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7 Day Melbourne & Murray River incl. 4 Night Boutique Echuca Paddlesteamer Cruise w/ Dining Included, Hotel Accom., Food & Wine Tour + more.

7 Day Melbourne & Murray River incl. 4 Night Boutique Echuca Paddlesteamer Cruise w/ Dining Included, Hotel Accom., Food & Wine Tour + more.

7 Days

Step back in time on your luxury river paddlesteamer as you explore the rich culture and incredible nature of the spectacular Upper Murray River. 

  • 1 night 4-star accommodation in Melbourne
  • 4 night luxury river cruise on the stunning PS Emmylou
  • V/Line Train tickets to/from Melbourne
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks during your cruise

About This Trip

Take a step back in time to experience the romance of the paddle steamer era on the glorious Murray River. Board the PS Emmylou, the world’s only wood-fired paddlesteamer. Built in the 1980s to plans used in the 1800s, PS Emmylou underwent a luxury overhaul to provide a touring experience like no other. 


With only 16 passengers and 8 luxury cabins, the PS Emmylou will provide you with a gentle and romantic way to explore one of the richest areas of wilderness in Australia, the Murray River. Your 4-night explorer cruise takes you up the river to explore local wineries, hike some indigenous trails and get up close and personal with the abundance of local wildlife. With all meals, wine and beer included, you are in for a gastronomic treat as your onboard chef creates local specialities from the best of the seasonal produce. 


Relax on the deck as the deep greens of the wild Murray River sweep by, or try your hand at steering the cruiser, or getting into the authentic wood burning engine room and learn how to power this remarkable craft. Add to this a night in beautiful Melbourne when you arrive and a night in the delightful historic town of Echuca and all the transfers to and from your accommodation to the ship and you have a truly memorable luxury experience. 

What's Included
1 night 4-star accommodation in Melbourne

We have hand-selected the Oaks on Collins Street for its outstanding location and luxury

1 night 4-star accommodation in Port of Echuca

To allow you to explore this delightful town we have booked you into the fabulous Mercure Hotel

4 night luxury river cruise on the stunning PS Emmylou

4 nights in a twin cabin onboard the world’s only wood powered paddlesteamer

V/Line Train tickets to/from Melbourne

We've included free V/Line train tickets between Melbourne & Echuca

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks during your cruise

Breakfast every morning, a delightful lunch, dinner and drinks are included during your cruise

Entry to all included attractions

There are no extras to pay for the Restdown Winery, Eco Tour, or any of the walking tours while onboard the PS Emmylou

Top Local Experiences

Included in your deal

Trip Itinerary


Where You'll Stay

Included in your deal

4 Star Accommodation & Upper Deck Double/Twin Cabin

We have hand-picked the accommodation for your Murray River trip for its location and attention to detail, matching it with the quality of the PS Emmylou to create a seamless, luxurious experience. Should the hotels listed not be available at the time of booking, we will replace them with accommodation of a similar or higher standard. 


Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel - Melbourne

PS Emmylou - Murray River

Mercure - Port of Echuca


  • Queen-size beds 
  • Twin cabin on your cruise
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini-bar, Kettle, Fridge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Air-conditioning
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room

Improve your room's comfort

Upper or Main Deck Queen Cabin Upgrade

In addition to the 4-star accommodation & Upper Deck Twin Cabin option:


  • Queen upper or main deck cabin on your cruise
Total p/p price+$35
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble - Queen Bed
Upper Deck Emmylou Queen Suite Upgrade

In addition to the 4-star accommodation & Upper Deck Twin Cabin option:


  • Upper deck queen suite with private ensuite on your cruise
Total p/p price+$370
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble - Queen Bed
Other Info

The Murray River is a truly delightful part of Australia and it is so steeped in history that we wanted to create a tour that really immersed you in that history. The paddlesteamer tradition on the river stretches back almost 200 years and we looked for the highest quality experience available, one that would provide a transformative, immersive step back in time to the glory days of the paddlesteamers. The PS Emmylou has been painstakingly constructed, then refitted to provide sheer luxury for its passengers. The cabins have been tastefully designed in wood, with an art-deco feel. The dining area on your vintage wooden deck provides a stunning al-fresco experience and your chef is constantly redesigning his first-class menu to provide the freshest, most local flavours available. 


While you are on board, you will hardly want to leave, that is until you see the excursions we have laid on for you. Enjoy every second of this classic return to a slower age as you travel through history on the Murray River. 


This trip is focused on the Murray River, but there are a couple of stops on land too. You start off by flying into Melbourne where we have hand-picked an incredible hotel right in the centre of town. From there you will be collected and transferred to Echuca where you will board the PS Emmylou which will take you downriver to Perricoota Station, Torrumbarry Weir and Layfield Lane before returning you to Port of Echuca where you will spend a final night in a luxurious hotel. From here, we will transfer you back to Melbourne to meet your onward travel. 


We have hand-selected two incredible hotels for your time on land, and while you are on the river, you will stay in the vintage splendour of the PS Emmylou, the only craft of its kind in the whole world. 


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre

important info


  • Return flights
  • Visas
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

Age restrictions

  • This tour is restricted to guests aged 18 years or older


  • The minimum number for this trip to operate is two people
  • Double or twin share basis

Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond your return travel date is required for all passengers (including children and infants)
  • Visitors may require a visa to enter
  • It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure they are holding the correct and current visa for the countries they are visiting
  • If the visitor is a non-Australian passport holder, a valid re-entry visa may be required.
  • Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and processing times

Travel insurance

  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package

Health & vaccination

  • Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective
  • We do recommend wearing mosquito repellant and sunscreens
  • It is advised that you ensure you have adequate health insurance cover as part of your travel insurance


  • Porterage is available from Melbourne back to Melbourne, although a tip is recommended


  • Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion

Fitness requirements

  • Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility. They must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and in some cases climb stairs

Dietary requirements

  • Any dietary requirements must be received by DealsAway at least 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to provide these details by this date may result in an inability to cater for your requirements
  • In most cases DealsAway can cater for special dietary requirements but please note that on occasion, this may not be possible due to location, lack of availability of ingredients, and other extenuating circumstances. It is always advised to carry supplies with you


  • Airport transfers are not included on this trip, however, all other transfers are


  • Any applicable pre-trip or tour documentation will be emailed to you prior to travelling. Should you have any queries regarding this please feel free to contact us directly via email at

DealsAway savings

  • The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving

Itinerary amendments & changes

  • Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time


  • All DealsAway trips are available on a request only basis and are subject to availability. Once booked you should receive a payment confirmation and receipt via email, followed by a booking confirmation normally within 72hrs of making a booking, sometimes this can take a little longer subject to supplier delay
  • If you have not received your confirmation within 5 business days of payment confirmation please contact us immediately by email at 
  • In the event that your trip is unavailable for the dates you have chosen, we will contact you by telephone to advise the next available dates


  • Any prices quoted exclude specific costs/measures which may be introduced at a later stage as a result of Government changes due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. DealsAway will inform its guests of these changes as soon as possible, these additional charges will be passed on by DealsAway to the guest



Name change or corrections

  • Name corrections may incur a fee
  • Name changes are not permitted

Date changes

  • Date changes are not permitted


  • Please refer to our Booking Conditions for all information on refunds

Special requests

  • If you or any members of your travelling party have any special requests (for example a dietary requirement, specific room location etc), please let DealsAway know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to assist you with your request.



  • Please be aware that the booking conditions state that your holiday can be terminated, with no refund, if the behaviour of you or any members of your travelling party does not meet an acceptable standard. You will also often be required to pay for any damages you or members of your travelling party cause to accommodation, coach, train or cruise ship

Holiday extras

  • If you wish to purchase any extras or upgrades please contact us at for information on our optional extras

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