3 Cities 3 Trains (departing Sydney)
For rail holiday enthusiasts, this 7 night/8 day holiday includes journeys on the XPT, the Overland and Indian Pacific. Travel from Sydney to explore Melbourne and then on to historic Adelaide. You’ll enjoy city highlights tours in both capital cities as well as a full day Barossa tour with cellar door tastings in this renowned South Australian wine region.
- First Class Seat on the XPT, Sydney to Melbourne
- 3 nights accommodation in Melbourne at Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar
- Half day Magnificent Melbourne tour
- 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
- Meals as stated – 1 x breakfast (B) / 2 x lunch (L) / 1 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Sydney to Melbourne
This morning depart Sydney on the XPT, and travel first class to Melbourne. In the early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city and make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights
Day 2 - Magnificent Melbourne
This morning you will join a guided city walking tour and learn about Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades. Explore the historic Royal and Block Arcades, and walk past the vibrant cafes and bars of Degraves Street and Flinders Lane, plus see the popular street art in Hosier Lane. Then board your comfortable coach for a tour past iconic landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Markets, St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Hear about the history of Melbourne, considered to be one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Day 3 - Free day in Melbourne
Today is a free day to explore the sights of Melbourne. There are many day tours to choose from and a trip to Phillip Island to see the evening Penguin Parade is a popular way to spend the day. A journey down the picturesque Great Ocean Road to the famous Twelve Apostles is a fabulous way to see the spectacular coastline of Victoria. Alternatively, jump on a tram and head to St Kilda, the beautiful seaside suburb famous for its palm-lined boardwalk, fabulous old buildings, great restaurants, bars and cafes.
Day 4 - Melbourne to Adelaide (B, L)
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 5 - 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 and Adelaide University.
Stop at the famous St Peter's Cathedral and Adelaide Oval, followed by a visit to the architecturally unique National Wine Centre.
Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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.