- Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- 3 nights accommodation Sydney at 4* Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall in a premier Studio
- 2 nights Ayers Rock at the 4* Desert Gardens Hotel - Garden View Room
- Field of Light Star Pass
- Uluru highlights sunrise tour
- Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon to Alice Springs coach tour including Kings Canyon walk/hike
- 2 nights accommodation Alice Springs at 4* Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Hotel Deluxe King Room
- Half day a "town like Alice" tour
- 4 nights accommodation Port Douglas at 4* Shantara Resort and Spa - Poolview Studio
- Airport transfers by seat in coach shuttle
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
What makes Australia truly special is not just the accents, iconic destinations and the wildlife, but the warmth of its people. You'll experience this warmth with Virgin Australia when you fly direct from LA to Sydney. Considering upgrading your flight? Consider premium economy from $499 per person additional each way or a life flat bed in business class from $2,200 each way for travel Monday - Thursday.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
On arrival in Sydney shuttle service transfer to the Adina Apartment hotel Sydney Town Hall for your three nights stay.
ACCOMMODATION - Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Town Hall - A 4-minute walk from the Town Hall train station, this polished redbrick hotel is a 9-minute walk from Sydney Tower and a 10-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The bright, contemporary apartments, ranging from studios to 2-bedroom units, include WiFi and kitchenettes, as well as balconies, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The casual cafe/bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a gym and a sauna.
Days 4-5 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $270 per person
- Panoramic City Sights small group half day 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 of 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.
- Sydney Harbour small group Harbour Cruise
Board your Sensational Sydney Cruises vessel at Circular Quay to commence a morning two hour 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.
- Blue Mountains Day small group day Tour
Enjoy a small group tour to the Blue Mountains and see hidden locations and beautiful views of the region. This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, travelling in the luxury of a Mercedes Benz minivan. 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.
Day 6 - Enjoy your complimentary flight to the Outback! - Sydney - Ayers Rock
Depart Sydney for Ayers Rock and take the courtesy shuttle transfer on arrival to the Desert Gardens hotel - your base for two nights.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Center, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
ACCOMMODATION - Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. Relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It is only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably one of the best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies.
This evening enjoy sunset over Uluru & “The Field of Light”. The Field of Light Star Pass experience begins with a convenient pick-up from the Desert Gardens Hotel and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. A knowledgeable host will provide you with insights and background to the art installation. You are welcomed at a raised viewing area from which you can watch as the last sun rays hit Uluru as the sun slowly sets behind you. As darkness gradually falls and the colored lights of the glass spheres come to life you are invited to walk through and interact with Field of Light. You are then welcomed back at the raised viewing area 30 minutes prior to departure for sparkling wine and canaps whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.
Day 7 - Ayers Rock - Uluru Sunrise Tour
This morning you will be picked up from the Desert Gardens Hotel for your small group Uluru Highlights sunrise tour. Travel towards Uluru where its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Stop at a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith and enjoy a picnic breakfast. Travel to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python). Then drive around the base of Uluru hearing the cultural stories of the Mala people before returning to the resort.
This afternoon consider adding an afternoon camel ride through the desert (additional cost applies)
Catch the camel train and ride the good-natured camels for 45 minutes through beautiful sand dune country with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your stunning backdrop. The knowledgeable cameleer describes the landscape around you on your ride. Back at the farm explore the camel museum and learn about the importance of camels to the history of the Red Centre
This evening consider the Sounds of Silence Dinner (additional cost applies)
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, eating beautifully prepared food under the sparkling outback sky. The journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes participants to an uninterrupted, 360 degree view of this vast landscape. In front is the fabled Uluru; behind are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, feast on a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as the resident astronomer takes diners on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As dinner winds down, select from a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine.
Day 8 - Kings Canyon & Alice Springs
Enjoy a full day Kings Canyon and Outback Panorama tour. Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at lookout points. Time permitting, stop at the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor is available. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort for lunch (own expense), then commence the journey to Alice Springs. Tour concludes between 7.30pm - 8.30pm depending on the time of year, at which time you will be dropped off at Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel for your two nights stay.
Day 9 - Alice Springs
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Alice Springs - The outback town of Alice Springs is the gateway for exploring the Red Centre. Perhaps visit the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station and the School of the Air.
Day 10 - Alice Springs to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas
Enjoy this morning at leisure, for the ultimate Outback adventure consider adding a sunrise hot air balloon tour (additional cost applies)
Your adventure begins pre-dawn, with the balloons inflation as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Whilst floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness, scenery and wildlife of Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as your balloon crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.
Late afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Alice Springs airport by shuttle service, for your flight to Cairns, the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. An hour north of Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches. Upon arrival into Cairns you will be transferred
ACCOMMODATION - With a choice of spacious studio rooms or large comfortable one bedroom self-contained apartments, Shantara is an Adults only retreat with Boutique Holiday Apartments suited for couples or the independent traveler looking for tranquility. All rooms have an outdoor balcony facing one of the pools. Located walking distance to restaurants, shops and Four Mile beach.
Days 11 - 13 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding the following discounted sightseeing package at a cost of $230 per person:
- Great Barrier Reef Low Isles full day Snorkeling tour
Travel aboard Wavedancer, a 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran for the cruise to Low Isles, an 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.
- Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk
You are welcomed with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and your experienced guide provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. A stop at 'the beach' gives you the opportunity for a refreshing swim in this water hole, where your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.
Day 14 - Depart Port Douglas
This morning you will be collected for your transfer to Cairns airport. Depart Cairns on your Virgin Australia flight back to Los Angeles.
|01 April - 31 May 2018||$2,999|
|01-21 Jun & 24 Jul - 17 Sep 2018||$3,099|
|22 Jun - 23 Jul & 18 Sep - 14 Oct||$3,249|
ETA to enter Australia $25 per person
Additional departure gateways & pricing
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $190 from San Francisco, Add $250 from Dallas, Seattle, Add $300 from NYC, 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.
Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:
- Upgrade to premium economy from $499 per person each way*
- Upgrade to "The Business" from $2,200 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.
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$2,999 Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday 01 April - 31 May 2018 for purchase by 15 January 2018; $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.