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The Best of Melbourne & Victoria with Airfare

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,689

MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: See the highlights of Melbourne with a quintessential city tour that takes you to many of the city's historic sights. Visit Philip Island to witness the famous 'Little Penguin Parade', with a stop en route to get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas. Experience the splendor of Victoria’s wine region, the Yarra Valley.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,689

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America on your flight to Australia.

Day 2

Cross The International Dateline

Today is lost as you cross the International Date Line. You will regain the day on your return journey.

Day 3

Arrive Melbourne and Lanes & Arcades Tour

After clearing Australian Customs and Immigration formalities, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in central Melbourne. The balance of the morning is at leisure to relax.

This afternoon, join the Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour, a lovely and easy introduction to Melbourne. Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told of, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent afternoon walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover artisanal and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses, and engage with passionate creatives. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank

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    Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank


    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express …

    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is within close proximity to many of the city's renowned restaurants and bars, being within walking distance to the Crown Casino complex and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel's location also allows for easy access to Melbourne's sporting and entertainment precinct which hosts the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and AAMI Park.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Connecting Rooms Available
    • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Non-Smoking facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 4

Melbourne City Sightseeing and Phillip Island

Be dazzled by the wondrous sights of Australia's most vibrant city and learn about Melbourne's fascinating history with your expert guide. Join a small group tour with Oceania to make the most of your stay as you zoom in and around the city, visiting such wonders as Federation Square, the MCG and our world-famous sports precinct, St Patrick's Cathedral, Albert Park Lake (Formula 1) and over to St Kilda Beach. You can even take a stroll in the gardens and visit St Patrick's Cathedral when permitted. Your tour will finish by visiting Melbourne's famous Eureka Tower where you can scrape the sky to see the awe inspiring skyline at Eureka Skydeck 88 where you will be spoiled with 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and out to the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. There will be a maximum of 11 people in your group, so you will have plenty of opportunities to ask your guide questions and get to know your fellow travelers.

Your unforgettable day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, head to Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, visit Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to explore, shop and have a coffee, then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It's time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

Day 5

Yarra Valley Wine Experience

Take in some of Victoria's best wineries in the stunning region of the Yarra Valley only one hour from Melbourne. The tour features tutored tastings at 4 premium wineries, a superb winery restaurant lunch with wine, finishing the day at the home of Australia's No.1 bubbly, Domaine Chandon, for light tasting platters and a glass of sparkling.

Day 6

Melbourne to Lorne (Approx 141 kms / 88 miles – 2 hours)

This morning collect your rental vehicle, drive through Geelong and the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, home to food trails and great wineries. Make your way to Torquay and the home of surfing in Australia (Australian National Surfing Museum is here). From Torquay you start your journey on the Great Ocean Road (the world’s longest war memorial), what a sight! Arrive to overnight in Lorne with its beautiful beach and great pubs, cafes and laid-back lifestyle. Take a dip in one of the safest beaches on the coast.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Cumberland Lorne Resort

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    Cumberland Lorne Resort



    The Cumberland Lorne Resort is a multi-award winning resort situated opposite the beach on the Great Ocean Road. This premise is the perfect location for couples seeking a romantic getaway and families looking for fun and entertainment. The property features 99 comfortable and spacious apartments.

    The Cumberland Lorne Resort is a multi-award winning resort situated opposite the beach on the Great Ocean Road. This premise is the perfect location for couples seeking a romantic getaway and families looking for fun and entertainment. The property features 99 comfortable and spacious apartments.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Lorne to Port Fairy (Approx 186 kms / 115 miles – 2.5 hours)

Drive through the township of Apollo Bay, perhaps drop into Wildlife Wonders and learn about the local wildlife, or call into the Cape Otway Lightstation for a view like no other when you climb the lighthouse. The road weaves its way through the Otways National Park and hugs the rugged coast through to the Port Campbell National Park where you will stop to view the iconic 12 Apostles. Journey onto the unique fishing village of Port Fairy one of Victoria's earliest ports, many homes and other buildings of the last century have been preserved.

Duration1 Night
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Ashmont Motor Inn

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Day 8

Port Fairy to the Grampians (Approx. 196 kms / 127 miles – 2.5 hours)

On the way from Port Fairy to the Grampians you can choose an indigenous experience, take a tour and learn more about the ancient culture through a guided tour at Worn Gundidj (Tower Hill), explore the regional city of Warrnambool before heading north to Halls Gap and your stay at the lovely Meringa Springs.  Situated northwest of Halls Gap, this beautiful resort on the sunny side of the mountains is your perfect getaway to the Grampians National Park.  Either explore the neighbouring Grampians National Park with its extraordinary beauty and diversity of wildlife and flora, or simply relax by the solar heated infinity edge pool and soak up the serenity.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Meringa Springs

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    Meringa Springs



    Situated 27 km northwest of Halls Gap, this beautiful resort on the sunny side of the mountains is your perfect getaway to the Grampians National Park. Located three hours west of Melbourne, this exclusive establishment overlooks Wartook Valley, providing the most sophisticated accommodation in the …

    Situated 27 km northwest of Halls Gap, this beautiful resort on the sunny side of the mountains is your perfect getaway to the Grampians National Park. Located three hours west of Melbourne, this exclusive establishment overlooks Wartook Valley, providing the most sophisticated accommodation in the region. Catering to the most discerning guests, our friendly staff will ensure the highest standards of service and cuisine.

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Day 9

Grampians at Leisure

This majestic mountain range is home to a huge array of wildlife and adventure activities alongside a rich and continuing Aboriginal history.  Rising from the pastoral land of Victoria's west are the Grampians – a playground for adventurers and haven for food and wine lovers, with a fascinating Aboriginal story to tell. The Grampians National Park is home to an incredible mountain landscape dotted with small towns.With so much to do, it's no wonder this nature lover's paradise is a popular escape among Melburnians.

Day 10

Grampians to Ballarat (Approx. 179 kms / 111 miles - 2 hours)

The top stops along the way from the Grampians to Ballarat (with short detours) are Pinnacle Holiday Lodge, Lake Wendouree, and Halls Gap Zoo. Other popular stops include Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre.  This afternoon will be driving East to the gold rush city of Ballarat, where you can witness 1850’s life at Sovereign Hill, a fascinating step back in time to when this region produced one of the largest gold strikes known.

* Craigs Royal Hotel to 31 Mar, then Mercure Ballarat

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Craigs Royal Hotel Ballarat

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    Craigs Royal Hotel Ballarat



    As one of the first Grand Hotels in the colony, Craig's Royal Hotel was born from the wealth of the Australian Gold Rush Era. Established in 1853, Craig's soon set the standards for unparalleled hospitality and service. Hosting poets, princes and prime ministers over its …

    As one of the first Grand Hotels in the colony, Craig's Royal Hotel was born from the wealth of the Australian Gold Rush Era. Established in 1853, Craig's soon set the standards for unparalleled hospitality and service. Hosting poets, princes and prime ministers over its 155 year history, the hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period. The location of this hotel makes it great for either business or leisure stays.

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Day 11

Ballarat to Melbourne (Approx. 115 kms / 72 miles - 1.5 hours)

You still have time to get up close to Australia’s wildlife at the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can see Koalas and feed kangaroos, or browse the collection or an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery filled with a treasure trove of early Australian works.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank

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    Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank


    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express …

    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is situated in Melbourne's premier culture and entertainment destination. Positioned in the arts hub of Melbourne, Southbank is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is within close proximity to many of the city's renowned restaurants and bars, being within walking distance to the Crown Casino complex and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel's location also allows for easy access to Melbourne's sporting and entertainment precinct which hosts the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and AAMI Park.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Connecting Rooms Available
    • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Non-Smoking facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 12

Discover Melbourne

Melbourne, capital and largest city of the Australian state of Victoria is home to over five million people. Renown for its architecture, Melbourne has a strong cafe culture. The new developments at Federation Square and Southbank are must see destinations.

Day 13

Depart Melbourne

Transfer to the airport today for your flight back to North America.

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DEPARTURE DATES & PRICING:

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in US $

Price Per Person

1 to 13 December, 2023
1 February to 31 March, 2024
 $3,689
14 December, 2023 to 31 January, 2024 Prices on Request
1 to 30 April, 2024  $3,879
1 May to 28 June, 2024
24 July to 30 September, 2024
$3,799
29 June to 23 July, 2024 $4,119
1 to 25 October, 2024 $4,019

Add-on Airfare Information:
For departures from San Francisco add on airfares start at  $100 per person
For departures from Houston/Seattle/Pordland/Denver add on airfares start at  $305 per person
For departures from Chicago add on airfares start at  $405 per person
For departures from New York add on airfares start at  $587 per person
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Departures from Vancouver
Prices in CA $

Price Per Person

1 to 10 December, 2023

1 February to 31 March, 2024

$4,939
14 December, 2023 to 31 January, 2024 Prices on Request
1 to 30 April, 2024 $5,369
1 May to 8 June, 2024
24 July to 30 September, 2024
$5,219
9 June to 23 July, 2024 $5,329
1 to 25 October, 2024 $5,549
Add-on Airfare Information:
For departures from Calgary or Edmonton add on airfares start at $105 per person
For departures from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Regina or Saskatoon add on airfares start at $315 per person
For departures from Halifax add on airfares start at $365 per person
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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International and Domestic flights with Air New Zealand (and partner airlines to connect with Air New Zealand flights)
  • 5 nights Melbourne hotel accommodation
  • Return Private Vehicle Airport to Hotel transfers
  • Half day Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
  • Half day Melbourne City Sights Tour
  • Afternoon Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade
  • Full Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience
  • 5 nights accommodation in Regional Victoria
  • Hertz Group H2 car hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Mandatory vehicle insurance
  • Goway Sydney toll free Australia wide assistance line
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Accommodation in Victoria is in high demand.  If your travel falls over the Australian Open (January), the Grand Priix (March) any school or public holidays or in some cases weekends surcharges may apply, alternate properties may need to be substituted, pricing will change accordingly.   Advance Purchase requirements apply to airfares (90/50/14 days – depending on season).  Package may need to be repriced accordingly

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


12 Mar 2024
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