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Perfect Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $3,893 per person

Roam through the untamed wilderness of Tasmania – the gentle trickling water and calls of cuckoos and cockatoos accompanying you as you cruise the spectacular Gordon River and venture forth to see the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the pink-hued granite peaks of Tassie's Freycinet coast.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Australia (not included).

  2. Cross the international date-line.

  3. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers today (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm), and begin your exploration of the beautiful island of Tasmania with a Cultural Insight into some of its capital's most interesting attractions.Hobart was founded in 1803, and much of its architecture dates back to the Victorian and Georgian eras. Get to know your traveling companions tonight at a Welcome Reception and dinner.
    meal(s):WR, DW
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  4. You'll have free time explore the myriad market stalls of Salamanca Market, and wander through its historic sandstone warehouses. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: join a walking tour with a local guide for an insight into Hobart's history, people and places; a guided walk to experience the alcohol history of the city or explore the Mawson's Huts Replica Museum. This evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants.
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  5. Join your Travel Director this morning for a stroll through lush rainforest to the tiered falls of picturesque Russell Falls. Then take the winding road to iconic Lake St. Clair before traveling on to see a Cultural Insight, The Wall in the Wilderness, a monumental sculpture hand-carved in rare Huon pine. Continue through the rainforest, passing through the eerie moonscape of the mining town of Queenstown. Your final destination today is coastal Strahan: enjoy views of peaceful Macquarie Harbor from your hotel perched on a hillside.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Strahan Village
  6. A highlight today is your cruise on the spectacular Gordon River. You'll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters: stained amber by buttongrass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for a Cultural Insight into a relic of Tasmania's lesser-known convict history, the Macquarie Harbor Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbor, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you make your way to your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, L, DW
    hotel:Cradle Mountain Authentic Accommodation
  7. This morning explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park with a Local Specialist. Then join your Travel Director for a guided walk in the National Park and maybe taking a little more time later to meander back to your hotel along the purpose-built boardwalk through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands. You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way. For a more challenging hike, head to Marion's Lookout and return via Wombat Pool.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  8. Begin your day with a visit to Hellyers Road Distillery for a guided walk with a Local Specialist, then on to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals'. Call in at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory to try a selection of local cheeses before you continue through the Meander Valley to Tasmania's ‘northern capital' Launceston.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  9. This morning, after visiting Launceston's magnificent Cataract Gorge, take a scenic drive to Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley for a Regional Meal lunch and wine-tasting. This afternoon is free for you to relax or further explore Launceston and surrounds at your leisure. You may like to take an Optional Experience cruise on the beautiful Tamar River, or a tour of the historic James Boag Brewery.
    meal(s):BB, RM
  10. Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop today. Learn about the history of the estate and treat yourself to some of its famous lavender ice-cream. Later visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site. This afternoon follow the picturesque east coast south to Freycinet Lodge, your accommodations for the next two nights.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Freycinet Lodge
  11. Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay today on a four-hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a Local Specialist. The cruise will take you from the shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast beneath towering pink granite cliffs to one of the world's best beaches. Anchored at Wineglass Bay, you'll have the chance to absorb the beauty of the National Park while enjoying a gourmet ploughman's lunch. Later take a drive through dry eucalypt forests to Cape Tourville for a walk that will reward you with stunning views of brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches.
    meal(s):BB, L, DW
  12. Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth-century village in Australia. As you travel on through rich pastoral land towards Hobart, pause at Shene Estate, whose custodian Anne Kernke will treat you to a Be My Guest walking tour of the property's stunning colonial-era buildings, and a morning tea selection of home-baked goodies in her private residence. Continue to Hobart to visit Australia's largest privately-funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The eclectic mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art will astound you.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Grand Chancellor
  13. Today, explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison with a Local Specialist. There will also be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart's finest restaurants.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. Your Tasmanian adventure comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
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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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

11 nights, 11 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 3 lunches, 8 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasures

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel on the border of the Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park for beautiful wilderness views

Be My Guest

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

Cultural Insight

  • Visit the Wall in the Wilderness where artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved into a collection of panels commemorating the area's past and present. Explore Tasmania's convict history on Sarah Island

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Cradle Mountain, Launceston, Freycinet Peninsula and 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
  • Definite Departure
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  • Important Note : This departure is subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.

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 $1,250.
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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 48 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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