Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula (Vic)
This terrific tour showcases some the best Victoria has to offer: six nights accommodation in excellent 4-star hotels; fine food and wines; vineyard visits and lots of fabulous walks.
Mornington Peninsula is the south-eastern arm of Port Philip Bay, an hour’s drive south of Melbourne. The Peninsula has been the city’s summer playground since the 1870s when paddle steamers ran down to Portsea and it is easy to see why, it kind of has the lot. The inside of the bay, the ‘front beaches’, is lined with family-friendly beaches starting at pretty Mornington town and finishing in glamorous Portsea. The rugged outside of the peninsula, the ‘back beaches’, faces Bass Straits, it is a world of ocean surf beaches and coastal walks.
Away from the coast, the peninsula’s interior is scattered with charming towns like Main Ridge, Red Hill and Merricks. It is a wine- and food-lover’s paradise, with more than fifty cellar doors and some of Victoria’s finest winery restaurants. There is also plenty of fine walking following well-marked coast trails through the Point Nepean and Mornington Peninsula national parks or exploring the forests of Greens Bush in the centre of the peninsula.
This tour presents some of the best that Victoria has to offer, starting a night in an historic hotel in the heart of ‘marvellous Melbourne’ before heading south to spend the next five nights based in a luxury hotel surrounded vineyards in the centre of Mornington Peninsula. From here we will explore the peninsula following walking trails that take us through national parks and vineyards and along the rugged coastline of Bass Strait. Along the way, we will visit the gorgeous towns of Sorrento and Portsea, Red Hill and Merrick, visiting some of the finest restaurants and wineries in regional Victoria.
The first night is at an elegant, four-star hotel in Little Collins Street in the centre of Melbourne which has been part of the city’s history of over a century. The next five nights we will stay in lovely garden view rooms in boutique four-star hotel surrounded by three-four acres of gardens and vineyards in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula.
Food and wine:
All breakfast, most dinners and lunches are included in the cost of the tour (please see the itinerary for details). The restaurants have been chosen to showcase the variety and quality of the region’s fine produce including a chic Italian restaurant in the laneways of Melbourne; a lazy vineyard lunch and dinner at “one of the most exciting places to eat in the Mornington Peninsula”. Wine is included with the dinners.
These are walks, not hikes. The terrain on the peninsula is undulating without any long climbs. The walks range from 9 to 13 kms, including a walk that takes you above spectacular ocean beaches; another that passes through bushland in the Mornington Peninsula National Park to dramatic Cape Schanks; and a rail trail that winds through vineyards to a small coastal village.
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 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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Seven days exploring the Mornington Peninsula
6 March to 12 March, 2022
Single supplement: $350
- 6 nights twin-share accommodation with en suite bathroom
- 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.
- Tastings at wineries
- 5 guided walks
- All paid admissions/fees during the tour
- Private transport throughout
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