Australia in Style

The Adelaide Hills
Sydney Harbour
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore
Double room on the Ghan
The Ghan
Katherine Gorge
Melbourne
Platinum service on the Ghan
Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy - © Ramona Cazacu
Singapore - © Ramona Cazacu
Sydney Harbour at Dusk

Holiday Highlights

  • High end travel and accommodation
  • Private sightseeing tour of Singapore
  • Journey on the legendary Ghan Train with off train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Private gourmet tour of Adelaide Hills
  • Puffing Billy Railway
  • Journey on the Overland between Adelaide and Melbourne
  • Time to explore Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney
  • 17 Days from £14,100pp
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Travelling to the other side of the world can be exhausting, but for those who can afford luxury, comfort and some personal touches along the way will find this amazing 17-day holiday to Australia very tempting. Travel first class, stay in the top hotels enjoy private tours and sit back and experience some unforgettable rail journeys that will give you a relaxing armchair view of Australia’s colourful landscapes. To help you feel more inspired why not watch Michael Portillo’s latest Great Australian Rail Journeys series on BBC2 for a taste of what you can expect!

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – London to Singapore

Take an overnight flight in first class from London Heathrow to Singapore. On arrival you will be taken by private transfer to your hotel for a two night stay in an Ocean View room.

Day 3 – Singapore Sightseeing

This morning you will be met by you own personal, local guide and taken on a private half day’s sightseeing tour of Singapore, concluding with a visit to the Botanical Gardens. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Day 4 – Onwards to Darwin

A private transfer to the airport for your business class flight to Darwin. On arrival you will be taken by private transfer to your hotel for a one night stay.

Days 5 to 8 – The Ghan

A unique and epic experience, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide.

Beginning in Darwin, this four day, three night, 2979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort in platinum service. Your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. Enjoy off train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience.

Arrive at Adelaide Parklands Terminal and check into your New York style loft suite with spa bath for a two night stay.

Day 9 – Adelaide Hills Gourmet Tasting Private Tour

Experience, taste and see the best the Adelaide Hills has to offer, all within the comfort of a private car. Your guide will take you to some of the best hidden gems of the Adelaide Hills, and let you experience the elegant lifestyle of the area. Included in the tour is a gin-tasting flight, beer paddle, food platter, sightseeing and a day you will never forget.

Day 10 – The Overland

Travel in Red Premium Class on The Overland from Adelaide to Melbourne. It is an early start, but breakfast is included on the train as well as lunch and afternoon tea, coffee and juice as you watch the diverse landscapes outside your window, from rugged mallee scrub to fields of green and gold. Arrive in Melbourne early evening for a private transfer to your hotel. Your Corner King room allows you to indulge in high-end sophistication for your three night stay.

Day 11 – Melbourne

A day at leisure to explore the exciting and ever-changing metropolis that is Melbourne.

Day 12 – Puffing Billy Railway

Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Afterwards choose either the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas, or discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at cellar-door tastings.

Day 13 – Travel to Sydney

A private transfer returns you to Melbourne Southern Cross station for your first class journey to Sydney. The buffet car is open to purchase all day breakfast, snacks, main meals, hot and cold drinks, wine and beer. On arrival a private transfer whisks you to your hotel for the next three nights. Your suite has beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Days 14 & 15 – Sydney

Two days at leisure to explore Australia’s largest city with the world’s most beautiful harbour and pristine beaches on its doorstep.

Days 16 & 17 – Homeward bound

You have a private transfer to the airport where you board your flight for the hourney home, arriving in London Heathrow the following day.

Selected Hotels

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Hilton Hotel, Darwin

The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel, Adelaide

QT Melbourne, Melbourne

The Shangri-La, Sydney

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • First Class flights with British Airways London to Singapore and Sydney to London
  • Flight in Business Class with Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Darwin
  • Accommodation in 5* Hotels as specified on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Half day private sightseeing tour of Singapore
  • All inclusive Platinum Service Cabin for two on the Ghan including off train excursions
  • Adelaide Hills Gourmet Tasting Private Tour with hotel pick up, lunch, alcoholic drinks and snacks included
  • Red Premium Class journey from Adelaide to Melbourne with breakfast and lunch
  • First Class journey from Melbourne to Sydney
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour OR Yarra Valley Wineries with luxury coach from Melbourne

Price per person

From £14,100 per person sharing

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
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  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
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  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
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