Sapphire Princess South Coast Highlights & Murray River Cruise

Includes a fully escorted tour of Barossa Valley

Exclusive to Imagine Holidays | 4 Night Port Lincoln & Kangaroo Island Cruise

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Embarking Sapphire Princess in Melbourne, settle into your luxury surroundings as you head west along Australia’s south coast to Port Lincoln. With its thriving fishing industry and an abundance of restaurants, this compact city has been called the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’. There are plenty of marine activities to try while you’re in town, from shark-cage diving to swimming with sea lions.

You’ll then head to Kangaroo Island, a place that’s packed with places of interest, especially for those of a gastronomic persuasion. Try the home-made honey ice-cream at Clifford’s Honey Farm and visit the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. At the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park you could hand-feed the animals and learn about the various creatures found on the island.

Returning to the mainland, you’ll then disembark in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Savour a four-night hotel stay in this incredible city which boasts a wealth of both cultural and natural delights. Enjoy a day out beyond the urban bustle of the city to explore the rustic treasures of the renowned Barossa Valley and sample some of this fabulous region’s acclaimed food and wine during a tour. Adelaide is also bursting with cultural institutions, including a wide range of art galleries and museums.

Next, you’ll transfer to Mannum where you’ll embark the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, for your unforgettable cruise along the beautiful historic Murray River. Wind through the serene waters between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge as you drink in the spectacular riverlands, admiring the views of the ever-changing flora and fauna. Highlights of your adventure include close encounters with river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ boat, marvelling at the astounding landscapes during a nature walk and savouring fantastic flavours of this famous region. Finally, you’ll disembark back in Mannum before flying home.

Package Includes

All flights, taxes & transfers 

Ocean Cruise

  • 4 night cruise on board Sapphire Princess with all meals and entertainment
    • Immerse yourself in a stellar array of entertainment and original musical productions
    • Enjoy time ashore in Port Lincoln & Kangaroo Island

Hotel Stay

  • 4 night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast

Fully Escorted Barossa Valley Tour

  • Morning tea and tastings at award-winning Pindarie Cellar Door
  • Delicious two-course Barossa lunch and wine tastings at Lambert Estate
  • Visit Mengler Hill Lookout for views over the Barossa Valley 
  • Enjoy homemade chocolates paired with wine at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

River Cruise

  • 3 night Murray River cruise on board PS Murray Princess with all meals and sightseeing
    • Tour of Murray River Bridge and historic Roundhouse
    • Take a guided nature walk of Salt Bush Flat
    • Taste Riverland food and wine
    • Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat wildlife tour

At a glance

11 nights
Departing 24 Feb 2022
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Inside
$3,499 pp
Outside
$3,999 pp
Balcony
$4,499 pp
Stateroom
$5,499 pp

Here to help

Call to book:

1800 958 405

Holiday code:

CRU2327

Opening hours:

AWST: Mon to Fri 7am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 7am - 2pm

PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers an authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she offers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 24 Feb 2022
Melbourne - Embark Sapphire Princess

Today you’ll embark Sapphire Princess in Melbourne for your cruise. Once one of the world’s largest cruise ships, she boasts a range of dining options, diverse entertainment and luxurious accommodation. You’re assured of an unforgettable voyage on this superb ship.

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DAY 2 | 25 Feb 2022
At Sea

Throughout the day and night, the exclusive open-air poolside amphitheatre is the go-to destination for feature films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events such as live football games. As the stars come out, cosy up under a fleece blanket in the comfortable lounger, grab some complimentary popcorn and enjoy that exciting car chase or mystery thriller on the giant screen.

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DAY 3 | 26 Feb 2022
Port Lincoln

The ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’ more than lives up to its title with the largest commercial fishing fleet and restaurants that serve an incredible array of delicious seafood. The city’s maritime history means you could explore the old fishing vessels or its rugged beach coastline. If you’re feeling daring, you could go shark cage diving or, for a tamer experience, swim with the sea lions.

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DAY 4 | 27 Feb 2022
Kangaroo Island

Australia’s third largest island is awash with attractions and offers stunning scenery, crystal-clear waters and a beautiful wilderness inhabited by native fauna. Visit the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery or Clifford’s Honey Farm where you’ll enjoy an informative talk and sample homemade honey ice cream. You could also visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you could hand-feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, interact with snakes and learn more about the country’s endangered species.

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DAY 5 | 28 Feb 2022
Adelaide - Disembark Sapphire Princess & Hotel Stay

Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan capital, is a delightful city that regularly hosts international arts festivals and events. Compact in size and boasting 29 large public parks, it regularly ranks among the world’s most liveable cities and is known for its charming churches. Take a trip to one of its many superb beaches dotted around the coast, stroll the historic Adelaide Central Market, or simply relax beneath a fig tree canopy in the Botanic Gardens.

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DAY 6 | 1 Mar 2022
Adelaide - Hotel Stay

A popular destination for a city break, Adelaide teems with cultural attractions. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum for insights into Australia’s natural and artistic heritage and discover Aboriginal, colonial, and Melanesian art at the South Australian Museum. You could also explore the city’s heart with a visit to Victoria Square, soak up the sun in historic Glenelg or enjoy a walk along Port Adelaide where you could dip in to one of the harbourside eateries.

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DAY 7 | 2 Mar 2022
Adelaide - Hotel Stay & Tour

Today you’ll embark on a tour to South Australia’s premium wine region to sample some of the Barossa’ Valley’s finest wines. Soak up the sights of sprawling vineyards with a stop at the multi award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and enjoy a walking tour. Next, you’ll travel to the Mengler Hill Lookout for beguiling views of the valley before continuing on to the Saltram Wine Estate for further tastings. Following lunch, you’ll journey through the landscapes of Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement.

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DAY 8 | 3 Mar 2022
Adelaide - Hotel Stay

From bird sanctuaries to conservation parks, as well as countless coastal walking trails with a friendly café to stop off at, there’s always somewhere to while away a few scenic hours in Adelaide. You could even hire a bicycle to explore the city on one of the many designated paths, or enjoy a picnic with a view of the ocean. Favourite walking spots include Tennyson Dunes and the River Torrens Linear Park. Or you could take an Adelaide Riverbank Tour on a Segway.

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DAY 9 | 4 Mar 2022
Mannum - Embark PS Murray Princess

This morning you’ll transfer to Mannum Wharf port where you’ll embark the PS Murray Princess for a unique cruise experience along the Murray River. Embrace the character and charm of yesteryear as you savour your elegant surroundings. This remarkable paddlewheeler was built specifically for the Murray River and offers a true taste of a bygone era to anyone who cruises with her. You’ll head downriver as you tuck into a delicious Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight, you may spot nocturnal wildlife grazing at the riverbank before mooring at Mundurra.

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DAY 10 | 5 Mar 2022
Murray River Cruise

The first bridge to span the mighty Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing in 1879 and this spot quickly turned into the township of Murray Bridge. Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the bridge and explore the town’s historic Roundhouse. The unusual hexagonal shaped historical residence captures the history of this remarkable region and adds to the magnificent river views. Back on board, you’ll enjoy a special presentation of the bounty of locally grown food and wine and continue your journey upriver where you’ll moor at Salt Bush Flat.

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DAY 11 | 6 Mar 2022
Murray River Cruise

Begin your morning on a guided nature walk amongst the local flora and fauna. Returning to the ship, you’ll head downriver to River View Lodge near Piggy Flat where you’ll board a discovery vessel for a fascinating wildlife tour. Travelling in small groups, you’ll explore the maze-like river and spot the diverse birdlife. The afternoon offers a choice of fun activities before joining the Captain and Officers for a farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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DAY 12 | 7 Mar 2022
Mannum - Disembark PS Murray Princess & Fly Home

Today you’ll disembark Murray Princess in Mannum and fly home.

Welcome aboard the PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers a true authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Guests can expect a taste of a bygone era, with the grandeur and convenience of modern-day cruising. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she evokes a sense of intimacy and offers passengers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback. In addition to 60 suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks all named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, features include the dining room, a fully equipped gym, a library, gift shop, two bars and two lounges.

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Catch some of the sun’s glorious rays from atop the sun deck and enjoy captivating views at sunset as the amber sun descends over the landscapes.

Sit back and relax as you enjoy the hypnotising view of the paddlewheel in action from the two-storey viewing window.

Savour delicious seasonal menus, including local fresh produce, from salmon and scotch fillet to chicken and lamb shanks, in the single-sitting dining saloon.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 24 February 2022
Inside
Inside $3,499
Outside
Outside $3,999
Balcony
Balcony $4,499
Stateroom
Stateroom $5,499
Departing
Departing 24 February 2022
Inside
Inside $3,799
Outside
Outside $4,299
Balcony
Balcony $4,799
Stateroom
Stateroom $5,799
Departing
Departing 24 February 2022
Inside
Inside $3,799
Outside
Outside $4,299
Balcony
Balcony $4,799
Stateroom
Stateroom $5,799
Departing
Departing 24 February 2022
Inside
Inside $3,799
Outside
Outside $4,299
Balcony
Balcony $4,799
Stateroom
Stateroom $5,799
Departing
Departing 24 February 2022
Inside
Inside $3,499
Outside
Outside $3,999
Balcony
Balcony $4,499
Stateroom
Stateroom $5,499

CALL TO BOOK: 1800 958 405

HOLIDAY CODE: CRU2327