Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on November 24, 2020 (3353)

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 Burnie and Melbourne along with New Zealand’s Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. You’ll also visit Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Lyttleton (Christchurch), Picton, Wellington, Napier, and Tauranga (Rotorua). End in Auckland to finish this amazing Australian and New Zealand vacation!

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Highlights of Australia with New Zealand Cruise on November 24, 2020 map

 Photo Highlights

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners


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.

 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 Oosterdam, 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 BURNIE

Located on the island of Tasmania, the town of Burnie is surrounded by amazing forests and spectacular beaches. Consider a visit to Wing’s Wildlife Park to see Tasmanian wildlife, travel to Cradle Mountain National Park to witness the magnificent wilderness of pristine forests and glacial lakes, or treat your taste buds to some of the food and beverages that Tasmania is famous for including award-winning single-malt whiskeys, hard apple cider, trout and salmon, hormone-free milk and cheeses, and beef from Cape Grim.

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Day 15 MELBOURNE

Melbourne is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museum, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets, and bars. The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden boutiques, art galleries, and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. During your free time here, you may choose to explore the famous lanes and arcades of the city, take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or learn about the wildlife and wonders of the Australian bush on a tour to You Yang Ranges National Park.

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Days 16 - 18 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 19 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 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 LYTTLETON (CHRISTCHURCH)

Located approximately 20 minutes south of Christchurch, the port town of Lyttleton has historically served as an important commercial seaport and gateway to Canterbury and the South Island. During your free time, you may choose to explore the city of Christchurch, visit to the nearby picturesque town of Akaroa, the oldest European settlement on the South Island, or take part in a full-day adventure by motorcoach across the scenic Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

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Day 22 PICTON

Tucked into the northeastern end of the South Island, the petite and picturesque port town of Picton is your starting point for exploring the region of Marlborough. Today, explore this tiny harbor town’s quaint cafés, shops, and aquatic themed museums or head out of town to the luscious wine country of Marlborough, heaven for sauvignon blanc lovers.

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Day 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 AUCKLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

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

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Transportation:

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

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a 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

 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! Partake in 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). The 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 to enjoy Phillip Island's stunning landscapes and the world-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.

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 gp0-uide. On this day tour from Melbourne, 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 Uluru (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 (Ayers Rock). More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australia's 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

Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th Wonder of the World - The Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over the reef, the 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. Make sure to have your camera ready for this excursion!

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. Here's your chance to experience the reef from below and above!

Price Range: $$$$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Spend the day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel on a custom built 4WD vehicles with a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle. Your naturalist guide has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure you day will be a memory of a lifetime.

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: $$$

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/4.6mi over pristine rainforest, 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

Price Range: $$

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional full-day excursion to the beautiful Hunter Valley.

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: $

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!

Price Range: $$$$



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).