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Unpack once for 5 nights at the centrally located Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Take a trip to visit Werribee Mansion and Open Range Zoo, spend time in the Dandenong Ranges, ride and dine on the Q Train and lose yourself at the renowned Melbourne International Flower Show, a colourful celebration of the Australian lifestyle and great outdoors, ranked as one of the top 5 garden shows in the world.
16th March 2023 *Date is indicative only. To be confirmed
$800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air components that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.
‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited).
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
Flights arrive into Melbourne Airport where we board our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ or luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach to make our way to the hub of Melbourne CBD and check in. Unpack once in our 5-star hotel which is situated at the Paris end of Collins Street, in the heart of the city’s premier shopping, dining and theatre district. This award winning hotel has 363 luxurious rooms that begin from level 36 offering breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
This morning we make our way to Werribee Open Range Zoo. Here you can take time to visit the Australian Trail featuring all Aussie animals, step into the African Trail featuring gorillas, lions, hippos, monkeys or meerkats. The zoo also boasts a safari bus that takes your through the savannah with camels, bison, ostrich, rhinos, zebras, and giraffe all roaming freely in the park’s 494-acre grasslands, affording some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities. The open-air vehicle gives you the best views whilst you learn about some of the world’s most endangered species as well as the zoo’s conservation efforts. Next, we venture on and discover the story of an Australian pastoral empire, Werribee Park Mansion. One of the largest and most opulent properties in Victoria with 60 rooms across several wings, the mansion is in a Renaissance Revival style. Walk through on a selfguided tour using audio headsets and take in the fine interior which includes some original furniture set within a richly decorated entry hall and grand staircase. The onsite rose gardens are also a feature of this visit. This afternoon, we board the Melbourne River Cruises and spend a delightful hour aboard a riverboat, gliding under the Princes Bridge and past beautiful river gardens, Herring Island, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other top cultural attractions.
Take a free day today to unearth the Melbourne of your choice. Wind your way through the many laneways in the city or shop up a storm. Stroll along cultural Southbank to the Botanic Gardens, the world is your oyster today, there’s so much on offer in this multicultural city. See Melbourne from a whole new angle tonight, as we take a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. At its peak height of 120 metres - the equivalent of a 40 storey building
# The Melbourne Star provides uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding area, stretching up to 40kms. Our in-cabin audio commentary will reveal interesting stories about Melbourne past and present, together with the unique history of giant observation wheels. This evening we dine riverside, enjoying spectacular panoramic views of Melbourne.
**Lunch is at own expense today.
This morning we take a short drive to the Queen Victoria Markets to shop and browse through Melbourne’s favourite marketplace. Next, we discover the Dandenong Ranges, travelling through the lush and picturesque low mountain ranges to Olinda, arriving at Belgrave to board Puffing Billy. 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.
This afternoon we visit the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne. Built in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations. Enter the classical interior and discover the reverent solitude of the sanctuary. Permanent exhibitions include the Galleries of Remembrance, recent conflicts, The Victoria Cross and the Gallery of Medals.
Today we take in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world. Staged within the world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, this prestigious show is a colourful celebration of our Australian lifestyle and great outdoors. Enjoy masterclasses with floral designers, meet key landscape designers and purchase everything from bulbs, plants, tools and trinkets to the latest garden accessories. Take as much time as you like to delve into this world of floral mastery before reuniting with the rest of the group this evening for a night out. Tonight, a special finale dinner with surprising entertainment of Titanic proportions! Let us take you on a voyage that will live in your heart long after you have come back ashore. Step back to a bygone era and relive the story that made Titanic the Ship of Dreams. Step aboard the theatre restaurant and experience a night filled with dining, dancing, laughter and drama. Period costume is encouraged but not compulsory.
**Lunch is at own expense today.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning. Check-out is at 10am, when we depart the hotel and make our way to Artvo Immersive Gallery. This ‘trick art’ gallery is the first of its kind in Australia, where you are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing yourself in them. You can become part of over 100 3D artworks, placing you in the midst of scenes, locations and famous paintings. After our time here, we make our way to the airport for our respective flights home.
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To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.
Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.
Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you. Our fitness ratings are:
Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.
In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.