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20 Day Luxury Ponant Kimberley Expedition & Lodge Experience: Le Soléal

Broome - Darwin

10-night luxury cruise in a Superior room

Enjoy amazing experiences with the onboard qualified expedition team

5 nights all-inclusive stay at the luxurious Berkeley River Lodge in a Kimberley Villa

2 nights at the 5-star Pearle of Cable Beach

From $15,699 Typically $22,099 pp twin share

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Been dreaming of an outback adventure? We're here to turn that dream into a reality - in style!

Experience the Kimberleys, luxury cruising, luxury lodging, zodiac cruising and exploring with expert guides, on-shore touring, all-inclusive food and drinks onboard and at the Berkeley River Lodge...and that is just the start!

This incredible expedition will take you on a journey right through some of Australia's most unique and untouched natural spaces, in luxury style. 

Begin your trip with a stay in the 5 star Pearle of Cable Beach. If you haven't been to Broome before, once you visit you will be wondering why it took you so long! The quaint seaside town is home to one of Australia's most iconic beaches; the beautiful Cable Beach, known for its pearl farms and sunset camel rides!

Then jump aboard one of the most luxurious vessels around and head to the stunning Kimberley Region, relaxing amongst the French decor and enjoying the views of the Kimberley coast. Listen to on-board experts who will guide you on this eye-opening expedition journey. Among the spectacular landscapes, you will get the chance to experience the unique cascading tide phenomenon known as Montgomery Reef, and the tallest single drop waterfall at King George Falls.

Just when you thought your journey couldn't get any better, fly from Darwin into Kununurra to begin your all inclusive, indulgent 5-night stay at the Berkeley River Lodge, one of Australia's most remote and unique luxury lodges.  Staying in one of the private Kimberley Villas, this gorgeous retreat has views like no other!

What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today and book now with only a 50% deposit!  

 

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Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20

Day 1

Broome

Your luxury adventure starts today!

Make your own way to Broome where you will be staying in a 1 Bedroom Pool Villa for the next 2 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure

Accommodation: The Pearle of Cable Beach 

Day 2

Broome 

Spend your day at leisure

Accommodation: The Pearle of Cable Beach 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Board Cruise 

Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…

Day 4

Lacepede Islands

 

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

Day 5

Collier Bay

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.   

 

As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

Day 6

Collier Bay

Day 7

Careening Bay

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

Day 8

Hunter River 

 

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach. 

Day 9

Swift Bay

The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

Day 10

Vansittart Bay

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

Day 11

King George River

 The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continually changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Day 12

At Sea

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

 

Day 13

Darwin

Disembarkation at 06h00

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

 

Accommodation: Hilton Darwin

Day 14

Darwin - Kununurra

This morning is at leisure in Darwin, 

This afternoon you will be flying to Kununurra, ready for your next land-based adventure!

On arrival in Kununurra please make your own way to the Kimberley Grande Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Kimberley Grande 

Day 15

 

Berkeley River Lodge

This morning is at leisure in Kununurra.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board a charter flight to Berkeley River Lodge at 2.00pm.  In one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, between Timor Sea sunrises and Berkeley River sunsets, the ultimate Kimberley adventure and refined indulgence await. Australia's most remote mainland luxury lodge experience, only accessible by air, getting to the Berkeley River Lodge is half the adventure. Leave modern life far behind and relax into the rhythms of nature in your luxurious villa floating atop the coastal dunes.  Dedicated and experienced staff are available on-site to guide you on river cruises, 4WD tours, sunset drinks, fishing expeditions, hiking and animal watching, and skilled chefs will cater all of your meals, including a five-course degustation dinner each night.  If that's not enough, your private glass-fronted villa with the occasional seating and daybed on your deck beckons you to laze away an afternoon, then enjoy cheese platters and drinks on your balcony as the sun sets over the Timor Sea.

Day 16

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 19

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20

 

Depart Kununurra

This morning after breakfast, transfer for your flight from Berkeley River back to Kununurra!

This is where the tour ends, and you can fly out after 1pm today. Want to keep the adventure going?

Why not extend the trip and head off to the Bungle Bungles? Ask us today!

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • 2 nights in at the beautiful Pearle Cable Beach, Broome 
  • 10-night cruise on Le Soleal in a Superior room, including all meals, most drinks, and daily shore excursions
  • Bonus 100 EURO Ship credit per cabin
  • 1 night in Darwin in a King Guest Room at the Hilton
  • Flight from Darwin to Kununurra 
  • 1 night at Kimberley Grande in a Terrace or Pool View Room
  • Charter flight from Kununurra to Berkeley River Lodge
  • 5 nights in a Kimberley Villa (All inclusive) 
  • Charter flight from Berkeley River Lodge to Kununurra. 

Accommodation 

Pearle Broome - Room type TBA 

Hilton Darwin- King Room (or similar) 

Kimberley Grande - Pool View or Terrace Room 

Berkeley River Lodge - Kimberley Villa

Cruise

Ponant - Le Soleal Superior room 

Child Policy

Children are not permitted on this tour

Single supplement

Please contact us for a single supplement quotation

Exclusions

  • Flights at the beginning and end of  your trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses

 

Important Notes

Pricing is subject to availability - we have limited earlybird cabin pricing available. 

A Passport with 6 months validity is required to be taken with you to board the cruise ship. 

The currency on board is Euros

All guests must have travel insurance to participate in this tour and will be required to show this prior to departure.  (including Remote Area Evacuation)

Level of fitness: All participants should be in good general health, able to walk reasonable distances over sometimes uneven terrain, and stand during excursions.

All guests must be able to make their own way up and down stairs in case of emergency.

Covid19 policy: Guests must have a medical check 7 days prior to boarding and a PCR Test 

 Photos provided by Ponant.

Departure Dates


JUN 2022
25 th
Saturday 25 Jun 2022  ‐  Thursday 14 Jul 2022
Surcharge
+ $1,100 p.p
JUL 2022
15 th
Friday 15 Jul 2022  ‐  Wednesday 03 Aug 2022
Surcharge
+ $700 p.p
AUG 2022
24 th
Wednesday 24 Aug 2022  ‐  Monday 12 Sep 2022
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