Ghan to Alice Springs with 6 days luxury coach touring in Alice Springs. Experience the luxury of the Ghan and the adventure of the Red Centre on this 7 day Ghan and luxury coach touring package to Alice Springs. Enjoy a special dinner at Uluru, a 4WD adventure to Palm Valley and a luxury coach tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges as well as breakfast daily, all rail and airport transfers. Themes include: South Australia, Northern Territory, Departs from Adelaide, Ghan, Luxury Coach, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
Ghan Train Adelaide to Alice Springs (Gold Service)
All Airfares (e.g. home to Adelaide and Alice Springs to home)
5 Nights Accommodation in Alice Springs
1 Night Gold Cabin Accommodation on Ghan
Hotel Breakfast Daily, Special Uluru Dinner,3 Lunches, 2 Morning Teas
All meals onboard Ghan, FREE beverages throughout your journey, FREE toiletries kit, Cabin Steward service , in-cabin music and commentary, use of "Outback Explorer Lounge"
All Ghan Off-Train Excursions & Activities (eg Katherine, Marla, Manguri)
Luxury Day Tours: Uluru (Ayers Rock, Olgas), Palm Valley, West Macdonnells, Guided Walks at Mala and Mutitjulu Waterhole
Alice Springs Coach Tour
Uluru with Special Dinner
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Train Station, Hotel and Airport)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 Value discounts and bonuses in Northern Territory)
Ghan 90th Birthday Celebration Surprises (special extras if you travel June, July or Aug 2019)
The GhanAlice SpringsUluru (Ayers Rock)Special Dinner at UluruKata Tjuta (The Olgas)Uluru and Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre West MacDonnell RangesStandley ChasmOrmiston Gorge and WaterholeSimpsons GapPalm Valley Desert OasisGlen Helen GorgeFinke ValleyRoyal Flying Doctor ServiceHistoric Telegraph StationSchool of the AirSimpson DesertSpectacular panoramic 360-degree view from the summit of Anzac HillOld Ghan Train Museum
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DAYS 1–2 Ghan Adelaide to Alice Springs
Fly into Adelaide and be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the Ghan railway station to begin your journey to Alice Springs.
The journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes you through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery on the planet. As you travel from south Australia up toward its red centre you'll be amazed at the sheer size and beauty of this spectacular country, Adelaide's green hills and country vistas transform into dramatic mountain ranges and rocky outcrops, as you head further north the ochre earth and blue skies contrast in a show of incredible natural beauty.
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As you arrive into the Red Centre of Australia you can still sense the strong pioneering outback spirit of Alice Springs. You will be personally met at the Ghan railway station by DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to your Alice Springs 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 central Alice Springs.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, 1 Night Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan, 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, Luxury Katherine Gorge
(Darwin to Alice Springs customers only), Meet and Greet Personalised Rail Transfer, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 3 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, the usually dry Todd River, the Simpson Desert, 'A Town Like Alice', contemporary Aboriginal art (Todd Mall) 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 (headquarters of the globally respected medical service providing a critical link to remote communities throughout the Northern Territory), Historic Telegraph Station (site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide), School of the Air (provides education to primary school aged children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory since 1951), Anzac Hill (dedicated as a war memorial to honour those that have fallen in Australia's wars) and Alice Springs Reptile Centre (amazing NT animals like, saltwater crocodiles, huge goannas, frill-neck lizards and Gecko Cave). 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.
Enjoy some free time. Perhaps explore some more of Alice Springs or just relax in your hotel, taking advantage of the great facilities.
Breakfast, Alice Springs Luxury Coach Tour, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 4 Uluru (Ayers Rock) with Special Dinner
Uluru is one of the world's most recognisable natural landmarks and is regarded in geology as an "Island Mountain". Stand in awe as it overwhelms your senses with its sheer scale, its changing colours, its incredible texture, its spirit and its wonder. The monolith of Uluru (Ayres Rock) is listed as a World Heritage Site and is 25km from Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - a beautiful collection of protruding rock domes. Both of these remarkable features form the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru and the Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anangu aboriginal people who share their dreamtime stories.
Your friendly driver will pick you up in the comfortable air-conditioned luxury coach before sharing experiences, fascinating facts and enchanting stories in the on-board full commentary throughout the day. Head out of Alice Springs along South Road, on to the Stuart Highway, pass the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, enjoy a light breakfast on board the coach, take a break at Erldunda Roadhouse (typical remote outback roadhouse), view the Aboriginal art display (with time to purchase), cross remote endless desert plains, experience the vast openness of Outback Australia, spot for massive road-trains, see Mt Ebenezer, Mt Conner, stunning sand ridges clad with desert oaks and Yulara (modern desert tourist resort town housing Ayers Rock Resort). Welcome to Uluru.... experience the spirit and presence of Uluru, the heart of Australia. Arrive at the base of Uluru - see it, touch it perhaps even climb it. Learn of Aboriginal Tjukurpa and rock art on the Mala Walk and take a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole to see amazing Aboriginal rock art, learn of the law, legends and bush tucker of the beautiful Anangu people. Visit the Uluru and Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and learn more about Aboriginal culture and art. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), where walking trails lead to cool valleys and secluded waterholes.
Witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunset while sipping sparkling wine and enjoying your Special Dinner. With Uluru as a dramatic backdrop, it will be hard to forget this amazing and delicious BBQ dinner. Return to Alice Springs following dinner (with a convenience stop) to conclude a day full of wonderful new experiences and new memories. Walks are optional (but included in the cost) - hats, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating. Note the Uluru climb may be closed at any time due to Aboriginal cultural requirements or extreme weather. Arrive back into Alice Springs with your camera full of wonderful new memories.
Breakfast, Luxury Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Light Breakfast, Lunch, Sunset BBQ Dinner with Sparkling Wine at Uluru, Guided Walks at Mala and Mutitjulu Waterhole and National Park Entry Fees, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 5 West MacDonnell Range Luxury Coach Tour
Today explore the iconic West MacDonnell Ranges that form the dramatic ochre red back-drop to Alice Springs, including Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. This amazing Central Australia geological feature has many hidden treasures for you to discover.
Travel west on Larapinta Drive, passing the John Flynn Memorial (foot of the Mt Gillen), see what remains of the twin ghost gums (famous painting by Albert Namatjira), stop at Standley Chasm (amazing red cleft that glows) for a delicious morning tea, perhaps walk into the Chasm (Angkerle Creek bed). Stop at Ellery Creek Big Hole (optional short walk to the cool waterhole), visit the Ochre Pits and Glen Helen Gorge (semi-permanent waterhole) before your scrumptious lunch (with beer, wine or soft drink). Experience Ormiston Gorge and waterhole, with time to enjoy the refreshing waterhole (perhaps have a well deserved swim). Visit Simpsons Gap. All the time spotting for the amazing wildlife such as eagles, kites and falcons (soaring above the range on warm currents) as well as black footed Rock Wallabies and desert lizards.
Breakfast, Luxury Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Morning Tea, Guided Walk, Ploughman’s Lunch, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 6 Palm Valley 4WD Luxury Coach Tour
Palm Valley is well named. The contrast of the magnificent green palm trees against the red ochre earth and blue sky is a sight to be seen. The desert oasis of Palm Valley is the only place in Central Australia where Livistona Palms survive from the red centre's tropical past.
Today we take a luxury 4WD vehicle to the heart of the outback on an adventure to discover this amazing area. We head west on Larapinta Drive out of Alice Springs, travel alongside the ochre coloured West MacDonnells, cross vast open outback plains on Namatjira Drive, into the aboriginal homelands of the beautiful Arrernte people and then stop to visit Hermannsburg (an 1870's Lutheran mission). Wander through historic buildings, the Hermannsburg museum and art gallery and learn the reality of Aboriginal history in this region. Enjoy morning tea at Hermannsburg. Head off-road and onto the dry bed of the Finke River, follow the riverbed to Finke Gorge National Park, 4WD further into the gorge to Palm Valley, walk on the dry river bed with its amazing Livistona Palms and Cycads (palm and fern like plants that are either all male or all female), walk along the valley rim with stunning views over Palm Valley, at Kalarranga Lookout experience amazing views over the Amphitheatre and Finke Valley. Enjoy a delicious ploughman's lunch in these spectacular surroundings. Witness the changing colours of the West MacDonnells in the afternoon light. Head back into Alice Springs onboard your luxury 4WD (four wheel drive) coach. Walks are optional (but included in the cost) - hats, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating.
Breakfast, 4WD Coach Tour, Hotel Pick Ups, Morning Tea, Ploughman's Lunch, Guided Walks, Entry Fees, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 7 Say Goodbye to Alice Springs
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Alice Springs, your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. You will be personally met at your hotel by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from your hotel to the airport to meet your flight home.
Breakfast, Meet and Greet Personalised Departure Transfer.
Inclusions Onboard The Ghan
Relax in your private Gold Service Cabin and watch the red heart of Australia pass by through your large window. Enjoy all meals onboard the Ghan in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (flexible times, hearty breakfasts, two course lunches, three course dinners). Your package includes FREE soft drinks, beers, high-quality standard wines, base spirits, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. You will also receive a FREE toiletries kit. You have Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and detailed journey commentary (available from your cabin sound system) and you will love the cosy but exclusive atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your package includes Gold Service but can be upgrade to Platinum Service.
Upgrade to Platinum Service: Experience the luxury of larger cabin space (twice the size of a Gold Service Twin Cabin) along with private Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the exclusive new Platinum Lounge and Restaurant. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Flights Home Included
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
Alice Springs Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Alice Springs. Our "Good Standard" central Alice Springs hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotel has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotel is upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. See Optional Upgrades below for more details, or simply ask.
Airport and Rail Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the railway station, from the railway station on arrival in Alice Springs to your hotel and from your hotel to the airport to meet your flight home.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Alice Springs and Northern Territory at shops, restaurants attractions, wineries etc. It's a great way to save even more on your Northern Territory holiday.
All Off-Train Excursions & Activities Included
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Katherine (Ghan Classic Darwin to Alice Springs): Choose from a selection of included tour and gorge cruise options.
Marla (Ghan Classic Adelaide to Alice Springs): Disembark to enjoy a light breakfast and tea or coffee in this remote and tiny enclave.
Manguri (Ghan Classic Alice Springs to Adelaide): Disembark to enjoy a nightcap, served with premium chocolate, by the light of an Outback bonfire.
The Ghan in Detail
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The legendary Ghan... This remarkable journey connects Darwin and Adelaide, travelling through the red heart of Australia. The contrast of the opulent Ghan journeying through the rugged outback is a memory you will treasure. From Adelaide witness South Australia's rolling green hills gradually change to the ochre red of the Flinders Ranges, then travel through the Red Centre to Alice Springs, before reaching the tropical Top End through Katherine to Darwin. You will feel the true spirit of our ancient land. Enjoy the off-train touring and activities. Savour the delicious food and wines.
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Platinum Service 1190*$
Upgrade to Platinum Service to join a select group of passengers that will experience the very best in luxury train travel onboard the Ghan including the new and exclusive Platinum Club Car.
Platinum Service includes: Spacious private lounge style cabins, premium ensuite cabin with twin or double bed, panoramic views to each side, personalised cabin steward service, private transfers to and from your journey (up to 50kms), generous luggage limit (3 x 25kg), the new and exclusive Platinum Club Car, Outback Explorer Lounge and Queen Adelaide Restaurant access, Off Train Excursions, all onboard meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, breakfast served to you in your cabin if you choose (new regional based menu), standard wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks are also included.
The indulgent Platinum Service cabins are nearly twice the size of Gold Service cabins and come with premium fittings. The large panoramic windows give you the best seats onboard the Ghan plus you have an interior window to give you views of both sides of the train at the same time. During the day, your cabin will be configured as a private lounge, with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, it is converted to a comfortable bedroom, with either a double bed or twin beds. Platinum Upgrades start at $1190 per person. All packages can be upgraded to include luxurious Platinum Service, simply ask.
“Deluxe” Hotel Upgrade (4 star)100*$
The "Deluxe" hotel option has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). Upgrade this package to 5 nights in a "Deluxe" Alice Springs hotel, from just $100 per person.
“Luxury” Hotel Upgrade (5 star) 150*$
The “Luxury” hotel option is upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars). Upgrade this package to 5 nights in a "Luxury" Darwin hotel, from just $150 per person.
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