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The Overland Scenic Train Tour

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Arrive in Adelaide and enjoy a relaxing river cruise, with the afternoon at your leisure. As the heart of several world-class wine regions, you can also choose to indulge in a private cellar dining experience at the National Wine Centre of Australia. Continue the wine trend and discover McLaren Vale's boutique and off the beaten path wineries and producers. The following day is spent relaxing on board The Overland and enjoying the morphing scenery as you travel across the countryside. Melbourne welcomes you next with its vibrant, art-filled streets and energy. Witness the nightly display of Australia's largest colony of Little Penguins returning from sea to their burrows, and lastly, voyage the magnificent sights of the Great Ocean Road on a guided day tour. Farewell Melbourne on Day 6, or talk to your consultant about continuing your Australian adventure to Sydney, Uluru or Cairns!

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This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,930 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Adelaide, finishes in Melbourne

6 days/5 nights

Hotel 4 star

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Day One - Welcome to the Festival State! Meander the city streets and laneways, and take a scenic cruise on the River Torrens
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Arrive into Adelaide

The vibrant heart of the Festival State, Adelaide is a beautiful and easily accessible city fringed by lush parklands, and a short distance from sandy beaches, world-renowned wine regions, and unique riverland vistas. Explore the surrounding areas, or immerse yourself in the artistic laneways, hidden gems, and highly acclaimed museums and galleries of the inner city.

Private transfer from Adelaide Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver outside customs exit and delivered to your Adelaide accommodation.

Explore Adelaide

With a growing small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city, Adelaide is a destination worth discovering. Take time to explore its vibrant laneways, visit the iconic Adelaide Central Market, and go shopping in Rundle Mall. Slow things down and relax at the Botanic Gardens, jump on the iconic Popeye Cruise along the River Torrens, or take the tram out to Glenelg to explore the popular metropolitan beach, dine in one of the many foreshore restaurants, or even enjoy the beach cabanas in summer months.
Adelaide is also lucky enough to be surrounded by some of Australia's most famous wine regions, and a stop into one of the wineries or the National Wine Centre is highly recommended. A 30-minute drive east into the hills will take you to Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, home to incredible food, strawberry fields and streets lined with artisan stores. On the way to Hahndorf, stop in at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens and the Mt Lofty Summit for a coffee with a view. You may wish to return via Belair and stop at the iconic Windy Point Lookout on your way for even more phenomenal views over the city and beyond, especially at sunset.

Devonshire Tea River Cruise with Popeye River Cruises

Experience delightful sightseeing cruise down the River Torrens, while enjoying fresh scones served with whipped cream, jam and your choice of hot beverage, on a stunning heritage boat. Boarding at Elder Park, you will float down the beautiful river, relax and see Adelaide from the best seat in the house. The Popeye cruises through the heart of the city and passes by famed attractions like the Festival Centre, the Entertainment Centre and the SAHMRI. Admire the ever-changing landscapes that line the waterways as you listen to live commentary by a local guide about the history of the area. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of Southern Australia's capital.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Private Cellar Dining Experience at the National Wine Centre of Australia

This unique experience takes place in the Southern Hemisphere's largest open wine cellar, featuring wines from all around the country. In this tour, you will have the opportunity to browse the fine wine collection at the National Wine Centre, followed by a bespoke private dining experience with a four-course lunch or dinner, prepared and carefully curated by an Executive Chef. An expert Sommelier will match each dish to a wine, taking you on a memorable culinary journey catered to your preferences.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide offers modern, refurbished and spacious rooms and provides friendly, professional services. It is located in the center of the city, just a short walk to shops, central markets and world class restaurants and bars. With ample room to relax, or play, enjoy your stay in South Australia thriving capital.

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Day Two - Enjoy a guided tour of the famous McLaren Vale wine region
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Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Uncork McLaren Vale, Including Lunch with Small Batch Wine Tours

Venture off the beaten path with Small Batch to discover hidden-gem wineries on a premium share-group McLaren Vale wine tour like no other.
See, taste, smell and learn the difference between wine varieties like Grenache and Graciano, or Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn what effect the climate has on the taste of a wine. Ever wondered what happens between the grape and the glass? Why does Shiraz taste different depending on where it comes from? What makes a wine organic or vegan, and what difference does it make? Hear the answers to all your questions and more during an engaging day uncorking scenic McLaren Vale. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and a stellar lunch at The Salopian during the most personalised share-group McLaren Vale wine tour around!

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide offers modern, refurbished and spacious rooms and provides friendly, professional services. It is located in the center of the city, just a short walk to shops, central markets and world class restaurants and bars. With ample room to relax, or play, enjoy your stay in South Australia thriving capital.

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Day Three - Bid farewell to Adelaide as you board the train bound for Melbourne
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Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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The Overland, Red Premium Service Adelaide to Melbourne (includes breakfast & lunch)

The Overland was Australia's first inter-capital passenger train, and has been servicing guests for over 135 years. This relaxing, daylight train service travels between the vibrant cities of Adelaide and Melbourne. A comfortable journey with semi-reclining seats, generous legroom and an all-inclusive dining experience, there's no better way to make the day-long journey between cities more relaxing. Departing Adelaide early this morning, sit back and enjoy the evolving countryside views as you pass through Murray Bridge and over the state border. Watch as the diverse landscapes outside transition between rugged mallee scrub to fields of green and gold, passing by the lush Grampians National Park in the distance. Arrive in Melbourne this evening at the bustling Southern Cross Station in the heaving centre of the CBD.

Arrive into Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with shopping, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art. As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner - Rich history, bustling laneways, rooftop bars, and world-class restaurants are just the beginning!

Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure.

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Day Four - Enjoy a relaxing start to the day and embark on an evening journey to Phillip Island
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Meals included: Breakfast
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Explore Melbourne

Melbourne is the cool, artsy capital of the state of Victoria. Renowned for its laneway art, cafes, bars, restaurants and museums, there is no shortage of things to do, see, eat and drink. Grab a coffee in Degraves Street, see the murals on Hosier Lane or Blender Lane, pop over to St Kilda and stroll along the promenade or visit one of the many museums. For a spot of retail therapy, catch the 86 or 96 tram from the CBD to the bohemian Brunswick Street shopping district for an eclectic mix of second hand vintage and high-end boutique stores. On the opposite side of the city, the Docklands open-air entertainment precinct boasts a myriad of public artwork, family fun activities such as glow in the dark mini golf, and a variety of dining options lining the marina. Get there easily on the free City Circle tram, or wander over the Bourke Street footbridge. To make the most of your time in Melbourne, we recommend taking a city tour to get true local insight into this vibrant city.

Melbourne City Circle Tram - suggestion

The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. You can spend all day, or stay one hour - this is a perfect free version of a hop on-hop off service so that you can enjoy each of Melbournes sites with the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - River Gardens Tour with Melbourne River Cruises

Within moments of Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct, you are cruising through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of the city's famous sporting arenas.

Phillip Island and Moonlit Sanctuary Tour with Oceania Tours & Safaris

Your tour will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, you will head to Phillip Island where time/season permitting, you will take to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Included is the penguin plus viewing which allows you to view the penguins on a separate platform to one side of the beach, it’s a more intimate viewing enabling you a better view of little penguins waddling ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.

Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure.

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Day Five - Soak up the magnificent scenery of the Great Ocean Road
Tour day 5
Meals included: Breakfast
The Overland Scenic Train Tour - Day 5
Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Day Tour with AAT Kings

Take a breath and enjoy a relaxed and unhindered view of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge in this spectacular tour of the Great Ocean Road. Begin your journey inland, stopping first at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Go back in time with your second stop at the historical Memorial Arch, signifying the beginning of the infamous Great Ocean Road. In Lorne, take in the picturesque seaside town, before stopping for lunch at Apollo Bay.
Be greeted by the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks rising out from the Southern Ocean. Our tour will then take you to the shores of Loch Ard Gorge, home to one of Victoria's most tragic shipwrecks. Stop in Port Campbell and explore the remnants of London Bridge before returning to Melbourne where you will be welcomed by spectacular city lights.

Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure.

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Day Six - Bid farewell to Melbourne and continue your onward journey!
Tour day 6
Meals included: Breakfast
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Private transfer from accommodation to Melbourne Airport

You will be picked up from your Melbourne accommodation and taken to the Melbourne Airport.

Farewell from Australia

Farewell Australia today. If there is more of Australia or New Zealand you would like to explore, talk to your sales consult about planning your next stop!

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