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Once in a Lifetime Experiences

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At Distant Journeys, we’re proud of our tours and the amazing experiences on offer. As the saying goes, great opportunities often come once in a lifetime – that’s why all our tours are inclusive of, not only the must see sights, but so many amazing once in a lifetime experiences too.

Here are some of our favourite once in a lifetime inclusions, from travelling on The Ghan train through Australia’s fabled outback to cruising the majestic Mekong River between Vietnam & Cambodia.

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The Ghan Train Australia

The Ghan Train

Included on our Very Best of Australia and Wonders of Australia itineraries, imagine Australia’s fabled outback unfolding before you as you enjoy a leisurely all-inclusive dining rail adventure on board the legendary Ghan. It’s an iconic trip across Australia’s ever-changing landscape.


Laughing Maiko (apprentice Geisha) in traditional red kimono, white face and red lips

Maiko Performance & Kaisei Meal

Enjoy an incredible Maiko (trainee geisha) performance and sample a traditional, multi-course Japanese meal, a Kaisei, on your trip to Japan! This amazing experience is included in Kyoto on our Very Best of Japan tour.

Couple being served a drink on the deck of Pandaw Mekong River Cruise in Vietnam

Mekong River Cruise

Cruise the Mekong River with a luxurious, 3-night river cruise between Vietnam and Cambodia. This elegant experience can be enjoyed from RV Indochina, an incredible, hand-built ship offering a tranquil journey through Vietnam and Cambodia’s waterways. This cruise is included in our Very Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tour.


Group of people taking pictures from a boat on Milford Sound in New Zealand

Milford Sound Cruise

Immerse yourself in spectacular waterfalls, mountains and rainforests as you cruise along the fjord on a Milford Sound cruise. Included on all our New Zealand tours, there are few better places to soak up the natural beauty and wildlife of New Zealand than within Fiordland National Park.


Lioness on dusty track with tourists in background taking images

South African Safari

A trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without an authentic safari experience in search of the ‘Big Five’. There are numerous opportunities across all our South Africa tours, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa,  the incredible Hawange National Park in Zimbabwe and the wildlife paradise of Chobe National Park in Botswana.


Traditional Houseboat on Keralan Backwaters Southern India

Keralan Houseboat

The Keralan backwaters in India are a magical experience and if travelling with us to India on our Splendours of Kerala tour, or our Grand Tour of India, you are in for a special treat! We overnight on a ‘kettuvallam’ – a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you cruise the labyrinth of canals and waterways.


Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

As you journey through daylight hours at a leisurely pace, be captivated by the majestic mountains, vivid canyons, and otherworldly desert landscapes that unfurl before your eyes. Indulge delicious meals, where menus highlight the finest local ingredients complemented by world-class hospitality and exquisite wines. Unwind aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, on our Grand Canadian Rockies tour and Grand Canadian Rockies & Alaskan Cruise tour. Choose between the Silverleaf or GoldLeaf service, and enjoy two days of unparalleled rail travel through a route accessible solely by train. Hosts on-board are dedicated to making your experience as memorable as the scenery outside.



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