Feb 16 - 20, 2022
5 days
$3,470per person, twin share (land content only). $720 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Estelle Lazer
Feb 16 - 20, 2022

Tour Leader

Dr Estelle Lazer$3,470per person, twin share (land content only). $720 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Unpack your bags for five days and get to know Hobart, the second oldest city in Australia. This new tour offers a contrast of heritage, scenery and culture: picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, gourmet experiences and captivating history. This unique tour combines some of Hobart’s best-known attractions with sites that are off the beaten track.

The tour is led by Dr Estelle Lazer, who has extensive knowledge of Australia’s history and archaeology and who has undertaken seven archaeological research trips to Antarctica. Estelle’s knowledge will certainly be invaluable in helping you understand the significance and hidden stories behind some of Tasmania’s colonial past.

 The tour is rounded out with lectures, fine dining and well-located accommodation.

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  •    Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum
    Just 200 metres from where Mawson’s expedition departed in 1911 is Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum. The replica hut is exact – every saw and cut mirrors the original historic buildings on Cape Denison that were used between 1911 -1914.
  •   Port Arthur
    Travel to the Tasman Peninsula and visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, a ‘panopticon’ style convict prison from 1833 until 1853. The site is remarkably well preserved and the beauty of its setting belies the tragic events that took place there.
  •   Bruny Island
    Explore the spectacular Bruny Island, home to fur seals, fairy penguins, albatrosses, wedge tailed eagles and white wallabies. On this gourmet tour of the island, enjoy a variety of local produce that will tempt the tastebuds. –
  •   MONA & TMAG
    Visit the various collections at the Tasmania Museum and Gallery, Islands to Ice exhibition, which examines the Antarctica & the Southern Ocean. We spend an afternoon at MONA, the idiosyncratic private museum of philanthropist David Walsh.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Hobart.  Talk in the hotel followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: A full day tour take us to Port Arthur for a guided walking tour of the site and museum.  Return via Richmond. 

Day 3: Take the ferry to Bruny Island for a full day of touring and cultural heritage.

Day 4: This morning there is some free time to visit Salamanca markets.  Take a walking tour of Mawson’s Huts and visit the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery (TMAG).  

Day 5: Take the ferry to the MONA.  Enjoy lunch at The Source Restaurant before your flight.

Detailed Itinerary

Start & Finish

The tour begins at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on 16 February at 4.30pm.
The tour ends at Hobart airport on 20 February at around 2.30pm.

Detailed itinerary

Wednesday 16 February – Arrival & Antarctic History

Group members should arrange to arrive into Hobart by 3.00pm, making their own way to the hotel. This afternoon there will be a talk in the hotel, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Hobart (D)

Thursday 17 February – Port Arthur & Richmond

This morning we travel to the Tasman Peninsula, about two hours south east of Hobart. We spend much of the day at Port Arthur, a World Heritage site that functioned as a ‘panopticon’ style convict prison from 1833 until 1853. It is a remarkably well-preserved site, and the beauty of the setting belies the tragic events that took place there. Our visit includes a guided walking tour of the site and museum, and a cruise on the harbour. There is time after lunch to explore some of the 30 buildings, ruins and restored homes set on the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. On our way back to Hobart, we stop at the historic town of Richmond, where we visit Australia’s oldest bridge. Evening at leisure. Overnight Hobart. (B)

Friday 18 February– Bruny Island

This morning we make our way to Bruny Island by ferry with its spectacular coastlines, geological wonders, lagoons, and abundant flora and fauna. We taste our way across the Island by coach, visiting some of our renowned artisan producers on a gourmet wilderness adventure: award winning cheeses, premium wines and beer, freshly shucked oysters, handmade fudge, local honey and a delicious lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay. All the while we are surrounded by the spectacular scenery and cultural heritage of Bruny Island, such as local aboriginal artefacts including the first floating Tasmanian aboriginal canoe since European settlement and the tall tales of the Adventure Bay explorers. Return to Hobart; evening at leisure. Overnight: Hobart (B, L)

Saturday 19 February – Antarctic History

We begin today with some free time to visit the Salamanca markets.  The iconic Saturday tradition brings Hobart’s waterfront alive with locally crafted products and unique. In the early afternoon, we make our way to Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum, situated on the Hobart waterfront, just 200 metres from where Mawson’s expedition departed in 1911. The replica hut is exact – every saw and cut mirrors the original historic buildings on Cape Denison that were used between 1911 -1914. The huts are regarded as the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic heritage and still remain in place today.  We continue to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery visiting the Islands to Ice exhibition, which follows the journey south from Hobart across the oceans to Antarctica. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and a performance of Montmartre- Rendezvous in Paris at the Peacock Theatre. Overnight: Hobart (B, D)

Sunday 20 February – MONA & Depart

This morning, we travel up the Derwent to visit Mona, David Walsh’s idiosyncratic museum, which has quickly gained international recognition for its approach to the display of art. After lunch at The Source, the restaurant above Mona led by the acclaimed chef Philippe Leban, we explore the galleries, some of which are cut deep into the rock. We head to the airport in the mid-afternoon for return flights to east coast cities. (B, L)

Dr Estelle Lazer

An archaeologist with an international reputation for her work on the human victims of Pompeii in southern Italy.

Estelle has also worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Antarctica and Australia.

Estelle has also worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Antarctica and Australia.

Estelle is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Her work on the human victims from Pompeii has been published in academic journals and books, most notably, in an academic volume, Resurrecting Pompeii. Estelle is currently heading a project to examine the casts of the Pompeian victims for the first time, using digital X-ray and CT scanning technology. Estelle’s research has been included in three documentaries over the past few years: Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard for the BBC (and the Smithsonian and Arte), Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence (a three-part series for Channel Five in the UK) and Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead for National Geographic.

She has delivered invited lectures on her research at a number of Australian and international institutions, including The Australian National University, the National Museum of Singapore, Oxford University and the British Museum in the UK, Lund University, the Italian Cultural Institute, Stockholm and Stockholm University in Sweden,  and Trondheim University in Norway.

Her other main field of research is historical archaeology in Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic. Estelle spent four summers working on Mawson’s Huts, and has spent another summer studying evidence of the sealing industry as well as Australia’s first post-war Antarctic base at Heard Island.

Estelle has led tours to Italy and the Mediterranean for Academy Travel since the company’s inception in 2004, and also works extensively with our Academy Schools program for teachers and students. In addition to her obvious archaeological expertise, she particularly enjoys explaining the place of mythology in the landscape – especially in Sicily and southern Italy.

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The Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Hobart, offering both Mountain and harbour views, just a short walk away from popular attractions.

Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart (4 nights)


Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 

Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

All tours

  • All accommodation at properties mentioned in the itinerary
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Taxis may also be used for short trips on some tours. Some city stay tours may involve local transport
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners indicated with the letters L and D in the itinerary
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks at sit-down lunches and dinners. Picnic and light lunches may not include alcoholic drinks
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • All tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

On international tours only

  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required, and when stated as included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Some trips may be made by public transport such as high-speed train and subway

What is not included in the tour price?

Our tours do not include the following:

  • Air or land travel from your home city to the tour start/end points
  • Local taxes and airport levies that we are not able to prepay on your behalf. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically indicated with the letters L or D in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as passports, laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
  • Airport Transfers on international tours
  • Tours may begin at either the arrival airport or the first hotel. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

Travel Insurance

We require all tour participants to have adequate insurance coverage.

  • For domestic tours, Medicare and your private medical insurance should be used to cover any medical expenses.
  • Domestic travel insurance is available and strongly recommended to cover non-medical expenses such as cancellation.
  • For international tours, we require you to have comprehensive travel insurance. Prices vary according to your age, your pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the length of your journey abroad.

Tour Details

Fitness Requirement

Grade One

A Grade 1 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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