Day 1 – Fly USA to Dubai
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary with an International Economy Class flight from New York to Dubai on Emirates.
Day 2 – Welcome to Dubai, UAE
Today you will arrive in Dubai where you will spend three nights exploring this city in the desert.
Spend a few fascinating hours by the creek, watching the dhow (traditional wooden boat) traffic and the abras weave along the waterway while smoking some sheesha. Walk the streets of the tranquil, restored Bastakia area or take a stroll through multicultural Karama or Satwa. Outside the urban areas are ancient archaeological sites and old fishing villages. The United Arab Emirates is a country with both a record-setting building boom (the tallest building in the world will be completed in Dubai in 2009) and a still-vibrant Bedouin culture, one that learned to survive in harsh desert conditions for hundreds of years.Starting Accommodation:
Park Hyatt Dubai
Day 3 – Dubai TouringDubai City Tour
A fascinating historical excursion. Our route takes us to the magnificent Jumeirah mosque; past modern palaces sprawled along the coast. In Bastakia, stop for a while to admire the old wind-tower houses built by wealthy merchants. Close by, stands the 150-year old Al Fahidi Fort. Here, the Dubai Museum records the city's past as an important pearl diving and trading center. Continue your journey by a local water taxi known as an abra. As you cross the Creek, see the modern metropolis with its splendid architecture dwarfing the bustling alleys of our next destination, the gold and spice souks.Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari
The mysterious desert beckons you for a magical evening out - an adventure you'll never forget. Leaving behind the bustle of the city in the afternoon on a four-wheel drive for a thrilling journey over rolling dunes through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert.
En route, you will stop to see camels resting at their camp, and then, from the crest of a high dune, watch the sun cast its orange glow over the vast expanse of rippling sand all round you as it sets. Like a shimmering mirage in the distance you will see the flickering lights of your camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits you. The encampment conjures up images of the Arabian nights.
Relax on comfortable low cushions in Bedu tents and quench your thirst, have your hands painted with intricate henna designs, experience a short camel ride, or just enjoy the aromatic shisha. A feast of grilled meats, fresh salads and delectable Arab sweets is served and under a galaxy of stars, you will be entertained by the bewitching belly dancer swaying to the haunting strains of Arabian music. You won't want this enchanting evening to end.Starting Accommodation:
Park Hyatt Dubai (B)
Day 4 – At leisure, Dubai
Today to you are at leisure to explore Dubai. Check out some of the local shopping, or include one of our additional day excursions
to fit in more touring of this world-class city.Starting Accommodation:
Park Hyatt Dubai (B)
Day 5 – Dubai to Perth
Today you will board your flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Perth in Western Australia. Upon arrival in Perth you will be transferred to your hotel.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Metropol (B)
Day 6 – Pinnacles Desert 4WD Tour
After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to view koalas and hand feed kangaroos, travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. A stop is made at the Lobster Shack for an informative talk about the lobster industry, followed by a self-guided tour through the purpose built factory. Then it's onwards to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape where you will be in awe at the sheer size and number of these spires. Afterwards enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Metropol (B, L)
Day 7 – Perth to Broome
Today you will transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Broome. Once you arrive, you will have time to explore your new surroundings at your leisure. Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – At leisure, Broome
Today you are at leisure to enjoy the activities in Broome.
The reflective waters of Cable Beach in Broome create a colorful backdrop for surfers, sunbathers, and rows of camels waltzing down the shore. The Northwestern coastal area is home to the Cable Beach Club Resort, a deluxe getaway combining brilliant atmosphere with comprehensive facilities. The water playground, tennis courts, and mini golf course bring ample opportunity for competition, while the ocean pool and Chahoya Spa allow you to unwind after a day on the beach. The various villas, bungalows and suites are decorated in traditional Broome style, with sunlight splashing in through the latticed windows and Asian-influenced artisan accents hidden throughout.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 9 – Cape Leveque Adventure
The Dampier Peninsula is a delight for travelers seeking a real Kimberley experience that is culturally rewarding in a beautiful environment. As you journey up the Cape Leveque Road, learn all about the areas' fascinating place in Australia's history. Enjoy morning tea in the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home to the Sacred Heart Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar.
Then travel north to the One Arm Point Community and view the impressive Buccaneer Archipelago, witnessing the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley - the largest in the southern hemisphere! The Community's own aquaculture hatchery, complete with reef fish and trochus shell, is perched right on the tip of One Arm Point and well worth a visit.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – At leisure, Broome
Today you are at leisure to enjoy Broome and its surrounding areas.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Broome to Margaret River (via Perth)
Today you will board your flight from Broome to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth you will pick up your rental car for your drive to Margaret River.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Margaret River Discovery Tour
A wine tour with a twist, explore the region's best wines and the stunning outdoors. The day begins with a paddle along the still waters of the Margaret River (optional inclusion). Spot the magnificent Baudins Cockatoos in the towering eucalyptus trees before heading to a local waterfall to reveal Marron and freshwater mussels and absorb the Aboriginal significance of the region.
A gourmet lunch of regional produce is served. Finish the day with some 4WD action into the bush to discover the remote Willyabrup Cliffs and a short, guided walk on the famous Cape to Cape Track. High above the ocean, your efforts may even be rewarded with views of breaching whales, dolphins and wild flowers (seasonal).Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – At leisure, Margaret River
Today you at leisure to enjoy your free time in Margaret River.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Margaret River to Perth
Today you will drive back from Margaret River to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth you will return your rental car before heading to your hotel for the evening. Use this remaining time to visit your favorite spots one last time.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Metropol (B)
Day 15 – Fly Perth to USA (via Dubai)
Today completes your Swain Destinations vacation to Western Australia and Dubai. This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)