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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.

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Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Departure- / Endpoint

St.Helens / Hobart

Duration

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

Fri 24.01.14 - Thu 30.01.2014

Fri 21.02.14 - Thu 27.02.2014

fully booked !

Sun 02.03.14 - Sat 08.03.2014

bike hire

$ 100

support vehicle, tour guide

included

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Comfort category

$1,790 twin share

3 a

Executive category

$2,150 twin share

3 b

Economy category

$1,490 twin share

3 c

Hostel category

$1,090 sharing

3 d

single supplement (one person per room)

$ 590/ 480 / 330 / n/a

(Executive / Comfort / Economy / Hostel- category)

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

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Accommodation categories

Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet (few exceptions).
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Budget: Quite basic, but you always have your own room. Usually shared facilities.
Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
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 (during 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 and bring you to your hotel. 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):

Today you cycle down the beautiful and mostly flat east coast, passing spectacular beaches along the way. One option is to go via St Marys and the Elephant Pass in order to visit the famous Pancake Barn. Just before our destination Bicheno we 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. Cycling: 60 km + Bus 17 / 33 km

Day 3, Bicheno - Swansea (B/L)

After an initial cycle we drive you to the friendly beaches lookout 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. Several wineries are en route and can be visited. Cycling: 51 km (32 m), + Bus 57 km (36 m)

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

The ride on this coast road is an absolute pleasure. After about 30 km the road turns away from the coast. In 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 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)
If you do not have time for the entire tour we could bring you to Hobart airport at around 4.30 pm.

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 routes continues along the coast with beautiful views, but 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 will arrange your transfer to the airport.
If you continue on our West Coast Tour you get a day off to enjoy 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 (6 hours) or a plane excursion into the remote wilderness of the South-West.


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