Adelaide has gained an international reputation for the arts, food and wine, since the progressive years of the 1960s. This six day tour explores the city’s art, history and food. It includes a guided visit of the Art Gallery of South Australia by tour leader Christopher Menz, a former director of the gallery, and takes in a number of collections at historic houses, including The Cedars, home of the Heysen family, Carrick Hill and Fermoy House. Day trips to the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, to enjoy the region’s acclaimed food and wine, round out the tour.
Discover Adelaide’s heritage with a private visit of Ayers House and a guided walking tour of the city
Uncover the fine art housed in the South Australian Art Gallery
Visit Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills and tour The Cedars, the home and studio of Hans and Nora Heysen
Explore the art collection at Carrick Hill house museum and garden
Travel to the Barossa Valley and tour Seppeltsfield winery
Tour Fermoy House and see the unique collection of David Roche
Day 1: Arrive in Adelaide and enjoy a welcome dinner in a fine Adelaide restaurant.
Day 2: Guided tour of Ayers House and history walk. Explore the Australian and William Morris collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Day 3: Visit the David Roche Foundation and tour Fermoy House. Guided walk through the Botanic Gardens.
Day 4: Day trip to the Barossa Valley. Visit Tanunda and Seppeltsfield winery.
Days 5-6: Travel to Hahndorf and visit the Heysens’ studio at The Cedars. Enjoy lunch followed by a performance.
The tour begins and ends at our hotel in Adelaide. Qantas and Virgin both fly into and out of Adelaide from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
Included meals are shown with the letters B, L and D.
Wednesday April 7: Arrive
The tour begins in our Adelaide hotel at 7.00pm. Meet your tour leader Christopher Menz in the lobby of the hotel and together head to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Adelaide (D)
Thursday April 8: Art and history in Adelaide
A short walk from the hotel brings us to Ayers House, one of Adelaide’s finest historic mansions, now run by the National Trust. We enjoy a private tour through its three levels of Victorian era grandeur containing a significant collection of furniture, silver, paintings and costumes. Departing Ayers House, we discover the area’s heritage on a guided walk led by Christopher, of the historic buildings of North Terrace. Christopher’s tour continues through the Art Gallery of South Australia’s comprehensive collection of Australian and Aboriginal works and through the significant exhibit of textiles and furnishings by William Morris. We also visit the beautiful Mortlock Wing at the State Library of South Australia to admire its wrought iron balustrades, masonry columns and elegant glass-domed roof. Overnight Adelaide (B)
Friday April 9: Art & gardens
Today we visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden, home to a diverse range of plants from Australia and around the world. We take a guided walk through the different ecosystems including the conservatory and the palm house which contains plants from Madagascar. We next move to Fermoy House and the adjacent museum to see the extraordinary private art collection of David Roche and enjoy morning tea. The collection, now bequeathed to the Roche Foundation, contains over 3,000 works of decorative and fine art, antiques, painting and sculpture amassed over a sixty-year period. Later in the day we travel by coach to Carrick Hill estate. The stately home and 40 hectares of gardens has survived with most of the original contents intact. Carrick Hill houses the private collection of the original owners and art patrons Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward and includes contemporary European and Australian paintings and decorative arts. Overnight Adelaide (B)
Saturday April 10: Barossa Valley
We depart Adelaide by coach to the Barossa Valley for a guided heritage tour of the Seppeltsfield Estate winery, the 1851 homestead, Elm walk, distillery and blending cellars and learn the family history and their influence on the Australian wine industry. We enjoy a leisurely lunch showcasing the best Barossa produce at the Fino restaurant on the Estate. We return to Adelaide via the historic Langmeil Church, established by the Lutherans at Tanunda. Overnight Adelaide (B, L)
Sunday April 11: Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf
This morning we head to the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement dating back to 1838. We visit ‘The Cedars’, and enjoy a guided tour of the home, garden and studio of renowned father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen, with over 200 original works on display. Afterwards we continue to the Ukaria Cultural Centre for our farewell lunch at the splendid Ukaria restaurant, followed by a performance by the Tinalley String Quartet with John Bell, who will perform Beethoven’s Letter. Late afternoon we return to Adelaide. Overnight Adelaide (B, L)
Performance details Venue: Ukaria Cultural Centre Program: Beethoven’s Letter Performers: String Quartet with John Bell
Monday April 12: Depart
The tour concludes after breakfast this morning. (B)
A former art museum director and curator, with expertise in the arts and music throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.
Christopher Menz is a former art museum director and curator and has been leading cultural tours in Europe, the United States and Australia since 2013. He has expertise and interest in the visual arts and music.
Christopher has a BA (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Before that he was a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions. Christopher is based in Melbourne where he is an art consultant and valuer, and Development Consultant for Australian Book Review.
Christopher has led cultural tours to Germany, England, the United States, as well as in Australia. He has also been a tour leader on European river cruises.
We asked Christopher, what do you think clients get from travelling with you?
“It is always a great thrill to be able to introduce clients to new experiences and to places they might otherwise not have visited or not have visited recently. I always hope to give tour guests something that adds to the experiences of the places, cities, museums and art galleries, and performances that they would not get if travelling alone.”
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate, taxis or public transport are also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required and when stated as included
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity