02/06/2021 12:00 AM
02/06/2021 12:00 AM
Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the city's stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cook's Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the city's founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia's iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo, and wallaby.,

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Alleyways & Arcades of Melbourne
Join an A&K historian for your own private walk through the heart of 'Marvellous Melbourne'. Your journey starts with a ride on one of Melbourne's iconic and much loved trams (trolley cars). Your guide will lead you through the city's fascinating labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways - you will discover lanes filled with trendy cafes and eclectic boutiques not to mention some 'out there' graffiti street art and of course you will have plenty of time along on the way to admire landmark buildings like the Block Arcade with its dazzlingly high Victorian interior decoration or some truly grand 19th century commercial buildings like the Gothic Bank. You will see the hand of progress as you encounter buildings that have been renewed and transformed like old General Post Office. The Arcades and Alleyways tour is a wonderful way to discover Melbourne's architectural and cultural heritage.
Melbourne: Highlights - 6 hours
This extended half day tour is one of the best ways to get to know the ins and outs of Melbourne.
After meeting your private guide and vehicle at the cruise terminal, you will begin unravelling Melbourne’s history by driving along The Golden Mile, past the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
Migrant groups give Melbourne its edge. Visit some of Melbourne’s cultural precincts and grab a sidewalk coffee at a chic laneway café. For Melbournians today, life revolves around food, fashion, beaches and sport. Take some time to connect with the city and its people with this ‘local’s look’. Meet the faces behind the produce at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Many are real entertainers and have had their stalls passed down through generations. Your taste buds will be left tingling as you sample their wares.
Take in the grandeur of Melbourne’s sporting precinct to help you truly understand this city’s obsession with sport. Enjoy a stroll through some of Melbourne’s iconic laneways – home to the best and unique bars, galleries, boutiques and cafés in the city.

Lunch at a local restaurant is included today. After lunch, you are transferred back to the city and your cruise vessel.

Tour duration: approximately 6 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, lunch
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch
Melbourne: Laneways Walking Tour - 4 hours
This morning you will be met at the cruise terminal and transferred to Federation Square in the city by private transfer, where you start your private walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden gems.
Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many gems. Join this indulgent walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. See over 30 stores on this casual stroll. Morning tea is included before a restaurant lunch.
The tour will conclude after lunch where you will be returned to your cruise vessel by private transfer.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours
Cost includes: professional local guide, transfers from/to cruise ship, morning tea, lunch
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch, any extra purchases at shops
Melbourne: Great Ocean Road And Scenic Flight - 9 hours
Your private guide and vehicle will meet you at the cruise terminal for your full day tour to the Great Ocean Road.
Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Visit and learn about the historic Split Point Lighthouse, located in the town of Aireys Inlet. This beacon of light is credited with saving hundreds of ships and thousands of lives along Australia’s treacherous ‘shipwreck coast’.
Soak up the atmosphere of Victoria’s premier holiday town, Lorne, before marvelling at the cliff-hugging road that stretches between Lorne and Apollo Bay. It is one of the most spectacular roads in the world, home to monstrous cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and secluded beaches. En route, visit the wild Koalas of Kennet River and get acquainted with some of Australia’s most colourful birds.
A delicious lunch at a local restaurant is included this afternoon. Then climb aboard your helicopter and take one of the world’s most truly greatest scenic flights. For the rest of the road you’ll be flying high. Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Light station, Gibson’s Steps and Loch Ard Gorge before a gentle touch down back in Apollo Bay.
Your journey back to Melbourne is a relaxing drive that will take you through the majestic Otway Ranges before arriving back at your cruise vessel.
Tour duration: approximately 9 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, lunch, scenic flight in light aircraft
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch
Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - FD Tour
One of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road stretches 550 km along the southern coast of Victoria. Climb aboard your light aircraft and take one of the world's truly great scenic flights. Travel it and you will discover some of the world's most inspiring scenery, an ever-changing hinterland and charming towns and hamlets. Marvel at the huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches.
  • Enjoy breath-taking aerial views of the 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Light station, Gibson's Steps and Loch Ard Gorge before a gentle touch down back in Apollo Bay.
  • Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach
  • Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne
  • See koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • View the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles
Tour Duration: 8.5hrs

Tour can operate: Anytime

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Low

  • Lunch
  • Private vehicle and driver/guide

Not Included: 

Melbourne - National Galley Australia - HD Tour
Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place and a unique cultural precinct. It brings together a mix of creative attractions including the Australian collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Experience one of nation's finest Aboriginal Art collections
  • All of the household names of Australia's artists are represented in the extensive collections including McCubbin, Streeton, Nolan and many more
  • Your guide, a museum and art curator by profession will take you on a private tour through the collection
Tour Duration: 1.5hrs
Tour can operate: Anytime
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes - Vehicle dependent
Physical Activity Level: Low
  • The services of a professional tour  guide
  • Vehicle
Not Included:
  • Lunch

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