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11D10N Australia’s Iconic Kimberley

11D10N Australia’s Iconic Kimberley

Per Pax
From: $9883 From: €8407 From: £7177 From: RM41010 From: CAD12426 From: SGD13328 From: AUD13615 From: HKD77099
Broome

Luxury cruise aboard to experience a truly exceptional sea voyage with a difference. Discover expeditions to the majestic landscapes of the Artic and the Antarctic. Great choice for couples, solo travelers and those who love small-ship cruising. Ponant Cruises offers exceptional bilingual service, world-class dining and elegantly-appointed accommodation and public areas in terms of the onboard experience. Choose a cruise on an Explorer Class vessel, you will benefit from several expedition-style features. Relaxing in the Blue Eye Lounge, an underwater multi-sensory environment that boasts comfortable seating and privileged views of life beneath the waves. Ponant’s expedition ships also carry a fleet of Zodiacs deployed frequently throughout each itinerary for sightseeing excursions and trips ashore.

Cities to Visit: Broome – Lacepede Islands – Collier Bay – Careening Bay – Hunter River – Swift Bay – Vansittart Bay – King George River – Darwin
Language: English

~ PONANT Bonus Discount up to 10%

Booking Period: from Now till September 30, 2021
Travel Period: from March 29, 2022 till September 15, 2022
Tour Highlight
~ 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
What To Expect
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. 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.
  • Day 1: ARRIVE BROOME, AUSTRALIA (EMBARKATION)

    mbarkation from 18h00 to 19h00. Departure at 20h00. Your cruise ship is ready for boarding.

    : Dinner
  • Day 2: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: 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. 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. NOTES: As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: COLLIER BAY

    Continue to explore Collier Bay

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: 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!

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: SWIFT 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: DEPART DARWIN (DISEMBARKATION)

    Disembarkation at 06h00. Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 10 nights shipboard on Ponant Cruise
~ One way transfer from Broome city centre to port
~ All meals & drinks onboard (excluding premium brands)
~ Safety & port charges
~ 24 hour room service (special selection)
~ Butler service (special selection)
~ Free unlimited WIFI onboard
~ Evening entertainment and events

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Airport transfer
~ Travel Insurance & Visa
~ Gratuities

~ PONANT Bonus Discount up to 10%

Booking Period: from Now till September 30, 2021
Travel Period: from March 29, 2022 till September 15, 2022
Tour Highlight
~ 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
What To Expect
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. 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.
  • Day 1: ARRIVE BROOME, AUSTRALIA (EMBARKATION)

    mbarkation from 18h00 to 19h00. Departure at 20h00. Your cruise ship is ready for boarding.

    : Dinner
  • Day 2: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: 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. 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. NOTES: As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: COLLIER BAY

    Continue to explore Collier Bay

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: 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!

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: SWIFT 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: DEPART DARWIN (DISEMBARKATION)

    Disembarkation at 06h00. Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 10 nights shipboard on Ponant Cruise
~ One way transfer from Broome city centre to port
~ All meals & drinks onboard (excluding premium brands)
~ Safety & port charges
~ 24 hour room service (special selection)
~ Butler service (special selection)
~ Free unlimited WIFI onboard
~ Evening entertainment and events

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Airport transfer
~ Travel Insurance & Visa
~ Gratuities
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