Day 1 – USA to Tasmania
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Cross the International Dateline
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3 – Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania
Upon arrival, you will make your way to collect your Budget rental car.
Hobart is a pleasant potpourri of history and harbor-front living. Colonial cottages line narrow lanes in Battery Point while convict-built sandstone warehouses serve cocktails and creative cuisine at Constitution Dock. Dockside decadence quickly gives way to serene slopes as you approach Mount Wellington which towers 4,000 feet above the city. Walking trails and rugged roads wind their way to the summit where you can visit Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia. Sweeten your stay in Hobart with a tour of the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory. On Saturdays, be sure to see the colorful Salamanca markets. Step back in time with a visit to the Port Arthur historic site; the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for exploration. For art lovers, visit MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, opened in January 2011 and situated on the River Derwent, just north of Hobart. MONA houses a diverse collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
The journey begins among the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock in the heart of Hobart's vibrant waterfront. You'll be part of a small group of up to 12 guests that's accompanied by an experienced local guide. As the vessel pulls away from the docks, we leave city life behind. Settle back, relax and admire the surroundings as you cruise down the Derwent River into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surrounds Bruny Island. This unspoiled paradise is home to Tasmania's finest seafood. Weaving the way along Bruny Island's coast, guests may help the guide to gather oysters, mussels, sea urchins and abalones from the pristine waters. Pull up a crayfish at the southern tip of the island. Or you can catch a fish before dropping anchor in a calm, secluded bay where you can help your guide skillfully prepare and serve the seafood bounty on board the boat.
Nowhere else in the world is there a journey like this - and you can't get Tasmanian seafood any fresher. The catch is part of an extensive lunch of the finest gourmet produce - abalone, crayfish, oysters, sashimi, sea urchin, salmon and mussels, which are accompanied by local wine, beers, ciders and juices. The guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day, they'll provide an entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals. Such local knowledge only comes from spending years in and around these clean blue waters.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Hobart to Lake St Clair
You will depart your Hobart accommodation to drive to Lake St Clair. Drive time is approximately three hours.
Pumphouse PointStarting Accommodation:
Unmissable Lake St Clair accommodation – two industrial buildings gently transformed as an intimate retreat in the heart of World Heritage wilderness. A place to side-step daily life and connect with others in some of the most spectacular landscape on the planet. Pumphouse Top Floor rooms - Located on the water, at three story’s of elevation, plenty of space and a giant bathroom with a decadent bathtub. The pinnacle of the Pumphouse Point experience, these two rooms have a magic never to be forgotten.
Day 6 – Activities at Pumphouse Point
Lace up your boots and wander deep into the fjord-like surrounds of Lake St Clair to explore giant myrtle forests, tread softly on moss-covered understory and breathe in Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness.
Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is surrounded by over 100km of impressive walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bush walks – including the internationally renowned Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain
You will depart Pumphouse Point to drive to Cradle Mountain. Drive time is approximately three hours.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge sits on the Northern edge of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in the heart of Tasmania. Hidden away in breathtaking wilderness, the lodge offers a variety of cabins scattered around the property, providing a rustic yet comfortable retreat. Enjoy the luxury of a cabin or suite by cozying up beside the fireplace, taking in the ancient forest views from your balcony, or relaxing in an outdoor Jacuzzi. The idyllic hotel also offers fine dining experiences - cheese and wine tastings with selections from the lodge's comprehensive wine cellar, and bistro style meals in a countryside tavern setting. Guided walks and quad biking allow you to connect with the natural world as you explore Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, and all the native plants and animals that inhabit the area. The Waldheim Alpine Spa is located in the main lodge, providing natural spa treatments and massage as well as a steam room, sauna, hot tub and plunge pool.
With close proximity to the Lodge, Pencil Pine Cabins offer commanding Lodge, Lake and bush land views. Available in both regular and Family Cabin styles, the Pencil Pine Cabins are comfortable with a queen sized bed and contemporary furnishings. Amenities include gas fires, mini bar, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator, hairdryer, toilet and shower, and iron and iron board.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Day at Leisure
Carved by glacial ice more than 20,000 years ago, Cradle Mountain National Park is Tasmania's most beloved wilderness area. Its deep gorges, wild moorlands and glacial lakes are enjoyed by hikers of all ability. Day walks to Lake St. Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake are popular, but it is the spectacular trek from there to Cradle Mountain that has earned its reputation as a bush walker's Mecca. To indulge body and soul after a day's exploring, soak up the warm, rustic retreat of Cradle Mountain Lodge. Nestled in the Tasmanian wilderness, it is a true escape to cozy cabins, fine food and wine and many activities.
Some of the activities available at the lodge include a fly fishing tutorial, guided walks, signature Tasmanian wine and cheese tasting sessions, native animal spotlight drive tour, Dove Lake canoeing or horse riding. You may also like to add a spa treatment to your stay at the Lodge.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Cradle Mountain has to offer. Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Tasmania to USA
Today you will depart your Cradle Mountain accommodation and make your way to Launceston. You will drop your rental vehicle off at the airport before beginning your journey back to the USA. (B)