to Ballina
Transfer from your accommodation to Sydney airport by car service. Fly from Sydney to Ballina & on arrival you will be transferred to the coastal town of Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal town and marine park offers the best beaches for surfing and is the most easterly point on the Australian coast.

ACCOMMODATION - Stay 3 nights at The Elements of Byron Experience the barefoot luxury of a resort formed from the elements of Byron itself. Elements of Byron Resort and Spa features 103 private beach villas dotted amidst 50 acres of absolute beachfront paradise. The modern Australian beach architecture and interiors are inspired by Mother Nature and this exceptional Byron Bay beachside location, where every luxury awaits.

Day 8 - Byron Bay
Explore Byron Bay and its surrounds at your leisure. Sample some of the local range of activities, from outdoor organic produce markets, art galleries, yoga classes, the Crystal Castle, kayaking, surfing (or learning to surf), bike or horse-riding. The marine park at Julian Rocks, just off the main beach, is the meeting place of tropical and temperate currents, providing scuba divers and snorkelers with some amazing scenery. There is also a great walking trail to the top of Cape Byron, with stunning coastal views, and the lighthouse is the spot to watch for whales. Don't forgo a visit to nearby Brunswick Heads and Byron's hinterland

Day 9 - Byron Bay - Surfing
Learn to surf right on the main beach of beautiful Byron Bay. This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. You will be taught in a small group setting so you get plenty of hands-on help. To build up your knowledge and confidence, first start out on the beach and you will be taught how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water. Then it's off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves - the white foam created after the waves run their course. You will be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Day 10 - Depart Byron Bay
Depart Byron Bay to your onward destination, either in Australia or return to the US.

 

Start Planning Your Trip

 

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 cross over the date bands.

Single Supplement: From $1,090

Additional Charges: ETA to enter Australia $25 per person

 

Additional departure gateways & pricing

Add on airfares (coach) available from most major airports - Add $200 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, add $300 from Denver, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, add $400 from Miami, Add $500 from Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.

Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $700 per person each way*
  • Upgrade to business class from $2,000 per person each way*
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

* Upgrade costs based on Monday through Thursday departures - To travel Friday - Sunday supplement an additional: Premium $125pp and Business class $550pp each way.

 

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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International Economy Class

An inclusive Economy Class experience when travelling on international long haul services. Economy guests receive complimentary food, beverages and in-flight entertainment. Economy Space+ enables you to speed through the airport and enjoy additional on-board benefits to standard Economy.

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International Premium

With more legroom than any other Australian airline, and an intimate cabin that enhances our award-winning service, you'll find Virgin Australia's new Premium experience on-board the Boeing 777 aircraft is a class apart from anything you have experienced before.

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'The Business'

Introducing "the Business", an exceptionally stylish, relaxing and refined way to fly on Virgin Australia's Boeing 777 aircraft. Stretch out in your cocoon-like private suite, or enjoy a drink with others at The Bar, enhanced with the unparalleled, award winning service Virgin Australia is famous for.

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Terms & Conditions:

Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room). Ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for pricing for other departure dates and special airfares available in conjunction with this package. Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value-add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. 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.