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    Christmas In July 2021 | River Cruise | South Australia
    7 Nights
    Starting from $2,459* per person twin share, based on group allocation being filled.
    Festive fun onboard this Christmas in July themed Murray River cruise.

    Discover the dramatic South Australian outback on a cruise along Australia’s great inland highway. This seven night cruise is a unique historic and nature based adventure through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs and exploring historic ports, local vineyards and nature trails. Enjoy leisurely cruising 320 kilometres of the heart of the great Murray River between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge and take in the breathtaking Riverland.

    On the grand paddlewheel vessel the PS Murray Princess, you will experience a great variety of sights and sounds of river life, the beauty of its ever-changing landscape, visit historic places and indigenous sites, enjoy a wool shed and station experience and follow the region’s food and wine trail.

    This cruise also includes a complimentary coach tour to the famous Barossa and its wineries.

    Come join Santa and his helpers with a winter getaway, there will be presents and tinsel for all. HoHoHo
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • Christmas themed entertainment and activities
    • FREE Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour
    • All meals (table d’hote and a la carte menus)
    • An exciting selection of onshore tours
    • Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
    • Onboard presentations
    • Captain’s Dinner and Dance
    • Live entertainment
    • 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
    • Complimentary return coach transfers from Adelaide or return to the Adelaide Airport or car parking in Mannum (bookings essential)

     

    Facilities Onboard:

    • Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
    • Paddlewheel Lounge
    • Sturt Bar
    • Sturt Dining Room
    • Sun Deck
    • Onboard Souvenir Shop
    • Public Amenities

     

    Pricing is based on twin cabin.  Addition cost for double bedding, subject to availability.  Single Traveller Outside Twin bedded cabin for single use – $3,344.00

    Please enquiry regarding accessible cabin option.

    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    On the 7 Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise , you’ll have the opportunity to…

    • Explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a tour of the historic Roundhouse
    • Optional Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour on Saturday departing Murray Bridge (optional – extra cost)
    • Enjoy a guided nature walk with expert local guides
    • Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat
    • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
    • Visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
    • Take a walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum (Gold coin donation at entry)
    • See the towering sandstone cliffs at the Big Bend
    • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show & go to the Native Wildlife Shelter
    • Enjoy a riverside Aussie Barbecue
    • Go on a Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose built cart where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls (optional – extra cost)
    • NEW Dark Sky Night Tour in one of the world’s most pristine areas of night sky (optional – extra cost)
    • Enjoy a Bush Tucker Breakfast (optional – extra cost)
    • Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide
    • Delight in a tender boat ride
      PLUS

    FREE Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour
    Please note, these activities may be subject to change.

     

    Valid for travel
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Offer expires
    15 Apr 2021 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Monday 26 July 2021

    Included is a bus transfer from Adelaide city to Mannum. You may wish to make your own way to Mannum. Please discuss with Bev the parking options.

    Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

    As you cruise under floodlight to the 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 on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

    Monday 26 July 2021

    Day 2

    Tuesday 27 July 2021

    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. 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 the Murray Princess moors opposite to the township of Blanchetown for the overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery to enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars.

    After dinner, join in for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

    Tuesday 27 July 2021

    Day 3

    Wednesday 28 July 2021

    After breakfast you cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach.

    The town was first settled in the 1850s, 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 (additional cost).

    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. Catch up with friends over a coffee or drink whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery.

    When you arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as a recreation of a typical Australian woolshed history. Later you can 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. Night viewing binoculars and a telescope with a digital control locator are available plus a tablet to locate and name what can be observed with the naked eye.

    Wednesday 28 July 2021

    Day 4

    Thursday 29 July 2021

    After an optional early morning Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the vessel cruises slowly downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. Reaching 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.

    Return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride.

    Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Captain’s Dinner. Dress up and dance if you wish.

    Thursday 29 July 2021

    Day 5

    Friday 30 July 2021

    Leave Younghusband and back to Mannum.

    After breakfast, discover Australia’s richest and best-known wine making region – the Barossa.
    Depart Mannum by coach to the famous Barossa, the beautiful ‘valley of the vine’ and the source of about a quarter of Australia’s world-renowned wines.

    You will visit Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, enjoy a 2 course lunch at Lambert Estate where you’ll have time to take in the views of this popular vineyard. Your final stop is is Gully Gardens at Angaston, a local producer of dried fruits and confectionery before returning to the PS Murray Princess at Mannum and cruising towards our overnight mooring at Mundurra.

    Friday 30 July 2021

    Day 6

    Saturday 31 July 2021

    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, choose to join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions or go on a wildlife tour at Monarto Safari Park (additional cost).

    Those who choose to experience Monarto Safari Park will arrive back on board the Murray Princess in time for lunch then join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.

    This afternoon, continue the journey upriver and tonight moor at Salt Bush Flat.
    After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.

    Saturday 31 July 2021

    Day 7

    Sunday 01 August 2021

    This morning, join a 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 the PS Murray Princess departs and cruises downriver.

    Near Fromms Landing, the Murray Princess will turn and head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, you can 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 the Farewell Dinner and Dance.

    Sunday 01 August 2021

    Day 8

    Monday 02 August 2021

    Heading back to Mannum and after breakfast, it is reluctantly time to say farewell as the paddlesteamer arrives at the Mannum Wharf, approximately 9.00am

    Monday 02 August 2021

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    * Conditions

    TravelManagers Australia terms and conditions apply, please read here

    Travel insurance is recommended for this trip.

    Deposit of $300 per person.  Deposit due 14 days after confirmation of booking or by 10 February 2021, whichever is earlier. Deposit is non-refundable subject to TravelManagers Australia and supplier terms and conditions.

    Final payment due to TravelManagers Australia by 15 April 2021.  Each passenger must complete a Passenger Cruise Contract prior to departure.

    If making your own way to Murray Princess check in is strictly 3.00pm. Important: It is recommended flying into Adelaide the night before the cruise departs.  However, if travelling in on the day of departure all arrivals into Adelaide should be prior to 12 noon. We cannot guarantee that the Murray Princess can wait due to scheduling for any late arrivals.  The journey from Adelaide Airport to Mannum (cruise departure point) is approximately 1 hour and 45 mins.

     

    Photo credits: Courtesy SATC, Sealink, Murraylands Tourism Marketing and Zoos SA.  Photographers: Heidi Lewis, Adam Bruzzone, David Hartley and Adrian Mann, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.