From Japanese coast to Hong Kong
We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima Sanctuary (UNESCO site), home to the majestic Shinto Shrine, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii. In a picture postcard setting, the gentle serenity of this marvellous sanctuary rewards the traveller’s gaze.
Fall for the indisputable charm of Kagoshima, dominated by the majestic silhouette of the Sakurajima volcano, which has become the symbol of the city. Come and see its undiminished power during a walk along the Arimura.
In Nagasaki, you will be reminded of the story of Madame Butterfly, the strains of which can still be heard in the narrow city streets. This is a particularly moving visit as no-one can forget the tragic event whose scars Nagasaki secretly hides.
Shanghai, nestled at the heart of the Yangtze delta, a thriving city that blends modernity and traditional customs.
The discovery of Hong Kong, “the city of lights” and one of the most fascinating cities in Asia.
Staterooms & Suites
There are no cabins available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.
Port of call & excursions
OsakaEmabarkation 14/10/2016 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/10/2016 at 18H00 .
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ﾠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.
15 October 2016 - Tamano, OkayamaArrival 15/10/2016 at 12H00 . Departure 15/10/2016 at 19H00 .
Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep, dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.
16 October 2016 - HiroshimaArrival 16/10/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 16/10/2016 at 19H00 .
Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesnﾒt forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. Youﾒll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the townﾒs historic garden.
17 October 2016 - UwajimaArrival 17/10/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 17/10/2016 at 13H00 .
Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.
18 October 2016 - KagoshimaArrival 18/10/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 18/10/2016 at 18H00 .
The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ﾠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitantsﾒ everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was ﾓswallowed upﾔ by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.
19 October 2016 - NagasakiArrival 19/10/2016 at 07H15 . Departure 19/10/2016 at 19H00 .
Located on the north-west coast of Kyushu, Nagasaki will impress you by its rich heritage. Despite the destruction in 1945, you can visit several ancient sites, including the beautiful 19th-century Catholic Church of Oura and its garden, the sanctuary of Suwa Shrine as well as several Buddhist temples. A visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum gives you insight into the extent of the damage caused by the nuclear attack. Close by, a walk in the Memorial Peace Park leads you to a collection of objets dﾒart offered as a gift from Japan to the world.
20 October 2016 - At seaArrival 20/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 20/10/2016 at 00H00 .
21 October 2016 - ShanghaiArrival 21/10/2016 at 06H00 . Departure 21/10/2016 at 00H00 .
22 October 2016 - ShanghaiArrival 22/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 22/10/2016 at 17H00 .
Set in the most amazing geographic location, Shanghai has fast become the largest economic and commercial hub in China. Although this futuristic megalopolis is the capital of excess, it still has soul. See for yourself as you stroll around the Bund district, emblematic of old Shanghai. From here, you can reach Peopleﾒs Square, a must-see vast and luminous space bordered by historical monuments. In the former French concession, youﾒll be able to appreciate the charm of the most Westernised of Chinese cities: a haven of peace in the heart of an urban jungle!
23 October 2016 - At seaArrival 23/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 23/10/2016 at 00H00 .
24 October 2016 - XiamenArrival 24/10/2016 at 13H30 . Departure 24/10/2016 at 20H00 .
Located in the south-east of Fujian province, Xiamen, formerly known in the West as Amoy, comprises the island of Xiamen, the little island of Gulangyu and the northern banks of Jiulongjiang. It is one of the most attractive ports in China; as you walk ﾠthrough a maze of steep, narrow streets you will discover a town that has kept all its colonial charm. You wonﾒt be able to resist the peaceful charm of the little island of Gulangyu. In the heart of this green seaside oasis, you can admire beautiful houses dating from imperial times, and savour a moment of relaxation in the shade of ancient banyan trees.
25 October 2016 - Hong kongArrival 25/10/2016 at 18H30 . Departure 25/10/2016 at 00H00 .
Hong kongDisembarkation 26/10/2016 at 00H00 .
Hong Kong, known as the “Fragrant harbour”, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladie’s Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, you’ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
China: mandatory visa to be obtained before the start of the cruise and valid for the entire duration of your stay within China. A copy of your visa must be sent to PONANT at least 30 days prior to cruise date.
A visa is not necessary for Hong Kong. However, should you plan on staying in China before or after your cruise, you will need to obtain an individual visa for China.
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