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Opera, Sydney & Beyond

Experience the opera like never before, from the heart of Sydney Harbour. Embrace Australia's cosmopolitan flair in Sydney, taste award-winning wines throughout the Hunter Valley, and explore ancient forests and caves among the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. New South Wales is also unmatched with its spectacular annual events and shows. New South Wales has an unmatched calendar of events and festivals. Come alive with a spectacular show right on the water, it's an opera experience unlike any other.

La bohème on Sydney Harbour, March 23, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Experience the original Bohemian love story on the magnificent floating stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. The pop-up opera house includes dining, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars. It is the cultural event of year.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Food & Wine, Romance & Honeymoon

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Sydney
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 Sydney, Australia
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.

It is Sydney's manmade wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails.

See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith and enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions. There are many ways to enjoy the harbor; on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, to ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly, and the harbor suburbs.

Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants, attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann & Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Day 4 – Opera Australia Performance
Your day today is at leisure to explore the city before your evening performance at Opera Australia. 

La bohème on Sydney Harbour
Experience the Bohemian love story on the floating stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. It is the cultural event of the year. Performances run from March 23, 2018 - April 22, 2018 (no performance on Good Friday, March 30, 2018).

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney (B)

Day 5 – Self-Drive Sydney to Hunter Valley
At your leisure, drive from Sydney to Hunter Valley. The drive takes approximately 2-3 hours. Head towards the famed Australian wine making district, known throughout the world. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic getaway by visiting the Hunter Valley. Specialty shops selling cheeses and fudge are sandwiched between world-class wineries in a locale that seems worlds away but is conveniently less than two hours from Sydney's doorstep.

Stressed out Sydneysiders escape to this pastoral paradise where they can enjoy fine food and wine at a meandering pace. Discover charming wineries along tree-lined lanes as you trial cellar door specialties and often share tasting notes with the very creators of these fine vintages. Visit The Hunter Resort where the 2-hour Wine School promises an education of wine, leaving one with a newfound knowledge of winemaking - and tasting! Perhaps you may wish to soar above the quilted landscape on a sunrise balloon ride. The Hunter Valley is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for peace and plenty.

Starting Accommodation: Spicers Vineyard Estate (B)

Day 6 – At Leisure, Hunter Valley
Good food, great wine and pure indulgence - Spicers Vineyards Estate is the ultimate intimately unique wine country escape. Located on its own private vineyard in Pokolbin, with views rolling out to the stunning Brokenback Mountains, Spicers Vineyards Estate is the ideal base from which to explore everything the Hunter Valley has to offer.

The estate offers spacious suites with truly indulgent amenities set amongst vineyards and natural bush land. And, if you're a foodie, Spicers Vineyards Estate's own restaurant, Restaurant Botanica, is a Hunter Valley gourmet icon. The Hunter Valley's internationally renowned wineries, restaurants, and golf courses lie just minutes away from the retreat, making it the ideal Hunter Valley getaway.

Starting Accommodation: Spicers Vineyard Estate (B)

Day 7 – Self-Drive Drive Hunter Valley to Blue Mountains
Leave the Hunter Valley and travel through the townships of Branxton, Singleton and Windsor. From Windsor travel through Bell, then Mount Victoria past Blackheath and onto Katoomba, the main town in the breathtaking Blue Mountains. The major scenic attraction is Echo Point, from where the best views of the Jamison Valley and the magnificent Three Sisters rock formation are. The spectacular Wentworth Falls are also well worth a visit. Visit the quaint town of Leura for some boutique shopping and be sure to indulge at the chocolate shop. This drive is approximately 175 miles you should allow 4 hours.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is Australia's most accessible wilderness. Stretching over one million hectares, the region is an inspiring and diverse mix of rainforest, blue-hazed valleys, golden stone escarpments, canyons, tall forests and windswept heathlands.

The fresh mountain air and the rocky beauty of the mountains create a sense of peace and space, but you challenge yourself too, climbing, caving, canoeing and hiking through the soaring terrain. The Blue Mountains Region also links Australia's centuries - old Aboriginal culture and is the perfect place to explore history old and new - visiting aboriginal cave paintings, the Three Sisters rock formation and sharing stories of the dreamtime with local Aboriginal guides.

Starting Accommodation: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa (B)

Day 8 – At Leisure, Lilianfels
Lilianfels' historic house was built in 1890 as a summer residence for Sydney Chief Justice, Sir Frederick Darley. He hoped, when he conceived the plan, that spending time in the mountains would benefit his daughter, Lilian who was suffering from tuberculosis. Sadly, Lilian died before the house was completed but Darley named it in her honor. Set amidst expansive grounds, the accommodation has the feel of a country estate, with 86 rooms, a Lobby Lounge with open fireplaces, a library and a billiard rooms. At Lilianfels Blue Mountains there is plenty to do, but nothing you must do; enjoy being pampered at the health club, offering saunas, spas, steam rooms, massages, and beauty therapy. Or perhaps enjoy a leisurely stroll in the grounds and take in the fresh mountain air mixed with the scent of Eucalyptus.

Starting Accommodation: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa (B)

Day 9 – Drive Blue Mountains to Sydney, Fly to Lord Howe Island
On your way back to Sydney spectacular scenery is all around you, peaking with the Three Sisters at Katoomba gazing out to Mount Solitary. Include a visit to the Jenolan Caves and the picturesque village of Leura. Once in Sydney, drive to the airport for your onward flight to Lord Howe Island.

Welcome to Lord Howe Island
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, less than a 2 hour flight from Sydney, Lord Howe is a small, breathtakingly beautiful island, just 6.8 miles long and 1.7 miles at its widest point. Included on the World Heritage List in 1982, the island is bordered by a reef-fringed lagoon, pristine rolling surf, and the world's southernmost coral reef.

With its rich green forests, tranquil beaches and incredibly blue seas, the island is never crowded and is a true paradise for walkers, bird watchers and anglers - deep sea, beach and rock fishing are all popular as are golf, tennis, bowling, cycling, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – At Leisure, Capella Lodge
Your stay includes gourmet breakfast, sunset drinks and canapes, non-alcoholic beverages, renowned three course dinner with selected wines and island airport transfers. 

Located on the secluded southern end of the World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge commands spectacular ocean, lagoon and mountain views, and sets new standards of exclusive luxury and contemporary style.

Attracting discerning guests seeking a civilized and sophisticated escape, Capella offers contemporary, comfortable accommodations (only nine suites); personal service; exceptional dining and the option to enjoy a range of activities from soothing spa treatments to exploring the Island's famous twin mountains - Gower & Lidgbird - and snorkeling the world's southern-most reef.

Capella's reputation as Lord Howe's icon dining destination is also well founded, with innovative daily-changing dinner menus showcasing fresh Island fish, house-made pasta, organic Island greens, daily-baked breads and Lodge-churned ice creams. Combining pristine natural beauty with understated luxury, Capella Lodge delivers a unique and exclusive Lord Howe experience.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 – At Leisure, Capella Lodge
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own, take part in lodge activities or speak with our Travel Consultants about additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12 – At Leisure, Capella Lodge
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own, take part in lodge activities or speak with our Travel Consultants about additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge

Day 13 – Lord Howe Island to Sydney
Today you will leave Lord Howe Island and fly back to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your accommodations.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Bridge Climb
If you're seeking excitement, the best view in town, and a special feeling of achievement, join the exhilarating climb of one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. On the thrilling and totally safe Bridge Climb adventure, you may ascend to the top of the Bridge and stand over 130 meters above sea level. The view is breathtaking and you'll also have a close encounter with one of Sydney's historical gems and an engineering wonder of the world.  The pace of the climb is leisurely and follows stringent safety standards so you will feel comfortable throughout the experience.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Day 15 – Sydney to USA
Today you will depart Sydney for your return flight to the USA. 

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Highlighted Activities

Length: Half-day


SydneyFour Seasons Hotel, SydneyPark Hyatt Sydney
Hunter ValleySpicers Vineyard EstateSpicers Vineyard Estate
Blue MountainsLilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & SpaEmirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Lord Howe IslandCapella LodgeCapella Lodge
SydneyFour Seasons Hotel, SydneyPark Hyatt Sydney


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.

Twin Share
10/1/2017 - 12/17/2017$6,640$11,930
12/18/2017 - 1/13/2018$7,335$13,430
1/14/2018 - 3/31/2018$6,640$11,995
Single Traveler
10/1/2017 - 12/17/2017$11,525$22,360
12/18/2017 - 1/13/2018$12,920$25,360
1/14/2018 - 3/31/2018$11,525$22,485

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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: