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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Sunrise over Kata Tjuta and the magnificent sunset over Uluru • Unique dining experiences under the stars • Learning about the history and geology of this unique region, with expert local guides LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £1849pp

5 day The Colour of Red Ayers Rock • Kings Canyon • Alice Springs • West MacDonnell Ranges

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Day 1: Arrive Ayers Rock Welcome to the Red Centre! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers and then take a drive to Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. Having lived in the region for tens of thousands of years, the traditional owners, the Anangu, have a strong connection with this land. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa – the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll take a guided walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between 2 of the largest domes. Later enjoy canapés and wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area. As the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant at You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the sunrise viewing area. Take a walk at the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, once an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. Curtin Springs has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. Next, view the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner), then head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon for a quick stop at Kings Creek Station. Travel a short distance to Kings Canyon Resort. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the southern night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce. (BLD) Kings Canyon Resort your hotel. (D) Sails in the Desert Hotel Day 2: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today you’re off on a sunrise exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk you can opt for a walk along the Creek Bed. Afterwards we’re off the beaten track, travelling along the Mereenie Loop Road past Gosses Bluff and through the West MacDonnell Ranges before continuing on to Alice Springs. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (BLD) Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs Hotel (2 nights) Day 4: Alice Springs & West MacDonnell Ranges This morning, you will visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn about the importance overland telegraph line to Alice Springs and why the town sits in its current location. Then you will travel out to West Macdonnell ranges, where we will take a walk into Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap. Marvel at the towering rocks walls formed by nature over millions of years. Tonight, you will enjoy a dining experience by the campfire with local hosts at an open-air barbecue dinner as the Milky Way lights up This morning you’ll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides essential medical assistance to those living in the most remote areas of outback Australia. Before your Inspiring Journey comes to an end, visit the School of the Air to learn how children living in the far reaches of the Outback receive an education over the air waves. Your trip concludes in the late morning with a transfer to Alice Springs airport for those with onward flights. (B) Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Ayers Rock and Alice Springs, or why not enhance your holiday by taking an unforgettable rail trip through the heart of the desert on the Ghan train? Please call for details. the wide Australian sky. (BLD) Day 5: Depart Alice Springs

TOUR DETAILS

£1849 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 4 nights’ accommodation in hotels detailed in itinerary • Meals as specified: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners • Services of a qualified experienced Driver- Guide throughout • Touring by luxury air-conditioned small group 4WD vehicle

DEPARTURES Selected Tuesdays Apr - Oct

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 20 max

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 - 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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