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Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Welcome to Australia! You are met upon arrival in Melbourne and escorted to your hotel, ideally located in the city center.
This is Australia’s garden city, the capital of the state of Victoria, and a cosmopolitan center replete with Victorian architecture. Melbourne is also home to wonderful boutiques, galleries and a delightful variety of restaurants.
The day is yours to spend at leisure, to relax or venture out to explore this friendly city on your own.
Melbourne & the Yarra Valley
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing through the countryside just beyond Melbourne today.
Meet your driver and guide for a short drive outside the city to one of Australia’s leading wine making areas, the Yarra Valley. En route, travel through beautiful rural countryside with the opportunity to see wild kangaroos in their natural habitat.
The Yarra Ranges sets a picturesque backdrop to the numerous vineyards and renowned restaurants dotting the area. Stop to sample wines from an assortment of boutique wineries that have been specially selected to suit your interests, passions and wine preferences. Take a private tour behind-the-scenes, and enjoy a barrel tasting with one of the region’s most respected wine makers. Later, savor lunch with paired with wines at another notable vineyard.
In the afternoon, visit the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. It is Australia’s leading wildlife reserve and home to over 200 species of Australian birds and animals. Observe koalas in the wild, and delight an intimate encounter with the captivating platypus.
Return to your Melbourne hotel by late afternoon. (B,L)
Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road
Today, explore the cliff-hugging Great Ocean Road, overlooking roaring seas, tranquil coves, and secluded beaches. A relaxing drive one and-a-half hours outside the city brings you to monstrous cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and secluded beaches. Gain insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with its rugged cliffs and big waves, and soak up the atmosphere at the coastal village of Lorne.
Stop at award-winning Chris’s Restaurant for panoramic ocean views and a lunchtime feast of fresh seafood and fantastic local wines.
This afternoon, thrill to one of the world’s truly great scenic flights in a light aircraft above the rugged ship wreck coast. Fly from Apollo Bay over the world renowned 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, the Cape Otway Lightstation, Gibson’s Steps, the Loch Ard Gorge.
Land back at Apollo Bay, then enjoy the scenic drive back to Melbourne through the majestic Otways Ranges. (B,L)
Today, spend time at leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home or onto your next destination. (B)
Langham Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne
The luxurious Langham Hotel has a commanding position along the renowned Southbank Promenade overlooking the tranquil Yarra River. It is surrounded by al fresco cafés, restaurants and boutiques, and close to the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, the Arts Centre and Crown Casino. Hotel features and services include a health club, fitness facilities, full-service spa, sauna, indoor swimming pool, beauty salon, boutique, laundry services and a business center. There is also a fine dining restaurant, coffee shop, bar and lounge. All 387 rooms have classic-style wood furnishings, floral-patterned thick drapes, and Australian artwork. Room amenities include cable TV, high speed Internet access, a minibar, coffee/tea maker, and an in-room safe. The large marble bathrooms have crystal-prism light fixtures, two large mirrors, bathtubs, and separate, glass-enclosed showers, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Separate from the bathroom are handy, marble-topped vanity areas with mirrors. A 2015 Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotel
Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne
Overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and the cosmopolitan mix of Victorian and modern architecture, Park Hyatt Melbourne offers exclusive, luxury accommodation in the heart of the city. Our beautifully appointed luxury hotel centrally located in Melbourne’s CBD provides a warm ambience and exceptional levels of personalised service and luxurious amenities. Renowned for having the largest 240 guestrooms & suites in Melbourne with walk in robes, Italian marble bathrooms and open windows, our hotel provides an unparalleled experience of elegant, contemporary luxury. Guests are invited to enjoy the award-winning ‘radii’ restaurant & bar, the decadent Lounge and Melbourne’s favourite day spa featuring an indoor aquamarine pool, spa, sauna, gym and private sun deck. You will never run out of things to do, as our hotel is conveniently located near the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home of the Australian Football League (AFL) and test cricket. It is also within walking distance to the Melbourne Museum, the best boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants and theatre districts in Melbourne’s CBD. Melbourne Airport is conveniently located only 25km away.
The Lyall Hotel and Spa, Melbourne
The Lyall Hotel and Spa is Melbourne's only privately owned and operated 5-star hotel offering grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate and personal scale. With 40 suites of contemporary oriental design, the welcoming ambience attracts guests who appreciate personal recognition and attention to their individual needs. Bistro Lyall provides an elegant yet relaxed setting to dine. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner inside or al fresco on the terrace. The menu offers contemporary, seasonal cuisine that captures the essence of Melbourne's multicultural influences. Lifestyle features include a mini art gallery on each floor featuring the original art of local French artist Thierry B and lounge with open fireplace.