I Love Wine & Sightseeing [ST-S1ws]
10 Days: I Love Wine & Sightseeing [ST-S1ws]
SYDNEY TRAVEL DEAL

Book By: September 21, 2017

Starting at
$2,309
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (5 Nights), Hunter Valley (3)
  • US Domestic Flights are not included. Please check quote for inclusion
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation
  • Day Tours Included - Sydney: Small Group Morning Harbour Cruise, Sydney Opera House Tour, Sydney Panoramic City Sights, Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour; Hunter Valley: Your Choice of Segway Tour or Horseback Trail Ride, Wine School
  • Car Hire - 3 Day Car Rental, Pick-Up at the Sydney City Location, Drop-Off at the Sydney Airport Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - Hometown to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by domestic air to your destination.

If you request US domestic air pricing, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney

Departure from US arriving in Sydney via Virgin Australia Boeing 777.

In-flight meal along with beverages served throughout the flight. Enjoy award-winning In-flight entertainment with individual seat back screens featuring movies, music and more. Upgrades to ‘The Business’ and Premium are available upon request.
Note: You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry, you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA.

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 2 to 7 - 5 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.

Your accommodation is located on George Street, right in the heart of the city, with easy access to major attractions such as Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and all the shopping of the CBD.

Day 2 - Day Tour, Small Group Morning Harbour Cruise - (2 Hr)

Treat yourself to a one of a kind Sydney Morning Tea Cruise!

Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise. A unique, Sydney Harbour Highlights two hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy lite morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.

Day 3 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hr)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

Day 3 - Afternoon Tour, Sydney Panoramic City Sights

See The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney business & shopping districts, historic homes, Tamarama, Bronte & Bondi Beaches (stroll the beachfront at Bondi), Dover Heights, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Kings Cross, Mrs Macquaries Point.

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.

Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost), then continue on to Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre. Passengers can join our optional harbour dinner cruises or seaplane tours (additional expense). The designated harbour dinner cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium). If you do not wish to join a dinner cruise you will be returned directly to your hotel.

Inclusions: Hotel pick-up, small group touring for 3.5 hours, as per above.
Afternoon Half-Day Tour Departs at 1:00pm and Returns at 4:30pm; Alternately the Morning Half-Day Tour Departs at 7:30am.
Does not operate on: Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Day 4 - Day Tour, Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers.
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Days 5 to 6 - Free Days to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!

Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.

It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.

All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Operates:
Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).

Need to Know:
– Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing;
– Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings;
– No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb;
– Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb;
– Maximum of 14 people per group.

Times:
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions:
BridgeClimb cap;
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Classic Bike Tour

Take a unique opportunity to participate in a phenomenal bike tour of Sydney.

The Sydney Classic Tour is Sydney’s most popular biking tour. There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic!

You will see all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. Your expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip to Sydney.

Your guides will take you to see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (including the Flying Foxes), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and over 30 more great attractions! You’ll even stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour! (But just for a quick drink…there’s a lot to see on this tour!)

Operates

Daily. Does not operate on Good Friday, ANZAC Day (April 25), Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26), New Year’s Day (January 1) and Australia Day (January 26).

Need to Know

– Maximum of 20 passengers per tour.
– Child pricing and family rates available on request.
– Drinks at pub stop are not included.

Times

Departs at 10:30am and returns at 2:30pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Inclusions

– Super comfortable bicycle (men’s, women’s, children’s, baby seats and trail alongs)
– Custom, shiny red helmets
– Bicycle mounted bags for small items (camera, wallet, etc.)
– Secure bag storage (while you are out on the tour)
– Rain ponchos (if necessary)
– Fun, entertaining guide knowledgeable in the city and surrounds

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour, and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.

Your journey begins with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in a leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.

This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and transformative.

Operates

Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.

Need to Know

– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour is an all-nature activity.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.

Times

Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

Inclusions

– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal DreamTime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Surfing Lesson

What better place to learn to surf than on World Famous Bondi Beach? Fully qualified staff will help you catch the wave of your dreams, whether it’s your first time setting foot in the ocean or you’re a surf fanatic looking to ride the big one.

To build up your knowledge and confidence, you will first start out on the beach and your instructor will teach you how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water.

Then it’s off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Your lesson will cover surf awareness and safety, sport-specific warm-ups and stretches, standing up, paddling techniques, catching waves and equipment selection advice.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Please bring your own swimsuit and towel.

Lessons are in small groups of 5.

Times

Lessons are 2 hours long available beginning from 7:00am – 4:00pm.

Inclusions

– 2 Hour lesson
– Surfboard and wetsuit rental

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Insider's Tip: The Rocks

Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!



Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia’s finest arts and crafts.




If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you’re after don’t forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!

On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.

With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am – 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Day 7 - Taxi from Sydney Accommodation to Rental Car Pick-Up, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 7 to 10 - 3 Day Car Rental, Pick-Up and Drop-Off in Sydney

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for three days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Days 7 to 10 - Self Drive to/from Hunter Valley

Drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, stop in Port Stephens and return.


Day 1
Self – Drive from Sydney to The Hunter Valley

Pick up your rental car, and depart for the spectacular Hunter Valley – Sydney’s playground! This is a pleasant 2.5 – 3 hour drive.

The Hunter Valley is the earliest winery region in Australia with vines planted as early as 1825. As you roll into Hunter Valley, you might be ready for a bite to eat. We recommend lunch at the delicious Matilda Bay Brew house. Head to your accommodation in time for your scheduled tour on horseback or a Segway.

At your resort, you can check out Wine Theatre where you will watch and learn the basic processes of making wine – from grape to bottle. You can taste all different sorts of delicious Australian wines and get a real hands on experience, learning from professionals. There are so many different activities to choose from, for the couple on a relaxed vacation, to a family looking for some fun! Try out some grape stomping, take a 2 hour cooking school with an expert chef, enjoy a relaxing massage, take a carriage ride, play tennis, go swimming or simply enjoy dinner at San Martino, the on-site Italian Restaurant.

Day 2
Wine School and Explore Hunter Valley

Experience and explore this magical region on your second day in the Hunter Valley.

Start with Wine School in the morning and then head across the road for a stop in at the Binnorie Dairy Cheese Factory– one of the best Cheese Factories in the Hunter.

Then take some time to explore Hunter Valley. This stunning region is home to a number of world class golf courses. One worth a mention is the Cypress Lakes and Greg Norman’s Vintage golf course, an 18 hole trophy golf course ranked as one of the top resort courses in Australia.

If you are more of the adventurous type, get a thrill out of skydiving over the valley, with absolutely breathtaking views of the beauty bellow.

Not into jumping out of a plane? No worries! Hot Air ballooning provides another excellent way to view this astonishing valley from above.

Additionally, there are a number of charming shopping villages, cheese and chocolate factories, horse & carriage tours, galleries, antique stores, cafes & restaurants, and over 150 wineries to explore…there will never be a dull moment! You can take your car out to explore or if you plan on tasting a lot of wine, purchase a daily “Hop on Hop Off” Bus pass.

Day 3
Free Day- Today you have a free day to do whatever you want in and around Hunter Valley. Maybe hit all the stops you didn’t have time for on Day 2 or head to a beautiful costal town called Port Stephens.

Just 70 minutes to the coast, Port Stephens makes a great day trip from Hunter Valley. It is a natural playground built for exploration. From Sand Boarding to dolphin watching, Port Stephens is a gorgeous location for it all.

You can 4WD on the 32 km Stockton Beach. This beach has the largest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. With a marvelous view, and few other tourists, you’ll really enjoy your 4WD drive. All the activities are accompanied by professional instructors to guarantee your safety.

Maybe treat yourself to dolphin watching and a buffet with Moonshadow Cruises, the largest cruising company in Port Stephens. Approximately 150 wild bottlenose dolphins live in Port Stephens, making it the “Capital of Dolphins” in Australia!

After your splendid day in Port Stephens, make your way back to your resort in Hunter Valley.

Day 4
Wakeup early and head to back to Sydney to drop off your car (2.5 – 3hr). Remember to drop off your car before the time you picked it up to avoid be charged an additional day.

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

Days 7 to 10 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Hunter Valley

Travel to your accommodation in Hunter Valley, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, you’ll enjoy a unique stay at a family owned and operated country inn nestled within 45 year old shiraz vineyards on 70 secluded acres.

The resort features many onsite activities including:

* Matilda Bay Brewhouse with 12 craft brews;
* Heavenly Hunter Massage retreat
* 38 wines from 8 local producers
* The Hunter Valley Adventure Centre which includes Horseriding adventures; Segway kangaroo spotting and nature tours; and Sutton Electric Bike hire;
* Dining – Breakfast, lunch & dinner – 7 days;
* Winery where guests can learn how the wine is made;
* The Hunter Wine Theatre;
* Wine & Cooking Schools;
* Candy and Pizza making classes;
* Dessert bar & gourmet produce;
* A great selection of guestrooms & cottages for couples and families;

Your stay includes entry to Wine Theatre and an Onsite Vineyard inspection followed by wine tasting with the Cellar Master.

Just down the road are:
* Binnorie Dairy Cheese Factory
* 4 championship golf courses,
* Skydiving,
* Hot Air Ballooning,
* Hunter Valley Gardens + Shopping Village,
* Hunter Distillery
* Over 140 wineries to visit.

Consider renting an electric bike and exploring the area!

Day 7 - Day Tour, Your Choice of Segway Tour or Horseback Trail Ride

Take a tour of the Hunter Valley bush land on horseback or on a Segway.

Hunter Valley Wine Country Horse Riding: Get acquainted with your surroundings on a one hour ride, available on the hour between 8am and 5pm. The tour runs from the base of the spectacular Broken Back Ranges of Pokolbin in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Trail rides suit the timid beginner through to the seasoned rider. Children must be at least 8 years old.

Or

Segway Tours Hunter Valley: Explore this historic region famous for its world class wine on your very own Segway! This amazing adventure starts off at the brewery at Hunter Valley Resort, before entering the off road tracks / trails of this vast bush land property and travelling along an old 1880’s stock route. No cars!!!. Here you will encounter scores of kangaroo’s, awesome views of the Brokenback Ranges and even the odd wombat. The tour also ventures through the resort’s vineyard on the way home… which is the icing on the cake!

Day 8 - Day Tour, Wine School (2 Hr)

Hunter Valley Resort offers the total Wine Education Experience.

The Wine Tasting Cellars are open everyday to try the fruits of their labour, not to be missed is the daily comprehensive vineyard tour to experience how wine is actually made right from the grapevine to bottle!

The two-hour Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine. Walk through the vineyard and learn how and why a grapevine grows.

Then it is a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with our Cellarmaster.

The structured wine tutorial covers:
Where and how is wine made?
What is its history?
What are the grape varieties?
How are they different?
Blending – Why, and what does one look for with the bouquet, taste, and colour?

Finally – you receive a personalised Wine Appreciation Certificate to take home with you. Plus lots more knowledge about Hunter Wines

Day 9 - Free Day to Explore Hunter Valley

Free day to rest, relax or explore Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine Country is a two hour drive North of Sydney. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Brokenback Range, the area now yields more than a hundred and forty wineries and cellar doors, embracing areas such as Pokolbin, Rothbury, Broke Fordwich, Lovedale, Wollombi Valley and Mount View.

If you are hunting for something new to do, you may wish to experience a glorious sunrise from a hot air balloon, horse ride through a vineyard, browse through galleries and antique shops, or see the Valley by horse and carriage, bicycle or even limousine!

The Hunter Valley is known for its award winning wines; however the valley now supports a burgeoning olive industry with cold pressed olive oil and other olive products. You will also find wood fired bread, delicious Hunter Cheeses, stone fruits, table grapes, honey, home made condiments and sauces, and even chocolate made with chilli.

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

Day 10 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles

Departure from Sydney arriving in US via Virgin Australia Boeing 777.

In-flight meal along with beverages served throughout the flight. Enjoy award-winning In-flight entertainment with individual seat back screens featuring movies, music and more. Upgrades to ‘The Business’ and Premium are available upon request.

Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

Day 10 - Los Angeles to Hometown (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by domestic air to your destination.

If you request US domestic air pricing, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

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