Tour ID: 10060329
This 2 day tour is a must for lovers of fine food & produce. We have selected the best for you. We take you to wineries, gourmet shops, organic producers, and producers of cured meats and small goods, there is more! Also the scenery and the charming towns with great architecture and history will amaze & delight you. Your overnight accommodation is very special!
We pick you up from your Melbourne hotel of from Federation Square (this will be pre-arranged) between 8 am and 830 am. You will be given your cool bag in which you can gather your goodies as we travel through this beautiful area famous for its lovingly produced food and beverages.
We travel north from Melbourne and visit a working organic farm in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges.
We then stop for a coffee in one of the picturesque townships before visiting the memorial cross on top of Mt Macedon for a birds eye view of the region. Leaving Mt Macedon we travel to Hanging Rock Winery to sample their award winning wines at their beautiful vineyard with its stunning views of Hanging Rock and Mt. Macedon.
Next we drive a few kilometres further west to the historic town of Kyneton to stroll through the famous Piper Street food precinct. This is a perfect place to start filling your cool bag with local produce fresh from the surrounding countryside. We have a beautiful lunch arranged for you at the only 'Chefs Hat' restaurant in Kyneton started by a famous local chef Annie Smithers.
After lunch we travel to the beautiful town of Daylesford famous for its mineral waters, artisan food producers, fine dining, boutique shops and gold rush architecture.
The next experience we have lined up for you is a visit to Herbal Lore, world renowned for its fine herbal liquors, herbal chocolates and liquor fruits. A generous sampling of the product range, along with an entertaining explanation of its creation and manufacture has been arranged for you.
Your stay in Daylesford this evening is at the 'Lake House', one of the acclaimed 'Luxury Lodges of Australia'. This stunning property has become an iconic destination for sublime dining experiences. The afternoon provides time to enjoy your surroundings, relax in style or pamper yourself with a spa or massage treatment. This memorable stay includes a stay in a beautiful 'waterfront' room, 3 course dinner in the 2 'Chefs Hat' awarded restaurant of Alla Wolf-Tasker and full country breakfast.
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we pick you up and take you to O’Tooles Honey to talk to local identity Des O’Toole and sample some of his delicious honey. Then we take a short drive to the nearby hamlet of Musk where we visit the acclaimed vineyard of Passing Clouds for a tasting of their wines followed by a visit to Istra, a family owned company producing cured meats and smallgoods renowned for their high quality and flavour.
Also in Musk, we visit the Daylesford Cidery. The cidery is the outcome of years of hard work by the owners who have planted over 1500 varieties of vintage apple trees. Here you will be shown around the vast orchard and be offered tastings of the cider by the owners.
Our lunch stop is Trentham, the hidden gem of the Central Highlands, where you’ll have time to stroll through the town filling your bag with delectable local produce before lunch and tour at the famous Red Beard Bakery. Red Beard is famous for its organic sourdough bread and its use of original scotch ovens.
After Trentham, we drive a short distance to Blackwood where we visit the 'Garden of St Erth' where you can wander through the secluded and peaceful gardens or ramble through the 'Diggers' shop. From here we drive through the beautiful Wombat State Forest to the township of Ballan where we join the Western Highway for our journey back into Melbourne arriving around 6pm.
Tours include :
Stay at the 5 star'Lake House', Daylesford with 3 course dinner
Fully cooked breakfast
Restaurant lunch on Piper street
Lunch at Red Beard Bakery
Small group touring (Max 8 passengers)
2 Winery visits
Visit to Herbal Lore
Visits to Daylesford Cidery, Istra Smallgoods, Red Beard Bakery, O'Tooles Honey and Garden of St Erth
one night/ 2 days
8:00 AM Thu, Sun
Melbourne CBD hotel pick ups only
Twelve years or younger are considered children. Thirteen years and above are considered adults.
Circumstances may require us to alter itineraries and fares without notice. Accommodation - single rooms may be requested and are at an extra cost of $400/night. Cancellation policies; Full amounts are payable for ‘no shows’ and cancellations less than 24 hours from departure. Cancellations less than 1 week before departure we will incur a charge of 50%. More than one weeks notice will incur no charge.
Traveling in a small group [minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 people] with the personal service of an expert guide. If you are a single traveller please contact us before booking to confirm that we have a tour departuring on the day requested. We can also cater for groups.
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