Kimberley Complete with Top End Crusing (Le Bellot)

Kimberley Complete with Top End Crusing (Le Bellot)

From NZD $23,640

Description

Kimberley Complete with Top End 25 day Small Ship Cruising aboard Le Bellot.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Trip Name
Kimberley Complete with Top End Crusing (Le Bellot)
Days
25
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 131 metres Passenger Capacity: 184 Built: 2019-2020 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bellot will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. 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. 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. In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts. PUBLIC AREAS Le Bellot 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 - Day 1 Arrive Broome
Arrive in Broome and transfer to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. The rest of the day is at leisure before a relaxed dinner.Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Day 2 - Day 2 Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek
Leave Broome this morning and head to the 1,500-year-old Boab Prison Tree. Continue along the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge, where marine fossils lay embedded in its walls, and Tunnel Creek, WA’s oldest cave system. Wade through its cool waters, emerging to discover a serene oasis.Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 3 - Day 3 Geikie Gorge, Halls Creek, Purnululu National Park
Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park today and explore Geikie Gorge, famed for towering walls bleached white by the river in flood. Afterwards, head to Halls Creek and Purnululu National Park. Settle in to your lodge before an open-air dinner tonight.Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Day 4 - Day 4 Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEEnd your day with a glass of bubbly in hand watching sunset over the Bungle Bungle Range.A full day to explore Purnululu National Park, starting with a walk along Piccaninny Creek and its unparalleled views of the Bungle Bungle Range’s beehive domes. See Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre created by water erosion and renowned for its acoustics.
Day 5 - Day 5 Echidna Chasm, Kununurra
Today’s highlight is a hike to Echidna Chasm, a natural rock cleft that reaches 200m in height while being just a metre wide at certain points. Later, travel along the Spring Creek Track to Kununurra.Stay: Two Nights, Kununurra Country Club Resort
Day 6 - Day 6 Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra
Travel to Lake Argyle and join a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. Discover the ecological system that has developed from the damming of the river at two locations. Later, take in sunset while cruising on Lake Kununurra. Enjoy dinner on board and soak up the views.
Day 7 - Day 7 Parry’s Lagoon, Wyndham, El Questro
Visit Parry’s Lagoon, home to an array of birdlife. Next it’s on to Wyndham for views of Cambridge Gulf from the Five Rivers Lookout. After lunch arrive at El Questro, a sprawling wilderness of almost 285,000 hectares. Then continue to Emma Gorge Resort.Stay: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort
Day 8 - Day 8 El Questro, Home Valley Station
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCESwim in the stunning thermal pools at Zebedee Springs.Hike to Emma Gorge for a swim beneath a waterfall. Then visit Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring in the prehistoric forest. Continue to Home Valley Station, crossing the Pentecost River. Tonight, head to a spectacular viewpoint for sunset.
Day 9 - Day 9 Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau
Back on the Gibb River Road travel north towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau, with lunch at Drysdale River Station. Then enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, lookouts, waterfalls and swimming holes.Stay: Two Nights, APT’s exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Day 10 - Day 10 Mitchell Falls
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCESwim in the pools above Mitchell Falls, then take an included helicopter flight over the falls and surrounding wilderness back to your 4WD vehicle (or hike back with your guide).A full day to enjoy Mitchell Falls’ cascades and Indigenous rock art. When available, local Indigenous guides will join you. Hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen rock art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls, then Mitchell Falls.
Day 11 - Day 11 Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Rock Art, King Edward River, Drysdale River Station
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEAdmire ancient Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art.Today you can swim in the clear waters at King Edward River. Cross Drysdale River and arrive at Drysdale River Station.Stay: Drysdale River Station
Day 12 - Day 12 Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road
At Manning Gorge, enjoy lunch in the shade of boabs. Look out for the region’s bird life and enjoy a swim under a paperbark canopy. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole.Stay: Two Nights, APT’s exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.
Day 13 - Day 13 Bell Gorge
Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Hike to the lower pool and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.
Day 14 - Day 14 King Leopold Range, Derby, Broome
Travel through the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park to Derby’s Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre.Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Day 15 - Day 15 Broome, Embark Ship
Transfer to Le Bellot, and get to know the expedition team and APT Cruise Director at a pre-dinner.Stay: 10 Nights, Le Bellot
Day 16 - Day 16 Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago
Wake to the promise of adventure at sea in the Buccaneer Archipelago and its more than 800 islands. Le Bellot charts a course for Adele Island, an important location for breeding. Led by your Expedition Team Leader, you’ll board a Zodiac and skim across the waters of Adele Reef. The reef is bursting with coral and marine life, such as reef sharks and stingrays. Later, cocoon yourself in Le Bellot’s refined setting and watch the sunset before dinner.
Day 17 - Day 17 Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEToday your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for the 12-metre tides which create the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, you’ll ride through the falls on a specially designed high-powered fast boat. Hold on tight as the boat zips across Talbot Bay to the mouth of the falls before making its way through the churning waters.Explore Talbot Bay before transferring to a Zodiac to explore Cyclone Creek. Accompanied by your Expedition Team Leader, you’ll weave nimbly past the dramatic folds of rock formations, keeping a look out for local wildlife.
Day 18 - Day 18 Raft Point, Montgomery Reef
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEDepart with your expedition team to discover Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. The reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly down into the surrounding channels. By Zodiac you’ll get up close to see this natural phenomenon for yourself.Step onto dry land at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. The unique figures depicted in these artworks are ritually repainted each year, but scientific estimates date the originals as far back as 5,000 years. You’ll be joined by a local Indigenous guide when available.
Day 19 - Day 19 Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Head to Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to towering red cliffs and tangled mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, the harbour is rich in wildlife including mudskippers and saltwater crocodiles. Keen birdwatchers should keep a careful eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles. Take time to explore the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a thrilling helicopter flight to see the Mitchell Falls in all its splendour from above (flight at own expense).
Day 20 - Day 20 Bigge Island
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEApproximately six kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is ripe for discovery today. It’s well known for its Indigenous rock art, created by the Wunambal people, and you’ll explore a network of caves throughout the island. Here, discover paintings that display fascinating examples of first-contact art and Wandjina figures.You continue to cruise north along the stunning Kimberley Coast towards your final destination, Darwin.
Day 21 - Day 21 Swift Bay
Explore this maze of islands, inlets and peninsulas, believed to have been named by explorer Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after novelist Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Most significant here are extraordinary examples of Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art, estimated to have been created between 5,000 and 13,000 years ago. They can be seen in caves close to the water’s edge, mainly painted on rock overhangs.
Day 22 - Day 22 Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
This morning join your Expedition Team on an intriguing discovery. Walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash-landed near Vansittart Bay during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. During your exploration here, you’ll see more examples of Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back more than 20,000 years.
Day 23 - Day 23 Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEAnticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, which plunge 80 metres over a soaring sandstone cliff. Edge closer to this epic cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it’s onto the King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river’s gorge system, passing mangrove-fringed coves and sheer red cliffs.
Day 24 - Day 24 Day at Sea
Relax and ease into a full day at sea, enjoying the endless horizon. Perhaps take a swim in the onboard pool, pamper yourself in the wellness area, or head below deck to Le Bellot’s underwater observation area for a stunning window into marine life below the ocean’s surface.
Day 25 - Day 25 Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin
Arriving into Darwin today means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. You’ll disembark and we’ll transfer you either to Darwin airport or to your Darwin hotel.
Day 26 - Please Note:
Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $23,640Deluxe Stateroom
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $37,340Grand Deluxe Suite
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $39,540Owner's Suite
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $25,240Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $25,440Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $26,140Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $30,140Deluxe Suite. From
13-07-202106-08-2021NZD $34,640Privilege Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek
    • Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
    • Parry’s Lagoon, Wyndham, El Questro
    • Mitchell Falls
    • Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Rock Art, King Edward River, Drysdale River Station

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