Day 1 - Melbourne
Admire the style and spirit of Victoria’s capital. This evening, join your Travel Director for a welcome reception on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and dinner at a popular restaurant on Victoria Harbour.
Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Day 2 - Daylesford
View the city’s impressive skyline over breakfast on the 35th floor restaurant of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Return to earth and begin your exploration of Melbourne’s wide avenues, charming arcades and trendy street art in the company of a local expert. Indulge in the Melbournian tradition of morning tea before enjoying lunch at your leisure. We head for the eclectic spa town of Daylesford, then relax in the healing waters of the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the award-winning restaurant, The Argus.
Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 3 - Dunkeld
A leisurely start to the day could see you enjoy a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Your first stop today is Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. Drip syrupy lavender honey over freshly baked scones before heading to Creswick Woollen Mills, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue on to the historic town of Clunes admiring beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Grab a spot of lunch at one of the cafés or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. Settle in to the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden.
Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
Meals: À la carte breakfast and dinner
Day 4 - Warrnambool
After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. Then head to Hall’s Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Witness a Welcome to Country ceremony and then the local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people will teach you how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain range before heading down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. This evening, discover the maritime history of the region during a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool
Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner
Day 5 - Lorne
Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Wind through lush forests and stop to admire highlights including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The crisp sea air provides a refreshing backdrop for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an epic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles (own expense). Stop in quaint Apollo Bay before arriving in the seaside village of Lorne late afternoon.
Hotel: Cumberland Resort, Lorne
Meals: À la carte breakfast
Day 6 - Mornington Peninsula
The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings us to the surf capital of Torquay, where you’ll learn about Australia’s beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. Indulge in a delicious Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm.
Hotel: Luxury Mornington Peninsula Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and dinner
Day 7 - Farewell from Melbourne
The aroma of coffee beans beckon as you head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this Inspiring Journey nears its end, venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, enjoy a Farewell Lunch with newfound friends after an epic adventure through the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Victoria. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time.
Meals: Breakfast and farewell lunch
7 day Small Group Tour - from £2990
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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Itineraries for tours departing after 1 April 2020 may vary.