3 Cities and 3 Trains (departing Melbourne)
For rail holiday enthusiasts, this 8 night/9 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.
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: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights
Today is a free day to explore the 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, and wander through the shops on Jetty Road, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on the Marina.
This evening there are a range of popular restaurants for dinner along Rundle Street, just a short walk from your hotel. Choose from a classic pub meal, to Thai, Indian or Italian cuisines.
Today travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, the Barossa. Taste some 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 upon a gourmet two course lunch, before finishing the day at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, where you will pair their wine with some of their chocolate.
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 to finish your day, there will be free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street.
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
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 or similar, 3 nights
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 for 3.5 hours around the spectacular Harbour.
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions
Prices are per person, correct at time of printing and valid till 31 March 2023. Single Supplement is an additional $700pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. 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. Read our latest COVID Safe practices and policies.