Australia & Cook Islands Romance Escape

Aitutaki, the Cook Islands and 5-star Adventure in Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef!

15 days

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY ONE - LOS ANGELES TO AITUTAKI via RAROTONGA

Overnight flight. (Flights not included)

DAY TWO - WELCOME TO AITUTAKI!

AitutakiThe hook-shaped atoll of Aitutaki, the second most visited by tourists, sits at the top of one of the world’s largest coral lagoons, packed with giant clams and bright tropical fish, and ringed by smaller uninhabited islets, known as motu, around its outer edges. But don’t plan on doing too much. Time, like most other things in the Cook Islands, has a mind of its own. Days roll by with the island tides: one morning you’ll be exploring taro plantations, swimming in underground caves and dancing till dawn with the locals, and the next, a plane will be waiting to take you home. Make the most of it while you can – paradise is a pretty tough place to find.
 

DAY TWO TO DAY FIVE - AITUTAKI ESCAPE
ONE BEDROOM BEACHFRONT VILLA

Includes continental breakfast daily and $50 Food & Beverage Credit to be used at any of 6 fabulous local restaurants.

Aitutaki Escape offers the ultimate in Cook Islands luxury accommodation. Situated on a white sandy beach in the Village of Amuri, overlooking one of the most famous and beautiful lagoons in the world, the Villas present a fusion of style, luxury and exclusiveness.

Your Villa has a private swimming and spa pool, LCD Home Theatre System with full surround sound, full kitchen facilities, and are beautifully appointed in luxurious décor with the use of marble throughout, giving each room a special elegance, Bedrooms and ensuite-bathrooms each have King size beds , and feature en-suite bath rooms,with floor to ceiling glass walls surrounded by tropical gardens ,enhancing the true harmonious feel of nature with their luxurious interiors. Long boardwalks extend from each of the villas close to the water's edge where a small deck and sun lounges are provided for you to enjoy total relaxation.

DAY FIVE - AITUTAKI TO SYDNEY via RAROTONGA

Departs in the afternoon, arrives in the evening. You cross the International Dateline and skip a day ahead. (Flights not included)

DAY SIX - WELCOME TO SYDNEY!

SydneyStylish Sydney…a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences. While you will find all the icons you know, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you will also find interesting people, cultural vibrancy and a positive spirit.

 

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SYDNEY
DELUXE DARLING HARBOUR VIEW ROOM

The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is a luxury hotel that offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites among Sydney hotels. The hotel is impeccably positioned between the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. All rooms have breathtaking views of the Harbour and are exquisitely appointed with contemporary furnishings. Rooms feature triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets and signature bed linens.

The room offers breathtaking views of Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Parramatta River and west to the Blue Mountains. Exceptionally comfortable, these rooms are ideal for a peaceful stay.

DAY EIGHT - ESCORTED CITY BICYCLE TOUR

Hop on the Sydney Highlights tour to experience the essentials of Sydney. We'll take you on a super easy ride featuring stunning harbour views as we pedal past Circular Quay, the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There's no better way to get a quick feel for the city, than the Harbour Highlights Tour!

 

DAY NINE - THE ROCKS DREAMING TOUR

Aboriginal Hertiage tour - Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. Get inspired as you discover the oldest ecology, conservation, sustainability, astrology and spiritual beliefs on earth today. Connect with Australian skies, lands and waters, and the experiences of 'always walking Country'. Feel empowered by learning how to teach others to navigate DreamTime pathways, whenever, in the city or out in the bush.

The Rocks Dreaming tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman, and is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal people lived in the area.

DAY TEN - LUXURY YACHT CRUISE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

Luxury yacht cruise on Sydney HarbourToday, come aboard and experience what it is like to "cruise like a local" on one of the most spectacular harbors in the world, with your local, friendly Australian hosts. Your personalized, tailor-made, 4-hour Sydney Harbour cruising experience will give you the opportunity to swim, fish, kayak, relax or sunbathe, with fabulous sight-seeing opportunities. Included in your tour today is a gourmet Australian BBQ lunch, with regional wines & local beers, plus 5-star service.

DAY ELEVEN - FLY SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

Flight not included

Welcome to Port Douglas!

This is a tropical holiday destination of choice for A-list celebrities, heads of state and sports stars from all over the globe. Port Douglas, affectionately known as “Port”, is a sophisticated, but laid back seaside village just over 40 miles north of Cairns. The closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with no traffic lights or parking meters in sight, Port Douglas is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while still enjoying cosmopolitan convenience and contemporary style in a tropical climate.
 

PORT DOUGLAS PENINSULA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
POOL VIEW SUITE Including full breakfast

The Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel represents a unique concept in luxury accommodation - the comfort and facilities of a hotel with the friendliness and personal service that only a small property can provide. Port Douglas Peninsula Hotel is ideally located on the Coral Sea and is stunningly positioned, being only a one-minute walk from the town centre, shopping and restaurants.

DAY TWELVE - GREAT BARRIER REEF SAILING

This morning you'll take a luxury day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on a sailing catamaran carrying a maximum of twelve pampered guests. Sail to Tongue, Chinaman or Rudder Reef. The Skipper will choose the best location according to the conditions on the day to maximize your experience. Enjoy the leisurely 2 hour sail to the Great Barrier Reef and over three and a half hours at one spectacular reef. Includes morning and afternoon teas, gourmet lunch on board, use of all snorkeling equipment and tuition and Environmental Management Charge.

DAY THIRTEEN - ABORIGINAL DAINTREE DREAMING TOUR

Experience this region’s rich Aboriginal history and culture on this exclusive day tour adventure. You'll be picked up fom your hotel and travel to Cooya Beach. (Kuku Kuku) This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people and three diverse ecosystems-beach, mangroves and coastal reef. Here one of the Kubirri Warra brothers of Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours will teach you how to throw a spear and other Aboriginal hunting techniques. Walk with the brothers on their traditional lands as you learn how to track and hunt for fish, mud crabs, mussels through the mangroves. Search and try bush tucker and bush medicines.

We then travel further north to Silky Oaks Lodge for a delicious lunch overlooking the Mossman River and Rainforest. Continuing north to the quaint Daintree Village in the rainforest we follow the Daintree River to Tranquility on the Daintree – a secluded 450 acre private property. The Niau Falls are a pristine natural wonder, and your guided rainforest walk will unlock the secrets of this fascinating ecosystem. There’s time for a swim in this magical rainforest environment before heading south to Mossman and Janball Aboriginal Art Gallery and meet with artist in residence Binna who is your tutor today as you share in an authentic Aboriginal Art experience. Aboriginal art and craft are on display that depict the reef and rainforest of the Kuku Yulanji people. Your day of discovery comes to a close and you are returned to your accommodation.

DAY FOURTEEN - AT LEISURE
DAY FIFTEEN - JOURNEY HOME

Fly Cairns to Los Angeles via Auckland. (Flights not included)

 

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Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

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This vacation package includes:
  • Accommodation for 12 nights in Aitutaki (4), Sydney (4) and Port Douglas (4)
  • 4 nights at the stunning beachfront Aitutaki Escape resort with continental breakfast daily
  • $50 Food & Beverage Credit to be used at any of 6 fabulous local restaurants
  • 4 nights at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour
  • Escorted bicycle tour of Sydney
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour through the Rocks area
  • Luxury yacht cruise around Sydney harbor with fabulous gourmet lunch
  • 4 nights at luxurious POrt Douglas Peninsula Boutique hotel
  • Full day Great Barrier Reef sailing adventure including gourmet lunch
  • Full day Cape Tribualtion/Daintree Dreaming tour with Aboriginal guide
  • Private airport transfers to each hotel
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Complimentary Springboard Vacations Travel Protection Plan
  • Complimentary Australian visa/ETAs valued at 2 x $25 = $50.00
  • Australian GST (10%)

Price is per person and based on twin share

Departs Sundays

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's exchange rate

Additional surcharges apply for travel during special events such as New Year's Eve in Sydney

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