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Explore the Outback by Rail

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,069

Ride the legendary Ghan as you travel between South Australia and the Northern Territory. Visit some of Australia’s best museums and art galleries in Adelaide before getting a taste for the Outback in Alice Springs and marveling at the iconic Uluru or Ayers Rock.


This 7-day tour takes you from Adelaide to Alice Springs and Uluru/Ayers Rock aboard the legendary Ghan train.

Your Australia vacation begins in Adelaide in South Australia, a city of quiet charm that consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet. It also boasts some of the best museums in the country. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia or the South Australian Museum to sample Australia’s art and natural history. Be sure to enjoy Adelaide’s booming multicultural food scene and experience the many bars and cafes that seem to pop up every other week. After exploring Adelaide, board The Ghan and head to the Northern Territory.

From the elegance of its classical design to the exceptional service, The Ghan represents the best in rail travel. Whether you’re relaxing in your private cabin, socializing with fellow passengers in the lounge, or dining on gourmet cuisine in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, you’ll experience only the best on one of the world’s great rail journeys. Aboard The Ghan, head to Alice Springs, the definitive Outback town. Situated halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, Alice Springs was formed as a part of the Overland Telegraph Line in 1872 and you can tour the Telegraph Station to learn about its historical importance. Today, it’s an eccentric desert town, where camel races and airplane doctors are the norm. Visit Todd Mall to take in some of the best indigenous art galleries in the country before climbing Anzac Hill for a gorgeous panoramic view of the town and its rustic surroundings.

Alice Springs is close to the icon of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Uluru is the most famous site in the Outback and probably all of Australia. Rising 348 metres high, this ancient sandstone rock formation is a spectacle to behold. Depending on the time of day, the enormous monolith changes from bright red to a deep blue or purple. Tour the rock and its surrounding area to take in its majesty and learn about its indigenous caretakers, the ancient Anangu people. Nearby Uluru is Kata Tjuta or the Olgas, a fascinating collection of 36 rock domes that are second only to Uluru in splendour. This Australia vacation aboard The Ghan is a perfect way to see the wonders of South Australia and the Northern Territory.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,069

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Day 1

Arrive Adelaide

On arrival in Adelaide you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at  your leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

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    Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide



    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers ...

    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Adelaide City SIghtseeing

In the morning, board your coach for the City Highlights Tour. Your guide will introduce you to this delightful city, which is surrounded by parklands with a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, cafes and restaurants. Drive past Adelaide's cultural precinct - North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through historic North Adelaide, where you'll see tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings. Stop and visit the iconic St Peters Cathedral or the newly developed Adelaide Oval then travel through the city's east on the way to the Haigh's Chocolates for a factory tour and tastings of this famous South Australian chocolate. Return to the city via the South Parklands, West Terrace and North Terrace.  The afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 3

Adelaide at Leisure

The day is free to explore. Adelaide is a picturesque but cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere, the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in the country. It is a great city to walk around with its natural beauty reflected in its parks and historical architecture.

Close to Adelaide, you have several interesting options to fill your time from wine tasting in the famous Barossa Valley, hop on a local tram to the charming seaside resort of Glenelg or take a short flight or ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, an animal paradise where you can enjoy koalas and seals at Seal Bay, discover unique wildlife and get close to kangaroos all living in their natural habitat.

Day 4

Depart Adelaide on the Ghan

Step aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin. Once you've settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.

Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.

A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train's windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu. Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal. For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or if all that mouthwatering food and sightseeing has taken it out of you, head back to your cabin for a good night's sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Arrive Alice Springs

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA.  Back on board, it's time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you're in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs where you will be transferred to your hotel  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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    Mercure Alice Springs Resort



    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. ...

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock & Field of Light

Travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Your Driver Guide will provide comprehensive commentary of your surrounds. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short camel ride (own expense). Stop at Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse where you may purchase morning tea and locally made Aboriginal art. View majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.  Tonights Field of Light experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. You're welcomed at an exclusive elevated viewing area. Your knowledgeable host will provide insights and background to the artist and light installation that awaits you. As the last rays of sun hit Uluru, splashing the rock's façade with colour, and darkness gradually falls, the 50,000 glass spheres gently sparkle to life. Covered under a sky brilliant with stars, Field of Light beckons you to explore and lose yourself momentarily in the rhythms of coloured light. Take in the vast scale of the installation one last time from the raised viewing area as you savour sparkling wine and canapés before your transfer back to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
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Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock ...

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Ayers Rock Touring and depart Ayers Rock

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.  After completing your morning touring you will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. 

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Trip departs Adelaide weekly on a Thursday  from 1 September ’17 – 31 March ’18 (Does not operate 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec, ’17 or  4 Jan ’18).

DEPARTURE DATES

Land Only Pricing
 - USD

Oct - Nov '17 $ 2,099
Dec '17 & Feb '18 $ 1,899
Jan '18 $ 1,789
Mar '18 $ 2,069 

 

DEPARTURE DATES

Land Only Pricing
- CAD

Sep '17 $ 2,529
Oct - Nov '17 $ 2,649
Dec '17 & Feb '18 $ 2,359
Jan '18 $ 2,249
Mar '18 $2,619


Book By: 30 September, 2017 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel on the Ghan Train in a Gold Service Twin Cabin with meals, beverages and off train excursions
  • Transfers throughout your vacation
  • Accommodation as listed in itinerary
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature and drinks (apart from beverages on train)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include rail travel, transfers, accommodation, meals and sightseeing as indicated in itinerary.. Subject to availability.


28 Sep 2017
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