Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on February 5, 2020 (3351)

26 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland

2020 Tour Details

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 Port Arthur and Hobart in Tasmania and New Zealand’s Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. You’ll also visit Oban (Half-Moon Bay), Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Lyttleton (Christchurch), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga (Rotorua), and a cruise on the Bay of Plenty. End in Auckland to finish this amazing Australian and New Zealand vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

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 Maasdam

Headsets throughout your tour.

Notes:

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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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.

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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 Maasdam, for a 14-night CRUISE.

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Day 13 AT SEA

Enjoy a relaxing day as you cruise the coast of Australia and cross the Bass Strait sailing towards Tasmania.

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Day 14 PORT ARTHUR

The small town of Port Arthur offers a fascinating introduction into the history and culture of Tasmania. The Port Arthur convict settlement spreads out over 100 acres and operated from the 1830s until 1877 and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your time here, you may choose to take an optional guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, enjoy a coastal wilderness cruise, or learn about the unique Tasmanian devil at the Unzoo.

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Day 15 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 an excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to such unique animals such as devils, quolls, wombats, and echidnas.

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Day 16 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.

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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.

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Day 18 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.

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Day 19 OBAN (HALFMOON BAY)

New Zealand’s Stewart Island is the focus of today’s visit. There are fewer than 400 human residents here but thousands of birds live in the protected nature reserves. This is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot the elusive kiwi. Although nocturnal, they can sometimes come out to search for food during the day. Even if you miss a kiwi sighting, you are sure to enjoy the fresh seafood, relaxed pace, and natural beauty of Stewart Island.

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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.

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Day 21 AKAROA (CHRISTCHURCH)

Akaroa is New Zealand’s only town to have originally been established by the French and is the oldest European settlement on the South Island. Take time to stroll the picturesque town, marvel at the colonial architecture, and enjoy the French-inspired and Kiwi-made cheeses and wine while soaking up the stunning scenery.

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Day 22 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.

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Day 23 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.

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Day 24 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.

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Day 25 CRUISING: BAY OF PLENTY

Enjoy sweeping white-sand beaches and amazing scenery as we head towards the “City of Sails,” Auckland. Keep your eyes out for the regional sea life including dolphins, seals, and whales.

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Day 26 AUCKLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

This morning, disembark your ship. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANJA KUETHE SOLL

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I love Sydney, my hometown, because it is such a vibrant city. We have so many beaches to choose from, the harbour is a must to visit, take a harbour cruise, or just the ferry to Manly and enjoy the hospitality Sydney has to offer.

Tour Director - ANJA KUETHE SOLL

 Accommodations

Melbourne
Alice Springs
Uluru
Cairns
Sydney

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Melbourne
Alice Springs
Uluru
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a special glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Price Range: $

The Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade

Make the most of your time in Melbourne and join this excurson eo enjoy Phillip Island's stunning landscapes and the famous Penguin Parade.

Price Range: $$$

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley on a full-day food and wine tour. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland and experience Australia's wildlife up close, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide. On this one day Melbourne wildlife tour, you'll not only gain some great experiences, but you'll also be contributing to the health and wellbeing of Australia's native animals.

Price Range: $$$$

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

On this full day tour, you'll experience this majestic coastal drive in style, with time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.

Price Range: $$$$

Alice Springs

Outback Barbecue Evening

Outback Barbecue Evening

A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. Highlights include a boomerang demonstration, bush damper cooking, star gazing, Aboriginal insights, and superb food from an array of unique Australian dishes.

Price Range: $$$

Uluru

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Take in Ayers Rock and the stunning surroundings on an exciting helicopter journey.

Price Range: $$$$

Field of Light Uluru  - Limited Time Special Exhibit

Field of Light Uluru - Limited Time Special Exhibit

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist, Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it - Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australias' spiritual heartland. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Price Range: $

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Experience the Red Centre the Australian way! In the company of an expert Local Guide, head out into the fresh morning air for a peaceful, one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes of the Outback.

Price Range: $$

Cairns

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Experience natures finest with Australia's best. Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th wonder of the world - The Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over the reef, our pilot will show you the wonders that live beneath the sea as you search for sea turtles, manta rays and the interesting marine mammal, the dugong. You will marvel at the sheer size of coral displays that form part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Price Range: $$$

Upgrade One-Way Helicopter Flight from the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns

Upgrade One-Way Helicopter Flight from the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns

After your time at the Great Barrier Reef, take a scenic flight back to Cairns.

Price Range: $$$$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Mix and mingle with the local wildlife of Tropical North Queensland including crocodiles, cassowaries, kolas and more!

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction spanning 7.5kms (4.6 miles) over pristine railforest, allowing you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Price Range: $$

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Price Range: $$$$

The Rocks Pub Tour

The Rocks Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title Sydney's Oldest Pub, what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for a full day excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique UNESCO World Heritage Region.

Price Range: $$$$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering while learning the history of this iconic landmark.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including the Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Join your friendly local Bondi Surf Instructor and experience Australia's most beautiful beach... the way the locals do! Enjoy a half day Bondi Beach group tour that includes hotel transfers, surf lifesaving club tour, a surf or body board lesson and a casual beachside lunch with 5 star views across Bondi. There are awesome sight-seeing and photo opportunities and all the equipment is included. These tours depart daily and will pick you up from your city accommodation at 10am and drop you back around 2pm. You're never a tourist when you're cruising Bondi with a local!

Price Range: $$$$

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