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Deluxe Ghan Rail Alice Springs to Darwin

$2,899

This extraordinary outback journey combines the luxury of Gold Class on the Ghan with 4-star stays in Alice Springs and Darwin. Spectacular sightseeing includes tours of Alice Springs, Uluru, Katherine Gorge, Darwin and Kakadu National Park!

Description

Deluxe Ghan Rail with Alice Springs & Darwin – 8 days

The legendary Ghan travels through the Australia’s Red Centre and it’s luxury all the way on this extraordinary outback journey.

Your adventure begins in Alice Springs, where you will be treated to superior 4-star accommodation. Explore the area with a local sightseeing tour and a magnificent day tour to Kata Tjuta and Uluru. From Alice Springs, board the iconic Ghan for an overnight trip to Darwin. Enjoy the off-train touring and on board you’ll get to savour the delicious food and wines (in fact all your drinks!) in a fully-inclusive experience.

A deluxe 3-night stay in Darwin awaits and sightseeing is also included. The highlights keep coming with a fascinating tour of Kakadu National Park and Yellow Water Billabong cruise!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Enjoy fully-inclusive luxury aboard the famous Ghan in Gold Class
  • Extended stays in Alice Springs and Darwin in superior 4-star hotels
  • See Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park with wildlife cruise & more
  • Aboriginal guides will share indigenous cultural experiences
  • Discover the true spirit of this ancient land

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 3 nights Alice Springs hotel (superior 4 Star)
  • 3 nights Darwin hotel (superior 4 Star)
  • 1 night Ghan Train Alice Springs to Darwin in private Gold Class cabin
    • All meals onboard Ghan
    • FREE beverages throughout your train journey
    • Complimentary toiletries kit,
    • Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and commentary
    • Use of Outback Explorer Lounge
  • Ghan off-train excursions & activities (eg. Katherine)
  • Alice Springs Luxury Coach Tour
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta Full Day Tour
  • Darwin Coach Tour
  • Kakadu National Park Day Tour

Departs Fridays:

$2899 per person – January, February, March, October, November & December 2021
$3299 per person – April to September 2021
$2999 per person – January, February & March 2022

Note: Dates are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Prices vary depending on your departure date.

Get the Brochure:

Click here to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer?

You can add extra nights prior to the Ghan in Alice Springs and extend your stay in Darwin.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

Single traveller surcharge of approximately $1099. Rates will be confirmed at time of booking.

Booking Conditions:

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent Rail with sightseeing

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Welcome to Alice Springs
As you arrive into the Red Centre of Australia you can sense the strong pioneering outback spirit of Alice Springs. Please catch a taxi from the airport to your hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighbourhood and the Alice Springs township.

DAY 2 Alice Springs Luxury Coach Tour
Your Central Australian adventure starts off today by exploring the modern face of the historic pioneer town of Alice Springs, famous for Afghan cameleers, gold-diggers, flying doctor base, school of the air, The Ghan train and the Aboriginal Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years.

Enjoy our 4.5 hour luxury coach tour with great informative commentary from our experienced local guide. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Historic Telegraph Station, School of the Air, Anzac Hill and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. You will also get a great orientation of thriving Alice Springs, touring through the town and seeing the other main attractions such as the Cultural Precinct, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Old Ghan Train Museum, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and Todd Mall. In your free time, perhaps explore more of Alice Springs or just relax in your hotel, taking advantage of the great facilities.

DAY 3 Full Day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour with Barbecue Dinner
Immerse yourself in the Australian Outback on this full-day excursion to Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Walk alongside enormous ochre-coloured rock formations that jut out dramatically from the otherwise flat terrain, learn about Aboriginal culture, and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner at sunset.

Your adventure begins when you are picked up at your hotel and transported to Erldunda, where you are likely to see many fascinating emus as you enjoy breakfast. Head to Kata Tjuta, as the 36 massive domed formations come into view, overtaking the surrounding desert landscape. A hike into the Walpa Gorge awaits as you embrace the reddish rocks while taking in views of the wide-open plains surrounding them. Make a stop at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the Pitjantjatjara people. The centre is located at a sacred site and was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people.

Next, journey to the base of Uluru, an overwhelming sandstone formation that dominates the area. Follow your guide on a Mala Walk that leads you around the northwest side of Uluru, where you can find many examples of Anangu rock art, and experience the sheer vertical walls of the boulder.
Stop at the Mutitjulu Waterhole at the end of another walk around the opposite side of Uluru, as you listen to stories of the local aboriginal people. Your exploratory journey concludes with a glass of bubbly and a delicious Aussie barbecue as the sun sets over Uluru, basking the giant rock in a warm glow.

DAYS 4-5 Ghan Alice Springs to Darwin
Make your own way by taxi to the Ghan railway station to continue your journey to Darwin.

Alice Springs to Darwin is a journey through some of Australia's most breathtaking and beautiful scenery, the vast desert plains, red earth and blue skies, ochre mountains weathered and worn, a land sacred to the indigenous Aboriginal people steeped in Dreamtime fable, as you head north the terrain changes you're entering tropical Northern Territory, red hues turn to vibrant emerald, lush greenery and balmy weather welcome you to your destination Darwin.

Your Ghan journey includes 1 Night Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan, 1 Breakfasts,1 Lunches ,1 Dinners, all drinks, luxury Katherine Gorge Tour.

When you arrive into Darwin you can sense the cosmopolitan and thriving atmosphere of this historic tropical north Australian city. Make your way by taxi from the Ghan railway station to your hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighbourhood and city of Darwin.

DAY 6 Darwin Coach Tour
The tropical northern city of Darwin is located on a massive and spectacular harbour on the Timor Sea. It has a multicultural population of 129,062 people, that is a melting pot of cultures from more than 50 countries, who pride themselves on their unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle.

Darwin has year round balmy weather and has many popular attractions including Aquascene, Burnett House, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Convention Centre, Deckchair Cinema, East Point Reserve & Lake Alexander, Fannie Bay Gaol, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, Lyons Cottage, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Northern Territory Parliament House, USS Peary Memorial and the fascinating World War II Oil Storage Tunnels. There is plenty to see and do in our magnificent and vibrant Top End.

DAY 7 Kakadu National Park Day Tour
Today Take in the serenity and beauty of Kakadu National Park's diverse nature. Marvel at the tapestry of sandstone escarpments, take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, spot crocodiles and native bird life, and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture.
Your tour starts with a hotel pick-up in the early hours. Head east to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Be amazed by the vast, pristine wetlands and lush scenery. The park is surrounded by mangrove-fringed coastal areas, expansive flood plains, lowland hills and open woodland. Take a guided walk to Nourlangie Rock and view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Afterwards, enjoy a tropical buffet lunch with cold meats, salad and fruit. Next, head off for a guided cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong and see crocodiles launching themselves out of the water. For your last stop, visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and learn about the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu before returning to Darwin.

DAY 8 Say Goodbye to Darwin
Time to say goodbye to beautiful tropical Darwin, your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. Please catch a taxi to the airport for your flights home.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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