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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.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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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.
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, 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.
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.
Today, fly to the Outback and visit the School of the Air and the 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
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 heart of Sydney. End the day with a harbor cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.
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.
Your vacation ends this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Citadines on Bourke is the epitome of Melbourne; vibrant and modern. Located in the heart of the city, Citadines on Bourke has the perfect location to experience all the world's most livable city has to offer. The hotel features a fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, sundeck, business corner, dining options, coin-operated self-service laundry, laundry through the hotel (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum, while the well-manicured lush green lawns of the Resort create a relaxing atmosphere as you soak in the Australian Outback charm of the Northern Territory. The hotel features a swimming pool, fitness center, gift shop, restaurant, lounge, coin-operated self-service laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Australian hospitality has its own style of service that combines both professionalism and genuine warmth. You'll find this authentic brand of service at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. It offers comfortable rooms and is perfect for the demands of travelers looking for quality service in relaxed surroundings. The hotel features an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, and complimentary Wi-Fi. As a guest, you have access to all the facilities the resort has to offer including swimming pools, Resort Town Square shops, tennis courts, coin-operated self-service laundry, visitor centre, tour desk, and more.
Park Regis City Quays is close to everything that makes Cairns a great destination; the Esplanade, restaurants, shops, night markets, Reef Casino, and the Marlin Marina. The hotel features a roof top pool, spa, hair salon, fitness center, and business center. Guestrooms offer air-conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, and laundry.
The Travelodge Wynyard is ideally located adjacent to the Wynyard railway station and is a stones throw away from many major Sydney attractions including The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the historical The Rocks area. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness center, concierge service, internet access, and coin-operated, self-service laundry.
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We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.