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This 14 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight into Sydney and out of Melbourne
  3 nights in Sydney
  Flight from Sydney to Adelaide
  1 night in Adelaide
  7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise aboard the PS Murray Princess
  Shipboard accommodation
  Onboard facilities
  All meals - buffet and a la carte (during the cruise)
  Aboriginal archaeological tour
  Nature walks and speedboat rides
  Barossa Valley tour
  An exciting selection of shore-side tours
  Onboard presentations
  Use of spas and saunas
  Captains Dinner and Cocktail Party
  Live entertainment
  24 hour self-service tea and coffee bar
  Complimentary return coach transfers are available from/to Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide if booked in advance
  1 night in Adelaide
  Flight from Adelaide to Melbourne
  2 nights in Melbourne
  Hotel Taxes
  Monday and Thursday departures
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Adelaide (14)  Australia (106)  Melbourne (26)  Sydney (88)  

Experience Sydney's friendly people, never-ending entertainment and amazing attractions; Discover the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic South Australian outback aboard the paddlewheeler Murray Princess; Complete your trip with the vibrant, beautiful and exciting city of Melbourne.
Trip Summary
3 nights in Sydney

Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains.

1 nights in Adelaide

Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
7 Nts Murraylands, Wildlife Cruise, Barossa Valley
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Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
1 nights in Adelaide

Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
2 nights in Melbourne

Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society.

Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city you can drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens,St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka Skydeck, Dandenong Ranges, Degraves Street, City Circle Tram, Philip Island, Flinders Street Station, Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley Wineries.


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Sydney
Day 1
Arrive to Sydney
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 3
Overnight in Sydney    211 hotels offered
Optional   140 Things to do
Day 4
Departing from Sydney
Transportation to next city by: By Air - Intercity Flight
Adelaide
Day 4
Arrive to Adelaide
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Adelaide
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
7 Nts Murraylands, Wildlife Cruise, Barossa Valley
Day 5 to Day 12

Day 1:

Mid afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon beaked egrets and many other species. Our on board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Day 2:

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. join a guided tour of the town's historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon we begin our journey upriver, mooring at Craignook overnight, where dinner and all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup awaits.

Day 3:

All ashore for the 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 Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. Mid morning join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands. At the 207km mark we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze the river. The birdlife is amazing watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river's muddy edges. Late afternoon, photography enthusiasts have a great opportunity to capture a spectacular river sunset, before joining the Captain and Officers for pre dinner drinks and the finale Captain's Dinner and Dance.

Day 4:

After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum, where you will join our coach tour to the famous Barossa Valley, the beautiful 'valley of the vine' and source of about a quarter of Australia's world renowned wines. You'll visit three premium wineries and enjoy lunch before returning to your ship at Mannum. Depart 4.30pm and moor overnight at Caurnamont.

Day 5:

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, blue wrens and black swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of the 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor near Salters Station for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at his cellar door. Tonight is fancy dress on board (bring your own or hire one). We also have our famous musical quiz.

Day 6:

After breakfast cruise upriver 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. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum a must for every visitor.

Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info cruising presentation. We arrive at Sunnydale. 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 by tractor and cart is available after dinner.

Day 7:

After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream 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 to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain's Buffet. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

Day 8:

After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.

Day 5
Arrive to Adelaide
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 11
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 12
Departing from Adelaide
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Adelaide
Day 12
Arrive to Adelaide
Overnight in Adelaide    51 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Adelaide
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Melbourne
Day 13
Arrive to Melbourne
Overnight in Melbourne    277 hotels offered
Optional   75 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Melbourne    277 hotels offered
Optional   75 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Melbourne

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Australia

The only country that has a whole continent to itself, Australia is a major tourist destination. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces (beaches, deserts and "the Outback"), Australia is ironically one of the world's most highly urbanised countries and is well known for the cosmopolitan cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Each state has its own national parks with their specific. If you're interested in the miracles of water-world, don't miss the Great Barrier Reef. The Wet Tropics of Queensland comprise dense rainforests and foaming waterfalls. Rare species of animals can be seen in the famous Kakadu National Park as well as ancient aboriginal art.
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Sydney

Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains.

Adelaide
Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
Adelaide
Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
Adelaide
Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
Melbourne

Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society.

Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city you can drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See's:
Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens,St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka Skydeck, Dandenong Ranges, Degraves Street, City Circle Tram, Philip Island, Flinders Street Station, Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley Wineries.

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