Far from the clichéd Australia of popular perception, Melbourne is a graceful city of European style and substance, fine living and cultural riches. Its many green parks and public gardens reflect the foresight of this city's 19th century founders and their intention to create a "pleasing to the eye" metropolis for the enjoyment of all. The city's moderate climate and financial prominence have attracted huge numbers of visitors from all over the world.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Experience the beauty of Melbourne's surrounding countryside in a unique new way during a ride aboard a vintage, narrow-gauge steam train: one of the world's finest preserved railways.
Depart the pier for the 1-hour drive east through the suburb of Ferntree Gully, and on to the quaint township of Belgrave. Upon arrival, you will board the Puffing Billy, a vintage, air-cooled narrow gauge steam train more than 100 years old. You will then proceed for an approximate 1-hour journey through the Dandenong Mountains. Along the way, you can sit and relax on the authentic bench-style seating, and take in the picturesque scenery as your train weaves its way through the scenic countryside.
At the conclusion of your train ride, you will re-board your coach and have a brief panoramic overview of Melbourne's highlights before returning to the pier.
Please note: The drive from the pier to the Belgrave Train Station is approximately 1 hour in each direction. This tour involves approximately 400 yards of walking. Boarding the train requires some agility, as the entrance to the carriage is narrow. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may change, and the itinerary may be reversed due to the Puffing Billy's timetable. The steam locomotive may not be used on fire-danger days, and a diesel engine may be substituted. The Puffing Billy train is not air-conditioned.
Imagine seeing kangaroos bounding right past you and wild koalas in the forest of You Yangs National Park, as the sun sets! This tour is an informative and dramatic introduction to the unique wildlife of Australia.
In the company of an expert nature guide, head to a nearby national park to see Koalas in the wild. Your scenic drive affords views of the city and Port Phillip Bay. This tour is a tremendous opportunity to see this extraordinary and endangered fluffy-eared creature in its natural environment, often sitting in the fork of a tree, in the beautiful Australian bush. Your nature guide shares the knowledge of these unique animals with you.
Next you will travel a short distance to walk with free ranging Eastern-grey kangaroos in a natural bush setting. You will also see and learn about many other Australian animals and birds on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne.
Your adventure ends with a Sundowners’ casual meal out in the wild, including wine and bubbly, sandwiches, crackers, cheese and fruit.
Following this unique experience, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5-hours of walking over uneven and natural ground. Guests are strongly advised to wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes and clothing suitable for variable weather conditions; temperatures fluctuate greatly and can be quite cool at night. Tour is not available for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Wildlife sightings while likely are not guaranteed.
Step back in time to the heady days of Australia's gold mining era on this comprehensive full-day program to Sovereign Hill, and a stop at
Ballarat Wildlife Park to see the local wildlife roam free.
Depart the pier for the 90-minute drive to the Gold Rush town of Sovereign Hill, where you will relive the joys, hardships, and daily life of miners and their families. The shops, miners' huts, cottages, hotels and public buildings have all been carefully preserved, and bring renewed life to the atmosphere of a bygone era. Upon arrival, you will view displays documenting daily life in the 1850s, or visit craft and jewelry shops offering goods reminiscent of those available during the Gold Rush.
During the early afternoon, you will proceed for lunch at a popular local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the historic town of Ballarat. While passing through its charming center, your driver will reveal its main highlights, including the impressive gardens.
Next, your tour will continue with a visit to the 37-acre Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can observe free-roaming kangaroos, emus, Tasmanian devils, koalas and numerous other Australian fauna.
Following your visit to Ballarat, you will re-board your coach for the 90-minute return drive to Melbourne, returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves up to 200 yards of walking at the discretion of each guest. Guests will encounter uneven, unpaved, bumpy areas, and may need to negotiate slight inclines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.
This mostly panoramic tour will allow you to explore Australia's "most livable city" by coach. Starting off, you will first make your way through the streets of Melbourne to the picturesque bayside suburb of St. Kilda, with its lovely beaches, music venues, restaurants and vibrant café lifestyle. Along the way, your professional guide will be sharing with you stories about the sights and events in the city's colorful history.
From St. Kilda, you will next travel the short distance to Albert Park where you will pass by the Australian Grand Prix track before making a stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most stunning and recognizable landmarks of Melbourne. Here, you will have time to take photos, climb up to the balcony if you are feeling energetic, or perhaps stroll across to the nearby gift shop at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Re-boarding your coach, your sightseeing continues as you drive past the MCG sporting precinct that became famous at the 1956 Olympic Games and now roars to the cheers of Aussie Rules Football, cricket and music concert crowds. You will also see the Rod Laver Tennis Center, home to the Australian Tennis Open which takes place in January of each year. Making your way to the city center, your guide will provide you with an informative narrative as you pass by many magnificent buildings, including The Treasury, Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel, the Princess Theatre and the marvelous Gothic buildings that are found along Collins Street.
As you navigate your way back to the pier, your coach will travel through the Carlton district where you can see the historic Exhibition Buildings which stand alongside the ultramodern Melbourne Museum.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
Travel through the richness of the Sherbrook Forest and visit a the charming township of Olinda.
Depart your ship and travel to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the world's tallest hardwood species. Keep watch for such unique Australian birdlife as rosellas, kookaburras, bellbirds and lyrebirds. Two of the forest's most impressive and colorful bird species are the crimson rosella and king parrot. Experience the bold nature of these playful and inquisitive birds as they may land right on your arm or head.
Visit Olinda or another of the areas charming townships. These small villages are renowned for excellent craft shops. Enjoy free time to browse the shops for the work of local artists that may include jewelery, glassware, pottery, leather goods, woodcarvings and even candy shops to remind you of yesteryear.
Before returning to your ship, enjoy a brief city orientation and travel through suburban Melbourne.
Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability as there is some moderate walking and unpaved and uneven surfaces to negotiate. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
This charming half-day tour allows you to see many of Melbourne's highlights and begins with a drive to Fitzroy Gardens, located in the heart of Melbourne City. Begun in 1860, these magnificent gardens are laid out in the shape of the Union Jack. Hidden amongst the trees you will also find Cook's Cottage, the charming family home of Captain James Cook, the English navigator who explored the Southern Hemisphere in three great voyages and first 'discovered' the east coast of Australia. The two-story brick cottage and its adjoining stable were shipped over piece by piece from its original location in the north of England.
Enjoy some free time to explore the gardens before you re-join your coach and continue on to the city center. Relax and enjoy an informative narrative by your guide as you travel past many magnificent buildings, including The Treasury, Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel, the Princess Theatre and the marvelous Gothic buildings that are found along Collins Street.
Your next stop will be at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most stunning and recognizable landmarks of Melbourne. Here, you will have time to take photographs. Then, it's on to Eureka Skydeck 88. This impressive 92-story tall tower is one of the tallest apartment buildings in the world. The fastest elevators in the Southern Hemisphere will wisk you from the ground to the Level 88 Skydeck in a mere 40 seconds. From this towering vantage point, you will be afforded unparalleled 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges through the Skydeck's floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
A transfer back to the pier concludes your tour.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 40 minutes of walking over mostly even surfaces. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
Rejuvenate and relax your body and mind in Australia’s spa country, where you may soak in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy other treatments in an Edwardian-era bathhouse.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely and spectacularly scenic drive into the heart of Australia’s spa country, an area renowned for its mineral waters. The Edwardian-style Hepburn Springs Bathhouse has been a highlight since 1895, and the renovated spa will provide a nurturing venue for your immersion into the soothing waters.
You will have several options during your time here. You might ease into one of the heated mineral pools and simply relax as the therapeutic water relieves aches, pains and tension throughout your body. Then slip into the refreshing cool-down pool, whose water is kept at just the right temperature to stimulate greater blood circulation.
The Moroccan Hammam ritual presents another alternative. During this centuries-old treatment, your skin will be cleansed with natural soap, exfoliated and then detoxified with mineral-rich clay and rose water, leaving it smooth and silky.
You will also have access to a steam room with misty air infused with aromatherapy blends to boost the immune system, and an outdoor creek-side spa pool, allowing you to soak in a naturally beautiful setting. Spa coaches are on hand to help you choose a treatment that fulfills your physical and mental goals.
On the return to the pier, you will stop at a nearby restaurant for a healthy light lunch.
Please note: Swimwear and appropriate footwear for bathhouse is required. The relaxation pool has an access ramp and seating along the eastern side. Mobile phones or smoking are not permitted within the bathhouse. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Comfortable, flat walking shoes and light clothing are recommended.
Explore the unique wildlife of Australia during this scenic and informative journey to visit the Serandip Open Range Sanctuary and a nearby National Park.
Depart the pier for the drive to the Serandip Open Range Sanctuary, located on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne. Upon arrival, you will join an expert nature guide for an informative and memorable introduction to Australia's unique wildlife. You will see large groups of free-range, Eastern gray kangaroos in a natural bush setting, and learn interesting facts about other Australian animals and birds.
Observe a protected population of wallabies and get close to some strange Australian birds in their natural habitat before enjoying a sumptuous BBQ lunch served in an open-air setting at the Sanctuary. After lunch you will meet some of the people of the local Aboriginal tribe, the Wathaurong who will share elements of their fascinating culture and perform some music on their didgeridoo. You will have time to ask questions because your Aboriginal friends will continue on with you this afternoon.
Next, you will proceed to a nearby National Park to view koalas in the wild. Accompanied by a nature guide, you will see and learn about these extraordinary fluffy-eared creatures in their natural environment; often seated in the fork of a tree in the beautiful Australian bush. Towards the end of the walk you will visit the Big Rock Aboriginal Cultural Site with the Aboriginal Guides. This is considered to be one of the most significant living sites in the region and has great views out over the surrounding plains.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves walking over uneven and natural ground. The total walking time will be approximately 1.5 hours. Guests are strongly advised to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water from the ship.
Explore the highlights of Melbourne past and present during this scenic half-day orientation tour of the city.
Depart the pier for the drive into Melbourne, which is renowned for its grace, Old World charm, and the magnificent parks and gardens that surround the city. Upon arrival, your orientation tour will begin with a visit to Melbourne's highest attraction Eureka Skydeck 88. This magnificent 92 storey tall Tower is currently the tallest apartment building in the world. The fastest lifts in the Southern Hemisphere will take you from the ground to Level 88 Skydeck in a mere 40 seconds. From up here you will have unparalleled 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges through floor to ceiling glass windows.
Next you will proceed to the magnificent Shrine of Remembrance one of the most stunning and recognizable landmarks of Melbourne. Here you will have time to take photos, climb up to the balcony if you are feeling energetic, or perhaps stroll across to the nearby gift shop at the Royal Botanic Gardens. From here, you will travel past the modern Crown Casino complex and Convention Center, then proceed through the residential suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, home of Melbourne's elite. Along the way, you will pass by the area's many enchanting antique shops and boutiques.
The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Melbourne Museum. Here you will be able to explore the different sections on your own before meeting back at the coach at a pre-designated time.
Join an African drumming class with spiritual and meditative aspects and then visit a memorial to the Australians that lost their lives in World War I.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the now-fashionable suburb of St. Kilda, where you will participate literally hands-on in an African drumming class. You will focus on the djembe, a goblet-shaped drum carved from a single piece of hardwood and traditionally topped with an animal-skin drumhead.
No experience is necessary to learn the basics of African drumming and have a great time. The goal of the class is to explore musical concepts and drum together as an ensemble. As you will discover, the djembe can produce a wide range of pitches depending on where your hands strike the drumhead.
You will also learn how djembe drumming can used to reach a heightened meditative state, as the rhythmic beating can help you concentrate on the present moment. The djembe has deep spiritual and cultural meaning that even novice drummer can appreciate.
Then following healthy snacks at a nearby café, you will visit the Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial that opened in 1934 to honor the Australians that lost their lives in World War I. During free time, you may browse the exhibits, which range from a gallery of medals to a landing boat used in the Battle of Gallipoli, where Allied troops suffered major casualties. Afterwards, you will return to the pier following a scenic route through Melbourne.
Please note: Guests may be required to climb two flights of stairs at the African Drumming venue - depending on the size of the group the workshop maybe be held upstairs.
The Shrine of Remembrance has stairs throughout, however most areas such as The Galleries, Crypt and Sanctuary are accessible by lift. However, there is no lift access to the Balcony (an area where one can have scenic views of Melbourne). In order to reach the balcony the guests would have to climb 2/3 flights of stairs,this is optional.
It is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes and light clothing are recommended.
This tour must be purchased no later than 3 days prior to the operating date.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.