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Tropical Island Discovery with Reefsleep 2023 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Marine Life, Sun, Sea and Sand, this 10-day Queensland tour is the tropical island holiday you’ve been dreaming of. Starting in Brisbane, you’ll travel north to Airlie Beach, with overnights in Fraser Island, Great Keppel Island, and Airlie Beach.Outdoor-enthusiasts will be in paradise with visits to Fraser Island, where you’ll spend your days in the great outdoors, on whale and dolphin watching cruises, 4WD tours and guided bush tucker demonstrations; Great Keppel Island, where there are 16 snorkeling beaches to choose from amongst other leisurely activities; and, the Whitsunday Islands, where you’ll spend a night on the Great Barrier Reef.Of course, all of this time spent outdoors will work up quite an appetite and thirst… which you need not worry about, as there are also plenty of food and drink experiences, including a visit to the iconic Bundaberg Rum Brewery, where you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting; Sarina Sugar Shed, where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the cane plantation; and onboard your Whitsunday cruise, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive celebratory dinner out on the reef and sleep under the sweeping night sky.This is just some of what you’ll experience on this Tropical Island Discovery tour - this Australian holiday really is a stunning adventure like no other.

Countries Visited

Australia

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE BRISBANE
    Welcome to Brisbane! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4pm in time for a welcome meeting and drink.
  2. Day 2
    BRISBANE–NOOSA–FRASER ISLAND
    This morning, head to Noosa, one of Australia's most popular beach destinations. Enjoy time to explore on your own, visit the stylish shops, and sample local cuisine. Then, take a ferry to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, where you'll spend the next 3 nights. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    FRASER ISLAND
    Start the day with a wildlife-watching cruise. Sail past the beautiful white sand beaches of Fraser Island and keep your eyes out for whales (seasonal), dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and seabirds as well. After your cruise, enjoy a bush tucker demonstration. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Why not hike to the top of Indian Head for some breathtaking panoramic views of the island. Keep an eye out for the island's wildlife including dingoes, brushtail possums, flying foxes, and sugar gliders. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    FRASER ISLAND
    Today, enjoy a four-wheel drive tour of the island taking in some of the island's landmarks including the sand cliffs of the Pinnacles, Wanggoolba Creek, the Champagne Pools, and the Pile Valley Rainforest. Your evening is at leisure. (B,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    FRASER ISLAND–BUNDABERG–GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND
    Return to the mainland by ferry and visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. On your tour, you'll see, touch, and smell your way through the rich history of Bundaberg and then enjoy a tasting. Next, take a ferry to Great Keppel Island, a pristine tropical landscape and home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Upon arrival, enjoy a short orientation tour with a Local guide. Evening is at leisure. Why not enjoy a refreshing cool drink as you watch the brilliant shades of bright orange, yellow, pink and red of the setting sun? (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND
    Enjoy a full day at leisure on this beautiful Island. You may choose to visit the historic Leeke Homestead, take a jet ski safari, go paddle boarding, snorkel off Monkey Beach, see the reef from a glass bottom boat, or just relax with your toes in the sand. (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND–SARINA–AIRLIE BEACH
    Take a ferry to the mainland and continue to the heart of sugar cane country. Visit the Sarina Sugar Shed for a guided tour of the cane planation and sugar mill. Arrive at Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. As this evening is at leisure, how about enjoying a swim in the pool or ocean, or getting a bite to eat at one of the many alfresco restaurants. (B,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    AIRLIE BEACH–GREAT BARRIER REEF
    Take a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Spend the next two days exploring the reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. While out on the reef, go swimming, snorkeling, ride in a semi-submarine and visit the underwater observatory. Optional activities include guided snorkeling safaris, scuba-diving, and scenic helicopter flights. (B,L,D)

    Accommodation Spotlight: Spend the night on the Great Barrier Reef with a unique Reefsleep. After all the crowds are gone, the reef is exclusively yours. Enjoy a sunset drink before a dinner of fresh and delicious local produce. Afterwards, head for the pontoon's top level and slip into your cozy Reefbed - it's just you, the ocean, and a galaxy of stars. It's sure to be a forever memory!

    NOTE:
    Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the overnight Reefsleep including toiletries, change of clothes, swimwear, protective clothing, hat and sunscreen, camera, light jacket or sweater for cool or windy days, cash/credit cards for drinks and optional activities.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    GREAT BARRIER REEF–AIRLIE BEACH
    After breakfast, the reef is all yours to enjoy - relax, snorkel, or return to the underwater observatory and watch the reef come to life. This afternoon, take a return cruise to Airlie Beach. Tonight, join your Tour Director and fellow travel companions for a farewell drink. (B,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    AIRLIE BEACH
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Small Group Discoveries
Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific tour dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

The April 21 departure will not be able to visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery due to a public holiday.
Meals:
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Cosmos helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Cosmos travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

We will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests. See our complete Health & Safety Pre-Trip Screening Instructions on our website for full details.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and we are also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining our trips. Additionally, we will conduct regular guest checks, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures. And our motorcoaches are equipped with air filters that clean the air as well as provide constant ventilation.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Brisbane: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
Fraser Island: Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort
Great Keppel Island: Great Keppel Island Hideaway
Airlie Beach: The Sebel Whitsundays
Whitsunday Islands: Cruise Whitsundays Reefsleep

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Questions & Answers

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

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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

Ratings based off 4232 reviews about Cosmos Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Trip of a lifetime! Cosmos provides excellent service from the moment they pick you up at the airport until they drop you off when the tour is over. Their guides are professional, knowledgeable and extremely personable. I have booked cosmos tours four times and never been disappointed.

Affordable Tours has and will be our tour company in the future. 

I have taken about 18 wonderful tours with Cosmos. I am sold on Cosmos!

Excellent itinerary that matched the description. Knowledgeable, helpful, patient & courteous tour director, competent driver. Coach had ample leg room. Most hotel rooms were better than expected for this discount tour operator.

As always, COSMOS provided top level of service. Thank you

Our accommodations were above our expectations... the tour director was outstanding... very enjoyable vacation

It was an amazing trip the pick up and return to airport was taken care of the cosmos was really good. The tour director so kind, lots of knowledge and take a good care with the group. Overall tour was amazing and excellent.

The services we experience thru Cosmos were so wonderful, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, he did extra miles in effort to make our trip convenient and unforgettable. I would love to book with them in the next trip i'm going to have in the furure. Thank you AFFORDABLE TOUR and COSMOS. I definitely will book again with your company. Have a wonderful day and GOD BLESS US ALL Herminia

The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and informative. She made the trip very pleasurable.

Trip was Terrific!! Our Tour Guide, Julie was the best we have encountered in 40 years of travel.

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.

My husband and I appreciate the hard work of the people from Cosmos. Everything was well planned. Our tour director, Debra stayed with us up to the last hour of the tour. We enjoyed this tour so much. We are looking forward to another tour with Affordable Tours.

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.

Our guide was very professional and our bus driver outstanding. Our driver was courteous, always polite and very helpful getting on and off the bus.

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