Victoria’s Hidden Gems

Overview

Countries and places

Australia

Tour Code

IJVICF10

Operator

Duration

6 days

Brochure

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Delve into the cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty of Victoria, journeying past elegant Melbournian arcades, sandstone peaks and the Twelve Apostles that stand imposingly along the spectacular coastline. From trendy cityscapes to quaint villages, scenic coastal drives.

Highlights

    • The eclectic town of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars and cottage industries
    • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground Explore
    • Melbourne′s vibrant laneways and arcades
    • Green Olive Farm at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula Immerse
    • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia
    • Call in at the high-tech Eureka Centre in Ballarat
    • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony in the Grampians
    • Browse the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay Relax
    • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
    • On a scenic coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road

What's Included

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • About AAT Kings

    At AAT Kings we strive to represent the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Our people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. We love a laugh and a good story. We celebrate our great characters and our authentic personalities. We are always respectful, we deliver brilliant service and we are proud of our heritage and our culture.

    Our goal every day is to share Australia and New Zealand with our guests and to bring these two amazing countries to life.

    Come and see Australia and New Zealand with us! AAT Kings offers a huge range of holidays. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. A holiday is your time to relax, so at AAT Kings we’ve included just about everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Expert commentary, stress-free travel, luxury air-conditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and sense of fun. History of company AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with self-drive car-hire in 7 seater vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s, the company, then known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator and in the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which ultimately led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. TIMELINE
    • 1912   Pyke family, led by Colonel Pyke began the first daily route from Sydney to Blue Mountains.
    • 1920s Due to the success of this daily Blue Mountains venture, the Government intervened and the first bus tour operator license (Touring Vehicle 001) was assigned – this license is still held by AAT Kings.
    • 1920s Pyke family expanded, offering guided tours to Katoomba and Jenolan Caves in seven seater cars.
    • 1935   Pykes introduced 14 seater coaches to Katoomba & Jenolan Caves tours.
    • 1945   Grenda’s Bus service founded in October when George Grenda purchased four routes from Shaves Bus services in Dandenong.
    • 1967   Bill King launched Bill King’s Northern Safaris.
    • 1973   Grenda’s Bus service purchased Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1975   AAT Coachlines was formed in July by a TAA & Mayne Nickless joint venture with the purchase and amalgamation of Pykes Tours, Grenda's Melbourne coach operations & Grenda’s Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1980   AAT Coachlines purchased Bill King's Northern Safaris in December & tours were operated as Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours.
    • 1983   AAT Coachlines was purchased by Mayer Page and Geoff McGeary, proprietors of Australian Pacific Touring (APT).
    • 1984   AAT Kings was formed with amalgamation of Grand Central Tours, Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours & AAT Coachlines (formed in 1975).
    • 1985   Bill King parted ways with Page & McGeary in September.
    • 1993   AAT & APT split in June, with Page taking control of AAT Kings and McGeary Australian Pacific Touring.
    • 1997   AAT Kings was purchased by The Travel Corporation.
    • 1999   AAT Kings began operations in New Zealand.
    • 2012   AAT Kings purchased APT’s Day Tours & Short Breaks.
    • 2013   AAT Kings in October undergoes significant rebranding, launching new focus and tagline “Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life”.
    • 2014 (Aug)   AAT Kings announced strategic investment in Down Under Tours, Cairns, opening a significant footprint in northern Queensland.
    • 2014 (Nov)   Off the back of a launch of first-of-their-kind glass roof coaches in Sydney, AAT Kings launches double decker ‘Sydney Sightseeing’ product in Sydney, the vehicles can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge due to an innovative see-through roof.
    TYPES OF EXPERIENCE We offer a wide range of Day Tours, Short Breaks and extended Guided Tours right across Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re looking to explore Australia’s stunning outback, the reef and rainforests of tropical Queensland, the rugged beauty of Western Australia and the Kimberley, the wilderness of Tasmania, cosmopolitan Sydney and Melbourne or the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, we are the coach tour specialists that can take you there. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and even share some stories and ‘Hidden Gems’ along the way that you’d never have known if travelling on your own.
    • CHOICES
    • Guided Holidays
    • Locations: Australia and New Zealand
    • Duration: 4 to 21 days
    Points of difference:
    • Fully guided holiday experience with AAT Kings’ passionate and knowledgeable Tour Directors and Driver Guides
    • All the must-see highlights are included with VIP entry to major sights
    • Immersive cultural experiences
    • Choice, flexibility and freedom
    • Comfortable accommodation, many meals including breakfast daily and luxury coach transport
    • Travel wallet and map included in documentation
    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences.
    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time.
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    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences
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    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time
    • Inspiring Journeys
    • Locations: Top End, Red Centre, Tasmania and the North and South Islands of New Zealand
    • Duration: 3 to 22 days
    Points of difference:
    • Immersive and boutique small group journeys
    • Average number of guests: 12-20
    • Rich experiences that allow your client to shape their holiday
    • Local, authentic and innovative cuisine offerings
    • Luxury accommodation and vehicles including coaches and 4WDS
    • Experienced and professional AAT Kings’ Driver Guides

    Terms & Conditions

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    Tour Type

    Coach Tours

    FAQs

    • Guided Holiday Inclusions
    • Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Tour Director and/or Driver Guide, meals as specified, travel wallet and map. Accommodation on a share twin room basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients. AAT Kings reserves the right to operate this touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide. On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.

    • Special Meals
    • Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

    • Luggage Allowance
    • One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Wilderness Challenge-operated tours: please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. A maximum weight limit of 10kg (22lbs) per person is permitted. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

    • Airport Transfers
    • Where indicated on individual tour pages, AAT Kings offers complimentary arrival & departure transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour or in conjunction with pre/post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings (excludes all Day Tours). Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum 14 days for Short Breaks and 45 days for Guided Holidays prior to tour departure date.

    • Smoking and Seat Rotation
    • Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wi-Fi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available. In some areas Wi-Fi service will not be available. Please note that Wi-Fi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

    • What to Bring
    • We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing, with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget your hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toiletries and a flask for drinking water. Regular laundry facilities are available en route. Dress is usually casual, so bring comfortable clothing. In Central Australia and Southern Australia nights in winter (May to August) can be cold, frosts do occur and occasionally a cold wind blows, so bring warm clothing to suit. Days are usually sunny and mild. In the Northern Tropics warmer conditions apply, so come prepared. Remember to bring strong, non-slip walking shoes. This is a must. Also, sun hats and sunglasses will make you more comfortable.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome To Melbourne

    Admire the style and spirit of Victoria′s capital. This evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception before departing your hotel for a magical evening experiencing Melbourne Star Flight followed by dinner at Berth restaurant situated on Victoria Harbour.

    Day 2 - Melbourne - 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.

    Day 3 - Daylesford - 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 cafes or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Eureka Centre, where the original Stockade flag is housed to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. Settle in to the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at the hotel is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden.

    Day 4 - Dunkeld - 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 Halls 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 Sound and Light Show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

    Day 5 - Warrnambool - 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 a lunch stop in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Stop in quaint Apollo Bay before arriving in the seaside village of Lorne late afternoon.

    Day 6 - Lorne - 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 Local Dining Experience lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm. This evening at your hotel, enjoy a meal prepared with ingredients sourced from hotel`s kitchen garden and select Mornington Peninsula producers.

    Day 7 - Mornington Peninsula - 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 Celebration 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.

    Prices/Dates

    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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    11 Sep 2020 17 Sep 2020   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    09 Oct 2020 15 Oct 2020   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    06 Nov 2020 12 Nov 2020   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    04 Dec 2020 10 Dec 2020   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    15 Jan 2021 21 Jan 2021   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    05 Feb 2021 11 Feb 2021   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    26 Feb 2021 04 Mar 2021   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068
    19 Mar 2021 25 Mar 2021   AUD $5720 AUD $4520 AUD $4068

    Map

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