Come and celebrate Christmas in July ‘with a difference’ with Gang Gang Tours!
Day 1 – Canberra to Millthorpe (L)
Experience the delights of Glen Donald Estate near Young for our extended lunch stop. Award-winning olives, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, baby animal feeding, orchard tour and settlers’ cottage. Let Natalie and Robert share the story of the estate and their farming experience with you, while you enjoy a scrumptious homemade lunch.
We then head northwards to Millthorpe via historic Carcoar for our stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel. Dinner is in Millthorpe.
Stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel, 26 Victoria St Milthorpe, (02) 6366 3653
Day 2 – Millthorpe to Bathurst (B,L)
Today we experience a 3 hour Christmas ‘cooking masterclass’ at the Barrel and Larder at Ross Hill Wines near Orange, with renowned local Spanish chef Ruben Lopez Mesa. Don’t worry – we don’t have to actually do any cooking ourselves! We can just sit there and drink wine, listen to Ruben’s Spanish Christmas stories, and eat yummy food!
As was much more eloquently articulated by a past guest of Ruben’s….. Lunch with Ruben “…was the most enjoyable, authentic, homely culinary experience. Ruben’s passion for showcasing Spanish cuisine crafted from quality Spanish and local seasonal produce is evident in not only in the heavenly dishes he serves, but also in the time and effort he puts into educating his guests on their gastronomic origins and tips for cooking at home. Ruben is a beautiful storyteller, a generous host… and a brilliant chef… Dining with Ruben is an absolutely superb experience and one you won’t forget.”
After lunch we have a short trip into Bathurst where you can sleep off lunch, or pop into town for a quick look around before dinner (if you can fit it in!?).
Stay at Heritage Inn Bathurst, 102 Stewart St, 02 6334 3433
Day 3 – Bathurst to Hawkesbury Valley (B,L,D)
This morning we travel to Lithgow for a coffee stop at the fabulous Tin Shed before heading east to the absolutely spectacular Govett’s Leap lookout and Hargreaves lookout in the Blue Mountains. We will enjoy lunch at the quaint Megalong Valley Tea Rooms before a quick stop at Blackheath shops. We then take the scenic drive along the Bells Line of Road into the Hawkesbury Valley to our accommodation at the Crowne Plaza. We then enjoy the celebrations of a Christmas themed dinner with all the trimmings at the Crowne Plaza.
Stay at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way Windsor, (02) 4577 4222
Day 4 – Hawkesbury Valley to Canberra (B,L)
After breakfast, enjoy the swimming pool and the beautiful grounds of the Crowne Plaza, before we head back towards Canberra. We will stop in historic Berrima for a private tour of The National Trust’s 1834 Harper’s Mansion which overlooks the town. Berrima is the only example of an existing and largely preserved Australian Georgian colonial town, and home to Australia’s oldest continually licensed inn – the Surveyor General – where we will have lunch. Enjoy a leisurely self-guided historic walking tour of the town after lunch (or hit the shops!), before we head home for drop-offs and farewells.
This tour will be a maximum of 10 guests.
Departs Canberra Wednesday 19 July 2023
Transport from your door in the Canberra region
Meals as indicated above
Glen Donald Estate tour, tastings and lunch
Christmas cooking ‘masterclass’ at Ross Hill Wines (3 hours, several courses and 3 glasses of wine)
3 course buffet style Christmas dinner at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Guided private tour of Harper’s Mansion in Berrima
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea stops
2 dinners (Days 1 and 2)
*Please note that there are some short walks at some destinations, including over uneven surfaces. All accommodation on this tour has level access and walk-in showers.
$2150 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $250
Please click HERE for a downloadable printable version of the itinerary.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions at all.
We look forward to having you on board soon!