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  • 9 Days Luxury Tasmanian Escape

    Reconnect with nature, wildlife and your taste buds on a well-designed self-guided trip to the diverse island state of Tasmania.

    From the rolling plains and tranquil beaches of Tasmania’s east to the rainforest and mountains flanking the west, this 9-day self-guided itinerary will leave you enchanted. You'll circle around Tasmania, starting and ending your journey in Hobart and seeing the most memorable places in between. This is a casual, no-rush destination and you have plenty of time to enjoy it all.

    The Nut chairlift, Stanley
    The Nut chairlift, Stanley
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    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many unforgettable experiences on this 9-day holiday. Two standouts are the trip to Bruny Island and the Gordon River cruise but the River and Rainforest half-day train journey deep into the wilderness is quite special. From the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast, this is an unforgettable experience not to be missed.

    Ruby Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

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    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739 twin-share (+ $1,065 GCash credits)

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

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    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in 'action' each evening. Experienced keepers will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary and allow visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight!

    More trip highlights:

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    Highfield Historic Site

    Perched overlooking Stanley and The Nut on a windy promontory in North-West Tasmania, Highfield Historic Site represents a stunning example of early colonial architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

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    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    What better way to take in the breathtaking views of the historical and picturesque coastal village of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the intriguing local attraction known as The Nut!

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    Bass Strait Maritime Centre

    Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history.

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula with award winning operator Wineglass Bay Cruiseson this unforgettable half-day cruise experience. Discover a coast-line dotted with white sand beaches and visit remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters before heading towards beautiful Wineglass Bay and the spectacular scenery there.

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    MONA Experience

    Located just up the river from Hobart, Mona's subterranean architecture showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program. Spend some time exploring this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a new world.

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    Bruny Island Tour

    Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land. You can expect an active morning with nature walks, albino wallaby spotting, spectacular scenery lookouts, and exploring pristine beaches and lagoons. In the afternoon, simply unwind and relax as you sample some award winning local produce.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $2,739 twin-share (+ $1,065 GCash credits)
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 8 towns/places of interest visited
    • 8 nights' Silver and Gold standard accommodation
    • Multiple excursions and activities

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Inclusions

     

    Covering many of Tasmania's highlights at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for a couple looking for a short holiday on a proven itinerary with excellent accommodation and activities included.

    Ruby Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

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    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739 twin-share (+ $1,065 GCash credits)

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

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    "Tasmania might be a chip off the old block but it's also a self-contained tourism gem sporting wildly diverse landscapes and architectures."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Click/tap to watch this short video and learn about what we have in store for you.

    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Return flights to Hobart

    Starting and ending in Hobart, enjoy return flights to and from this exciting urban hub.

    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining. Walk across the road to join the Gordon River cruise you'll be enjoying during your stay. Sea view accommodation is included in the Gold Star package.

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    1 night accommodation in Cradle Mountain

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Stanley

    Fantastic location with great views. The apartments are clean and spacious and the local supermarket does a terrific pizza.

    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Launceston

    Our recommended accommodation is located outside Launceston. Its Swiss theme is very appealing and makes it completely different from any other accommodation available elsewhere. The open space is what you will enjoy most.

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    1 night accommodation in Coles Bay

    Beautiful location with stunning views. Watch the wallabies on the property at various times of the day. Rooms are very comfortable.

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    2 nights accommodation in Huonville

    Huonville sits on the banks of the Huon River about 40 minutes south-west of Hobart. This quaint B&B is set on half an acre of park-like gardens, conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Huonville.

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    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    local_activity
    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

    local_activity
    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in 'action' each evening. Experienced keepers will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary and allow visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight!

    local_activity
    Highfield Historic Site

    Perched overlooking Stanley and The Nut on a windy promontory in North-West Tasmania, Highfield Historic Site represents a stunning example of early colonial architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

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    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    What better way to take in the breathtaking views of the historical and picturesque coastal village of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the intriguing local attraction known as The Nut!

    local_activity
    Bass Strait Maritime Centre Entry

    Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history.

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula with award winning operator Wineglass Bay Cruises. Step on board the Schouten Passage II, a 150-seat eco-catamaran, for an unforgettable 4.5-hour cruise experience. Discover a coast dotted with white sand beaches. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters before heading towards Wineglass Bay. Keep a look out for dolphins, seals, sea birds and migrating whales.

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    MONA Entry

    Located just up the river from Hobart, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world.

    local_activity
    Bruny Island Tour

    Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land.

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    9 days car hire

    Pickup your hire car at Hobart airport or city and return to the pickup point.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    A self-guided journey through the world-heritage-listed wilderness of Strahan and the Gordon River; through Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park; to the pristine beaches of Wineglass Bay and Tassie's southern delights. At every turn, there are unforgettable experiences. All that's left to do is to hop right in and experience them yourself...

    "Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret." - Oscar Wilde

    Logistics Start City/Location Hobart: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City Hobart: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 9 days
    Departure Time 8.45 am
    Return Time 3.00 pm

    info * All charter group tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting place and pickup arrangements that suit you and your group.

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Ruby Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739 twin-share (+ $1,065 GCash credits)

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Ruby Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739 twin-share (+ $1,065 GCash credits)

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation standards applied:

    Strahan

    Perfectly positioned

    Sea view accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining. Walk across the road to join the Gordon River cruise you'll be enjoying during your stay. Sea view accommodation is included in the Gold Star package.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Cradle Mountain

    Nestled in the mountains

    Great place to spend a night

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    Example Property Type:
    Cottages
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cottage

    Stanley

    Magnificent views over Stanley and surrounding beaches

    Comfortable and enjoyable sea-view accommodation

    Fantastic location with great views. The apartments are clean and spacious and the local supermarket does a terrific pizza.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Motel suite

    Launceston

    A Swiss-themed resort that you will really enjoy visiting

    Lakeside villa accommodation

    Our recommended accommodation is located outside Launceston. Its Swiss theme is very appealing and makes it completely different from any other accommodation available elsewhere. The open space is what you will enjoy most.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Villa

    Coles Bay

    Perfect spot to relax with a cool drink

    Ocean view studio

    Beautiful location with stunning views. Watch the wallabies on the property at various times of the day. Rooms are very comfortable.

    Example Property Type:
    Villa Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Studio

    Huonville

    Huonville classic accommodation

    Guest bedroom

    Huonville sits on the banks of the Huon River about 40 minutes south-west of Hobart. This quaint B&B is set on half an acre of park-like gardens, conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Huonville.

    Example Property Type:
    B&B
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    B&B Room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all destinations on the included itinerary. There is a mix of motel-style, cottage and villa accommodation rated Silver or Gold standard. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing.

    This tour includes multiple attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and small groups of up to 4 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is similar to "Self-guided" with the difference is that it is aimed at groups of 5 or more people. You run the tour as would a tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus up to a chartered tour bus and driver. The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary if required.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups the same as "Group-guided" except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a chartered tour bus and driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on a departure date that suits you. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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