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Tasmania Solo Travel Tours

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.

Solo Tasmanian Tours

Your seven night stay will be enjoyed at selected quality hotels with premium 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. This is a Tasmanian tour not to be missed!

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    BOOKINGS OPEN
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD4375 with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach, Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 20 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 at quality hotel stay
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 quality dinners

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Services of an expert driver-captain
  • Group escort with 16 or more travellers
  • Small group tour, not more than 20 travellers 

TRAVEL

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle 

OTHER

  • 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 Wildnerness
  • Visit Devils @ Cradle, the conservation sanctuary for the endangered Tasmanian Devil
  • All other sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary

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

Not included:

  • Airfares (unless otherwise requested)
  • 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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14-21 MAR 21
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AUD4375 with own room
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 Sunday 14 - Sunday 21 March 2021

Per person

Own Room

Tour Price

$4375

PRE TOUR HOTEL HOBART: Crowne Plaza Superior room with breakfast 13 March 2021

$280

POST TOUR HOTEL LAUNCESTON:  Grand Chancellor Hotel, Superior Room with breakfast 21 March 2021

$185


Trip Code: tasmania21-3

TERMS & CONDITIONS
16-23 OCT 21
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Trip Code: tasmania21-10

Itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Port Arthur Historic Sites tour
  • Visit the quaint town of Richmond
  • A visit with a cheese & wine tasting at Puddleduck Winery
  • 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
  • An easy going walk and visit, Cataract Gorge, Launceston
  • An historic walking tour, Launceston

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date.  If you want to spend the day visiting the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) 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. This evening meet your fellow travellers for a pre dinner drink at the hotel before continuing on the for the group dinner at your hotel

Meals: Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Group pre dinner meet up arrangement and dinner 

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
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 some time at leisure in Hobart.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Pre dinner drinks and dinner are not hosted unless the group is 15 or more travellers, and then a group escort will join.  Drinks for the pre-dinner meet up and during the dinner meal are at your own expense.

DAY 02

Hobart - Port Arthur - Hobart

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This morning you will travel from Hobart to the historic Port Arthur. 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 on the Isle of the Dead that around 1000 convicts and paupers were buried, mostly in unmarked graves.

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, and a visit to the Isle of the Dead.  After the Port Arthur visit, the group is transferred back to Hobart.

Tonight, meet the group for dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Port Arthur Historic Site visit including a guided tour, harbour cruise and Isle of the Dead.
  • Return transfers Hobart to Port Arthur
  • A highlight group dinner


SPECIAL NOTES: 
There is a café/restaurant at the Port Arthur site which is convenient for lunch. Take your umbrella and a warm jacket/wind sheeter for your Port Arthur visit

 

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 for the opportunity to admire the superb views across Hobart and the Derwent River.

Today, we 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. After, enjoy a visit to the delightful Puddleduck Winery, where you will taste a variety of wine accompanied by some cheese. We then transfer back to Hobart, and via MONA for any group members that want to make a visit by their own arrangement. Tonight you will have free time to explore further or relax at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Drive up Mt Wellington
  • Visit the quint town of Richmond
  • Enjoy wine tasting with cheese, at Puddleduck Winery

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
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. Entry to MONA and travel back to Hobart is by your own arrangement

SPECIAL NOTES: 
Take warm clothes for the drive to Mt Wellington as it can get very chilly near the summit. This excursion will only be possible if the weather permits.

 

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 near 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 more years to complete. However, already it’s remarkable. It comprises 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 pretty Macquarie Harbour.  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, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel Hobart to Strahan
  • A visit to the incredible Wall in the Wilderness
  • A theatre production ‘The Ship That Never Was’
  • Group dinner at the hotel


SPECIAL NOTES: 
Bring drinks and snacks for touring day as it’s a reasonable driver between Hobart to Strahan, with stops along the way. Lunch is a simple packed lunch provided by our Hobart hotel.
The west coast can have more harsh weather than other parts of Tasmania; come prepared with appropriate clothing, and an umbrella.

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

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Gordon River Cruise Gold Class seats including morning tea and lunch
  • Transfer from Strahan to Cradle Mountain
  • Fine dining group dinner, Altitude restaurant

SPECIAL NOTES:  
Take warm clothes and umbrella for the Gordon River cruise and credit card or cash for drinks purchases.

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 be at your leisure. You may like to take the option to return to Dove Lake and enjoy some of the walking options or relax at the hotel. 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 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Cradle Mountain National Park with a guided walking tour
  • Visit Devils @ Cradle conservation sanctuary for the Tasmanian Devil
  • Hotel dinner

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

  • Return to Dove Lake; your driver will arrange a time to drop you off and pick you up.
  • Visit the Wilderness Gallery, one of the largest privately owned photographic galleries in Australia, showcasing ten rooms of works from internationally renowned nature photographers.
  • See the fascinating Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition, part of the Wilderness Gallery which brings together a remarkable collection of artefacts, photographs, and film about the extinct Tasmanian tiger.


SPECIAL NOTES: 
Bring suitable walking shoes for your visit to Dove Lake and surrounds at Cradle Mountain and be prepared with wet weather gear such as a rain jacket. The weather at Cradle Mountain can change quite rapidly from sun to cloud, to rain.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07

Cradle Mountain

 

In the morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel. We 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 a stop in Sheffield for time to take in some of the murals around town.

 

Lunch is enjoyed today with the group in Launceston with a visit of Launceston’s Cataract Gorge and a ride up the cable car to enjoy the sweeping view across the gorge. In the afternoon we check into our hotel followed by the option to enjoy an easy paced walking tour of the city.

Tonight, enjoy a highlight farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer from Cradle Mountain to Launceston
  • Visit the town of murals, Sheffield
  • Group lunch
  • Visit Cataract Gorge, Launceston
  • Walking tour of Launceston

An farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Day 08

Launceston

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the group hotel.  Transfer to the airport today is by your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Itineraries may be 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.

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

Crowne Plaza 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.

Crowne Plaza Hobart Tasmanian Highlights

Superior room, Crowne Plaza Hobart

Strahan Village, Strahan

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain

TASMANIA HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, HOBART
Located in the city centre, Crowne Plaza Hobart connects visitors to the heart of Tasmania. This contemporary hotel offers modern rooms designed to ensure you rest and relax while making the most out of your stay.  Stroll the streets and explore what Hobart is renowned for with Salamanca Place and Constitution Dock just moments away and the best shopping next door. Or venture a little further on a ferry to the iconic Museum of Old and New Art. To round out your day, unwind with friends over a drink or casual meal at The Deck, or head to Core Restaurant and Bar for the finest local produce. Otherwise, indulge in champagne and oysters at Aura our rooftop lounge bar.  Check from 2PM. Check out by 11AM. Superior rooms offer a king bed, lounge, touch pad controls, free WIFI, smart 55" TV's, great workspace, designer bathroom with Antipodes products. Enjoy a local indulgence from the minibar.

Located:  110 Liverpool Street Hobart
WiFi: included

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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