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3 night Great Southern Rail from Brisbane to Adelaide; 3 nights in the Barossa (with car hire), 1 night in Adelaide; 7 night cruise to Perth & flights home.

Step aboard the newest rail experience in Australia and be among the first to experience the Great Southern and its all-new journey between Adelaide and Brisbane.  With just 16 departures between December 2019 and January 2020 we invite you to pair the journey with the ultimate Australian adventure.

Once arriving in Adelaide, you pick you your car and drive too the Barossa for 3 days of exploration and wine tastings. Yo'll then enjoy a final night in Adelaide before boding Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Vasco de Gama for a 7 night cruise to Perth via Esperance, Albany and Busselton.

Make no mistake, this is a unique itinerary that may not be repeated.

14 day fly, rail, cruise & stay from $5059
  • Departs December 30, 2019
  • Departing Brisbane


  • 4 days/ 3 nights aboard the Great Southern from Brisbane to Adelaide in Gold Twin service
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences at the Twelve Apostles, Hunter Valley and the Northern NSW (see below for details)
  • 3 days Intermediate Auto Car Hire from Adelaide downtown
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Barossa Valley including breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Adelaide
  • 7 night Cruise the Bight cruise onboard CMV's Vasco DeGama from Adelaide to Perth (Fremantle)
  • All main meals while on cruise and rail 
  • One way economy class airfare on a full service carrier from Perth to Brisbane
  • Airport taxes, Port charges and government fees

Day 2
 Hunter Valley Wine Region 
Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch (low intensity).

Port Stephens by Land and Sea
Experience the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before travelling to Nelson Bay for a relaxing afternoon cruise and lunch (medium intensity).

Newcastle Explorer
Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour and historical site visit. After lunch, visit Strzelecki Lookout and a stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk (medium intensity).

Day 3

 Melbourne Explorer
Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with your choice of a laneway walking tour, a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria or free time to shop and enjoy the city sights. As the day ends, the coach will transport you towards the awaiting train at Inverleigh Station stopping along the way for a sumptuous dinner (low/medium intensity).

Twelve Apostles
After lunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the unforgettable Twelve Apostles, a majestic collection of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean, and spectacular Loch Ard Gorge. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks in regional Victoria (low/medium intensity). Optional upgrade available: Twelve Apostles Scenic Flight. Note: Travel time to the Twelve Apostles is between 1.5 to 2hrs each way. *Christmas Day and New Years Day tours will differ.

Optional upgrade available: Twelve Apostles Scenic Flight. 


Day Date Port Arrive Depart
1 30/12 Make your own way to board the Great Southern Train
1 30/12 Journey to the Hunter Valley via Coffs Harbour by rail today
2 31/12 Enjoy your choice of off train excursion (see details above)
2 31/12 Journey to Melbourne in the evening
3 01/01 Enjoy your choice of off train excursions today (see details above)
3 01/01 Journey to Adelaide in the evening
4 02/01 On arrival in Adelaide make your own way to the car hire depot
4 02/01 After picking up your car drive yourselves to the Barossa Valley
5 03/01 Enjoy Barossa Valley at your leisure
6 04/01 Enjoy Barossa Valley at your leisure
7 05/01 Drive yourselves back to Adelaide and check-in to your hotel
7 05/01 Drop off your car hire back to the depot
8 06/01 Make your own way to the port & Embark Vasco De Gama
Cruise Itinerary
8 06/01 Adelaide, South Australia 5:00 PM
11 09/01 Esperance, Western Australia 8:00 AM 04:30 PM
12 10/01 Albany, Western Australia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
13 11/01 Busselton, Western Australia 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
15 13/01 Perth (Fremantle), WA Australia 8:00 AM
Post-Cruise Itinerary
15 13/01 Make your own way to the airport and fly home today

Previously respected and very popular on the international cruise market, Vasco da Gama has a rich heritage and maritime pedigree. The 55,877 grt Vasco da Gama has ten passenger decks serviced by eight lifts, is stabilized and air-conditioned throughout and underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2015.

Comfortable cabin accommodation ranges from standard to de-luxe with 80% enjoying an ocean view. There are no less than 120 balcony cabins and 29 more spacious suites which also benefit from having private balconies.
Key Facts
  • Cruise Line... Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Gross Tonnage... 55,877grt
  • Registry...   Bahamas, British Commonwealth
  • Classification Society.... Det Norske Veritas
  • Passenger Capacity.... 630 cabins (max 1220 passengers)
  • Re-built... 2015
  • Cruising Speed... 16.5 knots
  • Passenger Decks... 10
  • Lifts... 8
  • Electric Current... 100/220V AC
  • Stabilised & Air Conditioned... Yes
  • Officers & Crew... International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers...  British & International
  • Length... 719ft (219.4m)
  • Beam... 101ft (30.8m)

*Conditions Apply: Prices are per person, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. Offer correct as at 18Jun19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views and Suite cabins comprises Junior Suites, Mini Suites and any other type of suite that represents the best value for each cruise. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare and taxes within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Air taxes are included in package price and are subject to change depending on departure city. Unless otherwise stated, onboard gratuities are NOT included. ~Specialty restaurants may incur a surcharge. Cabins are based on guarantee and cabin number will not be assigned until documentation or embarkation. ‡Subject to Car Hire Terms and Conditions. Additional insurance and fees will apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level - please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer ends 09Aug19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Please note only residents with an Australian address are eligible to book Australian rates in Australian dollars. RefWWCC20190625

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