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Discovering the Islands of South-East Asia

Discovering the Islands of South-East Asia

From AUD $12,670

Description

Set out to discover rich cultures, between tradition and modernity, during a 15-day cruise in the South-East Asian islands aboard Le Lapérouse. An original PONANT itinerary that will take you from Indonesia to Vietnam via Singapore.

Your trip will begin on the Island of the Gods. Renowned for the kindness of its inhabitants, Bali offers beautiful discoveries including lush paddy fields, sacred ceremonies, and abundant marine life.

On the island of Java, from the town of Probolinggo, the active volcano Mount Bromo rises majestically in a unique lunar landscape. Considered as a divinity by Hindus, its immense crater is venerated during pilgrimages and ceremonies.

Between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the idyllic archipelago of Karimun Jawa will reveal its magnificent immaculate white sand beaches bordered by limpid turquoise waters and the beauty of its colourful coral reefs.

During your stopover in Semarang, you will visit the incredible Borobudur site. Listed as a UNESCO Word Heritage site, this monumental Buddhist temple compounds from the 8th and 9th centuries is home to some 240 temples.

Between the islands of Java and Sumatra, you’ll have the privilege of admiring the caldera of Anak Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait. It is the result of the legendary eruption of the eponymous volcano, which destroyed the old island in 1883.

In Singapore, city-State on the edges of the Orient, you will be seduced by the unique multicultural atmosphere of this “garden city”, home to wonderful botanical tropical gardens, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Le Lapérouse will then chart a course north towards the Côn Dao Islands, in the China Sea. This preserved archipelago, where picturesque fishing villages overlook a crystal sea, will delight you with its wild beauty as well as its rich history.

Your cruise will come to an end in Ho Chi Minh City. Founded in the 17th century, this city formerly known as Saigon sits right near the Mekong Delta, a mythical river on which small, colourful boats throng on market days.

Trip Name
Discovering the Islands of South-East Asia
Days
15
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Lapérouse will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Lapérouse has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Days 1 - 2 BENOA, BALI
If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.
Day 2 - Day 3 PROBOLINGGO, JAVA
Nestled inside the massive Tengger caldera surrounded by a sea of sand, Mount Bromo is the epitome of desolate beauty. The volcanic complex dates back to about 820,000 years ago and consists of five overlapping stratovolcanoes, each truncated by a caldera. Lava domes, pyroclastic cones, and a maar occupy the flanks of the massif. The surreal lunar landscape has spurned countless legends and myths. Mt Bromo has particular significance for the Hindu Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. After an early departure from the ship guest will travel by bus to Mount Bromo to enjoy this surreal site.
Day 3 - Day 4 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.
Day 4 - Day 5 KARIMUN JAWA
During your cruise, your ship will take you to discover Karimunjawa, an idyllic archipelago composed of 27 small islands, far-removed from the modern world. At the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, translucent waves matching the colour of the horizon crash on long beaches of immaculate white sand. Listed as a Marine National Park, these stunningly beautiful islands lined with coral reefs are an extraordinary natural heritage. Equipped with a mask and tuba, we invite you to discover a fascinating underwater world where dizzyingly bright multicolored marine life will reveal itself.
Day 5 - Day 6 SEMARANG
Semarang enjoys a strategic location on the northern coast of Java, making it a cosmopolitan port town and a melting pot of Chinese, Indo-Arabic and European cultures. Before setting off to explore the region's treasures, take a tour of the old town and its smattering of old colonial buildings. Here in Indonesia's most Chinese town, don't miss a trip to the Chinatown district. If it's culture you're after, journey deeper into the green, rolling inland region, passing by volcanoes and rice paddies until you reach the royal town of Yogyakarta and one of its ancient kingdoms, the Borobudur : this Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest temples.
Day 6 - Day 7 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.
Day 7 - Day 8 SAILING ALONG KRAKATOA
Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a name familiar to most, though few know where it is located. Lying in the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra on the Pacific ring of fire, is the site of the largest volcanic eruption in modern history. The 1883 eruptions culminated with a colossal blast that literally blew Krakatau apart. The noise was heard over 4,600 km away. Eruptions since 1927 have built a new cone known as Anak Krakatau ("The child of Krakatau") that is still active, with its most recent eruptive episode having begun in 1994. Quiet periods of a few days alternate with spectacular Strombolian eruptions. Guest activities will be determined by the level of volcanic activity on the day and may involve ship based viewing or zodiac tour.
Day 8 - Day 9 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.
Day 9 - Days 10 - 11 SINGAPORE
Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.
Day 10 - Day 12 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.
Day 11 - Day 13 CÔN DAO ISLANDS
To the south of Vietnam, the archipelago of the Côn Dao Islands,located in the South China Sea, is composed of sixteen rocks covered in lush vegetation. A regular stopover on the Maritime Silk Road connecting China to Europe between the 2nd and 13th centuries, the islands were mentioned by Marco Polo during his voyage from China to India in 1294. A former English and French trading post, the archipelago became a French colony in 1861 using the name Poulo Condor. A penitentiary centre was built there and used to imprison opponents of the colonial regime. During the Vietnam War, the Saigon regime and the United States locked up communist enemies there until 1975. In its idyllic natural setting, Con Dao has become a memorial site and a symbol of the fight for independence.
Day 12 - Days 14 - 15 HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Located near the Mekong delta, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. It is both the historic heart and economic hub. Formerly Saigon, the city is an imposing avant-guard metropolis. You can admire its famous central post office and its emblematic Reunification Palace. From 95 years of French presence, the city has kept some remarkable monuments, like the Cathédrale Notre-Dame with its neo-Gothic façade built in 19th century red brick. You’ll succumb to the magic of this hectic city, where everything is about contrast, like the very brightly-coloured district of Cholon, Saigon’s “Chinatown”.
Day 13 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $12,670Deluxe Stateroom
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $14,210Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $14,960Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $15,890Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $22,620Deluxe Suite
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $31,060Prestige Suite Deck 5
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $32,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $34,430Privilege Suite
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $37,950Grand Deluxe Suite
19-09-202203-10-2022AUD $39,940Owner's Suite
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $12,670Deluxe Stateroom
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $14,210Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $14,960Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $15,890Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $22,620Deluxe Suite
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $31,070Prestige Suite Deck 5
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $32,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $34,430Privilege Suite
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $37,950Grand Deluxe Suite
09-11-202223-11-2022AUD $39,940Owner's Suite

Inclusions

    • A brand-new cruise between Indonesia, Singapore and Singapore discovering cities of bubbling energy, idyllic islands and sumptuous cultural sites.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Borobudur temple from Semarang, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
    • Mount Bromo on the island of Java, an active volcano at the heart of a lunar landscape.
    • The possibility of exploring majestic volcanoes: Mount Bromo on the island of Java and the legendary caldera of Anak Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait.
    • The multicultural and contrasted island city of Singapore, a mix of futuristic architecture, colonial districts and artistic vitality.
    • Discover Vietnam's colonial history through the Côn Dao Islands.
    • Many possibilities for swimming and snorkelling from paradisiacal and preserved beaches with idyllic sea beds.
    • Overnights Bali, Singapore and in Ho Chi Minh.

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