Swain Destinations

Customizing the Travel Experience

Swain Destinations

Since 1987, Swain Destinations has been crafting fully customized travel experiences to Africa and Oceania. Our expert team of Travel Consultants provides our clients with an invaluable combination of on-the-ground experience and local insight in itinerary planning. We accommodate a wide spectrum of personal tastes and travel needs, specializing in the ultimate in luxury and private touring. Through our expertise, Swain Destinations has been nominated for ten consecutive years as one of the top five FIT companies within the Virtuoso network.

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Swain

By: Barb


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2019

Everything worked better than planned! The Sofitel in Aukland was in the perfect location! Tours were just what we wanted with great guides! Thank You.
Travel Advisor:  David Lauwers

Australia/ New Zealand

By: Dawn


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

Our experience was great! We loved all the hotels and destinations they recommended!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth
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Swain

By: JJ


Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2019

I would recommend Swain to other travelers.
Travel Advisor:  Liz Hoffman
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Great places to stay

By: Len


Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2019

Very top drawer hotels and tour arrangement.
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Cunard Queen Victoria and New Zealand

By: Wes


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2019

Swain Destinations is truly amazing. Everything they planned was perfect. During the trip, I injured my right knee and they called every day to see how I was feeling, offered to find a doctor and did much more than I would have expected to make me feel that assistance was at hand.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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Austraila

By: Marsha


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2019

We were very happy with Swain Destinations! They were comprehensive and the tour directors were awesome! Will recommend to friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Connie Hanes
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An exceptional company!

By: Elizabeth Colledge


Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2019

My partner and I had an exceptional experience with Swain destinations. We planned this trip on short notice, and with our travel agent Russell Glasheen, Swain designed the perfect itinerary for us. Everything ran to perfection! The transfers were always timely and professional, the tours were excellent in size and variety, and the hotels were superb. Swain even contacted us on a few occasions during the trip to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. This was the best experience I have had with a travel company, and hope to book with Swain again in the future. I highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Russell Glasheen
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Trip Down Under

By: Elaine and Lesly


Reviewed on: 11 May 2019

We recently traveled to Australia and New Zealand and Swain Destinations did a wonderful job planning our itinerary! We had some delays and just called Swain to assist with rescheduling and they made all the changes for us without delay! Would definitely recommend them!!
Travel Advisor:  Julie Mitchell
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Swain

By: None


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2019

They also did an excellent job setting everything up for us.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Ultra Organized

By: Andrew & Steve


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2019

Swain reps helped plan an amazing trip with our local agent Jane Rosenkrantz of Cadence Travel. All went so smoothly and they never missed a detail.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz
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Swain

By: Carl


Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2019

Every thing was as stated.
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg
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They were wonderful!

By: The Stunkels


Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2019

We had a very specific itinerary all written out for us. Everything went exactly as planned until we hit some bad weather in New Zealand. We called Swain and within a couple of hours we had alternate reservations & they even got us a refund on the cancellation created by the bad weather. I had trouble calling as we were in a "remote" area so I emailed - and got a response immediately. Anne and George were both wonderful - and I can't imagine what would have happened if we hadn't used a travel agent and this had happened. I would highly recommend them to anyone. They made it a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Trip of a life time.

By: BG


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2019

All accommodations were great and every details was taking care of scheduled. Very professional.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Hart
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there when I needed them!

By: shirley14


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2019

great. When weather changed itinerary plans, Swain was available 24/7 to formulate a new plan. Really helpful on the ground in a foreign place with personal attention.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Best vacation ever

By: Teri


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2019

Excellent. Design provided access to the best destinations, tour guides and hotel. Every city was better than the prior one.
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Swain

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2019

Wonderful experience. Everything went perfectly.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano
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Honeymoon Vacation

By: Strong


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2019

Swain destinations did a good job when we arrived at our honeymoon location. Our transportation and excursions were organized and set up for us ahead of time. We knew exactly what our itinerary was. With swain, we were able to focus on the excitement of being married and enjoying our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa DeSalvio
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Australian Adventures

By: Irene T


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2019

Swain provided a thorough itinerary for our travels. Travel felt stress free throughout all of Australia. We enjoyed the private tour in Daintree and of course, Lizard Island will be a memory that we keep forever. Thank you
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Australia

By: CKL


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2019

Everything was as planned with only one detail going wrong. Very enjoyable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett
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ANZ Trip

By: Thomas


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

Overall, a great trip portfolio with a good mix of tour options. All the hotels recommended were very good to great. A few minor glitches on the "QA" side of things, with reference numbers, tour start times, and a restaurant recommendation on a venue that had closed, but no major issues. "
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Boyles
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Aussie trip

By: Aussie


Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2019

Swain was a contour company with are local travel agent. Contacting and dealing with Swain while traveling was easy. We added a few tours not originally booked as well as contacted to ask some questions. They responded quickly every time.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski
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Amazing experience

By: Pghtravelers


Reviewed on: 08 Dec 2019

We had top notch accommodations and top notch tours (as I mentioned in an earlier review, we had a couple of issues with the names associated with our tours, not sure who booked it incorrectly , but the issues were resolved quickly) and we had amazing tours.
Travel Advisor:  Derek Schemonitz
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Mixed experience.

By: DrMikeMD


Reviewed on: 25 Dec 2019

YES comes with precautions! Our first destination was not up to expectations and our first verbal contact with Swain person was VERY unsatisfactory as he tried to blame our travel agent and lectured us on packing. Finally broke communication with that person and other Swain personnel followed up faithfully at each location that followed.
Travel Advisor:  Fran Kramer
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An Extraordinary Adventure in Australia and New Zealand

By: Nicky


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2020

Swain Destinations worked closely with our travel advisor to design a most memorable six week adventure. We were very pleased with Swain's in-depth knowledge of both countries and attention to detail in helping to coordinate the different components of our trip. There was no need to worry about any of our complex arrangements falling through the cracks! The itinerary unfolded seamlessly. One thoughtful touch was a note from George Swain when we arrived In Melbourne, our first destination. He reached out simply to tell us he would be available to assist in any way throughout our trip. When you're travelling overseas for six weeks, this kind gesture meant a lot! We give Swain high marks in helping us plan and execute our amazing itinerary to the Lands Down Under!
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt
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Australia 2019

By: Jenny


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

Everything was very well organized. We were pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Mackenzie Peyser
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travel adventures

By: travel partners


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2020

All of the Swain guides were outstanding. On time, knowledgeable , pleasant and flexible. A great experience for our family
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod
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Excellent!

By: JessTravels


Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2020

Swain was wonderful to work with and our onsite guides were exceptional!!
Travel Advisor:  Julie Sullivan
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Australia and New Zealand Vacation

By: JoeB


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2020

The guides and excursions provided by Swain were incredible. They were so knowledgeable and friendly. We saw and experienced absolutely everything we wanted and hoped to see and do. From the wine tasting and Coromandel Peninsula to the Over the Top helicopter adventure to the Great Ocean Road we were never disappointed and to the contrary, Over The Top about all of it. We highly recommend Swain on your next visit to Australia and New Zealand.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Rubinstein
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Far from Home

By: Happy Traveler


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2020

Swain provided our group with a complex and excellently timed itinerary. We were quite pleased with the contacts we had, the details and contingency plans prepared, and the attention that Swain paid to our needs and comfort.
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Great Barrier Reef

By: Sherry


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2020

Swain was great . The drivers were all on time, The trip to the reef with QuickSilver was a true adventure. The hotel was in a good location for walking into town as well as the 4 Mile beach. I have already recommended them .
Travel Advisor:  Tara Hyland
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Professional tour operator

By: austin


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2020

Swain was basically a pass-through to the actual tour company, so we interacted with them primarily when making the initial arrangements. They were professional and answered our questions in a timely manner.
Travel Advisor:  Sheilah Benoit
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good

By: mk


Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2020

rather uneven. one tour was great; the other was mediocre
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south africa

By: David


Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2022

Excellent. Swain was extreemly flexible with our family, as we had to re-scehudle this trip on 3 separate occasions, and was required to augument overall 1 week prior to our departure as some members of our party tested positive for COVID and were required to stay back in the states. Swain's in-country resources were very helpful. My only recommendation is that our trip was originally planned for the month of June. Various excursions were planned assuming that season. While we were able to reschuelde for December, some of those activities were not practical to have planned for that time of the year (december) and so we would have appreciated some advance consideration to that. That said, while our whale watching tour was cancelled b/c it was out of season, the in-country Swain rep was AMAZING in scheudling a new tour day that was fantastic!
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran
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Diedra and Zarina

By: Laura B


Reviewed on: 16 May 2022

Both Deidra and Zarina were incredible. Our family unfortunately contracted Covid and were unable to return to the States when planned. Diedra and Zarina immediately started to help us and knew exactly what to do to ease our minds! I would have been lost without them and am so impressed with their knowledge and confidence. I would highly recommend Swain and I'm so grateful we had these ladies in our corner!!
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran
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Simon & Doug

By: DEEDEE


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2022

These guys were excellent.... very impressed! Bravo
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein
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South African Safari

By: MDG


Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2022

Swain Destinations, in conjuction with Lestina Trainor, did a fantastic job planning our trip and guiding us through our travels while abroad. I was particularly impressed and grateful for the extra, unsolicited, offer to "meet and greet" our flight after an unfortunate travel delay that resulted in an unanticipated overnight in Johannesburg. Swain was proactive in meeting us, guiding us through unanticipated last minute Covid change requirements and rebooking arrangements. It was great in the moment service and the individuals who pulled it off on our behalf were true professionals and heroes. Multiple on site Swain agents gave us their mobile phone numbers and were available in a surprisingly difficult and unanticipated circumstance. It made all the difference in the world!
Travel Advisor:  Lestina Trainor
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in Australia

By: Train lover


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2022

Our travel agent, Deborah Trevino, said Swain would always be ready to help if there were issues, and she was correct. Honestly, it seemed they provided 24/7 service, because whenever I texted with a question, I got a quick and thorough answer, then a follow up to make certain all had gone well. Wonderful people to deal with.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Trip of a lifetime

By: Marcia


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2022

Arrangements were above and beyond! Classy hotels, convenient to CBD, great individual tour guides. Spectacular experiences. Highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Christina O'Toole
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Travel with Swain

By: Cheryl


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2022

This is the second time Vivian has used Swain for local travel arrangements; first time in Melbourne Australia and now in South Africa and Botswana. Each experience has been fabulous. We were particularly impressed with the Africa trip. The logistics of getting to 4 different safari camps in 2 different countries were quite complex and they occurred without any problems. The choice of the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town was wonderful. The safari camps were top notch, culminating in MalaMala, the best of the best. I also appreciated their checking in via email several times during the trip. That small gesture was very reassuring that someone was there to help if needed. I would certainly be happy if Vivian used Swain again and would highly recommend their services to my friends.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano
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Christmas in Australia

By: Rebecca Heimburger


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2023

Swain did such a great job collaborating with our agent to plan an amazing trip to Sydney, Brisbane, and Hamilton Island over Christmas. They handled everything and made sure we were booked with the best tour guides and at the most amazing hotels. During our trip, we experienced a few unexpected cancellations due to weather and they were extremely helpful in rebooking us and making sure everything was handled. Would highly recommend using them!
Travel Advisor:  Tisha Neufville
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Swain Keener

By: OneTMK


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2023

I was I can say it was fantastic incredible tours wonderful staff and friendly, would highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemary Warmenhoven
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New Zeeland and Australia

By: Greta


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2023

The specific activities that Swain had lined up for me were excellent. Drivers, tour leaders, and specific events were very professional and high-quality. Swain staff kept in touch with me about schedules and minor changes in activities. When there was a problem about pick-up for a particular tour, they immediately found a solution and the tour went on as planned.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Sullivan
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New Zealand

By: Winnie


Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2023

Mostly worked with Julie who in turn coordinated our trip plan with Swain. Swain was the institutional and local knowledge group so coordination with Julie and in turn communication to us worked seamlessly. They for the most part found accommodations that fit our price range and itinerary during a busy summer vacation time in NZ.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Johnston
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Australia

By: Pqnpz


Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2023

This was a 50/50 experience. Great guides and excursions in Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns. Disappointed with Harbor cruise and communication about transportation in Cairns. Did not seem to be on top of it across the board.
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Beth

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2023

Always there when we needed. Quick responses. Lovely tour guides - knowledgeable and nice personalities. ( with one exception).
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush
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New Zealand Trip

By: Cathy


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2023

The self driving tour designed by Swain was exactly what we needed. They were able to change the proposed itinerary to meet our desires, and the hotels and cars were all set up perfectly. The tours selected gave us a wide breadth of activities and experiences. There was one tour mix up, and one tour that was canceled by the provider due to weather. Swain was available via phone and able to suggest a replacement activity that was quite enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Jett
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EXCELLENT!!

By: decade of fun


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2023

We are thrilled with the service that Swain provided. Grant was very helpful in the planning stage and open to changes and questions/concerns. We had a couple of glitches on our trip that were beyond Swain's control. The Swain representatives were very responsive and resolved the issues quickly and efficiently. Changes to our Itinerary were made within minutes of the issue arising and a transportation issue was also resolved immediately. It was reassuring to have confidence that every detail was taken care of, especially when we were halfway around the world.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod
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Australia

By: Deb


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2023

Swain, specifically our agent Rehanna, was incredible. Before traveling she gave us great advice on how to travel, what cities in Australia to see and coordinated many fabulous excersions. The private Harbor and Dinner cruise in Sydney was outstanding. I highly recommend Swain and Rehanna.
Travel Advisor:  Sylvia Levy
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Fabulous Trip to Tahiti

By: Lori Marshall


Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2023

When we chose Tahiti I was a little concerned because this package looked expensive. But my travel agent Janet assured me that Swain was the way to go! And I'm so glad I listened to her. Our hand-crafted Swain itinerary to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora was fantastic. The hotels, excursions, transfer and travel were perfect. I would recommend Swain again in a heart beat. They are really Tahiti specialists, and I appreciate all they did to make our trip so extra special!
Travel Advisor:  Janet Lewis
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Wonderful

By: L Hogan


Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2023

We had a wonderful honeymoon in New Zealand thanks to Swain. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Emily Ness
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Trip to Australia and New Zealand

By: Bon Bon


Reviewed on: 04 May 2023

Swain put together a good trip, the tour guide in Australia that Swain selected did an okay job. The remainder of our guides were excellent, especially our guide for the Jet Boats and wilderness hike.
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AUS-NZ

By: Jest


Reviewed on: 09 May 2023

Their knowledge of the terrain, contacts for private tours and accessibility when there was a need was unmatched by any we have ever worked with or, for that matter, heard about from others. We would not have developed as deep an appreciation for these indescribable countries had it not been for the itinerary designed and tour guides assigned to be sure we experienced this trip of a lifetime.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias
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Great local Resource

By: Susan and Gary


Reviewed on: 20 May 2023

George Swain and all of the staff at Swain Destinations were extremely helpful once we got to New Zealand and Australia. They communicated with us when we arrived and gave us all of the local numbers that we needed. They responded quickly when we wanted to change dates of a tour and needed to cancel another excursion because of weather conditions. George himself answered his cell phone when we couldn’t find a tour operator ( this was our error!) it was reassuring to know that he and his staff would be available when needed.
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt
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Trip of a Lifetime

By: Deb


Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2023

Swain set us up with a great vacation - great tour companies - all the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our hotels we all wonderful and very accommodating. When there was a change in pick up for a tour or information related to one of the hotels, they emailed us several days ahead to let us know. All the drivers that picked us up from the airports or hotels were prompt, very friendly and talkative.
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Japan 23

By: Xoxoxo


Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2023

Swain Destinations was great to work with as well. The Park Tokyo Hotel was great but was not able to accommodate rooms that were next to one another. The tour guides were wonderful! We loved Keiko and Toshi! Wished we could have had better communication on the Universal Studios express passes. The luggage transport worked out great. The Kanazawa Crowne Plaza was convenient but the rooms were tight and the service was not the best. The Suica passes were ok, but maybe just one card for the family would make more sense. The Ninja experience was fun, but the lunch restaurant could be better planned out. Other than that, we absolutely were blown away by our trip! Our family had the most amazing experience and we hope to be back again soon!
Travel Advisor:  Gena Stoll
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Top notch

By: DewLIFE


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2023

I would recommend Swain Destinations without reservations. The tour guides were on time, knowledgeable and professional. Each person that was assigned to our vacation was top notch. A very nice touch that swain representative emailed throughout the trip to check and follow up when I had a question😊.
Travel Advisor:  Gae Kravit
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The best in New Zealand and Australia

By: AH


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2023

We couldn't be happier with the on-the-ground support we received from Swain, along with the unique experiences they were able to arrange for us in New Zealand and Australia. When local tourism folks heard we were working with Swain, all of them said "you're using the best". George sent us a text message when we landed and was super helpful throughout the trip with attention to detail and helping with cancelled flights.
Travel Advisor:  Katy Chadwell
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Organized and reliable!

By: Kelsey


Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2023

We had a great experience working with Swain Destinations. Our private drivers were great - especially Elizabeth in Queenstown and Nick in Sydney. Elizabeth kindly took us by several local retail stores after learning that our checked baggage did not arrive on time, and Nick was extremely patient waiting for us in the terminal and helping us track down our lost baggage.
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We had great a great trip, better than expected

By: Gary and Linda


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2023

Wow Everything was so professional .All our activities were just what we wanted. Hotels were the Best Got better every day. No mistakes. We were blown away
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt
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Africa

By: Joanne


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2024

Swain staff were easily available and took take of all issues that occurred on the trip. They were able to change my established itinerary around at my request with short notice and adjusted the tours to accommodate my needs and the weather.
Travel Advisor:  Rhonda Zorman CTA
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Very Good Company!

By: Dominic


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2023

We enjoyed working with Swain Destinations! They were easy to reach, always on top of our travel, and provided great service!
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano
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Deluxe African Adventure

By: South African Adventure


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2023

Swain did a great job helping us select the destinations. They also had great guide services in each location that we toured. Also, every time we would move onto a new location, they would check in to see how things were going.
Travel Advisor:  Janet McLaughlin
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A dream trip

By: S&J


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2023

Love Swain Destinations. They are top rate. They worked with our travel advisor to create a bucket list trip to New Zealand that was only surpassed by our African trip they created for us. We love Swain.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein
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Trip of a LIFETIME

By: Mindy


Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2023

We had an amazing time in Australia and were very confident that the good folks at Swain were were there if we needed them. I would definitely recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Shanholtz
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Australia and New Zealand Review

By: Turners


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2024

Swain demonstrated a local knowledge of the countries we visited which was critical. They delivered on all of their commitments. And, all of the trip arrangements went very smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Bonnie Newcomer
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Swain Review

By: Ned


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2024

Swain took great care of us when our travel plans were completely changed as a result of a cyclone in Port Douglas Australia. George, in particular, took care of us at a time when many other clients also had travel issues. He changed our hotel and excursions perfectly with little to no impact on our schedule. Rather than let something that cannot be controlled (the weather) negatively impact our experience, George made it so there was only positive impact on our experience. Thank you to George and the entire Swain team.
Travel Advisor:  Kristi Reid
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New zealand

By: Cindy


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2024

Swain Destinations does an excellent job for us. This is the second year we have trusted them to organize our 5 week trip to New Zealand. Great job and wonderful people to work with on this trip.
Travel Advisor:  Jean Riekers
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No glitches

By: Nancy


Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2024

We were met wherever we were supposed to, all guides were good and we didn’t join larger group tours if it would have been inconvenient. That said on the ride home from Abu Tasman park we were the last to be dropped off and a 45 minute trip turned into 2 hours. Would have happily paid for a taxi! When we asked questions of the local coordinator she often didn’t understand what we were trying to find out ( which was a bit frustrating) but this was minor. Well planned and executed trip. Also the right amount of included and own meals
Travel Advisor:  Becky Lamb
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Access to informative guides

By: Deckvid


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2024

Our 3+ week was well planned and we had great guides
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel
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Top Notch Service

By: B&J


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2024

Swain DestinatIons was absolutely the best provider of travel and transportation activities that we’ve ever experienced. Very thorough, very professional, very personal. They made our vacation a breeze, and we would choose them again if we had the chance.
Travel Advisor:  Terrie Cassidy
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Well-organixed trips!

By: Halley


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2024

Swain is wonderful at putting together custom trips that meet the whims of the client. They don't overload the itinerary, and make sure you have ample time to get to each destination on your trip. Their itineraries are detailed, with where to be and when, and how best to get there. They make sure you see all the places you want to go in a fun, organized and safe manner!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Carr
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Tasmania & Kangaroo Island

By: NanP


Reviewed on: 05 May 2024

The guides, Ludger and Mark, were excellent. We loved our accommodations at the MacQ and Stranraer Homestead.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman
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Australia & New Zealand trip

By: Phil


Reviewed on: 14 May 2024

Swain was great. Everything that was arranged came off without a hitch. Recommend without reservations.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Cress
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Everyone was courteous and on time

By: Maggie


Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2024

We were very reliant on personnel meeting us at various points throughout the trip. It could not have gone more smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano
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Another memorable trip and only the best accomodations!

By: GML


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2024

We traveled to four destinations on the African Continent. Each locale was better than the previous one. We were greeted with guides who were friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We stayed in accommodations that were welcoming, clean, beautiful and unforgettable. The food was delicious, plentiful and delectably displayed. Service in each location was outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Christine Beesley
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Not Recommended

Fair

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I suspect that there are better travel guides in China. We prefer guides with a more professorial/academic approach. Also, we do not like being taken to tourist sites (as in a tea house to sell us tea items) or a bad tourist restaurant.
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Not Recommended

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

the arranged transport at sydney airport a debacle, hotel in auckland did not have rooms ready - a room rate of $300/night steep when check in is 3 pm you don't get in until 4 pm and check out is 9 or 10 am - steep hourly rate. hotel shuttle service was substandard . arrangement for a rail pass poorly done confirmation numbers provided did not match those for the rail provider

Australia adventure

By: stanford GSB Grad


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

The trip was wonderful. Every accommodation was excellent except for the hotel in Cairns. The public areas were very nice and the food was good but the room left a lot to be desired. All in all though the trip was well worth it.

Highly Recommended

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2014

Swain provided a very helpful booklet of our itinerary, vouchers & connections, including where to be at what time and what call-in confirmations to make in advance. Everything went off without a hitch.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran

Highly Recommend

By: KJ


Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2014

We continue to be amazed at the complexity of our flight and transfer arrangements made by our Swain's representative.  Our travel was seamlessly enjoyable, and our hotels perfect.  24 days in Australia and New Zealand without a glitch, amazing!!  We definitely are Swain believers.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Asivido

Honeymoon

By: Ro


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2014

Were easy to get a hold of and helpful in providing us knowledge in a foreign land.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran

By: Joanne K.


Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Michelle at Swain travel put together a great package for our Australia and New Zealand vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Asivido

Fabulous trip with help from Swain

By: Onespud


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2014

Swain did an excellent job of taking care of us.  All drivers were on time and delivered impeccable service.  Arranged tours could not have been better.  Our hotel locations were so close to restaurants and shopping.  Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Theresa Quintarelli

Great Trip

By: Kim849


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2014

Swain planned all of our transportation, hotels and activities and did a wonderful job! Made our vacation very relaxing.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Raines

Swain was great

By: Jill


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2015

Every detail was perfectly handled. Trip exceeded my expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt

Great trip.

By: Kathy51


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2015

Trip well planned given the time frame we were traveling in. Out of 23 days, only one poorly planned day. Terrific knowledge of all areas visited with fantastic recommendations on tours, hotels, etc. Helped resolve one problem.
Travel Advisor:  Lydia Ganz

Great operator

By: Mikeshy


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2015

My wife and I just completed an 11 week trip in Australia and New Zealand hat had two cruises and two fly/drive segments. Swain provided ; all transfers between the airports and the cruise ships, three car rentals, lodging in 16 different cities as well as small group tours in most cities that we visited. We only experienced a couple of "hiccups" which is amazing considering the number of arrangements that were made on our behalf. When I did have a problem, it was resolved quickly after making 1 phone call. We had requested that our lodging accommodations would be in high end, small boutique hotels or B&B's. The quality of our accommodations was excellent. Between Jodi Fox, our travel advisor and Swain, they "nailed it!". With only one exception, we loved our accommodations. We had many, many small group tours that ended up being a private tour. The quality of the vehicles and the professionalism of the drivers/tour guides was also excellent. They did a great job.
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Fox

Great Teamwork and Travel Materials

By: rpw128


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2015

Having done most of our work through Cindy Goldberger she did most of the interaction with Swain in the beginning. They provided valuable LOCAL feedback which proved critical to the enjoyment of our trip. They had activities that I could not believe that we would ever get to try, it was such a unique itinerary. Once we had everything the way we wanted it Swain sent over the travel documents which great and organized, just the way I was so I combined my documents with theirs and didn't miss a beat. Upon arrival they had a car service ready for us and our honeymoon began. It was such an easy experience after everything was booked we didn't have to worry which increased the enjoyment 100 times!
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Goldberger

Hands On

By: Lainey


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2015

Trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz

Australia

By: Daniel


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2015

Swain, in coordination with Alicia, have planned a wonderful trip so far.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Expert friendly service from Swain

By: Lynne55


Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2015

Every tour that was arranged by Swain was met with friendly smiles and professional service! We always were amazed at the knowledge and attention to our needs at every moment of our tour. They would go out of their way to accommodate us and told stories about the destinations that were not only fascinating but always intertwined with humor. This was an A+ tour company and would highly recommend them to any traveler!
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Honeymoon In Australia

By: Richard


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2015

Everyone at Swain Destinations did a great job in helping us plan our Honeymoon! We loved the little details like the Champagne bottles and desserts they had for us at each hotel we stayed. At the airports they would pick us up with a sign with our names and Swain destinations so we felt special. All the tours we went to in Australia were awesome and we could not have asked for a better Honeymoon. My wife Erika and I highly recommend using Swain Destinations for your next vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Sarah Lee

documents very complete and helpful

By: Bill67


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2016

The documents provided were very helpful during the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Hayes

Great Trip!

By: EdLaura


Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2016

Our Swain trip was a great view of New Zealand and Australia. We felt like we got to see everything we wanted in a relatively short amount of time. Our tour guides were outstanding and the group was very congenial. Thanks for a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Marian Blessing

great trip

By: Craig


Reviewed on: 29 May 2016

All arrangements went off without a hitch, from the car rentals to transfers to pickup of cars at a new location, the cars were always waiting and the pickups and drop offs were fast. The hotels/B&B's were all outstanding, Swain always picked the best places to stay, the coupons for the stays worked well with no issues. The tours/trips were all outstanding, the coupons worked well with no issues. All airline flights also went off without a hitch. Our only issue, its a small one, would be that we never saw or met a Swain representative, we though we were supposed to meet a rep when we arrived. The way the arrangements were a rep was not necessary, but it would have been nice to have someone there to meet us and just say hi and make sure we knew what to do initially and make sure there were know issues.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Great trip

By: Rachel


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2016

We had a wonderful time with everything planned well. We only had a few very minor complaints with White Sands Tours in Mauritius but otherwise was exceptional
Travel Advisor:  David Mellon

A good trip package and value.

By: Jack


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2016

It was a good package, everything was delivered as promised.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Lukovic

Helpful service

By: kerful1


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2016

The Swain folks were my local contacts for any issues or changes to my itinerary. I requested a change in my itinerary in New Zealand, moving sailing in Auckland to a different day so that I could add a day trip to Hobbiton, and they took care of everything. It was great to have a local phone number and email to contact in case I needed anything with any part of my itinerary.
Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman

When I go to New Zealand again, it will be with Swain

By: Tina Lou


Reviewed on: 08 Dec 2016

The materials that they gave me for my trip to New Zealand was the right information, organized so I could find it quickly. Less stress, all I had to do was read it the day before my next adventure to be there to experience it.

Experts on South Africa and Zimbabwe

By: GeoStone1


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

Swain Destinations coordinated the South Africa and Zimbabwe portions of our once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa. Swain's representative met us in Cape Town at our hotel to discuss how well our trip was going and to check with us to see if any changes were needed. Ditto in Victoria Falls. What special service! Swain has the knowledge and expertise that resulted in our stay at 1st class accommodations throughout our trip, coordinate our ride on the luxury train between Pretoria and Cape Town, and our flights within South Africa and to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A total success! We highly recommend Swain Destinations!
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Private Wildlife Trip

By: Khalid


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2017

It was a fantastic trip. The guides were professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I got more out of the trip than expected. I had lost my cell phone twice but the problem was resolved quickly by the company. That was a big relief.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Moore

austraia

By: op


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

Excellent service
Travel Advisor:  Julie Boulanger Taylor

Blue Mountain Day Tour

By: Kathy Siefken


Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2017

Wonderful day with Swain Tours. We loved the tour and while it was a 100 degree day in Australia, we enjoyed our time on the tour and exploring the Blue Mountains.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Griscavage

Australia and New Zealand

By: Mary Nell


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

Swain is the very best tour operator for Australia and New Zealand. We had heard that before we took our trip and then we heard it during our trip and certainly experienced it to be a very true statement! The coordination of all the details for 3 weeks was amazing. Swain had drivers planned for our entire trip and without a doubt, they were all prompt, courteous, informative, safe and fun, plus they all had new beautiful cars!! I would highly recommend Swain to anyone that is planning a trip and wants to be assured that every detail will be handled. Australia was our 7th Continent to travel and explore and Swain made it a great journey. Wonderful memories!!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Aikman

Australian trip

By: Geri


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

All contacts through Swain were prompt, courteous and informative. Our only glitch was our initial flight with Quantas but everything afterwards was uneventful.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Australia tour

By: Betty & Allen


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2017

What can I say. Everything worked out perfect. Our drivers met us on time and our guides were excellent. Everyone's expectations were met and exceded. It was a wonderful tour and I would recommend Swain to all who are seeking adventure and don't want to do the legwork.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Wonderful Experience

By: Poppy


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

All the arrangements, transfers and tours packaged for us by Swain staff were reliable and the services generally very good. The ability to customize our itinerary (even in country) was a new and wonderful experience. Most hotels and guides were exceptional, a few less so. Overall our extensive travels in Australia and NZ a fantastic adventure. The grand finale 3 nights at Matakari Lodge beyond 5⭐️
Travel Advisor:  Corinne Levine

Au

By: Hutch


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2017

The trip went off without a hitch. Every plane was met, drivers were personable, guides were tremendous and we had complete confidence that our needs would be met.
Travel Advisor:  Cathy Dorton

australia new zealand

By: betty


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2017

they were very professional

swain

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2017

Perfect- thanks to Wayne. We recommend him to our friends.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Australia - Feb 2017

By: J


Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2017

Except for 9:45pm event, followed by 4:30am event, everything went off very well.
Travel Advisor:  Christine Bolus

New Zealand

By: Meagan


Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2017

Swain's knowledge of the local area helped us to find activities and sites to see what I had on my list, even if it wasn't the exact place. Their recommendations for local company's or sites to use/see while there or while driving from one place to another was very helpful. I know that they also worked with Deborah to help reschedule some things so I am very thankful for that.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great job!

By: NurseL


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2017

Swain Destinations did a great job with our itinerary! The excursions were exactly what I wanted in my bucket list vacation! We had to call George from Swain Destinations while in Australia to make some last minute changes to our plans and he was able to make the requested changes without any problems. I also want to recommend the drivers we had to and from each airport to our hotels. They were all very friendly and super knowledgeable about the area. We felt comfortable asking them for recommendations for things to do while in each city. Great experience!
Travel Advisor:  Theresa Quintarelli

Bucket list New Zealand

By: Steve Strake


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Fantastic vacation. This company know how to create a fun trip.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz
Not Recommended

12 days in Japan

By: Charlie


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2017

We did not work directly with Swain but the results of their efforts bring into question their dedication to good service and flawless execution. Our experience reduced our opinion of their abilities to meet customer expectations.
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Not Recommended

Trip to Japan

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2017

Our trip to Japan had some rough edges. The initial arrangements in our proposed itinerary were incomplete regarding a number of important details (e.g., who would meet us, what type of transport would be used), subsequently clarified. The descriptions used for events and services in our itinerary were sometimes unclear, ambiguous or incomplete, also subsequently clarified but with difficulty. Once in Japan, the private guide arranged in Kyoto for 1-1/2 days was less than satisfactory in terms of her job skills. Finally, the Ritz-Carolton Kyoto provided some of the poorest dining room service we've encountered in a long time - very young staff, not well trained, although well-intended. We were left with the impression that both in terms of office organization in the US and on-the-ground experience in Japan that our group was not well served by Swain, relative to the prices we were paying.
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Excellent Itinerary

By: brea2942


Reviewed on: 09 May 2017

We had an excellent trip arranged by Swain Destinations for our land portion of an Australian/New Zealand vacation. Swain arranged our internal flights, tours and lodging. We gave them specific input as to where we wanted to go and many of the things we wanted to do and they put together an itinerary that was very good for us. We had no problems with any of the transfers (everyone arrived on time or ahead of time to transfer us from hotel to airport to cruise ship, etc.) and the lodging they chose for us was excellent. Overall, this was a stellar vacation itinerary!
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow

China

By: jalousie


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

We had a flawless/seamless trip through Swain. Guides were wonderful and so helpful. The accommodations were first-rate
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Australia, the perfect destination

By: Davonia


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

Deborah Barth of Brownell Travel sought the help of Swain Destinations for the Australian portion of my recent trip. From drivers to lodging to tour guides our trip was perfect. The drivers were outstanding, always on time and in wonderful vehicles. Lodging was exceptional. Tour guides were great. Deborah worked closely with Tanya at Swain to be sure the Australian portion of our trip met our needs. Everything worked beautifully. Leave the details to the professionals!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great touring experience with Swain

By: Michael Yu


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2017

All the details were taken care of from hotel reservations, to air and train bookings, to great daily itineraries. No miscues on the ground through the whole trip except for the rainy weather in Hakone (delayed one boat tour and hid Mt Fuji). Professional bilingual guides (had 2 different guides, 3 days each). Private van transportation made the touring very efficient and less taxing on the body and feet. Seemless pickups and drop offs made for worry free travel which is what you want when you are on vacation. Great private origami lesson for the family made for great bonding. No complaints, good value for the wrap around service.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow

Tour arrangements

By: Bud


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Mary Lou Yeager worked with Swain to arrange private tours and transportation in Dubai, the Winelands and Cape Town. All the arrangements worked perfectly. The tour guides were knowledgeable and quite accommodating. We had a wonderful time!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Excellent

By: Allie


Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017

Absolutely fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista

Awesome Tour Operator

By: Chris


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

Swain has coordinated our trips to Australia/New Zealand and to South Africa, and each trip was fabulous. We highly recommend them. We spent our time enjoying our trip and experience and no time on worrying about rides, hotels and activities. They took care of everything!
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Anderson

Honeymoon - South Africa

By: Kmiq


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Swain was top notch. Every employee we came in contact with was personable and pleasant. In particular, our driver/tour guide, Gary, for the half day tour of Cape Town and the day drive to the Cape of Good Hope was fantastic. His knowledge of the plant/animal life, geography, and history of the City / Country was immense. There was no question Gary couldn't answer, and he always had interesting facts/trivia to share. Gary even made us a romantic lunch reservation on the bay so we could enjoy some alone time and whale watch. Would recommend to anyone traveling to South Africa!
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Griscavage

Australia

By: PR


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

The trip was perfect in every aspect

Australia Trip - October 2017

By: MK


Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2017

Swain Destinations provided documentation, travel vouchers, etc. for our trip. The documentation was very professionally presented and organized, which made for easy reference during travels. Phone numbers were provided for questions before and during our trip for added peace of mind. Overall they did a great job of preparing us for the trip!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino

Satisfied

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2017

Our trip was great! We saw the places we requested within the time frame that we had. In planning the trip it was always unclear to me whether we were part of a group tour, or whether the tour was created just for us. It turned out the tour was created just for us. The tour price was never broken down by transportation, hotel, etc. That would have been nice. But then on the other hand, it is probably best not to know the details of how much everything costs. One can enjoy the trip more if one isn't aware of the individual cost of everything.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Japan

By: Leighsa


Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

Outstanding. A fantastic collection of places to visit and things to do. Will definitely use Swain Destinations again.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble

NZ/Australia Trip

By: Linde


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

The trip details indicate Swain's thorough knowledge of trip locales.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino

New Zealand and Australia

By: Nat


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Our experience with Swain Destinations was phenomenal. They were incredibly receptive to all of our requests. They helped to put together a 17 day itinerary for our travels to New Zealand and Australia. There were certain things we requested to do on our trip but we also let them use their judgement to suggest excursions and places to stay. All of our excursions were amazing and the accommodations were delightful in every city we stayed in. We wouldn't have changed a single thing about our trip, it was all wonderful!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Ellis

Our First Try

By: newbies


Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2017

Swain recommended, and then booked, excellent accommodations and travel arrangements. It was a seamless part of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Paderewski

No problems experienced

By: Patch


Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2017

Swain made sure that every aspect of our vacation was taken care of. We never had any worries. I loved knowing that our escorts and tour guides had all the answers and so I could relax. All tours and drivers were professional and expert.
Not Recommended

The Bad

By: Grumpy


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2018

The night before we left on our trip they called for a medical release, very unprofessional.
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Australia

By: Brad


Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Loved the intinerary put together by swain. We had a great trip and loved everything planned!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Epstein

New Zealand Excursions

By: Shelley


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2018

We had booked our excursions through Swain. We were overall very pleased with the guides and tours we took as we were booking several. Some tours were better experiences than others so once Swain has given the information on the tour company it would be worth a quick glance at their website to make sure your expectations meet the experiences. We had a little bit of time miscommunication with one of our tours (one-on-one guided fishing) and that was discouraging. So my only feedback is to double and triple check the confirmed times at least 2 days before directly with the tour operator.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett

Great!

By: Jan


Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2018

We lined up a lot of activities over our 3-week vacation that Swain helped put together. Everything went very smoothly except for a glitch with our car rentals, and one call to Swain helped sort it out. Very pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Tisha Neufville

Great Choices and Knowledgable

By: JeannieM


Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2018

Our agent primarily worked with Swain, but our experiences were all positive. They made excellent selections in accommodations and day trips in an effort to meet (and exceed) our desired activity goals. The companies utilized were professional and fun. The 1 transportation confusion was addressed swiftly, pleasantly and effectively. Swain was knowledgable and knew the best choices in New Zealand - I wouldn't hesitate to use them again!
Travel Advisor:  Candy Davis

Tour of Australia and New Zealand

By: Roweana


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Our experience with Swain Destinations was highly recommendable.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Anderson

Swain knows Australia

By: Andrew


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2018

My California based travel agent contacted Swain for their local knowledge and contacts for arranging multiple trips within Australia. There was a small mix up while I was in Australia and they quickly cleared it up and acted on my behalf. They were very professional and helpful during the entire process
Travel Advisor:  Theresa Quintarelli

Trip of a lifetime

By: Simpson


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2018

Everything was first class from start to finish...
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

swain

By: Australia


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2018

Good the drivers were well informed. One excursion was not as described we complained and were refunded 1/2 of our money.

Swain does it right

By: Aussie traveler


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2018

Excellent. They have great options. Everything set up very well based upon our input and came off without a hitch. All of the guides were very personable, very professional and very informative. Airport transfers went smoothly. Drivers and guides arrived on time for all activities
Travel Advisor:  Mary Porter

Don

By: Don


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

Helpful when needed and responsive.

Swain

By: CAR


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

They took care of everything. We never had one issue
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Australia and New Zealand

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

The places we stayed were amazing! Wharekauhau was over the top wonderful. The service here was amazing. Nicholas, Grant, Matt and Shannon were especially memorable. We felt very pampered here. Treetops was also amazing. Another place with impeccable service. We loved everything about this place. Cape Kidnappers was also amazing and we had a great day of golf. Blanket Bay was unbelievably beautiful and especially memorable. And of course Southern Ocean Lodge in Kangaroo Island made me feel like I was in a James Bond Movie. Over the top wonderful. These are truly my 5 favorite places I have ever been in the world. I loved having pre dinner drinks and dinner included and it was fun getting to know others at the pre dinner drinks. The food was amazing everywhere. The service was the best at all of the places. Better than anywhere else we have stayed anywhere in the world. I would recommend the same trip to anyone.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Jaykus Peck

Australia and Fiji

By: Cydney


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

Excellent! The hotels were fabulous as were the many, many adventures and excursions they planned for us!
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble

New Zealand

By: Fran


Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Our trip was seamless due to the employees of Swain. They were friendly and prompt always. We had a great trip.
Travel Advisor:  Gloria Welles
Not Recommended

Cookbook

By: Newbee


Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

I felt like this personalized tour was created like every other tour with the same stops and excursions as every tour I read online. Did not feel any thought went into it as an individual
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So-So

By: alice1


Reviewed on: 07 May 2018

Swain is usually above reproach. However the arrangements in Perth did not go as planned. However, Georgia spoke with them and they refunded me a portion of my money.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie
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Very good

By: Luis


Reviewed on: 17 May 2018

Very knowledgeable and very friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin

Overall trip to New Zealand and Australia

By: Mary


Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

Overall, very good. Only one thing we'd rather have gone on the Hobbit Tour instead of the Glow Worm Cave. Other than that, tour was great.
Travel Advisor:  Theresa Quintarelli

Not all promises were delivered

By: Carolyn


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Their overall proposal for our trip was adhered to in broad strokes, but important details were changed without our permission & to our disappointment. When we contacted them directly, during the trip, they responded promptly. We felt like we were promised, & paid for, one description of our trip & we received a lesser version - leaving us wondering about what happened to the money we paid, when we received less. As there were no itemized expenses ever presented, it was easy for them to "shortchange" us. Their site recommendations were, in general, wonderful, but one or two of their guides were not up to the Virtuoso level (& one was beyond awesome!), nor were some of the "experiences" they booked. They dropped the ball on a fairly routine train trip, causing an unnecessary interruption, requiring additional ticket purchase & on two occasions asked their guides to handle issues that were strictly administrative (causing confusion for guide & traveler). Wish there'd been fewer snags
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

Perfect Trip!

By: AGW


Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Swain developed a wonderful itinerary for my first trip to New Zealand! Loved it all and they were easy to work with and very responsive. I would definitely use them again!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Terrill

Great Company!

By: Lissa


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

They did a wonderful job planning our trip in Australia! They were very helpful, especially taking care of some changes! All of the tours were perfect! And the drivers and guides exceptional! I would definitely use them again!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Boyles

Quick Trip to India

By: mj


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2018

This is the second time I've used Swain Destinations and they did not disappoint. The first time was for a trip to Australia, and it was spectacular. This trip to India lived up to those expectations. The Swain recommended accommodations were flawless, the drivers were punctual and helpful and the guides were fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino

Reps Knowledge

By: Brenda


Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

Contact at Swain was helpful in knowing specific answers to several questions I had regarding Australia to help me make my final decisions.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Kellogg

Trip to Australia

By: Kristi


Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2018

Our trip to Australia was perfectly planned and executed- we had a stress-free amazing vacation!
Travel Advisor:  Catherine Parkin

Dependable

By: Dee


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Very satisfied with their service.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble

Great trip

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2019

Very professional outfit. I always felt that I was in good hands. On a three week trip, there was only one minor delay and they responded quickly to fix it.

Africa

By: Rebecca


Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2018

Every location was different but very nice accommodations and service.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Honeymoon in SE Asia

By: Phill and Veronica


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2019

Swain Destinations did a fantastic job while we were on our honeymoon. All three of our guides were outstanding, and we truly enjoyed learning about the culture as well as seeing the beautiful scenery Thailand and Vietnam has to offer. Our guides and drivers were knowledgable and friendly, and all of our travels went smoothly because of them.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Battista

New Zealand trip

By: Sloter Family


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

Swain arranges the best guides, tours, and services. The guides know how to manage the attractions so you navigate around the crowds and don't miss the highlights. If it weren't for our guide at Franz Joseph, we wouldn't have made it on the glacier--she stayed on top of the rescheduling when weather cancelled early helicopter flights. Suggestions: please provide a summary itinerary with bulleted list of activities and arrangements for each. (I sketch out a calendar on a legal piece of paper so I can see the trip on one page.) The paragraphs of description are helpful but to communicate with all the members of the group it would be easier to have something more condensed. Also, the binder is compact but wasteful, not recycleable.
Travel Advisor:  Sigrid Braeckeveldt

Traveling in India

By: Chris


Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2019

Excellent. We've used them before and always top-notch.

Awesome

By: Darby


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2019

Great variety of experiences! The New Year's Eve boat was amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Brooke Ross

Great guides.

By: PI


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

Excellent guides on all the tours and events. Operators went out of their way to provide that something extra.

Australia

By: Jules


Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2019

Swain did an excellent job in setting up all aspects of our trip. Tour guides were great, hotels were great. They helped us when we left a pair of prescription glasses at the hotel. Great company!
Travel Advisor:  Martha King

Great vacation

By: Connie


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2019

We had a great family vacation. The hotels were prefect with great views. Airline and transportation arrangements went smoothly. We enjoyed all our adventures
Travel Advisor:  Becky Sullivan

Three Generations Down Under

By: Philly


Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2019

Swain worked with my travel agent in Arizona to provide an itinerary that met all our requirements. We were pleased with all of the accommodations, flights, tours, travel arrangements, etc. We couldn't have been happier with our trip. They were able to develop an itinerary based on all of our needs, desires, physical capabilities and must-see attractions. We were very happy with the arrangements. Swain obviously knows Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand very well.
Travel Advisor:  Judi Walker

Swain

By: Nsmib


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2019

Very attentive and easy to reach. Answered questions quickly and made sure all of our needs were met.

Australia

By: Cheryl


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2019

Outstanding. The private tours were the highlight of our trip. We loved looking for kangaroos and koalas in the wild. Absolutely the best part of our trip. The visit to Phillip Island, the tour of the koala preserve and finally the penguin march were all quite fun. We were not as enthusiastic about the Great Ocean Road. I think it was oversold as being spectacular and the visit to the Twelve Apostles was too crowded. That should have been visited first thing, especially when the light would have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Melbourne, Australia 01/19

By: Capt. Cook


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2019

Swain did an outstanding job in arranging activities in the Melbourne area during our three-day pre-cruise stay. The hotel and its location in Melbourne were excellent. So too were trips on the Great Ocean Drive, Phillips Island and our venture into a kangaroo colony. I would certainly recommend Swain to other future travelers.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Yes, but not what they were before.

By: Freddie


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2019

We used them before and were very satisfied with them. This time we had several disappointments with them because the equipment their operators used was old and and not comfortable. Also had a bad experience with our driver when we got to Sidney to take us to our hotel. Our plane was about 30 minutes late and it takes a long time to go through customs coming into Australia and the driver was very upset that we were late because he had another group he had to go meet and was just trying to hurry us along and did not even try to help us with our luggage at all, not even to put them into the van. His English was very poor, but he had “ Hurry Up, Hurry Up “ well down pat.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Herff
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TRAVEL

By: TRAVEL MAN


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2019

very professional and supportive

Outstanding attention to detail!

By: Tassie Fan


Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2019

Our experience with Swain Destinations was Outstanding! We used Swain for our recent adventure to Australia and Tasmania. The personalized hardcopy itinerary was a perfect reference with everything in one place; accommodation descriptions, pick up times and locations, tour expectations, flight information, and contact information. That was just the beginning. Our personal drivers were always on time, very knowledgeable, and went the "extra mile" to make our trip perfect. The accomodations were simply awesome and the personalized service was tremendous. Our personalized tour guides were the best; extremely knowledgeable, fun to be with, had special access, and they always looked after our needs. It's obvious that Swain takes a very discerning interest in who they hire to do business. The attention to detail and working with the right people resulted in a smooth, effortless, and rewarding adventure for my wife and I. Great Job!
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Swain knows New Zealand!

By: Michele


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2019

Annie connected us to Swain for our trip. We would have never had the trip we did without them and they were with us every step of the way even when our flight was delayed! We loved working with Swain and would do it again!

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    Swain Destinations is committed to providing travel experiences that champion sustainabilty and conservation. In short, we believe that travel should not only enrich the lives of our clients, but also impact the planet in a positive way. Through working with like-minded partners such as Singita, the Koala Clancy Foundation, and the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary to name just a few, we believe that travel can function as a vehicle for conservation and environmental awareness. This is why sustainability is a core value of Swain Destinations.