2021 Globus Guided Tours - Globus® Vacation Packages

Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train & Southern Lights (PT1)

29 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland

2022 Tour Details


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.

Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train & Southern Lights map

 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

 Itinerary

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.

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Day 2 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 3 MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Free day.

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 MELBOURNE–HOBART

Fly to Hobart.
HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 5 HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

TASMAN PENINSULA 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 Evening excursion with a Local Expert for the chance to view the Southern Lights (aurora australis). Learn how the Southern Lights differ from the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and hear stories about the significance of the “Fire in the Sky” to the Australia Aboriginal communities. Warm drinks and treats are provided during this special evening.

NOTE:
The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 7pm-10pm. While the aurora is frequently seen May through August, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon.

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Day 6 HOBART

HOBART Free day to explore more of Hobart on your own. This evening, another chance to view the Southern Lights. Our Local Expert is on hand to answer all your questions, share local insight and give pointers on how to take the perfect photographs of the lights dancing across the sky. Warm drinks and treats are provided.

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Day 7 HOBART–ADELAIDE

Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne).
ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening.

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Day 8 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND

ADELAIDE Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 9 ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly to Uluru (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local FavoriteOutback campfire and barbecue.

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Day 10 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 11 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 12 THE GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN

KATHERINE GORGE Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 13 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 14 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 15 DARWIN–CAIRNS

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

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Day 16 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.

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Day 17 CAIRNS

CAIRNS Free day.

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 18 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 19 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 20 SYDNEY

SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

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Day 21 SYDNEY–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Fly to Christchurch.

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Day 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 based on weather and road conditions today.

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Day 25 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.

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 26 QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

Fly to Rotorua.
ROTORUA Traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance.

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Day 27 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 28 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 29 AUCKLAND

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JENNIFER PULLMAN

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

I have dedicated most of my life to exploring our beautiful planet and love nothing more than to share my love and passion of travel with others. I meet so many wonderful people through my role as Tour Director and feel privileged to be able to share Australia & New Zealand's beauty, diversity, bringing amazing places to life and sharing my knowledge through storytelling and a great sense of humor.

Tour Director - JENNIFER PULLMAN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.



The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.