Outside Cabins open onto the outside deck and have picture windows. Each cabin has a private ensuite, air-conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels and are serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. Most rooms have twin beds. A $60 per cabin per night surcharge applies for cabins with a double bed, subject to availability. Single/Sole Occupancy cabins may be smaller than standard twin rooms.
Day 1 Adelaide/Mannum
Today group members arrive in Adelaide (own arrangements – please arrive by midday) and we transfer to Mannum. We will have time for a stop in the quaint town of Hahndorf - “Australia’s Oldest German Town”, settled in 1839 by Lutherans fleeing religious persecution in Prussia. Hahndorf was named after the ship’s captain Hahn, whilst dorf is German for village. We continue onto Mannum arriving late afternoon. This evening we enjoy an included Welcome Dinner. Please ask about airfares for flights to join the tour.
Day 2 Embarkation
This morning there will be free time to explore historic Mannum, birthplace of Murray River trade. Mid-afternoon we board the PS Murray Princess and head upriver while we enjoy a Welcome aboard dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our onboard entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Day 3 Walker Flat, Sugar Shack Conservation Park
Daybreak and it’s time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens and swans. This morning, your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. For those who choose to stay on-board, you may wish to partake in a game of bocce or compete in the fishing challenge before we cruise upriver past Walker Flat to Sugar Shack Conservation Park. In the afternoon, join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our on-board entertainer.
Day 4 Morgan
Continue cruising upriver this morning as we enjoy breakfast and pass through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This morning, enjoy some free time and in the afternoon join in playing a few fun games of bingo. Late afternoon we will secure the vessel at Morgan and after dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
Day 5 Waikerie/Banrock Station
Today we are transferred by coach to the Riverland town of Waikerie and Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre near Kingston On Murray. Enjoy some free time in Waikerie and at Banrock Station delight in cellar door wine tastings followed by a delicious lunch. There will be time to take a stroll around the gardens and orchards enjoying the relaxing scenery. Return by coach to Morgan where we will re-board the Murray Princess and continue our journey upriver and secure at the 329km mark of the Murray River.
Day 6 Hogwash Bend/Morgan
After breakfast, we arrive at the picturesque Caudo Vineyard located at Hogwash Bend. Here we will enjoy cellar door tastings and explore the gardens and orchards. Enjoy a leisurely lunch as we cruise downriver back towards Morgan. Mid-afternoon we join a guided walk of the Morgan township and the Morgan Living History Museum. We depart Morgan late afternoon and secure at Donald Flat Lagoon for our overnight moorage. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
Day 7 Swan Reach/Sunnydale
After breakfast, cruise 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 a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we 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. After dinner, there are two optional onshore tours to choose from (additional cost). A Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose-built cart where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls and the Dark Sky Night Tour where you will be taken to an internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve to observe the stars of the Milky Way.
Day 8 Younghusband
After breakfast, we slowly cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We 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 tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Tonight, join the Officers for complimentary predinner drinks before a delicious dinner.
Day 9 Disembarkation/Victor Harbor
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell to the PS Murray Princess as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf. We board our coach to transfer to Victor Harbor. Along the way we will stop in Murray Bridge. We will visit the Roundhouse before time for lunch. Built for Henry Parker, the superintendent overseeing the construction of the first bridge to span the Murray River, the Round House has also served as the town’s first school, post office, church and council chambers. We continue onto Victor Harbor.
Day 10 Victor Harbor
This morning join the Cockle Train as it travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day’s outing and thus gained its name. Between Port Elliott and Victor Harbor the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers then experience some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean – in winter the home of Southern Right Whales.
Day 11 Adelaide
This morning we will ride the historic Victor Harbor horse drawn tram across the Causeway to Granite Island. We then travel via McLaren Vale to Adelaide. We will stop in McLaren Vale with time for lunch and afterwards enjoy a wine tasting at a nearby winery. We will also visit the famous d’Arenberg Cube before continuing onto Adelaide.
Day 12 Adelaide
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Adelaide the “City of Churches”, so called due to its 529 exquisite, architecturally designed churches, with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church being the oldest, dating from 1838. We will see the art gallery, museum, state library, university and the Adelaide Botanic Garden. This evening we enjoy an included Farewell dinner.
Day 13 Departure
This morning after breakfast, we are transferred to Adelaide Airport for flights back home.
Tour deposit fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure
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International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator. The PS Murray Princess is operated by Captain Cook Cruises.
The tour costs are based on general transport, entry, and accommodation costs. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $750 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure for the Murray River Cruise tour. Cancellation over 90 days before tour departs the deposit is refundable. Cancellation under 90 days before tour departs will result in a loss of all monies paid. Payment may be made by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payments made by credit cards.
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
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Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.
The cruise is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
Due to coach restrictions, tour members can only bring one large suitcase.
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HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $750 per person to:
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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