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9 days - Experience The Ghan + Food & Wine in South Australia

The Ghan + Barossa Valley!

If you are a lover of fine food and wine, then this is the holiday for you! Your 9 day journey includes a journey on the iconic Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, then 5 days in Adelaide plus wine tasting in the Barossa Valley.

FROM
$3,869PP
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DURATION
8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals

About this holiday

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The map of your journey

Your holiday includes a journey on the iconic The Ghan, which travels through the Red Centre - from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south. Your journey includes off-train excursions along the way in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.

The flavour-filled state of South Australia has the perfect combination of climates, soils and topography to produce some of the world’s most sought-after wines and gastronomic delights.

Highlights:

  • Travel on The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide
  • Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Discover the history of the famous Barossa Valley
  • Enjoy cellar door tastings
  • Visit the original Grange Cottage at Penfolds
  • See Penfolds’ underground cellars
  • Indulge in an exclusive selection of Penfolds’ most coveted wines

Inclusions

Your package includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Transfer from Adelaide Parklands Terminal to hotel
  • 5 nights accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast daily
  • The iconic Penfolds Experience tour including a 3 course lunch with matching wines
  • 1 day northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Accommodation

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The Ghan

THE GHAN:

Platinum Service (twin and double share):

Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Lounge and Restaurant, Platinum Service promises and delivers a journey beyond expectations. The first thing you'll notice about your Platinum cabin is the abundance of space, almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night you'll sleep easy as the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds.

Gold Superior (double share): Limited cabins available

A Superior cabin in Gold Service is a unique way to travel. You'll enjoy private accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating off-train excursions.

Gold Superior cabins feature a ¾ size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite. In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary are available and power outlets can be found in cabins.

Gold Service (Single and twin share):

You'll enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions at key stops. Gold Service accommodation is available in both single and twin-share so you can choose to travel with your partner, friends or roll solo.

During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. And with top notch service from our hospitality attendant, you'll enjoy fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. 

PULLMAN ADELAIDE:

Located at the heart of the Adelaide's central business district, Pullman Adelaide is a luxury hotel located close to Rundle Mall, the city's main shopping precinct.

All spacious rooms feature a bathroom with robes, slippers, work desk, mp3 docking station, minibar, plush bedding, WiFi, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Spacious hotel rooms with King bed. Lounge in your armchair and enjoy the views of Hindmarsh Square or a movie on your HDTV.

Travel dates

Please note all fares are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change without notice unless paid in full. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability

SHOULDER SEASON: 01-30 Apr 2020; 02 Sep-29 Oct 2020

Below prices based on 8 April 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $3869 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $4669 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $4,369 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $5,129 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $6769 pp twin share (everyday fare)

HIGH SEASON: 06 May-30 Aug 2020

Below prices based on 6 May 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $4,059 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $4869, pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $4,539 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $5,329 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $7,069 pp twin share (everyday fare)

Why not extend your stay in Darwin and Adelaide to explore more of these regions? Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your holiday.

Itinerary

Departs Wednesdays (Mar-Oct)

Day 1 - Board The Ghan Expedition in Darwin (L, D)

Settle in to the comforts of The Ghan, relax in your cabin or mingle with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. Enjoy lunch onboard the train, ahead of your Off-Train Excursion in Katherine. In a region renowned for jaw-dropping natural beauty, Katherine boasts one of the Top End's best - the incredible Nitmilyk Gorge.

Overnight - The Ghan

Day 2 - The Ghan Expedition, Alice Springs (B, L, D)

Your arrival into Alice Springs after breakfast provides you with time to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. Prepare for a day of fascinating excursions and, in the evening, dine under a million stars.

Overnight - The Ghan

Day 3 - The Ghan Expedition, Coober Pedy (B, L, D)

When you next disembark in remote Manguri, you'll enjoy a full day exploring the amazing opal mining township of Coober Pedy.

Overnight - The Ghan

Day 4 - The Ghan Expedition, Adelaide (B)

After completing the famous north-south crossing of Australia's interior, you will arrive into Adelaide. Check in to your accommodation before exploring the food and wine capital at your leisure.

Overnight - Pullman Adelaide

Day 5 - Penfolds Magill Estate (B, L)

As far as gourmet experiences go, today you are about to indulge in one of Australia's absolute best. The legendary Penfolds Magill Estate - where some of the world's great wines are produced - is your venue for an epicurean adventure you'll never forget. Enjoy tastings, including Grange, in private rooms before heading to the Magill Estate Cellar Door for a sumptuous lunch.

Overnight - Pullman Adelaide

Day 6 - Leisure Day (B)

Another opportunity to explore more of Adelaide at your leisure.

Overnight - Pullman Adelaide

Day 7 - Barossa Valley (B, L)

Today your boutique wine and food touring continues with a visit to the very special and historic northern Barossa with its 80 cellar doors. You'll even visit one of the oldest vineyards in the world, where Shiraz vines were planted in 1843.

Overnight - Pullman Adelaide

Day 8 - Leisure Day (B)

Today is yours to explore the sights and sounds of Adelaide or why not visit another wine-growing region, McLaren Vale.

Overnight - Pullman Adelaide

Day 9 - Farewell to Adelaide (B)

After breakfast, it's time to check out of your accommodation for your journey home.

Questions

Can I fly out the same day as the train arrives? We highly recommend that guests do not book flights same day as arrival without allowing for late running trains. This would mean allowing for at least 3-5 hours after the scheduled arrival time, and an overnight stopover.

How much luggage can I take with me? Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey. Each guest travelling are entitled to checked in luggage, however checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. In Gold service guests are allowed 2 bags x 30kg and guests travelling in Platinum Service are allowed 3 bags x 30kg.

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train? No - the only animals permitted on GSR services are specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired.

Can I take my walking frame/wheelchair/ scooter on board the train? No - these items must be checked-in as stored luggage. A specially modified pushchair can be requested for use on train (with the assistance of a Carer or travelling companion) - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

What medical assistance do the on-train staff provide? Staff are trained to administer basic first aid, however our staff are not able to provide routine medical aid during a journey. Guests requiring medical attention or mobility assistance on board any of our trains are required to arrange for their own Carer to travel with them.

Can my necessary medication be refrigerated? Yes subject to space within our on-board fridge compartments - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take oxygen onboard? Yes - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Does the train carry power outlets for CPAC machines? Cabins on the Indian Pacific have 240V power outlets installed which can be used for a CPAC machine. It is recommended that a surge arrestor/protector be used to protect the machine when it is plugged in case of a power surge.

Do I need any cash or credit cards onboard? As the rail journeys are all-inclusive you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off-Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

Dress Code onboard the train? Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. It is recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages. Long, sturdy pants may be required for some Off-Train Excursions.

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Fine print

Travel at 60 booking conditions apply

For Advance Purchase Holiday Packages, full payment is required six months prior to the travel date. Advance Purchase amendments cannot be made less than fourteen (14) days prior to travel date and can only be made to travel dates if the change is greater than six (6) months prior to the new proposed departure date, subject to Advance Purchase fare type availability.

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