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Enjoy the best of Australia with twelve nights in Sydney, Port Douglas - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Melbourne. If you like to be where the action is, you can't beat Sydney and Melbourne. Vibrant cities with something for everyone: adventure, shopping, beaches each with it's own distinct character. In between, fly to Cairns and journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest.

Inclusions:

  • Flights Los Angeles – Sydney – Cairns - Melbourne – Los Angeles. (Domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost.)
  • Seat in coach shuttle transfers airport-hotel-airport, Sydney , Cairns & Melbourne
  • 4 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison, Sydney in a deluxe room
  • Half day small group city sights of Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
  • Sydney Harbour hop on/hop off cruise
  • Full day small group tour the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
  • 4 nights Port Douglas at the 4.5* Shantara Resort & Spa in a Studio room
  • Full Day Wavedancer Outer Barrier Reef snorkeling tour including lunch
  • Half Day Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walking tour
  • 4 nights 4.5* The Blackman, Melbourne in a Studio Suite Balcony
  • Colonial Tramcar Evening Dinner Tour
  • Lanes & Arcades small group walking tour (including lunch)
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
  • Yarra Valley wine experience small group tour (including lunch)
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Outstanding Dining suggestions

Itinerary 

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 - Depart US
Flights on award winning Virgin Australia airlines 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 International Dateline

Day 3 -  Arrive Sydney
Seat in coach transfer from from Sydney airport to accommodation.

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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 Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Commence a morning Panoramic Sydney Sights tour. Visit the historic Rocks area (Old Town of Sydney) and hear of the early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House, see Sydney Harbour Bridge and the shopping heart of the city including the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy district, Oxford Street and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. Arrive at the famous beaches - see Tamarama, Bronte and stop at the Bondi beachfront to stroll and enjoy a morning coffee or tea (at own expense). See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's most spectacular panoramic viewpoint. Return to Sydney via Sydney Heads lookout, Watsons Bay, Kings Cross & Mrs Macquaries Point for unsurpassed views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House.

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Day 5 - Explore Sydney Harbour & Opera House
This morning board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at Pier 26 Darling Harbour to commence a Hop On Hop Off cruise. Travel aboard a 25 metre motorised Rocket Ferry vessel and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney including commentary from your Captain. Sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at harbourside attractions including Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park and Circular Quay, where you are able to hop on and off over a 24 hour period. Alternatively stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90 minute round trip journey

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 world’s 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 Utzon’s 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. There’s nothing more to do than sit back at Sydney’s 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 Sydney’s best chefs, food artisans and producers that will tantalise your tastebuds and leave you spoilt for choice.

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Day 6 - Blue Mountains small group day tour including lunch
A Diamond Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Blue Mountains tour. Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Once out of Sydney we’ll 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 the Scenic Skyway and 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, then visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. Travel through the quaint village of Leura on the way to Sublime Point for picturesque views of the Jamison Valley. Enjoy 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.

Day 7 - Depart Sydney
This morning you will be collected for your shuttle transfer to Sydney airport. Depart Sydney on your Virgin Australia flight back to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, seat in coach transfer to Port Douglas

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With a choice of spacious studio rooms or large comfortable one bedroom self-contained apartments, Shantara is an adult haven, ideal for couples looking for a tranquil, romantic and relaxing getaway.

Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
A Quicksilver coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 9.30am board Wavedancer, a 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran to commence a full day cruise to the Low Isles. Journey to this idyllic coral island set in a lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef. You have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, drift through the corals or take a glass bottom boat tour. Lunch is served on board. Join a marine biologist for a guided walk around the island or a guided snorkel tour. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

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Day 9 - Mossman Gorge & Aboriginal Dreamtime Walk
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to arrive at Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding the eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you on a walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests. Upon conclusion of the cruise, commence the return journey to Port Douglas

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Day 10 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies) :

  • Silversonic Outer Barrier Reef
    Silversonic is a 29 metre luxury catamaran custom designed for small groups of adventure minded people to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkelling. With over five hours to explore the delights of this underwater world, visit 3 different outer reef locations at Agincourt Reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Kuranda, Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai
    Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, Barron River & Stoney Creek Falls, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park which includes indigenous guide , entrance to all Theatres, the famous Tjapukai Dancers, boomerang/spear throwing & bush medicine.
  • Wildlife Habitat
    The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. The original Breakfast with the Birds has been a visitor must do for two decades. Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colors of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests and are treated to a fantastic tropical breakfast buffet.
  • Daintree Rainforest Jungle Surf
    Rainforest has more strata than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and can only be truly appreciated by getting up into the canopy. With its low-impact system of platforms and cables, Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.

Day 11 - Cairns - Melbourne
This morning you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to Cairns airport. Fly Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival in Melbourne seat in coach transfer to accommodation.

Accommodation - The Blackman, Melbourne
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Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, this property offers an edgy, boutique interior which features the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman. In 1953 Blackman was co founder of the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society and he was also one of seven artists responsible for the Antipodean Manifesto; these artists protested the dominance and rejected the rise of abstract expressionism and non - figurative art. Charles Blackman is regarded as one of the most original and significant figurative painters in Australian art, he lived in London for six years after winning the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship in 1960, and his work was included in the Whitechapel Open Exhibition in 1961 and in the Tate Gallery exhibitions of Australian art in 1962-63. In 1997 Blackman was awarded the OBE for his services to art. He is represented in most states and most regional galleries and in many private collections throughout the world. He is most well known for his Alice in Wonderland series. The hotel also employs an in-house art curator who runs tours of the property for guests, providing insights into Blackman's art.

This evening enjoy a delightful innovative approach to dining in the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world. As the glossy, burgundy trams cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners enjoy a seasonal menu, quality Australian wines or a selection of beverages from a fully stocked bar. Departs 545pm.

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Day 12 - Melbourne
Enjoy a 3 hour guided walk through the beautiful lanes and historic shopping arcades to discover local designers, specialty retailers along with a little history and amazing architecture. Your guide will dazzle you with local stories and will reveal a whole new side of Melbourne.

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Day 13 - Phillip Island Ultimate Ecotour
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. Visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action, with time to explore the historic buildings. Next, visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas in their natural environment. Take a stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies and Seal Rock Centre, before arriving at Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria's largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night.

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Day 14 - Yarra Valley wine experience
Visit 4 Premium Yarra Valley wineries and enjoy an La Carte Restaurant lunch including a delicious main meal, glass of wine and tea or coffee. Also included in your day, a private tour through the award winning Domaine Chandon winery, our experienced guide happy to provide you with an insight into the magic of creating this world class bubbly. Our visit to Domaine Chandon will include a glass of premium sparkling with light tasting nibbles at this magnificent venue. The Yarra Valley renowned for its quality wines, specialty foods and breathtaking scenery is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the city.

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Day 15 - Depart Melbourne
Transfer by seat in coach shuttle from The Blackman to Melbourne International airport for your return flight to the US.

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Additional departure gateways & pricing

  • Addons available from most major airports - add $300 from NYC region, $320 from Chicago, $250 from Seattle, $190 from San Francisco - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.

Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $600 per person each way
  • Upgrade to business class from $2,300 per person each way
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

On Board Virgin Australia

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International Economy Class

Enjoy the value-for-money comfort of an inclusive Economy Class experience when travelling on international long haul services. Economy guests traveling on international long haul services receive complimentary food, beverages and in-flight entertainment.

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International Premium Economy Class

Premium Economy guests enjoy a luxurious and all inclusive experience. Enjoy room to move, and relax inside our stylish cabin with a pre-flight welcome drink, mood lighting to match the phases of your flight and a noise-cancelling headset.

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International Business Class

From May 2016, 'The Business' featuring new Business Suites, new configuration offering direct aisle access and a new bar will be progressively rolled out across Virgin Australia's Boeing 777 fleet, with the first aircraft operating select services between Sydney and Los Angeles.

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Terms & Conditions:

Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 December 2016. Prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out 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.