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10-day Tasmanian Explorer Tour (Hobart Return)

$99pp deposit until 17 Dec 2020!

If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this all-encompassing journey is an absolutely brilliant introduction to the Apple Isle! Book by 17 Dec 2020 and only pay $99 per person deposit.

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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Your tour starts and ends in Hobart

Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, it takes you to unforgettable locations and ensures memorable encounters. Step back in time at Port Arthur, and visit the wild Gordon River, Cradle Mountain and the pristine Tarkine Wilderness.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Spend the night of Day 3 overlooking the iconic wilderness of Cradle Mountain
  • Indulge in artisan produce at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm
  • Encounter an amazing 2000-year-old Huon Pine
  • Try famous Tasmanian Salmon on the Gordon River Cruise

Inclusions

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What's Included

  • 9 nights in quality accommodation
  • 9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners and 1 farewell dinner
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Highlights

  • See Tasmanian Devils or the wild penguins returning home to their nests (seasonal) on optional experience tours in Bicheno
  • Discover Cradle Mountain, view The Nut at Stanley, cruise the Gordon River at Strahan, and explore Port Arthur
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in historic Launceston to explore at your own pace

Accommodation

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Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Wrest Point, Hobart
  • Strahan Village
  • Cradle Mountain Hotel
  • Tall Timbers, Smithton
  • Best Western Plus Launceston
  • Best western Beachfront at Bicheno

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

$99 pp DEPOSIT* - Until 17 December2020, secure your future travel for only $99 per person. Applicable for travel from 01 September 2020 – 31 October 2021.

  • Twin share - from $3475 per person
  • Solo traveller - from $4360

This tour has many departures throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023. The above date is based on tours departing between 26 Dec 2020 and 17 Mar 2021. Call us on 1300 414 198 to check up to date availability.

If you would like to stay longer in Hobart, the Salamanca Markets are held in every Saturday from 8:30am-3:00pm. The markets offer a wide range of stalls, ranging from fresh produce to locally made arts and crafts to jewellery and clothing. Why not sit back and relax while partaking in the tasting local goods and enjoy the entertainment.

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your Tassie holiday. We can also arrange your flights and additional accommodation.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Hobart

Your Tasmanian holiday begins with an afternoon tour of Hobart. You’ll see historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, the destination of yachts participating in the Sydney to Hobart race each year, and Mt. Nelson, which affords panoramic views over Australia’s southernmost city. Enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Hobart – Strahan

This morning, you’ll head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Here, you'll take a walk through lush rainforest to the many-tiered cascade of picturesque Russell Falls. Then enjoy the scenic drive to iconic Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and continue through the rainforest to the coastal town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Hotel: Strahan Village

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Strahan – Cradle Mountain

Today's highlight experience is a lunch cruise on the Gordon River. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters. Stained amber by buttongrass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s lesser-known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the mining towns of Rosebery and Tullah on your way to your hotel.

Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Cradle Mountain – Smithton

This morning, marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons along the way. Travel on through rolling green hills to Table Cape for spectacular views of Bass Strait. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west. Enjoy views of the sheer-sided Stanley bluff known as ‘The Nut’ and take some time to explore. Your destination is Smithton.

Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Smithton – Launceston

Travel through the picturesque coastal townships of Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone before heading inland to Sheffield, home to over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history. You’ll learn about dairy production methods and indulge in a cheese tasting at the award-winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm on your way to Launceston, Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston (2 nights)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Launceston

This morning, visit the unique natural formation of the Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world, followed by an orientation tour of the city. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, exploring all that Launceston has to offer. Consider an optional experience on a Cataract Gorge River Cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Launceston – Bicheno

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop. Later, visit the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site, then follow the picturesque east coast to Bicheno. This evening you might like to take an optional experience tour to see either Bicheno’s wild penguins as they emerge from the ocean (seasonal), or the iconic Tasmanian Devil.

Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Bicheno – Hobart

Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that affords astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. On your way to Hobart, you’ll travel through Swansea and Orford and make a lunch stop in historic Richmond. The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating to the 1820s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart (2 nights)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Port Arthur

Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site today, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 - Farewell from Hobart

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

If you would like to stay longer in Hobart, the Salamanca Markets are held in every Saturday from 8:30am-3:00pm. The markets offer a wide range of stalls ranging from fresh produce to locally made arts and crafts to jewellery and clothing. Why not sit back and relax while partaking in the tasting local goods and enjoy the entertainment.

Questions

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Flight Information:

  • Day 1 – Flights to arrive any time into Hobart Airport
  • Day 10 – Flights to depart any time from Hobart Airport

What to Bring?:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements:

  • Low level of fitness required
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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

At the time of booking a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required. Balance of payment for your tour is to be paid 45 days prior to departure or at time of booking if departure is within 45 days.

$99 per person deposit valid for new AAT Kings bookings created between June 15, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020. Deposit is due within 5 days of booking. Applicable for travel departures Sep 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2021. $99 Deposit is combinable with Early Payment Discount, Last Minute Deals, year-round savings and exclusive partner offers on selected itineraries. Offer is not applicable to custom itineraries or group bookings. Offer is not available on selected itineraries and where third-party costs apply. Not valid for travel departures after the Oct 31, 2021. The $99 per person deposit qualifies for 30-day refund guarantee – cancel for any reason within 30 days of deposit being made and receive a full refund of your $99 per person deposit (refund is not valid if your booking is within 30 days of departure). Fees apply for cancellation outside 30 days of deposit and/or within final payment due date (whichever comes first). $99 per person fee outside 30 days of deposit; 50% fee within 30 - 15 days of departure; 100% within 14 - 0 days of departure. Full payment required 30 days prior to departure (to qualify for Early Payment Discounts full payment date may differ). If booking is made within 30 days of departure, payment in full is required immediately. Discounts are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge, limited seats and offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. If trip is suspended, receive 100% refund on monies paid (refund made within 30 days of notification of trip suspension) or receive Future Travel Credit with full discount protection. Temporary changes to standard terms and conditions apply to new bookings until further notice.

When booking with the $99 deposit offer AAT Kings is offering a fee waiver on the land portion of the trip until 30 days prior to departure. This fee waiver allows you to change the destination and/or trip you are traveling on. If you choose a trip or departure that is more expensive than the original, you are responsible for the difference in price; if the trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference. Normal penalties apply for full cancellation without rebooking or cancellations within 30 days of departure. Please note, airlines may impose different change policies, and if you declined travel insurance, you are responsible for any airline cancellation penalties. Other booking conditions apply.