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Melbourne MEL-7

Marvelous Melbourne & Yarra Valley Highlights

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Enjoy the ambiance of the Yarra Valley - an extraordinary beautiful valley just 40 km east of Melbourne, internationally recognised as a leading cool climate wine region able to produce a range of classic wines styles.  Savor a superb spit-roast lunch at Ferguson's Winery & Restaurant and learn all about winemaking and wine-tasting. Then to Melbourne, a city fueled by the Gold Rush and pastoralist wealth.  Today the City is a cultural hub, a sporting Mecca, a fashion capital and an epicurean's idea of heaven. Sit back and relax as we showcase Melbourne's many highlights, its history, character and charm.

Melbourne City Tour

Adults $269.00 NZ      Children $??? NZ



Departing ship side, we travel through the outer eastern suburbs of Croydon and Lilydale, past acres of lush grazing pastures, orchards and award-winning wineries that represent the region's international reputation for super-premium cool climate wines – the Yarra Valley.

Arriving at Yering Station, Victoria's first vineyard planted in 1838, and Hall of Fame winners for Best Winery and Tourism Complex. Here you can learn all about wine-sampling and taste some classic Australian wines.

We continue along the Melba Highway passing the pretty township of Yarra Glen in the heart of the Yarra Valley and home to some of the best known wineries in Victoria. Then onwards to Dixon Creek, passing the historic Gulf Station (a pioneer farm) now run by the National Trust. Lunch today is at the award winning Ferguson's Winery and Restaurant where you will enjoy a superb spit-roast lunch with assorted vegetables and salads, petit fours and coffee/tea, plus of course a glass of wine!.

Departing for Melbourne City, we stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral – to see its splendid gothic revival architecture and then take a stroll through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens where the pathways are designed to resemble the British flag – the Union Jack.  Here we can also see Captain Cook's Cottage - discoverer of the East Coast of Australia and walk through the Conservatory which holds regular floral exhibitions.

Continuing through the cities central districts we pass Treasury Place, Parliament House and Australia's most loved Princess Theatre, where the record breaking "Phantom Of The Opera" was performed. Marvel at the architecture of The Royal Exhibition Building which for 27 years housed the State Parliament. Adjacent to the Exhibition Building is the Melbourne Museum and Imax Cinema.

Next to the Italian precinct in Carlton where the city's famous café culture was born and is one of the great food precincts in Melbourne, then past Australia's largest and oldest market The Queen Victoria Market, the historic Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne's tallest building, the Eureka towers before heading back to the station pier and your ship.


Duration 8 hours

Start Time 0830hrs
End Time 1630hrs

Tour times can be adjusted to suit ship times of arrival and departure

Child rates for 4-14 years

ou will see
Yarra Valley
Yering Station Winery
Gulf Station
Melbourne City highlights

What's Included
Collection from the Ship
Comfortable Transport
Experienced Guide
Yering Station Wine tasting
Fergusson's lunch and wine tasting
Melbourne City highlights
All Tolls and Taxes

General Info
This tour is a small group tour using quality minibuses. Some walking required on gentle inclines and some steps, good walking shoes are recommended. Warm and weatherproof clothing suggested as it can become cool and rainy in any season

Spit-roast lunch with wine, petit fours, tea or coffee

This tour requires a minimum of 4 persons to operate. The group size will not exceed 7 persons.

For larger groups please contact us for details

Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions

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