Holiday Itinerary - Down Under Discovery

Day 1: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand.

Kia ora - welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner. Dinner this evening is at SKY TOWER, offering amazing 360-degree views of the city and harbor below.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Auckland.

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this vibrant city. You may want to visit the impressive Auckland Museum or visit the trendy boutiques and cafés on Chancery and High Streets. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua.

Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Rotorua

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the KIWI ENCOUNTER to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand’s largest and most successful kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Rotorua - Christchurch - Mount Cook.

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE:Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property. 

Day 6: Mount Cook - Queenstown

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound.

Today, enjoy a ful-day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Return to Queenstown late this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Queenstown.

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkable Mountains. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Queenstown - Melbourne, Australia.

This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Melbourne.

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy aunique lunch experience aboard the MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL. Savor a sparkling drink and nibbles as you admire breathtaking 360-degree views of Melbourne and the bay. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Melbourne.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: 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.  Tonight, a unique OUTBACK BARBECUE features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayres Rock).

Travel  by coach to Uluru. Upon arrival, visit a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before visiting the “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Uluru - Cairns.

Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR at the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

NOTE: Direct flights from Uluru to Cairns may not be available and you may fly via Sydney or another city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Cairns.

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17: Cairns - Sydney.

This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorable. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have a PHOTO taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18: Sydney.

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19: Sydney.

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even 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. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT, overlooking Sydney Harbour. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20: Sydney.

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included: Breakfast

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

Departure dates and prices 2021 Down Under Discovery - 7% discount on all dates

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

Cosmos brochure price in black from £5498

Travel 55 discount price in red from £5114

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Auckland ends Sydney - tour code PS
Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
February 5, 19

£5602
£5210

September 10

£5507
£5122

February 26

£6163
£5732

September 17

£6049
£5626

March 5, 12

£5631
£5237

September 24

£5507
£5122

March 19

£6163
£5732

October 1
£5555
£5167

March 26

£5631
£5237

October 15 £6106
£5679

April 2, 9

£5498
£5114
October 29 £5593
£5203

April 16

£6030
£5608
November 5
£5697
£5299
Prices are per person (double occupancy) based on tour only, excluding flights and transfers. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Single Room Supplement is available. 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.

Cosmos Tours
Down Under Discovery

20 days escorted touring holiday

2021 discount prices start from only £5114

This wonderful tour begins in New Zealand including in Rotorua a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner, sighseeting in Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland National Park and a cruise on Milford Sound. 

In Australia, Alice Springs sightseeing tour including the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station and an Outback barbecue. Uluru - sightseeing tour around the base of the rock. There's a  Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities and Sydney sightseeing. 

This amazing 20 day tour Down Under Discovery comes with a 7% discount saving when you book 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

  • AUCKLAND: Sightseeing; welcome dinner atop Sky Tower
  • WAITOMO: Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • ROTORUA: Enjoy a  Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs; behind-the-scenes visit at the  Kiwi Encounter
  • MOUNT COOK: Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
  • QUEENSTOWN: Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride and dinner atop Bob’s Peak
  • MELBOURNE: Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • ALICE SPRINGS: Sightseeing tour including the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station; Outback barbecue
  • ULURU (AYERS ROCK): Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock
  • CAIRNS:Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Koala Gardens with souvenir photo
  • SYDNEY: Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and  Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club;  lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

New Zealand

Hotels: 

  • Auckland - Skycity Hotel
  • Rotorua - Millennium Hotel Rotorua 
  • Mount Cook - The Hermitage
  • Queenstown - Ramada Queenstown
  • Melbourne - Vibe Hotel, Melbourne
  • Alice Springs - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs
  • Uluru (Ayres Rock) - Desert Gardens Hotel
  • Cairns - Pacific Hotel
  • Sydney - Swissotel Sydney

Globus Tours

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Sightseeing and VIP access: Your Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers you more included features and behindthe-scenes local experiences than any other Tour Operator—plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sites. We actually take you inside the world’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the line and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE. 

Superior accommodation: Selected for their comfort, amenities, and proximity to key sites, hotel/lodges/camps feature twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom (hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling included).

Meals: Traditional meals at local restaurants, food and wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. On safari, lunch and dinner are always included.

Transportation: From rugged safari vehicles and deluxe touring coaches with air conditioning to minibuses, trains and overnight cruises... your magical journey will enhance your overall experience.

Transfers: Airport transfers are included when you book air-inclusive (and for land-only tours with transfers purchased through Globus), and Hosts greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. 

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

Tour directors and local guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts—Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.

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