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Icons of Australia

Luxury Expedition Cruise, Iconic Rail & Stay Holiday

Icons of Australia

Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley, following this exceptional PONANT itinerary.

From Broome to Darwin, embark for an 10-night expedition cruise.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.
The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Western Australia.
You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire a spectacular example of the impact of the tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire Montgomery reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay.
Your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.
With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, and calm waters, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

At the end of the cruise, two nights are included in a Darwin hotel with breakfast, allowing free time to explore the Top End capital, before the adventure continues inland with a three-night iconic rail journey aboard The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide. Once onboard enjoy all-inclusive dining, fine wines and beverages as well as unforgettable Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs, Manguri and Coober Pedy, including a spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station in Alice Springs.

Reliving the golden era and romance of rail travel, guests will travel in a Gold Service Twin Cabin with a private ensuite, panoramic window and in-cabin music. In the lounge and restaurant cars, guests can enjoy all-inclusive fine wines and beverages, hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners prepared by onboard chefs. The fine, locally-inspired cuisine is sourced using regional ingredients in partnership with local suppliers and providers.
Package Overview

Package duration: 16 nights Cruise, Rail & Stay
Package starts: 25th August 2022 – at Broome hotel
Cruise starts: 26th August 2022 from Broome
Cruise ends: 5th September 2022 into Darwin
Train starts: 7th September 2022 from Darwin
Train ends: 10th September 2022 into Adelaide
Package ends: 10th September 2022 in Adelaide

  • 1 nights accommodation in Broome with breakfast
  • One way transfer from Broome hotel to port
  • 10 night Kimberley 2022 Expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal from Broome to Darwin including: – All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation) | Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner | Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) | Evening entertainment and events | Room service 24h (special selection) | Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team | Zodiac excursions | Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable) | Port taxes
  • One way transfer from Darwin port to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in Darwin with breakfast
  • One way transfer from Darwin hotel to train station
  • 3 night The Ghan Expedition rail journey from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold^ standard accommodation (Platinum on request for surcharge if available). Train fare includes: all meals including special event dining, All onboard beverages and a selection of off-train experiences and excursions at each stop (Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy) plus Evening off train experience in Manguri and a spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Join Ponant`s highly qualified expedition team for a whale migration season cruise
  • Enjoy regular Zodiac outings & shore visits to get close to the Kimberley nature
  • Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
  • Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world`s largest living reptile, the salt water crocodile
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef
  • Travel on the iconic The Ghan Expedition train, sampling local fare and exploring off-train
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy a two night stay in eclectic Darwin

Pre-cruise Itinerary

25 Aug 2022Make your own way to Broome by the 25th of August 2022  
25 Aug 2022Check in Broome hotel for overnight stay  
26 Aug 2022Transfer to port, embark Le Soleal ship 

Cruise Itinerary

26 Aug 2022
Broome, W A
27 Aug 2022
Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
28 Aug 2022
Collier Bay, Western Australia
29 Aug 2022
Collier Bay, Western Australia
30 Aug 2022
Careening Bay, WA
31 Aug 2022
Hunter River, West Australia
01 Sep 2022
Swift Bay
02 Sep 2022
Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
03 Sep 2022
King George River, Western Australia
04 Sep 2022At sea  
05 Sep 2022
Darwin, NT, Australia

Post-Cruise Itinerary

05 Sep 2022Transfer to hotel, Darwin at leisure  
06 Sep 2022Darwin at leisure  
07 Sep 2022Transfer to station to embark The Ghan Expedition train  
07 Sep 2022The Ghan: Darwin to Katherine - departs around 10am  
08 Sep 2022The Ghan: Alice Springs  
09 Sep 2022The Ghan: Manguri & Coober Pedy  
10 Sep 2022The Ghan: Disembark Adelaide approx 10.50am 

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
AU $16,995 per person, twin share

Prestige Suite Deck 6
AU $17,685 per person, twin share

Deluxe Suite
AU $22,455 per person, twin share

Owners Suite
AU $35,865 per person, twin share

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