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Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

Melbourne, Australia

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House, and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade for an optional cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
  • Melbourne sightseeing tour with optional Yarra River cruise
  • See Parliament House, the largest 19th century building in Australia
  • Enjoy views of Melbourne's historic architecture, world-famous sporting arenas, and city skyline
  • Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens
  • Take in the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Upgrade for an optional Yarra River cruise
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Professional Local Guide
Learn all about colourful Melbourne with your expert local guide
Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in-seat USB, air conditioning
Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
Sightseeing cruise on the beautiful Yarra River(If option selected)
Eureka Tower (the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere!) (If option selected)
Hotel drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

Departure Time

8:20 AM
This tour is a great introduction for anyone visiting Melbourne for the first time. Even repeat visitors are likely to learn something new! After morning hotel pickup in a comfortable coach, drive down Collins Street for a look at the upscale shops and commercial bustle of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Around this area, see cultural landmarks including the Princess and Regent Theaters, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the impressive architectural complex of Federation Square.

Take in some of the city’s beautiful green spaces, including the riverside Royal Botanic Gardens, where you disembark for a walk around. Also visit charming Fitzroy Gardens, home to Captain Cook’s Cottage. Originally built in 1755, the famous seafarer’s home was dismantled in England and shipped stone by stone to Melbourne, making it the oldest building in Australia.

Stroll along stalls loaded with fresh regional produce, clothing, and knickknacks at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Then, get a glimpse of Melbourne’s robust sporting culture as you cruise by the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Australian Grand Prix track inside Albert Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open. Stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, where Melburnians pay their respects to Australian war veterans.

Your driving tour concludes with impressive views of the city skyline from across Bolte Bridge. If you like, purchase an optional upgrade to continue your tour on a cruise along the Yarra River. From aboard a comfortable riverboat, float through the heart of the city past historic landmarks, river gardens, and modern skyscrapers.

Alternatively, after your tour, you have the option to visit the Eureka Tower Observation Deck. In less than 40 seconds you arrive at Level 88 in the fastest lift in the Southern Hemisphere and be amazed by the views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows.

See Itinerary for a list of hotel pickup times.
Stop At:  
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Enjoy a quick photo stop at the beautiful Gothic revival style St Patrick's, one of the oldest's cathedrals in Melbourne!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rod Laver Arena
Drive past Rod Laver Arena, the venue for the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, and into Albert Park to drive alongside the Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
Pass By:  
Queen Victoria Market
Drive past the Queen Victoria Market, an icon to the locals and a major landmark
Pass By:  
Parliament House of Victoria
See imposing Parliament House, considered to be one of the finest examples of architecture from the Victorian era anywhere in the world.
Stop At:  
Fitzroy Gardens
Visit Fitzroy Gardens, one of the most beautiful and historic gardens in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cooks' Cottage
Visit Cook’s Cottage, in the heart of Fitzroy Gardens, the original home of Captain James Cook’s parents (entry own expense)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, a little oasis in the middle of the city.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shrine of Remembrance
Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial to the men and women of Australia who served in the First World War. Take the stairs to the rooftop for breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yarra River
If you choose to add the cruise option. Cruise on the Yarra River to discover a great deal about our rich maritime history as you meander past the 19th Century sailing ship ‘Polly Woodside’, Melbourne’s docklands and wharfs. You’ll also see the enormous Crown Casino, the Melbourne Aquarium and some great city views from a new perspective.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise.

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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour
, Mar 2020
Driver Roger was great. Whole trip was very informative and seeing Melbourne for first time was very interesting. He took the time to explain where we were and even stopped at different places allowing for photo shots. Would highly recommend this trip for first timers to Melbourne. River cruise was bit disappointing as we saw where we have been on the bus. Upstream would have been more interesting as would have included city sights, but apparently depends on the tide.
City Plus!
, Feb 2020
I really enjoyed this tour. Just enough to give one a taste of the beautiful city of Melbourne. I also did the Yarra River Cruise and that was a great add in as the weather was perfect the day I took the tour.
Melbourne with friends
, Feb 2020
Driver was very informative first time visitors got a good overview of Melbourne cruise on Yarra completed the tour
False advertising
, Jan 2020
False advertising. Optional River cruise is not optional. You get charged if you do not opt to take it
Very good city overview
Jane S
, Jan 2020
A very good way to get oriented and see some of the highlights in Melbourne. Highlights included the Shrine of Remembrance, a beautiful and moving experience. Driver/guide was excellent, and AAT Kings operation very professional. The Yarra cruise could have done with a bit less info on shipping, but offered some nice city views.
Tara River Cruise Dec 2019
, Dec 2019
It’s a pleasant little there and back cruise on one of those wide low glass topped boats needed to get under very low bridge arches. Not a huge lot to see but it’s slickly run and a pleasant break from more hectic tourist activities
Melbourne City Sights
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed a relaxing and informative trip around Melbourne. We travelled with Kings Coaches and Keith was our very friendly and welcoming guide. Highly recommended
The itinerary on the tour details...
, Jul 2018
The itinerary on the tour details portion wasn't followed. We only went down at the Melbourne Museum, Fitzroy gardens, and Shrine of Remembrance. Did not walk around Royal Botanic Gardens or Queen Victoria Market. Pretty much just sat in the coach the entire time. The Yarra River Cruise was disappointing as well. Tour guide was nice and friendly though.
Standard city bus tour...
David R
, Apr 2018
Standard city bus tour. Informational, but too much time spent at locations rather than giving a sense of the city.
Good way to get acquainted with...
Connie C
, Feb 2018
Good way to get acquainted with Melbourne. Our bus driver was very at pointing interesting sites.

Product code: 2230M1

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