directions_busTours in Tasmania, Hobart, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur & Freycinet

Explore Tasmania THIS DECEMBER on a 10-day small group holiday!

NEW guaranteed departure confirmed for 26 Dec 2020

Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, this grand guided holiday takes you to unforgettable locations and get you home again by Christmas! Travel will be limited numbers to ensure comfortable social distancing and a fabulous small group experience.

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$3,475PP
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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Map of Tasmania

If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state. 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.

Highlights include:

  • Tasting local salmon on the Gordon River
  • A stay in a wilderness retreat
  • View a iconic 2,000-year old Huon Pine
  • Insider knowledge of Hobart shared by your local guide

Inclusions

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  • Quality accommodation
  •  Travel by luxury coach
  •  Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  •  Airport transfers(conditions apply)
  •  9 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  1 Lunch
  •  5 Dinners
  •  1 Farewell Dinner

Accommodation

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Beachfront Bicheno

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort, including:

Wrest Point, Strahan Village, Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tall Timbers, Best Western Launceston & Beachfront at Bicheno.

If you need accommodation before or after your tour, the team can source you accommodation in 3, 4 or 5 star options.

Travel dates

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Starts - Saturday 26 December 2020 (Hobart)

Ends - Monday 04 January 2020 (Hobart)

=10 days, 9 nights=

  • Twin share - $3475 per person land only
  • Sole use - $4360 land only

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 10 - Farewell from Hobart

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

Questions

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What to Bring

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

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Travel at 60 & supplier conditions apply