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Perfect Tasmania

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12 Days from $5,095 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.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Hobart (2 Nights)

    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.

    Dining: Welcome Reception, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Grand Chancellor
  • Day 2: Hobart Free Time

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 3: Hobart - Strahan

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Strahan Village
  • Day 4: Strahan - Cradle Mountain (2 Nights)

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Cradle Mountain
  • Day 5: Cradle Mountain Sightseeing

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  • Day 6: Cradle Mountain - Launceston (2 Nights)

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Grand Chancellor
  • Day 7: Launceston Sightseeing

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  • Day 8: Launceston - Freycinet (2 Nights)

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Freycinet Lodge
  • Day 9: Wineglass Bay

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
  • Day 10: Freycinet - Hobart (2 Nights)

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
    Hotel: Grand Chancellor
  • Day 11: Port Arthur Sightseeing

    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.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Day 12: Depart Hobart

    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).

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast

Price Includes

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

Dates and Prices

All dates and prices subject to change. Please see https://www.getours.com/tours/perfect-tasmania for the latest discounts and departure information for this tour.
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20 Sep 19 1 Oct 19 checkmark $5,095pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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15 Nov 19 26 Nov 19 checkmark $5,095pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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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 $1,365.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. GET guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Launceston

Boags Beer Lovers Tour

Tour the historic working brewery and discover the secrets of Boag’s world-famous brew.
Adult Price: $33.00

Bicheno Penguins Tour

A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and safely without disturbing them, or hurting yourself! The penguins are accustomed to our tour and lights, but loud noises and camera flashes will scare them away.
Adult Price: $35.00

Wineglass Bay

Devils In The Dark

Be the first to see these amazing nocturnal animals burst into life.  See natural wild behavior in these Tasmanian devils which are not normally available for viewing.
Adult Price: $70.00

Hobart

Bruny Island Traveller

Savor a delicious al fresco morning tea and a cellar door lunch of specialty local produce including Bruny Island Cheese, oysters, salmon, wine, bread, and berries - all grown, made or harvested on Bruny. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Enjoy short walks in the South Bruny National Park and see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Hear the stories of the people who have shaped Bruny Island, from the whalers who used to camp at Adventure Bay, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who braved difficult conditions to keep the light burning at Cape Bruny. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30 pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post-tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8 pm approx.
Adult Price: $155.00

Bruny Island Cruise

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and seabirds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30 pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post-tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8 pm approx.
Adult Price: $225.00

Par Avion South West Heritage Tour And Scenic Flight

Take a spectacular scenic flight over one of the World's last wilderness frontiers, South West Tasmania. This World Heritage listed National Park has international significance, comprising of over 4500 sq km of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilization, just pure wilderness. Tour includes a landing at Melaleuca and a visit to the bird hide to see the rare Orange Bellied Parrots. *Please note: This tour is 4hrs in duration. In order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have an afternoon flight, or post tour accommodation booked.
Adult Price: $499.00

Mount Wellington Hobart Tour

On this half-day tour, pass through various ecosystems as we ascend the mountain look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, kunanyi/Mt Wellington enables the visitor to glimpse the unfolding panorama of river, fields and aquatic setting of Hobart. Be mesmerized by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from Mt Wellington’s majestic summit. Before ending the tour visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one-time female prison. In order to partake in this experience, you will need to ensure your flight departs after 2:00 pm on the final day of the tour. Or have post accommodation booked. Speak to your Tour Director for more information.
Adult Price: $45.00