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Murray River Run

Victoria

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Tour summary

EARLY BIRD DEAL - Save $400 per couple or $200 Sole for Nov 2021 tours. Booked by 28 Feb 2021. Terms and conditions apply.
Terms and conditions apply.
Join us to discover a bygone era of romantic travel as we enjoy the serenity of cruising the Upper Murray River aboard a traditional wood-fired paddle steamer. With 3 nights aboard the PS Emmylou, we’ll take in the river’s fascinating history, local culinary experiences, and natural wonders. Add in 4 nights in Echuca, a night in Melbourne, and visits to Swan Hill, Bendigo, and Glenrowan to round off this 9 day ‘Gold Class’ delight.

Departure location:
Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide airports
Return location:
Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide airports
Tour duration:
9
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

14th November 2021 - GOLD

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Murray River Run

Tour pricing

Upper Deck Twin
Gold
Gold
$
4890
pp
Upper Deck Double
Gold
Gold
$
4940
pp
Queen Cabin
Gold
Gold
$
4995
pp
Sole Use (plus)
Gold
Gold
$
990
pp
Deposit:
$1000 per person
Sole Use:
Plus $990 on Twin Share Price
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

DEPOSIT
$1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

 N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

If COVID-19restricts operation of tour, deposit is *refundable or *money held in credit for future use (*Terms and Conditions apply).

Tour inclusions

•  Return economy class flights ex Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide to Melbourne

•  Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel

•  Heathcote Wines for winetasting and afternoon tea platters matched with wine 

•  Locally guided town tour of Echuca and Moama 

•  1 Night Port of Echuca 

•  National Holden Museum 

•  3 nights Murray River Discovery Cruise onboard the PS Emmylou Paddle-Steamer with daily on-shore excursions 

•  Beer and wine served with dinner daily on cruise 

•  On-shore excursion to Perricoota Station; Barmah Wetlands eco cruise; St Anne’s Winery 

•  Riverbank grand dining Australian BBQ finale night on the banks of the Murray 

•  Great Aussie Beer Shed &Heritage Farm Museum 

•  3 nights Echuca 

•  Day tour to Bendigo touring the Central Deborah Gold Mine; take the ‘Talking Tram’ ride & visit the Golden Dragon Museum 

•  Day tour to Swan Hill taking time at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement 

•  Witness ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand sound & light show at Glenrowan 

•  1 night 5 star Melbourne CBD 

•  Free morning in Melbourne with late check-out for retail therapy 

•  23 meals

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Included meals:

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Flight included
Flight included
Cruise
Cruise
Tram
Tram
Heritage
Heritage
Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Entertainment
Entertainment

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide airports
Returns
Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide airports

Day

1

Melbourne - Eucha

Flight included
Flight included
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Fly into Melbourne and board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach. We hit the road and make our way to Heathcote Winery where we enjoy wine tasting and platters.

From here we make a short journey to Echuca.

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2

Aboard PS Emmylou

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After breakfast we join a local guide for a coach tour that takes us around the districts Moama and Echuca, showing us the history of the Murray River and its paddle steamers. On return from our guided tour we explore the heritage museum depicting local history with artifacts, costumes, photographs and documents tracing early settler life. Across from here wander through the National Holden Motor Museum one of the nation’s largest collections of Holdens, putting this private museum amongst the largest single brand car museums

 

in Australia. We gather for lunch at the historic Bridge Hote lbefore we make our way to check-in to the PS Emmylou. Discover leisurely cruising over 160km’s of the winding upper Murray River cruising aboard a traditional wood-fired Paddle-steamer. Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. As the sun starts to set over the river, enjoy an evening cocktail before your chef prepared welcome dinner. 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”.

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3

Aboard PS Emmylou

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Eco
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Heritage

This morning we travel to the small town of Barmah where we take a guided eco cruise. Glide through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands, enjoy a lovely picnic lunch riverside, before we continue to visit the region’s largest winery St Anne’s. Enjoy a short winery tour then taste their fabulous table and fortified wines, and sample delicious Echuca Cheeses and Chocolates all made from local produce. Join the Skipper for a guided tour of the gardens and buildings before Emmylou continues upriver towards Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, it’s movie night, with a special presentation of ‘Riverboats Remembered’ a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of the mid 1850’s along the Murray River.

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Aboard PS Emmylou

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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 up stream. Tonight, you will enjoy our signature grand dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Join your fellow passenger sat the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

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Eucha

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
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Cruise
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Eco
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Local guide
Heritage
Heritage

This morning before breakfast early rises can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell. On return disembark and re-board your ‘Gold Class’ coach. We start our day with an intriguing tour of the Great Aussie Beer Shed & Heritage Farm Museum, the only one of its kind in Australia. This tour will take you right back down memory lane with an unbelievable display of Aussie Icon paraphernalia including over 17,000 beer cans from Australia and around the world. Other interesting and related items include tap tops, handles, barrels, bottles, signs, brewery manufacturing equipment and machinery. Following lunch today enjoy a free afternoon downtown.

 

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Bendigo

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Heritage

We travel to the gold mining town of Bendigo arriving at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Here, walk in the footsteps of miners who discovered almost one tonne of the world’s most precious metal. Next, we board the vintage ‘Talking Tram’ to be delighted by the grand architecture of Bendigo as the tram tells of the city’s golden past. Following lunch, we visit the Golden Dragon Museum – a living history of the Chinese people of Bendigo from the goldrush of the 1850’s to the present day. Having become the hub of Chinese cultural activity in Australia, experience first-hand Chinese arts and crafts with visiting artisans and tradespeople.


 

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Swan Hill

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This morning we follow the Murray River through Kerang on to Swan Hill where we spend time at Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. Presenting 100 years of history on the banks of the Murray River discover a variety of working displays, buildings, restorations, and exhibits. From horse and carriage rides to restored vintage car rides, the Pioneer Settlement showcases Australian history with a hands-on journey.


 

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Glenrowan - Melbourne

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Enjoy a later start todaywhere we depart Echuca travellingthrough Shepparton to Ned Kellycountry, Glenrowan. Witness ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’, a light and sound show that is are-enactment of the events that led up to the capture and hanging of Ned Kelly. Departing Glenrowan, we make our way to Melbourne CBD for our last night together in 5-star luxury.


 

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Melbourne

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We have arranged a late check-out this morning for you to enjoy free time in vibrant Melbourne. Famous laneways are buzzing with shopping arcades, street art, cafés, bars and boutiques, all with their own individual character and charm. Meet back at the hotel lobby at 12pm for transfers to the airport for your respective flights home.


 

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