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Melbourne City Tour & Yarra River Cruise with Lunch

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Key Highlights
  • The best possible introduction to Melbourne
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the charming lanes and arcades
  • Go bargain-hunting in Queen Victoria market
  • Get the inside track on the best restaurants, shops and bars
  • Relax on a scenic cruise on the River Yarra
  • Stunning photo-opportunities at every turn
  • Gourmet picnic lunch included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 5 hours

    Start time

    08:10am. Please confirm hotel pick-up time with local activity operator

    Meeting Point

    Pick up from most Melbourne inner city hotels.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Tour concludes near Flinders St Station/Southbank

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Discover multicultural, multifaceted Melbourne on this delightful tour by land and water.

    See the city’s range of architectural treasures from the ornate Victorian houses of East Melbourne to the minimalist buildings of Federation Square. Sniff the rich aroma of coffee in the Italian quarter and soak up the oriental vibe of Chinatown.

    Take a guided walk through cobbled laneways to discover the city’s best cafes and quirky shops and have fun exploring Queen Victoria market at your own pace.

    Stroll in lovely Fitzroy gardens and have the chance to visit Captain Cook’s cottage – a little piece of Yorkshire in Victoria!

    After a morning’s sightseeing, kick back and relax on a River Yarra cruise. Enjoy stunning views of the skyline and a gourmet boxed lunch as you glide through the heart of the city.


    Your exciting Melbourne City Tour & Yarra River Cruise with Lunch tour starts when you are picked up from your hotel in Melbourne. This fascinating tour with a knowledgeable guide is a great way to get to know the city.

    Tour highlights: Sights you will see as you drive around the city on this panoramic tour include:
    Old Melbourne Gaol: Visit Melbourne's oldest prison, the historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House. Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor were incarcerated here.

    Lygon Street: Melbourne's 'Little Italy' and home of the city’s café culture.

    Melbourne University: Founded in 1853, this is Australia's second oldest university.

    Royal Exhibition Buildings: World Heritage Site-listed building dating from 1880. One of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.

    Melbourne Museum: The southern hemisphere’s largest museum, sited next to the Royal Exhibition Buildings.

    Parliament House: Seat of the Parliament of Victoria since 1855.

    Princess Theatre One of the city’s most spectacular landmarks. Haunted by the friendly ghost of ‘Federici’!

    St Patrick's Cathedral: There will be a photo-stop here. St Patrick’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

    Captain Cook's Cottage & Fitzroy Gardens: There will be a stop at Fitzroy Gardens, a glorious example of Victorian landscaping. In the gardens you’ll see the pretty stone cottage that once belonged to explorer Captain Cook’s parents. The cottage was transported to Australia all the way from Yorkshire, UK. (Entry to Cook's Cottage at own expense)

    East Melbourne: View the ornate Victorian terraced homes.

    Arcades and laneways: Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place & Degraves Street. Perhaps enjoy a coffee from a local barista (own expense).

    Flinders Street Station: Dating from 1909, this was the first railway station in an Australian city.

    Federation Square: Minimalist modern buildings with interesting geometrical shapes, plus some older style buildings like St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Collins Street - Paris End: The eastern end of Collins Street (often known as the ‘Paris End’) contains some of Australia’s finest Victorian buildings.

    Queen Victoria Market: Enjoy free time here. Look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and relish the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    Chinatown: Take in the character of this colourful area on a 10-minute walk.

    River Cruise:
    After your panoramic sightseeing tour of Melbourne you will be treated to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the River Yarra plus a gourmet boxed lunch.

    Enjoy spectacular views of the skyline and discover traces of the early settlement days at the barque ‘Polly Woodside’ and the bluestone wharves. You’ll also see the magnificent West Gate Bridge at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. West Gate Bridge is twice as long as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    The tour ends near Flinders St Station/Southbank and you will need to find your own way back to your accommodation.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide/guide
    • Live commentary
    • Guided walk of laneways & arcades
    • 1 hour River Yarra Cruise with commentary
    • Gourmet boxed lunch and drink
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Morning tea or coffee
    • Captain Cook’s Cottage entry fee (AU$4.50 per adult and AU$2.20 per child)
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Please carry a copy of your voucher with you

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • Customer Reviews
    • It was good

      It was good...

      SOUMYAJIT LENKA, India, 03/Jan/2016
    • Melbourne City Tour & Yarra River Cruise with Lunch

      Nice introduction to Melbourne. River cruise went up to the harbour, would have liked to have seen parts of the other end of the river as well....

      Mrs D Halliday, Australia, 24/Oct/2015

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