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What a fabulous day!

From beginning to end, Splendour did everything to ensure we had the best time at the Hunter Valley. Carefully chosen wine tastings (without feeling overwhelmed), a delicious, relaxed lunch in a beautiful restaurant, and just being driven through such spectacular scenery. Even though I am a Sydneysider, its easy to forget how stunning this trip to the Hunter is. I can definitely recommend this tour and indeed Splendour and Carly (it is her company) to locals and tourists alike. Thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing day.

Jane Martin from Sydney

Hunter Valley experience

We booked a Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Splendour Tailored Tours and how glad we are we did. We were taken to different wineries ranging in styles, we never could have made that selection ourselves. Splendour arranged for a beautiful picnic in a perfect setting. Our host struck the perfect balance between always being available if we need anything and allowing our group to enjoy some alone time. Winery staff obviously knew her well which meant they took extra good care of us. I would definitely book again the next time I’m in the Sydney area.

Joel Carrier

Sydney with a local, as a local

Splendour Tailored Tours was absolutely fantastic. The bespoke, personal, unique tours were truly phenomenal. My family and I loved our time doing fun excursions and experiencing Sydney with a local, as a local. I highly recommend Splendour. The care, friendliness and professionalism was top notch. Can’t wait to come back to Sydney again and I will certainly incorporate more fun excursions and tours, perhaps a cooking class or gastronomy tour with Splendour.

Leah Winck

Truly tremendous

Splendour truly tailors your experience. They have developed great relationships with well-renowned contacts in and around Sydney, which really makes for an enjoyable and personalised experience. They understands your needs and bring you to areas that appeal to you and your group. Touring the way it should be, like a local. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a unique experience. Loved it!

Christina Moaiki

The WOW experience

Sydney… well, what a beautiful city and an over the top experience to end our travels with. Splendour Tailored Tours was outstanding and ranks in the top travel professionals we have experienced.  They were accommodating (changed plans based on our desires) for example we unexpectedly ended up buy some photography in Bondi Beach based on a shop we were taken to while on the way for a cup of coffee.  Most importantly, our host created an environment that we truly felt guided by her rather than “led by her”.

The very first suggestion of a cocktail and appetizer at Bennelong Restaurant rather than the Opera Bar was spot on for our tastes and expectation of not doing the routine “tourist” stop.  A true personalised experience of Sydney Opera House. The WOW seaplane trip was fantastic and allowed us to see the city and surrounding area with new eyes.  Something that I would have never thought “worth the money” and was super surprised… to the point we most likely would do something similar again when traveling. A big thank you for the WOW experience!

Bill Schierl

The icing on the cake!

Found this wonderful company, Splendour Tailored Tours, while searching web for private tours in and around Sydney. Besides going to Australia… a dream trip, Splendour, was the icing on the cake! From the moment I emailed them for further info – I received a call to discuss what our likes and dislikes are while traveling and this call took place at 10pm in Sydney. This sealed the deal for us. For a company to take such personal care after hours spoke volumes. The tours were exactly what we were looking for and felt more like we were with family than a company. Can not recommend them enough. Give them a call and experience the difference.

Kim Sardo

A really special experience

Seriously the highlight of our recent trip to Australia! We found Splendour via an online search in an attempt to book a trip to the Blue Mountains that wasn’t touristy (we tend to shy away from big tourist groups), but something really special and informative. Our guide at Splendour created an itinerary for us that was absolutely perfect. She really took the time to get to know us and our preferences (we wanted an active tour; lots of photo ops and lots of wildlife) and designed an incredible day for us!

Our guide even gave some great suggestions for the other days of our trip – so incredibly helpful! If you are looking for off-the-beaten path, unique, or just a really special experience, Splendour is the way to go! They respond quickly, have knowledgeable and very experienced guides, and really care about you getting the most out of your trip.

Alexandra Mendelson from LA

Simply the BEST!

My family and I spent two days of fabulous fun with Splendour Tailored Tours. They specialise in bespoke experiences, and makes their tours unique and interesting. Whether you want a city tour, a gastronomy tour, a seaplane tour – their not your typical tour company – they’re is so much more and SO much better!! I highly recommend Splendour to travellers coming to Sydney. I promise that you will not be disappointed – the Splendour team are the BEST tour guides in Sydney and New South Wales! Hands down – the best!

Family from California

VIP corporates catered for!

This was a last minute booking for some bespoke Sydney/surrounds sightseeing for 2 VIP international corporate visitors. The service I received from Carly was outstanding, at all stages of the process. Beforehand I needed very a very quick costing/availability. During; our guests were expertly hosted by an amazing guide, and after, we received immediate follow-up, with pictures which my hosting client was delighted to receive. Everyone concerned has been delighted, and I wholeheartedly recommend.

Anne from Melbourne, Australia

Amazing half day tour

The second we got off the plane from NYC our family had a wonderful half day tour with Carly and Michelle. They gave us personalised attention as we zipped through various neighbourhoods of Sydney assisted by Sunday afternoon – lack of traffic.

Carly perfectly supplemented our future planned tours without redundancy and she offered great suggestions for future dining plans. As a photographer I appreciated all the perfect vantage points which she provided and her bubbly personality was a warm Australian welcome for our 2 week vacation.

Ben, Angie, Michelle and Andy

Hunter Valley Tour – Fantastic!

Our tour of the Hunter Valley first stopped for coffee at a beautiful riverside cafe / marina in Brooklyn, the baked goods and coffee were wonderful. Three wineries were on our itinerary, all were perfect choices for us, the “standout” was Piggs Peake, best winery visit ever. The recommendation for our lunch break was also a hit. Our host was so knowledgeable of the Hunter Valley and fun to spend the day with for our whole family.

Ron from Connecticut

Splendid Blue Mountains experience

Excellent tour with Andy to explore Blue Mountains, Featherdale Wildlife Park and lots of other gems. Very thoughtful guide experience that met our specific needs. Professional and helpful. This tour company was organised and ensured we felt special in experience. They are perfect if you want a splash of luxury experience.

Guest of Pier One

Wow!

First, let me say that our family has traveled to all 50 US states and just over 40 countries. Particularly when traveling abroad, we virtually always use private tour companies to show us the sites. I can say unequivocally, that Splendour Tailored Tours is as good as we’ve ever used!

I communicated with a number of tour companies prior to our family’s 2-week trip to Australia. After communicating with Carly at Splendour, she made my decision easy. Although I was way behind on by advanced planning, Carly picked up the pieces and put together an absolutely amazing itinerary.

Carly is very knowledgeable and super fun. She helped with anything we needed while in Sydney and went the extra mile to offer suggestions while we were in Port Douglas/GBR, Uluru and Melbourne!

I would highly recommend using Splendour Tailored Tours when visiting beautiful Sydney. You will not be disappointed!

The Wilson Family from California

Touring with the best in Sydney

I stumbled on Splendour Tailored Tours on the web when I was planning our excursions for an upcoming trip to Sydney. What a wonderful stumble it was! From the first contact to each and every one of our tour guides the level of professionalism and warmth was second to none! We never felt rushed, we were picked up at our hotel in a private SUV, clean and comfortable with complimentary waters. Our tour guides felt like family and were very knowledgeable. The tours and itinerary were top notch and the locations (restaurants) were 5 star with views to kill! I highly recommend a Splendour Tailored Tour on your next trip to Sydney.

Kim from Massachusetts

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!

Our South Coast Tour with Ben (booked through Splendour) was absolutely amazing! Ben was very accommodating and welcoming. Nothing was too much for him and with a bunch of 5 Greek women he blended well. HA HA! All the places we visited were beautiful, the Moonlight Oyster Farm was magnificent and truly delectable.

Overall it was truly a wonderful day and would highly recommend Splendour to anyone. Thank you Carly and Ben, you both ROCK at what you do!!!

Katherine from Queensland, Australia

Where do I begin!

Where do I begin! We are very lucky to have had Carly, the founder of Splendour Tailored Tours, organise our family holiday in Australia. This was no small feat as we have two teenagers, a baby and a native Australian (my husband). So, she had many logistics to deal with (read a fussy baby and quickly bored teenagers) on top of having to make Australia exciting for a native! Upon speaking with Carly, I knew we were in very good hands. She listened intently, made excellent suggestions, very accommodating, seemed well connected, and had an overall great energy. And wow was it all true… she made magic happen for a few difficult restaurant reservations, paired us up with the most amazing people to guide us on our various excursions (including Carly as one of these guides), booked us at some of the best restaurants in Australia, paired us with a personal chefs for picnic baskets and snacks and always had an answer for where to go for (insert restaurant, shopping, activity, etc here) if she hadn’t already lined it up for us herself. She really loves Australia and knows it, and where to be, well.

Amber from Connecticut 

There is no one better at what they do than Splendour Tailored Tours!

I have been fortunate to travel to many places in the world and therefore have been with many tour guides and companies and there is no doubt in my mind that Carly Rea and her company Splendour Tailor Tours truly stand on a class of its own! Her knowledge, personality, local connections, etc. are above and beyond the best! I would tell anyone visiting Sydney, Australia that there is no one better at what they do than Carly Rea and her company Splendour Tailored Tours!

Alberto Valner & family, Santa Monica

The best day we’ve ever had!

‘A bit of feedback for you – Awesome day today – my mother-in-law who is in her 70s said it’s the best day she ever had! The kids loved it as did me and Jo. The Boat was great – and Taylah and Derek were awesome. We spent about an hour or so with the Dolphins right next to the boat – absolutely amazing experience. Great beaches, great snorkelling, great food, loads of drinks- it was great and arguably the best money I think I’ve ever spent. Can you make sure you let the crew know. I am going to try and come back here again in October to do some whale watching!… Hopefully we can book this again on the same boat!’

Darren Ryemill, CEO 

Amazing day

‘Our host Carly was flexible with whatever we wanted to include in the tour but apart from indicating two of our party had never been to Sydney before, left it in her hands… To someone who had lived in Sydney for 13 years this was both a refresher of my previous knowledge and experience along with a pleasant surprise on newly discovered information. Really enjoyable day and I highly recommend Carly and her company.’

Mark from London

Absolutely impressive

‘We are a group of four that travels every year and are disabled in differing conditions. Carly made sure the tours were geared to locations that were accessible to all of us. The attention she payed to tailoring our tours was absolutely impressive. Her pleasing personality, knowledge and understanding of customers desires were spot on and without peer. Carly’s planning, assistance and desire made our trip a dream come true… this was the best trip we have taken in 10 years.  We highly recommend Splendour Tailored Tours for any and every desire you may have to see Australia.’

PJ from Hawaii

Special experiences

‘We spent two wonderful days touring with Splendour and enjoyed spectacular sweeping vistas and visiting all the neighbourhoods of Sydney. We visited the surrounding areas and saw farms and vineyards. We enjoyed the delicious fresh food and wine and were given excellent recommendations for restaurants and things to experience on our own as well. The best part of all was that our lovely and knowledgable guide, Carly, she tailored our tours to our interests so that we could make the most of our time. We will never forget these special experiences.’

Fabulous couple from Montreal

We have been telling all our friends they should ONLY travel it with Splendour

‘Splendour was all great – Jonah’s via Seaplane, pony ride and helicopter were all perfect. The day with Simon was easily the most memorable. Thank you for pushing us to go for it (I’m sure you remember that I was tentative about using a private guide). He had small touches like a) an impromptu drive to the tip of Philip island to watch the sun-set b) finding a playground for our daughter.

FOLONOMO in Sydney was super! I think it’s a must-do for every vegetarian. Eating four scoops of Messina in three days was a bad idea :)).

All-in-all – it was an awesome awesome trip. Thank you again for helping us plan it all. We have been telling all our friends that Oz is the best place in the world to vacation and they should ONLY do it with Splendour.’

Financial Services Director, Hong Kong

We have never experienced service like this

‘Splendour took care of every detail seamlessly. My wife and I have travelled the world and have never experienced service like this.  We landed in Sydney – a first for us and wanted to see everything. The private tour that was arranged for us was exceptional. Our guide was wonderful. Touring around by car all morning and by yacht on Sydney harbour all afternoon was such an amazing way to see the city. We’ll definitely be back soon and will be calling Splendour to assist with similar arrangements.’

CEO of South African Tech Company

This was by far the most outstanding Sydney experience

‘We were in Sydney for the first time in September. We desperately wanted to see the humpback whales making their migration with their babies. Carly arranged a private charter for us on a beautiful boat. We spent the afternoon chasing whales along the coast of Sydney. This was by far the most outstanding Sydney experience. Every detail was looked after so we were comfortable but the cherry on top was the amazing whale sightings!’

Retired from Vancouver

It was lovely to meet such a friendly, relaxed, efficient and professional team

‘We were lucky to have Splendour book Michelle from FOLONOMO to cook a wonderful meal for a group of us during our stay in Sydney. She completely understood our dietary needs and arrived very well prepared. It was lovely to meet such a friendly, relaxed, efficient and professional team and chef, not to mention eat her delicious, fresh, super healthy food. I didn’t have to lift a finger and now I wish I had asked for her vegan, sugar free, gluten free incredible chocolate brownie recipe!’

Family from London

We have been telling all our friends they should ONLY travel it with Splendour

‘Splendour was all great – Jonah’s via Seaplane, pony ride and helicopter were all perfect. The day with Simon was easily the most memorable. Thank you for pushing us to go for it (I’m sure you remember that I was tentative about using a private guide). He had small touches like a) an impromptu drive to the tip of Philip island to watch the sun-set b) finding a playground for our daughter.

FOLONOMO in Sydney was super! I think it’s a must-do for every vegetarian. Eating four scoops of Messina in three days was a bad idea :)).

All-in-all – it was an awesome awesome trip. Thank you again for helping us plan it all. We have been telling all our friends that Oz is the best place in the world to vacation and they should ONLY do it with Splendour.’

Financial Services Director, Hong Kong