Sydney (Australia) - Cairns (Australia)10 days / 9 nights
Allow yourself to fall under the spell of this itinerary in Australia that has been specially designed for travellers looking for unspoiled islands and turquoise lagoons.
From Sydney, the city of all the delights, you will set sail aboard L'Austral for a 10-day expedition cruise to discover the treasures of the Coral Sea.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Between endless beaches, lush tropical rainforests and freshwater lakes, you will discover an area of rare beauty.
You will also visit Lizard Island. Located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this island extends over nearly 1,000 hectares and is home to sublime white sandy beaches edged by a coral reef with an exceptional ecosystem.
Lying some 50 km to the north-east of the Whitsunday Islands, you will reach the Hardy Reef, which boasts unique marine biodiversity. You will be able to enjoy exclusive access to the Reefworld pontoon where a large number of activities will be available.
Comfortably ensconced on the outer decks of L'Austral, you will see Cairns appear on the horizon, with its many colonial buildings and its picturesque port, and enjoy an exceptional panorama over the surrounding natural environment.
Awaken Your Sense of Wonder – with PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions
The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions currently has five distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and four identically designed ‘sister ships’ with no more than 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL, LE SOLÉAL and LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships, with a fleet of 12 zodiacs and 95% staterooms with full private balconies, sail to the remote corners of the world touching all 7 continents including regions such as: Antarctica, Northern Europe & Baltics, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia , New Zealand, South Africa & the Arctic North on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. PONANT offers a casual luxury ambience aboard ship. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available shore excursions, the 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Ships also provide a gastronomic restaurant, full service Hammam spa and fully equipped gym. Awaken Your Sense of Wonder - Explore destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!
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