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Discover the Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice (Cairns - Darwin)

12 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

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Day 1 Cairns (AUSTRALIA)
Embarkation from 15h30 to 16h30. Departure 05/12/2019 at 17h00.
Day 2 At sea
Day 3 Cape York (AUSTRALIA)
Day 4 At sea
Day 5 Agats (Western Papua) (INDONESIA)
Day 6 At sea
Day 7 Triton Bay (INDONESIA)
Day 8 Sebakor Bay (Western Papua) (INDONESIA)
Day 9 Kei Islands, Maluku (INDONESIA)
Day 10 Banda Neira (Molukkas) (INDONESIA)
Day 11 At sea
Day 12 Darwin (AUSTRALIA)
Disembarkation at 07h00.
All This Included

PONANT invites you to experience a voyage to the Spice Islands, in the heart of Indonesia.  

From Cairns to Darwin, you will set sail aboard Le Lapérouse for a 13-day expedition cruise in a tropical environment of great beauty.  

First you will sail along the Great Barrier Reef before passing the legendary Cape York, at Australia’s northernmost point.

Further north, you will visit small villages of thatched houses in the Asmat region, one of the most isolated and mysterious regions in the world. With deeply-rooted traditions and ancestor worship that is still very much alive, some of the tribes living here have still had no contact with the outside world.

You will then sail into the heart of Triton Bay. This ancient coral reef raised by tectonic forces shelters a multitude of species of fish.

The highpoint of your cruise: sailing in the Maluku Islands, dubbed the “Spice Islands”. In the 16th century, it was here that European settlers would come to get cloves and nutmeg, spices that were much sought-after at the time. In addition to the Kei Islands and their stunning beaches, you will discover Banda Neira, shaped by Dutch and Portuguese influences.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
  • Discover the Asmat region and its small traditional villages, inhabitants and warrior ceremonies.
  • Expeditions in a Zodiac® to Triton Bay’s karst islands, decked with tropical vegetation, and to explore the caves in Sebakor Bay.
  • The Malukus, the paradisiacal Spice Islands.
  • Many opportunities for swimming and snorkelling in idyllic sites.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Lapérouse 
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.