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Murray Princess

Wetlands Discovery Cruise on the Murray River (4 Days)

The Murray Princess was designed specially to cruise up Australia’s Murray River. She has been faithfully constructed as a modern and romantic representative of a time when hundreds of paddlewheelers navigated the Murray River. Unlike many modern-day river boats using imitation paddles, the Murray Princess is propelled by an authentic, massive stern paddlewheel. We are able to offer early booking discounts on the advertised rates on all cruises on this ship. These discounts are capacity controlled and apply to a certain number of cabins on each sailing only. Please speak to one of our agents to check for any applicable discounts.

 

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Embark

The cruise departs from Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum at 4.30pm. Alternatively, a coach transfer to Mannum departs the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel in Adelaide (125 North Terrace, Adelaide) at 2pm. Advance reservation is essential.

Day 1: Mannum

After departing historic Mannum mid-afternoon, the Murray Princess heads upriver while you take time to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to tonight's mooring at Mundarra you may spot signs of nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Keep an eye out for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray long-necked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. Meanwhile on board, entertainers will provide music for the night-owls.

Day 2: Murray Bridge - Craignook

The first bridge to span the Murray River was constructed at Edwards Crossing in 1879 and this quickly developed into the township of Murray Bridge. After a full buffet breakfast on board, join a guided tour of the town’s local attractions and historic landmarks. Continue cruising upriver with a brief stop-over in Mannum for a fascinating visit to Mannum Dock Museum (optional tour). From April 2017 you will have the option to go on a wildlife tour at Monarto Zoo (additional cost). In the afternoon, continue cruising upriver to our overnight mooring at Salt Bush Flat; you will have the opportunity to inspect the wheelhouse with the Captain. After dinner enjoy some entertainment by the crew.

Day 3: Backwater Wildlife Tour

After a hearty breakfast on board, head ashore for a guided nature walk to discover the local flora and fauna. Reboarding the Murray Princess, continue upriver, past big river cliffs which tower as high as 90 metres, and an ever-changing landscape. During the morning there will be a special presentation on the food and wine of the riverlands. Just after Fromms Landing, turn and head downriver to Rier View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small groups you can explore the maze of river and birdlife. In the late afternoon, keen photographers will have the chance to capture a spectacular river sunset, fishing challengers are also available before joining the Captain and crew for a farewell dinner and dance.

Day 4: Mannum

After breakfast the Murray Princess arrives back at Mannum where your journey comes to an end. At the end of the cruise you may wish to join an optional tour to Australia’s best known wine-producing region, the Barossa Valley. This excursion includes transportation by coach and a visit to three premium wineries plus lunch and free time in Tanunda. At the end of the excursion, the coach will drop passengers off at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel in Adelaide at approximately 5.30pm.

Disembark

Disembarkation in Mannum is at 9am. Transfers back to the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel in Adelaide are available - please call our agents to book this.

Includes

  • 3 Nights' accommodation on board the Murray Princess
  • Full Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day)
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of spa, sauna & gym
  • Captain’s Spectacular Buffet Dinner
  • Complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum (bookings essential)
  • Live entertainment
  • 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visas
 

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