Tour ID: 10059766
Sail the Murray like royalty aboard the PS Murray Princess. This seven-day tour is for those who would like to see the Murray River, one of Australia’s greatest natural treasures, in style. You will see over 300 kilometres of Australia’s most interesting historic river, and stop at South Australia’s famous wine-making region, the Barossa valley, for a full-day tour.
Climb aboard the PS Murray on a Friday and sail away from all your troubles. Your tour is kickstarted in Mannum, the birthplace of Murray river trade and communications. You will enjoy a welcome dinner with the captain and crew as you head downriver to your overnight mooring at Mundarra. This is a great opportunity to look for nocturnal wildlife from the deck or join the entertainment for a dance.
On Saturday morning, you can join a guided tour of Murray Bridge, the thriving township built on the banks of the Murray in 1879, when the first bridge across the Murray was built at the historic site. By Saturday afternoon you will be exploring Salt Bush Flat, where you can inspect the wheelhouse with the Captain. More entertainment befitting a princess on Saturday night will have you dancing in the aisles.
Sunday morning’s nature walk will get your blood flowing in the clean, brisk air of the Murray. See Fromm’s Landing from the paddlewheeler and be awed by the sheer cliff-face of 90 metre cliffs and majestic river gorges, before transferring to a discovery vessel for a wildlife tour. In small groups, you will get up close and personal with the egrets and herons that feed their young on the banks of the river’s muddy water.
Your next major stop will be the ‘valley of the vine’, where you will explore the source of Australia’s most well-loved wines. In the Barossa Valley, you will visit two premium wineries and the music will continue for those who have indulged during the day and want to dance the night away.
Relax as the PS Murray Princess sails you through the historic townships of Blanchetown, then a guided tour of the Burk Salter vineyards, before heading to the historic town of Swan Reach which was established in 1850 as the largest sheep and cattle station in the region. Once you’ve had a taste of the sheering life, it’s time to see it up close and enjoy the Woolshed Show at Sunnydale.
A historic nature walk will please those who want to be at one with the call of the wild, or you can get up close in a dragon-fly flat bottomed boat, that will take you silently onto the crystal waters where you will morph with the scenery enough to hear the flap of wings. You can visit the local Native Wildlife Shelter and see some of Australia’s most colourful characters as they recuperate from injury.
Step back tens of thousands of years in time to explore one of Australia’s most significant historical sites and see the ancient rock carvings at the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve. If you’re an adventure seeker, you can take a speed boat ride on the way back. Dress up and enjoy a night of dancing and dining at the Captain’s Dinner and Dance as a special farewell on the last night, before docking at Mannum Wharf on Friday morning.
Every cruise includes coach transfers/parking, shipboard accommodation, dining, all on-board facilities, live entertainment, guided nature walks and eco excursions, 24 hour self-service coffee bar and Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). Prices exclude drinks, personal purchases and any optional tours and services.
Facilities: Spa, sauna, gym, sun deck; bars and two lounges, single-sitting dining saloon; free WiFi; speed boat; gift shop, library, video & DVD; lift; guest laundry and 24-hour tea and coffee facilities.
Accommodation: 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, adjustable air-conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. Outside Cabins open onto the outside deck and have picture windows. Limited double beds available for an additional charge (on request).
Dining: Dining aboard Murray Princess includes delicious table d'hote menus, Captain's Dinner and buffet dining. Breakfasts are buffet style.
A selection of souvenirs, toiletries, film and hats are available from the onboard gift shop.
7 nights and 8 days
4:30 PM Mon, Fri
Returns to Mannum on Friday or Monday at 9.00am.
Adelaide and Mannum
Depart Mannum Monday or Friday at 4.30pm (boarding from 2.30pm). Return Mannum Friday or Monday at 9.00am.
Complimentary Coach transfers available departing at 1.30pm from Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street, Adelaide), 1.45pm from Stamford Plaza (150 North Terrace, Adelaide), 2.00pm from Mercure Grosvenor Hotel (125 North Terrace, Adelaide) or 2.10pm from Sage Hotel Adelaide (208 South Terrace, Adelaide). Bookings essential.
Any medication you may require, sandals or low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions. Smart casual wear is recommended. At the Captains Dinner on the final night of the cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses (Polaroid) and good sun block.
Children aged 0-2 years free of charge in existing bedding however not recommended.
PRICE IS PER PERSON TWIN SHARE IN OUTSIDE CABIN ACCOMMODATION (single occupancy available).
Please note that passengers over the age of 80 years will require a Doctor’s Certificate of fitness to travel.
ADELAIDE COACH TRANSFERS: Bookings Essential. Complimentary return coach transfers depart the Adelaide Central Bus Station, Stamford Plaza, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or Sage Hotel Adelaide on Mondays & Fridays from 1.30pm and return Fridays & Mondays at 11 - 11.30am.
MANNUM CAR PARKING: Bookings Essential. Limited complimentary car parking is also available at Mannum subject to availability.
MONARTO ZOO WILDLIFE TOUR ($60pp - additional cost): Enjoy a guided coach tour of one of the largest open-range zoos in the world, spanning more than 1,500 acres and home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.
BAROSSA WINE & HERITAGE TOUR (complimentary): Travel to the Barossa region through the picturesque Adelaide Hills, tour the cellar door and tastings at Chateau Yaldara and Chateau Barossa, plus enjoy a shared platter lunch at the SA Company Store.
Barossa Valley, Mannum and Murray River
Book 60 days in advance and save 10%! Conditions apply, subject to availability
Adults: $-270.00 | Pensioners: $-270.00
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