• Pricing From $4,995 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Melbourne
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Max Group Size 15
  • Activity Level Easy going
  • Departs 24 Dec 2017
  • Returns 28 Dec 2017
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This delightful five day Sojourn will enjoy the cosmopolitan flavours of Melbourne as we celebrate Christmas with new friends. There will be a chance to explore this vibrant metropolis from the luxurious Westin Hotel’s prime location. Before arriving in the beautiful Yarra Valley, we visit the heritage-listed Rippon Lea Estate and we enjoy spectacular views of the Dandenong Ranges at ‘Skyhigh’, originally founded as a survey point due to its panoramic vistas. We sample European hand crafted chocolate in a private tasting before checking into the iconic and gracious Victorian mansion, Chateau Yering, sitting grandly on its own 250 acre estate.

We also visit Coombe in the Yarra Valley, the former home of Dame Nellie Melba. Set within seven acres of stunning gardens, the Melba Estate is a fitting tribute to this much loved Australian icon. No trip to the Yarra Valley would be complete without tasting some delightful local produce, on this occasion, wine and gin. Our Christmas journeys always fill fast, so book today to avoid disappointment!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay 2 nights at the luxurious centrally located Westin Hotel, Melbourne
  • 2 nights at the iconic Chateau Yering, a heritage-listed mansion in the Yarra Valley wine region, featuring elegant Victorian-style suites in a garden setting
  • Visit heritage-listed Rippon Lea House and Gardens heralded as Australia’s last suburban 19th century estate
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Dandenong Ranges from ‘Skyhigh’ Mount Dandenong
  • Visit Coombe, once home of Dame Nellie Melba, set within seven acres of stunning gardens
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner including a Christmas lunch
  • Spend Christmas with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

TOUR DEPARTURES

Tour Code CH1701
Departs 24 Dec 2017
Returns 28 Dec 2017
Price From $4,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: MELBOURNE

Transfer from Melbourne Airport or your home in metropolitan Melbourne to the luxurious Westin Hotel. Explore this vibrant metropolis this afternoon at leisure from the Westin Hotel’s prime location, walking distance to many Melbourne attractions and galleries. Your Christmas Eve welcome dinner will be hosted by your Journey Director tonight, a perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: The Westin Melbourne

Day 2: MELBOURNE

After breakfast at leisure, there is the opportunity to attend church services for those so inclined. Lunch today will be a special affair as you join your fellow travellers to revel in the festivity and flavours of a Christmas feast. For those interested, there will be an optional short walk to view the famous Myer Christmas window displays.

Overnight: The Westin Melbourne

Day 3: MELBOURNE - YARRA VALLEY

Following a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Rippon Lea Estate in the bayside suburb of Elsternwick. Heralded as Australia’s last suburban 19th century estate, Rippon Lea House and Gardens was included on Australia’s premiere heritage listing, the National Heritage list in 2006. Completed in 1868 the house was built for Frederick Sargood who had made his money selling soft-goods on the goldfields. The property was a large, self-sufficient farm with an elaborate underground watering system. Being a Victorian man of vision, the house had its own electricity supply and unusually for its time, it also had internal toilets. A fascinating glimpse into days past in a house where there were seven maids, a butler, seven gardeners, a coachman and a groom.

Today we enjoy lunch with spectacular vistas of the Dandenong Ranges from ‘Skyhigh’. Marvel at views from the Melbourne city skyline to the majestic sweep of Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay. There will also be time to explore the enchanting English garden and hedge maze.

What better way to spend an afternoon than to sample delightful locally produced sweet treats? We will watch European Chocolatiers hand craft some of their 250 different chocolate products at the Yarra Valley Chocolateria and, of course, indulge in a delicious selection of ice creams and chocolates in a private tasting.

Later this afternoon, we arrive at the heritage listed homestead, Chateau Yering. This gracious Victorian mansion sits grandly on a 250 acre historic estate commanding sweeping views across the Yarra Valley to the Great Dividing Range. Your home for the next two nights offers an exclusive and refined ambience to relax and unwind.

Overnight: Chateau Yering Hotel

Day 4: YARRA VALLEY

After breakfast we arrive at Coombe, the former home of famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. One of the largest and oldest family estates in the Yarra Valley, it was established in the late 1800’s and it is still owned and operated by her descendents, the Vestey family. Not only will we enjoy the seven acres of beautiful gardens and hedges, we will also learn about the history of this site and its significance to not only the Yarra Valley but to Australia as it pays homage to the life of Dame Nellie Melba and her role in Australian history. We will enjoy lunch at Coombe where the very best of available local produce is used to create a mouth watering dining experience. We will also sample wines from their award winning estate.

More tasting pleasure this afternoon as we visit the multi award winning Four Pillars gin distillery and learn the story behind their remarkable success. An afternoon at leisure with time to prepare for our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Chateau Yering Hotel

Day 5: YARRA VALLEY - MELBOURNE

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the airport. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, we take away memories of an enchanting Christmas Sojourn in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact over 40% of our guests travel alone, and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director and opera tickets including a five course degustation dinner, five hour beverage package and lounge access.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Melbourne are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Melbourne, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Melbourne, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)