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Australia Train Journey | The Ghan with Pre- and Post-Stays

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Adelaide, Darwin, South Australia, Northern Territory

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

From Southern Australia's wine and food regions of Adelaide to the ancient lands and shores of Darwin and scenic countryside in between, delight in the journey as you travel through the heart of the country aboard a luxury train. With so much to see and do, complement your train voyage with pre- and post-land stays for an all-encompassing Aussie experience.

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Day 1: USA / Adelaide, South Australia

Upon arrival in Adelaide, transfer to the InterContinental Adelaide. Overlooking the River Torrens, spend the next two nights in an InterContinental Club guestroom where you will bask in a world of luxury. Delight in a beautiful city view, marble baths and Club Lounge access serving daily breakfast, evening cocktails and canapes. Enjoy an outdoor pool, spa treatments, fitness center, and superb dining options including fresh seasonal cuisine at Riverside and Japanese specialties at Shiki. As an ideal base for exploration, take a short stroll to the cultural boulevard of North Terrace brimming with museums, botanic gardens, historical buildings, galleries and the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Day 2: Adelaide |

Following your complimentary breakfast, transfer to your private coach for an all-day excursion through one of Australia's premium wine regions on the Barossa Food and Wine Experience. Meet the winemakers at TeAro and Saltram Estates, and Pindaire Winery as well as Maggie's Beer Farm and Wolk Bass Visitors Centre while hearing stories of generations of family vignerons. Enjoy morning tea, wine tastings and gourmet lunch, plus a stroll through historical vineyards in this incredible scenic valley.

Day 3: Adelaide |

This morning, get ready for a full day of nature and wildlife up close on the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery. As you head out to Cape Jarvis in your private coach, be captivated by the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula vineyards, the coastal views and the scenic rolling hills. Transfer to the SeaLink Ferry for a 45-minute crossing to Kangaroo Island, then travel to Seal Bay for a walk on the beach amongst sea lions. Head to Vivonne Bay for a gourmet lunch, followed by a visit to Hanson Bay and Flinders Chase National Park where you will see koalas and kangaroos in their own habitat before your return.

After a day in the wild, sip evening cocktails and appetizers before dining on unique and fresh seasonal dishes at Riverside. Or, observe the skill and theatrical finesse of Chef de Cuisine Kenny Trinh at the Japanese restaurant, Shiki, toasting to culinary mastery and your exciting experiences in Adelaide.

Day 4: Adelaide / The Ghan Train Journey

Following breakfast in your hotel, board your private transfer to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal where you will step aboard the legendary Ghan. Meet the friendly staff who will escort your to your luxurious private cabin for two spectacular nights on one of the world's greatest train rails. When your journey begins, head to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a delectable lunch accompanied with fine wines as the countryside glides past your window.

Then, relax in the comfort of your private cabin or mix and mingle with other passengers for afternoon tea as scenic pastoral lands roll by. Prepare for a succulent three-course gourmet dinner topped with an equally outstanding dessert including a regional cheese plate as your day turns into night.

Day 5: The Ghan Train Journey

Wake up in the outback in the remote areas of Southern Australia. Delight in complete breakfast to order as the train makes its way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs for your off-train adventures. Experience the beauty of the mountain range, take a camel ride across the land or visit ancient Uluru and Kata Juta. After your day of exploration, gather back on the train with your new friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge for cocktails before another mouthwatering dining experience in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Sample the seafood tasting plate, tender rack of lamb or roasted kangaroo fillet with crocodile boudin blanc, potato pure and quandong jus as you toast to a remarkable day.

Day 6: The Ghan Train Journey / Darwin |

Your final day onboard begins with another delightful breakfast in the Northern Territory, followed by exciting off-train excursion options. Take a leisurely river cruise on the Katherine River, immerse in the Aboriginal culture as you learn the skill of basket weaving, spear throwing or playing the Didgeridoo or book a helicopter flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk Parks for magnificent views of the biodiverse natural reserve.

A late lunch awaits back on board the train as you head to your final destination, Darwin. Savor the final picturesque landscapes before you pull into the station to meet your transfer to the Hilton Darwin. Spend the next two nights in a one-bedroom suite, with inspiring Darwin Harbour views. Take a dip in the pool or walk to nearby shopping and entertainment for a relaxing evening.

Days 7 - 8: Darwin / US |

Following your complimentary breakfast, take time to prepare for an exciting early afternoon adventure on the Jumping Crocs and Nature Explorer. Travel the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River, home to more than 1,600 crocodiles before boarding your riverboat in search of these prehistoric creatures. Marvel as they launch themselves up from the water as you continue to the Wetlands Visitors Centre and Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to view the ecosystem up close. Enjoy your final evening at leisure.

In the morning, following your complimentary breakfast, board your private transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to the United States and begin planning your next exquisite journey. G'Day!

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