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9 days | Departs 26 Nov 2019 –
Travel across from Adelaide to Sydney aboard the luxurious Indian Pacific train, enjoy a 4 night stay in Sydney, then sail back to Adelaide aboard the Vasco da Gama.
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Fly from your homeport to the city of Adelaide, South Australia on the day before your tour begins. A transfer will take you to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city.
There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide – why not take a tour of the famous Adelaide Oval, a stroll down Rundle Mall or take a short tram ride to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. If you are arriving in Adelaide in the morning, you may also wish to take a half day tour to the McLaren Vale wine region or to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Tonight, we recommend dining at one of the many restaurants in the city or in the seaside suburb of Glenelg.
❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)
Boarding The Indian Pacific in Adelaide, take in the striking, ever-changing landscape of South Australia heading East towards Sydney.
Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill. Known as the Silver City, Broken Hill is one of Australia’s legendary Outback bases defined by its wide streets, country pubs and ties with the Royal Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart’s art studio or head for the Miners’ Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill’s mines over the ages is writ large. The striking architectural edifice and spectacular view over the city add emotional weight to the list of more than 800 miners who lost their lives on the job.
❱ Rail journey: Indian Pacific Train (1 night)
Wake up and enjoy breakfast as you wind your way into the heart of the magnificent Blue Mountains. Arriving at Mount Victoria station, you have the option to disembark and explore the world-heritage listed national park.
Your first stop is Scenic World, offering a range of experiences for nature lovers, bushwalkers and thrill-seekers. Strap yourself in for an adrenalin-fuelling ride on the steepest-incline railway in the world before catching your breath and journeying back to the top of the mountain in a cable car. Take in the panoramic views of the Three Sisters from within the Skyway and further immerse yourself in the scenic Jamison Valley.
After all this excitement and mountain air, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite. Drive on to The Lookout Restaurant where you’ll enjoy lunch with award-winning beers and wines, not to mention more picturesque views. From Katoomba, board a privately chartered train and be whisked away to Sydney Central Station. On arrival, walk across to your hotel to check-in.
❱ Hotel stay: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar (4 nights)
Enjoy 3 full days at leisure to explore the city of Sydney. There’s plenty to see & do in the city – take a stroll along Darling Harbour, go shopping in the historic Queen Victoria Building or explore Circular Quay & the Sydney Opera House.
Alternatively, you may wish to join a day tour to the surrounding regions including Bondi Beach, Manly, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley & the South Coast. Ask us for more details (extra cost applies).
This afternoon, you will be transferred from your hotel to the White Bay Cruise Terminal to board the new Vasco da Gama. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure onboard the ship before it sets sail through Sydney Harbour.
❱ Ocean cruise: Vasco da Gama (5 nights)
Enjoy a full day at sea to take advantage of the many activities available onboard the Vasco da Gama.
Spend a day exploring the town of Burnie on the northern coast of Tasmania.
Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.
Enjoy a final full day at sea to take advantage of the many activities available onboard the Vasco da Gama.
Sadly, today marks the end of your Rail & Sail Holiday. Disembark the Vasco da Gama after breakfast this morning.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide at the end of your tour for your overnight stay.
The next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Adelaide and South Australia. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills or the McLaren Vale wine region. Alternatively, you may wish to take a stroll down Rundle Mall or visit the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. Later today, a chauffeured car will take you from your hotel to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight back to your homeport.
Adelaide, Brisbane (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Hobart (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Melbourne (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Perth (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Sydney (includes pre & post tour arrangements)
26 Nov 2019
Interior Cabin – Category 3, Oceanview Cabin – Category 6, Balcony Cabin – Category 14
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