King Valley itinerary
This seven-day guided tour explores the King Valley and the Victorian High Country: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, with an Italian twist!
Day 1: Sunday
Arrival at your 4-star hotel in Milawa. An aperitivo and then dinner at our hotel’s excellent restaurant.
Day 2: Monday
The first walk is a loop that covers many of the Mount Buffalo Plateau’s most recognisable landmarks. The mountain was formed millions of years ago when volcanic activity created a highland almost triple the height of the current plateau. Since then erosion and weathering have shaped the park’s granite spine that we see today. 12 kms, 4 hours. After a cut lunch, we head back to base, stopping at a historic pub on the way. Dinner will be in a small, family-run restaurant that specialises in local produce.
Day 3: Tuesday
Taking advantage of a range of microclimates, from the warmer valley floors to the bracingly cool upper slopes, the King Valley has become known as Australia’s home of Italian wine varietals. Neighbouring Milawa has been classified as Australia’s first ‘gourmet region’ for the equality and diversity of its produce. More than enough to fill today’s wine and food tour, which includes a generous lunch at one of the Italian vineyards. We’ll have a light dinner at our accommodation.
Day 4: Wednesday
After a short drive (30 mins) we come to the gorgeous goldrush town of Beechworth. We’ll start our visit by taking a loop walk from the town into the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park past beautiful cascades and waterfalls, rocky granite outcrops and historical mining sites. 14 kms, 4 hours. We’ll have lunch at a delightful main street bistro. After lunch, we’ll be taken on a guided walk around the town. On the way home, we’ll stop to visit lovely Yackandandah. We’ll have a light dinner at our accommodation.
Day 5: Thursday
Today we will drive into the King Valley for a private cooking lesson based in one of the most important vineyards in the valley. The hands-on classes are held in a purpose-built kitchen, opened in 2010, which overlooks the cellar door and will leave participants ‘feeling empowered and inspired by the end of each session’. After a lazy lunch, we will return to our base, where the rest of the afternoon is free. Dinner will be in a local ‘smokehouse’ operated by a family of Slovenian origin.
Day 6: Friday
The last walk is a spectacular finale: a loop walk around the summit of Mt Stirling, which meanders through different vegetation zones along cross country skiing trails, passing historic huts and refuges and experience classic alpine views from the top. 16 kms, 5 hours. We’ll have a cut lunch along the way. After driving back to base, the afternoon is free. Dinner will be at our accommodation.
Day 7: Saturday
After breakfast, you’ll be free to continue your holiday.
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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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