I have recently finished the Tassie uncovered tour (Launceston to Launceston).
If you are at all considering any Tasmania tour please read.
Firstly, all the Tasmania tours are NOT RUN BY TOP DECK! They are run by a company called Â‘Under Down UnderÂ’, which is a back packer type company that caters for people on very, very tight budgets.
Now because it is not run by top deck anyone can do these tours, old, young, you name it. On my tour we had an elderly couple, I was not impressed at all!
Also be aware that the tours are on a continuous loop, so I started in Launceston with a group of people that had already been on the tour and started in Hobart, so after getting to know those people 3 days later they got off and I had a Â‘free day in HobartÂ’ I was looking forward to this, thinking that I would have my new friends to explore the city with Â– think again, no one else was doing the same tour as me, so all the people I started with got off the tour in Hobart and went home, I had to stay in a backpackers BY MYSELF until the next part of my tour started, I complained about this and I did get an upgrade to a private room, but still I was alone and had to wander the city myself, when you book group travel, you expect to be with the group the whole time.
The second group I meet in Launceston were great, but I had 3 days with them and then had to leave, because my tour ended.
The Top Deck itinerary that I had included lots of optional extras like scenic flights and quad bike riding, ghost tour, etc. None of this was offered, when I complained, the tour guide said, that they tend not to mention it, because people normally donÂ’t want to do it, due to budget and time.
The accommodation is rough! If you donÂ’t like backpackers and hostels, donÂ’t do this tour, another thing the brochure says quad share, you stay in a hostel so how ever many beds in the room thatÂ’s how many stay there, some was 8 people to a room, sometimes 6.
Dinner time was certainly interesting, like I said most people are on a budget, so the guide would stop at supermarkets for people to buy 2 minute noodles, etc to cook for dinner, well IÂ’m sorry I can have that at home I was on holidays and wanted to eat out, which I did, but I was certainly the minority.
One last thing, if you do not like walking DO NOT do this tour. Every day included walking and lots of it! The first day we did a 5-hour walk up a mountain, I was sore for the rest of the trip.
Top Deck if you are reading this you need to seriously think about taking the Tasmania tours out of your brochures, because they are not top deck and do not fit with the top deck philosophy.