Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train 2021 - 28 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland
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Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train 2021

28 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland

Starting at $10,742


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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.



Destination & Sightseeing

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.

MEALS

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
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
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Day 2
MELBOURNE 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
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Day 3
MELBOURNE 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
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Day 4
Fly to Hobart. HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant
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Day 5
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
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Day 6
Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening
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Day 7
ADELAIDE 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
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Day 8
Fly to Uluru (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU Sunset drink followed by an [LF]Outback campfire and barbecue
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Day 9
ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening
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Day 10
Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Embark on legendary Ghan train
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Day 11
KATHERINE GORGE [LF] Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station. DARWIN Free time this evening
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Day 12
DARWIN Guided jumping crocodile cruise. KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Day 13
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
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Day 14
Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
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Day 15
OUTER 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
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Day 16
CAIRNS 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
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Day 17
CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time this evening
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Day 18
SYDNEY 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
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Day 19
SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant
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Day 20
Fly to Christchurch
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Day 21
CHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure
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Day 22
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
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Day 23
MILFORD 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
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Day 24
QUEENSTOWN 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
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Day 25
Fly to Rotorua. ROTORUA Traditional [LF] Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance
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Day 26
ROTORUA 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
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Day 27
WAITOMO 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
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Day 28
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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MELBOURNE–HOBART

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HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

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HOBART–ADELAIDE

Day 35
ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND

Day 36
ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

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ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

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ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–THE GHAN TRAIN

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GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN

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DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

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DARWIN–CAIRNS

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CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

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CAIRNS–SYDNEY

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SYDNEY–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

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CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK

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MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN

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QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

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Day 85 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
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Day 86 MELBOURNE.
MELBOURNE 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
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Day 87 MELBOURNE.
MELBOURNE 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
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Day 88 MELBOURNE–HOBART.
Fly to Hobart. HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant
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Day 89 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
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Day 90 HOBART–ADELAIDE.
Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening
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Day 91 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND.
ADELAIDE 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 92 ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK).
Fly to Uluru (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU Sunset drink followed by an [LF]Outback campfire and barbecue
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Day 93 ULURU (AYERS ROCK).
ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening
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Day 94 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–THE GHAN TRAIN.
Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Embark on legendary Ghan train
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Day 95 GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN.
KATHERINE GORGE [LF] Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station. DARWIN Free time this evening
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Day 96 DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK.
DARWIN Guided jumping crocodile cruise. KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Day 97 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
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Day 98 DARWIN–CAIRNS.
Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
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Day 99 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.
OUTER 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 100 CAIRNS.
CAIRNS 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
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Day 101 CAIRNS–SYDNEY.
CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time this evening
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Day 102 SYDNEY.
SYDNEY 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
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Day 103 SYDNEY.
SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant
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Day 104 SYDNEY–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND.
Fly to Christchurch
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Day 105 CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK.
CHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure
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Day 106 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
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Day 107 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND.
MILFORD 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 108 QUEENSTOWN.
QUEENSTOWN 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
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Day 109 QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA.
Fly to Rotorua. ROTORUA Traditional [LF] Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance
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Day 110 ROTORUA.
ROTORUA 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
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Day 111 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND.
WAITOMO 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
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Day 112 AUCKLAND.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
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630 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC Australia

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.
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