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  • The South Australia City and Wine Touring Holiday

     

     The South Australia City and Wine Touring Holiday

    6 Nights / 7 Days 
    Adelaide – Barossa Valley
    About this tour

    The South Australia City and Wine Touring Holiday is the perfect holiday for those looking to travel to Australia’s world-famous wine producing region, the Barossa Valley. In addition, this tour will allow you to explore some of the most South Australia’s most idyllic scenery, and the elegant and green city of Adelaide. It is a perfect extension to an existing touring holiday, or a great shorter holiday in its own right. Over the course of 6-nights, you will experience the charming and pleasant cultural hub of Adelaide, it’s beautiful hinterland, and Australia’s best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, and the Adelaide Hills. It is easily extended into a larger touring holiday in Australia. 
    Highlights 
    This list includes optional activities possible in the featured locations of the tour, they will entail an additional cost on the base price of the itinerary.
    • Stroll on the streets of the elegant, green and European feeling Adelaide
    • Visit the fashionable seaside resort of Glenelg, home to a great swimming beach and a charming al-fresco café culture
    • Take a trip to the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges, home to the Adelaide Hills, where idyllic scenery, fantastic conservation and wildlife parks, and an array of excellent wineries coincide
    • Drive through the stunning pastoral scenery of rural South Australia into the world-renowned Barossa Valley
    • Meander through the 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors that lie within easy reach of each other
    • Feel the history as you explore 160 years of wine heritage, old Lutheran stone churches, quaint hamlets, and rolling hills
    • Visit the nearby National Parks of Hale, Kaiserstuhl and Sandy Creek Conservation Parks for a taste of wild Australia, and excellent hiking
    Tour description
    Starting in the elegant and green city of Adelaide, this tour will allow you to experience South Australian life in this deeply European city. From here, explore the beautiful hinterland including pristine Southern Ocean beaches, the fashionable suburb and seaside resort of Glenelg, and the picturesque Adelaide Hills in the Mount Lofty Ranges. You will find an exciting mix of South Australia’s best wine and produce coalesce to create a true hub of culinary prowess. Next, pick up your 4x4 hire car and drive through idyllic countryside to reach the world-famous Barossa Valley. Pick your way through the rolling hills, quaint hamlets and Lutheran stone churches, whilst stopping at some of the 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors to taste the Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling that put in the map, as well as other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache, Semillon and fortified wines. 
    Our range of accommodation includes everything from luxury boutique hotels, to remote wilderness eco-lodges, and safari-style luxury camping. Hand-crafted experiences make your bespoke holiday to Australia even more special, and a seemingly infinite number of possibilities are available upon request. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know how we can further personalise your once-in-a-lifetime tour Down Under. 
    Prices 
    From £2,500 per person for stays in our ‘value hotels’.
    From £2,700 per person for stays in our ‘luxury hotels’.
    Please see our hotel lists for more information on our hotels, and what is included in these base rates. 
    Dates 
    This holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings may vary depending on the month and day of the week. 
    What’s Included 
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways, Qantas or Emirates from London to Adelaide in economy class.
    • Transfers and car hire where specified in our itinerary. 
    • Accommodation sharing a double or twin room. Please see our suggested list of hotels for details of base accommodation type. 
    • The meals included with your tour will vary by chosen accommodation. Please see our hotel suggestions for included board basis. 
    What’s not included 
    • Meals and drinks, except as specified in our hotel suggestions. 
    • Optional tours and activities within each location, except where explicitly specified as included in our itinerary, or by hotels in our hotel lists. 
    • Personal expenses. 
    • Insurance.
    • Visa and Passport. 
    You will need a full British passport with at least six months validity, and a Visa for travel to Australia. Visas requirements should be checked with the Australian authorities. More details are available from www.eta.immi.gov.au

    Day One: Adelaide 
    Arrive in Adelaide. You a met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation by private chauffeur. Settle into the time zone and your luxury accommodation. 
    Day Two: Adelaide 
    With a distinctly Mediterranean climate, a renowned gastronomy scene, and bordering world-class wineries, Adelaide is a pleasant stop on any itinerary in Australia. Its ambience is elegant and green, as historic buildings sit agreeably next to the many parks that compose it. Soak up the culture of the region by visiting the excellent Tandyana Centre or stroll through the fantastic botanical gardens for a relaxed day to settle into your tour. Alternatively, another taste of Adelaide awaits clients who choose to hop on the tram and head to the old-fashioned seaside resort of Glenelg. Here you will be richly awarded by a fantastic beach, lined with a distinctly European feeling strip of al-fresco cafes making the most of the brilliant South Australian produce. 
    Day Three: Adelaide 
    Wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike would be well served by taking a day trip into the Mount Lofty Ranges’ Adelaide Hills. Located just 30 minutes from the city, this idyllic region is a patchwork quilt of leafy hills, farmed valleys, conservation parks, and apple and cherry orchards. More recently, this region has become known for its fantastic wineries. 50 cellar doors are now dotted through the 70-kilometre extent of the Adelaide Hills, and the regions altitude and cooler climate has resulted in distinctive and elegant wines. Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines are among the most iconic here, however ‘new wave’ chardonnays, crisp Rieslings, award winning Pinot Gris, as well as other varieties such as Adelaide Hills Shiraz are becoming increasingly recognised. 
    Day Four: Adelaide onwards to the Barossa Valley 
    Pick up your 4x4 hire car and drive north through the rolling pastoral scenery of South Australia. The scenic route will take you just under 90 minutes to drive, but it worth stopping along the way to marvel at idyllic rural South Australia, as you skirt the Adelaide Hills northern fringes. There is opportunity to taste excellent wines too, by stopping roughly halfway at the excellent boutique Chain of Ponds winery. Continue onwards to the Barossa Valley and settle into your luxurious accommodation with your first taste of the world-renowned wine that surrounds you. The Barossa Valley has developed a culinary prowess to match the excellence of its wines, and a good meal is the perfect complement to an evening under the stars. 
    Day Five: Barossa Valley 
    With over 150 wineries, 80 cellar doors, and 160 years of wine making heritage, the Barossa Valley is now arguably Australia’s best wine producing regions. It incorporates both the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, and is home to such a mix of temperature conditions and soil types, that the breadth of what is being produced is now truly staggering. Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling have truly placed the Barossa region on the wine aficionado’s map, and Penfolds Grange and Barossa Valley Estate have been noted as producing two of the best black pepper shiraz in the world. However, many different varieties have now emerged and cemented themselves as leaders in their field, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache, Semillon, and fortified wines. Spend today visiting the welcoming cellar doors by car or even by bicycle, and taste and learn about the fruits of the area. The Para Road Trail is an excellent choice, a walking and cycling path that follows the river to connect a number of cellar doors. Many of the wineries incorporate excellent eateries, so you can be sure of a good pairing for the wine of choice. 
    Day Six: Barossa Valley 
    Today you could enjoy more wine exploration by visiting some of the most renowned of Barossa’s wineries. Key names here include Penfolds Grange, Henschke Cellars, Wolf Blass and Jacob Creek’s, but exciting finds can be gleaned from focusing your exploration on more boutique-styled producers. Alternatively, Barossa is a wonderful region away from a focus on purely vineyards. Originally a settlement made by those fleeing religious persecution in Prussia and Silesia in 1842, the countryside is now dotted with Lutheran churches and quaint hamlets that make for an agreeable day of exploration. In addition, there are the excellent Conservation Parks nearby of Hale, Kaiserstuhl and Sandy Creek, which provide excellent bush walking, scenery and wildlife. In the evening, settle into your final night with stunning gastronomy, and of course, a glass of Barossa’s finest vintage. 
    Day Seven: Return Home 
    Wake to sample the last of the scenery and climate before driving back to Adelaide to drop off your hire car and return home. Of course, this tour could form a smaller component in a larger touring holiday of Australia. In which case join the next chapter of your tour today. 

    The South Australia City and Wine Touring Holiday map

    Value Hotels 
    Adelaide 
    The Mayfair Hotel
     
    The Mayfair Hotel is an architectural landmark in Adelaide, occupying the former Colonial Mutual Life building. Stay here for a wonderful location, and an excellent bastion of Adelaide’s admired architecture. We include accommodation for two sharing 1 x Superior Queen Room. 
    Barossa Valley 
    Abbotsford Country House
     
    Set on 50-acres of farmland in the heart of the Barossa Valley, enjoy the warm hospitality of this traditional Australian homestead. We include Full Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing 1 x Deluxe Suite. 
    Luxury Hotels 
    Adelaide 
    Intercontinental Adelaide
     
    On the banks of the River Torrens, this hotel occupies one of Adelaide’s most prominent positions as well as a suite of facilities that one would expect in a prestigious five-star hotel. We include accommodation for two when sharing 1 x Superior Room. 
    Barossa Valley 
    The Louise
     
    With traditional architecture and a surrounding of renowned vineyards, The Louise is a luxury culinary retreat in the heart of the world-renowned Barossa Valley. We include Continental Breakfast and accommodation for two when sharing 1 x Vineyard Suite. 

    All about Australia 
    Australia is a vast landscape of contradiction and variety. From the distinct, dusty red of the outback in Ayers Rock to the tropics of the Daintree Rainforest in the Far North Queensland, from the superb ski resorts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, to the humid plains of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. For this reason, the only true way to visit Australia is by undertaking a touring holiday. To travel between the dynamic corners of this magical continent, and to make the most of the multifarious activities on offer. You have to be prepared to travel far, but you will be richly rewarded with awe-inspiring landscapes that exist on a scale that is barely imaginable. 
    Surrounded by 18,000km of beaches, this is a nation that thrives on the outdoors. From sailing in the Whitsunday Islands to Aussie Rules football, from skiing in the Snowy Mountains to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and everything in between. Yet in contemporary Australia, the thriving cosmopolitan city centres are also important sites of interest in their own right. Here you will find distinct local cultures, outstanding food and wine, and a refreshing al-fresco café culture that is typically laidback. From the chic and fashionable Melbourne to the elegance and sophistication of Adelaide, not to mention Sydney, Hobart or the up-and-coming bustle of Perth. 
    Australia facts 
    Location: Australia comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania, and is neighboured by Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east. 
    Time difference: Canberra has a time zone of GMT + 10 hours. There are several time zones within Australia. 
    Language: English. 
    Population: 24.889 million. 
    Size: 7,692,024 km2, roughly 2,290 miles from north to south and 2,500 miles from east to west. 
    Currency: Australian Dollars (about 1.82 to the pound) 
    Capital: Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory between Sydney and Melbourne. 
    Geography and climate 
    Australia’s size results in a variable climate. The expansive interior is hot throughout the year but can often be very cold at night. The southern third of the country enjoys warm summers (December – March) and mild winters (June – August), although there are extremes of this, such as in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, where ski resorts are found. The Far North of the country has just two seasons because of its position on the monsoon belt – hot and wet, and hot and dry. 
    Cities and Culture 
    Australia is often thought about in terms of its natural bounty. The mind quickly wanders to images of beaches, landscape, wildlife and weather. Yet modern Australia is also home to a rich tapestry of cultures, and a wonderful array of buzzing urban centres. To the East, the iconic Sydney stands proud in its beautiful Harbour home, where miles of waterways, the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and a gleaming CBD coincide invitingly. To the West lies pretty and friendly Perth, the most isolated city in the world, located closer to South East Asia than any other Australian city. Here, find a rich and relaxed quality of life, where great food and wonderful scenery are perched on the banks of the Swan River. In the South, fashionable, sporty and arty Melbourne has cemented itself as the centre of the Australian cultural sphere, whilst elegant, sophisticated and green Adelaide boast the country’s best food and wine, and an enviable Mediterranean climate. With so many other exciting destinations on offer, such as the historic and alternative Hobart, or the sparkling CBD and gorgeous sunshine of Brisbane, clients will find exceptional stays in the many cities of this wonderful country. 
    Landscape and Coastline 
    Whilst many minds would simply conjure an image of a beach and a eucalyptus tree, Australia’s landscapes are more varied than one can truly comprehend. From the distinct, dusty red of the outback in Ayers Rock to the tropics of the Daintree Rainforest in the Far North Queensland, from the superb ski resorts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, to the humid plains of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. To the same degree, the coastline of Australia matches this variety. For example, two extensive areas of coral reef are found here; Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef in the North East, each with warm, calm and crystal-clear water. Yet elsewhere, the coastline can take on a decidedly temperate tone, such as is found on the Great Ocean Road of Victoria and South Australia, where striking and jagged limestone cliffs bravely stand to the onslaught of the Southern Ocean. 
    Wildlife and Ecology 
    For nature enthusiasts, Australia offers a pilgrimage unlike any other. Its geographical isolation has resulted in more than 80% of the flowering plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs being unique to Australia, along with most of its fresh water fish, and almost half of its birds. Within this unique list, iconic species are often members of the marsupial family, and these include classic images of Australia such as its friendly and inquisitive kangaroos, koalas, wombats and wallabies. Elsewhere, you may encounter the weird and wonderful animals that are unlike anything found on earth. In the Tropical North of Queensland, for example, the Cassowary is an elusive and beautiful flightless bird which is often seen through the densest patches of rainforest. In freshwater, other guests may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a platypus, a wonderful creature that has challenged taxonomies of the natural world for years. With so many more interesting species on offer, from echidnas to crocodiles to emus, wherever you are in Australia, the variety of landscapes will have provided an entirely unique assemblage of species that have captured the imagination of naturalists the world over. 
    Underwater, things are even more interesting still. In the North East of the country, the Great Barrier Reef lies in the shallow, warm and calm waters of the Coral Sea. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, such is the scale of the Barrier Reef that it can clearly be seen from space. Here, 3000 individual reef systems are host to an astonishing variety of coral and reef animals. Yet it is not the only series of coral reefs in Australia. To the North West, one can find the spectacular Ningaloo Reef, a favoured home of pelagic species such as Whale Sharks, Cetaceans and Manta Rays, whilst Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific Ocean contains the southern-most barrier reef found anywhere in the world. Elsewhere in Australia, these warm and tropical waters meet the nutrient richness of the temperate zone, creating a home for a wonderfully vibrant array of species. The crystal-clear waters of Jervis Bay, for example, provide a playground for seal colonies and tropical fish species alike. Again, due to the scale of Australia, a wide variety of marine ecosystems are found which provide a totally unique assemblage of species to explore wherever you may find yourself. 
    Also calling Australia home, however, are of course the snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks, jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus and various creepy crawlies that send chills down the spines of many would-be-tourists. In truth, these animals are rarely seen by anyone who isn’t explicitly searching for them, and the majority of trips to Australia are trouble free. Expressions Holidays recommend that clients follow local advice when travelling within Australia, to best avoid incident with potentially dangerous animals. 
    Food and Wine 
    Australia has recently established itself as a great culinary destination, a result of excellent local produce and immigration. ‘Modern Australian’ describes the country’s new cuisine – a blend of east and west. Dishes are generally unfussy, with often bold and interesting flavours. Whilst cuisine does not really alter from region to region, there are some obvious influences such as Southeast Asian in Darwin and Italian in Melbourne. Undoubtedly Australia’s best food is seafood, which is taken from some of the purest waters and usually cooked with great care. Especially prized are Sydney rock oysters, sea scallops from Queensland, fantastic rock lobsters and sweet mud crabs. Meat is also excellent, tender and full flavoured. Very few dishes can be called uniquely Australian but the range of cuisines on offer here span the globe – from Indian and Vietnamese to Fijian and Jamaican – it can all be found in Australia. The size of Australia means that there is some incredible and varied produce on offer – from sublime Tasmanian strawberries to highly prized lamb from the lush Gippsland of Victoria and plentiful mangoes in Queensland. Elsewhere, the ‘bush tucker’ of Aboriginal Australia is on offer to adventurous tourists in the Northern Territory. 
    With vineyards found in every state of Australia, and a total cultivated land mass of 160,000 hectares, Australia’s wine scene has matched the rise of its gastronomic fare. A varied climate, and a history of geographically diverse immigration, have resulted in a full range of wines, from full-bodied Merlot to the scintillating acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. Indeed, a whole suite of regions have become iconic as part of this trend, including the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and the Margaret River Valley in Western Australia. Each boasts spectacular rural scenery, and undoubtedly first-class cuisine to match the fruits of the land. 
    Government advice 
    The UK government has an excellent website www.fco.gov.uk which you must use to obtain up-to-date information about worldwide destinations. This site gives details about trouble spots but also general advice about most countries. We advise most strongly that you check notices about your intended destination before you book and travel. 
    Passport and Visas 
    A full British passport is required for travel to Australia. Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid and still has six months validity before you book your holiday and it can take some time to obtain a new one. Each individual needs his or her own passport so if you are thinking of taking an infant, allow plenty of time to get a passport. Visas are required for travel to Australia, and the details of this should be checked with the Australian authorities. You may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority which can be arranged very quickly on-line. More details from www.eta.immi.gov.au Visas are not required for Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai or Malaysia. Visitors may enter the USA as part of the visa waiver scheme, details of which should be obtained from www.usembassy.org.uk 
    Health 
    There are no required vaccinations for travel to Australia but you should nevertheless always check with your doctor before travelling. A leaflet is available from the Department of Health called ‘Health Advice to Travellers’, by telephoning 0800-555777. If you are suffering from any disability or illness, this should be communicated to us at the time of booking. Please note that pregnant passengers are not accepted by airlines usually after about 28 weeks into the pregnancy. You should check this with us before you make a booking. 
    Insurance 
    It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are adequately insured for your holiday. Please refer to our statement on insurance in our booking conditions. Insurance for the activities you choose to undertake during your holiday is also your own responsibilities. Additional requirements are needed for scuba diving, such as a doctor’s certificate. 
    Security and personal safety 
    When travelling you should take sensible precautions wherever you are and take care of money and personal valuables when passing through crowded and public places and cities in particular. In Australia, you should advise your accommodation when you set out on a long walk, drive, or venture into the wilderness. It is sensible to top up with petrol whenever you are about to leave a town for a long rural drive. 
    Wildlife hazards 
    In Australia, you should heed local advice as far as crocodiles, sharks, spiders, snakes, jellyfish and other species are concerned. Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the tropics. In fact, it is advisable to take your own anti-mosquito creams and lotions with you. Other insects (large beetles, cockroaches, sand flies etc) and some rodents are also common in tropical places. We cannot prevent these creatures from entering your accommodation. If this is a worry, perhaps a holiday to the tropics is not right for you. Guide books available will give you more advice on wildlife hazards. 
    Getting around 
    Main roads in Australia are very good. Some roads are not surfaced, particularly side roads, rural roads and private roads. These often lead to lodge accommodation. 
    What to wear 
    Due to the incredible diversity in climate and landscape, a trip to Australia will require a range of clothing. We advise you check local recommendations. 
    Tipping 
    Tipping us generally expected for many services throughout Australia. Around 10 per cent of the bill is sufficient. This does not apply to your hotel stay.

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