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Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on October 13, 2020 2020

Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on October 13, 2020 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This affordable vacation in Australia explores fascinating highlights from Melbourne to Sydney and from the wonders of the Outback to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Begin with city sightseeing and a free day in Melbourne. Your Tour Director has suggestions for you—perhaps a day trip on Great Ocean Road or a trip to Philip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade. Fly to Alice Springs in the Australian Outback and visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service providing education and medical care to remote regions. Visit the Old Telegraph Station—vital to early settlers in this remote region. Venture on to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) through the heart of the Outback. Keep an eye out for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and Brumbies (feral horses). Fly from the Outback to Cairns and take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef to explore by snorkel or glass-bottom boat. Spend a relaxing day in Cairns before flying to Sydney. Take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, including the famous Sydney Opera House. Take a scenic cruise on Sydney Harbour to end the day. This amazing budget-minded tour of Australia is made even better with a 14-night cruise to New Zealand. From Sydney, your ports of call include Melbourne and Hobart in Tasmania, along with New Zealand’s Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. You’ll also visit Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Akaroa (Christchurch), Picton, Wellington, Napier, and Tauranga (Rotorua). End in Auckland to finish this amazing Australian and New Zealand vacation!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this vibrant city.

Day 2: MELBOURNE.
This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then, enjoy a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, FITZROY GARDENS, the Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Day 3: MELBOURNE.
A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

Day 4: MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGS.
Today, fly to the Outback and visit the SCHOOL OF THE AIR and ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications.

Day 5: ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK).
Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a CHAMPAGNE TOAST while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles—Uluru at sunset.

Day 6: ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–CAIRNS.
Enjoy a tour at the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Day 7: CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.
The world’s largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet’s most amazing natural wonders. Board a CATAMARAN CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (L)

Day 8: CAIRNS.
Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amid lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia’s World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy.

Day 9: CAIRNS–SYDNEY.
Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

Day 10: SYDNEY.
Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder—the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. End the day with a HARBOR CRUISE along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Day 11: SYDNEY.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city.

Day 12: SYDNEY (EMBARKATION).
This morning is at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to Sydney’s port to embark on your ship, the MS Oosterdam, for a 14-night CRUISE. (D)

Day 13: AT SEA.
Enjoy a relaxing day as you cruise the coast of Australia towards Melbourne. (B,L,D)

Day 14: MELBOURNE.
Melbourne is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museum, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets, and bars. The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden boutiques, art galleries, and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. During your free time here, you may choose to explore the famous lanes and arcades of the city, take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or learn about the wildlife and wonders of the Australian bush on a tour to You Yang Ranges National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 15: AT SEA.
Depart Melbourne and cross the Bass Strait sailing towards Tasmania. (B,L,D)

Day 16: HOBART.
Today is spent in Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. There are endless things to do and the city is compact enough to explore by foot. You may want to visit the unique Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), shop for souvenirs, sample tasty Tasmanian wine, or perhaps join in an excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to such unique animals such as devils, quolls, wombats, and echidnas. (B,L,D)

Day 17: AT SEA.
Depart Australia and start your voyage across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. On board your ship, you may wish to take part in fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, and cultural performances. (B,L,D)

Day 18: AT SEA.
Depart Australia and start your voyage across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. On board your ship, you may wish to take part in fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, and cultural performances. (B,L,D)

Day 19: MILFORD SOUND & CRUISING FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND.
Today, set sail through incredible Milford Sound, home to scenic beauty, soaring snow-topped peaks, and pristine wilderness. You’ll also cruise through Fiordland National Park, explored by Captain Cook back in 1770. (B,L,D)

Day 20: PORT CHALMERS (DUNEDIN).
Dunedin, known as the “Edinburgh of the South,” was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848. During your time here, you may wish to learn more about the city’s Scottish influence, take an optional ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, take a hike on Mount Cargill, or visit Penguin Place, an award-winning penguin conservation project. (B,L,D)

Day 21: LYTTLETON (CHRISTCHURCH).
Located approximately 20 minutes south of Christchurch, the port town of Lyttleton has historically served as an important commercial seaport and gateway to Canterbury and the South Island. During your free time, you may choose to explore the city of Christchurch, visit to the nearby picturesque town of Akaroa, the oldest European settlement on the South Island, or take part in a full-day adventure by motorcoach across the scenic Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. (B,L,D)

Day 22: PICTON.
Tucked into the northeastern end of the South Island, the petite and picturesque port town of Picton is your starting point for exploring the region of Marlborough. Today, explore this tiny harbor town’s quaint cafés, shops, and aquatic themed museums or head out of town to the luscious wine country of Marlborough, heaven for sauvignon blanc lovers. (B,L,D)

Day 23: WELLINGTON.
Today you can explore New Zealand’s capital city on your own. Enjoy views from atop Mount Victoria, stroll through the city’s Botanic Gardens, or sample some fresh seafood and local wine. You may also wish to join in an optional city sightseeing tour, partake in a tasting tour featuring regional cheeses, fruits, chocolates, and coffees, or explore Wellington’s waterfront by bicycle. (B,L,D)

Day 24: NAPIER.
Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the World and is surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Hawke’s Bay wine region. Your choice of optional activities includes a city sightseeing tour where you can learn about Napier’s unique history and architecture, a scenic float trip on the Mohaka River, a visit and tasting to a local winery, or a tour by a local Maori guide who will show you his/her rich and colorful heritage. (B,L,D)

Day 25: TAURANGA (ROTORUA).
Arrive in Tauranga, a great spot for enjoying water activities, exploring beaches, and discovering the local Maori Culture. You may choose to visit fascinating Rotorua, home to geo-thermal activity of bubbling mud pools, steaming cliffs, and geysers. Other options include an excursion to the famous Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, discovering the Hobbiton movie set used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or learning about the New Zealand sheep industry at Agrodome. (B,L,D)

Day 26: AUCKLAND (DISEMBARKATION).
This morning, disembark your ship. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

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Inclusions

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America and are current at the time of printing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.

Your Tour Director will not accompany you on the 14-night cruise.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

Sightseeing & Activities:

MELBOURNE
Welcome briefing; sightseeing tour, including Fitzroy Gardens

ALICE SPRINGS
School of the Air; Royal Flying Doctor Service; and the Old Telegraph Station

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock

CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; Sydney Harbour cruise

CRUISE
14-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS OosterdamPrivate, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

Meals:
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners


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Accommodations

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $854. Required intra-vacation air segments: Melbourne/Alice Springs; Ayers Rock/Cairns; Cairns/Sydney. Air prices were effective on August 14, 2019, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Gratuities for cruise are additional and paid on board ship.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy and on inside category L; upgrade to inside cabin category J or K from $30; upgrade to an outside cabin category C or D from $270 to $490, or to a verandah cabin category B, VD or VC from $660 to $1,720. Cabin categories offered vary by ship and departure date.

Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees from $685 to $770, depending on ship/date, are not included but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Single Room Supplement:
From $2,425, based on date and cabin category

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$310

Extra nights per person in Melbourne:
in single room $191; in twin room $101; in triple room $67

2021 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2020.

Melbourne: Citadines on Bourke
Alice Springs: Mercure Alice Springs
Uluru: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Cairns: Park Regis City Quays
Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Cosmos Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.8

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Our tour director Deborah is exceptional. She knows the culture and history of places visited inside and out. She made sure that the group is comfortable and well-informed of schedules. Our driver Lee is excellent. He is professional and very skillful in his job. Thumbs up to both of them.

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The tour was very complete. It included all the places I wanted to visit. It was extremely well organized. The Tour Director was very professional and didn't miss one detail. The guides were knowledgeable. It was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to book my next tour with Cosmos.

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I would recommend this trip to anyone. Clyde, our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept things running smoothly. David, our driver was excellent also. I very much enjoyed the whole trip.

Everything was up to expectations our tour director was outstanding.

I thought the tour guides you had on staff were amazing. It really made the tour great. Everything was very clear and made me comfortable. I plan on using your services again soon.

Everything was to my expectations and more. Especially the tour guide: knowledgeable, precise (time wise) and considerate.

tour guide, Keenan and driver Gerry made the trip very enjoyable. 


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