Local tours for local travellers

One of the world’s finest tour operators is back in town – literally – with a new collection of Australian and New Zealand tours created specifically for local travellers.

Globus and Cosmos, part of Globus family of brands (GFOB), have launched itineraries showcasing the very best both 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.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer.

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.

“We’re delighted to launch a new collection of Australian and New Zealand tours and bring more than 92 years of experience closer to home,” said Gai Tyrrell, managing director Australasia of Globus family of brands.

“We asked Aussies what they would love to see from an escorted tour closer to home and worked closely with local travel operators and tourism boards across both countries to curate itineraries we knew they’d love.

“With help from our passionate tour directors, guests on these trips will get a taste for the best local produce, uncover Australia and New Zealand’s natural wonders, visit the finest wineries and breweries and have meaningful interactions with local suppliers at a time when they need our support the most.

“The accommodation has also been handpicked from boutique hotels to safari-style tented cabins, allowing travellers to experience their own backyard in complete comfort.

“As state borders start to reopen around the country and Aussies start planning their next domestic holiday, there are lots of great reasons to consider an escorted tour.

“As well as enjoying a range of spectacular sights and experiences, guests on our tours can travel with ease, knowing everything has been perfectly planned for them; meet likeminded people who they’ll create lifelong memories with; and rest assured, knowing our local experts and tour directors are on hand to deliver an incredible experience. And importantly, guests can relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and enjoy a second glass of wine at lunch – without worry!”

Book by 31 January 2021 for travel in 2021 and you’ll get 5 per cent off Cosmos and 10 per cent off Globus itineraries.

All guests booking by 31 January 2021 also receive complimentary SafetyNet Protection, with the opportunity to cancel with no penalties up to 30 days prior to their trip.

Guests can also change their holiday up to 24 hours in advance of their tour departure.

Trips will have a maximum capacity of 24 guests, to allow for safe social 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.

This includes pre-trip health screenings for staff and guests, daily disinfecting, reduced luggage handling and pre-screening each restaurant, activity and accommodation to ensure it’s safe for everyone.

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