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Rock 'N' Canyon tour
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Rock 'N' Canyon

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 807 $ 161 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the sunset and sunrise over Uluṟu
  • Walk the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuṯa
  • Swag under the stars at Kings Creek Station

Short Description

Rock and roll your way to Uluṟu for the best sunset and sunrise you’ll probably ever see. Swap one natural wonder for another over these five days and see red… in the best possible way with the utterly stunning red rock landscapes. Stargaze, BBQ, hike through canyons and gaze at water holes. This is one Outback trip you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

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Cities & Attractions

Alice Springs

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 2 nights in hostels, 1 night in a swag, 1 night in a hotel
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

Hit the red ground running as you meet the group and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru). We're off to visit the sacred monolith itself this afternoon, with a guided walk on the cards. Later, raise a glass of bubbles as we watch the glow of the sunset morph through 50 shades of red. Then: hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to Australia, mate!

Included today:
-Experience sunset at Uluru

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Forgive the early hour, but this is a sunrise you'll want to see (trust us). Later on, we'll get a sense of the immense scale of Uluru with a base walk. Gear up for the optional activities today - we're talking scenic helicopter rides, camel rides and segway tours.

Included today:
-Experience sunrise at Uluru
-Uluru base walk

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic helicopter flights
-Camel ride
-Segway tour

Day 3

After breakfast, get ready for some soul searching - we're off to explore the heart of sacred Kata Tjuta with a walk through the Valley of the Winds. Next: prepare to live the life of a jolly swagman as we bed down in custom swags (think: the ultimate portable sleeping unit) in Kings Creek Station. Keep an eye out for shooting stars, and don't forget to make a wish!

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon.

Included today:
-Walk the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
-Swag under the stars at Kings Creek Station

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

Get your hiking boots on! This morning we’ll be tackling the hardest part of the famous Rim Walk in Kings Canyon (aptly named ‘Heart Attack Hill’). Believe us, it’s worth the effort! We’re talking age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City… and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden will make today even more awesome. After a stop off to grab some lunch, we’ll head back to Alice Springs.

Included today:
-Guided hike of Kings Canyon
-Visit the Garden of Eden

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

Back in Alice Springs, we’ll have the chance to explore the town centre. Then: time to say a fond farewell to your travel mates. This is the end of the road (for now).

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wifi

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 23

Trip ID#:

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