5 June 2018 • 25 Nights From Kimonos to Kakadu Fly, Stay & Cruise Package

  • Pricing

    per person twin share 

    Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony  –  $14,640

    Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony  –  $14,950

    Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony – $15,590

     Single Deluxe Balcony  –  $22,585



    • One way economy class airfare^ from Sydney or Melbourne to Osaka including tax
    • One way private car transfer from Osaka airport to hotel
    • 2 nights accommodation at a 5-star hotel Osaka
    • One way private car transfer from Osaka hotel to port
    • 9 night `Ancestoral Japan` cruise (non-expedition) from Osaka 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) | Port taxes
    • 12 night `Exploring the Malay Archipelago` cruise (expedition) from Manila to Darwin 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
    • 2 nights accommodation at the Hilton Darwin hotel, Darwin with breakfast
    • One way private car transfer from Darwin hotel to airport
    • One way economy class airfare^ from Darwin to Sydney or Melbourne inc tax


    *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 (03Feb17). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees may apply. ^All airfares/taxes are based on 2017 rates/schedules and are subject to change until bookable approx 10 months in advance. Once booked said 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. Please note that the prices shown here are based on current 30% Ponant bonus discounted fares and no single supplement offer which maybe withdrawn at anytime by cruise line. 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 for this reason. Offer ends 30Apr17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve rights to correct errors without penalty. Only the 2nd expedition cruise includes shore excursions and activities as it is an Expedition Cruise. First cruise does not include shore excursions. Transfer in Darwin from port to hotel is not included.

  • Itinerary – 2018

    Ancestral Japan

    First Cruise – Imperial Japan Osaka to Manila


    Day 1: 05 JUNE – Fly Sydney or Melbourne to Osaka

    Day 2: 06 JUNE – Arrive Osaka, Transfer to hotel

    Day 3: 07 JUNE – Osaka at leisure
    Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs

    Day 4: 08 JUNE – Transfer to port, embark L`Austral cruise. First Cruise – Ancestral Japan

    Day 5: 09 JUNE – HIROSHIMA
    Arrival 09/06/2018 at 12H00 . Departure 09/06/2018 at 20H00 .
    Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesnメt forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. Youメll enjoy the city’s modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the townメs historic garden.

    Day 6: – 10 JUNE – AT SEA

    Day 7: – 11 JUNE – YAKUSHIMA
    Arrival 11/06/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 11/06/2018 at 13H00 .
    A splendid sub-tropical, mountainous island listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Yakushima is one of the most beautiful islands in the Japanese archipelago. Its extensive yakusugi forest contains some of Japanメs oldest living trees ヨ cedars that are over 1000 metres tall and up to 7,000 years old. The Senpiro and Toroki waterfalls, each one several dozens of metres high, are equally impressive. A feast for the eyes.

    Day 8: – 12 JUNE – NAHA, OKINAWA
    Arrival 12/06/2018 at 12H30 . Departure 12/06/2018 at 18H30 .
    Capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island. Youメll love its lively atmosphere, particularly along Kokusai Dori, otherwise known as モinternational streetヤ. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed モNahaメs kitchenヤ offers a profusion of colourful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot . For an insight into the islandメs heritage, which combines Japanese and Taiwanese influences, visit Shuri Castle, a medieval building protected by UNESCO and surrounded by lovely gardens.

    Day 9: – 13 JUNE – ISHIGAKIprogram-5103362
    Arrival 13/06/2018 at 12H30 . Departure 13/06/2018 at 19H00 .
    Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. Youメve guessed it, you donメt come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkelling session ᅠヨ ᅠyou may witness the モflightヤ of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the islandメs south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world

    Day 10: 14 JUNE – HUALIEN
    Arrival 14/06/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 14/06/2018 at 21H00 .
    Nicknamed “the beautiful island” by Portuguese sailors, 70% of the island of Taiwan is covered in lush, subtropical vegetation. When your ship stops in Hualien discover the stunning Taroko Gorge, one of the island’s must-see sites. This natural masterpiece, sculpted by the pure waters of the Liwu River, is known for its 1,200 metre-high marble cliffs, from which a unique panorama unfolds. During your stop here, discover the Eternal Spring Shrine, a complex clinging to the side of a mountain, made up of several small temples and overlooking a glistening waterfall. Then, along the Tunnel of Nine Turns, you will be able to admire the spectacular gorges which wind their way through deep canyons over some twenty kilometres.

    Day 11: 15 JUNE – AT SEA

    Day 12: 16 JUNE – AT SEA

    Day 13: 17 JUNE – MANILA
    Disembarkation 17/06/2018 at 07H00 .
    On first sight, the Philippines capital shows its highly Americanised Asian megalopolis side, with ultramodern skyscrapers set all along the waterfront. But when you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Intramuros district, youメll discover a different side of Manila, one thatメs full of old-world charm. An enchanted pause in the middle of urban bustle, Rizal Parkメs 60 hectares of magnificent green parkland is perfect for recharging your batteries. To see the city from a different angle, take a walk along Roxas boulevard, a popular seaside promenade.

    Second Cruise – Exploring the Malay Archipelago – Departs same day at 5pm

    Day 14: 18 JUNE – CORON

    Exploring the Malay Archipelago

    Second Cruise – Exploring the Malay Archipelago Manila to Darwin


    Arrival 18/06/2018 at 09H00 . Departure 18/06/2018 at 19H30 .
    Anchored off the extreme north of Palawan in the heart of the Philippinesメ Calamian Islands, the little island of Coron is an emerald gem adorned with lakes. Among the many activities here, you can explore the shores of Lake Kayangan in a bangka, a traditional outrigger cano dive in the ᅠfresh, warm waters of Lake Barracuda. Famous for its limestone cliffs pierced with caves, the island also has an extraordinary cultural heritage. A stopover in Coron offers an excellent opportunity for meeting the indigenous Tagbanua tribe, a fishing and hunting people who ensure their island remains unspoilt. And it has paid off. Coron has retained all its natural wonders.

    Day 15: 19 JUNE – AT SEA

    Day 16: 20 JUNE – SANDAKAN, SABAH
    Arrival 20/06/2018 at 06H30 Overnight
    Home to the oldest tropical rainforests on our planet, the island of Borneo is a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, including the famous orang-utan, whose name translates as “man of the forest” from Malay. The only Asian representative of the great apes, they are easily recognisable by their long arms and flamboyant orange hair. The Kabili – Sepilok Forest Reserve and Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuaries contain some of Borneo’s highest concentrations of wildlife and are considered the best areas for viewing wildlife in Malaysia. Sightings of proboscis monkeys are common in the late afternoon, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques frequent the trees along the riverbanks and they provide the best chance to see orang-utans.

    Day 17: 21 JUNE 2018 – SANDAKAN, SABAH
    Departure 21/06/2018 at 14H00 .

    Day 18: 22 JUNE – AT SEA

    Arrival 23/06/2018 at 07H30 . Departure 23/06/2018 at 18H30 .
    The Saronde islands are located in the northern Gulf of Kwandang, part of the North Gorontalo regency. These small uninhabited islands are surrounded by clear waters and beautiful coral reef systems. Pulau Saronde boasts a white sand beach providing easy access to the fringing coral reef. After a short zodiac ride to the beach, enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling or just relax in the shade and absorb the idyllic tropical atmosphere.

    Arrival 24/06/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 24/06/2018 at 12H00 .
    Established in 1991, Bunaken Marine Park was among the first of Indonesia’s marine parks. The park is globally renowned for its rich ecosystems, comprising fringing and barrier reefs. There are seven times more genera of coral than in Hawaiian waters, and more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling on one of the many islands within the marine park. During lunch your ship will relocate to Tangkoko Nature Reserve, home to at least 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and the Spectral Tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world.
    Arrival 24/06/2018 at 14H30 . Departure 24/06/2018 at 21H00 .
    During lunch your ship will relocate to Tangkoko Nature Reserve, home to at least 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and the Spectral Tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world.

    Day 21: 25 JUNE – AT SEAExploring the Malay Archipelago

    Arrival 26/06/2018 at 06H30 . Departure 26/06/2018 at 18H00 .
    If you are travelling the world in search for the most beautiful diving spots, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Indonesian Raja Empat islands. Off Sorong, ideally located in the heart of the illustrious “Coral Triangle”, the 1,500 or so islets that make up the archipelago are the ideal place for admiring some outstandingly diverse coral reefs. At the junction of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Raja Empat islands, covered with lush jungle, are also extraordinary lands for hiking. Between multi-coloured lagoons, immaculate beaches and green landscapes, the Raja Empat islands offer you a breath-taking palette of colours…

    Arrival 27/06/2018 at 12H00 . Departure 27/06/2018 at 17H30 .
    From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle… The attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

    Day 24: 28 JUNE – AT SEA

    Day 25: 29 JUNE – DARWIN – Disembarkation 29/06/2018 at 08H00 .
    Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.
    Make your way to your hotel for 2 night stay in Darwin.

    Day 26: 30 JUNE – DARWIN
    Kakadu National Park day tour with lunch

    Day 27: 01 JULY – DARWIN – Make your way to the airport today for your return flight home 

  • Only one date available 05 – 27 June 2018

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