Ancestral Japan

10 days / 9 nights
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    Ancestral Japan

    Cruise Asia

    from 8 June 2018 to 17 June 2018
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Osaka
    Arrival Port : Manila

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A080618

    Ponant takes you to the crossroads of three cultures and religions during an exceptional sea voyage between Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

    Aboard L’Austral, this 10-day cruise will have you discovering stunning scenery from Osaka to Manila, as well as places, such as Hiroshima, which have significant history.

    Facing the Inland Sea, in “the City of Peace” where only the Hiroshima Peace Memorial stands as a reminder of past events, you will be able to admire the remarkable Shukkeien Garden, which stretches out over some 4 hectares.

    Miyajima, the island where people and gods live together, is also accessible from Hiroshima. The Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto sanctuary listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fine example of exceptional artistic and technical ability.

    You will then set sail to Okinawa, an island famous for its centenarians, who may just reveal to you the secret of their longevity!                               

    You will then cruise to the Philippines and its idyllic islands. You will discover the bustling capital, Manila, and its city centre full of contrasts, where old districts and modern skyscrapers mingle.

    Highlights

    • Discovering the Japanese islands in the country’s south, with a specialised lecturer on board;
    • Unesco World Heritage Sites: the island of Yakushima ant its thousand-year cedar forests, Shuri Castle in Naha, the Shinto sanctuary of Itsukushima in Miyajima from Hiroshima;
    • Hualien on the lush island of Taiwan, and the Taroko National Park and its breathtaking gorges;
    • Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines (port of disembarkation).

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms 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

      8 June 2018 – Hiroshima

      Osaka

      Embarkation 08/06/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 08/06/2018 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.

      9 June 2018 – Hiroshima

      9 June 2018 – Hiroshima

      Arrival 09/06/2018 midday. Departure 09/06/2018 evening.

      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't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'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's historic garden.

      10 June 2018 – At sea

      10 June 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 10/06/2018. Departure 10/06/2018.

      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.

      11 June 2018 – Yakushima

      11 June 2018 – Yakushima

      Arrival 11/06/2018 early morning. Departure 11/06/2018 midday.

      A splendid sub-tropical, mountainous island listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Yakushima is one of the most beautiful islands in the Japanese archipelago. Its extensive yakusugi forest contains some of Japanメs oldest living trees ヨ cedars that are over 1000 metres tall and up to 7,000 years old. The Senpiro and Toroki waterfalls, each one several dozens of metres high, are equally impressive. A feast for the eyes.

      12 June 2018 – Naha, Okinawa

      12 June 2018 – Naha, Okinawa

      Arrival 12/06/2018 midday. Departure 12/06/2018 late afternoon.

      Capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island. You'll love its lively atmosphere, particularly along Kokusai Dori, otherwise known as 'international street'. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed 'Naha's kitchen' offers a profusion of colourful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot . For an insight into the island's heritage, which combines Japanese and Taiwanese influences, visit Shuri Castle, a medieval building protected by UNESCO and surrounded by lovely gardens.

      13 June 2018 – Ishigaki

      13 June 2018 – Ishigaki

      Arrival 13/06/2018 midday. Departure 13/06/2018 early evening.

      Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. Youメve guessed it, you donメt come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkelling session,ᅠyou may witness the 'flight' of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the island's south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

      14 June 2018 – Hualien

      14 June 2018 – Hualien

      Arrival 14/06/2018 early morning. Departure 14/06/2018 evening.

      Nicknamed “the beautiful island” by Portuguese sailors, 70% of the island of Taiwan is covered in lush, subtropical vegetation. When your ship stops in Hualien discover the stunning Taroko Gorge, one of the island’s must-see sites. This natural masterpiece, sculpted by the pure waters of the Liwu River, is known for its 1,200 metre-high marble cliffs, from which a unique panorama unfolds. During your stop here, discover the Eternal Spring Shrine, a complex clinging to the side of a mountain, made up of several small temples and overlooking a glistening waterfall. Then, along the Tunnel of Nine Turns, you will be able to admire the spectacular gorges which wind their way through deep canyons over some twenty kilometres.

      15 June 2018▸16 June 2018 – At sea

      15 June 2018▸16 June 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 15/06/2018. Departure 16/06/2018.

      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.

      17 June 2018▸16 June 2018 – Manila

      Manila

      Disembarkation 17/06/2018 at 07H00 .

      On first sight, the Philippines' capital shows its highly Americanised Asian megalopolis side, with ultramodern skyscrapers set all along the waterfront. But when you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Intramuros district, you'll discover a different side of Manila, one that's full of old-world charm. An enchanted pause in the middle of urban bustle, Rizal Park's 60 hectares of magnificent green parkland is perfect for recharging your batteries. To see the city from a different angle, take a walk along Roxas boulevard, a popular seaside promenade.

      Formalities

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        08/06/2018 – Discover Osaka

        230.00 € **

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        05/06/2018 – Kyoto and Nara: imperial capitals (3 nights)

        For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
        The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
        His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
        1785.00 € **

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      2. After your cruise

        17/06/2018 – Discover Manilla

        150.00 € **

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      3. Your packages

        04/06/2018 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Kyoto & Nara 3N (Pre) + Manilla (Post)

        3105.00 € **
      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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