Victoria’s Hidden Gems

7 days,

6 nights |

from $3375 per person*

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TOUR CODE: IJVIC

Delve into the cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty of Victoria, journeying past elegant Melbournian arcades, sandstone peaks and the Twelve Apostles that stand imposingly along the spectacular coastline. From trendy cityscapes to quaint villages, scenic coastal drives.

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades
  • Discover eclectic village of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries
  • Visit the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia
  • Call in at the high-tech Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat
  • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the Grampians
  • Browse in the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • Take in the majestic Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 7: Flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport

Departure Dates

2020 SEP: 11 OCT: 9 NOV: 6 DEC: 4 Please click here for full Booking Conditions.

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

December 4, 2020

Valid for travel between:

09/11/2020 – 12/04/2020

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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IJVIC

Day 1 Welcome to Melbourne

Admire the style and spirit of Victoria’s capital. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés before boarding the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant to trundle through the glittering city streets. Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2 Melbourne – Daylesford

View the city’s impressive skyline over breakfast on the 35th floor restaurant of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Return to earth and begin your exploration of Melbourne’s wide avenues, charming arcades and trendy street art in the company of a local expert. Indulge in the Melbournian tradition of morning tea before enjoying lunch at your leisure. We head for the eclectic spa town of Daylesford, then relax in the healing waters of the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Tonight enjoy dinner in the award-winning restaurant, The Argus. Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 3 Daylesford – Dunkeld

A leisurely start to the day could see you enjoy a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Your first stop today is Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. Drip syrupy lavender honey over freshly baked scones before heading to Creswick Woollen Mills, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue on to the historic town of Clunes admiring beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Grab a spot of lunch at one of the cafés or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Eureka Centre, where the original Stockade flag is housed to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. Settle in to the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at the hotel is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden. Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 4 Dunkeld – Warrnambool

After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. Then head to Halls Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Witness a Welcome to Country ceremony and then the local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people will teach you how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain range before heading down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. This evening, discover the maritime history of the region during a Sound and Light Show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 5 Warrnambool – Lorne

Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Wind through lush forests and stop to admire highlights including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The crisp sea air provides a refreshing backdrop for a lunch stop in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Stop in quaint Apollo Bay before arriving in the seaside village of Lorne late afternoon. Hotel: Cumberland Resort Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 6 Lorne – Mornington Peninsula

The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings us to the surf capital of Torquay, where you’ll learn about Australia’s beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. Indulge in a Local Dining Experience lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm. This evening at your hotel, enjoy a meal prepared with ingredients sourced from hotel’s kitchen garden and select Mornington Peninsula producers. Hotel: Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience, dinner with wine

Day 7 Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne

The aroma of coffee beans beckon as you head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this Inspiring Journey nears its end, venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, enjoy a Celebration Lunch with newfound friends after an epic adventure through the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Victoria. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Lunch

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*Terms & Conditions (US):

Discount available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel in low season. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (26 March 2020). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: IJVIC. CST#2001136-50.

*Terms & Conditions (CAD):

Discount available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel in low season. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in CAD dollars and correct at time of posting (26 March 2020). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: IJVIC. CST#2001136-50.

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