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LUXURY EXPEDITIONS 2018-2019

Australian Food and Wine

Australian Food and Wine Experience Discovering the hidden treasures of New Caledonia NEW CAIRNS • SYDNEY LE LAPÉROUSE 12 days / 11 nights 28th January 2019 from 4 210 € (see page 88) TROPICAL E X P E D I TI O N AUCKLAND • NOUMEA LE LAPÉROUSE 14 days / 13 nights 7th April 2019 from 4 480 € (see page 89) TROPICAL E X P E D I TI O N Lizard Island Willis Island CAIRNS Coral Sea Hardy Reef Percy Island Lady Musgrave Island AUSTRALIA SYDNEY Brisbane NATURALIST Chesterfield Islands NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA Coral Sea Belep Islands Hienghene Bay of Islands AUCKLAND Lifou, Loyalty Islands Isle of Pines NEW ZEALAND NATURALIST DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE 1 Cairns ( Australia) Embarkation from 17.00 to 18.00 23.00 2 Lizard Island (Australia) 3 Willis Island (Australia) 4 At sea 5 Hardy Reef (Australia) 6 Percy Island(Australia) 7 Lady Musgrave Island (Australia) 8 At sea 9 Brisbane (Australia) 10 At sea 11 Sydney (Australia) 12 Sydney (Australia) 07.00 Disembarkation DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE 1 Auckland (New Zealand) Embarkation from 16.00 to 17.00 18.00 2 Bay of Islands (New Zealand) 3 - 4 At sea 5 Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) 6 Lifou, Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia) 7 Hienghene (New Caledonia) 8 Belep Islands (New Caledonia) 9 At sea 10 Chesterfield Islands (New Caledonia) 11 Chesterfield Islands (New Caledonia) 12 - 13 At sea 14 Noumea (New Caledonia) 06.30 Disembarkation Highlights: • This voyage is themed as a food and wine voyage; • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team; • Many opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and relaxation on unspoiled islands, with white sand beaches and crystalclear water; • From Hardy Reef, the possibility to observe some of the world’s most beautiful sea beds, with coral reefs and diverse undersea life; • A call at Brisbane, the sophisticated and sun-drenched capital of Queensland; • After your cruise, possibility to discover Sydney & the Blue Mountains. Highlights: • A brand-new PONANT cruise to explore the diversity of New Caledonia, from the world’s most beautiful shores to cultural discoveries; • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team; • Discover the tropical lagoons of New Caledonia, an exceptional example of UNESCO-designated coral reef ecosystems, such as the Bélep archipelago in the large Northern Lagoon; • Hienghene, with its black limestone cliffs, and the discovery of the arts and traditions of the Kanak culture; • For the very first time, a call at the Chesterfield Islands, an archipelago lost in the Coral Sea teeming with sea birds and sea turtles. 62 | Summer 2018 / Winter 2018 - 2019 Cruises

Revealing the Mysteries of Melanesia Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea NOUMEA • HONIARA LE LAPÉROUSE 12 days / 11 nights 20th April 2019 from 4 200 € (see page 89) TROPICAL E X P E D I TI O N HONIARA • CAIRNS LE LAPÉROUSE 12 days / 11 nights 1st May 2019 from 3 790 € (see page 89) TROPICAL E X P E D I TI O N Flight to Brisbane SOLOMON ISLANDS HONIARA, GUADALCANAL Pacific Ocean Vanikoro Santa Ana Ureparapara & Sana Islands Espiritu Santo VANUATU Malekula Ambrym Island Tanna Coral Sea Lifou Loyalty Islands NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA NATURALIST PAPUA NEW GUINEA Trobriand Islands Njari Island Lusançay Islands Ghizo Roderick Bay Tufi Alotau SOLOMON ISLANDS Samarai Island HONIARA, GUADALCANAL Coral Sea Dobu Fergusson Island CAIRNS AUSTRALIA Flight from Brisbane NATURALIST DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE 1 Noumea (New Caledonia) Embarkation from 16.00 to 17.00 18.00 2 Lifou, Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia) 3 Tanna Island (Vanuatu) 4 At sea 5 Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu) 6 Malekula (Vanuatu) 7 Ambrym Island (Vanuatu) 8 Ureparapara Island (Vanuatu) Sana Island (Vanuatu) 9 Vanikoro (Solomon Islands) 10 At sea 11 Santa Ana (Solomon Islands) 12 Honiara, Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) 07.00 Disembarkation, transfer to the airport and flight Honiara/Brisbane. Highlights: • Expedition voyage discovering Vanuatu: traditional villages, tropical beaches, coral reefs, active volcanoes; • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team; • Visit the last known location of the 1788 “lost voyage” of Lapérouse in Vanikoro; • Sail into the Caldera of Ureparapara; • Stand on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna Island; • Swim in the famous “blue holes” of Espiritu Santo; • Discover a wide range of cultures and traditions., comme les danses Rom des habitants de l’île d’Ambryn. DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE 1 Flight Brisbane / Honiara, Guadalcanal ( Solomon Islands). Direct transfer to the port. Embarkation from 17.00 to 18.00 23.00 2 Roderick Bay (Solomon Islands) 3 Njari Island - Gizo (Solomon Islands) 4 At sea 5 Alotau (Papua New Guinea) 6 Tufi (Papua New Guinea) 7 Lusançay Islands (Papua New Guinea) 8 Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea) 9 Dobu, Fergusson Island (Papua New Guinea) 10 Samarai Island (Papua New Guinea) 11 At sea 12 Cairns (Australia) 07.00 Disembarkation. Highlights: • Discover the mysteries of Papua-New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures; • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team; • Tufi, a spectacular tropical fiord, where the inhabitants produce traditional tapa cloth; • Calls at the Lusançay Islands and the D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago, named after the French explorers who set off in search of La Pérouse; • Swimming and snorkelling on deserted beaches surrounded by coral reefs, home to very rich underwater life; • Encounters with local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts. Asia, Oceania and Indian Ocean Expeditions by | 63