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This is our GROUP-TOUR along the breathtaking and sunny East coast of Tasmania.

You will cycle on more or less flat roads and will experience endless empty white beaches in a mild climate. You will also visit Freycinet Nationalpark and Port Arthur. Fitness level is not an issue because you can use our support vehicle whenever you like.



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Departure- / Endpoint

St.Helens / Hobart

Duration

7 days, 6 nights (can be shortened to 5 days)

Departure dates

Fri 20.11. - Thu 26.11.2015

bike hire (optional)

$ 100

support vehicle, tour guide

included

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel category

$1,090 dorm share

3 c

Economy category

$1,490 twin share

3 c

Comfort category

$1,790 twin share

3 a

Executive category

$2,150 twin share

3 b

single supplement (one person per room)

na / $ 330 / 480 / 590

(Hostel / Economy / Comfort / Executive category)

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

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Accommodation categories

Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet (few exceptions) and good breakfast.
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!


What we include

> Extensive preparatory material (a fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide including road book)
>6 nights accommodation, comfort level depending on category
> picnic style lunch, snacks and drinks (incl. alcoholic beverages) from tour bus until arrival. Some breakfasts are to be prepared by the group.
> all transfers, luggage and bicycle transport
> national park entry fees and other admission mentioned in the itinerary
> knowledgeable tour guide (driver), fully insured minibus (with air-conditioning) and purpose-built trailer
> minimum 4, maximum 12 guests.
> Extra: well serviced rental bike with helmet

What we do NOT include

Flight, evening meals and drinks, additional excursions and trips not mentioned in the itinerary and personal spending.



Tour itinerary

B=breakfast, L=picnic-style lunch

Day 1, Arrival

You need to make your own way to St. Helens. There are buses from Launceston transit centre: Mon-Fr at 12.30 pm (school terms only) and 4.00 pm, Saturday 4.00 am (during school terms only) and Sunday 7.30 pm. Costs are $31.50 p.p., duration 2 1/2 hours. Please allow 90 minutes from touchdown at Launceston airport to the bus departure.
We will pick you up from the bus station in St. Helens, bring you to your hotel and give you a short briefing. Depending on arrival time you may explore the beautiful surroundings (like the famous Bay of Fires or the Peron sand dunes).

Day 2, St. Helens - Bicheno (B/L):

We bring you out of town by bus as the road is very narrow. Later we vist the Eureka Farm with its award winning icecream. One option is to go via St Marys and the Elephant Passes in order to visit the famous Pancake Barn. But then we would miss out on the spectacular costal scenery and breathtaking beaches along tan the mostly flat coastroad. Just before our destination Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park”, where you can at 3.30 pm watch the feeding of Tasmanian devils and maybe even pet one. Entrance fee is included! Cycling: 60 km + Bus 17 / 33 km

Day 3, Bicheno - Swansea (B/L)

Most guests prefer to cycle the entire 37 km to Coles Bay, but in case you get tired, you can of course use our support vehicle. There we leave the trailer at the roadside and continue to the renowned Freycinet National Park, where we walk to the famous Wineglass Bay Lookout (the beach is rated as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world). After lunch we have to go around the Moulting Lagoon over a hill. Several wineries are en route and can be visited. You do not have to cycle the entire distance, we can drop you off at the summit! Cycling: 61 km (38 m), + Bus 47 km (30 m)

Day 4, Swansea - Eaglehawk Neck (B/L)

The ride on this coast road is an absolute pleasure, not uncommon that guests are screaming for fun. After about 30 km the road turns away from the coast. We may do a short detour to Tribunna to see the cute harbour. Just after Orford we are having our lunch at the lovely Spring beach, where you can have a walk afterwards. Than we pack up for a 2 hours long bus transfer. If time allows we can make a small detour to the historic town of Richmond where we´ll have a short break. Cycling: 62 km (39 m) + Bus 107 km (67 m)

Day 5, day off (B/L)

In the morning you have the choice of either visiting the historic penal settlement of Port Arthur, now world heritage status, or to do a cruise on a boat along one of Australia´s most beautiful coastlines (both extras). For the afternoon we offer a round tour by bus were you will see the impressive natural wonders like the Remarkable Cave, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. You may also have a stroll on beautiful White Beach. Bus 93 km (56 m).

Day 6, Eaglehawk Neck - Hobart (B/L)

First we will bring you up a big hill, than you are cycle out of this peninsula. From Dunally our route continues along the coast with beautiful views, but contains also some hilly sections. A short part, about 2 km, is still gravel road (usually in good condition). In Dodges Ferry you will have a last beach walk before we drive you to the nearby lunch point. From there we bring you straight into Hobart via the famous Tasman Bridge Cycling: 38 km (23 m), + Bus 31 km (19 m).

Day 7, departure or day off (B)

If you leave us here we can arrange your transfer to the airport.
If you stay you can explore Hobart. You can just enjoy the open-to-the-world atmosphere of Tasmania's capital and it´s people or visit the oldest brewery in Australia, do the mini-cruise to Peppermint Bay, a trip onto Mount Wellington and/or the spectacular Tahune Airwalk, a plane excursion into the remote wilderness of the South-West or visit MONA (musum for old and new art).




Distance: about 450 km per bike / 600km per bus (depending on your fitness level)

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Notes:
All distances are approximate and may vary. The cycling distances depend on your personal level of fitness, weather conditions, chosen options on that day, and other variables.
We strongly recommend not to undertake this trip without our advice and help. Some distances are unexpectedly hilly, exhausting, you could run out of supplies while off the main roads or just not make it to the next accommodation. In addition in some areas accommodation can be booked up months in advance and the next available could be up to 50 km (30 m) away. It can be difficult to select really important highlights without prior experience. Better let us organize your trip!


G R E E NI S L A N DT O U R ST A S M A N I A3 Simeon Place, St. Helens, 7216 Tasmania, AustraliaTel + Fax: (+61) 03- 6376 3080