Join a community of like-minded over-60s for a cruise through ancient gorges and red gum forests; past towering and stone cliffs and historic ports; local vineyards and spectacular nature trails. Then finish it off with accommodation and sightseeing in Adelaide, plus a full day indulging in the food and wine of the Barossa region - a perfect way to cap off your South Australian experience!
This tour will take you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown. Follow in the wake of great Australian pioneers on a 4 night cruise along the outback river highway. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. Along the way, you’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of the 350 bird species that inhabit the river lands.
Complete your South Australia holiday with 2 night in Adelaide and a full day tour to the Barossa Valley where you will visit Maggie Beers Farm Shop, Lambert Estate for lunch plus Jacobs Creek Vineyard for a tour & tasting.
Call our team today on 1300 414 198 to secure your place on this sensational package!
Exclusive inclusion for Travel at 60 community:
Highlights while on the cruise:
*Airport transfer is based on the group travelling together. Please see the FAQ section for transfer times.
It is the largest inland paddle-wheeler in the southern hemisphere. Catering for just 120 passengers, she brings the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the remarkable setting of Australia’s outback.
Your package includes accommodation in an outside cabin. The majority of these cabins have twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available as an additional charge. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck walkway with picture windows to view the passing scenery. All cabins come with private bathroom ensuite, electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, towels and daily servicing
16 - 23 May 2021 - 1 departure only!
Want to avoid the single supplement? If you're willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share. Call us today on 1300 414 198!
SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021:
Welcome to Adelaide! On arrival at Adelaide airport you will be transferred as a group to your accommodation.
This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a group welcome dinner.
MONDAY 17 MAY 2021:
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Mannum to board the PS Murray Princess. As she heads upriver sit back and 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 on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
TUESDAY 18 MAY 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 we moor opposite to 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. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
WEDNESDAY 19 MAY 2021:
After breakfast we cruise down river 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. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian wool shed 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. 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.
THURSDAY 20 MAY 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. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one ofAustralia’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 the Officers for complimentary pre-dinner drinks (sparkling wine and soft drinks) before a delicious dinner.
FRIDAY 21 MAY 2021:
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we disembark at Mannum Wharf and are transferred to the Mercure Grosvenor in Adelaide. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
SATURDAY 22 MAY 2021:
After breakfast at the hotel we head out on the Barossa Valley day tour. Our first stop is Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, to see and sample the famous food identity’s world of local produce, and a close encounter with that famous The Cook and the Chef kitchen. Our beloved cook offers tastings galore and chats with her crew. A bounty of Maggie’s products and books for sale make this a delicious souvenir stop with incredible views over the lake. Lunch is at the mod Lambert Estate, with panoramic vineyard views, halls of local art, and a sun-drenched balcony in summer or by a giant crackling fire midyear. It’s a private party where you will be treated to wine tastings along with family anecdotes and wine notes. After a hearty two-course lunch, why not take your coffee and 'a Chocolatier' (chocolate port) out on to that balcony. A photo stop at Mengler Hill affords fabulous sweeping Valley views, before the next taste-buds-tempting exercise at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company. We will also take time to sample some of the Barossa's finest wines throughout the day at various wineries that has made this South Australian wine region an international icon.
This afternoon we will arrive back at our hotel and the evening is at leisure.
SUNDAY 23 MAY 2021:
This morning after breakfast you are at leisure until the group transfer departs for Adelaide Airport.
Adelaide airport transfers:
The included airport transfers are based on the group travelling together. Please ensure your flights arrive and depart in line with the below transfer times:
Please note if the above transfer times do not suit, you will need to make your own way to and from the hotel. Our travel consultants can assist you with booking a private transfer for you at an extra cost. No refund is provided for the group transfer if not used.
Willing to share:
One of the advantages of travelling on a Travel at 60 dedicated group departure is that we have the ability to match solo travellers, so that you they can avoid paying the single supplement. Subject to availability of another traveller of the same gender willing to share.
General Health & Fitness:
All passengers are required to complete our Passenger Cruise Contract prior to travel.
A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in Murray Princess cruises. In some destinations there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot and which includes climbing of stairs. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches, river cruise ships and mooring locations. We require a medical certificate of fitness to travel for passengers aged over 80 years; this is required prior to final cruise fare payment.
Passengers with disabilities or special needs are welcome, provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance. Any disability or medical condition requiring special attention must be reported to your consultant at the time of booking.
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. A minimum number of guests is required for tour to go ahead.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due no later than Friday, January 15, 2021.