Music on the Murray

Music on the Murray

27 September - 4 October 2019

Imagine combining the best hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with the best that the mighty Murray has to offer! Join us for a rockn’ rollin’ good time on this exclusive Operatunity charter of the Murray Princess, escorted by Bonnie, Karl, Suzanne Lynch, Rutene Spooner, Tainui Kuru and band. 

$6,580 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Room Supplement
- ADD $3,520 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$900 NZD
Second Deposit Due 25 February 2019
$2,500 NZD
Final Balance Due 24 May 2019

Music on the Murray

  • Experience the Exceptional

    Introducing Bonnie, Karl, Suzanne Lynch, Bryony Williams, Rutene Spooner and Tainui Kuru with band for an outstanding feast of fun, frolicking, popular concerts and dances.

    Cruise the idyllic Murray River with its rich tapestry of history, with sights like pelicans at dawn, as well as listening to magical music AND having the time of your lives!

    Specially themed musical events including  the following concerts: This is your Life: Suzanne Lynch, Hits from the 50’s to  the 70’s, Bonnie and Karl’s show: Ebony and Ivory Solid Gold, The Best of the Crooners, Shake, Rattle and Roll and Showstoppers from the Golden Era of Musicals!

    Play, party and a trip down memory lane on this magical, musical Murray trip!

    History of the Murray, wine tasting in the Barossa Valley and magnificent scenery.

    Leave your wallets at home as all meals are included as well.

  • Murray Princess (7 nights)

    • Brief tour of Adelaide then Handorf, a cute little German settlement for lunch and a chance to shop.
    • Tonight, a concert entitled Best of the Crooners, relive some old favourites of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Judy Garland and introduce our fabulous talented team of artists. What a great way to start our week!

  • • A visit to Murray Bridge, our first stop for sights and some shopping!
    • A chance to wander around Mannum and visit the museum.
    • Fancy dress night with concert: Hits of the 50’s through to 70’s. Dress in costumes from these decades, the wackier the better! Then maybe a little dancing after dinner?

  • • A leisurely morning cruising upriver to the Big Bend with visit to Blanchetown and Burk Salter’s vineyard plus wine tasting.
    • After dinner This is your life: Suzanne Lynch where we celebrate Suzy’s life as a pop diva.

  • • A tour of the Barossa Valley including wine tasting.
    • Later we are invited to join the first officer on his Ghost Tour of Morgan.
    • We enjoy the movie Hairspray tonight, reliving the time when hair was big, songs were bigger and sentimentality was the biggest thing of all.

  • • A guided tour of the Morgan Museum.
    • Musical charades which will include some great prizes for the craziest and for the winning teams.
    • Roonka Conservation Park and take to tender boats to enjoy the wetlands up close and personal.
    Showstoppers from the Golden Era of Musicals, featuring The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.

  • • A tour of Swan Reach after travelling through Lock and Weir #1.
    • A Woolshed Sound & Light Show where typical Australian woolshed history is recreated.
    • The great Aussie BBQ with campfire tales, family soirée and singalongs plus an optional nocturnal tour to view those nocturnal animals.
    • Karl and Bonnie present their own show: Ebony and Ivory, Solid Gold!

  • • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites.
    • A chance for adventure seekers to take a scenic speed boat ride!
    • Final night Captain’s Dinner and the team presenting Shake, Rattle and Roll. A highlight of the trip and a perfect way to celebrate the end of our perfect tour.

  • •  We farewell the Murray and fly home, full of food and music and food and sights!

This trip includes

  • Return Air New Zealand airfares Auckland – Adelaide including all taxes.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation on the newly refurbished Murray Princess!

  • 10 fabulous artists to entertain and escort the cruise: Bonnie, Karl, Suzanne Lynch, Bryony Williams, Rutene Spooner and Tainui Kuru with band.

  • Specially themed musical events including the following concerts: This is your Life: Suzanne Lynch, Hits from the 50’s to the 70’s, Ebony and Ivory Solid Gold, The Best of the Crooners, Shake, Rattle and Roll, and Showstoppers from the Golden era of Musicals!

  • Other special flavours include fancy dress night, Aussie BBQ, Hairspray movie night, Murray Cup and musical charades!

  • Great day out in the Barossa Valley with wine tasting, gourmet foods and great shopping experiences.

  • Itinerary also includes the Murray Princess’ schedule with visits to Blanchetown, Burk Salter’s Vineyard, Swan Reach, Murray Bridge, Lock and Weir #1 (dependent on water levels) and Sunnydale for a fun farm visit and show.

  • Leave your wallets at home as all meals are included on board: excellent meals with great variety and fresh produce. Just a need to diet on return home!

  • All musical events, taxes, porterage and food is included.

  • GENTLE TOUR

    This tour will suit most people but, sorry, not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking but not a lot. 

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    • All trips are subject to change but any changes will be of equal or greater value.

    • Deposits refundable until final payment date minus any costs incurred, or an administration fee of up to $150.

    • Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.

    • Travellers are required to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for all international trips.

    Please refer to terms & conditions on our booking form.

PLACES WE STAY 

PS Murray Princess, the fabulous paddle-steamer has recently been refurbished and is ours exclusively for our 7 night tour.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

All musical entertainment will be provided by our fabulous artists.

This is Your Life: Suzanne Lynch.

Ebony and Ivory Solid Gold presented by Bonnie & Karl.

Showstoppers from the Golden Era of Musicals, featuring The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.

Fancy-dress concert Hits of the 50’s through to 70’s.

Best of the Crooners including favourites of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Judy Garland.

Final night Captains Dinner over Shake, Rattle & Roll.

 

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email [email protected]You are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: [email protected]

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: [email protected]

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