Tour includes private transfers, private or small group tours, wine tasting at selected wineries and some
wineries of your choice, scheduled cruise or rail services, meals as indicated; first class and deluxe hotels,
B&Bs or country house accommodation. The tour may be customized for groups.

DAY 1  DEPART USA

DAY 2   EN ROUTE

Cross the international date line, lose a day (gain on return)

DAY 3   ARRIVE SYDNEY
You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Balance of day at leisure.
Accommodation:  Sydney, 2 nights

DAY 4   SYDNEY CITY DISCOVERY TOUR (BD)
This morning, pick up for city sights tour. Travel via luxury air-conditioned vehicle to the charming Rocks
area where you take a stroll around the historic area, with its quaint old cottages, pubs and churches.  
Rejoin the vehicle and travel along Macquarie St, the seat of government for NSW, the Mint & Hyde Park
Barracks. Traveling past St Mary’s Cathedral, you visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for an unsurpassed view of
Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Bridge.  Continuing along the shores of Sydney Harbour, you travel
through Kings Cross, Double Bay & Rose Bay. Passing by the up market real estate, you pause briefly for
morning tea in
the beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park.  You then travel further to South Head, with its
breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and the city.  Take a short stroll along the cliff tops and rejoin the
vehicle to continue to Bondi Beach and Centennial Park before returning to the city.
Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 5   SYDNEY TO HUNTER VALLEY (BL)
A trip to Sydney is not complete without a visit to the world class wineries of the Hunter Valley. Leaving your hotel, we travel through the historic Rocks precinct before crossing over the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge. We wind our way through the leafy Northern Suburbs, and then escape through the brilliant sandstone outcrops of Ku-ring-gai National Park to reach the mighty Hawkesbury River. We stop for a traditional ‘Aussie’ morning tea deep in the bush before continuing on into the Hunter region. From Mt View, we descend into the Hunter Valley and begin our wine tasting at a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. We chat to the owners, admire their cottage locations and let them show off the best of their vintages. At the foothills of the Broken Back Range, we enjoy lunch featuring a selection of fine local produce and wine; you will then be dropped off at your hotel with the afternoon at leisure.
This evening, dinner at one of the excellent Hunter restaurants, with private transfers.
Accommodation:  Hunter Valley resort, 1 night

DAY 6   HUNTER VALLEY TO ADELAIDE (B)
This morning, a private transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Adelaide.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to explore Adelaide.
Accommodation:  Adelaide, 2 nights.

DAY 7   CENTRAL MARKETS & MCLAREN VALE (B)
This morning enjoy a small group Central Market breakfast and then a sensory and interactive gourmet waking tour (Tue-Sat). The local food industry is vast - you will visit the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere and a window into the South Australian Food Industry. Visit Stallholders, taste many foods and experience the exciting buzz of the market. The Central Market is the jewel in the crown of a very proud State of food and wine producers, chefs, manufacturers, coffee addicts and people with a love of discovering something unusual to eat!
Then pick up from the Hilton Hotel for your drive to McLaren Vale about 45 minutes south of Adelaide and located between the southern Adelaide Hills and the sea. The area’s hot summer growing season is tempered by cool afternoon sea breezes. The region is known for ‘Old Fashioned’ full-bodied reds which have as much to do with a mild, temperate climate and complex soils as with the wine making technique. The region’s white wines also have a certain full-flavored intensity about them. The region is best known for shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and more recently, sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc. The unique marriage of a premier wine region and beach lifestyle has created a melting pot for all things culinary, vinous and artistic and as a result world-class chefs choose to live and work in McLaren Vale. Local producers and chefs are blessed with the ideal ingredients that help maintain McLaren Vale’s position as one of Australia’s premier food regions. McLaren Vale is as famous for its food as it is for its wine; from handmade cheeses and chocolates to cellar door tasting platters and fine dining. Enjoy a selection of tastings such as Kay Brothers, Samuel's Gorge, Coriole, Fox Creek on our way through McLaren. Lunch is included at the Victory Hotel or similar. Return to the city approx. 5.30 pm.

DAY 8   BAROSSA & CLARE VALLEYS (BL)
You will be met at your hotel for the drive to the Barossa Valley located 65 kilometers northeast of Adelaide, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Unlike most of Australia where the wine industry was strongly influenced by the British, German settlers fleeing religious persecution at home founded the wine industry of the Barossa Valley. They not only planted grape vines but also brought with them their wine making knowledge and unique and rich culture. The Germanic influence is much in evidence and continues today. In the 1980s, the emergence of several boutique wineries specializing in old vine Shiraz wines began to capture international attention for the distinctive style of Barossa Shiraz, a full-bodied red wine. Many of Australia’s largest and most notable wineries are either headquartered or have extensive holdings in the Valley. Other grape varieties grown in the Barossa include Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mouvedre, Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon. Lunch at Vintners Bar & Grill or similar. After the day of wine tasting, you arrive at your accommodation.
Accommodation:  Barosssa Valley, 1 night.

DAY 9  CLARE VALLEY TO ADELAIDE (BL)
The Clare Valley has a number of elevated vineyards producing wines with distinct cool-climate characteristics and intense varietal fruit flavors. The best example of this is the Clare Valley Riesling which presents itself with a crisp and fragrant bouquet, steely herb and lime flavors on the palate and a long dry finish. Spend the morning tasting premium Clare wines before heading for a tasting at Skillogalee Wines and lunch. After lunch enjoy further tastings at other Clare Valleys wineries before returning to Adelaide.
Accommodation:  Adelaide, 2 nights.

DAY 10  KANGAROO ISLAND (BL)
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island.
South west of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of a very diverse continent. It has many of the images people readily associate with Australia - abundant native wildlife, wide open spaces, clean air, beautiful wildflowers, a rugged coastline with pounding waves, white sandy beaches, clear water perfect for scuba diving, rolling farmland dotted with sheep and cattle. The Island’s red dirt roads are its signature and signal the lush gentleness of the island. The unique wildlife is plentiful as well as remarkable, an endemic sub-species of kangaroo, tammar wallabies, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 243 species of birds including many rare or endangered species, possums, bandicoots and even whales during winter. This wide range of flora and fauna is well protected with over 30% of the Island part of a National Park or Conservation Park. Freedom from many of the introduced pests that plague mainland Australia, especially the European rabbit and red fox, has meant that the Island had retained much of its original identity. A lack of human population for much of the last 20,000 years and particularly the past 2,500 years has meant that the environment has developed in the absence of both continuous hunting pressure and a regular fire regime. All of these factors, combined with a high percentage of remnant native vegetation, make Kangaroo Island a rare place. At the completion of the tour, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Adelaide and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 11   ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE (B)
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne.
Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your accommodation. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Melbourne.
This evening, transfer to the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for dinner. Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first traveling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy the fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from the fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. The atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.
Accommodation:  Melbourne, 3 nights

DAY 12  MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING & TASTING (BD)
Pick up from your hotel for your small group half day city sights tour. Melbourne has it all - magnificent architecture, fine restaurants and bars, beautiful gardens, a fascinating history and a great diversity of arts and culture. On this informative small group city tour we would like to invite you on a journey to see the highlights of this wonderful city. We aim to show you a variety of sights and experiences incorporating modern Melbourne and its history and cultural presence - a city considered to be one of the most liveable cities on earth. The tour of the city will allow our guests to enjoy the attractions of Marvellous Melbourne in a relaxed and entertaining way. Our guides will bring to life the buildings and the rich history of this city. Enjoy a walk on the park, visit the Cathedral (when permitted), have a coffee (own expense), as if like if you were in your own city. Visit Eureka Skydeck 88 (public tour).
Afternoon at leisure.
This evening, a Progressive Degustation Walk (Mon–Thu 5-8pm) With so many great restaurants in Melbourne and so little time, why not take in a few in one evening? Indulge a little and enjoy the diverse flavors of the city as you stroll between each venue. Your host, sommeliers and chefs will share their inspiration and knowledge as dishes arrive with wines to match.

DAY 13  YARRA VALLEY WINERIES (BL)
Only one hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is serviced locally by the bustling regional centers of Yarra Glen, Healesville and Warburton. With vines first planted here in 1838, the beautiful Yarra Valley is recognized internationally as a premium, cool climate region known for elegant and restrained wines, especially Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. Its lush, rolling hills paint a stunning picture, particularly with the orange-filtered light of the early morning and late afternoon. Travel to the north-east through the bush laden suburbs of Templestowe, Warrandyte and Wonga Park to the Coldstream Hills Winery at Coldstream. Established by James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on wine, the wines are beautifully crafted and have enjoyed success at numerous wine shows, especially the chardonnay and pinot noir. It’s then a short drive to the charming Medhurst Vineyard. Established in 1999, the family owned vineyard of 35 acres has a delightful elevation in the foothills of the Warramate Ranges and produces a small selection of elegant table wines. We then head to the very famous and very French Domaine Chandon. Enjoy a tour of the production facilities before settling down to a glass of premium sparkling wine (methode champenoise) while taking in the glorious vista. We then travel to Yering Station for lunch in their stunning Wine Bar Restaurant. With its world class views and cuisine, you’ll have a full a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal. After lunch, visit the original winery (circa 1859) that features local artworks and produce as well as estate wines to taste. Our final stop for the day is the De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek. As Italian as Domaine Chandon is French, it’s a great end to the day with superbly flavored cheeses to compliment the sparkling, table and dessert wines. Our journey home takes us through Steels Creek and Christmas Hills for superb Valley views and the occasional kangaroo.

DAY 14   DEPART MELBOURNE (B)
Today you are transferred to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.

 

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