Day 1 – USA to Victoria
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 Victoria, Australia
You will land in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where you will proceed to pick up your Budget rental vehicle. Your Budget car rental is a full-size, automatic vehicle which offers unlimited miles, and seats five passengers with a luggage capacity of two large and one medium size suitcase.Drive Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula
From the airport, take the Nepean Highway and drive south towards the town of Frankston and on to Portsea. The Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne's year-round playground. Rich in natural beauty, it has been captivating visitors for more than 100 years. The drive from downtown is around 60 miles and will take around 2 hours.Jackalope Hotel
Set on a pristine property amid the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, an intoxicating vineyard acreage frames a luxury hotel, unique in both destination and design. Jackalope's daring emprise, a delicate interplay between the ideal and surreal, is delivered through boldly curated installations and collaborations with some of the worlds principle designers.
The 46 designer dens deliver absolute in-room reverie. Interiors are lavished with custom-made comforts, while floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect the rooms contemporary design with its country entwine.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – The National Golf Club
The National Golf Club is located a short drive south of Melbourne, at Cape Schanck on Victoria's spectacular Mornington Peninsula. The club has 3 exceptional and highly regarded 18-hole golf courses, the Old Course, the Moonah Course and the Ocean Course, ensuring that it ranks as the best piece of golf real estate in the country.
The Ocean course was designed to work with the natural land contours, warranting minimal earthworks in order to maintain the integrity of the site. There is a wonderful sense of space and freedom during your round. Journey through the lowlands, then up through the high dunes, and eventually back to the terminus, all the way encountering enormous varieties of landform and contour. The Ocean course is a natural links course, a battle with the elements in the broad outdoors, and created with respect for the game's origins and traditions.Starting Accommodation:
Jackalope Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club
While the South has long been known as one of Australia's tough and testing championship courses, the North has recently come into its own after remodeling. One of Australia's top golf writers and authors called it 'the best course renovation ever completed in Australia.'North Course
The renovated North Course is designed to advantage those who plan their way around the course rather than simply 'blaze away'. It is not a long course, it is one that resists scoring by strategy rather than length. Several holes offer the player options that are affected by handicap, form, weather or the state of the match. Choosing the correct option is the first key to unraveling this course. South Course
The South Course at Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club has traditionally been known as our championship course. While renovations to the North Course have elevated it to championship level also, the South remains the difficult challenge it has always been. Beginning in 2004, this course went through a major renovation however the changes retained the existing feel. The South remains a big course, it is long with wide fairways, large bunkers and big greens. When playing Peninsula South, be prepared to have every part of your game tested.Starting Accommodation:
Jackalope Hotel (B)
Day 6 – Royal Melbourne Golf ClubDrive Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
En route you will stop at the famed Royal Melbourne Golf Club, venue for Presidents Cup 2018.
Take the Nepean Highway from Mornington through Portsea and Frankston, driving north towards Melbourne. The distance of your trip today is 58 miles and the drive should take you just under 2 hours, allow longer if going on to the airport. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Renowned Scottish architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to design a course for the new Royal Melbourne site. When he arrived by ship in October 1926, he was delighted with the rolling, sandy terrain that grew wonderful turf and was easy to work with.
He then made club member and 1924 Australian Open champion Alex Russell his business partner. Subsequently, it was Russell who designed the East Course that opened in 1931. From the 1930s, Royal Melbourne has been the preferred venue for the big tournaments including the Australian Open, the World Cup, Bicentennial Classic and The Presidents Cup. Since 1959, these events have been played on the Composite Course made up of six holes from Russell's East Course and 12 from MacKenzie's West.Crown Towers Hotel
The five-star Crown Towers hotel is ideally located on the banks of the Yarra River which is a short stroll from the vibrant central business district and arts precinct. With 500 rooms and suites, convention and meeting facilities, business centers and the luxurious Crown Spa, it is the perfect destination for travelers.
You will drop off your Budget rental vehicle upon arrival.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Koalas and Kangaroos, in the Wild
See Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD! Interact with wild animals in their natural habitats on this full-day, fully-inclusive, private eco-tour, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide.
Walk through natural bush-land to meet wild koalas, then learn about each one's history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. Help create new koala habitat for future generations of baby koalas by participating in our Make a Home for Clancy Koala project. Join wild mobs of Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. The natural environments we visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies and lizards. Your Wildlife Guide will help you find and understand them, and show you how to look for wildlife wherever you travel in Australia.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Lanes & Arcades - Private Tour with Lunch
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, but is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and sport. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, the city itself is laid out in a large rectangle. The city boasts a lively, cosmopolitan pulse, sitting on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about three miles from the bay. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar.
Join an indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.
Morning tea and a bistro-style lunch are included with the tour. The tour runs for approximately 4 hours, and is fully hosted. Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking for a little over a mile, with some stairs along the way. Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Victoria to USA
Your driver will meet you near the front entrance/lobby area of your accommodation. You will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to Melbourne Airport. Starting Accommodation: