Tasmania′s Footsteps And Trails

Overview

Countries and places

Australia

Tour Code

IJTASF21

Operator

Duration

6 days

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A range of unique cultural, gastronomic and accommodation experiences unfold as you explore this beautiful, historic island. Discover Hobart′s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), spectacular Bruny Island, the Bay of Fires and glorious Wineglass and Coles Bays on this truly unique journey.

Highlights

    • The Bay Of Fires′ magnificent natural landscape
    • Bruny Island′s wildlife as you cruise from Adventure Bay Explore
    • The renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
    • The natural beauty of Freycinet National Park Immerse
    • Participate in cultural practices that have been passed down for hundreds of generation
    • Walk with Indigenous palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people Relax
    • Stay in Hobart′s hottest new CBD property MACq 01
    • Indulge all your senses at the ′Art Meets Wine′ experience
    • Relax in a beautiful private resort in Coles Bay

What's Included

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
  • About AAT Kings

    At AAT Kings we strive to represent the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Our people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. We love a laugh and a good story. We celebrate our great characters and our authentic personalities. We are always respectful, we deliver brilliant service and we are proud of our heritage and our culture.

    Our goal every day is to share Australia and New Zealand with our guests and to bring these two amazing countries to life.

    Come and see Australia and New Zealand with us! AAT Kings offers a huge range of holidays. No matter which way you choose to travel, we’ll bring each destination to life. A holiday is your time to relax, so at AAT Kings we’ve included just about everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Expert commentary, stress-free travel, luxury air-conditioned vehicles, and all the must-see highlights. Our friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and sense of fun. History of company AAT Kings’ story began in 1912 when the Pyke family pioneered coach touring in Australia. Starting with self-drive car-hire in 7 seater vehicles in Sydney, we expanded to guided sightseeing tours. By the 1960s, the company, then known as AAT, had become Sydney’s largest tour operator and in the 1980s we teamed up with pioneering adventurer Bill King’s Northern Safaris, which ultimately led to the creation of what we know today as AAT Kings. TIMELINE
    • 1912   Pyke family, led by Colonel Pyke began the first daily route from Sydney to Blue Mountains.
    • 1920s Due to the success of this daily Blue Mountains venture, the Government intervened and the first bus tour operator license (Touring Vehicle 001) was assigned – this license is still held by AAT Kings.
    • 1920s Pyke family expanded, offering guided tours to Katoomba and Jenolan Caves in seven seater cars.
    • 1935   Pykes introduced 14 seater coaches to Katoomba & Jenolan Caves tours.
    • 1945   Grenda’s Bus service founded in October when George Grenda purchased four routes from Shaves Bus services in Dandenong.
    • 1967   Bill King launched Bill King’s Northern Safaris.
    • 1973   Grenda’s Bus service purchased Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1975   AAT Coachlines was formed in July by a TAA & Mayne Nickless joint venture with the purchase and amalgamation of Pykes Tours, Grenda's Melbourne coach operations & Grenda’s Blue Line Tourist Coaches Sydney.
    • 1980   AAT Coachlines purchased Bill King's Northern Safaris in December & tours were operated as Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours.
    • 1983   AAT Coachlines was purchased by Mayer Page and Geoff McGeary, proprietors of Australian Pacific Touring (APT).
    • 1984   AAT Kings was formed with amalgamation of Grand Central Tours, Bill King’s Australian Adventure Tours & AAT Coachlines (formed in 1975).
    • 1985   Bill King parted ways with Page & McGeary in September.
    • 1993   AAT & APT split in June, with Page taking control of AAT Kings and McGeary Australian Pacific Touring.
    • 1997   AAT Kings was purchased by The Travel Corporation.
    • 1999   AAT Kings began operations in New Zealand.
    • 2012   AAT Kings purchased APT’s Day Tours & Short Breaks.
    • 2013   AAT Kings in October undergoes significant rebranding, launching new focus and tagline “Bringing Australia & New Zealand to life”.
    • 2014 (Aug)   AAT Kings announced strategic investment in Down Under Tours, Cairns, opening a significant footprint in northern Queensland.
    • 2014 (Nov)   Off the back of a launch of first-of-their-kind glass roof coaches in Sydney, AAT Kings launches double decker ‘Sydney Sightseeing’ product in Sydney, the vehicles can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge due to an innovative see-through roof.
    TYPES OF EXPERIENCE We offer a wide range of Day Tours, Short Breaks and extended Guided Tours right across Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re looking to explore Australia’s stunning outback, the reef and rainforests of tropical Queensland, the rugged beauty of Western Australia and the Kimberley, the wilderness of Tasmania, cosmopolitan Sydney and Melbourne or the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, we are the coach tour specialists that can take you there. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and even share some stories and ‘Hidden Gems’ along the way that you’d never have known if travelling on your own.
    • CHOICES
    • Guided Holidays
    • Locations: Australia and New Zealand
    • Duration: 4 to 21 days
    Points of difference:
    • Fully guided holiday experience with AAT Kings’ passionate and knowledgeable Tour Directors and Driver Guides
    • All the must-see highlights are included with VIP entry to major sights
    • Immersive cultural experiences
    • Choice, flexibility and freedom
    • Comfortable accommodation, many meals including breakfast daily and luxury coach transport
    • Travel wallet and map included in documentation
    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences.
    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time.
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    • First Choice holidays offer premium hotels in centrally located areas, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, plus unique 'You’re Invited' dining experiences
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    • Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation within easy access to city centres and more free time
    • Inspiring Journeys
    • Locations: Top End, Red Centre, Tasmania and the North and South Islands of New Zealand
    • Duration: 3 to 22 days
    Points of difference:
    • Immersive and boutique small group journeys
    • Average number of guests: 12-20
    • Rich experiences that allow your client to shape their holiday
    • Local, authentic and innovative cuisine offerings
    • Luxury accommodation and vehicles including coaches and 4WDS
    • Experienced and professional AAT Kings’ Driver Guides

    Terms & Conditions

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    Tour Type

    Coach Tours

    FAQs

    • Guided Holiday Inclusions
    • Transportation, entrance fees and boat cruises as per itinerary, services of a Tour Director and/or Driver Guide, meals as specified, travel wallet and map. Accommodation on a share twin room basis (unless otherwise specified). Subject to a minimum number of clients. AAT Kings reserves the right to operate this touring on a smaller vehicle with a Driver Guide. On some occasions, coach restrooms may be inaccessible depending on operational conditions.

    • Special Meals
    • Please advise AAT Kings of any special dietary requirements at least 14 days before departure. Note that this will be on a request basis only, as AAT Kings cannot guarantee the availability of special meal types.

    • Luggage Allowance
    • One medium size suitcase per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals). Wilderness Challenge-operated tours: please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (approximately 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. A maximum weight limit of 10kg (22lbs) per person is permitted. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

    • Airport Transfers
    • Where indicated on individual tour pages, AAT Kings offers complimentary arrival & departure transfers between designated airports and AAT Kings’ hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your tour or in conjunction with pre/post tour accommodation booked through AAT Kings (excludes all Day Tours). Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised AAT Kings of their flight details a minimum 14 days for Short Breaks and 45 days for Guided Holidays prior to tour departure date.

    • Smoking and Seat Rotation
    • Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board most of our touring coaches. Wi-Fi on coaches uses a mobile/cellular network and as a result the connection will be slower than regular broadband and at times may not be available. In some areas Wi-Fi service will not be available. Please note that Wi-Fi may not be available on transfer coaches and other local services.

    • What to Bring
    • We recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing, with some warmer articles for the evenings and cooler days. For the winter months, a warm jacket is recommended. Pack shorts, pullover, rubber-soled walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sleeping clothes and waterproof jacket. Do not forget your hat, camera, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, toiletries and a flask for drinking water. Regular laundry facilities are available en route. Dress is usually casual, so bring comfortable clothing. In Central Australia and Southern Australia nights in winter (May to August) can be cold, frosts do occur and occasionally a cold wind blows, so bring warm clothing to suit. Days are usually sunny and mild. In the Northern Tropics warmer conditions apply, so come prepared. Remember to bring strong, non-slip walking shoes. This is a must. Also, sun hats and sunglasses will make you more comfortable.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome To Launceston

    On arrival at Launceston Airport you′ll be transferred by private car to your hotel, where you′ll have the opportunity to relax and freshen up before meeting your Journey Director for drinks and canapes at a Welcome Reception.

    Day 2 - The Wukalina Walk

    This is a two-night Aboriginal-owned and operated guided walk through the magnificent natural landscape of the Bay of Fires and Mt. William areas, the cultural homeland of the palawa people. The walk is a genuine cultural experience that will deepen your understanding of palawa (a Tasmanian Aboriginal ′clan′) culture and community history as well as immerse you in the natural, rugged beauty of wukalina and larapuna. Spend one night in absolute comfort in bespoke palawainspired (domed) huts, and one night in the meticulously renovated Lighthouse Keeper′s Cottage at larapuna/Bay of Fires. You′ll be accompanied by palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people on the cultural homelands of wukalina and larapuna (8kms per day at an easy to moderate pace). Hear palawa creation stories and participate in cultural practices that have been passed down through hundreds of generations

    Day 3 - The Wukalina Walk

    Your wukalina walk continues today through the magnificent natural landscape of the Bay of Fires and Mt. William areas.

    Day 4 - Bay Of Fires - Freycinet

    After breakfast, board your vehicle and follow the coast to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. The natural beauty of this region, which comprises a peninsula defined by Schouten Island and a granite mountain range known as The Hazards, is quite simply breathtaking. Trails lead up to a lookout for panoramic views over Wineglass Bay, and you′ll also see the secluded coves of Coles, Honeymoon and Sleepy Bays. Views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse stretch over the clear blue waters of the Tasman Sea. After two nights on the trail, check in early to your secluded waterfront accommodation to unwind and rest before enjoying a sumptuous dinner together.

    Day 5 - Freycinet - Hobart

    After a leisurely start this morning, continue to Hobart to the renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for an all inclusive ′Art Meets Wine′ experience. Perched on the banks of the River Derwent, MONA is Australia′s largest privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its Tasmanian owner David Walsh, the museum exhibits everything from ancient Egyptian funerary objects and modernist masterpieces to a machine that mimics the human digestive system. Begin your MONA experience by exploring the maze of subterranean galleries, then make your way to the on-site Source restaurant for a lunch of seasonal local produce and wine from the adjacent Moorilla Estate winery. A behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard, the second-oldest in Tasmania, follows. You′ll be treated to a tasting of ten different Moorilla wines before taking the MONA ROMA ferry to Hobart′s Constitution Dock, where the legendary Sydney to Hobart yacht race concludes each year. From there it′s just a short walk to your accommodation, the 5-star MACq 01 Hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the historic, yet trendy CBD.

    Day 6 - Bruny Island

    Enjoy an unforgettable, award-winning cruise experience along Bruny Island′s rugged coastline. Take the ferry across the quiet d′Entrecasteaux Channel to the island, where a morning tea of freshly-baked muffins will be served at a beachside cafe in Adventure Bay before your cruise departs. Then board your vessel to skirt some of Australia′s highest sea-cliffs, enter deep sea-caves and join in the search for seals, dolphins, sea-birds and even migratory whales. Return to the coast for lunch, and arrive back at your Hobart hotel by sunset, with time to relax before a Celebration Dinner at the Old Wharf Restaurant to toast your journey

    Day 7 - Farewell From Hobart

    Bid farewell to your newfound friends as your inspiring Tasmanian journey concludes. After breakfast, a private vehicle will transfer you to Hobart Airport for your onward flight.

    Prices/Dates

    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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    18 Sep 2021 24 Sep 2021   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    16 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    13 Nov 2021 19 Nov 2021   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    11 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    22 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2022   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    12 Feb 2022 18 Feb 2022   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650
    05 Mar 2022 11 Mar 2022   AUD $6325 AUD $4895 AUD $4650

    Map

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