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Come to Melbourne – the capital city of the Victoria state – to experience a truly amazing Australian lifestyle. During the stay in the city, visit its prominent attractions including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites and know more about the city’s past and present. From the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens to the splendid Royal Botanic Gardens and Queen Victoria Market to the Shrine of Remembrance, exploring all these places is a wonderful experience. Also enjoy a guided tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground as well visits to Albert Park and Princess, and Regent Theatres. To make the trip even more exciting, opt for the optional tour of the scenic Great Ocean Road.Package Highlights
Take trip to Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook’s Cottage Shop at Queen Victoria Market Spend quality time at Royal Botanic Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building Visit the famous Shrine of Remembrance Enjoy a guided tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Great Ocean Road
Meals: No Meals
On arrival at Melbourne Airport, complete all the arrival formalities. Thereafter, transfer (seat-in-coach basis) to the designated hotel.Considered as the most populous city of state of Victoria, Melbourne – the state capital – lies on the natural bay of Port Phillip. It has a moderate oceanic climate and is known for its unpredictable weather conditions. Often referred to as the cultural capital of the country, the city of Melbourne in recent times has a gained a reputation for itself in the global arena for its dance styles, film industry and some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has also been acknowledged as a UNESCO City of Literature and considered a hub for street art.
Upon reaching the hotel, check-in and enjoy a wonderful overnight stay
Day 2 :Sightseeing in Melbourne
After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, go for a half-day Melbourne city tour (seat-in-coach basis). Start the tour with a visit to Fitzroy Gardens – one of the landmark Victorian era landscaped gardens in the country. Spread over an area of 64 acres, it lies towards the south-eastern part of the Central Business District (CBD) of the city. There is a lot to see in these gardens including a conservatory, lake, sculptures, fountains and Captain Cook’s Cottage – the house where James Cook’s parents lived; it was brought from England and rebuilt here. The cottage has the distinction of being the oldest building in the nation.
After spending time at Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook’s cottage, proceed towards the Queen Victoria Market, which is the biggest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Named after Queen Victoria of England, the market sprawls across an area of 17 acres and is a great place to shop for jewellery, clothes, handmade art and crafts, and shoes as well as seafood, fruit, vegetables and poultry products. Thereafter, make a visit to the home of Formula One Australian Grand Prix since 1996 – Albert Park, which is a suburb in CBD. The landscape of this place is characterised by open air cafes, heritage buildings, wide streets, terraced houses and parks.
Later, proceed towards the Royal Botanic Gardens, situated on the southern bank of the Yarra River. Internationally-acclaimed, these gardens are spread over an area of 93 acres and feature exotic and native vegetation, which includes more than 10,000 individual species. Thereafter, visit the Royal Exhibition Building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was designed by an architect named Joseph Reed. Over the years, this building has been host to various events and exhibitions and is a must-visit during a tour to the city. Another place to proceed towards after spending time here is Federation Square – a public square – situated right opposite St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.
Thereafter, pay a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance, which was designed by architects – James Wardrop and Phillip Hudson, as a remembrance for all those who served in World War I. It is one of the largest in the nation and hosts Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day, annually. Besides these attractions, take out time to visit the famous Regent and Princess Theatres, and Southbank.
Later make arrangements on your own to join a one hour guided tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Return to the hotel in the evening and stay overnight.
Day 3: Full Day Great Ocean Road Tour
After a mouth-watering breakfast, Enjoy full-day tour (seat-in-coach basis) of the Great Ocean Road, about 243 km connecting the cities of Allansford and Torquay. Being the largest war memorial in the world, this road provides access to a number of significant landmarks of the country and over the years, it has become an important tourist attraction.
Start the road trip and along the way, witness the coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne; drive past the world renowned Bells Beach – the location of the world surfing championships; and view various river inlets and fern-filled gullies. During the journey, pass by lofty limestone cliffs, lush forests and breathtaking white beaches. Also explore Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell National Park. Continue your drive, past the remnants of London Bridge and then admire the splendid night lights of Melbourne while crossing the West Gate Bridge.
Later transfer (seat-in-coach basis) to the hotel for an overnight stay
Day 4 :Philip Island with Penguin Parade
See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to get up close with koalas and kangaroos, then watch sea birds and fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies. At sunset, take your place at Summerland Beach to enjoy the nightly Penguin Parade, as cute little penguins waddle up the beach to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea.
Day 5 :Departure from Melbourne
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Melbourne Airport (seat-in-coach basis) to board your return flight culminating this amazing trip.
If you Cancel your Holiday
The historic Victoria Hotel is located in the city centre, just a short walk from some of the most popular attractions, shops, restaurants, theatres and sporting venues in Melbourne. Warm and welcoming, the hotel has recently been fully renovated and features 370 rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa, restaurant, bar and conference facilities. The hotel room rate does not include breakfast or Internet access
Experience the gracious warmth and stylish accommodation of Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne. As might be expected of a theatre district hotel, this 4-star boutique can play any role – from the professional conference venue to the casually chic holiday destination.
Crown Promenade Hotel offers spacious rooms with views of Port Phillip Bay or the city and Yarra River. Guests have access to a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
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