Wine Trails of Tasmania & South Australia

Departures: Australia

Wine Trails of Tasmania & S. Australia

Explore award-winning vineyards in Hobart and the Melbourne area with Seattle based sommelier Cyril Frechier, Director of Wine for numerous restaurants in the Seattle area such as Rovers, Campagne and Marche Bistro. Recipient of the French Wine Scholar Guild’s Highest Honors Award, Cyril is currently the specialist of French wines for American Northwest Distributors. Enjoy Cyril’s behind-the-scenes expertise and enthusiasm for the wines of this area which he describes as “…delicate, fresh and vibrant wines that suit today’s palate. The chardonnays, pinots and sparkling wines are world-class.”

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.

Pricing

$4,990 per person, double*
$1,290 single supplement

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

February 1 — 11, 2018

Day 1 – 2

Depart for Hobart

Depart Seattle for Hobart. Lose one day due to time change and travel. If you wish to visit Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, consider our four day, pre-trip extension!

Day 3

Hobart

Located on the River Derwent, under towering Mount Wellington, Hobart is a city from a bygone era that wears it’s modern face well. Once bustling with whalers and entrepreneurs, 19th-century sandstone warehouses now serve as dockside cafes, artist’s studios and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy excellent cuisine and fine wines.

On arrival at Hobart Airport, we transfer to our waterfront hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Salamanca Market—considered one of the biggest and best in Australia. Enjoy an evening welcome reception with local wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Day 4

MONA MUSEUM VISIT

After breakfast, we’ll travel by catamaran to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)—housed into a subterranean fortress along the banks of the Derwent River. Its confronting and eclectic collection spans the ages and is ranked number one in Gourmet Traveller magazine’s list of 100 places to visit in the world.

We’ll have lunch at The Source Restaurant, where Michelin-starred chef Philippe Leban blends Tasmanian ingredients and traditional French cuisine to make culinary artworks, followed by the chance to taste exceptional cool-climate wines like Muse Botrytis Riesling and Muse Vintage Brut.

Day 5

Southern Wine Trail

We spend the day exploring the stunning vineyards and wineries of the Southern Tasmanian Wine Region, renowned for chardonnays, pinots and sparkling wines, historic settings and fabulous flavors. We will visit 3 great local cellars for extensive wine tasting, and enjoy lunch in one of the vineyards.

Day 6

EASTERN WINE TRAIL – FREYCINET

This morning after breakfast we depart Hobart for Freycinet National Park. One of Australia’s most scenic road trips—the Great Eastern Drive has breathtaking coastal views and is home to some of the best vineyards in the country. En route, we will visit 3 wineries and enjoy a gourmet lunch. Many of the wineries are located in historic dwellings that were built by convicts in the 1800s.

Upon arrival late afternoon to Freycinet Lodge, relax on the deck and soak in the stunning views, or go for a walk along the beach.

Day 7

Melbourne – City Walking Tour

Following breakfast, check out and depart for Hobart Airport and our short flight to Melbourne. This sophisticated world-class city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia is famous for its vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, cafés, cool bars and unbeatable galleries.

This afternoon we’ll take a walking tour through Melbourne’s beautiful arcades and laneways, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover galleries, designers and specialty retailers, which often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Late afternoon check in at our centrally located hotel.

Day 8

Melbourne & Beyond

A day at leisure in Melbourne. Check out the National Gallery of Victoria, head to the beach for a day of sun, explore the gastronomic scene or choose one of two optional tours – the first is a full-day drive along the Great Ocean Road, where you’ll experience roaring surf, white sand beaches, and towering cliffs. Or opt for a fifteen-minute helicopter flight along the breathtaking coastline to view the 12 Apostles, Lockard Gorge and London Bridge.

Day 9

Yarra Valley Wineries

Today we explore the beautiful Yarra Valley, internationally recognized as one of Australia’s leading wine producing regions. The valley is home to many young, progressive winemakers creating vibrant, cutting-edge wines from French grape varieties including Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll visit Domaine Chandon Australia, De Bortoli Winery and Fergusson Winery with a gourmet lunch at De Bortoli Winery included.

Day 10

Melbourne – Queen Victoria Market

After breakfast, we’ll explore the expansive, open-air Queen Victoria Market spanning an incredible 17 acres—making it the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market brings together a bustling collection of fresh produce, wine, colorful traders, specialty goods, emerging artisans, performers and a diverse collection of cultures. We’ll savor some tastings along the way.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Cyril, Susan and friends.

Day 11

Depart for Home

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for flights home or extend your stay in Australia!

Optional Extensions

Explore beautiful Sydney, and then head to the Great Barrier Reef, home to more than 1,500 kinds of colorful fish and hundreds of coral species. This World Heritage Site is a must for snorkelers and divers.

Or opt for a visit to Uluru (formerly known as Ayer’s Rock)—a site that is sacred to the local aboriginal group—the Anangu, where you’ll explore Aboriginal culture.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included.