Tour Highlights: * Lunch at Rippon Lea Estate * The Langham * Lunch at Como House Estate * Yarra Cruise * Eureka Sky Deck * Living Legends Grand Day Out Package
Day 1 – Thursday 30th December ’21 Rippon Lea Estate (L,D)
It’s all aboard as we depart for our beautiful three day tour, stopping enroute for morning tea. Today we enjoy a beautiful luncheon at the Spectacular Rippon Lea Estate. Rippon Lea House and Garden is one of Australia’s grand suburban estates. This ornate late-19th century mansion and estate has a pleasure garden of 5.7 hectares of sweeping lawns, magnificent trees, a tranquil lake, the Southern Hemisphere's largest fernery, and an orchard with over one hundred varieties of heritage apples and pears. After an indulgent luncheon and most enjoyable afternoon we head into The Langham for two nights. Experience impeccable hospitality and timeless elegance with our luxurious accommodations and modern facilities to enticing views of Melbourne in this beautiful 5-star hotel.
After breakfast we visit the Melbourne Zoo to get a view of Australia’s oldest zoo, modelled on London Zoo. The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are now organised in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koala, kangaroos, emu, echidnas and endangered hairy nose wombats. Popular exhibits also include the Butterfly House, the great flight aviary and the Trail of the Elephants. Then it’s on to the Magnificent Como House Estate for a sumptuous luncheon. Immerse yourself in the history and luxury that make Como Melbourne’s most glamorous stately home. Built in 1847, Como House and Garden is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. Como offers a glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a Century. After a leisurely afternoon we visit the Eureka Skydeck which is breathtaking by day, and shows you Melbourne like you’ve never seen it. Experience the true charm of Melbourne with Melbourne River Cruises. Beautiful Melbourne, voted the Worlds’ Most Liveable city 2014 is best seen from the vantage point of its jewel in the crown The Yarra River. Then it’s back to The Langham where we enjoy a beautiful meal and relax in the luxury of this motel. There is opportunity to view the magnificent fireworks for those who wish to stay up and see in the new year.
Day 3 – Saturday 1st January ’21 LIVING LEGENDS GRAND DAY OUT (B,L)
After breakfast take an amazing ride on the Melbourne Star. Melbourne Star is the Southern Hemisphere's only observation wheel, offering a sky-high experience like no other. Standing at a staggering 120 metres tall, this is Melbourne like you’ve never seen it before. From famous landmarks, glittering skyscrapers, your unique vantage point will treat you to sights as far as the Dandenong and Port Phillip. We then travel on to take part in a unique experience ‘Living Legends Grand Day Out’. We get a private tour and photo opportunities with the Living Legends champion horses. We enjoy the Heritage Gardens, Woodlands Homestead, or the Woodlands Historic Park and a picnic lunch in the estate. Then we begin our journey home after a memorable ‘Estate Escape’ tour, ready to take on the new year.
Price: $2284 based on Twin Share
Single Supplement $575