Melbourne, Australia

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Overview

Get a great introduction to Melbourne with this full-day tour that combines three unique types of city transport. Cruise down the Yarra River for a glimpse of Melbourne’s aquatic attractions, then hop aboard a coach for a sightseeing tour of the city’s athletic and cultural highlights. End the day with a delicious three-course dinner aboard a historic tramcar while the ‘restaurant on wheels’ rolls through Melbourne’s charming suburbs.
  • 7-hour sightseeing tour of Melbourne with Yarra River cruise, coach tour and historic tram ride with dinner
  • See historic ships, renovated wharves and learn about the city's maritime history during the Yarra River cruise
  • Visit Kings Domain to walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine Of Remembrance
  • Stop for great photo ops of the bathing boxes at Brighton beach and many other sights
  • See famous sports venues and national monuments
  • Discover shopping districts in fashionable suburbs like St Kilda, Prahran and Elwood
  • Includes a gourmet box lunch during the river cruise and a 3-course dinner on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant tour
Discover Melbourne’s many delights on this tour that never stops moving! Meet your guide at Federation Square, and then hop aboard a boat for a 1-hour cruise down the Yarra River. Take in the passing sights of historic wharves, modern skyscrapers and lovely river gardens as you glide down the mellow currents. Enjoy a gourmet box lunch during the ride (see Itinerary below for a sample lunch menu).
At the end of your cruise, hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for an informative, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Melbourne’s urban highlights. Your driver will provide commentary as you drive by attractions like the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Tennis Centre, the Shrine of Remembrance, Arts Centre Melbourne and Docklands. 
Stretch your legs at Kings Domain, home of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Stroll through the lovely park and refresh with Devonshire tea if you like (own expense).
In the evening, take a seat aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant — a popular ‘restaurant on wheels’ built inside a vintage cable car. Relish the elegant surroundings and a delicious three-course meal featuring local produce and your choice of beverages from a well-stocked bar (see Itinerary for a sample menu). As you dine, the tramcar will roll through the pretty suburbs of South Melbourne, Prahan, St Kilda and Malvern for a truly memorable meal.

Itinerary

Yarra River cruise lunch box sample menu (choose one):

  • Chicken - "Bogota" Aioli Chicken Sandwich - pulled chicken with homemade aioli, rocket, avocado on multi-grain bread
  • Vegetarian - "Amazonas" Sandwich - roasted pumpkin, sautéed Portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, cheddar and tasty cheeses with lemon sauce on multi-grain bread
  • Pork - "Los Llanos" BBQ Pork Sandwich - slow cooked pulled BBQ pork with salami, ham, tasty cheese, caramelized onion, pickles on multi-grain bread
  • Gluten Free - grilled chicken breast (100g) with mix green leaves in a light and fragrant lemon dressing (dessert is South American Alfajor (cookie))
Note: All boxed lunches include seasonal fresh fruit, homemade dark chocolate brownie or homemade crunchy macadamia/dark chocolate cookie and a drink (juice or water).

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant sample menu:

Appetizer (choose one):
  • Chicken liver and cognac pate crowned with pink peppercorns
  • Roasted red capsicum dip served with assorted crisp bread
Main Course (choose one):
  • Grilled chicken fillet served on a Mediterranean vegetable risotto with pesto, shaved parmesan and a roasted tomato sauce
  • Victoria-farmed eye fillet of beef resting on a potato and herb rosti, with seasonal vegetables, onion marmalade and rich beef jus
Desserts (choose one):
  • Warm sticky date pudding topped with butterscotch sauce served with cream
  • Vanilla bean panna cotta with crumbled pistachio and sweet cherry syrup
Beverages:
  • Wines: select Victorian red and white wines
  • Bar: beer, whiskey, brandy, gin, vodka, Bacardi rum and dry vermouth
  • Liqueurs: port, cognac, Drambuie, DOM Benedictine, Cointreau and Tia Maria
  • Coffee and tea

Reviews

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A
, Jul 2018

We signed up for this tour because we wanted to get a good overview of Melbourne and we had great luck with Viator in the past. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a major disappointment.

The river cruise was definitely the worst part. The

L
, Apr 2018

Very good views of Victorian Melbourne - loo a bit crampted.

J
, Mar 2018

Great evening and the staff were just wonderful, so friendly and the food was amazing
Thoroughly recommend you do this when in Melbourne !

D
, Feb 2018

We really loved this dining experience. The old coach was beautifully restored to luxurious perfection. Tables were a little cramped, but service was good and the food was actually better than expected. Included wine was also very good and plentiful. We did the early sitting so there was plenty of sunlight to allow viewing of Melbourne as we rolled by. The fine meal combined with the beautiful city scenery outside our window made it a truly enjoyable evening.
Our only complaint was that the drop-off point if not in a central location and we were not given good information about how to get back to our hotel. Fortunately, we notice that the Casino was nearby and there we found plenty of taxi's waiting.

D
, Feb 2018

It's our first time coming to Melbourne and this package allows us to see an overview of the city via 1 hour river cruise on Yarra River and 3.5 hours city tour via Coach bus. Our tour guide and driver James is very knowledgeble and provides us lots of history and story while we are on coach bus ride touring the city. We were able to stop by Royal Botanical Garden, Port Melbourne, St. Kilda, etc. Enjoyed the lunch box and sandwiches provided by the tour. A great tour if you would like to get an overview of the city. Enjoyed the dinner so much at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a unique dining experience. You are able to enjoy the dinner and view the city view outside the tramcar as well. The 3 course dinner are delicious. Highly recommended for first-time visitor to Melbourne.

d
, Jan 2018

A mixed bag. The Yarra River cruise was disappointing. No seating had been set aside for those of us joining the cruise with Gray Line so we had to make do with whatever was left available. Having established that almost everyone on-board was not Australian the guide proceeded with a commentary that assumed a level of knowledge of Australian politics that I suspect many Australians would not have. He also seemed obsessed with the prices of the riverside properties that have been built in recent years.

The gourmet box lunch we were given did not contain what had been pre-ordered. I had ordered Beef - Focaccia but received Pork on multi-grain bread. One of the other guests had specified no dairy but their sandwich was buttered. It appeared everyone was given what was available not what they had ordered, particular annoying given that I had received a number of emails, some months in advance, asking me for my lunch order.

There was then a problem with our driver not being available which took about an hour to resolve. This meant that we had less time at the Royal Botanic Gardens than we would have liked. The replacement driver we eventually got was excellent, friendly, informative and amusing, but the lost time could not be made up. No form of compensation was offered.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant was one of the highlights of our three weeks in Australia. A unique experience and how they manage to produce such good food in such a limited kitchen is amazing.

l
, Jan 2018

Ok food, and it was a nice way to see the town and experience what it must have been like a hundred years ago when they still had this kind of train.

S
, Jan 2018

Fun way to spend some time and eat dinner at the same time!

C
, Jan 2018

The highlight of this tour was the dinner on the Tramcar. Excellent food and service. The river tour portion was less than spectacular as the only view was through windows at the sides of the boat. Would have been much better if the boat was uncovered or had a glass ceiling. The bus portion was as expected, visits of some interesting sites, however the commentary from the driver was rather political and a bit off putting.

J
, Nov 2017

We booked this experience for the early evening 3 course meal. We were seated quickly and professionally by the staff. The seating was comfortable. The food was of a very good quality considering the cramped conditions for the chef and staff. Our head waiter was Peter who was originally from England, he looked after us very well, making sure we had everything we needed and keeping our glasses topped up. The whole experience was great, eating good food, drinking great wine while watching the sights of Melbourne go by. This is not to be missed when in Melbourne.


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