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Discover Sydney, the harbour, the city's historic enclaves, beaches, museums and art galleries. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight. Explore Melbourne, its beautiful parks and gardens, mixed with fine Victorian architecture, elegant tree lined boulevards and modern skyscrapers. Explore the city by tram and absorb the atmosphere of Australia’s cultural capital. Head out for overnight stays in the wine growing regions of the Hunter and Yarra Valley. Sample the best food and wine Australia has to offer.

Inclusions:

  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Internal Australia flights
  • 3 Nights Sebel Pier, Sydney
  • Full day small group tour of the Hunter Valley wine region Including lunch & tastings
  • 1 night Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley Resort
  • 3 Nights Lindrum hotel, Melbourne
  • Full day tour private tour of the Yarra Valley including tastings
  • 1 night Yarra Valley, Chateau Yering
  • ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
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Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Sunny, sexy and sophisticated, Sydney is the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The white-sailed Sydney Opera House over the waters of Sydney Cove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there's far more on offer. Discover the harbour, the city's historic enclaves, beaches, museums and art galleries. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight.

Accommodation - Sebel Pier, Sydney
Two nights accommodation at the Sebel Pier, Sydney. Blending heritage with contemporary chic, Sebel Pier One is one of the few Sydney hotels offering this kind of luxury waterfront experience... Nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and offering panoramic Sydney Harbour views, The Sebel Pier One Sydney Hotel is built on, and over, the water. One of the very few Sydney hotels set in the heart of The Rocks, the boutique hotel allows easy access to this Sydney’s historic dining and entertainment precinct as well as Sydney CBD and Financial District. Guest rooms and suite accommodation follow a nautical theme and feature much of the original timber and ironwork that once were the centrepieces of the working Pier One Wharf, offset by the latest in contemporary interior design and facilities.

Day 4 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

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Day 5 - Overnight Hunter Valley Australian Eco Adventures
Australian Eco Adventures provides luxury small group eco tours and continually set the benchmark for first class guides and vehicle comfort. Not only do guests benefit from a more personalized small group service, but they are also able to enjoy some very memorable experiences that no other tour company provides.

Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your the Sebel Pier one hotel and commence your small group tour into the Hunter Valley Region. We head out of the city and reach our morning tea stop, a unique wildlife park where we’ll meet native Australian animals. We then head away from the main road and travel through the National Parks to the historic town of Wollombi. Continuing over Mount View, we head into the Hunter Valley to a boutique winery for the first wine tasting experience. The next winery we visit is our lunch destination, where a gourmet tasting experience of food and wine matching awaits.

Drop off at the Hunter Valley Resort to enjoy the afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure. This stylish resort offers rooms with timber cathedral-ceilings and private balconies overlooking the largest winery in the Hunter Valley. It is located within minutes of 3 championship golf courses. The Hunter Valley Resort features horseback riding facilities, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.

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Day 6 - Hunter Valley Australian Eco Adventures - Return to Sydney
In the morning there is more time to explore the Hunter Valley before being collected at approximately 1:30-2:00pm, to continue to the last winery and then finally to a chocolate shop to taste some unique flavors of the Hunter Valley. We commence our return journey to Sydney after a few days of unique experiences. Overnight Sebel Pier One, Sydney.

Day 7 - Fly Sydney - Melbourne
Capital of the state of Victoria, is attractively set on the shores of Port Philip Bay. Famous for its beautiful parks and gardens, mixed with fine Victorian architecture, elegant tree lined boulevards and modern skyscrapers. Explore the city by tram and absorb the atmosphere of Australia’s cultural capital.

Accommodation - Lindrum Hotel, Melbourne
Two nights accommodation at the Lindrum Hotel, Melbourne. The Lindrum provides quality accommodation and services, in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. Some of the famous attractions located in the hotel's vicinity are City Museum, Treasury Gardens and Old Treasury Building. The Hotel offers 59 well-appointed guest rooms that feature a boutique style decor. Situated on Flinders Street, Hotel Lindrum is 500 metres from Flinders Street.

Day 8 - Melbourne
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

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Day 9 - Yarra Valley overnight with Melbourne Private Tours
Melbourne Private Tours offers unforgettable private touring with an easy going team of tour guides to ensure your experience is unforgettable – with an emphasis on touching, tasting, connecting & learning every step of the way.

Only a short drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is one of the world’s most picturesque wine regions. Regarded as Australia’s leading cool climate wine region it is prized for its superb Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Wines. While the Yarra Valley has some wonderful large commercial wineries producing quality products, our priority is for smaller ‘out of the way’ boutique wineries. This gives you the best opportunity to meet the people behind the wine while not having to compete with the crowds associated with larger group touring.

Drop off at the Chateau Yering to enjoy the afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure. This historic luxury hotel, situated on 250 acres of land with gardens dating back to 1854, boasts magnificent views. The interior features ornate Victorian decoration, with many imported European textiles, and the brilliance of designer Elly Milner. Each room offers a different color scheme to reflect a certain mood and refined indulgence. The two on-site restaurants serve local produce and also features a superb selection of Yarra Valley wines from the cellar that dates back to 1840.

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Day 10 - Yarra Valley with Melbourne Private Tours - Return to Melbourne
In the morning there is more time to explore the Yarra Valley before being collected at approximately 1:30-2:00pm. For lovers of wildlife, onthe return to Melbourne is the Healesville Sanctuary Regarded as Australia’s leading wildlife reserve, Healesville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian Birds & Animals including Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingos & countless rare & beautiful birds. Overnight Lindrum Hotel, Melbourne.

Day 11 - Depart for US

 

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Conditions

Strating from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 March 2017. 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.