Murray Princess Christmas in July Cruise

5 days | Departs 8 Jul 2024
Spend your Christmas in July with us on the Murray River as we sail from the historic river port of Mannum, through Lock #1 to Blanchetown. You’ll follow the course of great Australian pioneers as we experience captivating wildlife and majestic scenery, tour the Burk Salter Boutique Winery, take a trip to the Sunnydale Woolshed Show… and lots, lots more.

Departs
Adelaide
Returns
Adelaide
Meals included
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
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$2,450

per person twin share*

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 day cruise on the Murray Princess
  • 4 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D)

Tour Highlights

  • Aussie style Christmas Dinner e.g. ham, pork, seafood, salads and trifle
  • Christmas activities including Christmas bingo, Christmas carol themed music, Santa (Australian style) and Christmas decorations (e.g. bon bons)
  • Present for guests
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Explore the beautiful town of Swan Reach
  • Visit the fascinating Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation entry)
  • See the towering sandstone cliffs at Big Bend
  • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show & visit the Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Enjoy a delicious riverside Aussie BBQ feast with live entertainment
  • Join a nocturnal tour at Sunnydale & view the Dark Sky Reserve (optional)
  • Enjoy a Bush Tucker Breakfast (optional)
  • Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve with an expert local guide
  • Delight in a scenic tender boat ride

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Adelaide to Mannum (D)
Your river holiday begins with a chauffeured transfer from your home (or the city for interstate travellers) to Mannum where you will board the PS Murray Princess. Mid-afternoon the cruise departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. 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. Our onboard entertainer provides music for the night owls.
4 nights: Murray Princess
Day 2: Blanchetown, Christmas Dinner (BLD)
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 that maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor opposite the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. Tonight we enjoy a wonderful Christmas-themed dinner onboard complete with entertainment.
Day 3: Swan Reach, Sunnydale (BLD)
After breakfast cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and 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 (own expense). 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 we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s 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 (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose-built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats, and owls by powerful spotlights. Special stops along the way are included to view the spectacular night sky which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.
Day 4: Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Younghusband (BLD)
After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a delicious dinner in the Sturt Dining Room followed by an evening of entertainment.
Day 5: Mannum to Adelaide (BL)
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf and disembark after 9:00am. You will be met by chauffeured vehicle and transferred back to your home address (or the city for interstate travellers).
Interstate Connections
Prices for interstate travellers include a night's accommodation at the Grosvenor Hotel or similar in Adelaide's city centre before & after your tour with time to explore the city at your leisure as well as return airport transfers. The departure date from your city will be a day earlier than the tour departure dates listed below.

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