With this brand-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the wonders of Asia, during a 14-day cruise through the Bay of Bengal. From Myanmar to Sri Lanka, fall under the spell of these eastern lands marked by Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
In Myanmar you will board Le Lapérouse in Yangon, the nation’s former capital, home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most revered religious shrine.
Your ship will then chart a course south to reach Chennai, formerly Madras. This will be the occasion to discover the ancient temple of Kapaleshwara, dedicated to Shiva and built in the 7th century AD, as well as Kanchipuram, one of the seven Indian holy cities, and Mamallapuram.
Le Lapérouse will then reach Sri Lanka. From Trincomalee, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of historic city of Polonnaruwa, a fortified city from the 11th century, and the splendid golden Temple of Dambulla.
During your port of call in Galle, admire the fortifications of this old town, testimony to its Portuguese and Dutch heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Cochin, a former royal town where the air is rich with the aroma of cardamom and cloves, you will have the opportunity to discover, aboard traditional boats, the fishing villages settled along the banks of the “backwaters”, a network of lakes and canals that criss-cross the lush landscapes of Kerala.
Conclude your journey by disembarking in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, located at the cross roads of the maritime trade routes between Europe and Asia.