Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

4 day The Ghan Expedition Darwin • Katherine • Alice Springs • Coober Pedy • Adelaide AUSTRAL I A

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 3 nights on board the iconic Ghan train • Cruising through the idyllic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge • Dining in the outback beneath the stars in Alice Springs • Exploring Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world LIFE ON BOARD THE CABINS GOLD SERVICE Through the window of your cosy, en-suite cabin (Gold Single cabins have shared bathroom facilities), watch tremendous scenes unfold as the train transports you from one end of the continent to the other. And after a day of off-train activities, your cabin provides the perfect place to relax and recharge before heading for the lounge or dining carriage. PLATINUM SERVICE Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts, full-size double beds and access to the Platinum Club, Platinum Service promises and delivers a luxury journey beyond expectations. DINING EXPERIENCES Enjoy beautifully prepared meals in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (or Platinum Club for Platinum guests) where an outstanding closely with local suppliers, farmers and providers to source the best possible regional ingredients. Feel free to complement your meal with our splendid selection of Australian wines and other beverages – all included in your fare. menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits – our talented chefs working

Departures: Wednesdays March - October

Day 3: Alice Springs - Coober Pedy Breakfast is served as you arrive into Manguri Siding where you disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day of touring in and around the truly unique opal mining township of Coober Pedy. More than half of the residents here live underground, and you’ll have time to explore the many tunnels and caves as well as the otherworldly Serbian Orthodox Church. Enjoy a most unique gourmet lunch beneath the Earth’s surface before setting out to the stunning outback moonscape of the Breakaways. Back on board The Ghan this evening, enjoy dinner as you relax into your final evening, perhaps sharing some further stories and experiences with your travelling companions or taking it easy with a book or a nightcap before retiring to your private cabin. (BLD) Day 4: Arrive Adelaide Gazing out of your window this morning, you will notice a dramatic change in landscape as the ochre tones of the Outback make way for the fertile green pastoral lands of South Australia. After a last breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, The Ghan rolls into Adelaide where your epic expedition ends. (B) PRICES INCLUDE • 3 nights on board The Ghan in Gold or Platinum Service • Meals as specified: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners • All drinks on board the train • Transfer from central Darwin hotels to Darwin railway station • Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy (excluding any ‘optional’ upgrades)

Day 1: Darwin - Katherine Your journey on The Ghan Expedition begins today as you depart Darwin heading south for Adelaide. After a light lunch in the onboard Queen Adelaide Restaurant, arrive in the famous Top End township of Katherine. This afternoon you have a choice of Off Train Excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Nitmiluk Gorge, as well as its cultural and historical significance for Indigenous and early settlers. You may also choose to upgrade your touring experience with a thrilling helicopter ride over the many limestone formations that make up the impressive gorge. Back on board in the early evening, sample the very best of Australian cuisine and wine with a sumptuous dinner and take the opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before retiring for the night as The Ghan rolls on to tomorrow’s adventure. (LD) Day 2: Katherine - Alice Springs This morning, wake to the spectacular Red Centre. A beautiful breakfast prepares you for a choice of guided tours in and around Alice Springs including the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible flora and fauna. There is also the opportunity to upgrade LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED 1

your touring with an optional fixed-wing scenic flight to Uluru with a guided base tour. In the

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evening, return to the train for a quick freshen up before dining under a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ with live Australiana music and mouthwatering food. Enjoy an informative astronomical talk as you cast your eyes skyward and ponder the vastness of the universe. Then with a full belly and a deep sense of wonderment, it’s back to the train where the lounges are open until late so you can share your journey highlights so far, or simply relax before turning in for the night. (BLD)

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