Southern Australia

Going Down Under

Adelaide, one of Australia’s most beautiful cities, is famous for its elegant parks, gardens and majestic churches. Sample a wide range of wines produced at the wineries of the Clare and Barossa Valleys and McLaren Vale. The Yarra Valley near Melbourne is another superior wineproducing region. Visit windswept Kangaroo Island, a reserve for seals, sea lions, birds and kangaroos.

Dates: March 25 & September 30, 2005
Price from: from $2599; Airfare is NOT included. The on-tour flights round-trip to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide are included in the land only rate.
Single Supplement: $569

The Tour Includes: Professional tour manager accompanies you for the complete length of your escorted tour, beginning at the first hotel.
  • 3 nights in oceanfront suites at Ramada Plaza Pier in Glenelg
  • 2 nights in waterview rooms at the Kangaroo Island Lodge
  • 2 nights in deluxe rooms at the Sebel Lodge in the Yarra Valley
  • On-tour flights roundtrip to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Highlights:

  • Tour Adelaide
  • Take a cooking class with Rosa Matto
  • Enjoy wine tastings in the Barossa and Yarra Valleys
  • See a variety of native wildlife up close
  • Take walks with a National Parks Ranger at Kelly Hill, in Flinders Chase National Park, and at Remarkable Rocks
  • Watch a sheep shearing demonstration
  • Take a city tour of Melbourne

Day 1  Friday
Day 2  Saturday

Los Angeles/Melbourne/Adelaide
Depart Los Angeles to Melbourne, crossing the International Date Line.

Day 3  Sunday    D
Arrive Adelaide/Glenelg
Arrive in Adelaide and transfer to your seaside resort near the marina’s shops, restaurants and spa. Tour Adelaide with your local guide and visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. RAMADA PLAZA PIER HOTEL

Day 4  Monday    BL
Barossa Valley tour/Wineries/Antiques
Start off in the Barossa Valley at Al-Ru Farm, Ruth Irving’s beautiful, award-winning garden. Enjoy a special lunch and tastings at Maggie Beer’s. Continue to Yalumba or Seppeltsfield wineries for another tasting. RAMADA PLAZA PIER HOTEL

Day 5  Tuesday    BL
Cooking class
Begin with a visit to the colorful, bustling Central Market with Rosa Matto, have coffee at one of Adelaide’s coffee shops, then move on to Rosa’s for cooking, tasting and fun. Your final stop is at Limoncello’s for a taste of Italy. RAMADA PLAZA PIER HOTEL

Day 6  Wednesday    BLD
Kangaroo Island
Depart for Kangaroo Island and stop at Jimbuck Australiana to see demonstrations of working sheep dogs and sheep shearing. Travel to Seal Bay, and stroll with your guide through a wild seal colony. Enjoy an Aussie pub lunch on your way to Parndana Wildlife Park, where numerous aviaries house collections of Australian birdlife, and kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and emus reside. At the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, taste the cheeses and yogurts produced here. Following dinner, head to Penneshaw to see Fairy Penguins returning to their burrows after a day of fishing. KANGAROO ISLAND LODGE

Day 7  Thursday    BLD
Kangaroo Island/Flinders National Park/Cape Couedic Lighthouse
Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, then travel to Kelly Hill to explore the largest of a number of caves with ornate calcite formations. Spend the afternoon in the famous Flinders Chase National Park enjoying breathtaking views and coastal scenery on your way to see the spectacular Remarkable Rocks, which have been carved into weird and wonderful shapes over many centuries. See Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and the natural land bridge that is “Admiral’s Arch,” and watch the New Zealand fur seals frolic. KANGAROO ISLAND LODGE

Day 8  Friday    BD
To Melbourne/City tour/Yarra Valley
Return to Adelaide and connect to Melbourne for a city sightseeing tour. Your drive takes you through the central business district, past the Victorian Arts Center and the imposing pyramidstyle Shrine of Remembrance. Stop at Cook’s Cottage on your way to the Yarra Valley. SEBEL LODGE YARRA VALLEY

Day 9  Saturday    BD
Optional ballooning/Winery visits
You may want to try an optional ballooning excursion over the Yarra Valley. This afternoon, depart for a visit to Domain Chandon, where Moet and Chandon produce fine Australian sparkling wines. Take a private guided tour of the winery, followed by a wine tasting. Visit Yerring Station and Fergusson’s Winery for further wine tastings before arriving at the De Bortoli Winery for dinner. Bid farewell to your new friends. SEBEL LODGE YARRA VALLEY

Day 10  Sunday    B
Return to Melbourne’s airport for your flights home.

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