Islands of Indonesia

16 days / 15 nights
    New itinerary
    Islands of Indonesia

    Cruise Asia

    from 9 November 2017 to 24 November 2017
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Yangon
    Arrival Port : Benoa, Bali

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A091117

    PONANT invites you to live an unforgettable experience through a new itinerary.

    In Yangon, you will board the L’Austral for a 16-day cruise between Myanmar and Indonesia.

    You will discover the Mergui Archipelago. Comprising more than 800 islands, mostly uninhabited, it houses an amazing diversity of flora and fauna.

    From Belawan, you can visit the Gunung Leuser National Park. With an area of 7.927 km², this remarkable park is home to the Bukit Lawang Orang-utan sanctuary.

    We will call at the Simeulue archipelago, an island chain far from the usual tourist route. You can enjoy its white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear waters.

    At the end of your cruise, you will join Probolingo, an access point to Mount Bromo. An active volcano and part of the Tengger massif located at 2,329 metres, it sits in the middle of a protected nature reserve. After your ascent of the volcano, you can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise.

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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

      9 November 2017 – At sea

      Yangon

      Embarkation 09/11/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 09/11/2017 at 18H00 .

      Better known under its colonial name, Rangoon, the former capital of Myanmar was long nicknamed “the garden city of the East” and it remains the country’s administrative and economic capital. The city is lush and refreshing thanks to its luxuriant vegetation and its royal lakes. Having retained a colonial ambiance that contributes to its nostalgic charm, Yangon exudes a very special atmosphere. During your visit, do not miss the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Burma. Its dome is covered in gold and encrusted with over 2,500 precious stones. Nestling in the heart of a vast religious complex, it is surrounded by 72 other buildings. The purely Burmese architecture includes golden Buddhas and legendary Nats.

      10 November 2017 – At sea

      10 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 10/11/2017 . Departure 10/11/2017 .

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      11 November 2017▸12 November 2017 – Mergui Archipelago

      11 November 2017▸12 November 2017 – Mergui Archipelago

      Arrival 11/11/2017 . Departure 12/11/2017 at 18H00 .

      Myanmar’s remote Mergui Archipelago has remained virtually untouched since the days of the colonial explorers. Lying in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar, most of the 800 islands are uninhabited. Their relative isolation and lack of inhabitants has resulted in a breathtaking natural landscape surrounded by warm tropical seas, home to rich coral reefs and a myriad of sea life. The local Moken people are often referred to as Sea Gypsies, reflecting their nomadic lifestyle. For most of the year they live entirely on their boats, returning to land only during the wet season. Guests will spend two days exploring this diverse archipelago. Activities will be centred around swimming and snorkelling from remote uninhabited beaches.

      13 November 2017 – At sea

      13 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 13/11/2017 . Departure 13/11/2017 .

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      14 November 2017 – Belawan

      14 November 2017 – Belawan

      Arrival 14/11/2017 . Departure 14/11/2017 .

      Gunung Leuser National Park is located approximately 90 kilometres north east of Belawan and is home to the Bukit Lawang Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Nestled in the Barisan mountain range, it is part of the UNESCO world heritage listed Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, billed as the largest wilderness area in South-East Asia. Today guests will have a long but rewarding day. Leaving the port at Sunrise guests will drive inland to Gunung Leuser National Park and visit the conservation project site at Bukit Lawang. There will be an opportunity to take a guided walk through the dense forest for the chance to spot other wildlife. 

      15 November 2017 – Banda Aceh

      15 November 2017 – Banda Aceh

      Arrival 15/11/2017 . Departure 15/11/2017 .

      Banda Aceh is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, located on the north-western tip of Sumatra. On 26 December 2004, the city was hit by a tsunami caused by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean. The disaster killed 167,000 inhabitants, injured countless others and destroyed more than 60% of the city's buildings. With the assistance of domestic and international aid an enormous effort has been made to rebuild since that fateful day. Join your expedition team and local guides for a bus tour visiting the Tsunami Museum, memorial and educational centre along with other historical and cultural landmarks including the Baiturrahman Mosque, one of the city’s dominant landmarks.

      16 November 2017 – Pulau Simeulu

      16 November 2017 – Pulau Simeulu

      Arrival 16/11/2017 . Departure 16/11/2017 .

      Located approximately 80 nautical miles from the Sumatran coast, the Simeulue archipelago is an island chain far from the usual tourist routes. The Islands are a mixture of atolls, cays and islets showcasing plenty of white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear warm tropical waters. With so many islands to choose from, the expedition team will head out on arrival to find a suitable location for swimming and snorkelling in this seldom visited destination.

      17 November 2017 – Pulau Nias

      17 November 2017 – Pulau Nias

      Arrival 17/11/2017 . Departure 17/11/2017 .

      The geographic isolation of the Nias islands have resulted in a unique megalithic culture. One of the most unique cultural traditions still in practice is Stone Jumping, a manhood ritual that sees young men leaping over two-meter stone towers in a rite of passage. The higher they jump; the better chance they have of acquiring a wife. The tradition was originally designed to train the young men for warfare and defence. In addition, the traditional music of Nias, performed mostly by women, is noted worldwide for its haunting beauty. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional village and witness unique cultural performances that serve as the primary form of spiritual expression.

      18 November 2017 – Padang

      18 November 2017 – Padang

      Arrival 18/11/2017 . Departure 18/11/2017 .

      Located on the west coast of Sumatra Padang is the largest, and capital, city of West Sumatra Province. Home to the Minangkabau culture, Padang was a major trade centre for the Dutch and British East India companies. Up until the 18th century the major trade product was gold, originating from the gold mines in the region, adding to Sumatra’s reputation as the ‘Island of Gold.’ When the mines were exhausted, the emphasis turned to other products such as coffee, salts and textiles.
      Join your expedition team and local guides for a bus tour of Padang and the surrounding region to experience the culture of the Mingkabau people as well as sights of historical and cultural importance.

      19 November 2017 – Bengkulu

      19 November 2017 – Bengkulu

      Arrival 19/11/2017 . Departure 19/11/2017 .

      The British East India Company founded Bengkulu in 1685 as their new commercial centre for trade, after the Dutch expelled them from Java. In 1714, the British built Fort Marlborough to protect their trading establishment. However, the trading centre was never financially viable because of its remoteness and the difficulty in procuring pepper. Despite these difficulties, the British persisted, maintaining a presence there for over a century, eventually ceding it to the Dutch as part of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Like the rest of present-day Indonesia, Bengkulu remained a Dutch colony until World War II. Today guests will have the opportunity to undertake a guided tour by bus of the city of Bengkulu including a visit to Fort Marlborough.

      20 November 2017 – Krakatoa

      20 November 2017 – Krakatoa

      Arrival 20/11/2017 . Departure 20/11/2017 .

      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 tours.

      21 November 2017 – At sea

      21 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 21/11/2017 . Departure 21/11/2017 .

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      22 November 2017 – Sumenep

      22 November 2017 – Sumenep

      Arrival 22/11/2017 . Departure 22/11/2017 .

      The Sumenep regency has always played a significant role in the long history of Madura, from the time of the Mataram Sultanate, through the colonial era until Indonesian independence. The islanders have maintained their own unique culture and traditions, including their own version of bull racing. A jockey, usually a young boy, rides a simple wooden sled pulled by a pair of bulls over a course of about 100 meters. This tradition originated when plough teams raced each other across fields and has remained an integral part of their Celebrations. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a tour by local bus of the major cultural and history sites of the regency. The tour will culminate in a bull race held in honour of our visit.

      23 November 2017 – Probolinggo (Java)

      23 November 2017 – Probolinggo (Java)

      Arrival 23/11/2017 . Departure 23/11/2017 .

      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. 

      24 November 2017▸23 November 2017 – Benoa (Bali)

      Benoa, Bali

      Disembarkation 24/11/2017 at 07H00 .

      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.

      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.

      • Indonesia: visa delivered and charged onboard (35€ subject to change) and valid for 30 days

         

      • Myanmar: an individual visa must be obtained before your cruise.  You can apply for Tourist Visa following the instruction on www.evisa.moip.gov.m. The cost is 50USD (subject to change) and is valid for 28 days. Note that the e-visa is not valid for this voyage.

      Theme

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Virginie Raisson

      Virginie Raisson

      Virginie Raisson-Victor is a researcher who now heads Lépac, a private, independent laboratory for geopolitics and foresight studies.

      As a history, geopolitics and international relations graduate, Virginie has authored many articles, books, and episodes of Le Dessous des Cartes (a weekly TV show dedicated to world affairs) and co-authored the first two volumes of Atlas du Dessous des Cartes (Arte Éd./Tallandier).

      In October 2010, she published the first foresight atlas ever written in the world, 2033, Atlas des Futurs du Monde (Éd. Robert Laffont). In November 2016, she came back with a much-praised sequel entitled 2038, The World’s Future.

      In addition to leading negotiations for international public institutions or not-for-profit organizations, and providing them with analyses, Virginie is a regular speaker for highly diversified audiences, including major companies and local communities.    

      Language spoken: French

      Photo credit : Astrid di Crollalanza

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

       

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

       

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. 

       

       

       

      Dressing tips :



        • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas

       

        • Light weight long trousers

       

        • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts

       

        • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt

       

        • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)

       

        • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)

       

        • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer

       

        • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap

       

        • Comfortable walking shoes

       

        • Waterproof backpack for camera

       

        • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent

       

        • Binoculars

       

        • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.



       



        • Currency: Plan to have US dollars in small notes as they are easier to use outside of large cities.



       



        • Vehicles: Road conditions are poor in certain countries. Timings are unpredictable due to heavy traffic conditions. The comfort of local vehicles cannot be compared to that of international vehicles and often lack suspension.



       



        • Guides: PONANT is aware that the quality of guides is of utmost importance and puts all efforts in place to secure the best local guides available. Note that guides in these countries often have heavy accents. Several of our calls visit small and isolated communities where resources (transportation and guides) are scarce, resulting in higher prices.

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Yangon & Ancient Temples of Bagan (3 days/2 nights)
        07/11/2017

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        Highlights of Myanmar (4 days/3 nights)
        06/11/2017

        1380.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. Your packages

        Flights + Pre Yangon & Bagan + Post Heritage of Bali
        06/11/2017

        Flights + Pre Yangon & Bagan + Post Temples & Rice Paddies
        06/11/2017

        Flights + Pre Highlights of Myanmar + Post Heritage of Bali
        05/11/2017

        Flights+Pre Highlights of Myanmar+Post Temples& Rice Paddies
        05/11/2017

      3. After your cruise

        Temples and rice paddies (2 days/1 night)
        24/11/2017

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        Heritage of Bali
        24/11/2017

        140.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      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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