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Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train

It’s easy to lose your train of thought on this all-encompassing, 28-day tour through Australia and New Zealand, especially when it includes world-class cities, extraordinary scenery, unique wildlife, and an incredible overnight rail journey on the legendary The Ghan train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. Other moving Experiences on this over-the-top Down Under vacation include an outback barbecue in the Red Center, a jumping crocodile cruise in Darwin, a snorkeling excursion at the Great Barrier Reef, and a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. In New Zealand, prepare to be moved by a cooked-by-hot-stone Hangi dinner, a gondola ride to the peaks of Queenstown, a cruise through the towering rock walls of Milford Sound, and even a silent boat trip through Waitomo’s famous eerily lit Glowworm Caves. Board here for unrivaled views, unexpected experiences, and an unbelievable adventure.

Highlights of Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train

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Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Accommodation Spotlight Stay overnight at the historic Hermitage Hotel, nestled at the base of Mount Cook. From splendid views and fresh mountain air to luxuriously modern amenities in this iconic New Zealand hotel.

Your Train The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the “Red Center of Australia” 150 years ago. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes. Twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities.

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Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific 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.

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UNESCO Sites

Great Barrier Reef|Kakadu National Park|Sydney Opera House|Te Wahipounamu|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park|Wet Tropics of Queensland

Meals

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Welcome to Melbourne! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner. (D)

Day 2

MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Morning sightseeing includes Federation Square, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 3

MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Free day. (B)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with an excursion to Yarra Valley, home to award-winning wines or an excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. These and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 4

MELBOURNE–HOBARTFly to Hobart.
HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 5

HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA TASMAN PENINSULA Sightseeing includes the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch formations. Walking tour with a Local Guide at Port Arthur Historic Site (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
HOBART Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 6

HOBART–ADELAIDE Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne).
ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 7

ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLANDADELAIDE Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND [LF] Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus a visit to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see native koalas, wallabies, and wombats. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before returning to Adelaide this evening. (B,L)

Day 8

ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)Fly to Uluru (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by an [LF]Outback campfire and barbecue. (B,D)

Day 9

ULURU (AYERS ROCK) ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening. (B)

Day 10

ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–THE GHAN TRAIN Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs.
ALICE SPRINGS Embark on legendary Ghan train. (B,D)

Day 11

GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWINKATHERINE GORGE [LF] Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station.
DARWIN Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 12

DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK DARWIN Guided jumping crocodile cruise.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B,D)

Day 13

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided [LF] wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.
DARWIN City orientation drive includes the Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse. (B,L)

Day 14

DARWIN–CAIRNS Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” (B)

Day 15

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEFOUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.
CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 16

CAIRNSCAIRNS Free day. (B)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a 4-wheel-drive excursion in the Daintree Rainforest. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 17

CAIRNS–SYDNEYCAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala.
Fly to Sydney.
SYDNEY Free time this evening. (B)

Day 18

SYDNEYSYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide at the Sydney Opera House (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bondi Beach, followed by a Sydney Harbour cruise. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 19

SYDNEYSYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B,D)

Day 20

SYDNEY–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALANDFly to Christchurch. (B)

Day 21

CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOKCHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area).
MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure. (B,D)

Day 22

MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN MOUNT COOK Free time this morning before a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
Scenic drive en route to Queenstown.
QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening. (B)

Day 23

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUNDMILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 24 based on weather and road conditions today. (B,L)

Day 24

QUEENSTOWNQUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, including dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. (B,D)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. This and many more options throughout your tour are available to purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 25

QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA Fly to Rotorua.
ROTORUA Traditional [LF] Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance. (B,D)

Day 26

ROTORUAROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife, including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 27

ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLANDWAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Auckland.
AUCKLAND Farewell dinner at Sky Tower. (D)

Day 28

AUCKLANDYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-01-27 2022-01-29 2022-02-25 $9129 $0 $11015 PT20129 Not Available
2 2022-02-03 2022-02-05 2022-03-04 $9169 $0 $11055 PT20205 Not Available
3 2022-02-17 2022-02-19 2022-03-18 $9999 $0 $11885 PT20219K Not Available
4 2022-02-17 2022-02-19 2022-03-18 $10709 $0 $12531 PT20219 Not Available
5 2022-02-24 2022-02-26 2022-03-25 $9169 $0 $11055 PT20226 Not Available
6 2022-03-10 2022-03-12 2022-04-08 $9059 $0 $10945 PT20312 Not Available
7 2022-03-17 2022-03-19 2022-04-15 $9059 $0 $10945 PT20319 Not Available
8 2022-03-24 2022-03-26 2022-04-22 $10209 $0 $12095 PT20326K Not Available
9 2022-04-14 2022-04-16 2022-05-13 $11069 $0 $13101 PT20416 Not Available
10 2022-04-28 2022-04-30 2022-05-27 $11259 $0 $13291 PT20430 Not Available
11 2022-07-10 2022-07-12 2022-08-08 $11389 $0 $13421 PT20712 Available
12 2022-08-07 2022-08-09 2022-09-05 $11389 $0 $13421 PT20809 Not Available
13 2022-09-01 2022-09-03 2022-09-30 $11249 $0 $13281 PT20903 Available
14 2022-09-15 2022-09-17 2022-10-14 $11889 $0 $13921 PT20917K Not Available
15 2022-09-22 2022-09-24 2022-10-21 $11049 $0 $13081 PT20924 Available
16 2022-09-29 2022-10-01 2022-10-28 $9469 $0 $11501 PT21001 Not Available
17 2022-10-06 2022-10-08 2022-11-04 $11089 $0 $13121 PT21008 Available
18 2022-10-13 2022-10-15 2022-11-11 $10509 $0 $12541 PT21015K Not Available
19 2022-10-20 2022-10-22 2022-11-18 $11189 $0 $13221 PT21022 Not Available
20 2022-10-27 2022-10-29 2022-11-25 $9559 $0 $11591 PT21029 Not Available
21 2022-11-03 2022-11-05 2022-12-02 $11709 $0 $13741 PT21105K Available
22 2022-11-10 2022-11-12 2022-12-09 $11159 $0 $13191 PT21112 Available
23 2022-11-17 2022-11-19 2022-12-16 $9509 $0 $11541 PT21119 Not Available
24 2023-01-26 2023-01-28 2023-02-24 $11699 $0 $13731 PT30128 Available
25 2023-02-02 2023-02-04 2023-03-03 $11679 $0 $13711 PT30204 Available
26 2023-02-16 2023-02-18 2023-03-17 $12829 $0 $14861 PT30218K Available
27 2023-02-23 2023-02-25 2023-03-24 $11839 $0 $13871 PT30225 Available
28 2023-03-09 2023-03-11 2023-04-07 $11599 $0 $13631 PT30311 Available
29 2023-03-16 2023-03-18 2023-04-14 $11619 $0 $13651 PT30318 Available
30 2023-03-23 2023-03-25 2023-04-21 $13109 $0 $15141 PT30325K Available
31 2023-04-13 2023-04-15 2023-05-12 $11369 $0 $13401 PT30415 Available
32 2023-04-27 2023-04-29 2023-05-26 $11369 $0 $13401 PT30429 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Situated in the heart of downtown Melbourne, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins is ideally located for exploring the city. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Melbourne 630 Little Collins Street First-Class
2 The Old Woolstore Hotel The hotel is centrally located within a stone's throw of the city center and just a block away from Hobart's waterfront. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas. Rooms are apartment style with a separate bedroom, sitting room, and kitchen. Amenities include iron/ironing board, mini-refrigerator, hairdryer and bath amenities, air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player, full kitchen, and washing machine and dryer. Hobart 1 Macquarie Street First-Class
3 Majestic Roof Garden Hotel Style and function are themes of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. As the Majestic's flagship, built in 2004, this award-winning hotel boasts simplicity, efficiency, and an eco-centric design. And as it sits just off of the lively Rundle Street, the convenience of bars, restaurants, shopping and museums is unparalleled. After a busy day of sightseeing and on-the-go activities, guests are welcomed back to comfortable accommodations and locally fresh cuisine in the hotel's restaurant - not to mention a great selection of wine! Follow it up with a view of the city from a relaxing garden roof-top, for which the hotel is aptly named. Adelaide 55 Frome Street First-Class
4 Desert Gardens Hotel Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, coin-operated self-service laundry, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Uluru Yulara Drive First-Class
5 The Ghan Train - Alice Springs to Darwin The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the "Red Center of Australia" 150 years ago. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes. Twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities. Overnight Train
6 Hilton Darwin Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. The impressive, marble-floored lobby, surrounded by warm colors and Aboriginal artwork, immediately welcomes you with a touch of authentic Australian style. The attentive hotel staff always make for a great stay. Enjoy the sunshine at the 10th floor outdoor swimming pool, or sip drinks at the stylish bar before savoring a delicious meal in their restaurant, which features an innovative menu of local specialties, including kangaroo, crocodile and barramundi. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee. Darwin 32 Mitchell Street Superior First-Class
7 Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Kakadu National Park sits the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Take part in the unique experience of the Australian Outback at this one-of-a-kind hotel, which from above resembles a crocodile - an animal well known in these parts. After hours of exploration and touring of the land, feel restored after taking a dip in the outdoor pool, lounging in the shady garden, or partaking of the many unique Outback flavors at the on-site restaurant and bar. The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is committed to supporting its environment and the community within it, while providing friendly service and comfort for its visitors. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry. Kakadu National Park Flinders Street First-Class
8 Pullman Cairns International Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee. Cairns 17 Abbott St Superior First-Class
9 Sydney Harbour Marriott Ideally placed in Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Marriott welcomes guests with elegant rooms, luxury amenities, and an award-winning commitment to outstanding service. Take advantage of the fitness center, indoor pool and on-site dining. Sydney 30 Pitt Street Deluxe
10 Distinction Hotel Christchurch Ideally positioned in the heart of Christchurch, the Distinction Hotel offers an urban escape that combines sophisticated smarts with familiar warmth. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, guest laundry, gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Christchurch 14 Cathedral Square Superior First-Class
11 The Hermitage A haven for adventurous travelers for more than a century, the world renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat. The hotel features self-service coin-operated laundry, outdoor tennis court, and a selection of on-site bars and restaurants. Mount Cook Mount Cook National Park Moderate First-Class
12 Heritage Hotel Queenstown The Heritage Queenstown is a lodge-style hotel constructed from stone & cedar, standing proud above the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the majestic Remarkables mountains. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry, fitness room, on-site restaurant and bar, and pool. Queenstown 91 Fernhill Road Superior First-Class
13 Distinction Hotel Rotorua Situated adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest, Distinction Hotel Rotorua is located minutes away from the city center of Rotorua. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool and spa, underground private grotto spas, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry facilities and dry cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rotorua 390 Fenton St. PO Box 983 First-Class
14 SKYCITY Hotel This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property. Auckland Corner Victoria & Federal St. First-Class
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