Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales
By Aspire Down Under
This 7 night itinerary highlights the stunning harbor city of Sydney alongside the best beaches of Australia at Byron Bay with four nights in Sydney before continuing on to the iconic coastal beach town of Byron Bay. This special package offers exceptional values including bonus free nights & touring. Airfare cost is additional - ask an Aspire consultant for the current special reduced airfare for your travel dates.
- 4 nights at Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
- Half-day small group city sights of Sydney tour
- Sydney Harbour morning small group cruise
- Full-day small group tour to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains
- 3 nights at Elements of Byron Bay Resort and Spa
- Byron Bay surf lesson
- Private car service airport transfers in Sydney and Byron Bay
Package duration: 7 nights
Book by: 07/31/2018
Travel from: 04/01/2018
Travel to: 09/30/2018
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia's favorite city with the world's most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the 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 features stylish accommodations, along with two restaurants, two bars, a day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. The city's best shopping, dining and nightlife are on the hotel's doorstep. Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney is 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.
Day 2: 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 harbor 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 Harbour Bridge. Head to famous Bondi Beach for the opportunity to walk from Bondi Icebergs restaurant 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 3: 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. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 4: World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains Day Tour
Enjoy a full day tour to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, traveling 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 Sydney Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay, where your tour will conclude at approximately 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
Day 5: Fly Sydney to Ballina (Airfare Not Included)
Transfer from your accommodation to Sydney airport by car service. Fly from Sydney to Ballina and on arrival you will be transferred to the coastal town of Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal town and marine park offers the best beaches for surfing and is the most easterly point on the Australian coast.
Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at Elements of Byron Resort and Spa. Experience the barefoot luxury of a resort formed from the elements of Byron itself which features 103 private beach villas dotted amidst 50 acres of absolute beachfront paradise. The modern Australian beach architecture and interiors are inspired by Mother Nature and this exceptional beachside.
Day 6: Byron Bay
Explore Byron Bay and its surrounds at your leisure. Sample some of the local range of activities, from outdoor organic produce markets, art galleries, yoga classes, the Crystal Castle, kayaking, surfing (or learning to surf), bike or horse-riding. The marine park at Julian Rocks, off the main beach, is the meeting place of tropical and temperate currents, providing scuba divers and snorkelers with amazing scenery. There is also a great walking trail to the top of Cape Byron, with stunning coastal views, and the lighthouse is the spot to watch for whales. Don't forgo a visit to nearby Brunswick Heads and Byron's hinterland.
Day 7: Byron Bay Surfing
Learn to surf right on the main beach of beautiful Byron Bay. This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. You will be taught in a small group setting so you will get plenty of hands-on help. To build up your knowledge and confidence, first start out on the beach and you will be taught how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water. Then it's off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves - the white foam created after the waves run their course. You will be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.
Depart Byron Bay to your onward destination, either in Australia or return to the U.S.
Terms & Conditions:
*$1349pp Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel within 01 April - 30 September 2018; $1649 per person for travel within 01 October - 30 November 2018 for purchase by 31 July 2018; Ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for pricing for other departure dates and special airfares available in conjunction with this package.
Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. 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.