TASTE Riverina Festival - September 2017



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Welcome to our exclusive, long weekend escape to the Riverina region of NSW. This special 4-day heritage rail journey will be a treat for your taste buds - an indulgent, fun and relaxing gourmet journey to the Riverina’s sun-kissed vineyards and vast, irrigated farmlands - the foodbowl of Australia.

 

Pioneered by waves of Italian migrants over 80 years, the essence of the Riverina capital of Griffith is all about food, wine, friends and family. Almost two in every three people in Griffith claim Italian heritage, with today’s descendants proudly showcasing the traditions, flavours and passion for food and wine their forefathers brought with them. On this unique tour, you’ll spend three nights in Griffith during the spring-time Taste Riverina Festival which celebrates ‘la dolce vita’ - the sweet life that this fertile region has become renowned for.

 

Our exciting escapade begins the moment we board our privately chartered heritage train featuring restored buffet and compartment seating cars from the 1930s and hauled by the trusty, 62-year-old ‘Streamliner’ locomotive 4204. Relax as the countryside drifts by, with stops for lunch at the 139-year-old Junee Railway Station Cafe and afternoon tea in Narrandera - gateway to the productive Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. At day’s end, Griffith is our 3-night base, with the next morning spent visiting Corynnia Station. Owners Bruce and Julie Armstrong will show us their working sheep and cotton property where we'll tour the farm and award winning garden and enjoy lunch sourced from local produce. We'll then head for the cotton gin at Carrathool to see how cotton is produced.

After returning to Griffith, 
the indulgence continues with an exclusive, wine-paired dinner at the iconic McWilliams Winery, established a century ago at nearby Hanwood. Here, our co-hosts, Princess Cruises, will take us on a virtual holiday around the world with a fun presentation on the wonderful world of cruising we all love.

 

On Sunday the culinary treats continue with a ‘farm to fork’ lunch at Piccolo Farm. Luke Piccolo will guide us through the farm that supplies his renowned local restaurant 'Limone' with fresh local ingredients harvested by hand. Luke will provide a cooking demonstration followed by a buffet lunch. A memorable afternoon of wine tasting follows at two wineries - both pioneered by Italian migrants. We'll visit De Bortoli Wines and enjoy a special presentation by the wine maker with a focus on their Noble One Botrytis dessert wine. Continue to Calabria Family Wines where the wine maker will guide us through the winery and present their Italian varietals.

 

After some free time to explore Griffith, prepare for a true treat - a spectacular, private dinner of traditional Italian food using fresh, locally sourced produce at Zecca Handmade Italian. Owners Daniel, Ben and Michaela welcome us for a meal featuring the best food and wine the Riverina has to offer.  

On our final day, we reboard our historic train for the leisurely trip back to Sydney with a stop at the Temora Aviation Museum for a delicious barbecue supplied by Mimosa Valley Lamb, and dazzling aerial display - just for us - of an ex-military aircraft. A light dinner will be served onboard the train before we arrive back in Sydney, ending our unique, 1100 km, round-trip journey.

 

This tour is certain to fill fast so be quick to reserve your place or you’ll miss the train. All aboard!

 

4 day Package Inclusions

Departs: 29 September 2017

  Heritage rail journey from Sydney to Griffith and return including tea and coffee onboard

  Lunch at the Junee Railway Station Cafe

  3 nights Griffith accommodation at the Grand Motel or Quest (or similar)

  Exclusive farm visit to Corynnia Station including garden and farm tour with lunch

  Exclusive tour of Carrathool Cotton Gin

  Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event hosted by McWilliams Wines and Princess Cruises

  Tour of Griffith including Scenic Hill, Pioneer Park and Scenic Curtain

  Visit to Piccolo Farm with walk-through and forage, cooking demonstration by Luke Piccolo and buffet lunch

  Wine tasting in the gardens of De Bortoli Wines including a special presentation by the wine maker with a focus on their Noble One Botrytis dessert wines

  Wine tasting at Calabria Wines with a winery tour and presentation by the wine maker with a focus on Italian varietals

  Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event at Zecca Handmade Italian

  Exclusive tour of Temora Aviation Museum including a vintage aircraft fly past and BBQ lunch provided by Mimosa Valley Lamb

  Group coach travel, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary

  Services of a professional Cruise Express Tour Manager^

Detailed
Itinerary
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Group size
55 to 100 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Package Fares    
  

The Grand Motel - Skylight Room
 
Internal Queen or Twin Room with skylight including a television with Foxtel, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, and unlimited free Broadband internet access. Also includes free use of all motel facilities including indoor heated spa-pool, sauna, gym, in-house movies, secure undercover parking, and guest laundry.

from
 $1,790*pp twin share

from $1,990* solo




 

The Grand Motel - Window Room
 
External Queen or Twin Room with opening windows including a television with Foxtel, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, and unlimited free Broadband internet access. Also includes free use of all motel facilities including indoor heated spa-pool, sauna, gym, in-house movies, secure undercover parking, and guest laundry.

from
 $1,890*pp twin share

from $2,090* solo




 

The Grand Motel - Balcony Room
 
External Queen or Twin Room with balcony including a television with Foxtel, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, and unlimited free Broadband internet access. Also includes free use of all motel facilities including indoor heated spa-pool, sauna, gym, in-house movies, secure undercover parking, and guest laundry.

from
 $1,990*pp twin share 

from $2,240* solo




 

Quest Griffith - Studio/Apartment
 
A well-appointed room offering a king bed, air conditioning, kitchenette with cooktop, bar fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave, ensuite bathroom with amenities, desk, TV with Foxtel and high-speed internet access.

from
 $2,090*pp twin share 

from $2,390* solo




     



Photos are representative of type and grade of accommodation. 
Colour scheme, layout and orientation may differ in actual room.
   





      


              
   
   


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DEPOSIT, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

A non-refundable deposit of $500 pp will be due at time of booking. 

*Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice.  All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Rail heritage equipment and timetables are subject to change. Some events are dependent on weather and may be modified or cancelled without notice. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. Operation of this tour is subject to minimum group numbers being acheived. The ability to walk some distance and over uneven surfaces is required to participate in this tour. Motels are subject to capacity restrictions and may be substituted with a similar hotel/motel in Griffith (at additional cost). Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission.

^Tour and Tour Manager are subject to minimum group numbers being achieved.


There is no charge for direct deposits or payment by cheque. Credit card payments incur the following fees: 1.2% Visa & Mastercard / 3% Diners Club & American Express.

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