Day 1 – USA to Melbourne
Today you begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary.
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 Melbourne, Australia
Upon your arrival into Melbourne, a driver will meet you at baggage claim to transfer you to your city accommodation.
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (after Sydney), but it 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. She 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.Crown Promenade Hotel, Melbourne
Crown Promenade Hotel in the center of Melbourne is a hub of entertainment in the bustling city. Directly linked to the Crown Entertainment Complex by air bridge, guests have access to the two-block wide assembly of glittering casino lights, high-end luxury stores, and world class restaurants. Overlooking the banks of the Yarra River and just a short walk from the central business district, the hotel is an ideal base to explore attractions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Grounds and the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Crown Promenade radiates modern luxury from the moment you walk into the lobby, where crystalline sculpture and silver sheen welcome you. Guest rooms feature a relaxing palette of neutral tones and modern art by Australian artists, giving them a touch of local flair.Day at Leisure
Explore the famous lane-ways and arcades of the city, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, cruise along the Yarra River, or head out to one of the many beautiful beaches just outside of the city. Go in search of the unique Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos and the Little Penguins, and see them in the wild just an hour or two outside Melbourne. Explore one of the premier wine regions in Australia exporting wines to the U.S. to find your Yarra Valley blend. It is the closest wine region to any major Australian city, just an hour out of the city, but worlds away from the bustling streets of Melbourne.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 4 – Koalas and Kangaroos, In the Wild
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 the '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, you often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. The natural environments visited 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:
Crown Promenade Melbourne (L)
Day 5 – Day a Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Melbourne has to offer. Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 6 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Melbourne has to offer.
Day 7 – Melbourne to Cairns
A private transfer will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to take you to your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival into Cairns, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area and transfer you to your Cairns accommodation. Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa
Set between tropical rainforests and a sea sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, Kewarra Beach Resort reflects a diverse heritage, which makes North Queensland unique. Just 14 miles north of Cairns airport, Kewarra Beach Resort is situated in a large private sanctuary, containing lush tropical forests, a secluded beachfront and natural waterways. The buildings are designed to blend into this magnificent location and to reflect the ancient cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Reef Magic Cruise Marine World
Reef Magic Cruises has exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life. Benefit from the local knowledge of a Cairns family-owned company and the friendly Australian atmosphere for which Reef Magic is renowned. Depart from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran that proves a smoother ride and reduced travel time. That leaves more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. The modern, fast catamarans are never filled to capacity, which ensures unmatched space, comfort and attentive service. The all-weather Marine World platform caters to all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join the Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari. If you are not a confident swimmer, then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass-bottom boat or underwater observatory. Try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight (both are optional extra activities).Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Day at Leisure
Built on Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea calls from the east while the rain-forest-clad Atherton Tablelands serenade from the west, making Cairns a nature lover's nirvana. The warmth of the tropical climate has fostered a vigorous outdoor lifestyle that's reflected in the architectural styles of open verandas and balconies, and extending to the most traditional of Australian cuisine - the barbecue. Dining is a high point of any vacation, and the cosmopolitan local restaurants, cafes and eateries offer an eclectic fare of Australian and international cuisine, the highlight of most menus being the region's mouth-watering fresh seafood and unusual tropical fruits. Head to the heart of the city, the Esplanade, and enjoy a cafe latte before contemplating an abundance of tour options.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Cairns has to offer. Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Cairns to Sydney
A private transfer will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to take you to your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival into Sydney, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area and transfer you to your Sydney accommodation. Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney is Australia's largest hotel with 892 rooms and all the conveniences of a full-service hotel, providing exactly the service and comfort you need. The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of Sydney's bustling central business district overlooking exciting Darling Harbour. A short walk puts you in the center of an exciting array of attractions, entertainment venues and busy shopping areas, including Harbourside, The Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney Aquarium, Chinatown, Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf. Guest rooms are stylishly decorated and complete with deluxe amenities that are highlighted by sweeping views displayed through floor-to-ceiling windows. Hyatt Regency also offers an extensive range of facilities, including an award-winning restaurant, lobby bar, convention and meeting rooms, on-site catering and a fitness center.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Story of Sydney tour and Cruise Like a Local luncheon cruiseStory of Sydney tour
The Story of Sydney is the ultimate way to orient yourself in Sydney. The itinerary includes 'must-see' attractions, from the Opera House to Bondi Beach; but there are also many of the local's favorite hidden gems. 'The Story' really brings the city to life as your guide introduces you to Sydney's unique culture, contemporary lifestyle and fascinating history while you tour the city's diverse villages, fashionable shopping strips, beautiful beaches and buzzing dining precincts. All this is seen through the eyes of a Sydney-sider. Cruise Like a Local Luncheon
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 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 and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Day at Leisure
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 man-made 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 to 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Bondi to Coogee Walk
A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for almost 4 miles (6 kilometers) in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. Most beaches offer picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra have free electric barbecues. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a medium grade walk but there are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There are rest stops with great views and seating along the Bondi to Coogee walk. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra. There is no better way to conclude your trip than by soaking in the Sydney sun and salty sea air before returning home.
Day 15 – Sydney to USA
This morning you will be met and transferred to the airport for your departure flight to the USA.