Victoria: Luxury Food, Wine, & Walking15 days & 14 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Melbourne
Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of Cox & Kings who will transfer you by a private vehicle to your accommodation. This afternoon you will be met by your private guide and vehicle for your half day Melbourne city sightseeing tour. Enjoy a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens and tour the Shrine of Remembrance. Visit bayside areas including St. Kilda (Melbourne's summer playground) and take a walk along the beach-side promenade. Other attractions you may want to include in your day are the Yarra River, The Golden Mile, Royal Exhibition Building, Parliament House and the Fitzroy Gardens.Crown Towers - 3 Nights
This morning you will be met by your private guide and vehicle for your Melbourne culinary experience, hosted by a local culinary expert. Melbourne's reputation as one of the world's preeminent food and wine destinations continues to gain pace, a reputation due in no small part to its rich ethnic diversity and colorful past. This tour will take you on a culinary journey through Melbourne's fascinating precincts - Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Chinese and more! Learn and understand how different cultures have educated the palates of Melbournians over the past 200 years and developed this city's obsession with quality food and produce.Crown Towers (B)
Day 3Melbourne/Yarra Valley
This morning, make your way independently to De Bortoli Vineyard, Yarra Valley for an exclusive tour and tasting. Immerse yourself in the story of the De Bortoli family, one of determination and triumph that started nearly 90 years ago in war-torn Europe. Enjoy the spectacular views of the vineyard whilst learning about their viticulture practices before touring the wine making facilities where you will have the rare opportunity to taste wines under production from barrels and tanks. Your guide will then spoil you with a decadent gourmet cheese and wine tasting. Afterwards, be delighted at Locale restaurant with a 3 course Italian-inspired lunch with matched wines.Crown Towers (B, L)
Day 4To Mornington Peninsula
Today, depart Melbourne and commence driving to your accommodation in the Mornington Peninsula (approximately 1 hour). The remainder of your day is at leisure and while in the Mornington Peninsula area, we suggest the following optional activities: take a dip at any one of dozens of beautiful day beaches from Frankston to Portsea; visit Victoria's first natural hot spring spa at the Peninsula Hot Springs; explore the wonders of Mornington Peninsula and French Island national parks; tee up for great golf with spectacular views at one of the many championship golf courses; visit historic towns, homes and museums.Jackalope Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
Day 5Mornington Peninsula
Today, make your way independently to Montalto Winery for your shared behind the scenes winery experience. Experience first-hand the winemaking and grape growing process with this unique behind the scenes tour, hosted by Montalto's highly awarded wine making team. Taste wines straight from the barrel and learn about the intricate wine making process. Follow up the tour with a private wine tasting featuring Single Vineyard wines that truly reflect the location of the vines. Enjoy a long lunch with wine in Montalto's Piazza Cafe.Jackalope Hotel (B, L)
Day 6To The Great Ocean Road
Depart Mornington and drive to meet your vehicular ferry at Sorrento (approximately 45 minutes) bound for Queenscliff (approximately 40 minutes). Upon arrival, depart for your accommodation (approximately 3 hours along the coast or 2 hours and 30 minutes inland). Please note: arrival time at the Lodge can be no later than 11:00 am. This afternoon, enjoy a shared guided walking tour. Begin your walk in the tea-trees with a few impromptu peeks out to the Southern Ocean. Next, drop down onto Johanna Beach, walking barefoot and enjoying the warm Australian sun. At the end of the beach, refresh with cool water or lemonade before walking or taking transport back to your lodge.Twelve Apostles Lodge - 3 Nights (B)
Day 7The Great Ocean Road
This morning, join another spectacular shared guided walking tour. Beginning at Milanesia Gate, discover some of the most remote sections of the Great Ocean Walk. The ocean is your steadfast companion across 12.5 kilometers of rolling terrain today, beginning with Milanesia Beach. After a fleeting beach visit, it's a short but bracing climb that whispers of what's to come. Over the next few hours, your trail carves its way through deep gullies with tree ferns and towering remnant Eucalyptus, with a lunch stop providing unsurpassed views across to Cape Volney and Cape Otway.Twelve Apostles Lodge (B)
Day 8The Great Ocean Road
This morning, discover the secrets of local shipwrecks on your shared guided tour, commencing at one of Australia's highest cliff-top vistas. More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline and your first stop is aptly named Wreck Beach. If conditions allow, drop down to Wreck Beach and hear tales of pillaging and misfortune. Following lunch, thick Eucalyptus forest gives way to sections of moonscape. Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. After some 12.5 kilometers, reward yourself with a cooling river dip to end an active day.Twelve Apostles Lodge (B)
Day 9To Port Fairy
Begin the day with an easy 30-minute walk to the Twelve Apostles. Keep an eye out for two resident mobs of kangaroos across the hillside. No, there's not twelve, which may come as no surprise. But amongst the proudly standing seven, lie five recently discovered apostles beneath the ocean's surface. There's a viewing platform exclusive to walkers on the final stretch before your arrival to the Visitor Centre, the official end to your walk. Take to the skies to bid farewell with a 15-minute helicopter flight, followed by lunch in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell. Upon your return to the Twelve Apostles Lodge, drive to your accommodation in Port Fairy (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes).Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel (B)
Day 10To Grampians
Today, depart Port Fairy and commence driving to your hotel in the Grampians (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). This afternoon is at leisure and we suggest a walk through the scenic Grampians Mountain Range - one of the state's most popular attractions. Straddling a rugged sandstone mountain ridge this 167,000 hectare park is noted for its Aboriginal art sites (it contains the majority of Aboriginal rock art sites in south-east Australia) and the great variety of its plant and animal life, including 200 bird species, koalas, kangaroos, possums, gliders and echidnas. It contains a third of Victoria's native plant species, including an array of colorful wildflowers for which the park is renowned.Royal Mail Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
Today is a day at your leisure in the beautiful Grampians.Royal Mail Hotel (B)
Day 12To Daylesford
Today depart the Grampians and commence driving to your accommodation in Daylesford (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes), your home for the next two nights.Lake House - 2 Nights (B)
This morning, you will be met at your hotel by your private guide and vehicle for a full day in Victoria's spa country. This begins a day of galleries, fresh produce, lush farmland and stone farmhouse buildings. Enjoy morning tea at the famous Red Beard Bakery, best known for its 100-year-old Scotch oven which is still in use today. You have the option to enjoy some time at a local spa, or, you may prefer a visit to the award-winning Convent Gallery with its picturesque gardens overlooking the township of Daylesford. Enjoy and savor a delicious lunch at one of Australia's best regional restaurants - The Lake House.Lake House (B, L)
Day 14To Melbourne
Depart Daylesford and commence your drive to Melbourne (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). The remainder of your day is at leisure and while in Melbourne, we suggest the following optional activities: visit the Victorian Arts Centre, the Victorian Gallery and Como House; learn about Australia's natural and cultural history at Melbourne Museum located in the Carlton Gardens; visit Federation Square, a unique cultural precinct in the heart of Melbourne; stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens; take the "Art from the City Circle" tram ride or a walk through streets and laneways to experience the city's public artworks; visit Queen Victoria Market to discover the iconic food halls - the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.Crown Towers (B)
Day 15Depart Melbourne
It's time to bid farewell to Melbourne and Victoria. Depart your accommodation, drive to Melbourne Airport (approximately 30 minutes) and return your rental vehicle prior to boarding your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Victoria: Luxury Food, Wine, & Walking
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