So close, but a world away – Discover Tasmania with luxury small ship cruising, boutique hotels and world-class gourmet experiences.

If you’re itching for that overseas expedition feeling as you explore our own beautiful backyard this year, then look no further than Tasmania – our little island state that brings together incredible food & wine, untamed coastlines, spectacular wilderness, and cities full of character that are easily explored by foot.

In exciting news from the Cruising world, PONANT has announced the return of two of its modern fleet of small luxury expedition ships, Le Lapérouse and Le Soléal, to Australian waters this year, and unveiled a new collection of eight immersive ‘must-do’ itineraries. One if these is an indulgent 10-night voyage around Tasmania over Christmas and New Year timed around the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the famous Taste of Tasmania festival.

We recommend bookending your Tasmanian voyage at luxury boutique hotel, The Islington in Hobart and making time to discover the incredible food & wine offerings of the Launceston region with a stay at the acclaimed Stillwater Seven.

Read on for our 2021 Tasmania highlights, and find more Australian holiday inspiration over on our Social Media – facebook.com/jigsawtravel and @jigsawtravel on Instagram.

Reach out to book your Tasmanian adventure via enquiries@jigsawtravel.com.au

PONANT’s Tasmanian Food, Wine & Yacht Race luxury small ship voyage


10 Nights on Board Le Lapérouse -December 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Explore the best of Tasmania’s breathtaking coastal wonders and indulge in the island state’s wonderful food and wine on an expedition itinerary on board Le Lapérous. Celebrate New Year in Hobart with the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and treat your tastebuds at Australia’s biggest and longest running food and wine festival, Taste of Tasmania.

Your luxury small ship voyage circumnavigates the state, exploring the local wildlife of historic Maria Island, the ruggedly spectacular Tasman Peninsula, the isolated Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the state’s South West before heading up to King Island and the Tamar Valley to sample world-famous local produce.

While the new itineraries have only just been released, places are limited and cabins are booking quickly. Reach out to secure your place on enquiries@jigsawtravel.com.au


  • Visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Port Davey and Maria Island.
  • Savour the gourmet produce of King Island.
  • Enjoy some of the finest award-winning wines of the Tamar Valley.
  • Experience Australia’s biggest and longest running Food and Wine festival.
  • View the spectacular painted cliffs of Maria Island.
  • Witness Australian fur seals in their natural environment.
  • Delve into Tasmania’s colonial history.
  • Experience the mining and Maritime History of Tasmania’s North West.
  • View the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Constitution Dock.
  • Gain an insight into the history, culture and incredible diversity of life from your expert expedition team.



Islington is a very special, small, luxe hotel in Hobart with a long history and a large delightful garden affording unique and stunning views of Mount Wellington.

Perched in the exclusive enclave of South Hobart, slightly removed from the city with amazing views of kunyanyi and its shifting moods, this multiple award winning hotel is luxury personified, offering award winning personal service.

Decorated with fine art and furnished with antiques, Islington appeals to those who desire the very best in service, presented in an atmosphere of serenity, luxury and tranquility.

Book with Jigsaw Travel to receive the following exclusive benefits, not available when booking direct:

  • Early check in / late check out (subject to availability).
  • $100 F&B credit
  • Upgrade (subject to availability).



Housed in the 1830’s flour mill outside Launceston that has been home to Stillwater’s multi-award-winning destination dining experience since 2000, is the Stillwater SEVEN – a new and indulgent accommodation offering.

Like Stillwater restaurant, SEVEN is a celebration of Tasmania. The seven, architecturally designed rooms were created around bespoke and handmade pieces, locally crafted but infused with international sophistication.  Each room is beautifully appointed with waterfront views and its own unique character, nestled in the historic mill at Cataract Gorge. SEVEN is the ideal place to stay to indulge in the rare beverages and culinary treats curated by Stillwater Chef and Co-Owner, Craig Will.

Guests have exclusive access to a private guest bar and to the award-winning kitchen. Every morning you’ll be welcome to wander down to the restaurant to chat with the chef and see what is coming out of the oven before it is opened to the public



The incredible food and drink scene of Tassie’s capital demands all-day indulgence. Proceed with an empty stomach …

Pigeon Whole Bakers – Fuel up on coffee and the city’s best pastries, bagels and donuts. Pigeonwholebakers.com.au
Institut Polaire – a sleek contemporary wine bar and kitchen near the ferry dock. Our pick is their martini with Tassie-made Sud Polaire Antarctic dry gin. institutpolaire.com.au
Templo – Simple yet interesting spins on Australian-Italian handmade pastas and locally sourced seafood. templo.com.au
Sonny – an intimate wine bar serving a daily-changing menu of natural wines. sonny.com.au
Tesoro (just opened) – a sophisticated showcase of humble Italian cooking and great Tasmanian produce in Hobart’s new Mövenpick Hotel tesorohobart.com.au
Farmgate Market (Sundays) – Sweet Tassie apples, small batch spirits, artisan cheeses and more. Farmgatemarket.com.au

Got more time? Take a quick ferry ride over to Bruny Island for the day to taste oysters fresh from the sea at Get Shucked getshucked.com.au and stock up at the Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co. brunyislandcheese.com.au



While they’ve been gathering dust on the shelf for the past year, it’s well worth dusting off your passport and checking the expiry date.  If it’s coming up, we recommend renewing your passport in the hope that international borders will reopen later this year. If a passport expires, it is a much more arduous and expensive process to apply for a new one, rather than simply renewing your existing passport before it expires.

Thank us later!


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