Murray River Paddlesteamer.from $1,550.00pp
Various Dates | Sailing roundtrip from Echuca
This popular 3 night Murray River Cruise invites you to discover leisurely cruising over 160kms of the winding upper Murray River. Cruising aboard a traditional wood-fired paddle steamer on this 3 night Murray River Cruise engages your senses from the moment you board.
Feel the warmth of the 1906 steam engine as the engineer stokes the boiler with Redgum logs, climb up to the wheelhouse to chat to the Skipper, or just sit and gaze at the changing reflections in the water as PS Emmylou takes you back to a bygone era of romantic travel.
During the cruise step off the vessel to experience an onshore tour highlighting places of geographical, historical and cultural significance. Tour the historic Perricoota Station, first built in 1843 for an insight into the history of the area and St Anne’s Winery with an owner-led cellar and barrel tastings tour.
You will also embark on a small boat eco-cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barmah Forest in search of local flora and birdlife in the world’s longest strand of Red River Gum.
With evenings spent on the river bank around a campfire and under a beautiful night sky, this journey is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.
- 3-night river cruise aboard the PS Emmylou round trip from Echuca, Victoria
- Accommodation on board in the cabin type chosen
- All shipboard meals
- Selected wines and beers with dinner service
- Barista made espresso coffee, premium teas and soft drinks throughout the cruise
- A welcome cocktail or mocktail
- Complimentary bottled water and during excursions
- Complimentary wi-fi in the cabin and public areas
- A range of included authentic off-ship shore excursions with drivers and guides as per the itinerary below
Day 1 | Monday
Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea with freshly made Australian scones, jam & cream with tea and coffee as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. Time to relax or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou. As the sun starts to set over the river, time for an evening cocktail before your chef-prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear. Tonight, we moor at the famous Perricoota Station. Rich in history, the property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV movie `All the Rivers Run` where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Philadelphia.
Day 2 | Tuesday
Wake to an early morning self-guided walk around the vast gardens scattered with old date palms before enjoying breakfast. This morning we depart on a half-day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Here you depart on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will understand why they have been named `Wetlands of International Importance` as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the world`s largest single stand of River Red Gum.
We then enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before we continue to visit the region’s largest winery, St Annes where you will enjoy a short winery tour provided by the owners and then taste their fabulous table and fortified wines. You will also have the opportunity to sample their delicious Echuca Cheeses and Chocolates all made from local produce. It is then time to re-join PS Emmylou. For those that slept in you can join the Skipper for a guided tour of the gardens and buildings before Emmylou continues upriver towards Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, after you have enjoyed your dinner, it’s Movie Night, with a special presentation of `Riverboats Remembered` a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of the mid-1850s along the Murray River.
Day 3 | Wednesday
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife as Emmylou steams her way upstream. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, starlit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoys some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.
Day 4 | Thursday
This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.
The following items can be added to your cruise fare as per the charges listed below.
1. Return transfers (shared bus) from Melbourne to Echuca to Melbourne – Twin-share $310 per person or Single $520
2. One night Melbourne Hotel stay pre-cruise with return transfers Melbourne -Echuca – Melbourne – Twin-share $435 or Single $770
3. Return transfers (shared bus) from Bendigo to Echuca to Bendigo – Twin-share $210 per person or Single $320
4. Self Drive car parking at Echuca – $20 per car per night
02/08/2021 - 05/08/2021
16/08/2021 - 19/08/2021
06/09/2021 - 09/09/2021
04/10/2021 - 07/10/2021
15/10/2021 - 18/10/2021
29/10/2021 - 02/11/2021
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