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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Outback Odyssey

Tour description

Venture into one of Australia's most remote areas, famous for its rugged beauty and one of the country's most enduring symbols, Ayers Rock, shrouded in myths and legends since time began.

04MIDADL-C OUTBACK ODYSSEY - Alice Springs & Ayers Rock  

Departure: February 8, 2013

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Re-join ship: February 12, 2013 in Fremantle

Reserve by: November 29, 2012

Double occupancy only

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 29 2012. Requests received after this date are on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.

The Red Centre, comprising Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, was nominated a World Heritage Site in 1987. Explore this living museum and one of the world's last frontiers during a three-night stay at the award-winning, luxury tented Longitude 131˚ nestled at the edge of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. En route from Adelaide to Ayers Rock, an overnight at Alice Springs offers an introduction to this genuine frontier town in the heart of Australia.

DAY ONE - Friday, February 8, 2013 - Adelaide / Alice Springs

Depart the ship and begin your adventure trip with a transfer to the Adelaide airport and a morning flight to Alice Springs.   Upon arrival at Alice Springs, you are met and transferred to the Chifley Hotel where lunch will be awaiting. There is free time to relax after check-in and before your desert sunset camel ride. Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner in the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort.

Overnight accommodation at Chifley Alice Springs Resort - Alice Springs.

DAY TWO - Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Alice Springs / Ayers Rock

After breakfast and check-out, spend the morning becoming acquainted with the distinct character of one of Australia's premier frontier towns. Enjoy panoramic views from Anzac Hill overlooking the town and the West MacDonnell Ranges before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base. Here you are shown a film outlining the dream of Reverend John Flynn and experience the School of the Air, also known as the largest classroom in the world. Then proceed to a local restaurant for lunch. Conclude your tour of Australia's 'Red Heart' oasis at the Alice Springs airport from where a flight takes you to Ayers Rock.

Upon arrival at Ayers Rock, transfer to the 5-star Longitude 131˚ and check into your luxury tent accommodation. The elevated tents with their flowing fabric from a white dome roof look impressive in the stark, red landscape. Each tent pays homage to an early Australian pioneer or explorer. But unlike them, guests enjoy sublime comfort in their luxurious tent where no expense has been spared to create a unique ambiance. From a bedside switch you can raise the blinds and watch the spectacular views of Uluru at sunrise. Longitude 131˚ truly provides guests with the ultimate and authentic outback experience.

In the afternoon, two and a half hours before sunset, proceed into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and make a stop at the viewing platform for that 'post-card' photo opportunity. As you drive around Uluru, the guide will explain the World Heritage values, as well as the geology and tourism history of the region. Continue along the Mala Walk from the Cultural Centre and, as the afternoon transforms into the evening, you are invited to take a walk into Kantju Gorge. Watch the gorge walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun whilst sipping champagne and nibbling on canapés. The unique Kantju Gorge experience is an exclusive for guests staying at Longitude 131˚.

From here, return to Longitude 131˚ and enjoy dinner at the Dune House.

Overnight accommodation at Longitude 131˚ - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

DAY THREE - Sunday, February 10 - Kata Tjuta/Walpa Gorge/ Ayers Rock

After an early breakfast, depart Longitude 131˚ and head to Kata Tjuta, a famous landmark comprising 36 majestic domes, also known as the Olgas. Along the way, stop for photographs is made at the Kata Tjuta Viewing Point and to hear expert commentary about the ecology, fire management, flora and fauna of the area. After an approximately four-hour outing, including morning tea, return to Longitude 131˚ and enjoy time to relax before lunch.

After lunch, free time allows you to engage in optional activities such as camel rides, Harley Davidson rides, spa treatments and scenic helicopter flights.

The evening's highlight is in an unforgettable dining experience known as Table 131 restaurant's 'Dining under the Stars', with stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta while the sun sets over these iconic landmarks. Feast on sumptuous outback fare complemented with fine Australian wines and discover the wonders of the southern night sky. Returning to the Dune House, end this magical evening with complimentary after dinner drinks.

Overnight accommodation at Longitude 131˚ - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

DAY FOUR - Monday, February 11- Uluru Sunrise Base Walk/ Ayers Rock

Rise early this morning for the Uluru base walk. As day breaks over Australia's heartland, the guide will explain the history of this unique area, including the plights of early explorers and their interactions with the Anangu people, the traditional owners of this spectacular wilderness. With a greater understanding of one of the world's truly ancient cultures, you then proceed with the Uluru base walk and learn about the sites that are sacred to the traditional owners. A walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole offers additional insight into the sheer physical and spiritual enormity of Uluru. The guide will point out cave paintings and other relevant sites important to the Anangu and early explorers.

Breakfast awaits upon your return to Longitude 131˚, followed by some leisure time before lunch at the Dune House.

Free time in the afternoon allows you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the surrounding environment as you please or to organise and participate in the various optional activities on offer.

Pre-dinner drinks are served before enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner at your leisure.

Overnight accommodation at Longitude 131˚ - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

DAY FIVE - Tuesday, February 12 - Ayers Rock/ Perth /Ship

Breakfast today is at your convenience with a mouth-watering á la carte selection of cooked breakfasts, cereals, and fresh fruit juice. Relax and take in the beauty of Australia's Red Centre or capture those final photographs before check-out and lunch. Depart the hotel in the early afternoon and transfer to the Ayers Rock airport for your flight to Perth, Western Australia.

Upon arrival at the Perth airport, proceed to your tour vehicle for an orientation drive of this attractive city. Perth offers dazzling views from every angle. Soaring skyscrapers and elegant mansions on Millionaires' Row give evidence of the city's prosperity.  Then continue on to Fremantle where the streets are lined with terraced houses and historic buildings.

Conclude your Outback Odyssey with the return to the ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, approximately two miles (over three kilometres) at the Kata Tjuta & Walpa Gorge and about 1.5 miles (nearly 2.5 kilometres) during the Uluru Sunrise tour. The frontier-style town of Alice Springs requires a certain sense of adventure to ensure its enjoyment. Some of the walking here will be on uneven ground and with steps to be negotiated. This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Please keep luggage to a minimum (maximum allowance for checked luggage on domestic flights is 50 pounds (23 kg) and 15 pounds (7 kg) for carry-on bags and any excess is at each guest's expense). Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. At Ayers Rock, all transfers and sightseeing is handled by Longitude 131˚. A waiver form must be signed and riding helmets worn for the Desert Sunset Camel Ride. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. Operation of this tour is dependent on favourable weather. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Guests on this overland will miss the call at Albany. A minimum of participants is required for programme operation. Optional activities available at Longitude 131˚ can be booked and paid for at the resort. At time of printing, camel rides were AUD $56 per person and AUD $213 per person for helicopter flights and are subject to change.

Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Chifley Alice Springs Resort (or similar) - Alice Springs

·        Three-night stay at Longitude 131˚ (or similar) - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park  

·        Four breakfasts, five lunches, four dinners (meals include two beverages, choice of beer, house wine, soft drinks)

·        Scheduled flights (Economy Class) Adelaide/Alice Springs/Ayers Rock/Perth

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, airline schedule changes, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.