Day 1 – USA to Adelaide
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 Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide, a driver will meet you at the baggage claim area to transfer you to your accommodation. Mayfair Hotel
The Mayfair Hotel is located right in the heart of the city at the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the heritage-listed, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. Complemented by a stunning "jewel box" addition that beautifully complements the "Romanesque-style" building, the Mayfair Hotel is the gateway that links the recently refurbished Rundle Mall and Adelaide's exciting new Riverbank Entertainment Precinct. Offering luxurious accommodations, contemporary dining and premium hotel facilities, the Mayfair Hotel also showcases the very best of South Australia, including innovative food and wine and high-quality, locally made products and furnishings. The hotel is just a short walk from the Art Gallery of South Australia and a drive of just a few minutes from Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval and Parliament House, and Adelaide Airport is four miles away. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, cafe and lounge bar, and all rooms offer stylish decor and a 55-inch flat-screen TVs. Guests may also enjoy an on-site fitness center.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Barossa Valley Day Tour
If you enjoy Australian wines or would like to try some, then a day in the renowned Barossa Valley will be one of the highlights of your visit to South Australia. This morning, begin a personally escorted journey that includes a city orientation before you travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley. If time permits, a stop is made at the Lyndoch bakery to taste the fine German pastries. Travel over the Jacobs Creek for your first tasting of the fine wines at the Peter Lehmann winery. Visit Torbreck wine cellars, a small winery with rustic charm, and also enjoy visits to other small wineries to meet well-known wine identities. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda with time to discover the small shops - many of which specialize in crafts made by the locals. Before lunch, take the picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for views over the entire valley. Lunch will be at a restaurant in the Barossa. The next stop may be Henschkes winery in Keyneton or historic Yalumba the biggest family run winery in Australia. If time permits, visit small boutique producers, such as Charles Melton or Turkey Flat. A visit to Maggie Beer Farm shop is a must for food lovers. Alternatively, continue through the picturesque villages of Hills en route to Hahndorf, the German village, where you may taste the fine wines produced by Hahandorf Hill winery. Starting Accommodation:
Mayfair Hotel (B, L)
Day 5 – Day at Leisure
The gracious capital of South Australia, Adelaide is the City of Churches, orderly streets, manicured parks and superb restaurants, where cultures from all over the world have contributed to a vibrant, energetic community. Adelaide is today, an orderly, airy city ringed by beautiful parks and gardens and graced with elegant sandstone buildings and cottages. There are more restaurants per head of population than any other Australian city. From bistros that range from the formal to the exotic, most serve a range of outstanding local wines from the famous "valleys" nearby. Home to over one million people, Adelaide is best explored on foot to properly experience the wealth of art galleries and museums, festivals, markets, cafe society and superb shopping.Starting Accommodation:
Mayfair Hotel (B)
Day 6 – Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
This morning, you will be transferred from your accommodation to the Adelaide Airport. Upon arrival into Kingscote Airport, you will be transferred to your Kangaroo Island accommodation. Southern Ocean Lodge
As Australia's third largest island, Kangaroo Island is just 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. The island boasts outstanding natural beauty and its relative isolation since European settlement has ensured an abundance of wildlife in a stunning and protected natural environment. With 21 national and conservation parks covering more than 30 percent of the island's total area, Kangaroo Island has established itself as a premiere destination for nature lovers of all types.
Southern Ocean Lodge provides a level of style and sophistication on Kangaroo Island. Set in natural bushland and overlooking a spectacular section of coastline, the organic luxury of the contemporary lodge will ensure guests have every opportunity to relax and explore the island's wonders with a dash of indulgence. Located at Hanson Bay on the island's southwest coast, the lodge site adjoins both Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer/Kelly Hill National Parks.
Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf, the sensitive design showcases a full-frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalized interpretative activities and modern wellness spa will ensure its status as a South Australian icon.Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience. With selected guided island experiences included in the tariff, all guests enjoy a personalized experiential touring itinerary of the island's unique natural attractions. A range of signature activities are offered daily allowing guests to encounter rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the island's unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of luxe. Rates include Signature Lodge Experiences. A menu of bespoke experiences provides further opportunity for exploration and excellent private charters are also available at additional cost. Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Activities at Southern Ocean Lodge
Wonders of Kangaroo Island is a half day experience, and a spectacular introduction to the island's wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are just some of the trip highlights. Wander among the rare Cape Barren Geese and search the leafy eucalypts for a sleepy koala.
Seal Bay is home to Australia's third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join a naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. After your up close and personal experience relax with morning tea at the picturesque Vivonne Bay.
The Coastal Clifftop Walk is a scenic walk starting on the Lodge's doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. This easy walk affords a bird's eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline. Stand on top of the cliff with the wind blowing, look out to sea and realize there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems. This is a photographer's dream.
Kangaroos; Kanapés. Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze. Observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip premium South Australian beverages and nibble on a "Kanapé" whilst the sun goes down on another magical day.
Discover the intriguing Natural Heritage of this wild island in the Baudin Lounge. This informative visual presentation hosted by resident naturalist staff provides insight into the island's discovery and natural history as well as giving an overview of its many spectacular attractions. Refresh with a sunset drink at the convivial Lodge Bar.Starting Accommodation:
Southern Ocean Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Kangaroo Island to Perth
This morning you will be transferred to Kingscote Airport for your flight to Perth via Adelaide. Upon arrival in Perth, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area to transfer you to your accommodation. Crown Towers Perth
The epitome of luxury, guest rooms and suites at Crown Towers Perth command magnificent Perth views. Intelligently designed with the latest technology and the renowned Crown Towers service, guests will have the opportunity to experience a luxury hotel unlike any other. The hotel offers world-class design, and unprecedented resort facilities, dining and boutique shopping, within easy access of the city center and domestic and international airports. Designed to create the feeling of unimagined luxury and spaciousness, the Crown Towers Perth rooms and suites are styled in elegant neutral tones accented with the highest quality furnishings and amenities. Every room offers the latest touch screen technology, 24-hour service and access to the resort pools, day spa and gymnasium.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Towers Perth (B)
Day 10 – Rottnest Island Guided Tour
Your guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the Rottnest Island ferry terminal in Fremantle, where you will join the 30-40 minutes ride across to Rottnest Island.
On arrival at Rottnest Island, along with your guide, join a coach tour of the Island to discover its unique history, environment, heritage and wildlife, as well as up-to-date information on new developments and activities. The 90 minute road journey takes you to some of Rottnest's most spectacular locations, such as the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End with frequent stops where you may hop off to take in the amazing coastal scenery and views looking back to the mainland coast. Then hop back on the next coach to continue the ride.
There is time to explore and discover Rottnest Island's unique marsupial, the Quokka. The Quokka appears to resemble an oversized rat, and it was named by Dutch explorers in the Western Australian waters. Activities you may also enjoy on Rottnest Island are snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and bike riding.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Towers Perth (B, L)
Day 11 – Day at Leisure
Perth, the go-ahead capital of Western Australia, gives a feeling of space and light - set on the banks of the sparkling Swan River, a few miles from the magnificent beaches of the Indian Ocean. Fremantle, 11 miles southwest of Perth, is a colorful, busy port at the mouth of the Swan River, easily accessible by bus, train, ferry and taxi. Attractions include the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum, the Round House, the market and the lively town center - affectionately known as the cappuccino strip. There is also the Perth Mint, where visitors can see how coins are made. And located in the city center is the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which houses a collection of Aboriginal art and Australian and international paintings. The Scitech Discovery Centre is a unique hands-on minds-on science and technology center. Outdoor activities include picnics in Kings Park with its walking trails and a 12-hectare botanical garden that is famous for its spring wildflower displays. The park is a pleasant walk from the center of Perth and is well served by public transport and the Perth Tram. Also visit some of the magnificent white-sand, Indian Ocean surfing beaches. The closest is City Beach, but Cottesloe, Floreat, Scarborough, and Sorrento are also popular.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Towers Perth (B)
Day 12 – Perth to Margaret River
Today you will be transferred to Margaret River, approximately three hours. Cape Lodge
Cape Lodge is nestled within 40 acres of native forest and surrounded by rolling lawns and magnificent gardens. It overlooks a sparkling lake and natural swimming pool and is just a few minutes' drive from 20 or so acclaimed Margaret River Vineyards and numerous restaurants. Each of the Cape Lodge's rooms and suites are light, airy and stylishly furnished - service and facilities throughout are more akin to a five-star hotel than a country house. Explore the region's many natural attractions, including pristine swimming and surfing beaches, caves, jarrah forests and wildflowers.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Margaret River Private Tour
Relax and enjoy the ultimate Margaret River Day Tour, departing from Perth, experiencing the untamed natural beauty of the Margaret River region, fine wine and delicious food.
The first stop is Busselton Jetty to see the longest wood-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a walk on part of the two kilometers long Jetty that juts into Geographe Bay. Visit Canal Rocks to see the scenic coastline, spot passing dolphins in the Indian Ocean or seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Continue south along picturesque Caves Road renowned in the Margaret River region for premier wines and scenic countryside.
Enjoy a short tour of the laid back Margaret River township before visiting Watershed Premium Wines for lunch. Undoubtedly one of the most stunning wineries of the region, Watershed Premium Wines offers elegant charm with its restaurant presenting expansive views over the vineyards and sumptuous food to match. The final stop before returning to Perth takes in breath-taking views at Surfers Point, one of Australia's most renowned & world-class surf breaks. View surfers honing their skills on the awesome waves.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Day at Leisure
The Margaret River region is known around the world for its top quality wines and food. There are more than 120 world-class wineries to explore, including Vasse Felix, Leeuwin and Voyager Estate, and opportunities to not only try fine wines, but get beyond the cellar doors. Among the many vineyard tours there are also tours that get you behind the scenes to meet winemakers, have a barrel room testing, and potentially even blend your own bottle of wine, coupled with a long lunch. Margaret River is also home to a range of craft breweries and distilleries.
With hundreds of miles of coast fringed by rugged bushland, the Margaret River region offers plenty of adventure off the beaten track. The region is also known for its surf beaches on the Indian Ocean, mountain biking along old forest logging tracks, and kayaking up the river itself. Not all the sites are above ground in the Margaret River region. See the "suspended table" at Lake Cave. The "table" is a limestone crystal decoration – weighing several tons – that hangs from the ceiling and hovers just above the surface of the cave’s permanent lake. It's believed to be the only formation of its kind in the world. Visit Mammoth Cave, and see ancient Australian megafauna fossils, or Jewel Cave Augusta, which is home to the longest straw stalactites in any tourist cave in the world.Starting Accommodation:
Day 15 – Margaret River to USA
Today you will be transferred from your accommodation to the Perth Airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)