Hunter Valley

Duration: 2 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £189pp

Day 1 Sydney/Hunter Valley: Collect your hire car and head inland to the Hunter Valley and your chosen hotel in Pokolbin in the centre of the region. Perhaps call in to the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre where guides and maps are available. After checking-in to your chosen hotel, take a stroll around Pokolbin, which is where wine production in the region began. Boasting over 60 restaurants and eateries, the area is a haven for foodies, so your only dilemma is choosing where to eat!

Day 2 Hunter Valley: No visit to the region would be complete without a tour of a winery to discover the process involved in getting the fruit from the vine into the bottle - and of course tasting it too! You will find numerous cellar doors to visit, many with options for lunch too. Perhaps hire a bike and explore further afield, take a stroll around Hunter Valley Gardens or visit any number of local food producers to sample fresh handmade cheeses, olives, local jams and handmade chocolates. You may prefer to indulge with a massage or beauty treatment at one of the relaxing day spas, work on your handicap with a round of golf at one of the championship courses or, head off with a gourmet picnic hamper from a local store and soak up the glorious scenery.

Day 3 Hunter Valley/Sydney: Time for final sightseeing before you return to Sydney where the tour concludes. Alternatively, why not consider adding on a few days in the Blue Mountains, see page 38.

Departures: Daily from Sydney.

Accommodation: Choice of the Hunter Valley Resort (Hunter room) or Spicers Guest House (queen room).

Meals: Room only at Hunter Valley Resort; breakfast at Spicers Guest House.

Tour price: The prices shown includes 3 days group B car hire and accommodation as outlined.

4* HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

2 night self-drive tour
from £189pp

This family-owned and operated country lodge, with just 35 rooms and cottages, nestles within 50 year old Shiraz vineyards on 70 secluded acres in the very heart of the Hunter Valley. Amenities include two restaurants, a swimming pool, tennis, massage centre and a large range of activities at its Adventure Centre, including horse riding, segway tours and electric bike hire. Wine tours with tastings as well as a wine school are also on offer. Matilda Bay Brewhouse offers relaxed dining in airconditioned comfort or alfresco in the courtyard. Hunter rooms all have timber cathedral ceilings, bath/shower, a mini fridge, balcony and free WiFi.

5* SPICERS GUESTHOUSE

2 night self-drive tour
from £239pp

Offering an unrivalled experience in the Hunter Valley, Spicers Guesthouse exudes modern elegance and relaxed luxury. Along with an inviting, homely feel the retreat features 49 rooms, swimming pool, tennis and complimentary bicycle use. Helicopter and hot air balloon rides are also available. Eremo Restaurant with its modern Italian cuisine is a centre piece of the retreat and provides an exceptional experience, while the Wine wall features the best Hunter Valley wines. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed, tastefully decorated in natural colours and feature a shower, mini bar, safe and free WiFi.



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