5 Day East Coast Tasmania & Launceston Tours F5

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From $1,695 Per Person
Departs Hobart
Returns Launceston
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 15

5 Day East Coast Tasmania & Launceston Tours – Hobart to Launceston

This 5 Day Tour is exactly the same as this 6 Day Tour except it drops off on the last day (Day 6).

This is a special Tasmania Tour Package – Guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 passengers a maximum of 15 passengers, usually between 30 – 70 years of age. Your Tasmania tour vehicle will be driven by a local Tasmanian guide. Your Tasmanian tour accommodation will be clean & comfortable in 3.5 to 4 Star properties and your meals are included except for Dinner which you can save money on and choose your own restaurant or cafe which suits your tastes and budget.

Our 5-Day Eastern Tasmania Coastline + Launceston Tour provides an intimate little getaway for those that have limited travel time available. This tour is a great option to explore the more populated east coast of Tassie along with the 2 biggest cities of Hobart & Launceston. Covering Mt Wellington Summit, Visit a winery – the Coal Valley, Chocolate factory, Hobart, Launceston, Port Arthur Guided Tour and Cruise, Port Arthur Lavender Farm, Bay of Fires, Nature World to see Tasmania’s native animals including the Tasmanian Devil, Sampling some of the best & freshest local food and wine, Cataract Gorge in Launceston.

Concluding at Thursday lunchtime this tour offers fantastic coastal scenery, historical learnings, fresh air, and dozens of incredible photo opportunities. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is truly a memorable, small group travel experience.

Highlights

  • Mt Wellington Summit
  • Visit a winery – the Coal Valley
  • Chocolate factory
  • Hobart
  • Launceston
  • Port Arthur Guided Tour
  • 25 min Harbour Cruise of Port Arthur
  • Bay of Fires
  • Nature World to see Tasmania’s native animals including the Tasmanian Devil
  • Sampling some of the best & freshest local food and wine
  • Cataract Gorge in Launceston
  • Optional: boat cruise up the Tamar River or a visit a Tamar Valley winery

Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation provided 3.5-4 star rated
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches (See Itinerary – B, L, D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Bottled water provided on the tour
  • FREE wine, cheese, chocolate & oyster tastings
  • Daily afternoon tea, coffee & biscuits stops included FREE
  • Minimum of 2 passengers & maximum of 15 passengers
  • The average passengers’ age is 30-70 years
  • Complimentary drop-off at Launceston CBD Hotel
  • All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks pass
  • Experienced local guide
  • Additional expenses incurred are 4 x evening meals and any spending money

Tour Pricing

All prices are in AUD. Land Only.

Price Per Person1/1/2022-31/3/2023
Twin Share$ 1,695
Single$ 1,995

Guaranteed departure with a minimum of only two guests. Guests booking the ‘Single‘ option will always have a private hotel room to themselves.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 Arrive in Hobart

    Arrive today and travel into Hobart city at your leisure. Your accommodation for tonight is booked and waiting at the elegant, 4-star Movenpick Hotel centrally located and walking distance to the cities restaurant and shopping areas.

  • 2 Hobart - Port Arthur (B L)

    Pick up from the Movenpick Hotel to begin the fully guided portion of our 4-day package. Explore the Hobart waterfront area before heading to the summit of Mt Wellington (1270m) boasting spectacular panoramic views in every direction. Further exploration through town sees us take in the historic Female Factory & Cascade Brewery while viewing many of Australia’s oldest convict-built structures.

    Heading East we meander into the Coal River Valley, one of Tasmania’s premier wine regions. Naturally, we will lunch at a lovely, family-operated winery, sampling some of Tassie’s best wine & local produce before continuing on to the historic township of Richmond. We will see the beautiful stone arch construction of the Richmond Bridge, built by the convicts in 1823 this is Australia’s oldest bridge still in operation.

    Much to everyone’s delight, we stop at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory just outside Richmond for some sampling of fresh, hand-made chocolates. The flavours change depending on the season and the produce available!

    It’s then on to the Tasman Peninsula for our first taste of the east coast. The Tasman National Park boasts towering sea cliffs and a wealth of cultural history as we venture south. A beautiful lookout point over Pirates Bay provides the ideal location for a scenic, mid-afternoon tea/coffee break. Learn about Eaglehawk Neck – the site of the infamous Dogline – as we cross onto the Tasman Peninsula.

    We then explore some of nature’s true wonders with short, scenic walks at Tasman’s Arch & Devils Kitchen. Continuing on we squeeze in a stop at the colourful Port Arthur Lavender Farm before overnighting right on the cusp of the Port Arthur World Heritage Historic Site.

    Accommodation: Port Arthur Motor Inn or similar 

  • 3 Port Arthur - Bicheno (B L)

    Our day begins with a 2.5 hour fully guided tour around the Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore many of the original buildings as we learn about the early convicts and the role they played in Tasmania’s history. Learn about Point Puer (the juvenile boys prison), the Isle of the Dead graveyard, and the Port Arthur timber industry while enjoying a short, scenic harbour cruise to view the site as incoming convicts would have.

    Next, we leave the Tasman Peninsular for our journey up the very east coast of the island. At Raspins Beach we view the imposing Maria Island off the coast of Orford before stopping to see the unique convict-built Spikey Bridge and the captivating coastline at Spikey Beach over tea, coffee & biscuits.

    Next up is Swansea – a beautiful East Coast town – and the Great Oyster Bay area. Arriving in Bicheno for our evening accommodation we will squeeze in one last feel-good activity by spotting the cute little Fairy Penguins arriving ashore right in Bicheno township.

    Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno or similar 

  • 4 Bicheno - Bay of Fires - Launceston (B L)

    Start the day at the amazing Blow Hole on the rocky coastline of Bicheno. Visit the multi-award winning East Coast Nature World wildlife park to see many of our native animals and in particular – the feeding of the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Learn about this amazing animal and its recent struggle for survival. Pat wombats and hand-feed kangaroos, geese and ducks – this is a wonderful and interactive morning.

    Enjoy travelling Tasmania’s most scenic coastal road with breathtaking views of the east coast en route to one of Tasmania’s premier attractions – the Bay of Fires. At Binalong Bay we will stroll along the pure white sandy beaches and snap photos of possibly the most colourful spot on the island.

    Visit a working oyster farm, see their farming techniques and enjoy the freshest possible oysters. In the afternoon we proceed towards Launceston stopping at Pyengana, the award-winning cheese factory and dairy. We then twist our way through an ancient Myrtle Rainforest and cross the trail of the dragon, an old mining area centered around the town of Derby. The carved memorial trees at Legerwood are one of Australia most unique & tasteful memorial sites, this will be our tea & coffee break for today. This evening concludes our 4 Day package around 6pm at a Launceston CBD hotel of your choice.

  • 5 Launceston - Cataract Gorge - Launceston (B)

    This morning we will explore downtown Launceston – Australia’s 3rd oldest capital city behind Sydney & Hobart. We visit the King Bridge, City Park, inside the beautiful old Heritage-listed Post Office, and of course, take a 40-minute stroll through a jewel in the city – Cataract Gorge Reserve.

    At approximately 11 am we conclude our 5-day itinerary with a drop-off and goodbyes at any Launceston CBD location of your convenience.

*We reserve the right to alter tour itineraries without notice due to climatic conditions and other circumstances outside our control.

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Additional Information

Carbon Offest – Green Initiative Program

Our commitment for 2022/23 season is to plant 1 tree for every guest we host in Tasmania.

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Guests are no longer required to be COVID vaccinated to participate in our guided itinerary packages. The decision to relax our mandatory vaccination policy is not necessarily reflective of our views on COVID-19 vaccinations, but simply falls in line with the removal of state border entry requirements – which have also been relaxed in recent months. We reserve the right to again alter this policy in the future if circumstances are necessary but at the current time, all guests are welcome to book and participate regardless of their vaccination status. Note: International guests this may be irrelevant as proof of double vaccination status is still required to enter the country.

Accommodation Pick Up and Drop Off

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at any Hobart or Launceston CBD Hotel, depending on which location the tour starts and finishes. The pickup are usually between 8.30-9.15 am. The time of pick up will be confirmed closer to departure depending on where other guests are staying. The Central Business District (CBD) is generally considered to be within a few blocks or a couple of minutes’ drive from the Hobart city mall.

Airport Transfers

Airport drop-off can be arranged in advance but will incur an airport drop-off fee of $60.

For those guests who are concluding their tours in Hobart, an Airport drop-off can be arranged in advance but will incur an airport drop-off fee of $60. Please book flights departing no earlier than 8.30pm as we cannot guarantee arriving in time in the event of delays outside our control.

Airport drop-off are not offered for our 13 Day itinerary or any itineraries that conclude in Launceston city. We recommend taxi ‘s in these scenarios.

Accommodation Pre or Post Tour Options in Hobart or Launceston

We can book you into the Movenpick Hotel Hobart or the Best Western Launceston Hotel where your tour starts.  If you would like to book your own, many guests choose to stay in Hobart at The Alabama Hotel, St Ives Apartments, RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel, ibis Styles Hobart, Salamanca Suites or The Henry Jones Art Hotel.

Most guests choose to stay in Launceston at Art Hotel on York, Ashcroft Apartments, Waratah on York, Hideaway on George, The Florance, TWOFOURTWO Boutique Apartments or the Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston, or similar. Hotels may vary from the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

Book your pre and post-tour accommodation here.

Travel Insurance

It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. Most claims arise from either personal or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance.  Travel Insurance Quote with CoverMore.

How many Guests will be on Tour

The largest group we take in a vehicle is 15 passengers. The vehicle you will travel in depends on passenger bookings. There are 3 different size vehicles. ‘Maximum Passengers’ policy is:

  • Toyota HiAce – Licensed to carry 14, no more than 11 passengers in this vehicle.
  • Iveco Mini Bus Daily – Executive model. Licensed to carry 17 but we guarantee never more than 12 guests.
  • Yutong Coach – Half-size coach bus. Licensed to carry 23, no more than 15 passengers in this vehicle.

Packing Suggestions

Generally, the weather over the tourist season is warm during the day and cool at night. It is recommended to pack a warm jacket for Tasmania regardless of the time of the year you are traveling.

  • Digital camera or camcorder
  • Walking shoes. Although most walking tracks are easy and established, good walking shoes will come in handy.
  • A pair of jeans or similar, a pair of shorts in summer.
  • Sunglasses, sun cream, and a hat.
  • A small torch if you want to search wildlife at night at Cradle Mountain.
  • A raincoat or jacket

Wi-Fi Access

Most of the accommodations offer free Wi-Fi. It may be slower than you are used to due to the remote locations. Wi-Fi may only be available when close to the reception building.

Mobile or Cell Phone Coverage  

The only cell phone network that has a reliable signal in most locations is TELSTRA network. Vodafone & Optus sim cards will usually have signal only in major cities or towns. Public phones are widely available, some have the option of payment on credit cards.

Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.

Please review the Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees prior to making a booking.

A note on COVID-19 related cancellations: If your tour departure date is cancelled/postponed or affected by State or Federal government imposed lockdowns & border restrictions you will receive a 100% credit on your tour booking. No re-booking fees will be charged. This policy will apply right up until the day of departure. Guests, however, will need to cover any price increases that may occur in the interim waiting period until their re-booking date.

If you are personally impacted by COVID within 14 days of your planned departure and cannot travel we will hold 70% of your tour fee’s in credit. A flat 30% administration fee will be applied to Covid cancellations within 14 days of departure. This is to cover unrecoverable costs from hotel & attraction bookings etc that cannot be cancelled on short notice without penalty. Please note we reserve the right to ask for certified proof of a positive COVID test in these cases.

Covid cancellations that occur more than 14 days out from your planned departure will simply fall under our standard cancellation policy which can be found in the table below.

Standard Cancellation Policy: You are required to notify of cancellation in writing. These amounts will be less any agents booking fees.
Notice in Days                  Refund baed on a business day when email to advise of cancellation is received
50+ Days Notice              80% Refund
22 – 49 Days Notice       75% Refund
10 – 21 Days Notice        50% Refund
1 – 9 Days Notice             0% Refund

As we plan our tours, food, and accommodation in advance our policy is necessary to ensure all out-of-pocket expenses are covered in the unfortunate event of a cancellation. We recommend all guests purchase travel insurance when booking tours.

Travel Insurance
As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity get a quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

Credit Card Payments
Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment.

Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

Direct Deposit
Direct Deposit payments take up to 3 business days to process. Please notify your consultant of your payment once it has been processed.

Commonwealth Bank: Australian Tours and Cruises
Reference: Trip Number
BSB: 062-504 Account: 1066 1268
Branch Address: 171 Howick Street Bathurst NSW 2795
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S

Tour Reviews

Even though I had previously visited Tasmania I discovered lots more to see. The itinerary had variety along with comfortable accommodation and good food accompanied by informative commentary. I enjoyed the history, wine and food tastings and walks in the spectacular National Parks and along the beach. Morgan always ensured there was an alternate activity for those unable to walk too far. He was helpful at all times in many different ways. Well Done! Gaye McKay

The scenery was spectacular, and the places we visited were very interesting, from lakes and mountains to seahorses. Roberts knowledge of everything was much appreciated, as was the afternoon tea and biscuits! The food was great as was the company of the other travellers. This is a tour for singles or couples who like something a bit different. Definitely recommended. Pam W

Attended the 6 day group tour with Robert as our guide. I had been to Hobart several times and wanted to see more of Tasmania without having to do all of the homework and planning. This was a wonderful trip that touched on areas like Cradle Mountain, Launceston, and small mining towns on the west coast. The planning and schedule was seamlessly run and chosen accommodation was very comfortable. The real value for me on the tour was being able to enjoy my surroundings without having my head stuck in a map and it was also fun to travel with others as I am normally a solo traveller. Also, it was quite obvious how much enthusiasm and knowledge Robert had for the different areas. His introduction to the various places we visited always put us in very good stead with the owners and operators of the different establishments. Would thoroughly recommend this tour for anyone who likes to see a lot but wants a break from planning it all themselves. I’ve had plenty of experience planning itineraries for myself and this was a much more enjoyable and less stressful way to enjoy my holiday 🙂 Laura Santiago

FAQs

  • Are there concession discounts?
    Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts on selected tours. Ask our friendly team which tours you can get a discount on.
  • Are your tours suitable for pensioners aged 76 and 84 ?
    Yes, Tasmania tours passengers range from children to adult who are 90 years of age.
  • Transfer By Public Bus In Tasmania
    There are two Public Bus companies that operate between Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and other places inside Tasmania. You can see these here: Redline Coach and Tassie Link. Redline Coach also does airport to hotel transfers.
  • Do you have any tours on offer during June, July or August ?
    Due to our off season of winter, no Tasmania tours operate during the months of June, July or August. The season starts in September and ends in May each year.
  • Is accommodation the night after the tour ends included in the price ?
    No, this accommodation will cost extra.
  • Is accommodation the night previous to the tour departure included in the price ?
    No, this Tasmania accommodation will be an extra cost.
  • Where is the meeting point for the start of tours ?
    The pick up is at the “before tour accommodation” hotel listed in the TRIP NOTES tabs of the specific tour you are looking at.
  • Do I need to arrive before Day 1 of my tour ?
    Please refer to your specific tour and look in the “Trip Notes” information where it may state this: You need to arrive any time the day prior to Day 1. If this is the case we can organise airport pick up and pre tour accommodation on your behalf, this will be an extra cost.

    Other tours start late in the day on Day 1 so you can arrive that morning which will avoid the extra nights accommodation cost.

    Please refer to the “Trip Notes” information for your specific tour which will explain this further.

  • How do you calculate the number of days for your Tasmania tour ?
    If you are doing a 4 day tour commencing on April 8th, the first day of the tour is and includes the 8th, plus 9th, plus 10th plus 11th and the tour ends on April 11.
  • Do your tours operate over Christmas and New Year?
    Yes – this is one of our most popular and busiest times
  • Are airfares from my home town included in the cost of the tours ?
    Airfares to and from Tasmania at the start and finish of your tours are extra.
  • Do you have short tours that include Bruny Island ?
    No tours include a trip to Bruny Island, however many people add this on as a day trip from Hobart either before or are after their multi day tour.
  • Does the price include The Spirit Of Tasmania ship fares ?
    The 11 Day Tour to Tasmania includes the Ship costs one way.
  • Payment Options
    We use TravelPay to process credit cards as it is recommended by AFTA (The Australian Federation of Travel Agents) as it provides protection in the event of supplier insolvency.

    Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

    If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment. Remember that ‘TravelPay’ will appear on your credit card statement.

    Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

    Direct Deposit payments take up to 3 business days to process. Please notify your consultant of your payment once it has been processed.

    Commonwealth Bank – Australian Tours and Cruises

    Reference: Trip Number

    BSB: 062-504    Account: 1066 1268

    International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees

    SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S

  • Should I buy travel insurance?
    Travel Insurance

    As a valued customer of Tasmania Tours, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. Options include single trip or annual frequent travellers plan on domestic or international travel.

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