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Discover Melbourne and Beyond with Air Canada

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,799

From adorable penguins, to wineries, to the Great Ocean Road and beyond, explore Victoria’s past and present on this ultimate road trip from Melbourne. Nature, history, and good living come together to make Australia’s southernmost mainland state an unforgettable destination.


This 9-day, air-inclusive trip to Victoria invites you to see why Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities, how the Southern Ocean shapes Australia’s most dynamic coastline, and taste the riches of the Yarra Valley wine region.

Fly with Air Canada to Melbourne, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, settling in for four nights exploring this seven-time ‘the world’s most liveable city.’ Embark on a sightseeing tour to get acquainted with Melbourne’s favourite landmarks and gardens. In the afternoon, you’ll be taken to Phillip Island to see its cutest nightly ritual. The Little Penguin Parade brings thousands of the birds ashore each night as they return from the Southern Ocean, waddling their way up to their burrows. This day also includes a visit to a Koala Conservation Centre, and Warrook Homestead, where you can see wild kangaroos. Melburnians also love their wine, and as you spend your second excursion day tasting at four premium wineries in the Yarra Valley, with lunch included, you’ll come to understand why.

Join your small group eco-tour for a journey along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular drives in Australia. Head west, spending your first night at the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Visit Australia’s oldest surviving mainland lighthouse before going on to Port Campbell National Park, home to the famed Twelve Apostles. Each once a part of the slowly receding mainland, these stone sentinels rise from the churning waters of the Southern Ocean. You can also visit Loch Ard Gorge, the beautiful stone formation named for the ill-fated ship that wrecked here in 1878.

Before your flight home, t’s time to enjoy two days in Melbourne on your own. You might zip to Eureka Skydeck for unbeatable city views, bask in Melbourne’s love for all things cultural at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Museum, or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, indulge your bohemian impulses in funky Fitzroy, or join an Aboriginal guide for a journey into the region’s Indigenous past. Just be sure to break long enough for a flat white or brunch in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways, and to take in the local street art. Melbourne might be fabulous, but also likes to keep things down to earth.

Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your flight home, or stay on a few days to explore more of this highly addictive city.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,799

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America today for your flight to Australia.

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey.

Day 3

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival make your way to your Melbourne hotel.

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments 
Moderate The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
First Class Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Duration6 Nights
Day 4

Penguins and City Sightseeing Tour

A fantastic combination of two tours; one introducing you to the fabulous city of Melbourne and the other, a popular Penguins tour to Phillip Island.

City tour highlights include a photo stop at St Patrick's Cathedral, a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, a delightful guided walking tour through our favourite laneways and arcades and a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets (or the Royal Botanic Gardens on Monday and Wednesday). You will have free time for lunch (own expense) before joining the second part of your tour to witness the nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

On the way, visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense). This unique historical farm has been in operation for over 100 years! Here guests will be able to get up close to kangaroos and see koalas in the Fauna Park (animal feed available at own expense). There will also be access to the lovely homestead on the property and visit Koala Conservation Centre where you can look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks.

Day 5

Yarra Valley Wineries

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 6

Great Ocean Road Sightseeing Tour

Join your small group Eco-Tour for the spectacular journey along the Great Ocean Road - One of Australia's greatest coastal drives, including the world famous 12 Apostles, rolling hills and the Loch Ard Gorge shipwreck legends.

Enjoy an exclusive stop at the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation, mainland Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse. Take in the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait from the lighthouse. In the afternoon discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the 12 Apostles and descend the Gibson's Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. With small tour groups, there is plenty of time to get out and explore nature at its very best. You will enjoy the benefits of personalized and interactive with our experienced and well-trained tour guides.

Days 7 & 8

Melbourne at Leisure

Two days at leisure to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping.

A newer development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes.

For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.

Consider adding an I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass to your vacation package (additional charge applies). This includes entry to a range of top attractions. Some of the featured attractions include entry to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium or Melbourne Zoo.

Day 9

Depart Australia for North America

Make your way to the airport this morning and join your  flight back to North America.  Of course, if you have time, why not stay longer?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily

Departures from Vancouver
Price in CA$

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

9 Jun - 23 Jul '19 $2,399 $2,499 $2,579
24 Jul - 17 Sep '19 $2,339 $2,429 $3,499
18 - 30 Sep '19 $2,369 $2,449 $2,519
1 - 31 Oct '19 $2,379 $2,619 $2,799
1 Nov - 10 Dec '19 $2,299 $2,539 $2,719
11 - 31 Dec '19 $3,319 $3,399 $3,479
1 - 20 Jan '20 $3,319 $3,569 $3,759
21 - 31 Jan '20 $3,929 $4,179 $4,369
1 - 28 Feb '20 $2,299 $2,539 $2,719
For departures from Calgary/Edmonton/Victoria add $165, from Kelowna/Kamloops add $220, from Toronto add $300, from Regina/Saskatoon/Winnipeg/Ottawa/Montreal add $460, from Halifax/Charlottetown/Fredericton/ Moncton/St Johns add $600, from Sydney add $760. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other Canadian cities.  Upgrade to Premium Economy starting from an additional $1800 per person or Business Class from an additional $5050– request a customized quote now!

 

Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US$

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

1 Jun - 11 Jul '19 $2,799 $2,929 $3,029
12 Jul - 23 Jul '19 $2,159 $2,279 $2,379
24 Jul - 31 Aug '19 $2,019 $2,139 $2,239
1 - 17 Sep '19 $1,969 $2,089 $2,189
18 - 30 Sep '19 $1,969 $2,089 $2,189
1 - 31 Oct $1,999 $2,249 $2,199
1 Nov - 5 Dec '19 $1,799 $2,059 $1,999
 6 - 12 Dec '19 $2,189 $2,439 $2,399
11 - 31 Dec '19 $2,399 $2,529 $2,629
1 - 11 Jan '20 $2,399 $2,529 $2,629
12 - 31 Jan '20 $1,969 $2,089 $2,179
1 - 28 Feb '20 $1,799 $2,059 $1,999
For departures from New York add $100pp to the above price
For departures from Seattle add $240pp to the above price

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/Houston add $220, Minneapolis add $240, Atlanta add $100, Orlando/Boston/Chicago/Buffalo add $550/from New Orleans/ Cleveland add $440.  Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.  Upgrade to Premium Economy starting from an additional $2000 per person or Business Class from an additional $4500 – request a customized quote now!

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare with Air Canada from listed cities in North America to Melbourne
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in Melbourne
  • Penguins and City Sightseeing Tour
  • Great Ocean Road Sightseeing Tour
  • Yarra Valley Wineries Sightseeing Tour

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Airport – hotel transfers

*Limited seats, subject to availability*

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire.

Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

Hotel

Dates

Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments 27-28 Sep, 2 Nov, 20-23 Nov, 31 Dec, 21 Jan-2 Feb, 19-21 Mar
The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

22-24 Aug, 26-30 Sep, 5 Nov, 18 - 24 Nov, 12-15 Dec, 26 Dec - 1 Jan,  22 - 26 Jan, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 21-22 Feb

Crowne Plaza Melbourne 27 - 28 Sep, 4 - 7 Nov, 9 - 17 Dec, 30 Dec '19, 20 Jan - 2 Feb, 14 - 17 Mar ' 20

5 Dec 2019
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