Great tour to iconic locations with enthusiastic and well-informed driver/guide.
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour, the guides and drivers were excellent and full of information. The tour meant that we got to see a lot in a small amount of time which was great and we even managed to squeeze in a helicopter trip over Uluru which I would highly recommend as well. We chose the First class option and thought all the accommodation was just that, first class very clean and comfortable. They were an exceptional tour company and would highly recommend to anyone looking to tour NT.
Everthing went very smoothly. always on time,and guides and bus drivers very good.
Well-planned itinerary which gives good experience of the "red center". Great sunset (wine table) and sunrise viewings. AAT Kings is a well-organized tour operator with comfortable buses and capable driver/guides. Special mention for driver Phil, good English easy to understand, with excellent knowledge of flora, fauna and indigenous customs, the Kings Canyon floor walk was a pleasure.
It isn't clear what "Budget Accomadation" at Kings Canyon means -- shared accomodation is not really shared, it is a room with no facilities, the toilet and washroom is 20meters away in a separate block. Really for backpackers, which the descriptiom doesn't make clear.
Loved the Sunrise at Uluru and the sunset too. On different days. At the sunrise they had hot drinks and cookies. At the sunset wine and chips and dips. So unexpected and well done. Totally enjoyed the hikes through the canyon and outback. The guide was so knowledgeable and answered all questions. We also saw a demonstration by Aboriginese on the use of tools and other implements. Just fascinating. I also purchased an original painting. Just beautiful. Great trip. Well planned and run. The Hotels were also great. No complaints had a great time.
Excellent tour that provides the opportunity to admire both the natural wonders of Red Centre and the aboriginal culture. Kings Canyon offer the most spectacular views.
Dorothy H USA
The trip to Kata Juka and Ayers Rock on the the second day of the tour was wonderful. The Rock is quite a sight and the guide who conducted the tour of the base was outstanding. We enjoyed seeing Kata Juka almost more than Ayers Rock. The King's Canyon tour was equally as interesting and the sights just as awesome. The two hotels (Sails in the Desert and the King's Canyon Lodge) were both as good as described with beautiful rooms and comfortable beds. Unfortunately the area is in the middle of nowhere and, as a result, the food was outrageously expensive though it was good.
Excellent trip. Perfect timing, perfect organisation, wonderful driver and guide. Could not have been better.
Jocelyn F New Zealand
Tony, the guide, was very knowledgeable about aboriginal culture which made the tour a success. The accommodation was great and the evening in Kings Canyon most entertaining. However, we sat out on our balcony to enjoy the sunset and the arrogant neigbours started smoking which sent us indoors. Smoking should be banned in and around the units. There is plenty of space in the wilderness where the smokers to go. The walk along on the Kings Canyon river bed was magnificient with all the wild flowers in bloom.
RANDALL M USA
John our tour director and driver did a great job. The places we stayed were nice, and we enjoyed the trip. Yes I would reccomend the trip to others.
Wonderfully arranged tour to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon. The only advice is to be prepared for a long bus ride to Kings Canyon, especially with the relatively brief time spent at that site.
This 3-days trip was good.
If it possible, we wish the coach can detour to visit the meteor craters.
One disappointment: The accommodation at Kings Canyon was a lodge without private bathroom / toilet. The piece of important information was disclosed AFTER BUT NOT BEFORE our payment.
Overall, an excellent trip. The drivers/guides were very knowledgable and the accommodation and coaches provided were both very comfortable. The agenda makes good use of the limited time available and I felt overall this was pretty good value for money
The trip was all round very good with two complaints:
1 when we turned up at Sails in The Desert our rooms weren't ready and there was a long check-in line. I think that's the sort of detail which you should have sorted out in advance. I shouldn't have to waste my holiday time waiting for my rooms.
2 no such problem at King's Canyon resort but our rooms might have been 'King's Canyon facing' butd because of the wall of rock just outside them you couldn't actually see it. That's tantamount to a fraud.
Very good tour looked after well, if going again would use Uluru as my base not Alice Springs
Even when cloudy, the grandeur of Kata Tjuta and Uluru are impressive. The ATA King team was excellent throughout. The "budget" accommodation were fine, especially since there was almost no time to spend in them--there was always someplace to go or to be.
Amazing locations, knowledgable and interesting tour guide. Acommodation OK, but make sure you specify twin or double rooms at Kings Canyon resort - my son and daughter would not share a bed and the only option was to upgrade.
Wulf Ingo K Germany
Decent bus with friendly and competent driver. Good hotels. Friendly and competent guides. No time pressure.
Well organized trip, with pick-up from hotel in Alice, transfers etc. running smoothly by a team that knew what they were doing.
While some of the included walks could have been more challenging, overall impression of the itinerary was good. The snacks and drinks for sunset was a lifesaver. However, the constant droning about holy this and sacred that, particularly on the Ayers Rock section, got old quickly. Once regarding photo ban is enough.Same goes for the not climbing rock stuff. Say what you need, do it one once and be done with it.