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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Gems of Australia - Opals & Wine

Tour description

Discover world famous attractions in the heart of South Australia - the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, also known for its unique style of underground living, and the picturesque Barossa Valley, Australia's premier winemaking region.  

02MIDMEL-K Gems of Australia - Opals & Wine

Departure: February 6, 2013

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: February 8, 2013, in Adelaide

Reserve by: November 29, 2012

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure required advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 29, 2012. Please contact Shore Concierge@silversea.com to enquire about availability and price.

Discover Australia's amazing contrasts during this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that takes you into the undulating hills of the verdant Barossa Valley wine region and the red outback landscape of Coober Pedy, home to the world's foremost opal mining industry. The Barossa Valley delights with charming small towns and visits to some of the best known wineries. There is time to get acquainted with Adelaide, a city of picturesque parks and gardens, and streets lined with historic buildings. A sumptuous degustation dinner at renowned Penfolds Magill Estate completes this memorable excursion.

DAY ONE - Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Melbourne/Coober Pedy

Depart the ship in Melbourne and transfer to the airport for a scheduled flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, board the coach and drive straight to the InterContinental Hotel for lunch. After lunch, get acquainted with this pleasant city during an orientation drive. Travel along tree lined North Terrace and admire the numerous stately colonial buildings. Pass by the Botanical Gardens before heading out and into Australia's premier wine growing region, the Barossa Valley, home to some 50 wineries ranging from boutique to world recognised names. Charming old towns are notable for their multitude of historic buildings, reflecting the history and culture of German emigrants.

Our first stop is at Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide's most historic vineyard and home to South Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds Grange. Once the whole area was flourishing with vineyards but urbanization and residential development have forced the relocation of several wineries. The exception is Penfolds Magill Estate, which is still located within the Adelaide metropolitan area, just five miles (eight kilometres) east of the city centre.  Here you can enjoy a tour and tasting of  the estate. At the Peter Lehmann winery (or similar), you are treated to a Cellar Door Tasting of their award-winning wines.  Another visit is made to the historic Château Tanunda. Built in 1890, the winery is surrounded by vineyards and beautifully landscaped gardens. You are invited to tour the estate followed by wine tasting, surrounded by rows of oak barrels full of maturing wine.

Afterwards travel to the Appellation Restaurant at The Louise for a sumptuous degustation menu paired with wines from the Barrossa Valley.  Conclude the evening with the transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel - Adelaide.

DAY TWO - Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Adelaide /Coober Pedy

Following breakfast and check-out, depart the hotel and transfer to the Adelaide airport for your two-hour flight to Coober Pedy situated in the heart of the South Australia outback. The opal-mining town's name was quite appropriately coined by the Aborigines as 'white fellow's hole in the ground', since nearly half of the population live underground to escape the area's soaring summer temperatures. As the plane begins its descent, get your fist glimpse of the 'painted desert', pock-marked with craterlike surface diggings that are reminiscent of a lunar landscape. It is the first sign of Coober Pedy's claim to fame as the Opal Capital of the world. Since 1915, Coober Pedy has lured those who seek the elusive gemstone to be found below layers of rock and jasper. Today there are hundreds of mines producing the world's most colourful and fascinating gemstone. You are met upon arrival and assisted to your coach for the transfer to the Desert Cave Hotel for a light lunch. After lunch, begin your Desert Cave tour and learn about the history of unique Coober Pedy. The underground dwellings, opal mines and fascinating landscape attract visitors from all over the world. At the end of the tour, return to the Desert Cave Hotel for check-in. Rooms are available above and below the ground. The room allocation is at the hotel's discretion. Requests can be made, but not guaranteed. Dinner is served at the hotel's Steamboat Restaurant.

Overnight accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel - Coober Pedy.  

DAY THREE - Friday, February 8, 2013 - Coober Pedy/Adelaide

After breakfast and check-out, embark on a 'Down & Dirty' tour that will introduce you to the treasures that lie below the ground and made Coober Pedy famous. At the Quest Mine, watch an informative and entertaining video, introducing you to the mysterious world of the stone of fire, known as 'The Coober Pedy Opal'. Then, fitted with a hard hat, torch and handpick, you have a chance of 'fossicking' (mining) your own opal. Ramps provide easy and safe access into the mine, where your visit will be a fun experience. After returning to above ground, proceed with a transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Adelaide. A boxed lunch is provided.

Upon arrival in Adelaide, you are met and assisted to the coach that will take you to the port, where the ship is ready to welcome you back.

Please Note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is on uneven ground and with steps to negotiate. All guests must be able to climb the steps onto/out of the coaches unassisted. Guests with visual and/or hearing impairments must travel with a companion at all times.  This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Coober Pedy is a frontier-style, opal mining town that requires a certain sense of adventure to ensure its enjoyment. We recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, and a sunhat. Due to luggage restrictions on domestic flights, particularly the flight to/from Coober Pedy, it is suggested to keep luggage to a minimum (weight limit for checked luggage is 33 pounds (15 kg); for carry-on bags it is 15 pounds (7 kg). Transfers and sightseeing in Coober Pedy are provided by the Desert Cave Hotel and may not be exclusive for Silversea guests.  The order of sights seen may vary and the tour 'sequence may be amended in case of flight changes or other unforeseen factors.  

Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) - Adelaide

·        One-night stay at the Desert Cave Hotel (or similar) - Coober Pedy

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, one boxed lunch, two dinners (regular lunches and dinners include choice of two beverages - soft drinks, mineral water or wine. The dinner at Appellation includes premium wines paired with each course)  

·        Scheduled domestic flights Melbourne/Adelaide and Adelaide/Coober Pedy/Adelaide in Economy Class

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, airline schedules, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.