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Kimberley Escapes with the Le Soleal

21 night package. Broome to Darwin cruise onboard Le Soleal

Oceania, Australia, Kimberley
Broome, Australia - Darwin, Australia
15 Sep 2022
21 nights
For sale until 31 May 2021
Broome Arrival:  12 Sep 2022
PACKAGE INCLUDES
FROM
$13,599 USD
PER PERSON *
$618 USD P/DAY
SAVE UP TO 47%

Inclusions

Check-in on Mon, 12 Sep 2022 for 3 nights PRE accommodation at the Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome
Departing on Thu, 15 Sep 2022 for 10 nights CRUISE accommodation onboard Le Soleal
Check-in on Sun, 25 Sep 2022 for 3 nights POST accommodation at the Hilton (incl. Breakfast), Darwin
5 night guided tour from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock including accommodation with daily breakfast, 4 dinners, day tours and transfers
West MacDonnell Ranges Touring
Creek Bed Walk at Kings Canyon
Toast the Uluru sunset with drinks and canapes
Uluru & Kata Tjuta Touring
Transfers in Broome & Darwin
The PONANT ships are deliberately designed to welcome aboard a limited number of passengers
Aboard you will feel this "French Touch" in the design and decor
Fragonard mood fragrances, Hermes bath products in all staterooms and Suites, spa care products and services by Sothy's
Stateroom decor designed by the French architect-designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and fabrics by Pierre Frey contribure to create a calming and luxurious atmosphere
Afternoon tea including Laduree macarons, Lenotre sweet pastries and a selection of fine wines from Maison Taillevent and Veuve Clicquot champagne at gala dinners
Open bar from the moment you board and throughout your cruise, your unlimited drinks are included, at any time of the day
Cruise gratuties
Port & government taxes
Your Pre-Cruise hotel options in Broome
3 nights' accommodation(Garden View Studio)
at the Cable Beach Club Resort is included in the package price.
Upgrade to Ocean Side Studio from $190.00 per person
Book an extra night from $370.00 per person per night

Itinerary

DAYPORTARRDEP
12 Sep 2022Broome. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to the hotel. Spend the day at leisure

Overnight in Broome

13 Sep 2022Broome. Spend the morning at leisure. In the after, enjoy a sunset camel ride.

Overnight in Broome

14 Sep 2022Broome. Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight in Broome

15 Sep 2022Broome. After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred to the cruise port to embark the ship. Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature… Embark
16 Sep 2022The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.
17-18 Sep 2022Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.
19 Sep 2022Careening Bay. Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!
20 Sep 2022Hunter River. Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.
21 Sep 2022Swift Bay. The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.
22 Sep 2022Vansittart Bay. Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.
23 Sep 2022King George River. The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.
24 Sep 2022At sea. During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
25 Sep 2022Darwin. 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. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

After you have disembarked, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure

Overnight in Darwin

Disembark
26 Sep 2022Darwin. Spend the day at leisure

Overnight in Darwin

27 Sep 2022Darwin. Spend the day at leisure

Overnight in Darwin

28 Sep 2022Darwin-Alice Springs. After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred to the airport to board your flight to Alice Springs.

Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a group dinner at the hotel

Overnight at Mercure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs D

29 Sep 2022West MacDonnell Ranges. Today, enjoy a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges. The West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. You will have opportunity to explore beautiful walks. First walk will be at Standley Chasm walk, followed by Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge walk. You might have chance to jump in the beautiful waterhole for swim (subject to change due to weather). There will be a stop at a local cafe for lunch.

Last stop will be Simpsons Gap on the return to Alice Springs.

Overnight at Mercure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs B, L

30 Sep 2022Kings Canyon. After hotel check out, depart for Kings Canyon. Your driver will escort the group to the the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed walk on arrival and in the evening you'll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Kings Canyon Resort B, D

1 Oct 2022Ayers Rock Resort. For early risers, there's an opportunity to complete Kings Canyon Rim Walk before breakfast.

Then, after breakfast, you'll depart for Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, toast the Uluru sunset with drinks and canapes. Enjoy an Aussie Barbecue Dinner at an exclusive venue after sunset with Uluru as your stunning backdrop

Overnight at Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort B, D

2 Oct 2022Uluru & Kata Tjuta. Before sunrise explore the Field of Light installation. You'll then enjoy a tour of Uluru including Mutitjulu Waterhole and Uluru Cultural Centre. In the evening, enjoy the Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge and Kata Tjuta sunset with drinks and canapes.

Overnight at Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort B D

3 Oct 2022Ayers Rock. After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred back to the airport to board your flight home.

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Pricing

CABIN GRADEWASNOW
Prestige Deck 4 (PR4)$25,659 USD$13,599 USD
Prestige Deck 5 (PR5)$25,889 USD$13,979 USD
Prestige Deck 5 Suite (PS5)$29,529 USD$20,079 USD
* All prices are quoted in US dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Taxes are correct at time of publication and subject to change due to airline fluctuation, currency fluctuation, government changes, departure city and stop overs. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply.
* Free upgrades are on selected categories and subject to availability.
* Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

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