Tour Provider: AAT Kings
Region: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration: 12 Days
Day 1 / Welcome to Hobart
Begin your exploration of the beautiful island of Tasmania with a city sights tour of its capital. Visit the Botanic Gardens, historic Battery Point, and Constitution Dock, then drive to Mt. Nelson for panoramic views over the city. Join your Travel Director tonight for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Day 2 / Salamanca Market
A free day to enjoy the colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce.
Day 3 / Hobart – Strahan
This morning see the tiered cascade of Russell Falls. Then take the winding road to iconic Lake St. Clair and The Wall in the Wilderness, a monumental sculpture hand-carved in rare Huon pine. Passing through the moonscape of the mining town of Queenstown, your final stop today is seaside Strahan.
Day 4 / Strahan – Cradle Mountain
A highlight today is your cruise on the Gordon River. Be awestruck by the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, which reflect the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s convict history, and see Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbour.
Day 5 / Cradle Mountain
This morning you’ll marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, then stroll back to your hotel along the boardwalk through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands. You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way.
Day 6 / Cradle Mountain – Launceston
After breakfast, take a walk with a local expert through the Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery in Burnie. Continue to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’, then call in at the award winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm to try a selection of local cheeses. Travel through the Meander Valley to Launceston.
Day 7 / Launceston
See Launceston’s magnificent Cataract Gorge before taking a scenic drive through rolling hills for a private Be My Guest lunch and wine-tasting at a Josef Chromy Wines. This afternoon you may like to take an optional experience cruise on the beautiful Tamar River or further explore Launceston and its surrounds.
Day 8 / Launceston – Freycinet
Visit the beautiful Bridestowe Lavender Estate this morning and treat yourself to its famous lavender icecream. Later visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site. Then travel south along the picturesque coast to Freycinet National Park.
Day 9 / Wineglass Bay
Experience a four-hour lunch cruise this morning along the coast of the stunning Freycinet Peninsula. The cruise will take you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay past towering pink granite cliffs to Wineglass Bay, a flawless crescent of dazzling white sand that is considered one of the world’s best beaches.
Day 10 / Freycinet – Hobart
Journey to historic Ross, renowned as the finest nineteenth-century village in Australia. As you travel on through rich pastoral land towards Hobart, spend time at Shene Estate with its stunning colonial-era buildings, and enjoy a Be My Guest morning tea. This afternoon, choose one from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the iconic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and return to Hobart on the MONA ferry, explore the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum or enjoy a walking tour of Hobart with a local guide.
Day 11 / Port Arthur
Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a walk through the infamous convict prison. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.
Day 12 / Farewell from Hobart
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
The island of Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, and friendly locals. On this wide-ranging journey, you’ll visit Hobart’s bustling Salamanca Market. Witness the stunning natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, and indulge your tastebuds with fresh Tasmanian artisan cheeses and other delicious treats.
Your Guided Holiday Includes:
Fly Free valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Launceston & Hobart only. conditions apply.
Visit a local family at colonial-era Shene Estate, with its awarded gin distillery and King George III’s personal horse stable.
Enjoy free time exploring Hobart and Launceston with plenty of insider knowledge and help from your Travel Director.
Delve deep into historic Port Arthur with your private interpretive tour, guided by a local historian.
Your holiday contributes to National Parks and Wildlife, protecting Tasmania’s wilderness including the Franklin-Gordon Rivers.
Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in $AUD. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.
For new bookings only made by 30 April 2020 or until sold out. Subject to availability. Available on selected itineraries and departure dates for travel up to 31 March 2021. Fly Free valid from selected departure cities only: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Launceston & Hobart. Surcharges may apply for regional airport departures. Price is per person twin share including return economy airfare. Offer only valid in conjunction with Kings Club Past Guest & Seniors Card Discounts and not valid in conjunction with any other special offer or promotion. Excludes group bookings. These conditions may be subject to change.