Holiday Itinerary - Highlights of Australia

Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne, Australia.

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early 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 (Ayres 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 - 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 GLASSBOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. Meals included: Lunch

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 harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognisable 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 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.

Your holiday ends this morning.

Note: Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable 

Departure dates & prices 2021 Highlights of Australia : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £2490

Travel 55 discount price in red from £2316

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Melbourne ends Sydney - tour 3350

Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
Feb 2

£2490
£2316

Sep 28
£2490
£2316

Mar 2

£2490
£2316
0ct 19 (Small Group Discovery) £2620
£2437
Mar 23 (Small Group Discovery) £2620
£2437
Nov 2
£2490
£2316
Apr 13
£2490
£2316
Nov 30 £2490
£2316
Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single room supplement are available; Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

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Highlights of Australia

7% discount - 12 days escorted touring holiday

2021 discount prices from only £2316

Stunning natural attractions, vibrant cities, remote regions, and friendly people…this is Australia, and on this Australia tour, you’ll experience all of this and more. Start in Melbourne, end in Sydney, and overnight along the way in Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), and Cairns.

No vacation to Australia is complete without seeing the incomparable Great Barrier Reef. On this Australia tour, you’ll take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and have the chance to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. With the radiant colors and fish swimming by you, it is nothing short of spectacular! But that’s not all. You’ll also witness the spectacular geological wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the iconic monolith and symbol of the Outback, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), with its red rocks and 36 brilliant domes. Tour the base of Uluru with its caves and Aboriginal paintings, and enjoy a champagne toast while watching Uluru change colors at sunset—an amazing sight indeed!

Also visit some of Australia’s most famous cities. In Alice Springs, learn about life, education, and medical services in the remote regions of the Outback. In Sydney, cruise along the world-famous Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy guided sightseeing of the city’s landmarks. In Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney, you’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore and discover on your own.

From the remote Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef, this Australia tour designed for value-minded, savvy travelers is a dream vacation!

This amazing 12 day tour Highlights of Australia comes with a 7% discount saving. Book this wonderful holiday direct with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

  • 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.

Professional tour director

Transportation: Private, first-class airconditioned motorcoach while touring. 

Hotels: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling. Listed hotels or equivalent

  • Melbourne - Citadines on Bourke
  • Alice Springs - Mecure Alice Springs
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Outback Pioneer
  • Cairns - Park Regis City Quays
  • Sydney - Travelodge Wynyard

Headsets throughout your tour.

Flights available from most UK airports

Tour prices are shown without flights: make your own arrangements, or purchase your flights with us from most UK airports. All flight-inclusive tours are ATOL-protected, so you can book with confidence.

Small Group Discovery

Select Cosmos South Pacific vacations are 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 South Pacific vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Everything you need

Transportation

When it comes to showing you the best the world has to offer, Cosmos goes the extra mile! In addition to our private, first-class motorcoaches, we use a variety of transportation for an out-of-this-world experience! How do we do it? With a journey on a bullet train in Japan…a rickshaw ride in India…cruises on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam or the Amazon River in Brazil, or the open-air safari vehicles in South Africa…and so much more! Plus, with Cosmos, you never have to worry about getting to the boat on time, buying tickets for the train, or waiting in long lines. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Accommodation

After a day of travelling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel or safari lodge that is centrally located. We select hotels with the best guestrooms (always with a private bathroom), and service. Our hotels in Asia, Africa and South America include a full breakfast each day so you can start the day off right. See individual itinerary pages for hotel listings.

Sightseeing

Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of the Exotics. Discover the wonders of historic Kyoto, Beijing, and Siem Reap…walk along Shanghai’s famous Bund…explore ornate temples in Bangkok…discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu…hand-feed giraffes in Nairobi…experience the Great Barrier Reef…and more. Enjoy inside visits of the must-see sites and parks with knowledgeable Local Guides and Driver/Guides who will bring each destination to life. See itinerary pages to learn what’s included in your holiday.

Leisure time

No one enjoys a holiday where every second is spent on a schedule. We build free time into every Cosmos holiday where possible, so you can eat, shop, and explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer suggestions for things to see and do—or you can join one of our many intriguing optional excursions.

CosmosGo

Our free CosmosGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions for each destination. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Guidance

At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who show you around and help you maximise your free time. We go to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides for the richest experience possible.

See individual tours for hotel listings and learn what is included in your holiday.


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