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My destination is no longer a place, but a new way of seeing - Marcel Proust
We specialise in packaged and hosted travel experiences in the food and wine regions of Orange in regional New South Wales, Australia, and Ciociaria in regional Central Italy that we call home - both of which are food and wine lovers’ dream destinations. Our carefully curated food and wine tours are aimed at being genuinely immersive experiences, where you’ll get to explore local produce and the provenance of each region, taste the artisanal products being made - and meet the proud locals making them.
We will launching our Antica Australis Day Tours for small groups (10 pax) in September 2020, focusing on immersion in local Wiradjuri cultural heritage through visits to sacred sites and bush tucker tastings, plus a visit to the historic goldrush-era village of Carcoar with a lunch at our Italian locanda, Antica Australis .
DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 WE WILL NOT BE RUNNING OUR TOUR PACKAGES UNTIL 2021. Our portfolio includes: the slow food, slow travel odyssey - the Provenance Express - a 3-day package by train from Sydney to Orange with an itinerary focused on organic & biodynamic food and wine experiences during our local Autumn harvest and vintage; and the premium self-drive and hosted 2-day tour package Luxe Orange Experience launching March 2021.
Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy in 2022 for our unique food and wine cultural experiences of the ‘hidden’ regions of Ciociaria and Molise in Central Italy. Just one hour south from Rome, the Ciociaria region was a renowned foodie destination in ancient Roman times and a favoured summer retreat for several Roman Emperors. Both Ciociaria and Molise share a deeply forged bond stretching over the Apennines through the ancient Samnite civilisation in the Etruscan era, who were conquered by the Romans circa 300 BC. With deep Etruscan civilisation-era roots, Ciociaria and Molise are currently undergoing an amazing revival of their ethnic cultural traditions through food, wine and song. We have created bespoke and tailored experiences for our small, sustainable group tours to these regions to serve up a real taste of authentic regional Italy.
Silver Compass Tours was awarded Bronze for ‘Excellence in Food Tourism’ in the 2019 Regional Tourism Awards. We are a Quality Tourism Accredited Business through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program and a proud member of the World Food Travel Association. Silver Compass Tours is currently engaged to become a Tour Operator Partner for global accreditation and certification in sustainable tourism with Travelife.
Silver Compass Tours Founder, Kelly Picarazzi, was noted as one of the global ‘100 Inspiring Women Travel Founders’ by Travel Massive in 2020.
AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EXPERIENCE LIVING LIKE A LOCAL. SMALL GROUP SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL. HOSTED BY PASSIONATE LOCALS.