Bloomin' Tassie Spring Tour - BTS
Number of Days: 11
Tasmania offers a huge range of gardens, natural scenery, rivers and extensive temperate gardens all within a short distance. Our tour includes some of best and most diverse features. Highlights of our tour include the Flower Show, Launceston, Hobart, crafts, Port Arthur and other historic sites, private and public gardens, the Tamar Valley and Mole Creek.
Our Bloomin’ Tassie’ tour is always a favourite and we are sure you will enjoy the combination of beautiful gardens, scenery and places of interest on the itinerary.
We specialise in small escorted tours, where everything is taken care of. In addition to the Tasmania tour there is also an optional 3 day extension in Melbourne which can be before, or after the Tasmania tour. Melbourne is an amazing cosmopolitan city, where you can visit gardens and places of interest including the famous Queen Victoria markets, the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens. To give you the flexibility to extend your time away (either in Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia) flexibility flights are not included, however we can arrange these for you once you have decided upon your final options. The price for the 3 day Melbourne extension is only $1,795 per person twin share.
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11 DAY ITINERARY
Tour commences Melbourne Tuesday 18 September 2018
DAY 1: TUESDAY MELBOURNE, LAUNCESTON
Depart from your nearest airport for Melbourne. Arrive Melbourne and transfer for your flight to Launceston, Tasmania. You will be met at Launceston airport and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY MOLE CREEK, WYNCHWOOD, MARAKOOPA, OLD WESLEY DALE
After breakfast we have a short city orientation tour before traveling to Mole Creek where we explore three beautiful gardens. Wychwood, Marakoopa and Old Wesley Dale - a 1829 historic property set within a landscape described as ‘The Vision Splendid’. B,L,D
DAY 3 THURSDAY LAUNCESTON, CATARACT GORGE
Explore Launceston’s city centre and magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world. Tour the scenic Tamar Valley to Grey Sands Vineyard - a collectors garden. B,D
DAY 4: FRIDAY TAMAR VALLEY, WOOLMERS, BRICKENDON
Enjoy the history, architecture and beautiful gardens as we explore the stunning countryside around Launceston. Visit World Heritage Woolmers Estate and the National Rose Garden. Travel to the nearby Brickendon Estate, explore Panshanger Estate and the village of Evendale to visit Strathmore, a colonial estate with gardens overlooking Lockmaben Lake. B,L
DAY 5: SATURDAY LAUNCESTON FLOWER SHOW
Full day to enjoy the Blooming Tasmania, Launceston Flower Show. Located at the Albert Hall. Enjoy the flower show and nearby John Hart Conservatory known for its begonias, cyclamens and hot house blooms. B,D
DAY 6: SUNDAY HERITAGE HIGHWAY, ROSS, OATLANDS, HOBART
We travel the Heritage Highway to Hobart, passing through Ross and by historic Herbert Archer Bridge. We continue to Oatlands, one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements containing the largest collection of colonial sandstone building in Australia. On arrival in Hobart take a city sites tour before settling into our hotel. B,D
DAY 7: MONDAY D’ENTRECASTEAUX CHANNEL, MARGATE, CRAWLEIGH WOOD
Take in the panoramic views of the city and estuary from Mt Nelson before travelling to Margate where we visit Inverawe Native Gardens then Avi Flora known for its spring bulbs, annuals, flowering shrubs, roses, irises and perennials. Stop at Crawleigh Wood Garden before returning to Hobart. B,L,D
DAY 8: TUESDAY BOTANIC GARDEN, SALMON, MT FIELD
Tasmanian Botanic Garden followed by lunch at Plenty Salmon Ponds, the first of Tasmania’s famous trout fisheries. Enjoy the English style open space of superb trees, hedges and lawns. Visit Mt Field National Park then return to Hobart via Prospect House. B,L
DAY 9: WEDNESDAY TASMAN PENINSULA, PORT ARTHUR
Travel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point for the Tasman Peninsula, including views from picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay before continuing to Port Arthur Convict Settlement for a guided walk and short cruise. B,D
DAY 10: THURSDAY RUNNYMEDE
Morning visit to Runnymede Historic House managed by the National Trust. The gardens are typical of 19th century colonial homes with sweeping lawns, flowerbeds and many significant trees that reflect the horticultural passion of the owners. Remainder of the day free to explore Hobart, take in MONA art gallery, museums, Salamanca Place shops or a river cruise, B,D
DAY 11: FRIDAY RICHMOND, HOBART
This morning visit to the historic village of Richmond. Check out this picturesque colonial village and Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour in 1825. Transfer to Hobart Airport for your onward travel. B
Meals as per final itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Light lunch D=Welcome, farewell and other dinners
The tour includes quality 3+ to 4 star hotel twin share accommodation, transfers, breakfasts throughout, group social activities, local taxes and tolls, coach touring, special welcome and farewell dinners sightseeing and entry fees plus the services of the tour guide.
- $4495 per person twin share. For a a guaranteed single room please add $1,850.