Take in the first Grand Slam of the season in luxury with tickets to a day and night session. Combine your love of tennis with some unforgettable experiences and get active in Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney and Auckland. Visit Phillip Island, the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda rainforest, the Blue Mountains and the rugged coast and forest of Auckland. Tour Melbourne by bike, cruise Sydney Harbour, race a yacht in Auckland, take in dinner and a performance at Sydney Opera house and dine atthe Sky Tower in Auckland.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney/Auckland - Los Angeles
- Domestic Economy flights
- Airport transfer by private vehicle/driver in Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney, Auckland
- Melbourne x4 nights, The Langham, Club River Guestroom includes Full Breakfast
- Australia Open tennis tickets to Rod Laver Arena for night session
- Australia Open tennis tickets day session
- Full Day Phillip Island small group tour with Penguins Plus Upgrade including lunch
- Half Day Melbourne Bike Tour
- Cairns x3 nights, Shangri La, Deluxe Marina View Room includes Full Breakfast
- Full-day Greater Barrier Reef tour including lunch
- Kuranda Skyrail & Rail Half Day with Gold Class Upgrade Half Day including lunch
- Sydney x4 nights, InterContinental Sydney, Deluxe Harbor Bridge View Room includes Full Breakfast
- Blue Mountains small group Day Tour including lunch
- Half Day Sydney Harbour Cruise luxury small ship Cruise including sumptuous lunch
- Sydney Opera House Performance & Dinner - Red Carpet - A Reserve Opera & Aria Restaurant
- Auckland x3 nights, SkyCity Grand Hotel, Luxury Harbor View Room includes Full Breakfast
- Dinner at the Orbit Restaurant, the highest dining location in New Zealand!
- Auckland Coast/Rainforest small group Day Tour including lunch
- Auckland half day NZ Sailing Match Race
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- All hotel, local and GST (Goods & services taxes)
- ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) processing to enter Australia
Note: Australian Tennis Open Jan 16-29 Jan, 2017. This itinerary is based on tennis tickets for 1st week schedules (16-21 Jan, 2017) - for pricing on 2nd week tickets please contact Aspire.
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive
On arrival into Melbourne you will be transferred by private vehicle/driver to The Langham Hotel, where you will stay for FOUR nights in a Club River Guestroom .
ACCOMMODATION - he Langham - Situated on the banks of the Yarra River offering views of the Melbourne city skyline, amid Southbank's al fresco cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques, and a short stroll from Federation Square, the Arts Centre and the Botanical Gardens. A classical and elegant style hotel evident from its grand marble staircase, fountains and Waterford crystal chandeliers. Relax and enjoy the exceptional restaurant and lounge, the Chuan Spa or simply take a swim in the rooftop outdoor, heated swimming pool surrounded by a sundeck.Club Grand River Guestrooms include full breakfast, all day refreshments, signature afternoon tea, evening aperitifs & canapés, in the Langham Hotel Club Lounge
Day 4 -
Melbourne - Tennis Day Session
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 1000am, Match starts at 1100am
Singles - Morning Session Rod Laver Arena
Day 5 -
Phillip Island small group tour with Penguins Plus Upgrade Day
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 Australia’s 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 Victoria’s 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.
Day 6 - Melbourne Bike Tour
& Tennis Night Session
Join Real Melbourne Bike Tours at Rentabike at Federation Square, Riverbank level (near the Riverland Bar) Melbourne, to commence your 4 hour Melbourne City bicycle tour. Enjoy this fun tour exploring Melbourne's grooviest streets, parks, shops, cafes and hidden laneways on this leisurely ride through Melbourne. See iconic Melbourne sights including Yarra River, Sports Precinct and Melbourne Cricket Ground, Parliament, St Patrick's Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, Lygon Street (Little Italy), Queen Victoria Markets and hidden inner-city laneways. Lunch is included. Tour concludes at approximately 2.00pm at Federation Square.
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 500P, Match starts at 730pm
Singles - Evening Session Rod Laver Arena
Day 7 - Melbourne
This morning you be transferred by private vehicle/driver to Melbourne airport and your flight to Cairns. On arrival into Cairns you will be transferred by private vehicle/driver to the Shangri La, where you will stay for THREE nights
ACCOMMODATION - Shangri-La - Superbly positioned within the cosmopolitan Pier shopping complex, overlooking the Marlin Marina and the Coral Sea; adjacent to Trinity Bay Esplanade the hotel serves as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Designed with the surrounding tropical elements in mind, materials throughout the hotel are inspired by the rainforest and reef – interior finishes of granite, sea-toned walls, bubble-like light fittings, natural timbers and marine ply provide links to the natural world. Access to the Horizon Club Lounge including daily full breakfast, snacks and refreshments throughout the day, complimentary evening pre dinner drinks and canapés, complimentary fruit basket and daily newspaper.
Day 8 -
Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
This morning you will be collected by coach for your Great Barrier Reef day tour. Quicksilver's modern wavepiercing catamarans cruise to reef activity platforms moored at the ribbon reefs located at the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Agincourt Ribbon Reef systems provide unsurpassed coral formations, colourful marine life and spectacular underwater visibility. Quicksilver provides facilities for swimmers and non-swimmers to experience this stunning reef world. Passengers can explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible, an underwater observatory, or can snorkel and dive in an underwater world of unique colour and marine life. Optional activities include introductory diving, certified diving, ocean walker or an adventure snorkel tour with a Marine Biologist. Scenic helicopter flights provide another perspective. Once vessel has returned to marina you will be transferred by coach back to accommodation.
Day 9 -
Kuranda Skyrail & Rail Half Day with Gold Class Upgrade Half
Transfer to Caravonica Lakes to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at the scheduled time advised by the driver and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda. There are two stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Arrive at Kuranda to enjoy free time for approximately an hour and a half, and explore the 'Village in the Rainforest' and its many attractions including the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Enjoy lunch (own expense). Other Kuranda Village attractions you may wish to visit are Birdworld, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense). At 3.30pm board the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Gold Class for the journey to Cairns, and enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Freshwater Station.
- Cairns - Sydney
This morning make your way to Cairns airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival into Sydney make your way to the Sydney InterContinental, you will stay for FOUR nights at this superbly situated hotel.
ACCOMMODATION - Intercontinental - Rising majestically behind the 1851 Treasury Building’s sandstone façade, now a listed heritage building right in the heart of Sydney. The Intercontinental offers panoramic views over the entire city, and all rooms are tastefully furnished with the attention to detail expected of this internationally renowned, five star hotel group. Walk out of the lobby and straight into Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens, literally across the street, marvel at the latest exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales or stroll down to the famous Sydney Opera House. All of these attractions and more are within easy walking distance of the hotel. In house facilities include a fully equipped gym and heated indoor swimming pool.
Day 11 - 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 12 - Half Day
At 1230pm wander down to Circular Quay, the departure point for your luxury 4 hour small boat Sydney harbour cruise experience. Be engulfed by the beauty of Sydney as you 'cruise like a local' aboard Calypso, a 52 foot motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour past world famous, iconic landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before dropping anchor in a secluded cove to enjoy lunch. Then there is the opportunity to go for a swim, row into the beach, try your luck at fishing or just relax.
Day 13 - Sydney -
Day at your leisure, evening dinner & performance at Sydney
During the day self explore or relax.
Late afternoon - Red Carpet - A Reserve Opera & Aria Restaurant (Includes:Performance Ticket, Dinner & Sydney Opera House Tour) Join your tour at the Sydney Opera House. Check in at the Information Desk in the main Box Office foyer where you will be welcomed by a Guest Liaison Representative at 4.45pm. Your evening starts with The Sydney Opera House Tour, where your guide will take you on a journey inside the Sydney Opera House. You'll enjoy a look inside the theatres before the curtain goes up. The tour is followed by a pre-theatre, three-course dinner at ARIA Restaurant over looking Sydney Opera House. You’ll then enjoy a world-class Opera Australia performance of choice including an interval drink at one of the theatre bars, while taking in the views of Sydney's amazing Harbor lights.
Day 14 - Sydney - Auckland & Sky Tower
This morning you be transferred by private vehicle/driver to Sydney airport and your flight to Auckland. On arrival into Auckland you will be transferred by private vehicle/driver to the SkyCity Grand hotel, where you will stay for THREE nights
ACCOMMODATION - Skycity Grand - This hotel is an urban oasis of contemporary elegance and style. Luxuriate in one of the exquisitely appointed guest rooms, enjoy award-winning cuisine or treat yourself at the rejuvenating East Day Spa. There is also a range of other 5 star facilities and guest services to make your stay superbly restful and comfortable, including a well-appointed gymnasium, a 25 meter heated lap pool, sauna and spa.
This evening make your way down to the elevators for an amazing vertical joy ride to the Orbit Restaurant, the highest dining location in New Zealand! Located up the Sky Tower, Orbit revolving restaurant provides New Zealand cuisine in intimate surroundings. Enjoy a 3-course dinner while enjoying wonderful views of the city and surrounds. You may also explore the main observation deck of the Sky Tower (328 meters high) and if you are brave enough, stand on the glass floors to see Auckland directly below you. An amazing experience.
Day 15 - Auckland Coast & Rainforest
A Bush & Beach vehicle will pick you up from your inner city accommodation to commence a full day excursion out to Auckland’s untamed and unpredictable West Coast. First stop is the Arataki Visitor Centre situated within Auckland’s largest Regional Park, the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard. Continue further west to the wild and rugged West Coast, where you will experience the area's isolation. Guides walk participants through part of Auckland’s coastal rainforest while explaining about the local flora and fauna. Then stroll on an awe-inspiring, rugged West Coast beach and feel the soft black sand and breathe the clear ocean breeze before enjoying a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location. Your journey then takes you to an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1000-year-old kauri trees. A moderate level of walking ability is required for walks of up to 1 hour duration. Tour concludes at approximately 5.00pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.
Day 16 - Auckland - Afternoon Sail match
Board your Explore NZ sailing vessel at the Explore NZ Kiosk, inside Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, end of Quay Street, past Voyager Maritime Museum and situated to the left alongside Snapdragon restaurant, to commence the ultimate thrill of participating as a crew member while match racing, America’s Cup-style. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and the ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, the vessels NZL 40 and NZL 41 offer a unique opportunity for everyone to try their hand. The experience begins in the Viaduct Harbour where clients will meet the crew and go through a short race and safety briefing. The yachts then depart the Viaduct Harbour and go through a period of practice before the action really begins: line up in the pre-start and compete head-to-head on an authentic course layout. Cruise concludes approximately 3 hours after commencement, back at the Explore NZ Kiosk, Viaduct Harbour, end of Quay Street, Auckland.
Day 17 - Depart Auckland
This morning you be transferred by private vehicle/driver to Auckland airport and your flights back to Los Angeles (onward connections available to your local airport)
From pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 March 2017. 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.