King Valley Escape
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, its and charming villages, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany rather than the King Valley in North East Victoria. But King Valley is more than this. Located at the foothills of the Alpine National Park, 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. It 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; three guided walks through some of the most beautiful alpine 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.
Private groups of 8 to 12 people can save $50 per person off the standard prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability.
The accommodation for the six nights is in 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 elegant decorated in classic country house style. We use garden rooms, however, it is possible to upgrade to Buffalo view rooms, if you prefer.
Food and wine:
Food and wine are some of the highlights of this tour. The King Valley is a prosperous cool-climate wine region and a gourmet food area. The valley extends along the King River with a sprinkling of twenty or so award-winning vineyards specialising in Italian varietals. Food is a huge lure to the region with a number of great restaurants and wineries using the excellent local produce. 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. They range from 12 to 16 kms and will take from 4 to 5 hours. They follow well-defined, marked trails and will include some short steep climbs, long gradual inclines, with occasional rough and uneven surfaces. You will be accompanied by two guides.
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 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).
All aspects of the tour will rigorously comply with the Victorian government Department of Health protocols, including: the maintenance of social distancing (in the accommodation; in the transport; at meal times and during activities); each member of the group will be provided with surgical face masks, disposable gloves and a bottle of hand sanitiser.
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A seven-day gourmet escape in the King Valley
8 November to 14 November, 2020
The October tour is fully booked.
Tour Size10 people
Single supplement $350 per person
- 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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