The Ghan Luxury Expedition

10 Day Stay, Tour & Rail Adventure from Darwin to Adelaide with $2200 Bonus Value

Deal Code: MC-108782

from $... per person
Book by May 31, 2022

Your 10 Day Stay, Tour & Rail Holiday Includes

2023 Early Bird Offer, Secure with a Low Deposit of $199^pp

Tour Australia from the Top End to Adelaide on The Ghan Expedition. Start in tropical Darwin, rich in aboriginal culture and history, with a luxurious stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade. Tour incredible Kakadu National Park, including a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong.

Experience rail travel at its finest, with Gold Service and included fine wine and dining aboard The Ghan. The Expedition’s unforgettable Off Train Experiences include a Nitmiluk Gorge cruise and visits to the iconic Aussie Royal Flying Doctors and School of the Air, with dinner under the stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station; a guided tour taking in vast outback views in Coober Pedy and the chance to discover the luminous beauty of Australia’s national gem at an opal mine.

Then, travel through the Flinders Ranges to stay in charming Adelaide, with a full day to explore the Barossa Valley and sample it’s world class wine and produce on a guided tour.

Highlights

  • Discover Kakadu’s incredible wetlands and wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Experience legendary hospitality, chef-prepared cuisine and premium local wines aboard The Ghan Expedition
  • Enjoy immersive Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and a bonus evening adventure in Manguri
  • Indulge in a spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station in Alice Springs
  • Explore Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
  • Spoil yourself tasting the Barossa’s outstanding wines and chocolates

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights at DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin with breakfast daily and welcome drink
  • Full day Kakadu National Park tour with a Yellow Water Billabong cruise to discover
    the wetlands and rich wildlife, including lunch
  • 4 Days 3 Nights aboard The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide in a Gold Service Twin Cabin with all-inclusive daily meals, fine wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Off Train Experiences including guided cruise options in stunning Nitmiluk National Park, a dinner under the stars at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, time exploring the underground mining town of Coober Pedy and more
  • 3 Nights at Hilton Adelaide in an upgraded Deluxe Room with breakfast daily, welcome drink and late checkout
  • Full day Barossa food and wine tour with lunch

Deal Code: MT-30029RS

Valid for Travel
03 May 2023*
10 May 2023*
17 May 2023*
26 July 2023*
02 August 2023*
27 August 2023*
06 September 2023

* Dates marked with an asterisk are subject to a high season surcharge of $400 per person

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Darwin
Start your North to South Australian rail adventure in beautiful Darwin today. Check into the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin and enjoy free time to explore this compact, easy to navigate city. Rich in aboriginal culture and history, Darwin is host to a variety of festivals, markets and a renowned food scene.
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin or similar

Day 2: Darwin Free Day (B)
Today is free to explore Darwin and surrounds and take full advantage of DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin’s outstanding hospitality and amenities.
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin or similar

Day 3: Kakadu National Park Day Tour (B, L)
Today join an exciting full day tour in the Northern Territory’s incredible Kakadu National Park. Soak up must-see Kakadu’s extraordinary landscapes, incredibly diverse wildlife, local legends and myths through Aboriginal rock art on this 11-hour sightseeing tour. Travel in an air-conditioned coach operated by an experienced guide providing immersive commentary throughout. Your tour includes a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise accompanied by a local guide, fresh buffet lunch and National Park fees.
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin or similar

Day 4: Depart Darwin – The Ghan (B, L, D)
Take the complimentary transfer to Darwin Station this morning, taking to time to check in and board the legendary Ghan train for departure at 10am. From Darwin, take in remarkable Top End views while enjoying your chef-prepared lunch, before stopping in Katherine. Experience one of the region’s most impressive natural wonders; stunning Nitmiluk Gorge lies within the massive Nitmiluk National Park and you’ll have the chance to explore it from the water with guided cruise options – an unforgettable experience. A delicious 3-course dinner is served with a selection of included wines and beverages in the elegant Queen Adelaide restaurant.

Day 5: Alice Springs (B, L, D)
Wake up to a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. Today’s off-train excursions include fascinating visits with the Royal Flying Doctors, the School of the Air and the option to take a scenic flight to Uluru, before a lavish BBQ dinner under the gleaming outback stars at historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Day 6: Coober Pedy (B, L, D)
Watch the day begin from your morning stop at Manguri outpost, before a full day of discovery in the unique mining township of Coober Pedy. Enjoy a delicious lunch served underground and don a hard hat to visit a working opal mine and admire the finished gems. Dinner is onboard the Ghan.

Day 7: Arrive Adelaide (B)
From your cabin window this morning, see a dramatic change in landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way South Australia’s green fields. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for your arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great travel experiences. On arrival into Adelaide, make your way to nearby Hilton Adelaide, for check in and free time.
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide or similar

Day 8: Full Day Barossa Tour (B, L)
A visit to South Australia wouldn’t be complete without a day discovering the Barossa Valley and its outstanding wine and produce. Visit award-wining cellar doors and Maggie Beer’s wonderful Farm Shop before lunch at Lambert Estate, featuring seasonal, regional produce. Pair this with a glass of wine (own cost) from the deck of this popular vineyard. Then, take in more panoramic views and finish the day with house made chocolate and paired wines at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company before returning to Adelaide for the evening.
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide or similar

Day 9: Adelaide Free Day (B)
Take a leisurely start today, with a full free day to relax at the Hilton Adelaide and explore the historic city as you please. Nearby your accommodation are cafes, restaurants, heritage buildings and famous markets. Enjoy fresh air in the many parks and open spaces.
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide or similar

Day 10: Depart Adelaide (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and late checkout before making your own way home today.

EXCLUSIONS
Flights and pre-tour travel to Darwin / from Adelaide
Transfers not mentioned
Kakadu National Park Fee payable on the day
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Personal expenses and anything not mentioned

AIRFARE ADD ON
Our friendly consultants will be happy to quote options for airfares.

PRICING
Solo from: $5090 per person
Child Price from: $3590 per child sharing existing bedding at hotel

^LOW DEPOSIT
An initial deposit from $199 per person is required to secure your booking.

PAYMENTS
A second deposit from $1000 per person is required 7 months before departure.
The final balance will be due 4 months before departure.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE
If you are unable to travel due to government restrictions or supplier cancellations, we will waive our administration fees and assist with a date change, credit or refund less any unrecoverable third-party costs. Credits are subject to supplier conditions and fare differences may apply upon rebooking.

AMENDMENTS
Changes are allowed free of charge up to 181 days prior to travel
Changes are allowed 180 days prior to travel with a 25% deposit
Changes are allowed 179-46 days prior to travel subject to a fee with Journey Beyond
Less than 45 days prior to travel, the full fare applies to changes
All changes are strictly subject to availability, train fees, and fare differences.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation between purchase and final payment due date 90 days prior to travel: Loss of deposit only.
Cancellation within 90 days of travel: 100% of the package price.

BAGGAGE POLICY
Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, regardless of any other baggage allowance.
Porter service is not included and you are expected to carry your own bags.
Luggage and personal effects are your own risk and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
It is the customer’s responsibility to check the state of departure and state of arrival’s COVID-19 restrictions. Our third party supply partners (e.g. airlines, cruise lines, accommodation, tour operators etc) may also have additional restrictions. It is the customer’s responsibility to check that all travellers in your party also meet all requirements. The situation is fluid and as such state entry requirements, along with third party supplier requirements, are changing frequently. All travellers must comply with their final destination’s health requirements.

VACCINATIONS
Proof of vaccination is required prior to travel on The Ghan. It is your responsibility to check all requirements with the relevant state governments for the latest information regarding vaccination requirements. Should any mandatory quarantine or testing be required, this will be at your own expense and for you to arrange. Please be advised that any costs for these requirements will be at your own expense. Our consultants are not qualified to advise you on vaccinations. Please contact your doctor or a specialist vaccination clinic for advice.

DOCUMENTATION
Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.

ITINERARY
The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed necessary for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation of the tour.
If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, similar alternatives will be provided where possible.

Included admissions provide general entrance to the attraction and do not include secondary admissions or expenses inside the venue.
Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

HOTELS
Hotel star ratings are either local ratings or self-ratings provided by the supplier.
All rooms will be lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.

TRIPLE SHARE
Is not available on this package.

MINIMUM NUMBERS
The tour and its optional programs may require minimum numbers to operate.

BREAKAWAY POLICY
It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour according to the prescribed program.
Departure from the group or deviation from the set itinerary are not permitted unless written prior consent is obtained, otherwise you risk cancellation of remaining land and air arrangements.

FEEDBACK POLICY
All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader.
Complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.

DIETARY
Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited or not catered for.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

FORCE MAJEURE
Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control.
In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, we reserve the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

Highlights

Places Visited: Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Adelaide & Barossa Valley
Travel Dates: Select 2023 dates from May to September

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