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5 Days$8400USD

Activities
  • 5 days cruising
Accommodation
  • 4 nights aboard Odalisque III
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts
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Discovery and Cruising
 
 

Trip highlights


  • World-heritage listed Maria Island: Maria Island National Park is a haven for wombats, wallabies and Tasmanian devils. Head ashore for a stroll to the patterned Painted Cliffs via the historic convict settlement, or beachcomb along the island’s long, sandy isthmus.
  • Tasman Peninsula’s soaring sea cliffs: Cruise between the 300m dolerite towers of Cape Pillar, the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, and rugged Tasman Island. Hike to dizzying heights on the Cape Hauy clifftop walk. Search for seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.
  • Secluded beaches of Freycinet: Ashore and afloat, explore the pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and pink-granite peaks of the Freycinet Peninsula. Wineglass Bay’s beauty is world-renowned - we celebrate the lesser-known coves and corners too.

Discover azure waters, sparkling beaches and dramatic sea cliffs from floating luxury accommodation on vessel Odalisque

On this intimate and immersive expedition, cruise past magnificent mountains and call into secluded beaches en route to national parks, historic sites, and peninsulas aboard the boutique expedition vessel Odalisque. Explore each day on guided walks and shore excursions in small groups, encountering fluffy lawnmowers (aka wombats) on Maria Island, climbing the granite-capped peaks of Freycinet National Park, or taking a clifftop bushwalk.

Why this is the experience of a lifetime:

-Discover three of Tasmania’s top National Parks (Freycinet, Tasman & Maria Island) from an exclusive perspective at sea level, visiting secret spots and hard-to-reach places such as Schouten Island

-Explore the renowned World-Heritage-listed Port Arthur convict site and Wineglass Bay on a guided walking tour

-Encounter a magical coastline on daily guided walks and wilderness cruises led by local experts, returning to the comforts of a floating luxury lodge. (We think the lounges feel softer and the bubbles taste better for having conquered the mountain!)

Trip Code: OPM

This experience includes a one-way voyage from Hobart to the Freycinet Peninsula with a return land transfer to Hobart (or reverse). If you are boarding boutique-cruiser Odalisque in Hobart: • The meeting point is at Elizabeth St Pier. Unless otherwise specified, the experience begins at 10:00 am. Guests should arrive at the meeting point between 9:30 am and 9:45 am. If the cruise leg of your experience begins on the Freycinet Peninsula: • The meeting point is at Coles Bay Jetty (just next to Wineglass Bay Cruises’ office). Unless otherwise specified, the experience begins at 2:00 pm. Guests should arrive at the meeting point between 1:30 pm and 1:45 pm. A transfer from your accommodation in Hobart CBD to the meeting point is available. Guests can also opt to make their own way to the meeting point. Our itineraries are as changing as the wind and tide in this remote, wild country. Our crew will develop a daily itinerary based on the latest weather report, and guests’ interests - whether that be hiking, beachcombing, bird spotting, history lessons or simply soaking up the scenery from Odalisque. Take this voyage at your own pace. Birdlife to bushwalking, photography to botany, action-packed to relaxed. Let us know your interests and abilities, and we’ll tailor the trip to you. Below we have includes some East Coast highlights to give you an idea of how you might spend your days. Upon booking, please advise us of your interests in the area so that we may accommodate them.

Meals:  L,D

-There are cliff-top walks to jaw-dropping vistas and hill climbs to wide lookouts over sea and scenery. Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy (4hrs return) and Wineglass Bay Lookout (1hr to summit) are two of our favourites. Pass by forests, heathland, abundant birdlife and friendly wildlife. -For those wanting something less heart-testing, there are plenty of gentle walks along deserted beaches, over tessellated pavements and through historic sites. -Your expert guide, a personal walking-encyclopedia, makes for excellent company on every shore excursion. They’ll point out flora and fauna along the way, and share their deep knowledge of landforms, geography and history (plus a quip or two). -Maria Island is a marine reserve and national park. Head ashore to see the pretty patterns of the Painted Cliffs via the historic convict settlement of Darlington, or beachcomb the long, sandy stretches of the isthmus. -Schouten Island has crystal-clear blue waters and an abundance of sea life. It falls within Freycinet National Park and is host to many pretty anchorages. -The magnificent cliffs of Tasman Island mark the turning point for the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Perched on top is one of Australia's most inaccessible light stations. The island sits just off the colossal peaks of Cape Pillar.

Meals:  B,L,D

-Stroll along white-sand beaches with sparkling turquoise waters. Pause for a refreshing dip – and perhaps a gourmet picnic. Wineglass Bay’s beauty is world-renowned - we’ll take you to the lesser-known coves and corners too. -Shelter in remote harbours. Protected anchorages are strewn along the east coast, from the deep-blue harbour of Fortescue Bay to the vast sandy expanse of Chinamans Bay. Whether wind or wave, we’ll find a sheltered port. Likely one with a good view, too. -Paddle past Freycinet’s hidden bays and striking orange lichen-cloaked boulders on a 3-hour kayaking tour. From the coastal town of Coles Bay, sweep into the clear-blue waters bordering the national park and past the beaches beyond. -From June to October, humpback and southern right whales can be spotted on their long migration from (or back to) Antarctica. Also in the neighbourhood are colonies of seals fishing off rocks and pods of bottlenose dolphins hitching rides on bow waves. -Maria Island National Park is a wildlife sanctuary for wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. Tasmanian devils were introduced to this natural Noah’s Ark to protect this endangered species from the facial tumour disease impacting the population on mainland Tasmania. -All but one of Tasmania's endemic birds can be found on Maria Island, including one of Australia's rarest birds, the endangered forty-spotted pardalote. Keep your eyes on the skies for white-bellied sea eagles circling above and albatross coasting the cape.

Meals:  B,L,D

-Enter Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved convict site in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites worldwide. Learn more about Tasmania’s convict past with a visit to the historic buildings of Darlington’s penal colony, on Maria Island. -This is a shore of shipwrecks and lighthouses, riddled with stories of captains and lightkeepers. At the mouth of the River Derwent, pass Australia’s oldest remaining (and operational) lighthouse, the Iron Pot. Cruise under Tasman Island’s isolated lighthouse, the highest operating tower in Australia. -Hear the tales of the characters who shaped the region’s history – from master mariners to big-wave surfers, brave explorers to escaped convicts – our guides know it all. And what they don’t, they make up with a smile. -Take a masterclass in oyster shucking on a remote beach. Pry open locally-grown oysters, then wash them down with fresh sauces and matched sparkling wine. Heaven. -The sea air certainly whets the appetite. And we think nothing tastes better than gourmet Tasmanian fare served in a distant wilderness – whether the setting is a simple beach picnic or aboard what is quite possibly Tasmania’s most remote restaurant.

Meals:  B,L,D

Depending on where your voyage started you with either conclude your journey at Coles Bay Jetty where a land transfer will be waiting to take you back to Hobart or we will dock at Elizabeth Street Pier in Central Hobart. Return times to Hobart are generally between 3 and 6 pm.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Daily guided walks, shore excursions & wilderness cruises by tender
  • Tailored itinerary including walking, historic sites, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing...
  • Luxury accommodation onboard expedition-vessel Odalisque
  • Expert local crew including interpretive guide, skipper, host and chef
  • 4-night voyage from Hobart to Freycinet Peninsula (or reverse)
  • Land transfer from Freycinet Peninsula to Hobart (or reverse)
  • All meals featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • A curated range of local wine, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Weatherproof rain poncho for tender excursions
  • Use of waterproof expedition bag for luggage transfer

  • Airfares to/from Tasmania
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation


Departure dates


Notes

NB:
Our Coastal Cabins are our included Standard Cabin. You may pay a supplement to upgrade to our Southwest Suites.
NB:
In addition to the World Expeditions deposit, you will also be required to pay an additional deposit of 20% of the trip cost (paid in your local currency at the current rate of exchange). The balance of the tour price is payable 90 days prior to departure.

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Priceper person from

$8400USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Southwest Suite Upgrade - Twin ShareUSD$1010
  • Coastal Cabin - Forced Single SupplementUSD$3450
  • Southwest Suite Upgrade + Forced Single SupplementUSD$5000
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed East Coast Luxury Cruise Explorer trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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