Australia (Melbourne ex Sydney)
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! Spend a day with Carolyn admiring the new ideas, beautiful plants and wonderful show gardens at the garden festival that is the southern hemisphere’s biggest and most successful. We’ll sample a few of Melbourne’s other treats too for a wonderful 4-day break!

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Sydney – Melbourne (L/D)Ross Gardens Tour leader, Carolyn Dwyer, will meet you Sydney Airport for the flight to Melbourne. We’ll get straight into some bold design and planting inspiration at Cranbourne Botanic Garden just outside Melbourne. This is the Australian plant outpost of the Melbourne Botanic Garden. The second stage opened in May 2013, doubling the garden’s size. Cranbourne’s visual signature is the Red Sand Garden, a dramatic bowl of vivid red sand intersected by lines and dots of gravel and plants. We’ll lunch with a view of this brilliant piece of design art then take a tour with one of the Gardens’ knowledgeable guides to find out more. 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

Wednesday 26 March 2014
Melbourne (B)

We’ll spend the today at the 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 lots to see – and bring the credit card because there are lots of inspirational buys too.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel

Thursday 27 March 2014
Melbourne (B)

This morning we’ll eat our way around the world on a Foodies Dream Tour of the Queen Victoria Markets. The Queen Vic has been Melbourne’s market since 1878 and on this tour you’ll meet some of the specialist traders, pick up some handy hints for selecting and using produce, and of course, taste plenty of culinary delights! We’ve left the afternoon free for shopping, or exploring the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel

Friday 28 March 2014
Melbourne – Sydney (B)

There is time this morning to discover the beautiful Melbourne Botanic Gardens – or do some last-minute shopping – before we transfer to Melbourne Airport for early afternoon arrival into Sydney.

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Twin share, land only $945 pp
Twin share, including air $1195 pp
Single supplement $375

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

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 Cranbourne Botanic Garden and Queen Victoria Market
Entrance and other fees for Cranbourne, Melbourne International Flower Show, Queen Victoria Markets.