Tours to Melbourne Flower Show 2018, Seniors group tours to Melbourne Flower Show - Photo
Tours to Melbourne Flower Show 2018 - Photo
Tours to Melbourne Flower Show 2018, Seniors group tours to Melbourne Flower Show - Photo
Tours to Melbourne and Dandenong Ranges - Photo

itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Melbourne

It’s no surprise Victoria’s capital is regarded as the world’s most livable city. Join us as we discover some of the hidden charms in Melbourne and surrounds. Arrive into Melbourne airport early afternoon, board one of our signature coaches where we make our way into the hub of Melbourne. 3 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza Melbourne (Gold Class) / Crowne Metropol (Diamond Class) (D)

Day 2. Dandenong Ranges & Puffing Billy Steam Train

A leisurely start to today with breakfast followed by some free time downtown before re-grouping at 10.30am to make our way to the Dandenong Ranges. Arriving at Belgrave, we board the Puffing Billy for a steam and cuisine luncheon. Travelling first class, we enjoy the grandeur and charm of a three-hour steam train journey whilst savouring a delicious lunch in fully enclosed heritage dining carriages. As the train whistle signals, entrees are served before we cross the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge. The journey continues through temperate rainforest chugging through dense fern foliage and wide-open fields. Mains are served prior to arriving at Lakeside Station where we have time to disembark the train and explore the park which is home to leisurely walking trails, picturesque Emerald Lake and abundant bird life. We then re-board for our return journey whilst finishing off with dessert, tea and coffee before returning to Melbourne CBD. (B,L,D) GGP

Day 3. Melbourne International Flower Show

Today we discover the world renowned Melbourne International Flower Show, rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world. Staged within the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens, this prestigious show is a colourful celebration of our Australian lifestyle and great outdoors. This afternoon we visit the Melbourne Museum with a local guide giving an overview of the museum’s displays and galleries, and pointing out some of the highlights that you might like to revisit. We’ll hear stories about the objects, as well as the history of Victoria and the museum itself. Tonight, we dine aboard an elegant colonial tramcar and take in views of the streets of the city and suburbs such as Prahran, St Kilda, Middle Park and South Melbourne. Enjoy traditional silver and white linen service whilst savouring the flavours of the seasonal menu. A special exclusive treat for Fun Over Fifty passengers today with a surprise celebrity guest appearance. This is where the motto behind the name comes into play and the real Fun Factor shines. Celebrity guest is not publicly known, he/or she is exclusive FUN just for us (B,L,D) GGP

Day 4. Melbourne Touring, Phillip Island

Enjoy a relaxed and fun day of discount retail therapy without the worry of carrying bags, negotiating public transport or finding directions. Join our local shopaholic tour host exploring back-street warehouses, pop-up sales and discount shopping streets such as Swan Street, Bridge Road and Smith Street. Discover Melbourne’s inner city suburbs including Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy as you shop till you drop in fashion discount outlets, accessory, bag and shoe shops and hard-to-find warehouse sales. We take you to the outlets that you may not find on your own, away from the shopping centres. We then experience Australia’s best Little Italy – perfect for an Italian indulgence. Brunetti’s in Lygon Street, Carlton is set in a sophisticated Roman aesthetic, replete with marble, murals and mosaics. After lunch we make our way to Phillip Island’s southern coastline. 2 Night Stay: Comfort Inn Kaloha Resort, Cowes (**Due to limited accommodation in Cowes, both Gold Class and Diamond Class will be staying at the property.)

Day 5. Phillip Island

Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate is first on our list today where we will develop a delicious addiction, with chocolates to taste, try and buy, at this wondrous factory, café and art gallery, celebrating all things chocolate. Enjoy a traditional meal of fish and chips before we board Wildlife Coast Cruises’ spectacular two-hour coastal wildlife cruise to experience an up-close encounter with thousands of seals at Australia’s largest fur seal colony. It is impossible not to be captivated by these naturally playful and inquisitive animals, as they regularly approach the boat for a closer look at us. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful coastline and learn all about the history of Phillip Island’s western shoreline. For an enchanting finale to the day, we make our way to Phillip Island Nature Park for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch at eye level from premium underground viewing as hundreds of adorable little penguins — also called fairy penguins, as they are the smallest in the world — emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand and shrub to their nearby burrows. (B,L,D)

Day 6. Flights home

After breakfast we make our way back to Melbourne transferring to Tullamarine Airport for our respective flights home. (B)

B = Hot & Continental Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2018
$2950 $3645 19 March – GOLD CLASS
$3500 $4150 21 March – DIAMOND CLASS
  • Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $800pp
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air component.
  • Green Guest Policy (GGP) OPTION – It costs less to contribute to our environment. Select the GGP Option on this tour and save $20pp Twin Share or $40 Sole Use
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Melbourne ex Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide
  • Choice of luxury ‘Gold Class’ or elite ‘Diamond Class’ coach touring
  • 3 nights Melbourne CBD
  • Travel first class in the heritage dining cars on the Steam and Cuisine train tour on the Puffing Billy
  • Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
  • Guided tour of Melbourne Museum
  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant dinner
  • Melbourne shopping tour
  • Brunetti’s Italian indulgence on Lygon Street
  • 2 nights Phillip Island
  • Panny’s World of Chocolate
  • Wildlife Coast Cruise to see Australia’s largest fur seal colony
  • Penguin Parade in premium underground viewing
  • Celebrity guest appearance
  • 14 meals

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