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11 Days/8 nights: Showcases the very best of Sydney including special airfare nonstop from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Sydney with United Airlines, free hotel nights and discounted touring to bring amazing value. Throughout your time in Sydney enjoy a city sights tour, morning harbor cruise and tour & dine at the Sydney Opera Houses.
Fly to Ballina & transfer to Byron Bay, an iconic coastal town and marine park offers the best beaches for surfing and is the most easterly point on the Australian coast.
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 4 nights In the heart of central Sydney, opposite Central Railway Station, the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central is located minutes from Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel features 116 rooms and suites with modern decor and clean simple lines. Convenient to the transport hub of central Sydney and with secure on-site parking facilities guests can easily explore Sydney's iconic destinations and venues. All rooms feature flat screen LCD televisions, IPOD docking stations, wireless and broadband internet access and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Or, for additional $200 per person upgrade to the 5* Amora Hotel Jamison
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 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 from $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 -
Fly Sydney to Ballina
Transfer from your accommodation to Sydney airport by shuttle 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
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
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Day 9 - Byron Bay -
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 - Sydney
Depart Byron Bay for your afternoon transfer to Ballina Airport and fly to Sydney Domestic airport. On arrival take a taxi the short distance to the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport for your overnight stay.
Day 11 - Depart
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.