MURRAY PRINCESS CRUISE | OCT 2019 | UPPER MURRAY SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1: PERTH TO ADELAIDEIFMD
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home in a private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your fellow travellers and Kings Tour Manager and fly to Adelaide. Upon our arrival into Adelaide, we will transfer you to the hotel. Settle in before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide for 1 night
Day 2: ADELAIDE SIGHTS / EMBARK THE MURRAY PRINCESSB L D
The morning begins with a brief city tour. From here we travel to Gumeracha to visit the "Rocking Horse" and Toy Factory and enjoy a light lunch. We will then transfer to historic Mannum to embark the PS Murray Princess where we depart mid-afternoon. Mannum is the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and from here we head upriver while you enjoy a welcome dinner. We cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, where you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank.
Cruise: PS Murray Princess for 7 nights (outside twin cabins)
Day 3: EXPLORE THE MAZE OF THE RIVERB L D
Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movements of native wildlife and prolific birdlife including pelicans, wrens and swans. This morning, your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small groups, we explore the maze of the river. Watch for amazing birdlife such as darters, herons and egrets feeding along the rivers muddy edges - or choose to stay on board, where 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
Day 4: CRUISING TO MORGANB L D
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 the fun playing a few games of bingo. Late afternoon we will secure the vessel at Morgan and after dinner participate in a Table Quiz Challenge.
Day 5: BANROCK STATION WINE & WETLAND CENTREB D
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 buffet lunch and DVD presentation. 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 board the Murray Princess and continue our journey upriver and secure at the 329km mark of the Murray River.
Day 6: VISIT THE TOWN OF MORGANB L D
After breakfast, we arrive at the picturesque Caudo Vineyard located at Hogwash Bend. Here we will enjoy cellar door tastings and explore. Enjoy a leisurely lunch as we cruise back towards Morgan. Mid-afternoon we join a guided walk of the township visiting their three museums; Morgan Living Museum, Morgan River History Museum and Morgan Railway Museum. We depart 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 / AUSSIE BBQB L D
After breakfast cruise to picturesque Swan Reach, a town first settled in the 1850’s, originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel - enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (additional cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation). Cruise downriver after lunch and relax as the landscape slides by or listen to the First Officer’s talk in the Sturt Dining Room. It’s all ashore at Sunnydale for the Woolshed Show recreating typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where they care for some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals. Then, a great Aussie BBQ is cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour (additional cost) is available after dinner, where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.
Day 8: NGAUT NGAUT / CAPTAINS DINNERB L D
After an optional Bush Tucker breakfast (additional cost), 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 the captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell captain’s buffet dinner.
Day 9: DISEMBARK CRUISE / HAHNDORF TO PERTHIFMB
After breakfast, disembark the Murray Princess and enjoy the scenic drive to Adelaide stopping in at Hahndorf. You have free time here before continuing on to the Adelaide airport for your flight home to Perth. Upon arrival into Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home.
Discover the delights and explore the maze of the Murray River from Mannum to Morgan onboard the PS Murray Princess. The PS Murray Princess is an authentic working stern paddlewheeler vessel, built to recreate the golden age of Australian paddle steamers.
- Home pick-up and return by Hughes
- Fully Escorted by a Kings Tour Manager
- Return economy airfares and taxes
- 1 nights accommodation in Adelaide at The Stamford Plaza
- 7 nights’ onboard the Murray Princess in an outside twin cabin
- Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
- Sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
- Luxury coach transfers with a professional driver
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the giant rocking horse and toy factory in Gumeracha
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy cellar door tastings and a tour of the gardens at Caudo Vineyard
- HIGHLIGHT - See the historic town of Mannum
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy an Aussie BBQ on the banks of the Murray River
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a Captains Farewell dinner and dance
- HIGHLIGHT - Spend time in the quaint German village of Hahndorf
Please note that the bedding configuration on the P.S Murray Princess is twin bedding. If you request a queen, you will still receive this at the hotel in Adelaide but not on the cruise. The Murray Princess does have a number of cabins that you can upgrade to in order to guarantee a double/queen bed. If this is of interest to you, please call the office on 1800 677 760.