Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Murray River
*Fly for free to Adelaide and see some of the best South Australia has to offer on this 9 day / 8 night tour. From the nature and wildlife of Kangaroo Island to cruising down the majestic Murray River aboard the mighty PS Murray Princess. With three nights in Adelaide and a tour of the city sights and Adelaide Hills, you’ll quickly discover why SA is such a great state to be in.
- Return air travel, Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne to Adelaide (based on Q Class)
- 3 nights accommodation in Adelaide at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
- Full day Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf tour
- 2 day Ultimate Kangaroo Island tour
- 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise aboard PS Murray Princess in an Outside Cabin
- Coach transfer from Mannum to Adelaide Airport
- Meals as stated - 5 x Breakfast (B) / 5 x Lunch (L) / 4 x Dinner (D)
- Thursday 7 January 2021
Day 1 - Fly to Adelaide
*Fly for free to Adelaide at a time suitable to you to start your brilliant holiday. On arrival in Adelaide make your own way to your accommodation.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 2 nights
Day 2 - Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf
Blending the highlights of Adelaide city with the charming Hills that surround it, you will get a great overview of why this city has been voted one of the world's most liveable several times. Renowned for its festivals and events, explore the historic buildings along North Terrace, stop at St Peter’s Cathedral and Adelaide Oval, and enjoy a tour and tastings at Haigh’s Chocolates Factory. Then head into the Hills via Mount Lofty Summit, for breathtaking views looking back over the city out to the ocean. Stop at the Beerenberg Farm Shop to purchase some of their delicious locally made produce, and enjoy free time to explore the main street of the famous picturesque German-style town of Hahndorf.
Day 3 - Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (L)
Hop on the coach to Cape Jervis to board the ferry bound for Kangaroo Island. Visit Seal Bay, where you can walk on the beach amongst the wild Australian sea lions, before heading to the Parndana hotel for lunch. After lunch, stop in at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed the kangaroos and get up close to koalas, before continuing on to Flinders Chase National Park. Although this area was impacted by bushfires in January 2020, you’ll see the amazing regeneration of the native bush, and have great photo opportunities at Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Late this afternoon you'll return to your accommodation in Kingscote.
Overnight: Aurora Ozone Hotel
Day 4 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide (B, L)
Be enthralled at the Birds of Prey In-flight Display at Raptor Domain followed by a guided tour of the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before lunch. There's an opportunity to buy some souvenirs and delicious produce at Clifford’s Honey Farm, before continuing to KI Spirits to sample some of their award-winning locally made liqueurs and gin.
Finish the day at the new False Cape Wines cellar door, and enjoy a superb wine tasting before returning to Penneshaw to board the ferry for your transfers back to Adelaide to continue your brilliant South Australian escape.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Day 5 - Adelaide to Mannum (D)
Enjoy the morning off to discover more of Adelaide city before being picked up from your hotel around lunchtime to travel to Mannum to meet the PS Murray Princess. Settle into your comfortable outside cabin, and enjoy a delicious dinner as you cruise to your overnight mooring point at Caurnamont.
Overnight: PS Murray Princess, 4 nights
Day 6 - River Murray (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver from Mannum to Blanchetown where you will go through one of the locks which maintain the flow and water levels of the mighty river. The Murray Princess will moor opposite the township of Blanchetown, where you will join a guided tour of the Burk Salter Boutique Winery and surrounding vineyard. Experience the friendly atmosphere as you relax and enjoy wine tastings at the cellar door.
Day 7 - River Murray (B, L, D)
Cruise downriver to the picturesque Swan Reach where you will join a guided walking tour and visit the local museum, housed in the original school building that was built in 1917. The museum has a unique collection of documents, photographs and historical items relating to the history of education and society in the river and rural communities.
Continue to cruise down to Sunnydale, where you will go ashore for an authentic outback Woolshed Show and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter. Learn about the typical Australian woolshed history, and see some of the native animals that are being cared for. Tonight enjoy an Aussie BBQ set on the banks of the mighty Murray.
Day 8 - River Murray (B, L, D)
Take the optional Bush Tucker Breakfast to savour the unique taste of kangaroo sausages, wattleseed toast or pancakes, lemon myrtle butter, quandong jam and real billy tea. Or join a bush walk with the Captain before you continue downriver past the magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years.
At Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, join a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and learn about Aboriginal history in the area. This evening the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Buffet Dinner, where you can dress up and enjoy your final night on the Murray Princess.
Day 9 - Mannum to Adelaide (B)
Cruise back to Mannum and after breakfast you will disembark and be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your flight back home.
Want to spend longer on the Murray Princess, and see more of the Murray River?
Extend your cruise to a 7 night option for an additional $1100 per person twin share ($1498 single). Available for departures on 11 January 2021, 25 January 2021 and 15 February 2021.
*Flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Adelaide. Only valid on cruise departure dates as listed, subject to Q Class airfares and accommodation/cruise availability. All prices are per person based on Twin Share. Single prices available. T&Cs apply.
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