This eleven-day itinerary commences in the stunning harbour city of Sydney and travels to The Whitsundays and Hamilton Island Beach Club. To truly experience the Whitsunday Islands the way they are meant to be experienced, step off of land and spend two incredible days and nights sailing through this area of pristine beauty and azur water. Enjoy free hotel nights and special touring offers as we transport you around Australia with Qantas.
- Roundtrip International Qantas Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York JFK (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- 4 nights accommodation Sydney at 5* InterContinental Sydney City view room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
- Sydney Opera House tour
- Full day small group tour to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains
- 2 Nights 5* Hamilton Island Beach Club
- 2 Days/2 Nights Whitsundays Adventure Sailing in a private ensuite cabin
- Sydney Airport transfers by car service
- Hamilton Island to Port Airlie boat transfers
- VIP vehicle transfers Hamilton Island to Beach Club
- All meals on 2-night Sailing tour
- Breakfast daily at Hamilton Island Beach Club
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Qantas is the number one way to travel to Australia and your vacation begins the second you step onboard a Qantas flight with Australia just a movie, meal, sleep away. With over 95 years of experience in long haul travel, Qantas strives to ensure every passenger in every cabin has the most comfortable and authentic experience. Qantas offers direct service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth & New York JFK - add on fares with American Airlines available from other cities.
The Qantas onboard experience has a class for every passenger from First suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins and offers the best in comfort, Australian food and wine, amenities and exceptional service. All cabins experience the latest in inflight entertainment and technology including premium content from HBO, new movie releases, TV programs and an extensive music library with over 1500 entertainment choices.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
On arrival in Sydney shuttle service transfer to the InterContinental Hotel Sydney for your four nights stay.
ACCOMMODATION - The InterContinental Sydney is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's best hotels and a true expression in luxury and style, positioned on the edge of the world's most stunning harbour, InterContinental Sydney overlooks the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens.
This premium smoke free accommodation pampers its guest with its comfortable 509 guest rooms including 28 suites which have been home to world leaders, heads of state and visiting celebrities from across the globe and Club InterContinental- Sydney's only rooftop club lounge with a wrap-around terrace. Each room contains high speed internet access, air conditioning, mini bar, digital LCD TV, pay per view movies, in room safe, work desk, free morning newspaper delivered to room, private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, luxury window seat and a picture frame view of the city skyline, Royal Botanic Gardens, Opera House or Harbour Bridge.
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 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.
Day 5 -
Sydney - 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 enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year.
Day 6 -
Sydney – World Heritage Listed Blue
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.
Image: Destination New South Wales
– Sydney to Hamilton Island
On arrival into Hamilton Island you will be met and transferred to the Beach Club for your three nights stay. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Catseye Beach, the Beach Club Hamilton Island is a boutique retreat exclusively for adults. Romantic, intimate and perfect for couples, the luxuriously appointed rooms have a stylish and relaxed beach house vibe, tailor-made for relaxing. All rooms at the Beach Club Hotel have a private courtyard or balcony looking onto palm-fringed Catseye Beach and the Coral Sea.
ACCOMMODATION - The Beach Club Resort has a private infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Catseye Beach and private beach area in front of the hotel. Enjoy la carte breakfast and dinner served poolside at the exclusive Beach Club Restaurant. Guests have exclusive use of the Beach Clubs lounge and bar, and the in-house library is stocked with books, magazines and CDs. The Beach Club has room service and 24-hour reception, and a VIP chauffeured buggy service transports guests around Hamilton Island.
Day 8 -
At leisure to explore Hamilton Island
Most of the car-free island is covered in bushland, and the coast is fringed by coral reefs. Tours offer up-close sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. Trails lead up to Passage Peak in the east, with views of the surrounding islands. Throughout your stay at Beach Club you have use of catamarans, windsurfers, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkeling equipment as well as access to the gym, spa, sauna & tennis courts.
Image: Tourism Australia
– Sailing the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays consist of 74 islands located in the middle of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. These islands are pristine, with 66 in their natural state. Your 2 Day Adventure Sailing offers the opportunity to fully experience the Whitsundays in a small group. This tour will visit Whitehaven Beach, along with snorkeling excursions on the fringing coral reefs.
Prima was purpose built to operate charters in the Whitsundays and she is perfect for individuals, couples or Private Charter groups. With a maximum of 12 passengers and 2 crew Prima will provide a comfortable home for your Whitsunday experience. Prima has 2 private double cabins with private ensuites, and 2 doubles with share bathroom. A major refit in 2012 included air conditioning to the main cabin area.
Transfer from Hamilton Island by boat to the Port of Airlie & board Prima. Depart the marina at 1pm and sail to 1st anchorage for a swim and a snorkel on the fringing coral reefs. Enjoy sunset nibbles and a drink before dinner is served around 7:00pm
Image: Tourism Australia
– Sailing the Whitsundays
After Breakfast, head to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout. A spectacular lookout overlooking Whitehaven Beach. Back on board enjoy morning tea before heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Time for a snorkel or swim this afternoon. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island.
Image: Tourism Australia
- Depart Hamilton Island to US
After Breakfast, enjoy a swim or snorkel. Then set sails and make way back to Airlie Beach, arriving at 10:30am. A sailing adventure on Prima is an ideal way to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands. Board your boat transfer to Hamilton Island and check in for your flight back to the US with Qantas via Brisbane to Los Angeles (arriving the same day, addon flights available to local airports)
Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
Single Supplement: From $749
ETA to enter Australia $25 per person. Before committing to your trip please ensure you hold a valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date you plan to return to the USA.
Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $200 from New York JFK, Add $250 from Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Add $380 from Boston, Miami, Add $450 from Washington DC, Atlanta - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
- Upgrade to premium economy from $700 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $2,000 per person each way*
- Upgrade to International First Class suite from $6,900 per person each way*
- Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Based on Monday through Thursday travel 01 Apr - 21 Jun & 24 Jul - 17 Sep - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee for travel Friday through Sunday and for other dates.
Your Seat - An ergonomically designed, slimline seats with built-in lumbar support for your comfort. The adjustable headrest and seat recline are sure to keep you comfortable for the duration of your journey. Onboard the A380s and refurbished B747s the seats offer softer cushioning, a netted footrest and more legroom for additional comfort on longer journeys
On Board Dining - On selected international flights, you’ll be treated to a continuous refreshment service every 60-90 minutes and, to add variety, a third main meal option for long haul flights. On the A380s and refurbished B747s you’ll find a self-serve snack bar.
Entertainment - personal on-demand, in-flight entertainment system* throughout your journey. Access over 1500 options using your in-seat control or touch screen monitor. Options include a variety of movies, TV programs, CD playlists, moving maps, interactive games and radio channels.
Amenities - Complimentary comfort kit to help you stay refreshed. Your handy zip lock pouch contains eyeshades, toothbrush and toothpaste. Socks are available on request. Enjoy a soft blanket and cotton pillow to keep you cozy throughout your flight
For upgrade costs to Premium Economy, Business or First class please ask as Aspire Expert.
$3699pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday. $60 supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sunday. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on 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.
A passport with extended validity past your travel dates and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can issue your ETA for a processing fee of $25 per person. A copy of the picture page of your passport and payment for your ETA is required at the time of booking.