Multi-Day Tour

Coastal Luxury Journey (15 days)

Swain Destinations

Brisbane, Australia To Sydney, Australia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Sep 2018

Coastal Luxury Journey (15 days)

Day 3

Welcome to Queensland, Australia

Day 4

Spicers Peak Activities

Day 8

Lizard Island to Daintree Rainforest

Day 9

Walkabout Adventures - Half Day Cultural Tour

Day 13

Wolgan Valley to Pretty Beach

Day 14

Activities at Pretty Beach House

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
01 Apr 2018
Brisbane, Australia
None None
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2
02 Apr 2018
Brisbane, Australia
None None
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
03 Apr 2018
Welcome to Queensland, Australia
Spicers Peak Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Upon arrival into Brisbane, you are met and transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge.

Spicers Peak Lodge
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland's Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it's possible to be. Let your cares melt away in one of the elegant rooms, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. Here, in Australia's highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalization come naturally. By day enjoy bush-walking, mountain bikes and four wheel drive tours of the area, take a dip in the pool or a game of tennis. By night sample fine food and wine, relax by the fire or take in the brilliance of stars in clear mountain skies.
Day 4
04 Apr 2018
Spicers Peak Activities
Spicers Peak Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spicers Peak Lodge is the perfect place to relax and de-stress but it's also a great place to re-energize and reconnect with nature. So, if you're ready to get involved, there are plenty of ways to 'take it easy' around here.

Who doesn't love the thought of diving into a cool, clear infinity pool beneath a brilliant blue sky? You'll feel on top of the world. Or enjoy a game of tennis under the big sky or under the night lights. Tennis equipment is available on site.

Enjoy board games, card games, books, and billiards in our luxurious loft. Or play a game of bocce, croquet and quoits on the lawn surrounding the lodge.

Choose from six different bush walks on the property. Self Guided Downhill Mountain Bike Ride. Explore the eucalypt forests and bell birds. There are two tracks on the property to choose from.

Bush-walking tracks and mountain bike trails are a great way to get closer to the stunning scenery and local wildlife of the surrounding area. Add a gourmet picnic and make a day of it.
Day 5
05 Apr 2018
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive Spicers Peak Lodge to Brisbane
The drive is around 90-100 miles. Allow at least 2 hours for the drive, longer for stops along the way or to allow for peak traffic.

Fly Brisbane to Cairns before your flight transfers from Cairns to Lizard Island.

Lizard Island
Lizard Island, Australia's most northern island resort, is renowned for both diving, especially the 'Cod Hole' where you can see huge Moray Eels and the famous Potato Cod, and game fishing for Black Marlin. Located on the Inner Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers a private paradise in an exclusive environment.

The lodge appeals to discerning guests wanting to combine a nature experience with daytime water-based activities. Guests may choose as much privacy as they want; the activity generally centers around the main lodge building, with an intimate tropical atmosphere. You may choose from dining indoors or al fresco on the veranda overlooking the majestic waters of Anchor Bay. For a romantic interlude, dine on the beach by the soft light of the moon, enhanced by the delicate flicker of flares. The Lodge's distinctive cuisine is based on dishes featuring the freshest seafood and tropical fruits.
Day 6
06 Apr 2018
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Renowned for its powdery white sand beaches and spectacular diving opportunities, Lizard Island takes pride in being one of only a few nestled right on the Great Barrier Reef. While the fish may not respect your privacy, rest assured the staff on the island will. Lizard Island seamlessly blends indoors and out in an elegant open plan design - the essence of stylish Australian beach-side living.

Lizard Island offers some of the best diving in the world, and with its enviable location right on the reef, you can be sure spectacular diving opportunities abound around this marine national park. Snorkelers are rewarded with coral gardens, brightly colored tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorized dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try a gentle bush walk, sailing, fishing or a glass bottom boat trip, or perhaps indulge in the serenity of a treatment at the luxurious Azure Spa. Lizard Island is luxury at its finest.
Day 7
07 Apr 2018
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today allows time for you to enjoy everything Lizard Island has to offer at your leisure.
Day 8
08 Apr 2018
Lizard Island to Daintree Rainforest
Silky Oaks Lodge Breakfast
Fly from Lizard Island to Cairns and then transfer from the Cairns Airport to Silky Oaks Lodge. A representative will meet you at the airport for the one and a half hour scenic drive to your accommodation.

Silky Oaks Lodge
Sitting calmly on the winding Mossman Gorge River is Silky Oaks Lodge, an eco-luxury resort providing the perfect place to explore the abundant Daintree Rainforest. The lodge is built from sustainable materials and lives in harmony with nature rather than disrupting the habitat. Suites and tree houses are scattered around the property, and are comfortable and spacious with the lively sounds of the forest complementing the elegant tropical design. Accommodations feature everything from Rosewood and Silky Oak timber, marble bathrooms, terraced balconies and whirlpool tubs. The spa harnesses the healing power of water and earth for a variety of treatments, including clay masks and hot stone massage.

A range of activities are offered complimentary at the resort including naturalist guided rain forest walks through adjoining Daintree Rainforest, evening slide presentations, Mossman River snorkeling and canoeing, mountain bikes, Port Douglas morning drop-off and afternoon pick-ups, tennis court and Wallaby feeding. Other activities available include: Rainforest picnics, scenic flights over Mossman Gorge and Great Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruises, Australian Wilderness Safaris to Cape Tribulation, Great Barrier Reef and Low Isle Cruises, golf at Port Douglas, horse riding, fishing, sailing, kayaking expeditions, indigenous tours & guided walks through Mossman Gorge National Park.
Day 9
09 Apr 2018
Walkabout Adventures - Half Day Cultural Tour
Silky Oaks Lodge Breakfast
Spend time with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting many culturally significant areas and learning about the amazing relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land. Learn the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area.

Walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices, have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. To complete the adventure, cool off in a pristine freshwater stream.
Day 10
10 Apr 2018
Blue Mountains, Australia
Emirates One&only Wolgan Valley Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A driver will meet at your accommodation to transfer you to the Cairns Airport where you will fly to Sydney.

Sydney to Wolgan Valley via Bells Line Road
A two and a half hour drive from Sydney, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is remarkably accessible yet feels a world away. This morning you will be met by your driver either at your hotel or on arrival at Sydney airport. Departing the Sydney area, you will soon connect with the picturesque Bells Line Road to Sydney's North West. Travel through the famous Blue Mountains, passing by quaint old villages and apple orchards. Continuing the drive, pass through the townships of Bell and Lithgow before heading east and entering the Wolgan Valley. Marvel at the sheer rock escarpments and rugged geography of this unique landscape.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Australia's Great Driving Range takes you away from the bustle of the city, through grand mountain ranges under clear open sky, until reaching Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. The resort is nestled between the scenic Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. The Wolgan River twists and turns through the valley, creating a stark contrast of soft rolling hills and jagged sandstone cliffs. The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains rise against the horizon, providing a breathtaking backdrop that can't be found anywhere else.
Day 11
11 Apr 2018
Blue Mountains, Australia
Emirates One&only Wolgan Valley Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley'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.

Horse riding: From a lively trot or canter across the wide grassy plains, to a gentle ride through more enclosed areas, the sandstone escarpments of Wolgan Valley dwarf all below, putting the scale of things squarely into perspective.

Nature Walks: By taking to the reserve on foot, it's possible to explore the minutiae of the flora and fauna all around in a variety of relaxing ways, including recording your memories on film or canvas.

Mountain Biking: Ride fast and free, or pass gently through the wilderness by way of peddle-power, as the Field Guide leads an excursion through creek crossings, eucalyptus forests, wetlands and grassy plains.

Wilderness Safaris: With the aid of a Field Guide and a luxury four-wheel drive, a wildlife safari allows you to get out into the more remote areas of the reserve to experience the excitement of off-road driving and the wildlife of the wider region.

Historical Tours: Man's contribution to the history of Wolgan Valley is told through two very different perspectives, firstly by the ancient Indigenous people and their culture and most recently, with two centuries of colonial settlers.
Day 12
12 Apr 2018
Blue Mountains, Australia
Emirates One&only Wolgan Valley Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is your day at leisure to explore everything that Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has to offer.
Day 13
13 Apr 2018
Wolgan Valley to Pretty Beach
Pretty Beach House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Your transfer will escort you from Wolgan Valley to Pretty Beach House. This transfer will take approximately three and a half hours.

Pretty Beach House
Pretty Beach House is a private guesthouse situated 65 miles north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula. The property is set high on the escarpment above Pretty Beach and nestled into the Bouddi National Park. Guests are welcomed as if in a private home, where all meals, snacks and drinks, including wine and champagne, are included as part of the hospitality.

With only four one-bedroom pavilions surrounding the Main House on the seven and a half-acre property, guests are offered privacy with around-the-clock service. The pavilions Treetops, Bayview and Hideaway have views through a mass of ancient angophoras and native eucalypts down onto the sparkling Brisbane Waters. The pavilions offer king bedrooms with separate dressing rooms, open-plan sitting areas oriented to take advantage of the views, fully stocked bars and combustion log fireplaces.

The Retreat is the most palatial of the pavilions with breathtaking wilderness views. This superb romantic retreat is spread over two levels offering a separate living space upstairs with wood burning fireplace, flat-screen television, premium mini-bar, unlimited WIFI and powder room. Downstairs is a generous king size bedroom with luxury bathroom including bath and a separate shower with heated flooring. Outside your bedroom is a private heated plunge pool, double day bed and private outdoor terrace with tropical gardens.
Day 14
14 Apr 2018
Activities at Pretty Beach House
Pretty Beach House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
With seven pristine beaches and bays and many spectacular coastal walking trails, the Bouddi Peninsula is a nature lover's paradise. Enjoy typical Australian surfing at Killcare Beach, or swim at the southern end of the beach where the iconic red and yellow flags are. Further north is the glorious Putty Beach and coastal headlands of Bullimah Beach and Maitland Bay. The coastal bush trails of the Bouddi National Park crisscross through the National Park and arrive at all the idyllic beaches & bays. Hikers can enjoy spectacular views of Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean as they meander across the park.

Oher activities that can be had are a yacht charter on Broken Bay or perhaps whale watching for a day. Dive the HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach, play croquet on the lawn or book in for a cultural tour with our friends from the traditional land owners of this land, the Darkinjung tribe. The NSW Bouddi Peninsula is playground to surfers and water lovers alike. Pretty Beach House is surrounded by eight pristine beaches and glistening bays, which host communities filled with like-minded people who care for their immediate environment and local landscape.
Day 15
15 Apr 2018
Sydney, Australia
Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast, Dinner
A driver will meet you at your accommodation to transfer you to Sydney.

Park Hyatt Sydney
The award-winning Park Hyatt Sydney is positioned amongst a brilliant blend of historic tradition, natural beauty and the vibrant energy of the city of Sydney. Step outside the Park Hyatt and into the historic Rocks district, which follows the curve of the harbor to the instantly recognizable Opera House. The Rocks was the original settlement area and is a center for entertainment and shopping.

There are just 155 guest rooms, most with balconies. For a memorable experience, order room service and watch the sun rise or set from the comfort of your private balcony as you enjoy a meal prepared by top chefs. The hotel mixes the experience of the past with the latest style and conveniences. Your room has every conceivable luxury, including a lavish bathroom with king sized tub. Complimentary WIFI access is available in guest rooms and social spaces on unlimited devices.

Sydney Opera House - Red Carpet - Bennelong Cured & Cultured
You will be taken on a VIP guided tour of the Opera House, then at around 5.45pm you will be escorted to the Bennelong Restaurant for your pre-theatre meal consisting of 3 plates and 1 dessert per person. After dinner, you enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Day 16
16 Apr 2018
Sydney, Australia
Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast, Lunch
BridgeClimb - Day Climb
The Bridge Climb is a 3.5-hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by one of Bridge Climb's professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world's most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top, you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over!

Sydney Afternoon Sights
A luxury Mercedes van greets you as you exit your morning Bridge Climb. Enjoy a quick, casual lunch to re-energize before getting back on the road, starting with Sydney's birthplace - The Rocks. See Australia's convict history chiseled into the old sandstone buildings. Up along Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint, World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral and the Great Synagogue. Wander the Royal Botanical Gardens. Cruise the stylish villages of Woollahra and Paddington - renowned for art galleries and specialty shops.

Head to Bondi Beach with its historic pavilion, Icebergs Pool and Coastal Walk glimpses. Want to feel the sand between your toes? Ask your host. The coastal views continue via South Head with a spectacular vista - the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Onto Watsons Bay before exclusive Vaucluse, Rose Bay and Rushcutters Bay. Finally, the historic dockside suburb of Woolloomooloo, before being returned to your hotel.
Day 17
17 Apr 2018
Sydney, Australia
None None
You will be transferred from your accommodation in Sydney to the airport where you will begin your journey back to the USA.

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Description

Begin this luxurious coastal journey in Southeast Queensland where your accommodation boasts amazing views of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. Travel to the famed Lizard Island located right on the Great Barrier Reef. Indulge yourself in the tranquility of the Daintree Rainforest and then the Greater Blue Mountains before ending your stay in one of the most iconic cities in the world, Sydney, Australia.

About Us

For over 30 years, Swain Destinations has been providing fully-customized travel experiences to Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific Islands, Africa, Asia and India. The destination specialists at Swain Destinations provide you and your clients with a special combination of expertise and local insight in itinerary planning. We offer flexibility in accommodating a wide spectrum of personal tastes, travel needs and budgets from the ultimate in luxury and private touring to more moderate arrangements. Swain Destinations has been nominated for 9 consecutive years as one of the top 5 FIT companies within the Virtuoso network

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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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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

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

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
Travel Advisor:  Ingeborg Sanders

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 Collins 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
Travel Advisor:  Roz Gibel

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

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.
Travel Advisor:  Tish Kelly
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 Overland 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.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Grant

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

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