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The Ghan Expedition Escorted Tour

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DATES AVAILABLE: 31st Jul 17
DURATION: 8 Days

Join us on this magnificent journey exploring beautiful Australia without having to worry about a thing! Experience the fabulous top end with 2 nights in Darwin before travelling by rail onboard The Ghan taking in world-renowned sites in luxury and style. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. And when the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, you will come to realise The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

 

Inclusions

  • One way airfare from Perth to Darwin
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Hilton Darwin with breakfast
  • 3 nights onboard Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide in a Gold Service Cabin
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits on train
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Stamford Plaza Hotel Adelaide including breakfast
  • One way airfare from Adelaide to Perth
  • All transfers as required in Darwin & Adelaide
  • Holiday Planet Tour Escort
  • Local Guides when Sightseeing
  • Exclusive HolidayPlanet Ticket Wallet
  • Exclusive HolidayPlanet Luggage Strap

 

Signature Experiences

  • 3 course dinner with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks at Pee Wee’s at the Point restaurant in Darwin
  • 5 hours Darwin City Highlights Tour
  • City Highlights Tour of Adelaide

 

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Important Notes About This Trip

This tour is escorted from Perth and will include airport transfers in Darwin/Adelaide. East coast passengers will travel from your nearest capital and meet the group in Darwin.

  • Please advise your consultant if you are travelling on a non Australian passport. You must ensure you have at least two blank pages available on your passport. If your passport is due to expire within six months of your return date you must obtain a new passport.

  • All documentation must be spelled correctly. Please ensure that the spelling of the first name (s) and surname (s) on all documentation is correct as per the passport you will be travelling on. Once the tickets have been issued name change fees of up to 100% apply.

  • Certain countries require you to obtain a visa prior to your arrival. Please ensure you and your travelling companions obtain the most up to date information from the embassy, or consulate, for the countries you intend to visit. HolidayPlanet will not be held liable should you be denied entry, or boarding, for not having the correct travel documents. Entry to any country is at the discretion of the relevant immigration authorities on arrival. You can obtain additional information at www.visalink.com.au or by phoning Visa Link on 1300 882 977.

  • Vaccinations may be required when travelling to certain countries. Please check with your local doctor or specialist vaccination clinic for up to date health requirements.

  • This tour requires a moderate level of fitness.

Minimum Tour Numbers:
The tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 60 days from the date of departure, Holiday Planet reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Travel Insurance:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover holiday members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accidents etc.

Price:
Prices are per person based on twin share and subject to availability. 

DATES AVAILABLE: 31st Jul 17
DURATION: 8 Days
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Prices are subject to availability. Seniors Planet Members are eligible for $100 discount per person*. Travellers from Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane will be met in Darwin by the Tour Host, rather than at the airport.

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Here’s a list of your

Day by Day Itinerary

  1. 31 July 2017

    Perth passengers – Meet your Tour Host, at Perth airport for your flight to Darwin. Please bring your luggage strap to the airport, it will make spotting your luggage in Darwin much easier. Upon arrival a transfer will be waiting to take you to The Hilton Darwin for a two night stay.

    East Coast passengers – on arrival into Darwin, make your own way to The Hilton Sydney to meet your tour host.

    This evening enjoy a 3 course meal with a 3 hour drinks package at the renowned Pee Wee’s at the Point on Darwin’s spectacular waterfront. It’s idyllic waterfront location offers magnificent views across Fannie Bay and Mindil beach, and at dusk, the twinkling lights of Darwin city’s skyline will appear as if by magic in the distance.

    Overnight: The Hilton, Darwin

  2. 01 August 2017

    After breakfast this morning you will be off on a half day tour of Darwin. Setting off from the hotel in the morning, get up close and personal on a wonderful sightseeing tour. With its laid-back vibe and beautiful tropical landscape, this tour is a fantastic way to see the cultural, historical and interesting areas of the city. This tour includes attractions such as the Chinese Temple, Botanic Gardens, Darwin Waterfront, NT Museum and Art Gallery and much more. Returning to the hotel mid-afternoon, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    Overnight: The Hilton, Darwin

    Meals: Breakfast

  3. 02 August 2017

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Darwin’s Train Station. Your 4 day/3 night Expedition Rail Journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins. Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation. With all-inclusive dining included on board, you will be able to enjoy lunch at the Queen Adelaide Restaurant as you sit back and wind through the countryside to Katherine. Your first included off-train excursion begins in Katherine where you will visit the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk Gorge. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the idyllic Katherine River, gazing in awe at the towering sandstone cliffs, learning about the Aboriginal and geological history of the area. Take time to soak up the ancient beauty and inspiring silence of one of the world’s untainted natural wonders. Or gain a moving insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive tailor-made cultural experience. Back on board enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback. Then back in your room you’ll find your bed turned down with a cheeky nightcap waiting on the bedside table. As the train rolls soothingly onwards, fall asleep in awe of wonders seen, and excited by those yet to come.

    Overnight: The Ghan, Gold Cabins

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. 03 August 2017

    Wake up to a new view outside your window as your journey venture into Alice Springs. After breakfast you will be off on another off-train excursion taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure. This evening you will be dining beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Bush Barbecue set in a strikingly lit quarry.

    Overnight: The Ghan, Gold Cabins

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. 04 August 2017

    After breakfast this morning you’ll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere at a stop at Manguri. Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination – the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.Below the earth’s surface, you’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways. After an eye-opening action-packed day – if you haven’t chosen to stay and find your fortune – it’s back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan.

    Overnight: The Ghan, Gold Cabins

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. 05 August 2017

    Looking out of your window this morning you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast the Ghan will roll into Adelaide where a transfer will meet you to take you to your hotel. Here you will spend 2 nights’ at the 5 Star Stamford Plaza Adelaide. This afternoon you will set off on an Adelaide City Highlights Tour. Experience the cosmopolitan life of Adelaide on this half day tour, taking in Adelaide’s main attractions. The coastal city of Adelaide is noted for its many festivals, its food, wine and culture and for its long beach fronts. Discover superb architecture, cultural boulevards, surrounding park lands and wide streets and then you’ll appreciate why they have been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. This evening is at your leisure.

    Overnight: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

    Meals: Breakfast

  7. 06 August 2017

    This morning after breakfast you will embark on a full day tour. Explore the vast and natural beauty that is the River Murray. The Captain Proud Paddle Boat boasts a fully decked out period styled dining area and bar. Enjoy a fine meal and a drink to wash it down with as you cruise slowly past majestic scenery.  Experience the wildlife of the River Murray in all its untamed natural beauty. Cruise past the points of interest that you can only really see from the river. See the wonderful scenery as you take in the fresh air on the deck outside the dining room. Learn of the wonderful history of the area as you relax in comfort. After the cruise we will make a stop in historic Hahndorf where you can browse the incredible range of shops before afternoon tea at Hahndorf Inn.

    Overnight: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

    Meals: Breakfast

  8. 07 August 2017

    After breakfast this morning you will be taken by coach to the airport for your flight back to Perth.

    Meals: Breakfast