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MELBOURNE FLOWER SHOW
20 – 23 March 2018
FULLY BOOKED

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ITINERARY
Stimulate your senses with a dose of botanical inspiration admiring new trends, world-class show gardens and an exhibition hall full of flowers. It’s the southern hemisphere’s biggest garden festival. We’ll sample a few of Melbourne’s flowery and operatic treats for a 4-day break!
DAY 1
Tuesday 20 March 2018
Sydney – Melbourne (D)

Ross Gardens Tour leader, Carolyn Dwyer, will greet you at Melbourne Airport. Once landed we’re off to Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne with a guided tour finishing up in the cafe for coffee. We’ll see the Children’s Garden, Perennial Border, Rose Garden, Arid Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, the Lake System, Fern Gully and the Forest Walk. It’s a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.
This afternoon we’ll check into our hotel, the Marriott, which is perfectly placed to explore Melbourne’s great restaurant scene. We’ve planned a welcome dinner in the hotel tonight.

 

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 2
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (B)

A full day exploring the brilliant Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is staged within the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens. Wear comfortable shoes because there’s plenty to see – and lots to buy. They’ll be colour, flowers, people, designers, new plants and a great buzz.

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 3
Thursday 22 March 2018
Yarra Valley Gardens(B/L)

We’re travelling through the Yarra Valley this morning to a property with a Guilford Bell house set amongst an old established garden of camellias, magnolias and oaks. The property occupies 4kms along the Yarra River frontage with native trees lining the banks. An exciting new dry garden with rocks and waterfalls and an extensive cascade leading down to the Yarra River has been designed and installed by Philip Johnson. It’s a wonderful blend of classic and modern; peaceful yet stimulating using an exciting palette of Australian plants.
We’ll be ready for lunch when we arrive at Alowyn Gardens then we’ll stroll through this remarkable garden that’s been developed over the last 16 years. A series of cleverly designed spaces each with its own theme. Superb plant selection makes these spaces sing. And there is more planned. We love the parterre, the perennial border, the birch bosques and the dry garden but the edible garden won us over.

 

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel, Melbourne

DAY 4
Friday 23 March 2017
Melbourne – Home(B)

We’ve left the morning free for shopping or exploring the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
CAROLYN DWYER
  • Return group airfare Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney with Qantas
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Melbourne International Flower Show, Lubra Bend Garden, Alowyn Gardens
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, land only $1,695 per person
Twin share, including air $1,895 per person
Single supplement $495

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure ex Sydney

DISCOUNTS

Earlybird discount $50 if paid by 20 October 2017
Previous Traveller discount $25
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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POSTCARDS

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