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South Eastern Treasures of Australia
What better way to start your trip to Australia than in the dazzling city of Sydney? Enjoy three nights while experiencing the city and harbor highlights. Bridge Climb is a must-do activity, along with a private harbor cruise, before taking off for the 'Apple Isle' of Tasmania. Explore Hobart and then retreat to the luxurious resort, Saffire Freycinet. Nestled inside Freycinet National Park, guests have exclusive access to some of Tasmania's stunning natural wonders. Complete your journey in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, enjoying a walking tour to uncover the hidden treasures of the city's Lanes and Arcades, and a day in the Yarra Valley wine district. This truly shows you some of the finest of Australia's South Eastern Treasures.
Your Itinerary Includes:
13 nights from $12,565 per person
Swain Destinations: South Eastern Treasures of Australia
Day 1 Welcome to Sydney
Welcome to Sydney! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.
The Langham, Sydney
Day 2 BridgeClimb
For those seeking excitement, the best view in town, and a special feeling of achievement, join the exhilarating climb of one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. On the thrilling and totally safe Bridge Climb adventure, you may ascend to the top of the Bridge and stand over 427 feet above sea level. The view is breathtaking and you'll also have a close encounter with one of Sydney's historical gems and an engineering wonder of the world. The pace of the climb is leisurely and follows stringent safety standards so you will feel comfortable throughout the experience.
The Langham, Sydney
Day 3 Cruise Like a Local
Cruising on Sydney Harbour is a quintessential Australian experience. With a minimum of two and a maximum of ten passengers, 'cruise like a local' aboard a luxurious 52' Pacific Motor Cruiser. Perhaps you fancy yourself as an angler? What about taking the sea kayaks and rowing to a secluded beach? Would you like to go for a swim, or would you just prefer to take your chilled glass of Australian wine and relax on the luxurious sun pads? Jump aboard and explore this magnificent, world-renowned harbor with Sea Sydney Cruises.
The Langham, Sydney
Meals: B, L
Day 4 Travel to Hobart
Your driver will meet you near the front lobby area of your accommodation. You will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to Sydney Airport where you will travel to Hobart. A private vehicle will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your accommodation.
Macq 01 Hotel
Day 5 Bruny Island Touring
Travel south along the shores of the River Derwent to the coastal town of Kettering. Only a short ferry ride from the mainland, but a world away, Bruny Island is a peaceful oasis where time seems to standstill. Enjoy a day of stunning scenery and indulge in quality local produce, such as locally created cheese and beer, freshly shucked oysters, chocolate and honey. Relax at an award-winning winery for a gourmet lunch. Explore Adventure Bay where Captain Cook set his feet on land and be stunned by spectacular views of roaring coastal swell and beautiful bays. The area abounds with local wildlife, including curious White Wallabies.
Macq 01 Hotel
Meals: B, L
Day 6 Hobart to Freycinet National Park
Please meet your driver in the designated area of your hotel for your transfer by private vehicle to Hobart Airport. You will be met in Hobart and transferred to Saffire Lodge.
The beautiful Tasmanian coast is highlighted by crystal waters, white beaches, and green hills and valleys. Saffire Freycinet is located just where mainland Tasmania meets the untouched peninsula. This gorgeous luxury lodge combines comfort and privacy with the stunning natural world of the Australian coastal area. The streamlined building offers boutique accommodation and ultimate relaxation with just twenty suites. Tasmanian timber furniture is cozy yet stylish, the contemporary design pairing perfectly with the building's modern architecture. Private decks and courtyards ensure that guests will have unrivaled views of the incredible mountain ranges and coastline. Its seaside location means that the finest food and drink is readily available - the climate lends to striking cool-climate wines and local fishing areas provide endless fresh scallops, deep-sea fish, and oysters.
The Signature Suites at Saffire Freycinet are beautifully appointed, featuring Tasmanian timber furnishings and fittings. Every suite has alluring views, generous relaxation area and an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings.
Meals: B, D
Day 7 Schouten Island Half Day
Step aboard the Saffire vessel to enjoy a portion of the Schouten Island Signature Experience - exclusive to guests of Saffire. Schouten Island's vast and abundant eco-system has played a part in early Aboriginal settlement, and farming, mining and fishing in the area. Now, it is part of the Freycinet National Park, a rarely explored, wild, unpredictable, delicate and unforgettable place both above and below the sea. Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania's temperate reefs. The adventure also includes a visit to culturally significant sites of past and present inhabitants. Behold the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula and discover Schouten Island on this memorable three-hour adventure.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 Saffire Day at Leisure
Included in your Saffire accommodation is a broad range of activities that will offer innovative options for all styles of travelers and moods. These activities last from one to three hours and are your opportunity to engage and connect with this stunning location. From adventure to romance, rejuvenation to exploration, Saffire's activities add greater depth and dimension to your stay.
Tasmanian Devil Experience: This experience offers the rare opportunity to encounter Tasmanian devils in a natural setting, and to participate in the quest to save this endangered species from extinction. Led by a knowledgeable guide, visit Saffire's open-range Tasmanian devil enclosure, where you'll meet some of the resident population of Tasmanian devils and observe them as they feed and interact. Hear the story of the crucial effort to find a cure for Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease -the rare and contagious cancer that is threatening the devil's survival. You'll also have the chance to contribute to Saffire's management and observation of their devil population by participating in a visual health inspection of the devils.
Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm: Slip on a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm located in a beautiful setting within an internationally significant wetland and ornithological site. Develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology, plus a taste for prized Pacific oysters.
Freycinet Walks: Freycinet National Park is a must see during your stay. Join an informative guide on a walk to the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Learn about the Peninsula's rich history and acquaint yourself with one of the world's most famous beaches on a two-hour walking adventure. Alternatively, join a guide for an easy two-hour tour, which combines two of the popular shorter walks of the Freycinet Peninsula; the first walk around the Cape Tourville lighthouse, with stunning views of the Tasman and the second walk to Sleepy Bay, where you will descend gently graded steps to the rocky shoreline.
Wine and Vine Adventures: A wine lover's delight! At the local Freycinet Winery, you will learn the art of winemaking and indulge in some fine Tasmanian fare - and some wine tastings of course!
Pelican Bay canoeing and bird-watching: Unwind and absorb the breathtaking beauty of the Swanport estuary on this guided canoeing adventure at the mouth of the internationally significant Moulting Lagoon wetland. Observe the flocks of pelicans and gaze into the crystal clear waters teeming with marine life.
For the Palate: Love your food? Watch, learn and participate as one of Palate's creative and delicious dishes is prepared from start to finish. This is an interactive, must-do activity for lovers of luxury dining. Meet in the Lounge for a mixology masterclass, where we will show you how to muddle, stir and shake up your favorite classic cocktails, as well as share some Saffire exclusive innovations.
For the Active: Venture out on mountain bikes on a specially devised interpretive route, or for those wanting a longer and more technical adventure, book a guide for the much more rugged track from Cape Tourville. Perhaps paddle in the calm and tranquil waters of Muirs Beach wetland, located directly in front of Saffire Freycinet. Sit-on-top kayaks are available to paddle at your leisure behind the windswept sand dunes amongst coastal bush-land. Or you may like to go fishing off the rocky shoreline in front of Saffire. Flathead, flounder, calamari squid and Australian salmon can be caught in Great Oyster Bay. Four fishing rods are available.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Travel to Melbourne
Your driver will meet you near the front lobby area of your accommodation. You will be transferred by private vehicle from the Freycinet to Hobart Airport where you will travel to Melbourne. A private vehicle will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your accommodation.
The Langham, Melbourne
Day 10 Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designer and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included as well as lunch with a glass of wine.
The Langham, Melbourne
Meals: B, L
Day 11 Yarra Valley Wine Explorer
Wine touring at its very best. Outstanding scenery with wines to match and only an hour from Melbourne CBD. Your driver/guide is friendly and a knowledgeable wine expert that helps guarantee a superb day in the Yarra Valley. The itinerary outlined can be adjusted to suit your special requirements (additional arrangements at additional cost). Head from the city to the Yarra Valley, and start the senses going at French Champagne company Moet & Chandon's Australian production house Domain Chandon. Your guide will take you for a fascinating walk through the winery explaining the nuance of Sparkling Wine Production, then enjoy a relaxing glass of Australia's best bubbly with a view that you will not wish to surrender. From there, head to Soumah, a location that delivers with spectacular undulating topography, ancient soils and well tendered vines. A hidden gem, enjoy wine tasting and then a one course lunch with a glass of wine and tea or coffee.
The Langham, Melbourne
Meals: B, L
Day 12 Depart Melbourne
Your driver will meet you near the front lobby area of your accommodation. You will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to Melbourne Airport where you will begin your journey back to the USA.
Day 12 Melbourne at Leisure
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (after Sydney), but it is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and sport. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, the city itself is laid out in a large rectangle. She boasts a lively, cosmopolitan pulse, sitting on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about three miles from the bay. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar. Melbourne is renowned for playing host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized events each year, including the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the ever-impressive two-mile horse race, The Melbourne Cup. This is a major event that spreads an addictive buzz through the city streets. You can be sure that locals and visitors alike will embrace the energy surrounding it.
Explore the famous lane-ways and arcades of the city, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, cruise along the Yarra River, or head out to one of the many beautiful beaches just outside of the city. Go in search of the unique Australian animals like koalas, kangaroos and the little penguins, and see them in the wild just an hour or two outside Melbourne. Explore one of the premier wine regions in Australia exporting wines to the U.S. to find your Yarra Valley blend. It is the closest wine region to any major Australian city, just an hour out of the city, but worlds away from the bustling streets of Melbourne.
Melbourne's City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see central Melbourne and the Docklands. To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop specially marked with a City Circle sign. Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Trams do not run on Christmas Day or Good Friday.
The Langham, Melbourne
Don't miss this small, scenic capital, famous for its Georgian buildings and crisp air. Browse bustling Salamanca Markets and run your hands over the sandstone buildings in Salamanca Place. Climb craggy Mount Wellington for sweeping views over Hobart and the wide Derwent River. Do a ghost tour in Battery Point, walk across Australia's oldest bridge in Richmond and visit the cute coastal hamlet of Kettering. Wind past forest and farmland to the cool-climate wineries of the Coal Valley. See bright spinnakers on the water and dine on fresh seafood from one of Hobart's waterside restaurants.
Five must-have Hobart experiences:
1. Wander Salamanca Place
Step back in time in Salamanca Place, the captivating cobblestone square on Hobart's waterfront. On Saturday mornings, you can wander through bustling Salamanca Markets and see glassblowers, potters and painters selling their wares. Buy a one-off piece of craft or pick up organic fruit and vegetables, farmhouse cheeses and freshly-cut flowers from the friendly local growers. Drink coffee under the sun umbrellas while listening to the slap of sails on masts and busking string quartets. Explore the galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in the 1830s Georgian warehouses, once the haunt of sailors, whalers and workmen.
2. Climb Mount Wellington
Take in panoramic views over Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula from the interpretation centre at the top of windswept Mount Wellington. Stroll through cool forested gullies along the historic Pipeline Track or traverse Wellington Range on the back of a horse or mountain bike. Climb Sphinx Rock and see the Octopus Tree, the forest's tallest tree. Abseil or climb the Organ Pipe's craggy dolerite towers. Camp under the stars, four wheel drive along rough mountain trails or bike-ride down the mountain on an exhilarating tour. Mount Wellington's wilderness experience is 1,270 metres above sea level but just 20 minutes from the city centre.
3. Stay in Hobart's oldest suburb
Stay in bed and breakfasts next to grand old mansions and simple fishermen's cottages in Battery Point, named after a battery of guns put on the point in 1818. The guns have long been dismantled but Battery Point has retained its original seafaring charm. Visit elegant old buildings such as Arthur Circus Cottages, St. George's Anglican Church and Van Diemen's Land Folk Museum, a Georgian building on landscaped grounds. Check out Kelly's Steps, built by legendary adventurer James Kelly in 1839. Or walk in the footsteps of convicts, bushrangers, whalers, sailors, barmaids and prostitutes on a ghost tour.
4. Visit Richmond and Kettering
You can walk across Australia's oldest bridge and stand in the cell of its oldest jail in picturesque Richmond, a 30-minute drive north-east from Hobart. Explore the cobblestone streets by the lantern light of a ghost tour or picnic on the banks of the Coal River. Check out local art and craft in the galleries and cafes. On your way back to Hobart, stop off at one of the Coal Valley's many wineries. South from Hobart, you'll find the sleepy seaside town of Kettering on the shores of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Have lunch watching the yachts and fishing boats bob on the sheltered harbour or take the ferry to Bruny Island.
5. Fill up on seafood and fine wine
Savour classic cool-climate wines at the cellar doors and wineries of the Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley, all a short drive from Hobart. You can team them with a plate full of fresh produce in a sunny vineyard restaurant. Feast on freshly shucked oysters at Barilla Bay and fresh-off-the-boat fish from Salamanca Markets. Or you can watch the catch being unloaded from the balcony of one of Hobart's waterside restaurants. Wrap yourself in the aroma of ground coffee in the cafes of Salamanca Place. Or spice up your holiday with a meal at one of Hobart's many great Indian eateries.
Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Here you can soak up culture, hit the sporting grounds, taste the dynamic food and wine scene, dance til dawn or wander the parks and leafy boulevards. Visit Federation Square, the city's landmark cultural space, and enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or upmarket Chapel Street. Wander Southbank's cafes, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy. Take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and cheer with a capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Five Must-Have Melbourne Experiences:
1. Shop till you drop
Bag a bargain at the Rose Street Artist's Market and browse the funky boutiques on Brunswick Street. Buy designer labels such as Akira Isogawa and Zimmerman on Chapel Street in Prahran or in the historic Melbourne General Post Office, which covers an entire city block. For everything from fashion to furnishings at fantastic value, visit Bridge Road in Richmond. Melbourne is a shopper's haven, offering eclectic boutiques, high-end fashion, funky homeware stores and European style piazzas in the city's arcades and hidden laneways.
2. Bar hop and dance till dawn
Sip a cocktail in a converted sea container in Chinatown, enjoy a sunset beer in a St Kilda pub or listen to cabaret in lush retro surroundings in jazz bars in the city. Linger over exquisite tapas and exotic wine in a Little Collins Street bar and mingle in a pink parlour with fake grass in Bourke Street. You can party from dusk in the bars of Brunswick Street. Or dance till dawn in bars in the city's lantern-lit laneways, secret apart from the spill of coloured light under heavy brass doors.
3. Get into the gourmet goodness
Let the aroma of good coffee waft over you in Melbourne's gothic European laneways. The city is famous for its coffee and old-world café culture but there's so much more to explore. Once you've downed a 'short black' or taken an afternoon aperitif, try tea in a nineteenth-century hotel or salivate over your silver spoon in acclaimed restaurants like Nobu, Botanical and Becco. Pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood at the Queen Victoria Market on a Saturday, known for its bustling crowds and buskers. Try out the restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars in Southbank or Federation Square. Make your way around Melbourne's multicultural cosmos of cuisines: Carlton for Italian classics, Richmond for budget-friendly Vietnamese and Fitzroy for Spanish tapas.
4. Fill up on culture
See a performance by the Australian Ballet, which is based here in Australia's cultural capital. Or enjoy a dazzling musical at the Princess Theatre. Browse the Southern Hemisphere's best collection of international art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Or visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, a landmark cultural 'space' for Melbournians. Challenge yourself with the creative collections in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank. To learn more about Melbourne's Aboriginal cultural heritage, see contemporary and dreamtime art or take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
5. Go sports mad
Cheer for an Australian Rules Football game with a capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground over winter. Go cricket mad in summer, when the city hosts the Ashes and one day internationals. Or join the huge crowds watching the Australian Tennis Open at Melbourne Park. Rev heads head to Melbourne in March for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Albert Park. And whether you are a racing fan or just a casual punter, you won't want to miss the Melbourne Cup - the world's richest horse race on the first Tuesday in November.
All fares are quoted in US Dollars.