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The Luxury The 20-night South Pacific Islands in Style package from Swain Tours takes you on an in-depth journey through Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands. From Sydney city life to the secluded Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, from a West Auckland winery tour to a wilderness safari, you’ll experience all the South Pacific has to offer – while bedding down each night in the region’s top luxury hotels.
The Value When you start adding up à la carte rates for the package – around $2,000 for international airfare, $300+/night for hotels, plus all the short-haul flights and private tours – the cost of booking this itinerary on your own becomes astronomical, not to mention a huge hassle. Though $11,150/person for Swain’s services is seriously smart splurge territory, what you get in terms of convenience, savings, and professional experience is totally worth it. Available through August 31, 2011.
The Catch The 20 nights includes two nights in the air crossing the International Dateline on the way to and from LA. The starting rate is only available July 1-August 31, 2011; rates for other dates vary, but the price per person caps out at $11,985 from December 1, 2010-January 31, 2011 (call to inquire about holiday rates). List price does not include taxes and fees of approximately $208/person.
The Details 800-227-9246; www.swaintours.com
For general trip-planning information, see our Australia Travel Guide and New Zealand Travel Guide.