Designed for local travellers, the new itineraries give Aussies the opportunity to explore closer to home.
Globus and Cosmos, part of Globus family of brands (GFOB), have launched a new collection of Australian and New Zealand tours created specifically for local travellers. The itineraries showcase the very best the countries have to offer, from the famous sites to lesser-known regions, giving Aussies the opportunity to explore closer to home. Available to book now with the first departures scheduled for February 2021, the tours include nine itineraries in Australia and four in New Zealand, with more to be announced soon.
The trips will give Aussies access to a range of incredible experiences, from digging your very own spa pool on Hot Water Beach in New Zealand and sleeping under the stars in a luxury eco tent on Rottnest Island in Western Australia, to sampling premium rums at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Queensland and meeting a local farmer on a working sheep farm in Tasmania.
For travellers who like to build some adventure into their holiday, there are over 40 active inclusions available as well, including kayaking on Lake Taupo in New Zealand, swimming in a natural thermal hot spring in the Kimberley, and taking a guided heritage walk in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
The collection includes nine Cosmos itineraries and four by Globus.
To celebrate the launch of the Australian & New Zealand tours, GFOB is offering five per cent off Cosmos and 10 per cent off Globus itineraries. Book by 31 January 2021 for travel in 2021.
To give guests greater peace of mind when booking, GFOB is offering all guests complimentary SafetyNet Protection, giving customers the opportunity to cancel with no penalties up to 30 days prior to their trip. Alternatively, guests can amend their holiday up to 24 hours in advance of their tour departure. Complementary protection is applicable to all bookings made by 31 January 2021.
To help protect the health and safety of guests, the trips will have a maximum capacity of 24 guests, to allow for comfortable physical distancing and new on-trip protocols and procedures have also been put in place to elevate GFOB’s already high hygiene standards and help mitigate the risk of infection. These procedures include pre-trip health screenings for staff and guests, daily disinfecting, reduced luggage handling and pre-screening each restaurant, activity and accommodation to ensure its safe.
Cosmos: Magnificent North Island 8 days, priced from $3,495*
Kicking off in Auckland, this trip takes travellers on a cultural, culinary and scenic tour of New Zealand’s North Island. Guests will sample delectable wines on Waiheke Island, bask in thermal mineral pools at Hot Water Beach, enjoy a Te Puia Maori concert, try a hand at glass blowing in Taupo, and witness the thunderous power of Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. Visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate in Napier and explore the art deco town before finishing up the tour in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.
Cosmos: Tassie Quick Bite 7 days, priced from $2,612*
This week-long tour will take travellers on a culinary journey from Hobart to Launceston. Starting with a trip to the famous Salamanca Market, where guests will meet artisans and get a taste for the local produce, before travelling to Bruny Island to sample local specialities, including fresh oysters, cheese and berries. The fun doesn’t stop there though with a wide range of activities on offer, including a walk along the famous Bay of Fires, a chocolate master class, a visit to Pyegana Dairy for a cheese making class and a tour of Belgrove Distillery – one of the few whisky distilleries in the world that grows all its own grain and malts, and ferments, distils and barrels on site.
Globus: Contrasts of the Kimberley 10 days, priced from $5,226*
Arriving in Darwin, this holiday will give travellers an insight into the breathtaking landscapes and diverse experiences waiting for Aussies in the Top End. Travellers will join an art class with an indigenous artist, take a sunset cruise through Katherine Gorge, sleep under the stars and marvel at the outback sky in safari-style tented cabins at El Questro Station and cruise the Geike Gorge known for its sheer white and grey walls – lucky travellers may even spot a crocodile basking in the sun. The trip ends in Broome with a craft beer tasting at a local brewery.
Cosmos: Western Australian Discovery 7 days, priced from $2,580*
Discover Western Australia’s rich history, culture and local produce with this week-long tour. Explore Perth’s thriving arts scene, before heading to the Margaret River Region where guests can relax in the stunning surrounds and indulge in this epicurean playground. Learn how a local artist creates his pottery; visit Freemantle’s historic city centre and end the tour with a cruise and overnight on Rottnest Island to snap a selfie with the famous furry Quokka.
Cosmos: Tropical Island Discovery 10 days, priced from $4,022*
From Noosa to Airlie Beach, this adventure packed tour takes travellers up the tropical North Queensland Coast. Overnight in Noosa, before cruising to Fraser Island and taking 4WD tour of the island. Discover the world of Bundy Rum at the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery and explore Great Keppel Island where pristine beaches and gardens are waiting to be explored. The trip ends with a three-night stay at Airlie Beach where guests can dive beneath the waves and explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Optional extras on this trip include a flight on a light aircraft for a bird’s eye view of Fraser island, where the flight takes off and lands on the beach – something that can only be experienced in two places in the world – Fraser Island and Scotland. Guests can also upgrade to a night with Reefsleep – a pontoon permanently moored on the outer reef where guests can sleep under the stars and explore the reef, without the crowds.
* Prices are per person, twin share and include applicable promotional discount. Visit the website for full terms & conditions.
SOURCE: Globus Family of Brands