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What better way to take in Australia and Melbourne than alternating between amazing touring experiences and fierce tennis matches. After traveling to Melbourne for the Australian Open, enjoy additional leisurely time to tour the region and experience what draws visitors to Melbourne time and time again.

If you’re looking to take in the Australian Open, but also want to tour and visit the region, this is the package for you. Including everything you need to experience both the Australian Open and our favorite touring experiences in the region – this package is sure to have you returning home only wishing to do it all over again

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
  • 7 nights Melbourne at the 4.5* Crown Promenade – Standard King Room
  • Australian Open Tickets at the Rod Laver Arena – 2 Day Sessions, 1 Night Session
  • Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
  • Full Day Great Ocean Road Tour
  • Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges

Note: Australian Open is January 16th – 29th, 2017. This package is based on Category 2 tennis tickets for the first weekend of the Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena. Tickets are available for all dates, all categories, all arenas – ask an Aspire expert for details.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Dateline

Day 3 - Arrive Melbourne
On arrival into Melbourne, shuttle transfer to accommodation - SEVEN nights.

ACCOMMODATION - Crown Promenade Hotel offers spacious rooms with views of Port Phillip Bay or the city and Yarra River. Guests have access to a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Set in idyllic Melbourne with its cosmopolitan skyline, beautiful landscape and frequently voted the “most livable city in the world,” escape the winter this January and catch a flight to experience summer down under. Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades, intimate spaces and mystery, as well as home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Melbourne also has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. With a range of galleries and museums, the city provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art. Melburnians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone. Aside from the Australian Open, see live music, go to a football match or join in at a festival! Melbourne’s multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere – and more importantly, the city’s incredible dining scene. With a vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is sure to find something for all visitors to enjoy.

Day 4 - Melbourne - Tennis Day Session
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 1000am, Match starts at 1100am
Morning Session Rod Laver Arena

Day 5 - Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades tour & Tennis Night Session
This morning Indulge with a casual walk through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafs and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Lunch is included. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.

This evening - 2 x tickets; Gate opens at 500P, Match starts at 730pm. Singles - Evening Session Rod Laver Arena

Day 6 - Melbourne - Phillip Island
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 Australias 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 Victorias 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 7 - Melbourne - Tennis Day Session
2 x tickets; Gate opens at 1000am, Match starts at 1100am
Morning Session Rod Laver Arena

Day 8 - Melbourne - Great Ocean Road
Depart Melbourne and travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road passing through the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay with stops along the way to take in the breathtaking views. Journey through the luscious surrounds of the Otway ranges and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse, mainland Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse and enjoy views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait from the lighthouse, then enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch. After lunch discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the 12 Apostles and descend the Gibsons Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks.

Day 9 - Melbourne
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
    You will then be transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch, or stand back and take pictures. Then away we go, drifting gently over the city of Melbourne in our beautiful balloon. Your flight will last for approximately one hour.
  • Yarra Valley Wine Experience
    Learn how to swirl, sniff and slurp, then you’ll be ready to taste some of the Yarra's best wines, Yering Station’s award winning classic Australian wine, Rochford Wines with traditional wine making methods in their cellar door and French Champagne company Moet & Chandon's Australian production house -Domaine Chandon.
  • Melbourne River Cruise
    Discover the routes of the early settlers with this historical look at our famous Yarra River and surrounds. Experience the history of the Southern Hemisphere's largest port and relive it's involvement in Melbourne's settlement. Cruising up river is a rare chance to view wonderful scenic river gardens and Herring Island. The river passes one of the world's great Botanic Gardens, as well as the landscaped river banks and Melbourne's famous Sporting Precinct
  • Koalas and Kangaroos in the Wild
    Walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then learn about each one's history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. Help collect important data, remove Boneseed (a weed) andmake a difference to koala habitat. Join wild mobs of Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. While we walk, help your Guide record sightings of all native wildlife. The natural environments we visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies and lizards. Your Wildlife Guide will help you find and understand them, and teach you survey techniques that will be useful to you wherever you go. At the end of the day all participants will receive a certificate of thanks for helping wildlife, and an opportunity to stay in touch with each of the Koalas seen on the day.
  • Colonial Tramcar Dinner
    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.

Day 10 - Depart Melbourne
This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne airport and your flight to US.

 

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Conditions

Travel departure dates to include all 2017 Australia Open tournament days of play with varying arenas and categories and pricing available subject to availability. Starting from pricing is valid for for purchase by 31 December 2016. If you choose to take the optional airfare add on airfare 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.