Magical Christmas on the Murray River

11 day experience with flights, 7 night river cruise, 3 nights accommodation & $1500 bonus value

Dec 21

from $... per Person
Book by April 16, 2021


Low deposit from only $399^pp

Experience Adelaide

  • Return flights to Adelaide with checked luggage
  • 3 nights premium accommodation at Crowne Plaza Adelaide
  • BONUS Breakfast daily
  • BONUS Guaranteed upgrade to Deluxe Room
  • BONUS Welcome drink on arrival
  • BONUS Guaranteed late check-out at 12pm

Cruise the Murray River

  • 7 night Christmas cruise aboard PS Murray Princess in an Inside Twin Cabin
  • All onboard meals, entertainment & Wi-Fi
  • Onshore tours, guided nature walks & eco-excursions
  • Return Mannum Wharf transfers
  • BONUS Exclusive $250 onboard credit per guest
  • BONUS Mystery day tour


Day 1: Arrive Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide, make your own way to the hotel to begin your cosmopolitan adventure. Known as the city of churches and home to renowned museums, Adelaide is bursting with arts, culture, flavours and entertainment. Get a taste of world-famous wine regions and award-winning restaurants right at your fingertips.

Day 2: Adelaide Free Time (B)
Today is your free day to enjoy cosmopolitan Adelaide’s many parks and cafes at your own pace.

Day 3: Welcome Aboard PS Murray Princess at Mannum (B, D)
Enjoy a pick up from your hotel at approximately 1:30pm. Mid-afternoon, the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairynosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. This evening, enjoy the evening entertainment of ‘Murder on the Murray Princess’.

Day 4: Murray River Cruise, Christmas Eve (B, L, D)
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 PS 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, we continue our journey upriver and tonight we moor at Salt Bush Flat. After dinner, join in Christmas Karaoke and sing many of the favourite Christmas carols and Christmas songs with your fellow passengers.

Day 5: Murray River Cruise, Christmas Day (B, L, D)
Merry Christmas everyone! Wake up Christmas morning and experience the magic of the Murray River by taking 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 sitting down to a festive Christmas lunch. Delight in some Christmas festivities with a traditional Christmas Day lunch and celebrations. Take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by as we start to cruise back downriver to the picturesque River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha). The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or cricket onshore before celebrating Christmas evening on the banks of the river with a Christmas Beach Party.

Day 6: Murray River Cruise, Boxing Day (B, L, D)
Following an early morning departure, we arrive back in Mannum and board a luxury coach for a Mystery Day Tour around the beautiful Murraylands region. Late afternoon, return to the PS Murray Princess in Mannum before departing for our overnight mooring at Caurnamont. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew with a Christmas themed show.

Day 7: Murray River Cruise (B, L, D)
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 join a guided 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. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

Day 8: Murray River Cruise (B, L, D)
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). After a leisurely lunch, continue cruising downriver with time to relax and enjoy the on board facilities. Catch up with friends over a coffee or a 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 9: Murray River Cruise (B, L, D)
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 final night dinner and enjoy the evening entertainment.

Day 10: Farewell PS Murray Princess – Adelaide (B)
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf. Enjoy the scenery on your transfer back to Adelaide.

Day 11: Depart Adelaide (B)
After one final breakfast, bid farewell to multicultural Adelaide with lasting memories and make your own way to the airport.

Deal code: MC-92556


Last chance for 2021 – final cabins selling fast

21 December 2021

All dates on request and subject to availability.


  • Experience 7 comfortable and entertaining nights aboard the traditional paddle wheeler, PS Murray Princess, with all meals included while cruising the peaceful waters of the Murray River
  • Traditional South Australian Christmas Lunch & a visit by Santa on Christmas Day
  • Christmas themed activities, festivities & carols
  • Enjoy a Mystery Day Tour departing Mannum
  • See a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many bird species that inhabit the Riverland region of South Australia
  • Explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a tour of the historic Roundhouse
  • Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)
  • Guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum
  • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Enjoy a riverside Aussie Barbecue
  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
  • Explore Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide
  • Delight in a scenic tender boat ride
  • Free time to enjoy cosmopolitan Adelaide’s many parks and cafes at your own pace
  • Relax at centrally located and brand new Crowne Plaza Adelaide with stunning restaurant & pool bar and beautiful views


Inside Double Cabin: From $200 per person

Outside Twin Cabin: From $800 per person

Outside Double Cabin: From $1000 per person

Stateroom: From $1700 per person

Prices are twin share and subject to limited availability. A supplement for single occupancy applies – see Important Info.

Airport transfers, travel insurance, onboard drinks, optional tours, additional services onboard and anything not explicitly listed under inclusions are at your own expense.

An initial deposit of only $399 per person is required to secure your booking.
A second deposit (part payment) of $500 per person will be required for flights 9 months before departure.
The final balance will be due 4 months before departure.

A supplement for solo occupancy is payable in addition to the twin share price as follows:
Inside Twin Cabin: From $1100 per person
Inside Double Cabin: From $1500 per person
Outside Twin Cabin: From $2000 per person
Outside Double Cabin: From $2400 per person
Stateroom: From $3200 per person

Triple share is not available.

Children under 4 years of age are not permitted. Children 4 years and above pay the adult price. The cruise and tours involve adult activities and wine tasting experiences not recommended for young children.

Pre or post accommodation in Adelaide with breakfast can be requested with rates from $250 per room per night (subject to availability).

Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Due to high demand and limited availability of these special rates, bookings are not confirmed until confirmation is sent; usually within 48 hours.

If the hotel accommodations, tours or cruise are cancelled by the supplier due to COVID-19, a full credit will be offered.
If flights are cancelled by the airline due to COVID-19, your booking will be subject to the applicable airline policy effective at the time of cancellation.

Each change: $150 per person administration fee plus applicable airline and third-party supplier fees.

Cancellation more than 60 days before departure: Loss of deposits and airfare.
Cancellation within 60 days of departure: 50% of package price.
Cancellation within 30 days of departure: 100% of package price.

A passenger cruise agreement must be completed before departure. Please note your travel is subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions on the Passenger Cruise Agreement issued by the cruise operator. Dietary requirements must be advised together with your Passenger Cruise Agreement. Click here to download a copy of the terms and conditions.

A low to moderate level of fitness is required. You will be expected to alight from coaches on your own accord. A certificate of fitness of travel by your doctor is required for passengers over 80 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility, and a copy must be produced on request.

Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins so you are strongly advised to pack light. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name and limited to one 15kg bag per person. Bags will be loaded by staff as you board the vessel.

Tipping is not required but will be gratefully received.

Please notify us of any special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited or not catered for.

Every effort will be made to accommodate you in the hotels and properties listed. In the unforeseen event that the listed hotels are not available, properties of similar standard will be provided.
All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. All rooms will be lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified.

Flights are booked approximately 3 or more months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination.

The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation.

Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.

Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

The pricing, terms and conditions listed herewith shall prevail in the case of any ambiguity or contradiction with other terms.

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