KANGAROO ISLAND – BAROSSA VALLEY GOURMET FOOD & WINE – Exclusive luxury fully escorted small group journey.

Tantalise your taste buds on our exclusive journey of exploration and cuisine to Adelaide – McClaren Vale – Kangaroo Island – Adelaide – Barossa Valley – Adelaide Hills.

Our Exclusive luxury small group journey with a maximum 8 travellers begins on 20 May 2021 fully escorted by Sonja Boler from The Travellers Hut

(Also 29 April 2021 departure escorted by Claudia Wolf.)

Our especially crafted journey includes gourmet food dining and unique wine tasting experiences while featuring the natural wonders of the best regions in South Australia.

Interested… Contact Sonya at The Travellers Hut on 43 63 1699

Join us for some “morning bubbles” at 10.30 am on January 15 to discover more in The Travellers Hut Journeys Room. (Now located above Vinnies at Kincumber.)

SELECTED ACCOMODATION

ADELAIDE : Mayfair Hotel – MCLAREN VALE: Lush Pastures McLaren Vale & Coastal Lodge Carrickalinga KANGAROO ISLAND: Stranraer Homestead – BAROSSA VALLEY: Barossa Shiraz Estate

LUXURY SOUTH AUSTRALIA
“FOOD, WINE & KANGAROO ISLAND EXPLORER”

20th May to 27th May 2021 8days/7nights

ADELAIDE – MCLAREN VALE – KANGAROO ISLAND – BAROSSA VALLEY ADELAIDE HILLS – ADELAIDE

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Adelaide – 20th May (D) Upon arrival at Adelaide airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in then meet for welcome drinks and tour briefing before heading off to discover Adelaide on an Eco Caddy tour. Finish your day off with a spectacular 3 course Welcome dinner.
Overnight: Mayfair hotel, Adelaide

Day 2 Adelaide & Central Markets – 21st May (B,L)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning before heading off for a stroll through Adelaide’s KingWilliam Street, then take a wonderful journey into the Adelaide Central Markets. The Central Markets are a South Australian culinary icon that date back to 1869, now famed as the largest covered markets in the Southern Hemisphere. This small group tour is led by a local guide where you will be visiting some of the most iconic providores in the markets. You will meet the producers and try a selection of produce along the way. This is serious fun for those with a passion for great food and is a must do culinary adventure. Return to hotel with rest of day at leisure.

Overnight: Mayfair hotel, Adelaide

Day 3 McLaren Vale ‘’Coast & Gorge tour’’ – 22nd May (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will start your day with a majestic 4WD tour into Onkaparinga Gorge to learn its indigenous history, see native animals and immerse yourself in a landscape that dates back 600 million years. DOMESTIKKA has exclusive licence to drive into the gorge so you can see first-hand all of its wonder & majesty. Enjoy a drive around the perimeter of the gorge asyou trace the links of McLaren Vale’s ancient geology into its modern-day vineyards. After thegorge we’ll head into McLaren Vale where your private behind the scenes wine journey startswith a tour of Wirra Wirra’s historic ironstone cellars, ringing the famous Angelus Bell andhearing your efforts peal across the vale, followed by a tasting of some of Wirra Wirra’s best wines. Next stop is boutique winemaker, Samson Tall. Surrounded by the first Church Block vineyards, this beautiful chapel is home to some of the best single vineyard wines in McLarenVale. You’ll enjoy a private winery tour and tasting with owner and winemaker, Paul Wilson, followed by a special treat, a lunch of local produce plates in the winery itself with winematched from Paul’s cellar.

After lunch we’ll visit d’Arenberg to see the avant-garde, Rubik’s Cube inspired cellar door.d’Arenberg is a founding member of Australia’s first families of wine, and the flamboyant five- story Cube erupts from the ground (the brain of Chester Osborn) in the heart of its original McLaren Vale vineyard. Enjoy a guided tour of the Cube and its Alternate Realities Museumplus a tasting on the top floor, with its stunning views across McLaren Vale and the coast. After your Cube experience we’ll set off for one of the best experiences on the Fleurieu Peninsula, a drive down pristine Silver Sands beach to see spectacular coastal views and biodiversity, on the way to see the region’s most iconic pub, the Victory Hotel, owned by character and wine aficionado Doug Govan, where we’ll stop for a look at his iconic cellar. Enjoy a wild coast BBQ for dinner at a private lookout on the property of Simon Burley, owner of the Coastal Lodge retreat.

Overnight: Lush Pastures McLaren Vale & Coastal Lodge Carrickalinga.

Day 4 McLaren Vale- Kangaroo Island – 23rd May (B,L,D)
Start your day after breakfast with a private masterclass overlooking the estate at Bekkers Fine Wine with one of the owners, recently named by Gourmet Traveller Wine as one of the top 6 wineries in the country. You’ll meet either Toby or Emmanuelle Bekkers to learn thesecrets behind this prestigious label in a stunning private tasting overlooking their beautiful property.
Enjoy lunch at one of the Vale’s most famous restaurants, the Salopian Inn, owned by Chef Karena Armstrong. Karena hails from globally celebrated restaurants including Daylesford’s Lake House and Icebergs in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, and now owns the Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale. Her approach of bringing exceptional local produce to plate has seen the Salopian Innnamed in both Tasting Australia’s and the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Australian Restaurants.
Heading to a beautiful vineyard high up in McLaren Vale, we’ll stop to see Rob Mack, winner of the 2018 Young Gun of Wine, enjoying a tasting of his award-winning Aphelion Wines as we walk through one of the highest vineyards in the region, with majestic unspoilt views of McLaren Vale and the coast that sits behind it. Late afternoon we’ll head to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
Overnight: Stranraer Homestead, Kangaroo Island

Day 5 Kangaroo Island – 24th May (B,L,D) Enjoy breakfast, then begin the day on the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Check out wildlife surveys targeting tiny endangered mammals and get an introduction to the bush, so the fire ecology experienced later in the day has context. Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush, featuring marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water.

After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean.

Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of long-nosed fur seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.
Overnight: Stranraer Homestead, Kangaroo Island

Day 6 Kangaroo Island – Barossa Valley – 25th May (B,L,D)
Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide – through strangely shaped trees learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for small wallabies almost extinct and go searching for a variety of other birds, plants and animals. Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines. At Seal Bay Conservation Park take a private tour with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Lateafternoon you’ll be transferred to Kingscote for your flight back to Adelaide airport. On arrival at Adelaide Airport, you’ll be transferred to Barossa Shiraz Estate by Coast & Co.
Overnight: Barossa Shiraz Estate, Barossa Valley

Day 7 Barossa Valley – 26th May (B,L,D)
A day tour that explores the most famous wine brands in the country. Start by visitingTorbreck Vintners, which has brought together some of the finest vineyards and growers in the region to make their ultra-premium wines, which have been given the perfect 100-pointscore five times by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Take a private cellar door tasting of some of their very best wines. Next stop is Chateau Tanunda for a tour of their world-famous barrel hall and a seated tasting of their icon wines. Enjoy lunch at local Barossa icon, Vintners Restaurant, where all the locals have gone for decades, a place which reflects the very best local, seasonal produce. After lunch visit the Vasse Virgin Skin Care and Olive Oil Factory, where staff will show you their range of natural skin care products, using a traditional cold process method, then enjoy the incredible Taste Your Birth Year Experience at Seppeltsfield where you get to taste a fine tawny port direct from the barrel of your birth year.

Finish the day with a panoramic 4WD trip into Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Vineyard, which stretchesacross 3.6 hectares of the Barossa Ranges. The name Steingarten translates to ‘stone garden’ and you’ll enjoy spectacular views from this most famous vineyard.
Overnight: Barossa Shiraz Estate, Barossa Valley

Day 8 Barossa Valley to Adelaide – 27th May (B,L)


After breakfast Visit Maggie Beers Farm shop before we depart the Barossa Valley and head to the Adelaide Hills where we visit some of the highest wineries in the Adelaide hills. Enjoy spectacular vineyard vistas and experience the best of local produce and wine along the way before arriving at Tappannapa Wines to see a piece of SA winemaking history. Visiting the first vineyard site in the Adeliade Hills , tasting some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the region. After lunch we will take a drive through glorious rolling countryside and vineyards to finish with the most famous sparkling producer in the Adelaide Hills, Deviation Road Wines. Deviation Road Winery is regarded as the signature sparkling winemaker in the country. It produces exciting cool climate wines from mature vineyard resources in the Adelaide Hills. Owners Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a five-generation winemaking tradition. Devoted to the high-altitude sites of the Adelaide Hills andwith Kate’s French oenology training, the wines they produce are at one traditional and contemporary. Enjoy a lunch of local produce and classic wine at Deviation Road Wines including their most precious sparkling wines. You will now be transferred directly to Adelaide airport for your flight home.

Tour ends

Inclusions: Use of private vehicle and driver – Touring as per itinerary – Accommodation as per itinerary – Meals as per itinerary – Airport transfers – Ferry to Kangaroo island – Flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide – National park entry fees

Not Included: Alcohol (unless specified) – Return Sydney to Adelaide flights – Snacks – Optional touring

Payments and conditions: Non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking confirmation. Final Balance is required by Monday 15th March 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Up to 30 days prior to departure- Full refund should the whole tour or an individual cancellation occur Up to 14 days prior to departure – 50% refund Within 14 days before departure – no refund

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