4D3N Best of Melbourne

Inclusions: Return airport transfer by shared coach transfers, 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel (Twin share) with breakfast, choice of 1 Halfday city tour and choice of 1 Full day tour.
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4D3N BEST OF MELBOURNE PACKAGE
Package Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport)
Sit In Coach (SIC) Airport Transfer to your selected Melbourne hotel. Specific instructions to locate transfer service will be provided. If meet and greet service is required, additional fees apply.
Tickets included in package: Arrival Shared Coach Transfer from Airport to Hotel.
 
Day 02: Melbourne
After breakfast in the hotel, explore Melbourne city with a choice of either of the following Melbourne City Tour. 
Option A: Morning Melbourne City Tour
Tour Highlights (Daily)
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Lygon Street – cafe culture and 'Little Italy'
  • Prestigious Melbourne University
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Museum
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • St Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop)
  • Look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and take in the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere 
  • Colourful Chinatown
  • Federation Square
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Take a wander in Fitzroy Gardens – there is opportunity to visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense)
  • East Melbourne – ornate Victorian terraced homes
  • Collins Street – Paris end
  • Queen Victoria Market* – perhaps enjoy a coffee before you explore (own expense)
  • Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways – Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
Tour Highlights (Mon and Wed)
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Lygon Street – cafe culture & 'Little Italy'
  • Prestigious Melbourne University
  • Royal Exhibition Building & Museum
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • St Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop)
  • Arts Centre and Southbank
  • Law Courts
  • Visit the Shrine, Royal Botanic Gardens and cafe 
  • Take a wander in Fitzroy Gardens – there is opportunity to visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense)
  • Tour through the sports precinct including Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways – Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Federation Square
Option B: Afternoon Melbourne Higlights (Departs Daily – Except Mon, Wed)
Tour Highlights
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park – National Tennis Centre
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Gracious tree lined St Kilda Road
  • Docklands – waterfront development
  • Etihad Stadium at Docklands
  • Bolte Bridge – spectacular city overview
  • Port Melbourne by the sea
  • Travel by the beach to trendy St Kilda
  • Albert Park Lake – site of the F1 Grand Prix
  • Explore Acland Street in St Kilda – a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries, shops and world famous patisseries
  • Perhaps enjoy a local favourite – afternoon tea of coffee and continental cake (own expense)
  • Fashionable suburbs of Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes – a functional remnant of a bygone era (photo stop)
  • Tour through the main street of Brighton
  • Fitzroy Street in St Kilda – lively with its restaurant and bars
Tickets included in package: Either Option A or Option B Melbourne morning city tour with English speaking guide. Please note: No Hotel Drop Off available after city tour.
 
Day 03: Melbourne
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed on ONE of the following day tours:
Option A: Great Ocean Road Adventure (Departs Daily)
Includes: National park fees, Aussie style Bush Billy tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers and free WiFi on coach
Tour Highlights
  • Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge 
  • Enjoy an Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers – old fashioned hospitality … what a treat! 
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Surf beach resort of Lorne
  • Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
  • River inlets and fern gullies
  • Stop at picturesque Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense) – perhaps a walk along the beach
  • Otway National Park – fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
  • Port Campbell National Park's rugged coastline, "The Shipwreck Coast"
  • Gibsons Steps* – gain a unique perspective of the stunning Twelve Apostles from the water's edge 
  • Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles from the boardwalk lookout 
  • You may take an optional helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
  • Tom & Eva and Razorback – grand architecture carved by surf
  • Loch Ard Gorge – site of the tragic shipwreck of the "Loch Ard"
  • Port Campbell – holiday resort and fishing village
  • This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
  • Return directly to Melbourne enjoying an on-board Australian movie "All The Rivers Run – 1"
  • See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge."
Option B: The Penguin Parade – Penguins Plus (Departs Daily)
Includes: Meeting wallabies/kangaroos, Koala Conservation Centre, entrance to Penguin Parade with Penguins Plus premium viewing area and free Wi-Fi on coach and at Penguin Parade
Tour Highlights
  • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • San Remo – maritime fishing village
  • Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
  • Opportunity to meet wallabies/kangaroos
  • Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre – look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks 
  • The Nobbies – a rugged rocky outcrop with an excellent boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins' homes (shoulder/summer months) 
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the exclusive Penguins Plus premium viewing area for the best views of the Penguins 
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense)
Option C: Sovereign Hill (Departs Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat)
Includes: Entrance fees to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Red Hill Mine tour and free Wi-Fi on coach
Tour Highlights
  • Travel the Western Highway – stagecoach route of the 1850's
  • Bacchus Marsh – a landscape of orchards – once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
  • Ballarat – enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues
  • Eureka Stockade – site of the 1854 Miner's Rebellion
  • Visit Sovereign Hill – an authentic recreation of an 1850's gold mining town. See & experience…
  • Gold panning in Red Gully Creek
  • Explore the Red Hill mine tour and discover life underground
  • Witness original working conditions and demonstrations of early mining equipment
  • Explore the many original shops …
  • Blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
  • Perhaps try some homemade boiled lollies! Maybe a Devonshire Tea at the New York Bakery?
  • The Chinese Village – highlighting Chinese involvement in the goldfields
  • Why not ride a stagecoach!
  • Take in the atmosphere of Main St.
  • Watch the Giant Crushing Battery
  • Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel (own expense) 
  • Visit the Gold Museum – an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, gold coins, alluvial deposits and priceless gold artefacts. 
Option D: Yarra Valley Wineries (Departs Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
Includes: Winery lunch with glass of glass of wine and opportunity for wine tasting at Fergusson's Winery, wine tasting at Rochford Wines, wine tasting and tour at Dominique Portet and free Wi-Fi on coach
Additional Surcharge applicable: SGD15/Adult, SGD10/Child
Tour Highlights
  • Ferntree Gully situated at the foot of the ranges 
  • Blue Dandenong Ranges – superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests
  • Sherbrooke Forest, noted for its tall native trees and fern gullies
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast winery lunch with a glass of wine as guests of Louise Fergusson (Asian cuisine and vegetarian meals are also available on request)
  • Opportunity for wine tasting at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer 
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery – home to master chocolatiers
  • Complimentary chocolate tastings, opportunity to purchase premium chocolates and observe European Chocolatiers at work
  • Pass through the township of Healesville
  • Taste a selection of fine Australian wines at Rochford Wines 
  • Visit Dominique Portet winery for further wine tasting from this boutique family owned winery with French heritage
  • Take a vineyard, bottling or vintage tour (depending on the activity of the winery)
  • Enjoy a complimentary cheese and cracker with your wine tasting
Option E: Puffing Billy with Wildlife and Lunch (Departs Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
Includes: Historic steam train ride, entrance to Healesville Sanctuary, VIP Wildlife Meet and Feed, Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers, winery lunch with a glass of wine and opportunity for wine tasting at Fergusson's Winery and free Wi-Fi on coach
Additional Surcharge applicable: SGD30/Adult, SGD19/Child
Tour Highlights
  • Share Bush Billy tea of Aussie grown tea and gum leaves, lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers
  • Colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots! (opportunity to hand feed)
  • Enjoy a ride aboard Puffing Billy steam train from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, the most scenic section of the original steam locomotive's journey 
  • Pass quaint villages set amongst the Australian bush and renowned for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with wine as guests of Louise Fergusson (Asian cuisine and vegetarian meals are also available on request)
  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer 
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery – a sweet feast for the senses
  • Delight in complimentary chocolate tastings, displays of premium chocolates and observe European chocolatiers at work
  • Pass through the township of Healesville – set amidst mountain bushland
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary – home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
  • Meet your expert guide for an exclusive VIP close-up experience and photo opportunity with one of Australia's native animals 
  • Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
  • Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand – the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis and spoonbills
  • Witness the "Spirits of the Sky" demonstration
  • Observe the underwater life of the platypus
  • Come face to face with a koala!
  • Meet a furry wombat!
  • See dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas
Option F: Mt. Buller Snow Day (359) (Departs Daily from Early June to Early October)
Includes: Mount Buller entry and free WIFI on coach
Tour Highlights
  • Picturesque Yarra Valley
  • Country townships of Yea and Bonnie Doon
  • Mansfield – gateway of the Alpine region
  • Victoria's high country
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Explore Mt. Buller Alpine Village
  • Expert advice on snow activities
  • Hours of snow fun
  • Ski lift and lesson tickets available
  • A full range of ski equipment and clothing is available for hire (can be pre-booked)
  • On board videos
Tickets included in package: Choice of one of the above guided Day Tour, with English Speaking guide and Return Shared Coach Transfers to Melbourne Hotel
 
Day 04 : Melbourne Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, your day is at free at leisure until your transfers to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
Tickets included in package: Departure Shared Coach Transfer to Airport

 

HOTEL BACKOUT DATES & SURCHARGES
Blackout Dates
Ibis Style Kingsgate: Blackout: 17, 18 Jun,  23, 26 & 29 Jul & 30 Sep 2016, 1-2 Oct (AFL Grand Final 2016), 29 Oct – 06 Nov (Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16- 01 Jan 17 (NYE), 16 – 29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennis), 16-19 Mar 17(F1GP)
Mercure Welcome: Blackout: 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), 29 Oct – 01 Nov 16 ( Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16 (NYE), 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), 16 – 19 March 17 (F1 GP)
Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure: Blackout: 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), 29 Oct – 01 Nov 16 ( Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16 (NYE), 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), 16 – 19 March 17 (F1 GP)
 
Surcharges
Ibis Styles Melbourne: Surcharge A$209 Per room per night for 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 03 Nov (Spring Racing Carnival), 16 – 22 Jan (Australia Open Tennis), TBC 17 -20 March 17 (F1GP)/ surcharge A$147 Per room per night for 27 Jan – 4 Feb 17 (CNY)
Fraser Place Melbourne: Surcharge AUD150 Per room per night 29 Oct– 05 Nov16 ( Melbourne Cup Carnival), TBC 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), TBC 16-19 March 17 (Australian F1 Grand Prix)  
Causeway Properties: Surcharge AUD78 Per room per night with  Min 2N Stay for  3 Nov 16, 31 Dec16 ,16 – 29 Jan 17( Australia Open Tennis); Surcharge AUD90 Per room per night with  Min 2N Stay for  01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final) , 28 Oct – 01 Nov 2016 (Spring Racing Carnival), TBC 16-19 March 17 (F1 GP date TBC) 
Rydges On Swanston Melbourne: Surcharge AUD110 Per room per night with Min 3N Stay 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 1 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival),31 Dec 16, 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennis)
Rydges Melbourne: Surcharge AUD110 Per room per night with Min 3N stay for 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 1 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival),31 Dec 16, 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennie),Every Fri – Sun March 17 (F1 GP)
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne: Surcharge AUD151 Per room per night on 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), surcharge A$119 Per room per night 29 Oct – 5 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival)/ 31 Dec 16 (NYE)/ 16-29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), Surcharge A$184 Per room per night on 18 Feb 17 (White Night)/TBC March 17 (F1 Grand Prix)
 
 
HOTEL TERMS & CONDITIONS
Hotel Sophia
Plated Breakfast
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise.
Child no bed can only apply for child below 6 years old.
(Hotel STRICTLY ONLY accepts credit cards for check-in deposits, Cash is NOT accepted.)
Tune Hotel Melbourne
Double Room Max. Occupancy (2A+1CNB).
Child no bed must below 5 years old.
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne 
Twin room surcharge S$25 per room per night.
The 4th Person will only be charged for breakfast at SGD 24 per day. 
Ibis Styles Kingsgate (FREE WIFI)
Triple Room only available for 01 Double + 01 Single.
Family room 01 Double + 02 Single.
Fraser Place Melbourne
Continental Breakfast (with 4 x Hot Dishes).
NO Housekeeping service on Sun & PH
Causeway Inn on the Mall  – Triple MUST be Superior Room.
Melbourne Marriott (FREE WIFI)
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise. 
Bedding configuration strictly 02 double / 01 Queen (no extra bed).
Park Hyatt
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise.

 

MELBOURNE TRAVEL TIPS
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MELBOURNE??? Most Melbourne attractions and places of interests are not affected by the different seasons hence, tourists can be seen arriving into Melbourne all year round.
(MARCH TO MAY) – During autumn, (March, April and May) visitors will be able to travel in comfortable weather while enjoying the changing colors of the city. Melbourne Fashion Festival and Formula 1 Grand Prix is normally held in the month of March.
  (JUNE TO AUGUST) – Winter season, is especially popular amongst tourist that are planning trips to Mount Buller, which is a 3 hours drive from Melbourne City. A range of winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding awaits you at the resort. 
  (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER) – Springtime visitors will enjoy blooming flowers and rising temperatures. Despite rising temperatures, it can be quite windy during this time of the year, hence, visitors should still pack on warm sweaters. Daytime spring temperatures average out at between 17 and 20°C. Spring is also the season of sports as regional events (such as Australian Football Finals/Melbourne Cup) are held during the month of November when temperatures are slightly lower.
  (DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY) – Summer is the peak tourist season in Melbourne. The city and beaches gets significantly busier during this period. Attractions such as the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penguins are usually filled with tourist during this season as well. If you are travelling during summer, do bring along a hat, sun block, sun glasses, anything that can protect you from the UV rays, but also do bring along some light warm clothing as the temperature may dip below 20°C in the night.
MUST DO IN MELBOURNE: Melbourne is popular for the several markets scattered across the city. The markets can be categorized into General Markets that sell art and crafts, clothings, flowers, books and antiques artifacts. If you are looking for food, wine, beer and cheese, check out the Produce Markets instead. Be sure to visit at least one Melbourne market during your stay. 
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE VISITING MELBOURNE: We know that a lot of things can happen from the time you book your holiday to the actual date so whenever you are travelling it would be good precaution to have travel insurance. 
Click here to check out our discounted rates for Sompo & Chubb Insurance
WHAT SHOULD I PACK? When visiting Melbourne, it is better to be safe than sorry. Bringing along a variety of short, cool clothing and long, warm clothing is advisable as weather in Melbourne my change quite drastically. Also, bring along an umbrella and wind breaker even if you are travelling in the summer. 
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? Credit cards are widely accepted in Melbourne. Major currencies are accepted at money changers that you can find readily available througout the city. For credit card cash advances, Automatic teller machines (ATMs) can also be found in most corners of the city. For a visit to the bank, most banks are open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 4pm, and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.
WHAT KIND OF ELECTRIC OUTLET IS USED IN GOLD COAST? Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Commonwealth of Australia usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre
DO I NEED A VISA? For Singaporeans or Malaysians working in Singapore, we are able to assist you with the Electronic Travel Advisory (ETA) application, rates may vary from $20-$25 per person, however if you book the package with us, this application will be complimentary! For other nationalities, do check with us so that we can advice the relevant Visa fees.
MEAL OPTIONS? Most of the packages are with breakfast only. For some tours, depending on your selection, it may include a lunch, otherwise any other meals will be at your own expense.
WHAT HAPPENS UPON ARRIVAL AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT? For our packages, we will issue an itinerary voucher for you to follow the steps accordingly. Vouchers are individually attractions/hotel/transfers will be provided for you. With this vouchers, you can exchange them for their physical tickets on the day of arrival. Do let us know if you require a tour guide/coordinater, however extra charges are applicable for this case.
THINGS TO NOTE? Tipping is not a customary in Australia, and usually not expected. Nevertheless, if good service was rendered, you may choose to offer a 10% tip of the bill at cafes or restaurants; In taxis, the best practice would be to round up the payment according to the final billed amount.
MELBOURNE FACT SHEET City: Melbourne; Victoria Australia
Population: 4.1 million
Area: 9,990 km²
Fun Facts: Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927 before the capital shifted to Canberra
Shopping: Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Some shops may extend shopping hours to 9pm on Fridays. On Sunday, most retailers are open 10am to 5pm.
Currency: Australian Dollars Click HERE for exchange rate.
Read more at Tourism Australia Website

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