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8 days | Departs year round –
The ultimate River adventure! Begin with a welcome night in the heart of Adelaide before boarding the Murray Princess for 5 amazing days of fun & excitement. Visit historic Hahndorf & the famous Barossa Valley wine region.
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Your South Australian adventure begins with a flight from your homeport to the beautiful city of Adelaide. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Check into your accommodation at the luxurious Stamford Plaza Adelaide in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant city centre.
Join your fellow travellers for an exquisite high tea experience at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide. Enjoy a bespoke selection of sweet & savoury treats, all prepared fresh onsite by a talented team of chefs. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the city centre. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance of iconic attractions such as Rundle Mall, Adelaide Casino, the new Riverbank precinct, Adelaide Oval, the South Australian Museum & the famous Adelaide Central Market.
Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Stamford Plaza Adelaide (1 night)
Discover why Adelaide is ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities on a tour. See the city’s superb architecture, cultural boulevards, surrounding parklands & wide streets as you travel around the city & historic North Adelaide. Visit the iconic St Peters Cathedral, the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval & Riverbank precinct and see the University, Library, Art Gallery & Museum.
Visit Haigh’s Chocolates and discover how their premium quality chocolate is made using cocoa beans sourced from plantations around the world. Taste some of Haigh’s most popular products including chocolate frogs, truffles, fruit centres, fudges & bars.
Return to your hotel for lunch before travelling to historic Mannum, the birthplace of Murray River trade & communication. Board the PS Murray Princess and enjoy a welcome dinner as you cruise up the river. 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. Then dance the night away with music by the onboard entertainer.
❱ River cruise: PS Murray Princess (4 nights)
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, 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, we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage.
As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery and surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. Take a guided tour of the Burk Salter vineyards and stop by the cellar door, one of Australia’s undiscovered secrets. Take in the spectacular views of the vineyard, River Murray & towering cliffs as you partake in some tastings. After dinner, join us for all the fun & excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
After breakfast, we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach – a town which was originally the largest of 5 sheep & 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 may wish to enjoy an ale or cappuccino (own expense). Join the guided walking tour before cruising 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. 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 tonight.
After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (extra cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the vessel cruises slowly 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. Join 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic boat ride. Tonight, the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner.
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf. We then travel back to Adelaide to check in to the Stamford Plaza for our 2 night stay.
Later today, enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Drive past Bridgewater Mill water wheel and the villages of Crafers, Stirling & Aldgate before stopping at the fascinating Beerenberg Farm Shop.
We then arrive in the historic German settlement of Hahndorf, where you will enjoy afternoon tea or beer tasting at the iconic Hahndorf Inn – a hotel rich in history & hospitality. Settled in 1839 by Prussian Lutherans bravely seeking religious freedom on the other side of the world, Hahndorf’s picturesque colonial charm remains intact.
Today, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and still has a strong German flavour most evident in the smallgoods outlets, bakeries, pubs and cafes that line the bustling main street. Enjoy free time in Hahndorf wandering along the main street exploring many shops including art, craft, leather and fabric shops, butchers, bakers, cafés and of course pubs! We return to Adelaide later this evening.
❱ Hotel stay: Stamford Plaza Adelaide (2 nights)
Visit SA’s premium wine region located just north of Adelaide – the famous Barossa Valley. Our first stop for today is TeAro Estate, where you will have a chance to visit the intimate Tasting Room in a heritage listed 1850s barn.
Here, you will be treated to morning tea sourced from the local bakery and wine tastings while hearing stories from 4 generations of family vignerons.
The next stop is Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – an absolute must whilst visiting the Barossa! Maggie Beer offers tastings and sales of her full range of delicious products including limited-edition seasonal produce. You can browse amongst her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books or simply sit back & take in the views.
Continue to Angaston and visit Lambert Estate, where you will enjoy a structured wine tasting whilst sampling local seasonal produce from gourmet platters. Main course follows, and is a feast for the senses – with two signature dishes, salad and vegetables. You may wish to purchase a glass of wine from the impressive selection of wines, or enjoy a coffee accompanied with their popular Chocolatier (Chocolate Port).
Take in the picturesque views from the Mengler Hill Lookout before our final stop at Pindarie, a multi-tourism award winning cellar door which feels more like an Australian Homestead than a cellar door. Here, the friendly staff don’t just pour the wine; they share the stories behind the wines and Pindarie, a great way to finish off our Barossa Food & Wine Experience. Return to Adelaide later this afternoon.
Sadly, today marks the end of your South Australian adventure. Check out of your accommodation after breakfast.
Tonight, the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner.
You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport in time for your onward flight.
Adelaide, Brisbane (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Hobart (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Melbourne (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Perth (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Sydney (includes pre & post tour arrangements)
01 Sep 2019, 08 Sep 2019, 22 Sep 2019, 06 Oct 2019, 20 Oct 2019, 03 Nov 2019, 10 Nov 2019, 24 Nov 2019, 01 Dec 2019, 08 Dec 2019, 15 Dec 2019, 09 Feb 2020, 23 Feb 2020, 01 Mar 2020, 08 Mar 2020, 22 Mar 2020, 05 Apr 2020, 12 Apr 2020, 19 Apr 2020, 03 May 2020, 17 May 2020, 24 May 2020, 31 May 2020, 07 Jun 2020, 05 Jul 2020, 12 Jul 2020, 19 Jul 2020, 26 Jul 2020, 02 Aug 2020, 16 Aug 2020, 23 Aug 2020, 30 Aug 2020
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