Countries
Australia (Victoria)
Highlights
Spend a day with us admiring new trends, world-class show gardens and an Exhibition Hall crammed full of cut flowers in the southern hemisphere’s biggest and most successful garden festival. We’ll sample a few of Melbourne’s other treats too for a wonderful 4-day break! Thomas Edison reckoned that genius was 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The genius of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is that you get all the inspiration – with none of the perspiration!

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DAY 1

Tuesday 24 March 2015
Sydney – Melbourne (L/D)
Ross Gardens Tour leader, Carolyn Dwyer, will greet the group at Sydney Airport for the flight to Melbourne. Once landed we’re off to meet Melbourne’s glamorous grand old dame, the 160 year old historic mansion Como House at South Yarra. We’ll wander the beautifully manicured gardens and immerse ourselves in the history and luxury that make Como Melbourne’s most glamorous location. We’ll learn about the life and times of Melbourne aristocracy, the Gold Rush, the Depression and two World Wars. Lunch will be served leisurely in the Stables Restaurant within the grounds.
This afternoon we’ll check in to our hotel, the Marriott, which is perfectly placed to explore Melbourne’s great restaurant and bar scene. We’ve planned a welcome dinner in the hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel

DAY 2
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Melbourne (B)
A full day exploring the brilliant Melbourne International Flower Show, which is staged within the world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens. Wear comfortable shoes because there’s plenty to see – and lots of inspirational buys too. They’ll be colour, flowers, people, designers, new plants and a great buzz.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel

DAY 3
Thursday 26 March 2015
Melbourne (B)
This morning we take a garden discovery walk around The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually, the gardens are a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of discovery, tranquillity and home to many interesting plant collections.
We will wander past diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China. The newly opened Guilfoyle’s Volcano in the Gardens offers visitors a fabulous new precinct to explore.
A popular attraction is The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. The Children’s Garden has everything that children could possibly want to help them discover the natural world: plant tunnels that they can crawl through, rocks that they can climb and a bamboo forest in which they can hide.
We’ve left the afternoon free for shopping, or exploring the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel

DAY 4
Friday 27 March 2015
Melbourne – Sydney (B)
There is time this morning to relax before we transfer to Melbourne Airport for early afternoon arrival into Sydney.

 

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Ex Sydney
Twin share, land only $1,295 pp
Twin share, including air $1,495 pp
Single supplement $550

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure ex Sydney

DISCOUNTS
Previous Traveller discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

Includes:
Return group airfare Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney with Virgin Australia
Air-conditioned motorcoach transfer
Luxury accommodation in for 3 nights, including a full breakfast every day
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Guided tours of Come House and Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens
Entrance and other fees for Melbourne International Flower Show