Highlights of Australia 2020
12 days with Cosmos Rating:
NOTE: The following information is from the 2019 tour season and is subject to change once the 2020 tour season information becomes available.
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 around 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 and 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, watch a fish feeding, or enhoy a marine touch tank. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. (L)
Day 8 CAIRNS.
Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amongst 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 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 vacation ends this morning.
All This Included
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!
Melbourne: Citadines on Bourke
Alice Springs: Mercure Alice Springs
Uluru: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Cairns: Park Regis City Quays
Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Melbourne:
in single room $191; in twin room $101; in triple room $68
Extra nights per person in Sydney:
Departure January 1: in single room $185; in twin room $98; in triple room $78
Departure March 2, October 21, November 3, November 11: in single room $240; in twin room $126; in triple room $97
Departure September 19: in single room $222; in twin room $116; in triple room $90
Terms and Conditions
* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.