Relive the Golden Age of Travel with a Journey on Board the Luxury Ghan Train, One of the World’s Great Train Adventures

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Effortlessly venture through the vast Australian Outback from the Northern Tip to the Southern Ocean aboard the historic Ghan with Austravel.

Adventurous holidaymakers looking for the ultimate intrepid experience can match themselves with the legendary Ghan train, boldly venturing across one of the few remaining diverse and remote landscapes left on our planet. Named after the fabled Afghan pioneers who helped conquer the Australian Outback on camel, originally named the Afghan Express, The Ghan is one of the world’s most famous rail journeys that brings together the classic elements of luxury, adventure and scenery essential to hold such a title. In a time where people see Air Travel as essential for getting across a country vast enough to be a continent, the Ghan transports its passengers back on a journey through time to what many revere as the golden age of travel. The train was one of the tried and tested techniques used to conquer the far flung lands of the British Empire, and the latest Ghan holiday offer from Austravel is the quintessential way to enjoy travel across such vast distances.

The history of the Ghan and the journey it takes is iconic of the unique character of an Australian holiday. From a not too distant history, the Ghan’s original route followed that of the famous explorer John MacDouall and has its own share of unique and fascinating stories. Customers will be glad to hear it’s route has shifted Eastwards away from the flood susceptible plains of the past, and has extended from Alice Springs to Darwin after the turn of the century, completing a journey that takes you from the Southern shores to the Northern coastline of Australia.

Starting in Adelaide in South Australia, and finishing in Darwin in the Northern Territory, the Ghan chugs along 2,969km over the course of 54 hours, reaching a maximum speed of 115kph. From £1,995 per person, customers travelling with Austravel receive a free upgrade from Red to Gold Class, with 1 nights’ accommodation at a 3star hotel in Darwin and return flights with Qantas. This gives couples a saving of up to £866 and is for travel on selected dates in November 2012. The Adelaide-Darwin train journey is over the course of 3 days and 2 nights.

Travelling on the Ghan is the perfect opportunity to experience a truly unique triumvirate of landscapes, from the red centre of the Australian Outback, to the fertile vineyards of Adelaide and the tropics of the North, the Ghan rail journey does dramatic scenery like no other. This is what makes it stand out amongst the great rail journeys of the world, such as the Trans-Siberian Railroad and South Africa’s Blue Train, all three of which share the adventure, history and style that makes train travel a once in a lifetime distinctive experience.

For further information on the Ghan Rail Journey holiday offer, as well as the latest deals on flights to Australia and New Zealand, visit the Austravel website or get in contact on 0800 988 4834.

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