OVERVIEW

Solos Only

This small group premium tour focuses on delighting your senses with the sights and scenery of Tasmania at a beautiful time of year. Travelling from Hobart to Launceston via Strahan on the west coast and then Cradle Mountain, there's a rich heritage to be discovered coupled with extreme natural beauty.   

Your seven night stay is enjoyed at deluxe hotels with quality dining and superior sightseeing.  A leisurely pace is offered including a two night stay at the iconic Cradle National Park and a three night stay in Hobart. The itinerary offers the ideal balance between the towns and the wilderness, plus a highlight cruise along the Gordon River of Tasmania's wild west.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia, New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    $3669 with your own room, or share and save
  • Transport:
    Bus
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    maximum 19
  • Trip Code:
    tasmania18-3
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

I was initially a bit nervous about the tour and whether it would be my cup of tea. I loved every second of it. I met some wonderful people and the coach captain was patient and very accomodating to the group's needs. I am looking forward to the next tour. 

Dominique 48 years, Western Australia

I really needed a holiday, and some fun. The friendly, knowledgeable staff helped in every way, all expectations were met, and destination, food and events were great, but the people were the true value - I haven't laughed that much in years :)

Lyndall, 53 years, Rockhampton, QLD
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INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights at deluxe hotels (4 to 4.5 star)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of an expert driver-captain
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 6 quality dinners including 4 highlight dinners
  • 1 café lunch & 1 picnic lunch
  • Port Arthur Historic Sites tour; including Isle of the Dead
  • See a live theatre performance of 'The Ship that Never Was'
  • Gordon River Cruise, Gold Class seats
  • Visit Devils @ Cradle, the conservation sanctuary for the endangered Tasmanian Devil
  • All other sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Small group tour (maximum 19 travellers) for solo travellers

Itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Port Arthur Historic Sites tour
  • Morning visit to the quaint town of Richmond
  • A visit to the impressive ‘The Wall in the Wilderness’.
  • Theatre performance of 'The Ship that Never Was', Strahan
  • Gordon River Cruise, Gold Class seats including lunch and morning tea
  • Waldheim Chalet & Dove Lake, Cradle Lake
  • Stay in Tasmania's high country wilderness at Cradle Mountain
  • Visit Devils @ Cradle, the conservation sanctuary for the endangered Tasmanian Devil
  • A stop in Sheffield at the foothills of majestic Mount Roland
  • A visit and tour of Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory
  • An historic walking tour, Launceston

DAY 1 – SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018
Arrive To Hobart

Arrival in Hobart is by your own arrangement. Your holiday will commence with a leisurely three night stay in Hobart at the Wrest Point Hotel. The hotel sits right at the port of Hobart and is within walking distance of the picturesque Salamanca Square. 

On Saturdays, Salamanca comes alive with the famous Salamanca Market. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, and handicrafts from all over Tasmania and wider Australia. As such, this is considered to be one of the top attractions in Tasmania. To make the most of this charming city, why not make plans to arrive in the morning? You can leave your luggage with the hotel concierge until check in and enjoy your Saturday in Hobart.

Tonight: You will meet at the hotel bar at 5.45pm for pre-dinner drinks followed by dinner at the hotel’s The Point Revolving restaurant at 6.30pm. Please note that this meet up is not hosted and therefore all drinks at your own expense. 

Meals: Dinner

DAY 02 - SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2018
Hobart - Port Arthur - Hobart

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

This morning you will travel from Hobart to the historic Port Arthur for a day out at the site. The penal settlement at Port Arthur is a stark reminder of the harsh conditions endured by the earliest European inhabitants of this one time island jail, where up to 12000 prisoners were kept in harsh conditions. We will take a guided walking tour through the Penal Settlement, a cruise around the harbour, and tour the Isle of the Dead. It was here that around 1000 convicts and paupers were buried, mostly in unmarked graves. There is a café/restaurant at the site which is convenient for lunch.

Port Arthur Tour Inclusions:

On this tour you will have access to more than thirty historic buildings, ruins, and gardens, as well as a 40 minute “Introduction to Port Arthur” guided walking tour, a harbour cruise aboard the MV Marana, and a visit to the Isle of the Dead. 

After the Port Arthur visit and on the way back to Hobart, your coach captain will drive up to Mount Wellington to admire the superb views across Hobart and the Derwent River. We suggest that you bring warm clothes as it can get chilly near the summit. This excursion will only be possible if time permits after the tour of Port Arthur.

Tonight, meet the group for dinner at the hotel restaurant Pier One. Please note that all drinks are at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 03 - MONDAY 2 APRIL 2018
A visit to Richmond

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast visit Richmond, a historic and charming town not far out of Hobart. The town has a number of beautiful buildings and quaint shops and is enjoyable for leisurely walking and shopping.

On the way back to Hobart, your coach captain will drop off any group members who would like to visit MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) on the outskirts of Hobart. Travelling back to Hobart is easy with a ferry ride from the museum to the city.

Tonight you will have free time to explore further or relax at your leisure.

Recommended:
We suggest any group members who would like to go out and dine together to head out and find a local option.

Meals: Breakfast

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MONA Ferry Schedule to Hobart (afternoon times).
Depart MONA: 1.45pm / 3.00pm / 4.00pm / 5.00pm / 6.00pm.

Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

www.mona.net.au/visit/getting-here/

Recommended:
We recommend any group members who would like to go out and dine together to meet in the hotel bar area at 6:45pm. There are plenty of dining options available including the hotel restaurant or you can head out for a local meal.

DAY 04 - TUESDAY 3 APRIL 2018
Drive to Strahan on the West Coast

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Today we travel from Hobart to Strahan, making some stops along the way. From Queenstown to Strahan, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery through the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park to arrive at our first stop at Derwent Bridge. Here you will view a fascinating attraction, The Wall in the Wilderness. The "Wall" is an art installation that is also a work in progress and will take another five to seven years to complete. It currently comprises twenty-three panels with intricate carved scenes; many with a historical background to commemorate those who helped to build Tasmania. When complete it will measure 100 metres in length.

Located 298 km west of Hobart and 41km from Queenstown, Strahan is a Tasmanian waterfront town located on the edge of the unspoilt beauty of Macquarie Harbour.

You will also experience what are said to be some of the most beautiful sunsets across all of Australia while in Tasmania, although it is important to note that the weather patterns can change without notice. For this reason, visitors should come prepared with appropriate clothing.

Before dinner, enjoy a live theatre production called The Ship That Never Was.  A story about The Frederick, the last ship built at the convict settlement of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour, is about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur. Ten convict shipwrights have other ideas. So begins the story of an amazing escape, an extraordinary voyage and an intriguing twist in the tale of The Ship That Never Was.

This evening, the group joins for dinner at the hotel restaurant

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Dinner tonight: We will meet at the hotel restaurant for our group reservation at 7pm. 

Day 05 – WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2018
Strahan to Cradle Mountain

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel

We will then take a Gordon River cruise with World Heritage Cruises in gold class seats to the enjoy the ultimate wilderness cruise experience along the magnificent Gordon River.

On this tour you will get the chance to:

  • See some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins on Sarah Island, a settlement which pre-dates Port Arthur by decades. Created to put the 'fear of God' into the convicts of Van Diemen’s Land, this tiny outpost of 18th century British penal history hides a fascinating tale of human triumph over adversity, brought vividly to life by expert guides.
  • Hear the intriguing story of Macquarie Harbour and its settlement.
  • Pass through Hell’s Gates, the narrow entrance to Macquarie Harbour named by the convicts on their way to Sarah Island.
  • See high-tech aquaculture where hundreds of thousands of Tasmania’s famous Atlantic Salmon and Ocean Trout are farmed.
  • Cruise past the majesty of the rugged mountain ranges in Tasmania’s World Heritage listed South West Wilderness National Park.
  • Spend two hours in the serenity of the imposing Gordon River, complete with a stroll into the rainforest, which reclaimed the land after the last Great Ice Age.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch freshly prepared on board which includes smoked salmon, cold meats, a selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses, and local bakery bread.

Our gold class seating includes a buffet lunch and morning tea, with beverages available for purchase.

After the cruise, you will travel from Strahan to Cradle Mountain for a two night stay.

Tonight you will enjoy a fine dining experience at Altitude restaurant, at your lodge. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Dinner tonight: Meet at the hotel Altitude Restaurant, for our group reservation at 7pm.

DAY 06 - THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2018
Cradle Mountain

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Starting at 10am we travel into the Cradle Mountain National Park for a guided tour that includes the areas of Waldheim and Dove Lake.

The afternoon will then be at your leisure. You may like to take the option to return to Dove Lake and enjoy some of the walking options.  Your driver will arrange a time to drop you off and pick you up. Otherwise, we suggest a visit to the Wilderness Gallery, one of the largest privately owned photographic galleries in Australia, showcasing ten rooms of works from internationally renowned nature photographers. The Gallery also has a retail shop.

Housed within The Wilderness Gallery is the fascinating Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition which brings together a remarkable collection of artefacts, photographs, and film about the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

This evening at 5.30pm, our group visits Devils @ Cradle, the conservation sanctuary for the Tasmanian Devil (bring some warm clothes). Following our evening adventure, we return to the hotel for dinner at the hotel restaurant!  

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Dinner tonight: Meet at the hotel buffet restaurant, Altitude, for our group reservation at 7:30pm

Day 07 - FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018
Cradle Mountain
- Launceston

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

You will then depart Cradle Mountain for our final night in Launceston. Not far from Cradle Mountain is the township of Sheffield which sits in the shadows of Mount Roland. The town is unique as there are many murals depicting the history of the area. There is some time at leisure to wander and take in some of the murals around town.

On your way to Launceston, you will visit the Ashgrove Cheese Factory for a tour and tasting. Ashgrove Cheese is Australia’s premier producer of award winning Cheddar style cheeses, crafting authentic cheeses by hand on the farm in Tasmania. We then make our way for a lunch break at the Raspberry Farm café.  You can guess what’s on the menu.

At the end of the day, you will arrive at your hotel where you will enjoy a three-course farewell a la carte dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Dinner tonight: We will meet at the hotel restaurant for our group reservation at 7pm.

Day 08 - SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018
Launceston
 

Start the day by enjoying breakfast at your hotel.

This morning there will be a short walking tour escorted by a local Launceston guide to fill you in on all the historical and cultural significance of this quaint part of Tasmania. 

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 9:45am.  Please check out of the hotel prior to the walk, and the hotel can store your luggage until your return. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

 HOTELS

Destination

Hotel

Star Rating

Hobart

Wrest Point Hotel
Executive Tower Harbour View rooms

4.5 star

Strahan

Strahan Village
Hilltop Harbour View rooms

4 star

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Hotel
Standard rooms

4 star

Launceston

Clarion Hotel City Park Grand
Spa rooms

4.5 star

Hotels are booked but can change due to unexpected circumstance

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

WREST POINT HOTEL, HOBART
It is little wonder Wrest Point Tasmania radiates comfort, tradition and excitement. After all, this Hobart casino was Australia’s first. With an absolute waterfront location, Wrest Point remains the premier choice for Hobart accommodation, dining and first-class entertainment. But it’s more than an iconic tower on the River Derwent, it is part of Tasmania’s story. 

STRAHAN VILLAGE
Strahan Village is a stylish collection of exceptional cottage and hotel style accommodation at Strahan, on Tasmania’s west coast. Set on a quiet bay of Macquarie Harbour, the fishing port of Strahan is the gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN HOTEL
A 4 star hotel situated on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain.
Set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers warm, welcoming accommodation within easy reach of Tasmania’s most iconic wilderness experiences. 

You can also visit The Wilderness Gallery, located adjacent to the Cradle Mountain Hotel and featuring the work of acclaimed Australian and international environmental photographers. Discover the enigmatic thylacine in the Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition and take time to browse in the gallery shop and the Hotel’s libraries. 

CITY PARK GRAND HOTEL, LAUNCESTON
Offering a boutique styled accommodation with fabulously well-appointed spacious deluxe rooms with sophisticated elegance.

Information is gathered from hotel websites and edited for publishing on our website.

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PRICES

Per person

Own Room

Tour Price

$3669

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $720 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. 

Not included:  

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for tour personnel
  • Porterage
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOM MATE MATCHING

Roommate matching is optional. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $250 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Friday 15 December 2017.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded. 

GETTING THERE

ARRIVE TO: Hobart
Arrival today is at your leisure. Hotel check in is from 3pm.  This evening the group meets for a pre-dinner get together at the hotel bar, followed by a highlight dinner in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

DEPART FROM: Launceston
Departure today is at your leisure. Hotel check out is by 10am.

Hobart Transport
Shuttle buses operate between Hobart (Hotels, Motels etc) and the Airport for every departure. The shuttle departs outside the terminal after the arrival of every flight, transferring passengers to the city.  Tas Redline coaches Phone: 1300 385 511

Launceston Transport
The Airporter Shuttle Bus Service operates from the Launceston Airport to the Launceston CBD and surrounding regions.  Price to/from Launceston Airport to the city is single fare $14 or double fare $24 - Contact (03) 6343 6677 for reservations and enquiries (prices are subject to change).

Taxi Combined Launceston   
Phone 132 227 or 131 008 or www.taxicombined.com.au
The approximate cost of a taxi to Launceston is $30 to $35.

 

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites, including the Airport information. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This tour is exclusively for solo travellers.  The age range is 45 years & over. This is small group premium touring with a maximum group size of 19 travellers. The tour is led by a professional coach captain.

It’s most likely to depart with a group of 14 to 18 passengers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
This tour is set at a leisurely place including a relaxing two night stay at Cradle Mountain and three nights in Hobart.  Touring is by private coach. There is also a cruise including lunch along the Gordon River with premium Captain’s Deck seating. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

COACH CAPTAIN
This is a private group tour with a coach captain. Your coach captain is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Transport is by a private air conditioned coach (seats 33 to 35 pax). There is also a day cruise from Strahan.

 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

I was initially a bit nervous about the tour and whether it would be my cup of tea. I loved every second of it. I met some wonderful people and the coach captain was patient and very accomodating to the group's needs. I am looking forward to the next tour. 

Dominique 48 years, Western Australia

I really needed a holiday, and some fun. The friendly, knowledgeable staff helped in every way, all expectations were met, and destination, food and events were great, but the people were the true value - I haven't laughed that much in years :)

Lyndall, 53 years, Rockhampton, QLD

The Tasmanian is a treasure, there is a lot to see, learn and love about Tassie. My co travellers were just great, everyone was fun and involved.  

Jenny, 55 years, Canberra, ACT
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