Handcrafted to celebrate Australia’s sublime variety of flavors, this is the ultimate food and wine tour down under. You will forage for fresh, ocean seafood, take a degustation walk to nine Melbourne restaurants, helicopter to the Hunter Valley for a vineyard lunch, and taste with new and old-world winemakers in both the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. There will be a focus on local, organic produce, and gourmet experiences that are not usually available to the public.
Sydney – Gourmet Dinner Introductions
After your flight to Sydney lands in the morning, you can have the full day to rest and explore. Such a distant destination usually means travel fatigue and jet lag. You can sleep at a random hour, take a stroll around Circular Quays or Darling Harbour, and dip your toes into the city. This evening, you will be transferred to a small but celebrated restaurant, where the tasting menu changes daily, and your chef will talk you through each dish. While the menu is always unknown, there is a celebration of fresh seasonal produce in a way that always seems to reflect iconic images of Australian food.
Sydney – Blue Mountains Food and Sights Tour
Hunter Valley – A Helicopter to a Hunter Valley Luncheon and Wine Tasting
Hunter Valley – Exploring Australia’s Signature Wine Region
Melbourne – Exclusive Degustation Walk through Melbourne Neighborhoods
Melbourne – Behind the Scenes at Yarra Valley Vineyards
Melbourne – Discovering the Mornington Peninsula, Australia’s Up and Coming Foodie Destination
Hobart – Wildlife, Wonder, and Tasmanian Treats
Hobart – Gourmet Tasmanian Seafood Tour
Hobart – Departure
- Wander through Melbourne’s quirky neighborhoods on a degustation experience that involves a plate and a glass at nine different restaurants
- Soar above the Hunter Valley vineyards in a helicopter and touch down to an indulgent wine tasting luncheon
- Cruise Tasmanian waters and assist a guide in collecting fresh oysters, abalone, mussels, and sea urchin before a gourmet cooking demonstration
- Travel behind the scenes at the iconic Yarra Valley vineyards, including tasting past vintages with a winemaker and cellar master
- Explore the mystical Blue Mountains on a tour that incorporates iconic sights with local foodie treats
- Uncover Australia’s upcoming foodie destinations with a day of organic food and wine on the Mornington Peninsula
- Enjoy some sublime restaurants with reservations at some of the country’s most revered, local spots
- Become acquainted with the Hunter Valley region and why it has become Australia’s signature wine destination
From farm to table, this ten-day tour is the ultimate food and wine tour down under. Of course, there are great restaurants and vineyards, but this culinary celebration is made by exclusive experiences with the people that shape the country’s tastes and flavors. You will go fishing and foraging with a Tasmanian chef who will pull up oysters and mussels for a cooking demonstration. In the Yarra and Hunter valleys, you will taste previous vintages with old-world winemakers, while on the Mornington Peninsula, you will discover an innovative, new-world style. There will be a degustation food and wine walk that takes in nine Melbourne restaurants plus plenty of organic treats across four destinations.
After flying to Sydney, you can start the gourmet indulgence with dinner at one of the city’s smallest and most celebrated restaurants. The tasting menu is broad and innovative, which will prove to be an excellent introduction for what is to come. You will explore the Blue Mountains on day two, where you will mix natural sights, local farmyard produce, and the region’s blossoming food scene. On day three, you will fly to the Hunter Valley by helicopter and touch down at a vineyard, where an indulgent luncheon will be followed by a tasting of the winery’s most celebrated past vintages. Winemakers and cellar masters will be guiding you through Hunter Valley on day four, offering their very personal insight on Australia’s signature wine region.
After flying to Melbourne, the degustation walk will be a great way to explore both the city and its food. By walking through colorful neighborhoods, you will enjoy a dish and glass in nine different restaurants. It will be a tasting journey through the seasonal creations of nine chefs in addition to an immersion into Melbourne’s atmosphere. Day six and seven are also dedicated to the wine regions. The Yarra Valley is the wine region that produces Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and sparkling wines in the classic European style. You can then really taste the contrast to the Mornington Peninsula, which is Australia’s up and coming food and wine destination. Having winemakers and cellar masters talk you through the wines will be a delectable insight that is necessary to truly understand these regions.
You will end your ten-day Australia food and wine tour in Hobart. Day eight will include some classic wildlife encounters with kangaroos and wallabies being so abundant that it may seem as if they are blurring into the landscape. Then, your gourmet, Tasmanian seafood tour on day nine could be the premier highlight of your entire trip. You will forage and fish at secret spots that are known by your local guide before a cooking demonstration shows you how to innovate based on what has been caught. Like each day, you should expect to have endless fun and laughs along with the food. Australia’s gourmet scene may have a serious edge, but you will find it is laid-back and creative at heart. Read some Zicasso travelers’ Australia travel reviews to gain further inspiration for your own trip.
$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)
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