Melbourne City Sights Tour with Eureka Tower
Lanes and arcades walk through the city with lunch
Yarra Valley Ballooning and Wine Experience
Phillip Island tour including Moonlight Sanctuary and the penguin parade
No. of days: 5 Days
There’s plenty to do and see in Melbourne, Australia. Victoria’s capital city has been repeatedly named as one of the world’s most liveable cities and you can see why. There’s a great combination of world-class dining, art galleries, boutique shopping and a busy sports calendar that draws visitors from everywhere. Arrive in Melbourne and orientate yourself with a city sights tour seeing all the highlights, iconic Melbourne spots and views of the city from Eureka Tower. Wander through Melbourne’s famous laneways and back streets discovering all the best shops, cafes, street art and architecture. Visit the Yarra Valley starting the day with a sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by a wine tour of the region. Head off to explore Phillip Island to tour the sites and visit a wildlife sanctuary finishing your day with a very cute penguin parade. All the best of Melbourne in 5 days.
DAY BY DAY:
Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a city tour and discover the secrets of Melbourne. See Captain Cook's Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct. See some of the city's architecture including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Princess and Regent theatres. Cross the Bolte Bridge for great city views. Included in your tour is a visit to Eureka Tower. In less than 40 seconds you will arrive at Level 88 in the fastest lift in the Southern Hemisphere and be amazed by the views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows.
Day 2: Melbourne is famous for it’s hidden laneways and you get to explore them today morning walk through the city. Join an indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover artisan and specialty retailers, and see quirky cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and learn of historic tales in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses and engage with passionate creatives. There is something for everyone. Morning tea is included before a bistro lunch with a glass of wine. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
Day 3: You have a truly spectacular start to your day today. Sunrise Ballooning over the Yarra Valley is a bucket list favorite for many guests and provides breathtaking views over the Valley. This provides an exhilarating start to the day before your food and wine tour of the Yarra Valley a world class wine region. Just an hour from Melbourne the tour route will take you to a mob of kangaroos before you make it to the wine region. Visiting 4 or 5 family owned and operated cellar doors for the most personalized cellar door experience you will hear the stories of this beautiful region and savor world class premium wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and spectacular sparkling varietals. Your food and wine experience includes international and local cheese and wine pairing and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine expertly matched at the cellar door at a leading winery restaurant promoting local and seasonal produce. De Bortoli Estate is the first stop and is a tutored tasting where your wines, including the most awarded dessert wine in Australia, Noble One is paired with local and international cheeses from the Cheese Maturation Room. Next stop is to Meet the Winemaker, Graeme Miller who is a pioneer winemaker in the region. This event includes a cellar door tasting that overlooks a working winery before lunch. Al Fresco dining in the warmer months. After a delicious lunch that features local, seasonal produce you visit 10th generation French winemaker, Dominique Portet for a modern, Mediterranean cellar door experience.
Day 4: After a leisurely morning you’re off to Phillip Island this afternoon to explore unique nature experiences and dramatic landscapes. Before touring Phillip Island you will visit Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies and koalas plus an array of colorful birds and reptiles. Phillip Island is the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and the famous Little Penguins. The tour visits Woolamai beach and to the western corner of the island to enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, which is home to the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. After a dinner stop its time for the famous penguin parade. From a viewing platform you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. Tour concludes at approximately 9.30pm (April to October) and 11.30pm (November to March).
Day 5: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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