Ghan to Alice Springs with 5 days touring in Alice Springs and a 2 day tour to Ayers Rock. Take a journey to the Red Centre on the Ghan and visit one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Ayers Rock. Enjoy a spectacular Ayers Rock sunset along with a drive around the base of Ayers Rock. Experience a 4WD adventure through the stunning Palm Valley and encounter the breathtaking gorges, waterholes and ochre pits of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Themes include: South Australia, Northern Territory, Departs from Adelaide, Ghan, Luxury Coach, Returns from Ayers Rock. + Show more
Ghan Train Adelaide to Alice Springs (Gold Service)
All Flights (e.g. home to Adelaide & Ayers Rock to home
4 Nights Accommodation in Alice Springs
2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
1 Night Gold Cabin Accommodation on Ghan
4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
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)
Ghan 90th Birthday Celebration Surprises (special extras if you travel June, July or Aug 2019)
2 Day Uluru Luxury Coach Tour
Luxury Day Tours: Palm Valley, West MacDonnells, Guided Walk at Mutitjulu Waterhole
Drive Around Base of Uluru
Alice Springs Coach Tour
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Train Station, Hotel and Airport)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 Value discounts and bonuses in the Northern Territory)
Kata 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 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
Alice Springs is situated in Australia's red-centre, boasting modern faciities this vibrant town forged by the pioneering spirit and steeped in Aboriginal culture is surrounded by a landscape of stunning natural beauty, the gorgeous ochre mountains of East and West MacDonnell Ranges lie in close proximity.
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 the 4.5 hour luxury coach tour with great informative commentary from the 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 fallen in Australian'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 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 Orchre 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, kytes 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 Lunch, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 5 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 6 Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
Stop at a camel farm on your journey south from Alice Springs, view Atila (Mt. Conner), visit Kata Tjuta and explore the domes at Walpa Gorge before reaching the Uluru sunset viewing area.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Uluru Sunset with Complimentary Wine, Overnight Uluru Accommodation
DAY 7 Discover Uluru
Magnificent Uluru is steeped in mysticism, one of the world's greatest natural creations. This ochre monolith inspires and impresses, sacred to the Aboriginal people this most iconic of Australian landmarks lies in the country's red-centre.
Experience the sunrise at Uluru and a drive around the base of Uluru. Discover the Mutitjulu Waterhole, visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before finishing your tour in Ayers Rocks.
Uluru Sunrise, Uluru Base Drive, Guided Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Overnight Uluru Accommodation
Day 8 Say Goodbye to Ayers Rock
Time to say goodbye to Uluru, your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. Your transfer will take you back to Ayers Rock Airport to meet your flight home.
Breakfast, Airport 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.
Luxury Coach Touring
Your special overnight Luxury Coach Touring includes accommodation and National Park Entry Fees. The luxury vehicle has a personalised air-conditioning, a video system and an onboard toilet.
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 and Uluru Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Alice Springs and Uluru. Our "Good Standard" central Alice Springs and Uluru 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.
Rail and Airport Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the railway station and from the railway station on arrival in Alice Springs to your hotel. You will also be transferred from your Ayers Rock 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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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 30kg), 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 $1330 per person. All packages can be upgraded to include luxurious Platinum Service, simply ask.
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