toast the high life – melbourne

OVERVIEW

What a way to start the day – floating gently over the Yarra Valley! Guests will be picked up by their professional driver and guide from their Melbourne accommodation and driven to meet the hot air balloon for takeoff.

Guests will float along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as they take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Afterwards, toast the flight with a sumptuous champagne breakfast at a nearby historic chateau.

After breakfast, visit the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, regarded as one of the Australia’s leading wildlife reserves, with over 200 species of Australian birds and animals in pristine ‘Aussie’ bush land.

Following this, guests will visit Dominique Portet vineyard where they will be treated to an exclusive behind the scenes barrel room tasting with carefully matched Yarra Valley produce with the local wine maker.

Guests will continue exploring the region tasting at a host of local boutique wineries (tailored to guests varietal preferences) before finishing with a 2 course lunch at TarraWarra or Oakridge restaurant both located on vineyards.

After lunch, guests will be transferred in their private transport by their guide back to their Melbourne accommodation.

Inclusions:

Return chauffeured transfers
Hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley
Champagne breakfast
All wine tastings and entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
2 course lunch with wine

Wine and wagyu – Melbourne

OVERVIEW

Collected by chauffeured luxury cars, from Melbourne Luxico properties, this unique private jet tour incorporates three iconic Australian experiences in two states (South Australia and Victoria) in the one day. Within 50 minutes from take-off guests will land amongst the vines of the Coonawarra in South Australia and be whisked across to Wynns Estate for a behind the scenes tour before slipping into a lab coat to try their hand at wine making.

Next stop, the multi award winning Mayura Station in Millicent. Owner Scott deBruin purchased their first live full-blood Wagyu cattle from Japan in 1998 with a vision of producing and marketing highly consistent, premium quality Wagyu beef. Today their 1130-strong herd is raised on a 6000-acre property located in the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Here guests enjoy a 4 course lunch showcasing the diversity of this premium beef product. Each course is matched with a museum release Coonawarra fine wine.

The return trip completes this memorable experience with a scenic orbit of the iconic 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in your own private jet before the return chauffeured transfer to guests’ Melbourne accommodation.

Inclusions:

Luxury chauffeur transfers from Melbourne CBD (and surrounds) to Essendon Airport
Return flights on board a private jet
Wine tastings and make your own blend experience at Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Flight from Coonawarra to Millicent
4 course meal at Mayura Station’s Tasting Room – showcasing Wagyu beef with matching museum release wines
Low level scenic flight over the 12 Apostles
All ground transfers while in the region

my own private sommelier – melbourne

OVERVIEW

Melbourne is famed for having some of the finest restaurants in Australia. Luxury Holidays guests are invited to join a leading sommelier for a unique private tour to discover three of the best. Over the space of a single evening, guests’ will enjoy entrée, main and dessert at a different restaurant for each course.

Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD guests will be treated to a tailored itinerary of restaurants in which they will have the opportunity to meet with sommeliers to learn first hand about the wines selected to compliment each course.

To cap off the evening guests can enjoy a relaxing digestif at the ultra swanky Lui Bar. Hosted by Jenna Hemsworth (winner of Time Out’s Hot Talent Award 2016) and located on the 55th floor in Central Melbourne this bar offers stunning views and a sophisticated environment in which to watch the bar team create a range of unique cocktails.

At the end of the night guests will be transferred back to their Luxico accommodation in a chauffeured luxury car.

Inclusions:

Return chauffeured luxury transfers
Private tour guide for duration of progressive meal
3 course dinner with matching wines
After dinner drinks at Lui Bar

melbourne laneways

OVERVIEW

Wander through Melbourne’s laneways. The centre of Melbourne is threaded with cobbled laneways, which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. Start at Flinders Street station, wander down Degraves Street, and explore the city’s beautiful arcades and street art around every corner – including from England-based graffiti artist Banksy. Head down Collins Street to visit the exquisite Block Arcade then get your caffeine hit at one of the many fabulous coffee shops nearby.

a day in the country – melbourne

OVERVIEW

Guests will be collected from their Melbourne accommodation by a professional local guide to enjoy a scenic drive from Melbourne to the Victorian villages of Trentham, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. This begins a day of galleries, fresh produce, rolling farmland and stone farmhouse buildings. Enjoy morning tea in one of the small historic gold mining villages.

World famous for 72 mineral springs, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a massage and spa treatment at the famous Bathhouse in Hepburn or visit the award winning Convent Gallery with its picturesque gardens overlooking Daylesford.

Alternatively with an itinerary tailored to interests guests privately tour the speciality produce farm ‘Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm’ boasting European style gardens and original 1850s buildings or tempt their taste buds with wine tasting at one of the regions cool climate wineries.

Enjoy and savour a delicious lunch at one of Australia’s best regional restaurants the award winning Lake House. Be taken by the natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges Regional Park and Hanging Rock, famous for the world renowned novel film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. It is also home to a wide array of native flora and fauna before returning to Melbourne.

Inclusions:

Luxury vehicle pick-up/drop-off to Melbourne location
Professional local guide
Massage and spa treatment at Hepburn Bathhouse
Bespoke itinerary inc. Trentham Falls, The Convent Gallery, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, Macedon Ranges & Hanging Rock
Lunch at The Lake House Restaurant – one of Australia’s premier regional restaurants. 2-courses with beer, wine or soft-drink
The townships of Trentham, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs