Experience the River Murray

Experience the River Murray

Departure Dates:

On Selected Sunday and Thursday from April to November 2017.
Tour Code: SA03

Discover the secrets of South Australia Cruising the River Murray on the PS Murray Princess.

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Special Offer – Early Booking Saver Book at least 60 Days in advance and receive up to 15% discount on the Cruise.

This offer is strictly subject to availability.

Holiday Inclusions

  • Return air travel to Adelaide
  • Return airport/hotel transfers in Adelaide
  • 1 night pre cruise accommodation in Adelaide at the Stamford Plaza including full breakfast
  • Return transfers to the Murray Princess
  • 7 night Murray River Cruise in an Outside Twin Cabin aboard the P S Murray Princess including all meals and entertainment

7 Night Cruise Inclusions

  • Historic Mannum
  • Nocturnal floodlight cruise
  • Guided walking tour of Murray Bridge
  • Guided nature walk / Backwater wildlife tour
  • Big river gorges & towering sandstone cliffs
  • Riverland food & wine tasting
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Vineyard tour and cellar door tasting at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Guided walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum
  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
  • Sunnydale Woolshed Show and Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Riverside Aussie Barbecue
  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park
  • Spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance
  • Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour (includes lunch & wine tasting)

9 day package cost per person (outside twin cabin)

Twin Share

Airfare included in package price

Brisbane from $3124 $405
Canberra from $3204 $485
Gold Coast from $3179 $460
Hobart from $3214 $495
Launceston from $3189 $470
Melbourne from $2979 $260
Perth from $3246 $527
Sydney from $3064 $345
9 day land only cost $2719
Single supplement $800 (Full package) $650 (Cruise only)

*The fares used in the package price are based on the best available instant purchase air fares at the time of print and are subject to change without notice and are also subject to availability. No guarantee can be given by Aussie Getaways that these fares will be available on any specified day and we will always offer the cheapest fare available for your nominated days of travel. Please use the airfares quoted as a guide only and ask your travel consultant for more details.

Tour Itinerary

Sample itinerary only and subject to change due to weather, water levels and other Operational requirements. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to alter itineraries and tours without notice.

Departure Date 2017: April 2, 6, 9, 13, 27, 30, May 3, 17, 21, 25, 28, June 1, 8, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, July 2, 6, 9, 20, 23, 27, 30, August, 3, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, September 3, 7, 21, 24, 28, October 1, 5, 19, 22, 26, 29 November 2, 5, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Homeport To Adelaide
On arrival into Adelaide your taxi driver will be waiting near the baggage area displaying a board with your name. He will then transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight: Sage Hotel, Adelaide

Day 2: Murray River Cruise (B,D)
Free time in Adelaide. Be at the Sage Hotel by 1.00pm for the coach to Mannum to board the PS Murray Princess for your 7 night cruise. 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 we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 3: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
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 we begin our journey upriver with a brief stop in Mannum, your chance to explore our stunning riverside township. Tonight we moor at Craignook for dinner.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 4: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
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 join us in the Sturt Dining room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the riverlands. At the 207km mark we turn and head downriver to Piggy Flat where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. Late afternoon, photography enthusiasts have a great opportunity to capture a spectacular cliff-top river sunset, before joining the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the finale Captain’s Dinner and Dance.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 5: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will join our 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 to depart 4.30pm and cruise to our overnight mooring at Piggy Flat.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 6: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
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 Big Bend where we will rendezvous with our vineyard coach tour. This afternoon visit Burk Salter’s vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door. Rejoin Murray Princess and cruise upriver to our overnight anchorage. Tonight is fancy dress night on board. (Bring your own or hire one.) We also have our famous musical quiz.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 7: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
After breakfast we cruise upriver to Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. We arrive at Sunnydale. 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. An optional Nocturnal tour is available after dinner.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 8: Murray River Cruise (B,L,D)
After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream 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 to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We 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.
Overnight: Murray Princess

Day 9: Adelaide to Home (B)
After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell at Mannum Wharf. Join the coach for the return to Adelaide where you will be met and transferred to the airport. Flights to depart after 3:00pm

*Meal Code: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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