Down Under Discovery - 2022

Down Under Discovery - 2022

Start: Auckland, New Zealand Finish: Sydney NSW, Australia

Visiting: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney


Duration: 19 Nights

Physical rating: None

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please make Cosmos aware at the time of booking what your requirements are and they will endeavour to assist with your request.

Tour code: 495316

Tour operator: Cosmos

Age range: 5-99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $7701

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Tour Overview

Crikey! If you’ve always wanted a complete tour of Down Under, with no red stone left uncovered, this is it. Doubling the fun with sightseeing in Australia and New Zealand, this exciting vacation covers New Zealand’s North and South Islands as well as Australia’s vibrant cities, golden beaches, and mystical Red Center. From Rotorua’s boiling mud pools to Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves, you’ll kick off your tour with the hottest—and coolest—sights of New Zealand. Aptly named “The Remarkables,” the South Island’s mountain range sets the tone for the incredible sights you’ll see throughout the land of the kiwi—and the home of the kangaroo. As you hop from Melbourne to Uluru to Cairns to Sydney, you’ll savor the architectural masterpieces of Australia’s renowned cities, the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and everyone’s favorite highlight of this encompassing journey—a boomerang-throwing barbecue under the starlit Outback sky.

Highlights

  • iconAUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village.
  • iconALICE SPRINGS Guided sightseeing includes the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station.
  • iconWAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto.
  • iconMOUNT COOK Visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
  • iconSYDNEY Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Christchurch
Mount Cook
Alice Springs
Queenstown
Milford Sound
Sydney
Auckland
Rotorua
Melbourne
Waitomo

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive In Auckland, New Zealand

Location: Auckland

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Skycity Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Auckland! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner.

icon Day 2 : Auckland

Location: Auckland

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Distinction Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

AUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Free time the remainder of the day.

icon Day 3 : Auckland–Waitomo–Rotorua

Location: Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Distinction Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic drive through the pastoral region of Waikoto en route to Waitomo. WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Scenic drive through the Mamaku mountains en route to Rotorua. ROTORUA Traditional LF Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), followed by an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance with singing, dancing, and storytelling.

icon Day 4 : Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Distinction Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

ROTORUA Sightseeing includes a visit to Rainbow Springs to see native wildlife including time at the special LF Kiwi Encounter, a visit to the Agrodome sheep farm, and to Te Puia, home to Rotorua’s famous geysers, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The remainder of the day is free.

icon Day 5 : Rotorua–Christchurch–Mount Cook

Location: Christchurch, Aoraki / Mount Cook

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hermitage (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Christchurch. CHRISTCHURCH Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Free time this afternoon and evening. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Mount Cook National Park with a helicopter flightseeing tour over the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

icon Day 6 : Mount Cook–Queenstown

Location: Aoraki / Mount Cook, Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Queenstown Central (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

MOUNT COOK Visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center. Free time this morning before driving to Queenstown. QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening.

icon Day 7 : Queenstown. Excursion To Milford Sound

Location: Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Queenstown Central (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 8 depending on weather and road conditions today.

icon Day 8 : Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Queenstown Central (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

QUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak includes dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown.

icon Day 9 : Queenstown–Melbourne, Australia

Location: Melbourne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Melbourne. MELBOURNE Free time the remainder of the day.

icon Day 10 : Melbourne

Location: Melbourne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

MELBOURNE Morning sightseeing includes Federation Square, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. A ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel includes a sparkling drink, appetizers, and views of Melbourne and the bay. Free time the remainder of the day.

icon Day 11 : Melbourne

Location: Melbourne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

MELBOURNE Free day. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with a scenic day trip to see the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

icon Day 12 : Melbourne–Alice Springs

Location: Alice Springs

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Guided sightseeing includes the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station. LF Outback barbecue and campfire this evening includes music, stargazing, and a boomerang demonstration.

icon Day 13 : Alice Springs–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Location: Alice Springs, Uluru

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Desert Gardens Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

ALICE SPRINGS Drive to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU View the unique formation of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), followed by a sunset drink at Uluru.

icon Day 14 : Uluru–Cairns

Location: Uluru, Cairns

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

ULURU Guided tour of the base of Uluru. Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

icon Day 15 : Cairns. Excursion To The Outer Great Barrier Reef

Location: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding. CAIRNS Free time this evening.

icon Day 16 : Cairns

Location: Cairns

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

CAIRNS Free day.

icon Day 17 : Cairns–Sydney

Location: Cairns, Sydney

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time remainder of the day.

icon Day 18 : Sydney

Location: Sydney

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SYDNEY Sightseeing includes a tour of the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a Local Guide. See the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit to world-famous Bondi Beach includes a guided tour of LF Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers, and lunch at the historic LF North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club. Later, a scenic cruise on Sydney Harbour. Free time this evening.

icon Day 19 : Sydney

Location: Sydney

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Swissotel Sydney (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SYDNEY Free day before a farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

icon Day 20 : Sydney

Location: Sydney

Meals: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

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    Meals

    19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

    It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Low Deposit

    Cosmos requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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