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Taste of the Ghan adds new dates to bucket list trip, to meet demand

Taste of the Ghan has added several dates to its calendar to meet customers eager to board its first-ever day trip to the Clare Valley.

The Ghan is taking off from the station today, bound towards the Clare Valley in its first-ever day trip to SA’s premier wine region.

Guests can now head on epicurean adventure that is sure to tickle your taste buds and delight the gastronome in you. Experience The Ghan with a single day regional adventure, to the world-renowned Clare Valley, known for its food and wine— will begin operations today.

Announced last month, the highly anticipated experience by Journey Beyond has added additional dates to keep up with customer demand, with The Ghan set to travel to Clare on the 22 October, as well as November 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Journey Beyond has never hosted a local journey like this before, but they have distilled their knowledge of epic long-distance experiences to create something exceptional. The day-trip experience is expected to welcome a new group of guests onboard with the inaugural journey and introduce them to an immersive experience in a new region.

Departing from and returning to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal, the journey begins with a fabulous pre-departure celebration at the Terminal. Once onboard, guests can relax and delight in a feast of the eyes, ears, and palate while enjoying breakfast en route to Clare Valley.

Host Nick Ryan will share his stories about the Clare Valley, with his wine expertise and enthusiasm for the region providing guests with a real taste of what they are to expect come arrival.

On arrival, luxury coaches transport guests to a local winery for an insightful wine tasting, igniting the inner sommelier, and then off to enjoy a 3-course lunch amongst the vines at another local winery, replete with wine pairings.

The Taste the Ghan experience partners with vineyards in the region, including Pikes Wines, O’Leary Walker Wines, Jeanneret Wines, and Bush DeVine at Pauletts.

At day’s end, guests will re-board the train and enjoy a final glass of wine or port, paired with cheese and chocolate, on the return to Adelaide.

Tickets begin at $550, with the full-day exclusive package including on-train breakfast and all-inclusive beverages, a tasting at a local winery, a 3-course fine-dining meal at a choice between either Slate at Pikes Wines or Bush DeVine at Pauletts.

Pete Egglestone, Chief Commercial Officer for Journey Beyond, the operator of The Ghan, said, “Most of our iconic long-distance train experiences have been affected at some point throughout the year, which is why we were so excited about getting The Ghan back on the tracks just over a week ago. Behind the scenes, though, and looking at what more we can offer, which has resulted in the Taste of The Ghan”.

“We think the Clare Valley is a pretty special part of South Australia – it is one of the country’s oldest wine regions after all. And we like wine. So, we’re launching a limited-edition one-day train experience that pairs Clare Valley wines, vines, and winemakers with The Ghan experience”, Mr. Egglestone continued.

As part of South Australian Tourism Commission’s South Australian Great State Experience Vouchers, guests can use their voucher towards booking a Platinum or Gold Class Experience on the Taste of The Ghan.

The Clare Valley is noted as one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, where winemaking first began back in 1840. The region is now home to 35 unique cellar doors, producing 21,500 tonnes of grapes each year.

Bookings for a Taste of the Ghan can be made here.

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