Day 1 – USA to Rarotonga
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Welcome to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
You will be met after clearing customs and immigration, and transferred to your accommodation.
A net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town, 14,000 souls. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island.Starting Accommodation:
Te Vakaro Villas (B)
Day 3 – Rarotonga to Aitutaki
Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Aitutaki. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Life on Aitutaki moves at a wonderfully relaxed tempo which is why it is such a popular destination. The lagoon can be approached in leisurely fashion in traditional outrigger canoes for quiet paddling just off the beach or in more sophisticated launches favored by foreign anglers who know its reputation for saltwater fly-fishing for the fighting bonefish.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – At leisure, Aitutaki
With its multihued lagoon and rolling plains, it is easy to see why Aitutaki is called the 'Bora Bora of the Cook Islands.' Although eerily similar to Bora Bora in appearance, Aitutaki has a personality all of its own. Reminders of old Polynesia hide around every corner. Most of the island's 2,100 residents work the coconut, pineapple, and banana plantations dotting the island, and can be found fishing one of the South Pacific's most beautiful lagoons on the weekends.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – At leisure, Aitutaki
Activities are many and varied. They include hiking, pony trekking, scuba diving, snorkeling, sports and game fishing, cultural tours, bird-watching tours, scenic flights, golf and tennis. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions
Day 6 – At leisure, Aitutaki
The Aitutaki Lagoon is a major highlight of any trip to the Cook Islands. It boasts the most vivid lagoon colors and is dotted with other uninhabited isles. As many parts of the lagoon are marine reserves, the schools of fish here are abundant and truly a sight to behold in crystal clarity. Fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, diving and windsurfing...the lagoon is the perfect place for it all. The outer reef is equally impressive, with surf created as the mighty deep-blue Pacific waters hurl themselves at this natural barrier.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – At leisure, Aitutaki
Today is your last day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful Cook Islands.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Aitutaki to Auckland
Today you will board your flight transfer from Aitutaki to Rarotonga. Once in Rarotonga, you will board your overnight flight to Auckland, New Zealand.
Day 9 – Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, ‘City of Sails’, located between two stunning harbors, enjoys a mild year-round climate Auckland is the country's most visited region and largest urban area, offering exciting activities and great shopping.
The city lies across a 7-mile wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbors. The Waitemata to the east opens into the Hauraki Gulf, and to the Pacific Ocean. The Manukau Harbour to the west offers many estuaries and surf beaches and opens to the Tasman Sea.Starting Accommodation:
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Day 10 – Auckland Maori Tour
Experience Auckland with a local Maori, who will guide you around this fantastic city and region, providing lots of information about its interesting history, places and people throughout the tour. See this magnificent city with its 48 volcanoes, as well as the amazing West Coast with just a small group of like-minded guests, and a Maori guide as your host throughout the day.
Check out some of New Zealand's finest scenery in the Auckland region and explore some important historic sites and learn more about the fascinating Maori culture and history along the way. Walk on the crater's edge of an ancient volcano and learn about Maori myths and legends that accompany many of the special places you visit. Discover dramatic cliff tops, stormy seas, unique black sand beaches and much more on the famous 'Wild West Coast'. Gain an insider's view into Maori Culture through your Maori guide, see Takarunga (Mount Victoria) in Devonport, where significant Maori chief Patuone is buried and see Tamaki Drive, one of the world's most beautiful city drives with sweeping views across the Waitemata Harbour.Starting Accommodation:
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (L)
Day 11 – Waiheke Island Paradise Tour
The Waiheke Island Paradise is for the truly discerning wine fan! Todays experience includes ferry transportation to and from Waiheke Island, all on-island transportation, three winery tastings - and lunch with wine at a renowned restaurant.Starting Accommodation:
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (L)
Day 12 – Auckland to Blue Mountains, Australia
Today you will be fly from Auckland to Sydney. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by private luxury vehicle to the Blue Mountains and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is spectacularly located at the southern end of the valley, at the foot of Mount Wolgan and Donkey Mountain. Set in Australia's Great Dividing Range with unbeatable views of the mystical Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley promises guests a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the wilderness.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 13 – Activities Wolgan Valley
The resort's engaging Field Guides are able to offer inspiring suggestions in which to see Wolgan Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains region. Choose from hiking nature trails, exploring the countryside on horseback, touring by four-wheel drive, 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. Activities include horse riding, nature walks, mountain biking, wilder safaris and historical tours.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 14 – Activities Wolgan Valley
At your leisure to explore the beautiful Blue Mountains. Take a tour to the Jenolan Caves or maybe take a walk on the many walking trails through the natural environment that is called the “Mini Grand Canyon”. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 15 – Blue Mountains to Sydney
On your way back to Sydney spectacular scenery is all around you, peaking with the Three Sisters at Katoomba gazing out to Mount Solitary. Include a visit to the Jenolan Caves and the picturesque village of Leura.
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 manmade 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 16 – Sydney Harbour Cruise
Today, cruise on a luxury cruiser as you discover the beauty of Sydney Harbor and dine at iconic restaurants on a progressive long lunch. You will cruise past all of Sydney Harbors famous icons and harbor-side mansions, enjoy a progressive lunch at selected waterside restaurants with beverages included on board for the duration of the harbor cruise.Starting Accommodation:
Day 17 – Sydney In Style
Depart from your Sydney hotel to discover the fabulous city of Sydney. This morning, 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 colourful Kings Cross. We 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 where we have amazing views over Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains. Drop off back at your Sydney hotel, restaurant or other city location. Starting Accommodation:
Day 18 – Sydney to USA
Today you will depart Sydney for your return flight to the USA.