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DAY 1. Arrive Adelaide, Kangaroo Island (L,D)

Flights arrive in Adelaide, where we head to Glenelg for lunch before making the scenic drive south through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. Here we board the ferry for Kangaroo Island, where on arrival we transfer to the small seaside village of American River to check-in. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

DAY 2. Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)

Today we hit the wildlife trail, discovering Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch before experiencing the Birds of Prey display at Raptor Domain, an inflight presentation featuring Australian eagles and hawks. After lunch, we take in the scenery as we drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park, where Australian sea lions sunbathe and frolic on a stunning beach. We take a guided walk to get a close look at the sea lion colony, home to around 600 rare Australian sea lions, then return to American River.

DAY 3. Kangaroo Island, Board Proud Mary (B,L,AT,D)

This morning we make a stop at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, South Australia’s first lighthouse on the easternmost point of the island. We then enjoy a visit to Dudley Wines, sampling some of the wine and taking in lunch before boarding the ferry to the mainland and breaking in Victor Harbor. Arriving at Murray Bridge we are welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Taking to the river we enjoy a buffet supper as the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore giving us ample opportunity to view nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Later we tie up for the night at Woodlane. 7 Night Stay: Proud Mary

DAY 4. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Cruising upstream we arrive midmorning in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of the river boat trade. Here we board the waiting coach for a guided tour of historic Mannum before returning to the boat for lunch. We then continue upstream to Walker Flat and this evening we enjoy an ‘Australiana Night’ featuring typically Australian dishes prepared by the talented on board chef. After dinner we take a guided nocturnal discovery tour. The tour gives us an insight into the abundant wildlife in this region, including the Southern hairy-nosed wombat. Tonight’s mooring is at Walker Flat.

DAY 5. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Departing Walker Flat and cruising further upstream we enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and a relaxed morning as we head towards Swan Reach, where we enjoy a tour of the local museum which reflects upon the early European history of this magnificent part of the Murray River. Next we make a stop at the Almond Farm as we return to the boat. After lunch you’ll be intrigued by nautical precision as we pass through Lock 1 at Blanchetown before mooring amongst the towering river red gums for the evening. Tonight, join the crew for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal Captain’s Dinner.

DAY 6. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Today we cruise further upstream before taking in the Captain’s talk on the Murray River. Later we arrive in historic Morgan, once one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports, which is located on the Great Elbow of the Murray River. Here we disembark to board our awaiting coach to be whisked away to the Barossa Valley to explore the area and sample some wines before returning to the Proud Mary. This evening we cruise further upstream whilst enjoying dinner on board then return to Morgan to secure overnight.

DAY 7. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

After breakfast it’s time to explore the historic town of Morgan, once one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports. We tour the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town including the customs house and courthouse on Railway Terrace. Once back on board we head back through Lock 1 to moor at Sugar Shack.

DAY 8. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Merry Christmas! Over breakfast we sail on to Swan Reach, where there’s time to stretch our legs before we celebrate the day in earnest with a traditional Christmas lunch accompanied by a host of yuletide trimmings. After lunch we arrive at Big Bend, where the cliffs are even more spectacular. Here we embark on a guided tour aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of Big Bend. This evening we enjoy a light dinner followed by an entertaining night of trivia.

DAY 9. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

This morning we continue downstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire river system to arrive at Ngaut Ngaut – a historical Aboriginal site. Here an Indigenous guide explains the carvings and paintings on cliff faces made up to 20,000 years ago. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Mannum, where after dinner we enjoy the live on-board entertainment.

DAY 10. Proud Mary (B,L,D)

This morning at Woodlane we join our guide for a tour of this fascinating area and discover the permanent watercourse, waterfalls, swamps and wetlands which played a significant role in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta tribes. This afternoon we enjoy some more spectacular scenery before returning to Murray Bridge, bidding the Proud Mary goodbye and transferring to Adelaide. 1 Night Stay: Hilton Adelaide

DAY 11. Disembark, Flights Home (B)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our hotel before we make our way to the airport for our flights home.

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2020
$4950 $6380 18 Dec
  • Non-refundable deposit of $1500pp required to secure your reservation.
  • Final payment for this tour is due 31 July 2020 due to Proud Mary payment milestones.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, coach and cruise components.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Walk 10 min without stopping
    • Ascend stairs without stopping
    • Stand for 30 min without sitting
    • Walk over uneven ground
    • Embark/debark transport unaided
    • Manage their own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Adelaide ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Glenelg
  • 2 nights Kangaroo Island
  • Remarkable Rocks; Admirals Arch
  • Birds of Prey display at Raptor Domain
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided walk
  • Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
  • Dudley Wines
  • Victor Harbor
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Proud Mary in Riverview cabins with daily excursions and all meals included
  • Murray Bridge; Woodlane guided tour
  • Guided tour of Mannum
  • Walker Flat guided nocturnal discovery tour
  • Traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings aboard the Proud Mary
  • Blanchetown
  • Formal Captain’s Dinner
  • Captain’s talk on the Murray River
  • Guided tour of Morgan
  • Barossa Valley
  • Big Bend small boat guided tour
  • Ngaut Ngaut tour with an Indigenous guide
  • 1 night Adelaide
  • 30 meals; locally operated comfort plus coach travel

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