Gems of the Red Center
Take that long-awaited pilgrimage to the heart of Australia and experience Indigenous culture, unique desert adventures and the ever-changing colours of Uluru. Jam packed with eye-opening moments and special VIP experiences; you'll leave no red stone uncovered on this Outback escape. Admire the imposing West MacDonnell Ranges that surround Alice Springs; travel to Kings Canyon, and enjoy the Creek Walk or choose to take on the incredible Kings Canyon Rim Walk; and stand in awe of the majestic Uluru as the sun sets beyond; and again for sunrise the next day, then witness the grandeur of Kata Tjuta. Beyond the incredible sites are the local Aboriginal guides who share much of their sacred culture. Enjoy a guided walk with an Indigenous guide at Standley Chasm as they teach you about local geology, flora, fauna, bush medicine and tukka, weaponry and cultural history; and follow the path to the base of Uluru with your local guide, where they’ll show you ancient Aboriginal Rock paintings and tell you their stories and historic significance. This guided holiday in Australia’s Red Center is a stunning adventure like no other.
Highlights of Gems of the Red Center
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides, to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites!
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific tour dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
This vacation visits remote regions where some facilities are not up to the first-class standards you expect from Globus. However, we have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
ARRIVE IN ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA Welcome To The Heart Of The Red Centre! Your room is available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 4pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome meeting and drink.
ALICE SPRINGS Views & Brews Today’s guided sightseeing includes a visit to Standley Chasm, a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and time at the School of the Air. Enjoy lunch and a craft beer tasting at the Alice Springs Brewing Co. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. (B,L)ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE You may wish to visit one of the art galleries, explore the Old Telegraph Station, enjoy a cold drink in one of the quirky bars, or just relax at your resort’s pool. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time. TOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDARY LIVES Standley Chasm known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, is a spectacular geological and important cultural icon of Central Australia. An indigenous guide will take you through the Chasm and share information on the local flora, fauna, bush medicine, bush tucker, weaponry, as well as the spiritual connection to this ancient land. Enjoy morning tea and delicious scones with jam and cream. Afterward, discuss traditional and contemporary Aboriginal society and what is being done to preserve the indigenous culture.
ALICE SPRINGS–KINGS CANYON Scenic Wonders Depart Alice Springs and travel through the Outback. Arrive in breathtaking Kings Canyon for a 2-night stay. This is home to a scenic landscape of rugged ranges, ancient sandstone walls, hundreds of rocky domes, rock holes and gorges. Tonight, enjoy sunset drinks on the Lodge’s patio followed by a special barbecue dinner. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTSPECTACULAR SIGHTS Join your Tour Director and explore the Kings Canyon Creek Walk. The walk through the base of the canyon leads you through lush ferns and eucalypts to a platform with views of the sheer canyon walls above. Make sure to have your camera handy! ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE An optional helicopter excursion is available for those who wish to see more of the region from the air. This and more options are available throughout your tour at MyGlobus. Your Tour Director and your GlobusGO mobile app have all the tips and guidance to enjoy your free time.
KINGS CANYON–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Into The Outback This morning, you may choose to rise early for the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Enjoy amazing views and iconic sites such as the Garden of Eden, Priscilla's Crack, and the weathered domes of "the Lost City." Continue to Uluru and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole with the chance to discover Aboriginal rock paintings and learn their significance. This evening, enjoy drinks and nibbles as you watch the sunset over "the Rock." Before returning to your hotel, visit the Field of Light. (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHTAUSTRALIAN ARTISTRY As darkness falls, the Field of Light comes to life. This amazing art installation was created by internationally celebrated artist, Bruce Monro. Munro’s vision was to re-create the vibrant hues of the wildflowers seen here previously. In this garden of fantasy, you’ll witness 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres sway through the desert night. Overwhelming in size and covering more than seven football fields, the Field of Lights is an amazing combination of modern art and ancient landscape. NOTE: The optional Kings Canyon Rim Walk is challenging. There is a steep porton at the beginning of the walk which requires an acceptable level of fitness. Suitable footwear should be worn. Please speak to your Tour Director if you are unsure of your ability.NOTE: Departure May 05, 2023: due to a special event in Uluru, the Sounds of Silence dinner will happen on Day 4, Sunset at the Rock will happen the evening of Day 5, and the visit to the Field of Lights will happen the morning of Day 6.
ULURU Rock Stars Rise and shine to see sunrise over Uluru. Later, experience a walk at the 36 unique domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Your afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to take an optional excursion by camel, see Uluru from new heights on a helicopter tour, shop for a special souvenir or relax with a cool drink. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell as you enjoy [LF] the Sounds of Silence dinner experience. (B,D)LOCAL FAVORITETASTES & TRADITIONS Your evening begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune top overlooking Uluru. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and sit down for an unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy a bush tucker inspired menu along with a selection of Australian wines and beers. Afterward, sit back and listen to a star talker decode the southern night sky. Before the end of the evening, you’ll be able to locate the Southern Cross, signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way as well as planets and galaxies. From amazing scenery to delicious food and wide-open spaces, it’s sure to be a memorable evening!
ULURU Until We Meet Again! Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters||The modern Crowne Plaza Alice Springs is located at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges, in Australia's red center. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and in-room dining.||Alice Springs||93 Barrett Drive||Superior First-Class|
|2||Kings Canyon Resort||Situated in the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Kings Canyon Lodge has been thoughtfully designed to blend in with the beauty of its natural surroundings. The hotel features a relaxing pool, multiple restaurants and bars, self-serve laundry, convenience store, roaming Wi-Fi available for purchase, and a dedicated viewing deck for prime viewing of the sunset.||Kings Canyon||Luritja Road, Watarrka Natl Park||Moderate First-Class|
|3||Sails in the Desert||Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms||Uluru||174 Yulara Drive||Superior First-Class|