It’s easy to lose your train of thought on this all-encompassing, 28-day tour through Australia and New Zealand, especially when it includes world-class cities, extraordinary scenery, unique wildlife, and an incredible overnight rail journey on the legendary The Ghan train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. Other moving Experiences on this over-the-top Down Under vacation include an outback barbecue in the Red Center, a jumping crocodile cruise in Darwin, a snorkeling excursion at the Great Barrier Reef, and a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. In New Zealand, prepare to be moved by a cooked-by-hot-stone Hangi dinner, a gondola ride to the peaks of Queenstown, a cruise through the towering rock walls of Milford Sound, and even a silent boat trip through Waitomo’s famous eerily lit Glowworm Caves. Board here for unrivaled views, unexpected experiences, and an unbelievable adventure.
Location: Arrive In Melbourne, Australia
Welcome to Melbourne! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner.
MELBOURNE Morning sightseeing includes Federation Square, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening.
MELBOURNE Free day. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with an excursion to Yarra Valley, home to award-winning wines or an excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. These and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Fly to Hobart. HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Location: Hobart. Excursion To The Tasman Peninsula
TASMAN PENINSULA Sightseeing includes the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch formations. Walking tour with a Local Guide at Port Arthur Historic Site (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. HOBART Free time this evening.
Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening.
Location: Adelaide. Excursion To Kangaroo Island
ADELAIDE Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island. KANGAROO ISLAND LF Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus a visit to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see native koalas, wallabies, and wombats. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before returning to Adelaide this evening.
Location: Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Fly to Uluru (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU Sunset drink followed by an LFOutback campfire and barbecue.
Location: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening.
Location: Uluru–Alice Springs–The Ghan Train
Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Embark on legendary Ghan train.
Location: Ghan Train–Katherine–Darwin
KATHERINE GORGE LF Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station. DARWIN Free time this evening.
Location: Darwin–Kakadu National Park
DARWIN Guided jumping crocodile cruise.KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Location: Kakadu National Park–Darwin
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided LF wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.DARWIN City orientation drive includes the Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse.
Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
Location: Cairns. Excursion To The Outer Great Barrier Reef
OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding. CAIRNS Free time this evening.
CAIRNS Free day. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a 4-wheel-drive excursion in the Daintree Rainforest. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time this evening.
SYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide at the Sydney Opera House (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bondi Beach, followed by a Sydney Harbour cruise. Free time this evening.
SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Location: Sydney–Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly to Christchurch.
Location: Christchurch–Mount Cook
CHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area). MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure.
Location: Mount Cook–Queenstown
MOUNT COOK Free time this morning before a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.Scenic drive en route to Queenstown.QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening.
Location: Queenstown. Excursion To Milford Sound
MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 24 based on weather and road conditions today.
QUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, including dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. This and many more options throughout your tour are available to purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Fly to Rotorua. ROTORUA Traditional LF Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance.
ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife, including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Free time this afternoon and evening.
WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Auckland.AUCKLAND Farewell dinner at Sky Tower.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Prices for sole occupancy are available on request
A forward-thinking young Italian named Antonio Mantegazza started it all back in 1928, when he purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Big things come from small beginnings and as Antonio grew his business their sister company Globus was born, and from that came Cosmos in 1961.
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