Virtuoso Life - March/April 2009 - 123
SOUL SEARCH FIND IN TASMANIA AND Tucked away in the Southern Ocean, Australia’s smallest state is an island of rare, unspoiled beauty. Many of Tasmania’s glacier-carved mountains and lakes, temperate rainforests and wild coastline are protected. The rivers that tumble through the valleys are crystal clear. If ever there was a perfect setting for discovering your best self, this is it. Liberate your inner nomad (without roughing it) during unhurried treks along deserted beaches, amoung pink granite mountains, across native heathlands, and past Aboriginal middens. Or kayak, cycle and raft. Passionate local guides enrich the scenery with their knowledge of everything from native wildlife to Tasmania’s colonial history. Reconnect with the people who matter most and make new friends over a glass of cool-climate wine (produced by small but award-winning wineries) in the glow of an open fireplace at a private wilderness camp or by candlelight in a a Georgian style guesthouse. Leave your baggage behind — metaphorically speaking — during spa and wellness treatments that feature myrtle, lavender and seaweed. You’ll discover in an hour or two why Tasmanians are so contented. Think Small, Travel Big in Tassie Experience the great pleasures of Tasmania during two nights at the historic Henry Jones Art Hotel in the waterfront city of Hobart, where dignified architecture stands in contrast to carefree islanders, and three nights at Cradle Mountain, among high moorlands and buttongrass plains. GoGo Worldwide Vacations’ journey features a privately guided Tasmanian Fine Food and Wine Tour, and breakfast and dinner daily at Voyages Cradle Mountain Lodge. From $1,399 per person, double-occupancy includes private transfers. Valid for travel between 4/1/09-6/30/09.