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Murray River Cruise (from Adelaide: 8 days)

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,695

A picturesque journey along Australia’s longest river takes you to some of the country’s most historic sights.


Like trade along the Murray River itself, this 8-day trip begins in Mannum. First settled by Europeans in 1840, the first ship on the Murray was launched here twelve years later, beginning a thriving shipbuilding industry. On your first night, you’ll have the opportunity to watch for nocturnal creatures on the riverbank, including kangaroos, tortoises, elusive wombats and numerous bird species.

Take a guided tour of Edwards Crossing, home of the Murray’s first bridge, go ashore for a guided daytime nature walk, and pass through spectacular gorges as you cruise down the River. Your itinerary also includes a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard, a visit to a working sheep station and woolshed, and a visit to a native wildlife shelter. Finally, discover the area’s rich indigenous heritage with a guided walk at Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve.

Each night, enjoy a first class dinner with entertainment provided by your Captain and crew.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,695

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Day 1

Depart Mannum

Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to your overnight mooring at Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray long necked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. The on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Day 2

Murray River Cruise

In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast, join a guided tour of the town's historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon begin your journey upriver. Tonight you moor at Craignook, where after dinner you can enjoy being entertained by the talented crew.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Murray River Cruise

All ashore for the guided nature walk where your guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna. It's a great way to get in a little exercise before Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. Mid-morning in the Sturt Dining room there is a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands. At the 205km mark the ship turns and heads downriver to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river's muddy edges. The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or fishing challenges before joining the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the Captain's Dinner and Dance.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Murray River Cruise

After breakfast the PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will join a coach tour to the famous Barossa Valley, the beautiful 'valley of the vine' and source of about a quarter of Australia's world-renowned wines. You'll visit three premium wineries and enjoy lunch before returning to your ship at Mannum. Depart at 4:30pm and moor overnight at Caurnamont.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Murray River Cruise

Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon your moor near Salters Station for your overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, join a guided tour of Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at his cellar door. Tonight enjoy all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Murray River Cruise

After breakfast cruise down river to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum - a must for every visitor. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. You arrive at Sunnydale. All ashore for the Woolshed Show which recreates the typical Australian woolshed history. Later visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia's most interesting native animals are cared for. And then, of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue - cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour by tractor and cart is available after dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Murray River Cruise

After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. You reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time - tens of thousands of years - for a guided boardwalk to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. Return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain's Buffet. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Arrive Mannum and Disembark

Leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. On arrival say farewell as you arrive at Mannum Wharf.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Departs from Mannum (includes coach transfer from Adelaide) on Mondays and Fridays at 4.30pm, returning Mondays and Friday at 9.00am (if taking coach to/from Adelaide the timings will vary)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • 24 hours self-service tea and coffee
  • An exciting selection of onshore tours
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of spa, sauna and gym
  • Captains Spectacular Buffet Dinner
  • Live entertainment
  • Complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum if self-driving

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks unless indicated
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

 

 

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