The popularity of our rail / cruise tours continues with Kiwis enjoying their close-up experiences of heartland Australia before relaxing on their cruise to Sydney.
Our groups often comment favourably on the people and characters they meet along the way – all part of the 19 day journey.
This is a rare opportunity to join a cruise in Darwin after the fascinating Ghan rail journey in Gold Class from Adelaide through ever-changing landscapes and excursions in Alice Springs and Katherine before arriving in Darwin at the end of ‘The Wet’ when the countryside in the north is unusually green!!
Enjoy three nights in Darwin and the one night in Kakadu National Park with two special cruises bringing you close to nature and the cultural surroundings – a highlight before boarding ‘Sea Princess’ for a ten-night cruise to Sydney.
The ‘Sea Princess’ is a very comfortable 4 star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you for your six sea days as you cruise via Cairns and Alotau in Papua New Guinea to Brisbane and Sydney.
Why not join our exclusive Ghan / Princess Cruise escorted tour to Australia in March 2019?
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-morning in Adelaide, the picturesque capital of South Australia for a two night stay. On arrival enjoy a coach journey to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. After lunch return to Glenelg and check into your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, Historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or retail therapy at the famous Rundle Mall.
A relaxing morning before transferring to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal where you will board The Ghan to travel by rail from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold Class. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia.
Step off the train this morning in Marla and warm yourself with a morning cuppa against the stunning backdrop of an outback sunrise. Travel through the rich red landscapes of the Northern Territory before arriving into Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre. This afternoon a number of included optional excursions are available to choose from.
Continue your adventure by making a stop in Katherine this morning, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history. An exciting choice of optional excursions are available.
Enjoy a late lunch back on board The Ghan before arriving into Darwin early evening.
Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour which includes a Bombing of Darwin tour - the WWII defences, the stories behind the darkest day in the city’s history and time at the Military Museum.
Later head out on to the Harbour to enjoy the city from a different perspective with the afternoon free to explore or relax.
This morning depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions into Kakadu National Park, before we arrive at Kakadu National Park. Make our way to the Adelaide River to join the ‘Jumping Crocodile Cruise’. After lunch we visit the Nanguluwur Rock Art Site before returning to your accommodation in Kakadu for an overnight stay.
The internationally-acclaimed Kakadu is an enormous, unique natural reserve with wetlands, rivers, sandstone escarpments, and waterfalls and is home to more than 20,000 plant species, crocodiles, flatback turtles and exotic birdlife.
This morning explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr where you will be shown through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old. We then join a local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong cruise, and search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned.
After lunch, return to Darwin along the Arnhem Highway for an overnight stay.
This morning, time to explore Darwin before transferring to the cruise terminal to embark ‘Sea Princess.’ Your cruise includes all on-board meals and entertainment.
Today you will be cruising at sea. Treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening and why not then catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre to complete a perfect evening on board.
Today you will be cruising at sea. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.
Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations, boasting three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore are immense bastions of living coral which form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast and inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine and balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.
Alotau is a sleepy little town built on the hillsides of the northern shore of Milne Bay. It became the provincial capital in 1968 when administrators were moved from overcrowded Samarai Island. Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay. The town’s sights might soak up some time, but the real attractions lie beyond Alotau, amid the beautifully set capes, coves and islands of Milne Bay.
The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city, without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis is certainly a great day out.
This morning you will arrive into Sydney Harbour and disembark ‘Sea Princess.’
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Auckland for an evening arrival.
Options: Why not extend your stay for a two night stop-over package in Sydney and enjoy the sights?
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Early Booking Discount ( 31/10/2018 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
Airport & Airline taxes – approx. NZD205
From date of booking until 21 December 2018 – loss of deposit
After 21 December 2018 – no refund
• We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
• Please ask us for a quote
Documentation - A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
- A visa is required to enter Papa New Guinea. The visas will be issued onboard the Sun Princess and will be charged to your onboard account ( approx. USD$35 - All others please ask
Luggage - Checked-in luggage is not accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the two nights. Smart casual is required for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.
Health - A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 metres is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of -foot.
Clothing - Daytime – comfortable touring clothes, good walking shoes. Evening – smart casual for hotels and on board the train - Cruising: As above, with something more dressy for the special nights on board. Men – a jacket and long-sleeved shirt is fine. There are casual alternative restaurants.
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
Step aboard Sea Princess and prepare for a cruise that will dazzle your senses. From the four-story Atrium to tantalising dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices, including Movies Under the Stars, you'll find a relaxing retreat that's as captivating as the places you'll visit on this grand vessel.
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* Itinerary subject to change