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Bay and Freycinet Day Tour

Wineglass Bay has been voted many times amongst the top beaches of the world. A perfect crescent shape, stunning colours and dazzling white sand make this one of Tasmania’s “not to be missed” locations.

Wineglass Bay is nestled in the Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania. One of Tasmania’s first National Parks this is a coastal area rich in stunning landscapes. Pink granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and walking trails.

We travel from Hobart heading east then following the coastline north. We travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea. Enjoy a brief stop at Spiky Bridge, a convict built bridge, picturesque Spiky Beach and then on into the National Park.

We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought after photographs and offer you some walking options for the day.For the keen walkers you can continue the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5 hr return) or even continue onto the Hazards Beach Circuit (4hrs).

Travel with our guide to explore more of the National Park and visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville lookout and short walk.After a very full 4 – 5 hours at Freycinet National Park we begin the trip back to Hobart. With one last coastal gem we stop at Friendly Beaches, a fabulous highlight, as we leave the beaches and bays behind. We have a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in sampling the local oysters, mussels or crayfish fresh from the pristine waters.

Last but certainly not least we stop at the very famous Kate’s Berry Farm where Kate is serving up absolutely delicious Berry Ice-creams and other delights, jams, sauces, chocolates and jellies.We return to Hobart to your accommodation around 7.00pm.

Bay Vista Lounge Cruise

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, a 150 seat eco-catamaran.

The journey is spectacular; the vessel will stop and allow you to gaze at the sheer granite cliffs, get up close to the wildlife and provide informative commentary on landmarks, wildlife and history. Wineglass Bay is beautiful and remote, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes at the edge of a perfect turquoise sea where you will enjoy a Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch at anchor in relaxed style.

Your delicious lunch is a bento box full of fresh local seasonal produce such as salmon, cheeses and chocolate, (take out the wording in red) prepared by the Freycinet Lodge. Taste local beverages and cool-climate wines available for purchase in nature’s best wine bar in the wilderness.

The Vista Lounge offers floor to ceiling windows, comfortable indoor and spacious outdoor viewing decks, baby change facilities and disabled amenities. You haven’t seen Freycinet until you’ve seen it with Wineglass Bay Cruises.

Enhoy the Moment That You Have on Minnesota and Wisconsin for winter thrills

Though it may be tempting to escape to the sunshine this winter, there’s a lot to be said for revelling in the snow and ice, too. And there’s plenty of beautiful (and bracing) backcountry to explore in northern Minnesota and neighbouring Wisconsin.

As Minnesota gears up for February’s Super Bowl, all eyes are on the state. So, whether you want to whiz across frozen lakes on a snowmobile or wander the woodland on snowshoes, we take a look at the wintry delights the region has to offer. Just make sure you don’t skimp on the thermals.

For downhill childish thrills: snow tubing
Who’d have thought that hurtling down a hill at speed in, what amounts to, a big fat rubber doughnut, could be so thrilling – and terrifying? You don’t need hi-tech gear, or even a whisker of skill – just a gutsy streak.

Try it: Spirit Mountain is a 15-minute drive from Duluth, Minnesota. It has three groomed lanes and a draglift to hoik you up the hill. All you have to do is sit tight until you get to the top and then scream your way to the bottom.
It might look leisurely but cross-country skiing is a full-on aerobic workout, and if you’re new to it you’ll rapidly discover muscles you didn’t know you had.

Minnesota and Wisconsin offer some of the best cross-country skiing in the USA, with hundreds of kilometres of trails to explore. There are no ski-lifts, so no ugly chunks of metal blighting the landscape, and no clatter of machinery.

And because you’re not flying downhill at speed there’s time to absorb the crisp beauty of the landscape and appreciate the quietness. Look out for skittish deer among the trees, or even an elusive wolf.

Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris

Impress your date this Valentine’s Day by ditching the flowers and boxes of chocolate in favor of a wildly romantic trip to Paris.

Today, The Flight Deal found a round-trip flight to one of the most romantic cities on Earth for $421 (more expensive than a Hallmark card, sure, but still cheaper than diamonds). The discounted fares to Paris, on sale with United, are available from the New York City area throughout the month of February, including Valentine’s Day.

Travelers can spend a week strolling hand-in-hand down the City of Light’s cobblestone streets, sipping wine on the banks of the River Seine, and admiring the Eiffel Tower as it twinkles in the nighttime.

If a warm-weather getaway seems more enticing, take your significant other on a holiday to Rome ($381), Ibiza ($424) or the Greek capital of Athens ($471).

And you don’t have to be located on the East Coast to take advantage of these impressive deals from St. Cupid. Los Angeles-based lovers can fly to Paris for $486 round-trip during Valentine’s Day, while steamy Mexican destinations like San José del Cabo, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta can be reached starting at $166 round-trip.

To find the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway from your home airport, use KAYAK’s Explore tool to find swoon-worthy flight deals in your budget.

Ross and Delights Day Tour

Travel with us on this big day out to visit one of the world’s top 10 beaches. This action packed tour also takes in Ross Village & Devil’s Corner Vineyard.

We depart Launceston ready for an action packed day out exploring the delights and highlights of the East Coast before finishing our day in Hobart.

Our first stop today is in the pretty township of Ross. Ross has an old-world charm, convict history, and famous local bakery with Kiki’s Kitchen for you to explore on our morning stop.

From Ross we travel to the East Coast and head into the Freycinet National Park. This coastal National Park is our main destination for the day. Here the pink granite mountains form the backdrop for turquoise waters, secluded bays and beaches and sparkling white sand. We offer opportunities for short or longer walks, a swim in the warmer months and great photos all year round! We make a short stop as we enter the park at Freycinet Marine Farm where you have an opportunity to buy some fresh oysters along the way.

We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, an easy but uphill walk of around 45 – 60 minutes. Here the views make the walk well worth the effort! For the keen walkers, you can continue the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5 hr return walking time). Once on the beach you have time to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or meander along the white sands.

If you prefer to select the shorter walking option, then you can explore other areas of Freycinet with our tour guide. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse & great short walk.

We re-group ready for the return journey to Launceston. Still on the East Coast we make a final stop at the Devil’s Corner Vineyard. This new attraction on the East Coast has amazing views, gelato, fresh seafood including oysters, and of course wine tasting. We make time for a stop here to take it all in before commencing the final drive back into Launceston. We return to Launceston around 6.30 – 7.00pm.