Details

Start date:08 November 2017
End date:15 November 2017
Start date:19 November 2017
End date:26 November 2017
  • Duration:8 days
  • Departs:Sydney
  • Ends:Sydney

Price

  • $1495 per person, twin share
  • Single supplement $420
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Inclusions

  • Coach travel in small easy to manage groups of up to 24 passengers
  • Country style en-suited motel accommodation
  • All activities on tour
  • Tour led by Bruce & Lindy Bishop

 

What our guests say

Thanks for a great holiday – we enjoyed every experience particularly the walks, accommodation, food and company. We will have life long memories of our walking tour of Northern Italy.

– Graham & Jill

Thank you Bruno & Christine for a wonderful tour. In a few word “Buonissimo” our Northern Italian walking tour was a smorgasbord of breathtaking scenery, compelling history, cultural insights, fine Italian cuisine and wines and many captivating Italian characters all superbly packaged and led by you both.

– Ellis & Bronwyn

Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Northern Italy. We certainly met the locals and felt that we were a part of this beautiful region. The tour was set at a very comfortable pace which made the distance travelled by both walking and train easy and rewarding. Once again thank you for showing us this colourful Region of Northern Italy and your great pre-tour info reading.

– Bob & Barbara

Thanks to Bruno & Christine for the wonderful experience we shared with you and 14 other intrepid adventurers which ended far too quickly. The food, the views and camaraderie of the tour group were complemented by the care and attention given to us. This adventure will remain high on our list of memorable experiences.

– Mario & Cheryl

Thanks again for an interesting and informative trip, we really appreciated how much preparation you put into the program. It’s not only all that but also the way you looked after us so well too, we will remember this for a very long time. Let us know any future trips planned and we will be there!!

– Fred & Susan

 

Enjoy the splendid, unspoilt region around Lakes Entrance with its vast lakes, pretty limestone caves, historic mining towns, lush dairy country and thriving koala colonies.

 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 - To Cooma

Lunch & dinner included

Depart Strathfield Railway Station at 8:00am, Sutherland 9:00am, Wollongong 10:00am then to Nowra. From Nowra we drive past the Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross and onto the newly completed highway over the Great Dividing Range stopping for a picnic lunch at Nerriga. Next stop is in the National Trust classified, former gold rush town of Braidwood where we do a short town tour and stop.  From here we take a gravel road up and over the Big Badja mountain passing through the remote village of Numeralla and on to Cooma for our overnight  motel accommodation. Dinner tonight in the motel dining room.

DAY 2 - Cooma to Lakes Entrance

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

A very interesting route is followed today. We drive through Nimmitabel and Bombala to Delegate where we stop for morning tea then over the border into Victoria and along the gravel surfaced forestry route known as the Bonang Hwy. This road winds through magnificent stands of timber and often follows beautiful mountain streams.  In Orbost we stop for a late picnic lunch and later we visit the historic trestle bridge on the abandoned Orbost railway.  Late this afternoon we settle in to our motel accommodation in Lakes Entrance for the next 4 nights. Our motel is well located in town and across the street from the waterfront.

DAY 3 - Buchan Caves

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

A late start this morning with a very leisurely day ahead starting with the pretty drive via Bruthen to Buchan Caves Reserve. Here we enjoy several hours of activities including a guided caves tour, pleasant walks and picnic lunch.  We return to Lakes Entrance mid-afternoon with free time for “retail” or enjoy the waterfont location and walks.

 

DAY 4 - Walhalla's historic goldfield & railway

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

A full day today starting with the drive of several hours to the historic gold rush town of Walhalla via Maffra, Heyfield and a gravel forestry road through the mountains. First activity is a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway along a restored section of the historic line.  After lunch we take a guided tour into the Long Tunnel Extended Mine to hear about mining methods and see firsthand the conditions of the miners.  Time to browse the quaint old town. The return drive to Lakes Entrance is via Traralgon and Sale.

 

DAY 5 - Lake cruise & koala colonies

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

This morning we board a ferry for a relaxing cruise on the Gippsland Lakes with commentary and morning tea on the way. After a picnic lunch we take the ferry to Raymond Island and enjoy the koala walking trail where many koalas in their natural habitat can be seen.  On the coach drive back to Lakes Entrance we visit St Marys church in Bairnsdale to see the extraordinary murals painted on the ceiling by Italian artist Francesco Floreani.

 

DAY 6 - Lakes Entrance to Corowa

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

A great day’s drive through the mountains via Ensay, Swifts Creek to Omeo where we stop for morning tea and a look at the Chinese gold diggings. The Omeo Highway winds up into the ranges and has some very pretty views especially around Anglers Rest and the Blue Duck Inn. For the next 2 nights we stay in Corowa at the Golf Club Resort.

DAY 7 - Corowa highlights

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

First highlight is a visit to the famous All Saints Winery with its castle styled buildings and the chance to enjoy a wine tasting and short stroll around the winery and gardens. Next we drive to Yarrawonga for a BBQ cruise on the Murray and lake system. The cruise is a great experience with good commentary and interesting highlights. For a treat this afternoon we visit an old flour mill that has been converted into the Whiskey and Chocolate Factory tourist facility. Afternoon tea is enjoyed here.

DAY 8 - Homeward bound

Breakfast included

Our return drive is via the Hume Highway arriving at Strathfield approximately 5:30pm.

 

 

 

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Highlights

  • Drive to Lakes Entrance via Cooma, Bombala and Bonang Highway
  • Stay 4 nights in a centrally located motel opposite the waterfront
  • Take a guided tour of the Buchan Caves
  • Cruise the Gippsland Lakes system
  • Enjoy koalas in the wild along Raymond Island’s walk trails
  • See the historic railway trestle bridge on abandoned Orbost line
  • Be guided underground into a mine at Walhalla and ride the vintage train
  • Travel rural roads through Maffra, Heyfield,  Moe etc
  • See the extraordinary painted ceilings of St Marys in Bairnsdale
  • Cross the mountains via the Great Alpine Road and Mitta Mitta Highway
  • Taste wines at the famous All Saints Estate
  • Visit the Chocolate and Whiskey Factory at Corowa’s old flour mill
  • Relax on a lunch time cruise at Yarrawonga