DATES: 20th - 31st December 2020
Discover the vibrant city of Adelaide and uncover some of South Australia’s most captivating regions. Adelaide is fast becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. Multicultural flavours infuse local restaurants, laneways hold secret bars and architecture blends old with new effortlessly. We take our explorations further as we discover world class wine regions, take in the stunning coastline and uncover incredible wildlife on Kangaroo Island where we’ll spend Christmas. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas tour without a special trip to the biggest display of Christmas lights in the southern hemisphere!
Arrive Adelaide (D)
Welcome to Adelaide! Discover the vibrant city of Adelaide and uncover South Australia’s captivating regions. Adelaide is fast becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. Multicultural flavours infuse local restaurants, laneways hold secret bars and architecture blends old with new effortlessly. We take our explorations further as we discover world class wine regions, take in the stunning coastline and uncover incredible wildlife on Kangaroo Island where we’ll spend Christmas. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas tour without a special trip to the biggest display of Christmas lights in the southern hemisphere! On arrival to Adelaide Airport, meet your tour host and fellow travel companions before we are transferred* to our accommodation to check in. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel before beginning this incredible tour.
Accommodation – Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar (2 Nights)
*Arrival transfer will be available at approximately 2.30pm. Please check with reservations before booking your flight.
Adelaide City Sights (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we begin our city sights tour. Once considered a sleepy city, Adelaide has undergone a rapid transformation with world-class art, music and sporting facilities to discover. Our day is going to be full of rich history starting with a leisurely stroll along Adelaide’s tree lined boulevard, North Terrace with our local expert. If you enjoy cricket, AFL or sport in general our next guided tour will be a highlight at the Adelaide Oval, as will are taken into the ground’s inner sanctum. Afterwards, we visit the Bradman Collection, a private collection of memorabilia from Australia’s great Sir Donald Bradman. We have free time this afternoon. You may like to take in the beauty and diversity of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, see giant pandas at the Adelaide Zoo* or wander the Art Gallery of South Australia* and neighbouring South Australia Museum*. Your tour host will be on hand to assist with arranging activities if needed. This evening we will come together for dinner in the hotel.
*during free time any activities are at own expense.
Adelaide – Hahndorf (B,L,D)
Today after breakfast we will check out, board the coach and head to the beautiful Adelaide Hills region to uncover some wonderful local produce. We make our way to Woodside for some local treats. At Cheese Wrights, they have superb hand-crafted cheese, some of which are seasonal and only made when the milk is perfect. Now, you can’t have something savoury without something sweet! The Melba’s Chocolate and Confectionery Factory, produces old Australian favourite sweets using old era chocolate making equipment and is the perfect place to collect some delicious goodies before a delicious lunch at Stanley Bridge Tavern. This afternoon we arrive at our accommodation for the next two nights, in the gorgeous township of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Settle into your room before we meet this evening for dinner.
Accommodation – The Manna of Haus or similar (2 Nights)
After breakfast this morning we discover Beerenberg Farm and enjoy a tasting of the delicious jams and preserves. Next, we enjoy a visit to The Cedars. Lovers of fine art and charming gardens will enjoy this country property known as the home to iconic landscape painter and early conservationist, Sir Hans Heysen. Be captivated by the original works displaced in the furnished home. We then have free time in Hahndorf for the afternoon. The town is a superb “flashback” to the nineteenth century with its smallgoods shops, bakeries, pubs, eateries and attractions housed in authentic surroundings along the main street. Meet early this evening for dinner before we travel to view the Lights of Lobethal. This Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over sixty years, created by the community of Lobethal. In the true spirit of Christmas, a tradition that has continued for over 60 years, it has now evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere. We spend some time driving around the town, admiring the amazing lights on display. *****PLEASE NOTE THAT UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS, THE PARADE AND LIVE NATIVITY PLAY WILL NOT BE GOING AHEAD.
Hahndorf – Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)
We’ll be up at sparrows’ call this morning for quick breakfast before checking out, boarding the coach and then travelling to Cape Jervis for our ferry crossing to Kangaroo Island. Today we visit some interesting attractions unique to the island. The first of which is Clifford’s Honey Farm – home to the island’s own population on Ligurian Bees (the only pure strain in the world). This family business run by Dave & Jenny Clifford started off with just a couple of hives as a hobby in 1973. During the late 1980’s when the wool prices dropped, Dave and Jenny diversified their sheep farm by expanding the small honey business. They opened the farm-gate store in 1993 and continue to run the farm with the help of their daughters and grandchildren. Close by is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where we take an interesting tour of the equipment used to manufacture eucalyptus oil and products. Also a family owned business, and a popular Kangaroo Island tourist attraction, they’ve been operating since 1991. They are the only commercial Eucalyptus Oil distillery in South Australia, and produce 100% pure Australian Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, along with a range of natural products that are available through our farm gate shop. We enjoy a delicious lunch at Emu Ridge before making our way to our accommodation to check in. Have time to freshen up before we meet in the evening for dinner.
Accommodation – Aurora Ozone Hotel or similar (3 Nights)
Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)
Merry Christmas! We have the perfect start to the joys of Christmas Day with a leisurely breakfast before a morning of sightseeing. We travel to nearby Emu Bay where the number of holiday homes equal the number of permanent residents. The beach ranks among the best due to its clear waters and long shoreline. Time permitting you may like to take a swim or stroll along the sand. We travel back to our hotel to enjoy our traditional festive buffet lunch with all the trimmings, overlooking the stunning Nepean Bay. We have time at leisure this afternoon where we could take a walk along Kingscote Wharf or you make like to make use of the hotel facilities or spend some time on the beach. This evening we will have a light dinner at the hotel.
Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)
Kangaroo Island has an abundance of incredible wildlife and today after breakfast we have a chance to get up close and personal. Our local guide will join us on the coach today as we travel to the world famous, Seal Bay. We’ll be taken into the heart of the colony where our experienced guide will teach us about the wonderful Australian Sea Lion. There is nowhere else in the world where you can listen to an expert give their unique insight while walking amongst the colony. We visit Raptor Domain and see the interactive and inspiring Birds of Prey demonstration before lunch. Raptor Domain is an Environmental, Educational, and Rehabilitation Centre set on a beautiful 150 acre property. Here at the Centre there are many orphaned, injured and sick Birds of Prey that come into care each year. Unfortunately not all birds are able to go back to the wild so they become ambassadors for their kind, to create awareness and appreciation. Some of the birds have been bred in captivity and are quite rare, like the White Goshawk, Black-breasted buzzard and the Sooty owl. This afternoon, we explore all that Flinders Chase National Park has to offer. The park’s coastal scenery includes Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks and an excellent boardwalk where we see a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals below. At Rocky River, we should see plenty of Cape Barren Geese and maybe a Tamar Wallaby or two. What a day of truly exceptional wildlife experiences! Returning to our hotel, we’ll have time to freshen up before meeting this evening for dinner
Kangaroo Island – Fleurieu Peninsula (B, D)
This morning, enjoy breakfast before we check out and say farewell to stunning Kangaroo Island and head across to the Fleurieu Peninsula to the town Victor Harbour. Located on Adelaide’s southern doorstep, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers a peaceful Mediterranean feel. There are dozens of white sandy beaches, rolling vineyards and farmlands, and scenic towns on the cost near the entrance to Australia’s longest river. There are plenty of opportunities to see kangaroos and local birdlife as well as dolphins, seals, pelicans, sea lions and whales. The area is also known for its surf beaches, fishing and winter sightings of the Southern Right Whale. Arriving at our hotel we will check in and have time at leisure this afternoon before we come together for dinner in the hotel.
Accommodation – McCracken Country Club or similar (2 Nights)
Fleurieu Peninsula (B, D)
After breakfast today we will take an interesting town tour, of Victor Harbor, with a local guide. We then ride the historic Horse Drawn Tram across the Causeway to Granite Island. Feel the ocean breeze as the beautiful Clydesdale horses draw us along the jetty bridge. The Tramway commenced operation in 1894 and is one of two remaining in the world that operate a daily service. Granite Island is around 62 acres and is one of the most recognised ecological attractions in Victor Harbor due to its unusual granite formations with crashing white waves, elevated views, flora and fauna, and walking trails that provide outstanding panoramic coastal views. Enjoy free time to explore the rugged coastline or spot the little penguins that inhabit this island before returning to the hotel. Meet this evening in the hotel for dinner.
McLaren Vale – Glenelg – Adelaide (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we board the coach and make our way to McLaren Vale, known as the birthplace of South Australia’s wine industry. We have time to explore the McLaren Vale township. Here you might like to indulge your sweet tooth at Medlow Confectionery* (famous for the South Australian favourite Fruchocs) or enjoy one of the many coffee shops* dotted along the main street. *own expense
We visit Lloyd Brothers, home of delightful wines, olives and lifestyle products and have time here for a tasting whilst admiring the grounds. Set amongst the tranquil lake, gorgeous vines and 200-year-old gum trees is Serafino Winery. Relax in this beautiful location as we enjoy a wine tasting over a delicious lunch. On our way back to Adelaide, we stop at the beachside suburb Glenelg, for a lovely stroll along the esplanade before dinner. Choose from the many dining options available and soak up the atmosphere of this very popular beachside suburb.
Accommodation – Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar (2 Nights)
Murray River (B, L, D)
Have an early breakfast before we board the coach and make our way to the picturesque Murray River. Sit back and relax as we are welcomed aboard the MV Jester. Get up close with unique birdlife, towering cliffs and gorgeous flora and fauna of the riverbanks viewed through panoramic windows or from the surrounding deck. We enjoy morning tea whilst listening to interesting commentary about the history of the Murray, the significance of the paddle steamer and the Mannum township before a delicious pub lunch. Returning to Adelaide we will have time to freshen up before we enjoy our farewell dinner at the Strathmore Hotel.
Depart Adelaide (B)
Sadly our time in South Australia has come to an end. A final breakfast together and then with our bags packed, we say our goodbyes and transfer* to the airport. We arrive home from a fantastic holiday.
*Please do not book departure flights prior to 12.30pm