Travel by 4WD-vehicle through the heart of the Red Centre on a 3-day tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Have the option to include a Sounds of Silence Dinner after seeing the sun rise and set over two of Australia's most iconic landmarks, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stay overnight in 4.5-star hotels and complete your tour in either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock. This small-group tour is limited to 14 participantsfor a more personalized experience
Accompanied by an expert guide, travel by sturdy air-conditioned 4WD-vehicle through the Red Centre to experience the otherworldly landscape and ancient Aboriginal culture of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Take guided walks in stunning Outback locations, look for wildlife, ride a camel, and admire a colorful sunrise and sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Hear fascinating stories about the region from your knowledgeable guide, and sleep well at night in deluxe 4.5-star hotels. Most meals are included, with sparkling wine and appetizers on two occasions. You can choose to add the Sounds of Silence dinner, an exceptional evening under the stars with a fantastic multicourse meal. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Alice Springs or the option to end your tour in Ayers Rock.
Day 1: Alice Springs — Kings Canyon (D)
This afternoon you will travel 200 miles (323 kilometers) southwest from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon, passing through the vast, red desert scrubland and stopping at Stuarts Well and Camels Australia, where you can take a short camel ride. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and appetizers as you get to know your fellow travelers and watch the sun set over Carmichael Crag at the western end of Kings Canyon, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort
Day 2: Kings Canyon — Uluru-Kata Tjuta (B, L, D)
It’s an early start to the day in order to beat the heat on your three-hour guided walk along the rim of Kings Canyon. See the spectacular sights of the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and Garden of Eden and be mesmerized by the sheer natural beauty of the area, with towering ancient sandstone walls weathered by time and pockets of lush vegetation springing up like an oasis in the harsh desert.
You will then travel to Willonga Well for lunch and a glass of wine under the shade of the mighty Desert Oaks before continuing on Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You will visit Walpa Gorge and follow the walking trail along a natural creek between the two tallest domes of the Olgas, or 'Kata Tjuta' in the local aboriginal language, meaning 'many heads.' These red, dome-shaped masses of rock are sacred to the Aborigines and feature prominently in stories of the Dreaming and Creation.
Sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta is simply awe-inspiring, an incredible light show with crimsons turning to rusts, and fading hues of pink to mauve. You have the choice tonight of the Sounds of Silence Dinner (additional expense) or traveling to a remote location where you will toast the end of the day with wine and appetizers, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock Resort
Day 3: Uluru – Alice Springs (B, L*)
This morning you will travel out to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the darkness, to witness the dawn of a new day. As the sun rises, Uluru is stunning in soft pastel shades gradually changing into bright vibrant colors.
Learn more about the traditional owners of the land through guided base walks around the rock. Discover the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories handed down for thousands of years from generation to generation. You have the option to return to the hotel for breakfast or have a breakfast box if you choose to take the three-hour Mala Walk with a local Aboriginal guide (own expense) or climb Uluru (approximately 2.5 hours).
If you are departing from Uluru, your tour will end with an airport transfer at midday, or if you are continuing to Alice Springs, you will enjoy a typical Australian barbecue lunch at the Curtin Springs Station, before arriving in Alice Springs later in the afternoon.
*Lunch if returning to Alice Springs
Please note: The Anangu (Aboriginal landowners) regard Uluru as a sacred site and strongly discourage climbing the rock. The Mala Walk is for guests wanting a direct indigenous experience; otherwise, a base walk will be with your group tour guide.