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Tasmania Bridge Holiday

16 to 23 January 2018

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This wonderful holiday to south-east Tasmania takes you to some of the most scenic locations in Hobart, on Bruny Island and on the Tasman Peninsula. We will stay in first-class accommodation, indulge in gourmet experiences and take some fascinating tours. The holiday also includes an enjoyable program of bridge lessons and duplicate sessions.

The holiday commences with five nights in Hobart at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, a multi-award-winning five-star hotel built within a row of historic waterfront warehouses dating from the 1820s. The hotel is surrounded by cafés, restaurants, galleries and antique shops. A short walk away is central Hobart with its elegant colonial architecture. Also nearby are Salamanca Place and Battery Point with restaurants, bars, historic houses and churches.

While in Hobart we will enjoy a cruise up the Derwent River to visit the exciting MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and a full-day trip to Bruny Island to see its spectacular scenery and savour delicious local produce.

We travel to the Tasman Peninsula for two nights at Stewarts Bay Lodge with accommodation in well-appointed cabins set in tranquil bushland. We will see some great coastal views, visit a lavender farm in full bloom and have a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site.

On our way back to Hobart we will stop at Richmond, famous for its convict-built bridge, churches and historic Georgian buildings. Our holiday concludes with a winetasting and lunch at Frogmore Creek Wines in the Coal River Valley.

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HOLIDAY COSTS AND INCLUSIONS

The bridge holiday prices are $3195 per person for double and twin bookings. The single supplement is $925.

Holiday prices include:
♠ Group airfares with Jetstar from Sydney to Hobart on 16 January 2018 and with Virgin Australia from Hobart to Sydney on 23 January 2018. Transfers in Hobart to meet these flights. Flight costs from other cities will be advised when booking.

♥ Five nights at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and two nights at Stewarts Bay Lodge.

♦ Breakfast and lunch each day; two dinners at Stewarts Bay Lodge.

♣ A comprehensive bridge program with duplicate bridge each day and two bridge lessons.

♠ Activities and tours to complement the bridge program, including a Derwent River cruise to MONA, a Bruny Island tour, a tour of the Tasman Peninsula with lunch at the Port Arthur Lavender Farm, a guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site and a visit to historic Richmond.

Tasman peninsula

ITINERARY

Day 1 Tuesday 16 January 2018 – Hobart
Jetstar flight JQ721 departs Sydney at 10.45 am. There will be a coach transfer to Henry Jones Art Hotel for passengers on this flight. After check-in we have a light lunch followed by a bridge session at the hotel. While in Hobart you have free evenings to try some wonderful restaurants and to attend the events being held for MOFO, an annual festival of music, concerts and performances.

Day 2 Wednesday 17 January 2018 – Hobart
This morning we have an intermediate lesson before walking to nearby Brooke Street Pier to join the fast ferry for a Derwent River cruise to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). After visiting this fascinating gallery we return to the hotel by ferry. There will be a bridge session at the hotel this evening.

Day 3 Thursday 18 January 2018 – Hobart
You have a free morning. You may wish to join the Art and History Tour at the hotel, explore Hobart, go shopping or take a tour. After lunch at Jam Packed Café we have a bridge session at the hotel.

Day 4 Friday 19 January 2018 – Bruny Island
We board our coaches for a full-day guided tour to Bruny Island with its amazing scenery and wildlife. During the tour we visit local producers for tastings of Bruny Island’s famous cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky. There will be a bridge session at the hotel this evening.

Day 5 Saturday 20 January 2018 – Hobart
This morning you have time to walk to the famous Salamanca Market with its hundreds of stalls before returning to the hotel for a bridge lesson. In the afternoon we have a bridge session at the hotel.

Day 6 Sunday 21 January 2018 – Tasman Peninsula
We travel to the Tasman Peninsula with its towering sea cliffs and rock formations. We stop for a tour and lunch at Port Arthur Lavender Farm before arriving at Stewarts Bay Lodge for an afternoon bridge session. After dinner at the Lodge you have the option of joining a ghost tour of neighbouring Port Arthur.

Day 7 Monday 22 January 2018 – Tasman Peninsula
A guided tour of the extraordinary Port Arthur Historic Site reveals the story of Tasmania’s convict settlement. Our visit includes a walking tour of the atmospheric ruins and a harbour cruise. We return to Stewarts Bay Lodge for lunch and an afternoon bridge session.

Day 8 Tuesday 23 January 2018 – Richmond
After checkout we travel to historic Richmond, Tasmania’s most scenic village with many heritage Georgian buildings. We visit Frogmore Creek Wines for a winetasting followed by a farewell lunch at the Frogmore Creek Restaurant, the Australian Hotels Association Regional Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Those flying to Sydney will join Virgin Australia flight VA1535 departing Hobart at 4.35 pm.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Bookings will be taken on a ‘first to advise’ basis. A booking form with a deposit of $300 must be received within seven days to hold the booking.

The Tasmania Bridge Holiday prices of $3195 per person twin or double and $4120 single include five nights accommodation in hotel rooms at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and two nights accommodation in one-bedroom cabins at Stewarts Bay Lodge. Upgrades to suites are available at the Henry Jones Art Hotel for an extra $150 per suite per night. Two-bedroom cabins are available for twin bookings at Stewarts Bay Lodge for an extra $100 per cabin per night.

The holiday prices include group economy airfares from Sydney to Hobart and Hobart to Sydney. We have 30 seats in our group booking and once these are sold we will book the best available airfares and the holiday prices may rise to include these airfares. If you are providing your own flights subtract $274 from the prices. We can assist with flight bookings from other cities.

Accommodation for those wishing to extend their stay before or after the holiday is available in Deluxe Rooms at the Henry Jones Art Hotel from $420 per room per night. This rate does not include breakfast and will depend on availability.

Final payment is due by 1 December 2017. Cancellations made after 1 December 2017 will be subject to loss of deposit and any cancellation fees levied by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Stewarts Bay Lodge, MONA, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Frogmore Creek Wines. Detailed cancellation conditions and travel insurance information will be sent to you on receipt of a booking form and deposit.

Bridge Away reserves the right to change any part of the itinerary and to cancel tours, accommodation and flights because of unforeseen circumstances. No refund will necessarily be forthcoming for any meal, tour or activity not taken up or for any changes to the itinerary or cancellations made by Bridge Away or our travel suppliers.

Tasmania 2018 brochure

Tasmania 2018 booking form