Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Upon your arrival in Melbourne, you will be given a Road Scholar water bottle to use throughout your program. This is yours to keep.
Welcome to Melbourne! Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is the capital of Victoria, a state in the south-eastern corner of Australia. During the gold era Melbourne possessed great wealth and many of the city’s fine buildings were built during this period of prosperity. Its magnificent streetscapes and extensive parks and gardens provide an ideal setting for its many elegant buildings. In the past Melbourne was a larger business centre and city than Sydney and today the two cities continue a friendly rivalry. Both are cosmopolitan and multi-cultural and Melbourne has many strong ethnic communities from three major periods of migration including: Chinese and German (after the gold rushes), Italian, Greek, southern European (post-World War II) and, more recently, Asian. The designated group flights will be met by our driver service and participants will be transferred in to our hotel to pick up those participants who have arrived earlier. We will then have an orientation to parts of the city on the way to our lunch venue. Those participants who have arrived in the city earlier should be at our Melbourne hotel by 10:30am.
At a café set in the Royal Botanic Gardens, lunch will consist of shared platters plus include tea and coffee.
After lunch, we visit the Shrine of Remembrance, a National War Memorial. During our field trip, we will get an overview of Melbourne and the State of Victoria from our local Site Coordinator. We then head up to Eureka Skydeck 88, located on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower. Taking advantage of the panoramic outlook over Melbourne, we gain an understanding of the city’s layout. We transfer to our hotel and check in with some time to freshen up before our Orientation session. Orientation. Our Group Leader and local Site Coordinator will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. This program will be staffed with a Group Leader as well as a local Site Coordinator at most study sites providing information and leading field trips. Ground travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. Some meals will be buffets, others will be plated and served; some we will order in advance. Beverages typically include coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase depending on location. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow Road Scholars. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At the hotel. We will have “Welcome to Australia” wine with dinner tonight.
At leisure. We have an early night tonight to rest up following our long flight.