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Enjoy gourmet food and beautiful gardens.

Wander through gardens with perennial borders, with Botanica World Discoveries.

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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: 9

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Melbourne and Macedon Ranges

Depart the pre-tour hotel at 8am and travel to the Macedon Ranges. On the way visit Paul Bangay’s Stonefields garden. Enjoy an exclusive tour of this artistic garden. Arrive in Macedon where you have time at leisure to have lunch. This afternoon, visit a peony farm to see spectacular tree peonies in full bloom. Return to Melbourne and enjoy a Welcome Dinner with panoramic views.
Stay: Four Nights, 5-star hotel in Melbourne, the luxurious Sofitel Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Mornington Peninsula

Visit a private garden 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 3. 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 the garden once owned by opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Farm, which is still owned by her family.
  • 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. We enjoy lunch at Coonara Restaurant and wander their picking garden. 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
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Depart Melbourne

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden laneways before your transfer to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm
  • See tree peonies in full bloom
  • See Paul Bangay’s private garden
  • Visit Dame Nellie Melba’s former garden, Coombe Farm
  • Visit Heronswood Garden and enjoy a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch
  • Explore the Yarra Valley 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 a walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden laneways

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide and experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • 9 Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 3 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

Botanical Guide

Escorted by - Sophie Holloway

Sophie is a highly-regarded Melbourne based florist, landscape designer and longtime patron of the arts.

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Low – These tours involve travel close to home and include longer stays in one location. Guests need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group.

 

 ‘Fork to Fork’

  • Meaning ‘from the garden fork to the table fork’, the name for this tour has evolved from discussions between Botanica’s 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
  • This tour can be combined with: Private Gardens and Taste of Tasmania (BTT07/09). Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
  • Group Size - 15 to 20 guests

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