Enjoy this 9 day rail and sail package through the heart of Australia. Enjoy 3 nights in Darwin before embarking upon the Ghan where you will experience 3 days of luxury train travel through the centre of Australia, then enjoy 4 days of premium cruising aboard the Astor and visit famous Kangaroo Island and before returning to Adelaide for your journey home. Themes include: Kangaroo Island, Rail and Sail, Northern Territory, South Australia, Departs from Darwin, Ghan, Ocean Cruise, Returns from Kangaroo Island. + Show more
Ghan TrainDarwin to Adelaide (Gold Service)
Astor 4 Day Kangaroo Island Cruise from Adelaide (Twin Inner Cabin)
All Flights (e.g home to Darwin and Adelaide to home)
3 Nights Twin Inner Cabin aboard the Astor
2 Nights Gold Cabin Accommodation on the Ghan (1 night Alice Springs to Adelaide)
3 Nights Accommodation in Darwin
All meals onboard the Astor, FREE afternoon tea and late night snacks, Captain’s Cocktail Party (selected sailings), self service tea and coffee, FREE Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, a range of FREE daytime activities and leisure facilities, FREE guest lecture programmes, FREE porterage of luggage to your cabin, Cabin Steward service, use of the Waldorf, Ubersee, Admiral’s Salon and Commodore’s Salon restaurants.
All meals onboard the 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 Alice Springs, Katherine, Marla, Manguri)
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Train Station, Port and Hotel)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 Value discounts and bonuses in the Northern Territory)
The GhanAstorDarwinKatherine GorgeAlice SpringsKangaroo IslandPort LincolnMitchell Street restaurants and cafesTimor SeaArafura SeaMindil Beach Sunset MarketsCullen Bay MarinaFannie BayCyclone Tracy MuseumTrendy Darwin WharfCavanagh Street (old China Town)NT Government HouseEyre Peninsula
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Day 1 Fly to Darwin
When you arrive into Darwin you can sense the cosmopolitan and thriving atmosphere of this historic tropical North Australian city. You will be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred 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 central Darwin.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
Days 2-3 Explore Darwin
Spend two days exploring the cosmopolitan harbour town of Darwin. Visit the Cyclone Tracy Museum to learn about the impact of this devastating tropical cyclone, take a walk down famous Mindil Beach or relax in the cafes and restaurants along Mitchell Street. The choice is yours as to how you wish to spend your free time in Darwin.
2 Nights Darwin Accommodation.
Days 4-6 Ghan to Adelaide and board Astor
This morning you will be personally met at your hotel by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from your hotel to the Ghan railway station to begin your journey to Adelaide.
Embark upon one of the world’s great train journeys on the Ghan through the ochre red centre of Australia. Watch as you travel from the lush tropical Northern Territory, through the endless vistas of the “Red Centre” to the rolling landscapes of South Australia. Enjoy a cruise along Katherine Gorge and a range of included touring options in Alice Springs while you experience the opulence of luxury train travel.
See below for full details on your Ghan journey.Note: passengers embarking in Alice Springs join on Day 5.
As you arrive into Adelaide you can feel the history and culture of 'The City of Churches'. You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to the cruise liner terminal to begin your cruise to Kangaroo Island.
Meet and Greet Personalised Rail Transfer, 2 Nights Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan (1 Night ex Alice Springs), 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Luxury Alice Springs Coach Tour, Luxury Katherine Gorge Tour (Darwin to Adelaide customers only), Meet and Greet Personalised Port Transfer, Dinner, Late Night Snacks, Overnight Accommodation onboard Astor.
Day 7 Kangaroo Island
Today you will stop at Kangaroo Island for the day. Take part in a range of optional shore excursions before reboarding the Astor to continue your cruise, or, spend the day on the ship making use of the on board facilities, the choice is yours.
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Late Night Snacks, Overnight Accommodation on board the Astor.
Day 10 Port Lincoln
Spend the day at the seaside town on Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Choose from a range of shore excursions or spend time aboard the beautiful Astor, the decision is yours.
Breakfast, Optional Shore Excursions, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Snacks, Overnight Accommodation on board the Astor.
Day 11 Return to Adelaide and Fly Home
Arrive back into Adelaide and be personally met at the cruise liner terminal by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and get transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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.
Inclusions onboard the Astor
Relax in your private cabin on board the Astor while you sail the Indian Ocean and enjoy FREE full board cuisine with a selection of international cuisine, afternoon teas and late night snacks and self-service tea and coffee. Experience FREE on board big show entertainment, cabarets, and classical interludes. Choose from a range of FREE daytime activities, leisure facilities and on board guest lecture programmes (selected sailings). Enjoy on board leisure facilities such as an Indoor and Outdoor pool, a sauna, steam room, a fully equipped hair salon and a Duty Free arcade with boutiques, jewellers and perfumeries. Enjoy meals from a variety of styles of restaurants. Enjoy a la carte meals at the Waldorf restaurant, buffet meals at the Ubersee restaurant and enjoy speciality meals at the admiral’s Salon and Commodore’s Salon. Your package includes an inner cabin but can be upgraded to a range of cabins.
Upgrade to a Superior Twin Inner: Upgrade to a Superior Twin Inner cabin and benefit from a cabin on the higher Atlantic Deck. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Upgrade to an Ocean View Cabin: Enjoy rich ocean views and a converted double bed in cabins located in the forward and aft areas of the Baltic Deck and the higher Atlantic Deck. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Upgrade to a Standard Plus Twin Ocean View: These ocean view cabins are located on the Baltic deck and feature a converted double bed which converts to a sofa for daytime use. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Upgrade to a Premium Suite Ocean View: Benefit from the space of a larger cabin (twice the size of the standard cabins). Premium suites are located on the Atlantic Deck and offer stylish interior design, double beds, a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Enjoy a range of optional shore excursions on your cruise aboard the Astor that are designed to illustrate the highlights of each port of call and maximise your time ashore. All shore excursions are competitively priced and operated by qualified and reputable ground handlers. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you will return to the ship before it sails. Shore excursion programmes are released approximately 8 weeks prior to sailing and excursions can be pre-booked to ensure you do not miss out on your preferred excursion.
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.
Darwin Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Darwin. Our "Good Standard" central Darwin hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotels have superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotels are 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, Rail and Port Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport on arrival in Darwin to your Darwin hotel, from your hotel to the railway station to board the Ghan, from the railway station on arrival in Adelaide to the Port Adelaide Passenger Cruise Terminal to board the Astor and from Port Adelaide Passenger Cruise Terminal on arrival back back in Adelaide to the airport for your flight home.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You’ll receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Darwin and the NT, 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:
Alice Springs: Choose from a selection of included tour options.
Katherine: Choose from a selection of included tour and gorge cruise options.
Marla (Ghan Classic Adelaide to Darwin): Disembark to enjoy a light breakfast and tea or coffee in this remote and tiny enclave.
Manguri (Ghan Classic Darwin 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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The Astor in Detail
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Premium 4-Star Cruising - Traditional leisurely style cruising
- Premium facilities & modern fitout
- Boutique friendly sized ship (620 passengers)
- 4 lifts, 7 decks, fully stabilised
- Attentive & friendly crew
- Delicious cuisine choices
- Daytime activity programme
- Stylish big show entertainment - Cabarets
& classical interludes
- Wide range of leisure facilities
- Afternoon tea & late night snacks
- Self-service tea & coffee
The Astor is a stylish boutique sized cruise-liner with a friendly onboard atmosphere. Catering for just 620 privileged guests ensures a close bond and camaraderie with fellow passengers and a more personal touch from the attentive and helpful crew. The feature packed ship has seven passenger decks, is fully stabilised and air-conditioned. You can indulge in the wonderful array of activities, entertainment and premium facilities designed for a more traditional and stylish cruising experience.
The Astor boasts comfortable cabins and impressive contemporary public areas. There are five lounge spaces to gather with friends and family, to relax by yourself, or to meet and get to know your fellow guests. For more leisurely options, stroll around the Promenade Deck, visit the sports deck (join in a game of volleyball, half-court tennis, table tennis or big board chess), make use of the jogging track, partake in a relaxing yoga session or meet like-minded passengers for some games of bridge, backgammon, chess etc.
Those keen on activity can choose a work-out in the gym, a make-over in the beauty salon, a swim in the outdoor or indoor pool or something a little less energetic in the form of a game or a quiet reading session in the library. Daily organised activities can range from arts and crafts to guest speakers. Check the daily activity list on board for all the options.
Many passengers kick off the evening with a pre-dinner drink at one of the ship’s several bars before making their way to dinner. Following dinner, Astor’s late night cabarets and live band allow you to continue well into the night, as does the late night deck party. If you prefer something a bit quieter, relax at the bar and enjoy the music from the resident pianist, perhaps enjoy a quiet game of cards, or take a romantic stroll on the deck with a loved one.
You have a choice of four dining options, from buffets, five course sittings and specialist restaurants, each with a variety of appetising food available for most of the day and night. Astor’s chefs excel in creating new and delicious dishes which will have you looking forward to your next meal. Main course options range from appetising seafood, Italian pastas, modern stir-fries and traditional roasts to tasty vegetarian and health-focussed options. A selection of fine Australian and European wines are available to complement your meal plus Australian draught beers are available at the ship’s bars.
You will savour every day on board the Astor.
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