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Pristine Tasmania: Hobart - Hobart, 7 Nights

Immersive Coastal Expeditions

This 7-night Tasmania expedition cruise is a rare adventure into the wilderness, showcasing the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Australia’s island state, in the intimate comfort of our refurbished flagship, Coral Discoverer.

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Become immersed in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks; from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay, to the dramatic peaks of pink granite at Freycinet, or the otherworldly remoteness of Maria Island National Park. At Tasman national park, seals, dolphins and albatross (insert species here) await to greet you, backed by intimidating 300m high cliffs.

Guided by an expert Expedition Team and a guest Parks and Wildlife Ranger who knows the area inside out, you’ll gain a unique “locals experience/insider view” of the area, as you embark on easy to moderate short hikes including the famed South Coast Track at Cockle Bay and the rugged Fluted Cape of Bruny Island

Coral Expeditions 7-night roundtrip itinerary allows our guests to experience an authentic expedition voyage, with a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to weather conditions to ensure you see the best parts of Tassie in the best possible conditions. In the spirit of adventure, guests will be advised the day prior where their next adventure lies – perhaps an Oyster Farm, an undiscovered track, or even a seal colony basking in the sunlight.

If conditions allow, our guests will spend two days exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Normally only accessible by seven-day hike or light aircraft, this region is undoubtedly one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth.

Join Coral Discoverer in 2018 on a journey of discovery as we explore Tasmania.

Early Bird Offer > Book any 2018 Tasmania cruise departure by 31st March 2017 and save 10%*

Expedition highlights:

›› Spend two full days exploring Port Davey World Heritage Wilderness area and Bathurst Harbour (conditions permitting)
›› Hike the breathtaking Wineglass Bay Track in Freycinet National Park
›› Experience the diverse wildlife and history of Maria Island
›› Be in awe of 300m high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park
›› Hike the remote Mount Beattie track, Port Davey world heritage area.
›› Taste ewe’s milk cheese and vodka at Grandvewe Cheeses
›› Enjoy the Captains private afternoon drinks in historic Port Arthur
›› Spot Fur Seals hauling up to Tasmania’s rocky cliffs
›› Marvel at the proud shipbuilding and maritime heritage at the Wooden Boat Building Centre in Franklin

*Terms & conditions apply. For 2018 departures only. Available for bookings made by 31 March 2017.

the itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 08:00am.

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As adaptable and accommodating as the original explorers to this rugged area, our itinerary is crafted to be flexible, allowing the Captain and Expedition Team to respond quickly to favourable weather conditions, and immerse you in the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline.

However, you can be guaranteed that when you join Coral Expeditions, we guarantee you those “bucket list” destinations, that you’ve dreamt of visiting for so long.

Here are the expedition highlights:

HOBART AND RIVER DERWENT

Cruise 60km down the River Derwent and under mighty Tasman Bridge › Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset onboard › Taste Tasmanian cheeses and fresh, sweet, plump Bruny Island (Pacific) oysters. Learn about the Angasi Tasmania Oysters › Sail the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the mouth for the estuaries of the Derwent and the Huon Rivers › Enjoy dinner at our overnight anchorage near Bruny Island

WOODBRIDGE & HUON

Tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. Meet the sheep known as “The Girls”. Taste up to 8 different products and and viewing the process of cheese making from paddock to palate > Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre and learn about and meet species including lobsters, urchins and octopuses > Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region, with many antique wares > Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the makers who hand-make each vessel as you tour the centre > Cruise South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area

RECHERCHE BAY

Xplorer cruise of beautiful Recherche Bay, part of the National Heritage Register and only accessible by water > Cruise Cockle Creek, the very edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area > See the famed bronze young southern right whale statue > scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track led by our Expedition Leader and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Ranger (optional)

TASMANIAN WILDERNESS WORLD HERITAGE AREA

A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, guests will spend two full days exploring this pristine wilderness. Otherwise accessible only via a 7 day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like an endless unchartered wilderness, full of endless sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life to explore > Participate in the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bathurst Harbour (optional)> Disembark to explore the ‘Narrows’ aboard our tender, an obviously narrow stretch of water that very few vessels can navigate through >Take a guided hike of Balmoral Hill Track > Amble remote Melaleuca village, and meet the locals who live in a town accessible only by sea, air or foot > Potential wildlife sightings of the endangered Orange-bellied parrot

BRUNY ISLAND & ADVENTURE BAY

Scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, site of the South Bruny National Park > Walk to historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838. It is now the country’s second oldest and longest continually staffed extant lighthouse > Visit The Friars, a collection of steep dolerite rocks, covering an area of approx. 42 acres, that are home to a large population of Australian Fur Seals. See these magnificent beasts haul up on the rock or feast on seafood. Aboard our tender, drift past nesting seabirds. > Visit Adventure Bay where you can swim, kayak or relax on the sheltered beach > Be immersed in history at the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration. Built from thousands of convict made bricks, the Museum contains a myriad of documents, maps and artefacts from explorers including James Cook, Matthew Flinders and William Bligh > With your expedition leader, participate in an optional guided Fluted Cape Walk, starting from the eastern end of Adventure Bay. Approx walking time 3 hours. > Explore the historic 19th century whaling station ruins > Sample Tasmanian wine at a tasting session.

FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK & WINEGLASS BAY

The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – surrounded by azure bays, and backed by dry eucalypt forest > Awake to dawn at Freycinet National Park and take in the majestic surroundings> With your expedition leader, join an optional guided hike (approx. 1.5 hours return) to the Wineglass Bay Lookout > Later, join a beachcombers walk (approx. 30 mins) along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.

MARIA ISLAND

Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet more than a few incredible creatures. Since the 1960s a number of threatened species have been introduced here, in a bid to protect their kind. Expeditioners can expect sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian Devils > Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict trail of Australia” > Gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary > A walk from Darlington (approx. 2 hours return) takes in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs, created by the movement of mineral-rich water though the rock, and by the later eroding action of wind and wave. > Then, from Encampment Cove walk to the ruins of Maria Island’s second convict station at Point Lesueur at Long Point on the island’s west coast.

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Feel small again as you stand beside the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park > Be awed at the sights of sea stacks – tall dolerite formations – that stand tall out of the ocean > View Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from perfect positions at sea> In this area of huge natural diversity, guests can expect to meet Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross.

PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE

Be sent back in time, and gain an understanding of the life of convicts that built Tasmania at Port Arthur Historic Site. This is Australia’s most evocative convict site housing Britain and Australia’s ‘worst’ criminals > Participate in an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour guided by a resident archaeologist. The tour features private collections and historical buildings not accessible to public > This evening, enjoy Captain’s farewell reception at Port Arthur’s Asylum building, memories of the voyage warming the chilly history of the room

CRUISE CONCLUDES IN HOBART

Early morning cruise of River Derwent towards Hobart.

Note on fitness levels: this trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Our Xplorer tender permits easy boarding without climbing any stairs. Hikes vary in intensity and where possible we split groups to suit easy and moderate walkers. Guests are welcome to opt out of any excursion and relax onboard – our top deck outdoor lounge is great on a sunny day. The ship has no elevator. As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

Note that each itinerary will include a mix of the above attractions, depending on prevailing conditions. The Captain and Expedition Team will make daily itinerary changes to maximise the guest experience and take advantage of opportunities opened up by weather. There will be a daily briefing onboard to advise guests on the upcoming day’s activities. Time of departure and return are guaranteed – the rest is an adventure! The expedition will visit Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour conditions permitting. We always aim to visit these beautiful destinations, but if we are not able to enter, an alternative destination more appropriate to the inclement weather conditions will be chosen by the Captain.

Note the summer temperature can still be very cool especially with the wind chill so warm layered clothing is essential.

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YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES

›› 7 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
›› Expert Expedition Team, including a Guest Lecturer and a Tasmanian Specialist
›› Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
›› Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 table d’hote dinners
›› Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
›› 24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas
›› Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
›› Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
›› All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

›› Travel insurance
›› Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
›› Internet services (available at a cost)
›› Laundry service (available at a cost)
›› Australian entry visas or travel permits
›› Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted) laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Expeditions I, our crew has no other agenda than your delight

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with all of your holiday arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

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We have specially negotiated rates at selected hotels for pre and post cruise extensions. Contact our reservations specialists for bookings on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Hobart Hotels

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

The Old Woolstore’s accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania is centrally located within a stone’s throw of the city centre and just a block away from Hobart’s majestic waterfront.

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart consists of a unique choice of fully serviced Hotel Rooms, Studio Apartments, One Bedroom Apartments, Two Bedroom Apartments and Executive Spa Apartments. We also offer a comprehensive range of meeting and event services.

Whether you are traveling for leisure or business – perhaps attending a conference in Tasmania, or simply want to discover Tasmania – you will experience a warm welcome and enjoyable stay at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

With 244 rooms located on Hobart’s waterfront with breath taking views of the River Derwent and Mount Wellington; the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is Tasmania’s premier hotel. The hotel is central to major tourist attractions including Salamanca Markets, Constitution Dock, Mona Ferry, Battery Point, Hobart CBD and retail shopping centres.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed. When you need help, you’ll get it in a familiar accent from someone who understands and is there to help.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.