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Outback to Orient

The Ghan - Cruise Darwin to Singapore

We continue our popular ‘Ghan’ rail – cruise tour options with a venture across the Red Centre of Australia to Darwin and cruising to the vibrant city of Singapore.
Begin in South Australia’s friendly city of Adelaide before the two-night ‘Ghan’ adventure, stopping at Alice Springs and Katherine on the way to Darwin.
Visiting Litchfield National Park is a highlight before boarding Queen Victoria – one of Cunard Line’s marque cruise ships for a pampered 16-night cruise.

Enjoy the opulence of Queen Victoria whilst calling at the Asian ports of Bali, Ho Chi Mihn City, Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Hue or Da Nang before disembarking in the shopping mecca of Singapore.

The two contrasting modes of travel will give you a wonderful close-to-home experience that will become a notable tour memory.

  • Tour itinerary
  • Queen Victoria- Cunard
  • The Ghan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore - Gardens by the Bay

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 02 March

Auckland – Adelaide

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Morning departure on Air New Zealand for our flight to Adelaide. On arrival, drive by coach to the Barossa Valley for lunch and a tour of the vintage Seppeltsfield Winery. Return mid-afternoon to your overnight accommodation in Glenelg.

Sunday 03 March

Adelaide – ‘The Ghan’

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After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city 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.

Monday 04 March

Alice Springs

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Step off the train in Marla, a small town in NW South Ausralia 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.

Tuesday 05 March

Katherine - Darwin

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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 and transfer to your accommodation for a three-night stay.

Wednesday 06 March

Darwin

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Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Darwin including the major points of interest. Hear the stories behind the bombing of Darwin and cyclone Tracey and visit Crocosauru Cove, home to some of the largest crocodiles in the world. Afternoon free to experience Darwin at your own pace.

Thursday 07 March

Darwin - Litchfield National Park – Darwin

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An early start for the drive to the gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor, gateway to Litchfield National Park with time for morning tea at one of the local cafés. Once in the park, view termite mounds and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point, before a dip in one of the many plunge pools. The water cascading down into the waterhole at the base of the Tolmer Falls is home to the rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats. After lunch, another opportunity for a dip in the rock pool of the Wangi Falls before returning to Darwin.

Friday 08 March

Darwin - Embark ‘Queen Victoria’'

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After breakfast, transfer to the Darwin Cruise Terminal to board ‘Queen Victoria,’ your home for the next 16 nights. Time to familiarise yourself with one of Cunard’s leading cruise liners before a late afternoon departures.
Enjoy a sumptuous first dinner on board in one of the many dining options available. 

Saturday 09 March

At Sea

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Today is a day of cruising at sea. Find your favourite lounge on board and soak up stunning ocean views as you read a book or enjoy a coffee.

Sunday 10 March

At Sea

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As you continue cruising, treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening, then catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre or put your dancing shoes on to complete a perfect evening on board.

Monday 11 March

Bali (Indonesia)

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Spend a day in this popular tourist resort known as the ‘Spiritual Centre’ of Indonesia. With its natural beauty, forested volcanic mountains, terraced rice fields and lively activities, your first day ashore will be a memorable one.

Tuesday 12 March

At Sea

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Another relaxing cruising day. Maybe try your luck in the on-board casino with games for novices, casual players and the high rollers.

Wednesday 13 March

At Sea

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Thursday 14 March

At Sea

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Friday 15 March

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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Today we arrive in Vietnam’s culinary centre where there is plenty on the menu! The port of Phu My (pronounced “Foo Me”) is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. Still fondly known as Saigon, the city is a chaotic whirl played out against a French colonial backdrop as the aroma of noodle stalls, the sight of orange-garbed monks and the incessant buzz of scooters create a vivid snapshot of daily life.

Saturday 16 March

Nha Trang (Vietnam)

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With a population of 300,000 Nha Trang still retains its small town atmosphere and is well known for the friendliness of the locals. The main beach is a long curving stretch backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants.

Sunday 17 March

At Sea

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Monday 18 March

Hong Kong

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Experience two days in Hong Kong, a city of contradictions. Modern commerce, soaring skyscrapers and sophistication on one hand - ancient beliefs and intriguing local customs, markets and red-sailed junks and sampans plying the harbour. Time to explore and mix with the locals.

Tuesday 19 March

Hong Kong

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Another day in the port of Hong Kong. Time to further explore with maybe time on Hong Kong Island, take advantage of the many shopping options available or simply relax.

Wednesday 20 March

At Sea

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Thursday 21 March

Chan May (Vietnam

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After docking, pass coastal sand dunes, verdant green hills and paddy fields en-route to the historic Vietnamese cities of Hue or Da Nang. Explore the sprawling complex of templates and pavilions in Hue’s Imperial Citadel, glimpse ancient tombs and pagodas that line the shimmering Perfume River or explore the sacred caves found within the Marble Mountains.

Friday 22 March

At Sea

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Saturday 23 March

At Sea

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Sunday 24 March

Singapore

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Morning arrival into Singapore and disembark ‘Queen Victoria.’

A morning city sightseeing tour will be the perfect introduction to this amazing city.

Highlight will be the visit to the impressive and beautiful ‘Gardens by the Bay,’ the 101 hectare futuristic park in downtown Singapore – an oasis amidst the busy city.

Visit the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome with the climate-controlled indoor glasshouses. The Flower Dome replicates the cool, dry climate of the Mediterranean and South Africa and the Cloud Forest replicates a cool moist climate found in the tropical mountain regions such as Mount Kinabalu in Sabah and high elevation areas in South America. Witness the world’s tallest indoor man made waterfall in the Cloud Forest and marvel at the mysterious ambience and diverse plant life found inside.

Check into your hotel mid-afternoon with the rest of the day free.

Monday 25 March

Singapore

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Free day to explore, maybe retail therapy, Singapore Botanical Gardens, re-visit the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ or even the Singapore Zoo. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Tuesday 26 March

Singapore - Auckland

Early morning transfer to Singapore Airport for our flight home.

Arrive Auckland late evening.

Inclusions

  • Economy flights on Air New Zealand // Auckland – Adelaide // Singapore – Auckland
  • One night Adelaide including breakfast
  • Tour of to the Barossa Valley and Seppeltfield Winery with lunch included
  • Transfer to Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal
  • Two nights aboard ‘The Ghan’ from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and meals included)
  • Off-train excursions
  • Transfer from Darwin Train Station to your accommodation.
  • Three-night’s accommodation in Darwin at the Hilton Darwin including breakfast
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Darwin
  • Full day Litchfield National Park tour including lunch
  • Transfer to Darwin Cruise Terminal
  • 16 nights aboard Queen Victoria cruising from Darwin to Singapore with port calls in Bali (Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Nha Trang (Vietnam), Hong Kong (China) and Chan May (Vietnam)
  • All on-board meals and entertainment
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Transfer from Singapore Cruise Terminal to your accommodation
  • Two-night stay in Singapore
  • City sightseeing tour of Singapore
  • Visit to ‘Gardens by the Bay’
  • Transfer from your accommodation to Singapore Airport.

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Balcony (Category BF)  $15,997  $21,618
 Oceanview (Category EF)  $14,750  $19,393
 Inside(Category IF)       $13,995  $18,161
Business Class Upgrade +$1,600
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$640
Early Booking Discount ( 01 August 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

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) – please ask us for a quote)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Airport and government taxes
  • Gratuities on-board ‘Queen Victoria’ (approx. USD11.50 per person, per day)

Booking Conditions

  • A non- refundable deposit of $2,750 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 29 November 2018

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 29 November 2018 – loss of deposit
  • After 29 November 2018 - no refund

Travel Insurance

  • We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
  • Please ask us for a quote

General Information

Temperatures                          Max ˚c            Min ˚c                            

Adelaide                                25˚c                 14˚c    
Darwin                                    31˚c                 24˚c                
Bali                                          37˚c                 21˚c
Hong Kong                              21˚c                 17˚c
Singapore                               31˚c                 25˚c

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 sleeve shirt is fine. There are casual-alternative restaurants.

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 and Fitness

  • A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 meters is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.

Ship Information

Queen Victoria (Cunard)

  • Refurbished 2017
  • Guest capacity 2,057
  • Crew 981
  • Sister ship to Queen Elizabeth
  • Britannia-style restaurants where dining is an event
  • Enjoy • informative lectures • large library • comprehensive fitness area and activities • luxurious spas

Britannia Staterooms

Balcony – from 21 sq m
Two beds, en-suite, well-appointed living area, balcony

Oceanview – from 16 sq m
En-suite, well-appointed living area

Inside – from14 sq m
Well-appointed living area


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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