McLaren Vale + Adelaide Hills gourmet walking tour

Join us in beautiful South Australia as we walk the vineyard and ocean trails of McLaren Vale, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Mt Lofty Ranges, staying in excellent accommodation, enjoying fine food and wines and great company.

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McLaren Vale is one of Australia's most celebrated wine producing areas, undulating hills nestled between the ocean and the Mt Lofty Range, a short drive south of Adelaide.  It boasts famous wineries and excellent restaurants.  We taste our way through the region, walking a variety of beautiful trails between towns, along coastal clifftops and through forest.  The tour finishes on Mt Lofty, the highest point in the Adelaide Hills, staying in the marvellous Mt Lofty House. 

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This 7-day walking tour showcases the best of the region including: six nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels (the first night in the fashionable East end of Adelaide, then four nights in the heart of vineyards on the edge of McLaren Vale town and finally the last night in an historic hotel on Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills); five guided walks; and vineyard visits with tastings.  It includes three exceptional degustation meals at three of the State's finest restaurants.

Discount of 5% for private groups of 10 or more people. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability.

Please note, this tour precedes the Hidden Italy Adelaide + the Flinders Ranges tour.  If you join both, Hidden Italy will cover the cost for the extra night in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Adelaide.

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The accommodation:

The accommodation:

The first night of the tour is in a fashinoable, 4-star boutique hotel in the popular East End of Adelaide.  We then spend four nights in spa rooms in a lovely 4-star hotel on the edge of McLaren Vale town, which has a pool, winery and fine dining restaurant on site. Our final night is in the luxurious hotel on Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, which has a 3-chef hat fine restaurant dining.

Food and wine:

Food and wine:

A hearty breakfast is included daily.  Lunch and dinner are also provided each day.  This includes three degustation meals at three of South Australia's finest restaurants: a classic Italian meal in one of Adelaide's most-awarded restaurants; a seasonal degustation lunch in the heart of McLaren Vale's best vineyards; and, to finish, an evening at Mt Lofty's three-hatted restaurant.  Wine is included with the meals.

The walks:

The walks:

You will enjoy variety of walks in the Morialta, Onkaparinga Gorge and Mt Lofty National Parks passing waterfalls, gorges and forests.  We also include a walk through the vineyards of McLaren Vale and a spectacular hike along the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.  The walks follow well-marked trails and there are no sustained climbs.  They are from 8 to 13 kilometres, please refer to the itinerary for details.  You will be accompanied by two guides on each of these walks.

Health and safety

Health and safety

All aspects of the tour will comply with the South Australian 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.


Booking conditions:

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 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 South Australia

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Dates

    28 May to 3 June, 2022

  • Tour Size
    10 people
  • Tour Cost


    per person
  • Single supplement: $600
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation
  • All breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners at excellent restuarants/vineyards
  • Tastings at wineries
  • Private luxury bus transport throughout (Mercedes Sprinter or similar)
  • Two professional guides
  • All paid admissions/fees during the tour

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