Day 1 – USA to New South Wales
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 Blue Mountains
Upon arrival, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area to transfer you to your accommodation.Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Australia's Great Driving Range takes you away from the bustle of the city, through grand mountain ranges under clear open sky, until reaching Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. Just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney, the resort is nestled between the scenic Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. The Wolgan River twists and turns through the valley, creating a stark contrast of soft rolling hills and jagged sandstone cliffs. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains rise against the horizon, providing a breathtaking backdrop that can't be found anywhere else. Three types of villas are available to guests that feature private pools, crackling wood fireplaces and landscaped gardens. The resort draws inspiration from its homestead roots, incorporating traditional design with modern amenities and natural elements. The large windows open up to the 4,000 acres of conservation reserve area; the resort is dedicated to protecting the endangered Australian wildlife that is native to the valley. One&Only Spa is located on site where calming mists from the mountains soothe the senses and nature is harvested for holistic oils, massages and body rituals. Enjoy a guided nature walk through Blue Mountain trails, take a horseback ride across the homestead, try your hand at archery or explore the quaint antique shops nearby.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Day at Leisure
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley's engaging Field Guides are able to offer inspiring suggestions on what to see in Wolgan Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains region. Choose from hiking nature trails, exploring the countryside on horseback, touring by four-wheel drive vehicle, mountain biking through forests or star gazing in the dead of night. These are just some of the many adventures awaiting those with a love for Australia's great outdoors.Horse riding:
From a lively trot or canter across the wide grassy plains to a gentle ride through more enclosed areas, the sandstone escarpments of Wolgan Valley dwarf all below, putting the scale of things squarely into perspective. Nature Walks:
By taking to the reserve on foot, it's possible to explore the minutiae of the flora and fauna all around in a variety of relaxing ways, including recording your memories on film or canvas.Mountain Biking:
Ride fast and free or pass gently through the wilderness by way of pedal-power, as the Field Guide leads an excursion through creek crossings, eucalyptus forests, wetlands and grassy plains. Wilderness Safaris:
With the aid of a Field Guide and a luxury four-wheel drive vehicle, a wildlife safari allows you to get out into the more remote areas of the reserve to experience the excitement of off-road driving and the wildlife of the wider region. Historical Tours:
Man's contribution to the history of Wolgan Valley is told through two very different perspectives: first by the ancient Indigenous people and their culture and most recently, with two centuries of colonial settlers.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 5 – Blue Mountains to Sydney
Today, a driver will meet you to transfer you to Sydney. 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. The legendary service of The Langham, Sydney positions it as a jewel among 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. The luxury marble bathrooms feature over-sized baths, heated towel racks and large vanities. Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Cruise Like a Local
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and 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 harbor's bays and coves. 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 and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all. Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Bridge Climb
Bridge Climb is a three-and-a-half-hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by a professional Bridge Climb leader on an adventure of the world's most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – New South Wales to USA
Today, you will begin your journey back to the USA. A driver will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to transfer you to the Sydney International Airport.