King Valley and Victorian High Country gourmet walking tour
A seven day gourmet walking escape in the beautiful King Valley and the Victorian High Country: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, all with an Italian twist.
With its rolling hills covered in vineyards operated by second and third generation Italian families and its charming villages, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany rather than the King Valley in North East Victoria.
Located at the foothills of the Alpine National Park, the King Valley is surrounded by rugged mountains including Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and Mt Buffalo that have been a trekkers’ mecca since the first bushwalking club was established in Bright in 1887.
The area also has a rich history. Aboriginal people have been living here for over twenty thousand years and many of the towns were founded during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, including splendid Beechworth, famous for its associations with Ned Kelly, and lovely Yackandandah.
This seven-day walking tour showcases the best of the region including staying for six nights in fabulous, 4-star accommodation overlooking one Australia’s best known vineyards on the edge of the delightful town of Milawa; four guided walks through some of the most beautiful country in Australia; a wine and food day exploring the gourmet heritage of the area; guided visits to the principal towns; and a private cooking class in a purpose-built kitchen in one of King Valley’s most celebrated (Italian) vineyards.
Discount of 5% for private groups of 10 or more people. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability.
The accommodation for the six nights is in a beautiful 4-star hotel surrounded by gardens, overlooking neighbouring vineyards and distant alpine peaks. The hotel has a pool, guest lounge, terrace and an excellent restaurant. The generous rooms are elegantly decorated in classic country house style. We use garden rooms, however, it is possible to upgrade to Mt Buffalo view rooms, if you prefer.
Food and wine:
Food and wine are some of the highlights of this tour. The beautiful King Valley is a prosperous cool-climate wine region. It is home to twenty-six vineyards, twenty-two of them run by second and third generation Italian families, specialising in Italian varietals and offering fine Italian food. The King Valley is also part of the Milawa Gourmet Region. The tour includes all meals and wine accompanying the meals.
We have included a variety of walks to highlight the natural beauty and diversity of the Alpine National Park and surrounds. They range from 8 to 12 kms and will take from 3 to 4 hours. They follow well-defined, marked trails over generally even surfaces. There are a couple of climbs but nothing dramatic, walks not hikes! You will be accompanied by two guides for each walk.
The closest airport is Albury (the one-hour transfer from there can be organised). Milawa is 6.5 hours drive down the Hume Highway from Sydney (we can provide suggestions for interesting places to break the drive along the way). There is an early morning train from Sydney to Albury that takes 7.5 hours. Milawa is three hours’ drive from Melbourne. There is a midday train service from Melbourne to Wangaratta that takes around 3 hours (transfers here to Milawa can be arranged).
Health and safety:
All aspects of the tour will comply with the Victorian government recommended health, safety and cleanliness procedures. including: the maintenance of social distancing (in the accommodation; in the transport; at meal-times and during activities); regular deep cleaning of the accommodation and transport, compulsory hand sanitizer use entering and leaving the accommodation, transport and restaurants. Each member of the group will be provided with surgical face masks, disposable gloves and a bottle of hand sanitiser.
We require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Should government COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the tour from operating, the tour will be rescheduled. In the event the new dates are not suitable, you will have the option of a credit note for the amount paid which can be used towards future tours or a full refund, minus the deposit which will be held as credit for future tours. Click here for full T&C’s
The tour leader
The tour will lead by Simon Tancred. "I first went to Italy as a backpacker in 1980 and fell in love with the country. I returned in 1983, living and working in Milan until 1988. Afterwards I worked at the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales (Sydney) taking guided tours to Italy annually. I spent two years with my family in Prato (Florence) in 2003 and 2004, working at the Monash University (Melbourne) Centre. Since then I have dedicated myself full-time to Hidden Italy. I love photography and writing and have had articles and photographs on Italy published in most major Australian newspapers and travel magazines. I speak fluent Italian, alas with a pronounced Australian accent. "Great Walks" magazine recently said I had the best job in the world.. there are other much more worthy jobs around but I am lucky my passion has become my profession - click here to read their interview."
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A seven-day gourmet walking tour in the King Valley
31 October to 6 November, 2021
2022 tour dates: 13/3/22 to 19/3/22
Tour Size10 people
Single supplement: $350
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation (an historic guesthouse in village centre)
- All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- Private cooking lesson
- Private guided tour of a number of vineyards and food producers
- All paid admissions during the tour
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I think the tour went really well. We had a very harmonious group. The walks were varied and all very beautiful. We ate well, and probably too well at times! I will be happy to do some more walking with Hidden Italy.
– Assunta Hunter, 2021View all Testimonials ›