3 Cities and 3 Trains (departing Melbourne)
For rail holiday enthusiasts, this 7 night/8 day holiday includes journeys on the Overland, Indian Pacific and XPT. Travel from Melbourne to explore Adelaide and then on to historic Sydney. You’ll enjoy tours in both capital cities as well as a full day Barossa tour with cellar door tastings in this renowned South Australian wine region and a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour.
- Red Premium Seat on the Overland, Melbourne to Adelaide*
- 3 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar
- Half day Adelaide City Highlights tour
- Full day Barossa & Hahndorf Highlights
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney, including all meals, beverages and off train excursions in Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains
- 3 nights accommodation in Sydney at Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar
- Sydney Harbour Captain's Dinner Cruise
- Hop On Hop Off Explorer Pass
- First Class Seat on the XPT, Sydney to Melbourne
- Meals as stated – 1 x breakfast (B) / 2 x lunch (L) / 2 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Melbourne to Adelaide
Board the Overland and settle into your Premium Service seat for the journey to Adelaide. Enjoy the changing landscape from your window while you are treated to top service by the crew. You'll arrive into Adelaide relaxed and refreshed late afternoon.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar, 3 nights
Day 2 - Adelaide City Highlights
Today you will join a half-day Adelaide city sights tour. Drive along Adelaide’s elegant cultural boulevard, North Terrace, home to the South Australian Art Gallery, Museum, Adelaide University and architecturally unique National Wine Centre.
Stop at the famous St Peter's Cathedral and Adelaide Oval, followed by a visit to the National Wine Centre.
Day 3 - Barossa & Hahndorf Highlights (L)
Today you'll travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa. Stop at Jacobs Creek Visitors Centre for morning tea, a tour and premium wine tastings. Next visit the award-winning Saltram Wine Estate for more cellar door tastings, and learn about the history of this winery through the ‘Saltram Story’.
Enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch with wine tastings from 2 boutique wineries at the South Australian Company Store in Angaston, before continuing on to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s own German village in the hills. As Hahndorf puts on its old style charm, you'll have free time to explore the tree-lined main street, home to many shops and galleries filled with local arts, crafts and regional produce.
Day 4 - Adelaide to Sydney (L, D)
This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you as you start your return rail leg to Sydney. On the way you’ll stop at Broken Hill where you can choose from a selection of off train experiences, including the magnificent Drag Queens performing at the Palace Hotel, made famous in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Or if local art is more your thing, you may like to visit Broken Hill's Regional Art Gallery, or see the much loved "Big Picture", housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
Day 5 - Arrive Sydney (B)
On your last day you may like to enjoy an off train excursion as the train pulls into the Blue Mountains. Visit the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, where you can take the scenic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the perfect location to see the spectacular Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters. Enjoy a light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant before continuing your rail journey to Central Station in Sydney. Alternatively you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney by continuing the journey on the Indian Pacific. On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central
Day 6 - Sydney Harbour Captain’s Dinner Cruise (D)
This evening enjoy Sydney Harbour’s signature dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000. With guaranteed window seating, feast on a 3 course contemporary Australian a la carte menu, with the lights of Sydney as your spectacular backdrop. Live music and dancing will keep you entertained as you cruise for 3.5 hours around the spectacular Harbour.
Day 7 - Hop on Hop off Explorer
Today travel around Sydney Harbour using your Hop On Hop Off Explorer pass. Departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, you can visit such places as Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Shark Island or Barangaroo. Entry fees to some of these locations is an additional cost.
Day 8 - Sydney to Melbourne
Early this morning depart Sydney on the XPT, and travel first class to Melbourne. Early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station, completing your wonderful rail holiday.