Connecting the Capitals - Rail & Sail (departing Brisbane)
Combine a cruise on the luxurious Sapphire Princess enjoying world-class dining and entertainment, with a unique rail holiday from Melbourne to Canberra and to Sydney on the Southern Explorer. Visit both the Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions in Adelaide, explore the arcades and laneways of Melbourne, the many fine galleries in Canberra and enjoy a dinner cruise on the stunning Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises.
This morning depart Brisbane on a flight of your choice. On arrival in Adelaide, make your way to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights
Today travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa. Taste premium wines and enjoy morning tea at Pindarie. Then it’s on to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where you will hear all about Maggie’s story and get to sample her entire product range. At Lambert Estate you’ll enjoy a structured tasting, and feast on a gourmet two-course lunch, before finishing the day at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, where you will pair their wine with some of their delicious chocolate. It's the perfect day for the gourmet food and wine lover!
Today is a free day to explore the picturesque city of Adelaide. Discover Adelaide's cultural boulevard, North Terrace, and visit the Adelaide Museum or Art Gallery. Or take the tram down to Glenelg, one of Adelaide's most popular seaside suburbs. Wander through the shops on Jetty Road and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on the Marina. This evening you can dine at one of the many popular restaurants on Rundle Street, just a short walk from your hotel.
Today discover some of the best food and wine McLaren Vale has to offer, including a guided tour and tastings, plus lunch at the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube. You will enjoy a tour and tastings at Wirra Wirra, and an option of either wine, gin or beer tastings at Beresford Wines. Then if there's time remaining, there will be free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street.
This afternoon make your way to Outer Harbour to board the Sapphire Princess. Settle into your chosen cabin and meet some of your fellow travellers at the welcome dinner tonight.
Overnight: Sapphire Princess, 4 nights
This morning disembark in the pretty seaside town of Port Lincoln. Claimed to be the seafood capital of Australia, the waters around the town are famous for southern bluefin tuna and sardines. Join one of the offshore tours and visit the Lincoln National Park, see the scenic coastline and finish the day with wine tasting at Boston Bay. There are also tours that offer oyster and seafood tastings, with a visit to the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm just a short drive from Port Lincoln.
Today you will arrive at Kangaroo Island for a full day of exploring. Jump on one of the many coach tours and head to Flinders Chase National Park to see the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. If you're keen to see the local wildlife, join a guided beach walk amongst a colony of wild Australian sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park.
Spend the day enjoying the vast dining and entertainment options on the Sapphire Princess. With state of the art facilities, the ship itself is a destination! With original musical productions, dazzling magic shows, feature films and top comedians, there is always something happening to keep you entertained. If you're after some relaxation or rejuvenation, visit the exclusive adults-only 'Sanctuary' or book a treatment at the Lotus Spa.
This morning arrive at Phillip Island where you can disembark and join one of the onshore tours. Known for its lovely seaside villages and abundant wildlife, enjoy a self-guided walk to explore the pristine landscapes at Cape Woolamai. Or book a guided ranger tour and learn about the colony of Fur Seals at Seal Rocks.
Early this morning the Sapphire Princess will dock at Port Melbourne, where you will disembark and make your way to your accommodation in Melbourne city. While you're waiting to check-in to your room, leave your luggage at the hotel and head out to explore this unique and multicultural capital city renowned for its food scene, coffee, wine bars and secret laneways.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights
This morning you'll join a guided 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 Land. View the vibrant and unique street art in Hosier Lane before boarding your 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.
After your coach tour, cruise on the Yarra River past Melbourne's docklands and wharves, and see some of the great city views from a new perspective.
Today is a free day to explore more of the sights of Melbourne at your leisure. Join one of the many day tours taking you to Phillip Island to see the evening Penguin Parade, or explore the picturesque Great Ocean Road and have your photo taken in front of the Twelve Apostles.
Alternatively, jump on a tram and head to St Kilda, the beautiful seaside suburb famous for its palm-lined boardwalk, historic buildings, great restaurants, bars and cafes.
This morning board the XPT train at Southern Cross Station and travel first class, arriving in the New South Wales country town of Cootamundra after lunch. Here you will transfer to the Queanbeyan Coach Service for your transfer to Canberra. Arriving at Canberra Civic late in the afternoon, make your way to your accommodation where you'll enjoy three nights at the Novotel which will be your base to explore our Nation's Capital.
Overnight: Novotel Canberra or similar, 3 nights
The next two days are yours to explore Canberra at your leisure. Make sure you visit the National Museum of Australia, located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Take a guided tour or wander on your own through the many exhibitions showcasing the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Or head to the Australian War Memorial, a moving and insightful experience for all ages, with its range of galleries and exhibitions detailing the Australian experience of war. Stay for the moving Last Post Ceremony at the end of the day where you will hear the special story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour.
You can take a guided tour of Parliament House and see Australia’s democracy in action, or visit the National Gallery of Australia to see world-class art including ‘Blue Poles' by Jackson Pollock and the Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan.
Mid-morning, make your way to Canberra Station at Kingston to board the Southern Xplorer for your rail journey to Sydney. Settle into your first-class seat, and watch the scenery change as you travel through the picturesque Highlands region. Arrive in Sydney late this afternoon, and make your way to your accommodation.
Overnight: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar, 3 nights
Today travel around sparkling Sydney Harbour using your Hop On Hop Off Explorer pass. Departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, you can visit the most popular harbour destinations such as Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Shark Island or Barangaroo. (Entry fees to some of these locations is an additional cost.)
This evening enjoy Sydney Harbour’s signature dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000. 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 around the Harbour.
Today you can choose to return to Brisbane by air or by rail. There are many regular flights throughout the day or the rail option will have you arriving at Roma Street Station in Brisbane later in the evening.
Terms and Conditions
Prices are per person based on Inside Twin Cabin and include port fees and taxes. Upgrades to Outside and Balcony Cabins may be possible, subject to availability – please ask for pricing and details. Single Supplement starts at $6510pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. Price does not include gratuities. A non-refundable deposit of $1000pp is required when booking and the balance is due 70 days prior to departure. Any amendments will incur an additional cost, and strict cancellation fees apply – travel insurance is highly recommended for an additional cost.