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Murray River Cruise Murray River Houseboat

Murray River Cruise - our very unique South Australian Holiday

Day 1 Depart Adelaide around 9 am and start this beautiful journey with a drive to Hahndorf, the historic and popular German settlement in the Adelaide Hills. We visit the oldest artist studio in Australia and the historic home of Hans Heysen, The Cedars. It is still owned by members of the Heysen family and the guided tour takes you through the house, studio and beautiful gardens.

Hahndorf offers great shops and delicacies and you have time to explore after our fabulous German lunch. There are a few cellar doors in the main street and how about a wine tasting at Mojo's celllar door, located in a stone cottage built in 1845 with lots of charm and rustic atmosphere. Now it is time to make our way to Mannum, where we board our truly luxurious houseboat casting off to Younghusband for the night.
Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Hahndorf Lunch Murray River Guided Houseboat Cruise

Day 2 Wake up to a view of the Mighty Murray in all its contrasting landscapes. Take a refreshing dip or a morning stroll along the river bank before we navigate through the myriad of bends on one of the world;s most incredible and diverse river systems. Not only is the scenery of stunning beauty, so is our boat stacked with many great features. Each cabin has panoramic windows with magnificent views of the river. there are several sun decks, stereo, cocktail bar, a large lounge/dining and of course a kitchen area where we serve up tasty gourmet meals.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Houseboat 2nd living area Murray River Houseboat Cruise

Day 3 After another peaceful night on the Murray it's time to reconnect with the rivers culture and history. We visit Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve and take a fully guided walk along the limestone cliffs discovering ancient rock carvings. Hear about the Ngaut Ngaut culture and the importance of the Murray River before we continue to cruise further upstream to Big Bend, a very special mooring spot for the next two nights. Watch the spectacular colour changes of Big Bend, paddle in a canoe through the backwaters, read a book or drop in a line and try your luck at catching a giant River Murray cod or catfish. Fishing gear and canoes are provided.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Day 4 It is a photographers, painters or anyone's delight seeing the sun rise through the giant river red gums and bring the day to life along the Murray. With two full days to recharge, we travel by coach to Salter's winery today. A tour of this vineyard and wetlands followed by a structured wine tasting puts some of the Riverland's wine on show. Walk to the first lock of the Murray River after lunch at the historical Blanchetown Hotel. See the impressive flood markers and watch the many different birds around the lock. Tonight we join a very entertaining nocturnal bush land tour back at Big Bend.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Burk Salters Riverland Winery Ngau Ngaut Riverland Guided Tour

Day 5 Indulge in a true bush tucker breakfast in a quiet and secluded setting with the magnificent views of Big Bend. Enjoy lemon myrtle pancakes, bush spiced tomatoes, bubbles and a lot more before we start cruising back down the Murray River along the impressive backdrops of limestone cliffs and Mallee country. 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Day 6 With a full day to recharge we spend the day cruising downstream towards Mannum. Being the biggest houseboat in Australia there are so many places to enjoy and relax. The sun deck on level three has perfect 360 degree views or sit at the bow of the boat and be the first spotting rare bird species or flying fish. Dine in style on our last supper together on board the "truely" unforgettable river cruise. Dance into the night or finish off with a relaxing bath in the on-board heated jacuzzi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Murray River overnight

Murray River Houseboat 3rd Level River Bank

Day 7
On our last day our coach awaits us and we drive to Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region. Our first stop takes us to Maggie Beer Farm Shop, where you can taste all the different pate, jams, sauces and pastes on offer. Maggie Beer is a well-known cook, writer and founder of the Maggie Beer product range. We continue spoiling our taste buds with the delicious wines at Peter Lehmann. For lunch enjoy the Weighbridge Platter with mouth-watering produce at the cellar door.

Fully recharged and with memories of a "Truely" special Murray River Cruise it is time to drive back to Adelaide. Arrive at your hotel mid-afternoon or let us take you to the airport for a flight back home.
Breakfast and Lunch

Murray River Sunset

Murray River Cruise Highlights and Inclusions

Pickup from Adelaide City Hotel or Airport
All Meals from Lunch Day 1 through to Lunch Day 7
Drinking Water, Snacks, Fruit all day
Coffee and Tea available all day
A Glass of Wine or non-alcoholic Beverage with Dinner
6 Nights on a Luxurious Houseboat
En-suited Cabins
Maggie Beer Farm Shop
Peter Lehmann Wine Tasting
Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve Guided Tour
Blanchetown Hotel and Lock Nr.1
Big Bend Nocturnal Tour
Bush Tucker Breakfast
Salter's Vineyard Tour and Tasting
Hans Heysen, The Cedar Tour
Hahndorf German Experience Meal
On board use of a Large Heated Jacuzzi
Fishing Gear available
Canoe for Exploring
Drop Off Adelaide City Hotel or Airport

$2339 per person
Fully Inclusive

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