18 November 2020 • 33 Day Iconic Rail & Luxury Cruise Package Sydney Return • Save Over $6000 Per Person!

  • Pricing

    Twin Vista Suite with window was $20,664 – Our exclusive price $15,990*pp


    Twin Panorama Suite with window was $24,595 – Our exclusive price $18,470*pp


    Twin Classic Veranda Suite was $26,295 – Our exclusive price $19,925*pp


    Twin Superior Veranda Suite was $27395- Our exclusive price $20,865*pp


    Twin Deluxe Veranda Suite was $28595 – Our exclusive price $21,890*pp


    Single Vista Suite with window was $40185 – Our exclusive price $23,985*

    Inclusions

    FREE Indian Pacific Rail Journey: 3 nights from Sydney to Perth in a Gold Twin (bunk beds upper/lower) or Singles in Gold Single (single bed cabin) with shared bathroom facilities at end of carriage. Train journey includes 9 meals featuring regionally-inspired menus, All inclusive fine wines and beverages onboard and complimentary off-train experiences in Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and the Nullarbor. Upgrades available to Platinum cabins (price on request)

    FREE transfer from Perth train station to Fremantle port

    29 night luxury Silver Muse cruise from Fremantle to Sydney (back to back cruise^) including:

    Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports • Gratuities always included in your fare

     

    *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 (29Jul19). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.  ^Cruise is made up of two cruises back to back with Benoa on the 3rd of December as the 2nd cruise start point. Cabin change may be required in Bali, but all possible efforts will be made to secure the same cabin number throughout. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. All discounts, offers and promotions have been included in prices shown here and this offer does not combine with any other promotion. Package has varying cancellation fees compared to cruise only. 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 ends 16Aug19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Offer valid on categories listed only and does not apply to any other category including Silver to Owner suites. Upgrade to Platinum on the train subject to availability at time of booking for approximately $1810 per person additional twin share.

  • Itinerary

    Train Journey

    Day 1: Wed 18 Nov 2020 – Sydney, New South Wales

    Make your own way to Sydney rail station. Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney where you board the Indian Pacific at 3pm. Prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, from cities of four million to ghost towns of four.  As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. After settling in, savour your first meal – a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.  After dinner, join fellow guests for a late night drink or head back to your cabin for your first night onboard.

    Day 2: Thu 19 Nov 2020 –  Broken Hill, Barossa Valley & Adelaide Surrounds

    You arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and there’s a pub on every corner.  Lunch is served onboard as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city, a visit to the world famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.

    Day 3: Fri 20 Nov 2020 – Nullarbor Plain

    You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain. Breakfast is served as you travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This evening, your sense of wonder will be ignited as you enjoy the tranquillity of dinner under the brilliant desert stars in the remote and beautiful Rawlinna (seasonal).

    Day 4: Sat 21 Nov 2020 – Perth, Western Australia

    Breakfast is served as you glide through the mild skies and cool green vales of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving after an onboard lunch at 3pm. Transfer to Fremantle port to board the Silver Muse. Overnight in Perth.

    Cruise Itinerary

    Day 5: Sun 22 Nov 2020 – Perth, Western Australia depart 5pmSM201121012 - Fremantle to Bali

    The port city of Fremantle is a jewel in Western Australia’s crown, largely because of its colonial architectural heritage and hippy vibe. Freo (as the locals call it) is a city of largely friendly, interesting, and sometimes eccentric residents supportive of busking, street art, and alfresco dining. Like all great port cities, Freo is cosmopolitan, with mariners from all parts of the world strolling the streets—including thousands of U.S. Navy personnel on rest and recreation throughout the year. It’s also a good jumping-off point for a day trip to Rottnest Island, where lovely beaches, rocky coves, and unique wallaby-like inhabitants called quokkas set the scene.Modern Fremantle is a far cry from the barren, sandy plain that greeted the first wave of English settlers back in 1829 at the newly constituted Swan River Colony.

    Day 6: Mon 23 Nov 2020 – Geraldton, Western Australia 8am to 4pm

    Surrounded by beaches, sun-drenched Geraldton in Western Australia is a thriving city facing the Indian Ocean. Located on the Coral Coast, the city has a friendly country town feel but is infused local history and cultural heritage. Like many coastal towns, the dining and café culture is superb and the choice of which restaurant to choose is a happy dilemma for most travellers!Celebrated for its annual display of spectacular wildflowers, Geraldton’s flora attracts visitors from all regions, with guides taking tourists on as much as 300 mile/500 kilometre round trips in order to make sure that they receive the best possible experience. A haven for visitors especially during the cooler months, the views differ year-in year-out and vary greatly depending on the rainfall. Whole fields become blanketed in colour and rare plants, such as the wreath-flower, burst into splendorous bloom.

    Day 7 & 8: Tue 24 – Wed 25 Nov 2020 – Days at sea

    Day 9: Thu 26 Nov 2020 – Broome, Western Australia 8am to 6pmSM201121012 - Fremantle to Bali

    Roughly 15,000 people live year-round in Broome perched on the edge of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The population swells to over 45,000 during the tourist season as people from all over the world are drawn to the natural splendors of the Dampier Peninsula. Broome is surrounded by lush green mangroves and mudflats along Roebuck Bay, but the interior is dry and rugged like much of the Kimberley coast. The town of Broome started up around a nascent pearling industry that attracted Japanese, Chinese, Malay and Aboriginal divers to the area in an interesting mix of cultures. Chinatown is still the center of town, but nowadays the pearls are produced in modern aquaculture facilities.

    Day 10: Fri 27 Nov 2020 – Day at sea

    Day 11: Sat 28 Nov 2020 – Kupang, Indonesia 8am to 6pm

    Don’t let first impressions cloud your judgement – while Indonesia may offer prettier destinations, Kupang’s got a real depth of character, and a visit will leave you ideally placed to explore some wonderful coastal spots. The Capital of West Nusa Tenggara has a youthful buzz to it, thanks to the sizeable student population who call it home, and the new arrivals regularly inject new life into it. Hop around on small bemos minibuses for the best way to absorb everything this lively destination has to offer. The local cuisine is mouth watering, and you’ll be salivating at the prospect of eating tender se’i babi, a form of flavourful, smoked pork. So prepare to enjoy fishing boats bobbing offshore, waterfalls sloshing down rocks, and beaches offering all of the space you need to unwind, during your call in Kupang.

    Day 12: Sun 29 Nov 2020 – Dili, East Timor 8am to 4pm

    When a city is known as the “City of Peace” you know more or less what to expect. Known for its troubled history, more than for its superb dive sites, Dili is a fascinating patchwork of Christianity, independence, sandy beaches and Indonesian culture. In a nutshell, Dili’s history can be traced back to 1520, when it was settled by the Portuguese (which accounts for the 99% Christianity rate). However, invasion in WWII saw it briefly passed to the Japanese, before being returned to Indonesia in 1945. The capital of East Timor, it was declared an independent state in 1975, but was invaded by the Indonesians nine days later. A 25-year war ensued (amid much media coverage), resulting in the UN intervening and forcing a truce in 1999, with peace declared in 2002. However, the City of Peace wears its name well, and locals are keen to shake off the shackles of their past.

    Day 13: Mon 30 Nov 2020 – Ende Flores, Indonesia 9am to 6pmSM201121012 - Fremantle to Bali

    The town of Ende is found on the south coast of Flores, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Ende is also the capital city of Indonesia’s Ende Regency. Unlike many other places in Indonesia, the town and the island are predominantly Roman Catholic as they were under Portuguese rule for some 300 years. Ende is the gateway to the Kelimutu National Park to see the three coloured lakes of Kelimutu. To get there one will have to drive through the Indonesian rainforest and eventually climb up to see the “Lake of Young Men and Maidens”, the “Bewitched Lake” and the “Lake of Old People” –all of which not only have different colours controlled by the changes in chemical conditions, but also a distinctive physical structure, and a unique geochemical and hydrothermal regime.

    Day 14: Tues 1 Dec 2020 – Komodo Island, Indonesia 7am to 5pm

    Komodo, the volcanic island of giant lizards, lies 320 miles (515 kilometres) east of Bali. Komodo is 25 miles (40 kilometres) long and 12 miles (19 kilometres) wide; its parched hills ascend to a height of 2,410 feet (734 metres). Komodo is home to a community of some 2000 people who make their living primarily from fishing. The island is the centrepiece of the Komodo National Park, where you will find the most tangible legacy left behind from the Jurassic Era. Komodo Island was little-known and the Komodo dragons were only a myth until the giant lizards were scientifically described in 1912 . Extinct almost everywhere else, the island attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who come to see the Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Komodo National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

    Day 15: Wed 2 Dec 2020 – Bali, Indonesia 12pm – overnightSM201121012 - Fremantle to Bali

    Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren’t a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

    Day 16: Thu 3 Dec 2020 – Bali, Indonesia depart 11pm

    Day 17: Fri 4 Dec 2020 – Lembar Lombok, Indonesia 8am to 5pm

    An island of startling contradictions and contrasts, Lombok exudes an aura of the staid and the rural, a genteel way of life in a quiet backwater. Located to the east and across a deep strait from its illustrious neighbor Bali, the island of Lombok offers unique culture, beautiful landscapes and a far less frenetic, pressured atmosphere than Bali. However, savvy travelers agree that Lombok’s calm existence may soon come to an end, as it is fast becoming the new “in place” after Bali. The island was once ruled by a series of Sasak princes who spent their time fending off successive invasions from Sumbawanese and Makassarese attackers. In 1740, the Balinese established a stronghold here and imposed their culture on the Sasaks. Later, Lombok came under Dutch rule until the country achieved independence. The western part of the almost circular island is well irrigated by mountain streams and artesian springs.

    Day 18 & 19: Sat 5 – Sun 6 Dec 2020 – Days at sea

    Day 20: Mon 7 Dec 2020 – Darwin, Northern Territory

    Darwin is Australia’s most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it’s a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival. The seductiveness of contemporary Darwin lifestyles belies a history of failed attempts that date from 1824 when Europeans attempted to establish an enclave in this harsh, unyielding climate. The original 1869 settlement, called Palmerston, was built on a parcel of mangrove wetlands and scrub forest that had changed little in 15 million years.

    Day 21 & 22: Tue 8 – Wed 9 Dec 2020 – Days at seaSM201203017 - Bali to Sydney

    Day 23: Thu 10 Dec 2020 – Thursday Island 8am to 6pm

    While it may not be the largest island – a taxi can take you on a bespoke tour of the entire island in less than an hour – Thursday Island is a vibrant jewel in Australia’s crown. Located adrift from the northern tip of the Australian mainland, it’s one of the tropical Torres Strait islands, which are scattered between the mainland and Papua New Guinea. A gaping deep water port means the location is ideal for fishing, but you’ll have to avoid the temptation to swim in its idyllic seas – the waters are renowned for crocodiles, sharks and stingers.

    Day 24: Fri 11 Dec 2020 – Day at sea

    Day 25: Sat 12 Dec 2020 – Cairns, Queensland 8am – overnight

    Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns. The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks.It’s a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife. Along with wallabies and grey kangaroos in the savannah and tree kangaroos in the rain forest, you’ll find stealthy saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes, and jellyfish so deadly they put the region’s stunning beaches off- limits to swimmers for nearly half the year. Yet despite this formidable setting, Cairns and tropical North Queensland are far from intimidating places. The people are warm and friendly, the sights spectacular, and—at the right time of year—the beachside lounging is world-class.

    Day 26: Sun 13 Dec 2020 – Cairns, Queensland depart 1pm

    Day 27: Mon 14 Dec 2020 – Airlie Beach, Queensland 9am to 6pmSM201203017 - Bali to Sydney

    With the finest powder sand, knots of deep green rainforest and ankle-deep shelves of turquoise sea water – Airlie Beach is your gateway to some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. This lively town welcomes wide-eyed young adventurers and the yachting crowd alike to the Whitsunday Islands’ serenity, and the hiss of espresso machines, and excited chatter of adventure, spills out from its many cafes and bars. Relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon – the social hub of this town – where sun-heated saltwater invites you to wade, before flaming fresh coral trout over a barbecue as the sun sets. Or, take a seat at one of the glorious restaurants offering uninterrupted views out over the waters of Pioneer Bay, towards the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. These heavenly waters don’t just attract humans. Humpback and pilot whales also migrate here to indulge in the warm waters and sheltered location. 

    Day 28: Tue 15 Dec 2020 – Day at sea

    Day 29: Wed 16 Dec 2020 – Mooloolaba, Queensland 8am to 7pm

    Once a humble fishing village, tourism has boomed in recent years and transformed Mooloolaba into one of the most coveted of Queensland’s popular holiday resorts. Located 97 km from Brisbane and set right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is much more than an oceanfront playground. Certainly, surfers will find their nirvana here, with ideal spots for both the initiated and the beginner dotted along the coast, along with the famous surfing festival in March. But it’s not all about waxing your board and point breaks – Mooloolaba Beach has featured as one of the world’s top ten beaches for two years running and it looks set to stay that way. An early morning stroll will see you mingling with the locals, and with no beach goers around, be sure to take your cameras for some of the most instagrammable views you’re ever likely to see.

    Day 30: Thu 17 Dec 2020 – Brisbane, Queensland 8am to 6pm

    They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing, and Brisbane’s modern metropolis fully exploits its sun-blessed location, basking in Queensland’s generous year-round glow. The envied climate makes Brisbane a city of outdoor adventure, activity and relaxation, where days drift by surfing rollers, or relaxing in the shade of swaying palms. While Brisbane may play second fiddle to Sydney and Melbourne at times, it radiates a creative and contemporary energy, offering visitors a refreshing combination of laidback waterfront luxury and urban sophistication. Sandy islands nearby provide scenic diving and oceanside relaxation opportunities, while the city’s animal santuaries offer opportunities to meet unbearably cute koalas and kangaroos. Brisbane’s impressive skyline of metallic cylinders rises high above the broad Brisbane River below, which curves lazily through downtown.

    Day 31: Fri 18 Dec – Day at sea

    Day 32: Sat 19 Dec – Sydney, New South Wales 8am – overnightSM201203017 - Bali to Sydney

    Sydney belongs to the exclusive club of cities that generate excitement. At the end of a marathon flight there’s renewed vitality in the cabin as the plane circles the city, where thousands of yachts are suspended on the dark water and the sails of the Opera House glisten in the distance. Blessed with dazzling beaches and a sunny climate, Sydney is among the most beautiful cities on the planet.With 4.6 million people, Sydney is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. A wave of immigration from the 1950s has seen the Anglo-Irish immigrants who made up the city’s original population joined by Italians, Greeks, Turks, Lebanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, and Indonesians. This intermingling has created a cultural vibrancy and energy—and a culinary repertoire—that was missing only a generation ago.Sydneysiders embrace their harbor with a passion.

    Day 33: Sun 20 Dec – Sydney, New South Wales – disembark this morning

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