Indonesia To Hong KongGems of South East Asia
Exotic beauty, diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage… the Gems of South East Asia cruise has it all! The cruise begins in Benoa, Bali in the heart of Indonesia on 11 September 2019. Nicknamed ‘the Island of Gods’ for its beautiful temples, Bali has a unique charm all of her own, with beautiful discoveries including lush paddy fields, sacred ceremonies, and abundant marine life.
From Semarang, you will visit the incredible Borobudur site. Listed as a UNESCO Word Heritage site, this monumental Buddhist temple compounds from the 8th and 9th centuries is home to some 240 temples.
You will also discover Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. The city is home to beautiful museums as well as the largest village built on stilts in the world.
Le Lapérouse will then chart a course towards Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Malaysian island of Borneo, the city is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, which was Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO.
Before reaching the fascinating city of Hong Kong, you will visit Puerto Princesa and its underground river, which weaves its way through a cave of giant stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the secret paradise of El Nido with its sumptuous landscape of turquoise lagoons, deserted beaches and limestone cliffs.
Ancient temples, pristine beaches, shopping, markets, tropical gardens, rainforests, historic sites, architecture, mountains and more … there is so much to see and experience on this cruise! See below for further details on ports of call.
Your 17 night cruise package departs 11 September 2019 and includes:
• 16 night cruise on board Ponant Cruises’ Le Laperouse
• Arrival transfer from airport to hotel
• 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
• Transfer from hotel to port
• Transfer from port to airport
• All meals on board
• Wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar.
• Pre-paid port taxes
• Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to nearest international airport in Australia and return (within 35 km)
Last cabins available! Please contact us for best prices and availability!
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
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.
Semarang enjoys a strategic location on the northern coast of Java, making it a cosmopolitan port town and a melting pot of Chinese, Indo-Arabic and European cultures. Before setting off to explore the region’s treasures, take a tour of the old town and its smattering of old colonial buildings. Here in Indonesia’s most Chinese town, don’t miss a trip to the Chinatown district If it’s culture you’re after, journey deeper into the green, rolling inland region, passing by volcanoes and rice paddies until you reach the royal town of Yogyakarta and one of its ancient kingdoms, the Borobudur: this Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest temples.
Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia’s southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. Not too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city’s traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock.
Located on the north-east coast of the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is an excellent jumping-off point for exploring the natural attractions of the region. It is close to Mt Kinabalu, but before you head off to climb the holy mountain check out the heart of the old city, nicknamed KK by locals. Although there isn't much left of its colonial heritage, ﾠits multi-cultural restaurants, shops and friendly atmosphere is immensely appealing. Don't miss a stroll along the KK's busiest promenade, the colourful Waterfront.
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.
- Luxury Expedition
- Purpose Built
- 24 Hr Room Service
- All meals
- Boutique &/or Salon
- Drinks All Day
- On-Board Lecturer
- Ponant Exclusive Service
- Pool &/or Spa
- Shore Excursions
- Solo Traveller Friendly
- Speciality Restaurants
- Built Date 2018
- Crew TBA
- Capacity 184
- Luxury Expeditions
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.
Boutique &/or Salon
24 Hr Room Service
Pool &/or Spa