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Solos Only

Tasmania Solo Travel Tour of the East

The ideal introduction to Tasmania for first timers or a beautiful way to return and experience other parts of the Apple Isle. This discovery includes a four night stay and travel from Launceston to Hobart via Tasmania’s East Coast. 

After arriving to Launceston, join together with your group for a beautiful welcome dinner. The next morning set off for the scenic Tamar Valley. Our first stop is Platypus House for the opportunity to watch live Tasmanian platypuses and echidnas, and take a guided tour. The rest of the day is an indulgence at a beautiful winery and a craft gin distillery, both fabulous examples of the burgeoning craft industry success stories of Tasmania.

From Launceston making our way to the east coast, we stop by the quaint town of Ross before arriving to Freycinet National Park. A highlight experience is a Wineglass Bay cruise on board the Schouten Passage II catamaran. Take in the stunning scenery of the land and coastline, admiring the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water.  Disembarking the cruise, we make our way to the capital, Hobart for an overnight stay.  

Like to see more?
This tour provides the option to extend your stay in Hobart with a full day tour of Tasmania’s Bruny Island.

This is a boutique small group tour for solo travellers.

Connects with: Tasmanian Highlights
 

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    5 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD2430 with own room
  • Transport:
    Private vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'What a great way to experience a beautiful part of the world, some of the east side of Tasmania. The Tamar Valley, Cataract Gorge, Wineglass Bay. You don’t have to see it on your own either. You can enjoy it other likeminded people. At the same you can make lifelong friends. Also, and most importantly you are improving yourself!'

Teisha, 51 yeasr, Brisbane, QLD
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Cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay (regularly voted in the world’s top ten beaches).  Enjoy this highlight cruise experience on board the Schouten Passage II, a luxurious 150 seat catamaran. 

Be enthralled by the stunning scenery of the land and coastline as you take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water.  

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners including a highlight dinner

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • A private driver-guide
  • Platypus House visit
  • Winery visit and tastings
  • Craft gin distillery visit and tastings
  • Wineglass Bay Scenic Cruise with Sky Lounge upgrade

TRAVEL

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle 
  • Cruise boat

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Group escort with 16 or more travellers
  • Small group, not more than 20 travellers

# Arrival & departure airport transfers are not included

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

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • 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

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2 - 6 MAR 22
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AUD$2430 with own room
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** COMBINATION SAVING **

Combine this tour, Tassie's East 5 days with Tasmanian Highlights Solos Only 9 day tour and SAVE $375 when booking your own room, or $285 if sharing. 

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $340 on the price of taking a room to yourself (subject to roommate availability).

 

PER PERSON AUD$

OWN ROOM

STANDARD Package per person

$2430

PRE TOUR STAY LAUNCESTON:
Grand Chancellor superior room with breakfast
rates apply:  01MAR 2022

$205

POST TOUR STAY HOBART:
Crowne Plaza superior room with breakfast
rates apply:  06MAR, 07MAR 2022

$275

OPTIONAL:  POST TOUR EXTENSION BRUNY ISLAND
Full day tour 6 MARCH 2022
Requires additional night of stay 6 March 2022 at group hotel or otherwise accommodation by own arrangement.

$210

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Trip Code: TASEAST22-3

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Launceston highlight dinner
  • Platypus House
  • Beautiful Tamar Valley touring
  • Tamar Valley winery visit and tasting
  • Tamar Valley lunch
  • Craft gin distillery visit and tasting
  • Wine Glass Bay Half Day Cruise, Sky Lounge upgrade with lunch & beverages
  • Optional extension with Bruny Island tour


PRE & POST TOUR STAYS
Maybe you’d like to arrive the day prior and add an another night of stay in Launceston and/or extend your stay at the end of the tour in Hobart to include our extension package with a Bruny Island visit.

SNAPSHOT
Day 01    START. Launceston.
Day 02    Launceston/Tamar Valley/Launceston
Day 03    Launceston to Ross to Coles Bay/Freycinet, overnight Bicheno
Day 04    Bicheno/Freycinet to Hobart
Day 05    Hobart. END.


OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Day 05    Hobart stay with optional tour Bruny Island tour.
Day 06    Hobart – END

DAY 01
Launceston

Arrive to Launceston today at your leisure. This evening, meet up with your fellow travellers at the hotel before enjoying a highlight welcome dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • An impressive welcome dinner

DAY 02
Tamar Valley Discovery | Overnight Launceston

Today we discover the beautiful Tamar Valley, home to Tasmania’s principal wine producing area where wineries snuggle side by side with picturesque orchards, forests and fertile pastures. The Tamar River is distinguished as Australia’s longest tidal navigable river. Its long, lazy bends wind 65 kilometres inland, around hills and plains, beaches and bush. At the river’s head is the pretty city of Launceston. At its mouth – wide sandy beaches.

Our first stop is Platypus House in the northern region of the Tamar valley for the unique opportunity to see Tasmanian platypuses and echidnas. As the Tamar region is well known for its boutique wineries, we visit a lovely winery for tastings before enjoying lunch together in the valley. Before returning to Launceston, we visit a local craft gin distillery, showcasing their award-winning gin with a fascinating tour and gin tastings. The is evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Platypus House
  • Tamar Valley winery visit and tastings
  • Lunch in the Tamar Valley
  • Visit a local craft gin distillery for a tour & tastings 

DAY 03
Launceston – Ross - Coles Bay - Bicheno

We set off from Launceston and head south to arrive to Ross, a quaint town with some splendid historic buildings mostly of Georgian architecture and there’s also the beautiful Ross Bridge. It’s here we stop at Ross Female Factory erected in 1833; the most archaeologically intact female convict site in Australia. With a short break in Ross, why not visit a local bakery for a coffee and delicious pastries and pies. From Ross we make our way east to reach Freycinet National Park, known for its postcard views, pristine beaches, turquoise water and red granite mountains.  Enjoy a relaxed lunch with views over Wineglass Bay.

Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk 2.6KM
After lunch there is the option to take a walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout to see the view of one of the top ten beaches in the world.*

We then travel to the seaside town of Bicheno.  This tiny town boasts some of the prettiest scenery on the East Coast and features the Bicheno Blowhole. There is an optional penguin tour in the evening.

Enjoy a relaxed dinner at our hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit to the quaint town of Ross
  • Relaxed casual lunch overlooking Wineglass Bay
  • Optional walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout
  • Dinner this evening is at our hotel’s restaurant

SPECIAL NOTES:
* The Wineglass Bay Look: some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. It is a 1-1.5 hour return trip, 2.6km. The walk is a grade 3 out of Grade system where 1 is the easiest, and 5 is the most challenging. The walk is unguided.


FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Bicheno Penguin Tour
This is optional as it is low season for penguins. You can expect to see penguins but the numbers will be lower than other times of year. Price AUD40 

DAY 04
Bicheno - Freycinet  - Hobart

After breakfast, we head off from Bicheno to arrive to Coles Bay, on Tasmania’s East Coast and the entrance point for visitors to the Freycinet National Park. 

Today we cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay (regularly voted in the world’s top ten beaches).  Enjoy this highlight cruise experience on board the Schouten Passage II, enjoy the SKYLOUNGE upgrade included with your tour, the adults only top deck of the boat. The cruise is on board a luxurious 150 seat catamaran. 

Be enthralled by the stunning scenery of the land and coastline as you take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water.  The waters surrounding Freycinet National Park are home to diverse and remarkable wildlife. Keep a look out for sea eagles, pods of dolphins and Australian fur seals hauling out along the coast. Spot diverse birdlife, including albatross, shearwaters, diving gannets, terns, little penguins and cormorants.

Returning mid afternoon to Coles Bay we board our coach and travel south to Hobart. Along the way, and not far from Hobart we will make a stop in the quaint town of Richmond.  After a full but relaxing day we arrive to Hobart early evening to check into our hotel. Tonight, is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Wineglass Bay half day cruise
  • Lunch on board the cruise boat
  • A stop at the quaint town of Richmond, not far from Hobart.

UPGRADE OPTION: SKY LOUNGE ON CRUISE
Sky Lounge is the adults only lounge on the upper deck with banquette style seating for up to 26 passengers. It’s a more intimate experience, with direct access to the Captain’s bridge and private viewing deck. Morning tea, lunch and beverages, including renowned wines and artisan brews are included with Sky Lounge.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The cruise boat is enclosed which protects you from the elements, however we still suggest you bring some warm clothes. 

DAY 05
Hobart

After breakfast your visit comes to an end and you check out of the hotel. There’s the option to extend your visit with a very worthwhile 1 night/1 day extension in Hobart including a Bruny Island tour.

Meals: Breakfast

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION - BRUNY ISLAND TOUR

DAY 05
Hobart – Bruny Island – Hobart

 

Bruny Island Encounter Travel

Extend your visit with another night’s stay in Hobart and join the Bruny Island Traveller tour. See Bruny Island with a local guide who will show you the very best of what the island has to offer including visits to cellar doors and local providores.

This is a full day tour of Bruny Island, exploring spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce. This is a delicious day out where every course on the menu is a stop on your journey. You'll visit the home of Bruny Island's cheese, oysters, fudge, honey, wine and whisky to savour their produce and hear the stories behind the harvest. At every stop, sit back, relax and enjoy a fully inclusive experience.

See incredible scenery; take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of a deserted beach and see the light bush of the northern island give way to the dense rainforest of the south - this pristine wilderness is home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies.

This is a full day; depart Hobart approximately 7:30AM and return around 5:30PM. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Lunch 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Full day, locally guided Bruny Island Tour
  • Gourmet food tastings
  • Morning tea
  • Winery Lunch and Whisky Distillery visit 

SPECIAL NOTES:

Have warm and comfortable clothing including a jacket.


DAY 06
Hobart

After breakfast, your visit comes to an end and you check out of your hotel. 

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.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Launceston

Grand Chancellor (superior rooms)

2

Bicheno

Bicheno Beachfront

1

Hobart

Crowne Plaza  (superior rooms). New Hotel, opened July 2020

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.

Grand Chancellor Launceston Encounter Travel

Grand Chanceller, Launceston

Bicheno Beachfront Encounter Travel

Seaview room, Bicheno Beachfront, Hobart

Crowne Plaza Hobart

Superior room, Crowne Plaza Hobart

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. The hotel is 15.6 kilometres from Launceston Airport; about 20 mins driving.

BICHENO BEACHFRONT, BICHENO
All rooms are tastefully furnished with modern decor, reverse cycle air conditioner, free WiFi, TV, and walk-in shower. Additional facilities include a swimming pool (open through Spring/Summer/Autumn, closed during the Winter months), BBQ, guest laundry, onsite bottle shop, & bistro 7 days a week. Either poolside or seaview rooms will be allocated.

 CROWNE PLAZA, HOBART
Newly opened July 2020 and 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.

WiFi: included


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GETTING THERE

Starts: Launceston
Ends: Hobart

Start and end destinations are the travel points to arrive to and depart from to join your holiday. 

First Day Information
Arrival on day one is at your leisure. On the first day the group meets for a pre-dinner get together at the hotel bar, followed by a group dinner. Expect commencement time around 6-6:30PM (advised at time documents issued). We recommend booking flights that arrive to Hobart by 4:30PM.  Hotel check in is from 3PM.

Final Day
There are no touring inclusions today. You can depart Hobart at your leisure.

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are not included with this package. Transfers between the airport and the hotel are by your own arrangement. 

FLIGHT INFORMATION
We are able to provide flight advice and booking services. A small service fee applies, due in advance. 

COVID-19 BORDER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Government regulations for the destination may require pre travel registration for entry. This can be for state or international borders. Travellers must check these requirements prior to their departure from home. As a general guide, we recommend doing this at least 7 days prior to travel and again at 3 days prior to travel. It is also prudent to check on the day of travel. Regulations can change without notice. 

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
Travellers arriving from outside Australia must check Australian government regulations for entering Australia. It is the responsibility of travellers to make sure they have the correct travel documentation to visit Australia. 

PASSPORTS
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

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 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Only (couple-free) tour. You are welcome to join with a friend.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
An easy paced tour. Touring is most enjoyed with a good level of fitness. A minimum of an average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.

Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.  See MORE ABOUT FITNESS in More Information section below.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include 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.

DRIVER-GUIDE
This is a private group tour with one driver-guide, leading the group. The trip suits an independent style traveller, content with travelling without the additional services of a tour escort. Your driver-guide will give direction on daily meeting times. However, where the group is 16 travellers or more we also include a group escort for days two, three and four of the itinerary.

Your coach captain and/or group escort, is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group escort will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
A 33 seater coach is used for groups of 13 to 20 passengers. Where groups are 12 passengers or less a 24 seater vehicle is used.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight:
Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'What a great way to experience a beautiful part of the world, some of the east side of Tasmania. The Tamar Valley, Cataract Gorge, Wineglass Bay. You don’t have to see it on your own either. You can enjoy it other likeminded people. At the same you can make lifelong friends. Also, and most importantly you are improving yourself!'

Teisha, 51 yeasr, Brisbane, QLD
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