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Perfect Tasmania

12 Days from $4,365 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

The calls of currawongs and cockatoos accompany your journey along the Gordon River, exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the pink-hued granite peaks of Tassie's Freycinet coast.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

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The calls of currawongs and cockatoos accompany your journey along the Gordon River, exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the pink-hued granite peaks of Tassie's Freycinet coast.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

  1. Your gateway to the remote natural splendor of Tasmania is its capital Hobart, where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm) this afternoon. Dive into culture and explore the city's heritage as an infamous penal colony in the early 19th century. Admire the Victorian and Georgian façades that remain to this day and visit the Botanic Gardens, historic Battery Point and Constitution Dock. Ascend to Mt. Nelson next for panoramic views over the city and Derwent River. This evening, join your fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  2. Ease into the relaxed atmosphere of this harbor town, enjoying a full day at leisure to explore on your terms. Wander through the historic Salamanca sandstone warehouses that were once the hub of Hobart's whaling industry and today house a myriad of colorful market stalls laden with Tasmanian arts, crafts and local produce. Kick back at one of Salamanca's cafés with an ale or rub shoulders with the friendly locals who delight in sharing their stories. For dinner, consider heading to the city docks in search of the best local seafood.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. Leave the city behind bound for Tasmania's splendid natural beauty. Join your Travel Director for a stroll through lush rainforest to the tiered falls of Russell Falls. Then, take the winding road to Lake St. Clair where we'll dive into culture and see The Wall in the Wilderness, a monumental sculpture hand-carved in rare Huon pine. Continue through the rainforest, passing the eerie moonscape of Queenstown, once the world's richest mining town. Your final destination today is coastal Strahan, the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Here you will enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour from your hotel perched on a hillside.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Strahan Village
  4. Venture up the tannin-stained waters of the Gordon River, stained amber by buttongrass tannins and flanked by riverside rainforest. Continue to Sarah Island, where you'll dive into culture and gain chilling insights into the cruelties of convict life, starkly juxtaposed against the overwhelming beauty of the island's surrounds. See Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbor, and Heritage Landing, the site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Later, travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you make your way to your hotel, Cradle Mountain which offers incredible views of Tasmania's alpine wilderness.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Cradle Mountain
  5. Join a Local Specialist this morning and discover the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park in ways you could never imagine. Keep a keen eye out for wombats, quolls and currawongs as you embark on a guided walk with your Travel Director. Take your time to connect with the tranquil and ancient natural surrounds, tracing the purpose-built boardwalk back to your hotel through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands. Feeling adventurous? Consider a challenging hike to Marion's Lookout instead, returning via Wombat Pool.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  6. Switch dairy for a wee dram, as you join a Local Specialist for an insightful visit to Hellyers Road Distillery, founded by a group of dairy farmers. Travel to Sheffield, the 'Town of Murals' and stop at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory to sample the local cheeses before continuing through the Meander Valley to Tasmania's 'northern capital' of Launceston.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  7. Your first stop today is to the nearby wilderness of Launceston's Cataract Gorge. Continue your scenic drive to Josef Chromy Wines, for a Regional Meal, wine tasting and vineyard views that stretch across the Tamar Valley, one of Tasmania's prettiest settings. The flavors of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will ease you into a free afternoon to explore Launceston further, join an Optional Experience cruise on the Tamar River or simply relax at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. The floral undertones of lavender will linger long after this morning's visit to Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922. Gain insights into the estate's history and treat yourself to some of its famous lavender ice-cream, before continuing to Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site. Spend the afternoon following Tasmania's picturesque east coast to Freycinet Lodge, overlooking Coles Bay.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Freycinet Lodge
  9. Prime your sea legs on a four-hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a Local Specialist. Watch seals lazing on granite boulders, admire beautiful beaches fringed by dense bush and witness whales breaching turquoise waters (in season). You'll lay anchor at Wineglass Bay, surrounded by untouched natural beauty—the perfect backdrop to a gourmet ploughman's lunch.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
  10. Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth-century village in Australia, before traversing rich pastoral lands en route to Hobart. Connect with locals at Shene Estate, whose custodian Anne Kernke will treat you to a walking tour of the property's stunning colonial-era buildings and a Be My Guest morning tea selection of home-baked goodies in her private residence. This afternoon, your choice of sightseeing: visit Australia's largest privately funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), followed by a cruise back to Hobart on the MONA ferry; join a walking tour with a local guide for insights into Hobart's history, people and places or explore the Mawson's Huts Replica Museum.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  11. Your day begins with a poignant visit to Port Arthur Historic Site, which includes a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison. Spend some free time tracing the stories of the convicts who left their mark on this former penal settlement. Your return to Hobart is filled with pinch me moments as you enjoy views from Pirate's Bay Lookout, Tasman's Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole. As your epic encounter with Tassie comes to an end, join your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart's best restaurants.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  12. This morning after breakfast, we say farewell to your newfound friends as your vacation comes to an end and you are transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,365.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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Meal Summary

11 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 3 lunches, 8 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Join the Kernkes, the custodians of Shene Estate, to learn about this iconic colonial property and enjoy morning tea filled with homemade treats.

Dive into Culture

  • Explore Tasmania's convict history on Sarah Island.
  • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, where you'll take a guided walk of its infamous prison.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Cradle Mountain, Launceston, Freycinet Peninsula, Port Arthur.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Hobart
  • Visit Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park, Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Cruise on the Gordon River, Wineglass Bay
  • View Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park, historic Ross Bridge, Cataract Gorge
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia is innovative and diverse. As an island nation with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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