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Kimberley and Wild Bush Luxury Package

20 night cruise package, from Broome to Darwin on board Le Soleal

*2022 Cruise Tours*, Oceania, Australia, Kimberley
Broome, Australia - Darwin, Australia
17 Jul 2022
20 nights
Cruise Code S170722
For sale until 17 July 2022
Broome Arrival:  11 Jul 2022
PACKAGE INCLUDES
FROM
$13,239 USD
PER PERSON *
$630 USD P/DAY
SAVE UP TO 32%

Inclusions

This itinerary is given as an indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around.
Check-in on Thurs, 14 Jul 2022 for 3 nights PRE accommodation at the Cable Beach Broome
Half Day Pearl Farm Tour and a Sunset Camel Ride along the beautiful white sands of Cable Beach
10 nights cruise accommodation onboard Le Soleal
Check-in on Wed, 27 Jul 2022 for 2 nights accommodation (Pre Bamarru Plains) at the Hilton Darwin
BAMURRU PLAINS ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights at the Wild Bush Luxury Lodge, Bamurru Plains in a Safari Bungalow. Each of the safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life.
BAMURRU PLAINS CHEF PREPARED MEALS: Bamurru’s chefs incorporate native and locally sourced produce to provide a gourmet experience integrating authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes.
BAMURRU PLAINS BEVERAGES: Drinks at any time from the self-service bar offering a variety of refreshments, including an after dinner tipple for those so inclined. There will be a range of premium wines and spirits available for purchase
BAMURRU PLAINS AIRBOAT SAFARIS: Bamurru's signature experience is a thrilling ride across the floodplains by airboat. This wildlife-packed journey takes you from wide open grasslands to a lagoon surrounded by peeling paper bark trees.
BAMURRU PLAINS BIRDING: The Mary River catchment, home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. For serious birders we can arrange for private experiences with ornithologists who specialise in this region.
BAMURRU PLAINS RIVER CRUISES: Takes you for a meander along the Sampan Creek, home to countless crocodiles and even more birds. This riverine habitat showcases different scenery and wildlife to elsewhere on the property, with mangroves lining the banks of the creek and the occasional barra leaping out of the water.
BAMURRU PLAINS OPEN TOP GAME DRIVES: One of the best ways to see the variety of wildlife that teems here is on an open-top game drive, more akin to an African safari across the savannah. You’ll see agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo’s and some of the 236 bird species on the property.
BAMURRU PLAINS GUIDED WALKS: You’re compelled to slow down and absorb the sights and sounds of the bush, understanding how every element has its place. At this pace, nature has a way of showing you what’s important.
BAMURRU PLAINS QUAD BIKE TOURS: Criss-crossing between floodplain savannah, monsoonal forests and dry, open areas dotted with termite mounds alongside buffalo and brumbies, explore Bamurru from the wheel of your own quad bike.
Check-in on Tues, 02 Aug 2022 for 1 night accommodation (Post Bamurru Plains) at the Hilton Darwin
Transfers in Broome and 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
Join our highly qualified local expedition team
Enjoy regular Zodiac® outings & shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature
Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptile
Possibility to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter, from Hunter River.
Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
Fragonard mood fragrances, Hermes bath products in all staterooms and Suites, spa care products and services by Sothy's
Afternoon tea including Laduree macarons, Lenotre sweet pastries and a selection of fine wines from Maison Taillevent and Veuve Clicquot champagne at gala dinners
Stateroom decor designed by the French architect-designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and fabrics by Pierre Frey contribure to create a calming and luxurious atmosphere
Open bar from the moment you board and throughout your cruise, your unlimited drinks are included, at any time of the day
Port & government taxes

Cruise Description

Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of Kimberley, following this exceptional PONANT itinerary.

From Broome to Darwin, embark for an 11-day expedition cruise.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.

Your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, calm waters and desolate mountain chains, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

This itinerary is given as an indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

Cruise Package

For your serenity, PONANT organises the transfer between the city centre and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation day - Broome

From midday, meet and greet by our representatives at 3 dedicated meeting places in Broome, to pick-up your luggage and transfer you to the city centre. These locations will be detailed in your travel document.

Time at leisure in the city centre, and group transfer from the meeting point to the port in time for embarkation (short drive).

Embarkation.

- Cruise onboard your ship -

Please note:

  • To anticipate your group transfer before embarkation, please inform your travel agent about the name of your hotel and your arrival flight details.
  • Local English-speaking assistance services will be provided.
  • In Australia, the local authorities require the clearance of baggage at the first airport of arrival. In case of a domestic flight correspondence, this means you will have to pick up your luggage and check them in again.
  • An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit www.immi.gov.au. Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport.
  • Local currency is Australian Dollar (AUD), most of debit card are accepted.

This programme is subject to change.

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
14 Jul 2022

Broome

Welcome to Broome!

Upon arrival in Broome, you'll be met and transferred to Cable Beach Resort. Spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure

Overnight in Broome

15 Jul 2022

Broome

Enjoy a visit to a Pearl Farm and in the evening be blown away with a Sunset Camel Ride at Cable Beach.

Overnight in Broome

16 Jul 2022

Broome

Your day is at leisure. Take a walk on the beach, take a cab downtown, and explore the many shops or visit an art gallery. A visit to Broome is not complete without beer-battered fish and chips for lunch or dinner at Matso’s Pub.

Overnight in Broome

17 Jul 2022

Broome

After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred to the cruise port to embark Le Soleal

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 natur

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

Embark8pm
18 Jul 2022

Lacepede Islands

The 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

19 Jul 2022

Collier Bay

Lying 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

20 Jul 2022

Collier Bay

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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

21 Jul 2022

Careening 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!

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

22 Jul 2022

Hunter 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

23 Jul 2022

Swift Bay

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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

24 Jul 2022

Vansittart 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

25 Jul 2022

King 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

26 Jul 2022

At 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.

Overnight onboard Le Soleal

27 Jul 2022

Darwin

Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel

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.

Overnight in Darwin

6amDisembark
28 Jul 2022

Darwin

Spend the day at leisure

Overnight in Darwin

29 Jul 2022

Darwin - Bamurru Plains

After breakfast at your Darwin Hotel, you’ll be met and transferred to the airport for our private scenic air charter to Bamurru Plains (baggage restrictions apply^). A stay at Bamurru is bound to inspire a greater awareness of Australia’s unique and specialised environment. Watch as hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, scan the shallows for big saltwater crocodiles as you skim across floodplains by airboat, or slowly cruise the Sampan River watching for silver flashes of fish breaking the surface.

Overnight at Bamurru Plains

30 Jul 2022

Bamurru Plains

We invite you to immerse yourself in an extraordinary bush experience on the coastal floodplains of Australia’s Top End. Bamurru Plains is a safari lodge with exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savanna woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of Kakadu National Park. A profusion of bird and wildlife are at the doorstep of this unique bush experience that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness.

Overnight at Bamurru Plains

31 Jul 2022

Bamurru Plains

Dining at Bamurru Plains is an inclusive part of your stay. Bamurru’s chefs incorporate native and locally sourced produce to provide a gourmet experience integrating authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes, from kangaroo skewers to crispy barramundi with finger lime salsa and quandong ice-cream. Dining is enjoyed with fellow guests, where the day’s stories are recounted and new friends are made.

Overnight at Bamurru Plains

01 Aug 2022

Bamurru Plains

Enjoy your last day with a selection of included guided wilderness safaris which may include air boating across the floodplain, a river cruise looking for big saltwater crocs, a quad bike adventure to explore the outer regions of the property, a 4WD safari in an open-top vehicle or a guided walk amongst the paperbark forests..

Overnight at Bamurru Plains

02 Aug 2022

Bamurru Plains - Darwin

Time to bid farewell to paradise and board your private charter flight back to Darwin. Upon arrival in Darwin, you'll be met and transferred back to the hotel. Enjoy the remaining time and evening at your leisure

Overnight in Darwin

03 Aug 2022

Darwin

At the scheduled time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Pricing

CABIN GRADEWASNOW
Deluxe Stateroom (DEL)$19,469 USD$13,239 USD
Deluxe Stateroom + Kingfisher Suite at Bamurru Plains (DEL)$27,589 USD$14,069 USD
Prestige Deck 5 (PR5)$24,959 USD$14,229 USD
Prestige Deck 5 + Kingfisher Suite at Bamurru Plains (PR5)$22,149 USD$15,059 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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