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Best of Tasmania 2014

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Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, AustraliaHobart, AustraliaWineglass Bay in Tasmania, Australia
Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia
Hobart, Australia
Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, Australia
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: You’ll see the very best of Tasmania – visit the resplendent three-tiered Russell Falls and take a Gordon River cruise through the pristine wilderness. Stay in Cradle Mountain National Park and enjoy a walk around Dove Lake. Taste the local Tasmanian cheese at Ashgrove Farm and the cool climate wines at a Be My Guest lunch at Josef Chromy winery. See a Tasmanian Devil at the zoo, cruise around the Freycinet Peninsula and join a guided tour through the National Park. Then it’s time for High Tea at historic Shene Estate near Hobart. End your holiday with a walk around the fascinating Port Arthur Historic Site and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 to Day 2

    DEPART CANADA

    You will fly over the international date line on your way to Hobart, Australia.

  • Day 3

    ARRIVE HOBART

    On arrival at Hobart Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm). Your orientation tour takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens and Constitution Dock. The last stop is Mt. Nelson for views overlooking Hobart. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel for a Welcome Reception at the Onyx Bar, with its fabulous views over the Derwent River, followed by dinner.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: Wrest Point (MF)

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  • Day 4

    HOBART - RUSSELL FALLS - STRAHAN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning you’ll head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest, and location of the spectacular three-tiered Russell Falls. Later, take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair – amazing vistas await you. This afternoon visit the Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating sculpture where artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved a series of scenes into a collection of panels commemorating those who have shaped the area’s past and present. Back down to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to coastal Strahan.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Strahan Village (MF)

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  • Day 5

    GORDON RIVER CRUISE AND FREE TIME

    Start the day on the Gordon River Cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge, with commentary by a Local Expert. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for your Unique Insight into Tasmania's lesser known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. This afternoon simply relax, explore the fishing village of Strahan or maybe visit the Huon Pine Museum.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 6

    STRAHAN - CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

    Discover the mining and Hydro Electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah, as you travel to your Authentic Accommodation, on the boundary of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. After lunch we’ll take you up to Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake to see spectacular Cradle Mountain. The afternoon is yours. Explore the Australian National Wilderness and Landscape Gallery or just marvel at the view and breathe in the fresh air.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Cradle Mountain Chateau (SF)

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  • Day 7

    CRADLE MOUNTAIN - LAUNCESTON (2 NIGHTS)

    Departing Cradle Mountain this morning you’ll head to Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. You’ll then head to Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory, a Local Speciality, for a presentation on cheese making and some delicious product tasting. Continue to Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’, Launceston. Explore Cataract Gorge, wilderness in the city. Just two minutes out of the city and you’re surrounded by rivers, a gorge and exotic flora and fauna. Enjoy a walk across the suspension bridge or take the chairlift for an aerial view of this fascinating urban wilderness.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Chancellor (SF)

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  • Day 8

    LAUNCESTON SIGHSEEING

    This morning discover the Tamar Valley and the Swiss village of Grindelwald. Next stop is the Tasmania Zoo to view the Tasmanian Devil and other native animals. Visit Josef Chromy Wines for a Be My Guest lunch. The views of the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estate-grown wines followed by Tasmania’s fresh local produce for lunch. The remainder of your day is free.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 9

    LAUNCESTON - BICHENO (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning visit the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Continue on to see the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, the old mining town of Derby then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit St. Helens at lunchtime.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno (ST)

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  • Day 10

    FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a Local Expert. The cruise will take you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches. Later, experience breathtaking Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. A guided walk with a National Park Ranger unveils astonishing views. Cape Tourville Lookout will amaze.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11

    BICHENO - HOBART (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey to historic Ross, considered to be the finest nineteenth century village in Australia. As you travel south towards Hobart you’ll stop at Shene Estate, a reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era. A walking tour of this iconic property with a Local Expert is followed by High Tea. Then it’s on to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). MONA is Australia’s largest privately funded museum with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Chancellor (SF)

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  • Day 12

    PORT ARTHUR SIGHTSEEING

    Cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and make your way along the impressive tree-lined coast. En route to Port Arthur cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula to feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Enjoy a fascinating walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and infamous convict prison and cruise around the Isle of the Dead with a Local Experts. View the ruggedly spectacular sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout on your return to Hobart. This evening celebrate a wonderful trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13

    HOBART - CANADA

    Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Experience the very best and freshest in locally sourced regional produce accompanied by elegant cool climate wines at lunch at Josef Chromy Wines.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Taste the cheese at Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy High Tea at Shene Estate.
  • Local Speciality Sample the wines at Josef Chromy Wines.
  • Local Expert Tour Port Arthur Historic Site.
  • Local Expert Visit historic Shene Estate.
  • Local Expert Cruise on the Gordon River, Isle of the Dead and Wineglass Bay.
  • Local Expert Join a guided walk in Freycinet National Park.
  • Unique Insight Visit Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement on Sarah Island.
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay at Cradle Mountain Chateau, set in scenic alpine woodland and Tasmanian wilderness.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • HobartSee the sights on a tour of the city.
  • Russell FallsVisit the spectacular three-tiered falls.
  • Gordon RiverCruise through the wilderness.
  • Cradle MountainStroll around Dove Lake.
  • Cataract GorgeAdmire the panoramic views from the suspension bridge.
  • Tasmania ZooSee a Tasmanian Devil.
  • Bridestowe Lavender FarmVisit the farm.
  • Freycinet National ParkCruise on Wineglass Bay.
  • RichmondSee the historic bridge.
  • MONAVisit Hobart's newest museum.
  • Port ArthurCruise around the Isle of the Dead.

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 lunches:
    • 1 lunch.
    • Be My Guest lunch at a winery.
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Hobart.
    • 5 two or three-course dinners.
    • Farewell Dinner in Hobart.

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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