Tasmania Circumnavigation

Tasmania Circumnavigation

10 Days / 9 Nights

Price from$7,790

Hobart • Port Davey • King Island • Tamar Valley • Ile des Phoques • Swansea • Maria Island • Fortescue Bay • Port Arthur

This unique luxury cruise expedition by Ponant sails aboard Le Soleal to the spectacular highlights of unique Tasmania. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Port Davey, Maria Island and Port Arthur, and explore one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world at Port Davey. Taste world renowned cool climate wines and artisanal produce of Tasmania's East Coast, and enjoy the award-winning wines of the Tamar Valley. View the spectacular painted cliffs of Maria Island and the soaring sea cliffs of Cape Huay. Witness Australian Fur seals in their natural environment, and step back in time to experience the Mining and Maritime History of Tasmania's North West.

Accommodating up to 264 guests, Le Soléal presents an elegant appearance and refined interior design combined with cutting-edge technology to offer a new type of cruising: adventure in a luxury setting.

Tasmania Circumnavigation map

Day 1: Hobart Hobart occupies a wonderful location at the mouth of the Derwent River, overseen by majestic Mt Wellington and surrounded by natural bushland. The Tasmanian capital is Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney, and the picturesque waterfront is bordered by 19th-century warehouses and colonial mansions. Salamanca Place is packed with shops, galleries and restaurants and the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a short ferry ride from the quay. Hobart is within easy reach of some of Tasmania's best-known destinations, from historic Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park. Embarkation is from 3.00pm to 4.00pm, sailing at 5.00pm.

Day 2: Port Davey The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia and one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world. Located at the heart of the World Heritage Area, the Port Davey Marine Reserve is a unique protected waterway featuring a layer of rich red-brown tannin freshwater overlaying the tidal saltwater from the Southern Ocean. Port Davey is only accessible by foot, boat or light aircraft, preserving the pristine natural environment that is characterised by rugged coastlines with blowholes, caves and dramatic rock formations home to wildlife that includes the little blue penguin and Australian fur seal. If weather permits, guests will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the wildlife from our fleet of zodiac craft.

Day 3: King Island King Island is anchored in the middle of the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania's northwest coast. Surrounded by some of Australia's most beautiful beaches, King Island imports the world's best surfers and exports produce sought by the world's top chefs : succulent beef, rich gourmet cheese and crayfish plucked from the Island's crystal-clear waters. It's quiet and easy going here, but there's something interesting at every turn - from a lighthouse and offshore shipwrecks - to the island's great nature walks and unique wildlife. You will have the opportunity to uncover the island's stories at the museum and cultural centre in the town of Currie or to take a guided trail of the island's produce, culture, history, flora and fauna.

Day 4: Tamar Valley Tasmania is a land that should be savoured slowly, with a glass of fine wine in hand and friendly locals to guide you on your way. The Tamar Valley Wine Route is regarded as one of the world's top 10 wine routes with over 32 wineries to explore. Showcasing some of the finest award winning wines. The unique cool climate location produces elegant wines of exceptional quality. There is so much more to the Tamar Valley than just wine. There's the Tamar Valley Arts Trail, a unique space where you can meet the artist in their studio. The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, which shows the workings of the old mine, recalls the boom days of gold, the events of the 2006 mine rescue and Tamar Valley history.

Day 5: Ile Des Phoques Ile des Phoques, or Seal Island forms part of the Schouten Island Group, lying close to the east coast of Tasmania, ten nautical miles South West of Freycinet Peninsula and ten nautical miles North east of Maria Island. The Nature Reserve is home to several breeding seabird species including little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, fairy prion and common diving-petrel. It is a regular haul-out for Australian fur seals sand there is historical evidence that it was once a major breeding colony. Landing on the island is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the wildlife from our fleet of zodiac craft.

Day 6: Swansea This quiet, friendly and laid back seaside village is nestled on the shores of Great Oyster Bay with breathtaking views across the bay to the Hazards Mountains of Freycinet National Park. Established as the first municipality in Australia after Hobart and Sydney, the town centre is home to many interesting historic buildings with a rich colonial history and old world charm. Local cafes and restaurants serve Swansea's fresh harvests from land and sea - including the town's famous oysters - and nearby vineyards and farm gates offer tasty drops, fresh fruit, walnuts, olives and more. You will have the opportunity to discover the region's gourmet produce, wines, history and scenery.

Day 7: Port Arthur The Port Arthur Historic Site was established in 1830 as a timber station and was soon built into a small town designed for the housing and punishment of over a thousand of Tasmania's most notorious convicts. 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. Port Arthur was included in the National Heritage List in 2005 and is one of five World Heritage listed convict sites in Tasmania. Join your expedition team and local guides for an insight into Tasmania's tumultuous past.

Day 8: Maria Island Located off Tasmania's east coast, Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary and off-shore retreat with historic ruins, sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and plenty of stories to tell. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Tyreddeme people, it has also been a whaling and sealing post, penal settlement and an Italian pleasure resort, and is also one of Tasmania's great bird watching hot spots, home to the the endangered forty-spotted pardalote and the rare and unique Cape Barren goose. Grasslands, open forest and tall wood land also provide a home for abundant wildlife including wombats, pademelons, Forester Kangaroos and Bennetts wallabies. Join members of your expedition team for a guided walk on one of several trails on offer. If time and weather permit we will explore the shoreline with our fleet of zodiac craft.

Day 9: Tasman Peninsula The Tasman and Forestier peninsulas lie in the far south-east of Tasmania, linked to the rest of the island by a short bridge over a dredged canal. The Tasman National Park protects the eastern and southern coastal regions of both peninsulas. The park's varied coastline and offshore islands provide abundant habitats for Australian fur seals, little penguins, whales and dolphins flourish in the rich waters. However the park's greatest features are on land, with spectacular woodlands and forests and Australia's highest sea cliffs. Striking dolerite spires rise from the Tasman Sea, culminating in capes Hauy, Pillar, and Raoul. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of Fortescue Bay, or join your expedition team for a guided walk to enjoy the spectacular view from Cape Huay. If time and weather permit we will also explore the shoreline from our fleet of zodiac craft.

Day 10: Hobart Disembarkation is from 6.00am. Hobart occupies a wonderful location at the mouth of the Derwent River, overseen by majestic Mt Wellington and surrounded by natural bushland. The Tasmanian capital is Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney, and the picturesque waterfront is bordered by 19th-century warehouses and colonial mansions. Salamanca Place is packed with shops, galleries and restaurants and the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a short ferry ride from the quay. Hobart is within easy reach of some of Tasmania's best-known destinations, from historic Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.

• Luxury accommodation in a stateroom of your chosen category • All meals on board • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner • An open bar for the duration of the cruise, with a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Charles Heidsieck champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) served on request at any time of the day • Free Wi-Fi internet access 24 hours a day • Evening entertainment and events • Room service 24 hours a day • All shore excursions, activities and informative onboard lectures with Ponant's experienced team of Expedition guides • Park entry fees • Access to all the common areas: fitness room, steam room, hair salon, swimming pool (sea water, heated), solarium, lounges, theater, boutique and leisure area • Port taxes

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN

2021

30 October

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8 November

Superior Stateroom, from

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NB: As Ponant pricing is dynamic, prices are indicative only

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$7,790

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Departs

2021 30 October, 8 November

Booking conditions

• On land or on board, PONANT uses all technological, human and material resources to ensure a watertight "Anti-Covid" health bubble, applying reinforced protection thanks to their 3 "shields" which guarantee:

  1. Strict access conditions to ships: 100% of passengers and staff tested
  2. The preservation of a health bubble on board: following protective measures on board and when going ashore in areas where the epidemic is under control, taking temperatures at the entrance of the different public spaces, treatment and total disinfection of surfaces.
  3. Daily control and monitoring: regular sampling, rapid diagnosis, medical team and hospital on board.

• As part of the Ponant Covid onboard protocol, every passenger will receive an antigen test before embarking. If the test is negative, the guest will be welcomed on board. If the test is positive, a PCR test will be done by the Ponant doctor onboard to double check the result. In the case your result is positive you will be denied boarding.

• Price is subject to availability and can change at any time.

• Please note the World Journeys Assurance Policy does not apply.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transport to/from Hobart to join the cruise • Sightseeing and accommodation in Hobart if required • Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar • Services on the Spa menu • Gratuities • Laundry services

Gratuity

Gratuities are left to your discretion. An anonymous envelope is left in your cabin at the end of your cruise. You can leave it at reception in a box provided. This sum is generally in the range of €10-12 per day per passenger. It is then divided between the members of the crew.

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Save AU$800 per state-room on your first cruise with Ponant!

Welcome Offer: Save AU$800 per state-room on your first cruise with Ponant. Offer is based on double occupancy and is valid only for guests travelling their first Ponant cruise. Offer cannot be combined with other special offers and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.