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Cities and Island Escape


The perfect combination of what Australia has to offer, Cities and Island Escape brings you city sights and relaxing island life. Spend the first half of your Aussie adventure taking in all the culture of you can handle in Melbourne, including world class food, swanky boutiques and sights galore. After your three days in the city, it’s off to the Whitsunday Islands where you can soak up the sun on white sand beaches, bask in crystal clear waters and discover the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Before heading home you’ll enjoy a few days in Sydney, checking out all the iconic Sydney sights on a guided tour, with plenty of time to head out on your own to discover the great restaurants, wildlife excursions and adventurous opportunities that this world class city has to offer.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Family, Romance & Honeymoon, Sun & Sand

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Melbourne
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price. 

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Melbourne, Australia
On arrival into Melbourne, you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

At first glance, Melbourne may resemble any other modern city with its skyline full of concrete & glass. However, if you look a little closer, you'll find the real Melbourne, a city of unique charm. There are the clanging trams (street cars), swanky boutiques, friendly taxi drivers, Australian Rules Football, fickle weather and 'BYO's', by the hundred (restaurants to which you bring your own liquor or wine). Add to this, Melbourne's traditional virtues of tree lined boulevards, glorious parks, elegant buildings & imposing Victorian Banks & Churches, and of course the giant Melbourne Cricket Ground and you'll have some idea of the city.

Melbourne has become a polyglot society with a huge diversity of cultures, Italian, Greek, East European, Middle Eastern & Asian. This diversity is reflected in the food styles, the lifestyle, & even the language spoken in the street.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank

Day 4 – Melbourne Tour
Melbourne is famous for its magnificent parks and gardens which surround the city. See the famous Floral Clock, Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and inspect Captain Cook's Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.  See the colorful Victoria Market, Old Melbourne Gaol, Shrine of Remembrance and travel over the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank

Day 5 – At leisure, Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art. The influence of decades of immigration from all over the world has made Melbourne a paradise for those who love food and wine. Whole streets are dedicated to food, whether it be Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, or a host of other styles. You can't miss the world-class wines either. You’ll barely meet a visitor who hasn’t fallen in love with Melbourne. Rattling trams, parklands singing with blackbirds, stately architecture and palm trees - it’s like northern Europe on the Mediterranean.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank

Day 6 – Melbourne to Whitsunday Islands
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Whitsundays. Upon arrival you will board a luxury cruiser for your launch service to Hayman. (Deluxe option only.)

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and 74 tropical islands in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.



Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B, D)

Day 7 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. 

This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B, D)

Day 8 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B, D)

Day 9 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B, D)

Day 10 – Whitsunday Islands to Sydney
Launch from Hayman to Hamilton Island. (Deluxe option only.)

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated – Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there’s much more to offer.

Sydney’s sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s flanked by golden beaches and bush land, and is bisected by one of the most famous bridges in the world. Islands sprinkle its waters, and it’s crisscrossed by all manner of craft, from water taxis and yachts to tour boats and ferries.



Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 11 – Sydney City Tour
Enjoy a morning touring Sydney's glorious city, harbor and famous beaches. Pass through the historic Rocks area and circular en route to Bondi Beach where we stop for morning tea (own expense). The tour will travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Double Bay, and you will view the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 12 – At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance from your accommodation – Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks, etc. 

During your Sydney stay, you shouldn’t miss a harbor cruise around one of the most beautiful harbors in the world; maybe take a short trip to one of the wildlife parks to see the unique animals of Australia such as the koalas and kangaroos. Climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge for awesome views of the city. After all of these adventures, enjoy the great restaurants that Sydney has to offer where the chefs take full advantage of the fresh local seafood and produce.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 13 – At leisure, Sydney
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 14 – Sydney to USA
You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight. 

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Highlighted Activities

Melbourne City Sights
Melbourne City Sights
Melbourne
Length: Half-day, Full-day
Sydney City Tour
Sydney City Tour
Sydney
Length: Half-day, Full-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
MelbourneTravelodge SouthbankRydges MelbourneCrown Towers
WhitsundaysHamilton Island ResortHamilton Island (Reef View Hotel)Hayman Island
SydneyTravelodge SydneyHoliday Inn Darling HarbourFour Seasons Hotel, Sydney


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWSP25542
SWSP25543
SWSP25544
Twin Share
9/16/2017 - 12/14/2017$1,680$2,195$4,370
12/15/2017 - 1/13/2018$1,645$2,195
1/14/2018 - 3/31/2018$1,680$2,195$4,370
Single Traveler
9/16/2017 - 12/14/2017$3,165$4,110$8,110
12/15/2017 - 1/13/2018$3,095$4,110
1/14/2018 - 3/31/2018$3,165$4,110$8,110

Add internal air to this package from $370*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms