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South Australian Wildlife and Wine

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,719

A South Australia vacation takes the route not travelled by most trips to Australia. Less crowded but no less satisfying, enjoy the Festival State’s world renowned wines, and marvel at the natural treasure trove that is Kangaroo Island, a haven for a wide variety of Australian and Southern Ocean wildlife.


This 7-day Australia trip departs Adelaide, the undersung capital of South Australia, before taking you to the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide is renowned as one of Australia’s cultural capitals, on par with Melbourne or Sydney. Spend a full day exploring the city’s blend of historic buildings, immaculately designed parks, and Botanic Gardens. Visit the National Wine Centre to learn about South Australia’s most beloved export, and take a tour through the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory to try a worthy runner up! You can also opt to embark on the Adelaide Central Market Discovery Tour to see, hear, smell, and taste why this is the most delicious city in Australia. After dark, perhaps visit an atmospheric wine or cocktail bar in the rejuvenated CBD.

After your brief introduction, it’s time to explore the business (or, let’s be honest, pleasure) hub of South Australia’s wine industry in the Barossa Valley. An orientation tour takes you through the region’s most magnificent scenery, stopping in at a traditional Aussie… or rather, German bakery for pastries. Long settled by German immigrants, the Barossa retains many German touches today, including the picturesque town of Tanunda. You will of course enjoy several tastings at some of the region’s best loved wineries, as well as an alfresco lunch at Vintners restaurant. There’s a lot to see, so this itinerary gives you a full day at leisure after your tour to pick up any sights that interest you.

Transfer to Kangaroo Island, occasionally known as Australia’s Galapagos for its impressive variety of wildlife, including its famous sea lions. Before visiting them, you’ll stop by Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a tour. Upon reaching the park, a National Park Ranger guides you among a breeding colony of sea lions, before you take in a Birds of Prey show. Your final wildlife destination is Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where you can see Koalas, Penguins, Kangaroos, Wallabies, and other species up close. Your second day on the island takes you to a honey farm, and Flinders Chase National Park, which boasts some of the most impressive geological formations in Australia such as Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Keep an eye out for more seals before boarding the ferry back to Adelaide for one final night before your flight home.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,719

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Day 1

Arrive Adelaide

Upon arrival in Adelaide you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.  Adelaide is a picturesque but cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere, the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in the country. It is a great city to walk around with its natural beauty reflected in its parks and historical architecture.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The Sage Hotel Adelaide

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    The Sage Hotel Adelaide



    A comfortable retreat for all travellers, Sage Hotel Adelaide is located on the southern fringe of downtown Adelaide, overlooking the tranquil South Parklands. This refurbished hotel features stylish accommodation with free Wi-Fi, enjoy a free tram ride into the heart of Adelaide where picturesque Victorian ...

    A comfortable retreat for all travellers, Sage Hotel Adelaide is located on the southern fringe of downtown Adelaide, overlooking the tranquil South Parklands. This refurbished hotel features stylish accommodation with free Wi-Fi, enjoy a free tram ride into the heart of Adelaide where picturesque Victorian classical revival architecture and an eclectic mix of dining options await. At the end of the day, simply return home to the familiar warmth you enjoy at Sage Hotel Adelaide.

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Day 2

Adelaide Sightseeing

In the morning, board your coach for the City Highlights Tour. Your guide will introduce you to this delightful city, which is surrounded by parklands with a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, cafes and restaurants. Drive past Adelaide's cultural precinct - North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through historic North Adelaide, where you'll see tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings. Stop and visit the iconic St Peters Cathedral or the newly developed Adelaide Oval then travel through the city's east on the way to the Haigh's Chocolates for a factory tour and tastings of this famous South Australian chocolate. Return to the city via the South Parklands, West Terrace and North Terrace.
Or..choose the Adelaide Central Market Discovery Tour. Built in 1869, the Central Market is one of the largest produce only markets in the southern hemisphere it has been the jewel in the crown of South Australian tourism experiences and is also second home to chefs and food lovers. Tours take participants on a sensory interactive gourmet experience giving them an opportunity to try a range of delicious samples that represent the premium food grown and produced in South Australia. Meet some locals, enjoy the hospitality and discover the true South Australia.

Day 3

Adelaide to Barossa Valley

Today you will enjoy a small group tour to the picturesque Barossa Valley. Begin a personally escorted journey that starts with a city orientation tour. You travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley. Perhaps you'll stop at a local bakery to taste the best of the fine German pastries. Travel over the Jacobs Creek for your first tasting of the fine wines at the Peter Lehmann winery. Then visit Torbreck wine cellars, a small winery with rustic charm, making wines in traditional Barossa methods. After, you'll stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda with time to discover the small shops. Before lunch take the picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for an unsurpassed view over the entire Valley. Continue into historic Angaston - one of the more English villages in the Barossa. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant just out of Angaston. Your next stop may be Henschkes winery in Keyneton, a fifth generation German winery or the historic Yalumba, the biggest family run winery in Australia. If time permits you may visit small boutique producers such as Charles Melton or Turkey Flat.

On arrival the evening is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

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    Novotel Barossa Valley Resort



    The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is a restful haven nestled among the vines, just over an hours drive from Adelaide, adjacent to the 18 hole Tanunda Pines Golf Course and boasting panoramic views across the Barossa Ranges and Jacobs Creek Vineyards.

    The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is a restful haven nestled among the vines, just over an hours drive from Adelaide, adjacent to the 18 hole Tanunda Pines Golf Course and boasting panoramic views across the Barossa Ranges and Jacobs Creek Vineyards.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Barossa Valley at Leisure

The day is free to explore the Barossa. The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is a restful haven nestled among the vines, adjacent to the 18 hole Tanunda Pines Golf Course and boasting panoramic views across the Barossa Ranges and Jacobs Creek Vineyards.

South Australia is the state with the largest area of vineyards producing half the country's wine and is responsible for 70 per cent of the country's wine exports. The Barossa Valley is one of the best-known and productive wine districts in Australia, only 50 kilometers/30 miles from Adelaide. There are well over 50 wineries in the Barossa. The landscape includes thousands of hectares of maintained vineyards that contain some of the oldest Shiraz vines dating back to the 1840s

Day 5

Barossa Valley to Kangaroo Island

Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival on the island, you will board your luxury SeaLink coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first official stop will be Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will listen to an introductive talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian sea lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience and meet an array of birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with Snakes, Crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips! You will then be transferred back to your overnight accommodation.

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Duration1 Nights
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Aurora Ozone Hotel

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    Aurora Ozone Hotel



    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce ...

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce and seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast. Sample some of the Islands' finest wines from either the bistro or Ozone Cellars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Kangaroo Island Touring

After a delicious breakfast, visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre Cafe for a scrumptious two course lunch. After lunch you have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary. From here, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. Travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. Return to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation

The Sage Hotel Adelaide

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    The Sage Hotel Adelaide



    A comfortable retreat for all travellers, Sage Hotel Adelaide is located on the southern fringe of downtown Adelaide, overlooking the tranquil South Parklands. This refurbished hotel features stylish accommodation with free Wi-Fi, enjoy a free tram ride into the heart of Adelaide where picturesque Victorian ...

    A comfortable retreat for all travellers, Sage Hotel Adelaide is located on the southern fringe of downtown Adelaide, overlooking the tranquil South Parklands. This refurbished hotel features stylish accommodation with free Wi-Fi, enjoy a free tram ride into the heart of Adelaide where picturesque Victorian classical revival architecture and an eclectic mix of dining options await. At the end of the day, simply return home to the familiar warmth you enjoy at Sage Hotel Adelaide.

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Day 7

Depart Adelaide for North America

Your South Australia adventure ends today with a transfer to the domestic airport for your onward travel arrangements.  Of course, if you have time why not stay longer?

Duration1 Night

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Date US$ CA$
1 Jun - 31 Aug '18 $ 1,719 $ 2,099
1 Sep - 30 Nov '18, 1 Feb - 31 Mar '19 $ 1,799 $ 2,189
1 Dec - 31 Jan '18 $ 1,759 $ 2,139

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival transfer from Adelaide domestic airport to city hotel
  • Accommodation in Adelaide for 2 nights at the Sage Hotel Adelaide
  • Adelaide City Sightseeing Excursion or Adelaide Central Market Tour
  • Best of the Barossa small group wine tour with gourmet lunch
  • Accommodation in the Barossa for 2 nights at the Novotel Barossa Resort
  • 2 day/1 night Kangaroo Island small group tour with 1 night hotel, 2 full days sightseeing, one way flight and one way ferry transfer
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Adelaide at the Sage Hotel Adelaide
  • Departure transfer from city hotel to Adelaide Domestic Airport

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are ‘from’ per person and are land only. Airfares are not included. Space may not be available at listed prices every day, please enquire for pricing for single supplements, upgrades or extensions.

Australia is very popular, some hotels and tour operators will have blackout dates including (but not limited to the following dates:

Crowne Plaza Adelaide: 2 – 5 Mar ’17

Novotel Barossa Valley: A surcharge will apply to package pricing for any stay on a Friday or Saturday night in the Barossa Valley, 14-17 Apr, 25 Apr, 9 – 12 Jun, 29 Sep – 2 Oct.

Travel over the above dates or any hotel stays that cross over seasons will alter your package pricing. Pricing subject to change at any time

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31 Aug 2018
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