The Ghan Expedition
Luxury Ghan Train Holidays in 2017 / 2018
Probably the most famous of all Luxury Rail Holidays, the legendary Ghan train. Originally known as the ‘Afghan Express’ after the original camel trains that crossed the desert, the route from Adelaide to Alice Springs was opened in 1929. Not until 2004 was the route finally extended to Darwin, a journey that sees the barren Red Centre give way to the tropical forests and wetlands of the Top End. The Ghan train is now one of the most popular ‘great rail journeys’ of the world. So join us now on a holiday of a lifetime and say G’day to spacious sophistication on a four day journey like no other on board the Ghan allowing for additional time in Alice Springs and Coober Pedy to provide the ultimate insight into Australia's outback including ...... - Katherine Gorge River Cruise - Full day touring Alice Springs including an outback BBQ dinner under the stars - Lunch and time to explore the underground town of Coober Pedy - and All meals and drinks throughout your scenic rail journey between Darwin and Adelaide. The Ghan Expedition runs exclusively for all Southbound travel from the 3rd May 2017 to the 25th October 2017. Book now & save up to 15% on everyday fares - availability is limited. Upgrades to Gold Superior & Platinum Traveller are available please ask for -prices... Book your Luxury Holidays to Australia today!
Book this amazing Ghan train holiday itinerary and you’ll soon be heading off to enjoy this amazing Australian rail holiday package.
Depart the UK for indirect flight to Darwin
Arrive Darwin and transfer to hotel 4 nights room & Breakfast
At leisure to enjoy Darwin during the daytime and in the evening visit Mandil Beach Sunset Market from 4pm - 9pm. As the sun dips into the Arafura Sea every Thursday and Sunday evening, most of Darwin descends on Mindil Beach; tables, chairs, rugs and eskies in tow.
Food is the main attraction − Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more. Colourful arts and crafts vendors peddle their wares - handmade jewellery, natural remedies, artistic creations and unique fashion statements. Shop till you drop, catch a fire show, stop for a massage or be entertained by buskers, bands and talented performers as you wind your way through the palm lined boulevards of Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.
Spend today in Kakadu National park Explorer day (AAT Kings)
at leisure to enjoy Darwin
Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins after being transferred from your hotel to Darwin Rail Station. Following lunch on board, you arrive in Katherine and take a leisurely cruise on the idyllic Katherine Gorge, gazing in awe at the towering sandstone cliffs,and learning about the Aboriginal and geological history of the area. Back on board, enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback.
Optional upgrade to a helicopter flight or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks are available on board.
Wake up to a new view outside your window, taking in the incredible outback sunrise as you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before arriving in Alice Springs. A full day in the gateway to the Red Centre gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure. In the evening, dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Barbecue, with live Australiana music, followed by an informative astronomical talk as you cast your eyes skyward before reboarding the train.
Optional upgrade to a scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta including lunch and Uluru base tour is available.
After breakfast the Ghan arrives at Manguri where you’ll be whisked away by your friendly tour guide for today’s destination: the sun-scorched opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and enjoy a gourmet lunch below the earth’s surface before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways. After an eye-opening action-packed day, you’ll make your way back for your final evening onboard The Ghan.
Looking out of your window this morning you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After brunch, The Ghan rolls into Adelaide, where you may wish to extend your stay with trips to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island, or stay close to the city, exploring the culinary food-bowl that is Adelaide, the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country. Transfer from Rail Station to your hotel. 3 nights Adelaide
at leisure in Adelaide
Spend today enjoying Kangaroo Island (sealink)
Your final day in Australia to do some last minute shopping before making your own way to the airport for your flight back to the UK
Arrive back to the UK