Experience the wonder that is Uluru from the tented luxury of Longitude 131°. Learn about the history and stories of the local Anangu people. Indulge in exceptional culinary offerings as you watch the sun set over Kata Tjuta. Fly to Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia, and join the legendary Ghan train. Sit back and watch the red earth pass by in the deluxe comfort of Platinum Class. At Katherine, witness the grandeur of a monumental natural wonder with a leisurely Nitmiluk Gorge cruise. Arrive refreshed in Darwin. Take in some of the highlights of this tropical city before flying to Perth and rejoining the Silver Whisper in Fremantle.
04MIDADL-G The Red Centre & the Ghan Train
Departure: Adelaide, Australia 11 February, 2017
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Re-join ship: Fremantle, Australia 15 February, 2017
Reserve by: 11 November, 2016
This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by 11 November, 2016. Requests received after this date may be accommodated 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. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.
Saturday, 11 February, 2017 - Adelaide, Australia to Ayers Rock
Depart the ship at Adelaide Cruise Terminal and transfer to the airport for your flight to the Red Centre. Upon arrival at Ayers Rock, you'll be met by a representative of Longitude 131° and transferred to your home for the next two nights.
Standing at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° is the closest accommodation to the red rock formation known as Uluru, Australia's most endearing and enduring icon. An intimate fifteen luxury tents, elevated atop rust-red dunes, complement the pristine natural environment and provide a private place to rest, relax and refresh. In the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed, find the serene, silent sleep of the desert. Above the sweeping tent canopy floats a great expanse of Southern sky, endless and sparkling. Constellations brimming with tales from the Anangu (local Aboriginal people) give rise to the rich dreams found only in the heart of sacred, powerful places. As one of only a select number of guests, awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru, drenched in its fabled light and find unprecedented solitude and serenity.
Guests at Longitude 131° take the road less travelled, sharing exclusive and authentic adventures with small groups of fellow adventurers. An exceptional touring program is included in the wilderness experience and a personalised itinerary is presented upon arrival. Signature experiences with lodge naturalist guides are shared with fellow guests in custom touring vehicles. Expeditions operate at scheduled times on a rotating basis, dependent on day of arrival. Private touring can be arranged at additional cost subject to availability.
Walpa Gorge & Kata Tjuta
This experience heads to Kata Tjuta which comprises 36 majestic dome-like rock formations. A walk through Walpa Gorge wends its way through the canyon, sheer rock walls rising obliquely on each side. You will discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today's landscape with expert commentary describing the natural history, ecology and indigenous significance of the area. The tour calls briefly at the Kata Tjuta Viewing Area for a longer distance perspective and photo opportunity before a visit to the Cultural Centre where the informative and interactive displays provide insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
A drive into the dual World Heritage-listed National Park leads to the twilight viewing area where you can take in the sunset over Uluru with a glass in hand. This is the perfect location to capture the changing lights reflected over the Rock's many faces as the sun slips below the vast desert horizon.
Dine out on sumptuous outback fare and discover the wonders of the southern night sky. On arrival at your dinner setting, enjoy canapés and cocktails as the sun dips below the horizon, and later be mesmerised by indigenous performers with a cultural dance. Feast on four delicious courses complemented with the finest Australian wines at the outdoor dining venue under the stars. Return to the Dune House for after-dinner drinks or float back to your luxury tent for a deep slumber under the stars. Table 131° operates subject to weather and climatic conditions.
Overnight at Longitude 131°
Sunday, 12 February - Ayers Rock
Today is a day for as much activity or relaxation as you wish. As part of your programme, all Signature Activities are included. Some highlights are:
Venturing to Uluru whilst the morning sun lights up the ancient monolith, meander along the pathway to the peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as guides share the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru.
Mala Walk & Kantju Gorge
After arriving at the base of Uluru the guide leads you on a gentle walk as you learn about the history of the Mala people, pointing out cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the gorge walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Enjoying sunset drinks and canapés, guests revel in the silence and solitude.
Dine and relax in the earth-toned Dune House, the heart of Longitude 131°, with its panoramic views and dramatic domed roof. Breakfast begins early with freshly baked pastries, fruit and a la carte menu selection. Premium espresso coffee and a generous selection of fine leaf teas are signature elements. After a morning filled with walks, or simply spent relaxing with a book by the pool, appetites are up for lunch. The three course menu offers a selection of seasonal treats and is deceptively light, leaving room for afternoon tea served to coincide with departure of the afternoon activity. A selection of Australian and international cheeses and homemade lavosh are provided on tour.
Overnight at Longitude 131°
Monday, 13 February - Ayers Rock to Alice Springs, board The Ghan
After a leisurely breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs.
Experience the highlights of Alice Springs on a tour with your fellow Silversea travellers. Visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air, Overland Telegraph Station and Mbantua (Aboriginal Cultural Museum and Gallery). Meet some of the desert's most unusual animals at Alice Springs Desert Park, and enjoy a lunch during your short stay in The Alice.
Late in the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the Alice Springs railway station to join the legendary Ghan train for your journey to Darwin. When camels and their handlers arrived in the 1800s, they joined the efforts to open up Australia's centre, carrying the materials for tracks that would later become the famous Ghan line. Since its inaugural journey in 1929, The Ghan has served hundreds of outback towns relying on rail to survive. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. Enroute from Alice Springs to Darwin, The Ghan takes you to Nitmiluk Gorge near Katherine, where you can touch millions of years of nature's work and discover the rich Dreamtime stories of the Top End.
Platinum Service offers guests a range of luxury extras including in-cabin breakfasts, access to the exclusive Platinum Lounge and Restaurant and Off Train Excursions. Spacious Platinum Service cabins feature full size en-suite facilities and the choice of double or twin bedding.
· Cabins are twice the size of a Gold Twin cabin.
· By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans. By night, lounges are converted into double or twin beds.
· Full size en-suite facility equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian amenities
· Power outlets and in-cabin safe
· In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
· Picture windows offering view from both sides of the train
· All-inclusive dining, beverages, Off-train Excursions and Short Stops
· Exclusive use of Platinum Lounge and Restaurant for dining and socialising
· Freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfast served upon request
· Refreshments served in cabin
Overnight aboard The Ghan
Tuesday, 14 February - Aboard The Ghan to Darwin
Happy Valentine's Day!
Shortly after breakfast you can step off the train at the town of Katherine. Included as part of your programme is your choice of several uniquely local experiences on the Katherine River. Those who don't care to walk too far can take a leisurely boat tour down the First Gorge listening to Dreamtime stories and the significance the Gorge played in the lives of its indigenous owners. A more active option is the Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise that takes you through both First and Second Gorge (approx. 3km of walking involved). You may also choose to upgrade your time here with a choice of two different flightseeing excursions that can be purchased directly onboard the train.
Return to the train and continue on your journey with an anticipated arrival time into Darwin at 17.30h. The local Silversea representative meets you at the station and assists with your transfer to the hotel. The balance of the evening is at your leisure. The hotel concierge will be happy to assist you in choosing a local restaurant for dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Adina Waterfront Hotel
Wednesday, 15 February - Darwin to Fremantle
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver/guide for a short city tour of Darwin. Drive through Darwin and make two brief photo stops (Botanic Gardens & East Point), visit Fannie Bay Gaol, enjoy some free time at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, where you can purchase some lunch, before heading to the airport.
On arrival in Perth, you'll be met and returned to Silver Whisper at Fremantle.
Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a modest amount of activity - some walking at Ayers Rock and in Katherine. This programme is suitable for guests who rely on a wheelchair, though some modifications will need to be made. Not all sites are accessible nor served by elevators. Changes to flight schedules may necessitate revisions to this programme.
The weather in the desert may be chilly during early morning and late evening, and usually warm and dry during the day. The wet season in Darwin starts November and initially brings hot and steamy weather with the occasional spectacular lightning storm and short but intense rains. Most of Darwin's rain falls between January and March.
· One-night stay at Longitude 131°
· Two-night stay aboard The Ghan in Platinum Class accommodations
· Economy-class flights from Adelaide to Ayers Rock. Upgrades to Business-class may be available, but are non-refundable and require immediate payment to be confirmed.
· Four breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (soft drinks, house wine, local beer are included with all meals)
· All sightseeing and transfers as described in itinerary above
All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities for drivers or guides, optional excursions, 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. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of 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, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described 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.