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Sydney Opera Experience

As one of the most iconic cities in Australia, Sydney never lacks adventure. This journey takes you through Sydney in style before cruising the famed Sydney Harbour. Relax and further explore the city before witnessing the award-winning West Side Story performed at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Once you've had your fill of the bustling city life, escape to the serene Lord Howe Island. Though small, this island is nothing short of beautiful and was included on the World Heritage List in 1982. Enjoy the reef-fringed lagoon and pristine rolling surf before one last night in Sydney.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Sun & Sand

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Fly 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 – Arrive in Sydney, Australia
Upon your arrival into Sydney, a driver will meet you in the arrival hall to transfer you to your Sydney accommodation.

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 four 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.

The Langham, Sydney
Alongside The Rocks in the heart of Sydney stands its finest hotel. Sumptuous interiors and superb modern facilities add to an atmosphere of discreet opulence. Experience a tradition of luxury and service that dates back to Europe's original grand hotel in London; The Langham. The Langham, Sydney blends the modern charm and attention to detail of a boutique hotel, with the timeless elegance and refined sophistication that are hallmarks of the Langham heritage. The Langham is the ideal luxury accommodation in Sydney.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

Day 4 – Touring the City of Sydney
Sydney in Style - Half Day Tour
Discover the fabulous city of Sydney. You will travel through the business district and shopping areas, see Darling Harbour and the vibrant China Town and drive along Oxford Street with its trendy terrace houses and boutique fashion shops. See Centennial Park, a 220 hectare urban parkland in Eastern Sydney. Reaching the coastline, see Bronte, Tamarama then on to explore the famous Bondi Beach. Spend 30 minutes walking the promenade or enjoying a coffee overlooking the beach.

From here, continue along the coastal drive past Macquarie Lighthouse to the Southern Headland of Sydney Harbour. Visit Watsons Bay before following the harbor foreshore towards Sydney City, passing some of Australia's most exclusive waterfront suburbs where harbor mansions may be seen. Drive through Vaucluse, Double Bay before reaching the colorful Kings Cross. Head through Woolloomooloo and see the famous Harry's Cafe De Wheels. Visit Sydney's Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some spectacular Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. Return to Sydney's CBD via Saint Mary's Cathedral, historic convict buildings, State Parliament House and the historical quarter of the 'Rocks'. Visit Sydney's Observatory Hill for amazing views over Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains. 

Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, four-hour cruise experience, enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a three course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers including, swimming and fishing - or sit back, relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B, L)

Day 5 – West Side Story on Sydney Harbour
Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore the iconic city of Sydney. 

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. 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - West Side Story
Experience Sydney's grandest, most spectacular event ever when West Side Story takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. 

West Side Story exploded onto Broadway in 1957, a phenomenon that never faded. Encounter the wildness of youth and ecstasy of love as this modern-day Romeo and Juliet story unfolds under a starlit sky. On the mean streets of New York's West Side, two rival gangs strut their stuff. But when a Jet falls for a Shark, the stay is set for a rumble. Their wistful love story is studded with infectious songs including 'Somewhere', 'Maria', 'I Feel Pretty', 'America', 'Cool' and, of course, 'Tonight'. The star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony, are portrayed by Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin. These stars reprise their sizzling chemistry of their performances together in The Merry Widow and The Phantom of the Opera. An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Bernstein's brilliant score and Jerome Robbins' original electrifying choreography. 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is an open-air event and, as such, there is a certain risk of bad weather. Opera Australia is committed to going ahead with a performance even in doubtful weather conditions. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. Please be advised that it may rain during the performance, so you should bring warm and rainproof clothing, but do not bring umbrellas, as they impede the view. 

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B)

Day 6 – Sydney to Lord Howe Island
A driver will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to transfer you to the Sydney Airport for your flight to Lord Howe Island. 

Your driver will meet you upon arrival to transfer you to your accommodation.

Capella Lodge
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, 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.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge (B, D)

Day 7 – Day at Leisure
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, less than a two-hour flight from Sydney, Lord Howe is a small, breathtakingly beautiful island, just seven miles long and two 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, D)

Day 8 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore Lord Howe Island.

Starting Accommodation: Capella Lodge (B, D)

Day 9 – Lord Howe Island to Sydney
A courtesy airport transfer is provided by Capella Lodge. 

Upon arrival in Sydney, a driver will meet at the baggage claim to transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

The Langham, Sydney
The legendary service of The Langham, Sydney positions it as a jewel amongst the city's accommodation. Its location on the border of the historic Rocks district offers a quiet haven for a relaxing Sydney getaway or business visit. Experience the remarkable features and facilities, many of them unique to the hotel. Savor the grand British tradition of Tiffin Afternoon Tea or pamper yourself in luxury at The Day Spa featuring a 60-foot subterranean swimming pool. The Langham, Sydney has 100 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, which have been designed with the utmost attention to detail. Rooms affording charming views of Observatory Hill and inner Sydney Harbour with beautiful evening sunsets are available.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B)

Day 10 – Fly Sydney to USA
Today you will depart Sydney for your return flight to the USA. (B)

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Included Activities

Cruise Like a Local
Cruise Like a Local
Length: Half-day


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Lord Howe IslandCapella Lodge
SydneyThe Langham, Sydney


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