GLOBUS 2020: Across Australia on the Historic Indian Pacific Train with the Ningaloo Reef (PIE)

18 days from Sydney to Perth

Cross southern Australia by rail on this epic adventure that includes a two-night train trip on the historic Indian Pacific Train. Your escorted tour of Australia begins with three nights in Sydney-with sightseeing that includes the famous opera house, a visit to Bondi Beach, and a cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy guided sightseeing and free time, before flying to Adelaide for an excursion to Kangaroo Island. Explore with a national park ranger to discover Seal Bay Conservation Park and more natural wonders. Wander among kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and other fascinating wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide, and enjoy a 'Flavours of South Australia' dinner before boarding the legendary Indian Pacific Train-one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world.

Enjoy vast vistas on the longest straight stretch of railway track through the remote Australian country. Ride from the Nullarbor Plain to the Avon Hills, with a stop in Rawlinna for dinner under the stars. Enjoy Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, separate dining car, and Outback Explorer Lounge en route to Perth. Explore Western Australia's capital city, and take an excursion to the historic and charming port of Fremantle. There's time to explore Perth's shops, galleries, restaurants, and beaches.

Continue your Australian adventure with a Monograms vacation package to the Ningaloo Reef.
Fly from Perth to Exmouth and transfer to your resort on the Ningaloo Coast of Western Australia. Based on your departure, your vacation package includes swimming with either of the reef's gentle giants, Whale Sharks, or Humpback whales. Keep an eye out for dolphins and gentle manta-rays as well. Finish your vacation with an overnight stay in Perth.

Call (616) 866-3500 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14740225

Tour Operator
Globus
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2020
Duration
18 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1SydneyWelcome to Sydney, Australia's largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening's welcome briefing and special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT. (D)
Day 2SydneyEnjoy sightseeing in one of the world's most beautiful cities. First stop, a guided tour of the interior and theaters of the world-famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, travel to Mrs Macquarie's Chair in the City's BOTANIC GARDENS for great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor. Visit one of Sydney's famous beaches, BONDI BEACH, where there is time for lunch, souvenir shopping, or a stroll on the white sands. Return to Sydney Harbour and enjoy a CRUISE to see the sites and skyline of this incredible city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping. (B)
Day 3SydneyA full free day to explore Sydney. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views, spend the day in the Hunter Valley sampling some of Australia's best wines, or take the ferry to nearby Manly Beach for a day of sun and fun. (B)
Day 4MelbourneFly to Melbourne, where you'll explore the city's famous lanes and arcades on a [LF] WALKING TOUR. See trendy boutiques and cafes, unique street art, and architecture while hearing historic tales of Melbourne along the way. Evening is at leisure in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
Day 5MelbourneThis morning, sightseeing includes the city's landmarks of Parliament House, beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, Queen Victoria Market, and more. The remainder of the day is free to explore more on your own. You may wish to travel to Phillip Island to see the nightly Penguin Parade, where you can experience the magic of the little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. (B)
Day 6MelbourneMore time for independent exploration today. Your Tour Director suggests shopping at Melbourne Central, a trip to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck for 360-degree views of the city below or an excursion to explore the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the 'Twelve Apostles.' (B)
Day 7AdelaideThis morning, fly to Adelaide, known for its mild Mediterranean climate. A city tour includes St. Peter's Cathedral, the Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, and the city's Central Market-a thriving hub for food and culture for over 148 years. Next, enjoy a [LF] tasting at HAIGH'S CHOCOLATES, an Adelaide chocolate-maker since 1915. With the remainder of the day at leisure, you may wish to explore the Art Gallery of South Australia, stroll the streets of the beachside neighborhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide's vibrant restaurant scene. (B)
Day 8AdelaideEarly this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. See a colony of rare Australian sea lions and enjoy a walk on the beach with a national park ranger at SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK. Visit FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK to see REMARKABLE ROCKS, large granite boulders formed over 500 million years of rain, wind, and pounding waves. Also, visit ADMIRALS ARCH to see a colony of New Zealand fur seals playing in the waves below. Keep your camera ready and eyes open to spot Australia's native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas that call the island home. Return to Adelaide late this evening. (B,L)
Day 9ADELAIDE BOARD INDIAN PACIFIC TRAINVisit CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK, where you can wander among some of Australia's famous animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, and various water birds. Enjoy a wildlife experience during your time here. A special [LF] "Flavours of South Australia" dinner is served before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the INDIAN PACIFIC. (B,D)

NOTE:
Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Perth.
Day 10INDIAN PACIFIC TRAINAwaken to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Relax on board today as you marvel at the ever-changing landscape passing by your window. A special [LF] DINNER UNDER THE STARS awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
Dinner Under the Stars is weather-dependent. Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.
Day 11PerthContinue across the remote yet beautiful region of Australia. On board, you may wish to relax in the lounge car and share stories with fellow travelers, snap a few shots from the large picture windows, or just relax with a glass of Australian wine. Glide through the Avon Hills before arriving in Perth mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay. (B,L)
Day 12PerthThis morning, explore Perth on a sightseeing tour. Learn more about this isolated capital city of Western Australia, and see some of the city's famous sites such as Kings Park Botanic Gardens, the iconic Swan Bell Tower, and the Perth Mint. Next, it's on to the historic port of Fremantle with its marinas, charming heritage buildings, and many shops and restaurants. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing. (B)
Day 13PerthA full day to explore Perth. You may wish to visit one of Perth's many beaches, see the extensive collection of Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, or enjoy an optional trip to Rottnest Island, home to over 60 beaches, historic buildings, and the friendly quokka-a marsupial only found in Western Australia. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a festive farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 14THE NINGALOO REEFToday, fly from Perth to Learmonth Airport in Western Australia. From here, be transferred to your resort located at the Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth) for a 3-night stay. (B)
Day 15THE NINGALOO REEFToday enjoy a once-in-a-life time opportunity to glide alongside WHALE SHARKS (April-June) or HUMPBACK WHALES (July-September). Swimming with one of these beautiful creatures is one of life's most breathtaking experiences. Also be on the lookout for other playful creations like manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and tropical fish. Whale watchers are welcome onboard as well (those not wanting to snorkel). Return to Exmouth where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

NOTE:
Both Whale Sharks and Humpback whales are wild creatures. Everything will be done to maximize the likelihood you will swim with a whale, but we cannot guarantee it. Since the whales will continually move, swimming is required to do the interaction. You will need to be a confident swimmer and be able to snorkel and swim freestyle. The whales are found in the open ocean so you may be swimming in currents and swells. If you do not wish to get in the water, you may remain on the boat and watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Day 16THE NINGALOO REEFEnjoy a full day at leisure. Take a stroll on the beach or relax at your resort. You may wish to canoe, kayak, or snorkel more of the beautiful Ningaloo Reef on your own. You can also opt to take a guided gorge walk or cast a fishing rod in the nearby waters. Make sure to visit the town's shops for a favorite souvenir and get your photo next to the town's giant prawn statue. A must do! (B)
Day 17PerthToday, transfer to Learmonth Airport and fly to Perth, Western Australia's capital city. A transfer is provided to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 18PerthYour tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Disclaimer
US$ Price Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,085. Required intra-vacation air segments: Sydney/Melbourne; Melbourne/Adelaide; Perth/Learmonth; Learmonth/Perth. Air prices were effective on August 14, 2019, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,590 to $1,780

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra nights per person in Sydney:
February-March & October-November: in single room $365; in twin room $197
May: in single room $260; in twin room $144
September: in single room $300; in twin room $165

Extra nights per person in Perth:
Monday-Thursday: in single room $191; in twin room $108
Friday-Sunday: in single room $155; in twin room $90

2021 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2020.

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