19 Jan 2019 • 21 Day Adelaide to Sydney Rail & Cruise • The Ghan & Ponant Package

  •  Pricing

    per person twin share from 

    departures from Brisbane & Melbourne

    Perth Guests – add on $340 per person 

    Sydney Guests – deduct $345 per person

    Adelaide Guests – deduct $345 per person 


     Balcony from  –  $14,225


     Suite from  –  $24,835


     Single from –  $23,985


     

    Inclusions 

    • One way economy airfare** from Brisbane or Melbourne to Adelaide inc tax (Sydney, Adelaide and Perth prices below)
    • One way private car transfer from Adelaide airport to hotel^
    • 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Adelaide with breakfast
    • 2 night The Ghan train journey from Adelaide to Darwin in a Gold Twin or Gold Single cabin featuring: For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day | For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage | Power outlets in cabin | In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available | All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant | All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages | All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops in Katherine, Alice Springs and Marla
    • Shuttle transfer from Darwin train station to hotel
    • 3 nights accommodation at the Hilton Darwin hotel including breakfast
    • One way shuttle bus transfer from Darwin hotel to airport
    • One way economy class airfare from Darwin to Cairns including tax
    • One way private car transfer from Cairns airport to hotel
    • 3 nights accommodation at the Shangri-la Hotel The Marina, Cairns including breakfast
    • 11 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard Le Laperouse from Cairns to Sydney including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation); Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands…list available upon request); Evening entertainment and events; Room service 24h (special selection); Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; Zodiac excursions; Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable), Port taxes
    • One way private car transfer from Sydney port to airport
    • One way economy class airfare** from Sydney to Melbourne or Brisbane inc tax (Sydney, Adelaide and Perth prices below)

     

    *Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (29Jan18). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees will apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2018 rates and schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 30May18 and subject to availability at time of booking. ^Guests departing from Sydney have flight from Sydney to Adelaide at start of the package included but do not have a transfer from the port to airport at the end of the package in Sydney. Guests departing from Adelaide do not have a flight at the beginning of the package or transfer on 19Jan included, but do have flight at the end and all other arrangements included. Travel insurance is mandatory on expedition cruises and is not included in prices listed here.
  • Itinerary

    Day 1: 19 January – Fly to Adelaide, South Australia

    Arrive Adelaide, transfer to hotel

    Day 2: 20 January – Depart Adelaide 12:15pm

    Transfer to train station for embarkation on The Ghan. Step aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin. Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.

    Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.

    A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train’s windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu. Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

    The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal.

    Day 3: 21 January – The GhanThe Ghan Alice Springs

    Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. For those travelling Southbound, you’ll be treated to an amazing showcase of outback stars in Manguri, a remote town around 40kms from Coober Pedy.

    Back on board, it’s time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial – perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you’re in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs.

    Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range’s unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

    Back on the train there’s time to talk through the day’s discoveries with newfound friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Tonight, try the Roasted kangaroo fillet with crocodile boudin blanc, potato purée and quandong jus. Crocodile has long been a Northern Territory bushfood staple. The crocodile boudin blanc (white sausage) featured on the menu has been created in collaboration with award-winning smallgoods purveyor, Barossa Fine Foods.

    Day 4: 22 January – The Ghan, Katherine to Darwin, Northern Territory_V8A2609

    Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory you’ll enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the train for a day of cultural delights. Endless options await in Katherine.

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience. Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo.

    You can choose to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from magnificent views, you may witness ‘Bolung’, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge.

    A late lunch awaits back on board – possibly the Grilled goldband snapper fillet, steamed asparagus spears, with orange, cranberry, parsley and papitas cous cous with a saffron aioli. Then kick backback, and savour the last few hours of this epic journey.

    Roll into Darwin at 5.30pm then ease back into ‘life on the land’ exploring the harbour, the bars and restaurants of this laid back Top End city.

    Transfer to your hotel in Darwin

    Day 5: 23 January – Darwin, Northern TerritoryImage result for darwin tourism

    Darwin at leisure today

    Day 6: 24 January – Darwin, Northern Territory

    Darwin at leisure today

    Day 7: 25 January – Darwin to Cairns, Queensland

    Transfer to airport today for your flight to Cairns. Transfer to your hotel in Cairns.

    Cairns is the gateway to tropical north Queensland and is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and proximity to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is only one-and-a-half hours away by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130km north of Cairns, are popular areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. It is also a starting point for people wanting to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland.

    Day 8: 26 January – Cairns, QueenslandImage result for cairns tourism

    Cairns at leisure today. Cairns city itself is a modern, sophisticated city in the heart of the tropical north, with international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and classy nightclubs to keep visitors entertained. Cairns also boasts outstanding hotels, offshore island resorts, big Reef-cruise catamarans in the harbor, and too many souvenir shops. The only beach right in town is a man-made 4,000-sq.-m saltwater lagoon and artificial beach on the Esplanade.

    Day 9: 27 January – Cairns, Queensland

    Cairns at leisure today. Suggested things to see and do – Hartleys’s Crocodile Adventures, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Snorkeling on the Barrier Reef, Wild-World – The Tropical Zoo, Rainforest Skyrail to Kuranda

    Day 10: 28 January – Cairns, Queensland

    Walk from hotel (located at Marina) in Cairns to embark ship. Embarkation time 6pm.

    Day 11: 29 January – Lizard Island, QueenslandImage result for lizard island

    Lizard Island is a national park on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland (Australia), 240 km north of Cairns and 27 km off the coast of North Queensland. It is part of the Lizard Island Group that also includes Palfrey Island. Lizard island boasts 24 beautiful white sand beaches and is a perfect location for snorkelling & diving.

    Day 12: 30 January – Willis Island, Coral Sea

    Willis Island is an island in an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea some 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Cairns, Queensland. It is the only permanently inhabited island in Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory. 
    The Coral Sea Islands Territory comprises the many small islands spread over a huge sea area of approximately 780,000 sq km, extending east and south from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and include Heralds Beacon Island, Osprey Reef, the Willis Group, and fifteen other reef/island groups. During the 19th century many ships were wrecked in the area due to constantly shifting sand cays, and the reefs and islands have often been named after the ships which foundered there. They are still uninhabited today, apart from a large population of sea birds, and the occasional meteorologist on Willis Island.

    Day 13: 31 January – At sea

    Day 14: 1 February – Hardy Reef, QueenslandAustralian Getaway

    Hardy Reef is located off Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday archipelago, Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is home to the Reefworld Pontoon. There is spectacular fish life with Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper and a host of smaller marine life as well as Giant Maori Wrasse and a 2m long Giant Queensland Groper that usually congregate for a free feed. Snorkelling is excellent, as is diving off nearby drop-offs where you’ll find turtles, reef sharks and barracuda.

    Airlie Beach (or Airlie) is a town in Queensland, Australia and is the closest port from which to access the Whitsunday islands on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a popular tourist destination, especially with backpackers. Nearby Shute Harbour is the departure point for the island ferries and Abel Point Marina is home to many of the cruising yachts.

    Day 15: 2 February – Percy Isles, Queensland

    The Percy Isles are a part of the Northumberland Islands chain, located south-east of Mackay, off the Australian Queensland coast. The island group is remote and only accessible by boat. Middle Percy, the largest of the three islands in the group, is a favourite stop for cruising yachtsmen en route between the tropical north and southern seas. An A-frame hut on the beach is decorated with memorabilia and souvenirs from these yachts. Middle Percy was first settled in 1870 and the homestead dating from that time is today occupied by the island caretakers.

    Day 16: 3 February – Lady Musgrave Island, QueenslandImage result for le LAPEROUSE

    Lady Musgrave Island is a 14 hectares coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with a 1,192 hectares surrounding reef.

    Day 17: 4 February – At sea

    Day 18: 5 February – Brisbane, Queensland

    Brisbane is the capital and most populated city in the state of Queensland, Australia. It is situated at a bend of the Brisbane River, approximately 23 kms from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The city itself is very hilly; the CBD is only 2.2km and is easy to walk on foot. Popular tourist and recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 and was the world’s first koala sanctuary. 
    Other attractions in Brisbane include galleries, wildlife parks, museums, markets and adventures. Visitors can relax at beautiful beaches and explore the river, bay, parklands, forests and mountains. There are festivals and events galore too.

    Day 19: 6 February – At sea

    Day 20: 7 February – Sydney, New South Wales – overnight on shipImage result for le LAPEROUSE

    Sydney is located on the south-east coast of Australia. It is the largest and most populated city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. The city is built on hills surrounding Sydney Harbour where the Sydney Harbour bridge and the Sydney Opera House are located. The region features many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach. Within the city are many picturesque parks including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

    The most well-known attractions include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other attractions include Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park, some 40 beaches and Sydney Tower. The Rocks precinct includes the first colonial village of Sydney and some great shops, cafes and galleries are located here. Sydney also has several popular museums, such as the Australian Museum (natural history and anthropology), the Powerhouse Museum (science, technology and design), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    Day 21: 8 February – Sydney, New South Wales

    Disembark ship this morning/tranfer to airport for you flight home

  • Only one date available 19 Jan to 8 Feb 2019

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