Your holiday includes a flight from your homeport to Launceston.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Launceston.
❱ 2 nights: Best Western Plus Launceston
★ After a leisurely morning, walk to Home Point and board an exciting lunch cruise through Cataract Gorge.
Sit back and unwind as the Odyssey ventures through the modern Seaport precinct into natural parts of the river; see the nature reserve and beautiful Tamar Island, heritage homesteads, historical points, Windermere church, award winning vineyards and quaint waterfront communities.
During the cruise, taste local wine and beer, enjoy freshly brewed tea and coffee, morning tea, a light lunch, delicious Tasmanian cheese platter and fresh fruit selection. Meanwhile relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Valley, and the notable Batman Bridge. Be sure to spot glimpses of the river’s wildlife whilst cruising by many natural coves, protected inlets.
★ Tonight, get to know your Guide and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.
★ Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today.
It has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife’s birthplace in England. Try some of Bridestowe’s lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream.
Later, stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers. After a lunchtime stop at St. Helens, follow the picturesque east coast south to Bicheno. This consider an optional experience to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night (seasonal).
❱ 1 night: Beachfront at Bicheno
★ Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to Cape Tourville lookout.
Your walk will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches.
On your way to Hobart, you’ll travel through Swansea and Orford and make a lunch stop in historic Richmond. The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating to the 1820s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.
❱ 3 nights: Wrest Point
★ Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site on a day tour from Hobart.
Enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating walk with a local expert of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will 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, the Blowhole and the Totem Pole.
★ This evening, mingle with your fellow travellers at a Highlight Dinner at one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the many highlights of Hobart’s city centre. Ask us about a range of activities available for your day in Hobart.
★ This morning, you have the opportunity to visit Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market.
The market consists of over 170 stallholders representing artisans, designers and producers. You will find fresh produce from local growers, hot coffee and delicious breakfast and lunch options to enjoy, lots of gift ideas and plenty of handmade products.
Later today, you will be transferred to Hobart Airport in time for your flight home.
Please note: The morning at the Salamanca Market is not available on the 20 January 2021 departure. This is replaced by a morning at leisure in Hobart.
Your holiday includes a flight from Hobart back to your homeport.