10 March 2018 • 21 Nights From Outback to Orang-utan Package • Low Single Supplement

  • Pricing

    per person twin share

      Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony  –  $13,685

     Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony  –  $14,095

    Twin DS6 Deluxe Suite  –  $16,855

    Twin PS5 Prestige Suite  –  $17,585

    Single PR5 Prestige Balcony  –  $16,165


    • One way economy airfare** from Sydney to Adelaide inc tax, luggage and refreshment
    • One way private car transfer from Adelaide airport to hotel
    • 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Adelaide with breakfast
    • 2 night The Ghan train journey from Adelaide to Darwin in a Gold Twin or Gold Single cabin featuring: For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day | For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage | Power outlets in cabin | In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available | All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant | All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages | All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops in Katherine, Alice Springs and Marla
    • 1 nights accommodation at the Hilton Darwin hotel including breakfast
    • One way private car transfer from Darwin hotel to airport
    • One way economy class airfare** from Darwin to Cairns including tax
    • One way private car transfer from Cairns airport to hotel
    • 1 nights accommodation at the Shangri-la Hotel The Marina, Cairns
    • 16 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard L`Austral from Cairns to Manila including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation); Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands…list available upon request); Evening entertainment and events; Room service 24h (special selection); Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; Zodiac excursions; Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable), Port taxes
    • One way private car transfer from Manila port to airport
    • One way economy class airfare** from Manila to Sydney inc tax, luggage and refreshment


    *Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (23Feb17). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2017 rates and schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 30Apr17 or sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to 30% Ponant bonus fare and single rates are subject to the no-single-supplement offer availability at time of booking. Transfers in Adelaide on 11Mar18, Darwin on 13Mar18 and Cairns on 14Mar18 are not included in package prices. Travel insurance is mandatory on expedition cruises and is not included in prices listed here.

  • Itinerary – 2018

    From Australia to the Philippines

    Cruise itinerary – Cairns to Manila


    Day 1: 10 March – Fly Sydney to Adelaide, Transfer to hotel

    Day 2: 11 March – Adelaide, Australia
    Make your way to station, embark The Ghan train approx midday. Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape.

    Day 3: 12 March – The Ghan: Alice Springs 1.45pm / 5.30pm
    Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, 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 – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

    Day 4: 13 March – The Ghan: Katherine morning visit, Arrive Darwin 5.3opm
    Make your way from station to hotel Darwin

    Day 5: 14 March – Darwin, Australia
    Transfer to airport, fly Darwin to Cairns and transfer to hotel
    Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s North-East Coast. The postcard streets of the city centre are bordered with mansions featuring colonnaded balconies. On the seafront, you can walk alongside a stroll in the shade of the palm trees and contemplate the luxuriant hillsides surrounding the city. These hills are the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

    Day 6: 15 March – Cairns, Australia
    Embark on your cruise today onboard L’Austral at 6pm

    Day 7: 16 March – At sea

    Day 8: 17 March – Cape York & Thursday Island, Queensland, Australiathe ghan
    Located at Australia’s northernmost tip, Thursday Island is one of the Torres Strait Islands. The neighbouring hills provide access to the historic military fort of Green Hill overlooking the coastline. A vast panorama of the lagoon and nearby islands awaits you from its battlements.

    Day 9: 18 March – At sea

    Day 10: 19 March – Asmat, Papua New Guinea

    Day 11: 20 March – At sea

    Day 12: 21 March – Kei (Kai) Islands, Indonesia

    Day 13: 22 March – Banda Neira, Indonesia
    In the south of the Moluccas archipelago, in the Banda sea, ten little scattered islands form the Indonesian Banda islands reputed for their production of nutmeg and mace flower. From Neira Island and its capital Banda Neira, you will get an exceptional view of the impressive volcano, Gunung Api, still active today. To discover the island’s historical heritage, you can walk along Banda Neira’s tree-lined streets. After this cultural foray, you can enjoy exploring the marine life in the crystalline waters around the island. Between sea and land, there are treasures everywhere here.

    Day 14: 23 March – At sea

    Day 15: 24 March – Pulau Lihaga (Indonesia)From Australia to the Philippines

    Day 16: 25 March – Pulau Saronde (Indonesia)

    Day 17: 26 March – At sea

    Day 18: 27 March – At sea

    Day 19: 28 March – Sandakan, Malaysia
    North-west of Insular Malaysia, in the State of Sabah, Sandakan is a privileged destination for ecotourism. Next to the Sepilok Forest reserve (rehabilitation centre for orang-utans) this coastal city nestles in the heart of a green paradise sheltering rare and protected fauna. Although the city gets its reputation from its proximity to the Sepilok sanctuary, the 10,000-hectare reserve dedicated to large apes.

    Day 20: 29 March – At sea

    Day 21: 30 March – Coron, Philippines
    Anchored off the extreme north of Palawan in the heart of the Philippine archipelago of the Calamian, the little island of Coron is an emerald gem adorned with lakes. Among the many possible activities, you can access the shores of Lake Kayangan in a bangka, a traditional outrigger canoe with bamboo lateral support floats. The waters here are too tempting to miss, and of a rare purity. The fresh, warm waters of Lake Barracuda are excellent for diving. Famous for their limestone cliffs pierced with caves, the island will seduce you by the beauty of its landscapes and its extraordinary cultural heritage.

    Day 22: 31 March – Manila, Philippines – disembark 09:00 AM
    Transfer to airport for your flight to Sydney, arrive next day

  • Only one date available – 10 March to 1 April 2018

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