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Enjoy gourmet food and beautiful gardens.

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Immerse yourself in a gourmet discovery for discerning travelers with Botanica World Discoveries. Visit unique gardens, sample fresh produce and enjoy award-winning wines including a special ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTFF5
Duration: 5 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Melbourne Return
Meals included: 8

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Melbourne and Daylesford

Depart the Sofitel Hotel at 8.00am or Melbourne airport at 9.00am and travel to Daylesford. On the way visit Paul Bangay’s Stonefields garden. Enjoy an exclusive tour of this artistic garden. Arrive in Daylesford where you have time at leisure to have lunch and look at the many shops. This afternoon we visit the Garden of St Erth, one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate gardens. The 2.5-hectare garden is home to a collection of rare and unusual plants, including espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers. Travel back to Melbourne where we enjoy a Welcome Dinner with panoramic views. Four Nights: 5-star hotel in Melbourne, the luxurious Sofitel Hotel or similar.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Yarra Valley

Today you will tour the Yarra Valley, home to some of Victoria’s premier wineries and artisan produce. Enjoy a private garden in the morning, followed by Château Yering for lunch and wine tasting. Visit spectacular Alowyn Gardens, where the owners have transformed a barren landscape into a beautiful instructive garden. Later enjoy a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolate Factory before returning to Melbourne.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 3. Mornington Peninsula

Visit the historic home and garden of Beleura then continue to Heronswood Garden overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Wander through the gardens with perennial borders, scented herbs and dry climate plants. After enjoying a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch at Heronswood, we continue on to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm, sure to be a highlight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Dandenong Ranges and Masterclass Cooking Demonstration

After breakfast we explore the beautiful Dandenong Ranges including Cloudehill Garden with its extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks. Among the mature trees featured at Cloudehill are maples and copper beeches, thought to be among the largest in Victoria. We visit the private garden of 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, Best in Show winner, Phillip Johnson. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with a masterclass cooking demonstration at the Sofitel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Depart Melbourne

Your touring concludes after breakfast at your hotel, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne before your transfer to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm
  • Explore historic Daylesford
  • Discover the Garden of St Erth, a Diggers Club Garden
  • Explore historic Beleura House and Garden in Mornington
  • Visit Heronswood Garden and enjoy a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch
  • Explore the Yarra Valley wine region
  • Admire the stunning Cloudehill Garden in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Visit Chelsea Flower Show winner, Phillip Johnson’s private garden
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Sofitel Melbourne
  • Enjoy lunch at Château Yering 
  • Visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolate Factory

Map

Included Experiences

  • Services of a Gourmet Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • 8 Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay at the 5-star Sofitel Melbourne

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruise cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a low level of fitness – Involves travel close to home and includes longer stays in one location. Travellers need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour.

Combine With

  • This tour can be combined with:
  • Private Gardens and Taste of Tasmania BTT07
  • Enquire for more details

Gourmet Guide

  • Jane Webster, author of At My French Table, and French Ties, owns and operates The French Table in Normandy, France. Back home in Victoria, she will guide us on a journey showcasing the best regional produce. Meaning ‘from the garden fork to the table fork’, the name for this tour has evolved from discussions between Botanica founder, Judy Vanrenen, and Diggers Club founder, Clive Blazey. Both encourage gardeners to enjoy freshly grown produce picked straight from the garden to the kitchen, and for it to be cooked and eaten immediately. On this tour, hear more about the concept of the ‘edible garden’ at the gardens of St Erth and Heronswood.

‘Fork to Fork’

  • Meaning ‘from the garden fork to the table fork’, the name for this tour has evolved from discussions between Botanica founder, Judy Vanrenen, and Diggers Club founder, Clive Blazey. Both encourage gardeners to enjoy freshly grown produce picked straight from the garden to the kitchen, and for it to be cooked and eaten immediately. On this tour, hear more about the concept of the ‘edible garden’ at the gardens of St Erth and Heronswood. 

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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  • Watch video

Immerse yourself in a gourmet discovery for discerning travelers with Botanica World Discoveries. Visit unique gardens, sample fresh produce and enjoy award-winning wines including a special ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTFF5
Duration: 5 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Melbourne Return
Meals included: 8

View departure dates & prices

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Melbourne and Daylesford

Depart the Sofitel Hotel at 8.00am or Melbourne airport at 9.00am and travel to Daylesford. On the way visit Paul Bangay’s Stonefields garden. Enjoy an exclusive tour of this artistic garden. Arrive in Daylesford where you have time at leisure to have lunch and look at the many shops. This afternoon we visit the Garden of St Erth, one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate gardens. The 2.5-hectare garden is home to a collection of rare and unusual plants, including espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers. Travel back to Melbourne where we enjoy a Welcome Dinner with panoramic views.
Stay: Four Nights: 5-star hotel in Melbourne, the luxurious Sofitel Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Yarra Valley

Today you will tour the Yarra Valley, home to some of Victoria’s premier wineries and artisan produce. Visit the spectacular Alowyn Gardens, where the owners have transformed a barren landscape into a beautiful instructive garden. Visit Château Yering for a delicious lunch and a wine tasting, then visit the garden once owned by Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Farm, still owned by her family.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 3. Mornington Peninsula

Visit the historic home and garden of Beleura then continue to Heronswood Garden overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Wander through the gardens with perennial borders, scented herbs and dry climate plants. After enjoying a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch at Heronswood, we continue on to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm, sure to be a highlight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Dandenong Ranges and Masterclass Cooking Demonstration

After breakfast we explore the beautiful Dandenong Ranges including Cloudehill Garden with its extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks. Among the mature trees featured at Cloudehill are maples and copper beeches, thought to be among the largest in Victoria. We visit the private garden of 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, Best in Show winner, Phillip Johnson. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with a masterclass cooking demonstration at the Sofitel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Depart Melbourne

Your touring concludes after breakfast at your hotel, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne before your transfer to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm
  • Explore historic Daylesford
  • Discover the Garden of St Erth, a Diggers Club Garden
  • Visit Dame Nellie Melba’s garden, Coombe Farm
  • Explore historic Beleura House and Garden in Mornington
  • Visit Heronswood Garden and enjoy a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch
  • Explore the Yarra Valley wine region
  • Admire the stunning Cloudehill Garden in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Visit Chelsea Flower Show winner, Phillip Johnson’s private garden
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Sofitel Melbourne
  • Enjoy lunch at Château Yering and wine tasting at Yering Station

Map

Included Experiences

  • Services of a Gourmet Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • 8 Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay at the 5-star Sofitel Melbourne

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruise cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a low level of fitness – Involves travel close to home and includes longer stays in one location. Travellers need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour.

Combine With

  • This tour can be combined with:
  • Private Gardens and Taste of Tasmania - BTT07
  • Enquire for more details

Gourmet Guide

  • Jane Webster, author of At My French Table, and French Ties, owns and operates The French Table in Normandy, France. Back home in Victoria, she will guide us on a journey showcasing the best regional produce. 

 ‘Fork to Fork’

  • Meaning ‘from the garden fork to the table fork’, the name for this tour has evolved from discussions between Botanica founder, Judy Vanrenen, and Diggers Club founder, Clive Blazey. Both encourage gardeners to enjoy freshly grown produce picked straight from the garden to the kitchen, and for it to be cooked and eaten immediately. On this tour, hear more about the concept of the ‘edible garden’ at the gardens of St Erth and Heronswood. 

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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