Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Food & Wine of Australia
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Melbourne & Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide & McLaren Vale, Sydney & Hunter Valley
Australian cuisine was once based solely on the recipes brought by the English settlers, such as roasts, meat pies, sausage and potatoes. Contemporary cooking—some of the best in the world—reflects more recent immigrations with Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines offering a diversity of cooking ingredients and styles to the mix. Large urban food markets stock a huge range of local foods, such as olive oil, organic vegetables, goat cheese, wood-fired bread and live crabs.
For generations, Aborigines prepared meals from foods gathered in the wild. Traditional “bushtucker” cuisine includes kangaroo meat and witchetty grubs (moth larvae) as well as native berries, nuts, seeds and citrus. Many of these ingredients have found their way into the kitchens of contemporary Australian chefs exploring the flavors of the continent.
Australian wine has become a worldwide phenomenon in recent years and the country is now one of the top ten wine producers in the world. Wine-growing regions of the Barossa Valley, the Hunter Valley and the Yarra Valley produce some of the world’s best chardonnays, shirazs, pinot noirs and merlots. Australia also has a strong pub culture.
This private gourmet adventure includes Australia's premier wine regions, insider visits to specialty food purveyors, market visits, superb dining, and tours of locations offering the freshest and most creative cuisine in Australia.
Begin in lively Melbourne. Enjoy private touring of the city’s highlights, including the chic South Yarra neighborhood, the Queen Victoria Markets, and seeing landmarks such as the Victorian Arts Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Club, Federation Square, and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Spend a day in the beautiful Yarra Valley sampling some of the region’s best wines and specialty foods.
Next, fly to the city of Adelaide, known for its gardens, antique shops, heritage architecture and many acclaimed restaurants. From there, travel into the nearby Barossa Valley—perhaps Australia’s premier wine region—to visit small wineries, sample local cheeses and stroll through historic towns. Also, visit the equally beautiful although less-known McLaren Vale wine region.
From there, fly to Sydney, Australia's most beautiful city. One day, enjoy a private food-focused tour of the city and tour its excellent markets and vibrant neighborhoods with a local insider. Another day, enjoy a private excursion to the Hunter Valley and explore its excellent vineyards and historic towns known for their local arts and crafts, epicurean delights, and antique shops.
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private city touring
Melbourne & Yarra Valley
Full-day private tour of wineries and specialty food shops in Yarra Valley
Melbourne – Adelaide – Barossa Valley
Private transfer to airport for flight to Adelaide. Continue to Barossa Valley for 2 nights
Full-day private touring and wine tastings
Barossa Valley - McLaren Vale - Adelaide
Full-day private excursion and wine tasting in the McLaren Vale en route to Adelaide for overnight
Adelaide - Sydney
Private airport transfer for flight to Sydney. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Half-day private foodies tour of Sydney
Sydney& Hunter Valley
Private excursion to the Hunter Valley for wine tastings and touring
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Melbourne or Crown Towers
Park Hyatt Sydney
Per person (double occupancy)
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