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Tour code: 2230M1
Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as the Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade to an optional 1-hour cruise along the scenic Yarra River.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Melbourne sightseeing tour with optional Yarra River cruise
  • See Parliament House, the largest 19th century building in Australia
  • Enjoy views of Melbourne's historic architecture, world-famous sporting arenas, and city skyline
  • Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens
  • Take in the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Upgrade with an optional 1-hour Yarra River cruise

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What You Can Expect

Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

Melbourne Tram Car

This tour is a great introduction for anyone visiting Melbourne for the first time. Even repeat visitors are likely to learn something new! After morning hotel pickup in a comfortable coach, drive down Collins Street for a look at the upscale shops and commercial bustle of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Around this area you’ll also see cultural landmarks including the Princess and Regent Theaters, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the impressive architectural complex of Federation Square.

Take in some of the city’s beautiful green spaces, including the riverside Royal Botanic Gardens, where you’ll disembark for a walk around. Also visit charming Fitzroy Gardens, home to Captain Cook’s Cottage. Originally built in 1755, the famous seafarer’s home was dismantled in England and shipped stone by stone to Melbourne, making it the oldest building in Australia.

Stroll along stalls loaded with fresh regional produce, clothing and knickknacks at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Then, get a glimpse of Melbourne’s robust sporting culture as you cruise by the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Australian Grand Prix track inside Albert Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open. You’ll stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, where Melbournians pay their respects to Australian war veterans.

After around 3.5 hours, your driving tour concludes with impressive views of the city skyline from across Bolte Bridge. If you like, purchase an optional upgrade to continue your tour with a 1-hour cruise along the Yarra River. From aboard a comfortable riverboat, you’ll float through the heart of the city past historic landmarks, river gardens and modern skyscrapers.

See Itinerary for a list of hotel pickup times.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickups:
7:10am Adara East Apartments
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am Atlantis Hotel
6:50am Bayside Eden
6:50am Bayview on the Park
6:50am Como Hotel
7:20am Crown Metropol
7:15am Crown Promenade
7:20am Crown Towers
7:25am Crowne Plaza
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:30am Ibis Hotel Therry Street
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:35am Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
7:25am Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am Langham Hotel
7:10am Magnolia Court
7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
7:35am Mantra on Russell
7:20am Mantra on the Park
7:30am Marriott Hotel
7:15am Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:30am Mercure Grand on Swanston
6:55am Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:30am Mercure Welcome Hotel
7:10am Miami Hotel
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:30am Novotel Collins
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
7:15am Pullman on the Park
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous Hotel
7:00am Rydges Carlton
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:05am Travel Inn Carlton
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin Hotel
7:15am Windsor Hotel


Customer Reviews

KAREN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very informative and fun tour guide. Saw and learnt more about Melbourne in a few hours than I could possibly have done myself. Well worth the time and money.

Barbara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour and great opportunity to learn more about Melbourne harbour present and past. A lot of good picture opportunities. Good extension of the bus tour with AAT Kings which we took in the morning.

marj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide was very friendly, accomodating and knowledgable. I enjoyed the yarra cruise very much, weather was perfect.

travelman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a good overview of the highlights of Melbourne, especially for the first time visitor. I also, recommend adding the Yarra River Cruise. We had a beautiful weather day, and it was a relaxing end to the sightseeing trip.

Jane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Found the tour really interesting and it gave me a good feel for Melbourne. I enjoyed the morning.

Gail C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent Day especially if you have never been to Melbourne ...Driver was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions. ..would recommend tour to everyone

Buddhika Sri Lanka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great tour for family. Peter's guiding was excellent! Worth for money and highly recommended!

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our Melbourne City Sights Tour was excellent, a big shout out to our tour guide Edward, what a wealth of knowledge, enjoyed it immensely.

Mary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour. Commentary was excellent and knowledge of area by guide was great

Lynn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was great!!!!....even though I had seen some of Melbourne before on a previous trip my husband hadn't so we went on this tour. We had a wonderful experience and would recommend the trip to everyone that comes to the visit Melbourne. Our driver provided all the information, his knowledge and he was so funny too. He made sure it wasn't boring, that we could hear all the facts and we had a safe environment. The trip had lots of breaks so we weren't just sitting on the bus. I thought I had seen it all but I hadn't so once again we would recommend this trip.

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