Australia Rail Extravaganza: Luxury Down Under

17-day Independent Tour
Australia & the Pacific

Our exclusive ‘Australia Rail Extravaganza: Luxury Down Under’ itinerary allows you to experience the joys of two cross-continent World’s Top 25 Trains — the famous Ghan, and the Indian Pacific. The great Platinum service on board the trains allows you plenty of time to be pampered — but also lots of time exploring off the train on included sightseeing excursions. The trains have added fantastic off-train experiences. Experience Sydney, Perth, Darwin and fantastic sites in between including rain forests, deserts and outback mining towns. This program abounds in UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Kakadu National Park to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).  All of our Society of International Railway Travelers guests who have taken this independent journey loved it. Now it’s your turn to try the Australia Rail Extravaganza. We can still remember what it felt like to wake up in the middle of the desert on the Ghan, with the fine orange glow of the sand, coffee in hand, as the world passed us by.

 “Thank you for encouraging us to go Platinum, because it made all the difference in the world. I loved it. It reminded me a lot of the Rovos Rail and the Orient Express, but the wood was oak. It was very nice. Their service was impeccable. They went out of their way to please you. It was really a nice trip. I’m really glad we could do it.” — C & R Gambrel

Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the Paul Gauguin

8-day Cruise
Australia & the Pacific

IRT’s Angela Walker took this wonderful cruise in October 2015. To read about her adventure, click here.

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others.

In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

Embark on the m/s Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, an island on the wish list of almost every cruise enthusiast. Then, sail on to Huahine, known as the “Garden Island” for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain.

Next, spend a day on Motu Mahana, a South Seas paradise. On a white sand beach beneath palm fronds ruffled by gentle breezes, you can snorkel, kayak, play volleyball, or simply relax, and enjoy a traditional feast with Polynesian entertainment.

Then it’s on to spectacular Bora Bora to see why author James A. Michener called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” Bask on a private beach on a motu off the coast and admire the jagged volcanic peaks, multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches of Moorea, said to be the inspiration for Bali Hai.