A city of churches ringed by parkland and the River Torrens, Adelaide has, since the progressive 1960s, gained an international reputation for the arts, food and wine. On this six-day tour based in the South Australian capital, we explore the cultural and historical heart of the city and the areas around it.
We’ll explore the city’s history through the eyes of Sir Henry Ayers, a businessman and legislator in the first government. We’ll also investigate the artistic side of Adelaide, including its grand Victorian terraces and gardens and the philanthropic legacy left by artists like Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen and art patrons Sir Edward, Lady Hayward and David Roche. We visit the vast, diverse and sometimes quirky collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Fermoy House and Carrick Hill Estate.
Along with a day trip into the Adelaide Hills to attend a performance in one of Adelaide’s concert halls, we’ll travel to the Barossa Valley to savour the fruits of the European immigrants who established farming and winemaking in the region. We’ll also take in the native and exotic plant displays of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
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Discover Adelaide’s heritage with a private visit of Ayers House and a guided walking tour though the city’s historic streets.
Visit the tree-lined streets of Hahndorf, a 19th century German settlement, and tour The Cedars, the home and studio of Hans and Nora Heysen.
Tour Fermoy House and see the unique private collection of antiques, decorative and fine art and sculpture from the David Roche Foundation.
Savour the fine food and wine of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley at some of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants and vineyards.
Explore 2000 years and 45,000 works of art at Art Gallery of South Australia, which boasts the most extensive art collection in all of Australia.
Enjoy a performance in Adelaide’s Ukaria Cultural Centre, a concert hall intentionally built for chamber music.
Day 1: Arrive in Adelaide and enjoy a welcome dinner in a fine Adelaide restaurant.
Day 2: Tour Ayers House and history walk Explore the Australian and William Morris collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Day 3: Visit David Roche Foundation and tour Fermoy House. Visit the Botanical Gardens.
Day 4: Day trip to the Barossa Valley. Visit Tanunda and local wineries.
Day 5-6: Travel to Hahndorf and visit Heysen’s studio at The Cedars. Enjoy lunch followed by a performance.
The tour begins and ends at our hotel in Adelaide. Qantas and Virgin have flights into and out of Adelaide from most Australian cities.
Included meals are shown with the symbols B, L and D.
Wednesday 6 April – Arrive
The tour begins in our Adelaide hotel at 7.00pm. Meet your tour leader Christopher Menz in the lobby of the hotel and head to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Adelaide (D)
Thursday 7 April – Art & History in Adelaide
A short walk from the hotel brings us to Ayers House, one of Adelaide’s finest historic mansions, run by the National Trust. We enjoy a private tour through its three levels of Victorian-era grandeur, admiring its collection of furniture, silver, paintings and costumes. Departing Ayers House, we learn about the area’s history through a guided walk of the historic buildings of North Terrace, led by Christopher. We stop to explore the Art Gallery of South Australia’s comprehensive collection of Australian and Aboriginal works and the significant exhibit of textiles and furnishings by William Morris. Finally, we 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 8 April – Art & Gardens
Today’s tour takes us to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, home to a diverse range of plants from Australia and around the world. We take a walk through the different ecosystems, including the conservatory and the palm house. Next we 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 the stately home and 40 hectares of gardens of the Carrick Hill estate, which has survived with most of the original contents intact. We tour the private collection of the original owners and art patrons Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward, which includes contemporary European and Australian paintings and decorative arts. Overnight Adelaide (B)
Saturday 9 April – Barossa Valley
We depart by coach to the Barossa Valley for a guided heritage tour of one of Adelaide’s historic wineries, then enjoy a leisurely lunch showcasing the best Barossa produce. On our return to Adelaide we stop by the historic Langmeil Church, established by the Lutherans at Tanunda. Overnight Adelaide (B, L)
Sunday 10 April – Adelaide Hills & 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. Late in the afternoon we return to Adelaide. Overnight Adelaide (B, L)
Monday 11 April – 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.”
Crowne Plaza Adelaide offers modern accommodation in the heart of the city, overlooking the CBD and Adelaide Hills.
What is included in the tour price?
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
All accommodation at properties mentioned in the itinerary
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Taxis may also be used for short trips on some tours. Some city stay tours may involve local transport
Lunches and dinners indicated with the letters L and D in the itinerary
Beer, wine and soft drinks at sit-down lunches and dinners. Picnic and light lunches may not include alcoholic drinks
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
All tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
On international tours only
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required, and when stated as included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Some trips may be made by public transport such as high-speed train and subway
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Air or land travel from your home city to the tour start/end points
Local taxes and airport levies that we are not able to prepay on your behalf. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Lunches and dinners not specifically indicated with the letters L or D in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as passports, laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
Airport Transfers on international tours
Tours may begin at either the arrival airport or the first hotel. 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
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, 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.
We require all tour participants to have adequate insurance coverage.
For domestic tours, Medicare and your private medical insurance should be used to cover any medical expenses.
Domestic travel insurance is available and strongly recommended to cover non-medical expenses such as cancellation.
For international tours, we require you to have comprehensive travel insurance. Prices vary according to your age, your pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the length of your journey abroad.