Alicia, The Splendid Traveler, went above and beyond to make our trip to Australia and New Zealand unforgettable. Beginning with our stay at the Shangra-La Sydney everything was superb. We received a room upgrade upon booking, resort credit, and complimentary breakfast. And the room itself was spectacular. A huge corner room overlooking Sydney Harbor.
Alicia highly recommended a day trip to the Blue Mountains during our stay in Sydney. While I must admit that didn’t sound too interesting, afterwards I was delighted that she had gently persuaded me to do it. One of the highlights of our trip.
She also booked a reservation at Quay, one of Australia’s top restaurants, and made certain to secure a night when there wasn’t a cruise ship in the harbor to block our view of the Opera House. It was special touches like this that made our experience so memorable.
After several delightful days in Sydney we boarded a cruise ship and enjoyed to private shore excursions that Alicia recommended. In Melbourne we enjoyed lunch and a half-day tour of the city with it’s famous laneways and coffee houses.
Our next stop was Hobart, Tasmania, where we visited perhaps the most unique art museum in the world, The Museum of Old and New Art. Once again I had to be talked into doing this tour, and once again I was really glad that I did. It is an absolute must-see, and definitely led to some lively conversation during lunch at a local vineyard that Alicia arranged.
In New Zealand Alicia arranged a private tour of the Marlborough region which included lunch at a beautiful little vineyard and stops at several others that she recommended such as Cloudy Bay. The driver she hired for us was outstanding and very knowledgeable of the region and the wines.
We originally contacted Alicia because she was an expert in Australia and New Zealand. We soon learned that her expertise did not end there as she has helped us with other travels both domestically and in Europe. We frequently get upgrades and complimentary breakfasts thanks to her Virtuoso affiliation.
Alicia truly is The Splendid Traveler.
– John R.
With Alicia’s thoughtful help and guidance, my husband and I had the most spectacular trip to NZ and Australia. We spent the majority of the trip on NZ’s magical South Island–and are now passionate about encouraging others to feel the benefit of Alicia’s knowledge, attention to detail and willingness to tweak plans until they are a perfect for you.
– Julie T.
Alicia Saba founded The Splendid Traveler to create experiences the traveler would not have known were possible by booking themselves. Travel is Alicia’s greatest passion, and she’s driven by adventure and inspiring others to see the world. She wants to inspire others to embark on travels that will enrich their lives and facilitate the journey by eliminating the often confusing and anxiety-producing planning.
Alicia has extensively explored Australia and New Zealand and is passionate about sharing her travel knowledge with other to create the best experience possible.