|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 will 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.
This evening enjoy the spectacular lights of Sydney’s famous Harbour while dining aboard a luxury
catamaran. A fine selection of beverages are available from the licensed bar at your own expense.
DAY 5 SYDNEY TO HUNTER VALLEY (BL)
Pick up from the hotel; travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the
Pacific Highway and then the F3 Freeway. Crossing the Hawkesbury River, leave the Freeway to travel on
sealed roads through the Yengo National Park. Here you travel through contrasting rural farmland and
Australian Natural Bush, mountains ranges and grazing land. En route view several sections of the original
convict built Old Great Northern Road. This road, built in the 1820s was considered to be one of the world’
s great engineering feats of this time and is an exceptional example of English road building. Stop to enjoy
a delightful morning tea before continuing through the historic Wollombi village, established in the early
19th century and a wonderful example of the small colonial rural townships of this era. Departing
Wollombi, your journey takes you over Mt View where you gain a panoramic perspective of the Hunter
Valley wine areas. From here travel to the first of the boutique wineries to sample premium Hunter Wines
before adjourning to a renowned vineyard café to enjoy lunch. After lunch visit another respected
boutique winery to sample more of the Hunter Valley’s famous wines and have the opportunity to
purchase wines that are not available anywhere else. Afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation: Hunter Valley resort, 1 night
DAY 6 HUNTER VALLEY TO ADELAIDE (B)
After breakfast you are transferred to the Hunter Valley wine school for an informal tutorial of wine
education. Walk through the on site vineyard of 30 year old shiraz vines and discuss matters viticultural.
Then it’s off to the crusher and into the winery to see the air bag presses, huge tanks, the Potter
Fermenters, the filtration equipment, and the largest Rotovats in the Hunter. From there, the tour then
moves through into the Oak Cask maturation area, and on into the Wine Tasting Cellars; an informal wine
tutorial and tasting follows. On completion of the wine school you return to your accommodations to check
out. This afternoon, return to Sydney airport and your flight to Adelaide. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Adelaide, 3 nights.
DAY 7 NATIONAL WINE CENTRE (B)
This morning, transfer to the National Wine Centre situated in the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Experience
interactive sights designed to educate the visitor in every aspect of the wine making process and provide
insights into the history of the Australian Wine. At the completion of your self-guided tour enjoy a
personalised tasting. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the sights of Adelaide.
DAY 8 MCLAREN VALE (BL)
You will be met at your 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-flavoured intensity about them. The region is best known
for shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and more recently, sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc.
The day is full of surprises, none the least the vineyards themselves – the oldest continually working
vineyards in the world! Visit small, family wineries that provide a special experience. Enjoy cellar door
tastings and sales from wineries whose wines have earned top awards from around the world.
Lunch at a winery restaurant such as D'Arrys.
DAY 9 BAROSSA VALLEY & CLARE VALLEY (BL)
You will be met at your hotel for the drive to the Barossa Valley. The Barossa is one of Australia’s most
famous wine regions and many of the nations largest wine companies have their roots there. The Barossa
was settled in the 1840s by German Lutherans who also brought the first vines to the Valley. Today the
region remains close to its roots. Many shiraz, grenache and semillon vineyards have vines that are
between 50 and 100 years old and produce wines with exceptional depth of fruit. Other grape varieties
produced in the region include chardonnay, riesling, cabernet sauvignon and merlot as well as semillon and
Pinot Noir in the slightly cooler Eden Valley nearby. Experience tasting premium local wines with the opportunity to
discuss your tastings with knowledgeable winery staff. Enjoy lunch in a winery setting where you can enjoy the region's
distinctive cuisine. After the day of wine tasting, continue north to the Clare Valley for overnight.
Accommodation: Clare Valley country house, 1 night
DAY 10 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 flavours. The best example of this is the Clare Valley riesling
which presents itself with a crisp and fragrant bouquet, steely herb and lime flavours 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 Valley wineries before returning to
DAY 11 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 and 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 native
vegetation, make Kangaroo Island a rare place indeed. At the completion of the tour, transfer to the airport for your return
flight to Adelaide and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 12 ADELAIDE - MELBOURNE (B)
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your
accommodation. This afternoon, a half day tour of Melbourne where you will view historical buildings, beautiful
gardens, and shopping areas famous for their restaurants and fashion. Melbourne is the sporting city and Melbournians
are passionate about their Aussie Rules 'footy' and almost all sports known to mankind. Travel past the sporting precinct
that became famous in the 1956 Olympic Games and now roars to the cheers of Aussie Rules crowds each weekend. See
the nearby Rod Laver Tennis Centre that hosts the Australian Tennis Open each year. Melbourne is home to people from
all over the world and this cultural diversity is expressed in the food and fashion centers. Walk along the shopping strips
of up-market traditional Toorak, funky Chapel Street Prahran or the culturally Vietnamese Bridge Street Richmond.
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 invitingas the colonial period these trams reflect. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.
Accommodation: Melbourne, 2 nights
DAY 13 YARRA VALLEY (BL)
This cool climate, low yielding wine region is situated only an hour to the east of Melbourne in the rolling
foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Although the history of winemaking in this region dates back to
1840, the large plantings that now produce the region’s great wines only commenced in 1968 at the Yarra
Yering, Yeringberg and other wineries. The French company, Moet & Chandon, seeing the potential
of the area for sparkling wines, established the Domaine Chandon winery in 1985. The Yarra Valley is a cool
climate region, experiencing very cold winters and mainly cloudy days during the growing months.
Combined with its fertile soils, this region’s climate is well suited for chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet
sauvignon and sparkling wines. Enjoy a day of tasting wines from this fine wine region including a gourmet
DAY 14 DEPART MELBOURNE (B)
Today you are transferred to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.
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