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Immerse yourself in the spirit of Agatha Christie’s timeless masterpiece as you enjoy an interactive murder mystery break on board the PS Murray Princess.

You’ll start this unique holiday experience with a three-night hotel stay in Adelaide, South Australia’s charming capital, with time to discover the historic city’s renowned arts, festivals and regional cuisine and wines. While based here, you’ll also enjoy two memorable full-day tours. The first, in Barossa Valley, South Australia’s premium wine region, you’ll sample award-winning wines produced at illustrious wineries such as Jacobs Creek and in quaint Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement. You’ll also explore Kangaroo Island, a pristine wilderness a ferry ride away, where native Australian thrives; among the activities enjoyed here is a guided beach walk amongst wild seals at acclaimed Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Then transfer to Mannum and embark the PS Murray Princess, an authentic paddle-wheeler, for a four-night cruise along the historic Murray River; an even more unforgettable journey and a holiday highlight, combined with a bespoke, three-day ‘Murder Mystery’ Experience – exclusive to Imagine guests! On board the PS Murray Princess, get set to be immersed in an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery first-hand, complete with interactive characters, clues, evidence and a fiendishly clever plot, assisted by theatrical actors who remain in character the entire time! A highlight will be two Gala Theatre Dinners, with a three-hour murder mystery plot played out by the in-character actors as you savour a sumptuous multi-course dinner. Quite the ‘quintessentially English’ display of theatre that’s not to be missed! We encourage you to dress in your 1920s or 1930s attire as you unleash your inner ‘Poirot’ or ‘Miss Marple’ and compete against fellow guests to correctly unmask the murderer in your midst – and “Whoddunit?”

Additionally, during this four-night cruise, you’ll also be treated to several memorable off-shore experiences, which include wine tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery, visits to a woolshed show and native wildlife shelter and explorations of Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, important archaeological sites, led by an expert local guide. As you cruise back into Mannum Wharf, this truly unforgettable adventure concludes, but the memories will last a lifetime!

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Welcome aboard the PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddle-wheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting paddle-wheeler l 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 rooms and suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, incorporating a dining room and two lounges, plus gym, gift shop and bar.

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Dining

Savour delicious seasonal menus utilising fresh local produce in the single-sitting dining saloon as well as special dining occasions, including a riverside Aussie Barbeque, two exclusive Gala Theatre Dinners and the Farewell Captain’s Dinner

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On Board

Besides the exclusive Murder Mystery experience, sit back and admire the majestic view of the paddlewheel in action, or nocturnal wildlife under floodlight, from the two-storey viewing window in the lounge, or soak-up the rays atop the sun deck.

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Experiences

Relish a variety of off-ship tours that include Burk Salter Boutique Winery, Swan Reach Museum, a Native Wildlife Shelter, Woolshed Show and Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, as well as nocturnal tours along the riverbanks.

Your 7 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

6 January 2023

Arrive in Adelaide and then enjoy a hotel stay for three nights, allowing ample opportunity to explore this beguiling South Australian capital

Today you’ll fly into Adelaide, then transfer to your hotel for a memorable three-night hotel stay. South Australia’s charming capital positively bursts with culture, flavours, events and entertainment, which you’ll have ample time to discover. This cosmopolitan yet historic coastal city is renowned for its year-round festivals as well as regional gourmet cuisine and wines, all of which can be savoured in the award-winning restaurants and thriving bar scene. Known as the ‘City of Churches,’ Adelaide also boasts many respected museums, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum, which offer fascinating insights into Australia’s natural and artistic heritage. You could also stroll along Port Adelaide’s historic waterfront, home to charming boutique shops and cafés.

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Day 2

7 January 2023

Savour a marvellous full-day tour of the Barossa Valley with a gourmet lunch and tastings of world-renowned wines

This marvellous full-day tour brings you to South Australia’s premium wine region, the Barossa Valley, where you can sample some of the region’s finest wines. Begin at Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre for a vineyard tour and tastings of their world-famous wines. Then relish a sumptuous two-course lunch and wine tasting at the Lambert Estate, before meandering through the picturesque Adelaide Hills, stopping en-route at the Mengler Hill Lookout for panoramic valley views. Arriving in charming Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement, you’ll then visit Beerenberg Strawberry Farm for an informative talk and wine tasting. There will also be time to explore Hahndorf’s main street, brimming with boutique shops and galleries retailing local arts, crafts and produce.

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Day 3

8 January 2023

Enjoy a full-day tour on Kangaroo Island, a pristine wilderness where native Australian wildlife thrives

Embark on a ferry ride to Kangaroo Island for your full-day tour, a pristine wilderness revealing spectacular coastlines, dense bushland, towering sand dunes and wetlands, where native Australian wildlife thrives. Start your exciting day at Seal Bay Conservation Park and a guided beach walk amongst a colony of wild sea lions. From here, looking out to sea, catch glimpses of migrating whales with their calves. Afterwards, stop at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery for a guided walk and light lunch, then later, visit Clifford’s Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk and sample delicious home-made honey ice-cream. After the ferry ride back to the mainland, before returning to Adelaide, you’ll stop at Wirrina Cove, along the Fleurieu Peninsula’s picturesque coastline, for dinner at New Terry Resort.

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Day 4

9 January 2023

Relish an enchanting paddle-wheeler cruise along the Murray River and your first day engaged in the exclusive Murder Mystery Experience

From Mannum Wharf, embark the PS Murray Princess, an authentic paddle-steamer, for a four-night cruise along the Murray River; an even more unforgettable affair, with an amazing three-day Murder Mystery Experience, exclusive to Imagine guests! As you board the Murray Princess and head downriver, you’ll meet the team of theatrical actors who’ll stay in character for the entire time. In the afternoon, you’ll participate in a ‘boxed’ Murder Mystery experience, with clues, and activities. Come the evening, the mystery continues with a three-hour Gala Theatre Dinner and a murder mystery plot played out by the actors as you savour a sumptuous multi-course dinner. Later, whilst gliding under floodlight, spot nocturnal wildlife grazing on the riverbanks before finally mooring at Caurnamont.

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Day 5

10 January 2023

Relish tastings at a boutique winery, a ‘Cream Tea and Christie Talk’ and second enthralling Gala Theatre Dinner Murder Mystery Experience

Keen photographers and early risers will savour the opportunity to capture the morning movement of wildlife at daybreak including the prolific birdlife of pelicans, wrens and swans. Savour a leisurely morning as you cruise upriver to Blanchetown where you’ll moor overnight. Mid to late afternoon, join an in-character ‘Cream Tea & Christie’ illustrated talk as the murder mystery deepens! As daylight fades, visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery and relish wine tastings at the cellar door. Then later, once again, enjoy a three-hour Gala Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery Experience presented by the actors, with a totally different theme from the previous night, while savouring a sumptuous multi-course dinner.

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Day 6

11 January 2023

Enjoy visits to a woolshed show, Native Wildlife Shelter, nocturnal tours and meeting the Murder Mystery cast members

Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll cruise downriver to beautiful Swan Reach township for a walking tour and visit to the Swan Reach Museum. Further downriver at Sunnydale, you’ll experience a Woolshed Show, before visiting a Native Wildlife Shelter, which looks after some of the country’s most interesting animals. During the day, the murder mystery experience continues, and the actor cast members will be available for photo opportunities! Come evening, relish a quintessential Aussie Barbeque on the banks of the river. Later, you may wish to embark on a Nocturnal Tour in a purpose-built cart, or enjoy a Dark Sky Night Tour, marvelling at the awe-inspiring sights of the Milky Way across the inky blue sky.

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Day 7

12 January 2023

Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites on a fascinating tour led by a local guide and later, a scenic boat tour

On your final day, you’ll cruise slowly downriver passing magnificent cliffs to Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites. Take a step back in time during a guided boardwalk tour with an expert local guide, where you’ll witness ancient rock carvings and learn more about the area’s compelling Aboriginal history. Then return to your vessel for a further cruise downriver to Younghusband; adventure seekers will enjoy the scenic tender boat ride through the emerald waters en-route. Savour a final night celebration of your exclusive cruise journey with the farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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Day 8

13 January 2023

Disembark the PS Murray Princess and transfer to the airport for your onward flight

After disembarking the PS Murray Princess at Mannum, your delightful adventure across land and river and exclusive Murder Mystery experience concludes. Filled with incredible memories, you’ll then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Your Hotel Stays

Hilton Adelaide
★★★★

Centrally located in the heart of Adelaide’s entertainment and shopping districts, the Hilton Adelaide overlooks Victoria Square and rubs shoulders with Adelaide's Central Market. The spacious and contemporary-styled guestrooms and suites offer views either east towards the Adelaide Hills, or west towards the Bay. Signature restaurant Coal Cellar + Grill highlights the best of South Australia’s produce with a modern grill menu and boasts a wine cellar with over 500 labels, while the Collins Bar serves bespoke cocktails in a sleek 1920s-inspired setting. Unwind further at the heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre, tennis court and jogging track.

Touring Experiences

Barossa Valley

A 50-minute drive northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is an internationally-acclaimed wine producing region, garnering its fame from seven generations of local grape cultivators and winemakers. The succession of high-profile wineries here, boasting some of the oldest vines in the world, offer tours and cellar-door tastings for their award-winning wines; Shiraz grapes are the local speciality. On this exclusive full-day tour, you’ll sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines, with wine tastings and vineyard tours at the world-renowned Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre and Lambert Estate, along with a sumptuous lunch at the latter. You’ll also explore the picturesque Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement, where more superb wine tastings await.

Kangaroo Island

A short distance from the South Australian mainland by ferry, Kangaroo Island reveals a nature-lovers playground, a pristine wilderness revealing stunning raw and rugged landscapes and crystal-clear waters. With over a third of the island protected in nature reserves, Kangaroo Island is inhabited by abundant native Australian wildlife, which thrive here, including kangaroos. During this memorable full day tour, you’ll take a guided walk amongst a colony of wild sea lions on the beach at the Seal Bay Conservation Park, enjoy a guided walk and light lunch at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery and join a guided tour at Clifford’s Honey Farm – sampling their home-made honey ice-cream.

Murder Mystery on board the Murray Princess

 

Immerse yourself in this bespoke, three-day ‘Murder Mystery’ experience on board the PS Murray Princess while cruising along the historic Murray River. During this four-night cruise – exclusive to Imagine guests – the PS Murray Princess is transformed into an incredible murder mystery-themed event, where you’ll be engaged and entertained by a troupe of theatrical actors who remain in character the entire time. Experience an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery first-hand, complete with interactive characters, clues, evidence and a fiendishly clever plot during the day and at night-time, two different Gala Theatre Dinners where the mystery further deepens. Dressed in your finest 1920s or 1930s attire, unleash your inner ‘Poirot’ or ‘Miss Marple’ as you engage in themed scenarios and compete against your fellow guests to see who can correctly unmask the murderer in your midst – and “Whoddunit?”

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Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • 4 night Murray River cruise on board PS Murray Princess with all meals and sightseeing
    • Wine tasting experience at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
    • Walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum 
    • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter
    • Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide
  • A Bespoke 'Murder Mystery' experience

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay at The Hilton Adelaide with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Full day Barossa Valley tour with lunch and wine tastings
  • Full day Kangaroo Island tour including;
    • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk
    • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery tour with lunch 

All flights, taxes & transfers

Prices

7 Nights |  Departing 6 January 2023

Departing

6 January 2023

Inside Twin

$2,999pp

Outside Twin

$3,599pp

Stateroom

$3,999pp

Duration: 7 Nights
Cruise Begins: 6 January 2023

Itinerary Includes: Adelaide,  Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Mannum, Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Sunnydale, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Mannum

Departing

6 January 2023

Inside Twin

$3,299pp

Outside Twin

$3,899pp

Stateroom

$4,299pp

Duration: 7 Nights
Cruise Begins: 6 January 2023

Itinerary Includes: Adelaide,  Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Mannum, Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Sunnydale, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Mannum

Departing

6 January 2023

Inside Twin

$3,199pp

Outside Twin

$3,799pp

Stateroom

$4,199pp

Duration: 7 Nights
Cruise Begins: 6 January 2023

Itinerary Includes: Adelaide,  Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Mannum, Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Sunnydale, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Mannum

Departing

6 January 2023

Inside Twin

$3,099pp

Outside Twin

$3,699pp

Stateroom

$4,099pp

Duration: 7 Nights
Cruise Begins: 6 January 2023

Itinerary Includes: Adelaide,  Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Mannum, Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Sunnydale, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Mannum