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This small premium group tour focuses on delighting your senses with the unique scenery of Tasmania at a beautiful time of year, with the change of seasons. 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 the extreme natural beauty only Van Diemen’s Land can offer.   

Your seven night stay will be enjoyed at selected deluxe hotels with quality dining and superior sightseeing included.  A leisurely tour pace is offered with a relaxing 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 wilderness, featuring a highlight cruise along the Gordon River, part of Tasmania's wild west.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$4175 tour with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 19 travellers
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

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 7 nights, deluxe hotel stays
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 3 lunches including a café lunch and a picnic lunch
  • 6 quality dinners

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Services of an expert driver-captain
  • Group escort with 15 or more travellers
  • Small group tour, not more than 20 travellers
  • Port Arthur Historic Sites tour; including Isle of the Dead tour
  • Gordon River Cruise, Gold Class seats
  • Theatre performance of 'The Ship that Never Was', Strahan
  • The Wall in the Wilderness
  • Visit Devils @ Cradle, the conservation sanctuary for the endangered Tasmanian Devil
  • All other sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary

TRAVEL

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle

OTHER

  • Small group, not more than 20 travellers

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included:

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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28 MAR - 4 APR 2020
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@ early bird AUD$4175*
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SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by 31 October 2019 
SAVE $150 for the tour package with your own room

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $935 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing). 

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EARLY BIRD Package Price

AUD$4175

STANDARD Package  Price

AUD$4325


Trip Code: tasmania20-3

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Port Arthur Historic Sites tour
  • Morning visit to the quaint town of Richmond
  • A visit to Puddleduck Winery with wine tasting
  • 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
  • A historic walking tour, Launceston

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  If you want to spend the day visiting the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) or spend some time at Salamanca Markets on Saturday, we recommend travelling a day early.

The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1 
Arrive To Hobart

Arrival in Hobart is by your own arrangement. Your holiday will commence with a leisurely three night stay in Hobart. 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.

You will meet at the hotel bar at 6pm for pre-dinner drinks followed by dinner one of at the hotel’s restaurants. Please note that this evening is not hosted.  Drinks are at your own expense. 

Meals: Dinner

DAY 02
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, you will be transferred back your hotel. 

Tonight, meet the group for dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Please note that all drinks are at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 03
A visit to Richmond

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

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 weather permits.

You will 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.

Enjoy a visit to Puddleduck Winery, where you will taste a variety of wine accompanied by some cheese.

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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 04
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

Day 05
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

DAY 06
Cradle Mountain

In the morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Travel to nearby 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. Or, perhaps you’d like some time to relax at the hotel. 

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 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

Day 07
Cradle Mountain
- Launceston

In the morning 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

Day 08
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 your hotel in the morning.  Please check out of the hotel prior to the walk, and the hotel can store your luggage until your return. 

Recommended
Afternoon flights from 1pm are recommended to ensure there is time to enjoy the morning tour and have time to travel between Launceston and the airport. There is the option to opt out of the morning walking tour if you wish to travel home in the morning. 

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 Name

Nights of Stay

Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

3

Strahan

Strahan Village

1

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Hotel

2

Launceston

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart

Strahan Village, Strahan

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

GRAND CHANCELLOR HOTEL, HOBART

Conveniently located amongst all the action, this hotel allows you to sit back and enjoy both harbour and mountain views from one of the best places to stay in Hobart. 

The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is also just a short walk away from popular attractions such as Salamanca Place, The Markets, Battery Point, the MONA Ferry and the CBD. 

Enjoy the comfort, space and facilities of one of Hobart's largest accommodation hotels. Work out in the gym, relax in the sauna or enjoy a swim in the heated indoor pool. Meet for drinks or Afternoon Tea in the Atrium Lounge, or reserve a table at the popular Restaurant Tasman for either buffet breakfast or à la carte dinner.

Uncover the best in what Hobart has to offer at Hotel Grand Chancellor, which brings the perfect amount of style and convenience to accommodation on the waterfront.

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. 

HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR, LAUNCESTON
Enjoy the contemporary style of Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston whilst relaxing in beautiful rooms and suites overlooking the city. Surrounded by notable attractions like City Park - Launceston’s picturesque public gardens, the Tasmanian Design Centre, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Princess Theatre, Boag’s Brewery and UTAS Stadium, this Launceston hotel is the perfect choice for exploring the many splendours of Northern Tasmania.

 

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


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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. Please note, afternoon flights from 1pm are recommended to ensure there is time to enjoy the morning tour and have time to travel between Launceston and the airport. There is the option to opt out of the morning walking tour if you wish to travel home in the morning. 

 

 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are not included as part of your package.

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.  As a small group tour, space is limited. 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 20 travellers. The tour is led by a professional coach captain.

It’s most likely to depart with a group of 12 to 16 passengers.

TOUR PACE
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. 

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.

TRANSPORT
Transport is by a private air conditioned coach (seats 33 to 35 pax). Most or all passengers will have two seats to themselves (dependent on the final group size). As we recommend seat rotation during your tour, then at some point of touring you should have two seats to yourself. There is also a day cruise from Strahan.

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.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
For your main luggage, 1 piece of luggage weighing no more than 23kg.

For Hand Luggage
A small backpack or handbag for day touring would be suitable to bring onboard the coach.  When travelling by air, a maximum of 7kg is permitted as carry on luggage.  Please refer to your airline for more information.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Mobile phone and internet access is widely available throughout Tasmania.  In some parts of Tassie such as Cradle Mountain, the Telstra Next G network does provide some access around parts of the area.  However connection to other networks is not available. It is interesting to note that many visitors to Cradle Mountain find the escape from such technology one of the most enjoyable aspects of their stay.

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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