Commence your 10 day itinerary in stunning Sydney and enjoy a small group sightseeing tour, Sydney Harbour cruise, tour & lunch at the Sydney Opera House. Depart Sydney on a 3 Days/2 nights small group tour adventure to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains for unique wildlife experiences and dramatic landscapes before continuing on to the Hunter Valley wine region to sample Australia's premier food & wine.
- Roundtrip Economy Class Airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney (Addon flights from your local airport can be added at an additional cost)
- 5 nights Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison in a Deluxe King Room
- Half day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour yacht cruise
- Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
- 3 Days/2 nights small group tour to the Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley wine region including touring by luxury vehicle, 2 nights accommodations in 4* hotels, breakfast daily & 2 lunches
- Breakfast with the koalas encoutner at Featherdale Wildlife Park
- Private car service airport transfers
- All taxes & fuel surcharges
- Complimentary bottle of Leogate Shiraz
Day 1 - Depart US
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
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 Harbor Bridge and sightseeing at the Sydney Opera House. On arrival into Sydney you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
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. 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 - Explore Sydney Harbour & the Sydney Opera House
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, see inside the world's most recognizable 'sails' and experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building, your guide will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. After your tour, please proceed to the Opera Kitchen which is located on the lower concourse between Kenji Restaurant and the Opera Bar. Enjoy a three-tier gourmet tasting plate, which can be enjoyed before or after the guided tour. Sit back and be spoilt for choice as you relish some of Sydney's best cuisine and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. The perfect way to experience one of the world's most stunning icons.
Day 6 - Sydney at your leisure
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.
Day 7 - Sydney - Blue Mountains
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your hotel to commence your small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you arrive early for an exclusive breakfast with Koalas and native Australian animals. Enjoy a continental breakfast where the animal handler allows guests to get up close and personal with a Koala and other animals...a great experience. Departing from Featherdale, commence the drive to the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley with beautiful vistas, where possible away from the crowds. Next stop is the remote Eaglehawk Lookout for views of the famous Three Sisters and to hear of the legends behind this famous rock formation. From here transfer to your overnight accommodation by approximately 12 noon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (Lunch at own expense). Overnight accommodation at Mountain Heritage.
ACCOMMODATION - From its unique position high above Katoomba, the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa commands unrivalled panoramic views that stretch seemingly forever across the World Heritage Listed wilderness beyond. Hotel facilities include a fully licensed a la carte restaurant serving excellent contemporary Australian cuisine; an indulgent day spa offering a dazzling array of treatments; cocktail bar; library; comfy lounge areas with open fireplaces; swimming pool; fitness center plus lovely verandahs & garden areas.
Day 8 - Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley wine region
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, travel around the mountains stopping at Govetts Leap for spectacular Escarpment views. Continue to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens enjoying the expansive views followed by morning refreshments. Continue to Bilpin and Wollemi National Park to Putty and then onto the Hunter Valley. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a Vineyard cafe followed by a visit to a boutique winery for tastings. Enjoy the afternoon and evening relaxing at your leisure. Overnight accommodation at Hunter Resort and enjoy a bottle of Leogate Shiraz courtesy of Aspire Down Under.
ACCOMMODATION - The Hunter Resort is a country lodge nestled within its own 40-year-old Shiraz vineyards on 70 secluded acres in the very heart of the famous Hunter Valley Wine Country. It offers comfortable accommodation for families, groups or individuals, with the rooms close to the centre of the action near the pool, reception and other facilities
Day 9 - Hunter Valley wine region - Sydney
After breakfast at your hotel, there is more time to explore the Hunter Valley before being collected at approximately 11.30am. Head to Leogate Estate for wine tasting accompanied by a selection of cheeses. Then enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. After lunch, enjoy a stop at the Hunter Village where here you have the options of visiting the Chocolate Shop for sampling and perhaps a decadent purchase or two, explore the boutique shops or enjoy a final wine tasting at the local Cellar Door. From here commence the return journey to Sydney. On arrival into Sydney return to the Amora Jamison Hotel for your overnight stay
Day 10 - Depart Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Sydney airport. Fly to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia.
Terms & Conditions:
Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday 13 April – 20 May for purchase by 15 April 2017; $60 air supplement applies each way for travel on Friday - 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.