Duration: 1 night river cruise tour
Price from: £449pp
Day 1 Melbourne/Layfield Lane: Transfer from Melbourne to the Riverboat Dock in Echuca to board the iconic PS Emmylou paddlesteamer for a 6.30pm departure. Why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink or visit the wheelhouse to see the skipper as the sun starts to set over the river. Listen to the river birds’ evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear while you enjoy your chef prepared multi-course dinner. PS Emmylou’s powerful floodlights then light the banks of the river as nocturnal wildlife begins to emerge. After steaming upstream, Emmylou turns to continue downstream back under the Echuca/Moama Bridge and past the imposing Echuca Wharf along with other moored paddlesteamers. Emmylou travels onwards along the river before pulling into the mooring for the evening at Layfield Lane. Here, a campfire is set up (subject to weather) under the stars where you can enjoy a good yarn with fellow passengers. Relax with a beverage from the bar or roast marshmallows before retiring.
Day 2 Layfield Lane/Melbourne: Awake early and enjoy a bush walk before returning to Emmylou and tucking into a fully cooked or continental breakfast. All too soon, it’s time to cruise back to Port of Echuca, which you reach at around 9.30am where you disembark for your transfer back to Melbourne.
The majestic PS Emmylou is the world’s only wood-fired paddlesteamer. Relax in a warm inviting atmosphere of mid 1800s riverboat charm without sacrificing modern conveniences. Catering for just 18 guests within 9 cabins, other onboard features include a restaurant, bar, lounge, sun deck and free WiFi.
Departures: On selected Saturdays.
Accommodation: In main deck deluxe cabins on PS Emmylou with air-conditioning, twin beds and shared bathroom.
Upgrade options: Deluxe en suite upper deck twin/double cabins * Emmylou suite which has a seating area with a French door opening to the deck.
Meals: Multi-course dinner on day 1. Breakfast on day 2.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return transfers from Melbourne, accommodation as shown, onshore tours as shown and gratuities. Alternative 2, 3 & 4 night cruises also available.