Long Weekend Rail Adventure
Fully Escorted - Heritage rail tour to Griffith
Join us on our Long Weekend Rail Adventure this September to the Italian foodie haven of Griffithin the rich Riverina region. Hosted by Cruise Express in partnership with Princess Cruises, you’ll travel to the foodbowl of Australia aboard our charming, privately chartered heritage train with compartment cars hauled by historic locomotive 4204 and 4716. Our 4-day adventure coincides with the Taste Riverina Festival which celebrates the year’s harvest and showcases the premium food and wine that waves of Italian migrants have generously brought to the region. We’ll visit the family farms, olive groves, famous wineries and rustic Italian restaurants that embody the essence of the beautiful Riverina. We’ve even organised a spectacular flying display by old military aircraft just for you in Temora during our train journey back to Sydney.
So grab your friends – or you can make new ones on tour – and get ready for a fun short break as we toast ‘la dolce vita’ – the sweet life. But be quick to reserve your places or you’ll miss the train!
Departs 29 September 2017 - 4 days
- Heritage rail journey from Sydney to Griffith and return including tea and coffee onboard
- Lunch at the Junee Railway Station Cafe
- 3 nights Griffith accommodation at the Grand Motel or Quest (or similar)
- Exclusive farm visit to Corynnia Station including garden and farm tour with lunch
- Exclusive tour of Carrathool Cotton Gin (time and weather permitting)
- Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event hosted by McWilliams Wines and Princess Cruises
- Tour of Griffith including Scenic Hill, Pioneer Park and Scenic Curtain
- Visit to Piccolo Farm with walk-through and forage, cooking demonstration by Luke Piccolo and buffet lunch
- Wine tasting in the gardens of De Bortoli Wines including a special presentation by the wine maker with a focus on their Noble One Botrytis dessert wines
- Wine tasting at Calabria Wines with a winery tour and presentation by the wine maker with a focus on Italian varietals
- Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event at Zecca Handmade Italian
- Exclusive tour of Temora Aviation Museum including a vintage aircraft fly past and BBQ lunch provided by Mimosa Valley Lamb
- Group coach travel, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Services of a professional Cruise Express Tour Managers^
Skylight Room – Grand Motel
- from: $1,790* per person twin share – ON REQUEST
- from: $1,990* per person sole occupancy – ON REQUEST
Window Room – Grand Motel
- from: $1,890* per person twin share – SOLD OUT
- from: $2,090* per person sole occupancy – SOLD OUT
Balcony Room – Grand Motel
- from: $1,990* per person twin share – SOLD OUT
- from: $3,090* per person sole occupancy – SOLD OUT
Studio / Apartment Room – Quest Griffith
- from: $2,090* per person twin share – ON REQUEST
- from: $2,390* per person sole occupancy – ON REQUEST
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In the early 1950s Clyde Engineering commenced construction of what would become the 42 class locomotives for New South Wales Government Railway (NSWGR). The six single-cab streamlined diesel electric locomotives were introduced from late 1955. Locomotive 4204 entered service on Thursday 29 March, 1956. The 42’s were ordered for main south passenger trains though were never common on the “premier” express trains of the day. They were trialled on services such as the Newcastle Flyer, Intercapital Daylight, Melbourne Limited, Spirit of Progress and Brisbane Limited. They were also very rare on the south coast.
The introduction of the 44 class diesels from 1957 saw the 42 class transferred to the main south for where built, running between Sydney and Albury. When more modern locomotives usurped the 42 Class in these roles, they were relegated to all manner of traffic, often seen working on the Main South and South Coast lines on freight trains. The class would eventually be rendered surplus and would be withdrawn by 1983. That would not prove to be the end, with 4204 immediately take over by Lachlan Valley Railway. The locomotive is one of two in the class still operational and 62 years after being introduced.
Built: 1955 Builder: Clyde Engineering, Granville – Sydney Entered Service: 1955 Last Revenue Service: 1983 Entered Heritage Service: 1983 Length: 18.98m Width: 2.97m Prime Mover: EMD D12 Power output: 1,600 bhp Maximum speed: 115 km/h Track Gauge: Standard
What our past passengers say
A very big thank you to everyone involved in organising this amazing trip! Scott & I had a wonderful time from the moment we met the Cruise Express staff at Central Station & the friendly & informative volunteers on the train. We met some lovely people and have enjoyed listening to their stories about travelling on similar trains and carriages in the past. We were lucky enough to share our carriage with a very friendly couple. We shared our life stories, travelled on coaches with them, shared meals at restaurants, wineries and farms, and laughed heaps!!Our accommodation at Quest, Griffith was great. The coaches were new and clean and the drivers very friendly. Everywhere we went we learnt something new about farming sheep, growing wine, fruit harvesting, cruising and the work that goes into maintaining and running heritage trains! The meals we had were fantastic! From the breakfast pack on the train to the great meal at Piccolo made by Nona and her family! The dinner at McWilliams, the wonderful lunch at the Junee Railway Station Cafe, dinner at Zecca Restaurant and the breakfasts & dinners at Griffith. Not forgetting the sandwiches & rolls from Moss Vale!We hope you will be organising this trip again and we will highly recommend it to our family and friends. Thankyou again to everyone involved, we have made new friends and lots of new memories.
Tricia & ScottLong Weekend Rail Adventure
A big THANK YOU for the memorable 5 day R&R we have just completed: 3 days on Golden Princess, 1 day in Melbourne culminating with the train journey home, partly on The Spirit of Progress and then the renewed rail motor to Sydney. Every detail was attended to. The train trip was awesome. No time to be bored!!! It was like being on the cruiseship. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided with morning and afternoon snacks and of course the wonderful “happy hour” with beer, bubbles and chips. A big thank you also must go to the “train” staff for all their work. Congratulations and well done!
Stefanie & WallyIntercapital Daylight Rail & Sail, November 2016
We had our Sea Princess cruise from Sydney to South America and back cut short in January when Andrew fell during a walk around Punta Arenas, fracturing his skull and cheek bone. He is recovering well now but can I say that the SureSave insurance that Cruise Express sells was excellent. SureSave phoned us regularly and organised for someone to take care of everything and accompany us home. Princess Cruises helped us a lot and courtesy of SureSave, we flew back to Sydney in first class. I want to thank Cruise Express for their assistance. We have booked over 12 cruises through them and they are always so helpful and reliable, saving us a lot of time and effort. We are looking forward to cruising to the UK next year with Cunard and cruising back with Sea Princess again. From our experience, it’s vital to have travel insurance from a reputable company every time you travel.
Jenny & AndrewSouth America, January 2017
It was totally awesome. Would highly recommend. The trains were gorgeous as were the volunteers. The escorts were great, the hotels were terrific and the Tram Restaurant was excellent. The Golden Princess – the food was terrific and the dining was wonderful. Also I loved the Cocktail Party that Cruise Express held on the Princess, thank you very much!! I would definitely do an escorted tour again with you guys in the future. It really was a terrific experience. Thank you!
TanyaThe Ultimate Rail and Sail, April 2017
The two Bravo cruises we did were wonderful. We love musical theatre so it was great to see so many excellent shows, especially when some of the acts jammed together as part of less formal shows in the smaller lounges which was very special. We made some friends on our first Bravo cruise last year and we cruised with them again on this year’s Bravo cruise. I think music cruises like this offer first rate entertainment and excellent value.