Murray Princess and The Ghan - Adelaide to Darwin



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Departs 20 November 2017 - 9 nights


Your holiday begins with four nights cruising the mighty Murray River. A coach will transfer you from Adelaide to 
the historic river port of Mannum where you will board the PS Murray Princess. After settling in you might join fellow passengers on the top deck for a drink as the boat heads north to Blanchetown. Follow in the wake of great Australian pioneers as you cruise along the outback river highway. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. Along the way see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of the 350 bird species that inhabit the riverlands. Other highlights will include a vineyard visit and cellar door wine tasting, a visit to a typical Australian farm, woolshed and wildlife shelter, an Aussie barbecue beside the river and an aboriginal archaeological site visit.

You'll then head back to Adelaide for two nights with time to soak up the culture, cuisine, galleries or beautiful beaches and to relax before a train trip of unimaginable proportions. Join the legendary Ghan for a journey deep into the heart of Australia. Regarded as one of the world's great train trips, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to, two nights and three days via Alice Springs and Katherine, 2,979km coast to coast through the fiery red centre.

Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. When the train stops along the way, the fun continues with complimentary off train experiences. At journeys end, a night in Darwin is a fitting end to your incredible Australian adventure.

 

the INCLUSIONS

  Return coach transfers between Adelaide and Mannum

  4 night river cruise aboard PS Murray Princess including all meals, entertainment and on shore experiences

  2 nights Adelaide accommodation at the Stamford Plaza Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily

  3 days / 2 nights aboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold Class

 All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide restaurant

 All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

 All-inclusive off train experiences in Alice Springs and Katherine plus a short stop at Marla

 Complimentary shuttle bus transfer from train station to hotel in Darwin

  1 night Darwin accommodation at the Vibe Hotel (or similar)

 

 


 

the PACKAGE FARES

 LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE



Inside Cabin
Inside cabins are located on the lower deck and open onto a wide inside passageway. Each inside cabin offers twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available and has a porthole facing the outside.

from $3,990* pp twin share
from $4,990* solo



Outside Cabin
The majority of Outside cabins have twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck area with picture windows to view the passing scenery.

from $4,490* pp twin share 
from $5,590* solo



Stateroom
The spacious Staterooms offer a double bed (some have an extra single bed) and open onto the outside deck area. Mini-bars, fridges and tea and coffee making facilities are also included.

from $5,190* pp twin share
from $6,390* solo





Stateroom images are representative only. Some rooms in the same
category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.
*All fares are based on an ADL departure.  Departure from other cities available on request.


THE GHAN - GOLD CLASS FEATURES
During the day, the compact twin-berth sleeper cabins offer a comfortable three-seater lounge, converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. The cabin has private ensuite facilities with complimentary toiletries.


 Ensuite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary bathroom amenities

 Lockable door and power outlets 

 In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available

 

Gold Class single cabins feature a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower / toilet facilities at the end of the carriage.



   

The Ghan

Average length of train: 774m

Average weight of train: 1400 tonnes (based on locomotives and 30 carriages)

Length of track: 2979km

Length of journey: 54 hours – 2979km

Average speed of train: 85km/hour (max speed 115km/hour)

Symbol: The Ghan's symbol is a camel and its handler in recognition of the pioneering Afghan cameleers.

Average number of carriages: 30 including guest carriages, crew quarters, restaurants, lounges and power vans.

 

The Murray Princess
The PS Murray Princess is a true inland paddlewheeler built for the Murray River, with a character and charm of yesteryear. It is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Catering for just 120 passengers, she brings the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the remarkable setting of Australia’s outback.

Don't be fooled by most modern-day imitation paddlewheelers where the paddle is often on the side and just for show. The PS Murray Princess is an authentic paddlewheeler, propelled by its massive stern wheel. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and informal in style. The lounge features a majestic view of the paddlewheel in action through a two storey viewing window. Upper and lower lounge areas are accessed by the classic brass and mahogany style spiral staircase.

The PS Murray Princess cruises between Mannum, Murray Bridge and Salter's Station along the Murray River. The wetlands in this area provide essential breeding and feeding habitats for many species of waterbirds, fish, invertebrates and plants, meaning that you'll see wonderful wildlife in this outback setting.

 



   
   
   


 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Your deposit will vary by grade of accommodation and is due within three days of reservation. 

*Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice.  All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any timeCruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. All timings are subject to change. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit.


There is no charge for direct deposits or payment by cheque. Credit card payments incur the following fees: 1.2% Visa & Mastercard / 3% Diners Club & American Express.


 

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