Day 1 – USA to Melbourne, Australia
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 – Melbourne to HobartFly Melbourne to Hobart
You will be transferred by private vehicle directly from Hobart Airport to your accommodation.Macq1 Hotel
Just along the Hobart waterfront in Tasmania is Macq1 Hotel, a unique hotel designed to tell the story of Hobart's history. The spirit of Tasmania can be found throughout the hotel, from the architecture to the décor. The lounge is inspired by Aboriginal culture, while the reception area is reminiscent of discovery and the early settlement of the area. Continuing to the restaurant, the theme shifts to early industry, such as mining and farming. Finally, the bar showcases several moments that shaped Tasmanian culture.
Each guest room in Macq1 Hotel is designed around a different Tasmanian trait. Expect to see original artwork, neutral tones, and rugged textiles. Chic design and casual luxury are the highlights of the rooms, which feature stunning views, private balconies, and up-to-date technology.Starting Accommodation:
MACq 01 Hotel
Day 4 – Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
The journey begins amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock, in the heart of Hobart's vibrant waterfront. You'll be part of a small group of up to 12 guests, accompanied by an experienced local guide. As the vessel pulls away from the docks, we leave city life behind. Settle back, relax and admire the surroundings cruising down the Derwent River, into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surround Bruny Island. This unspoiled paradise is home to Tasmania's finest seafood. Weaving the way along Bruny Island's coast, guests may help the guide to gather oysters, mussels, sea urchin and abalone from the pristine waters. Pull a crayfish at the southern tip of the island, and catch a fish, before dropping anchor in a calm, secluded bay where you can help your guide skillfully prepare and serve the seafood bounty onboard the boat.
Nowhere else in the world is there a journey like this - and you can't get Tasmanian seafood any fresher. The catch is part of an extensive lunch of the finest gourmet produce - abalone, crayfish, oysters, sashimi, sea urchin, salmon and mussels accompanied by local wine, beers, ciders and juices. The guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment, with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day they'll provide an entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals.Starting Accommodation:
MACq 01 Hotel (L)
Day 5 – Moorilla Wine Meets Mona Art Day Tour
The southern wine region of Tasmania is just a short 15 minute drive north-east of Hobart with growers and winemakers creating superb and authentic cool-climate wines in a pristine environment. Moorilla Estate offers a rare and exciting combination of wine, food, art and luxury accommodation. Specializing in boutique cool climate wines Moorilla shares its location with MONA - Hobart's infamous Museum of Old and New Art and home to Australia's largest private and thought provoking art collection. Wine and art. A match made in the proverbial.
Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler David Walsh, the collection ranges from ancient Egyptian funerary objects to modernist masterpieces and international contemporary art. Since opening in 2011, visitors have been drawn to Mona's picturesque site on the banks of the River Derwent, which also features luxury accommodation, a restaurant, vineyard and winery - amongst other things.
Begin your self-guided day by taking Mona's MR-1 Fast Ferry from Hobart's Brooke Street Pier to Mona at 9:30 to ensure maximum time to explore the museum and grounds...late risers or art novices may choose to spend less time on their visit and depart instead at 11. Entry to the museum is included in your tour, giving you free reign to explore its permanent collection and an array of blockbuster exhibitions. Check the website to see what's on: mona.net.au.
After your art fix, wander up to the Source Restaurant for lunch, named after the artwork by John Olsen, that's exhibited in the ceiling of the staircase. Enjoy any main meal, paired with a glass of wine from Moorilla's Muse or Praxis Series and sweeping views to the vineyard, Derwent River and Mount Wellington. The behind-the-scenes winery tour and wine tasting starts in the vineyard. Follow the trail of grapes as they are handpicked, crushed, pressed, fermented and matured. Witness how new and old artisan wine-making techniques are used to craft fragrant, elegant and classical wines. Your expert host will provide an overview of the history of the region and winery, as well as information on the wine-making process and the ten different grape varieties grown on site. The tasting features ten different wines including a selection from Moorilla's prestigious Cloth Label Series.Starting Accommodation:
MACq 01 Hotel (L)
Day 6 – Hobart to Freycinet National Park
Please meet your driver in the designated area of your hotel for your transfer by private vehicle to Hobart Airport. You will be met in Hobart and transferred to Saffire Lodge. Saffire Freycinet
The beautiful Tasmanian coast is highlighted by crystal waters, white beaches, and green hills and valleys. Saffire Freycinet is located just where mainland Tasmania meets the untouched peninsula. This gorgeous luxury lodge combines comfort and privacy with the stunning natural world of the Australian coastal area. The streamlined building offers boutique accommodation and ultimate relaxation with just twenty suites. Tasmanian timber furniture is cozy yet stylish, the contemporary design pairing perfectly with the building's modern architecture. Private decks and courtyards ensure that guests will have unrivaled views of the incredible mountain ranges and coastline. Its seaside location means that the finest food and drink is readily available - the climate lends to striking cool-climate wines and local fishing areas provide endless fresh scallops, deep-sea fish, and oysters.
The Signature Suites at Saffire Freycinet are beautifully appointed, featuring Tasmanian timber furnishings and fittings. Every suite has alluring views, generous relaxation area and an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Schouten Island Half Day
Step aboard the Saffire vessel to enjoy a portion of the Schouten Island Signature Experience - exclusive to guests of Saffire. Schouten Island's vast and abundant eco-system has played a part in early Aboriginal settlement, and farming, mining and fishing in the area. Now, it is part of the Freycinet National Park, a rarely explored, wild, unpredictable, delicate and unforgettable place both above and below the sea. Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania's temperate reefs. The adventure also includes a visit to culturally significant sites of past and present inhabitants. Behold the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula and discover Schouten Island on this memorable three-hour adventure. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 8 – Great Oyster Bay Blast
Buckle up for a fast-paced blast around Great Oyster Bay on board Saffire. The vessel is powered by three 350 horsepower outboards and can cruise at speeds of up to 45 knots. This one-hour adventure will take you out and around the bay to the mouth of Moulting Lagoon and Hazards Beach. Learn about Tasmania's extreme weather conditions and the hazardous livelihoods of some of the bay's past and present inhabitants. Enjoy the blast!Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 9 – Saffire to Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy a helicopter ride from Saffire Freycinet to Hobart where you will fly from Hobart Airport to Melbourne.
Once in Melbourne, you will pick up your Budget rental vehicle and drive to Mornington Peninsula. From the city, take the Nepean Highway and drive south towards the Mornington Peninsula town of Frankston and on to Portsea. The Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne's all 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.
Set on a pristine winery amid the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, the Jackalope hotel is framed by picturesque Willow Creek Vineyard acreage. Fertile grazing land for over 100 years prior, the 11-hectare Willow Creek Vineyard was planted in 1989 and has become renowned for its single vineyard wines. The Jackalope provides guests with ample opportunity to not only drink in the gorgeous scenery but also taste the Peninsula's best wines, food and pastoral pleasures at the hotel's onsite winery restaurant, the Rare Hare.Starting Accommodation:
Jackalope Hotel (B)
Day 10 – Jackalope Activities
Today, enjoy activities planned by the Jackalope Hotel.
Explore Mornington Peninsula at your leisure.Starting Accommodation:
Jackalope Hotel (B)
Day 11 – Mornington Peninsula to Apollo Bay
Today you will drive from Mornington Peninsula to Apollo Bay. Head west and take the ferry across from Sorrento to Queenscliff and continue to Apollo Bay. Allow about 4 hours for the drive today without stops.Captain's at the Bay
A superb stay right in town, designed with couples in mind, and to a true standard incorporating a unique nautical flavor based on the history of the site. The guest lounge and dining room, set up restaurant style, is warm, relaxed and elegant, with a huge open fire, bar and espresso.
You have a choice of three different styles of stay. The Terraces, The Cottage, or The Loft, each with their own decor, style and artwork, and all with their own en-suite, to the standard you would expect. Breakfast is at leisure the comfortable area is to be used as your own.Starting Accommodation:
Captain's At The Bay (B)
Day 12 – Great Ocean Road to Daylesford
At your leisure depart Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road. Discover a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Enjoy fine dining up and down the coast and stock up at local winemakers and dairy farms along the way.The Lake House, Daylesford
Lake House provides an easily accessible haven of tranquil indulgence. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, this gourmet retreat is situated in several acres of gardens on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford, in the heart of Victoria's Spa country. The region boasts the largest concentration of naturally occurring springs in Australia.
The comfortable rooms are in a garden setting or overlooking the waters and bird-life of the lake. Enjoy a quiet read in the spacious lounge, or perhaps a hit of tennis, followed by a relaxing massage and some soaking in our spa/sauna room. A myriad of bush walking tracks meander from the property. Nearby are local wineries, boating facilities, places of historical interest, magnificent gardens and an 18-hole golf course complete with kangaroos.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 13 – Daylesford to Melbourne
Today, you will drive Daylesford to Melbourne, which is an 80-minute drive from Daylesford. Head west from Daylesford and take the Calder Highway to Melbourne.
Melbourne is renowned for playing host to a number of nationally and internationally recognized events each year including the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the ever-impressive two-mile horse race, The Melbourne Cup - a major event in Melbourne which spreads an addictive buzz through the city streets. You can be sure that locals and visitors alike will embrace the energy surrounding it.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.
Studio rooms feature custom designed linen, original artwork and spacious marble bathrooms, resulting is pure opulence. Each room boasts the latest technology available including a large plasma screen with laptop, iPod docking station and Video on Demand interactive system, creating an environment ideal for relaxation or recreation.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Touring MelbourneLanes & Arcades - Private Tour with Lunch
Join this 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.Melbourne After Dark
Embark on tour as the sun goes down and the lights come on - Melbourne is breathtaking under lights. See the city come alive at night. Marvel at the heritage buildings throughout the Golden Mile. Be mesmerized by St Patrick's Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens and the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. For dinner, soak up the atmosphere at one of Melbourne's hottest dining spots or grab a sidewalk table and enjoy classic pasta with a hearty local red wine in vibrant 'Little Italy'. Fitzroy will give you a jolt. It's bohemian and alternative, with live music streaming from pubs and bars seven days a week. Take in the grandeur of St Kilda Road and witness Melbourne's spectacular skyline.
Revel in the stunning, panoramic views from the city's highest building. You'll be captivated by the bright city lights below, spreading 60 km to the horizon from the highest view point in the southern hemisphere. Round off the evening with a cocktail at one of Melbourne's unique hidden bars or relax with signature Melbourne coffee and something sweet whilst being enchanted with Melbourne through the eyes of a local.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 15 – Colonial Tramcar Lunch
You will make your way to the Tramcar departure point, which is Tram Stop 125 - Normanby Rd, South Melbourne.
Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining.
Today, dine in style aboard the unique Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy a set menu of fine Australian cuisine as you travel around the city aboard this specially renovated Tramcar. The tracks take you around the Melbourne area past the city center and into the more exclusive suburbs Melbourne is known for.Starting Accommodation:
Day 16 – Melbourne to USA
Your driver will meet you near the front lobby area of your accommodation. You will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to Melbourne Airport where you will begin your journey back to the USA.Starting Accommodation: