Food Lovers Tour of Tassie

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    Vibrant Women

    Vibrant Women Travel provides retreats and inspirational journeys for women. Shared adventures in extraordinary places. Bespoke, curated, fully escorted, small group women’s travels and experiences for the soul.

    Solo travellers can take the opportunity to travel in the safety of a small group, as well as doing some exploring on their own. People travelling with friends will have wonderful memories to share well into the future.

    • 9 Days
    • Group or Private Tour
    • Australia

    Home to just 500,000 people, the island of Tasmania is as intimate as it is beautiful. Its gorgeous capital city, Hobart, is home to one of the world’s most intriguing art galleries, while northern Launceston is one of the few cities on the planet to be wrapped around a gorge. Drive anywhere in the island state and you can go from beach-lined coasts to World Heritage-listed mountain areas in just a few hours. During this tour we will visit historical sites, take a restorative dip in the Savoy baths, check out the galleries and markets, visit a a food lovers island and connect with nature, just to name a few of our activities! Along the way we’ll pass welcoming farm-gate producers, cellar doors and restaurants specialising in local produce so fresh it’s the envy of the culinary world.

    First it was all about apples…but now the Apple Isle’s contribution to world food extends to premium seafood, cheese, bread, honey, nuts, truffles, stone fruit, craft beer, whisky, gin and intensely flavoured cool-climate wines. Many smaller producers are owned and operated by passionate foodies: Tasmania is seemingly custom-built for a food lovers holiday and we plan to make the most of it! Exploring Launceston local bars and laneways, niche provedores on Bruny Island and we have an afternoon of truffle hunting and a long lunch planned at the farm owned by siblings Anna and Henry Terry, (from TV show MKR) along with chief truffle hunter Doug the Golden Labrador. Of course there is the mandatory Tamar Valley Winery tour and we will dine in some Tassies best eateries.

    But you will have to walk it off. Each day we do a bit of exploring around the wilds of Tassie from the Famous convict site of Port Arthur to cradle mountain, to glow worm caves to getting lost in a man made maize. Everyday is fun and full of surprises. We also want you to relax so have included a little bit of down time and an opportunity for you to book a massage in Hobart and the Savoy Day Spa and on our way to Devonport we will visit the “Quiet Cone” for one hour of relaxation sound healing bliss. 

    Locations We Will Visit

    • Hobart
    • Bruny Island
    • Port Arthur
    • Launceston
    • Devonport
    • Cradle Mountain

    Arrivals & Departures

    Arrivals to Hobart and Departures from Launceston Airports

    Arrivals – The airport of Hobart, Hobart International Airport, can be found on 17.8km of the city centre of Hobart. From the airport there is no public transport connection to the centre of Hobart. But you can use the shuttle bus, Uber or a taxi service, which can bring you to Hobart in 20-60 minutes.

    Below you will find more information concerning the shuttle bus, Uber and the taxi.

    Hobart International Airport

    Address: Strachan St, Cambridge TAS 7170, Australia.
    Distance airport – centre Hobart: 17.8 km.
    IATA code: HBA.

    Overview: transport Hobart International Airport

    Public transport: only in 25-30 minutes walking distance from the airport.
    Rental car: prices based on availability and rental period, duration 16-18 minutes.
    Shuttle bus accommodations and rental companies: prices, times and travel time on request.
    Hobart Airporter Shuttlebus: AU$15-19 per person one way, duration 60 minutes (depending on the number of stops).

    Uber: AU$29-39 duration 20 minutes.
    Taxi: AU$48-55 duration 20 minutes.

    Departures – Departures are from Launceston Airport, you can catch a taxi or Uber and the hotel can arrange this for you. It takes around 10 minutes to get tot he airport and costs around $30.

    Flights

    If you need assistance with FLIGHT BOOKINGS please contact Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel on (+61) 02 65852288 or email [email protected]

    Price Includes

    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Private bus transport throughout
    • Fully escorted tour
    • 8 Breakfasts and 3 lunches
    • All entry fees as stated for the attractions on the itinerary
    • Pre-dinner drink and nibblies pub crawl Launceston
    • Full day tour of Bruny Island
    • Tamar Valley tour
    • Truffle Hunt and Lunch at the farm owned by brother and sister duo from MKR Henry and Anna Terry
    • Wine Tasting Ghost Rock Winery
    • One hour session at the Savoy baths – exclusive use of the steamroom, pool, sauna and spa
    • One hour sound healing session the Quiet Cone

    Price Excludes

    • Transport to and from Tasmania, including transport to our Hobart Hotel on arrival day and from our Launceston Hotel on departure dayIf you need help with this please let us know. See the section below on arrivals and departures for more details
    • Travel Insurance, (which is compulsory) We suggest taking travel insurance within 14 days of booking your tour as your deposit is non-refundable
    • Lunch, dinners and beverages(Except those mentioned in the itinerary)
    • Early check-in on arrival & late check-out on departure
    • Extra exhibits at Mona that are not included in the standard entry fee
    • Spa Treatments at the Savoy day spa
    • Tips for bus driver
    • Stretchy pants (you might need those from day two onwards)

    Highlights

    • Coffee and a stroll around the historic Salamanca markets in Hobart
    • Tour of Hobart including Battery Point, Shot Tower Taroona, Mt Wellington, Cascades Gardens and Female factory
    • A visit to Mona via the Ferry and lunch at the Mona Cellar door
    • A soothing soak at the Savoy Bathhouse Pool, steam room, sauna and spa. Its a private party, just for our group
    • A beautiful Bruny Island food tour of the amazing produce they have on offer including cheese, oysters, wine, chocolate, honey and whisky
    • A stroll through Richmond Historic Village, full of little galleries and specialty shops with locally made products, food and clothing
    • A visit to Port Arthur historical site A story of many people, places and moments
    • A morning exploring the Tasman Peninsular Tesselated Pavement, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town
    • Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles tour – Visit some of Launceston’s favourite watering holesEnjoy Tasmanian beer, wine, cider and/or spirits with a few tasty morsels along the way
    • Wine and gourmet food tour of the Tamar Valley
    • Sound Therapy at the Quiet Cone An hour long relaxation gong healing session
    • Cradle Mountain – Walk around Dove Lake, Check out the Devils of Cradle
    • Tazmazia (don’t get lost), the towns of Penguin and Sheffield
    • Ghost Rock Vineyard Wine Tasting
    • Tasmania Truffle Hunt and Lunch at the farm owned by brother and sister duo from MKR Henry and Anna Terry

    Your Host

    Tammie Day – Host is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. Tammie spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. We like to base our trips around the three F’s, yes! Fun, Food and Friendship. It is Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip.

    Carol Gleeson  – Tour Organiser – is an avid traveller, spiritual soul and all round nice person. Having worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years she is well positioned to organise and orchestrate a dream holiday for us girls. Living in Tasmania for …. years means Carol has been investigating the very best places for us to visit so everything on this tour is a highlight. Carols aim to spoil each person and provide them fabulous experiences and lasting memories. Carol is a member of the Vibrant Women community and has attended many of our tours. 

    Accommodation

    We have a combination of comfortable 4 star accommodations for you which includes breakfast. 

    • Quest Savoy Hobart

    • Stewarts Bay Lodge

    • Best Western Launceston

    • Barclays Motor Inn Devonport

    Meals

    Breakfast is included daily along with three lunches, all other meals are self pay.

    Tasmania’s rich soil, pure air and clean water, inspire dedicated growers to produce a truly authentic food and drink experience. Tasmania is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce. We will dine in a variety of local eateries, from cheap and cheerful pubs to high-end bars and restaurants. We might even stop at a roadside stall or two. From tasting plates at cellar doors to a long lunch, we won’t go hungry. This is a true Foodies Fantasy

    *Please note we cannot unfortunately accommodate complex dietary requirements. You must be able to manage these yourself if you choose to attend.

    What to Bring

    • Swimwearif you want to join in at the Savoy Baths
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Sensible Shoes
    • Raincoat and umbrella
    • Camera
    • Jacket and layers to keep warm (even though its summer we need to be prepared for all weather)
    • Casual and comfy clothes for walking
    • A dress up outfit for any fancy restaurants we might visit
    • A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious wilderness and World Heritage sites
    Itinerary

    Day 1Friday 26 November 2021

    Welcome to Tassie! This tour starts in Hobart and ends in Launceston.

    Today is set aside just to arrive and settle in to your new surroundings. If you need assistance to get from the airport to hotel we can quote a private transfer for you, otherwise it is very easy to get a taxi or Uber from the Hobart airport. It takes approx 15 minutes and costs approx $50. You can see more details in the arrivals and departures tab below.

    Check in is from 2pm.

    We are staying at the Quest Savoy Hobart – Address: 38 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000 – Phone: (03) 6220 2300

    If you are arriving earlier you can leave your bags and perhaps book a spa treatment at the Savoy Day Spa or take a look around the local area. It is a 10 minute walk to Constitution dock, the Maritime Museum and Tasmanian Art Gallery.

    Meet at 6pm in the foyer for introductions and to head out for dinner. Let the fun begin!

    *No meals included

    Overnight – Savoy Quest Apartments

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur

    Day 2Saturday 27 November 2021

    8am – Continental breakfast basket to your room

    8.30 – 10am Lets head out for a great coffee followed by some shopping in the historic Salamanca markets! Salamanca Place is a cobblestone square in Sullivans Cove, on Hobart’s waterfront, a ten-minute walk from our accommodation. We will soak up the atmosphere of Hobart’s historic, creative and cultural heart beats.

    Once the stomping ground for sailors, whalers and workmen, Salamanca Place in Hobart is now home to a vibrant cultural scene. Pop into warehouse art galleries, theatres, cafés and bars, and pick up boutique jewellery and one-off fashion pieces.

    10-12pm – Tour of Hobart including Battery Point, Shot Tower Taroona, Mt Wellington,
    Cascades Gardens and Female factory.

    12-30-4.30pm Ferry from Waterfront to Mona. Lunch at Cellar Door Mona, Tour the winery, microbrewery and explore the fascinating MONA.

    The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. MONA houses ancient, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Noted for its central themes of sex and death, the museum has been described by Walsh as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. General entry is included to the museum however if you wish to enter specialist exhibitions you will need to purchase these tickets separately. 

    5-6.30pm Savoy Baths – Relax in the soothing Savoy Baths. We have exclusive use of the spa, pool, sauna and steam-room just for our group at the Savoy Day. Soak off the day and get ready for our week ahead!

    7.30pm Walk to a local Restaurant for Dinner

    *Meals – Breakfast

    Overnight – Savoy Quest Apartments

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur.

    Day 3Sunday 28 November 2021

    6 – 7am Early Breakfast – Breakfast Baskets provided then we are off for day of foodie heaven to beautiful Bruny Island!

    07:45am – Depart Hobart
    08:45am – Arrive Kettering, ferry crossing
    10:00am – Bruny Island Cheese
    10:45am – Get Shucked Oysters
    11:20am – Morning Tea at Adventure Bay
    12:00pm – White Wallabies on our private reserve
    01:00pm – Lunch at Bruny Island Premium Wines
    02:20pm – Bruny Island Chocolate Company
    02:40pm – Bruny Island Honey
    03:00pm – The Neck
    03:40pm – Bruny Island House of Whisky
    04:30pm – Ferry crossing
    04:50pm – Arrive Kettering
    05:30pm – Arrive Hobart 

    Things To Bring

    We suggest wearing warm, comfortable clothing (even though it will be summer you never know).  It’s a good idea to bring a jacket and don’t forget your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities!

    Tonight after your day of food indulgence you might like to just have a quiet night on your own, or book a treatment at the Savoy Day Spa or head out for a walk. We will decide what we feel like at the time.

    *However Spa treatments need to be booked well in advance if you think this will be your option.

    *Meals – Breakfast and lunch

    Overnight – Savoy Quest Apartments

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur.

    Day 4Monday 29 November 2021

    8am – Continental breakfast basket to your room

    9-10.30am Leave on Bus for Richmond Historic Village. Enjoy morning tea and a stroll around the quaint village. Walk over the historic Richmond Bridge. Richmond is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations, steeped in history, family-friendly and a hub for food and wine lovers. Nestled in the heart of the Coal River Valley, Richmond was established as an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur. The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating back as early as the 1820’s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

    12noon Lunch at lovely Lufra Hotel at Eaglehawk Neck

    1.30pm Afternoon tour of Port Arthur

    The story of the Port Arthur Historic Site is a story of many people, places and moments.

    Over its long history, Port Arthur has been a place of hardship and punishment, a place of opportunity, and a place of leisure. Now it is one of Australia’s most important heritage destinations, where the story of Australia’s colonial history is written in stone and brick.

    During our visit we will meet some of the people who have passed through this place, walk where their stories unfolded, and learn about Port Arthur’s evolution from a feared convict settlement to a World Heritage-listed Historic Site and world-class tourist destination.

    3.30-4pm Arrive Stewarts Bay Lodge

    6.30pm Drinks and Dinner Gabriels Restaurant

    *Meals – Breakfast

    Overnight – Stewarts Bay Lodge

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur.

    Day 5Tuesday 30 November 2021

    9am Breakfast

    9.30-11.30am – Tesselated Pavement, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town

    Doo Town is a quaint seaside village famous for its quirky house names.

    Overlooking the southern end of Pirates Bay near the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, Doo Town emerged in the 1930s as a small village of holiday cottages or ‘shacks’.

    In 1935, Hobart architect Eric Round started a tradition when he named his shack ‘Doo I’. The idea soon caught on with Doo-Me and Doo-Us and today most of the town’s shacks have ‘Doo’ names.

    The picture-perfect location and the funny shack-naming tradition provides a good laugh and plenty of photo opportunities.

    Nearby are the incredible natural rock formations of the Tasman Peninsula including the Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Blowhole.

    1pm Lunch on the way to Launceston

    3.30pm Arrive Launceston – Take a look around and then ….

    5pm – 7pm Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles tour

    There’s nothing worse than not knowing where the ‘cool’ bars are that feature the local beverages and produce. So we have organised some locals to take us take us on a pre-dinner tour of Launceston’s highlights and perhaps even a sneaky little laneway secret …

    Visit some of the locals favourite watering holes. Enjoy Tasmanian beer, wine, cider and/or spirits with a few tasty morsels along the way.

    *Meals – Breakfast

    Overnight – Best Western Launceston

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur.

    Day 6Wednesday 1 December 2021

    8am Breakfast

    9am-2pm Wine and Gourmet Food tour. Lunch included Enjoy Tamar Valley region visiting 3 vineyards, Sea Horse World, Beauty Point and Platypus House

    Tasmanian Tamar Valley; beaches, art, bushwalks AND food and wine? It’s a symbiosis that’s sublime, the mecca of Tasmania’s brand and you will not be disappointed. If you like your nosh in the clean, green and pristine category with a sprinkle of eco, organic and carbon-friendly then you’re in the right place. We will spend a lovely day exploring this area.

    2-4pm – More food! – Ashgrove Cheese and Anvers Chocolates, then shop it off at Reliquaire Latrobe.

    4-5pm Sound Therapy at the Quiet Cone. Gong Relaxation Sessions in the Quiet Cone bring together three very different branches of ancient knowledge in a modern setting to engender new levels of serenity and quietness to participants. Each element is by itself powerful – together they create a uniquely enjoyable experience.

    7pm Dinner at Verona or Central

    *Meals – Breakfast

    Overnight – Barclay Motor Inn Devonport

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur.

    Day 7Thursday 2 December 2021

    8am – Breakfast

    8.30am-2pm Cradle Mountain – Walk around Dove Lake, Check out the Devils of Cradle. Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state’s most special places, where ancient pines fringe  glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

    Lunch at Cradle Mt Lodge. 

    2-3pm Tazmazia

    The Magical World of Tasmazia is a crazy complex located in the wonderfully named promised land in the heart of Tasmania’s beautiful cradle mountain and lakes district. Tasmazia includes 8 mazes, featuring The Great Maze – at the time of planting the world’s largest – as well as The Village of Lower Crackpot, a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale, Embassy Gardens, Cafeteria, Gift Shop, Lavender Farm, and ever present views of majestic Mount Roland.

    3 – 4pm Sheffield

    Sheffield, in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, is the gateway to Cradle Mountain and a friendly, quirky rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Once a centre for industry, the town has reinvented itself as an arts community. Featuring more than 140 murals, Sheffield is Tasmania’s own outdoor art gallery and art abounds all around with several galleries, studios and museums to visit. The murals trace the history of the area and feature Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past.

    4.30PM Ghost Rock Vineyard Wine Tasting

    Personalised wine tasting of 5 wines by one of our experienced wine guides, a brief history on the story behind Ghost Rock Tasmania and some insight into the winemaking process, varietals and terroir of our region.

    7.30PM Dinner at Mrs Jones

    *Meals – Breakfast

    Overnight – Barclay Motor Inn Devonport

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 8Friday 3 December 2021

    8am Breakfast

    8.30am-11am Riverfront/beach walk to the lighthouse and Maritime museum, then visit  the sweet town of Penguin. Penguin is a delightful seaside town on the Tasmanian north coast with a finely honed sense of humour about its name. It has a quiet, serene charm which is a common feature of the coastal towns between Launceston and Stanley.

    1PM – Tasmania Truffle Hunt and Lunch at the farm owned by brother and sister duo from MKR Henry and Anna Terry.

    A very special truffling experience the team at Tasmanian Truffles. This 3 hour experience includes a signature truffle hunt with the truffle dogs, along with an exclusive truffle tasting and demonstration, followed by a delicious lunch. 

    4PM Arrive at Launceston

    7PM Farewell drinks and dinner

    *Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

    Overnight – Best Western Launceston

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur

    Day 9Saturday 4 December 2021

    Have a sleep in and leisurely breakfast, then get ready to say your goodbyes to Tassie and your new friends.

    Check out from Hotel is 10am. 

    Tour concludes in Launceston.  

    *Please note that when planning tours so far in advance that some program changes may occur

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