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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.

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


Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 dinners


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


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

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


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


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

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

Day 26

ROTORUA ROTORUA Sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery 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)


# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-04-13 2023-04-15 2023-05-12 $11369 $0 $13401 PT30415 Not Available
2 2023-04-27 2023-04-29 2023-05-26 $11369 $0 $13401 PT30429 Not Available


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