While this itinerary definitely focuses on visits and tastings in Australia's top wine regions, it also incorporates nature, wildlife and city sightseeing to create the perfect blend of four of Australian's most interesting and beautiful states: New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Cheers!
- Overnight stays in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley wine regions
- Seafood luncheon cruise through Sydney Harbour
- Gourmet food tour of Adelaide
- Visit Domaine Chandon to learn about Australian sparkling wines
- Colonial Tramcar dinner experience in Melbourne
- See kangaroos, tammar Wallabies and cockatoos
- Wine touring in McLaren Vale wine region
- Spend four nights on the island of Tasmania
Sydney â€“ 2 nights
Day 1: Arrive Sydney
This evening you will be transferred to The Summit Restaurant for dinner.
At Sydney's Summit Restaurant the only thing to rival the view is the outstanding cuisine. The Summit on the 47th level of Australia Square is situated 541 feet above Sydney Harbour. As the world's largest revolving restaurant, it takes in the 360 degrees of the spectacular Sydney skyline in 1hr45min. First opened in 1968, the Summit has also recently been magnificently refurbished. (Please note that for wine groups, in general we think it best to exclude the exact wine selection from our pricing so that our passengers can decide on spot which specific vintages they prefer to consume.)
Upon arriving to King Street Wharf, you will board Magistic Cruises for a Sydney Harbour seafood luncheon cruise. Magistic is renowned for setting a new benchmark in Sydney Harbour cruising and dining. Experience Sydney's newest and finest fleet of luxury catamarans with exceptional nautical design, contemporary interior dÃ©cor, friendly service and international menus freshly prepared onboard. Uncover the beauty that Sydney has to offer as you glide effortlessly by the famous harbor icons, magnificent waterfront homes, private beaches and secluded bays. A favorite for locals and visitors alike, enjoy the exquisite seafood buffet which features an array of fresh local seafood, hot and cold dishes, salads, desserts, cheeses and fruit. (Non-seafood diners and vegetarians will be equally impressed.) Upon disembarking at Circular Quay, you will be transferred back to your hotel with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
You and your fellow group members will begin this evening with a tour of the principal theatres before enjoying an intimate pre-theatre dinner in Aria or Guilluame at Bennelong restaurant, which overlooks the Sydney Harbour and East Circular Quay. Following dinner, a performance in the famous Opera Theatre, Concert Hall, Drama Theatre or Playhouse will complete the special "Starry Nights" experience (subject to performance availability and schedule). Included in tonight's program are a private guided tour of the Opera house, a 2-course dinner, 2 glasses of Australian wine, reserve tickets to a performance and transfers to/from your group's hotel.
Hunter Valley â€“ 2 nights
Day 3: Arrive Hunter Valley
Your first visit will be at Petersons Champagne House for a unique experience in the specialized field of sparkling winemaking. The experienced staff will welcome you, offer a tasting at the bar, and take you through the selection of premium sparkling wines that have been made on site by the traditional mÃ©thode champenoise system.
You will then visit Wyndham Estate for a winery tour and tasting, followed by lunch. Wyndham Estate was established in 1828 by George Wyndham. The high humidity, combined with the rich alluvial soils deposited over the years by the Hunter River produces fruit blessed with mouth-filling flavors. The Wyndham Estate winemaking process aims to optimize these intense fruit flavors at all times.
After lunch, you and you fellow travelers will visit Hunter Cellars for more wine tasting. Hunter Cellars strives to create some of the best wines from the Lower and Upper Hunter and then present them in a relaxed environment. Tastings are held in the large underground complex, which offers an atmosphere of a traditional wine cellar.
Afterwards, your group will be taken to a Hunter Valley wine-country hotel for a two-night stay.
Experience firsthand the "marriage" of food and wine from their expert knowledge as you enjoy both the Hunter Valley Wine School and the Hunter Valley Cooking School. Karina and Brian's house includes a purpose-built, cooking-school kitchen, an extensive private wine cellar and library. This afternoon you will re-board the private coach and travel to the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, which is home to boutique specialty shops, restaurants, attractions and a chapel. You and your group members will have a couple of hours to explore on your own before returning to the hotel.
Enjoy an evening at leisure in Hunter Valley.
Hobart â€“ 3 nights
Day 5: Arrive Hobart
After flying, your group will be transferred to a nearby restaurant for a wonderful, post-flight champagne breakfast before returning to Sydney to catch your flight to Tasmania's capital city of Hobart. (Before heading to the airport in Sydney, your group will stop and have lunch at a local restaurant either in the city center or Darling Harbour.) After a brief flight to Tasmania, your group will be transferred to the hotel in Hobart by private coach. The evening is at leisure for you to begin exploring Hobart on your own.
In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel for free time before tonight's Tasmanian wine dinner with food-and-wine writer Graeme Phillips in one of Hobart's fine restaurants. Alternatively, the group could enjoy a "Hobart Historic Dinner," a dinner and private theatre show depicting scenes from Hobart in colonial days. (Depending on your group's preference, transportation to dinner can be arranged.)
After the wine tasting, your group will return to the hotel for one last evening in lovely Hobart.
Launceston â€“ 1 night
Day 8: Arrive Launceston
Adelaide â€“ 3 nights
Day 9: Arrive Adelaide
Upon arriving to Adelaide, a local guide will take your group on a gourmet tour of Adelaide en route to the hotel. Adelaide, with its rich, multi-cultural society, has earned its reputation as a city of excellent food and wine. In fact, Adelaide is the host city to "Tasting Australia," an extravagant, gourmet food and wine festival in Australia. During your sightseeing tour of Adelaide, your group will pop inside the bustling Adelaide Central Market. Home to wonderful, fresh produce, the market is a terrific spot to taste and sample local foodie favorites. During your tour of Adelaide, your group will also visit the National Wine Centre.
After the tour, your group will check in at the hotel in Adelaide and then have the evening at leisure.
Enjoy a private tasting at the Coriole Winery, an estate which has harvested grapes since the early 20th century. With its first-bottled wine produced in 1970, Coriole has consistently produced full-bodied, red wines of superb quality, particularly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today you will enjoy their excellent wines in a truly beautiful setting overlooking the sea. After the visit, your group will continue touring and tasting by paying visit to another outstanding, family-owned winery (options include Wirra Wirra, Fox Creek or Hugh Hamiltons).
As part of today's Australian wine touring, your group will also have a tasting at the famous d'Arenberg winery, which dates back to 1912. The visit and tasting will be followed by lunch at the winery's d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant, whose innovative local chef uses fresh produce of the region. After a full day of wine touring, return to Adelaide for an evening at leisure.
Your sightseeing tour of Kangaroo Island will also feature Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you will walk with your guide amongst Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Visit Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park including D'Estrees Bay, where ospreys nest and kangaroos come out late in the day to feed. During the tour, your group will break to enjoy a delicious seafood barbecue lunch (served with fine South Australian wines). At the conclusion of this once-in-a-lifetime tour, your group will return to Kingscote Airport to catch its short flight back for its last final evening in Adelaide.
Melbourne â€“ 2 nights
Day 12: Arrive Melbourne
Upon arriving to Melbourne Airport you will set out on a city sightseeing tour by private coach of trendy Melbourne's past and present. Your driver will show you the central business district's eclectic architecture, the Victorian Arts Centre and the pyramid-style Shrine of Remembrance, an imposing structure that dominates St.Kilda Road. Your group will also see the fashionable Toorak Village as well as the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens (home to Cook's Cottage), whose avenues of huge English elms line picturesquely-contoured lawns. Your panoramic tour will finish up at your hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to begin exploring Melbourne on your own or simply to relax before tonight's special dining experience.
Victoria is noted for its trams, and tonight your group will board the Colonial Tramcar for a unique dining experience. Enjoy dining aboard a beautifully-restored 1927 tram as you cruise along the scenic streets of Melbourne. Serving up very fine cuisine paired with the very best of Australian wines, the atmosphere aboard the tram is as cozy, the service as friendly, and the dÃ©cor as inviting as the colonial period it reflects. (Based on late seating: 8:35 pm â€“ 11:35 pm, and transportation will be provided for your group to and from the hotel.)
This afternoon your group will also stop and visit the 100-year-old boutique Yarra Valley Dairy, which hand-produces a wonderful selection of French and Italian-style cheeses that pair perfectly with a glass of wine, coffee, tea or locally-produced fruit juice.
Yarra Valley â€“ 1 night
Day 14: Arrive Yarra Valley
Enjoy your final evening in Australia!
- Accommodations: Sydney 2 nights, Hunter Valley 2 nights, Hobart 3 nights, Launceston 1 night, Adelaide 3 nights, Melbourne 2 nights,
Yarra Valley 1 night
- Continental breakfast daily.
- Ground transportation via air conditioned luxury coach
- Admission tickets, sightseeing excursions and wine tastings as outlined in the itinerary
- When selecting this itinerary for your group, please let us know which flight segments you would like us to provide.
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